The episode starts with a teacher in class. A student comes in late to take a test. She wants to see if he did well, but the principal says that’s illegal in a wink-wink-nudge-nudge kind of way. She waits until he leaves and walks back into his office. There are five people altering tests. She only asks for one.
Bull and Marisa are at the mayor’s annual gala. He bids on something that he doesn’t want and loses; all while being compared to Superman. The mayor then tricks him into letting them both win.
Later the mayor’s chief of staff comes up to him and asks a favor. He wants Bull to meet the only teacher being charged in the cheating scandal. Bull agrees.
He goes in to see the lawyer, who isn’t impressed with him at all, and then the teacher comes in. She's the only one being charged because she confessed and the others didn’t. There is an offer on the table from the DA of probation if she gives her testimony against the others. Bull doesn’t want her to take it because she’ll still have a felony on her record and will most likely get her teaching license taken away.
Marisa talks to the team about how great she is and the only one not swayed is Benny. He doesn’t believe that she only altered the one test the one time.
Bull and the teacher talk. She was born in the U.S. but moved to Switzerland when she was 5. She loves teaching, and she misses it, something she mentions upon seeing a school bus.
Bull talks to the lawyer. He wants to use the necessity defense. The lawyer points out that the necessity defense is only used when saving lives. Bull argues that that is what the teacher was doing. She says that there’s no precedent and she wants to attack standardized testing instead.
Bull wants Machiavellian jurors and makes everyone take a test. The one with the lowest score is Chunk, which surprised me.
The lawyer goes off script during jury selection, proving herself the most Machiavellian of them all.
In Marisa’s apartment, her boyfriend is going through her stuff. She gets rightly angry and kicks him out. He says he just wants to take care of her, but there are these things known as privacy and trust. He violated both.
Bull brings the teacher to TAC. He tells her that the student, Tyler, is going to be the first witness. She’s concerned about him, and Bull says he’s concerned about her. Bull asks her why she doesn’t have a fancy lawyer and she says that she wants to take responsibility for her actions.
Chunk preps Tyler, and he does pretty well.
On the stand, he doesn’t.
Marisa and Bull talk. More accurately, Marisa uses Bull as a sounding board and then decides to apologize to her boyfriend.
The next day in court goes a lot better, and the other lawyer offers a great deal: dropped charges, keep her teaching license, send Tyler to college in exchange for the other five teachers.
Bull, Benny, and the lawyer all want her to take it because of course, they do. It’s a great deal. She doesn’t take it because she doesn’t want to flip on the colleagues who obviously don’t give a crap about her. Upon her making this horrible decision, the lawyer quits. After she leaves, Bull says that they’re going to put her on the stand.
Benny uses sympathy, and the other side states the facts. Fact is that she did it.
This is something that Bull, Benny, Chunk, and Marisa talk about. Bull comes up with an unorthodox solution. He wants Tyler to retake the test.
The judge allows it, and he gets in the 82nd percentile. Neither this nor Benny's closing argument is enough to save her as they find her guilty. THEY LOST! I didn’t think they were ever going to lose.
But it turns out that no one’s going to suffer any consequences from this loss though. During his carriage ride with the mayor’s chief of staff, he finds out that the teacher’s father was the one to bring the case to the mayor’s attention and has gotten his daughter a plush job in a private school in Massachusetts. Because of this, Bull is able to politic Tyler into college, so everybody wins, and there are no stakes whatsoever.
Consequences are important, in life and from a narrative standpoint. If there are no consequences, there are no stakes, and therefore no reason to worry or care about what is going to happen. They tried to be different by having Bull lose, but then they took the bite out of it. Try harder. 6/10.