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
When Agnes opens the doors to communicate, there are a few phrases that apparently make no sense. AUT AMAT AUT ODIT FEMINA is Latin for "a woman either loves or hates". Also T'MA ZHILI BYLI and V TUMANE are stories by Russian author Leonid Andreyev. They translate to "Once There Lived", and "In the Fog", both controversial stories about women's sexuality. 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 »
James Elwood, master programmer, in charge of Mark 502-741, commonly known as 'Agnes,' the world's most advanced electronic computer. Machines are made by men for man's benefit and progress, but when man ceases to control the products of his ingenuity and imagination, he not only risks losing the benefit, but he takes a long and unpredictable step into - the Twilight Zone.
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Wally Cox stars as James Ellwood, a master computer programmer called in to trouble shoot a new, state-of-the-art computer nicknamed Agnes that has caused its previous operator to have a nervous breakdown, and poor Ellwood will fare no better, as his attempts to woo fellow employee Millie(played by Sue Randall) are disastrous, and his attempts at asking Agnes for advice backfires badly, as it seems Agnes is somehow sentient, quite female, and in love with him... Idiotic episode is a real low point in the series canon. Cox tries, but his character is such a stereotypical "nerd", and so unbearably inept, that his plight seems meaningless. Plays like a busted sitcom pilot.
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