In a darkened laboratory, Dr. Charles Link works on a robot, Adam. Ordering Adam to go into sleep mode, Dr. Link begins probing his circuits. Suddenly something happens and Adam snaps awake! His mechanical hand wraps around Dr. Link’s throat and he hurls the elderly researcher across a table. Then he smashes the lab and disappears through a window...Read the full recap
Control Voice: (opening narration) It is said that God made man in His image, but man fell from grace. Still, man has retained from his humble beginnings the innate desire to create. But how will ma man’s creations fare? Will they attain a measure of the divine? Or will they, too, fall from grace?
Adam Link: Dr. Link was my creator. He was my friend. When I learned from Nina that he was dead the world seemed somehow… faded, to me.
Thurman Cutler: I shall push Constitutional protection to the point of absurdity.
Adam Link: I was not aware that this hearing was intended to be a lesson in the absurd.
Adam Link: Is that how you really see me, Mr. Cutler? As a talking mannequin?
Thurman Cutler: A man suffers, a man bleeds, a man has a soul.
Adam Link: (seizing Cutler’s throat) I could snap your neck as if it were a toothpick! In that sense, you’re right. I’m not like most men. But like most men, I choose not to.
Thurman Cutler: Let me go.
Adam Link: Why? Because I have respect for life, all life, even that of a jaded attorney who wants to put a talking mannequin on trial to discredit the legal system. You don’t know me, Mr. Cutler. You don’t know anything about me. The thought that Dr. Link, my creator, my friend, is dead saddens me to no end. And the thought that I might have killed him, even if by accident, is abhorrent to me. I do suffer, but unlike men my face doesn’t show my feelings! Now, leave me alone!!
(After Carrie Emerson has demonstrated Adam Link’s potential hazard in a theatrical way.)
Thurman Cutler: If I were in your position, I might have done the same thing.
Carrie Emerson: Well, you have been in my position, and you have done the same thing.
Thurman Cutler: Well, there’s a difference. I’d have got away with it!
Control Voice: (closing narration) Empathy. Sacrifice. Love. These qualities are not confined to walls of flesh and blood, but are found within the deepest, best parts of man’s soul, no matter where that soul resides.