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The Hellgramite Method 

An alcoholic agrees to a unique treatment, one that will stop him from drinking -- or kill him in the process.


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Episode cast overview:
Leslie Yeo ...
Frannie Judson
Alec Willows ...
Illya Woloshyn ...
Chad Judson
Gerry Salsberg ...
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An alcoholic agrees to a unique treatment, one that will stop him from drinking -- or kill him in the process.

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5 November 1988 (UK)  »

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[first lines]
Dr. Eugene Murrich: [Dr. Murrich has lit Miley's cigarette and is handing Miley the matchbook] Keep them.
Miley Judson: [reading the label on the matchbook] "Hellgrammite Method"..."cure for the problem drinker".
[he turns around to face the man, only to find he is gone]
Miley Judson: Hey, can I buy you a... drink?
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We Used to Use Them for Fishing
2 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

The hellgramite is an ugly creature. It looks like a centipede with barbs on its extremities. The principle character is a raging alcoholic. He has been through every kind of detox and program. His marriage is breaking up and he obviously has few prospects. Until one day, in the throes of a bender, he is met be a man who gives him a matchbook with a promise to end his alcoholism. He is desperate and goes to see the guy. The cure. Put one of these ugly worm larvae in his stomach and it will swill up all the liquor. Go cold turkey, and experience devastating pain. Sort of like going to detox. Except the thing stays there for good. It's a pretty good story about a sad situation.

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