Silicon Valley TJ Miller

Last month, we learned that actor/comedian T.J. Miller, who has been a staple of the first four seasons of the hilarious HBO comedy Silicon Valley, will not be returning for the show’s fifth season to reprise his role as Erlich Bachman. This past Sunday night, the season four finale revealed the character’s fate, but how will the show handle the character’s departure moving forward? Is there a chance we see Miller pop up again in a future season? We’ve sifted through a bunch of interviews given by the showrunners and Miller himself, and found the answers to what impact the Silicon Valley TJ Miller split will have on the show.
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Silicon Valley Season Finale Review

(Each week, we’re going to kick off discussion about Silicon Valley season 4 by answering one simple question: what was the most awkward moment of the week?)

Do you remember that moment when you finally realized that Breaking Bad was following a villain’s origin story? We get almost the equivalent in this season finale of Silicon Valley, when we see Richard Hendricks breaking down over the prospect of losing everything he’s been working for. Yes, again.

This is the moment where we realize that Richard cares about Pied Piper and no one else. Not Gilfolye or Dinesh, without whom he would have had no product. Not Jared, who makes sure everything runs and is done correctly. And especially not his oldest pal Bighead, who he sees as a dummy he can strongarm into doing whatever dumb thing someone smarter than him wants him to.

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silicon valley hooli-con review

(Each week, we’re going to kick off discussion about Silicon Valley season 4 by answering one simple question: what was the most awkward moment of the week?)

The only thing more awkward than Richard Hendrix with a woman is Richard with an ex-girlfriend. There are scant few of them as it is, but it turns out that running into Winnie at Hooli-Con is enough to transition him into his usual “sputtering idiot” mode.

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the keenan vortex review

(Each week, we’re going to kick off discussion about Silicon Valley season 4 by answering one simple question: what was the most awkward moment of the week?)

In any other episode, Richard Hendricks dabbing after delivering a terrible pun at the end of a business pitch would easily be the most cringe-worthy moment. Watching this dorky guy embarrass himself yet again is almost even worse than when Paul Ryan did it, and with even less of the self awareness.

But here, Richard does that right before trying out a new VR headset (created by a character played by Haley Joel Osment) and immediately vomiting all over the place. Only you, Richard. To his credit, he had warned them that he gets queasy and how did everyone else really think he was going to do, anyway? Richard can barely take this reality.

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Silicon Valley Patent Troll Review

(Each week, we’re going to kick off discussion about Silicon Valley season 4 by answering one simple question: what was the most awkward moment of the week?)

If we were to tally up the most awkward moments in Silicon Valley by the character responsible, Richard Hendricks would undoubtedly lead by a significant amount. The nervous talker just never know what to say or when to say it, and this episode, titled “Patent Troll,” is no exception.

Here, his shining moment is when he calls an important meeting of people he needs on his side, only to mention limp biscuits and donkey punches. The former is explained in detail to people who are unfamiliar with the term, and it goes over as well as you’d expect. To Richard’s credit, it’s an attempt to explain how patent trolls work, but it only manages to make people disgusted…and understand why Gavin isn’t working with him anymore.

But let’s start with Erlich Bachman.

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If you think Richard Hendrix is awkward, imagine having sex with him.

Actually, scratch that – don’t ever think about that. The descriptions are enough. Clanking teeth. “All elbows.” Someone who says “Gulp” out loud when a woman takes her bra off. Yeah, Richard gets laid in this episode and that’s enough awkward for anyone to take.

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Silicon Valley

Here’s a classic “good news, bad news” situation: HBO’s hilarious tech comedy Silicon Valley has been renewed for a fifth season, but T.J. Miller, who plays the foul-mouthed Erlich Bachman, is officially leaving the series. The era of Bachmanity is over.

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the blood boy review

(Each week, we’re going to kick off discussion about Silicon Valley season 4 by answering one simple question: what was the most awkward moment?)

If you’re looking for cringe humor, there’s no better place than in a wedding. While Silicon Valley is not anywhere near the current champ of cringe-inducing weddings (that honor still belongs to Peep Show) this episode has one for the ages.

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Silicon Valley Hot Dog

(Each week, we’re going to kick off discussion about Silicon Valley season 4 by answering one simple question: what was the most awkward moment?)

Richard has another project, but does he have a new team for it? Possibly. “Teambuilding Exercise” picks up immediately after last week’s episode, with Richard creeping into Gavin Belson’s mansion at three in the morning.

Richard and Gavin – together again at last. It’s only fitting that their meeting is the most awkward moment of the entire show. Right from the start it’s obvious that Gavin is not in a good place, as his place is completely trashed.

“I was working through some issues,” he calmly states.

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Silicon Valley Date

(Each week, we’re going to kick off discussion about Silicon Valley season 4 by answering one simple question: what was the most awkward moment?)

“So, do you like movies?”

Like most of the characters on Silicon Valley, Dinesh has never been known as a lady’s man. When a Satanist hacker who speaks in a sarcastic monotone is doing better in the game of love, you know you’re not very good at the dating thing.

But “Intellectual Property” finally gives Dinesh a new love interest and they are brought together because of one beautiful thing – Dinesh has managed to get Gavin Belson fired after he acquired PiperChat in the last episode. Now, she doesn’t know that it was entirely accidental, but that’s okay! Right?

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