S05E02 - Reorientation

No: 40  |  Season: 5   Episode: 2  |  Air Date: 1-Apr-2018  |  Ratings: 0.59


Panicked by suddenly leading a much larger team, Richard finds himself managing a number of small conflicts in his efforts to unite his new employees. Dinesh celebrates a new purchase that Gilfoyle looks to spoil. Jian-Yang goes to court. Gavin meets pushback over his signature and what it says about him.

Director and Writers

Director: Mike Judge
Written by: Carson Mell


Dinesh: My Tesla finally came.
Gilfoyle: Was that a wise purchase? Considering Richard just obliterated Pied Piper's runway hiring all those coders?
Dinesh: I ordered it a month ago. But still, it's an investment.
Gilfoyle: As I understand, cars depreciate 10 percent as soon as they fall off the truck. Like that. So if the car costs $100, well you just lost $10. Did it cost $100? Or more?

Dinesh: I, my friend, am now part of the green revolution.
Gilfoyle: Are you? Most electricity still comes from gas plants and coal-burning smoke stacks. Do you know where your electricity comes from?
Dinesh: No. Look how shiny it is. Plus, it has a frunk... A front trunk.

Dinesh: Is that a dead pig?
Jian-Yang: Yes. It's just like Errich. My corrupt uncle sent a death certificate from China but to send body is too expensive. So... I cremate a pig because a pig is most like a fat human.

Richard: Then, that's when my fight-or-flight reflex kicked in.
Dinesh: Do you ever fight?

Gilfoyle: What we saw was a very oily man in mid-sentence dip down, vomit, and then thrust himself violently face first into a glass wall. But I guess it's a lot less embarrassing the way you explain it.

Jared: People don't wanna follow an idea, they wanna follow a leader. Look at the last guy to create a new Internet. Al Gore. His ideas were excellent, but he talked like a narcoleptic plantation owner, so he lost the presidency to a fake cowboy and now he makes apocalypse porn.

Jared: When you set your mind to it, you're one of the most charismatic people I've ever met... and I have met Ira Glass.

Jean: (referring to Gavin's signature) The signature displayed troubling traits. Left of upright slant, narrow angles, tense strokes, conclusively indicative of sociopathic tendencies.
Gavin: What?
Jean: Characterized by a lack of empathy and need to dominate, a willingness to hurt others to achieve one's goals. Inability to accept bad news...
Gavin: Hoover, get this horrible woman the fuck out of my office, now.

Richard: What a day. See, we'd still be finishing up orientation, singing Kumbayas and doing trust falls. But instead, both our Optimoji and Sliceline teams have gone through their first code review.
Jared: Well, to be fair, I never would've scheduled trust falls. I mean, you do one of those, you're so jacked up on adrenaline, the rest of the day is basically shot. We were gonna have a noncompetitive talent show with no losers.

Judge: Would you characterize Mr. Bachman as a financially responsible man?
(Jian-Yang kicks the bucket of ashes)

Gilfoyle: Something's wrong with your frunk. It's all frucked up.

Dinesh: In Pakistan, dogs are not pets, okay? They're vicious beasts and they chase you down the street and they bite you. My cousin Eftahar lost an ear. Our mayor was very corrupt. But he put poison pills in chicken meat to take care of the dog problem. We hailed him as a hero. We put up statues of him everywhere.

Jared: He's violently allergic to dogs. It's another reason for our iron-clad no dog policy.
Richard: Jared, when were you planning on telling me all of this?
Jared: Day two of orientation. Right after safe space charades.

Richard: Jared, uh, you wanted me to unite the teams and I have. They are united against me.
Jared: Even the dogs, apparently. I wish they had your fecal fortitude.

Gavin: What is this?
Dang: Banksy is insisting his signature be on his work.
Gavin: This is supposed to be my signature. On what planet does a signature have a signature on it?

Gavin: I just fired Banksy.
Hoover: Banksy, the vandal?
Gavin: The very one.

Gilfoyle: Yang. There better not be a Chinaman in my bed.
Jian-Yang: That is racist.
Gilfoyle: Yes. I am racist.

Jian-Yang: Stupid Errich. Big mortgage. Seven credit cards. Not even one with miles. Fucking loser.

Jared: When you left, I thought he was fried. Okay? Because his shoulders were all tight, and he wouldn't answer to his name, and his eyes went dead, like when I tell him I love him.

Jared: It's amazing. I mean, I feel... I feel like Mary Magdalene on resurrection day. And that's not the greatest miracle of all. Look. Look at the coders. They're all wearing Pied Piper hoodies.

Doctor: Hey, buddy boy. Oh, there he is.
Richard: (waking up) What's... what's going on?
Doctor: Don't flip out, okay? But you have been in a coma for four years.
Richard: What?
Doctor: That's correct. In fact, I'm a robot. The real Dr. Crawford died heroically in the water wars of 2020.
Richard: (confused)
Doctor: Jokes, Richard! I'm just joking around. What, did you sell your sense of humor? You've just been out for about six hours. You were not even unconscious, really just asleep. But you did lose a whole lot of blood. I just hope they put the right kind back in.
Richard: Wait, are you still riffing?
Doctor: I don't know.

Jian-Yang: Errich is gone. This is my incubator now.
Dinesh: What?
Jian-Yang: Your things are over there.
Richard: What the fuck?
Dinesh: You just took our shit and threw it on the lawn?
Jian-Yang: Gilfoyle, you are racist. And Richard... you are ugly. The Errich administration is over.


"Down the Road " by C2C (End credits music)

Notes and Trivia

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

Note that Dinesh crashed his Tesla into a "JuicerY" truck. (Probably a sendup to "Juicero")

One of the programmers shown in the Pied Piper offices is well-known extra Jesse Heiman, an American actor best known for his uncredited work as an extra in a wide variety of films and television shows. (Youtube)


Even though Richard continues to hold a white towel to his bloody nose, blood stains on the towel disappear and then reappear from shot to shot.


The intersection where Dinesh meets Gilfoyle was filmed at San Fernando Boulevard at Angeleno Avenue (sign digitally changed to "High") in Burbank, California. (Google) In fact, the spot further up the street where Dinesh crashes into a "JuicerY" truck is the same location that doubled as the street in front of the Palo Alto "Arbitration Center" where Richard dropped his keys after his arbitration hearing. (S02E09 - Binding Arbitration)

The Pied Piper office parking garage scenes were filmed at Emerson College 5960 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles. The parking entrance is located on Gordon Street. (Google)


StarringThomas MiddleditchRichard Hendricks
StarringJosh BrenerNelson 'Big Head' Bighetti
StarringMartin StarrBertram Gilfoyle
StarringKumail NanjianiDinesh Chugtai
StarringAmanda CrewMonica
StarringZach WoodsJared Dunn
StarringMatt RossGavin Belson
StarringSuzanne CryerLaurie Bream
StarringJimmy O. YangJian Yang
Guest StarringScott PrendergastScott
Guest StarringRogelio RamosExecutive
Guest StarringAndrew DalyDoctor
Guest StarringChris WilliamsHoover
Co-StarringChris AquilinoDanny
Co-StarringAllison BillsAlexis
Co-StarringJordana CapraJudge Coulter
Co-StarringKeye ChenDang
Co-StarringDon DoweCourt Bailiff
Co-StarringChristopher LoverroParamedic
Co-StarringRachel RosenbloomBecky
Co-StarringSusan SlomeJean Dewitt
Co-StarringArmen WeitzmanJeff Washburn