V.I.C.I./Vicki - A lifelike, walking,
talking robot made in the image of a small girl by Ted Lawson (Dick
Christie), an electronic genius from United Robotronics on the syndicated
sci-fi series SMALL WONDER/SYN/1985-89.
As the series theme song related "She's fantastic, made of plastic,
microchips here and there; she's a small wonder, and brings love and
Vicki's name is derived from V.I.C.I.-Voice
Input Child Indenticant.
Vicki's many abilities included spinning her head completely around (a
la the Exorcist) and lifting large objects like refrigerators with little
When not in use, Vicki stood alone in the
bedroom closet of the inventor's young son, Jamie Lawson (Jerry Supiran).
The Lawson's nosy next-door neighbors notified a social welfare agency
to investigate a small girl living in their house, so the Lawson's quickly
fabricated phony papers and biography on Vicki to protect their
experimental robot's identity.
The social worker was informed that V.I.C.I. was actually Victoria Ann
Smith and that she was adopted by the Lawson's after her parents died.
Because Vicki was still not perfected, the Lawson's had to keep a sharp
eye on her sometimes quirky programming.
Speaking with a mechanical staccato, Vicki often repeated key phrases
she heard to imprint them on her memory circuits.
The principle component that gave Vicki life was the Waffer Scale
Integration System, a Logic and Emotional Stimulator (logic box code
number ML5500). She also had solar cells in her eyes for power, a built-in
tape recorder, a internal 440 volt micro-generator, and electrical outlets
under her arms.
One of Vicki's obvious programming glitches was her insistence on
interpreting everything she heard as a literal statement (for example, she
jumps when told to "Hop to it!").
Eleven-year-old Tiffany Brissette played Vicki, as well as the role of
her evil twin robot Vanessa (an earlier prototype).
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