Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Jailed for killing the man who stole the credit for his greatest discovery, inventor Gene Morton (Ralph Waite) has become a model prisoner during his decades of incarceration. Avoiding his fellow prisoners, Gene has in his spare time created a group of "small friends" called MEMS -- an anagram for micro-electro-mechanical machines. When Gene is blackmailed into using his MEMS to help vicious inmate Marlon (Rowdy Roddy Piper) break out of prison, the wily "lifer" formulates a plan to foil the villains -- and, hopefully, save his own skin in the process. "Small Friends" first aired on February 5, 1999.