S04E07 - The Patent Troll
No: 35 | Season: 4 Episode: 7 | Air Date: 4-Jun-2017
Richard stands up to a patent troll, however his boldness causes repercussions. Jian-Yang's new smart fridge causes Gilfoyle to resort to desperate measures. Jared takes on an alter ego in a pursuit to reduce expenses. Erlich makes an attempt to run with the alpha-males.
Director and Writers
Director: Jamie Babbit
Written by: Andrew Law
Erlich: There is a grotesque gender imbalance in the VC field right now. I can help you navigate the toxicity of this male culture which is encroaching on our feminist island. I mean, for instance, there's something called mansplaining? Have you heard about this?
Monica: We know what mansplaining is...
Erlich: (Interrupting) Mansplaining is when a man will condescendingly explain something to a woman that she already knows.
Glifoyle: Dinesh, the one good thing that came out of you slapping your body against that cyberterrorist in a vulgar parody of the act of love is that we finally have a network with real security value.
Erlich: I'm not gonna drop that kind of dough on a fridge.
Jian-Yang: I ordered it already. I buy it for myself.
Erlich: Then why are you talking to me about it?
Jian-Yang: To make you feel bad, because you are fat and poor.
Jared: Go for Chambers. Ned! I knew it was you. Hey, did that pussy Jared keep you on hold long? I eat that motherfucker's lunch every day. No, man, I literally eat his food. What do you want? Uh-uh, ain't gonna happen. That's as high as we go, homo. Till next time, rook.
Dinesh: Hey, Richard, but you're not seriously gonna defend yourself in court, right?
Jared: Well, Larry Flynt did it. And Sir Walter Raleigh, although he lost and was publicly beheaded. But you could argue that he eventually won in the court of history.
Jared: I had to let Ed Chambers go.
Jared: My fictional supervisor. He bragged to a sales rep at LaCroix about doing it to Sonia Sotomayor, so Ed is no longer with us.
Richard: I'm sure we can manage.
"Stretch Your Face" by Tobacco (Opening title music)
"Walking on Sunshine" by Mariachi La Estrella feat. Elio Armas (End credits music)
Notes and Trivia
The "Ed Chambers" plot line is similiar to a deleted plot line revealed in the DVD commentary for S02E08 (White Hat/Black Hat) where Jared pretended to be fictional employee on the phone.
When a closeup of Gilfoyle's code is shown, there is reference to a YouTube video which is a "rickroll". (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ)
Although Josh Brener (Nelson 'Big Head' Bighetti), Matt Ross (Gavin Belson), Stephen Tobolowsky (Jack Barker) and Chris Diamantopoulos (Russ Hanneman) are credited for this episode they did not appear.
When Jian-Yang is loading the fridge with food, Gilfoyle's two beers are on a shelf in the door and positioned one in front of each other. A few seconds later as Gilfoyle reaches in and takes a beer they are now positioned side-by-side.
The building used as the external establishing shot for the meeting Richard held for the app owners being sued by the patent troll is located at 3rd Street and Mission in San Francisco. (Google)
The scenes shot in the Oracle Arena, in Oakland, represent one of the few times that the series actually filmed a part of the series in the San Francisco Bay area (not Los Angeles).
|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|
|Starring||Stephen Tobolowsky||Jack Barker|
|Starring||Chris Diamantopoulos||Russ Hanneman|
|Guest Starring||Andrew Daly||Doctor|
|Guest Starring||Ben Feldman||Ron LaFlamme|
|Co-starring||Edwin H. Bravo||Oracle Arena Security|
|Co-starring||Tim Chiou||Ed Chen|
|Co-starring||Allan Miller||Stuart Burke|
|Co-starring||G. Charles Wright||Fridge (Voice)|