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PHARMACY

THINK ABOUT ALL OF THEPEOPLE YOU SEE WAITING IN LINE AT A PHARMACY. DO YOU EVER WONDER WHAT THEIR LIVES ARE LIKE BEFORE THEY WALKED IN THEDOOR?

PARENTS WHO ARE EITHERNUMBING THEMSELVES WITH ANTIDEPRESSANTS OR THEIR CHILDREN WITH RITALIN, HORNYELDERLY MEN POPPING VIAGRA LIKE CANDY, OR HYPOCHONDRIACS TRYING TO SOLVE ALLTHEIR ISSUES, "PHARMACY" EXPLORES AND POKES FUN AT OUROVER-PRESCRIBED AMERICAN CULTURE.

EACH WEEK"PHARMACY" SPOTLIGHTS A DISEASE OR DISORDER AND WELCOMES A GUEST STARTHAT IS FAMILIAR IN SOME WAY WITH THE MALADY. PROCEEDS OF ONE 30-SECOND COMMERCIAL WILL GO TO THE CHARITY OF THE WEEK.

ON A QUIET CORNER IN SMALL TOWN AMERICASITS AN OLD PHARMACY CALLED MORRIS DRUG. THERE'S NOTHING FLASHY ABOUT MORRIS DRUG, IN FACT IT'S ABOUT AS FAR FROMMODERN DAY PHARMACIES AS ONE CAN GET. WITH NO THOUGHT OF MARKETING GOING INTO ITS DESIGN AND NOT A PRODUCTPUSHING DISPLAY IN SIGHT, THE PHARMACY IS TRULY AN ANTIQUE IN AND OFITSELF.  THE OLD SODA FOUNTAINS, A RELICFROM ITS EARLY DAYS WHEN SUCH THINGS WERE POPULAR.

OWNED AND OPERATED BY THEMORRIS FAMILY FOR MORE THAN FIFTY YEARS, ITS CURRENT PROPRIETOR IS OUR MAINCHARACTER BOB MORRIS(40S).  A PRODUCT OF MIDDLE AMERICA, BOB CLINGS TO HIS CONSERVATIVE VALUES INTHE FACE OF A SOCIETY THAT HE VIEWS IS SLIPPING DEEPER AND DEEPER INTODISTRESSING SOCIAL MORES.  HE'S ALSOPRONE TO CHRONIC FATIGUE AND INEXPLICABLE LOSSES OF CONSCIOUSNESS.

GROWING UP AS THE SON OFTHE TOWN'S PHARMACIST, BOB NEVER HAD A CHANCE TO BE ANYTHING ELSE IN LIFE.  HE NEVER EVEN THOUGHT ALONG THOSE LINES, BUTIF HE EVER DID HE WOULD PROBABLY HAVE CHOSEN LAW ENFORCEMENT AS HIS FIELD.  HE ADORES HIS WIFE AND BELIEVES SHE HUNG THEMOON, WHICH COULDN'T BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. ALTHOUGH HE IS A PHARMACIST, HE DOESN'T TRUST DOCTORS.  FOR THIS REASON HE HAS NEVER SOLICITED HELPFOR HIS APPARENT NARCOLEPSY.  HE FILLSPRESCRIPTIONS FOR THE SICK AND THE WELL DAILY BUT DOESN'T SEE THAT IT'SNECESSARY TO MEDICATE HIS OWN CONDITION.

BOB MAY NOT BE AN EVERYMAN,BUT HE'S AS CLOSE TO BEING ONE AS ANYONE ELSE IN "PHARMACY".

JOY MORRIS (30S) IS BOB'SWIFE.  HER SOLE PURPOSE FOR MARRYING WASFOR SECURITY AND SHE DOES NOT CARE MUCH FOR BOB.  JOY IS FLIGHTY AND ANNOYING WITH HERPRIORITIES ALL OUT OF WHACK.  SHE WISHESFOR AN EXTRAMARITAL AFFAIR WITH PRACTICALLY ANYONE WITH A PENIS.  ALTHOUGH SHE IS EXTREMELY FLIRTATIOUS, FORONE REASON OR ANOTHER THAT WISH HAD NEVER COME TO FRUITION.

JIMMY FREEMAN (20S) ISBOB'S LAZY ASSISTANT.  TO BOB'S CHAGRIN,JIMMY IS AN ASPIRING LEFTIST, RAILING AGAINST BIG OIL, MASSIVE CORPORATIONS,THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, AND PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES.  INSTEAD OF PEOPLE PUMPING ANTIDEPRESSANTSINTO THEIR SYSTEM, HE BELIEVES THEY SHOULD JUST SMOKE A JOINT.  HE FEELS RIGHT AT HOME DOING AS LITTLE AS HECAN AT BOB'S MOM AND POP SHOP.  BESIDES,MORRIS DRUG DOESN'T DRUG TEST.

SHARLA HIGGINS (50S), AWHITE-TRASH SPINSTER WHO MANS THE REGISTER AT MORRIS DRUG IS AND UNAPOLOGETICGROUCH WHO IS SO AFRAID OF GERMS SHE ARMS HERSELF WITH A CAN OF LYSOL, RUBBERGLOVES, AND A SURGICAL MASK.

