| Season 2
December 2, 1960
| Jack Smight|
"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.
The Lateness of the Hour Wikipedia
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.
Announcer: "And now, Mr. Sterling"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)