Ted Crisp is the head of Research & Development at Veridian Dynamics, a top-line corporation, striving to make it to the top. Ted has an uneasy friendship with his boss, Veronica Palmer - she is always wanting something from him to add to the business, from bio-warfare pumpkins, to uncomfortable leather chairs. Dr. Lem Hewitt and Dr. Phil Myman are two research analysts that work in Ted's group and are always competing against one another to get ahead. Linda Zwordling is a young intern and test consultant to office-test the various experiments the lab puts out. Ted is...
When Ted's nanny calls out sick, he is forced to take his 10-year-old daughter, Rose, to work with him. There Veronica bonds with her and shows the youngster first-hand about running a corporation in the mean-spirited way. Meanwhile, Ted tries to find out where he stands with whatever romance he has with Linda. Linda's ex-boyfriend arrives in town and shows up at the office wanting to spend the day with her.
Veridian comes up with an extremely insensitive solution to a problem with its motion sensors that do not detect black people, and Ted finds out that Linda now has a boyfriend who is extremely likable.
Ted throws his daughter's wrapping paper-selling contest when he finds out a handicapped girl is in the competition and to purposely lose a bet with Veronica. Meanwhile, Linda gets mad at Phil and Lem when they accidentally dose her.
Veronica tries to not be so cold and Ted tries to befriend the older men at Veridian after the results of an office study are revealed, and Linda's request for individuality in the office has unexpected results.
Veronica has an awkward reconciliation with her father after she finds out that he has a year to live, and Ted wants Phil and Lem to rush testing for a hair-growing formula so he can give it to his dad for his birthday.
Ted steals money to give Linda a secret "green" project. When Veronica asks about the missing money, Ted tells her about a fictional, "revolutionary" project, which soon becomes the talk of the company.
Veridian tries to play matchmaker for its employees, but the motives are less than altruistic. Ted's and Linda's matches cause friction between the two, and Veronica finds out that she's matched up with Lem.
When a wave of layoff hits Veridian and little Rose seems to have inside info because of a friend in her Hive playgroup, Veronica tries to pump her for information, much to Ted's disapproval. Meanwhile, Linda is elated to sell her first children's book -- until someone points out that her lead character, a lemur, is the spitting image of Phil -- and Lem starts a passionate affair with one of the company lawyers, only to find out that his paycheck is being docked for the "billable hours" he's spending with his new girlfriend
Ted becomes jealous when Linda upstages him and desperately seeks another way to receive Veridian's approval, and Lem becomes upset when a colleague in the lab begins sleeping with his mom--a famous scientist who despises Veridian's work.