Dopesick

Dopesick

by

Beth Macy

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Bill Metcalf Character Analysis

Bill Metcalf is an agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives who teams up with Brent Lutz to track down Ronnie “D.C.” Jones, the head dealer for a heroin ring that supplies drugs to Woodstock, Virginia. Metcalf is known for being aggressive—too aggressive, according to some colleagues—and likes to imagine himself as the hero of a cop show. He succeeds in arresting Jones and Jones’s Harlem supplier, Mack, but this has little effect on the flow of dangerous opioids coming into Woodstock.

Bill Metcalf Quotes in Dopesick

The Dopesick quotes below are all either spoken by Bill Metcalf or refer to Bill Metcalf. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 8 Quotes

Later that day, when Metcalf finally got his first close-up look at Ronnie Jones in a county jail interviewing room in Front Royal, he found him to be “very smug, very arrogant.”

The feeling was mutual. “He was very aggressive; he harassed people,” Jones said of Metcalf. Jones hated him for delivering a subpoena to the mother of his oldest child—at work, embarrassing and intimidating her, he said—and for interviewing Jones’s mom.

Related Characters: Bill Metcalf (speaker), Ronnie “D.C.” Jones (speaker)
Related Symbols: Interstate 81
Page Number: 166
Explanation and Analysis:
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Bill Metcalf Character Timeline in Dopesick

The timeline below shows where the character Bill Metcalf appears in Dopesick. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
Race, Healthcare, and Criminal Justice Theme Icon
...is one of D.C.’s key distributors. Gray peels out and attempts to get away. Bill Metcalf, an agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), has already been... (full context)
Cycles of History Theme Icon
Race, Healthcare, and Criminal Justice Theme Icon
Jones’s case becomes the most complex one that Metcalf has ever worked on. They make charts with photos to keep the whole ring of... (full context)
Chapter 8
Race, Healthcare, and Criminal Justice Theme Icon
...dealer lasted about six months—almost exactly as long as Jones predicted when he first started. Metcalf is eager to arrest other dealers in Jones’s ring, but there’s paperwork to do first.... (full context)
Cycles of History Theme Icon
Race, Healthcare, and Criminal Justice Theme Icon
When Metcalf and Jones first meet, while Jones is in county jail, Metcalf thinks Jones is “very... (full context)
Cycles of History Theme Icon
Race, Healthcare, and Criminal Justice Theme Icon
Despite their mutual hatred, Metcalf and Jones have some things in common. Metcalf’s own father was a heroin trafficker who... (full context)
Race, Healthcare, and Criminal Justice Theme Icon
...also still operating, and so dozens more user-dealers are arrested in the summer of 2013. Metcalf begins plotting to get Mack. He is eager to arrest more people, but Wolthuis, the... (full context)
Race, Healthcare, and Criminal Justice Theme Icon
Metcalf interrogates Jones, trying to find out who Mack is. Jones remains defiant and is even... (full context)
Poverty as an Obstacle to Recovery  Theme Icon
Cycles of History Theme Icon
Race, Healthcare, and Criminal Justice Theme Icon
...more willing to talk when he is arrested four months after Jesse’s death. He tells Metcalf about a documentary on YouTube where Mack’s face is clearly featured. Even Shaw doesn’t know... (full context)
Poverty as an Obstacle to Recovery  Theme Icon
Race, Healthcare, and Criminal Justice Theme Icon
Metcalf knows Mack has been recently released from prison. Mack is big time, with lawyers on... (full context)
Race, Healthcare, and Criminal Justice Theme Icon
Fighting the Medical Establishment Theme Icon
Metcalf finds Santiago (A.K.A. Mack) outside his apartment in Brooklyn walking a dog and arrests him.... (full context)