I've been racking my brain on this one! It aired in the 80s as what could have been an Outer Limits or Twilight Zone episode?

The woman had the perfect family when suddenly, the program shuts down and she finds herself in a VR pod or chamber. There are technicians discussing a malfunction in her pod and the camera zooms out to show hundreds of other chambers. I know; it sounds like 50 other movies or tv shows that do exactly the same thing.

  • see OP confirmation comment for answer below – Otis Oct 27 '19 at 16:18

Sounds like an episode of the 80s Twilight Zone, "Dreams for Sale". Wikipedia has the plot summary:

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On an idyllic outdoor picnic with her husband and their daughters, a woman becomes confused and disoriented when sounds and sights begin stuttering and events repeat themselves. She awakens and discovers she is in a futuristic dream-making machine alongside hundreds of others in a sterile, industrial environment with no view of the outdoors. A technician explains to her that she was in the Dreamatron "Fully Interactive Dream" machine, running a Country Picnic program.

He fixes the circuit board for her dream bay and tells her to relax and enjoy her last six minutes before returning to work. Apparently, her mind somehow fixed herself in the other life, and not her real life. Still confused, she returns to her dream world and relaxes again in her fantasy, but the machine burns out before technicians can disconnect her, trapping her in the alternate reality forever. All they can do is sadly note, "At least she died happy..."

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    OMG!!!! That's it!! Thx so much!!God bless you Hypnosifi!!! I can finally return to my own reality and get some zzzz! – Ed Loera Jul 13 '14 at 18:57
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    @EdLoera: If that's it, help out the user who answered the question by picking this as the actual answer. – Tango Jul 13 '14 at 19:33
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    @EdLoera You can pick the answer by clicking the checkmark icon that's below the vote UP or vote DOWN icons to the left of the top of the answer. That way the question is seen to have an answer, and the answerer gets a little bit more Reputation Points for having posted the best answer. TOO BAD HE'S RETURNED TO HIS OWN REALITY AND IS ASLEEP AGAIN... – Meat Trademark Jul 14 '14 at 1:07
  • youtube.com/watch?v=CeJgK0PTGp4 – Adam Davis Jul 14 '14 at 15:56

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