"Tell me O' Muse, from whatever source you may know them." - Homer's "The Odyssey"
Homer's epic poem "The Odyssey" follows Odysseus as he makes the lengthy journey, filled with monsters and godly powers, back home to the island of Ithaca after the fall of Troy. It is a piece of work that has withstood the test of time and has influenced storytellers for millennia.
One of Odysseus' trials involves him being lashed to the mast of his ship to enable him to hear the call of the Siren, without dashing his ship onto the treacherous rocks.
In both stories, it involves a creature that drives men mad with love, and the hero gets infected and falls for the "call of the siren", driving them to near madness. However, in both stories, their friends are able to save and cure them before it's too late. The difference in the episode is that the threat is only recognized after it has taken effect.