SHERIFF MARTY WIMBLE (50S)IS THE LAW IN TOWN.  INSIDE HE'S ASSENSITIVE AS ALAN ALDA BUT TO THE WORLD HE'S A REAL MAN'S MAN.  UNBEKNOWNST TO ALL IN TOWN, BESIDES HISPERSONAL PHYSICIAN AND BOB, SHERIFF WIMBLE SUFFERS FROM A TERMINAL CONNECTIVETISSUE DISEASE KNOWN AS SCLERODERMA.  HEKEEPS THE DISEASE A SECRET NOT BECAUSE HE DOESN'T WANT TO SHOW WEAKNESS, BUTBECAUSE HE COULDN'T LIVE WITH THE EMBARRASSMENT.  SCLERODERMA MOSTLY STRIKES WOMEN.  ONE MORE THING THE SHERIFF KEEPS MUM, HISMIDDLE NAME IS MARTY AND HIS TRUE FIRST NAME IS DORIS.

LISA CAHILL (30S) IS THEBEST CUSTOMER MORRIS DRUG AS EVER HAD. SHE COMES IN DAILY TO FILL PRESCRIPTIONS FOR JUST ABOUT EVERY DISEASEAND DISORDER UNDER THE SUN.  SHE HAS BEENTREATED FOR JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING EXCEPT FOR HER HYPOCHONDRIA.  LISA HAS A CRUSH ON BOB MORRIS MORGAN WHEELER(40S) IS BOB'S OLD COLLEGE ROOMMATE WHO IS DECIDEDLY MORE SUCCESSFUL THAN BOB.  HE NOT ONLY STUDIED MEDICINE IN COLLEGE, BUTALSO BUSINESS.  HE IS A SENIOR VP FOR THEWELL-KNOWN PHARMACY, ACCORD DRUGSTORE AND NOW FINDS HIMSELF IN BOB'S HOMETOWN,BUILDING YET ANOTHER LOCATION ACROSS FROM MORRIS DRUG.  FROM HARDBALL MARKETING TO AN IMMINENT DOMAINLAND GRAB, MORGAN TRIES EVERYTHING TO STEAL BOB'S BUSINESS AND HIS WIFE.

VIC STANTON (60'S) IS NEWTO TOWN.  AFTER A COUPLE OF HEARTATTACKS, HE LEFT HIS FAST PACED LIFE AS THE OWNER OF A SUCCESSFULMODELING AGENCY IN NYC FOR A SLOWER LIFESTYLE, AT HIS DOCTOR'SRECOMMENDATION.  A CONFIRMED BACHELOR ATHEART, VIC STILL HAS A PRIMAL NEED TO CONQUEST ANYTHING YOUNG AND HOT IN ASKIRT, EVEN IF HE HAS TO FLY THEM IN.

WILLIAM BENEFIELD (LATE60'S) IS A RETIRED BANKER, WHO SPENDS HIS DAYS PLAYING DOMINOES AT MORRIS DRUGTO COMBAT HIS LONELINESS.  HIS WIFE (PAMELA)PASSED AWAY YEARS AGO, TAKING A PART OF HIM WITH HER.  WILLIAM IS CYNICAL AND GRUMPY, COMMENTING ONTHE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE HE COMES IN CONTACT WITH AT THE PHARMACY.  HE DOESN'T LIKE PEOPLE, EXCEPT FOR HISDAUGHTER, WENDY, A SCHOOL TEACHER IN TOWN, WHO IS THE LIGHT OF HIS OTHERWISEDIM LIFE.

EUGENE MURRAY (LATE 60'S)IS A RETIRED SALESMAN, WHO SPENDS HIS DAYS PLAYING DOMINOES WITH WILLIAMBENEFIELD AT MORRIS DRUG.  HE ISCLUELESS/OBLIVIOUS TO EVERYTHING GOING ON AROUND HIM BECAUSE DOMINOES ARE HISPASSION.  HE TOLERATES WILLIAM'S SARDONICATTITUDE BECAUSE HE IS JUST GLAD TO BE AWAY FROM HIS WIFE (SANDRA).

CHARLES MORRIS (60S) IS BOBMORRIS'S FATHER.  HE GOT THE PHARMACYFROM HIS FATHER, WHO STARTED IT.  WHEN HERETIRED, CHARLES PASSED THE PHARMACY DOWN TO BOB.  WHEN NOT TRAVELING WITH HIS WIFE (SALLY),CHARLES SPENDS A LOT OF TIME IN THE PHARMACY, CHECKING UP ON BOB AND HOW HE ISRUNNING THE PLACE.

SALLY MORRIS (60S) IS BOBMORRIS'S MOTHER.  SHE IS A VERY SHARP,SOPHISTICATED LADY.  SHE DOES NOT LIKEJOY BECAUSE SALLY ALWAYS THOUGHT BOB COULD HAVE DONE BETTER AND FOUND SOMEONEWHO WAS MORE NURTURING.  SALLY IS ANXIOUSTO BE A GRANDMOTHER.

WENDY BENEFIELD (LATE 30S)IS AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER AND WILLIAM BENEFIELD'S DAUGHTER.  SHE HAS NEVER BEEN MARRIED AND HAS NOCHILDREN.  THEREFORE, SHE LIVES FOR HERSTUDENTS.  SHE IS A VERY DEPRESSED WOMAN,WHO IS ON ANTI-DEPRESSION MEDICATION.

VICTORIA JOHNSON (40S) ISDOCTOR JOHNSON'S WIFE.  UNBEKNOWNST TOHER HUSBAND, VICTORIAIS ADDICTED TO VARIOUS PAIN KILLERS.  SHEIS A HOUSEWIFE AND MOTHER OF THREE CHILDREN, WHO ARE ALL HEAVILY MEDICATED FORADHD.