By now, "Start-Ups: Silicon Valley" is sort of like a cellar-dwelling baseball team slogging through the dog days of a long season.
You know there's no hope of winning the pennant. Your numbers suck. No one cares. And most of the fans have fled the ballpark. Still, you've got to play the schedule out. Only two game (episodes) left. Let's tough it out, shall we?
As tonight's hour unfolds, David shows up to see Sarah at the Four Seasons mainly, we suspect, because he's nosy and wants to know how last week's party at The Villa blew up. You, know: The party where a jealous Sarah told Ashley that Ben called her a "stalker" and tears flowed, and voices were raised, and Sarah was booted off the premises by Ben and Hermione.
The whole room was "toxic," Sarah explains to David. It was a "fight-or-flight" situation. She just told the truth and, apparently, "the truth hurts."
David's not quite buying it. Seems like she could have kept her big mouth shut, after all. And he explains to us that he's worried about his lovely little friend. Why? Because she brings drama wherever she goes and "drama is bad for business" here in the Valley.
But it turns out that Sarah has other, more serious things, on her mind. She's had lumps in her breasts in the past and recently discovered a new one. Her local doctor wants to remove it via surgery, but she wants to go to L.A. for a second opinion.
A look of deep concern (or is that total bafflement?)
Then they hug it out.
Meanwhile, Kim, who seems to like this whole not-having-a-job thing because she can work from bed, is still gathering intel for her proposed fashion site. To do so, she gets out of bed and goes to see Zaw Thet, a prominent tech businessman who apparently knows a lot about these things.
Zaw wonders if Kim wants to build her site off Facebook. She doesn't know yet. Then he talks of vision and mission statements and tactics -- things, I'm sure, that lots of viewers are highly interested in. (Oh, wait, this is Bravo. Strike that).
Kim takes it all in and then concludes: "I need to home in on what the (bleep) I'm doing." Good plan.
The place to do that, she figures, is New York City, the American mecca for all things fashion and a good place to build business relationships. She calls Dwight to tell him she's headed back East and -- surprise -- he wants to tag along for fun.
While they're doing that, Sarah flies to SoCal with her sister Rebekah, who asks if Sarah is nervous. Right about then, you figure that the 15 people still watching this show are shouting "No duh!" at their TV screens.
At a Beverly Hills clinic, Sarah is seen by a doctor who says Sarah has not one lump, but two lumps. Oh, hell!
But wait. The doc says she's OK. They're benign.
Sarah breathes a huge sigh of relief. Whew! Now, it's time to go shopping.
"Let's go get some clothes," she says to her sister.
In New York, Dwight meets up with a nerdy engineer pal named Mike, who has started a dating website called Grouper. Dwight is surprised to see that Mike has three females working with him, so it's not a total "sausage fest."
Meanwhile, Kim has gone to visit Quincy Apparel, a brand new fashion start-up that is modernizing women's business wear. There, she meets the two founders, who speak of how difficult it was to pitch their female fashion endeavor to 55-year-old male investors (Kim can relate).
Then they ask Kim a key question:
"Why are you doing a fashion start-up in California and not here?"
Well because it's where Kim's contacts are and because Facebook is just around the corner.
But Facebook is building a New York office, they reply, and a look comes over Kim's mug that seems to read, "Hmmmm. I never really thought about that."
While Kim is conducting business, Dwight is getting social. His buddy has hooked him up with three wing men and they're off to meet a trio of beautiful women for drinks. Dwight is leery of this whole blind-dating thing. One of the women could be a serial killer, he figures. But then again, that could be "fun and exciting." Clearly, Dwight has a strange idea of what constitutes "fun and exciting."
Dwight, by the way, constantly comes across, as confident and sociable, but it's a front. This Cal grad who spends countless hours holed up in his apartment doing coding, is actually "very nervous around people." So he compensates by drinking like a fish. And by the time Kim shows up to meet him and the New Yorkers, the words coming out of Dwight's mouth sound something like this:
"Brrrrrafffffffgh ... glunooooonnnkk .... fuzzmungerous."
While Dwight is busy creating his own new language, Kim introduces herself to the group and a hunky guy named Josh seems to take an immediate liking to her. He asks her several questions about her proposed start-up (he recently sold one of his own) and there seems to be some positive energy flowing between them.
Unfortunately, the segment ends right there, so we can only assume that the night wound up producing no hookups, or major drama. When Kim meets Dwight the next morning, she's happy to see that he's still among the living. But she also senses that he's a little jealous of that Josh guy.
"When I start dating, it might be difficult for Dwight," Kim explains. "He's so used to having me to himself."
Meanwhile, back in the Bay Area, there's some tension on two fronts. One one, Ben and Hermione are about to meet with the people at Lunar who are building their fitness-app prototype -- the same people they still owe $150,000. On the other, David has to meet with the folks at Appcellerator on the progress of his app, with his launch party just days away.
Things go OK with Ben and Hermione. The Ignite prototype is coming along and seems to be working, although Hermy wishes it was more attractive.
"I kind of feel like I've given birth to an ugly baby," she says, before proceeding to step on her ugly baby and even jump on it repeatedly to see if it holds up. Thankfully, it does.
Things aren't so blissful with David. During his meeting at Appcellerator, Jeff, the CEO, expresses some grave concerns. He's doesn't like the color (mainly blue) David has chosen for the app and he's really worried that David isn't far enough along on the "back end" of the project.
"You've gotta hustle," he tells David, who is in this predicament, despite working his tail off on the app. David flashes a weak smile and agrees that he's got to put the pedal to the metal.
As dramatic music swells in the background, he tells us, "If this launch party doesn't go well, I'm (bleeped)."
Yes, the stakes are certainly high, and the pressure is on. But we'd probably be a lot more invested in David's fate if this show had ever coaxed us into caring one iota about him.