S02E06 - Homicide
No: 14 | Season: 2 Episode: 6 | Air Date: 17-May-15
Hooli's debut of Nucleus, by using it to stream an UFC fight, fails spectacularly. The Pied Piper team senses an opportunity and immediately partner's with "Homicide" energy drink, which is owned by a former college friend of Erlich. While setting up for the event, where a stunt car will be launched from one skyscraper to another, Richard learns that the Homicide owner "Double-A" is not a fan of Erlich. After Richard agrees to do the deal without Erlich present, he cancels the agreement after learning Double-A's business intentions are not honourable. Meanwhile, Dinesh and Gilfoyle notice that Blaine, the stunt driver, has miscalculated the stunt and will likely be killed. After Blaine arrogantly refuses to listen to them, they perform a SWOT analysis based on Blaine's death. Meanwhile, Gavin Belson, concerned about the Nucleus failure, worries that he has surrounded himself with sycophants. At the end of the episode the Homicide stunt is broadcast by rival company "EndFrame", a company whose members had tricked Pied Piper into revealing their algorithm in S02E02. Meanwhile, Pied Piper has to settle for a live-stream of a condor egg, which may or may not hatch.
Director and Writers
Director: Mike Judge
Written by: Carrie Kemper
Jared: There was a live stream of an eagle's nest last year that went viral, and was getting millions of hits. And I don't wanna be inflammatory, but next to a condor, an eagle looks like a common cackling.
Erlich: He and his roommates used to live down the hall. I used to party in their room all the time. Uh, kind of a mentor-mentee sort of thing.
Gilfoyle: Coming from a manatee sort of thing.
Erlich: You look like a ferret that gave up on himself six months ago, Gilfoyle.
Dinesh: This is awesome. I don't know if it's what's in this (the energy drink) but I have, like, all these killer lines coming to me. I'm on fucking fire right now. Oh! She likes me, right?
Gilfoyle: Yeah, she's totally into you. Just not as into you as she is into that guy's mouth. (points to Gina kissing another man outside) He's definitely gonna fuck her later, and she's not gonna think of you while it's happening.
Dinesh: Goddamn it. Fuck. Now I'm just shaking. What do they put in this shit? Milk thistle? (throws out the energy drink)
Dinesh: Hey, you see what I saw?
Gilfoyle: Yes, uh, he's got the velocity calculated wrong. It's for a flat plane. He doesn't account for the curve in the ramp.
Dinesh: Exactly. He's probably used to doing straight ramps. I mean, the chart says he's gonna launch at 81 miles per hour, - but it's going to be more like...
Gilfoyle: Under 70. The downforce is ridiculous. He's gonna lose speed and hit the side of that wall... and die.
Dinesh: So we should probably...
Gilfoyle: Okay. All right.
(They walk back to talk to Blaine)
Gilfoyle: Hey, uh, Blaine? - One small thing...
Blaine: No. I'm gonna stop you right there, Glasses. 'Cause I told you once already, and I was very clear. I am too fucking busy to deal with you. Okay? I'm just being cool here. (Walks away)
Dinesh: All right? - What do we do here?
Gilfoyle: This is a tough one.
Gilfoyle: This might be morbid, but the cold hard fact is that if Blaine dies on our live stream, this could be good for us. I mean, we'd get a lot more traffic.
Dinesh: Well, and it would probably lead to calls for regulations in the stunt industry. So, in the long term, we're saving lives.
Erlich: (laughing throughout) To his face? You called him that to his face?
Richard: How could not mention the colostomy bag?
Erlich: Because it's a very private and personal matter, it's not a laughing matter.
Richard: You called him Double Asshole first. Remember, in college?
Erlich: Yeah, but not to his face, never to his face! Not even I'm that fucking cruel! But you are!
Richard: I'm actually not.
Erlich: You tore Double Asshole a third asshole! Triple-A!
"Stretch Your Face" by Tobacco (Opening title music)
"Bandz" by Big Makk (End-credits music.)
Notes and Trivia
"The Simpsons" episode "The Girl Code" (2016) contained many "Silicon Valley" references including a SWOT board with a note card saying "Blaine Might Die" in the "Opportunities" section.
Under "Weaknesses" on Dinesh and Gilfoyle's SWOT board is a card stating, "Blaine's funeral televised preempts Star Trek TNG Marathon".
|Starring||Thomas Middleditch||Richard Hendricks|
|Starring||T.J. Miller||Erlich Bachman|
|Starring||Josh Brener||Nelson 'Big Head' Bighetti (credit only)|
|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 (credit only)|
|Starring||Jimmy O. Yang||Jian Yang (credit only)|
|Guest Starring||Chris Diamantopoulos||Russ Hanneman|
|Guest Starring||Aly Mawji||Aly Dutta|
|Guest Starring||Michael McMillian||Aaron 'Double A' Anderson|
|Guest Starring||Dustin Milligan||Blaine|
|Guest Starring||Brian Tichnell||Jason|
|Guest Starring||Alice Wetterlund||Carla Walton|
|Guest Starring||Bernard White||Denpok (Spiritual Advisor)|
|Guest Starring||Dana White||Himself|
|Co-Starring||Jill E. Alexander||Patrice (as Jill Alexander)|
|Co-Starring||Diane Chernansky||Heidi Evans|
|Co-Starring||Liz Eldridge||Testing Supervisor|
|Co-Starring||Porter Duong||Gina (as Porter Lynn)|
|Co-Starring||Rogelio T. Ramos||Executive (as Rogelio Ramos)|
|Co-Starring||Dante Swain||Graphic Designer|