Not to congratulate myself, but I must admit that I figured how who killed Jeremy Lexington right from the opening scene of Bull Season 2 Episode 13.
Yes, the tortured scream, and the drinking, and the obvious depression could have been signs of a man who knew his wife was sitting with a divorce lawyer, but it was the exchange between Jeremy and his killer that gave it away.
When Jeremy kept telling the masked man who just broke through his French doors to wait, and the killer repeatedly told him to hold still and then murdered him with one direct shot to the head, it seemed clear that Jeremy had hired the man to kill him.
At least it was clear when I hit the rewind button on my TIVO and watched the entire scene a second time.
It was difficult not to have at least some sympathy for Jeremy. Albeit, he gambled away every penny his family had, including his only daughter's college tuition, but he was also willing to sacrifice himself to give them a future.
And at the last minute, he seemed to have changed his mind but couldn't stop the plan he'd put into motion.
Perhaps getting help for his gambling addiction would have been a better solution.
Unfortunately, the hitman Jeremy hired wasn't very good at staging the home invasion, and that left Rebecca Lexington on the hook for murder.
Oh, please. Can we at least be honest with each other? Those who have had the misfortune of dealing with Mrs. Lexington have nothing nice to say.Bull
As Bull pointed out, this case had become a trial by social media. Rebecca Lexington was the woman the tabloids loved to hate. The entitled, rich person who had married into money and political power.
We are helping to defend Rebecca Lexington. The witch of wealth. The bitch of Greenwich.Marisa
But overall, I ended up disliking Kendall Tyler more than I did Rebecca.
Rebecca certainly wasn't the nicest person in the world, but Kendall was mining someone else's tragedy for her version of fame and fortune. Worst of all, she seemed almost gleeful about it, at least until Bull pointed out exactly how despicable her actions were.
In the end, Kendall didn't allow an innocent woman to go to prison, but the fact that she took so long to consider her options doesn't say much for her character.
On the flip side, Rebecca was willing to go to prison to secure her daughter's future.
Rebecca and Olivia apparently had a close bond, probably forged while surviving Jeremy's addiction, and they continually tried to protect one another.
My only complaint was that I would have liked to have witnessed the moment where Olivia convinced her mother to take the stand and allow the truth to come out. That could have been a powerful scene, but we never got the opportunity to see it play out.
Elsewhere, Chunk was having an issue with one of his law school professors...
No matter what your prejudices might be, no matter how much you might dislike tall, good looking, impeccably dressed men, that’s an A.Chunk
First off, Chunk has been in law school all of a few weeks. How can he possibly gauge what's an A paper and what should only earn a C?
It felt more than a little arrogant for Chunk to believe that all of his work thus far should garner a higher grade and that the professor must hold some sort of prejudice against him to justify getting something as average as a C.
Secondly, it sounded whiny. Hasn't everyone had a teacher who just didn't like them?
Mine was Mrs. Perry for 8th grade Social Studies. I loved the subject, but that woman hated me!
I loved Benny's response to Chunk's griping in one of my favorite Bull quotes...
Benny: When I was in law school, I had this professor, right. The guy hated me. He was like a hundred years old and all he saw was this pugnacious, Puerto Rican kid with long hair and lots of attitude. Did everything he could to let me know that there was no place for me in the legal profession.
Chunk: So what happened?
Benny: I'm here and he's dead.
Benny was right in that sometimes the best revenge, the only revenge, is simply to persevere.
Also, Olivia made a great point. Unlike Rebecca, who would never be able to confront the bloggers and gossip hounds who hated her, Chunk could speak to his professor face to face.
But when he did, I can't say I was overly impressed. The professor thinks that trial scientists are unnecessary at best and charlatans at worst.
I'm guessing that Chunk's papers have taken on the perspective of the trial scientist because that has been Chunk's experience.
So Chunk has a few options. He can try to convince his professor that he's wrong about trial science or he can stop using it as a basis for his papers in that class.
I wanted to hear Chunk defend trial science, but that never happened.
At least he didn't agree to drop the class, but I was disappointed that we didn't hear anything about Chunk's strategy moving forward.
Or perhaps he's just resigned himself to getting a C.
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