TV Showcase #100: Halt & Catch Fire #5: Adventure


Adventure is the fifth episode of Halt & Catch Fire, first broadcasted on June 29, 2014 with a script by Dahvi Waller and directed by Ed Bianchi.

After sending Cameron on a business trip, Joe hires a new software development team. To meet one of the design goals for the new PC, Gordon realizes that a liquid crystal display would be needed. The engineers and Joe argue that an LCD would be too costly; however, Gordon reveals that his father in-law, Gary Emerson, has connections with Kuzoku, a Japanese electronics manufacturer, and can get the displays at a discount. Upon returning from her trip, Cameron clashes with Joe over his recent hire. She tells Joe that adding programmers to the project will delay it, and she argues that Steve, the new project manager, is inefficient; however, Joe tells Cameron that she needs to learn how to work with others. After Gary reluctantly agrees to broker the meeting with Kuzoku, Gordon promptly blows the deal by making drunken comments about his father in-law. Joe goes to the Kuzoku executives the next day in an attempt to salvage the deal and to apologize on Gordon’s behalf; however, Gordon reveals that Gary had already intervened. Cameron installs Colossal Cave Adventure on the company mainframe as a test to find which programmers are the most valuable to the project. Impressed with her ingenuity, Joe makes Cameron the software manager and fires Steve and the extra programmers.

Another really solid and intriguing episode.

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