Night Gallery: Season 2, Episode 22

The Caterpillar/Little Girl Lost (1 Mar. 1972)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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Steven Macy lusts after his boss' wife and plans to use an earwig to be rid of him. / The government plays up to a genius' delusion that his dead daughter still lives so he can finish his experiments even though his mind is still clouded.


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Episode credited cast:
Tom Burke (segment "Little Girl Lost")
Rhona Warwick (segment "The Caterpillar")
Professor Putman (segment "Little Girl Lost")
Ivor Francis ...
Dr. Charles Cottrell (segment "Little Girl Lost")
Doctor (segment "The Caterpillar")
John Warwick (segment "The Caterpillar")
John Lasell ...
Colonel Hawes (segment "Little Girl Lost")
Tommy Robinson (segment "The Caterpillar")
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Himself - Host


An unscrupulous man who wants the beautiful wife of another colleague pays to have an earwig placed in the husband's ear. This insect will will tunnel through the victim's brain causing excruciating pain and certain death. However, his accomplice enters the wrong bedroom and places the insect in the man's own ear by mistake. After weeks of pain he miraculously survives, but the doctor tells him that his ordeal is not yet over. Written by laird-3

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1 March 1972 (USA)  »

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Tom Helmore's final acting performance. See more »


The story turns on the idea that the earwig eating through the villain's brain was excruciating; the fact is that the brain has no nerve endings in itself. Neurosurgeons frequently operate on patients while awake in order to verify the correct location of an electrical stimulus. See more »


Referenced in So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993) See more »

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In One Ear and Out the Other
8 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Caterpillar" is one of my all time favorite Night Gallery teleplays! Serling and company proved once again you don't need a lot of mindless action and special effects to have a good story! From a physical perspective, there is nothing more terrifying than having some creature inhabiting and crawling through your body, especially the brain! Similar things like this has happen in real life too! I once heard of people have worms crawl through their brain and even heard of one person had one in their eyeball! Frighten stuff! As for the seconds story, "The Lost Girl", I wasn't as down with it as much! I am not a big fan of the William Windom NG teleplays! I thought that the "Tim Reilly" teleplay did belong on NG, because it had no supernatural tight to it! "Lost Girl" was good, but it was rather sad seeing someone lose his sanity because of a death in the family! You know, cartoons and comedy shows poke fun at mental illness, but it's really no laughing matter as this episode shows! I still think NG was an excellent series and deserves a much higher rating than it has now!

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