Uncle Simon

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"Uncle Simon"
The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 8
Directed by Don Siegel
Written by Rod Serling
Featured music Stock
Production code 2604
Original air date November 15, 1963
Guest appearance(s)

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]


Barbara Polk has lived with her aged, sadistic uncle, Simon Polk, for 25 years—even though she hates him—as she is the only heir to his fortune. Simon uses a laboratory in the basement of his house to develop inventions, and has forbidden her from going down there to see his latest project. When she sneaks into the basement to peek at it, Simon catches her and raises his cane to strike her. Barbara blocks the cane with her arm, causing him to fall down the stairs and break his back. Frustrated with his feebleness, nagging, and constant demands of hot chocolate, Barbara allows him to succumb to his injuries.

Following Simon's death, his lawyer, Mr. Schwimmer, informs Barbara that in order to inherit his estate, she must live in the house and look after his last invention, a robot also named Simon. Although its behavior and speech are very mechanical at first, it eventually begins to act and sound just like him—right down to the old man's limp, which it develops as a result of damage from Barbara's attempt to destroy it by pushing it down the stairs. Since Mr. Schwimmer makes regular visits to ensure that Barbara is taking proper care of the robot, she has no choice but to submit to its continuing verbal abuse on pain of being disinherited.

Closing narration[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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