Follow the Sun: Season 1, Episode 26

The Inhuman Equation (11 Mar. 1962)

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Ben considers his current assignment - writing about a new computer - extremely boring, until a nerdy accountant discovers that the machine made a mistake in its calculations.



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Episode cast overview:
Barry Coe ...
Ben Gregory
Eric Jason
Harold Buchanan
N.N. Nelson
Wilbur Martin
Juliette Martin (as Sue Ann Langdon)
Patty Walker
Lester Markel
William Roerick ...
The Chairman
Wilton Graff ...
The Councilman
Christopher Bowler ...
The Secretary (as Chris Bowler)
Paul Templin (credit only)
Kathy Richards (credit only)
Jay Lanin ...
Lt. Frank Roper (credit only)


Ben considers his current assignment - writing about a new computer - extremely boring, until a nerdy accountant discovers that the machine made a mistake in its calculations.

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11 March 1962 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Funny man Wally Cox guest stars
9 April 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

FOLLOW THE SUN – The Inhuman Equation - 1962

This is the 26th episode from the 1961-62 series, FOLLOW THE SUN. The series, which ran for 30 episodes, follows a trio of free-lance magazine writers. The three are played by Barry Coe, Gary Lockwood and Brett Halsey. The gimmick here is that they are based in Honolulu. Also with recurring roles are Gigi Perreau as their secretary, and Jay Lanin as their contact with the local Police. Of course the three newsmen are always getting involved with the usual assortment of nasty types.

Reporter Barry Coe is less than happy with his latest assignment. He has to do 3500 words on a computer firm in Honolulu. He cannot seem to find anything worthy of writing about. That is till he meets nerdy computer tech, Wally Cox. Cox shows him around the facility and boasts about the accuracy of the computer. He tells Coe about the latest project. The computer is doing a review of city employees for a town up the coast. It is to pick the best man to be the new city manager.

Coe figures this might be worth a look and drives up to the place. He finds that a local beachcomber type, Cecil Kellaway, who issues fishing permits, has been picked for the city manager job. This seems a bit odd to Coe. He knows he is on to something when the next day, computer man, Cox shows. It appears that the computer had been programed incorrectly. Kellaway was not the man meant to be put in charge.

Cox is under orders from his boss, Jim Backus, to fix the matter. Cox however falls for Kellaway's daughter, the pretty Sue Ane Langdon. (Boy can she fill a pair of short, shorts) Reporter Coe latches on and soon gets the story he needs from poor smitten Cox.

The computer is repaired and a new manager is hired, and poor Kellaway is given the sack. This outcome does not exactly enhance Cox's chances with Miss Langdon. Cox however decides to step up and goes to his boss. The computer has failed to take in to account the human fallout of its decisions. He arranges for Kellaway to get another job with the city. Cox then quits so he can pursue the delectable Miss Langdon full time.

The episode goes all out for a comic tone, but does not quite pull it off. While Cox, Langdon and Kellaway are good, Jim Backus comes off rather flat and Coe is clearly lost in this one.

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