HBO'S SILICON VALLEY parody continues to impress with its subtle nods towards a certain California way of life, and has kept us chucking into its second week.
This week we find out what happens now that the Pied Piper team has sided with Peter Gregory, poke fun at Siri, and learn that it is possible to code "erotic lighting".
Through an interview process, during which the laconic Gilfoyle comes into his own, we see who does what and where at Pied Piper. This works out well for some, but Big Head is exposed as a weakness. "I guess I'm pretty good at code," is his only claim to equity. Big Head, the main character's best friend, is lined up for removal as the others clamour for their share of the company equity.
Dinesh and Gilfoyle continue to play out their rivalry, most keenly seen as each takes an interview about their role in the company, and the latter - during a talk about a missed lap-dance opportunity - makes an admission about his sexual maturity.
After a skin crawlingly awkward scene where Big Head hears everyone's opinion of him - the short version is "terrible", he takes himself out, and chooses a well paid return to Mooli where he sets about his new role at a company busying itself with ripping off the Pied Piper algorithm.
Episode two in quotes:
The Guru: "I am not sitting this summer."
Erlich: "Dinesh, change the lighting to something erotic because it's about to get pretty fucking erotic in here.
Dinesh: [with voice command] "License to kill-9. IB action-dot-erotica."
Erlich."If you're not an asshole, it creates this kind of asshole vacuum and that void is filled by other assholes."
Jared: "I know I have somewhat ghost-like features. My uncle used to say, 'You look like someone starved a virgin to death.'"
Dinesh: "I didn't shake a woman's hand until I was 17. The idea of getting an erection around a man I live and work with is just not something that I can handle."
Gavin Belson: (Speaking to a computer) "Audious, play John Lennon's 'Imagine'."
Computer: "Queuing: 'John Wayne in a Mansion.' Not found."
Jared: "Most CEOs don't have a best friend just hanging around."
Big Head: "Sergey Brin does. Larry doesn't do shit!" µ