The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: Season 2, Episode 21

Dobie Versus the Machine (14 Mar. 1961)

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Adrift after graduation, Dobie and Maynard seek the counsel of their elders and of professionals on what next to do with their lives.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Burton ...
Dr. Magruder
Tommy Farrell ...
Riff Ryan
Dorothy Konrad ...
Dr. Campbell


Although they have long dreamed of the day, Dobie, and by association Maynard since he does whatever his good buddy does, have no idea what to do with their lives following their high school graduation. Dobie looks for advice from older and seemingly wiser people, who have already experienced what he is going through. Herbert has some advice, Maynard's beatnik friend Riff has some advice, but it is Mr. Pomfritt's advice they take at least for the next step: to have a psychometric test done to see what their aptitude, actual skills and their desires are. The psychometricians they visit carry out the necessary tests, which are coded and the answers placed into a computer which in turn spits out the name of their perfect jobs. Out of that process leads Dobie and Maynard into the next phase of their lives, but not in the way Dobie had initially envisioned when he went into the process. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





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14 March 1961 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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The title is a variation of one of the classic literary themes: Man vs. machine. See more »


Dobie Gillis: What I need now is somebody extra-wise, super-intelligent, a kind of combination of Einstein and Plato and Baruch and Shakespeare...
Maynard G. Krebs: [enters scene] You rang?
Herbert T. Gillis: No offense, Maynard, but if he rang, never was there such a wrong number.
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Written by Lionel Newman & Max Shulman
Series theme song played over the opening titles and closing credits
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