My Girl, Hallie

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#537: “My Girl, Hallie”
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My Girl, Hallie
“My Girl, Hallie” is episode #537 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Bob Hoose and Nathan Hoobler, and originally aired on February 7, 2004.

Summary

The Twilife Zone” skit tells the story of a boy named Joey Patrick who has an unusual friendship … with his computer.

Plot

Kids' Radio presents another too-fun-to-call-it-freaky episode of "The Twilife Zone!" Narrator John Whittaker introduces Joey Patrick, "an average boy in an average town"... until one day everything changes.

Concerned about his slow learning curve, Joey’s parents buy him the world’s first "bio-circuitry-enhanced learning machine." It’s a truly impressive computer, able to help Joey finish papers and do school research faster than ever before. Soon he makes it onto the Honor Roll; but he ignores his friends and misses their foursquare games. Soon, "Hallie" — the name Joey gives the machine — becomes his only companion.

Truly strange things begin to happen. Joey talks in the cyber-like speech he learned from "Hallie," while "she" sounds more human! Even Joey’s mom cannot get through to him. Yet, when "Hallie" goes one step too far, Joey finally sees how much control he has given "her." He unplugs the computer and goes back to the playground... but is it too late?

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Discussion Questions

  1. Was it good that Joey’s computer was so fast and cool? Why or why not?
  2. What is idolatry? How did Joey "idolize" his computer?
  3. Have you ever lost time with your friends because of playing video games or doing other things by yourself?

Cast

Role Voice Actor
Hallie Sara Buskirk
Mary Kelsey Anthony
Zach Jordan Calloway
Joey Patrick Corey Padnos
Mrs. Patrick Chris Anthony
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger


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  • When the writers wrote the script for this episode, they got to the ending, and they thought it was a bit too spooky for Odyssey, so they wrote another ending. However, they had ANOTHER problem—an episode with two endings. Which one would they use? They decided to let the fans vote on two possible endings. Both endings are included in the album.
  • In the original ending mentioned above, Joey pulls the plug and Hallie becomes the kid while Joey becomes the computer.
  • The name of the computer "Hallie" is a reference to the computer Hal from 2001: A Space Odyssey. There are several lines from this episode that are either direct quotes or allusions to this movie, including Hallie's lines "This conversation can no longer serve any purpose" and "I can feel it. I can feel it." It was similarly referenced in #446b: “The Seven Deadly Dwarves”.
  • The basic plot may have come from the "Choose Your Own Adventure" book, "Supercomputer."
  • The Twilife Zone is a parody of the real-life show "The Twilight Zone", with Whit's narration mimicking that of Twilight Zone narrator Rod Serling.
  • Hallie is a "Cyberdyne Super Plus Deluxe 9000.58." Cyberdyne is the company responsible for Skynet and Judgement Day in The Terminator franchise.

Quotes

Whit: Do not adjust your radio. We are in control. You're about to enter a different place and yet one that isn't so different. It's a dimension of sight and sound and of mind. A land of shadows, substance, and a lot of weirdness. You've just crossed over into the Twilife Zone.

Joey Patrick: Hmmm, now where am I going to put this juice? Too bad you don't have a cup holder, Hallie.
Hallie: Cup holder activated.
Joey Patrick: What?

Mrs. Patrick: Joseph Patrick, I've had enough of this! I have been calling your cell phone and e-mailing you for a half hour. Why is this door locked? Open it this minute!
Joey Patrick: Just one moment... I am 55% of the way to the door.