Altered Perception

Synopsis: A drug that alters perceptions during trauma and stress, is being advertised as a cure for socio-political tensions. Several couples volunteer for human trials but end up with more than they bargained for.


[music playing]

Not that you know of?

Oh, great.

That's very good.

Steve, you know that

I have trust issues.

And this b*tch is trying

to f*** my husband.

So forgive me for being upset

and wanting to talk about it.

You don't talk about it though.

You obsess about it.

I am f***ing sure.

He held me down, and

he f***ing raped me.

It is my past.

I can't change it.

Why are you so jealous?

I am not jealous.

You just reminded me

that I was arrested.

F*** outta my house!

Both of you need to stop.

Both of you just stop it!

But Reese knows that you

and Mike are best friends.

Did you f*** her?

Oh, my God.

I f***ing knew you'd

go there again.

Then why did you bring it up?

Because I clearly need

my f***ing head examined.

Yeah, you do.

I am not losing another job

because of your paranoia.




That's enough!

Shut up!

F*** you!

Get out of here!

I don't believe you!


Stop it!

Get the f*** out my house!

Knock that sh*t off!

I can't defend myself.

Get off, get off!


[music playing]

OK, I know you've been sworn.

I have read your statements.

Isn't it true that during the

course of this study, the three

subject couples exhibited

increased levels of hostility?

Yes, we did notice

an increased pattern

of increased aggression.

But if I must...

And yet you thought that

was prudent and necessary

to continue?

We considered the risk

within an acceptable range.

An acceptable range?

Someone was murdered.

Where does your

unacceptable rage begin?

Excuse me, but I

think it bears noting

that all three of these couples

were dealing with some very

serious stability issues.

Violence is a common

occurrence in these types

of relationships.

Our duty is simply to

observe and document, not

make judgments as to

whether the side effects

outweigh the possible benefits.

How do you determine if a drug

is doing more harm than good?

At this point, I would like

to defer to Dr. Baxter.

Sure, let's hear

from the good doctor.

Clearly, people suffering

from mental illness

have a higher incidence

of aggressive behavior

than the general public.

They may try to harm others,

themselves, including

hospital healthcare

workers trying

to provide care for them.

Now our studies have

commonly reported

that a small

subgroup of patients

were responsible for the

majority of these incidents.

Doctor, what subgroups?

Primarily people in volatile

domestic relationships.

So when you look at results

for this kind of study,

you would take that

into consideration?


Even though there are

incidents of aggression,

when you adjust for

the overall numbers,

we actually see improvement.

Would you be able

to discern something

like this during the trial?


In fact, it would

take several studies

involving hundreds of patients

before we could even make

that kind of determination.

I have a question.

What were the possible

benefits of this drug?

We were contracted by Darba

to do pharmacological testing

on a chiral compound designed

to aid in conflict resolution

by altering the

sensory experience.

Give a person keen

personal insights

by allowing them to look

past preconceived ideas

and prejudices.

Isn't that the same as LSD?


Ours was not synthesized

through a fungus.

Instead, it was synthesized

through stem cells

of the empathetic

bonobo chimpanzee.

Based on early tests of the more

violent African chimpanzees,

we believed that

this new compound

could have had far-reaching

outcomes for everyone,

from individuals with

post-traumatic stress

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