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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29 June 2014 (USA) See more »

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Georgia, USA See more »

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Did You Know?


The title of the episode refers to the game some programmers play on their computers. The game, called Collosal Cave Adventure and written originally on Fortran by Will Crowther on 1976, and expanded by Don Woods on 1977, was one of the first computer games and the origin of conversational games. AMC launched a web version of the game soon after this episode was aired. See more »


When Gordon and his father in law are on the golf course,Gordon is seen wearing a R11 Taylormade Golf glove. The R11 line by Taylormade did not come out until 2011. In fact Taylormade Golf in 1983 was just 4 years old as it was founded in 1979. See more »


References Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) See more »


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Enough Testosterone to Go Around
11 August 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

We get to meet Joe's father who is also an ass. He lies with a kind of fluidity that might take in the viewer. The weight of the screen for the notebook computer becomes and issue, but Gordon's father-in-law has connections with the Japanese who have advances in LED technology. A meeting is set up where Gordon has problems functioning (we've seen this before). Joe puts on his dog and pony show and walks around like a rooster in a hen house. Cameron returns from a vacation to find that Joe has hired an entire tech crew, including a humorless supervisor, and a bunch of stereotypical misfits (isn't there always a lovable, ugly fat guy and an Asian nerd?). Cameron spends a considerable amount of time with Joe's father (she has broken it off with Joe and meets Dad when she goes to Joe's apartment). Gordon's alcoholism is becoming an issue now and is going to be in the future. John is angry. Joe is angry. Gordon is falling into depression and self- doubt. Donna is starting see greener pastures which means Gordon's support system could be compromised. Look out!

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