Cause of Death episode
Fear and Loathing
Volume 10, Episode 1
Air date July 9, 2012
Volume 10 guide [v]
July 9, 2012 - September 3, 2012

1. Fear and Loathing
2. Truth or Dare, Part 1
3. Truth or Dare, Part 2
4. Nightmare
~. Interlude
5. In Fidelity, Part 1
6. In Fidelity, Part 2
7. Love And Madness
8. Death Do Us Part

Volume 9: Livewire
Volume 11

Fear and Loathing is the first chapter of Volume 10. It was released on July 9, 2012.

Alarm Spoiler warning! Plot details follow.


In the aftermath of the Livewire investigation, Mal and Natara investigate a gruesome slaying... That leads them to the doorstep of a powerful pharmaceutical company.


Todd Waldo, a college student, is on a hiking trip with his friends Steve, Miranda, & Gabriella at Steve's uncle's cabin. Steve tells a story about a greedy prospector who cut his friend's throat, whose ghost returned the favor. As Steve tells the story, Todd drinks from his canteen & gets more & more antsy, eventually seeing gruesome ghosts. He attempts to hack them apart with his machete, but when the dust clears, he has killed his friends, not the ghosts.

Detectives Mal Fallon, Blaise Corso, Jeremy Redbird, & Special Agent Natara Williams arrive on the crime scene. They are sure Todd committed the murders but he seems just as confused as them. They suspect he was drugged through his canteen. Later, in the lab, Kai confirms their suspicions & traces the chemical to a pharmapsychology lab called AcuoMentrics. There, they meet Dr. Selene Mensra, a leading expert in the field. She already suspects what chemical was stolen-neurofinolazine, a chemical that can make someone's deepest fears a reality.

After taking them to the lab where neurofinolazine is kept, the security chief, Jerry, attacks them. They suspect he has been drugged as well. Mal creates nerve gas in order to distract Jerry long enough for Natara to get Dr. Mensra out. Mal continues to fight Jerry & eventually pins him underneath a statue.

Bonus Scene

While supposedly on his way to check up on Jerry in the hospital, Mal stops by Dr. Selene Mensra's room, to which she states "was sweet of him". After some idle chat, Dr. Mensra asks Mal out on a date, which he accepts.

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