The Brain Center at Whipple's

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
"The Brain Center at Whipple's"
The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no.Season 5
Episode 33
Directed byRichard Donner
Written byRod Serling
Produced byWilliam Froug
Featured musicuncredited (stock cues by Marius Constant)
Production code2632
Original air dateMay 15, 1964
Guest appearance(s)
Episode chronology
← Previous
"Mr. Garrity and the Graves"
Next →
"Come Wander with Me"
The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series) (season 5)
List of The Twilight Zone episodes

"The Brain Center at Whipple's" is episode 153 of the American television series The Twilight Zone. It originally aired on May 15, 1964 on CBS.

Opening narration[edit]

Plot[edit]

In 1967, Wallace V. Whipple, owner of a vast Midwestern manufacturing corporation, decides to upgrade his plant to increase output by installing a machine named the "X109B14 modified transistorized totally automatic assembly machine," which leads to tens of thousands of 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. His plant manager, Mr. Hanley, reminds him that Whipple's father, who ran the factory for 40 years, while profit-driven, had a sense of responsibility to his factory workers, and their pride in their work. Whipple only coldly responds that while his father only "doubled" his factory production, his competitors quadrupled theirs. An angry veteran foreman tries to smash a machine but is shot and injured by Whipple, but while the plant manager visits the worker in the hospital, Whipple is only concerned about his equipment. The plant manager confronts Whipple about this, and is summarily fired after being shown the machine replacing him. Whipple proceeds to replace secretaries with automated dictation machines, thinking that powder room breaks and maternity leave are inconveniences.

Whipple eventually fires all his human employees after replacing them with machines, but is then tortured by his machines that malfunction. The machines spit out the harsh demeaning recorded parting words of his former employees back at him over and over which drives Whipple to insanity. Eventually, the board of directors find him neurotically obsessed with machines and retire him. Whipple joins his former plant manager (whom Whipple had replaced with a machine) at the bar opposite his factory and expresses deep sorrow at his misfortune as he rambles about how it isn't fair that machines are replacing men. He goes on to admit that he's lonely because he's not married and has no family and that he was cast aside like a used part. The last scene switches to his former office where a robot is shown to have taken his place, even to the extent of wearing Whipple's Phi Delta Kappa pin.

Closing narration[edit]

Cast[edit]

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]

References[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)

External links[edit]