Lion's Den
Episode 18 of 22 within Season Seven. Item 150 of 154 overall.
Bart Baker - Story
Matthew Hastings - Story
Matthew Hastings - Teleplay
Matthew Hastings - Director
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A pressured high school wrestling coach gives his team an experimental new drug to help them get to the state championships. Coach Peter Shotwell used to be a contender. Back in Lewisborough High School he just missed his Olympic dreams when he blew out his knee. While his best friend Jon went on to international athletic stardom, Peter became coach of the Lewisborough Lions, the school's wrestling team. But in a series of bad years, this year's the worst. The Lions are at the bottom of the league and Morris, his son and a member of the team, is constantly angry at his dad for his failures. Jon tells Peter about a new performance-enhancing drug called Nuriflex 500 which he assures contains scientifically balanced nutrients that can help the team to victory.

Meanwhile, Peter hesitates, but with mounting pressure from the school's principal and his own son to win, he agrees to a trial run. The results are almost immediate and astonishing. With the Lions on the drug they soon rise to the top, but their startling success comes with a high price. Spliced with unusual DNA, the drug has side effects with horrific consequences. 

original airdate--September 08,2001



Goof: When Brent is shouting in the hallway for Morris to come out and face him, the scratches on his neck are already visible, well before he gets clawed at super speed.

Trivia: Peter Shottwell, a high school wrestling coach, gives his students an experimental performance enhancing drug. When his son Peter beats the local bully Brent in a race, he gets a leg cramp and his friend Brae tells him "Okay Flash, time to slow it down...". John Wesley Shipp (Peter Shottwell) also played the title character in The Flash.


[Opening narration]--"Our desire to exceed our own limitations can be a positive drive for self-improvement... or a siren, calling us to self-destruction."

[Closing narration]--"The values we instill in our children are those within ourselves. We should make sure they are the values we want them to live by... and die by."

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regional titles

Lion's Den
La Tanière des lions
Die Höhle des Löwen