S03E08 - Bachman's Earning's Over-Ride
No: 26 | Season: 3 Episode: 8 | Air Date: 12-Jun-16
As Erlich and Richard are interviewed by Emily Chang on Bloomberg, the facts of Erlich's sale of his Pied Piper shares began to leak. Monica insisted Erlich tell Richard about the deal, however Erlich struggles to do this. Meanwhile, Jared shows off a new yellow and green Pied Piper jacket, but it is panned by the rest of the Pied Piper team. In an attempt to screw with Dinesh, Gilfoyle wore the jacket to Philz coffee, however he was surprised to see excited people flock to him and take selfies. At Hooli, due to the failure of Nucleus, Gavin is transitioned into a more appropriate role in the company... which means he is now banished to the roof. He decided to take a trip to Jackson Hole, and accidentally bumped into Jack Barker on the way. When Richard discovered Erlich sold his shares to Laurie Bream he was incensed, however when he later found out Laurie forced Erlich to sell all his shares at a reduced price Richard took pity on Erlich and made him the head of publicity. At the end of the episode, the guys celebrated the inclusion Pied Piper in the Hooli app store.
Director and Writers
Director: Jamie Babbit
Written by: Carrie Kemper
Erlich: Richard... Richard actually developed this technology in my incubator. I am listed-- I was originally listed under the white pages as "Erlich Blachman," uh, with an "L," a typo that apparently couldn't be changed, and then Google indexed it, so I've been dealing with that.
Richard: What in God's name is that?
Jared: What do you think it is, it's a jacket! Now, I only ordered one as a sample, but once I have your sizes we can all have them.
Dinesh: Why would we all want them? One is already too many. I don't mean in the house, I mean, in the world.
Richard: (looking at the back of the jacket) Oh, hold on, there's more. "Pied Piper: Because 'awesome world-changing compression company' would take up too much space."
Dinesh: And you guys give me shit for a tiny gold chain?
Gilfoyle: I regret nothing.
Gavin: Consider the tortoise. As the fable teaches us, it may appear that he is losing in his race against his nemesis, the insolent and cocksure hare. But appearances can be deceiving.
Rachel: Gavin, the tortoise. Is it Endframe?
Gavin: Yes. But there's more.
Henry: The hare is Pied Piper.
Gavin: Indeed it is. Someone has read their Aesop!
Gavin: We've taken a page out of Apple's playbook and are currently "reviewing" the Pied Piper app for sale in our Hooli store at a pace one might call "tortoise-like." (Knocks on the Tortoise's shell)
Patrice: Don't! They hate that.
Richard: Monica. It's Monica.
Jared: Let's not jump to conclusions. She's the only one who's bought a jacket.
Richard: Jared. She's the only one who hates the platform. There's no other explanation for this. Okay. Monica fucked us. She pulled down our pants and fucked us in front of our parents.
Jared: (concerned) Did some... Richard, did somebody do that to you?
Erlich: (in a unicorn costume) And make sure that the money reads. I mean, Pied Piper is a billion-dollar company. It's not just a unicorn. All right, let's do some rearing. There we go. Now, let's let the horn sort of look like my dick. (sticks his torso out) Perfect.
Erlich: Richard, do you know what happens if this goes public? I'm Ron Wayne.
Erlich: Ron Wayne. The guy that owned ten percent of Apple and sold it in 1976. No one in this town will work with me ever again.
Richard: You should know that I have written a press release.
Richard: I'm not going to release it yet, but if I hear wind of these rumors spreading out of control, I'm going to send it to every tech publication and blog on the face of the earth. Do you understand?
Erlich: Even UPROXX?
Richard: Yes, even them.
Erlich: What do you think would happen if I didn't show up to this "Vanity Fair" event? I've already RSVP'd and given them a list of phony dietary restrictions just to cause a scene. I told them I was pesca-pescatarian. Which is one who eats solely fish who eat other fish. I think my absence would be noted.
