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Recap / Bull S 1 E 22 Dirty Little Secrets

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Season 1, Episode 22

Directed by Dennis Smith

Written by David Hoselton, Glenn Gordon Caron, Elizabeth Peterson, & Mary Leah Sutton

Dirty Little Secrets

In a case of "privacy vs. security", TAC is tasked with defending a security company that refuses to hand over files that may provide a lead on a recent terrorist attack; TAC is not entirely comfortable with their position, but it's one of the cases Nunnelly wants their help with in exchange for her earlier assistance.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Harry, the right-hand man of the security company's head, sold information on influential clients to cover his debts, and is thus responsible for the bombing.
  • The Gambling Addict: Harry from the security company, who got into massive debt betting on things like the exact time airplanes would land.
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  • Hourglass Plot: The case begins with Nunnelly supporting absolute confidentiality, and Bull believing (and telling her) that a temporary breach is worth preventing horrible things like the bombing. It ends with Bull having to restore Nunnelly's belief in her original viewpoint, after Cable helps him realize how innocent people could get hurt by privacy violations.
  • Loophole Abuse: As Bull is not actually a lawyer, he is able to ignore Attorney-Client privilege and call the FBI on Harry.
    • Hollywood Law: However, both state and federal courts have specifically ruled in the past that attorney-client privilege applies to jury consultants.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Or rather, make it look like a terrorist attack when it's really a hit on some of the security company's influential clients, after buying data on where they'll be from Harry.
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