In 1982, IBM executives are in a meeting with a Chinese executive and his translator, Zhi Zhang. The Americans want to finalize a deal to open a facility in Asia. The Chinese men are largely ignoring them, sharing romantic notions in their own language. The deal is reached. Later, Zhang and his lover are having a romantic moment in a hotel room. They look forward to Zhang becoming ambassador to the US so they can move to a country where they can be themselves. The lover's watch beeps, annoying Zhang. He has to go drinking with the executives and leaves to take a shower. When he returns, Zhang tells him to go alone, as they can't be seen together. They kiss.
When the lover returns later that night, Zhang tells him to not turn on the light. Zhang reveals herself in a wig and dress. It was her mother's dress, taking pride in it's simplicity yet elegance. The lover calls Zhang beautiful and kisses her. In the present, Minister Zhang hangs up the dress and tells his assistant that he wants it ready to wear on the day the project ships. The assistant warns of celebrating too early. Freddy Lomax's suicide coincided with a hacker taking over Grand Central, not an easy fear. At the same time Price wants to resign. It's no a coincidence, it's Elliot's next move. Zhang says to refuse Price's demands and surveil Elliot. The assistance tells Zhang to have patience. The word bothers Zhang.
In the past, Chinese people are having an extravagant party. Zhang asks the bride to be about the groom. He finds him in the back room. The groom to be is distressed as he is only marrying the woman to keep up appearances. He wants to leave China. Zhang tries to convince him to put on a good show for his father and later they can be together. They discuss that Zhang was not made ambassador and that he could not refuse Minister of State Security, to amass power in Beihing. He tells his lover to be patient, but the lover thinks to be patient is to surrender. Zhang assures him that since Zhang trusted him with his secret, they will make a better world. They kiss, but the groom needs a moment. He grabs a knife. He declares the world will never be good enough and cuts his own throat, blood spraying on the white roses, a joke Zhang sent to him as funeral flowers. Zhang screams in terror over the body.
In the present, Zhang says to arrange a Deus meeting tomorrow to give Price his resignation. The assistant says it cannot be done on Christmas. Zhang wants to destabilize Price's timeline and force him into a mistake. They will call Wellick and make him CEO, on orders of Whiterose. Zhang stares longingly at the dress.
Elliot and Mr. Robot are walking on the sidewalk. Mr. Robot narrates that playing Russian Roulette, hearing the sound of cheaing death changes you. He wonders what Vera's up to. Elliot won't listen to anything, putting up his Forbidden Error walls. They run into Krista and her male friend. Elliot tries to talk with her, to thank her and say he's doing better, but Krista insists that she will take legal action if he makes contact with her. As Elliot walks away, a man on a cell phone follows.
At the Allsafe office, Darlene explains that Susan Jacobs contact at Cyprus National Bank was Olivia Cortez. Elliot can't find a digital way in, they need her laptop. Darlene notes that Elliot chose Allsafe for emotional reasons, while he dismissing it as technical. He explains that Olivia's ex-husband has their kid tonight and she has a date. Darlene doesn't want to be sidelined and wants to do the breanking and entering. Elliot lets Mr. Robot talk some sense into her. She lights a cigarette at the thought of danger. Elliot grabs her hard. She is alarmed, asking if it's really him. She concludes their relationship will never change and won't get better. He says he never should've opened the door when she came back to town.
Elliot breaks into Olivia Cortez's house. Mr. Robot narrates about the word for someone who's lost everyone: survivor or timebomb. He checks the personal laptop. Elliot searches the bathroom and finds a bottle of Oxycontin. In the bedroom, he unlocks a drawer and hacks her work laptop. Mr. Robot looks through the lame social media of her date, Evan. Elliot finds that her laptop has high security. Mr. Robot wonders if she left her USB key around the place. Elliot notes that she's a single mom who's worked hard to get where she is, she isn't that carelss. Elliot looks at the picture of Evan.
At a bar, Elliot and Mr. Robot watch as Olivia appears to have been stood up. Elliot notes that she has addiction problems and if she's caught with Oxycontin, she would lose custody of her child. Mr. Robot doesn't want to take that brutish a route. Elliot approaches Olivia, but finds himself at a loss introducting himself. Mr. Robot intervenes, sweet talking her into some drinks. Olivia agrees, for Christmas. The USB key is on her bag.
At a small diner, a boy enters and enters the kitchen. Vera is putting drugs in uncooked chickens and handing them out to a line of kids for their mothers. The man with the cell phone, DJ, enters. He brings no news of following Elliot, much to Vera's dismay. Vera reminds him that came back to NY, despite the danger, to work with Elliot and become the King of NY. DJ just wants to put a gun to Elliot head, but Vera doesn't want him as a prisoner. DJ says Elliot it just alone most of the time. He recounts the argument with a woman, Krista, and shows Vera pictures he took. Vera has a boy describe the pictures, saying that the woman is making the man sad. Vera notes that she hurt Elliot. That she knows something. Vera kills DJ.
At the bar, Olivia asks Elliot about his Christmas Eve sob story. Elliot has nowhere to be. Big fight with his sister. Mom died yesterday. Olivia talks about how she and her dad weren't close as well, especially after her beloved mother died in Colombia. Elliot says he is addicted to morphine. That have an ironically comical conversation about his drug habits of late. Evan appears at the table, but Olivia claims not to know him. She leaves. As she's waiting to get a cab outside, Elliot kisses her. That make out and disrobe at her place.
Later, as Olivia lays under the covers, Elliot is getting dressed. He goes into the bathroom and texts Darlene Olivia's key code. Olivia walks in on him. As they sit on the floor, she explains that drugs ruined her relationship with her dad. She was ruined after her mom was murdered. She reveals the Oxycontin bottle has a razor blade in it: that if she ever hated herself enough to start again, she might as well kill herself. Elliot gets it. Hating yourself. He almost killed himself. What stopped him was promising to take a kid to see The Martian. Olivia says that it has been enough crazy for one night.
As Elliot and Mr. Robot wait for the subway, Mr. Robot narrates that Olivia was able to overide Elliot's walls and convince him to let people in. They enter the car. Outside on the street, Elliot notes a van following them must be Whiterise. He says to show her that they have nothing to hide. They go home. The apartment door has been busted in. Mr. Robot narrates that maybe their game of Russian roulette is over. They can't run, as the van is outside. Inside, Tyrell awaits. He wants to tell that Whiterose has offered him CEO and this is their chance to take them down from the inside, but Elliot shuts him up. He writes down that they are listening. The van awaits outside.