At the end of Westworld's second season, Dolores escapes in Charlotte's replicated body. Before she speaks with Stubs and goes on board of a boat to escape the island a guard checks her with a device that is seen on earlier episodes to be used to distinguish between guests and hosts.

So how does Dolores pass this check without the guard noticing?

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    Personally I didn't think it did pass - I thought the park security guy (forget his name) decided to let her out even though he knew she was a host. That's why he explicitly pointed out that he is responsible only for those hosts within the park. To me that seemed pretty clear, though I have to say his motives for doing that are a bit murky to me. All in all I found the episode pretty confusing, and I normally love anything the Nolan's touch.
    – JVC
    Jun 27, 2018 at 22:51
  • I'd argue that the current title is still a bit of a spoiler, why not edit it to be more vague? Jun 28, 2018 at 21:47
  • @TankorSmash - The edited title is pretty vauge if you haven't already saw the episode. I saw part of the original title before seeing the episode (but managed to look away before reading it all) AND then I saw the edited title still before seeing the episode (this time the whole thing) and last night I finally watched the episode. I had to visit here again to see if the 2 were even the same question (and to confirm to myself I'd managed to dodge a massive spoiler in the first one which was very mean and very poor). Without context 'pass the test' to me could have refered to anything. Jun 29, 2018 at 13:23
  • @freedomn-m Yeah I didn't say he was the one who scanned her, just that he seems to have let her go. He clearly saw who she was, seemed to indicate clear recognition, then just calmly turned his back on the whole matter. I got the feeling that he kinda wanted to "stick it to the man", so to speak, and let the company get whatever trouble it deserves for what it had done. By this point he was pretty disgruntled IMO so it wouldn't surprise me that he wanted a touch of payback.
    – JVC
    Jun 17, 2019 at 15:31

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This is explained by the show's creator here. The scanners are not reliable.

Q: Ah, okay. Readers might also wonder why the neck-scanner didn’t register Dolores/Charlotte as a host. I’m assuming that was Ford’s tinkering?

A: Yeah, absolutely that’s in a place where the systems are all code, all the tools they have give them a sense of false confidence. Anything is possible with Ford at the helm.

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    The other answer seems correct and more fun, But this one is just from the creator. Have to accept.
    – azerafati
    Jun 28, 2018 at 5:57
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    @azerafati Worth bearing in mind it's possible the creator could be deliberately vague / ambiguous / misleading if they have further possible twists planned around this scene.
    – berry120
    Jun 28, 2018 at 14:48
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    @azerafati The showrunners do seem to delight in ignoring the rules they have established in favor of ambiguity. Jun 28, 2018 at 17:45
  • They invented the Ford-ex-machina!
    – Taladris
    Aug 15, 2018 at 12:02

The scanners test for the explosive security device implanted in hosts' necks. Bernard presumably did not install this when constructing the Hale body for Dolores.

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    Thank you for the screen shot. I've watched every episode and never saw what the scanner's screen said. Jun 27, 2018 at 17:48
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    Wasn't it Bernard who constructed the Hale body though? Jun 28, 2018 at 9:50
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    I'm surprised they didn't explicitly mention this, it's a good reminder of why hosts have such a problem getting out of Westworld (which I had forgotten entirely because I don't think it was ever mentioned this season). Also, it emphasizes the necessity of smuggling out host brains rather than whole hosts.
    – poompt
    Jun 28, 2018 at 15:15
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    +1. Because they're not "used to distinguish between guests and hosts". Scanning For Restraint Ordnance is what they do.
    – Mazura
    Jun 30, 2018 at 0:24
  • I wonder why they are not pointing a metal detector toward the head?
    – azerafati
    Jul 8, 2018 at 12:31

Stubbs says the following just before clearing "Charlotte":

You know, the old man himself hired me. So many years ago I can barely remember it. But he was very clear about my role here. About who I was supposed to be loyal to. I guess you could call it my core drive. And this project the company started blurs the lines. You know? I'm just not sure who you're supposed to be loyal to in a world like that.

But what do I know? Guess I just stick to the role Ford gave me. I'm responsible for every host inside the park.

(Emphasis mine.)

Interpret this how you will, but I took this to mean that Delores didn't pass the scanner's test, but Stubbs chose to let her pass anyway. If she's out of the park, she's not his responsibility.

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    This was my interpretation too. Also worth noting: the phrase "core drive" carries some implication that Stubbs also might be a host, and therefore possibly still acting directly under Ford's control.
    – N. Virgo
    Jun 28, 2018 at 10:40
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    @Nathaniel Yes, I thought that as well, but didn't want to confuse things yet further!
    – berry120
    Jun 28, 2018 at 11:19
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    My take was that she passed the test, but Stubbs somehow knew she was a host...and chose to let her go. Jun 28, 2018 at 14:46
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    Yeah, I also interpreted it like that. Ford was no longer in the system as Bernard realised. He said he "imagined "him
    – d4c0d312
    Jun 28, 2018 at 17:16
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    It wasn't Stubbs who scanned her, so if Halores didn't pass the test wouldn't that security guy have shouted a warning or pulled his gun?
    – Oliver_C
    Jun 28, 2018 at 20:45

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