Gentlemen, welcome to the big show,” Erlich says as the Pied Piper team walks down “startup alley” at TechCrunch Disrupt.
Episode seven serves as part one of “Silicon Valley’s” two-part season finale, putting the pieces in motion for Pied Piper’s big moment to end in colossal public failure. A well-shot cutaway between Nucleus and Pied Piper’s “burndown charts” is a good barometer of how the projects are going. The Nucleus chart is displayed on a sleek mounted monitor in a state-of-the-art Hooli computer lab, and Pied Piper’s chart is scribbled haphazardly on a whiteboard.
Peter Gregory’s assistant Monica calls Disrupt a “vortex of distraction,” and in episode seven, “Proof of Concept,” everyone is distracted by something. Richard, Dinesh and Gilfoyle are still working on the demo for Pied Piper’s big presentation, but when Richard runs into a woman he “totally was NOT obsessed with” in college, he gets a wee bit sidetracked.
(Last week on “Silicon Valley”: The gang gets lost in the cloud)
In a peculiar series of events like something out of a modern episode of “Seinfeld,” Richard stalks the woman’s Instagram account online “to make sure she’s not telling people I’m obsessed with her,” then accidentally projects her photo on the auditorium big screen for everyone—including her—to see. Then Jared inadvertently convinces the woman that he and Richard are homosexual life partners, solving the problem so Richard can get back to work.
Mike Judge channeled Larry David this episode, and it was gold, Jerry! Gold!
The vortex of distraction also sucked in Gilfoyle and Dinesh, who in their weekly subplot both end up helping the same girl write Java code for her app. Dinesh falls in love with her over “this Java method that was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Elegant, tight, there’s just something so hot about a woman that can code like that.” Except of course, Gilfoyle wrote the code. Poor Dinesh.