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  • pulp50
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    I’ve lost track is this the finale or is it episode 9?

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    GusCruz
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    I’ve lost track is this the finale or is it episode 9?

    Episode 9

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    Damn . This episode was great. I haven’t been the biggest fan of this season but I loved this episode. Give Woods that damn EmmY. This was his tape. The TJ Miller stuff had me smh though. This episode was so fun and had me on the edge of mY seat and even though it was similar to past stuff it was so different. I LOVED it. And probably Middleditches tape too.

    M grade: A

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    Joseph
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    I really liked this week’s episode, it was really great fun. Definitely Zach Woods’ best episode this season, and probably his best episode on the show in all its seasons. That “Poop Fare” monologue was so great and so funny- he’d be really deserving of an Emmy nomination. I thought the plot was interesting, I think the show really comes into its element in settings like this. I wasn’t a massive fan of the T.J. Miller sections though, but I guess it’s somewhat necessary with creating a narrative for him not to appear next season. Looking forward to the finale next week.

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    The 180 this show’s done on Richard’s personality is totally misguided. To get there his arc should’ve been more carefully explored. I’m more interested in how Dinesh’s girl will get back at him than the current failures of the male characters at this point.

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    Watched this weekend’s finale.  Good episode, but the stakes are too high for many jokes.  This could be a tape for Thomas Middleditch in the drama field.  Zach Woods should go with last week.  No Haley Joel Osment (or Amanda Crew, Jimmy O. Yang, Suzanne Cryer or Chris Diamantopoulos), so he was only in three out of ten.

    What is apparently the T.J. Miller send-off is really clumsy.  Something went down there.  You do not just write out the second-billed actor so nonchalantly.  Jian-Yang almost literally pushing him out last episode was weird and this continues that.  Are they even going to be at the incubator next season or will it just never be mentioned again?

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    Watched this weekend’s finale. Good episode, but the stakes are too high for many jokes. This could be a tape for Thomas Middleditch in the drama field. Zach Woods should go with last week. No Haley Joel Osment (or Amanda Crew, Jimmy O. Yang, Suzanne Cryer or Chris Diamantopoulos), so he was only in three out of ten.

    What is apparently the T.J. Miller send-off is really clumsy. Something went down there. You do not just write out the second-billed actor so nonchalantly. Jian-Yang almost literally pushing him out last episode was weird and this continues that. Are they even going to be at the incubator next season or will it just never be mentioned again?

    Is it going to end on a cliffhanger? Does the episode start as continuation of episode 9’s final scene?

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    The 180 this show’s done on Richard’s personality is totally misguided. To get there his arc should’ve been more carefully explored. I’m more interested in how Dinesh’s girl will get back at him than the current failures of the male characters at this point.

    What 180 are you talking about?

    Watched this weekend’s finale. Good episode, but the stakes are too high for many jokes. This could be a tape for Thomas Middleditch in the drama field. Zach Woods should go with last week. No Haley Joel Osment (or Amanda Crew, Jimmy O. Yang, Suzanne Cryer or Chris Diamantopoulos), so he was only in three out of ten.

    What is apparently the T.J. Miller send-off is really clumsy. Something went down there. You do not just write out the second-billed actor so nonchalantly. Jian-Yang almost literally pushing him out last episode was weird and this continues that. Are they even going to be at the incubator next season or will it just never be mentioned again?

    It sucks Miller’s leaving wasn’t well done. I wonder if he decided to leave too late for them to come up with anything good, or if they just couldn’t because he’s an integral part of the show and it’s really out of character for him to just leave his life behind for something else.

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    Mild spoilers in my preview piece for Gold Derby:

    Silicon Valley concludes its fourth season this weekend with an episode titled “Server Error” that is sure to factor into several Emmy races, if past Silicon Valley finales are any indication. The first season finale “Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency” was nominated for its writing and production design. The second season finale “Two Days of the Condor” was nominated for its writing and won for its editing. The third season finale “The Uptick” was nominated for its writing and editing. All three finales were also included among the show’s submissions for Outstanding Comedy Series upon nomination.

