1 Work in Bottom Arthur Fest
First: Arthur Pendragon, the obnoxious idiot son of the CEO (and incidentally Merlin's manager), was lasered into the computer network by Dr. Guinevere Plover's invention.
Second: not five minutes later Merlin did this to himself on purpose after the developmental A.I. Uther had invested boatloads of money into started going on about obtaining missile codes from the Pentagon.
There was nothing for it, he couldn't just LEAVE the obnoxious heir of Penn Computing stuck inside a machine as a hostage. (And he really shouldn't let the N.I.M. possibly violate whatever international laws stealing missile codes fell under, but first he had to get his boss.)
- Part 5 of Bottom Arthur Fest 2017