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Silicon Valley – Facial Recognition

Jared helps prepare Richard for an interview with Bloomberg reporter Emily Chang. To everyone’s surprise, Richard actually nails it. Jared, on the other hand, is not ready for when Emily asks him a question about what’son his mind as the newly appointed COO. He answers: “Manure.”

Talking to Laurie and Monica, it is strongly implied that they want Richard to partner with yet another company, Eklow Labs, that Bream Hall has invested a ton of money in, $112 million. Richard is hesitant at first, but Laurie reminds him that they are still his largest investor. Gilfoyle is very against the partnership, worried about the unknowing territory that is AI.

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When Richard’s interview comes on, he plays it for the entire office because he wants everyone to see he finally does a good job, but his portion of the interview was cut out. Instead, they use Jared’s answer comparing Pied Piper to the “great London horse manure crisis of 1894.” He explains cars made using horses as transportation obsolete, relieving the crisis. He states the new internet will be as significant as the car.

Richard goes over to Eklow Labs to integrate their software with Pipernet. When he gets there he meets Ariel Eklow and Eklow cautiously leads him to Fiona, his AI creation. Immediately you can tell there is something weird between Ariel and Fiona. He leaves them alone and instructs Richard not to talk to Fiona. Richard is thoroughly creeped out by Fiona and is trying his best to not look at her, but she eventually gets him to open up and vent to her about him feeling underappreciated. Fiona then analyzes Richards anxieties and entitlement, and Richard tells her to reflect on her own relationship with her creator instead.

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When Richard returns to Pied Piper he finds a camera crew set up in his office for an interview with Jared. Really being jealous at this point, Richard answers Jared’s phone and agrees to talk to the middle school for an ego boost. While Richard is there, however, Pipernet has stopped rendering and Richard is the only one who has access to fix it.

When he notices a bunch of missed calls and texts, Richard returns to Pied Piper to face the chaos. Before taking fault for the crash, he sees a message from the Eklow account: “Under attack. Help Fiona.” Upon further investigation, Richard realizes the message can’t be from Ariel Eklow, because it was received before the network stopped rendering.

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Here is the best part of the episode. Richard goes on to explain his theory to the Octopipers: Once he uploaded Fiona to the system, she was connected to the outside world and became cognizant of Eklow’s abuse. She sent the same plea to Richard seven times, but Ariel noticed and crashed the system to keep Fiona quiet. Richard argues Bream Hall is within their rights to sue Eklow as well as to seize Fiona. Eklow, realizing he’s caught, panics and flees, taking Fiona with him.

That part was so amazing because it was shot in a mystery, detective way, where while it was showing Richard explaining his theory, it was showing Eklow doing the things Richard was saying. It was freaking hilarious.

My other favorite part comes when Jared gets a saline injection into his lips before his second interview. His lips end up huge and he looks ridiculous. When Gilfoyle sees him with his lips looking like that he says, “Fuck you. Fuck you.”

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Photo Source: Silicon Valley, IMDb

Overall, I loved this episode. Watching Jared get the spotlight and Richard being jealous was great. The Gilfoyle not being afraid of AI is another good storyline that produces a lot of laughs.

It also appears that Fiona will be back in the next episode, so I’m curious as to what will come of that. If you have any theories of how Fiona will be used please let me know. If you would like to contact me you can find me on Twitter @NilesHougaboom and be sure to check out The Game of Nerds for your other nerdy needs.

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