Halt and Catch Fire (2014–2017)
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A visitor from Joe's past threatens his newfound connection with Cameron. With Donna out of town, the toll of Gordon's work catches up with him.


Jon Amiel


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Pace ... Joe MacMillan
Scoot McNairy ... Gordon Clark
Mackenzie Davis ... Cameron Howe
Kerry Bishé ... Donna Clark
Toby Huss ... John Bosworth
D.B. Woodside ... Simon Church
Graham Beckel ... Nathan Cardiff
Scott Michael Foster ... Hunt Whitmarsh
Ricky Wayne ... Kenny Burke
Bianca Malinowski Bianca Malinowski ... Debbie
Pete Burris ... Ed
Eric Goins ... Larry
Randy Havens ... Stan
Morgan Hinkleman ... Joanie Clark
Alana Cavanaugh ... Haley Clark


The next phase of the PC project is design. Believing it could be aesthetically beautiful and not just another beige box, Joe is able to call in an old friend, top industrial designer Simon Church, to come up with a concept. Simon's arrival onto the scene has the possibility to alienate both Gordon and Cameron, but for different reasons. Gordon is feeling tired of people not listening to him, and acts upon his new-found albeit temporary freedom with the girls while Donna is out of town on business. Donna, on the other hand, may also act upon her new temporary freedoms based on a business meeting and a telephone call home to Gordon. And while he has been issued a divorce petition, an action which no one in the company knows about, John gets more bad news: the PC project is out of money, and without a quick cash influx, the entire company could shut down within a week if the PC project proceeds. John has to find some money to tie them over until COMDEX in a couple of weeks, without ... Written by Huggo

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Function versus Design
11 August 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Joe brings in an old lover, a master of design, to create a case for the new computer. Gordon confronts him at a meeting because he can't take any sort of invasion of what he considered a final design. In the previous episode, he stood up against personality; in this one, he is confronting aesthetics. Gordon is about to flip out. Donna goes on an overnight business trip with her handsome boss and a grave misunderstanding occurs. Meanwhile, Gordon begins to destroy any order in his house. He throws away the lasagna prepared for his girls. Attacks the plumbing under the sink. And, finally, he tears the crap out of his hand and begins to bleed all over the place. He also tells his girls a crazy story about a farmer, P. T. Barnum, and a giant, which parallels his role in the whole computer development process. Meanwhile, we come to realize that John's wife has filed for divorce. He knows that Cardiff is near insolvency and tries to borrow money. He and Joe have been at a strip club, trying to embrace a sleazy designer as a last resort. John is at a crossroads. Finallly, Cameron realizes that she loves Joe, but his swinging both ways, especially with a man he really loved, is going to bring some heavy duty challenges.

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13 July 2014 (USA) See more »

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