The employees move back to cubicles from the open offices. Now they are less distracted from their futile assignments.
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Topper says he once brought a CAR dummy to life. It grew limbs and got married.
The Boss introduces Kevin, a new VR-only employee. He can only be seen with special glasses.
Dilbert complains to his psychologist about the new immersive VR employee. The doctor thinks Dilbert is crazy.
The VR employee says Dilbert is a real person whose personality has been replaced by prescription meds.
A chair in the meeting room is reserved for the VR employee. Asok resents that.
Alice needs the VR employee for something so the the Boss asks Dilbert to attend a meeting in the VR's place.
The VR employee quits and sues the company for digital discrimination.
The robot can't wait for a long-lasting battery so he can run away with the 3-D printer.
The Boss asks Dilbert to do a financial analysis on whether to upgrade the customer tracking software. Dilbert wants to know what conclusion he should reach.
Dilbert's financial analysis doesn't match what the Boss wants so can he change the assumptions to false values?
Dilbert says upgrading now does not make financial sense. The Boss says he must spend his budget now or lose it.
Dilbert is asked to design a home assistant like Google Home or Amazon Alexa. Dilbert gets the head from the office robot.
The robot's head, now a digital assistant, goes to a family home and tries to help.
Customers complain about their home assistant. It learns their secrets then blackmails them into buying upgrades.
Dilbert needs a coworker's input for a presentation. But the coworker is undependable so won't give it.
Wally asks if he should start working on the project now or wait until he has more information. The Boss says to wait.
Ted is promoted to architect because he can't code. He's like the monkeys who were astronauts.
Dilbert finished the coding but used a non-standard database because it's better. Now Ted can't complain.
The Boss asks for a new feature in the software. It would have been easy to add weeks ago.
The Boss says their software should be hard to uninstall, not good at what the users want.
Ted complains Dilbert's code doesn't conform to any standards. That's because Dilbert is good at his job.
Dilbert says they need to shortlist the vendors and then pick the best one. A coworker compares that to a serial killer choosing a victim.
Wally keeps a spreadsheet of which excuses he has used with which coworkers.
Wally now has a list of work-avoidance excuses. Now it's easier for him to deal with coworkers.
A coworker asks Wally if he has time to check a design. Wally says no without even checking his calendar.
Wally can't work on a task because he's too busy on a top-secret project. The Boss can't remember giving Wally a top-secret project.
The Boss asks the CEO about Wally's supposed top-secret project. The CEO says he can't remember every little thing he ever said.
Wally says he achieved all milestones on his secret project. The Boss wonders if he can believe Wally.
Dilbert's project isn't done because he's not the boss and can't threaten to fire people. And he's not good at other leadership skills.
Scientists confirm life as we know it is a computer simulation. The advanced civilization that created it must be psychopaths.