S01E04 - Fiduciary Duties
No: 4 | Season: 1 Episode: 4 | Air Date: 27-Apr-14
Richard panics after he learns that his company is one of eight file compression suites that Peter Gregory has invested in. At a lavish toga party hosted by Peter Gregory, Richard gets drunk and haphazardly offers Erlich a seat on the Pied Piper Board of Directors. Meanwhile at Hooli, the other engineers on the Nucleus team finally realize that Big Head has absolutely no knowledge of Pied Piper's compression algorithm. Subsequently, Big Head finds himself removed from the Nucleus project. However, he is not assigned to any new project, so he begins to spend his days on the roof eating snack food with the other Hooli employees who are "unassigned".
Director and Writers
Director: Maggie Carey
Written by: Ron Weiner
Richard: Fuck Erlich. I turned down 10 million dollars to build this thing. You want vision? I will show you fucking vision!
Jared: I like this new angry side of you. Being around angry people relaxes me because I know where I stand.
Ron LaFlamme: It's like you need both halves of the brain, right? The Jobs and the Wozniak. The ying and the yang.
Richard: Oh. I think it's "yin".
Ron LaFlamme: "Yin"? Like "yin and yan?"
Richard: No. Like yin and yang.
Ron LaFlamme: No. It's ying and yang, they're opposites.
Jian-Yang: I eat the fish.
Erlich: I understand you eat the fish. But when you clean the fish you can't leave the fish head and guts and shit in the sink. Because the whole house smells like a bait station. So you gotta put it in the trash and then take the trash out. Do you understand?
Jian-Yang: Yes. I eat the fish.
Flo Rida: Y'all put your hands together for my brother! The illest, the chillest, emperor of Rome, big Pete Gregory!
(Peter Gregory enters on a chair held up by mock slaves)
Gilfoyle: He is the illest and the chillest?
Flo Rida: Big Pete Gregory!
Peter Gregory: Thank you, Florida. Welcome to the Peter Gregory foundation's fourth annual orgy of caring. The first three were fine. I hope that you enjoy the party. There is a second bar in back where the line is much shorter. Thank you. I'm finished now. (hands the mic off)
(Preparing for a photo)
Erlich: Dinesh, leave it unbuttoned. We want you to look like shit. Makes for a better "before" photo.
Gilfoyle: But you're wearing a jacket.
Erlich: Yeah, because I'm the genius marketer. I'm not a code freak like you guys. Besides, I'm wearing sandals so I am iconoclasting a little bit.
Richard: You know, I turned down ten million dollars to build this thing. You want vision, I will show you fucking vision.
Jared: I like this new angry side to you. Being around angry people relaxes me, because I know where I stand.
"How I Feel" by Flo Rida (Performed at the toga party.)
"Father Sister Berzerker" by Tobacco (End-credits music.)
Notes and Trivia
The scene where Erlich tells Jian about the fish was based on a story told by writer Dan O'Keefe about himself and a college roommate.
Notice that Richard woke up in his bed with no sheets, because he is wearing his sheet as a toga.
Harrison Thomas, the young man Big Head hands the hacky sack to on the roof, is actor Dave Thomas' son.
Richard vomiting on Erlich at the end of the episode was simulated with an air cannon.
|Starring||Thomas Middleditch||Richard Hendricks|
|Starring||T.J. Miller||Erlich Bachman|
|Starring||Josh Brener||Nelson 'Big Head' Bighetti|
|Starring||Martin Starr||Bertram Gilfoyle|
|Starring||Kumail Nanjiani||Dinesh Chugtai|
|Starring||Christopher Evan Welch||Peter Gregory|
|Starring||Zach Woods||Donald 'Jared' Dunn|
|Co-Starring||Caroline de Souza Correa||Anastasia|
|Co-Starring||Jimmy O. Yang||Jian Yang (as Jimmy Ouyang)|
|Co-Starring||Jeff Sloniker||Hooli Roof Employee|
|Co-Starring||Harrison Thomas||Matt (Hooli Roof Employee)|
|Guest Starring||Ben Feldman||Ron LaFlamme|
|Guest Starring||Michael Alba|
|Guest Starring||Kaley Hatfield|
|Guest Starring||Alana Hyland|
|Guest Starring||Falon Johnson|
|Guest Starring||Natalie La Rose||Herself (Performing with Flo Rida)|
|Guest Starring||Sienna Lyons|
|Guest Starring||Aly Mawji||Aly Dutta|
|Guest Starring||Brian Tichnell||Jason|
|Guest Starring||Gabriel Tigerman||Gary Irving|
|Guest Starring||Jonna Walsh||Brooke|
|With||Flo Rida||Himself (as Tramar 'Flo Rida' David)|
|With||Matt Ross||Gavin Belson (credit only)|