Hulu's Dopesick Episode 8 Review
This is the concluding video or blog review of the last episode of the Dopesick series currently on Hulu. Yes, this is a miniseries and will only have one season. I bring this series to a conclusion and break down what OxyContin done and the damage it had done and state in this video how many people died from this horrible drug. If you want to learn more, then you want to watch this video or read this blog.
Hello everyone, Matthew Hemenway is here. In this video, I will be reviewing Episode 8 of the Dopesick series currently on Hulu. This episode begins in 2019 and we see people in a museum that the Sacklers have given money to, and they are all yelling shame and your drug has killed 400,000 people (about half the population of Delaware) in the 23 years of its release. That is a terrible thing to say the least and it shows how bad Greed is. We go back to 2006 and the 2 Attorneys that have been going after Purdue are still working the case and trying to see if they can get enough evidence to bust Purdue Pharma and make them pay for the pain they have caused.
We go back to the area where Dr. Samuel Finnix was a doctor. Remember where the Referee saw the girl in the car in the first episode and she told him to go f yourself. We see her in this episode and her name is Elizabeth Ann. Dr. Samuel Finnix encounters her in a café and tells her you need to see this doctor and take this medicine so you can get better. He drives her up there and she meets the doctor we saw in the last episode, if you remember in the last review, I said he told Dr. Samuel Finnix, it will take 2 years for the frontal lobe of the brain to heal. Yes, that guy. She responds well to the medication as we can see, and he keeps taking Elizabeth Ann and her father to get help to recover from OxyContin. He later takes a group of people up on a school bus to the clinic to get the help they need to recover from OxyContin.
We see the 3 men that get indicted by the 2 Attorneys and their boss that go after Purdue with the people and with Betsy’s Mom later in the episode. They claimed that the drug could not be reformulated, and it would be impossible to do so. The doctor that was treating Dr. Samuel Finnix played by Michael Keaton said it could be done since it was done back in 1983 for another drug. As the people said at the time of this meeting, all you care about is profit and you do not care about anything else even if people die from your drug. Their drug is poison, and it was no different if you used heroin, there would be severe consequences.
As we saw in the last episode, Billy played by Will Poulter stole the training tapes from his manager’s office. He gets brought back and with his manager with 2 Attorneys present saying you must sign this. He wants to talk to his lawyer, but they said you must sign this NDA and take this money, or you will be sued by us. They refused to let him have his lawyer present, which I think is unfortunate because they were forcing his hand. As we learn later, he refused to take the money and sign the NDA because he felt he could no longer be feeding more lives about this drug being not as bad as they claimed it would be. The Black Box warning was not as much as a warning as it should have been.
Billy later talks to the 2 Attorneys going after Purdue Pharma and they told him you have a chance to make amends for what you have done. Billy’s wife is pregnant, and she tells them she is going to be a Consumer Protection Attorney. They told Billy why don’t you protect them from people like yourself? The 2 Attorneys with their boss get the tapes from Billy and they use it as incriminating evidence against the 3 men they decided to indict.
As we see later, they only plead to Misdemeanors and Purdue later must pay $600 million in settlement to western part of the Virginia for the pain they have caused. Bridget Meyer comes by the Two Attorneys office and lets them know that this is a good start, and she believes down the road we will make Purdue pay. They all agree that it would be great if Purdue paid for the pain they caused and drank to that. She told them she would not be able to sleep if something was not done. She thanked them for their efforts, and they told her they were going after another Big Pharma like Purdue that was claiming their drug was not as addictive as it should be labeled.
For most of the episode we stay in the period from 2002 to 2007, but once we get to the end, we jump back to 2019 where it started at the Museum saying shame on the Sacklers and Purdue Pharma. We later go to 2020 and see the Congressional hearings during COVID-19 where it had to be done virtually and you had Kathy Sackler claiming she had no idea OxyContin was as bad as it was. You had state Attorney Generals no matter where they were in the country going after Purdue and the Sacklers. There was a settlement, but whether it was here or in Paris France, their name was being removed from buildings like Museums or college campuses, you name it.
The episode ends with Dr. Samuel Finnix having his medical license restored and being able to practice medicine again in 2021. Yes, this series ends in the year we are still in. He now helps those like himself that have struggled with addiction and that is what he is doing at this present time.
I give this episode a 9.5 out of 10. I thought it was well done and it kept you entertained, engaged, and like I said in the first review of this series, this is a thinking series. If you expect to turn off your brain, then do not watch this show. If you want to learn something, then watch this show. I promise you will be glad you did. Like I said in my last review that greed is the worst of all the 7 deadly sins because like they said in the beginning of this episode, the Sacklers lied for profits and Greed does kill and is not good unlike what Gordon Gecko said in Wall Street.
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Reference: Dopesick picture: https://m.imdb.com/title/tt9174558/
Reference: Wall Street movie 1987: https://smile.amazon.com/Wall-Street-Michael-Douglas/dp/B009EEM1CS/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=Wall+Street&qid=1637352038&sr=8-3
Reference: The meaning of Narcotics: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcotic
Reference: Drug free-pain relievers-opioids: https://drugfree.org/drugs/prescription-pain-relievers-opioids/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=kp&utm_campaign=opioid Reference: Hulu’s Dopesick series page: https://www.hulu.com/series/dopesick-227de06a-d3d4-42e0-9df1-bb5495e1738d?cmp=11932&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=CM_SEM_Various+Niche+Originals&utm_term=&gclid=Cj0KCQjwrJOMBhCZARIsAGEd4VGEf61ZJfVec2Srw5Hu5kgrBrnJ3EVAyU5sK8FbhEWkx-NJMhNS4d4aAmGEEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
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