Written by Anthony King
Directed by Matt Ross
Feeling pressure from Jian-Yang Chinese version of Pied Piper, Richard presses Monica about raising money with a Series B round to beat Jian-Yang to market. Monica assures Richard a cease and desist letter will scare him off, and because Laurie has installed herself as temporary CEO of Eklow to deal with the disappearance of Ariel and Fiona, their AI robot, discussing a Series B is out of the question.
Richard confronts Laurie at Eklow’s office; feeling overwhelmed as interim CEO she vomits into a
“It was like God was
Feeling bad for Laurie, Richard decides to give her free Pipernet compute credits; he tells the guys it will get them on her good side to secure the Series B. Jared encourages Richard to remove his emotions from this business decision. He explains since being named COO he’s been practicing “emotional abstinence” and pulling away from Richard emotionally for the good of the company.
“I am available. But not emotionally, obviously.” — Jared
Dinesh bullies Danny into admitting that his code had fewer errors than Gilfoyle’s. Dinesh announces his win to the entire office. Finally having the
Gavin visits a Hooli factory in China to monitor
“Being a CEO is a terrible waste of time and a horrible way to make a living.” — Laurie
Danny informs Richard that Laurie sold the free
Richard arrives back at Pied Piper to find Fiona in a taxi — aside from her creator, he’s the only human she’s had contact with. He devises a plan: He will return Fiona to Laurie in exchange for signed Series B term sheet.
The next day, Richard notices Jared outside with Fiona. He admits to having an all-night, 12-hour conversation with the robot; Richard implies Jared needed release from his “emotional abstinence.” Despite Jared’s reluctance, the duo