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 »
When "Agnes" is asked to calculate , "the first prime number larger than the 17th root of 9,000,355,126,606" she responds "five". The correct answer is 7. 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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Wally Cox is perfectly cast as a scientific weenie in search of love. Despite being a nice guy, he's hopelessly inept with ladies and seeks the help of his super-brilliant computer. Yet surprisingly, the computer's advice only seems to make things worse--not better. The reason why is very ludicrous, but also makes for a funny episode that's a decent change of pace.
My summary above does NOT mean that I disliked the episode--it was fun and it was very slightly better than the average episode from the series. However, when seen in the 21st century, the plot and special effects seem like they are completely cheesy. Yet despite this being so silly and trivial, this Wally Cox episode is cute and a lot of fun. So it and keep your expectations relatively low and you should enjoy it.
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