When her husband William dies Mary Pearl is shocked that his will stipulates that his brain should be kept alive and observing her from the lounge sideboard. She determines that, even though he is dead, she will continue to annoy him.



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Episode complete credited cast:
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Mary Pearl
Marius Goring ...
Dr. John Landy
Richard Hampton ...
Arthur Baxter
Jane Paton ...
Jimmy Mac ...
William Pearl


Following the death of her husband William, Mary Pearl is shocked to learn that, at his request, a neurologist called Dr. Landry, has preserved William's brain. Even after death William manages to tell Mary what to do so she sets out to deliberately annoy the brain on her sideboard. Written by don @ minifie-1

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7 April 1979 (UK)  »

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A funny, dark and twisted tale.
9 February 2016 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Mary Pearl loses her husband, William. A highly intelligent man who departed leaving Mary a bizarre letter, instructing her to see Doctor John Landy. Mary has led a tough life with her serious husband, one of sobriety, no smoking, no makeup etc, and is looking to enjoy her single life. Doctor Landy gives her the strange news, William's first class brain has been kept alive, through a frontal lobotomy, a transplant.

This is one that always sticks in the mind, it's a brilliantly constructed story, one of bitterness, revenge, spite and downright hatred. Elaine Stritch does a particularly good job as Mary, such a brash actress, this is one of my favourite performances of hers. I love Marius Goring too, a madcap actor, he could have gone completely overboard with 'Landy' but he kept his restraint.

I loved the part when Mary talks through Doctor Landy's findings, it's a wonderfully twisted and dark moment, you see Mary going from a sense of calm, almost relief, to one of panic and frustration.

A great episode. 8/10

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