Bull: (S01E12) “Stockholm Syndrome”

It’s a real explosive episode, literally.  The TAC offices go BOOM! 

For $200 a day and a hot lunch you too can be a mock juror at TAC. Laurel Guthrie (Christina Jackson) accepts.  Yet as Bull watches, juror number 18 appears nervous and fidgety. When she covers her ears and drops to the floor, Bull yells, “everybody down!”  Boom!  From the rumble, Laurel, a pharmacist, rises with a gun; a 3D gun.  She also takes responsibility for making the bomb. Being a pharmacist, mixing it up at home and getting the ingredients past the security check was elementary. Encouraged by Bull, she shares her story, the gist being,  “Get my husband out of jail” Her husband is also a pharmacist, accused of working with the local gangs, arrested in the death of one of the members & imprisoned for dealing & murderer.  Bull agrees to a mock trial, after he talks her out of the poorly engineered gun.  

Former special agent Danielle James of the FBI  and presently TAC staff member, is the major witness and accuser to this crime. Danny was undercover and instrumental to the bust. Yet her behavior, while in deep cover could have jeopardized the case, so the then DA offered Gordon a deal of manslaughter. Danny  is who “attorney” Bull appears to go after, questioning her memory as well as credibility.

 Bull proclaims weekly, “I am not a lawyer” yet he watches enough cases to qualify, I suppose.  Being a genius and a quick study, he feels, “the best narrative wins the case, yet only the truth will set you free” So simply asking the right questions…or omitting specifics, leaning on blind truths and prejudices, can influence the choices of another. Right?  He’s been doing this every week; yet tonight I really heard him. Where is the truth in law? Somewhere between false beliefs and opinions based on personal experience I guess…and what appears to be.

And judging by appearances, Gordon Guthrie, (Driton Tomaj) with his frail frame and board rimmed glasses is guilty!  It was ,as assumed, a drug deal gone bad with the local gangs and etc. Laurel’s fears for his survival in such a hostile environment were unwarranted as well. He’s seen in a cut away, stabbing one of his enemies in prison, victoriously.

The story had its moments, validating our suspicions regarding, “Blind Justice” the power of suggestion and influence. No doubt, it will continue weekly.  I do look forward to the weekly jury question, however.  I’ve had fun with it, already. Is a Hot Dog a sandwich?  Well is it?

This is a story from Dr.Phil McGraw, co creator