Bull (2016) s06e20 Episode Script

The Envelope, Please

1 Hey, Jake.
What's up? What? When? How? So, who told you? Mm.
Well, I'm sure you can handle it.
Call me when you get down there.
Okay, sure thing.
What's happening with your brother? Oh, nothing.
My dad died.
What happened? Well, these these people that knew him from the apartment complex he lives in, they hadn't seen him for a few days, so they they called the super who called the Tampa PD, and they went in and found him on the kitchen floor.
He hadn't moved in some time, it was Oh heart attack or something.
Jake's on his way down right now.
Hey, baby, I'm so sorry.
I feel like I want scrambled eggs.
You want some eggs? Izzy called.
Jason - I know.
- Anything I can do.
- Oh, it's okay.
- Anything at all.
- Thanks.
- Hey, man.
- Hey.
- It's tough.
Anything I can do for you? - No, it's all right.
- Will there be a service? You know, my brother's taking care of all that.
- How you doing? - I'm good.
- If there's anything I can do - You know what? Thank you.
I appreciate it.
I really do.
Uh, I think the best thing for me right now is just to get to work.
- All right, then.
- Sure.
Oh, there was a delivery.
Uh, came this morning.
It's on your desk.
Get out of the way! Move! Hey, I'm sorry, uh this may sound like a strange question, but, uh, where are we? You're in Brooklyn.
This is Park Slope.
What time is it? It's, uh, quarter to 3:00.
That's not possible.
Oh, I was just in my office and-and it was -00.
Um, can I, can I borrow your phone? 'cause I-I don't have mine.
Yeah, I-I don't I don't think so.
Come on.
All right.
Jason? Nate.
Why are you lurking outside my door? I was looking for you.
You haven't been around since you finished your doctorate.
I assumed you'd forgotten about me, as students do.
Forget the best teacher I ever had? I don't think so.
Save the flattery for someone young enough to believe it.
I trained you to be a clinician, Jason.
To treat patients.
You abandoned psychology, to do what fix parking tickets? Trial analysis.
Same difference.
Well, we can agree to disagree.
I have a problem.
I've lost five hours.
You have no memory of them? I was in my office.
It was morning.
And the next thing, it was afternoon and I was here.
And I have no consciousness of the intervening hours or what I did.
Any signs of a recent head injury, concussion, nausea, - headache? - No.
On any medication? I'm barely on Scotch these days.
Well, by all means, see many doctors and have lots of expensive tests, but I suspect it's an episode of transient global amnesia.
Do you have a history of heart disease? Yes.
That makes it more likely.
It's usually brought on by stress or very strenuous activity.
Any stress recently? My father died.
I'm sorry.
Yeah, we weren't that close, and I don't think that's a big enough event to cause an episode like this.
The thing is, I was in my office and I was looking at something.
But I can't remember what it was.
Some short-term memory loss is to be expected.
You'll figure it out.
Nice to see you, Jason.
Nate, something provoked this, something important, and I can't put my finger on it.
I I'd really like to talk to you about this.
I haven't worked with patients in a very long time.
You'll have no trouble finding someone to talk to.
It's Brooklyn, you can't throw a stick without hitting a therapist.
You used to say it's not the crisis that defines the patient, but their response to it.
I lost my memory, and I ended up a block from your apartment.
I don't think that's an accident.
You're interrupting a very full morning of doing nothing.
Come in.
I did actually get a parking ticket recently.
I can't help you with that.
Well, this place hasn't changed, has it? Same books, same furniture.
And this rug.
Have you ever had this rug cleaned? If I'd known you were coming, I would have called a decorator.
Tissue box is empty.
Then I guess you can't cry.
Jason, procrastination is a form of passive-aggressive resistance.
So cut the crap and sit down, will you? I'd forgotten how cuddly you aren't.
You want a cuddle? There's a pillow.
Your father died.
Let's start there.
Tell me about him.
Whip-smart, fast talker.
Never delivered on a promise.
You weren't close.
He left the family when I was a teenager.
I decided at that time that I would have nothing to do with him.
And in 30 years, I haven't found any reason to change my mind.
You never tried to reconnect, make peace? In the end, I never saw the point.
It's not like he was gonna change.
Jake got along with him, 'cause they're made the same.
Your brother, where is he now? He is down in Florida, arranging things.
And, uh, I'm happy to let him do that, I've I'll pay for the funeral.
And that will be the only thing my father gets from me.
Can we talk about something else? You have a family now? I do.
A daughter and a wife.
Any stress there recently? You could say that.
Jason! - Where's Astrid? - I don't know.
No, no, no.
What's going on? He took her.
He had a gun.
- Had a gun.
- Who? Who took her? Where's my daughter? You didn't hear about this? It was in the news.
Must have missed it.
I can't imagine how horrible that must have felt.
