RECAP: SILICON VALLEY, S3EP10 – OWNERSHIP, VIDEO CHAT AND ELEPHANT PROBLEMS
Silicon Valley’s 3rd season has been an excellent one and it’s only fitting that the finale would finish it off nicely. It was packed to the brim with content and laughs, making it one of the finest episodes of the season.
Let’s address the elephant in the room (well actually the courtyard). It was a hilarious way to start the episode. The depressed circus elephant was a fitting way to end Gavin’s “thoughtful, zoological comparisons”. I’ve liked this season’s overarching storylines that span several episodes, despite the fact that most of them just seemed like minor subplots when they were first introduced. It shows how the writers were thinking ahead and allowed for fleshed out subplots that were then integrated back into the main story.
On Richard’s front, the fake DAUs became some of the episode’s best laughs. The interactions between the characters with this information was excellent. Jared crying when him and Richard shared a secret to Dinesh and Gilfoyle’s ‘ruse’. All the jokes landed and showed the amazing chemistry that the actors have with each other.
Erlich was too good at his job this week, finding capital opportunities left and right. Unfortunately, these didn’t go through due to the fake DAUs. It felt a bit stupid to reintroduce the Erlich-Richard conflict again considering it had just happened two weeks ago but at least it brought that bit with the Uber driver which I thought was great.
The episode rounds off with a bait and switch in more ways than one. Firstly, there’s Dinesh’s webchat program that saves the day and will likely become Pied Piper's big focus next season instead of their program. Once again it shows how Dinesh’s minor plot about seeing a girl turned into a savior for the company several episodes later. Also it’s good that Dinesh finally got that win I’ve wanted for weeks. His contribution is finally significant.
The other switch was that it was actually Bachmanity who had purchased Pied Piper and not Gavin Belson. The final switch was when it looked like the Richard-Erlich conflict was going to be reignited before they cut to being wasted together. I’m so glad they did that because it already felt as if they were pushing that plot point too far and it was good to see the whole crew back together in their original office space. I loved that they were playing ‘always blue” at the end as well. It brought back some good memories from previous seasons. Oh, and Jian-Yang was hilarious this episode as well.
Overall the episode was great, the season was great and most of all the journey from the pilot to now has been great. It amazing to see how far they’ve all come and I can’t wait till next year when the show starts up again.