If you haven’t been watching HBO’s “Silicon Valley” after “Game of Thrones,” you’re totally missing out because things are really starting to heat up for the gang at Pied Piper. As we move into episode 12 of the series, the ongoing chess game between Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) and Gavin Belson (Matt Ross) moves closer to checkmate.
Last week’s episode of the Mike Judge comedy saw Belson and his company, Hooli, develop a plan to win his frivolous lawsuit against Hendricks’ competing startup, Pied Piper. This week’s episode will see the return of the Season 1 character Nelson “Big Head” Bighetti (Josh Brener). For those who need a refresher, Big Head left Hooli to work with his best friend Hendricks. Unfortunately, a man named Big Head can only be so valuable to any firm, so he decided to quit and was going to leave Silicon Valley for good.
Before realizing Big Head was of no value, Belson scooped him up and offered him a salary at Hooli that was way beyond anything he was qualified to make -- Belson even gave him a boat guy. When Hooli eventually learned Big Head couldn’t do much good competing against Pied Piper, it stopped giving him tasks and simply let him show up to work every day to run out the clock on his contract.
Now, the legal team at Hooli is hoping to shower Big Head with promotions, money and responsibility to make it look like he was actually an integral part of creating Pied Piper and connect its development to Hooli -- thus winning the lawsuit.
Meanwhile, the preview below shows more trouble from Pied Piper’s newest, and tragically necessary, financial backer, Russ Hanneman (Chris Diamantopoulos), who continues to prioritize branding over business development. Last week, none of the team working in the Hacker Hostel was able to make him see the error of his ways. Luckily for them, the below clips shows the company’s first board meeting where Monica (Amanda Crew) is there to stop him. However, it looks like she’ll have to go up against a united front of Hanneman and Erlich Bachman (T.J. Miller), who was doing everything in his power to impress both Hanneman and his wallet last week.
Titled “The Lady,” the episode will also feature Pied Piper’s first attempt to diversify its employees. Now that Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) and Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) have “negotiated” their respective new hires, Jared (Zach Woods) brings it to their attention that they might want to hire a woman. Perhaps a new character is on the horizon?
With so many balls in the air working against them, and a number of hysterical jokes promised in between, the fourth episode of Season 2 of this critically acclaimed comedy is not one to miss.