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 stars as Wallace V. Whipple, CEO of a manufacturing company who has just proudly unveiled his plans to fully automate his plant, which will of course mean that many thousands of employees will be fired, their jobs rendered obsolete by the wheels of "progress". The plant's chief engineer and especially its foreman vehemently oppose this move, but can do nothing about, as Whipple cares only for his efficiency and profit margin. He will come to feel differently when the stockholders decide that it is now his turn to go... Prescient episode about automation(and indeed globalization) is a bit too preachy and obvious at times, but its central moral point is well taken, and this is one episode in particular where reality has not only caught up with the Twilight Zone, but surpassed it...
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