Dilbert

Season 2 Episode 1

The Gift

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 02, 1999 on UPN
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Dilbert searches for a birthday gift for his mother. In desperation he confronts his greatest fear, going to the mall. The mall holds bad memories for Dilbert, because as a child he went to the mall with his father, only to be left lost and abandoned when his father became obsessed with the "All You Can Eat" special at one of the mall's restaurants.moreless

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    Chris Elliott

    Chris Elliott

    Voice of Dogbert

    Jim Wise

    Jim Wise

    Loud Howard

    Daniel Stern

    Daniel Stern

    Voice of Dilbert

    Tress MacNeille

    Tress MacNeille

    Carol/Various Guests

    Tom Kenny

    Tom Kenny

    Ashok/Ratbert

    Larry Miller

    Larry Miller

    Voice of the Pointy-Haired Boss

    Jeri Ryan

    Jeri Ryan

    Voice of Seven of Nine Alarm Clock

    Guest Star

    Buck Henry

    Buck Henry

    Voice of Dadbert

    Guest Star

    Mr. Moviefone

    Mr. Moviefone

    Himself

    Guest Star

    Jim Wise

    Jim Wise

    Voice of Loud Howard

    Recurring Role

    Tress MacNeille

    Tress MacNeille

    Voice of Unknown

    Recurring Role

    Tom Kenny

    Tom Kenny

    Voice of Asok/ Ratbert

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • The Red Lobster restaurants don't have an all you can eat buffet.

      • If Dilbert was 40 in 1999 then he would have been born in 1959. At that time in history most cities didn't have malls and if they did they weren't as big as they are today.

      • Despite his alleged fear of the mall, Dilbert can be seen in the mall in the first season episode "Holiday". The episode "The Knack" also seems to take place after this.

    • QUOTES (8)

      • Pointy-Haired Boss: Wait! Did you know that popcorn is mostly air? It's marked up over 5,000%. You're paying for over priced air.

      • Dadbert: All you can eat isn't just a pricing plan. It's a philosophy, a way of life, a commitment.

      • Asok: Alice is excited by the prospect of purchasing those shoes.
        Alice: This can't be right. I'm an engineer. I wear shoes to protect my feet not because they look pretty.

      • Dilbert: Why are people flying off the escalator? And what happened to Dogbert? And why do I think those questions are related?

      • Wally: I just can't bring myself to buy oxygen.

      • Dilbert: Actually a gift certificate is worse than cash because you can only use it in one place.
        Wally: And it expires.

      • Dilbert: And what makes these "gift" catalogs? Doesn't anything qualify as a gift if you give it to someone?
        Dogbert: I think they mean it's stuff in a million years you wouldn't buy for yourself.

      • 7 of 9 alarm clock: Get out of bed. Resistance is futile. Wake up and assimilate the day. Get out of bed. Resistance is futile. Wake up and assimilate the day.
        Dilbert: I wonder if I could ever date a woman like Jeri Ryan.
        7 of 9 alarm clock: That, too, is futile.
        Dilbert: (moving to deactivate it) I think we've had just about enough out of you.
        7 of 9 alarm clock: Do not touch me.
        Dilbert: How am I supposed to turn you off?
        7 of 9 alarm clock: Believe me, I am already turned off.
        Dilbert: Clock tease!

    • NOTES (2)

      • Jeri Ryan (Voice of Seven of Nine alarm clock) previously appeared in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "The Gift."

      • In the comic strip "Dilbert," his father was found at the all-you-can-eat restaurant in 1995, and Dilbert's mother joined him to take advantage of this great deal. It is explained in the comic strip compilation "Seven Years Of Highly Defective People" that Dilbert gets his literal attitude from his long-absent father.

    • ALLUSIONS (6)

      • The places mentioned in native mall language and what they sell/function: Barnes and Noble (books), Payless (shoes or drugstore), Big Boy (hamburgers), Nordstrom Discount (could mean Nordstrom Rack clearance rack items), Spencer Gifts (popular culture items), Natural Wonders (gifts having to do with nature), Gap Kids (kids clothing), Walden Books (now taken over by Borders, books), Wetzel's Pretzels (pretzels), Cineplex (movie theaters), Blockbuster Video (movie rental), ATM (machine to get money out your bank account), Restoration Hardware (high end furniture), Lens Crafters (eye glasses), Robinson-May (department store), and Sbarro (Italian food).

      • Cirque du Soleil: Theater event that incorporates acrobatics, fantasy, and amazing costumes into a spectacle that leaves the audience wondering how did they do that.

      • KGB: This was the security agency for the former Soviet Union. The meaning here is that since Russia became democratic they now have a lot of old equipment that they aren't using.

      • MovieFone: A phone service where you can find out showtimes for different movie theaters and order tickets.

      • Red Oyster: An allusion to the restaurant Red Lobster.

      • gift catalogs: Crap and Barrel (Crate and Barrel), J. Crap (J. Crew), and Eddie Crapper (Eddie Bauer)

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