Dream Corp LLC - Tijuana Zebra

Updated: Dec 7, 2019


In season one of Dream Corp LLC, episode four - Tijuana Zebra, T.E.R.R.Y. has a midlife crisis after turning 21 and tries to hang himself.  T.E.R.R.Y. is a robotic artificial intelligence employed by Dream Corp.  He use to be cutting edge, but now after 21 years of existence his hardware is starting to fail, and he now must force quit at least once a day.  Dr. Roberts' advice to him is just to try and wake up and do the best you can for the ones you love. 

This doesn't solve T.E.R.R.Y.'s problem, so he rolls ever so gently off the top of a building in another suicide attempt.  Spoiler, he doesn't die.  His mother Diane enters the picture and gives him a plant, telling him: Caring for something other than yourself will sometimes give life a little meaning. 

This still doesn't end his existential crisis.  So the team decides to give him the human experience by thrusting him inside the subconscious of Patient 88.  T.E.R.R.Y. who is ecstatic about the new adventure (Patient 88 not so much),  gets to experience taste, feeling, and even breastfeeding for the first time.  He also accidentally kills Nana.  But wait, what?  Breastfeeding?  Yes, the team is able to decipher from the dream dictionary that T.E.R.R.Y.'s subconscious desire to breastfeed is related to the apprehension of his mortality. 

T.E.R.R.Y. then stumbles upon the funeral of Nana.  She speaks to him in French.

Nana: To live and die is a human experience, but for you there is no difference between the past and the future. 

T.E.R.R.Y.: It's not that I wanted to die, I just didn't want to live.  

Nana: You will soon find the truth.  

T.E.R.R.Y.: Oh, my God, dead Nana, you're right!  I... I figured it out!  I've figured it all out!  I've figured out what life is!  You're all gonna die, 'cause you're humans.  Whereas, I'm not, I'm a robot.  I'm gonna live forever.  

T.E.R.R.Y. was able to overcome his midlife crisis by realizing that he is pretty much immortal.  He is not going to die, everyone else will, but not him.  Cheers!  So what else is there to do?  Party! 

T.E.R.R.Y. closes with the following thought, That night we made a promise that we would all live forever inside this memory. Because in the end, that's all we have—memories.

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