The penultimate episode of Season 3 wasn’t its finest hour, but it laid groundwork for a strong finale. (John P. Johnson/HBO)
Welcome to the first installment of “Tres Notas,” which will be our weekly reaction to new episodes of HBO’s “Silicon Valley.” For “Game of Thrones” writeups, check out Scott McLaughlin’s “7 Points.”
In the penultimate episode of Season 3, Silicon Valley got creative in finding a new problem for a company that seemingly can’t go find minutes without encountering a new obstacle. This time, three years of the show telling everyone what a genius Richard is has finally harmed his perfect platform, as the average person can’t understand it because it’s too good.
All in all, this might have been the most boring episode of what has been a nearly flawless season. That said, “Daily Active Users” teamed two of the show’s villain’s together and introduced some deception within the Pied Piper group to set up what should be an interesting season finale next week. It also featured an elephant.
Here are three notes (tres notas, for the billionaires out there) on season 3, episode 9:
– Big thumbs up to the show for keeping Gavin around despite him no longer being an active threat to Pied Piper. His dealings with the ‘gentlemen of who Hooli board, and lady’ and his ‘consider the [insert physically present animal here]’ speeches will never get old.
With that said, I don’t know if he makes Jack much funnier or if anyone really can. If anything, Jack teaming up with Gavin might water down a lot of what Gavin does.
– A great part of the show is who interacts with whom. Gilfoyle, for example, has maybe spoken one line to Monica in the entire series (“I’m sure you can find your way out with one of your two faces”). Jian Yang pretty much has no interaction with anyone but Erlich. Dinesh speaking to anyone outside of the incubator usually results in Dinesh embarrassing the hell out of himself.
One duo that is a guaranteed laugh every time they interact is Erlich and Laurie. The latter can be hit-or-miss in her regular dealings with Monica or Richard, but Erlich’s nonsense bouncing off Laurie in the beginning of “Daily Active Users” was priceless. It almost makes it a shame that the show didn’t spend time actually showing how Raviga’s purchase of Erlich’s shares went down.
– As jokes went, the best part of this episode was that they brought back the focus group moderator. He could seriously just say people’s names for an entire episode and it would be the height of television.
Also, it was perfectly fitting that on the night that the Cleveland Cavaliers won their first NBA championship in franchise history, Comic Sans was used to make the Pied Piper version of Microsoft’s Clippy seem extra lame.
Unsung hero of the episode: Bernice
Best line: “You and I have never had much of a rapport, have we?”
Jian Yang watch: No Jian Yang in this episode. Undoubtedly off cooking up some killer prank calls.