I got it out, thanks!
Now - the bulb is in and it lights, but it won't flash. The rear of the same side flashes (much faster than usual). The other side (front and rear) flash fine, normal speed.
This was the reason I wanted to replace the bulb in the first place (start with the smallest possible issue).
I figure if it was the flasher, the other side would have a problem too. And if it was a fuse, then the bulb wouldn't light at all. But of course I could be wrong.
Any and all help is appreciated. Thanks again.