Even in the budding PC arms race, schmoozing is a necessary skill. So in the ninth episode of AMC's Halt and Catch Fire, which follows a team in the midst of the personal computing boom in the '80s, Cardiff Electric drops the nerd routine and puts on their hotel party pants to warm up a crowd before unveiling their machine.

That includes a shrimp tower like you've never seen before. And when Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace) opens Cardiff's hotel door to a group of giddy techies who look like they've been waiting in line for hours to hear a keynote speech by Mark Zuckerberg (I'm mixing generations, I know), it's clear that Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis) has hooked it up.

The full ninth episode of Halt and Catch Fire's first season premieres on July 27 on AMC at 10 p.m. ET. Until then, check out the exclusive preview above.