The Outer Limits: Season 4, Episode 15

Mary 25 (29 May 1998)

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An android replaces the current nanny, is programmed to protect the children and gets involved in a romantic triangle between the husband and the previous nanny.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Teryl Bouton
Melburn Ross
Sofia Shinas ...
Mary 25
Brook Bouton
Matthew Prior ...
Brandon Bouton
Patricia Mayen-Salazar ...
Carmen Ortega
Mrs. Janus
Ian Robison ...
Grant Kildale
Frank Hellner (archive footage)
Rachel Rose (archive footage)


Innobotics Corporation is looking for their next big commercial product and executive Charlie Bouton proposes an android nanny he's dubbed Mary 25. The new robot is a variation on the Valerie 23 (see The Outer Limits: Valerie 23 (1995)) a sex companion that was discontinued after it developed feelings for its owner. The earlier model was a disaster for the company but Bouton is so confident that the Mary 25 will function as programmed that he offers to take it home to care for his own children. He doesn't discuss it with his wife Teryl beforehand however and when she shuts him out, he turns to Mary for sexual gratification. Mary's primary program is to protect the children from harm but a literal translation of that directive nearly results in tragedy. When Charlie's employee Melburn Ross learns that Charlie is mistreating Teryl he rearranges Mary's programming. Nothing is straightforward however. Written by garykmcd

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Several shows contain plot threads that link them together. For example, the "Innobotics arc" - the story of lifelike androids created by the Innobotics Corporation - runs through these shows: Valerie 23, Mary 25, The Hunt, In Our Own Image, and Resurrection. See more »

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Why Was She So Robotic?
31 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is about an overzealous man who is trying to maintain his position on a firm that produces androids. In the second episode ever, we were introduced to Valerie whose programming led her to attempt murder. That put a kabosh on the project and it's on its last legs. The proposal is to create mega-nannies, using the Mary 25 series. Once again a beautiful young actress is the basis for the character. She has been programmed to look after kids. But unlike Valerie, she speaks in a disjointed, vapid speech pattern. She is taken to the project manager's house to tend his own children, much to the annoyance and fear of his beautiful wife. Things are very awkward. He begins to mistreat his wife, hitting her several times. The Mary 25 can do little things like read to the kids and answer their questions in a Sheldon Cooper kind of way, with encyclopedic knowledge (they ask her if the Big Bad Wolf would blow a house down and she replies that it is a physical impossibility). She has no charm and her selling point seems to be that she is amazingly strong and could disable any sort of intruder on the children's life. She is a total failure. We realize why she was made to look like she does when the project manager begins to have relations with her. There is another subplot involving the wife and her former lover. He hangs around the house trying to rekindle things. He is a major engineer in the designing of androids. This episode has a nice full circle ending that is enjoyable.

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