Vernon Francis Gallagher is the father of six children and subsists in various parts of southside Chicago.
Frank is an unemployed booze-hound, and the son of Neville and Sarah Elizabeth Gallagher.
He married Monica Gallagher, with whom he has seven children (Fiona, Phillip, Carl, Debbie, Liam, Stella, Ben), and one, Ian, who was fathered by one of three of his brothers.
Frank is a rampant deadbeat alcoholic, drug addict, relentless drifter, and morally deficient freeloader, who siphons money out of his children in various ways to barely scrape out a living.
His mother Margaret ‘Peggy’ Gallagher is an OG ex-con fresh out the joint. Tragically she passes while on medical furlough.
Frank has a romance and lives with his kids’ neighbor Sheila Jackson, a borderline delusional housewife, who is afflicted with agoraphobia and cooks him free food. She also makes him wear furry animal costumes during sexual encounters and sticks objects up his butt hole.
Frank spends the lion’s share of his time at The Alibi Room, a local bar. Him and Sheils discontinue their romance temporarily, but remain friends.
Frank even helps his successor recovering sex-addict Jody Silverman acclimate himself to Sheila’s requests, while he lives at her home and eats her gourmet culinary exploits. She kicks him out intermittently for the various atrocities he commits.
Mostly, he cares little for the welfare of his children unless it benefits him directly, but can display care and concern for them in varying circumstances.
Eventually his liver fails as the result of his chronic alcoholism.
He scouts his daughter Samantha for a liver transplant, whom he’s never met before, but she is not a match, and he needs $150k to perform the operation.
Sammi and Sheila buy an operation from an unlicensed Bangladeshi surgeon, who is actually a cab driver. He and a few paid actors perform a song and dance, put Frank under, steal his kidney, and $26k in cash.
Miraculously, Frank survives, is bumped on the donor list, and is supplied a replacement liver. Sheila marries him while incapacitated on his death bed, in order to legally adopt five Native American children.
The adoption doesn’t pan out. Frank starts a ‘secret project’ brewing 10x strength beer in Sheila’s basement.
Frank’s beer project blows up Sheila’s house and she leaves, making him a transient once again.
During one of Frank’s many trips to the hospital, he is treated by doctor Bianca Samson. She tells him she has advanced pancreatic cancer and she needs a drink. They end up on vacation in Costa Rica.
With a terminal condition, Bianca walks naked into the ocean and passes.
Frank mourns Bianca with more booze. The Gallagher house is sold, but Carl buys it back with drug money. Frank is thrown off of a bridge by his entire family.
“Nobody’s saying our neighborhood is the Garden of Eden. Hell, some people say God avoids this place altogether, but it’s been a good home to us– to me and my kids, who I’m proud of, ’cause every single one of them reminds me a little bit of me.” — Frank Gallagher
“Fiona, my rock, huge help. Has all the best qualities of her mother, except she’s not a raging psycho bitch.” — Frank Gallagher
“Lip, smart as a whip. Straight A’s and the honor roll. Boy’s definitely going somewhere.” — Frank Gallagher
“Ian, industrious, conscientious, ambitious, incredible work ethic. Don’t have a clue where he got that from. Wants to be a paratrooper. Knows how to disembowl an enemy with a roll of dimes and an old gym sock.” — Frank Gallagher
“Ah, Debbie. Sent by God, total angel. Raises money for UNICEF year-round, some of which she actually turns in.” — Frank Gallagher
And me, Frank Gallagher, father, teacher, mentor, captain of our little ship. — Frank Gallagher
We may not have much, but all of us, to a man, knows the most important thing in this life– we know how to fucking party! — Frank Gallagher
Kevin, did you miss me, dear? A beer and a bump. — Frank Gallagher
“You see? That’s the problem with working. Too much instability, stress.” — Frank Gallagher
“Who’s been eating my porridge?” — Frank Gallagher
“Yeah, but if i had tits, I would double the money.” — Frank Gallagher
What are you? A tough guy, Steve? You think you’re a fucking tough guy? — Frank Gallagher
A large boilermaker. And keep ’em comin’. — Frank Gallagher
“Sheils made it.” — Frank Gallagher
You know what? I have a second chance at life. I’m not gonna surround myself with negative energy. — Frank Gallagher
We’re all the descendants of barbarians. And the sooner we face it, the sooner we’ll have a civilization worth celebrating. — Frank Gallagher
“It’s the credit card companies you should blame. I didn’t cause the downfall of the American economy. The president said spend. I spent.” — Frank Gallagher
“No, no. Have mercy on me. I can’t handle anything up my ass without alcohol.” — Frank Gallagher
Gave up the booze. Not feeling too good. — Frank Gallagher
First pub crawl I did was when I was 16. Hit 22 pubs before I hurled. Got right back on the horse. Hit ten more. Hurled again. That’s how I got the nickname ‘Boot and Rally.’ — Frank Gallagher
“I’m a grower, not a shower. But trust me, when it’s time to show, I grow.” — Frank Gallagher
Frankie’s got some moolah comin’ his way. — Frank Gallagher
“She’s like mouth herpes. The gift that keeps on giving.” — Frank Gallagher
“Kids.” — Frank Gallagher
We are warriors battling against the dark forces of our primal nature. Knights taking up arms against our animalistic impulses in a debauched culture. Doing battle everyday, gentlemen. Every single day! — Frank Gallagher
“No. I couldn’t take advantage.” — Frank Gallagher
Making a little easy summer moolah the Gallagher way. — Frank Gallagher
“Not with all the king’s vaseline. That won’t fit.” — Frank Gallagher
“I’ll wear a bag over my head.” — Frank Gallagher
Maker’s. — Frank Gallagher
