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Recap / Bull S 5 E 8 Cloak And Beaker

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Bull heads to federal court for a client accused of stealing his own scientific research from the company he works for, a corporation he says buried his groundbreaking work because selling medication is more profitable than curing diseases.

  • Bittersweet Ending: At the end of the case, the client has charges dismissed against them, but his life's research is still property of the corporation and out of his hands. Bull encourages him by saying the company will likely be willing to give up that research and let him continue researching a cure to improve their PR and keep their stocks from tanking, though Benny points out it's not a complete certainty.
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  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: To quote a higher-up in the company the client worked for, "We might be in the business of saving lives, but we're still a business." It's an attempted justification for why "theoretical" research is dismissed over proven treatments, but Benny argues that this line of thought also means alleviating medication is far more profitable in the long run than permanent cures. This turns out to be exactly the case, with the company hiding evidence that they reached the same conclusion in a board meeting soon after the treatment was first discovered.
  • Parental Abandonment: While picking up her son Mauricio after work, Taylor is absolutely infuriated that he was left with a woman she doesn't recognize, instead of his father taking care of the child himself, even though said babysitter quickly and genuinely befriended the kid and refused payment.
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  • Withholding the Cure: The case is centered around whether the client or the corporation is responsible for doing this with a method of treating Parkinson's.

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