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The Lateness of the Hour

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Episode no.  Season 2 Episode 8
Written by  Rod Serling
Original air date  December 2, 1960
Directed by  Jack Smight
Production code  173-3652

"The Lateness of the Hour" is episode 44 of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. It originally aired on December 2, 1960 on CBS.



Jana, the sensitive daughter of a creative genius, Dr. Loren, is distraught over her parents' reliance on her father's five seemingly perfect robot servants, complete with programmed memories and personalities.

She implores her father to dismantle the robots before he and her mother become completely dependent on them. When her request becomes an ultimatum, Dr. Loren complies to save his relationship with his daughter. Once the robots are out of the picture, Jana announces her intention to leave the stifling confines of the house, marry and have children. Seeing the dismayed expressions of her "parents", combined with a series of sudden realizations, including the fact that the family photo album contains no pictures of her as a child, she arrives at the shocking awareness that she, too, is a robot, albeit much more emotionally sophisticated than the ones that were dismantled.

Dr. Loren tries to explain that they were childless and wanted someone to love, but the discovery causes Jana such anguish that her "father" is forced to erase the memory of her former "identity" and ultimately use her as a replacement for Nelda, the maid skilled at giving Mrs. Loren her shoulder massages.

Preview for the following episode

Announcer: "And now, Mr. Sterling"

End credits

  • Directed by Jack Smight
  • Written by Rod Serling
  • Produced by Buck Houghton
  • Inger Stevens as Jana
  • John Hoyt as Dr. Loren
  • Irene Tedrow as Mrs. Loren
  • Tom Palmer as Robert (the butler)
  • Valley Keene as Suzanne (the maid who tumbles down the stairs and reacts with a smile)
  • Doris Karnes as Gretchen (the maid who says to Jana, "I consider that unforgivable behavior")
  • Jason Johnson as Jensen (the handyman)
  • References

    The Lateness of the Hour Wikipedia

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