Silicon Valley – “Proof of Concept”/”Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency”


This past Sunday left me traumatized to say the least. No. Not for the reason you’re thinking. I mean, yes, my favorite character in Game of Thrones did meet an unfortunate end. But the even bigger devastation was my new favorite comedy, Silicon Valley, ended its very successful first season.

I decided to combine both of the previous two episodes into one review. Richard and the gang spend the majority of both at the Techcrunch Disrupt event. Their first dilemma arises once Erlich admits to having sexual relations previously with a wife of a judge. Monica makes it pretty clear from the start: they need to win this event. Not come in second, not do “pretty well”, they need to win the whole shebang. Oh yeah, and Dinesh might be “code gay”.

The episode ends with Erlich getting assaulted by the judge (for sleeping with his second wife, no less) and Pied Piper is thankfully pushed to the finals. People will do anything to avoid a law suit. After witnessing Hooli’s impressive presentation, Richard realizes that their original concept is no match against their rivals. With only one day until their turn to present Pied Piper to hundreds of people, the guys (specifically Richard) figure out a whole new identity for their company. It only took a group conversation about…

…dicks. That’s right. You all know the scene I’m talking about. And if you don’t, it’s right here for your viewing pleasure.

Okay, so it’s a bit more than just dicks themselves. More so the pleasuring of the penis. You get it, you’ve watched it. Many consider it the funniest part of the series — I myself prefer the “You just brought piss to a shit fight” scene — but it’s undeniably one of their funniest.

In the end, Richard’s new system thing (again I’m tech challenged) is revealed to generate a 5.2 on the Weissman score. Investors are lining up to put their hard earned cash on the train that is Pied Piper. The guys won $50,000 that, according to the judge, “they certainly won’t be needing”. And Monica seems to actually be interested in Richard. You could say his life is pretty good. Until that is, Monica lists all the upcoming, “exciting” future developments he has to look forward to.

Overall this has been my favorite first season of a comedy since “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”. Truthfully, I enjoyed it more than the adventures of Dennis and company. Does any one else feel like each actor found their home with this show? Martin Starr has perfected his character from Party Down. Kumail (not spelling his last name) makes it seem like he was born to play Dinesh, the stand out of the show. This most definitely applies to Zach Woods, who, it seems for the first time, isn’t playing an unlikeable guy who has a stick up his behind. Thomas Middleditch is Richard Hendrix, and I’m pretty sure they unleashed the kraken when it comes to T.J. Miller.

My expectations are incredibly high going into future seasons. The loss of Christopher Evan Welch is huge. Especially since Monica claimed Peter Gregory would be more “hands on” from now on. I’m in the camp who thinks Peter Gregory should sell his stock in Pied Piper to another billionaire. Even if you have to lose Monica or just have her solely be a romantic interest. Please don’t recast him. Welch put too much of an imprint on that character, even in so little screen time.

What I want most from this show when it’s all said and done is to see a Richard versus Erlich showdown. That’s what I need to see during the last season. As funny as this show is they have an appealing story line. Gavin Henry is still going to try to compete with Richard. People will sue his company for stealing their idea (Facebook disease). But the interview at the end of the episode was what stuck with me. Erlich says, “Richard wrote the code yes, but the inspiration was clear”. And then goes on to ask how many dicks the reporter could jerk off. But the future is there in that quote. Yeah, maybe that’s Erlich being Erlich, but I’m not so sure. He has a valid point. He got them to the finals (not intentionally obviously but still. In his words “I had to fuck a wife and take a punch”) and his dick crack was the inspiration Richard needed.

Whatever Mike Judge and the rest of the crew decide I’ll be on board. One season was all they needed to hook this fish. What can I say, I’m easy prey.

Some Thoughts

  • The dick joke scene deserves all the attention it received, but this was my favorite scene of the finale
  • Is there a single person out there who likes Big Head? He had his moments in the beginning of the season, but man does he just…suck.
  • David Wallace from The Office shows up in the finale. That is Office alum number two by my count. (Jared being the first)
  • Apparently Mike Judge got Stanford involved for the dick joke scene

  • Heartfelt little tribute at the end credits for Welch. Really going to miss him.
  • I heard more than a few people bash the Green Day at the end of the finale. Three words. “How dare them”

Funny Quotes

  • That might be the last time we see him alive – Dinesh
  • Which one? Which one? Which one? – Jared
  • I set them up for ya, now knock them down. – Erlich after announcing Richard
  • We have the speed, we have the features, and we have….Shakira! – Gavin
  • Do you have any wind machines? I’m going to need two of those. – Erlich

It’s been a wild ride. I’ll certainly miss this bunch. I’m glad I gave this show a chance and I hope you all did too. It’s worth trying the eight episodes out. They’re so short that you won’t be wasting much of your life. And chances are, you’ll love it. If not I’ll fight you. Make sure you don’t bring piss to a shit fight.


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