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
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was already being treated for the cancer which would take his life the year after this episode was aired. To convincingly depict his character's pain and agony, he briefly stopped taking the painkillers prescribed by his doctor. See more
When Burke & Prof Putman (+ daughter) are at dinner, the coloring changes to a red-hue several times. This continues when Burke/Cottrell talk after the driving incident. However this may be planned as the same effect is used in the final moments. See more
Referenced in So I Married an Axe Murderer