From Agnes—With Love
|"From Agnes—With Love"|
|The Twilight Zone episode|
|Episode no.||Season 5
|Directed by||Richard Donner|
|Written by||Bernard C. Schoenfeld|
|Featured music||Nathan Van Cleave|
|Original air date||February 14, 1964|
James Elwood, a computer programmer, replaces a computer programmer named Fred who cannot resolve a functional error in the office computer. Elwood fixes the problem, and later develops a romantic interest with a co-worker, Millie. After he proves to be romantically inept with a live female, he resorts to his computer (named "Agnes") for advice. However, the computer ends up giving Elwood bad advice which leads to Millie meeting and spending the evening with Elwood's romantic rival, another programmer. The next day, Elwood gradually realizes that "Agnes", the supercomputer he works on, has fallen in love with him and is losing logical control over its own functions. Elwood cannot resolve Agnes' dysfunction and his boss suggests that Elwood take a vacation. His replacement? His romantic rival, the computer programmer who was formerly Elwood's subordinate and will now be spending time with Agnes himself.
- This is the last episode with music by Nathan Van Cleave.
- In dialogue, Elwood refers to the need to "debug" Agnes' programming. This is a very early use of the term, perhaps its first use on a dramatic program on American television.
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