Silicon Valley Season 4 Episode 2: Terms of Service Review

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Synopsis: Richard butts heads with Dinesh, whose new position goes to his head. Later, Richard discovers interesting data about PiperChat’s users. Erlich makes a play to be involved in Jian-Yang’s new app; Jared sets ground rules in his friendship with Richard; Gavin’s paranoia over Jack’s enthusiasm causes him to make a rash decision. (HBO)

Writer: Clay Tarver

Director: Mike Judge

Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 29mins

In the last episode, Richard left Pied Piper and left Dinesh in charge of the new company, PiperChat, based on his video chat application. Since then, the position has gotten into Dinesh’s head. He’s taken things a little too far, most notably, the increased use of hair product. He has had better luck pitching to VCs, however, as the prospects for PiperChat looked promising.

Richard still wasn’t used to being apart from the rest of the gang. The rest of the gang wasn’t used to it either, watching what they say around him. Another way in which Dinesh had taken things too far was when he went against his agreement with Richard and cut him out of the data repository. Richard was not exactly happy with Dinesh so he insulted him in a way that only he can.

One of the best parts of the last episode was the rivalry between Belson and Barker. Belson thought Barker would crack after banishing him to the basement but he had a different reaction all together, having ideas of his own.

At the meeting at the beginning of the episode, Erlich got wing of Jian-Yang’s new app and he wanted to be involved since we all know that Erlich was about the money. Unfortunately for Erlich, he lost his share when he tried to evict Jian-Yang. Big Head kind of listening to his pitch with the only thing he got from it was oculus which got Erlich believing that it involved VR. He made a deal with Jian-Yang to get his share back and give Jian-Yang some more privileges but the app was just about octopus recipes.

Jared was no longer comfortable with his new relationship with Richard with him no longer in the company. It was funny to hear Jared name off potential common interests that two guys would talk about because they were not two normal guys. Feeling bad, Big Head gave him his access but Richard found something disturbing with PiperChat’s user data, a large portion of their users were under 13 which was against the law. This left the company, and Dinesh, on the hook for $21 billion since he didn’t put terms of service in the app.

Dinesh was feeling down so Richard tried to cheer him up and give him some advice when he got a call from Belson. Belson wanted to buy the company so he can learn who Barker was talking to but everyone else saw it as an opportunity to take the failing PiperChat out of their hands. Dinesh didn’t want to but at their meeting, Belson wanted to take it by not giving him a choice or giving him the chance to talk. Dinesh agreed to his terms.

Belson learned that Barker was only taking to a baby. The episode ended with the focus group guy (you know who I’m talking about) talking to a bunch of girls and an older man in the back. As the guy was talking, Belson learned the truth and banged the windows in frustration.

Overall, this was another good episode with some funny drama involving the rise and fall of PiperChat. It was funny to see Dinesh as the CEO so I wish it could have lasted just a little longer but the end was hilarious. I’m not sure where they’ll go next but I’ll be watching.

Score: 8/10

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