The Brain Center at Whipple's

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"The Brain Center at Whipple's"
The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 153
Directed by Richard Donner
Written by Rod Serling
Featured music uncredited
Production code 2632
Original air date May 15, 1964
Guest actors

Richard Deacon: Wallace V. Whipple
Paul Newlan: Walter Hanley
Ted de Corsia: Dickerson
Thalmus Rasulala (as "Jack Crowder"):Technician
Burt Conroy: Bartender
Robby the Robot: Himself

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"The Brain Center at Whipple's" is an episode of the American television series The Twilight Zone.


In 1967, Wallace V. Whipple, owner of a vast manufacturing corporation, decides to upgrade his plant to increase output by installing a machine named the "X109B14 modified transistorized totally automated machine," which leads to layoffs. Some former employees try to convince him that the value of a man outweighs the value of a machine, but their protests fall on deaf ears. Eventually, the board of directors find him neurotically obsessed with machines and retire him. Whipple joins his former plant manager at the bar opposite his factory and expresses deep sorrow at his misfortune ("It isn't fair, Hanley! It isn't fair the way they...diminish us"). A robot now runs his office.

Production notes[edit]

The robot that ultimately replaces Mr. Whipple is "Robby the Robot" from the 1956 Sci-Fi film Forbidden Planet. "Robby" appeared in two other episodes of The Twilight Zone; Episode #2 "One for the Angels" (as a miniature toy) and episode #128 "Uncle Simon."

In Popular Culture[edit]


  • DeVoe, Bill. (2008). Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0
  • Grams, Martin. (2008). The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0
  • Zicree, Marc Scott: The Twilight Zone Companion. Sillman-James Press, 1982 (second edition)

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