The Twilight Zone (2002–2003)
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The Placebo Effect 

Mega hypochondriac Harry Radditch believes he's caught a deadly plague from a space novel he just read. His physician plans to dose him with a placebo, as usual, but this time, his symptoms... See full summary »

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Dying Woman
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Mega hypochondriac Harry Radditch believes he's caught a deadly plague from a space novel he just read. His physician plans to dose him with a placebo, as usual, but this time, his symptoms are severe and she catches the disease. How can she stop a science fictional pandemic from killing real people? Written by David Stevens

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The title refers to the phenomenon that when placebos or pills that have no active ingredients are given to a patient and he still recovers from his illness. See more »

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Forest Whitaker - Host: [opening narration] Dr. Leslie Coburn has always treated Harry with a placebo, an imaginary cure for his imaginary illnesses. But what will this young doctor do when her patient contracts a real disease? A disease found only in the Twilight Zone.
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Old Fashiioned Twilight Zone
11 July 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This one follows the paths that Rod Serling intended. While his original series was hit and miss, this takes us on a journey to the land of irony. Here we have a man who is an empath and a hypochondriac, creating diseases because his mind is convinced that he is sick. After reading a sci fi book, he begins to die from a kind of space sickness. All normal cures are of no avail, but there is something that can be done. Like with Serling, we are taken from a potential happy ending and thrust back into an enormous letdown. One of the better of the newer series.


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