When their computer, known as Agnes, breaks down the company supervisor calls in a master programmer James Elwood to see if he can figure out what has gone wrong. He solves the problem quickly and soon finds himself in charge of the machine. Agnes and Elwood quickly develop a rapport and the machine takes to giving him advice about Millie, Jim's co-worker who has finally agreed to go out on a date with. The date doesn't go well and Agnes has more and more advice for him. It turns out that Agnes has her own agenda. Written by
This particular story about a lovelorn man and a computer was originally broadcast on St. Valentine's Day. See more »
The 17th root of 9,000,355,126,606 is 5.781163783 so the
next-greatest prime number is 7, but the calculators used at the time were prone to such errors. See more »
Advice to all future male scientists: be sure you understand the opposite sex, especially if you intend being a computer expert. Otherwise, you may find yourself, like poor Elwood, defeated by a jealous machine, a most dangerous sort of female, whose victims are forever banished - to the Twilight Zone.
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Bernard C Schoenfeld wrote some decent stories for film noire and a strong contribution to 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents'. However, turning to outside writers usually turned out unsuccessfully for TZ. Most of the good episodes came from the fifth dimension trinity of Rod Serling, Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson (although they also wrote some bad ones sometimes). There is a second valuable tier of writers including Earl Hamner Jr, George Clayton Johnson, and Montgomery Pittman.
This entry is a terribly weak tale about a little computer boffin called Ellman (Wally Cox) who consults his machine about how to win the love of a woman. Very predictable and depressingly tiny in it's scope. At least it's pleasant but that's about all.
Other season five episodes by 'outside' writers that are too terrible to judge TZ by are 'Caesar And Me', 'The Encounter', and 'What's In The Box'. Jerry Sohl and John Tomerlin wrote well for season five, but were ghost writing for Beaumont.
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