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403 Forbidden
Season 4
Episode 3
Airdate October 20, 2019
Written by Courtney Looney
Directed by Sam Esmail
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403 Forbidden is the third episode of Season 4 of Mr. Robot. It was broadcast on October 20, 2019.



<@mrrobot> whiterose has the feels. elliot gets owned by his own hack. an old foe chillz in wait.

Origin of the Title[]

  • A 403 Forbidden Error occurs when a web server forbids you from accessing the page you’re trying to open in your browser.


On Christmas Eve, Wang Shu advises Zhang to call off the Deus Group meeting. Instead, he sets the meeting for the next day. Zhang recalls his former lover Chen committing suicide after his forced marriage. Zhang chooses to make Tyrell CEO of E-Corp. Elliot approaches Krista on the street, but she fearfully pushes him away. Elliot and Darlene argue about the plan. Elliot and Mr. Robot hack Cyprus National Bank employee Olivia Cortez. Finding her in a bar, Mr. Robot buys her a drink. They talk about their families before Elliot kisses her and she takes him home. Fernando Vera's informant D.J keeping tabs on Elliot delivers a picture of Elliot and Krista to the butcher shop out of which Vera's smuggling drugs. Vera shoots him for being unreliable. While Olivia sleeps, Elliot gets a passcode he needs and sends it to Darlene. Olivia comes to him and opens up about her issues with drugs and self-harm. On their way to the abandoned Allsafe, Elliot mentions to Mr. Robot that they're being followed by a white van. Going home instead, Elliot finds Tyrell has broken into his apartment. Before Elliot can warn him that the Dark Army is likely listening, Tyrell reveals that he will be the CEO of E-Corp and how his position will let them take down the Dark Army.

Episode Notes[]



  • Time (The Clock of My Heart) performed by Culture Club (1982).
  • Kelly by Van She plays when Elliot talks to Olivia about his addiction.
  • Lover's Tears by Feng Feifei plays during the flashback to Zhang's time with Chen.




Guest Starring


  • Jahneer E. Williams as Javi
  • Jim Stanek as Jason
  • Adam Garcia as Manny
  • Jessica Mosher as a Waiter
  • Christian DeMarais as Evan Floyd
  • Jonas Cohen as Mr. Gray
  • Carrie Vu as Chen's Bride
  • Dean Scott Vazquez as Miguel
  • Ajay Perez as Isaac
  • Jayden Martinez as Juanito


  • Michael James Fry as a Holiday Shopper
  • Greg Dephoure Goldman as a Trailer Voice
  • Olga Nesterova as a Holiday Shopper
  • Kyro Wavebourne as a Dark Army Operative


Season 4 Episodes