S03E02 - Two in the Box
No: 20 | Season: 3 Episode: 2 | Air Date: 1-May-16
Dinesh and Gilfoyle are impressed by the amenities of the new Pied Piper offices, but Richard immediately has concerns about the direction of the company. Jared finds out the person to which he rented his condo is now squatting in the unit. Meanwhile, Erlich tries to evict Jian, but he decides to remain as a squatter, taking a cue from Jared's situation. In a sudden epiphany, the recently fired Nucleus engineers manage to finally crack the secret of middle out compression.
Director and Writers
Director: Mike Judge
Written by: Ron Weiner
Erlich: Richard, is that our new logo?
Jared: I like it. It's clean and elegant, but not without some danger.
Jack: Gentlemen, welcome. I moved away from the flute-playing guy. I don't know if you guys realized it, but that was a little phallic.
Jack: Let me tell you a story. In 1999, Google was a little startup, just like we are. And when they started bringing in chefs and masseuses, we thought, "They're nuts!" But they were attracting the best possible people, and they were able to create the best product, and now they're worth over $400 billion. And do you know the name of that company?
Richard: Google, right? You said it at the beginning of the story.
Jack: You're right. I did that wrong.
Jack: Richard, I don't think you understand what the product is. The product isn't the platform, and the product isn't your algorithm, either. And it's not even the software. Do you know what Pied Piper's product is, Richard?
Richard: Is... Is it me?
Jack: Oh God! No! No. How could it possibly be you? You got fired. Pied Piper's product is its stock.
Announcer: It's a big world, but thanks to modern technology, it's smaller than ever. Today, business moves at the speed of light. You can access your company's data anywhere, anytime. But if you can get your data, who else can get it? Spies, thieves, criminals, and foreigners. (A photo of Dinesh appears)
"Stretch Your Face" by Tobacco (Opening title music)
"Time Hard" by The Pioneers (End-credits music.)
Notes and Trivia
In reference to the episode title: "Two in the Box" is a corporate management style where there are two equal managers.
Product placement? When Jian is telling Erlich he plans to stay in the house, he is holding food items such as Cap'n Crunch cereal and a box Snyders pretzels... and for some reason he is also holding an open box of baking soda.
According to Mike Judge, the horse sex scene was real, however they had to do some editing and compositing for the final cut as the horses finished their business very quickly.
In an interview, Thomas Middleditch divulged that he didn't witness the horses first hand as the horse scene was filmed in front of a green screen.
Although Josh Brener (Nelson 'Big Head' Bighetti), Amanda Crew (Monica) and Suzanne Cryer (Laurie Bream) are credited for this episode, they did not appear.
Noah sold his house and moved to Arizona in S02E10. However, in this episode, Jared says that he wishes to move out of "Noah's guest house" because, "Noah has been using a lot of hate speech with me lately."
|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||Zach Woods||Jared Dunn|
|Starring||Matt Ross||Gavin Belson|
|Starring||Suzanne Cryer||Laurie Bream|
|Starring||Jimmy O. Yang||Jian Yang|
|Guest Starring||Jill Alexander||Patrice|
|Guest Starring||Aly Mawji||Naveen Dutt|
|Guest Starring||Scott Prendergast||Scott|
|Guest Starring||Rogelio Ramos||Rogelio Ramos|
|Guest Starring||Brian Tichnell||Jason|
|Guest Starring||Andrew Daly||Doctor|
|Guest Starring||Brian Gattas||Ludwig|
|Guest Starring||Stephen Tobolowsky||Jack Barker|
|Co-Starring||Peter Banifaz||Hooli-Search Engineer|
|Co-Starring||Erin Breen||Jan AKA "Jan the Man"|