A misanthropic scientist and his quirky new secretary attempt to shut down an artificially intelligent computer that has decided to start killing people.



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Episode credited cast:
Michelle 'Mickey' Castle
William Phipps ...
Miles Smillanich (as Wm. Edward Phipps)
Andy Wood ...
John Blaine
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sandy Elias ...
Laundromat Customer
Scott Feraco ...
Williams Stevens
Raymond Guth ...
Gene Johnson ...
Chief of Police
Diana Lamb ...
Secretary (as Diane Baynes)
William T. Lane ...
Truck Driver (as Bill Lane)
Gertrude Nicholls ...
Old Woman
Jan Sandwich ...
Stevens' Maid
Fred Scheiwiller ...
Old Man


Austin James, a misanthropic scientist/genius, gets a new slightly ditzy secretary. The two are immediately thrust into investigating a series of bizarre accidents that are the result of a computer that has decided to eliminate human waste. They also try to solve the riddle behind a woman who died of exposure while swimming...but her body temperature is lower than the surrounding environment. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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Mystery | Sci-Fi






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7 March 1988 (USA)  »

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Austin James: Why did you leave your last job?
Michelle Castle: Excuse me?
Austin James: Quick, answer the question!
Michelle Castle: Well...
Austin James: Don't tell me. Tell the plant!
[Mickey hesitates, feeling foolish]
Austin James: Go on.
Michelle Castle: [to the plant] I needed something more challenging.
[monitor flashes red and beeps harshly]
Austin James: Lie.
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Sweet and Intriguing
4 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have most of the season on VHS. I love how the plots were so unexpected--I never knew how it was going to turn out until the end. The pilot was the best episode of all, partly because it's one of the few that has any romantic scenes between the two main characters.

Micky the secretary was both meek and bold, clever and clueless in all the right places to be the perfect Dr. Watson to Austin James' genius mystery solving.

I also liked how Parker Stevenson managed to make Austin boyishly likable even though the character had one of the trademarks of such genius-- arrogance that the rest of us didn't know what was going on.

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