A psychiatrist is given care of Rhoda Miller "real name 'AF 709'", a lifelike sophisticated but naïve android, which eventually learns how human society works and begins showing "or at least emulating" rudimentary emotions.
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Rhoda is an extremely sexy young woman living with womanizing Air Force shrink Bob McDonald. What Bob knows and the rest of the world does not is that Rhoda's real name is AF 709, and she is actually a sophisticated (yet naive) robot. Bob's job is to teach Rhoda how to be a "perfect" woman, and keep her identity secret from the world -- especially lecherous neighbor Peter. When actor Bob Cummings left the series in early 1965, his character was written out of the series, and Peter was given the duty of taking care of Rhoda.Written by
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In one scene, Rhoda Miller plays Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu on the piano. Julie Newmar actually played it herself. "I studied from the concert pianist Dr. MacIntyre," she revealed in a 2013 interview. "That scene is the only film of me actually playing the piano. The Chopin piece was direct recorded in that one single take on the upright piano. Music was my first love and I think it's the basis of good comedic timing." See more »
Two versions of the opening credits exist. The first version, showing Newmar wearing a teddy, was rejected as too suggestive (according to the 2012 DVD release) and replaced with an alternate version with Rhoda more fully clothed. Although the 2012 DVD release uses the "fully clothed" version for all episodes, the versions of the episodes circulated online and in unofficial DVD/VHS releases use the teddy version of the credits. See more »
There was one other person besides Bob (and later Peter) who was privy to Rhoda's true identity. That would be Dr. Carl Miller, played by Henry Beckman, perhaps best known as the salty Captain Clancey on Here Come The Brides. Miller was the actual catalyst, having created the robot, but was only seen in two other episodes besides the pilot. Bob told everyone that Rhoda was Carl's niece, which accounts for the last name. I personally wish Beckman had put in more appearances because he seemed like an interesting character. I mean, anyone who can create such a gorgeous robot...In the pilot, he's called away to Pakistan, leaving the robot in Bob's care and creating all kinds of pandemonium for the psychiatrist. A side note--the parallel with I Dream Of Jeannie is very interesting. IMHO, Bill Daily as Roger was a rather cheap carbon copy of Jack Mullaney's interesting portrayal as Peter Robinson.
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