Dilbert

Season 1 Episode 9

The Knack

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Apr 21, 1999 on UPN
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When Dilbert sips from the cup of management, he loses "the knack" that makes him a great engineer. In denial of his situation, he engineers a satellite project that goes wrong and takes out all communications and power, sending the world back into the dark ages.

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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

    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

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • In the first shot of the Axle on the Garbage Man's cart, you see the on the outside of the wheel, but between the wheel and the cart there is no axle, nor a hole in the cart for one.

      • Far away Dogbert's bowl of spaghetti is big -- the same size as the bowl of breadsticks. When the camera zooms in the bowl of spaghetti is much smaller than the breadstick bowl.

    • QUOTES (8)

      • Dilbert: How's the pay?
        Alice: I'm payed in joy. And my hours are from yesterday until forever!

      • Dilbert: Everyone likes the simple life until it gets complicated.

      • Dilbert:I know you've grown accustomed to the new ways -- the authenticity and the relationship with nature. It's a lie. We live in a cold, mechanistic technocracy. We have to make that work. I know life is unfair -- you'll get no argument from me. I know it's not fun and it's not novel but it's real.

      • Dilbert: What the hell is going on?
        Alice: We're celebrating the return to simpler times.
        Dilbert: You mean the downfall of civilization.

      • Alice: You have drunk from the cup of management.
        Loud Howard: Now you're infected.
        Dilbert: What are you talking about? That's ridiculous.
        Wally: Soon your technical skills will evaporate like the fine mist on a summer lawn.

      • Dilbert: No one can read a billboard in space.
        Pointy-Haired Boss: They can if we make them really big.

      • Pointy-Haired Boss: The earth is polluted beyond repair. That leaves us one viable business strategy.
        Asok: We're going to clean up the earth?
        Pointy-Haired Boss: (laughing) Oh gee no! I should say not. Clean up the earth. No, we're going to start polluting outer space.
        Alice: I didn't become an engineer so I could pollute the solar system.
        Asok: Why did you become an engineer?
        Wally: Isn't it obvious? She picked the one profession where she would be surrounded by sexy men all day.

      • Doctor: I'm afraid your son has the knack.
        Dilmom: The knack?
        Doctor: The knack. It's a rare condition characterized by an extreme intuition about all things mechanical and electrical and other social ineptitude.
        Dilmom: (worried) Can he lead a normal life?
        Doctor: No. He'll be an engineer.
        Dilmom: (crying) Oh No!
        Doctor: There, there don't blame yourself.
        Dilmom: Will it go away over time?
        Doctor: It might but I pray it doesn't. If an engineer loses the knack the results can be devastating.

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