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Recap / Westworld S 01 E 05 Contrapasso

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Hughes discovers that the stray has been transmitting information outside of the park to an unknown party, reporting it to Bernard. The Man in Black kills Lawrence, whose blood he transfused into Teddy. They are then confronted by Ford, who assures the Man in Black that he will not stop the latter's efforts to find the maze, returning Teddy's full strength also. Dolores, William and Logan travel to the town of Pariah, where they meet criminal gang leader El Lazo, a.k.a. Lawrence, who tasks them with stealing a wagon of high explosives from the Union Army, a mission they complete successfully. Dolores, who has been seeing visions of herself advising her to find the maze, realizes El Lazo intends to keep the explosives for himself rather than to sell them to the former Confederates, who apprehend Logan while William and Dolores flee, joining El Lazo in the train. Maeve awakens in the control center and demands technician Felix chat.


This episode provides examples of:

  • And This Is for...: Logan beating up the soldier commanding the explosive escort.
  • Back from the Dead: After being killed by the Man in Black, Lawrence a.k.a. El Lazo shows up very much alive in Pariah.
  • Bare-Handed Blade Block: When the Man in Black jabs his knife threateningly at Ford, Teddy grabs it by the blade and buries it into the table. Only after his bodyguard subroutine terminates and Teddy goes back to his standard persona does he notice that his hand is bleeding.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Between Dolores and William.
  • Body Horror: In what appears to be a sort of dreamlike sequence, Dolores pulls on a thread that opens a hole in her arm.
  • Body Paint
  • Cyborg: The Man in Black reveals that previous hosts were more robotic, but were replaced by the current flesh and blood models.
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  • Dead Guy on Display: Bodys are laid out in coffins and even used for target practice.
  • Den of Iniquity: William, Logan and Dolores visit one in the town of Pariah.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Destin is revealed to be having sex with inactived hosts. Elsie uses a recording to Blackmail him into letting her examine the woodcutter corpse before it's incinerated.
  • Holding Hands: Gender-inverted; Dolores pulls along William, and they let go when they have to run faster to catch the train.
  • It's Always Mardi Gras in New Orleans: Pariah has the Di­a de los Muertos going on when the protagonists first arrive there, but since all of Westworld is a giant theme park with the android hosts undergoing preprogrammed narrative loops, the Day of the Dead probably does happen all the time, or at least once every loop.
  • Gag Penis: Elsie is calibrating a host's hand-eye coordination and after the camera cuts to an angle which very clearly shows the host's considerable endowments, she laments that if the coordination isn't fixed, his "talents" will be tragically wasted in some background role while her eyes are glued to groin level.
  • Godiva Hair: When Dolores is naked in the lab, her long blonde hair covers her breasts. It gets subverted later as her breasts and nipples do become visible.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: The Man in Black says that Westworld lacks a real villain, "hence my humble contribution". Ford admits that he "lacks the imagination to even conceive of someone like you." But the Man in Black goes on to suggest that Ford created Wyatt to stop him from finding what he's looking for.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Ford sits down and has a drink with the Man in Black.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: William leaves Logan to get beaten to a pulp by the Confederados. Logan actually seems impressed.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!:
    • The reluctant and pacifistic William guns down several hosts when they attack his crew.
    • Later, when William is about to be overwhelmed and pummeled by hosts, Dolores promptly and efficiently guns them down, then states that she's decided to not be a damsel anymore.
    • Meanwhile, Teddy is hovering at death's door (yet again) and getting dragged around by the Man in Black, but when the Man in Black threatens Ford with a knife, Teddy snatches the blade with blinding speed and buries it into the table with inhuman strength, his sick act completely gone. Only after the Man in Black relents does Teddy return to his previous state. Then, when Ford leaves, he uses some kind of trigger phrase that causes Teddy to behave as though he's completely unharmed.
  • Mexican Standoff: Literally given that they're South of the Border. Dolores and William board the train only to be confronted by El Lazo. Dolores breaks the standoff by pointing her gun at the nitro-packed coffin, whereupon El Lazo decides it's best if everyone puts their guns away.
  • Motivational Lie: The Man in Black tells an injured Teddy that Wyatt kidnapped Dolores, convincing him to power through his injuries. When he's called out on this by Dr. Ford, he says he was just making the story a little more interesting.
  • Outlaw Town: Pariah appears to be this by comments of several bandit hosts.
  • Playing Possum: Turns out Maeve was conscious and listening the entire time.
  • Private Military Contractors: The Confederados are mercenaries.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
  • The Remnant: The "Confederados" are soldiers who refused to surrender after the end of The American Civil War.
  • Sex Slave: A group of bound female hosts are driven through the streets of Pariah by the Confederados when William, Dolores and Logan arrive to the city.
  • Tempting Fate: William promises Dolores that none of the soldiers will get killed during the nitro robbery. And if it weren't for Logan being his usual Jerkass self, he would have been right.
  • This Means War!: William is reluctant to get involved with the war-mad general who leads the Confederados. The general then finds out that the bottles of nitro-glycerine William sold them has been swapped for tequila.
    General: I thought you had no appetite for war, boy. This... [smashes bottle] is a declaration of war.
  • Three Laws-Compliant: It appears the hosts are programmed to defend their creator against any threat, though it's possible they may act to protect any guest who is seriously threatened. However we also see Logan get choked by a soldier and later beaten bloody by the Confederados, suggesting the danger level varies according to which storyline you're playing or how far from the 'safe' centre you are.
  • Too Dumb to Live: A bunch of drunk Confederate holdouts decide to play catch with bottles full of nitroglycerin. Predictably, one gets butterfingers. Fortunately for everyone, the contents have been covertly swapped with booze. Not-so-fortunately, they paid William and Logan a lot of money for nitro, and now know they've been swindled. Time for a Fight Scene!
  • Took a Level in Badass: It's the first time Dolores uses a gun. And how.
  • Treasure Chest Cavity: The stray host had a satellite transmitter hidden in its arm. A corpse is pumped full of nitro to turn it into a bomb.
  • Un-person: According to Logan, even a full team of company lawyers was unable to unearth anything about Arnold, Ford's mysterious partner who helped found Westworld.
  • Wham Shot: A tech is trying to reprogram a bird so it will fly properly again, hoping to get himself a promotion. He succeeds and it flies around the room... landing on the hand of a quite awake and self-aware Maeve, who knows his name and wants to have a talk.
  • Wretched Hive: The town of Pariah fills this role, a town South of the Border, far away from the introductory Sweetwater. Run by ruthless crime lord El Lazo aka Lawrence, refuge for Confederate remnants, and the site of morbid rituals and an incredibly extravagant brothel, Pariah is a relative shock after Sweetwater has dominated the setting.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: After William guns down several hosts during a robbery, including one man with his hands raised in surrender, Logan admires his ruthlessness in spite of William's obvious horror at his actions.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Man in Black kills Lawrence for his blood so he can revive Teddy.


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