Halt and Catch Fire S1E7 - "Giant" Recap

Gordon is not handling pressure well, just as Donna said. Working for Joe isn't exactly smooth sailing, and his stress is further exacerbated in his competing against Cameron. Then there's his personal life in which he has to look after the children while Donna goes out of town on a business trip. His stress manifests in his waking up screaming in the middle of the night, propensity for household chores, and for some strange reason, digging a hole in the backyard.

Joe and Cameron's relationship is more functional, for now at least. Joe becomes caught up by the work of a world-famous industrial designer who is supposed to design a case for the computer Cardiff is building. The designer was once involved with Joe and reveals to Cameron that he even told Joe he loved him but in the end, he believes Joe just got bored. He warns her to not assume that he won't do the same to her eventually.

Joe wants the computer case to be designed in a way that will get consumers to fall in love with it and grab their attention. Gordon is firmly against the idea of tinkering with a computer's insides just to make it look nicer. But Joe is on to something, given the nature of how technology has developed and the fact that today's users do care about the look of their machines when forming their overall opinion.

Donna makes a move on her boss but he turns her down. She decides to hurry back home and arrives just in time to find that the hole Gordon has dug is large enough to fit him in it. Is this perhaps symbolic? Stay tuned to find out!

Halt and Catch Fire airs on Sundays on AMC at 10PM.


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