S04E03 - Data

No: 31  |   Season: 4   Episode:  |   Air Date: 26-Apr-15  

 I preferred the Internet when it was just AltaVista and that little Star Wars kid. I preferred the Internet when it was just AltaVista and that little Star Wars kid.


When the personal details of a previously anonymous girl mentioned by the President are leaked, Selina's team tries to find a scapegoat for the data breach. Catherine tells Selina she wants to support an anti-bullying campaign; Dan tasks Jonah and Richard with buying fireworks for a campaign rally. While Mike is about to make a dreadful error at a press conference, the President hosts the annual Easter Egg Roll and reads a story to the assembled kids.

Director and Writers

Director: Becky Martin
Story by: Armando Iannucci & Simon Blackwell & Neil Gibbons & Rob Gibbons
Teleplay by: Simon Blackwell & Neil Gibbons & Rob Gibbons


Teddy: (to Jonah) Hey, I Am Groot, stop swapping spit here with pretty woman, and get me Brock and Hunter!

Ben: Hey, Dan.
Dan: Thought you resigned.
Ben: I guess the president changed her mind. It's a fickle world, my friend, and you've just been fickled.
Dan: No. No, this is not--this is not real.
Ben: No, you're right Dan, it's a dream. And me and Kent are about to turn into two horny cheerleaders and start making out.
Dan: So am I fired? Please Ben, don't say that I'm fired.
Ben: You're not fired.
Dan: Oh, thank f**k for that.
Ben: Because you've just resigned.
Kent: It's a perfect fit. Worked on the Families First Bill, and handsome. Therefore, guilty looking.
Dan: No, no. No! I know about the targeting of bereaved families and the use of federal data!
Ben: You listen to me, you little f**king turd's assistant, you don't threaten the administration, because we will f**king destroy you! We'll skin you like a squirrel, clean you out like a dirty f**king chimney, and wear you like a glove puppet with my fingers sticking out of your dead f**king eyeballs!!
Kent: I cannot endorse that message, but I do acknowledge it.

Dan: Sir?
Ben: Yes?
Dan: The HIV girl.
Ben: Yes?
Dan: The one that the president mentioned in the CBS interview.
Ben: Yes?
Dan: Alright, well, some people on Reddit put the details together and now the whole town knows who she is.
Ben: F**k! You know, I preferred when the Internet was just AltaVista and that little Star Wars kid! Dd we definitely out this girl?
Dan: Yeah.
Ben: Shit!
Dan: Only her doctor and her principal knew, now parents are keeping their kids home from school 'cause they don't want them to, quote, "catch AIDS."
Ben: Oh, there's a town with no Gay Pride parade or a goddamn library!
Bill Ericsson: Where did this data come from? How did we get her medical records, and why didn't we ask her parent's permission?
Ben: Oh thank you, Question Man! You've just saved the entire city! Or did you?
Mike: This is catching fire like a gas station in a Michael Bay movie.
Dan: What's our line here? Do we tell the president?
Ben: No! She's gonna panic! We gotta find out more facts, aright? Bozos, disassemble!

Notes and Trivia





StarringJulia Louis-DreyfusSelina Meyer
StarringAnna ChlumskyAmy Brookheimer
StarringTony HaleGary Walsh
StarringReid ScottDan Egan
StarringTimothy SimonsJonah Ryan
StarringMatt WalshMike McLintock
StarringKevin DunnBen Cafferty
StarringSufe BradshawSue Wilson
StarringGary ColeKent Davison
StarringSam RichardsonRichard Splett
Guest StarringPatton OswaltTeddy Sykes
Guest StarringDiedrich BaderBill Ericsson
Guest StarringJessie EnnisLeigh Patterson
Guest StarringDakin MatthewsBalloon Salesman
Guest StarringPhil ReevesAndrew Doyle
Guest StarringSarah SutherlandCatherine Meyer
Co-StarringAndrew Ballard
Co-StarringJohn Harrington BlandLyle
Co-StarringKarl BuryFather
Co-StarringBrian J. CarterReporter
Co-StarringWinslow CorbettReporter
Co-StarringVeronica Cruz
Co-StarringShari EllikerAndrea Tandy
Co-StarringBrandon McCoy
Co-StarringHazel Anne RaymundoReporter
Co-StarringMichael TorpeyJason
Co-StarringChristopher Crutchfield Walker(as Christopher Walker)
Co-StarringKat Wisener
Co-StarringDanny Wolohan