"Now hear this...Okay, watch it, too - a nifty bit about a safecracker and an, ahem, ear-ie auditory operation."
-- DVD description for the episode
Ear Today...Gone Tomorrow is the twelfth episode of the seventh season of Tales from the Crypt and the ninety-second episode overall. The episode was released on July 12th, 1996.
A greedy safe cracker with a slight hearing loss gets entangled in a game between a mobster and his beautiful, exotic wife and ends up getting the auditory system he could only dream of. But there's a price.
Opening Segment Edit"Look, lady. I'm sorry if the product made your skin fall off. But we never do axe-changes on sale merchandise. Next. Some people. Maybe at Doomingdales the ghost-omer's always fright. But not here. Attention all Slay Mart choppers! Interested in tonight's boo light special? It concerns a couple of crooks who are about to learn the benefits of dying wholesale. I call this big of gash-and-carry "Ear Today...Gone Tomorrow."
Closing Segment Edit"Poor Glynn! I hope his Boo Cross policy's in force! Sounded to me like he got in his screamium just in time. So, how will you be paying today?"
[Crypt Keeper takes card and swipes it, electrocuting himself]
"Now, that's a charge card! Woo!"
- This episode is included on disc three of the Tales from the Crypt: The Complete Seventh Season DVD collection.
- The title of this episode is taken from the phrase "Here today, gone tomorrow".
- The story from this episode is adapted from the "Bats In My Belfry"! vignette from Tales From The Crypt #24, June-July, 1951 by William M. Gaines and Al Feldstein.
- In the original comic, the main character is given the auditory system of a vampire bat, but in the televised version, he has the auditory system of an owl.