Ask not what you can do for your machines, but what your machines can do for you.
Well, it's been another lousy day for George Jetson. He's gotten in Mr. Spacely's hair for the last time again, but instead of just firing him as usual, he decides to send George to Outer Moongolia to sell sprockets door to door. Deciding that would be worse than getting fired, George pleads for a second chance, and is granted it reluctantly. En route home, he tries a new gadget in his car, courtesy of his boy Elroy, to beat the traffic...with predictable results. So George gets home, and his gloomy mood soon draws his family's attention, so George decides to tell them all about it. Apparently this all began earlier that day, when Mr. Spacely was trying to get in with the Megabucks Group who, as George says, play Moonopoly with real money. The president, Mr. Big Byte, wants to know why he should invest in Spacely Sprockets and expects a darn good reason. That's when Spacely introduces him to a new executive perks program which included deluxe massages, tanning, spas, even dancing girls: The Spacely Sprockettes. While this was like heaven for Mr. Big Byte, it was hell for George, because this new program was dramatically draining the mainframe computer, RUDI, which also happened to be his station. When the perks program fails, George is reprimanded and threatened with Outer Moongolia, but you already know that part, so that's where they stand. Instantly, Jane, Judy and Astro break into tears, Jane suggesting George find another job... yeah, why the hell doesn't he? Well, according to George himself, all he knows how to do is operate a RUDI computer. This is funny because next season, Judy manages to land 3 jobs and she doesn't really know how to do anything. Anyway, the drama queens are in tears, however Elroy decides to find a scientific solution, so he writes up a backup hard drive, enabling for RUDI to be fully operational.
George tries this at work the next day and success, success, it works! With one exception: the setting must be kept low, as the drive was only temporary. Well, Big Byte takes a spin and loves it, but then as luck would have it, he wanted to crank it into high...bet you knew that was coming, right? So, the perks program is kicked into hyper drive. The miser is pounded and kneaded by the massages, kicked around by the Sprockettes, is nearly burned to death by tanning, gets his food dumped all over him, and well, sir, that about does poor RUDI in. He's shut down, Big Byte goes to the hospital and George is sent to Outer Moongolia. Standing in their car overlooking the apartment, George and Jane cry in each others' arms knowing they at least have each other, Elroy cries in Judy's arms lamenting he had just made a more permanent program for RUDI, Astro cries and Orbitty shields the downpour by umbrella, and then they set off into the space night; at Spacely Sprockets, the little tightwad warns RUDI to get his act together, but never did he expect his own computer could pull rank on him, RUDI threatens Spacely to reinstate George or he will destroy the entire plant. Well already in Outer Moongolia and feeling just as miserable, the Jetsons receive a shock to find Spacely had tracked them down and was offering George his job back. He willingly accepts, instantly lifting the family's spirits, so while they pack, George and Spacely race to the plant, George attempts to log in to RUDI...time was of the essence...they were seconds away from total melt down...every second counted...RUDI responds, meltdown averted. All is well again. And to top it all off, George would be going home to a dinner of Moongolian meatballs...ah, it was a good life.
This is one of my personal favorite episodes. The animation is edgier and more expressive than usual, and that's strange for Hanna-Barbera, though good drawing does not a good cartoon make. It has good writing too, and the voice acting is great. This episode is more livelier than most of the others, it's edge-of-your-seat, and it's pretty funny. Check it out. Oh, and again, when Jane says George should get another job, why doesn't SHE get a job? What does she do all day besides shop and press buttons? That was never really addressed. Oh well, Hi-Tech Wreck is hi-tech hilarity!
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