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.
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was already being treated for the stomach cancer which would kill him in 1973, the year after this episode aired. To convincingly depict his character's pain and agony, he briefly stopped taking the painkillers prescribed by his doctor. 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
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