Alex Trebek

'Halt and Catch Fire' season finale recap, '1984'

'Halt and Catch Fire' season finale recap, '1984'

1984 brought us another presidential term for Ronald Reagan, the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, the return of "Jeopardy! to television" (with Alex Trebek as host), and the birth of Hulkamania, Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson, LeBron James and Ethan Renner.

But perhaps most notably, at least for the purposes of this recap, 1984 featured the debut of The Macintosh, Apple's first machine that targeted the everyman, with an eye on taking down IBM. Its arrival at the end of the last episode, and the memorable Super Bowl commercial that announced its introduction, form a prominent backdrop for the season finale of "Halt and Catch Fire."

Gordon is giving Donna the...