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Donna tries to bring everyone together at Comdex with her vision of the internet's future and Gordon faces a strong-willed Joanie.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Pace ... Joe MacMillan
Scoot McNairy ... Gordon Clark
Mackenzie Davis ... Cameron Rendon
Kerry Bishé ... Donna Emerson
Toby Huss ... John Bosworth
Amy Seimetz ... Michelle Lattimer
Kathryn Newton ... Joanie Clark
Lenny Jacobson ... Donnie Manning
Barak Hardley ... Petey Manning
Brandon O'Dell ... Gary
Hannah Celeste ... Jessica
Dane Davenport ... Brett
Maria Paula Bagnati Maria Paula Bagnati ... Alex
Lowrey Brown ... Beau
Geoff Schuppert ... Bob


It's the fall of 1990, four years after Mutiny's failed IPO, Ryan's suicide, and Cameron and Tom's move to Tokyo. Gordon and Donna have split, and have joint custody of the girls. Donna, who is now using her maiden name Emerson, has just made senior partner in Diane's venture capital company, Donna's name which is first among the partners. Bos and Diane are now an established couple. Gordon has been working on the NSFNET project, which is funded by Donna and Diane's company, they all waiting for the government deregulation which they expect to happen in the next year or two. While Donna has focused on her career, Gordon, whose health problems have accelerated, has spent some time looking for love, he currently dating Michelle, one of his employees. They have not talked to Cameron at all, she who is still in Tokyo and who probably still has bad feelings about everything that happened with Mutiny. Donna has long wanted to mend fences with Cameron for personal reasons, but now has a ... Written by Huggo

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In the bar at the beginning Gordon says that there's a Senator from Tennessee pushing to open up the Internet to the general public which then was only available to the military and academia. He's talking about Al Gore. Year later when he ran for President, a quote of Gore's that he "invented" the Internet would haunt him, although he claimed he had been misquoted or misunderstood. See more »


In the opening scene Donna turns on her computer and it boots into DOS then loads Windows 3. When loading DOS, the words "Starting MS-DOS..." appears, which is consistent with the loading of DOS 6 and above. This episode is based in 1990, and DOS 6 didn't come out until 1993. See more »


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Perfect episode
7 September 2020 | by christophe-lambinSee all my reviews

Just perfect. The writing & direction (that first scene, showing 4 years have passed; doing exposition without actually doing exposition), the acting (the chemistry between Joe & Cam is off the charts here) with a pinch of comedy (the S printer guys are back!). Thoroughly enjoyed this one!

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