Dinseh: Erlich brings up a good point.
Gilfoyle: It's true. Let us not forget Meinertzhagen's Havers...
Richard: Yes, yes, Meinertzhagen's Haversack. We all remember his sack.
Richard: Jared, are you okay?
Jared: It's just so many emotions. The board seat. I feel regret and glee that you would choose to honor me, and terror at not living up to your expectations, and compassion for Erlich's loss. Oh, Donald, you've come undone.
Gilfoyole: You still want him on the board?
Russ: What's up, boy genius? You here fucking?
Richard: Huh? No. No, no, no fucking. Just, uh, here for the "Vanity Fair" dinner.
Russ: Oh, yeah, I know that stupid dinner. Bunch of VC douchebags jerking each other off. Speaking of, I got this girl at the bar, I'm trying to take her up to the presidential suite before her fucking bridesmaids ruin the whole thing, but they're telling me it's booked. Who is it? Is it Gore? Fuck that guy.
Richard: Oh, God.
Russ: It's fucking humiliating losing all your money. You think when I dropped below a billion I walked around telling everybody? Fuck no. You guys were the only ones who knew, and I actually thought about having you killed.
Richard: I'm sorry, what?
Laurie: It was one of my finer moments. Erlich came to me with an outside offer to sell half of his Pied Piper shares.
Richard: To Russ Hanneman for five million dollars. Yes, I know. But somehow you ended up with all of his shares. How?
Laurie: Oh, well, as you know, the same onerous terms you accepted when you took Russ Hanneman's money, they transferred to me when I bought him out. These included the right to block any transfer of stocks with a majority vote of the board. A board which I control.
Richard: I don't understand.
Laurie: Of course you do. If I have approval of any buyer, and I am the only buyer I approve, then I can set my own price. So I asked Mr. Bachman for a thorough accounting of his debts, uh, which ran to approximately $713,000.
Richard: And how much did you give him?
Richard: You know, Erlich, uh, Pied Piper still needs a head of PR. You seem to be well-versed in media outreach. And by your own admission in that article, your head is-- what did you say? .. so far up your own ass you can see the future. And that could be useful... if we need a pre-cog... (stammers) in a way?
"Stretch Your Face" by Tobacco (Opening title music)
"The Pied Piper" by Crispian St. Peters (End credits music.)
Notes and Trivia
The episode title, "Bachman's Earning's Over-Ride", is an homage to Bachman-Turner Overdrive, a Canadian rock group who produced 1970 era hits such as "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" and "Takin' Care of Business".
The Pied Piper jacket was inspired by a cheesy bright purple jacket that show's stars had made and wore on the lot.
You might notice that the house is now full of mysterious employees, including the anonymous guy sitting between Dinesh and Gilfolyle. Originally, there was a scene that explained how they had hired a bunch of new employees, such as extra coders and customer service representatives, however this scene had to be cut due to time constraints.
Although Josh Brener (Nelson 'Big Head' Bighetti) and Jimmy O. Yang (Jian Yang) are credited for this episode, they did not appear.
The outside shot of Philz Coffee was taken at the 101 Forest Avenue, Palo Alto, CA, location. (Google)
The outside shot of the hotel was taken at the Fairmont San Francisco, 950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA, however the interior scene in the lobby was not shot at the same location. (Google)
|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||Jill Alexander||Patrice|
|Guest Starring||Chris Diamantopoulos||Russ Hanneman|
|Guest Starring||George Kareman||David|
|Guest Starring||Annie Sertich||C.J. Cantwell|
|Guest Starring||Stephen Tobolowsky||Jack Barker|
|Co-Starring||George Kolombos||Pied Piper Fan|
|Co-Starring||Anastasia Nguyen||Hotel Reception Clerk|
|Co-Starring||Tiana Okoye||Philz Fan Girl|
|Co-Starring||Paul Yen||Guy #2|