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9th Dec '15 10:45:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* In a two-part episode of ''{{Castle}}'', he is exposed to a toxin after shadowing Beckett on a case in D.C. The two had recently become engaged, so the shipping aspect was there, but it mostly served to allow him to work with her despite no longer being under Mayor Welton's discretion (Well, he's dying anyway, might as well let him feel useful).

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* In a two-part episode of ''{{Castle}}'', ''Series/{{Castle}}'', he is exposed to a toxin after shadowing Beckett on a case in D.C. The two had recently become engaged, so the shipping aspect was there, but it mostly served to allow him to work with her despite no longer being under Mayor Welton's discretion (Well, he's dying anyway, might as well let him feel useful).



* In ''ResidentEvil3'', Jill Valentine becomes infected with the T-Virus. It makes her so ill that a second character becomes playable, and it is he who finds a cure.
* In ''TheLastOfUs'', two important characters become fatally infected with Cordyceps. Sam pulls the [[ZombieInfectee usual schtick]]; the other reveals her bite in a bid to guilt Joel into doing what she believes is right.

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* In ''ResidentEvil3'', ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3'', Jill Valentine becomes infected with the T-Virus. It makes her so ill that a second character becomes playable, and it is he who finds a cure.
* In ''TheLastOfUs'', ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'', two important characters become fatally infected with Cordyceps. Sam pulls the [[ZombieInfectee usual schtick]]; the other reveals her bite in a bid to guilt Joel into doing what she believes is right.
10th Aug '15 11:29:29 PM Duffan
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* In a two-part episode of ''{{Castle}}'', he is exposed to a toxin after shadowing Beckett on a case in D.C. The two had recently become engaged, so the shipping aspect was there, but it mostly served to allow him to work with her despite no longer being under Mayor Welton's discretion (Well, he's dying anyway, might as well let him feel useful).
10th Aug '15 11:25:32 PM Duffan
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** Cam and Arastoo have each been exposed individually in different episodes.
11th May '15 4:02:19 AM erforce
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* This is extraordinarily common in zombie movies, and not just to people who [[ZombieInfectee refuse to tell anyone]]. Perhaps the ur-example is Roger in ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' (Karen Cooper was in a similar condition in ''NightOfTheLivingDead'', but in that example, neither the audience nor the characters knew that a bite always means death). Roger's infection leads to a poignant moment in which he promises to "try...not to...come back."

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* This is extraordinarily common in zombie movies, and not just to people who [[ZombieInfectee refuse to tell anyone]]. Perhaps the ur-example is Roger in ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'' (Karen Cooper was in a similar condition in ''NightOfTheLivingDead'', ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'', but in that example, neither the audience nor the characters knew that a bite always means death). Roger's infection leads to a poignant moment in which he promises to "try...not to...come back."
22nd Mar '15 12:41:33 PM Morgenthaler
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Enter the ContaminationSituation, in which a main character is exposed to or infected with something very bad, usually potentially fatal and the exposure/infection is a main focus of the episode. In television, unless a character experiences a near-death revelation that completely changes them or dies, these episodes are typically not [[WhamEpisode wham episodes]], but are still usually a big deal. In most cases, we're talking about November/ May sweeps episodes, not season finales.

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Enter the ContaminationSituation, Contamination Situation, in which a main character is exposed to or infected with something very bad, usually potentially fatal and the exposure/infection is a main focus of the episode. In television, unless a character experiences a near-death revelation that completely changes them or dies, these episodes are typically not [[WhamEpisode wham episodes]], but are still usually a big deal. In most cases, we're talking about November/ May sweeps episodes, not season finales.
22nd Mar '15 12:40:56 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''{{Contagion}}'', Matt Damonís character is infected with a virus, but is immune to it. Later on, one of the main characters has been infected with a virus and uses this to test the cure. Another main character dies from it.

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* In ''{{Contagion}}'', ''Film/{{Contagion}}'', Matt Damonís character is infected with a virus, but is immune to it. Later on, one of the main characters has been infected with a virus and uses this to test the cure. Another main character dies from it.



* In ''TheCassandraCrossing'', one of the main characters, a doctor, is infected with a virus and is considered to be an engineered biological weapon.
* In ''{{Airplane}}'' the mysterious sickness gets both the pilot and copilot.
* In the film ''{{Outbreak}}'', Rene Russo and Kevin Spacey's characters both contract the deadly Motaba virus. One of them lives long enough to get the cure. It is, unfortunately, not Kevin Spacey.
* This is extraordinarily common in zombie movies, and not just to people who [[ZombieInfectee refuse to tell anyone]]. Perhaps the ur-example is Roger in ''DawnOfTheDead'' (Karen Cooper was in a similar condition in ''NightOfTheLivingDead'', but in that example, neither the audience nor the characters knew that a bite always means death). Roger's infection leads to a poignant moment in which he promises to "try...not to...come back."

