Erlich recruits Dinesh and Gilfoyle to help him build the non-existent app, refusing help from Big Head. Word also spreads of Big Head's series of promotions, leading Denpok to begin mentoring him. Even though Laurie notices Jack's low blow, she stands with him as she doesn't have proof that Richard's platform can be more valuable than the box deal. As a result, Laurie takes over as interim CEO of the company. Keenan Feldspar signs with Bream-Hall, but Monica and Laurie avoid hiring Erlich by giving him a generous finder's fee. Russ Hanneman arrives to celebrate and Richard becomes angry at the interruption and begins shouting at Hanneman. Pied Piper finally gets installed on a sufficient number of phones, which allows Richard to move all of FGI's data into the app, eliminating the need for an auxiliary data server and its related costs.
In one of his job interviews Gilfoyle finds himself at Endframe, now employing two of the coders from Hooli, and Gilfoyle learns that they have cracked Richard's middle-out algorithm. As a result, the staff doesn't respect him and are still divided between Sliceline and Optimoji crews, both of which still wear apparel with their former companies' logos and have specific demands in regards to workplace policy and perks, to which Richard tries to cater with disastrous results. The episode ends with Intersite angrily dismissing Pied Piper. Richard thinks Feldspar's VR tech is a fad, but Dinesh and Gilfoyle are so impressed after trying it that they integrate Pied Piper's middle out algorithm into Feldspar's VR, which improves it greatly. Meanwhile, at Hooli, Belson discovers that the now invalid employment contracts would allow him to fire affected employees without severance and take back unvested stock options. Russ Hanneman informs Richard and Erlich that due to bad investments he is no longer a billionaire and now Pied Piper must come up with a way to become profitable. Richard feels bad and reaches out to Seth. However, they meet with Coleman Blair Partners and create their own food based app, rendering Seefood useless. This puts Pied Piper in risk of breaching contract with FGI, as the cell phone network where the data is stored will effectively be eliminated. Just out of spite, Gavin Belson hires all 63 coders approached by Pied Piper before the launch of his new mainframe box, a technology which his new employees don't want to work for, as it will be rendered obsolete by Pied Piper's decentralized internet. During the budget meeting, Hanneman visits Pied Piper and disrupts it by talking loudly on the phone and hanging out with his friend Cory. Pied Piper finally gets installed on a sufficient number of phones, which allows Richard to move all of FGI's data into the app, eliminating the need for an auxiliary data server and its related costs. The PP team retreats to their hotel room where they mock up a mathematical model for Erlich to give handjobs to every male in the Battlefield audience instead of doing their presentation, which gives Richard an epiphany about compression algorithms. Gavin Belson holds a board meeting to discuss the failure of the launch of their Nucleus product. Dinesh meets an attractive girl, Charlotte AJ Michalka , who appears to be proficient in Java, but when Gilfoyle tells him that the Java code was in fact written by him, Dinesh loses interest in Charlotte. Richard discovers that Homicide has omitted the Pied Piper logo from the broadcast and the partnership with Homicide falls apart, and Richard agrees to broadcast a live stream of a condor egg as a technology demo instead. Unaware of this, Melcher informs him that the deal will go ahead. However, due to the team's inability to deliver a lesser product on purpose, the final box ends up being far better than anything else available in the market. Meanwhile, Big Head is removed from Hooli's copycat compression software project, named Nucleus, because of his complete lack of understanding of what Richard actually did to create Pied Piper, and is not reassigned to anything, joining the other unassigned employees that spend their days doing nothing on the company's roof. Laurie contacts Monica to "congratulate" her about the ICO, seemingly unaffected by her departure, just before she meets Yao in China. Richard is contacted by Stewart Burke, a retired attorney that lives off royalties earned by "patent trolling" musicians and tech companies for intellectual property of their work. Erlich and Big Head threaten legal action via consultation with a district attorney, but Bachmanity's cause is a low priority for the justice department. Unbeknownst to him, by doing this he also set a price point on Pied Piper's platform, valuing it way above and thus terminating the box deal, rendering a new vote useless and saving Monica's position. In the next scene, he convinces Davis Bannercheck to return to Hooli to head up the Nucleus project. Having previously failed to convince Monica and Laurie to hire him at their new VC company Bream-Hall, he uses Feldspar and his promising tech as leverage to get a job with them. Erlich, realizing that the app will only work properly if thousands of pictures of food from the internet are checked manually, convinces Big Head to make his students do this instead of their regular assignment, which is watching technology-related movies in class.
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