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Recap / Bull S 5 E 2 The Great Divide

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Season 5, Episode 2

Directed by Michael Weatherly
Written by Pamela Wechsler

The Great Divide

Chunk agrees to defend Lily Knowles, who is being sued for wrongful death in a case brought by the wealthy Evelyn Waters. Waters' daughter Claire and her boyfriend were killed by a collapsed beam in a dilapidated building used by struggling artists as a place to squat and work. Lily is accused of encouraging artists to stay there, despite being told that the building was unsafe. As Chunk is surveying the building with Claire, Benny shows up with Evelyn. They bring the conflict of interest concerns to Bull, who initially says TAC must defend Lily because Chunk was first to line up his client. Benny argues that Chunk's client is pro bono while Evelyn can pay, and TAC desperately needs a paying case. Bull then says they must try to get the judge to agree to TAC representing both sides, which she does after accepting their terms. Benny has Danny and Marissa work for him, while Bull and Taylor work for Chunk. As the case moves along, Chunk confides to Bull how much he needs to learn from Benny, whose tactics appear to be working. The jury indeed finds Lily responsible for the two deaths, but they award damages of only one dollar. As the episode closes, Benny is approached by an ADA, who tells him the current District Attorney is embroiled in controversy and will be stepping down. He wants Benny to run for DA in a special April election.
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