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"I just wish... the times when I am myself, when I am in control, I wish I didn't have to spend them in here."
―George Edelman[src]

George Edelman was a former human-Controller, who attempted to commit suicide after regaining control from his Yeerk.


Suicide Attempt[]

"Apparently this poor man claims he has an alien living in his head."
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George Edelman was a human-Controller, who, after eating maple and ginger flavored instant oatmeal, caused the Yeerk that controlled him to go insane. Thinking he had nothing to live for now that the world saw him as a crazy person, Edelman felt that he had no choice left but to commit suicide, which he tried to do by jumping from the window of a skyscraper and plummeting towards the earth. He was saved by the Animorphs in their bird-of-prey morphs and they carried him towards the edge of a river, although he had sunk into the river and was now stuck in the mud at the bottom. Rachel then dived down in her dolphin morph and freed Edelman, pushing him to the surface where he was yanked up onto dry land and given CPR by Arnold Schwartzenegger.

He was then committed to a mental institution, where he explained his situation to others, who didn't believe him. The Animorphs then infiltrated the institution, where he explained to Rachel that during the Kandrona starvation, the Yeerks discovered by accident that by eating maple and ginger flavored instant oatmeal. It allowed the Yeerk to survive, but it proved to be terribly addictive; causing them to eliminate the need for Kandrona rays and driving them insane at the same time; additionally, there is no way to get the Yeerk out of his head due to the oatmeal's side effect of fusing a Yeerk to the host's brain.

Edelman was later freed by Rachel when she broke into the institution in her grizzly bear morph and thought-spoke to him. She told him to leave and not to kill himself again, as She felt that whenever Edelman's was in charge, in between the mad ravings of the Yeerk, she wanted him to be free.

TV Series[]

  • In the TV series, Edelman suffers a worse fate than in the books. Instead of being freed by Rachel, he had the insane Yeerk inside him extracted by two Controllers and replaced by another Yeerk, who goes on to participate in the handling of the Gleet Bio-Filter's programming.