The episode starts in a toll lane where a man gets shot by someone passing through.
The wife, Dr. Kate’s sister from NCIS, gets notified by U.S. Marshals. They need to pick up her daughter too.
Marissa talks to Bull. Taylor had to bring her son into work today. This makes him nervous because his, and Benny’s and Chunk’s, hero, Walter Franklin, is coming in to ask for his help.
He likes kids, so that doesn’t turn out to be a problem. The case that he brings to them is that of the toll worker, whose name is Anthony Gibson. He was in Witness Protection for testifying against his employer. His widow is suing the U.S. government. She’s angry, and rightfully so, but that might not promote sympathy for her among the jury. He needs Bull’s help to change that.
They go to see her. She wants compensation from the government to get her and her daughter out of the country. Bull explains that she needs to change her attitude. They need to see her as a grieving widow, not as an angry woman who hates America. She doesn’t like him, so Franklin asks Bull to step outside.
This gives Bull a chance to speak with the daughter. He has to climb through a window to do it, but he comes to the conclusion that Franklin has the wrong client. He needs to be representing the daughter, not the mother.
Chunk needs Benny’s help. The government is claiming that they weren’t negligent because it was a random shooting. Benny says that they have to prove that Gibson’s death was in retribution for being an accountant at this company.
Danny says that the killer wasn’t a good shot. The bullet ricocheted inside the glass box and that’s the only reason that it hit him.
Bull and Franklin break the news to the mom and daughter. The mom isn’t happy about it, but as long as her daughter is ok, she’ll go along. They then get a motion from the government to dismiss the case under sovereign immunity. Apparently you can’t sue the government without its consent? The daughter, Tiffany, is quick to point out the unfairness of this, but there are thankfully loopholes.
The first loophole that Franklin thinks up falls through, because it requires intent. Negligence does not require intent. Franklin finds another loophole: the Graves Act of 1812, which is about breach of contract.
Danny talks to one of the marshals in charge of Gibson. According to him, they didn’t talk much. He does tell her to talk to the FBI, as that is where he threatened to go when the marshal wouldn’t add security.
Bull, Franklin, and Tiffany are at a pizza place Franklin suggested. While talking about Gibson, Tiffany gets emotional and leaves. Bull then explains to Franklin how jury selection should go.
He doesn’t listen, but it wasn’t entirely intentional. He doesn’t remember taking Bull and Tiffany to the pizza place and he doesn’t remember Bull telling him what to do. And it gets better. The Graves Act doesn’t exist, and the prosecutor is going to tell the judge that in the morning.
Bull talks to Benny about what to do. They decide that Benny will be on standby as lead lawyer in case he’s needed. Chunk comes in and shows them something that could help. There was a Tucker act in 1887 that’s similar enough that Franklin could have mixed them up.
It works. the judge lets them off with a warning and they live to fight another day.
Danny talks to FBI agent Stokes. He initially doesn’t want to tell her anything, but he leaves her to snoop around.
Tiffany is on the stand. Her father was like the sun, and now he’s gone. The prosecutor asks if he called the marshals before going to Chicago 11 weeks before. She says that it was her fault. She wanted to see her boyfriend and he followed her. He didn’t tell the marshals because he was protecting her, not because she was trying to hide anything from them. The prosecutor then makes the cruel point that the marshals didn’t put Gibson in danger, Tiffany did.
They have to prove that Gibson’s death was not related to Chicago. Danny brings up the file that Stokes so nicely left her on his desk. It was about Ted Morris, one of the investors in the company that Gibson worked for. He lost a lot of money, and that gives him motive to kill Gibson. Franklin has fallen asleep during this, and Bull says that he’ll take him home. Nobody else needs to wait up.
When he does take him home, Bull confronts Franklin about his memory problems. He decides to put Benny as lead because that is the way that they are going to win this case.
Before they all go into court the next day, Danny delivers some bad news. The gun that shot Gibson was also used in a gang shooting in Chicago over a year ago, which does not help their case that Chicago is not what got Gibson killed.
Tiffany’s boyfriend’s dad is on the stand. He had an argument with Gibson when he came to look for Tiffany, and it was so loud that the entire block could have heard them.
Danny comes in with some weird news. The FBI agent on the Chicago gang case was the same one that she and Gibson talked to. What if Stokes wanted Gibson to testify? What if Gibson wasn’t supposed to die, and that’s why the bullet ricocheted?
They put Stokes on the stand. Bull has Franklin question him, because the accidental death theory was his theory. He turns out to be right.
Outside the courtroom, he tells Bull and Benny that he needs to retire. Then he talks to Tiffany and her mother, and they make the pizza joke one too many times.
I’m sad that they didn’t use the mom more, and I think they overstepped with the pizza thing. Otherwise, the episode was good. 8/10.