S01E04 - Fiduciary Duties

No: 4  |   Season: 1   Episode: 4  |   Air Date: 27-Apr-14  

I wish this was Roman times. You know, life was simpler back then.I wish this was Roman times. You know, life was simpler back then.

Summary

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

Quotes

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.
Erlich: Motherfuck!

Dinesh: I half-jokingly said to Gilfoyle last night it looks like Richard's gonna suck Erlich's dick. But that would be reasonable compared to this.

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)

Richard: I always knew I was missing something, and then when someone explained the concept of "game". I remember very distinctly thinking, "That's what I don't have".

Ron LaFlamme: All right, homey, I gotta go. My enema guy is here. (undoes his pants) Gary! Namaste!

Richard: You know, I wish this was Roman times. You know? Life was simpler back then.
Dinesh: Simpler for you. I would have been a slave.
Gilfoyle: There's still time.

Richard: Are you dressed like Steve Jobs?
Erlich: Oh, am I? Well, I suppose Steve and I always have shared a similar aesthetic.

(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.

Richard: Jared. I have no vision.
Jared: Yes, you do. I believe in you.
Richard: No, no, I literally have no vision. All I see is stars and swirls. I cannot see right now.

Music

"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.

Goofs

None

Locations

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Cast

StarringThomas MiddleditchRichard Hendricks
StarringT.J. MillerErlich Bachman
StarringJosh BrenerNelson 'Big Head' Bighetti
StarringMartin StarrBertram Gilfoyle
StarringKumail NanjianiDinesh Chugtai
StarringChristopher Evan WelchPeter Gregory
StarringAmanda CrewMonica Hall
StarringZach WoodsDonald 'Jared' Dunn
Co-StarringCaroline de Souza CorreaAnastasia
Co-StarringJimmy O. YangJian Yang (as Jimmy Ouyang)
Co-StarringAndrew Shaw
Co-StarringJeff SlonikerHooli Roof Employee
Co-StarringHarrison ThomasMatt (Hooli Roof Employee)
Guest StarringBen FeldmanRon LaFlamme
Guest StarringMichael Alba
Guest StarringKaley Hatfield
Guest StarringAlana Hyland
Guest StarringFalon Johnson
Guest StarringNatalie La RoseHerself (Performing with Flo Rida)
Guest StarringSienna Lyons
Guest StarringAly MawjiAly Dutta
Guest StarringBrian TichnellJason
Guest StarringGabriel TigermanGary Irving
Guest StarringJonna WalshBrooke
WithFlo RidaHimself (as Tramar 'Flo Rida' David)
WithMatt RossGavin Belson (credit only)