Things are looking pretty bad for the Pied Piper boys, so now it’s time to counterattack. Kind of.
In ‘Meinertzhagen’s Haversack’, things keep going south for the gang. Not only have they been downgraded to mere CTOs in their own company, but this new situation is also causing some friction among them. Gilfoyle decides to quit and search for another job and Erlich is upset that Richard is not doing much about the situation (even though we have seen some progress in him). Richard’s last resource consisted in Laurie talking to Barker on the phone, but it didn’t work because Barker threatens to leave the company and Laurie can’t fire yet another CEO. As a result, the gang seems to be more disconnected than ever, and very far from the teamwork we witnessed in the last season finale. Overall, it seems like a dead end.
The episode then takes a turn in its second half thanks to Gilfoyle attending a meeting with EndFrame (the ones who stole some of their data from last season), which leads them to come up with a new plan: to build a secret company inside the company. Just the thought of doing their own thing in secret is something that already excites them all. Jared names the plan “Meinertzhagen’s Haversack”, which is an expression for “acting the part”, meaning that they will have to keep complaining about the box like nothing ever changed. It does seem like a perfect strategy that brings both a clear goal for the boys as well as the excitement that this season needed. There’s really not much to say because I would have speculated on all the ways this could go if it weren’t for that last minute when they got discovered after Richard tripped over the cable. It certainly felt anticlimatic that the plan was discovered so quickly after such a long montage featuring all of them working on it. I trust the show, so I’m willing to believe there’s more to it and I’m going to wait for the next episode first to see if it pays off. Regardless of what happens, ‘Meinertzhagen’s Haversack’ is the best episode of the season so far because, while it might not have given the boys a clear purpose, it did give them the determination they lacked.