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Dopesick – Episode 7, Black Box Warning

Turning The Bad Into Good

14th December 2021

We kick things off in the penultimate episode of the excellent Dopesick in 1962 as an elder Sackler testifies in front of the US Senate Committee. They are being accused of exactly the same thing we see them doing now, amongst others, quoting doctors on their labels, when they employ those doctors using shell companies.

Betsy Mallum’s, Kaitlyn Dever (“Last Man Standing (TV)”, “Monsterland (TV)”), mum Diane, Mare Winningham (“Geostorm”, “Grey’s Anatomy (TV)”), finds her in a squat, off her face on heroin.

We see former Dr. Samuel Finnix, Michael Keaton (“American Assassin”, “Spider-Man: Homecoming”), talking with his therapist, she convinces him he needs to move away from always thinking about the mistakes he’s made and try focusing on the good he’s done in his life.

Curtis Wright, Brian Keane (“Billions (TV)”, “Matthew (Short)”) informs Richard Sackler, Michael Stuhlbarg (“The Shape of Water”, “Doctor Strange”), and his army that the FDA are most likely going to change the label on Oxy. This would be a disaster, so Purdue send a team to help the FDA write the new label.

DEA agent, Bridget Meyer, Rosario Dawson (“Zombieland: Double Tap”, “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot”), meanwhile, wants to go public with her autopsy findings prior to providing them to Pudue and the FDA ahead of a meeting. Her boss thinks it’s a bad idea, it turns out to be just that.

With Billy Cutler, Will Poulter (“Midsommar”, “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch”), and people are noticing he’s not happy recently, he’s becoming disillusioned with what he’s seeing, what he’s selling.

Amber, Phillipa Soo (“The Bite (TV)”, “Hamilton”), gets given a promotion, regional head of New Orleans, and she wants Billy to go with her, as colleague and boyfriend, she says she has feelings for him now.

Our intrepid duo Rick Mountcastle, Peter Sarsgaard (“Interrogation (TV)”, “The Survivor”), and Randy Ramseyer, John Hoogenakker (“Castle Rock (TV)”, “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (TV)”), look back at those original testimonies Purdue gave to congress when they started this whole thing.

They hear the top three execs from Purdue all say they weren’t made aware Oxy was addictive until the year 2000, but they have proof that’s not true. Their boss John Brownlee, Jake McDorman (“What We Do in the Shadows (TV)”, “Lady Bird”), agrees.

Back with Betsy and she’s told about a new drug, Suboxone, by Samuel that’s helping him reduce his cravings for Oxy. He says she should try it and she agrees, but not before she decides to have one last hit of the ol’ H.

The FDA hit Purdue with a Black Box Warning label, but around the board room table they realise there are so many other concessions from the FDA that it really doesn’t matter. In fact, they now believe they can triple sales within two years because of it.

As the Purdue bosses tell the sales reps to go aggressive with doctors, ignore the Black Box label, Billy is even more unhappy, or convinced by this. He goes into his bosses office and steals a whole bunch of video tapes, training materials etc.

Rick, Randy and John head to the Department of Justice, for a meeting with Purdue and Alice Fisher, Amy Rutberg (“Daredevil (TV)”, “Accommodations”), who tells John that he won’t get support here for felony charges against individuals at Purdue.

He’s incensed, but he realises what she’s saying to him, there are people there in the pockets of big pharma. He storms back into the meeting and says he’s going to indicte Michael Freedman, Will Chase (“Madam Secretary (TV)”, “After the Wedding”), Paul Goldenheim, Alan Campbell (“Uncle Frank”, “Submissions Only (TV)”), and Howard Udell, Brendan Patrick Connor (“Joker”, “The X Files (TV)”), on felony charges.

We are into the final throws now and pressure is mounting on all fronts for Purdue. There is a stellar performance from Keaton in this episode, as there has been throughout, but he’s particularly fantastic here.Let’s hope Billy turns out to be the bombshell we hope he will!

DETAILS

   

RELEASE DATE
10th November 2021

DIRECTED BY
Danny Strong

WRITTEN BY
Danny Strong, Benjamin Rubin

Running Time:
1hr 3mins

THE QUICK SELL
Richard Sackler and Purdue work the system to prevent their drug from being reined in, Bridget has a breakthrough in her mission

CAST & CREW
Arischa Conner, Benjamin Rubin, Danny Strong, David Alexander, Eoghan O'Donnell, John Hoogenakker, Kaitlyn Dever, Michael Keaton, Patricia Riggen, Peter Sarsgaard, Rosario Dawson, Will Poulter

DETAILS

   

RELEASE DATE
10th November 2021

DIRECTED BY
Danny Strong

WRITTEN BY
Danny Strong, Benjamin Rubin

Running Time:
1hr 3mins

THE QUICK SELL
Richard Sackler and Purdue work the system to prevent their drug from being reined in, Bridget has a breakthrough in her mission

CAST & CREW
Arischa Conner, Benjamin Rubin, Danny Strong, David Alexander, Eoghan O'Donnell, John Hoogenakker, Kaitlyn Dever, Michael Keaton, Patricia Riggen, Peter Sarsgaard, Rosario Dawson, Will Poulter

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