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'Halt and Catch Fire' recap, 'High Plains Hardware'

'Halt and Catch Fire' recap, 'High Plains Hardware'

This week's cold open features an injured bird, Cameron sleeping in her basement workspace and Joe standing naked in his condo, blasting his new stereo. This all comes at the start of what is shaping up to be a difficult day for our crew.

Gordon is tasked with firing 46 members of the Cardiff staff (a result of Joe's ill-advised power play), something that he admits he is not qualified to do. In one exit interview, he goes on about orange groves and unique snowflakes, and isn't very good at delivering bad news.

Joe addresses a team of designers and reveals his plan to build a portable PC weighing "no more than 15 pounds." The team, comprised of a lot of bad...