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Recap / Bull S 1 E 23 Benevolent Deception

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Season 1, Episode 23

Directed by Douglas Aarniokoski

Written by Mark Goffman, Glenn Gordon Caron, Mary Leah Sutton, & Elizabeth Peterson

Benevolent Deception

As part of the debt Bull owes Nunnelly, his crew is summoned to Miami to defend a single mother that's the sister of a drug lord, who had drugs found in her home; it's suspected that the the substance was planted, either by the government wanting her to give up her brother in exchange for freedom, or by a warring cartel looking to hurt the drug lord through her.
  • Big Brother Worship: The client refuses to turn on her criminal brother, because when they were children, he always protected her. She stops the worship when she learns the truth about the "planted" drugs.
  • Broken Pedestal: The client's faith in her brother is broken when it turns out that the drugs in her house were indeed his, and that the call that tipped off the police came from her own worried son.
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  • Moving the Goalposts: An Inversion, as while Nunnelly had previously requested Bull's help for three future cases, she lets their deal end after just two, due to both the risk involved and how much she has to gain from a successful defense.
  • Title Drop: Benny calls their client agreeing to testify against her brother, but making it look like the defense still won the possession case, in order to both satisfy Nunnelly's bosses and to avoid the drug lord brother fleeing the scene, a benevolent deception.

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