“You got it, babe.” — Frank Gallagher
“I’m trying to tell you it’s dangerous out there, Sheils.” — Frank Gallagher
You give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. You teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. — Frank Gallagher
“I brought the barbecue to you, my one and only girl.” — Frank Gallagher
And just for the record many great men have been well lubricated. Henry Ford. Scott Fitzgerald. David Hasselhoff. They all kept a bottle close. Beethoven’s Fifth. Coincidence? I don’t think so. — Frank Gallagher
“Well, there’s free food, and booze. Mom won’t miss that.” — Frank Gallagher
“Because she would slaughter me and feast on my flesh.” — Frank Gallagher
“Fuck me.” — Frank Gallagher
The best for the best. — Frank Gallagher
As you were, sailors. — Frank Gallagher
“Jack Daniels and orange juice mix better than I would’ve imagined.” — Frank Gallagher
“Choose a gender, and find someone to fuck. Preferably, for free.” — Frank Gallagher
“She’s your mother, Fi. You only get one.” — Frank Gallagher
“Your son’s a real prick.” — Frank Gallagher
“My mother. Even dead she’s a pain in the ass.” — Frank Gallagher
“For his shitty coke? It’s like Drano up your nose.” — Frank Gallagher
You talk to your father that way? — Frank Gallagher
Cops. And their fucking quotas, why do you think? — Frank Gallagher
Life is rife with questions that baffle. All we can do is carry on. — Frank Gallagher
“I underestimated you, Jody. In a bar full of depraved people, you are the grand-poobah of depravity.” — Frank Gallagher
“Not gonna happen overnight, Sheila.” — Frank Gallagher
Don’t let your emotions completely obscure the barbaric roots of the sexual act. Don’t lose touch with the seeds of our animal nature. — Frank Gallagher
“You can have that with Sheila and give her what she needs.” — Frank Gallagher
“She wants to be sensitive to your recovery, but she has needs.” — Frank Gallagher
“You see, Frank Gallagher knows people. I-I just intuit. I was, uh– I was a psychology major for a semester.” — Frank Gallagher
I am whatever I need to be at the time I need to be it. Christ, write that down. — Frank Gallagher
Now, the human genitalia, to me, is like a homing device– God’s compass. Huh? And each of us has it, and it guides us to our destined homes. Now, our devices don’t work if we try to point ’em in a direction that they don’t want to go in. Because let people chow down on the nether region of their choice– male, female, consenting animal. — Frank Gallagher
“Amenities need to be amended. These mini-bottles are a little too mini. I need to get some of the big boys up here.” — Frank Gallagher
“God gave you the race card for a reason, Julius. Play it.” — Frank Gallagher
A parent’s plight never goes away, no matter how old your kid gets. — Frank Gallagher
“Need any words of fatherly advice?” — Frank Gallagher
Good for you. You’re just like me. We march to the beat of a different drummer. Everyone will try to cage you in, tell you you have to worry about your future. You know what your future should be? This– living life to the fullest, every day like it’s your last. — Frank Gallagher
“Alcohol provides clarity.” — Frank Gallagher
“Three raw eggs, Worcestershire, and a sliver of ginger. Works every time.” — Frank Gallagher
“Tragedy makes kids tough, Fiona.” — Frank Gallagher
“That kid can take a beating. Tough as a two-dollar steak.” — Frank Gallagher
Take me to the Alibi. — Frank Gallagher
“Does that have a Dr. Frankenstein list of side effects, too?” — Frank Gallagher
What about a little something to take the edge off? What about pain meds? — Frank Gallagher
“Well, what’s the point of getting a new liver if the damn thing won’t do what it’s designed to do?” — Frank Gallagher
Look at that. A new day. And I’m still alive. Life is good. — Frank Gallagher
“I never black out for a whole day unless I’m smoking crack.” — Frank Gallagher
And taking prescription medications while drinking and then smoking pot and then smoking crack can lead to questionable decisions. — Frank Gallagher
“Morning drinker? A woman after my own heart. What’s the occasion?” — Frank Gallagher
“I have a home. Intermittently. Who the hell are you?” — Frank Gallagher
“That’s the Irish way. We can’t help thousands of years of inebriated evolution.” — Frank Gallagher
Beerkeep, my daily. — Frank Gallagher
“We’re human. We make mistakes. Have faults.” — Frank Gallagher
“It takes a dope-fiend to know a dope-fiend and you are world class my friend.” — Frank Gallagher
Utilitarian, persuasive, discerning, and Machiavellian Frank Gallagher is an Artisan.
Fiona Gallagher is the de-facto mother of the Gallagher household. She serves all the rotary functions of a mother, and goes to great lengths to do so.
Fiona starts a relationship with grand theft auto specialist ‘Steve’ who’s actual name is Jimmy Lishman.
Jimmy is forced to leave town by his romantic rival, a cop Tony Markovich. Fiona thinks he just left without saying a word, and let her down, just like every other guy she’s ever met in her entire life.
Carl’s school calls social services on Fi-Fi.
The Department of Family Services hauls the ‘youngans away, Fiona has to show up in court and plead her case, which she does and is given custody back.
Fifi gets her G.E.D. and a white-collar job working phone sales for a cup manufacturing company. She starts dating her boss Mike Pratt but seduces her brother Robbie and sabotages the relationship, and subsequently, the job.
Liam snorts cocaine at a party at the Gallagher ancestral household and Fiona eats charges of, possession of a controlled substance and child endangerment.
She violates probation and spends a short stint in a correctional facility.
Fiona marries local musician Gus Pfender. This goes south and she takes up with her boss, owner of local diner Patsy’s Pies, and recovering addict, Sean Pierce.
