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The Twilight Zone: Uncle Simon

To inherit her insufferable Uncle's estate, a woman learns she must serve his latest invention, which is endowed with his own persona.

Episode Info


Episode number: 5x8
Production Number: 2604
Airdate: Friday November 15th, 1963

Director: Don Seigel
Writer: Rod Serling


Guest Stars
Dion HansenDion Hansen
As Robot
Recurring
John McLiamJohn McLiam
As Police Officer
Recurring
Cedric HardwickeCedric Hardwicke
As Uncle Simon Polk
Constance FordConstance Ford
As Barbara Polk
Ian WolfeIan Wolfe
As Schwimmer
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host

Recap

Barbara Polk has been taking care of her mean spirited uncle Simon for a long time now. He is a bitter, demanding soul, unhappy with life in general. One day Barbara confronts her uncle, telling him exactly how she feels about his constant demands. He attempts to strike her with his cane. She grabs at it and he tumbles down a flight of stairs to his death. During the reading of his will, Barbara finds out she has inherited his home along with a stipulation; She must take care of his robot for as long as she lives there. She agrees but the robot begins to take on the traits of dear departed Uncle Simon. Barbara pushes the robot down the stairs too but instead of killing it, the robot takes on hr uncle's limp. She realizes that she can never rid of Uncle Simon. ..

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Episode Notes
Dion Hansen was also in "The Brain Center at Whipple's."

John McLiam is also in "The Shelter" and "Miniature."



Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Narrator: Dramatis personae: Mr. Simon Polk, a gentleman who has lived out his life in a gleeful rage; and the young lady who's just beat the hasty retreat is Mr. Polk's niece, Barbara. She's lived her life as if during each ensuing hour she had a dentist appointment. There's yet a third member of the company soon to be seen. He now resides in the laboratory and he is the kind of character to be found only in the Twilight Zone.

Closing Narration
Narrator: Dramatis personae: a metal man, who will go by the name of Simon, whose life as well as his body has been stamped out for him; and the woman who tends to him, the lady Barbara, who's discovered belatedly that all bad things don't come to an end, and that once a bed is made it's quite necessary that you sleep in it. Tonight's uncomfortable little exercise in avarice and automatons--from the Twilight Zone.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBert Granet
EditorThomas Scott (2)
CastingPatricia Rose
Set DecoratorHenry Grace  |  Robert R. Benton
Director of PhotographyRobert Pittack
Art DirectorWalter Holscher  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Assistant DirectorCharles Bonniwell
 
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