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  • In the The Almighty Johnsons episode "Man-Flu", Ingrid makes special extra-hot curry. Ty, who usually has no working sense of taste, loves it. Mike, on the other hand, is gasping for air after one bite.
  • In the season 6 finale of Bones ("Change in the Game"), at the beginning of the episode, Hodgins and Angela are eating at the diner. Angela is heavily pregnant and past her due date. Feeling a bit annoyed at this, she liberally douses her food (fries and soup) with habanero sauce because she says she heard spicy food can induce labor. When Hodgins remarks that she might be using a bit too much hot sauce, Angela replies " Oh, no, this isn't that hot." and starts eating happily. Hodgins shrugs, puts a splash of the sauce on his fries and takes a bite. Cue gasping, coughing, and calling out desperately for milk.
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  • Bottom – The list of spices Richie reels off in his ‘Sprouts Mexicane’, to cover any “embarrassment” due the core ingredient being “frisky”. ** 
    Richie: Well it’s… sprouts, pinch of chili powder, jar of curry powder, hint of tobasco sauce – well, three bottles actually. Not so much a hint, more a Party Political Broadcast – and the secret ingredient: gunpowder!
  • Steve Carell once did a piece on such sauces when he was a correspondent on The Daily Show. The sauces he was sampling were so hot that a toothpick full was enough to send tasters into convulsions.
  • The Observers in Fringe apparently have very little sense of taste. In one episode, an Observer has a rare roast beef sandwich covered in jalapeños, an entire shaker of pepper and most of a bottle of Tabasco sauce. In season 2, we see that Observers like to meet in an Indian restaurant and chow down on Naga Jolokia peppers.
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  • The Food Network program Heat Seekers is all about this, with its hosts traveling around a city looking for the spiciest foods they can find. They run into the Jolokia variants nearly every single episode.
  • It's About Time: In "Stone Age Diplomats", the food that Shad and Gronk prepare for the astronauts and the "Ambassador of Nordania". It's a mixture of everything with a generous helping of hot sauces mixed in. Naturally, the astronauts, the ambassador and the landlord choke or gulp down water. Shad and Gronk love it.
  • In iZombie, zombies like Liv can only taste food if it's doused in anything spicy like hot sauce or wasabi. Liv gets a bottle of this as a present from her new boyfriend Lowell, who's also a zombie.
  • In Jessie, a bully steals one of Ravi's dragonfire pepper sandwiches. After one bite, he starts screaming in pain, crying that his tongue is melting. When Ravi eats a whole pepper without suffering the same fate, Luke asks him how he does it. Ravi responds "Where I come from, people sleep on beds of nails and walk on hot coals. This is nothing!"
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  • One episode of Law & Order began in a trendy seafood restaurant where it was the custom for every diner to bring his own favorite brand of hot sauce. The victim's hot sauce had been spiked with cyanide.
  • The short-lived series Mann & Machine had an episode where Eve challenged a suspect to a chili pepper eating contest. The suspect was willing to confess to his crimes in exchange for some water after trying the habaneros. Eve, being a gynoid, was totally unaffected by the peppers.
  • In the different series, Man v. Food has attempted 17 different "hot sauce food" challenges (wings, sandwiches, phaal, and a pizza). "Food" won 2 of them.
    • A burger has "the four horsemen" of the chilies on it: jalapeños, serrano, habanero, and the Bhut Jolokia (also called the Naga Jolokia).
    • A Man V. Food Nation episode in Tulsa had a pizza with two times the jalapenos and habeneros and a "death sauce" that mixes in Thai Sriracha hot sauce and Naga Bhut Jolokia ghost chili peppers.
  • One Swedish Chef sketch on The Muppet Show has him making super-hot chili. He adds a pinch of spice and a touch of pepper sauce, then takes a taste. Smoke comes out of his ears, but he decides to go Up to Eleven by dumping the whole bowl of spice and basically pour out the whole bottle of pepper sauce. This time when he tastes, his hat is blown off as he faints.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 at one point features, as the invention exchange in The Starfighters, Cowboy Mike's own original red-hot RICOCHEEEEEEET- (pew pew) barbecue sauce! It's miiiiiiighy bold! Now available in NEW EXTRA BOLD! Doctor Forrester tries some, and finds it totally bland and "decidedly un-bold".
