High Plains Hardware is the 3rd episode of Halt & Catch Fire, first broadcasted on June 15, 2014 with a script by Jason Cahill and directed by Karyn Kusama.
After IBM’s raid, Cardiff Electric is forced to downsize its workforce. Joe tells the remaining engineers that the company will have a portable PC weighing less than 15 pounds by the end of the year; however, the engineers complain that Joe’s plan is not feasible. After Joe attempts to secure venture capital from his East Coast contacts, Nathan tells him that Bosworth will handle all of the company’s finances going forward; he also arranges a meeting with one of his own business contacts, an heiress named Louise “LouLu” Lutherford. During a dinner party, LouLu offers $10 million in exchange for an 80 percent stake in the PC project. Dissatisfied with the low offer and her attitude, Joe sinks the deal by seducing LouLu’s boyfriend. Gordon attempts to come up with innovative ways to meet Joe’s design goals; however, one of the engineers keeps killing Gordon’s ideas without coming up with any alternatives, and Gordon fires him. Bosworth spots Cameron at the office after hours and tells her that she can work as late as needed, but she cannot live in the office, even though he apparently is temporarily doing exactly that. After cashing her first paycheck, Cameron stays in a hotel; however, she later goes to Joe’s apartment after she struggles with the code.
A good episode, kind of a lull compared to the first two but still a good episode with good performances all around.
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