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Season 1
Episode 7
Airdate August 5, 2015
Written by Kate Erickson
Directed by Sam Esmail
U.S. viewers 1.15 million
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View source. What if we had that for people? Would people really want to see?

— Elliot

eps1.6_v1ew-s0urce.flv is the seventh episode of Season 1 of Mr. Robot. It was broadcast on August 5, 2015.



<@mrrobot> elliot MIA. mr. robot gotta pull fsociety back together. future depends on it. angela goes head to head w/ old nemesis. IMO risky as hell.

Origin of the Title

  • In computing, "view source" is a browser command that displays the current web page's HTML source code, so the user can read it, learn from it, etc.
  • In the context of the show's characters, "view source" is a metaphor for seeing beneath the facade each creates to hide their true self.
  • The extension: .flv is the file extension for video in Adobe Flash format. It is the format for most web-based streaming video.

Episode Notes

  • This episode picks up one month after Shayla's death. By this time, Elliot has completed his year of court-mandated therapy with Krista.
  • Romero has found a new occupation developing lotion containing Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the principal component of cannabis that creates the "high" experienced by users. Applied topically, the lotion will create the same high as smoking a joint.
  • Tyrell and Joanna Wellick's relationship, and their plotting, draw from Shakespeare's tragedy, Macbeth. In the play, Macbeth, at the urging of his scheming, ambitious wife, kills King Duncan, and becomes King of Scotland. However, in getting what he wants, Macbeth soon becomes consumed by guilt and increasingly paranoid, eventually descending into madness.
  • In the opening sequence, Shayla says to Elliot, "...keep the fish, you filthy animal." The expression 'you filthy animal' was taken from the Home Alone series of movies, in which Kevin watches his favorite film, Angels with Filthy Souls, which contains the expression.
  • After writing Shayla's file's to disk, Elliot stows the disk away with all his other disks, labeled with names of actual albums by actual artists. Eight such labeled disks are visible in the following shot - including one that is labeled "Tool - Anemia". However, the correct spelling of this album by metal band Tool is "Aenima".



  • "Pictures of You" recorded by The Cure (1989). This song appears on the album "Disintegration", which Elliot uses to label his CD containing Shayla's history. It was released as a single in early 1990. As with many of Elliot's CD's, the album used to label them characterizes the person whose history the CD's contain.
  • "Japanese Farewell Song", recorded by Kay Cee Jones (1955). The Korean War era song was frequently heard playing over the PA in the television series M*A*S*H.
  • "Two Weeks" recorded by FKA Twigs.


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