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Rate Episode 140: From Agnes-With Love
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Episode 140-From Agnes-With Love

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ORIGINAL BROADCAST: February 14, 1964
STARRING CAST: Wally Cox, Raymond Bailey, Ralph Taeger, Sue Randall, Nan Peterson, Don Keefer
WRITER: Bernard C. Schoenfeld
DIRECTOR: Richard Donner

Meet Mr. James Elwood, a computer technician, who is somewhat inept with the ladies and seeks the advice and help of his super intelligent computer, named Agnes. He has no clue, however, that his life will forever be changed by this computer, AGNES. A computer manufactured and programmed ... in the Twilight Zone.



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I'm a computer "geek" by profession, and it's nice to see we were already portrayed as lacking social graces even in the early '60s. I did get a kick out of how Agnes the computer displayed output, that kind of trap door mouth. And for some reason, I've always liked the wimpy Wally Cox. But overall, this is quite a weak episode.

My Rating: 4 - Fair

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When I hear the name, Elwood - Wally Cox isn't the 1st person to jump into my mind. But, without a doubt, when I hear AGNES - this episode and love struck computer is. Wrong day in age for this novel little concept. Had PC's and the Internet been around, Bernard C. Schoenfeld may have had a little better reference library to draw from.

The tech - is of course dated - but it makes AGNES have this wonderful AI system - just not possible with card-punch code. Wally Cox is the perfect Techno-Geek, as whit mentioned - he is certainly lacking the social graces of most techs and Geek Squad card members.

Over all, the story is slow and meanders without getting overly drawn-out with technobabble. I know computers were the fanciful realization due to the space-age, but this was just boring 40 years ago as it is today. Shame too, Wally was a funny character/comedian. Again, proof positive that humorous zones just don't work with maybe a minor exception - but not here.

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3 zones, I like the computer nerd, yet the story is weak. I agree with all who say comedy rarely works in the Zone.

>>>Basically, in my mind, TZ on many levels is dark humor, ( with its zinger punch lines at the end) ; thus ,making Zone episodes comedies
is redundant, imho.<<<

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This is yet another of my "least liked" TZ episodes.

Now, it truly isn't a bottom feeder, but its damn close.


Why is it, alot of people really like Wally Cox? Seriously, it seems as though the guy had some talent, but just look at the TZs and NGs this guy was a part of. Flat out bad............. no way around it!

I suppose that one of the reasons I never liked this one, was because its got the more lighthearted approach, and I never cared for that in my TZ episodes.


I will give it , that the computer, (in some ways) was done fairly well, considering the time and age. In those days, to most people, computers were just electronic "blinking lights and wires". Hell, that was probably about as much as most any of the general public knew about them at the time of this episode.
A tremendous far cry from todays "computer in every home" society.

On the strength of Cox, Ralph Taeger, and our "computer", I'm going with a weak 3.
Even that might be a tad generous.


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Wally Cox was in one of television's first sitcoms, Mister Peepers, it ran a very modest three seasons, but had Marion Lorne who later try to cast her spells as Aunt Clara in Bewitched, and Tony Randall. There is a DVD release of this show and probably worth checking out, another one is coming out based on the success of the first one which is saying a lot, as you all know!
I don't think all the episodes survive from this show though.
Then Wally also did the voice of Underdog, of course---"Have no Fear, Underdog is here!"
Several Disney films of the day.
Then he also did the very popular Hollywood Squares until his death, too young too.

I need to rate this episode as well, though I think I should re-watch
it again to get a fresh perspective!
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A generous 4 from me. Poor

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Whether it's a funny episode or not, it's at least entertaining seeing Don Keefer in a COMICAL TZ scene, after you've seen him in one of the most famous SCARY ones.


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This is a terrible episode - bottom tier for sure. It's corny. The only thing I can appreciate is Agnes - I enjoy the communication via panel opening with ever-changing responses. I enjoy the solitary feel of working in the computer lab. That's it. A redeeming factor for this episode is that I would choose this one over episodes Like Rance McGrew and Cavender.

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I wish I could get poontang like Wally Cox... dudes a pimp


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I wish I could get poontang like Wally Cox... dudes a pimp


And he was doing it pre-internet. A precursor to the 21st century where NERD is the New Sexy.


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There's a Rolling Stones song set in the future called "2000 Man," and one line mentions "having an affair with a computer."
Even though it's meant figuratively, this story really looks ahead to that (except that Agnes is "rejected" by each man she's after).


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