The sixth episode of Westworld season 4, released on Sunday, follows Caleb and the smart, mistrustful and foul-mouthed rebel known as “C.”
We last saw these characters in the head-spinning Episode 4, which caught Maeve and Caleb (now the host) up to the timeline Bernard and Stubbs traveled this season. We also learn that C is the grown-up version of Caleb’s beloved daughter Frankie.
In the latest episode, C successfully weeds out the impostor planted by Chalores and the host version of Caleb has some harsh words for her. Still, the good guys seem to have cleared very little ground in bringing down Chalores’ evil empire. (He still commands the entire city and has power over hosts like William). With Caleb still trapped in a waking nightmare – courtesy of Chalores – it looks like it’ll be up to C, Maeve, Bernard (and maybe Christina?) to do something about it.
Here’s what else you need to know about Episode 6. There are only two episodes left in the season… I’m nervously staring at the hourglass.
The story of J
With all the timeline switching, it took my brain a minute to adjust to this week’s opening scene. Oh, this is the real Frankie boy – not the fake one. It’s a flashback, OK.
The show opens with a teenager sitting near the playground on a bench. Young Frankie approaches and leads him to Uwada, Caleb’s wife. The teen is revealed to be a young version of J and is an eccentric – a person spared from Chalores’ control. (Chalores confirmed last week that her sound manipulation doesn’t work on some people. She’s not sure why, but she No Uwade tells teenage J that his brother—an outlier taken by Chalores’ crew—is now unreachable. She and Frankie want to save J before he meets the same fate. Some drone hosts appear and the group narrowly escapes. (Minus one of Uwade’s allies who gets caught).
Chalores is looking for answers
Chalores is still struggling with her host/outlier problem – nearly 40 hosts have killed themselves after interacting with the outliers – and believes Caleb knows something about it. (Chalores is a nickname for Charlotte Hale. In the past, Dolores created copies of herself—the “me” that exists in her pearl—and inserted one into the host version of Hale).
Chalores questions Caleb (his host version) about how outliers force hosts to take their own lives. She educates, when human Caleb fights her parasite and tells her he “had something” she didn’t. Chalores wants to know what allowed him to resist her, and Caleb won’t give up.
Frustrated, Chalores leaves, but not before telling Caleb that Frankie is alive. She also tells him that he is in a “temporary” host body that won’t last much longer.
When we last saw Bernard and C/Frankie, they had just pulled a decrepit Maeve out of the desert. In episode 6, Bernard and C visit a 1920s theme park to revive it. (It’s abandoned, a far cry from the vibrant place Maeve and Caleb inhabited two decades ago.) Bernard begins rummaging around the park for “supplies” to get Maeve working again, and C, who has yet to grasp his identity as a host, becomes suspicious.
Bernard says that Maeve’s time in the country damaged her control unit. Pry another one out of a random host’s head. Bernard reveals to C that Chalores needed to understand the human mind, so she collected data from people who visited the park. But instead of using cowboy hats like Delos, she used… scanners hidden behind mirrors? At least that’s how it seems to me. Bernard says the mirrors worked because they played on the most basic human impulse, vanity.
Bernard opens the mirror and tells C to look and the machine scans her. He takes what appears to be a chip from the machine and inserts it into the device he is holding. C asks what he’s up to, and he says that what he grabbed will help speed up Maeve’s data transfer. (Hmm, looks a bit suspicious). For the actual transmission, the cable connects the Maeve controller and the random host controller. Expecting the return of C’s friends, Bernard hides Maeve’s control unit inside the piano.
Cheater in the “cause”
Earlier, during Chalores’ tense conversation with Caleb, she tells him that she sent Frankie the “visitor’s” way. My mind immediately went to the two goons that Bernard had taken out at the restaurant a few episodes back. But as the episode goes on, it’s clear he’s working on something else.
When C’s allies return, they tell C that they suspect a spy is among them. Without warning, C suddenly shoots Bernard and identifies him as “the mole”. He says that “the park was designed to collect data from guests,” and Bernard tries to copy them all. Stubbs is confused. All Bernard says in his defense is “it’s complicated.” What could he have up his sleeve?