This relationship also goes south at their wedding ceremony, which is sabotaged by Frank, who exposes and calls Sean out on his persisting addiction to heroin.
“7:15, monkeys. Come on.” — Fiona Gallagher
“No. You’ve got a Happy Meal on the front of that shirt.” — Fiona Gallagher
“Who’s got the phone? Any minutes left?” — Fiona Gallagher
Oh, leave him alone. He’s a nice guy. — Fiona Gallagher
I hope I’m not fucking up the kids. — Fiona Gallagher
“I know they borrow your shit all the time. I know it’s lame. Thanks.” — Fiona Gallagher
Okay, now listen up. We are going to stand united and show them that we are a family that is thriving. You got it? Let’s go. — Fiona Gallagher
“Which part? The part where my mom splits? Or the part where my dad is a raging alcoholic narcissist?” — Fiona Gallagher
“I’m hanging by a thread.” — Fiona Gallagher
“You knew he was going to go back to his regular shitty self.” — Fiona Gallagher
“Hi baby bottoms. Did you have sweet dreams?” — Fiona Gallagher
“You’re still on my shit list.” — Fiona Gallagher
Life’s messy. People have secrets. But I don’t want you worrying about this kind of stuff, okay? — Fiona Gallagher
“It’s not your fault. Get some sleep, okay?” — Fiona Gallagher
I’m not into liars. — Fiona Gallagher
“Oh, it’s okay for guys to play the field but not me?” — Fiona Gallagher
“I’d just end up selling it for food and toilet paper.” — Fiona Gallagher
Human nature. Given the choice, people usually do the wrong thing. — Fiona Gallagher
Why am I always the one compromising? — Fiona Gallagher
“He’ll be fine once he comes home.” — Fiona Gallagher
“Jimmy. He’s Jimmy now. Steve was just an alias he used to lie to me about who he really was.” — Fiona Gallagher
I want you home, Lip. We all do. — Fiona Gallagher
“Are you gonna leave? Everybody always leaves.” — Fiona Gallagher
“When I was nine he was gone for a year. He always comes back.” — Fiona Gallagher
The world’s messed up. So much ugly shit happens. — Fiona Gallagher
“Be happy you have a real dad. Not some thieving alcoholic deadbeat who’s puking into the silverware drawer.” — Fiona Gallagher
“I didn’t find Frank ’till a couple days later. First thing he asked me, how much money I had on me.” — Fiona Gallagher
My mother’s bipolar. And my father’s an alcoholic and an addict. He takes what he pleases and he offers nothing. No money, no support. I’ve done what I could to help raise my siblings. I wish I could have done more. I’m not asking for your pity, or your admiration. I just want to be able to give these kids everything that they deserve, because they’re great kids and they deserve better. — Fiona Gallagher
I just want to bring ’em home. — Fiona Gallagher
“No, it’s not a ‘whatever.’ First Gallagher kid getting his diploma, it’s a big deal.” — Fiona Gallagher
“He’s getting it fair and square and setting a good example for both of you, so pay attention.” — Fiona Gallagher
“You’ll have to excuse him, okay? Puberty has turned him into a barbarian.” — Fiona Gallagher
Family chaos is my status quo. — Fiona Gallagher
“I can get a little wild.” — Fiona Gallagher
“I don’t want to be another Frank or Monica.” — Fiona Gallagher
“I’m not fishing for a pep talk I just… I don’t know who I am anymore. I mean, since clearly I’m not the big sister taking care of everyone.” — Fiona Gallagher
Yeah, I’m a real fixer-upper. — Fiona Gallagher
“You better not be selling drugs again, Carl.” — Fiona Gallagher
“No way I’m taking Carl’s cartel money.” — Fiona Gallagher
“This is my wedding day. Please don’t fuck it up.” — Fiona Gallagher
Credulous, vigilant, loving, with robust maternal instincts Fiona Gallagher is an Idealist.
Phillip Ronan Gallagher also known as Lip sells original essays for a fee, he’ll take your SAT or ACT, and tutors on the side to help the family stay afloat. His neighbor and girlfriend Karen Jackson helps procure clientele.
Lip and neighbor Kevin Ball open up an ice cream truck that they sell tobacco, joints, and brews out of.
Despite pristine academics Lip is expelled from his high-school after throwing a chair through a window and verbally accosting several students and teachers. Regardless of this incident Lip gets his diploma with a 4.6 GPA.
He ends up at the University of Chicago with a desire to pursue admission into the aerospace engineering program. He has a passion for robotics.
Lip runs into an on-campus alcohol violation and ends up in the drunk tank. Subsequently a booze induced tirade, and swing at a campus cop gets him expelled. His friend Professor Youens drives him to a rehabilitation facility.
