The episode starts with another Bull voiceover. He’s talking about how we change throughout our lives while photos of him flash on the screen, including one with the fakest mustache I have ever seen. That includes the infamous Gibbs-stache from NCIS season 4.
He gets in and Marisa’s super excited to meet a client that Bull has no memory of, possibly because of alcohol. His appointment is a 24-year-old lawyer named Burnham, who Marisa confesses that she didn’t tell him about. After a few trial runs, he explains that he’s from Danville, and he’s taken on a toxic chemicals case. His mom and 5 other people are sick. His mom was Bull’s old girlfriend.
Burnham is his own firm and mostly works on small cases, so he came to Bull for help. He thinks a company called Warwick pharmaceuticals is responsible because of a flame retardant that they use. A big law firm is representing the company and has a settlement offer on the table. The problem is that it’s tiny. The plaintiffs only want enough money to cover their medical expenses and to extend the water lines so that the source isn’t polluted, which everyone agrees is completely reasonable, but the company won’t do it.
Bull decides to come with Burnham to Danville to see his mom. They talk while in the car. He didn’t tell his mom that Bull was coming because he wasn’t sure he would. Bull asks about his dad, who died when Burnham was 12. He worked for Warwick and died in a car accident. Bull does not want to go to court, but Burnham does. He’s never been in court before.
They get to the house and Bull talks to the mom, Allison, who he hasn’t seen in 25 years. She has cancer and wants the others to agree to a settlement. This trial has bankrupted her, and Zack has emptied his savings.
When Bull gets them all together, it’s clear that that isn’t going to happen. Allison starts bleeding from her nose and Bull takes her upstairs to bed.
While Zack gets her medicine, Bull says he now wants to go to court. She offers to let him stay there and they flirt.
Bulls called the team in his underwear. Cable tells him that the retardant is not illegal in the U.S. but is in most other countries because of the proposed nasty things it can do. Benny and Chunk warn Bull that the tests were on rats and not to put too much stock in it. One of the things that annoyed me about this episode is that they talk a lot about the experts and the science, but we get no experts and very little science. It doesn’t make sense.
Bull gets dressed and goes downstairs where Allison has made breakfast. Zack left an hour and she seems to be hitting on him. And then they do the last thing I expected them to do: dance and lip-sync to rap music. That’s a bait and switch I can get behind.
At the law firm, Bull says that they want 10x the current offer plus the water pipes. The lawyer spouts a lot of bs which results in no. Bull makes a lot of veiled threats and they leave, where Bull says he’s now weaponized Zack.
They talk. Zack wants his mom on the stand no matter what. Bull says that might not be possible. They then talk about what kind of jury they want while Allison listens in the background. They want outliers, people that are suspicious of big business, and people who have been cheated in life.
In court, Bull adorably helps Zack feel less nervous by sharing his earbud so he can hear the team.
When the other side likes one of the same jurors that they do, Bull suspects something fishy. The theory is that they think one of the plaintiffs is lying and are planning to expose that lie. Bull sets the team to work on that and then tells Zack and Allison that he’s switching up their strategy.
Bull makes breakfast in the morning and him and Allison talk. He says he wanted to run away with her but could never find the words to say it. Then he gets a phone call. The team thinks the liar is her. Her great grandad died of lung cancer and she had previously said that no one in her family had a history of cancer. He won’t put her on the stand and she’s ticked. She says that he got to say his piece about them, and she wants to say her piece about how awful Warwick is. She also has 12-16 months to live.
Bull and Zack talk about it and they put Brian Mcannon on the stand. Danny says they need a recess pronto, but the judge won’t grant it. The other side accuses Mcannon of falsifying his medical records. They can’t prove it, but they don’t have to. Zack and Bull decide to cut McCannon loose and Zack says he wants to do it.
Bull throws pebbles at Allison’s window and starts to climb the ivy when she won’t come down. To humor him, she does. He now wants her to testify. This makes her think that he thinks that they’re going to lose.
They put her on the stand and she’s practically a saint. She doesn’t say any of the bad things that she told Bull earlier. She talks like a mother disappointed in her child, the child being Warwick furniture. It’s brilliant, but it comes out of nowhere. After she finishes, the other lawyer calls for a recess and it’s granted.
He talks to Bull and ups the original offer 20x plus the pipes. Bull wants him to also pay off Allison’s house. He agrees.
Zack and the other plaintiffs are throwing a victory party. Zack goes to get his mom and hears rap music. He assumes the same thing we all assumed earlier and the look on his face is priceless. He tells the rest of the people that his mom and Dr. Bull are “down for the count” and they all leave.
Ok. So I really need Zack to be Bull’s secret child so that he can be around more. He’s great. This episode wasn’t perfect by any means, but I liked it. 8/10.