Cedric Hardwicke plays Simon Polk, a sarcastic misanthropic inventor who lives in his big old house with his niece Barbara. He is a frail old man but he keeps a firm hold onto life in order to enjoy mocking and torturing Barbara with his taunts and endless demands for hot chocolate. Barara has worked for him for twenty five years in order to inherit his fortune but also to celebrate his death.
Simon works in his basement workshop but will never allow Barbara to see his results. When she attempts to sneak in he flies into a rage and when he attempts to strike her with his cane she grapples it out of his grasp and causes him to fall down the stairs.
Simon begs Barbara for help claiming his back is broken. She mocks him, pretending that she hears him asking for hot chocolate. When he expires she runs through the house smashing his possessions and opening the curtains to let light and air into the dreary house.
Simon’s lawyer, Mr. Schwimmer, tells Barbara that she will inherit Simon’s wealth but only if she remains living in the house, leaves the house exactly as it is and finally, only if she takes care of Simon’s latest invention.
The invention turns out to be a robot. Over the course of a week the robot takes on the voice and personality of Simon, so by the end of the episode the robot is hurling abuse at Barbara exactly as its inventor formerly did. And it likes hot chocolate.
What a goofy episode. Honestly, the reason to enjoy this episode is to hear the Shakespearean enunciation of Sir Cedric Hardwicke coming out of the laughably foolish looking shape of the robot. B.