The Jetsons: Season 2, Episode 36

Robot's Revenge (20 Nov. 1985)

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George's life is thrown into chaos when all robots refuse his orders.

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Episode credited cast:
George O'Hanlon ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elroy Jetson (voice)
Frank Nelson ...
Ralph (voice)
Penny Singleton ...
Jane Jetson (voice)
Jean Vander Pyl ...
Rosie the Robot (voice)
Judy Jetson (voice)


George's life is thrown into chaos when all robots refuse his orders.

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Maximum Overdrive: The GOOD Version.
18 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this modern day society, it's quite common for us to be frustrated with our machines, but what do you think would happen if our machines got frustrated with us? We often see machines bite back on The Jetsons, but not quite like this. So, it all started when the Jetsons receive their daily ration of junk mail: bills, all for George, and a letter from Jane's Aunt Eckler, who was married to Jane's rich uncle and came into his money when he passed. Apparently Aunt Eckler is coming for a visit to make an important decision. George hopes it's to inherit all her money when the old bat kicks off. It didn't even matter that she hated him. So, George heads down to the gym and gets accosted by a pushy, and probably gay robot named Ralph. It seems George has a reputation for being a poor tipper, so naturally Ralph is very put off when George refuses to grease his metal palm. In retaliation, Ralph leaves George in the automatic shape-up machine for 30 minutes, rendering him emaciated, then he physically abuses him on the massage table. That did it! George canceled his membership, and as for Ralph, his boss was none too happy and fired him. Ralph was furious. After getting his circuitry all up in knots, he placed a call to control central, reporting a "code red" on George Jetson.

What is a code red, you ask? Well, it's a message sent to all robots and computers in the area, embedded in their internal drives, to seek out an identified individual, and make his life a mechanical Hell. So after hitting every red light and getting bullied by a street sweeper, George gets a ton of tickets from a robot cop and his credit card gets declined. There was worse to come. The code red got to RUDI too, and caused untold havoc at the plant, and then a steam roller flattens his car. Worse yet, he has to go pick up Aunt Eckler. The old crab was anything but pleased to see George in a broken down car. So after nearly being killed by a flying big rig, they make it home. Now comes more mechanical mayhem: because George is her father, Judy's robotic hair styler turned her 'do into a Christmas tree. Elroy was expelled from school for being George's son. And then... Spacely calls and George is fired for the 5,384th time. Yes, I've been keeping track; George tries so hard to make a good impression for Aunt Eckler, but unfortunately, his robot easy chair made that even harder. Unfortunately, the code red message also got to Rosie, but since she has many human characteristics, she was able to fight off any urges. She informs George what was up and mentioned Ralph being behind it all. She senses through the "Robot Force" where Ralph is: an employment agency, so George seeks him out. When the robots down there find out who George is, they kick his ass and throw him out, along with Ralph because he's a deadbeat unqualified for any job. Ralph refused to help George in his plight, until he lets it slip about his impending inheritance. With money as a deciding factor, Ralph agrees to help and calls off the code red. Well, back at home, Aunt Eckler still hates George, but thankfully he's got his family to back him up. Just to let you know, Judy's hair is back to normal and Elroy is back in school, so this won't be a two-parter. Anyway, it turns out Aunt Eckler's decision was not based on inheritance (the old bag wants to be buried with it), but rather, she wanted to try and hire Rosie for herself. That was out of the question, so the horrible old woman leaves, taking Ralph with her. A match made in heaven.

I enjoyed this one a great deal. It sends a message and shows just how technological our society has become and just one slip-up on one computer can travel to every other computer and machine that's all hooked into one central processing unit. It is somewhat unnerving to think that our machines could pull rank on us at some point. Remember the Terminator? At least one of those things wasn't coming after George. So I urge fans and non-fans to see this episode. It has many memorable parts, such as George's abuse at the health club, the retarded outfit he's given by the machines at the store, and the aunt who hates him for some reason. A great episode that really defines the series. Check it out, and remember, be nice to your robots, even if they act like jerks.

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