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The Whole Tooth
16x10 The Whole Tooth

Original Airdate:

12 March 2004

Written By:

John Sayle

Guest Starring:

Annette Crooks, David Baker

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Barry swallows a fly at the dentist and gets disastrous results when he drinks fizzy pop.


The episode starts with Paul is taking and later dragging an reluctant and frightened Barry all the way to the dentist (and causes Barry to bend a signpost with his strength on the way down). After Paul brings Barry to the waiting room, he leaves just as Barry is called in. As Barry goes in, he sees that the dentist is revealed to be no other than Paul. After he tips Barry on the chair, he tries to examine his teeth when a fly goes on Barry's nose. Paul tries to remove the fly, but ends up having the fly in Barry's throat and Barry accidentally swallows it.

Afterwards, Barry and Paul wait at the bus stop, but some people begin to leave, as they were annoyed by the noise of the fly from Barry's mouth. Paul tries to find out the solution to remove a fly in the library. Paul tells Barry that once an old lady swallowed a fly and used a spider to remove the fly, until Barry points out that it's from the Nursery Rhymes section. Paul tells Barry that Nursery Rhymes are based on real facts, and Paul takes Barry to see Professor Flitcroft. Whilst there, Professor Flitcroft concludes that it's an Nicaraguan firefly. Paul learns from the Professor secretly that it could lay thousand of eggs. However, only the professor can give them is a book about fireflies. As Barry complains that the professor wasn't much help, Paul discovers that the light comes from Barry's mouth as he yawns and begins to use him as a lamp.

Whilst Paul is using Barry as a lamp to read through the guide in the staff-room, he comes up with the idea to remove the fly by using fizzy pop. Barry drinks several bottles of fizzy pop in order to burp the fly out. At night, Paul can hear Barry hiccupping and casting a light from his mouth, he prepares to return to the professor in the morning. Morning came, and Barry's stomach has tremendously swelled up. Paul rushes Barry to the professor, who tells him that fizzy pop can increase his swelling on his stomach and it bursts like a balloon if Barry rolls over his stomach. Unfortunately, Barry does so and he is sent rolling through the corridors on his bed, Paul then goes after him but trips and was also rolling through the corridor on a bed. The brothers cause havoc and Barry crashes into the reception area where he is called in for the dentist, just like in the beginning of the episode. Paul then appears with his dental equipment saying Barry's name over and over where Barry wakes up, revealing that everything in the episode was all a dream. the day before Paul tells Barry that he got the dentist tomorrow, but this causes Barry to have flashbacks and then he screams in terror.


  • The episode was partially filmed in St Albans, Hertfordshire. The hospital scenes were chiefly filmed in the De la Mare ward of St Albans City Hospital.