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Recap / Westworld S 01 E 09 The Well Tempered Clavier

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Maeve reveals to Bernard that he is a host and convinces him to let her back into the park, where she meets Escaton and convinces him to help her escape the park. Bernard confronts Ford and forces him to restore all of his memories, and discovers he is a model of Arnold. Bernard attempts to kill Ford; but the latter uses a backdoor in the former's code to force him to commit suicide. Meanwhile, Logan cuts open Dolores's belly to show William she is not real. She manages to escape and run away, finding that the wound is suddenly gone. She reaches the church, where she learns that she killed Arnold. She then encounters the Man in Black. Logan then awakes to find that William has slaughtered all of the Confederados. William threatens Logan into helping him find Dolores. Teddy has a flashback of himself killing host Angela before she kills him. Hale meets the Man in Black, who is revealed to be a Board member, and tries to gain his assistance in removing Ford. Stubbs investigates suspicious activity in the park and is ambushed by Ghost Nation hosts, who are not under control.

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This episode provides examples of:

  • And I Must Scream: Maeve reveals to Bernard that he's a Tomato in the Mirror by freezing his motor functions.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Dolores asks Logan one about why people like him come to Westworld.
    "If it's such a wonderful place out there, why are you all clamoring to get in here?"
  • Bound and Gagged: William at the start.
  • Category Traitor: Ford points out that he's been helping him imprison the hosts all this time, so they may not trust Bernard's efforts to set them free.
  • Coming and Going: Hector and Maeve have sex while the tent burns down around them.
  • Conveniently-Placed Sharp Thing: An Invoked Trope; the Man in Black wakes up with a noose around his neck, with the rope leading over a tree limb to a blindfolded horse and the nearest knife left in Teddy's chest. He has to reach the knife without spooking the horse, and barely succeeds.
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  • Cruel to Be Kind: With his sister's fiance having fallen for a host, and even talking of removing her from the park, Logan decides it's time for some tough love, cutting Dolores open and forcing William to look at her robotic insides. He's genuinely happy when his brother-in-law appears to have come to his senses.
  • Cuffs Off, Rub Wrists: After Logan unties William from the chair, the latter rubs his wrists.
  • Eye Scream: Wyatt kills the General by shooting him from behind through the left eye.
  • Gone Horribly Right: In attempting to recreate Arnold in the form of Bernard, Ford got his personality a little too accurate, in that Bernard repeatedly and inevitably discovers the truth and wants to continue Arnold's dream of freeing the hosts who are sentient. Ford has to perform a Mind Wipe on Bernard every time this happens until this last time where he finally admits he's a victim of the human flaw of trying to change what has already come to pass.
    Ford: Arnold and I made you in our image and cursed you to make the same human mistakes. And here we all are.
  • Is That a Threat?
    Maeve: I also know your future. You have none.
    Hector: Is that a threat?
    Maeve: The start of a proposition.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: What William does to the hosts at the Confederado camp during the night after pretending to make nice with Logan.
  • Leave Me Alone!: Hale finds the Man in Black who turns out to be a member of the Delos board. She wants his support in voting out Ford. The Man in Black won't oppose Ford's removal, but makes it clear he doesn't want to be disturbed further.
  • Lecherous Licking: Logan licks Dolores in order to taunt William who is bound to a chair at this point.
  • Loophole Abuse: Wyatt's hosts can't kill a guest, but that doesn't mean they can't leave him in a situation where his own actions could kill him.
  • No Honor Among Thieves: Hector's narrative always ends with his gang shooting each other over the contents of the safe, which is empty anyway because their story line doesn't require there to be anything in it.
  • No-Sell: Stubbs finds that the "freeze motor functions" command doesn't work on the Ghost Nation hosts; he draws his gun but is blindsided before he can fire.
  • One-Man Army: Logan wakes up from a drunken stupor to find that William has killed everyone in the Confederate camp.
  • Plot Hole: Ford is shown to use his own unique commands to control his hosts, so the "Freeze motor functions" command should not have worked on Bernard, if only to ensure he wouldn't be affected when someone gave a command to another host while Bernard was in the room.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: Ford uses his ability of controlling hosts through voice commands to make Bernard shoot himself in the head.
  • The Reveal:
    • Bernard isn't just a host; he's a facsimile of Arnold, recreated as best as Ford can remember him.
    • We see William and Logan are in the park's past, by the fact that they are interacting with hosts that are mechanical and not fully biological.
    • Teddy's narrative of Wyatt and himself massacring their fellow soldiers is adapted from an actual incident where Arnold's robots were massacred by Teddy.
  • Wham Episode: We discover Bernard is Ford's attempt to recreate Arnold. Unfortunately he keeps attempting to go down Arnold's path against Ford's wishes. Ford has finally had enough of Bernard straying from him and forces him to shoot himself.
  • Wham Line:
    Arnold: I can't help you. Why is that, Dolores?
    Dolores: Because you're dead. Because you're just a memory. Because I killed you.
  • Wham Shot:
    • Logan showing Dolores's mechanical as opposed to biomechanical insides alongside William's massacre of the Confederados camp revealing that they are all mechanical.
    • The photograph that originally disrupts Peter Abernathy's programming returns in this episode to show the audience that the William-and-Logan timeline happened in the past.
    • Ford showing Bernard the old photograph of him and Arnold, revealing that Bernard was build in his likeness.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Bernard, and the audience, think that he finally gets Ford in a position where Ford has to reveal everything to him. He learns about his entire history, he starts to move on from his programming by letting go of his imaginary dead son, then learns that he is a robotic double of Ford's partner Arnold. And after learning all this, it seems he is going to give Ford exactly what he deserves (getting a reprogrammed host to shoot him). Sadly, Ford has a backdoor built into every host that allows him to control them with voice commands, including Bernard - and this isn't the first time Bernard has gotten this far; Ford simply erased his memory when it happened. But this time, he forces Bernard to kill himself. The episode ends with Ford walking away as we see Bernard forced to blow his own brains out in the background.
  • You Monster!: Bernard demands to know why Ford gave him the memory of his 'son' dying.
    Bernard: Only a monster would force that onto someone. And why do I return to it over and over? [beat] It's my cornerstone, isn't it? The thing my whole identity is organized around.


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