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'Westworld' recap: The Arnold reveal

Jeffrey Wright and Anthony Hopkins in Episode 9 of "Westworld."
Jeffrey Wright and Anthony Hopkins in Episode 9 of "Westworld." (John P. Johnson/HBO)

In this week's episode of "Westworld," Maeve is backstage again and this time still dressed and with Clementine's blood still on her.

Bernard is doing the questioning. When Bernard questions her programming and wants to summon Dr. Ford, she reaches out and grabs his wrist. She then appeals to him, robot to robot, that they fight together, but he's not able to recognize his bot-ness yet. She uses a voice command to freeze him in place and then orders him to clear her to go back to the park. Her closing line to him is pretty great, "And Bernard? If you go looking for the truth, get the whole thing. It's like a good f--- — half is worse than none at all."

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Now we're back with William, Dolores and Loathsome Logan. William stupidly broaches the subject with Logan about getting Dolores out of Westworld. However, Dolores speaks up and wonders why the men assume she wants "out" when there are so many people clamoring to get in. The scene ends with Logan forcibly removing Dolores from the table, for unspecified nefarious purposes.

Back at Westworld HQ, Ford is wandering around in the cold storage basement on his way to meet Bernard, who's requested a meeting. Bernard questions him about being a bot and reveals to us that Arnold wrote the "most elegant" parts of his code. He wants access to his history. When Ford seems reluctant, Bernard pulls out a gun. Ford reminds him that he can hold the gun but not use it. Enter Clementine who can, thanks to those board-installed defects. Bernard has further hacked Clementine so that she responds only to him and will not respond to Ford.

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And with a shudder, we're back in Bernard's memories, starting with him reading "Alice in Wonderland" to a his sick son Charlie. Then a flashback to Cullen before a flashback to Elsie, where it seems Bernard choked her out. It's perhaps only my great fondness for Shannon Woodward that makes me note that we don't seem to actually see her moment of death. I'm still hoping he only choked her into unconsciousness and she's being held somewhere.

Logan has William tied to a chair while his molests Dolores, first by kissing her, then by grabbing her genitals, then stabbing her in the stomach and revealing her mechanical innards. She grabs Logan's knife, slices him in the face, then shoots a few more men before fleeing on foot. William encourages her to run, saying he'll follow and find her. After hearing Arnold's voice in her head saying "remember," she looks down and her wound is healed — and even her shirt is miraculously intact and unstained.

Maeve's got a shotgun and is not afraid to use it on the bandit she's after. She tells him she knows not only his past but his future, describing his death at the hands of Armistice. Maeve prevents it by taking out Armistice with the shotgun. She opens the safe for the bandit, revealing that it's empty. Then she lays out the workings of Westworld to him, asking him to join her in her quest to beat the game. And then there's snogging. As they're moving on to more lascivious activities, Maeve kicks over a lantern, setting the tent on fire and telling him, "Getting to hell is easy, The rest is hard."

Meanwhile, Teddy and the Man in Black are with Angela, and Teddy's remembering more about Wyatt, his invented nemesis. They mutinied and killed all the soldiers, or at least that's how Teddy remembers it. But Angela triggers different memories, including killing her. She swears to him that he will do it again but this time they'll be by his side "in the city swallowed by sand." Oooh, that's a clue isn't it? About the spire and the excavations Ford's been doing. Just before she knocks him out, Angela tells him if he likes games so much he should try on "of ours."

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The Man in Black wakes up with a noose around his neck that's slung over a tree and tied to the pommel of his horse. Spook the horse and up you go to your hanging. Luckily, Man in Black grabs the knife sticking out of Teddy's chest and is able to cut himself loose.

Then Charlotte shows up in her city clothes. Now we learn two important things: Man in Black is on the board and could vote to push Ford out. And he also was responsible for keeping Ford in business "all those years ago." Man in Black informs Charlotte it's not Ford's stories he's come here to play.

Back at HQ, Stubbs is learning about a signal coming from Elsie who's "been on leave" and seems to be in an unused sector of Westworld. Stubbs go to investigate and is set upon by a band of "Natives." His voice commands to freeze all motor functions don't work, and even though he has his gun out, one of them gets the drop on him and takes him down from behind.

Logan wakes up in the middle of a massacre, which seems to be one William is taking responsibility for. He holds Logan down to the ground, knife to his throat, and tells him he's going after Dolores. He also commands Logan not to call him "Billy."

Bernard Memory Trip ends with his son beginning to die. When he comes back to consciousness in the HQ, Clementine is dead on the floor surrounded by blood. Ford explains she killed herself over a memory. Bernard starts glitching and then we get a flashback to him telling Ford about different hosts remembering Arnold and asking about him. Ford shows Bernard a picture of Arnold but, frustratingly, it's hidden from our view.

We learn the robots passed the Turing test within the first year but that wasn't good enough for Arnold, who wanted to create consciousness.
Cut to Dolores finding the chapel, going in, and sitting down in the confessional booth, which somehow leads to a back entrance to Westworld HQ. As she's walking around it, her clothes change and she sees a group of bots playing poker as well as a young man (Dr. Ford) leaving his office and walking briskly to what we find out is Arnold's office, where the two men begin arguing.

Bernard comes to realize the memory of his son's death is the "cornerstone" of his personality programming. He says a tearful goodbye to the memory of Charlie. And when he opens his eyes and wakes up, he's on a gurney and it seems maybe we're witnessing the reincarnation of Arnold as Bernard. And now we get to see that picture from earlier, which shows three men: a younger Anthony Hopkins, a bald guy in the middle, and Jeffrey Wright. Is the bald guy in the middle a younger Ed Harris? I'm terrible at recognizing people.

In the next scene, Dolores confirms to us that Bernard is Arnold, when she calls him that. He tells Dolores he can't help her and she knows why. He gives her only the command, "Remember." Then it comes to her: He can't help her because he's dead, because he's just a memory, because she killed him!!!

When she reemerges from the confessional into the church, she hears footsteps and hopes it's William, but it turns out to be the Man in Black.
Bernarnold vows to Ford he's going to continue the work Arnold started. Ford points out that the sentient hosts would have no reason to trust Bernarnold given what he did to the hosts in the first place.

Ford gives a lecture to Bernarnold about how much better he has it as a host in Westworld than he would as a human on the outside. When Bernarnold orders Clementine to shoot Ford, she can't do it because Ford has overwritten that code. Then Bernarnold is holding the gun to his head and shoots himself just before the credits roll.

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