Moments later, a reserved Bernard tells C that one of her friends is not who he says he is. “Your team went into the heart of Hale’s city, but one of them didn’t come back,” he says. Bernard’s prophetic powers are unable to reveal who the impostor is.
C locks her friend Odina in a room, unable to tell if she is a hidden host. But it turns out that J.C realizes the truth when “J” tells her that she’s like a sister to him. At the beginning of episode 6, when C/Frankie appears as a child, she tries to contact Caleb via radio. J is also in the room and hears Frankie telling her father that she always wanted a brother. Teen J, clearly still hurt by the news about his own brother, rejects the term.
C shoots the host version of J, but it’s not enough to take him down. Host J pressures her to tell him where Maeve’s control unit is. She tells him she hid it… behind him. He turns and we see Maeve – revived – stab him in the head.
Westworld stirs up horror
While Bernard and C are busy bringing Maeve back/spotting masked enemies in the desert, Caleb is starring in a horror movie. Everything goes dark when Chalores leaves Caleb in his cell. We see multiple host versions of Caleb locked in the cells around him. One Caleb has gruesome marks on his face that appear to be the result of spending too long in a decaying host body.
Caleb looks at the hourglass in his cell and finds a small metal object. She pushes on it, revealing a needle to prick it. Things are starting to get blurry. The next thing Caleb knows, the drone’s host has decided to set the room on fire with him still inside. Caleb jerks the hole in the ground until it opens. (A small arrow etched into it instructs him in which direction to pull it). He lands in a pit of ash… which he seems to register as the bodies of other Calebs.
From there the nightmare continues. Caleb fights the drone host and ends up stabbing him in the head pretty badly. Following a trail of bloody handprints – presumably left by another host, Caleb, who made his escape, he crawls into the ceiling opening. Then things will work out really terrible. Caleb reaches the end of the ventilation maze and discovers that there has been a brutal fall to the floor below. On the ground below him lay two dead Calebs. (Sheesh, Westworld, that’s pretty sick stuff). Caleb is still with him in the vent, clinging to life, and he tells the main host Caleb to use his body to cushion the fall. Caleb does and survives the jump. He then stumbled onto the roof.
Caleb uses some technique on the roof to leave a message for Frankie. He tells her that “it has to be her” (sounds like some serious foreshadowing to me). We see that C/Frankie has heard a bit of the message and knows that her father is alive (well, at least to an extent). Chalores appears and tells Caleb that she created his recent harrowing experience, sticking the needle in to give him “a little hope” and maybe show her cards. But she didn’t get much from Caleb’s message to Frankie.
Caleb fires several verbal arrows at Chalores and tells her with a heavy breath that her hosts would rather die than live in her world. “They are not infected,” he says. “He’s just trying to get away from you. This hits a nerve with Chalores, who snaps her neck in rage.
C is for Cookie…
When Caleb leaves his message for Frankie, he begins with her nickname, Cookie. Could this be why the rebel crossed over to C?
- After seeing Uwade as a rebel during the flashback, we learn from C/Frankie that she has become very ill. This, along with her absence from the adult Frankie timeline, seems to indicate that she died.
- Westworld’s famous “pearl” is inside these light bulb-shaped objects in the episode.
- I’m not sure if the “outliers” this season are the same people that Engerraund Serac/Rehoboam called “outliers” last season. (In Season 3, Serac sees unpredictable people as “outliers”, a threat to be dealt with). It seems to me that the word is now being re-used to describe a different group of people. But this is Westworld… Are there ever such coincidences?
- Maybe this is too straightforward a guess, but I assumed the love for his daughter was what allowed Caleb to defy Chalores. Earlier in episode 4, as part of her explanation for why she once slipped out of Caleb’s life, Maeve told him that she “wanted him to have something to fight for,” clearly referring to Frankie. It felt like an important nugget.
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