I fully expected the writers to go down the same route as the Wizard of Oz...
...You actually had all those attributes all along and didn't even know it.
Me too. This seemed to be the direction they were going for a long time, but they just couldn't quite get there and ended up copping out with the emotion chip. I don't have the slightest idea why.
Oh, well. Gives me something to write fan fiction about.