  • In an episode of The Nanny, C.C. takes Fran to a sushi bar. When Fran assumes that wasabi is the same as regular mustard, she puts too much of it on one piece of sushi, and as you can expect, the results aren't pleasant. What's more, after she recovers from the initial shock, her voice briefly loses its characteristic high-pitched nasal tone; apparently, the stuff was so strong that it forcibly cleared her nasal passages for a minute or two.
  • In an episode of Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, Ned and his classmates get their lunch ruined by a voracious kid nicknamed "One Bite", who takes a ponderous bite off of every other students' food. Need comes up with the idea to spice up a sandwich with hot sauce to prompt One Bite to never take one bite out of anyone else's food again. This works.
  • The Orville: in the episode "Krill", Bortus eats an entire ball of wasabi without flinching; Alara remarks that if she'd eaten that amount she'd have been left crying and throwing up.
  • In the Raven's Home episode "The Bearer of Dad News", Raven's kids make their father's chili recipe, which calls for an entire bottle and a half of hot sauce. Despite Raven's claim that she loves spicy foods (clearly a lie, as anyone who's watched the original series episode where she posed as a statue and reacted badly to Eddie feeding her a jalapeño popper would know), merely smelling the chili leaves her in so much pain that she can't open her eyelids, and in attempting to relieve the pain with milk ends up accidentally drinking the hot sauce directly from the bottle, making things even worse. A later scene indicates she needed the whole gallon of milk to cool down.
  • In Red Dwarf, Lister has lost his sense of taste through eating lots of hot curry, his Trademark Favorite Food. His recipe for shami kebabs includes not quite an entire tin of curry powder (he carefully measures out a spoonful, which goes back in the tin) and his triple-decker fried egg and chilli sandwiches are based on a "recipe" he found in a book on chemical warfare.
  • In one episode of The Red Green Show, Red mixes up a batch for a lodge barbecue. It consisted mostly of ketchup, with some various hot peppers thrown in and some other ingredients, including the "secret ingredient", which was some blue goop in an unlabelled container (later found out to be jet fuel). To demonstrate how hot it is, Dalton tastes a little bit on a toothpick and nearly doubles over in pain from the heat. Then Harold tastes a big spoonful — and is reduced to screaming his head off with his tongue hanging out as he runs around looking for some way of putting out the heat in his mouth.
  • In Roswell, the alien characters put Tabasco sauce on everything they eat, from hamburgers to chocolate cake. They prefer things to be a combination of "spicy and sweet".
  • In a Saturday Night Live sketch, a diner at a restaurant orders the "super hot" wings. The server tries to dissuade him, then brings a plate of wings, which the customer notes aren't that spicy at all. The server confesses that they're just the "mild" wings. The customer, by now annoyed, demands the "super hot," at which point the manager sits down with him, tries again to talk him out of it, and finally has him sign a waiver. As the customer is about to take the first bite, the frame freezes and a voice-over explains that he subsequently ran out of the restaurant shouting "Woo woo," shot up into the sky and exploded. In a final irony, he had in fact been served the "medium hot" recipe.
  • Thomas from Skins disposes of Johnny White by besting him in a chilli-eating contest. Johnny gingerly places a Naga Jolokia pepper (allegedly; that's what it says in the show, just go with it) on his tongue and carefully, painfully, swallows it whole. Thomas grabs a handful and happily chews away, noting that his family used to grow them in his garden back in the Congo. Johnny's attempt to repeat this feat... goes poorly.
  • The episode "Oasis" from the series Star Trek: Enterprise has Trip try a sauce that was so hot, it makes Cajun food seem mild in comparison.
  • Neelix on Star Trek: Voyager has made this on at least a few occasions. His recipe for Rodeo Red's Red-Hot Rootin' Tootin' Chili put at least three crewmen in Sickbay.