Upon finishing the book I was not to thrilled with the ending, but we will get to that later. Chapter sixteen starts with Rick waiting in a hotel room for Rachel Rosen. One line he says on pg 184 is “Do androids dream?” I love how the author includes little things like this that connect to the title and the whole point of the book. I hope the film has this scene with Harrison Ford asking the question to connect it with the book. Back the story Rachel shows up with bourbon and ends up getting drunk, she talks about how Pris Stratton is the same model as she is. After talking about it she convinces Rick to go to bed with her, but he says he can’t because he will retire Pris later on and she looks just like her. Rachel says she will retire Pris and the two go to bed together.
In the next chapter Rick and Rachel leave together and he tells her that if it was legal he would marry her. I find this very odd because he is a bounty hunter and even though he has been going through weird feelings as of late, he is still a bounty hunter and he has a wife at home waiting for him to come home. However it is good though that he is actually having feelings going through him and his mind instead of just controlled ones. Rachel tells Rick that he won’t be able to hunt androids anymore because no bounty hunter can sleep with her and then hunt again. except for Phil Resch. This shows that Phil Resch was connected to all of this from the beginning and it makes you think how many bounty hunters has she actually slept with. Rick feels threatened upon this new information and accuses Rachel of knowing the other androids, she kind of just shrug’s him off and tells him to pay attention to the Buster Friendly show tonight because it is going to be interesting.
The next chapter begins with us back with John Isidore and the wanted androids. The are all gathering around the TV to watch Buster Friendly’s announcement, however while the androids gather around to watch John finds something incredible. John actually finds a spider which are supposed to be extinct. Amazed by this he shows Pris and she asks why does a spider need all those legs? and John says they just do. Not believing this Pris begins to cut the legs off of the spider. While in the background Buster Friendly announces that Wilbur Mercer is a fraud, That he is an actor that uses a sound stage to get people to believe his acts. Meanwhile Pris cuts off half of the legs of the spider and it attempt to crawl away proving Pris right. In this moment John just loses it all at once he takes the spider and drowns it to end its misery, The androids can’t decide if he is upset about Mercer or the spider. The androids then realize that the empathy box are fake and kind of decide that it is something they can’t chase after anymore. I feel like in that moment humans were almost just like androids because this thing they thought was helping them feel empathy was fake, so this whole time they were feeling nothing. In that moment humans were just as empty as androids. Back to Isidore he begins to freak out so much he actually hallucinates the world around him falling apart, he then sees the the spider he drown walking across the floor with all of his legs and John believes that Mercer is near. John sees Mercer and he asks him if the story is true in which he admits it is true, but then an alarm goes off waking John up from this hallucination, Rick had arrived to retire the androids.
The next chapter begins and John is sent in to the hall to meet the bounty hunter, on his way in the hall John releases the spider to go outside, Rick finds him and asks why he is letting it go and Isidore responds with “I have to other wise the androids will hurt it”. This basically gave up the androids without John trying to give them up. Rick is warned by mercer that there is an android on the steps. Rick is then thrown off because it looks like Rachel, but he looks past is after she lunges after him and he retires her. Rick then heads to the apartment where the Batys are waiting for him, He knocks on the door pretending to be John, but the android knows better and shoots at him. Roy Baty misses him and Rick then shoots Irmgard Baty retiring her and he does the same to Roy. He then leaves telling John not to go back there, but he had already seen the body of Pris.
The next chapter starts with Rick telling Bryant that he finished retiring the rest of the androids. On his way out John tells Rick that he is going to move in closer to the city so he is closer to more people, Rick offers him an apartment in his building and John refuses saying he does not wanna live the close to him. I feel like John refuses ricks offer because he looks at Rick as a monster who has no empathy or feelings at all making him just as bad as the androids. Rick heads home and he is told by his wife that someone has killed the goat. It turns out the description Iran gave him was perfect for Rachel. This makes me think immediately to the quote “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorn”. I think this right away because maybe Rachel was jealous that after everything he was going home to Iran or maybe she wanted to threaten him back like how he threatened her.
In the next chapter Rick goes out I guess to vent after learning his goat was killed. While in his car he tries to call Dave Holden in the hospital, but despite all of his efforts the doctor tells him that he can’t talk to him. Rick then stops at a hillside and starts walking up it feeling defeated because maybe he finally learned how to really feel something that is not produced by some machine. While on the hill he begins getting hit by rocks really hard, he then thinks he sees Mercer but is mistaken by his shadow. After that whole fiasco he heads back to his hover car and tires to call Bryant. He can only get in touch with Bryant’s Secretary who tells him that Bryant went to the Chief to recommend him for a citation for retiring six androids. She also tells him that he is not looking all that well and that he kind of looks like Mercer. Rick says I’m Wilbur Mercer; I have permanently fused with him and i can’t unfuse with him. I can’t tell if he actually fused with Mercer in some weird way or if just finally cracked. After the call he notices something outside the car that gets his hopes up.
In the last chapter Rick finds a toad which are supposed to be extinct. He takes it and gets int the car to bring it home. When he gets home he shows Iran and as she plays around with it finds a control panel and it turns out that it was electrical. Rick shows signs of disappointment, but after everything he had been through says ” The electrical things have lives too”. This shows that after everything he learned how to accept even androids as people too, changing his outlook on life. However Iran convinces him to go to sleep and use the mod organ to help him feel better. I hate how everything he had finally felt real feelings and he just went back to the mood organ and the fake feelings. The story ends with Iran calling a repair shop for the the frog to be repaired for Rick and she the drinks her coffee. I won’t lie I’m not a real fan of the ending, i feel like it was very anti-climatic and it that it just ended in reverse to how it started with Rick feeling depressed now and Iran feeling happy. I thought it was gonna end where Rick and everyone else where the androids and that the Nexus six were actually the humans. However that did not happen hopefully Blade Runner has a good visual of this and maybe a better ending.