Minimum Viable Product(S01E01).
Erlich’s typical developer tee can be prominently spotted when Richard tells him that his hero Steve Jobs is a poser because he couldn’t code, which upsets the Apple fan boy and wannabe Steve Jobs, Erlich.
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This scene and the tee are funny for several reasons:
Firstly, because the print logo
H.T.M.L. is known among developers as the abbreviation for
Hyper Text Markup Language, which is the basic programming source code for any website.
And while many developers are introvert geeks with no luck meeting women, the subhead of the t-shirt says ironically that
H.T.M.L. is the acronym for
How To Meet Ladies.
While this is an obvious insider joke, the setting where Erlich wears this t-shirt makes it even more funny, but only for those who understand.
Because the situation is full of sexual connotations.
The scene actually starts in the mansion with Dinesh making fun of the shy coder, Big Head.
Dinesh does so by reading aloud a ‘lonely hearts’ online ad for Big Head on an personal ad section on an
Asperger site – a cynical joke and reference to socially awkward people, and sometimes coders, with the Asperger Syndrome – where women seek introverts for a sexual relationship.
After this deadpan punch line, Erlich appears with his green tee and tells Richard that he has to talk to him
solo, which is also a sexual connoted term from a porno movie or a strip club.
This assumption makes even more sense because Erlich later hires a stripper for a party and a “solo” lap dance for Richard in the second episode (S01E02).
Further in this dialog, Erlich tells Richard that he should create something people want, like Big Head’s
Nip Alert app that shows the exact locations of a woman with erect nipples.
Erlich continues his monologue by telling Richard that he has to get
in touch with humanity and he has to start
While all these terms might sound more or less naughty and ambiguous, the
H.T.M.L. t-shirt fits perfectly as an introduction to Erlich’s character – and here is why:
Erlich is in fact not only a wannabe Steve Jobs and developer motivator but also – as the story will later reveal – a wannabe womanizer with a big venture capital poser attitude.
Sure, this might be a total over interpretation of a few subtle cues because it’s not documented why costume designer, Daniel Orlandi, chose this t-shirt for Erlich in this scene.
Nevertheless, it sounds like a nice piece of trivia and interesting assumption.
Click here to re-watch the scene where Erlich wears his green
I Know How To Meet Ladies t-shirt while Richard tells him in the pilot episode of Silicon Valley that Steve Jobs is just a poser.
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