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

Behold, the running gag of the gold chain. This episode sees Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) finally on a salary, treating himself to a delicate gold chain that he drapes around his neck. Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) spots it first and so begins a pun-tastic thirty-minute journey.

The Pied Piper boys spare no expense at tearing the poor guy to shreds, which culminates in a very unexpected doozy from Jared (Zach Woods) that sends a shocked Richie (Thomas Middleditch) falling to the floor of the office.

It all begins with Gilfoyle resigning from the company after Richie’s failed attempts at convincing Jack (Stephen Tobolowsky) to stick with the plan – following the engineers to build the cloud, and not selling a stupid box. It doesn’t work, even when enlisting the assistance of Monica (Amanda Crew) and wonderfully awkward Laurie Bream (Suzanna Cryer). Bachman (T.J. Miller) even volunteers to chat with Jack, which is as useful as always (it results in a dead fish and being yelled at).

Upon updating his LinkedIn profile, the recruiters come knocking at Gilfoyle’s door, sending baskets of goodies which he accepts in his monotone glamour, shuffling back to his beloved computer desk. When a bottle of booze comes knocking, he submits to physically attending a meeting, and here he discovers that the ex-Nucleus engineers have worked out Pied Piper’s algorithm.

In this episode, aptly titled Meinertzhagen’s Haversack (to which Jared explains beautifully), the boys will fake building ‘the box’ that CEO ‘Action’ Jack wants, but continue on with their own plans. That means things have to play out as normal, including their behaviour.

This backfires rapidly when Jared drops his aforementioned bomb.

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

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