The Outer Limits

Season 7 Episode 1

Family Values

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 16, 2001 on Showtime
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Jerry Miller is a manager in a large corporation, who's demanding life is in chaos. His wife, Brooke, resentful of her husband's lack of attention to the family, takes the occasional sip of vodka. The kids behavior is unruly and their grades are poor. One night, Jerry sees an infomercial about the Gideon 4000 from Gideon Robotics, the latest in modern home conveniences. Both caretaker and caregiver, Gideon is programmed to help out in hundreds of different ways, and converse on any number of subjects. Jerry sees an end to his problems at home and orders the robot on a thirty day free trial. Upon delivery, Gideon quickly proves his worth. He cooks gourmet meals, keeps the house spotless, helps the kids with their homework and can throw a baseball too. Life is great until Jerry begins to realize Gideon's full influence on his family. Worried he's being replaced, Jerry tries to get rid of the robot, but he is the only one who wants Gideon gone. What are the consequences for the misplaced devotions of a workaholic family man?moreless

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  • Gideon 4000 lays down the law...

    I really enjoyed this episode. Tom Arnold cracked me up as the father especially when first receiving the robot. I love an outer limits episode like this where I laugh as the main characters find themselves screwed over, in an unpredictable way (at least to me). The robot's role was great and seemed reasonable and good up until the last moments when we actually find out its real agenda. I have to say this is one of my favorites of outer limits, though I suppose I am partial to the ones with robots etc...not just because valerie 23 is smoking hot, i swear!moreless

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