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* In ''TheCassandraCrossing'', ''Film/TheCassandraCrossing'', one of the main characters, a doctor, is infected with a virus and is considered to be an engineered biological weapon.
* In ''{{Airplane}}'' ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' the mysterious sickness gets both the pilot and copilot.
* In the film ''{{Outbreak}}'', ''Film/{{Outbreak}}'', Rene Russo and Kevin Spacey's characters both contract the deadly Motaba virus. One of them lives long enough to get the cure. It is, unfortunately, not Kevin Spacey.
* This is extraordinarily common in zombie movies, and not just to people who [[ZombieInfectee refuse to tell anyone]]. Perhaps the ur-example is Roger in ''DawnOfTheDead'' ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' (Karen Cooper was in a similar condition in ''NightOfTheLivingDead'', but in that example, neither the audience nor the characters knew that a bite always means death). Roger's infection leads to a poignant moment in which he promises to "try...not to...come back."
17th Mar '15 5:39:27 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Bones}}'' had one in season one ([[ChristmasEpisode "The Man in the Fallout Shelter"]]). The entire team is exposed to an infectious body.
* ''{{Fringe}}'' did theirs in season two. Peter contracts a pathogen at a crime scene.

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* ''{{Bones}}'' ''Series/{{Bones}}'' had one in season one ([[ChristmasEpisode "The Man in the Fallout Shelter"]]). The entire team is exposed to an infectious body.
* ''{{Fringe}}'' ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' did theirs in season two. Peter contracts a pathogen at a crime scene.
16th Mar '15 9:36:50 AM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Futurama}}'', Fry has a dormant 20th C. strain of the common cold, which had been erradicated centuries earlier. It leads to the entire island of Manhattan being quarrantined and then launched to the sun for good measure.

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* In ''{{Futurama}}'', ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', Fry has a dormant 20th C. strain of the common cold, which had been erradicated eradicated centuries earlier. It leads to the entire island of Manhattan being quarrantined quarantined and then launched to the sun for good measure.
13th Aug '14 4:56:50 AM Plactus
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* On ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', in the November sweeps episode "F.Z.Z.T.", Simmons is infected with a virus carried by Loki's soldiers that will eventually cause her to explode, taking the entire plane (and all the other characters) down with her. After apparently failing to develop an anti-serum, she [[spoiler:jumps from the plane in, what is intended to be a HeroicSacrifice.]]

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* On ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', in the November sweeps episode "F.Z.Z.T.", Simmons is infected with a virus carried by Loki's soldiers that will eventually cause her to explode, taking the entire plane (and all the other characters) down with her. After apparently failing to develop an anti-serum, she [[spoiler:jumps from the plane in, what is intended to be a HeroicSacrifice.]]
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* The first few episodes of the fourth season of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' have a deadly flu epidemic in the prison. Glenn and Sasha are among the characters infected, and Hershel is in the quarantine cell block tending to the sick. The ZombieApocalypse adds another complication, as if those who die from the epidemic aren't [[RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain dealt with]], they come back, and not in the good way. It comes to a head in the fifth episode, "Internment," where a bunch of the supporting characters die and Glenn is barely saved.
16th Jul '14 7:09:44 PM Vitruvius
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* In the film ''{{Outbreak}}'', Rene Russo and Kevin Spacey's characters both contract the deadly Motaba virus. One of them lives long enough to get the cure. It is, unfortunately, not Kevin Spacey.
* This is extraordinarily common in zombie movies, and not just to people who [[ZombieInfectee refuse to tell anyone]]. Perhaps the ur-example is Roger in ''DawnOfTheDead'' (Karen Cooper was in a similar condition in ''NightOfTheLivingDead'', but in that example, neither the audience nor the characters knew that a bite always means death). Roger's infection leads to a poignant moment in which he promises to "try...not to...come back."



* In ''{{Futurama}}'', Fry has a dormant 20th C. strain of the common cold, which had been erradicated centuries earlier. It leads to the entire island of Manhattan being quarrantined and then launched to the sun for good measure.

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* In ''{{Futurama}}'', Fry has a dormant 20th C. strain of the common cold, which had been erradicated centuries earlier. It leads to the entire island of Manhattan being quarrantined and then launched to the sun for good measure.measure.

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* In ''ResidentEvil3'', Jill Valentine becomes infected with the T-Virus. It makes her so ill that a second character becomes playable, and it is he who finds a cure.
* In ''TheLastOfUs'', two important characters become fatally infected with Cordyceps. Sam pulls the [[ZombieInfectee usual schtick]]; the other reveals her bite in a bid to guilt Joel into doing what she believes is right.
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