S03E03 - Meinertzhagen's Haversack
No: 21 | Season: 3 Episode: 3 | Air Date: 8-May-16
It is a question mark made of human hair harvested apparently from dead people in India. It's a pun. It signifies, at Raviga we ask the big hairy questions.
After visiting the server farm where the new Pied Piper storage appliances would be housed, Richard confronts Jack about the company's direction. After Jack shoots him down, Richard visits Raviga and makes the same complaint to Laurie Bream, who actually agrees with Richard. Later, after Jack Barker throws a tantrum, Laurie allows him to continue managing Pied Piper on the path he wants. Meanwhile, Gilfoyle opens himself up to recruiters and receives plenty of free gifts and swag. However, he is also recruited by the End Frame guys who have apparently teamed up with the ex-Hooli engineers who cracked middle-out compression. Gilfoyle returns from the interview with the bad news, which causes Richard to decide they need to create a skunk-works where they can continue their development of the Pied Piper platform. Also, Dinesh starts wearing a gold chain, to which the guys (even Jared) start to bust his chops.
Director and Writers
Director: Charlie McDowell
Written by: Adam Countee
Erlich: When George Washington founded a little startup we've come to know as these United States of America, and he was tired of getting shit from his CEO, the King of England, did he just roll over and take it from behind? No. He called on his ride-or-die homeboys, Tommy Jefferson, Benny Franklin, and Alex Hamilton... who was half-black, so that's Dinesh.
Dinesh: I'm not half-black.
Erlich: He said, "Avast, ye fellow badasses, let's build this country the way we motherfucking want to." And so, Richard, if we want to build the platform, all we need to do is... build the platform.
Dinesh: That was underwhelming.
Carla: You guys are fucking nuts, but I dig it. Here's the deal. I'm going to need the back pay you guys owe me for when I was working for free, not to mention lost wages from my old job. Oh, and damages from when Jared sexually harassed me into being friends with that Monica chick.
Richard: So... all that and you're in?
Carla: In? No. That's just to keep me from telling Barker about your secret project.
Jared: No one's heard of Meinertzhagen's haversack?
Erlich: Of course I have, Jared. Just explain it to them.
Jared: Well, it's a principle of military deception. Essentially, it means you have to continue to act the part. So, as far as anyone knows, we're still building a box that we hate. We need to act like it.
Dinesh: That's exactly right. If we do anything differently, Barker's going to be onto us. We have to keep complaining about Barker. We have to keep bitching about the box.
Gilfoyle: We have to keep making fun of your gold chain. We have to. We don't have any other choice, Dinesh.
"Stretch Your Face" by Tobacco (Opening title music)
"Chameleon " by Herbie Hancock (Music that plays as they are making the plan)
"FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt (Feat. Rick Ross)" by Jay-Z (As they walk out of the elevator)
"Poison" by Bell Biv DeVoe (End-credits music.)
Notes and Trivia
In reference to the episode title: "Meinertzhagen's Haversack" refers to Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen who was famous for his "Haversack Ruse", where he purposely let a haversack (military backpack) containing false British battle plans fall into Turkish military hands, which resulted in British victory at the Battle of Beersheba.
The scene where the group is sitting in a circle and going over the plan was an homage to the movie "Ocean's Eleven" and its sequels.
At the beginning of the episode, when the guys are getting the tour of "Maleant", notice that their tour guide's name badge photo shows him as a young-looking version of himself.
On 10 May 16, Kumail Nanjiani tweeted that the chain story from this episode was actually taken from his real life. He added, "In HS I got a silver chain. It went worse than it does in the show."
When Carla mentions, "damages from when Jared sexually harassed me into being friends with that Monica chick," she is referring to Season 2 where Jared repeatedly attempted to force a friendship between Carla and Monica.
Although Josh Brener (Nelson 'Big Head' Bighetti) and Matt Ross (Gavin Belson) are credited for this episode, they did not appear. In fact, this is first episode where Matt Ross did not appear.
In the final scene, as they leave the elevator, you can see that Richard is wearing knee-pads beneath his pants.
During the sped-up work montage, Erlich's pizza box goes from half-full to empty, and then back to half-full again.
In the scene in Monica's office, when Richard turns away to look at the maintenance person hanging the "hair" art, there is an obvious over-dubbing of his voice.
|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||Jared Dunn|
|Starring||Matt Ross||Gavin Belson|
|Starring||Suzanne Cryer||Laurie Bream|
|Starring||Jimmy O. Yang||Jian Yang|
|Guest Starring||Aly Mawji||Naveen Dutt|
|Guest Starring||Brian Tichnell||Jason|
|Guest Starring||Ian Alda||Marc|
|Guest Starring||Stephen Tobolowsky||Jack Barker|
|Guest Starring||Alice Wetterlund||Carla Walton|