Halt and Catch Fire (2014–2017)
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Joe's team must overcome internal differences and start building the new machine.


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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
David Wilson Barnes ... Dale Butler
Will Greenberg ... Brian Braswell
Mike Pniewski ... Barry Shields
Lisa Sheridan ... Rebecca Taylor
Morgan Hinkleman ... Joanie Clark
Alana Cavanaugh ... Haley Clark
Bianca Malinowski ... Debbie
Lou Anne Cooper ... Maylene (as LouAnne LaFortune)
Randall Taylor ... Carl Suberry
Andrew Masset ... Senior Attorney (as Andrew Hyatt-Masset)


Joe ends up being correct about the meeting with IBM: as long as they all stick to the untrue story that Cardiff Electric had long worked on developing a PC clone, and that what has ended up being Cameron's job to develop the BIOS code does not involve Gordon or his discoveries about IBM's proprietary BIOS code, Cardiff Electric is just working within the boundaries of what is legal and there is nothing IBM can do about it. After that meeting, Joe outlines his vision for what he, Gordon and Cameron will be working on: a PC clone that is twice the speed and half the price of what IBM has on the market. Neither Gordon or Cameron share this vision, Gordon who believes in the standard marketing practice of offering the consumer something marginally better than the previous model at a slightly higher price, while Cameron sees the project as just another boring "beige box". Although Gordon sees this path as at least being bright to support his family, Cameron does not like what she's gotten... Written by Huggo

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8 June 2014 (USA) See more »

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Georgia, USA See more »

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FUD stands for Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. See more »


The doors in the office have accessible lever door handles rather than doorknobs. The lever door handles were specifically required by Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990 onward. See more »


References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »


Lido Shuffle
Written by David Paich and Boz Scaggs
Performed by Boz Scaggs
[Gordon, played by Scoot McNairy, sings along to the song as he drives home from the office]
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The Test of Loyalty
10 August 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Cardiff teeters on the brink because of what Joe has put in motion. The episode begins with a mass entrance by IBM execs and lawyers. They have been duped but have the resources to destroy Cardiff. Everything works out for a while. Everyone is happy and excited. Cameron is now employed to write code for a new system that will double the speed and cut the cost in half. Unfortunately, the smug giant begins to figure ways to hurt the smaller company, namely, taking away one of their best sales people and with him his clients. It appears that everyone is about to lose their jobs. Cameron realizes that she is expendable and will be kicked to the curb when her job is done. The final five minutes with Joe doing a sales job is priceless. He is really a piece of work. I am hooked on this series.

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