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The W.V. Whipple Manufacturing Co. introduces a new automated manufacturing machine that will eliminate 61,000 jobs and the company's president, Wallace V. Whipple, is quite proud of his achievement. Not everyone agrees with him, especially the loyal and longstanding employees who will be out of work. Foreman Vic Dickerson has plans for the machine - plans that land him in the hospital. When the machine is fully operational, it's Wallace V. Whipple who learns just what it is he has created. Written by
At the moment Chief Engineer Hanley turns off the projector, the lamps in the background come on at precisely the same moment. Mr. Whipple is standing in the middle of the room. No one else was in the room to turn the lights on. See more »
There are many bromides applicable here - too much of a good thing, tiger by the tail, as you sow, shall ye reap. The point is that too often, man becomes clever instead of becoming wise, he becomes inventive but not thoughtful - and sometimes, as in the case of Mr. Whipple, he can create himself right out of existence. Tonight's tale of oddness and obsolescence from the Twilight Zone.
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Richard Deacon plays a real butt-head! He's the new boss who has an adding machine for a heart! Since taking over at his company, he's slowly replaced just about everyone with machines. Putting people out of work means nothing to this jerk--all he cares about is modernization and efficiency. Naturally, he gets his comeuppance, as this is the Twilight Zone.
The show's greatest shortcoming is probably Richard Deacon's character. While he was a fine actor, his character was broadly written--too broadly written. On the other hand, Ted de Corsia was wonderful as an angry employee who runs amok and tries to destroy the computers Deacon installed in the factory. Another problem is that the script is just weak--as was the problem with a growing number of episodes towards the end of the series. This was late in season five--the last season--and it showed. The bottom line is that unless you MUST see every episode for your life to be complete, this one is well worth skipping.
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