HBO’s tech biz-skewering series Silicon Valley is coming back for its fifth season this March, and the cable giant has just released an official teaser trailer. Warning: If you’re sensitive to character’s vomiting on-screen, you may want to avert your eyes.
The trailer for the upcoming Erlich Bachman-less season seems to continue directly from the finale of the fourth season. Richard (Thomas Middleditch) is confronted with a roomful of new hires at his reinvigorated company, Pied Piper, which has now redirected its focus from data compression to launching a decentralized internet. When asked to speak a few words of welcome to the group, Richard being Richard — socially inept and forever tongue-tied — makes a break for his office to barf into a wastepaper basket. He asks the company’s CFO, Jared (Zach Woods), to keep this a secret, but forgets that the wall of his office is clear glass — his team has been staring at him the entire time.
Catch the embarrassment in the official teaser trailer for season five of Silicon Valley here.
The trailer also sees the return of Gavin Belson (Matt Ross), who’s back in the saddle at rival company Hooli. After briefly joining forces with Richard last season, Gavin is back to being a thorn in his side, needling Richard at a cocktail party about his “little bunny internet.”
Silicon Valley launched on HBO in 2014, satirizing the bizarro work culture and corporate intrigue of real-world Silicon Valley companies and start-ups. The show was co-created by Mike Judge, who also brought us the animated TV series Beavis and Butthead and the work comedy movie Office Space.
Heading into season five, Silicon Valley already has one big obstacle: the loss of main cast-member T.J. Miler, who played the overly confident “entrepreneur” Erlich Bachman. (Miller left the show last year, and has vowed never to appear on Silicon Valley again.) The character was last seen abandoned in a Tibetan opium den at the end of last season, leaving Pied Piper to move ahead without its most extroverted and PR-capable member.
Silicon Valley returns for its fifth season on Sunday, March 25.