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Assistant United States Attorney William Flanagan approaches Marissa to have TAC help convict Malcolm Swift of hacking air traffic control at LaGuardia International Airport and almost causing two jetliners to collide.

Malcolm’s pregnant girlfriend, Sarah, happens to be an old friend of Cable’s. She begs Cable to help because she swears that Malcolm is innocent and is being set up. Cable tells Bull that Sarah approached her, but promises not to have contact with her again.

But when Sarah says she’s pregnant, and says she has proof that Malcolm’s signature is not the same as was used for the hack, and offers Cable a thumb drive of his signature to compare, Cable takes the thumb drive. 

When Cable is given access to the FBI servers to check Malcolm’s signatures, she uses Sarah’s thumb drive. It shows that the signature is a 100% match to Malcolm’s, and then, to Cable’s shock, it begins to delete everything from the FBI’s server. 

Cable is arrested for tampering with evidence and faces up to five years in prison while Malcolm is set free. The judge declares a mistrial with prejudice due to prosecutorial misconduct. 

When Cable mentions the word JANET kept showing up in Malcolm’s code, Marissa uncovers the Joint Air Network Employee Transportation - a top secret airline code used by United States Air Force to fly the most important military personnel in the country. It turns out that the air traffic control hack was just a diversion in order to be able to hack JANET and then sell the information to the highest bidder. 

Bull uses Cable’s information, and the thumb drive, to broker a deal for her. The evidence is used to charge Malcolm for the JANET hack and Cable is set free. When Bull pick up Cable as she is released from jail, he tells her that she’s fired. 



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Bull Season 2 Episode 14 Quotes

Remember, this was an act perpetrated by people whose business it is to find you and follow you and read whatever digital breadcrumbs you choose to leave for them. So we are not going to leave any. We are writing on pads. Exchanging ideas via interoffice memos and talking to each other. Remember, we have no idea if this fellow is working alone or as part of a group and until we are sure there is no one else out there continuing his dirty work, everything is old school.


Bull: What is it, exactly, that he pulled off?
Flanagan: What do you mean. I think that's pretty clear. He hacked into our air traffic control system and nearly brought down two jetliners.
Bull: Yeah, I know. I've been thinking about that. I've read all of the interviews with the air traffic controllers and it sounded like he had everything right where he wanted it. Those two planes were seconds from colliding and then…
Benny: They didn't.
Flanagan: What's your point?
Bull: It's always helpful to have motive and it's hard to find motive in an act that seems like it could have happened but then just didn't.