Season 1 • Episode 5
Episode Information
Air Date June 29, 2014
Run Time 44 Minutes
Written by Dahvi Waller
Directed by Ed Bianchi
U.S. Rating 0.58 Million
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"Adventure" is the fifth episode of Season 1 of Halt and Catch Fire, and the fifth episode of the series overall. It originally aired on June 29th, 2014 on AMC.


In hopes of acquiring new LCD technology for their computer, Gordon must ask a favor of his stepfather and his business connections. Meanwhile, Cameron has an unexpected encounter with Joe MacMillan Senior.

Episode Overview

The episode opens with Joe and Cameron's wake-up routine. Joe painfully moving due to the bruises he incurred at the hands of Bosworth's Sheriff friends. Cameron, on a trip to pick up the computer's new BIOS chip from the manufacturer[1], wakes comfortably in a hotel room and treats herself to room service.

Gordon returns home after another all-nighter and finds his in-laws gathered at breakfast for his father in laws birthday celebration. Gordon rudely turns down his father-in-law Gary's invitation to play golf as a birthday gift, saying "I have work to do" . Joanie Clark and Haley Clark intently watch TV on new wristwatches Gary bestowed upon them, further getting under Gordon's skin. Gary brags that he has negotiated an exclusive deal to sell the watch in his company's catalog. "the Japanese LOVE me!" he exclaims.

With Joe standing by silently, Bosworth squirms as he attempts to pitch the PC to a group of customers, unable to answers questions of the relative merits of different processor chips and other Cardiff technical decisions. Bosworth' eyes beg Joe for help, who talks to them about their stocking policies, that Cardiff does not intend to compete with their house brands, and why Joe is happy to get the least attractive position in their stores. The retailers go wild like school kids raising hands with questions.

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Cast & Characters

Guest Starring
  • Matt Burke as Steve
  • Becky Boyd as Cardiff Administration
  • Brett Brooks as Coder
  • Alex Lee Corbit as Programmer
  • Craig Crumpton as Restaurant Patron
  • Scott Ledbetter as Arthur
  • Ben Proctor as Caddy

Featured Music




  1. this is just silly as anyone in this business at that time would have a low cost EEPROM programmer in house to repeatedly build BIOS release candidates for testing and final approval. Manufactured PROMS were only contracted after the code was final and the product in production to reduce manufacturing cost of goods sold.
  2. AMC has contracted a modern day Web based update to the original ADVENTURE game that swept the industry in the days before Graphical games. Try YOUR hand at some real life geek-history! Party on at:

Season 1 I/OFUDHigh Plains HardwareClose to the MetalAdventureLandfallGiantThe 214sUp Helly Aa1984
Season 2 SETINew CokeThe Way InPlay with FriendsExtract and Defend10Broad36Working for the Clampdown
LimboKaliHeaven Is a Place
Season 3 Valley of the Heart's DelightOne Way or AnotherFlipping the SwitchRules of Honorable PlayYerba Buena
And She WasThe ThresholdYou Are Not SafeNIMNeXT
Season 4 So It GoesSignal to NoiseMiscellaneousTonya and NancyNowhere ManA Connection is Made
Who Needs a GuyGoodwillSearchTen of Swords
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