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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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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