TV Review: Silicon Valley Season 3, Episode 2 (USA, 2016)

Richie (Thomas Middleditch) returns to the doctor this week (the fantastically inappropriate, Andrew Daly) and comes out with a full bill of health. He’s still battling with being kicked out of Pied Piper, only to return as CTO. The boys enter the newly designed Pied Piper office, which again looks too good to be true. It is here that Jack (Stephen Tobolowsky) subjects Richie to the ‘conjoined triangles of success’. It’s painfully true that they teach stuff like this to college kids.

Richie has ongoing conflicting ideas with Jack which sends him mad. The conflict escalates when he hires a group of sales people who are tasked to sell something that the engineers have yet to build. Richie’s meeting with these guys is particularly awkward and hilarious. The formalities of the office space seem all too real here and will touch a nerve with those audiences who are currently in the trenches.

Jared (Zach Woods), the sweetheart, gets kicked out of his own condo and basically is rendered homeless. Here we learn something about the Californian tenant rights system (spoiler: it sucks). He takes it on the chin because he is a sweetie (did I mention he’s a sweetheart?), even though he is living in what everyone else would describe as hell.

The barrage of Gavin Belson’s (Matt Ross) pigheadedness rears itself over and over again at Hooli. His ego compromises the neutrality of the search algorithm in Nucleus (although they all ensure that this is absolutely not the case). An interesting turn of events follow with the engineers who discover something that could compete directly with the Pied Piper folks.

Although it’s another great episode in the new season, there will be an image of a horse’s penis that will be embedded in your skull for all eternity. Perhaps a literal image reflecting Richie getting screwed by Jack? This is a warning.

Review Score: FOUR AND A HALF STARS (OUT OF FIVE)

Silicon Valley Season 3 plays in Australia on The Comedy Channel 9pm Tuesdays