HBO’s ‘Westworld,’ Season 1, Episode 9, “The Well-Tempered Clavier” Recap

HBO's 'Westworld,' Season 1, Episode 9, Maeve

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Welcome to my recap of HBO’s latest offering, Westworld. Here’s what I thought of Episode 9 (entitled “The Well-Tempered Clavier”) of Season 1.

Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) is bringing Maeve (Thandie Newton) back online to discuss what went on in Episode 8. But Maeve is onto it and reminds Bernard they have been here before. And so begins the quest for Bernard to find out who he really is because Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) has wiped his memory and Maeve has to remind him that he is a host. She then instructs Bernard to put her back on the Westworld floor.

Once Bernard does this, Maeve hunts down Hector. She opens the safe for him and shatters his world because he has been chasing this safe forever and all for nothing. Because that is exactly what is inside the safe: nothing. This means she has Hector on board to do her biding. They have sex and start a fire (an actual one, not a sexy one), so that Maeve — I imagine — can get them both out of the Westworld loop and into the hands of Felix (Leonardo Nam).

HBO's 'Westworld,' Season 1, Episode 9, Bernard

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Bernard hunts down Dr. Ford and demands Ford let him see all of his memories. Dr. Ford is not so sure this is a good idea, but Bernard has backup, he has pulled Clementine (Angela Sarafyan) out of retirement and tinkered with her core programming so she only responds to him and will kill on command. So, Ford allows Bernard his precious memories. This, really, only brings him misery as he treks his way back through his son dying and a whole heap of other memories, including one that has him strangling Elsie (Shannon Woodward) without actually confirming her death. Most of these memories we have seen before but there is a means to this end, and I am really starting to believe what I previously suspected: that Bernard is Arnold. Well, not physically Arnold, but his consciousness in a host’s body.

And, to cut a long story short, this is exactly who Bernard really is. Once Bernard becomes aware of this though, Ford surprises him with the fact he can actually reprogram Clementine thanks to some tricky backdoor coding. And, now, considering Bernard now knows Arnold had actually created sentient hosts and wants to free them all, sets Bernard up to kill himself. Ford remind Bernard that hosts should never trust people because humans are, basically, a bunch of arseholes. Ford leaves the room, which is the cue for Bernard to kill himself and now I am no longer on the fence about Dr. Ford, I officially hate his stinking guts!

HBO's 'Westworld,' Season 1, Episode 9, Dolores

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While all this is going on, Dolores’ (Evan Rachel Wood) story is kind of crossing over with Bernard’s. She is being held by Logan (Ben Barnes), along with William (Jimmi Simpson). Logan is ready to fuck Dolores over to prove to William that she is just a host and not real. He does this by slitting open Dolores’ stomach, revealing her mechanics. Dolores gets shitty and slashes Logan’s face and shoots a heap of hosts, William tells her to run. William then starts lying like shit to get Logan to play nice. Logan, being an arrogant cunt falls for the lying way too easily and suddenly he and William are besties again. However, while Logan sleeps, William guts everyone in the town and announces that Logan is no longer the boss.

Dolores, meanwhile, is having all sorts of flashes of memories spliced in with Arnold telling her to remember. She finds the church in the town and enters the confessional. This is the doorway to the backside of Westworld. Dolores sees all sorts of different images in the same hallways, along with her flipping between her current clothes and the blue dress she used to wear indicating that whole multiple time frame theory is probably true. She eventually makes her way through the halls and down into the room where Bernard had been questioning her during previous episodes of Westworld. She remembers a time when she looked at Bernard and called him Arnold. She also is reminded by him that Arnold died because she killed him. Whoops! Not cool Dolores, not cool at all.

Dolores, knowing all this stuff, now leaves the back end of Westworld and reenters the park. She is immediately confronted by the Man in Black (Ed Harris). This doesn’t look good at all.

Before — although, is it before? Or is it a memory? Who even knows any more — the Man in Black confronted Dolores, he had an interesting time with Teddy (James Marsden) and Angela (Talulah Riley). Teddy is as boring and bland as usual, but Angela kills him and announces the Maze Game isn’t for the Man in Black before knocking him out. He wakes up to find out he has been tied to a skittish horse. If the horse bolts, he will be dragged. Lucky he manages to pull the knife out of Teddy and cut himself loose. This is when Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson) turns up and asks for the Man in Black’s vote to have Ford removed from Westworld. He is okay with that so long as Charlotte leaves him alone now so he can track down Arnold’s narratives.

On a side note, Elsie’s beacon has been detected in an remote part of the park. Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) decides to check it out. he gets attacked by hosts that are non-responsive to verbal commands. There goes another human but the looks of things.

What did you think of Episode 9 of Westworld? Let us know by commenting below!

The Season 1 finale of Westworld will air on HBO on Sunday, December 4 at 9:00 PM. You can view the preview for Episode 10 (entitled “The Bicameral Mind”) below.

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