“eps1.8_m1rr0r1ng.qt” is the ninth episode of Season 1 of Mr. Robot. It was broadcast on August 19, 2015.
<@mrrobot>evil corp hack is threatened when a mystery man from elliot's past arrives. wtf.
Origin of the Title
In computing, mirroring is publishing an exact copy of a data file or a link to an identical copy of a file.
In the context of the episode is referring to the fact that Mr. Robot is in reality just a copy of Elliot subconsciousness.
The extension: .qt is a Quicktime file, developed for use by Apple computers.
The episode opens in a flashback some time just after Oct 28, 1994. That is the latest release date the 3 movie titles mentioned & when all 3 were in theaters at the same time. Pulp Fiction, Sept 10, 1994 - Timecop, Sept 16, 1994 - Stargate, Oct 28, 1994.
In the opening flashback scene, Elliot's father is reading the newspaper and asks whether or not he can take Elliot to go see Pulp Fiction in theaters. Later on in the episode while on the train platform when Angela asks Elliot if he is ok, Elliot responds "I'm pretty fucking far from ok". This is the same line spoken by Ving Rhames' character Marsellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction.
This episode ends with an instrumental version of "Where Is My Mind?" by The Pixies as the soundtrack to the final scene. This song was previously used in the ending of 'Fight Club', which also has a plot point centered around creating economic equilibrium through anarchy led by a man who is really just a hallucination.
"Hug from Dad" composed by Justin Hurwitzz, from the Whiplash original sound track (2014). Plays during the flashback montage of changes the Mr. Robot store, and Elliot's conversation with Mr. Robot in his apartment.
"Where is My Mind" recorded by Maxence Cyrin (2009). Plays over the closing scene in the episode, in which Tyrell forces Elliot to take him to fsociety's headquarters.