U is for Uncle Simon
Uncle Simon (15 Nov. 1963)
Barbara Polk (Constance Ford) 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. While berating Barbara, 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. Finally, she is free. She inherits his wealth but can only keep it if she stays in the house. She also has to care for the thing he created in his lab - a life-sized robot into which Simon Polk has programmed with his own personality. Watch the full episode HERE.
- The robot created by Uncle Simon is played by Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet(1956). The dome was modified by adding a crude head inside for this appearance.
- The next installment of Twilight Zone(1959), would not air for two weeks. The following week's episode on November 22, 1963 - which was to have been Night Call (One of my intial choices for N) - was cancelled due to the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas that day
Musings: Greed, in the end, fails even the greedy.― Cathryn Louis This episode, like Masks, deals with the another unique way to handle greedy relatives. Fortunately, I've never had to make a decision to be nice to a relative I hated to collect an inheritance since none of my relatives are rich. However, fortunately for me, I learned at a young age that although money can buy many things, it can't buy happiness. Even if I did have rich relatives I wouldn't have wasted my life waiting around for them to die to collect whatever they saw fit to bequeath me. Instead, I'd choose to enjoy the riches life provides even without a large bank account.
Do you think money can buy happiness? Would you trade 25 years of your life for the hope of being rich? How do you find riches in your everyday life?