Uncle Simon

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"Uncle Simon"
The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 128
Directed by Don Siegel
Written by Rod Serling
Featured music Stock
Production code 2604
Original air date November 15, 1963
Guest actors

Cedric Hardwicke: Simon Polk
Constance Ford: Barbara Polk
Ian Wolfe: Schwimmer
Robby the Robot: Simon II

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"Uncle Simon" is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone.

Opening narration[edit]

"Dramatists persona Mr. Simon Polk. A gentleman who has lived out his life in a gleeful rage, and the young lady who has just beat the hasty retreat is Mr. Polk's niece, Barbara. She has lived her life as if in each ensuing hour she had a dentist appointment. There is 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."


Barbara Polk has lived with her aged, sadistic uncle, Simon Polk, for 25 years — even though she hates him — as she is his only heir. After berating Barbara in the basement, Simon raises his cane as if to strike her. Barbara catches his cane, and Simon falls down the stairs, breaking his back. Frustrated with his feebleness, nagging, and constant demands of hot chocolate, Barbara allows him to succumb to his injuries.

After Barbara's uncle's death, his lawyer, Mr. Schwimmer, reading over the will with Miss Polk, points out that there is a stipulation requiring her to look after his last invention, a robot that acts and eventually sounds just like him — right down to the old gentleman's limp, which it develops after she attempts to destroy it by pushing it down a flight of stairs. The lawyer has explained that he will make regular visits to ensure that Barbara is in compliance with her uncle's will or else she will be disinherited.


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