"It's not enough," Gordon replies. "OK. Well, it always has been enough for me. But then I guess I never had the burden of believing that I was some misunderstood genius," she retorts.
John Bosworth fields a strange phone call from a sales executive at IBM, who informs him that Joe MacMillan had walked out of their company a year before, and had been missing ever since. Well, there's an interesting swerve. So, the main character is a bad boy with a mysterious past? Clichéd? Perhaps. Am I still intrigued? Perhaps. IBM alerts John that there is a legal issue involving Joe that could cause problems for Cardiff.
That legal issue? Joe had contacted IBM and told them what he and Gordon had done together. Joe saw this as a way to gain leverage and force Cardiff into the business of revolutionizing personal computing, not just pushing software. Gordon freaks out, afraid that everything that Donna had warned him about was right.
Gordon confesses as much to Donna later that day, and tells her that he's done with chasing pipe dreams. "I'm sorry. Computers, my job, none of that matters, not without you," he tells her. "Build it," Donna replies. "Whatever it is you're dreaming of, build it. I know you can make it great."
Cardiff's legal team meets with John, Joe and Gordon, and tells them that they'll be clear of a potential IBM lawsuit, as long as they go ahead with the PC project and hire a new engineer to work on the deal. They need to find that engineer quickly, though.
That new engineer is Cameron, who Gordon and Joe track down just as she's being thrown out of a bar after a fight at an arcade machine. Cameron can sense Joe's desperation and cuts herself a sweet deal to come and work at Cardiff.
Joe and his newly assembled team meet with John, who promises to be hard on them and keep them on a short leash. After the meeting, he pulls Joe aside for a private tongue-lashing. "I've worked here for 22 years. I helped build this company into what it is. And you backed me into a corner in my own home? I'm never, I'm never going to forget that. Never."
"What are you trying to prove with all this?" Gordon asks Joe. Joe doesn't answer.
And so, we understand Gordon and Donna and what motivates them, we know what John's focus is, we even have a good idea of who Cameron is.
But Joe MacMillan is still a mysterious bad boy.