S04E03 - Intellectual Property
No: 31 | Season: 4 Episode: 3 | Air Date: 7-May-17
I once saw him throw a sloth down a flight of stairs after a presentation. And, he said it was an accident, but he had this look in his eyes.
An overtired Richard pushes himself to the brink of sanity while trying to move ahead with his next big idea. Eyeing a comeback, Erlich pressures an uncooperative Jian-Yang. Monica sets a trap at Raviga to improve her standing with Laurie. Dinesh goes on a date; Big Head enters the world of academia; Gavin faces an unknown future.
Director and Writers
Director: Jamie Babbit
Written by: Carrie Kemper
Richard: I was gonna sleep last night, but, uh... I thought I had this solve for this computational trust issue I've been working on, but it turns out, I didn't have a solve. But it was too late. I had already drank the whole pot of coffee.
Erlich: (slowly) Shazam... for food.
Jian-Yang: No, Shazam's not my vision.
Erlich: Of course they know that you're not pitching Shazam. That already exists. This would be a Shazam... for food.
Erlich: Sorry. Language barrier. Do you speak Mandarin? Anybody? No?
(Erlich speaks gibberish)
Jian-Yang: That's not Mandarin.
Erlich: He's a stickler for the accent.
Dinesh: I thought I'd have to, like, answer to Congress or something.
Gilfoyle: Yeah, that makes sense. You were worried sick about the wrath of a bloated and inept bureaucracy, but feel totally comfortable having crossed a spiteful and vindictive megalomaniac with unlimited funds.
Dinesh: Shut up. Gavin wouldn't come after me personally.
Gilfoyle: I think you might be the first Pakistani man to be killed by a drone inside the United States.
Dinesh: People don't have people killed in the Valley. Not even Gavin Belson. Okay? Right, Jared?
Jared: I... I once saw him throw a sloth down a flight of stairs after a presentation, and he said it was an accident, but he had this look in his eyes. I... I can't rule it out.
Erlich: You're gonna walk away from $200,000? You know who walks away from that kind of money, Jian-Yang? Richard, a crazy person.
Richard: Crazy? No. Opposite.
Erlich: He walked away from $10 million. Now look at him... wet pants, stealing towels, babbling about technical issues that he can't solve.
Big Head: I actually did some image recognition stuff on Nip Alert, so maybe you could hire me to help on the demo, 'cause my dad's been, like, kinda on me lately to, like, get a job or go to school 'cause... 'cause he's upset that I lost all that money on... on PiperChat. And then also, you helped me lose that 20 million on Bachmanity.
Erlich: Big Head, um... Jian-Yang's culture... he's... Chinese... won't allow him to accept outside help.
Big Head: Oh, right, 'cause of Chinese. Okay, well, that makes sense.
Ed Chen: Well, she had some concerns about getting into business with you again, but I can pretty much talk that broad into anything.
Erlich: Ha! Cheers to that.
Jian-Yang: You're a con man, like Erlich!
Ed Chen: What does that mean?
Erlich: It... it's a little term of endearment we have around the house. Uh, a confident man. He sees me as a confident man, and he looks up to me. You know, you have to be patient with him, 'cause he's a bit of a moron.
Ed Chen: Moron?
Erlich: No, no, no. I mean, he's... Not in tech.
(Conversation as translated from Mandarin except where noted)
Ed Chen: Jian-Yang, this is really important. You need to give us a functional app.
Jian-Yang: There isn't one. We haven't even made a demo.
Ed Chen: You haven't made one? Why?
Erlich: (in English) Boys, boys, let's speak in English. It's the law.
Jian-Yang: I wanted to do octopus recipes.
Ed Chen: Octopus recipes?
Jian-Yang: All I hear is (in English) "I'm a big fat fucking asshole."
Dinesh: So... do you like movies?
Mia: Depends on the movie.
Dinesh: I'm the exact same way. It being a movie doesn't mean I'm gonna like it.
Waiter: Would you care for some wine or a cocktail tonight?
Mia: Uh, just water, please.
Dinesh: Just water, please. (pause) I love water. I do. Oceans, rivers... lakes. (pause) When does a pond become a lake? I wonder if it's depth.(pause) Where are those waters? Felt like we ordered waters a while ago. And... (phone buzzes) What? Fucking prick.
Dinesh: Oh, nothing. It was just a text from Gilfoyle.
Mia: Gilfoyle isn't a prick.
Dinesh: Yeah, I'm sorry.
Mia: He's a motherfucking prick.
Mia: That guy sucks. Everyone hates him on the message boards. You know, putting a face to the name made so much sense.
Dinesh: Right, 'cause his face sucks, too.
Mia: I have to find this one post of his. It was insane.
Dinesh: You know, he has no friends. He pretends like he's all dry and witty, but he's just a monotone piece of shit.
Mia: And being a Satanist just means you're ugly, and you're leaning into it.
"Stretch Your Face" by Tobacco (Opening title music)
"Blue Flowers" by Dr. Octagon (End credits music.)
Notes and Trivia
When Jared mentions seeing Gavin Belson throwing a sloth down a flight of stairs, the writers may be making a veiled reference to the event where Digg co-founder Kevin Rose came to the aid of his dog by throwing a raccoon down a flight of stairs.
Not only was Peter Gregory's self-driving car (S01E06) in his storage room, his really narrow car (S01E01) was also there. Richard even found a container of sesame seeds, which was a plot point in (S01E03)
The Chinese titled book Gilfoyle was reading was "Mathematical fundamentals of fuzzy information processing" by Ren Ping and Yu Dong. (Google Books)
Note that Big Head's "Double Big Gulp" now features a "Slurpee" top.
Although Chris Diamantopoulos (Russ Hanneman) is credited for this episode he did not appear.
In the scene where Jack Barker and Gavin Belson are walking across the "Hooli" campus you can see a "University Student Union" sign on the building in the background. Later in the episode, when Hoover walks Gavin to his car the "University Student Union" sign is not present.
In the scene where Richard and Monica were chatting in the supermarket, the external shot of the supermarket showed no cars parked outside, however the supermarket was quite busy inside.
The establishing shot for the restaurant where Erlich and Jian Yang met up with Ed Chen was shot at the Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge, 1304 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA. (Google) The interior scene was shot elsewhere.
The exterior shot of the supermarket where Monica and Richard chatted was taken at Trag's Market, 303 Baldwin Ave, San Mateo, CA. (Google) The interior scene was shot elsewhere.
The outdoor shots at "Hooli" were taken at the Cal State Los Angeles campus, 5154 State University Drive, Los Angeles CA, in front of the Student Union Building.
The scene where Big Head goes to class at Stanford was filmed at the California Institute of Technology in Noyes 153 (Sturdivant Lecture Hall). (Photos)
The establishing shot of the restaurant exterior for the scene where Dinesh and Mia are on a date was taken at Local Union 271, 271 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA. (Google) The interior scene was shot elsewhere.
|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|
|Starring||Stephen Tobolowsky||Jack Barker|
|Starring||Chris Diamantopoulos||Russ Hanneman|
|Guest Starring||Sunkrish Bala||Garrett|
|Guest Starring||Andrew Daly||Doctor|
|Guest Starring||Vanessa Marano||Student|
|Guest Starring||Phoebe Neidhardt||Mia|
|Guest Starring||Chris Williams||Hoover|
|Co-Starring||Emily Adams||Admissions Staffer|
|Co-Starring||James Babson||Instacart Guy|
|Co-Starring||Tim Chiou||Ed Chen|
|Co-Starring||John Colella||Tom (Coleman Blair VC)|