Caregiver Barbara Polk receives a surprise after her uncle's death.



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Uncle Simon Polk
Barbara Polk


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 Anonymous

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Release Date:

15 November 1963 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Twilight Zone: Probe 7, Over and Out (1963), the next installment of The Twilight Zone (1959), would not air for two weeks. The following week's episode on November 22, 1963 - which was to have been The Twilight Zone: Night Call (1964) - was cancelled due to the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas that day. See more »


Narrator: [Closing Narration] Dramatis personae: a metal man, who will go by the name of Simon, whose life as well as his body has been stamped out for him; and the woman who tends to him, the lady Barbara, who's discovered belatedly that all bad things don't come to an end, and that once a bed is made, it quite necessary that you sleep in it. Tonight's uncomfortable little exercise in avarice and automatons - from the Twilight Zone.
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References Forbidden Planet (1956) See more »

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Bar-ba-ra, Bar=ba-ra!
11 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's awfully hard not to feel sorry for Barbara. She's in a no-win situation. She truly has been pushed as far as a person can be pushed. She is an indentured servant of the worst kind. She can't even escape when death rears its head. The strength of the episode is the build up. This guy is about as bad as they get: selfish, self-centered, and mean. She tries to appease him and all she gets is more attitude. Unfortunately, in the Twilight Zone, people often don't get their just deserts. The acting here is quite good. A classic performance by Uncle Simon played by Cedrick Hardwick. I wanted to rescue the young lady but, like a cancer, this guy has invaded her heart and soul.

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