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The Twilight Zone: The Lateness of the Hour

A young woman, tired of the routine of her family's life, asks her father to dismantle their robot servants.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x8
Production Number: 173-3652
Airdate: Friday December 02nd, 1960

Director: Jack Smight
Writer: Rod Serling



Jana lives in an expensive manor with her mother and father, the Lorens. Mrs. Loren receives a neck message from the maid, Nelda, while Jana is going over the family photo and wonders when the pictures were taken. Jana notes that Nelda doesn't look any different then she did years ago. Jana's father, Dr. Loren, suggests that the maid can put away the photo album but Jana insists on doing it herself. Her parents insist that everything is perfect and object when Jana suggests they eat at a different time rather than at the proscribed time. When Mrs. Loren asks Nelda to continue, Jana snaps at her and tries to provoke her father into snapping at her. She insists that they're atrophying in the house but her father refuses to hear of it. Nelda leaves and Jana confronts her and asks her if she agrees. The other staff come out as does her father, and she accuses them of mindlessly serving them. When the maid confronts her, Jana shoves her down the stairs but she's unharmed. Dr. Loren says that he built the staff to be indestructible...

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