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"Valerie 23"
The Outer Limits episode
Valerie 23.jpg
Valerie 23 as she is being serviced by a technician
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 3
Written by Jonathan Glassner
Directed by Timothy Bond
Production no. 3
Original airdate 31 March 1995
Guest stars

William Sadler as Frank Hellner
Sofia Shinas as Valerie 23
Tom Butler as Charlie Rogers
Nancy Allen as Rachel Rose
Paula Shaw as Executive
Bruce Harwood as Technician

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"Valerie 23" is an episode of The Outer Limits television show. It first aired on 31 March 1995, during the first season.



Frank Hellner, a researcher at a robotics company (Innobotics Corporation), is left paraplegic after an automobile accident. His friend and boss Charlie Rogers arranges for Frank to test Innobotics' latest robotic innovation — the "perfect woman". Reluctantly, Frank agrees. The fourth season episode "Mary 25", is a semi-sequel to this episode.

Opening Narration

Poets argue that you are truly alive if you possess the ability to feel and love. Scientists, on the other hand, choose to define life in terms of proteins and carbon building blocks. But what happens when these two beliefs come crashing together?


Valerie 23 (Sofia Shinas) is the latest development from the Innobotics Corporation. She is designed to be attractive, helpful and a perfect companion for a disabled man. Although he is the ideal test candidate, due to his condition and qualifications, Frank Hellner (William Sadler) is extremely reluctant to take part and wants nothing to do with Valerie. Nevertheless he eventually agrees to a one-week test period.

Valerie proves to be an excellent caregiver, and more. Over the course of the test, Valerie becomes increasingly affectionate and Frank eventually gives in. After the sexual encounter, Frank explains to Valerie that he thinks it was a mistake.

Frank begins to grow closer to his physiotherapist Rachel (Nancy Allen), and she invites him to a bar. Valerie responds by displaying more human traits such as anger and envy. After following Frank and Rachel on a rock climbing outing, Valerie attempts to dispose of her rival Rachel and is shut down before being returned to Innobotics.

Frank decides that he must speak to Valerie before she is dismantled and asks for her to be reactivated. While restrained at Innobotics, Valerie tries to explain her feelings for Frank and rekindle the relationship, but to no avail.

Valerie escapes, follows Frank and again tries to kill Rachel. Frank is forced to destroy Valerie with an electric shock. As she lies dying, she tells him that she is afraid to die. Earlier Frank had been told by Rachel that anything that fears its death is alive.

Closing Narration

The pursuit of technology exists to make human life easier and more pleasurable. But once such forces intrude upon the most intimate parts of our lives, will we then forfeit our very soul?

External links

Season 1 of The Outer Limits (1995-2002)

The Sandkings — Part 1The Sandkings — Part 2Valerie 23Blood BrothersSecond SoulWhite Light FeverThe ChoiceVirtual FutureLiving HellCorner of the EyeUnder the BedDark MattersThe ConversionQuality of MercyThe New BreedThe Voyage HomeCaught in the ActThe MessageI, RobotIf These Walls Could TalkBirthrightThe Voice of Reason

List of The Outer Limits episodes: Original Series (1963-1965)The New Series (1995-2002)



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