Weirdly, it didn't feel like anything, really.
It was an out-of-body experience.
I was floating up near the ceiling, looking down on myself.
And Izzy.
What did the police say when you called them? We didn't call the police.
Do you have the money? Yes, I have the money.
The million dollars, just like you asked for.
Tell me where to go.
You'll receive further instructions once you're on the road.
Remember, no police.
I don't like this.
I don't like you going out there alone.
Danny's following me, Taylor's got trackers - on my watch, - Taylor is one person.
- on my phone.
- I want an army.
- I want helicopters in the sky.
- We can't do that.
We don't want to tip them off.
If we panic, they panic.
We stick to the plan.
There is no plan.
Jason, there's no plan.
I went along with this because I thought your team would figure out who took Astrid and have some kind of special insight in getting her back, but-but you don't know who these people are, you don't know where they are, you know nothing.
Now listen, I don't know who they are, but we know they did this to get to me, and I I'm the one who has to fix it.
You always say the best way to win a negotiation is to never let them see the fear in your eyes.
Well, I can see the fear in your eyes, Jason.
And this time, we have everything to lose.
I got to go.
She's my daughter, too.
If anything happens, - I will never forgive myself - You'll never forgive me.
I know.
for-for not calling the police, for not just s-screaming and fighting and kicking and just doing everything I can - to get my daughter back.
- Okay, okay.
I promise you I'm gonna get our daughter back.
Your wife was right.
You did have everything to lose.
By refusing help, you took sole responsibility for your daughter's safety.
Well, I didn't have a choice.
They told us not to call the police.
Don't kidnappers always say that, and don't most people call the police anyway? Okay, the situation was that kidnapper was the mother of a teenage boy who used to be a patient of mine and he died, and she held me responsible.
She didn't want Astrid, she didn't want money.
She wanted me.
I had to go.
It had to be me.
What were you feeling when you went? That I would do anything to ensure Astrid's safety.
And? That I was probably gonna die.
This is for Simon.
You know what I remember about Simon? You took him to an amusement park for his 12th birthday.
Right? It was his 12th birthday.
And he knew you were afraid of heights, but he said that you took him on this massive roller coaster anyway.
And he knew how scared you were.
And he thought that was so cool that you would face your fears like that.
For him.
- Drop your weapon! Hands in the air! - No! No, stop it! - I said drop! - Don't shoot! Don't shoot, I've got this.
- Don't shoot.
- Stay back! Stay back! Everything's gonna be okay.
Everything's gonna be all right.
You know what happened right before I got here? My wife told me that she'd never forgive herself if she didn't do every single thing she could to save our daughter.
And that's all you're doing right now.
You want to do every single thing you can to avenge Simon.
But you don't have to.
He knew how much you loved him.
No matter how much he was hurting, he knew.
It's okay.
No! That was profoundly traumatic.
- Ah.
- Don't diminish it.
An experience like that changes you.
You said something you saw in your office triggered the episode.
Could it have been connected to the kidnapping? I don't think so.
It doesn't feel right.
Well, anyway, the woman took a plea deal.
Yes? That must have been a relief.
Wait a second, how do you know that? Hmm? Well, you just told me that you had not heard anything about this case.
So how do you know that Cheryl Werth took a plea deal? I must have read about it and forgotten.
Well, that doesn't sound like you.
You're the sharpest mind I've ever known.
I'm old, Jason.
I'd forget my butt if it wasn't stuck to me.
You want coffee? I'll make some.
Any sign of him? No.
The security cameras show that Bull left the office around 10:00, just a few minutes after he got in.
That was hours ago.
Did he say anything before he left? Uh, no, he made it clear that he wanted to be alone, so that's what we did.
The news about his father, it did something to him.
He didn't want to talk about it, but I could tell that he was upset.
You can track his phone, right? It's here.
He left it on his desk.
Okay, any his recent emails, messages? Don't pretend you haven't looked.
I might have taken a quick look.
There's nothing about a meeting or appointment today.
I spoke with my friend at the NYPD, and she's sympathetic, but they're gonna need more than "He's been gone for a couple of hours" to do anything.
Look, I understand why you're worried, but let's be honest, we've all seen Bull do stuff that didn't make sense at first.
Look, you know he lives in his head.
Maybe he just needed to get away and think.
He wouldn't do it this way.
He knows I would worry, he would have said something.
We'll keep looking.
I really think he's okay.
He's not.
Oh, man, that is good.
What's the name of the stuff you put in this again? Chicory.
That's right.
Whenever I smell this, I think about you and this room.
So, your daughter was kidnapped.
I assume that's the most stressful thing that's happened recently? Well, I did get a little arrested.
Judge Hopkins.
Hello, everybody.
What's the FBI doing here? There's been a development in the Smokestack class action.
What's the development? The U.
