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Title:
The Master Computer
Plot:
In a fully automated world, a couple come home from vacation to find that their existence has been wiped clean from society's records. The culprit that disrupted their lives is later revealed to be a computer glitch.
Episode:
0325
Air Dates:
First Run - August 13, 1975
Repeat - December 28, 1975
Repeat - November 28, 1980
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6 Responses to Episode 0325


I just listened to "The Master Computer" (first broadcast on 13 August 1975), and the plot seemed awfully derivative of the films "It's A Wonderful Life" and "Topper."

A Long Island couple drives all day to reach their home following a Maine vacation. When they return to their hometown, they try to interact with the people that are a regular part of their lives. But, it is as if no one realizes that they are there. They make a phone call and the party on the other end can't hear them. They ring a doorbell and someone comes to the door and can't see them. In every way, it is as if they are not there at all. This quickly grows frustrating and eerie. Then, there's a knock at the door.......

A couple comes home from vacation and finds that all of their utilities have been cut off. Then they find out that none of their friends or coworkers will even acknowledge their existence. Turns out it was a computer error.

Grace and Harry Clayton return home exhausted from a summer vacation and slowly come to realize that something is very wrong. No one seems to see them or hear them, the utilities to their home have been turned off, and their friends are ignoring them as if they don't exist. What is the answer to this bizzare mystery? This is a disturbing story with a well-done ending. Genre: Mystery

Ah, one of those stories where "the hereafter" is run as a beauracracy or business and mistakes are made "A Guy Named Joe", "Always", "Here Comes Mr Jordan", "Heaven Can Wait"... If this was supposed to be a mystery to us, they shouldn't have given it away 10 minutes in. This sort of story annoys me but this one is not badly done with the whole world suddenly unable to see or hear a couple who just returned from vacation.

A couple return from holidays to find people completely ignoring them. No one responds to their questions, no one even acknowledges their existence. While they can answer the phone and open doors, they have no electricity or water. When a man arrives at their door promising to fix everything and that they should come with him but will not disclose the reason for, nor the destination of the suggested journey, the couple balk and refuse to go.

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