S01E07 - Proof of Concept

No: 7  |  Season: 1   Episode: 7  |  Air Date: 18-May-14  |  Ratings: 1.68


When Pied Piper arrives at TechCrunch Battlefield they are still working on their platform. To complicate matters, Richard has trouble concentrating due to the awkward presence of an ex-girlfriend. Meanwhile, Dinesh meets an attractive girl programmer. Aside from her good looks, he also falls in love with her apparent proficiency in Java programming. However, when Gilfoyle tells Dinesh that he was the one who actually wrote the girl's Java code Dinesh is dismayed. When Erlich realizes one of the judges of the Battlefield is a man whose wife he had an affair with years earlier, he attempts to remedy the situation. However, Erlich ends up having sex with the judge's new wife, which results in the judge attacking Erlich at the beginning of Pied Piper's presentation.

Director and Writers

Director: Mike Judge
Written by: Clay Tarver


Gilfoyle: It's not her you're sexually attracted to, it's my code.
Dinesh: Shut the... That is the most disgusting fucking thing I've ever h...
Gilfoyle: Just face it, Dinesh, you're gay for my code, you're code gay.
Dinesh: No! No, I'm into her. Her, OK? Fuck your code!
Gilfoyle: You'd like to fuck my code, wouldn't you? Hey, would you like to masturbate to the subroutine I just wrote?

Erlich: Friday, the pool cleaner comes. Do you understand?
Jian-Yang: Yes.
Erlich: And tomorrow is trash day so make sure all the cans are out front.
Jian-Yang: Yes.
Erlich: Now, you are under no circumstances to order any movie on demand, adult or otherwise.
Jian-Yang: Yes.
Erlich: OK, has anything that I've just said confused you?
Jian-Yang: Yes.
Erlich: Goddamn it!

Erlich: We may be fine. We may be totally fine. We also may be totally fucked. I'll let you know either way.

(From outside the van on the highway)
Gilfoyle: I don't know how you read your screen in the car; it makes me sick as a dog.
Richard: I'm okay as long as I don't think about it. Besides, the presentation is tomorrow.
Gilfoyle: So if you just don't think about it, it really doesn't bother you to be staring at the screen when the car's moving and turning and you're all queasy...
(Richard sticks his head out the window and vomits)
Erlich: Gilfoyle!
Gilfoyle: See, I knew it bothers you. Fucking liar.

Erlich: There's been some developments. You know how I f**ked Melcher's old wife? I f**ked his new wife too.
Richard: What?
Erlich: Don't worry, he's not gonna find out. I left way before he got back last night, and I didn't go back this morning until twenty minutes after he'd left.
Gilfoyle: You went back?

Big Head: Oh, hey, did I tell you? I'm getting a boat.
Richard: Wow.
Big Head: And a boat guy to take care of it. You have to have a boat guy.
Richard: Oh yeah, you've gotta have a boat guy.

Erlich: Are the judges allowed to send us through to the finals immediately after we present or they have to wait until everybody has gone?
(Everybody looks at him)
Erlich: What? I was just asking what everybody was thinking.

Erlich: Seeded quite a few new companies... Spinder. It's like Tinder but for spinsters. Elderly women looking for sex.

Doctor: Would you be interested in a device that links to your smartphone and lets you know, even before it happens, whether you're having a panic attack - or a heart attack? OK, here's how Panic-A-Tech works. You wear this on your finger all day and it tracks your vitals. Or if that's too embarrassing, there's also a Bluetooth suppository and that goes right where you think it goes. And that comes with a retrieval kit.

Soundcheck Guy: Check, one-two two, tsetse fly, tsetse fly.

Erlich: Do you have those spotlights that come up from the ground, like in Pride Fighting?

Dinesh: She invited me to her room to watch Cloud Atlas later tonight.
Gilfoyle: Oh yeah, that means she wants you to lay her.
Dinesh: Is that definitive?
Richard: I mean, nobody can watch more than like a minute of that film.


"Stretch Your Face" by Tobacco (Opening title music)

"Smokin & Drinkin" by Danny Brown (End-credits music.)

Notes and Trivia

According to actor Zach Woods (Jared) the writers planned to have Jared stranded on Peter's automated island for several days and he would be forced to kill a seagull for food. In this episode, the seagull would become a recurring joke as Jared would be haunted by the seagull's face.

Recreating TechCrunch Disrupt involved using both actual footage of the real event and the same printers who do the real event's banners, signage and credentials. It also meant that the producers had to clear every single fictional tech company name they concocted just in case it had been taken by a real company. One such name that didn't clear was "Co-Techs," picked due to its phonetic similarity to the feminine hygiene product Kotex.

The scene with Richard vomiting out the window of the Aviato van was actually shot in San Francisco, and it's the real Thomas Middleditch fake-vomiting out the window of a moving van on a real freeway.

The "Human Heater" startup was based on a real invention by a colleague of Alec Berg's father, a biophysics professor.

According to Mike Judge, in the scene where Erlich was tackled on the stage, stunt doubles were standing by but never used. It was the actual actors fighting.




Establishing shots of both the exterior and interior of the TechCrunch Disrupt conference were filmed at the Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th Street, San Francisco.

The establishing shot of the outside of the hotel where the guys were staying was taken at the Omni San Francisco, 500 California St, San Francisco, CA.


StarringThomas MiddleditchRichard Hendricks
StarringT.J. MillerErlich Bachman
StarringJosh BrenerNelson 'Big Head' Bighetti
StarringMartin StarrBertram Gilfoyle
StarringKumail NanjianiDinesh Chugtai
StarringChristopher Evan WelchPeter Gregory (credit only)
StarringAmanda CrewMonica Hall
StarringZach WoodsDonald 'Jared' Dunn
Co-StarringJill E. AlexanderPatrice (as Jill Alexander)
Co-StarringBobak BakhtiariImmedibug CEO
Co-StarringShainu BalaYoga Master CEO
Co-StarringUrsula BurtonFemale Judge
Co-StarringBobo ChangFlingual CEO
Co-StarringIsaac CheungBitFlenser CEO
Co-StarringEfrain GomezSystobase CEO
Co-StarringBrandon HigaHAPPIN! CEO
Co-StarringJason KincaidHimself
Co-StarringJimmy O. YangJian Yang (as Jimmy Ouyang)
Co-StarringJeremy RabbHumanHeater CEO
Co-StarringRogelio T. RamosAnother Executive (as Rogelio Ramos)
Co-StarringBen ZelevanskyStage Manager
Guest StarringJake BroderDan Melcher
Guest StarringLynn ChenGrace Melcher
Guest StarringAndrew DalyDoctor
Guest StarringMary HollandSherry
Guest StarringAly MawjiAly Dutta
Guest StarringAJ MichalkaCharlotte
Guest StarringScott PrendergastScott
Guest StarringBrian TichnellJason
WithMatt RossGavin Belson