TV Club: Everything has a price in Silicon Valley, even friendship

Early in the run of Silicon Valley—around the time of season one’s “Fiduciary Duties” to be exact—I realized that the relationship between Richard and Erlich is a vital part of the show. Part of it was the obvious parallel between such real-world partnerships as Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, part of it was the chemistry between longtime collaborators Thomas Middleditch and T.J. Miller, and part of it is the way that these two characters prove their necessity to each other. Richard has the intelligence but none of the people skills, and Erlich has the charisma but an ego that gets in the way of any productive use of it. It’s a complement that could, if the two could get over themselves enough to use it, rule the industry.

That partnership is tested to every limit in “Bachman’s Earning’s Over-Ride.” And not coincidentally, it …

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