This week’s episode of Silicon Valley season 4 didn’t have an intriguing plot. But, it was possibly the funniest of Silicon Valley season 4 so far. In yet another very episodic, self-contained plot, Richard Hendricks and Erlich Bachman sought funding for Richard’s new Internet.
This episode brought back Dan Melcher from season 1. Previously, Erlich has slept with Dan’s first two wives. This episode introduced his new fiancé Liz Tinsdail, played by Leisha Hailey. In a fun twist, it was Richard who ended up jeopardizing the deal by sleeping with her, not Erlich.
The plot was simple but the details sold it. The callback showing that Richard and Erlich each have a designated pitching outfit. Liz’s description of how terrible sex with Richard is (“you said the word ‘gulp'”). Jared Dunn immediately assuming Liz is in love with Richard. Everything in this episode popped.
Erlich removed himself from the deal because of his history with Dan. Then, he turned to Monica Hall and Laurie Bream for something to occupy himself with. They’ve just started their own firm, Bream-Hall. I’m torn between being excited that Monica is a named partner and feeling like that was very abrupt after a season of Laurie shutting her out.
Laurie and Monica wanted nothing to do with Erlich, but he landed them an incredible client with Keenan Feldspar, played by Haley Joel Osment. Keenan seems to be an important character for the season and it’s always nice seeing Osment, but his character introduction was sadly light on laughs.
In a delightful c-plot, the file compressing software the group was testing ended up merging all of Bertram Gilfoyle and Dinesh Chugtai’s data. This led to a stand off and Jared getting int he middle trying to prevent them from looking at each other’s private information. It all ended in some great physical comedy from Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani and Zach Woods.