Martin: Lisa, I’ve had an epiphany after being paired with teacher in the “buddy system” on our recent field trip. Our weak hand-holding crossing the road suggested that teacher was, in fact, not my “buddy”.
Lisa: That’s not much of an epiphany. Everyone laughed at you and called you a loser. Even sadly and unprofessionally, the teacher.
Martin: The same thing happened to Steve Jobs. But like him, my genius has trumped my mockery. I present… The Childlike Humanoid Urban Muchacho, or as he’s known to me, his creator and permanent buddy: C.H.U.M!
C.H.U.M.: Please don’t call me that. At least not around other robots.
Martin: See, his “banter” function is working perfectly! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m about to set him to “frolic”. And we’re off!
Lisa: *sigh* That poor robot.
Task: Reach Level 12 and Unlock Martin
Task: Make Lisa Think of a Way to Help C.H.U.M.
Location: Simpson House
Task: Force C.H.U.M. to Frolic with Martin
Lisa: Professor, is it possible for robots to feel emotion?
Professor Frink: I believe it is, contrary to the cold shoulder I’m getting from the female voice in my car’s GPS.
Lisa: The car’s German. Give it time. Now, I’ve got some robot suffering to lessen.
Robot Rescue Pt. 2
Lisa: I’ve heard there’s a way to help robots in trouble, but it’s a well-kept secret.
Bart: That sounds like an awesome movie. Maybe the robot kills and burns everyone around it. That could be the first minute and then it could build from there.
Lisa: I’m glad you’re excited about this. Can I count on you to help?
Bart: Okay, but I’m not doing it to help you, I’m doing it to hurt Martin.
Lisa: Six of one. Now come on — we can start by making contact with another local robot.
Bart: Whoa, the new Yard Work Simulator! I’m gonna get the raking leaves high score!
Task: Make Lisa Put Her Plan Into Action
Location: Simpson House
Task: Make Bart Get Distracted by Yard Work Simulator
Location: Yard Work Simulator
Robot Rescue Pt. 3
Lisa: Okay, everything is set. The Yard Work Simulator has contacted every robot from here to West Shelbyville. They will get C.H.U.M. to a place where he can be happy.
Bart: Wouldn’t it be easier to just pour water on him so he can short-circuit? Easier and way cooler to watch!
Lisa: No Bart, he deserves happiness and should enjoy a long life. At least until the C.H.U.M. two-point-oh comes out and he’s stuck in a closet somewhere.
Task: Make C.H.U.M. do the Robot
Martin: Lisa, have you seen C.H.U.M.? I planned a big day for us folding pocket squares, steeping tea, a gentle poetry jam…
Lisa: Uh no, I haven’t seen him. Did he say anything to you?
Martin: He just sent me an email saying “As much misery as I felt, I now feel twice as much joy”. What ever could that mean?
Lisa: I have no idea, but isn’t it enough for you that wherever he is, he’s happy?
Martin: No! I had to sit by myself on the bus today. I have a mirror next to my bed so I can pretend I have a friend sleeping over. I’m back to being alone and even I don’t enjoy my company!
Lisa: I’m sorry, but finding friends for nerds is way harder than friends for robots.
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