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Recap / Bull S 1 E 5 Just Tell The Truth

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Season 1, Episode 5

Directed by Peter Werner

Written by Cole Maliska, Elizabeth Peterson, & Thomas Wong

Just Tell the Truth

When the daughter of a wealthy family is seemingly killed by her less-well-off chef fiance, who confesses while in police custody, they want to pay Bull to make absolutely sure that the killer is punished. However, when Bull learns that the confession was coerced after hours of interrogation, he instead chooses to defend the chef.


  • Elevator Failure: In order to convince some jurors how pressure can lead to a person saying anything, Bull fakes an elevator accident for them, and watches as one has a "false alarm" heart attack so that emergency services would come faster.
  • False Confession: Bull's defense relies on proving this is the case.
  • Irony: The police chief that coerced the confession was absolutely sure that the chef was the killer, because of a confidential informant he trusted completely...who turns out to be the actual murderer.
  • Loophole Abuse: Played with; the victim's family still pays Bull in the end, because he did make sure the killer was punished, even though it wasn't the person they originally suspected.

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