RECAP: SILICON VALLEY, S3EP8 – FRIENDSHIP, THE JACKET AND THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE
Quite a lot happened on this week’s Silicon Valley. Friendships were tested. Fashion statements were made. Animals appeared as well as some old, familiar faces. What did it all add up to? A pleasing episode to watch with some nice dynamic shifts between plot points.
This weeks big and early reveal was that Erlich had in fact sold his shares. It was heartbreaking and I honestly felt bad for the guy, especially because he had to keep it from his best friend and business partner, Richard. From there, the episode turned into an emotional wreck between the two. I would say there was more emotion and bromance in this episode than there was in the relationship based episode two weeks ago.
In the end it was Erlich though who decided to take the bullet and swallow his pride for the company. Mind you, he may have done it by accident but it was a noble act regardless. Richard too proved he was a great friend. After realizing what Erlich had done and why, he offers Erlich a job with the company, proving to be one of the most heart touching moments of the entire series so far. Oh, and did I mention Russ was there? Well he was and he was as douchey as ever. Still love him though.
Gavin Belson was back with his animal analogies, this time with the tortoise and the hare. Unfortunately for him though, it wasn’t enough to keep his job and he got put on the roof. Interestingly though, we saw a recent face come back. Jack Barker and Gavin Belson had a nice little interaction on the tarmac. I thought it was hilarious how both were going to the same place, both returning at the same time and both enjoyed playing chess, yet they decide to take two separate planes and play chess over Wi-Fi instead. I don’t think this was a coincidence though. There might be a small possibility that Action Jack is joining the Hooli team, especially considering the position that just opened up. Will he join them and build a box? Hopefully we find out next week.
The funniest plot of the episode had to be about the jacket. Jared made a Pied Piper jacket that was ugly as hell. Gilfoyle cunningly wore the jacket in public to embarrass Dinesh. Amusingly, it made Gilfoyle a rockstar. The icing on the cake was Gilfoyle refusing to acknowledge Dinesh. These two have a great dynamic, especially now that they’ve officially labelled each other as friends. Dinesh’s quest to be popular brought the episode to an end that reeked of desperation, but still pleasant. A nice high-point of a lonely Dinesh singing. Perfect.
Another amazing episode this week. With one more episode to go till the season finale, I do hope that they end the season with the full product launch as being successful. Maybe they might focus on Pied Piper’s expansion with new products and people next season but like I said before, hopefully this season ends well.