“Oh, I’m tutoring after school. I should be able to kick in like ten more.” — Phillip Gallagher
“That’s right, and get a real job, not just dipping into the collection plate at St. Tim’s.” — Phillip Gallagher
Uh, I got a calculus test. — Phillip Gallagher
“Uh, hi. I’m here to help Karen study for her midterm.” — Phillip Gallagher
“Yeah, yeah. Have you done Newton’s first? I’ve got a great one for that.” — Phillip Gallagher
“Name a single time I’ve let you down.” — Phillip Gallagher
“I mean the whole point of the digestive system is one way traffic.” — Phillip Gallagher
“How about you just show up at this wedding, do what you do best: drink free booze and look happy? Yes?” — Phillip Gallagher
The wording is ambiguous. — Phillip Gallagher
“So, you’re relying on a nine year old to deliver proper correspondence?” — Phillip Gallagher
“Yeah, well. Drunk or sober you’re still an asshole.” — Phillip Gallagher
“That’s a nice outfit what is that, pirate wench?” — Phillip Gallagher
Quick study. — Phillip Gallagher
I read a lot. — Phillip Gallagher
“I believe the answer to that question, like the answer to most questions, is fuck you.” — Phillip Gallagher
“It’s a noble endeavor I fully endorse.” — Phillip Gallagher
“I’m not on fucking retainer.” — Phillip Gallagher
“The only way to make money when you’re poor is to steal it or scam it.” — Phillip Gallagher
Because I’d like to hang out with C-3PO in my lifetime. And at the rate you’re going that shit’s not gonna happen. — Phillip Gallagher
“I don’t want to sit in a lecture that teaches me how to modify algorithms instead of think for myself.” — Phillip Gallagher
You’re just modifying algorithms. — Phillip Gallagher
“That dude’s a bad ass. You know he’s fluent in over 6 million forms of communication?” — Phillip Gallagher
“Oh, I prefer carcinogens to endorphins.” — Phillip Gallagher
“I got bored. It was costing a fortune anyways.” — Phillip Gallagher
Intellectual, proprietary, autonomous, and slightly rebellious Lip Gallagher is a Rational.
Deborah Gallagher has memorized her fathers signature and provides it for all the siblings, because he’s never around to do so.
Deb, Liam, Lip, and Ian are confiscated by child protective services, but the situation is rectified. Debs sparks an interest in boys and pursues Matty Baker, a 20 year old.
She sexually assaults Matty during a party while he’s incapacitated. While receiving shit for this transgression Debs meets a new boyfriend Derek, who gets her preggers.
Debs’ close friends Holly and Ellie abandon her seemingly for no reason and even start antagonizing her.
Debbie decides to keep her baby, and Derek decides to skip town.
Debbie gives birth to a baby girl on the Gallagher kitchen table. She names her Frances, after her beloved father.
You’re almost nine. You’re gonna have to start pulling your weight. — Debbie Gallagher
“I never said it was my birthday. I said I wished it was.” — Debbie Gallagher
“We can get an extra $2,000 a month if we say Carl’s retarded.” — Debbie Gallagher
What’s a shit-sack? — Debbie Gallagher
“We got high on sugar because daddy quit drinking.” — Debbie Gallagher
Fiona takes care of everyone but no one takes care of Fiona. She wouldn’t do anything. Too proud. So we have to. — Debbie Gallagher
“No reason. I’m just checking in.” — Debbie Gallagher
“I understand that you lied to my sister. Why?” — Debbie Gallagher
“Love is fleeting, Jimmy. What are your intentions? You’re distracting her, and I need her in the game for at least a few more years. I can’t have you breaking her heart, or running off with her. So if you’re serious about sticking around, back off now.” — Debbie Gallagher
I’m a girl. I’m gonna be a woman soon. I need privacy to undergo the upcoming traumatic transformation. — Debbie Gallagher
“Dead people poop themselves.” — Debbie Gallagher
“You really shouldn’t sleep in your make-up, you know.” — Debbie Gallagher
“It’s just boys crashing into one another. With pads. And rules.” — Debbie Gallagher
“A little heavy on the botox and Chanel No. 5 but, nice.” — Debbie Gallagher
“Um, no. Although I know many people who have had relations with same sex individuals. I believe all people should have the right to love whomever they choose. And even though civil unions are legal in Illinois, it isn’t enough. Change is possible. It starts with us and–.” — Debbie Gallagher
I didn’t wanna go anyway. All anyone ever does is try to copy off me. But no one wants to sit with me at lunch. Everybody’s mean. Middle-school’s stupid. Mean girls suck. — Debbie Gallagher
“Oh, so it’s fine for me to be an adult when it comes to saving this family from losing this house by falsely accusing a relative of molesting me. But when I want to know where we’re gonna be living for the next year, then I’m just supposed to be a kid and keep my mouth shut, right?” — Debbie Gallagher
I haven’t abused marijuana like the rest of you so yes, I remember. — Debbie Gallagher
“Does this make you, ‘cray?'” — Debbie Gallagher
Because I know I’m going to be a great a mom. — Debbie Gallagher
“Trying to set a good example, for Franny.” — Debbie Gallagher
Responsible, stalwart, intrepid, and altruistic Debs Gallagher is a Guardian.
Joe Macmillan abandons a long and successful tenure of salesmanship at International Business Machines Corporation to get his own slice of the pie at a small hardware sales company in Texas named Cardiff Electric.
He directly recruits a software specialist BIOS coder Cameron Howe and a hardware specialist head engineer Gordon Clark to gut an IBM PC and make a few a adjustments.
The crew goes to COMDEX ’83 to show off the fruit of their labors, the Giant. Their first portable PC attempt with a dynamic OS written by Cameron that is ‘interactive’ or meant to emulate human interaction.
The Giant competes with the major PC’s of its time but Joe leaves Cardiff Electric disgruntled, having destroyed thousands of dollars worth of corporate property — the first shipment of Giants.
He finds a pertinent love interest Sara Wheeler and accepts a job under her father Jacob, an oil tycoon and CEO of Westgroup conglomerate. Joe becomes network administrator and uses this position/opportunity to offer a t1 speed network to Mutiny via time-sharing.
His boss Jacob requests a meeting with someone at Mutiny and develops a rapport with Cameron.
Negotiations take place. Joe pushes for a Westgroup acquisition of Mutiny.
Negotiations go sour as Cameron sees the $5 mill deal as selling out which is not a concept that she is interested in.
Joe relocates to Silicon Valley for a fresh start. His boss rips off Mutiny and calls it Westnet.
