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So, the word is out: “Grace” (Katja Herbers) is Emily, William’s daughter, and she’s headed in the same direction as the Man in Black (Ed Harris)—possibly to put a stop to whatever he’s planning. Elsie (Shannon Woodward) is back, after being shackled in a cave for god knows how many days. And we finally know that Delos’ endgame is creating realistic clones of human beings. But in this 71-minute episode, there were plenty of other twists and turns. (And we didn’t even see Dolores or Maeve at all.)

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Here are 13 things you might have missed in episode 4 of Westworld, “The Riddle of the Sphinx.”

1. Okay, what’s the riddle of the sphinx?

It’s a riddle attributed to Ancient Greek lore—and you’re probably already familiar with it. It reads: “What walks on four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon, three legs in the evening, and no legs at night?” The answer is “man” (as a baby, crawling on all fours; walking on two legs as an adult; leaning on a cane in old age). Along with Lawrence’s (Clifton Collins Jr.) daughter telling the Man in Black, “If you’re looking forward, you’re looking in the wrong direction,” it seems like the show is telling us that the past is more important than we might think.

2. What are the songs James Delos is listening to at the beginning of the episode?

The episode opens to a visual of a record player spinning and The Rolling Stones’ song “Play With Fire.” (The record player is just one of many device that might be considered old-fashioned in a hyper-tech age like Westworld’s: the camera pans over several books, a 1940s coffee table, and an hourglass.) Eventually, it’s revealed that we’re looking at the cloned James Delos’s rooms in a secret lab. The other song that’s played on the record player is “Do the Strand” by Roxy Music.

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3. We didn’t actually see James Delos this episode.

While we saw a lot of actor Peter Mullan, who plays James, in this episode, we didn’t ever actually see James—only clones of him. The first seemed like the real deal—the tremors we know he suffered were there—and he was as irascible as ever. After a conversation, William gives him a piece of paper that seems to shock him. Not much to go on there.

But we see the same conversation happen between William and James again, and we get to see what’s written on the piece of paper: a script for the conversation they’ve been having. William reveals he knew exactly what James was going to say during the conversation, based on a “baseline” interview he once conducted with the real James before he died. This second time we see James, his tremors have also improved (though not totally disappeared), so it’s clearly a later build of the clone.

How do we know the first James was a clone? We saw William give him the piece of paper that holds the script—which he wouldn’t have had if it had been the real James.

4. What’s the cognitive lock?

When Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) sets Elsie free he starts shaking uncontrollably and manages to say “cognitive lock.” She opens the control tablet he gives her, and it shows those same words on an alert screen, along with a message that reads “Pairing with Lowe, Bernard.” Elsie is shocked and says, “You rotated out” —this sounds like his control unit has been put into a new body, which seems to confirm the popular theory that the Bernard we’ve been seeing is a clone of some kind.

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5. That white stuff that comes out of the hosts’ ears has a name.

When Elsie is looking at the tablet, a panel to the right reads “Cortical fluid” with a bar that shows Bernard’s at a dangerously low level: 7 percent.

6. At least one scene in the episode is actually a memory, rather than live action.

As Bernard is trying to persuade Elsie to help him, he sees himself coming up toward the cave. Elsie can’t see him, so it must be a memory. He’s wearing his customary work outfit—a dark tie, cardigan and and unbuttoned shirt—so the events that the memory is recording must have occurred before Ford’s death. Elsie later explains to Bernard that his memories are essentially not in order. This means Westworld could theoretically jump into the future as far as Bernard ends up being alive, which is totally next level. So when is Bernard remembering these scenes from?

7. We’ve seen the symbol on the door to the secret lab before.

Elsie and Bernard get out of the elevator and on the outside we can see a symbol depicting linked hexagons. Where have we seen that before? In Emily’s notebook and in the building where Charlotte Hale and Bernard camped out in the aftermath of Ford’s death—which must have been this lab. So Emily seems to be searching for the lab, or at least know about it.

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8. What’s a control unit?

In the lab, Elsie finds a “control unit printer.” We’ve heard the term before and can now confirm that control units are the egg-like devices that are placed inside hosts’ heads and hold their programming.

9. Emily seems to be on a suicide mission.

“I’m not looking to get out of here” she tells Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) after they’ve been captured by Ghost Nation. Either she wants to stay at the park forever (unlikely, seeing how much she seems to hate her father and his work) or she thinks her purpose could have deadly consequences.

10. What’s a cognitive plateau?

Apparently Delos still hasn’t found a way to create stable clones. Its technology can’t overcome what engineers call a cognitive plateau, which describes the limitations of clones’ minds: a clone may be stable for a matter of hours or days, and then inevitably starts to fall apart because its mind “rejects reality, rejects itself.”

11. William and James’ last meeting occurred more recently than you might think.

Bernard and Elsie stumble across the facility where James had been kept. After their fraught last meeting, William had told a tech to keep the clone operational for a few days to observe his degradation. We’ve seen that the whole holding room is incinerated every time a new build is terminated, and while it’s been smashed up, much of the room still exists, so that must mean that final meeting happened not too long before Ford’s death.

12. What does James Delos say when he breaks down?

After the 149th James clone goes on a rampage, he finally wears out when Bernard takes him down. As he breaks down even further, he says, “They say there were two fathers. One above, one below. They lied. There was only ever the devil, who managed to look up from the bottom. It was just his reflection laughing back down at you.”

13. How do the clones work?

When Bernard and Elsie discover the secret lab and the latest build of the James clone, Elsie deduces, “They printed his body and copied his brain to a control unit, like a host.”



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