Dilbert

Season 1 Episode 10

Y2K

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 03, 1999 on UPN
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Dogbert and Ratbert try to decide where they are going to celebrate the new millennium. Dilbert is put in charge of the company's Y2K problem. Wally plans to scam the banks, trusting that their computer records will fail them. Wally may be the key to "Black Betty," the old mainframe that still runs the whole company. The Evil HR director, Catbert, begrudgingly offers the team assistance in the help of some hypnosis books to recover Wally's memories of when he helped install the mainframe. He also offers additional support in the form "Misfits and Losers" such as: The Useless Guy, Ted the Generic Guy and Zimbu the Monkey.moreless

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  • The characters try to solve the Y2K bug.

    7.3
    Trivia: The code shown as being from the mainframe is neither C++ (an another trivia post claims) nor COBOL, but just regular C. If it were C++, it would be using classes. The first screenshots (when Wally is away) are body code, the ones where Wally is present and is fixing the code are C headers. It seems that the people who wrote the episode actually knew which languages to refer to. Indeed, managers liked to choose COLBOL as a language of choice in the 70s, even though engineers didn\'t like it. But the animators probably didn\'t know how different languages looked like, and random C code is now easier to find than COBOL. (I can\'t post trivia, so I have to post this as a review.)moreless
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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In case you didn't catch all the party invites: Dogbert is invited to parties in Paris, Rome, Prague, Budapest, Hong Kong, Singapore, Lisbon and Istanbul.
      Ratbert is invited to parties in Tokyo and Munich.
      The Pointy-Haired Boss is invited to parties in Jarkarta and Geneva.

    • Ashok claims the code is Cobol, but it is clearly c++, as it uses "cout."

  • QUOTES (16)

  • NOTES (1)

    • The Y2K Bug was a popular subject for many shows airing in 1999, one of which was a similar Family Guy episode entitled DaBoom.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Pointy Haired Boss: Are you telling me that Han Solo's ship is HERE?

      The Pointy Haired Boss confuses the Millenium Bug with the Millenium Falcon from "Star Wars."

    • Y2K / The Millenium Bug: The crisis as the year 1999 closed that caused hoarding because it was thought that all computers would cease to work because of a flaw with the year. Instead of programming the date as 4 numerals it was programmed as 2 meaning that the year 2000 would become year 00.

    • This episode takes a great deal from the Wizard of Oz. Below is a chart of the characters and what they are asking for.

      Alice (Dorothy)--time management (go home)
      Asok (Scarecrow)--experience (brain)
      Wally (Tin Man)--memory (heart)
      Dilbert (Lion)--a team (courage)
      Dogbert (Toto)--nothing because he's perfect.
      The Director of Human Resources (The Wizard of Oz)

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