Cameron sabotages Westnet with a rogue program Sonaris. Joe leaves Westgroup and starts his own company by the bay MacMillan Utility. He nets $10 mill in investment capital for his new anti-virus software venture.
I’m sorry if my tone is businesslike but I am your boss and this is, in fact, a business. — Joe MacMillan
The truth is, our systems are outperforming every top seller in the market. — Joe MacMillan
Reverse engineer an IBM PC with me. — Joe MacMillan
Because I want to build a machine that nobody else has the balls to build. — Joe MacMillan
Maybe I see Cardiff Electric as a mid-major ready to take the jump and myself as the heavy hitter you need to legitimize your sales force, this company, this region. — Joe MacMillan
Then I’m your guy. — Joe MacMillan
It’s also what 200% of quota looks like. — Joe MacMillan
“The golden circle.” — Joe MacMillan
“I’m a big boy… I’m learning a lot.” — Joe MacMillan
It’s what’s best for the machine. — Joe MacMillan
“Let’s be adult about this.” — Joe MacMillan
COMDEX is about selling it and that is my area of expertise. — Joe MacMillan
“Comes a time when vision meets engineering — you hire people.” — Joe MacMillan
Greatness comes at a price, no? — Joe MacMillan
“Open architecture. The idea of it. As a way of life. It kept me up at night. It made me that kid again.” — Joe MacMillan
It’s about soaring, leaving the competition in the dust, which is exactly what this design can accomplish. — Joe MacMillan
“I thought that maybe we could do this precisely because we’re all unreasonable people and progress depends on our changing the world to fit us. Not the other way around.” — Joe MacMillan
“Just let everybody cool off.” — Joe MacMillan
“He wants to work with innovative companies who are agile and committed.” — Joe MacMillan
Think bigger. — Joe MacMillan
“Let’s cut through the bullshit and act like adults. You want speed, and this machine is the fastest one you’ll find, period.” — Joe MacMillan
I’ve been knocking around tech for a long time, always working to the next new thing. — Joe MacMillan
“Don’t underestimate it. He came in here with zero interest in what we were doing. Now, whether he writes that we’re geniuses on the cusp of something great or misfits who almost crashed and burned, at least he’ll write something, and right now that’s all we need.” — Joe MacMillan
“We’re not going to jail. There’s always another move.” — Joe MacMillan
“Computers aren’t the thing. They’re the thing that gets us to the thing.” — Joe MacMillan
“I was at COMDEX two years ago. I saw the symphonic demo. It was ahead of its time. That was then, this is now– and a year from now, you’re gonna thank me. You’re a builder, Gordon.” — Joe MacMillan
“It’s dangerous to try and really connect with someone.” — Joe MacMillan
Ron three things… nimbleness, vision, and a complete lack of fear. — Joe MacMillan
I’m gonna do whatever I wanna do. And you’re gonna do whatever I tell you to, do because that’s the way this relationship works. — Joe MacMillan
The next time I move to close. Here’s what you do. You shut up. — Joe MacMillan
I’ll break numbers. I always do. — Joe MacMillan
“But under 400 milliseconds, ah. That’s the sweet spot.” — Joe MacMillan
“Something forward-looking with the potential to change everything. For me, that’s still tech and will be until proven otherwise.” — Joe MacMillan
“If we project the wrong image then it can all fall apart.” — Joe MacMillan
The truth is, I just want to do something great. — Joe MacMillan
“I’ve been to Tokyo nine times.” — Joe MacMillan
“Any similarities in the code will be completely coincidental, just like Columbia Data. Just like Compaq. You know the legal loophole as well as I do.” — Joe MacMillan
“We’re hitting the radar people. I mean really cooking with gas.” — Joe MacMillan
“You wrote a treasure map. If you see him around, I wanna meet that guy. There’s a project I want to discuss with him.” — Joe MacMillan
“Let’s skip the ‘Two Roads in a Wood’ bullshit. You’re not Robert Frost. You’re pawnshop hacks selling my dream under a cheap plastic mask.” — Joe MacMillan
“You sound pretty sure about that.” — Joe MacMillan
“Something tells me both of you need this just as much as I do.” — Joe MacMillan
“We jump start the project, crush the timetable from six months down to three. Build the prototype on our own dime, then show investors when we have leverage.” — Joe MacMillan
“Well, I’m here today to tell you that those rumors were true. Change is coming to Cardiff, and I’m pleased to announce that each and every one of you will have a role to play in this company’s bright future.” — Joe MacMillan
“This is corporate espionage I need to know what was compromised and the extent of the damage.” — Joe MacMillan
“We don’t just need money. We need smart money. A name. Someone who can put us on the map.” — Joe MacMillan
“I’m worried about their attitude.” — Joe MacMillan
“Well tomorrow you start building tomorrow.” — Joe MacMillan
So we force their hand. — Joe MacMillan
“Before me you were boozing not building and your balls were in a box by your wife’s bedside table.” — Joe MacMillan
“You change your BIOS just enough to stay out of trouble. Then within a year, our PC’s on a shelf right next to theirs. That’s how this works. Come on, let’s get in the game.” — Joe MacMillan
“I’m paying attention.” — Joe MacMillan
“They took their shot. They missed.” — Joe MacMillan
“You still haven’t answered my question.” — Joe MacMillan
“You’ve got a lot of excuses.” — Joe MacMillan
“I regret what happened.” — Joe MacMillan
“It wasn’t supposed to be personal. I was scouting you. Scouting you for this exact moment.” — Joe MacMillan
“See, now you’re thinking like a professional.” — Joe MacMillan
Bold, impulsive, resilient, gifted with a silver tongue Joe MacMillan is an Artisan.
