I'm not familiar with the new hip, Silicon valley-esque tech business model, but the whole idea of two separate but equal teams of a company competing to create the same product seems, well, counter-productive. You have two teams that could simultaneously be working on two different tasks instead writing redundant code for the same functions, at the same time, just to see who can do it faster and/or better? Sure, friendly competition can be motivating, but the stress and "race-to-the-finish" mindset could also make them sloppy. Cooperation and having the company's coders all coming together to brainstorm solutions and then properly delegating tasks would make the production (which is already on a very tight schedule per the eccentric CEO) run more like a relay race instead of a three-legged race. It's also weird that Max would get fired for something a subordinate did completely outside of his control or knowledge, especially when said subordinate didn't even get fired for said infraction. As far as I know, this isn't a case of "corporate espionage," because both teams work for the same company. It would still be a breech of their code of conduct and confidentiality agreements, though.
I get that it's hard to think about funerary arrangements when you're also dealing with a terminally ill family member, but it's still shocking that both Mitch and his family pushed considering his arrangements so far that they couldn't even have his own input. I could understand if this were a sudden thing, but he's been ill for months. Maggie's rightfully freaking out, because trying to guess what someone else would want for their final send-off and resting place would certainly be overwhelming. If Mitch had his own input, this would've been way smoother sailing. They should've started this process when he could still communicate with his device, if not as soon as he got his terminal diagnosis. Heck, I'm not old, ill, or close to death, but my wishes have already been made clear with my family in the event of a fatal accident or something. It certainly made everything a little easier when my own father passed knowing his own final wishes, because it felt somewhat gratifying to fulfill them instead of (I imagine) unbearably stressful trying to guess what would make him happy and allow him to rest in peace. That's a lot of pressure. It remains a mystery why they've chosen to write this family of mostly mature adults as so ill-prepared and incompetent in dealing with both his illness and his eminent death.
I ended up liking Deb, even though that first impression of her singing "Feeling Good" while dancing on her husband's grave was not a good look. I get that they were trying to convey that she's coping well after his death or something, but it looked super callous before we got to know her. Again, I wish the writers paid attention to the full lyrics and its connotations instead of just the song title or chorus, not to mention the staging and choreography choices.
I'm surprised Mo handled his "break up" so badly, when he usually seems to have such an empathetic, mature grasp on things. I love it any time he gets a number, though, they're always amazing. I hope the show delves into said "issues" next week, and he mends things with Eddie. I agree with chaifan, I half-expected that Mo's "heart song" was actually being sung aloud (similar to Max's flash mob), and would also get cast for the cruise line (but maybe back out later for reasons in order to keep him on the show).