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I’ve been pinged by Lee’s team no fewer than four times today. Mr. Salt can shit a golden goose egg for all I care – when he leapfrogs the line it throws my whole team’s workflow off.

–Elsie Hughes, in an email to Bernard Lowe

Elsie Hughes is a character in the sci-fi western TV series, Westworld. She is a rising star in the Behavior Lab and Diagnostics Dept. She diagnoses behavior problems in Westworld’s hosts, as well as programming them prior to entry into the park. Hughes is played by Shannon Woodward.

Biography

Background

Elsie was employed as a programmer for the Delos theme park, Westworld. She was Bernard Lowe's assistant and worked alongside him in the Behavior Lab and Diagnostics division of the Westworld Mesa Hub. She appears to have show affection to some of the hosts, especially the female hosts. She was shown treating Dolores with gentleness.[1] Elsie also 'stole a kiss' from the Old Clementine Pennyfeather while she was off-line in the Mesa Hub.[2]

Season One

"The Original"

Elsie and Bernard discover reveries in some of the hosts, following the upgrade of some ten percent of the population of Westworld, including Clementine. Bernard associates this to Dr. Robert Ford who usually likes to make them look more real. Elsie later helps diagnose the cause of Walter's violence in the saloon, which almost put visitors in danger. As a consequence, manager Theresa Cullen has them recall the upgraded hosts for diagnostics. Following a staged bloodbath in the town of Sweetwater, Elsie accounts for Dolores Abernathy and Teddy Flood dressed in the same time-period garb, the latter who was shot in the massacre.

"Chestnut"

Elsie requests to rebuild Abernathy Ranch but Bernard refuses. Elsie messes with Maeve's personality programming in order to keep Lee Sizemore from removing her from the narrative. A curious assistant asks if Hosts dream. Elsie says no but does admit that they understand the concept of dreams. If someone forgets to wipe a past narrative, Hosts are programmed to think that they are dreams - as a safety measure so that they can deal with bad dreams.

"The Stray"

Elsie and Stubbs team up to find the lost Woodcutter host. They visit the Woodcutter's Python Pass camp and Elsie notices that the host had been carving strange markings into his wood carvings. Stubbs says that the markings are the constellation, Orion, and Elsie wonders why a host would carve that without being programmed to do so. Elsie finds the lost host stuck in a crevasse. Stubbs rappels into the crevasse to retrieve the Woodcutter's head, but the host doesn't stay in sleep mode. The Host climbs out of the crevasse and approaches Elsie holding a boulder over its head. Elsie tries to shut down the host via her tablet device, and the Woodcutter bashes in his own head with the boulder.

"Dissonance Theory"

Elsie approaches Destin and threatens to reveal his "necro perv" activities with the hosts, if he doesn't let her examine the Woodcutter. That's when she finds a laser-based satellite up-link in the host's arm and shows it to Bernard.

"The Adversary"

Elsie heads to Sector 3 to figure out who is responsible for the corporate espionage. Elsie believes that Theresa must be responsible because she was the last to have logged into the relay. Elsie starts to download information from the relay, but before she finishes she hears a noise, and someone grabs her from behind.

"Trace Decay"

Elsie appears in a memory that Bernard 'sees' before Ford wipes his memory. In this memory, Bernard is seen strangling Elsie. It is unclear whether Bernard has killed Elsie, but his has this memory right after he asks Ford whether Ford has ever made him hurt someone like he hurt Theresa.

"The Well-Tempered Clavier"

Bernard regains his memories and one of them is of him appearing to strangle Elsie. Bernard believes that he killed her.

Personality

Elsie sees herself as the smartest person in the room.[2] She is tenacious, smart, and quick-witted. She can also be impulsive. The only romantic encounter she has is with a female host.

Relationships

Bernard Lowe

Elsie's closest relationship in the park appears to be with her boss, Bernard. She is often seen working with him running diagnostics on the park's hosts.

Ashley Stubbs

When Stubbs and Elsie pursue a stray host, they trade insults that neither takes seriously. However, when the two of them were in danger from a malfunctioning host, they did show real concern for each others safety.

Clementine Pennyfeather

During "The Original", Elsie is shown (Old) Clementine's reverie, an unconscious brushing of her lip, by Bernard. After Bernard leaves, Elsie strokes Clementine's hair, and after looking around to make sure no one is watching, Elsie gives the off-line Clementine a kiss.

Appearances

Trivia

THR: Bernard asks Ford if he's ever hurt anyone other than Theresa. Ford says no, and as he does, Bernard experiences a vision in which he's choking Elsie. Some are taking that as confirmation that Bernard killed Elsie (Shannon Woodward). Is that the right read?
SW: (Laughs) Let me refer you to your earlier question about Lost. There's a form of storytelling that I happen to be somewhat partial to, which embraces the thrill of ambiguity. So I will only say this: I will answer your question with this question. Are we in fact sure that that was Elsie?

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References

  1. The Original
  2. 2.0 2.1 Shannon Woodward, on twitter
  3. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/westworld-director-lost-comparisons-man-in-black-949612
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