The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 2

Valerie 23 (31 Mar. 1995)

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A disabled man is offered a prototype android companion in the form of the beautiful Valerie. But when he begins a romance with his physical therapist, his robot develops feelings of jealousy.

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Frank Hellner, an engineer with Innobotics Corporation, has been working on components for a secret project for some time. His boss, Charlie Rogers, finally lets him in in the big secret and introduces him to their newest creation: a very attractive and sexy robot companion they call Valerie 23. Frank fits the profile for their target market - single men who require assistance like Frank, who is bound to a wheelchair. Frank has has some considerable difficulty relating to her as anything other than a machine even though she has been programmed to feel the full range of human emotion. As their situation develops, Valerie grows jealous of Frank's relationship with his physical therapist, Rachel Rose and is prepared to do whatever it takes to get what she wants. 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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A Boost for the Doll Industry
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A young man finds himself confined to a wheelchair. He can't shake his depression and a friend/coworker feels that he could combat loneliness by having access to a beautiful android, manufactured in the lab. The stresses come from his futility in finding relationships. At first he rejects her because she is a "machine." However this machine is fully functional and breathtakingly beautiful and can provide everything a red-blooded man could want. Unfortunately, one emotion that was left in the mix by her creators was jealousy. When he fellow realizes that there is someone else and pursues a relationship with a real woman (less attractive but kind and caring), Valerie begins to flex her synthetic muscles. She becomes more than angry; she becomes a real threat. There is some serious talk about what makes a sentient creature (fearing death, for example), and this gives the episode some legs. The byplay between the man and his "plaything" is pretty believable (assuming such a being could be put together) and we feel for him, but once again, one mustn't mess with the gods and creation.


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