Silicon Valley – Grow Fast or Die Slow

Silicon Valley is back and the guys are going to be facing many different challenges than before. When we pick up with the guys, Richard is showing them a potential new office space they could get. The problem is it’s just a white room with no windows and not enough space for the 15 coders they want to hire. Jared has an actual panic attack while being in the room and Richard eventually decides to get a bigger, nicer office for them.

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Photo Source: Silicon Valley, IMDb

Though they have a lot more space now, Gilfoyle and Dinesh are being super picky about who they hire, having turned down someone because his “beard hair looked like head hair and his head hair looked like beard hair”, have only hired three coders they have deemed “the stallions” despite having over 60 options to choose from.

Richard attends the Innovation Hall of Fame ceremony in honor of Gavin Belson and runs into one of the coders they have hired, Dunkin. Dunkin withdraws his resume’ from candidacy so he can work on his own pizza delivery app called “Sliceline”. Not having liked Dunkin, Richard pretends to be disappointed, but then runs into Gavin who informs him that Hooli has hired all of the coders that Pied Piper had been considering.

With no more prospects for coders Jared suggests the acquire one of the startups that is on its last legs. Richard meets with Kira the CEO of a company called Optimoji. They eventually agree to terms, but after Dunkin drops by and lets her know that all of their prospects have been hired by Hooli, giving her the upper hand in negotiations. Richard ends up having to hire all 30 of their coders opposed to the 12 that he needed.

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Photo Source: Silicon Valley, HBO

Being frustrated with all of the new coders he has hired, Gavin sends them away for not being excited about the new box Hooli is about to release which is on track to be a big hit.

After talking to Jian-Yang, who is trying to prove that Erlich is dead so he can take ownership of the incubator and 10% of Pied Piper, Ron calls Richard to deliver some bad news. Kira and her company had been acquired by Dunkin and Sliceline. Furious, Richard storms to the Sliceline offices to confront Kira and ends up stealing pizza on the way out. Back at the incubator the guys eat the pizza and realize its just Dominos pizza and that Dunkin is losing $5 a box on reboxing and delivering.

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Photo Source: Silicon Valley, HBO

Richard then meets with Kira and Dunkin pretending to extend an olive branch but instead informs them that his “stallions” are creating new accounts and are ordering pizzas at a rate that will bankrupt the company.

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Photo Source: Silicon Valley, HBO

Richard inevitably acquires both companies for pennies but takes on all 50 employees. When Richard arrives at the office and sees the packed office he begins to panic and after a very short and nervous speech runs to his office to throw up while everyone watches through the glass window.

I loved this episode. Last season was great in my opinion and it doesn’t seem like they have lost a step, which is surprising considering the TJ Miller is no longer part of that cast. I will not be surprised in the slightest if we continue to see Jian-Yang sort of take the place of the absence left behind by Miller and I’m all in for more Jian-Yang. He has been one of the more under-appreciated characters of the show.

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Photo Source: Silicon Valley, HBO

Gavin is still an asshole, but that’s not likely to change. I am curious to see how that if the box is a success how Gavin will handle it with it not actually being his product.

With Richard screwing Sliceline over I hope that doesn’t come back to bite him somehow in the ass. I don’t know that it will, but it definitely feels like we haven’t seen the last of Dunkin.

What are some of your predictions for the rest of the season? Let me know on in the comments or you can contact me on Twitter and Instagram @NilesHougaboom. Be sure to check out The Game of Nerds for the rest of your nerdy needs.

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