From Agnes—With Love

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"From Agnes—With Love"
The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 140
Directed by Richard Donner
Written by Bernard C. Schoenfeld
Featured music Nathan Van Cleave
Production code 2629
Original air date February 14, 1964
Guest actors

Wally Cox: James Ellwood
Sue Randall: Millie
Raymond Bailey: Supervisor
Ralph Taeger: Walter Holmes
Don Keefer: Fred Danziger

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"From Agnes—With Love" is a 1964 episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone.

Plot[edit]

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.

Production notes[edit]

  • 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.

References[edit]

  • DeVoe, Bill. (2008). Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0
  • Grams, Martin. (2008). The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0

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