Halt and Catch Fire (2014–2017)
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The Wall Street Quarterly article and Cameron being able to complete the BIOS code have created renewed public interest in the PC project, upon which Joe wants to capitalize, not only for ... See full summary »


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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
Annette O'Toole ... Susan Emerson
Scott Michael Foster ... Hunt Whitmarsh
John Getz ... Joe MacMillan, Sr.
Chris Mulkey ... Gary
August Emerson ... Malcolm Levitan
Bianca Malinowski ... Debbie
Pete Burris ... Ed
Eric Goins ... Larry
Randy Havens ... Stan
Morgan Hinkleman ... Joanie Clark


The Wall Street Quarterly article and Cameron being able to complete the BIOS code have created renewed public interest in the PC project, upon which Joe wants to capitalize, not only for the project but also for himself. Cameron is dismayed however to learn that Joe's suggested vacation for her was so that he could hire a software engineering team behind her back. She does find that there are like minded individuals among the team, but she isn't sure if she can work under her new boss, the overly bureaucratic Steve. Gordon believes he has a possible solution to the computer's weight issue and the contacts to achieve his plan, Gordon's initiative which irks Joe under the surface as he was not the one to initiate it. Regardless, Joe believes he needs to be involved in the meeting with Gordon and the Japanese manufacturers to discuss the issue, and later clean up the mess that Gordon creates at that meeting, which Joe feels has placed him once again as being in a position of being ... Written by Huggo

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Joe MacMillan: Go back to your workstation with the rest of the grunts. I'll fix this in the morning.
Gordon Clark: With what, Joe, your words? Donna was right. You're all hat and no cattle.
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An Adventure for Our Characters!
13 July 2020 | by gab-14712See all my reviews

"Adventure" is definitely an adventure for our protagonists in this episode of Halt and Catch Fire. The writing is beginning to catch up with our characters. In other words, the show has some excellent character development. The episode also shows where Joe got his manipulative streak from- his own father, Joe Sr. played wonderfully by John Getz. In fact, this entire episode is about trying to find a father figure. Joe with his own father, Cameron with Joe's father (until she realizes what a jerk he is), and Gordon with his intimidating father-in-law. Gordon becomes more developed here. The pilot introduced him as an alcoholic man with some high stage of depression-and that was not really shown until this episode. He had a very amusing sequence where alcohol causes him to insult Japanese businessmen.

The episode seemed to skip some weeks into the future. The article from Wall Street Quarterly was released and Cameron finally finished her BIOS code. Joe sent her away on vacation, but she was really sent away so a software engineer team could be hired without her interference. She comes back and is friendly with the majority of them but not the immediate supervisor. She takes charge during a late-night coup and a video game battle. Joe's father comes to town which sparks Joe's forward thinking. Gordon has an idea about how to handle the PC's weight issues when he realizes LED screens exist. He has his father-in-law set up a meeting with Japanese executives. His alcoholism could be a mighty factor though, but luckily Joe decided to sit in the dinner with them. Donna is improving her relationship with her own boss at Texas Instruments which could signal the future for Gordon. Finally, after giving Joe a beatdown, Bosworth realizes he may actually need Joe as he is underprepared for an important meeting.

Overall, this is a solid episode. There are some humorous moments mainly during Cameron's video-game contest and the end results. Cheaters and non-cheaters will be distinguished in an amusing way. This episode introduces the always lovable Cooper Andrews as one of the programmers, YoYo. Annette O'Toole shows up as Gordon's motherly figure and although is not given much to do, she has a solid presence. Yeah, Joe still has that temper it seems. Poor Japanese car!

My Grade: A-

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29 June 2014 (USA) See more »

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