An alcoholic agrees to a unique treatment, one that will stop him from drinking -- or kill him in the process.


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Episode cast overview:
Miley Judson
Leslie Yeo ...
Dr. Eugene Murrich
Frannie Judson
Alec Willows ...
Illya Woloshyn ...
Chad Judson
Gerry Salsberg ...
Robin Ward ...
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An alcoholic agrees to a unique treatment, one that will stop him from drinking -- or kill him in the process.

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5 November 1988 (UK)  »

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Bottoms Up!
4 June 2011 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Drunk and totally out of control long time alcoholic Miley Judson, Timothy Bottoms, is on the verge of suffering liver failure or worse if he keeps up his drinking binges. It's at his local watering hole that Miley is approached by Dr. Eugene Murrich, Leslie Yeo, who hands him, as he's drinking himself into oblivion, a box of matches advertising this Hellgramite Method that guaranteed to cure anyone of his or her drinking problems even if it ends up killing them in doing it.

At first thinking that it's some kind of a joke it's later when Miley comes home, after drinking non-sop for some five hours, with the once piping hot pizza ice cold that his outraged wife Annie, Julie Khaner, gives the drunken slob a final ultimatum to either stop drinking or she and the couples seven year old son Chad, Ilya Wooloshyn, will pack up and leave the smashed rummy for good! Going to see Dr. Murrich for help Miley is given a red capsule to gulp down with a shot of gin and told that from this moment on his troubles or drinking problem will be history. What Miley didn't know is that the capsule contains a Hellgramite worm that feeds on booze or alcohol and would grow to the point of killing him as long as he hits the booze bottle that feeds it!

As Miley goes back to his drinking the worm keeps growing by it sucking up all the alcohol that he consumes that no matter how much he drinks he doesn't get the buzz or high that he's used to getting from his drinks! Knowing that he has to go cold turkey to at least keep the worm from growing and thus keep it from killing him Miley flushes down all the liquor bottles in his home to make sure he doesn't give in to his drinking, that now has no effect on his brain or body, and thus starve the worm out or put it into hibernation!

***SPOILER*** Stomach crunching final with Miley beating the odds as well as the Hellgarmite Worm and thus cleaning himself up and getting his both wife and son back. Now a new man and on a mission Kiley goes back to his old watering hole not to drink himself silly but to help other drunks like himself to straightening themselves out by handing them the same book of matches that Dr. Murrich gave him. The book of matches that will guide them back to health & sobriety by turning to and being put on his tried true and never failed alcoholic treatment Hellgramite Method!

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