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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Crossing over into Narm, "Absolution" (S02E16) suddenly cuts from Chunk trying to deal with personal drama to a three minute long dream sequence where he sings about his troubles while dancing in front of paper cut out animation.
    • The ending of "My Corona" has the cast sing and dance as if they were in a theater production.
  • Critical Dissonance: Most critics have given low ratings for the show, but it has been seen by more than 10 million viewers.
  • Designated Hero: The main cast's jury manipulation and invasion of privacy sometimes goes a little too far and makes them harder to sympathize with. It tends to depend on the episode though.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Bull having a mental discussion with himself and deciding he already hates Marissa's new boyfriend Kyle is Played for Laughs, but a couple episodes later its revealed that Kyle's a con man who has emptied the bank accounts of numerous people.
    • Crossing over with Undermined by Reality, Bull has Belligerent Sexual Tension with J.P. Nunnelly (Eliza Dushku). Dushku accused Weatherly, and several other men working on Bull, of sexual harassment.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: The main reason people watch Bull is that Michael Weatherly, who had a 13-year stint as Very Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo prior, is the starring actor.
    • Some people watched "The Fall" for being about Titanfall.
    • The episode "The Invisible Woman" is one for the COVID-19 Pandemic going on worldwide.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: Eliza Dushku was brought on as a potential new major cast member, only to face a horrifically misogynist work environment mostly perpetrated by Michael Weatherly, who was constantly harrassing her with jokes about a "rape van" (and this was shortly after she revealed that she'd been sexually abused at age 12). And when she reported it to the network execs, they responded by firing her and then trying to buy her off with an NDA (this was also when the disgraced Les Moonves was still in charge). While kept quiet for a time, it exploded during the show's third season when Dushku was awarded a $9.5 million settlement and went public about her treatment during the show. When the show was renewed for a fourth season, Steven Spielberg and Amblin announced that they won't participate further.
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  • Paranoia Fuel: In "Excessive Force" the officer involved in shooting an unarmed civilian was in on the idea to split the money after the civilian would sue the city for a lot of money.
  • Strangled by the Red String: In one episode, two of the jurors begin a relationship, but their "mirror jury" counterparts don't. This ruins the team's trial prediction as the two juries are now "out of sync", so they try to push the two mirror jurors together. As you'd expect, it doesn't work since they're obviously not exactly the same people as the real jurors. Except the team then concludes the two jurors' relationship was based simply on the fact that it was taboo, and upon imposing a "no fraternization" rule on the mirror jurors, their counterparts immediately hook up.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Susan Bryant from Teacher’s Pet. While the episode doesn’t ignore the Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male of her actions (her lawyer specifically took the case be cause of the pliability) she is still presented sympathetically even though she cheated on her husband with one of her students then convinced him to quit school to take care of her and her child. She seems to get her Laser-Guided Karma when it’s discovered that the baby is actually her husband (who is in no way villanized). It is here that the episode provides her a Freudian Excuse which is Parental Abandonment. Not only does this in no way make her sympathetic as the show is essentially trying to use Good Adultery, Bad Adultery as an excuse the before mentioned Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male, but it actually makes her come across as a Manipulative Bitch. Not only has she convinced her student into entering into an All Take and No Give relationship that involves taking care of her and someone else’s child, but her abandonment issues means that she’s eventually going to abandon him as well.
    • Cable in Keep Your Friends Close. After disobeying not only Bull's orders but the FBI's she nearly allows a hacker terrorist to get of of charges. This is played up that she made a mistake because she 'has a good heart' but it comes off as her being a massive idiot who nearly destroyed Bull's entire company because she can't use common sense. Then, after Bull pulls some favors and gets her out of jail for destroying evidence, he informs her that he has to fire her and Cable throws a hissy fit and storms off; once more it is supposed to come off as a tearjerker but instead makes her look like a brat who thought she could break federal laws without any consequences.
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  • What an Idiot!: Cable in Keep Your Friends Close. After being told that she can not talk to the girlfriend of the terrorist hacker who is on trial she still talks to her, allows the girlfriend to convince her to help them, and then inserts a USB drive given to her by said girlfriend into the FBI evidence database. The result is of course all the evidence is completely erased by a virus, something Cable never considered despite supposedly being a computer genius.

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