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Recap / The Outer Limits 1995 S 4 E 15 Mary 25

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The Control Voice: Our children need protecting from much more than physical harm. Just as threatening to the fragile child are the dangers of the mind... and the dangers of the heart.

A sequel to "Valerie 23". A female android is assigned to be a nanny for a family.

The Control Voice: Let us hope that no technology will ever exist that can replace human warmth and compassion. For when such a technology does exist, will we cease to be human?

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  • Ascended Extra: Charlie's personal life is explored in this sequel episode unlike in his debut.
  • Bottle Episode: All but two scenes take place in and around the Bouton household.
  • Domestic Abuse: Charlie Bouton regularly beats and psychologically abuses his wife Teryl, reducing her to tears on a daily basis. It turns out that he murdered her some time earlier and replaced her with an android copy to cover his tracks.
  • Evil All Along: It turns out Frank's seemingly helpful best friend and boss Charlie from "Valerie 23" is much more villainous than one meets the eye when he debuted in his prior appearance.
  • Love Triangle: Melburn Ross is still in love with his old girlfriend Teryl, now the wife of his boss Charlie Bouton who regularly abuses her.
  • Non-Human Lover Reveal: The Innobotics Corporation programmer Melburn Ross disables the fail-safes of the android nanny Mary 25 which prevent her from harming humans so that she will kill his boss Charlie Bouton, who regularly beats his wife (and Melburn's old girlfriend) Teryl. Three months after Mary 25 does so and is dismantled, Melburn finds one of the android remote control devices in Teryl's bedroom. When he presses the button, Teryl enters sleep mode in the same fashion as Mary 25 and it is revealed that she too is an android. Charlie killed the real Teryl and replaced her with this copy. Melburn realizes that the android Teryl manipulated him into reprogramming Mary 25 so that she could be rid of Charlie once and for all. The android Teryl counters that she wanted to continue the original's relationship with Melburn, who would be a much better father to "her" children Brook and Brandon than Charlie ever was. The episode ends with Melburn backed up against a wall, terrified of the android copy of his former lover.
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  • Replacement Goldfish: Subverted, wherein the sleazy boss of a robotics company murdered his wife prior to the episode and replaced her with a robot made in her exact likeness. However, his motive for this is clearly to cover up his murder of her, since he all but ignores the robot and uses a Robot Maid instead to satisfy his "needs".
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Follows this trope with the cybernetic nanny (played by Sofia Shinas) who ends up an unwilling Sex Bot.
  • Robot Girl: This episode involves a Robot Girl as one of the main characters, and it ends on an absolute Tear Jerker.
  • Robotic Reveal: It turns out that "Teryl" is in fact a robot replacement who has convinced the protagonist to kill her unfaithful husband, who was cheating on her with another robot.
  • Robotic Spouse: It is the mandatory Cruel Twist Ending.
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  • Robot Maid: A robot nanny is bought to work in a household, just to be molested by the children's violent and abusive father. It doesn't end well...
  • Sex Bot: Mary 25 is used as one by Charlie Bouton, despite not being intended as one.
  • Sudden Name Change: In "Valerie 23", the Innobotics Corporation executive Charlie's surname is Rogers. Here, it is Bouton.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Charlie, who lived through "Valerie 23," but is offed by Mary in a Neck Snap.
  • Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: Just out of the blue, Charlie is much more villainous and despicable than in "Valerie 23."
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Charlie in contrast to his previous appearance in "Valerie 23."

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