Cameron Howe is directly recruited by Joe MacMillan, for which she drops out of college. She is hired at Cardiff Electric and writes the BIOS code for the Giant’s operating system. Soon she becomes discontent with corporate overhead and beguiles most of Cardiff’s engineers to her tech start up company Mutiny.
Mutiny is a gaming company which runs an online gaming community client the first of its kind — pay to play subscription-based model.
Mutiny’s game base includes: checkers, backgammon, chess, parallax, tanks, and community. It and its game are riddled with bugs.
Cameron writes her own proprietary RPG text-based game named Parallax. Her very freelance attitude begins to clash with her coworkers most specifically Donna Clark, a co-founder.
Cameron takes a meeting with Jacob Wheeler CEO of Westgroup the guy who’s running their new high speed network.
She turns down a $5 million buy out from Westgroup conglomerate.
Wheeler and Westgroup pull Mutiny’s network space and give it to Westnet which commandeered all of Mutiny’s users, and replicated its interface.
Cameron utilizes a bit of rogue programming named Sonaris to sabotage Westnet. Her, Donna, and Gordon repackage Mutiny and take it to San Francisco.
We create a fully interactive experience. — Cameron Howe
Um, look, cartridge games may look better for a while, but online gaming is the future. — Cameron Howe
I want to build something that makes people fall in love. — Cameron Howe
I mean, they don’t want what’s next or vision, they want an Adam’s apple. — Cameron Howe
“Our codes better. It’s more efficient and creative.” — Cameron Howe
I’m a big girl. I can take care of myself. — Cameron Howe
No, it’s a community. It’s my community. And we don’t kick people out. — Cameron Howe
“Connecting people. You dial in, you play games across phone lines with real humans.
Let me just make one thing clear. This is my company. And I’m not selling it. — Cameron Howe
“You love talking down to me don’t you?” — Cameron Howe
“Welcome to mutiny.” — Cameron Howe
Hey, computers could be more. They should be. — Cameron Howe
Does it even matter what I want to do? God, this is an industry built on people ripping off each other’s boring ass ideas. — Cameron Howe
“SCP rips off CP/M, Microsoft rips off SCP. Oh, IBM rips off everybody, right?” — Cameron Howe
“You mean we’re not in love?” — Cameron Howe
“Uh, I just want you guys to keep a few things in mind. One, I’m not your boss. Nobody here has titles. Your title is your first name. Mine is Cameron.”
Also, this isn’t my thing. This is our thing. Which means you’ll get out of it exactly what you put into it. For me, it’s everything. For all of us, it should be everything. Otherwise, why even do it at all? — Cameron Howe
“Gosh, you’re right. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. With all your grandstanding I somehow got you confused with a visionary.” — Cameron Howe
“Or I guess it just doesn’t matter what you’re saying as long as people are listening, right?” — Cameron Howe
Forgive me. I just thought something around here should have a soul. — Cameron Howe
“I’m sorry you feel bad for hurting my feelings but don’t worry, you didn’t.” — Cameron Howe
“Look, I don’t need to look at your BIOS because I’m not interested in copying garbage.” — Cameron Howe
“No. When you’re in the flow creating something you don’t just stop for some mindless bookkeeping.” — Cameron Howe
“Have you considered motivational speaking ’cause you’ve got a gift, man. Seriously sign me up. Send me the tapes.” — Cameron Howe
“Your whole thing, it attracts people, but it won’t keep them around.” — Cameron Howe
“Uh, and just one last thing. A lot of people are gonna want us to fail. But that’s because we’re the future and there’s nothing scarier than that.” — Cameron Howe
“That sounds nice. We could build something together, a partnership. Make our own future.” — Cameron Howe
“Except you’re not the future. You’re a footnote. For a while, you had me fooled. I mean, I thought I heard a heartbeat. But it wasn’t a heartbeat. It was an echo.” — Cameron Howe
I loved you… because you recited my own ideas back to me and pretended they were your own. — Cameron Howe
Otherwise, you’re a thousand dollar suit with nothing inside. No one gives a shit. — Cameron Howe
“I’m not interested in project managing.” — Cameron Howe
“Gordon is too scared to try anything new or different because he’s traumatized from being a loser his entire life.” — Cameron Howe
I just pretended I was there on purpose. Mr. Monroe taught us BASIC and it was like finding water in the middle of the desert. For the first time I knew how to talk to something. I finally had the right language. — Cameron Howe
If you want to lead people, you have to show them who you really are. — Cameron Howe
Authenticity is what inspires people. — Cameron Howe
Computers should have photo-realistic screens. They should have a million pixels and be self-learning and run expert systems. They should beat me at chess. — Cameron Howe
“Stop selling me. I don’t need you.” — Cameron Howe
“This takes off, I write my own ticket, but if it goes wrong, I’m a college dropout repairing VCR’s for $3.25 an hour, so forgive me for weighing my options.” — Cameron Howe
“Your letters meant a lot to me.” — Cameron Howe
No it’s not done. It works fine but it needs a soul. It needs to be something that people can fall in love with. We can do that. — Cameron Howe
“Oh, my God. Stop. Is this another lie?” — Cameron Howe
“I’m sure they’ll be little angels.” — Cameron Howe
“Is this how you’re gonna talk to me from now on?” — Cameron Howe
“You are too screwed up for words.” — Cameron Howe
“Writing BIOS for a machine no one gives a shit about.” — Cameron Howe
“Maybe we should.” — Cameron Howe
You took it out. Everything that made it unique — Cameron Howe
“Wow. You practice that in a mirror?” — Cameron Howe
“And then a whole bunch of other shit that you either made up entirely or stole from someone else. You’re just a salesman.” — Cameron Howe
Visionary, optimistic, benevolent, always championing Cameron Howe is an Idealist.
