S03E07 - To Build a Better Beta
No: 25 | Season: 3 Episode: 7 | Air Date: 5-Jun-16
After the "Hawaiian" launch party, Bachmanity is shuttered when they are unable to pay their creditors. With Bighead moving out of his mansion, with only two cannonballs to his name, a wise Jared discovers that their business manager was embezzling from them. When initial reviews of the Pied Piper application are positive, Richard agrees to begin beta testing. As the guys hand out beta test invites to their friends, Dinesh struggles to find ten friends in which to offer his invites. Meanwhile, Gavin Belson surreptitiously obtains an invite to the beta test, but when the guys find out, Gilfoyle remotely kills his laptop and his Hooli phone, and causes the entire Hooli headquarters to black out. As a result of Gavin's ranting, most of the Hooli engineers quit, leaving Gavin with a huge dilemma. Everybody except Monica considers the Pied Piper beta test to be a success, and despite Monica's misgivings, Richard decides to take Pied Piper live. Finally, when Dinesh and Bighead meet with the D.A. over their legal options to recover their money, the D.A. informs Erlich he will have to pay his creditors first. Afterward, Erlich met with Laurie Bream for a business transaction, and then the creditors were somehow paid.
Director and Writers
Director: Jamie Babbit
Written by: John Levenstein
Erlich: Wait, that can't be right. How can Bachmanity still be so far in the hole? Look at all this shit that Big Head is selling.
Arthur: He was renting virtually everything in the house.
Erlich: He rented that cannon?
Arthur: It was for display purposes only. So you forfeit your deposit.
Erlich: It's a cannon. What's he supposed to do, not fire it?
Erlich: Shuttering a company in the tech world is almost a rite of passage, like herpes simplex one. At first, it's ugly and embarrassing and you're disgusted by your own dick. But after a while, in the larger scheme of things, you realize it's really...
Arthur: You're accusing me of impropriety? You, the man who spent $20,000 renting giant fiberglass tiki heads, and $40,000 more when one of them was misplaced on the way back to the rental house?
Erlich: I told you it wasn't misplaced. I know exactly where it is. It's at the bottom of the bay.
Erlich: You are going to go in your little fucking piggy bank right now and pay back every fucking kopeck that you stole from Big Head, and if you don't, we're gonna take our little show on the road, perhaps perform it for a man named the D.A.
Gavin: Acting on this would expose the fact that we're reading employees' private emails, destroying the spirit of trust and freedom to innovate that I've worked so hard to build here at Hooli. You know, it makes you wonder if the word Hooli has any meaning for these people whatsoever.
Jared: Well, people do create imaginary friends to meet their emotional needs. When I was little, I used to pretend that I shared a room with Harriet Tubman and we were always planning our big escape.
Gilfoyle: Why would Dinesh lie about having friends? Why would Tara lie to me about fucking other guys when we have a totally open and hedonistic relationship that allows for behavior like that? Because people like to lie, Richard. It's a war of all against all. The history of humanity is a book written in blood. We're all just animals in a pit.
Jared: I feel very sad.
Dinesh: Fucking Gilfoyle.
"Stretch Your Face" by Tobacco (Opening title music)
"Raw" by San Holo (End credits music)
Notes and Trivia
In the scene where Gavin (Matt Ross) says "Cut the power to the building" the second time, notice how he sprays spit on Jason (Brian Tichnell). Also, notice Jason's reaction.
In the scene where Gilfoyle is video chatting with Tara, there is a "Vansterdam" poster on the wall behind his workstation. Vansterdam is a nickname for Vancouver, Canada, which is known for its loose marijuana laws.
|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||Aly Mawji||Naveen|
|Guest Starring||Brian Tichnell||Jason|
|Guest Starring||Ian Alda||Marc|
|Guest Starring||Anjali Bhimani||D.A.|
|Guest Starring||Ken Lerner||Arthur|
|Guest Starring||Annie Sertich||C.J. Cantwell|
|Guest Starring||Milana Vayntrub||Tara|
|Guest Starring||Chris Williams||Hoover|