Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 7

The Lonely (13 Nov. 1959)
"The Twilight Zone" The Lonely (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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A convict, living alone in an asteroid, receives from the police a realistic woman-robot.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
James A. Corry
Captain Allenby


Convicted criminal James Corry has been place in a very peculiar form of solitary confinement - he's alone on an asteroid 9 million miles from Earth. He's been there four and a half years now and is looking forward to the return of the supply ship and the goods it may have for him. When it arrives, Captain Allenby has something of a surprise for him: a female robot companion by the name of Alicia. She is human-like in every way but Corry can't but see her as a machine. He comes around however but they won't live happily ever after. Written by garykmcd

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13 November 1959 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place from 2046 to 2047. See more »


After Captain Allenby shoots the robot the legs of the robot lie in a certain position. That position changes the next time we see the robot's legs. See more »


James A. Corry: You mock me, you know that? When you look at me, when you talk to me, I'm being mocked.
Alicia: I'm sorry.
[rubbing her hand]
Alicia: You hurt me, Corry.
James A. Corry: Hurt you? How can I hurt you?
[grabs her arm]
James A. Corry: This isn't real flesh. There aren't any nerves under there, there aren't any muscles or tendons.
[throws her to the ground]
James A. Corry: [pointing to his car] You're just like this heap. A hunk of metal with arms and legs, instead of wheels. But this heap doesn't mock me the way you do. It doesn't look at me with make believe eyes...
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References Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) See more »

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Lonely and Bored
25 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We are by nature social creatures. Oh, granted, some people detest society, but most of us need companionship to survive. I don't know if this man was given the tools to end his life, but it certainly could have been an outcome. He is dying for one game of chess or a bit of talk. The hostility of the men who bring supplies seems incredibly cruel. This is an outrageous sentence, and the murder he is thought to have committed must have been horrible. Either that or the earth has become a senseless, cruel place (which it is in many ways). He is given a chance to interact with a robotic woman, left behind by a compassionate spaceship captain. He develops a relationship and eventually falls in love. We could see this as sick, but remember the circumstances. There are moments when we wonder if he will stay behind and give up his freedom. Fortunately, or not, he has that decision taken from him when the robot is shown to be a mass of wires and circuits. This is an excellent episode and Jack Warden showed what a good actor he was.

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