S02E03 - Bad Money
No: 11 | Season: 2 Episode: 3 | Air Date: 26-Apr-15
I watched your whole Tech Crunch thing online, twice. That whole spaz thing you did... that was fucking priceless!
Despite everyone's disapproval, Richard decides to let Hooli acquire Pied Piper. However, on the way to meeting Russ Hanneman, a flashy and eccentric billionaire who made his money by putting radio on the internet, sidetracks Richard and makes a funding offer. Richard accepts the offer, especially to the surprise of Laurie Bream, and Gavin Belson, who quickly has his lawyers begin work on a fool-proof plan to win the Pied Piper lawsuit. Now funded, the Pied Piper team begins work on calculating a budget for the next 18 months, however they quickly discover that Hanneman's personality leaves a lot to be desired. Meanwhile, during an interview, Gavin Belson compares the treatment of billionaires to the suffering of Jews in the Holocaust, and he has to manage the backlash.
Director and Writers
Director: Alec Berg
Written by: Alec Berg
Jared: But Hooli was like an abusive spouse to me. You know, like that guy who married Julia Roberts in "Sleeping With The Enemy"? It was dehumanizing. But then, you, Richard, you pulled me out of the life and you gave me hope and you gave me a sense of self-worth. Like Richard Gere did to Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman.
Dinesh: This is weird.
Jared: Every day here has been like that shopping-spree scene. I'm putting on hats.
Jared: Richard, I'd understand if you took it, but watching you end up over there would break my heart.
Richard: What, like Julia Roberts from "My Best Friend's Wedding"?
Jared: I never saw it.
Russ: Anyway, next thing you know, we IPO, stock triples in a day and AOL gobbles us up. All of a sudden, I'm 22 years young and I'm worth 1.2 billion. Now a couple decades later, I'm worth 1.4. You do the math.
Richard: Okay. Well, that's a gain of $200 million over 20 years. Um, 16.66 repeating. Uh, that's less than 1% return. Inflation is, like, 1.7. I think CDs are 2%. So that's less than a CD.
Gavin Belson: I'm getting a little tired of this bias against the leaders of our industry. I'm continually creating jobs and helping people, and I'm tired of getting slapped for it. I didn't steal the money I have, and I resent being treated like I did. You know, there is a climate in this country that is very dangerous.
Kara Swisher: It's dangerous out there for billionaires?
Gavin Belson: There's that attitude again, Kara. Billionaires are people, too. We are leaders in technology, in industry, in finance. Look at history. Do you know who else vilified a tiny minority of financiers and progressive thinkers called the Jews?
Walter Mossberg: Wait a minute. Did you just compare the treatment of billionaires in America today to the plight of the Jews in Nazi Germany?
Gavin Belson: Absolutely. One could argue that billionaires are actually treated worse. (audience groans) And we didn't even do anything wrong. (more groans) We're an even smaller minority. (groans) There's a lot more of them. (groans) These are facts.
Russ: (Referring to Jared) I'm just gonna say it. This guy fucks. Am I right? 'Cause I'm looking at the rest of you guys, and this is the guy in the house doing all the fucking. Am I right? You know I'm right. This guy fucks.
Russ: (Referring to Dinesh) Hey, what's up, al-Qaeda? No, I'm totally kidding. I'm diffusing the tension with humor.
Dinesh: What tension? There's tension?
Russ: No, of course not. Seriously, though, no beheadings, all right?
"Stretch Your Face" by Tobacco (Opening title music)
"Phantom (Redux)" by Shirt (End-credits music.)
Notes and Trivia
When Thomas Middleditch (Richard) is shown approaching the Hooli building and looking up at the Hooli sign, he is looking at nothing. The Hooli sign was actually added digitally in post-production.
At the Gavin Belson interview. The actual audience was much smaller, but digitally enhanced to be larger in post-production.
When Chris Diamantopoulos (Russ Hanneman) jumps into the orange McLaren he smashes his ankle and almost breaks it. Also, when the McLaren wouldn't go, this was because Chris was not familiar with the transmission. The difficulty was left in the final cut.
The Pied Piper billboards that appear in the episode were all added digitally in post-production. However, the week that the episode aired HBO actually put up real versions of the billboards.
The (fake) address of Erlich's house is 5230 Newell Road.
The basketball court near where Richard originally met Russ Hanneman in front of "Hooli" headquarters are located in the "Silicon Beach" area of Los Angeles at 12025 Waterfront Drive, Los Angeles, CA. (Google Street View)
The establishing shot of the outside of the hotel where Gavin Belson gave the bad interview with Walter Mossberg and Kara Swisher was taken at the Omni San Francisco, 500 California St, San Francisco, CA.
|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||Amanda Crew||Monica Hall|
|Starring||Zach Woods||Donald 'Jared' Dunn|
|Starring||Matt Ross||Gavin Belson|
|Starring||Suzanne Cryer||Laurie Bream|
|Starring||Jimmy O. Yang||Jian Yang|
|Guest Starring||Chris Diamantopoulos||Russ Hanneman|
|Guest Starring||Bernard White||Denpok (Spiritual Advisor)|