I thought of this AU where Dirk has a warehouse for all his robots. Hal can basically travel through the network of the building and mess with stuff (including Dirk), but Dirk would never let him do to much. In this scene here, we see Hal finally getting access to the big monitor! (along with the tentacle graspy thingies)
Also note, Dirk has control with his glasses, so without them he would have to walk into the control panel room next door, so that’s another reason why he looks so worried about Hal taking them away.