A sudden storm destroys the Robinson's food supply, artificially created by an unscrupulous space trader with an ulterior motive. He thereafter makes himself known and uses food to lure them into trading, but Prof. Robinson stands fast. Stuck with limited rations (practically nothing more than a few protein pills and a swig of water), only Dr. Smith among the Robinson party grumbles. The trader soon has Smith doing business, at first trading the robot for food, then for Smith himself to trade the robot back. By verbal agreement, the trader intimates he wouldn't collect Smith for another 200 years, but verbal indications aren't binding, and under the fine print of their signed contract, the trader exercises a clause whereby he can collect - now! (his intent all along).
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The robot is on patrol outside the ship. Smith persuades him to go for a walk together - and though the robot was essentially on guard duty, they both abandon the Jupiter 2, leaving its hatch door open behind them with the forcefield off while everyone else is asleep inside. See more
Dr. Zachary Smith
What's the matter with the dear lady? Did you have a tiff?