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Pied Piper is the little engine that could, and it has, and it still feels like the underdog in this world. Now that it’s objectively worth 250 million dollars it shouldn’t feel like a little start up, but thanks to the amazing character work, we are constantly rooting for these awkward little Jaguars/Gazelles/Cheetah’s.

In this episode we watch Richard win,

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and only because his old nemesis has become his nemesis once more. That’s right Hooli is finally taking center stage again, and have officially restarted their middle-out compression company.Gavin brings in a new team because he’s tired of the inbreeding in his company.

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Yet, he brought back his old team, he just doesn’t remember anyone because he’s a total asshole. Which keeps him and Hooli in the evil corporate bad guy role. Everyone there is completely self-preserving, including the guy who shouldn’t be, Gavin’s spiritual guru. He gets back into Gavin’s good graces (and his old parking spot) after making him doubtful of his abilities. Rude, but Gavin is awful. This characterization is possibly going to get more complex with the arrival of Endframe, who is full of people that are totally like-able, but are going to be competing with the our BFF’s at Pied Piper.

Officially competing because Action Jack is gone (ding! dong!), and the box is officially shelved. This is all thanks to his hubris, what a beautiful thing that is. During the shareholders meeting he shits on Laurie, and chooses the wrong direction for Pied Piper. While Laurie is ultimately on his side because of numbers (which I’m not sure if she’s supposed to be playing Aspergers or something on the autism spectrum, it’s probably best that she hasn’t been defined by that one thing, but her character is an odd caricature of someone with a different neurological ability, that doesn’t react to social cues with emotions) she is against him for the same reason. Laurie is the cold hard Silicon Valley center, the ultimate bottom line, a true neutral, and that foil to Gavin’s wishy washy new age CEO is the two halves of the Valley that the Pied Piper team has to thrash between on their little start up raft. The next six episodes look like the new challenge to Pied Piper is going to be the fight against big bad Hooli, and if they can steer their raft without a CEO. Even though I think the best move for the show would be to put Erlich as the CEO because that would be a beautiful disaster.

Article Submitted by Kevin Cucolo

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