Halt and Catch Fire Recap: So Far Away

TVLine | 10/7/2017 | Ryan Schwartz
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Gordon Clark may no longer be with us, but he still appears in flashbacks throughout Saturday’s Halt and Catch Fire.

We begin the episode at the end of the Fourth of July weekend in 1977. Gordon and Donna are living in a small San Francisco apartment with baby Joanie, and the in-laws have just left for the airport. After Donna brings up her parents’ offer to buy them a house if they move back to Dallas, the young couple gets into an argument. Donna isn’t opposed to her folks’ idea, but Gordon wants to stay in California and build a computer. Eventually, Donna goes to comfort Joanie, and Gordon storms out — and stays out for the entire night.

Donna - Joanie - Haley - Gordon - House

Back in the present, when Donna takes Joanie and Haley over to Gordon’s house to sort through his stuff, she stumbles upon a drawer full of family photos. But before she can get too emotional, the doorbell rings: It’s Joe and Cameron with boxes and bubble wrap. There’s mention of not only a beautiful memorial service for Gordon but also Joe’s eulogy. After heading inside, Donna asks Cameron to put on some music. They settle on the Dire Straits album Brothers in Arms, setting up the song “So Far Away” to accompany a packing montage. As Donna is cleaning out the kitchen, she notices a picture of Gordon and Katie on the fridge. Cameron, meanwhile, finds a treasure trove of snapshots taken back at Cardiff Electric.

When Donna goes into Joanie’s room to help her pack, she finds all of her daughter’s incomplete college applications, and a screaming match ensues. At one point, Donna touches a nerve by bringing up Gordon, sending Joanie off to rebel by smoking a cigarette. Cameron tries to explain that she needs to cut her mom some slack and...
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