As Forky watches a tiny robot lead a conga line full of Little People, Forky asks the question of what is a leader. Dolly quickly runs over and asks if she heard someone ask about a leader. Forky zips around and yells her name, startling her but still saying hello to Forky. The spork waddles over to her and asks what is a leader. Dolly slightly boasts how she sees why Forky would ask her that question since she is formerly the leader of Bonnie's toys but insists that she's not bragging. Forky once again asks what a leader, to which Dolly says she's getting to it. She explains that a leader, herself, takes control and makes decisions for everybody, impressing Forky. She further explains a leader decides what the best thing is to do. She says sometimes she'll make the right decision, but sometimes not, which Forky agrees. But Dolly uses the phrase "That's just how the cookie crumbles". Forky laughs and asks what that means, to which Dolly kindly explains that "Sometimes you can't predict whether or not . . .", but Forky finishes her sentence by saying, "The cookie is gonna crumble!" Dolly is about to congratulate him, but the robot returns with his conga line and dances to the upbeat music, much to her confusion. Forky says the phrase once again and says it's so fun to say. He then proclaims he will say nothing else but that for the rest of the day. Dolly tries to convince Forky to get back to what they were talking about, but Forky says, "That's just the way the cookie crumbles." Dolly calls him cute and tries to get back on topic, but Forky once again says, "That's just the way the cookie crumbles.", causing Dolly to sigh in annoyance. The robot is about to return once again, but Dolly whips her head around and glares at him, causing the music to stop and the robot to slowly back away. Dolly once again tries to get back on topic, but Forky interrupts each word she says with, "That's just the way the cookie crumbles." Dolly, agitated, attempts to tell him off, but Forky only copies the way she says her sentences with his phrase:
Dolly: "Oh, you think you're REAL funny, don't you?"
Forky: "Oh, that's just the WAY the cookie crumbles!"
Dolly, now infuriated, tells Forky he is about to get banished from Bonnie's room. He opens his mouth wide, but Dolly gets close to his face and dares him to say it one more time. Forky close his mouth and sits silently, and Dolly thanks him as she walks away. The spork quickly begins to shake and cannot contain himself until he whispers, "That's just the way the cookie crumbles!" Dolly whips around in anger and begins to charge at him, telling him to say hello to Dolly. Before she can put her hands on him, Forky tells her to wait. As she freezes, Forky says he "gets it now." After a short period of silence, Dolly is confused. Forky then waddles away saying, "That's just the way the cookie crumbles!", causing Dolly to run after him and say she's going to "crumble his cookie". The end credits feature Forky now leading the conga line across Bonnie's toy chest, but he soon falls to the floor once he reaches the end. After a small pause, the robot nonchalantly continues the conga line of Little People around the chest.
- The music cue "Boo Leaves" from Monsters, Inc. plays at the end.