Donna works at Texas Instruments, but leaves to help her husband build his personal computer the Giant at Cardiff Electric.
She assaults her former boss Hunt Whitmarsh at COMDEX who ripped off and reverse engineered a version of the Giant.
Donna co-founds Mutiny with Cameron Howe and essentially handles all the DTD ops a la bookkeeping, housing needs, electricity, finances, appointments, coffee, food, groceries, coding, roster, etc.
Donna begins to relent the burden of her duties and lack of appreciation in doing them.
She writes a Mutiny game ‘community’ in which users chat with one another. She is delighted by the implications of this concept/sentiment.
Donna recruits her husband Gordon and goes with him and Cameron to Silicon Valley to build an online gaming community via their company Mutiny.
I’m gonna fix it. — Donna Clark
And if you want to pay him more, you can give him my salary. Because if you keep making unilateral decisions like this, I will not be sticking around, okay? — Donna Clark
Great. I spent the entire afternoon planning our legal strategy. What an efficient use of resources. — Donna Clark
And you never even picked me up out of a hole in the ground. — Donna Clark
I lifted you up so many times. I carried you and the kids. And I was tired and miserable and you didn’t give a shit. — Donna Clark
It’s just literally a mistake that we can’t afford to make again. — Donna Clark
“What I know is you need to be at work in four hours. Four.” — Donna Clark
“Like you didn’t pick the Giant over me every single second of every day.” — Donna Clark
Please never tell our daughters I was apart of this. — Donna Clark
“I know you think you need this. And whatever it is, I’m pretty sure I can’t stop you.” — Donna Clark
“I make your world possible.” — Donna Clark
“That is what it costs to fix our marriage.” — Donna Clark
Nose to the grindstone. — Donna Clark
“You scared my girls.” — Donna Clark
I don’t know if you heard but I recovered your code. Not all of it but 93.6%. — Donna Clark
“One time when I was in school, I spilled a whole Coke on my motherboard. Hand’t backed up for weeks. I felt like jumping off the Bay Bridge.” — Donna Clark
“But I have to tell you, my code… was never like yours. Yours is uh… well, it’s like a piece of music.” — Donna Clark
“What am I gonna say? I’m really enjoying my dead-end job and having my mom raise my kids?” — Donna Clark
“You should go home. Sleep, maybe eat a real meal. You can work tomorrow.” — Donna Clark
You made this a place without a boss, and that sounds really nice, but what that translates into is a bunch of crap falling through the cracks that I end up having to deal with. — Donna Clark
“Because I don’t want to be the mom here. Look, I do that at home. I came here to do what I love, and I don’t love dealing with the power company.” — Donna Clark
“I’m not sure that I’m strong enough.” — Donna Clark
“You can’t change it. It’s a thing of beauty.” — Donna Clark
No, Gordon, you built a beautiful machine. You have to stand up for it. Joe MacMillan’s an asshole. He doesn’t know a fraction of what you do about what makes a good computer. — Donna Clark
Well, FYI, I am also an engineer with a degree from Berkeley who’s not only created my share of code, but given birth to two real humans so yeah I am somebody’s mother and you could use one right now because frankly, you’re a mess. — Donna Clark
“I’d like to speak to my husband… privately.” — Donna Clark
“Would you please tell me that you didn’t buy all this?” — Donna Clark
“Cameron, he’s an ex-convict which is not exactly the smartest hire when we’re in the market for more funding. And when we’re this strapped for cash, you’re gonna waste it on somebody that doesn’t know a bitmap from a baud rate?” — Donna Clark
We talked about being in this together. We talked about communication being key. This– this isn’t what we walked about. — Donna Clark
“Well, you have to do whatever you can to change his mind. Even that means inviting him into our home. It’s your machine, Gordon. Don’t let him ruin it.” — Donna Clark
“You’re drunk, so the best thing you could do right now is to shut up.” — Donna Clark
“Excuse me, like you’d know technical know-how like it hit you in the head.” — Donna Clark
“Gordon? Gordon, we can’t do this again. You know we can’t.” — Donna Clark
“If the guys at NASA can grind parabolic mirrors to within one sixth of the wavelength of yellow light by hand, I’m pretty sure I can control the rotation of a disk.” — Donna Clark
“In fact, my chances of success are greater by a factor of 144.” — Donna Clark
“I really don’t understand. Why would you lie to me?” — Donna Clark
“You did. You lied.” — Donna Clark
Build it. Whatever it is you’re dreaming of, build it. I know you can make it great. — Donna Clark
“But here’s the deal. You wanna partner with Joe Macmillan… then you partner with me and this family.” — Donna Clark
“Yes, but do you realize what you’re risking?” — Donna Clark
Don’t you realize what you have now? — Donna Clark
“Well, it always has been enough for me. But I guess I never had the burden of believing that I was some misunderstood genius.” — Donna Clark
“So you think of me as my mother?” — Donna Clark
“Do you know? Because I just had to spread the payments for Joanie’s next dental visit over three credit cards.” — Donna Clark
It’s a silly computer mommy and daddy built that didn’t work. — Donna Clark
Grounded, administrative, stoic, and dependable Donna Clark is a Guardian.
Gordon decides to reverse engineer an IBM PC with Joe MacMillan and serves as the lead engineer for the development of the portable computer the Giant.
Gordon collects a $900,000 from Cardiff for his work on the Giant and Giant Pro but decides to take an indefinite leave and pursue other interests. He begins to take an interest in his wife’s online gaming platform Mutiny.
