S03E02 - Two in the Box

No: 20  |  Season: 3   Episode: 2  |  Air Date: 1-May-16  |  Ratings: 1.72


Dinesh and Gilfoyle are impressed by the amenities of the new Pied Piper offices, but Richard immediately has concerns about the direction of the company. Jared finds out the person to which he rented his condo is now squatting in the unit. Meanwhile, Erlich tries to evict Jian, but he decides to remain as a squatter, taking a cue from Jared's situation. In a sudden epiphany, the recently fired Nucleus engineers manage to finally crack the secret of middle out compression.

Director and Writers

Director: Mike Judge
Written by: Ron Weiner


Erlich: Richard, is that our new logo?
Jared: I like it. It's clean and elegant, but not without some danger.
Jack: Gentlemen, welcome. I moved away from the flute-playing guy. I don't know if you guys realized it, but that was a little phallic.

Jack: Hey, Jared, how about you? You need any new gear for the office?
Jared: No, I'm BYOC.

Jack: Let me tell you a story. In 1999, Google was a little startup, just like we are. And when they started bringing in chefs and masseuses, we thought, "They're nuts!" But they were attracting the best possible people, and they were able to create the best product, and now they're worth over $400 billion. And do you know the name of that company?
Richard: Google, right? You said it at the beginning of the story.
Jack: You're right. I did that wrong.

Jared: Richard, do you think it'd be okay if I took this box? I'm moving out of Noah's guest house after work.
Dinesh: And you want to sleep in that box?
Jared: No. I haven't slept in a box in years.

Dinesh: That's funny. You should type up all your racist jokes on your tiny monitor.

Erlich: I realize this is a Japanese tradition and that you are Chinese. I'm not racist.
Jian-Yang: Yes, Japanese people racist. They are horrible.

Dinesh: This is fucking amazing. I feel like I'm in "Minority Report".
Gilfoyle: And in reality, you're just a minority.

Jared: I simply imagine that my skeleton is me and my body is my house. That way I'm always home.

Jan: Jan, Director, Inside Sales. They call me "Jan the Man."

Jian-Yang: I'm going to smoke in my room. Special occasion.
Erlich: Oh. Mother fuck.

Richard: Jack, excuse me. Do you mind telling me...
(Witnesses the scene of a stallion mounting a mare)
Richard: Holy shit. What is that? Oh, mother of God.

Jack: Richard, I don't think you understand what the product is. The product isn't the platform, and the product isn't your algorithm, either. And it's not even the software. Do you know what Pied Piper's product is, Richard?
Richard: Is... Is it me?
Jack: Oh God! No! No. How could it possibly be you? You got fired. Pied Piper's product is its stock.

Jack: I paid $150k for the semen that's about to come out of that stallion and I'd very much like to be there to see that it happens.

Announcer: It's a big world, but thanks to modern technology, it's smaller than ever. Today, business moves at the speed of light. You can access your company's data anywhere, anytime. But if you can get your data, who else can get it? Spies, thieves, criminals, and foreigners. (A photo of Dinesh appears)


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

"Time Hard" by The Pioneers (End-credits music.)

Notes and Trivia

In reference to the episode title: "Two in the Box" is a corporate management style where there are two equal managers.

Product placement? When Jian is telling Erlich he plans to stay in the house, he is holding food items such as Cap'n Crunch cereal and a box Snyders pretzels... and for some reason he is also holding an open box of baking soda.

According to Mike Judge, the horse sex scene was real, however they had to do some editing and compositing for the final cut as the horses finished their business very quickly.

In an interview, Thomas Middleditch divulged that he didn't witness the horses first hand as the horse scene was filmed in front of a green screen.

Although Josh Brener (Nelson 'Big Head' Bighetti), Amanda Crew (Monica) and Suzanne Cryer (Laurie Bream) are credited for this episode, they did not appear.


Noah sold his house and moved to Arizona in S02E10. However, in this episode, Jared says that he wishes to move out of "Noah's guest house" because, "Noah has been using a lot of hate speech with me lately."


Internal scenes in the new "Pied Piper" offices were filmed at Jefferson Studios, 10441 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, California. (Google)


StarringThomas MiddleditchRichard Hendricks
StarringT.J. MillerErlich Bachman
StarringJosh BrenerNelson 'Big Head' Bighetti
StarringMartin StarrBertram Gilfoyle
StarringKumail NanjianiDinesh Chugtai
StarringAmanda CrewMonica Hall
StarringZach WoodsJared Dunn
StarringMatt RossGavin Belson
StarringSuzanne CryerLaurie Bream
StarringJimmy O. YangJian Yang
Guest StarringJill AlexanderPatrice
Guest StarringAly MawjiNaveen Dutt
Guest StarringScott PrendergastScott
Guest StarringRogelio RamosRogelio Ramos
Guest StarringBrian TichnellJason
Guest StarringAndrew DalyDoctor
Guest StarringBrian GattasLudwig
Guest StarringStephen TobolowskyJack Barker
Co-StarringPeter BanifazHooli-Search Engineer
Co-StarringErin BreenJan AKA "Jan the Man"
Co-StarringTammy DahlstromGloria
Co-StarringRen HanamiLynn
Co-StarringPhillip JeanmarieDon
Co-StarringArthur KengAlan
Co-StarringEddie LiuDoug
Co-StarringShannon McClungKeith
Co-StarringCasey O'FarrellPete
Co-StarringJared WernickIncubee