Rick meets John Isidore on the roof of his building where he is releasing the spider into a patch of weeds. Rick then goes into the building to retire the androids. As he goes through the building he has an encounter with Mercer, who tells him that what he has to do must be done. At that time a girl that looks just like Rachael Rosen runs towards him and Rick realizes that, because she looks just like Rachael, she is there to illicit an empathetic response in him, giving the other androids time to kill him. He fires his laser and kills Pris Stratton.
In a departure from the tendency among most critics to examine the novel in relation to other texts by Dick, Klaus Benesch  examined Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? primarily in connection with Lacan's essay on the mirror stage. There, Lacan claims that the formation and reassurance of the self depends on the construction of an Other through imagery, beginning with a double as seen in the mirror. The androids, Benesch argues, perform a doubling function similar to the mirror image of the self, but they do this on a social, not individual, scale. Therefore, human anxiety about androids expresses uncertainty about human identity and society. Benesch draws on Kathleen Woodward's  emphasis on the body to illustrate the shape of human anxiety about an android Other . The debate over distinctions between human and machine, Woodward asserts, usually fail to acknowledge the presence of the body. "If machines are invariably contrived as technological prostheses that are designed to amplify the physical faculties of the body, they are also built, according to this logic, to outdo, to surpass the human in the sphere of physicality altogether".