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Season 1
Episode 5
Airdate July 22, 2015
Written by David Iserson
Directed by Jim McKay
U.S. viewers 1.38 million
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eps1.4_3xpl0its.wmvis the fifth episode of Season 1 of Mr. Robot. It was broadcast on July 22, 2015.



<@mrrobot> fsociety arrives @ Steel Mountain - most secure data facility in USA. elliot needs to get in and get out - wuz he pwned?

Origin of the Title

  • In computing, an exploit is a piece of software, sequence of commands or bug that will take advantage of a weakness in a computer system. In this case, fsociety attempts to implant an exploit it can use to take down Steel Mountain
  • For the characters, exploits are their own weaknesses, whether they be Elliot's hubris, Mr. Robot's ego or Tyrell's blind ambition, that can be used against them by another person.
  • The extension: .wmv is an audio/video file format generally used by the Windows operating system. Among the earliest file compression formats, it was designed to compete with Real Video and Quicktime.

Episode Notes

  • Near the end of when Elliott and Darlene are riding the subway, "Love On A Real Train" by Tangerine Dream is playing. This is the same song played on the train in Risky Business (1983).
  • 2014 movie The Imitation Game is mentioned by Fernando Vera's lawyer refering to the fact that their twitter based code system wasn't so complex and hard to crack as they seemed to think.


  • Elliot Installs a Raspberry pi. A small, affordable computer board that can be programmed for many functions, into Steel Mountain's AC system


  • "Hell of a Night" performed by Schoolboy Q.
  • "Love On a Real Train" performed by Tangerine Dream.
  • "Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat, K. 207: I. Allegro moderato" (Mozart, c. 1773), performed by Anne-Sophie Mutter and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.




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