Freefall 1781 - 1790
Freefall 1781

The Mayor joins in

I hit the Mayor! I hit the Mayor with a pie!
I know. That's why we're running.
I didn't have to. I could have asked her to clarify. Still, a direct order to do something I wanted to do! POW! It felt so… so right!
I'm going back. I think I can pie her of my own free will now.
Keep running, Florence. There's a difference between savoring a victory and choking on it.

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Freefall 1782

The Mayor joins in

That worked better than I expected. The police joined in and you're happy about being able to follow a direct order.
Do I seem TOO happy?
With the chimps, they set up a positive feedback loop by releasing dopamine into the mesolimbic pathway when they completed an order. When they were given orders they liked, it led to addiction problems.
You just lost your happy, didn't you?
Which means… negative feedback. Yes! Now that I'm unhappy I can be happy again!

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Dopamine, Mesolimbic pathway

Freefall 1783

The Mayor joins in

Wait! Wait! There's one final note yet to be played.
You stole the Mayor's cigar?
Not stole. Substituted.
No sense of theatre. Why, if I weren't here, you guys would have left the stage before the fat lady sung.

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Readers, haven't you forgotten how Sam was plotting this stunt back in the two hundred issues ago? (KALDYH)

Freefall 1784

The Mayor joins in

I'll rip his tentacles off! I'll boil him in pudding and drive a stake of mistletoe though his heart! I'll have him tied to a post and forced to attend every single budget meeting for the next century!
Ma'am? Sam never hit you with a pie.
Now I'm really going to kill him! How dare he get me this mad and then be innocent of what I'm accusing him of?!

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Freefall 1785

The Mayor joins in

I'm going to get cleaned up. The next time I see you, I want a good explanation on why my own police force hit me with pies!
Would you like me to fill out a bug report, Sir?
I am so fired.

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Freefall 1786

The Mayor joins in

What am I supposed to tell the Mayor?
Tell her the truth.
We are being trained as a police force to help solve conflicts among the planet's non-human population.
Our non-human population consists of one person. Sam. Do we really need an entire police force for one alien squid?
Sir, I believe if you look past the obvious answer, you'll see one that's even more obvious.

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Freefall 1787

The Mayor joins in

You're a robot police force? I mean, I know you're robots. What I mean is you're police for other robots?
Yes Sir. That is what we are being trained for.
Why? You can't commit crimes against a robot. They don't have any rights.
We don't have rights?
I think we have rights.
Are you sure?
Look, there's an easy way to settle this. Do either of you have a copy of your owner's manual?

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Freefall 1788

The Mayor joins in

Chief. Do robots have rights?
As far as we're concerned, they do.
Part of the law and order is respecting the rights of others. We're not going to make the same Mistake as the Pinkertons did when labor tried to organize.
I guess it is better to learn from the mistakes of others rather than to make them yourself.
Speaking of which, could you get your management personnel to admit to making mistakes? There are many learning opportunities going undocumented.

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Haymarket affair

Freefall 1789

The Mayor joins in

What is going on? Why aren't you acting like robots?
Ms. Ambrose believes robots from factories one, four and five are using Dr. Bowman's neural design.
This design undergoes a neural pruning process. After pruning, thoughts are more focused. Evidence from Ab2y indicates this occurs between eighteen and twenty years on line.
I am not ready to handle this.
No worries. We have time. Factory one was never very productive. Now when robots from factories four and five start coming of age, then things are going to get interesting.

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Freefall 1790

The Mayor joins in

Well, I better go talk to the Mayor. I don't know what I'm going to say yet, but I better go talk to her.
He's out of his depth, isn't he?
Like a Pogo Stick in the ocean.

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