At some point, Rhonda became deactivated and was left inside the Storage Building. Raul Tejada eventually made his way to Black Mountain after he no longer heard the broadcasts being transmitted, and was soon made a captive by Tabitha. He was tasked to fix Rhonda and while he was able to handle the mechanical issues, he lacked the competence for the programming problems of the robot. This, in turn, prevented Rhonda from being activated and caused Raul to be imprisoned indefinitely.
Reactivating Rhonda requires a Science skill of 60. If the Courier reactivates Rhonda and leads it to Tabitha, they will complete the quest "Crazy, Crazy, Crazy", as Rhonda and Tabitha wander off together.
A peaceful resolution to the situation with Tabitha requires not letting three days of in-game time pass between the moment when first encountering Rhonda and the moment when trying to repair her. Rhonda will disappear from the game if her room is left and returned to in three days, due to her being set to never respawn.
Reactivating Rhonda and spending too long in the supply room will summon Tabitha and both will initiate combat.
After reuniting Rhonda and Tabitha, it is possible to sneak up to Rhonda and deactivate her with the Robotics Expert perk. Tabitha will then simply stand behind Rhonda and will still talk as if following her. Tabitha will not become hostile and there seems to be no way to reactivate Rhonda.
Rhonda becomes a temporary companion after reactivating her. However Tabitha will always talk to the Courier before they leave Black Mountain or even can engage in combat.
PC In some instances, when Tabitha and Rhonda are walking together away from Black Mountain, Rhonda may revert back to a broken state, but continue sliding across the ground next to Tabitha. This does not affect Tabitha's standing with the player character, or the outcome of the quest. [verification overdue]