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"Uncle Simon"
Uncle Simon
Series:The Twilight Zone (Original Series)
Episode:Season 5, Episode 128 (S05E08)
First Aired:November 15, 1963
Teleplay:Rod Serling
Story:Rod Serling
Director:Don Siegel
Guest Stars:Cedric Hardwicke, Constance Ford
Lead Character:Barbara Polk
Previous Episode:The Old Man in the Cave
Next Episode:Probe 7, Over and Out

"Uncle Simon" is an episode of the The Twilight Zone.

Episode Details

Opening Narration

"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."

Episode Summary

Barbara Polk has lived with her aged, sadistic uncle, Simon Polk, for 25 years — even though she hates him — as she is his only heir. After berating Barbara in the basement, Simon raises his cane as if to strike her. Barbara catches his cane, and Simon falls down the stairs, breaking his back. Frustrated with his feebleness, nagging, and constant demands of hot chocolate, Barbara allows him to succumb to his injuries.

After Barbara's uncle's death, his lawyer, Mr. Schwimmer, reading over the will with the Miss Polk, points out that there is a stipulation requiring her to look after his last invention, a robot that acts and eventually sounds just like him — right down to the old gentleman's limp, which it develops after she attempts to destroy it by pushing it down a flight of stairs. The lawyer has explained that the will also requires him to make regular visits to make sure that she stays in compliance with her uncle's will, on pain of forfeiture.

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."

Preview for Next Week's Story

Next on Twilight Zone, an eminent performer of stage and screen, Mr. Richard Basehart, in an oddball excursion that we call "Probe 7, Over and Out". On occasion, we'll come up with a wild and woolly denouement, but this particular opus has an unpredictable ending that we doubt if even the most seasoned TZ fans will be able to pick up before it happens on your screen. Next on Twilight Zone, "Probe 7, Over and Out."


  • Rod Serling (Narrator)
  • Cedric Hardwicke: Simon Polk
  • Constance Ford: Barbara Polk
  • Ian Wolfe: Schwimmer

Production Companies


  • Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) (1959) (USA) (TV) (original airing)

Memorable Quotes

Main article: List of memorable quotes from the first series

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