S02E08 - White Hat/Black Hat
No: 16 | Season: 2 Episode: 8 | Air Date: 31-May-15
When Russ Hanneman learns Richard has arranged a trial with Intersite he arrives at the house with a bottle of his brand-name tequila, "Tres Commas". Meanwhile, after a Hooli board meeting, Gavin Belson seeks out a scapegoat on which to transfer the blame for the Nucleus failure. He convinces Davis Bannercheck to return to Hooli to head up the Nucleus project. However, after Bannercheck interviews the Nucleus team to assess the state of the project, he immediately speeds away from Hooli in his car. Back at Pied Piper, Richard feels responsible, after he learns that Seth Lee, EndFrame's security engineer, was fired. After meeting with Seth, Richard becomes paranoid Seth is going to hack the Pied Piper system. Later, as Pied Piper is transferring data from Intersite, Russ Hanneman arrives to celebrate. Soon, Intersite's content begins to be indiscriminately deleted, making the Pied Piper team fearful that Seth has hacked their system. However, it turns out that Russ placed his tequila bottle on the delete key of a laptop that was connected to the Intersite server.
Director and Writers
Director: Alec Berg
Written by: Daniel Lyons
Richard: The point is, what are we gonna do about Seth?
Gilfoyle: How do you mean?
Richard: Well, I mean, we have an unemployed and very pissed off systems guy, who very publicly threatened to skullfuck our whole system.
Gilfoyle: He's not gonna do shit. He's a coder.
Dinesh: By definition, we're all pussies.
Gilfoyle: Look, he'll vent for half an hour and then he'll go LARPing and mogging and stroke his dick for a while. Even if he does try to crack us, Richard, I built our network security myself. I'm not worried about it at all.
Monica: The problem is, he's basically created the perfect tool for pedophiles to find victims.
Erlich: Yes, and pedophiles are typically not early-adopters, so we would miss out on that whole market. That's problematic.
(Bannercheck's first meeting with the Nucleus team)
Bannercheck: I'm sure the work that you have done so far has been very good. But now that I am here, the real work begins, and time is of the essence. I'm gonna need status reports from every department. Where are we?
Aly: We have a mobile beta on a HooliPhone.
Jason: You wanna see it?
Bannercheck: Mmm? Yeah.
(Cut to Gavin Belson at a "Habitat for Humanity" construction site)
Gavin: He quit? What do you mean he quit?
Scott: According to security, he entered the building at 9:13. He met with the Nucleus team for 11 minutes. Then he used his key card to exit the building.
Patrice: Three minutes later, he was clocked at 73 in a 25 zone going past our daycare center. He never returned, and he hasn't responded to our calls or e-mail.
Richard: Seth is out there lurking. Just lurking in the darknet ready to pounce like an Internet panther. And we don't care. Okay, well, frankly, your lack of paranoia is insane to me.
Gilfoyle: Now you're paranoid that we're not paranoid enough?
Dinesh: You're para-paranoid, Richard.
Erlich: In our initial build we realized that the same geo-tagging technology that could be used to locate uncrowded playgrounds could also be used to prey on children, our greatest natural resource, by one of society's worst elements Pedophiles.
Laurie: The pedophile facing nature of the app would present marketing pain points. Yes.
Erlich: But under Monica's guidance, we realized the same technology could also be used to create a real-time, crowd-sourced map of an even worse segment of the population.
Laurie: Worse than pedophiles?
Erlich: Smokers. Because, let's face it, no one's ever died of secondhand heroin.
Richard: (referring to the McLaren) You got this for me?
Russ: What? No, I It's for me. I bought this for myself to celebrate you guys helping me get back to a billion. That's why I came here, to show it to you. To say thank you. I'm not an asshole.
Dinesh: You drove here with a bow on it?
Russ: No, I put it on after I parked.
Richard: Did we delete over 9,000 hours of your premium content? Yes, we did. And that is bad, certainly. But the way we did it. See, our compression is so incredibly powerful that we were able to delete all those files at a rate that until now was unthinkable...
"Stretch Your Face" by Tobacco (Opening title music)
"Lost In The Crowd" by Bass Nectar feat. Fashawn and Zion I (End-credits music.)
Notes and Trivia
There is a deleted plot line in this episode where Jared is having difficulty with Pied Piper's broadband supplier, and tries to make the company seem larger by inventing fictional employees and an aggressive supervisor. Everything comes to a head when he has to pretend he is his own supervisor on the phone.
When Richard and Russ are drinking tequila and Russ raises his hand to be hi-fived, his mouth can be seen moving (with no sound) during the shot over his shoulder.
When Russ and Richard are drinking tequila, Richard's shirt has a wet spot in one shot and is dry in the next shot.
|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|
|Starring||Jimmy O. Yang||Jian Yang|
|Guest Starring||Jill E. Alexander||Patrice (as Jill Alexander)|
|Guest Starring||Chris Diamantopoulos||Russ Hanneman|
|Guest Starring||Patrick Fischler||Dr. Davis Bannercheck|
|Guest Starring||Aly Mawji||Aly Dutta|
|Guest Starring||Rogelio T. Ramos||Another Executive (as Rogelio Ramos)|
|Guest Starring||Romy Rosemont||Molly Kendall|
|Guest Starring||Scott Prendergast||Scott|
|Guest Starring||Brian Tichnell||Jason|
|Guest Starring||Alice Wetterlund||Carla Walton|
|Co-Starring||Taylor Coffman||Marketing Executive|