Gordon writes a rogue program Sonaris that accidentally eats Parallax. In recompense he approaches Joe to connect Mutiny with a t1 network.
Gordon is diagnosed with chronic toxic encephalopathy after they found atrophies in his brain presumably due to his long term exposure to lead solder.
He cherry picks some engineers for his own company a custom built PC venture. This doesn’t pan out.
Gordon helps Joe get back on his feet after Westnet gets axed by giving him an antidote program Tabula Rasa. He goes with his wife and Cameron Howe to Silicon Valley to put Mutiny into the mainstream consciousness.
Well, I’m also degree-in-computer-science-from-Berkeley guy, where Donna went, with honors and top grades that’d make your penis shrivel, so maybe if you shut up for a second, you could learns something. You time-stamp the input from each individual modem and at the end of each complete token pass. You put them in the correct time sequence before you execute them. That way whoever shot first, wins. — Gordon Clark
We had a problem. Now we have a product. — Gordon Clark
Okay, well, I also didn’t see a computer anywhere in sight. — Gordon Clark
My guess is, knowing those guys, the Macintosh is all bells and whistles and zero utility. You want a toy, you buy one of those. You want a computer, you buy one of ours.— Gordon Clark
“I’m not in the mood, all right? Why don’t you go blow-dry your hair some more or something?” — Gordon Clark
“This is what I want to do with my life.” — Gordon Clark
“This puts the future squarely in the hands of those who know computers not for what they are, but for everything they have the potential to be.” — Gordon Clark
“Oh, um, the chip makes it talk. You know, like you and me. Not right now, kiddo.” — Gordon Clark
“I’m not like you, okay? I have a wife, kids, a mortgage, okay? I was fine until you threw that stupid article in my face and gave me some–.” — Gordon Clark
“That article I wrote in ‘byte.'” — Gordon Clark
“Wow, you’re serious. Look, that’s a terrible idea. For such a multitude of reasons that I– because it’s illegal.” — Gordon Clark
“Worst case scenario IBM sues us into the ground. Uh, Cardiff finds out, then both of us would be on the street. — Gordon Clark
Apple, IBM, they have the market sewn up. Plus you got Commodore, Tandy, Texas Instruments. — Gordon Clark
“This is a big idea. You have to see it through.” — Gordon Clark
“Yeah I only built the damn thing, Joe.” — Gordon Clark
“The symphonic was the best thing your dad ever did.” — Gordon Clark
“I am a little rusty at this.” — Gordon Clark
“The hardest thing in life is to get knocked down and then get back up constantly. But we do it because we love it and we know deep down if it’s the right idea, it could be bigger than all of us. For a long time I wondered if I was ever gonna find it. The closest I’ve come is my kids.” — Gordon Clark
“Our first test shipment came in. I got everybody going over it with a fine-tooth comb.” — Gordon Clark
“Look, I’ve been awful. I’m sorry.” — Gordon Clark
“Computers, my job. None of that matters. Not without you.” — Gordon Clark
“Look, there are a thousand other engineers we can get. Preferably one you haven’t bedded down with.” — Gordon Clark
“I’m the guy who figured out the boot code in four days. What have you done?” — Gordon Clark
I have more microcomputing experience than anyone here. — Gordon Clark
“Tell me you have a plan, Joe.” — Gordon Clark
“No, it’s brilliant. It’s brilliant.” — Gordon Clark
“That’s right. You used to work at IBM. That was before you came here and ruined several people’s lives and an entire company.” — Gordon Clark
“After I let 46 people go this morning something I am in no way qualified to do.” — Gordon Clark
Their attitude is based on the laws of physics, which, if I were you, I’d bone up on. You’re looking at our only engineers with any microprocessor experience at all. They’re what’s left, so, yeah, these are my guys. — Gordon Clark
“Donna was right you’re all hat and no cattle.” — Gordon Clark
Software comes and goes, hardware is forever. — Gordon Clark
“I think we can make this work. If we actually split the motherboard and then layer one half on top of the other, run the jumpers vertically.” — Gordon Clark
“I knew that the moment I met her. How I’d never really deserve her. And frankly, I’m amazed she puts up with me.” — Gordon Clark
“You mean overpromised. Must be nice to have a job where you get to say words without having to actually do anything.” — Gordon Clark
You asked me to do something and I did it. It was impossible and I did it anyway. — Gordon Clark
Nobody gives a damn about what the computer looks like as long as they work. — Gordon Clark
Look, if we continue to put form ahead of function, we’re gonna be the ones left behind with everyone laughing at us. — Gordon Clark
You can have it fast or you can have it work. It’s up to you. — Gordon Clark
“Part time alcoholic, full time failure as a father. But I knew what I had with you, Donna. And I never stopped trying to live up to that. To you, Donna. To you, I never, ever gave up.” — Gordon Clark
“All right, this is the first test shipment from the manufacturer. We got 100 machines here so I need all hands on deck QA-ing these boxes. Hardware, software, failed pixels, I/O ports… pinch tension, internal temp, fit and finish.” — Gordon Clark
Check every millimeter of this machine. — Gordon Clark
The Giant ships out in less than six weeks. It must be perfect. — Gordon Clark
“We built an IBM compatible machine. You wanted a computer. You have a computer. You need to sell your computer, okay?” — Gordon Clark
Categorical, subjunctive, analytical, forever intrigued by technology Gordon Clark is a Rational.
“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
In fact, he lost partially because of his efforts in behalf the nation. However, it hasn’t been widely recognized that the most impactful, beneficial, and long lasting effect of his decision, wasn’t the decision that he is known for, reviled for, and awarded for.