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Season 3, Episode 21

Directed by Bethany Rooney

Written by Sarah H Haught, Chamblee Smith, Marissa Matteo, & Steven Paul Martinez

When The Rains Came

Bull helps mount a defense for Taylor's brother-in-law, a prison guard charged with manslaughter for the drowning deaths of two inmates in the middle of a hurricane. Bull aims to convince the jury that his client tried to prevent a "greater harm".


  • The Chains of Commanding: The brother-in-law had no authority over the other guards when the hurricane came. But since the Warden, Deputy Warden, and everyone else with more seniority than him was unable to be contacted when the phone lines went down, he became The Scapegoat when two prisoners died on his watch.
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  • Dirty Cop: The tone of the case shifts when it turns out that the brother-in-law is technically one; he had been paid to smuggle cellphones for the inmates, and left the prison to save a large cash payment that was in his garage, rather than to protect his (already evacuated) family.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: The brother-in-law claims this is the case for his decision; the prison was (seemingly) sturdy enough to endure the storm, and he was more concerned with the future of his family...though this sentiment takes a different tone when said "future" turns out to be a means to afford a decent standard of living instead of their actual lives.
  • Jury and Witness Tampering: Taylor's sister knowingly commits perjury to protect her prison guard husband, which puts a strain on the sisters' relationship when revealed.
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  • My Greatest Second Chance: Bull convinces Taylor's sister and brother-in-law to believe in this when, in a settlement, they'll have to give their illegally-gained money to the families of the deceased.
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