The episode starts with a man on the phone. He played hooky from work so that he could surprise his wife, but he can’t find her anywhere. As he walks through the house, we see that she’s a writer, and a rather famous one. This is further emphasized when a man comes to the door ready to take her to Fantasy Con. It’s then that we realize that the husband hasn’t seen or heard from his wife in three days.
Bull and Benny talk about the case. The man, Nathan, is Bull’s friend from college, so that’s why they are taking the case. The problem is that in cases like these, the husband almost always did it.
Nathan doesn’t help his case much either. He says that he didn’t know she was missing. She would disappear for days at a time to work on her book and she would turn her phone off. The reason he came down to see her is that it had never gone on for so long. He describes their relationship like a ship and a dock. She would go out and adventure, but she’d always come back. That’s a nice thought, but there is a lot of bleached blood showing up under a blacklight in the kitchen.
He’s rich enough to make bail but he’s under apartment arrest. He doesn’t believe that the blood found was hers, and the bleach deteriorated the DNA so badly that there isn’t any way to tell. They did find a butcher’s knife from the kitchen in the lake with both their DNA on it. His alibi is that he was sick and worked from home. There is no one to confirm that. And the icing on the cake is a voicemail that she left him the night before he died that sounds an awful lot like she’s leaving him. Nathan explains that she didn’t want out of the marriage, she wanted out of their “understanding.” Basically, they had an open marriage when they were not physically together. She said she was going to end it with her friend, and he thought she was being melodramatic.
Bull is crushed by this. They were his model relationship. Benny doesn’t understand their relationship, and the jury won’t either. Why stay married to someone you can’t be faithful to? That’s why that isn’t their case. Their case is comic book rules: no body, no death. They need a jury that believes only in what they can see, but not one who is likely to blame Nathan.
Danny talks to the wife’s assistant for the last seven years, Clara. Clara says that they were close, so much so that the wife was going to help Clara get her own book published. She’s devastated. After some nudging, Danny gets a potential suspect in the extramarital affair category: Chris the bodyguard.
The prosecutor wants to sequester the jury. Benny argues that this is overkill, and while the judge acknowledges the point, he gives the prosecutor what she wants. Now the jury is going to be angry and want someone to blame. All roads point to Nathan in that regard.
After Taylor and Danny bring out Nathan’s dropped misdemeanor assault charges, we get an explanation of why a sequestered jury is a bad thing. The jurors are stuck in a hotel with no computer, no television, and no phone. They’ll get take out from the same three restaurants and all phone calls with family members have to be conducted on speaker phone. In essence, it’s very annoying and very Big Brother. This will lead the jurors to develop a group think mentality, and they’ll be so sick of being sequestered by the time the defense presents their case, that it will take actual mountains to move them. Bull’s strategy is to move the trial along as quickly as possible.
A forensic expert is on the stand talking about the spatter patterns. They look like the patterns of an expressive crime, one committed by an intimate, instead of an instrumental crime committed by a stranger. Benny points that the intimate doesn’t have to be a husband, there is no conclusive evidence of how many times she was stabbed, if the blood belongs to her, if she is in fact dead, or if her husband stabbed her.
Bull talks to Nathan, who is feeling guilty because he cheated on her first. His ego couldn’t handle her success and so he sought comfort elsewhere.
Benny has bad news. The wife’s body has been found. She was stabbed 12 times, and they need a Plan B. Chunk suggests putting the bodyguard on the stand. Danny disagrees. There is post mortem bruising on the body that suggests that the killer struggled with manhandling the body. The killer was also right handed while the bodyguard is left handed. Instead, they play their last card.
They put Nathan on the stand. The prosecutor brings out reading glasses that were found near the body and have his skin on them.
He later explains to Bull that she would sometimes borrow his glasses, which doesn’t make any sense. If your prescription is that generic, why do you need reading glasses? Anyway, they talk about his highly dysfunctional marriage and Bull dumps on him.
He feels rather bad about it and tells Marissa when she asks. Before he can get too down in the dumps though, Taylor and Danny found something. They decrypted her text messages and there are some interesting ones between her and her publisher, specifically about the horribleness of Clara’s book. And now the pieces begin to fit together. A woman would have had a hard time with the wife’s body. Now they just need proof.
They put Clara on the stand. She was spotting driving that night when she claimed she was at home. Also, a hardware store manager remembers selling her a shovel. They have her on tape and the FBI is looking through her car right now.
Bull apologizes to Nathan. His wife dedicated her last book to him, so she must really have loved him and known that he loved her.
I’m glad that Nathan was convicted for something that he didn’t do, but I don’t have a lot of sympathy for the guy. I am glad that the writers didn’t pick the obvious choice for the murderer though. 7.5/10.