Barbara Polk takes care of her elderly and mean-spirited uncle Simon. He is a scientist who spends much of his time in his basement laboratory but when he's not there, he seems to take great pleasure in demeaning his niece. She can't wait for him to die and doesn't hesitate to tell him so. When he does die, things are... not quite what she expected. Written by
Dramatis personae: Mr. Simon Polk, a gentlemen who has lived out his life in a gleeful rage; and the young lady who's just beat the hasty retreat is Mr. Polk's niece, Barbara. She's lived her life as if during each ensuing hour, she had a dentist appointment. There's yet a third member of the company soon to be seen. He now resides in the laboratory and he is the kind of character to be found only in the Twilight Zone.
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English knighted Shakespearean actor Cedric Hardwicke finished his long, distinguished and varied career appearing in TZ and The Outer Limits. Here he plays the obnoxious inventor Uncle Simon. His long-suffering carer niece, the stoical Barbara (Constance Ford), is the victim of this twisted old rattlesnake's venom.
The story has to be taken as a playful and now rather antiquated scenario from Serling's typewriter. Yet the script and solid playing by Constance Ford should get you on Barbara's side even though she has become consumed by hate. Simon is too hateful to evoke any sympathy. When Serling appears he outlines Barbara as having lived her life 'as though in each ensuing hour she had a dentist appointment'. I never liked the obsessive-cantankerous-mad-old-goat episodes like A Thing About Machines or Sounds And Silences, but this is infinitely better than those monstrosities due to Barbara counter punching.
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