RECAP: SILICON VALLEY, S3EP5 – TEMPER TANTRUMS AND HOLE DRILLING
Laurie’s search for a CEO continues and with it, Richard grows more annoyed and anxious as to the fate of his company. Despite this though, Richard steps up. We finally experience the leader that he should’ve been from the very beginning. As CTO, he is the highest ranking officer in the company and his first order of business is to eliminate everyone and everything that isn’t important to company in order to acquire capital to build the platform. It feels so good to finally see Richard in this form. I want more of this and less of the whiny Richard that comes by every few episodes.
A blogger talks shit about Richard and his tech, so Richard convinces Laurie to let him have an interview with the blogger. But because Richard has a habit of being incomprehensible, Laurie sends him to talks to a PR rep before the interview.
Laurie: You do tend to babble on when you're under pressure.
Richard: Why does this thing people say?
Richard heads over to meet the PR Head before his meeting with the blogger. Characteristically, Richard fucks up and ends up going into the room with the blogger instead. There he unintentionally bitches to the reporter about Laurie and her stupid decisions. Meanwhile Monica and Laurie have a dinner meeting where Laurie confesses to Monica that she was wrong and wants to reinstate Richard as CEO but she had to pretend to search for a new CEO for investors purposes. It feels refreshing to know that people are finally putting their fate in Richard and he deserves it for basically getting the company to where it currently is. What sucks for Richard is that he is his own worst enemy.
When Richard finds out that he emptied his frustration on the blogger and not the PR rep, he attempts to kill the story. The only way the reporter would allow this to happen is if he gave her a bigger story. Luckily for Richard, Big Head had one for him. Big Head spills the beans that Gavin Belson had altered Hooli’s search engine to remove negative mentions of the Nucleus project. Richard’s story is spiked and he goes on to reobtain his CEO status in Pied Piper. The icing on the cake is that Jared manages to find cheap engineers for the company through outsourcing. In a touching moment, Jared rolls out Jack’s CEO chair for Richard to sit on and Richard, while video conferencing with his new employees, manages to make a joke of himself adjusting the chair. No matter what happens to Richard, his clumsiness never changes. I love this part of Richard. Please never change that.
The major subplot of the week was Dinesh, Gilfoyle and Jared working on selling the company’s office equipment ranging from chairs to hard drives. Unfortunately, Dinesh’s personal hard drive with the pivotal information about the platform accidentally gets sold. Gilfoyle pretends to be a part of Geek Squad, infiltrates the old man’s house who now owns the hard drive and drills it right in front of his confused face. It was hilarious only for Gilfoyle to make it better by saying “You're gonna be replacing it” as he saw the actual Geek Squad employee approaching the house.
Another amazing episode this season and I’m keen to see how outsourcing the project works out for the crew. For Richard’s sake, I hope it goes well but regardless I’m excited to see how they plan to finish off this incredible season.