    With cast member Zach Woods calling it the best episode of the series and having seen it myself, “Server Error” is sure to be included in their Outstanding Comedy Series submissions if Silicon Valley reaps a fourth consecutive nomination. It also might be Thomas Middleditch’s submission if he repeats his nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy, although he might opt for more comedic work in an episode such as The Blood Boy or The Patent Troll, both of which culminate in a humorous confrontation with the eponymous character.

    “Server Error” finds Middleditch’s character Richard Hendrix at wit’s end and wiping away tears as his employees turn against him because of his increasing Machiavellian and deceitful ways, which are even physically endangering civilians. It would not be out of place as an acting showcase among the antiheroes nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama. Although the episode marks the final appearance of T.J. Miller, do not expect him to submit it if he breaks through with an supporting actor nomination. That the character is apparently written off so casually is almost as surprising as the fact that the show is losing its second-billed actor.

    The biggest impediment to “Server Error” being nominated in both races for which it is actually listed on the nominating ballot—Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing—is its June 25 airdate. Voting for nominations opened June 12 and closes June 26, so many voters surely submitted their ballots without a chance to watch the episode. However, HBO hedged their bets last year with the same broadcast schedule and the show received a record eleven nominations. Despite airing in the last 24 hours of voting like this year’s finale, last year’s was nominated in both categories that it was submitted; it notably marked the first time that Silicon Valley had multiple episodes nominated for Outstanding Writing.

    “Server Error” might be the biggest lock for a nomination on the Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series ballot because it is credited to Mike Judge, who has a perfect nomination record for directing Silicon Valley at both the Emmys and the Directors Guild of America Awards. He is only the third in television history to have been consistently nominated by the Emmys and DGA for directing the first three seasons of a series, after Barnet Kellman for Murphy Brown (1989–1991) and James Burrows for both Cheers (1983–1985) and Will & Grace (1999–2001).

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    Solid finale. Definitely agree with Riley that this would be a drama tape for Middleditch. It wasn’t as good as last week but I really liked it. I enjoyed that they didn’t force jokes in there. This episode was all about the story and characters. Middleditch gave his best performance ever in this episode and idk if he should submit this or a funny episode, but hey, if Tambor can win with the hilarious transparent…

    Probably my second or third favorite episode of the season. I added Zach Woods to my prediction and bumped Louie Anderson out. I would not mind if this episode got a writing nomination.

    My grade: B+

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    This is amazingly candid: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tj-miller-says-leaving-silicon-valley-was-like-a-breakup-1016573. It is everything that we wanted from an Archie Panjabi exit interview, but never got.

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    This is amazingly candid: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tj-miller-says-leaving-silicon-valley-was-like-a-breakup-1016573. It is everything that we wanted from an Archie Panjabi exit interview, but never got.

    shit, that was so fucking honest and depressing. Honestly though, how they wrote him off was what I hated most about this episode. Like, really? thats the last we get to see of him? Thats not cool on so many levels. He at least deserved a better ending instead of being ditched in Tibet where we assume he becomes a homeless drug attic.  I’ll bet he eventutuallty shows up in at least 1 episode, maybe the finale and gets that EMmy nomination (its been done before, Shelly Long quit Cheers after season 5 and came back for the finale where she was nominated for guest actress. But she did when a bunch of Emmys for that role unlike Miller so…)

    Also, this last episode was hard to watch. It destroyed me emotionally. And it didnt help that I decided to start waitching Review right before. I binged 6 episodes. Shit that show is fucking dark. So this episode made it even worse.

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    I’ve just seen the episode. I didn’t expect Erlich to be written out in that way. It wasn’t anything spectacular but they gave room in case that he will come back. I also agree that this is Thomas Middleditch’s best performance. He should submit this episode if he’ll get nominated regardless if it’s comedic or dramatic. Overall, it’s a satisfying season finale. I love that everything went well at the end.

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    Joseph
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    Disappointing finale. Zach Woods and Thomas Middleditch were good, but the whole thing felt too dramatic and not as engaging as past season finales. I thought the whole thing with Erlich was poorly handled, if it is the last time we see that character, it’s a disappointing way for him to go, especially as T.J. Miller was very much the MVP of the first two seasons. I liked how it tied up loose ends, and it had a few good ideas, but the lack of creativity and tension stopped it from being as good as it could have been.

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    Matt Ross has consistently given us the most layered character of the show, and I would love to discuss how much he deserves a nomination.

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