Medical Investigation

Season 1 Episode 8

Mutation

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Nov 05, 2004 on NBC
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The team flies to a small Virgina town to figure out why people are dying from a deadly strain of the flu.

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Goof: During the team-wide discussion about where the disease cames from, Connor refers to authorities in the Asian Bird Flu calling in the "Calvary". He means "cavalry".

      • Location: If the town square of Deering, Virginia looks familiar, that is hardly surprising. The location is a backlot at Universal Studios, known as "Courthouse Square". Its most famous use was as Hill Valley in the Back To The Future films.
        The set was previously known as "Mockingbird Square" due to its appearance in "To Kill A Mockingbird", but was renamed after use in "Back To The Future". It has also appeared in many other productions, including "Weird Scence", "Gremlins", "Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman" and "The Ghost Whisperer".

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Connor: (to Miles) When I was about your age, I could figure out any disease they showed me. I was young, invincible, filled with promise… and pride. And then… someone very dear to me came down with a bacterial infection in their lungs, it defied everything the doctors threw at it, so I flew home, I told the doctors "I can fix this.", I had to save this one person… but I couldn't. See, nature doesn't care about how much training we've had or how smart we think we are, nature doesn't give a damn. So my advice to you is this – either learn how to deal with it, or quit… but I think you're too good a doctor to walk away from this.

      • Connor: You ever wonder why I'm such a SOB at times?
        Miles: Me and everyone else.

      • Miles: (when Lillith gets sick) You're done helping, I want you in bed now.
        Lillith: Whatever happened to dinner and a movie?

      • Frank: Only one thing spreads faster than an outbreak like this.
        Connor: Yeah, fear.

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • Natalie: ... Colonel Sanders has nothing to worry about. The chickens are not the source.

        Colonel Sanders (Harland Sanders) was the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC).

      • Spanish Influenza

        The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918/9 killed more people than World War I, deaths estimated at between 20 and 40 million. Due to the chaos of the war and the aftermath, a more accurate number of deaths from the pandemic is not possible. Where influenza is usually a killer of the elderly and young children, Spanish Flu was most deadly for people from the ages of 20 to 40. Like the current Bird Flu, Spanish Flu was believed to have evolved from fowl. The pandemic stopped almost as suddenly as it started.

      • Outbreak: A deadly virus is constantly mutating
        The premise of this episode, and the premise of the movie Outbreak are very similar.

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