The Outer Limits: Season 4, Episode 15

Mary 25 (29 May 1998)

TV Episode  -   -  Drama | Fantasy | Horror
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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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Great twist ending...Must-see episode
24 August 2006 | by ( – See all my reviews

A terrific episode even if you don't watch the series normally...I'm no Outer Limits buff, but this has got to be one of the best episodes of the series. It builds on the second episode of the first season, but does not require its viewing -- a good sign as that means it can stand on its own.

The story revolves around a robotic program that aims to produce inorganics, or robots, for functions around the house. Mary 25 is the latest installment of this program at Innobotics Corporation. To say anymore would give the story away, but rest assured that you will understand everything after watching the ending (a second viewing will let you see all the nuances you missed the first time around).

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