Attorney's Office received an anonymous tip that there had been interference with the jury.
One of the jurors said that he'd been bribed.
Bribed? By who? - By you.
- What? Yeah, that-that's ridiculous.
Wha You're just gonna take the word of this juror? We have corroborating evidence that Dr.
Bull made direct contact with this juror.
To answer your earlier question, Dr.
Bull, I'm afraid the agents are here to take you into custody.
Jason Bull, you're under arrest for the crime of jury tampering.
It was a class action suit.
We were suing a manufacturer of vape pens.
- And you won.
- Yes, we did.
$150 million.
Which they claimed was because you bribed a juror.
With my wife, actually.
That we somehow conspired together.
That must have been easy to disprove.
Not as easy as you'd think.
I've been thinking about a different approach to the trial.
Olivia and I could put together a proffer - in which I agreed to plead guilty - Proffer? - to a lesser charge in exchange - Whoa.
- Wha - for a reduced sentence.
There's a good chance we could get him down a few years, which isn't bad.
Martha Stewart did five months.
- D-Don't you dare joke about this.
- She's a tough bird.
Why would you plead guilty for something you didn't do? We would make it a condition that Reilly drop any prosecution of you.
- You'd be safe.
- What? Don't make this about me.
It's not about you.
It's about Astrid.
I know that you think that this is a way of saving Astrid and me, but don't.
I'm not a damsel in distress.
And if our daughter needs saving, we do it together.
You know, I'm terrified about the way all of this could turn out, too.
But being afraid doesn't mean that you stop fighting.
It means that you fight harder.
Izzy, I'm just trying to be realistic here.
I know they didn't find you guilty, because you're here.
How did you convince them? I confessed.
I don't understand.
You said you weren't guilty.
I wasn't.
And I was.
What happened that night at Randall Hughes' house? I sat in my car, and I watched Coach Hughes take his trash to the curb.
Is that it? That's all you did that night? No.
I got out of the car.
And why did you get out of your car? To bribe Randall Hughes.
I'm sorry, Dr.
Bull, I'm confused.
You just said - you didn't offer him a bride.
- I didn't, but I thought about it for a few seconds, and then I thought better of it, and I got back in my car and I drove home.
But in that time We were desperate.
I was fighting on behalf of so many people in this class action suit, and we were trapped, and I was selfish, and I put my team at risk, their reputations and their livelihoods.
And I am ashamed of myself for that.
But most of all, my wife and my child, to bring them into this mess, that I regret most of all.
Tell me about Izzy.
Izzy is everything.
She and Astrid are the center of my life.
Which is ironic, since I nearly lost her.
What do you mean? Well, we were married before, years ago.
But we had a miscarriage and we couldn't hold it together and I There was someone else, for a little bit, but it was it was Izzy.
And it just took a long time until I could admit what she meant to me.
What convinced you? Probably the fact she was about to marry someone else.
Oh, my goodness.
You-you want a drink? Yes.
God, yes.
But don't give me one.
It's nice.
Want to buy it? I'm getting married.
I heard.
I wanted to tell you.
Um, I called, but you were never there, so I I figured it was a sign.
It's all good.
I'm happy for you.
You don't look happy.
Happy for you, sad for me.
You're a great lady, lady.
Is that what you came over here to tell me? I'm sorry it didn't work for us.
I would have really liked for it to have worked.
But I'm glad you found someone.
I wish the same for you.
Can I tell you something? Something I don't think you know about yourself? I don't think you're good alone, Jason.
I don't.
You may be on to something there.
What happened? She left her fiancé and you got married? No.
She married him.
How did you and she get back together? Well, it's a funny thing.
Her father died.
I saw Izzy at the funeral.
Well, that couldn't have been a surprise.
She looked so fragile.
That couldn't have been a surprise, either.
I didn't know what to do.
I didn't do any of it very well.
What did you want to do? I wanted to save her.
I've always wanted to save her.
I got to go.
Don't give me that look.
That's not the first time you've heard someone talk about sex at a funeral.
Anyway, that is how Izzy got pregnant with Astrid.
And that's when you got married.
When she gave birth? No.
You are married? It took a while.
What's interesting? You don't see the connection? No.
What? Jason, I used to think of you as one of my most insightful students.
Do you honestly not see this? Seriously, I Nate, you got to help me out here.
You have a fragile, precious relationship with Izzy and Astrid.
Your center, as you put it.
Twice in the recent past it's been threatened.
Once by a kidnapping, once with prison.
Both times you took on the burden of saving it.
It seems logical that the trigger for the episode was another threat.
One you feared you couldn't save your family from.
So what would that be? You.
- What? - Think it through.
You think I'm a threat to my family? I'm saying that's what you think.
Jason, what did this episode of amnesia allow you to do? - Functionally? - I don't know.
It let you disappear.
You came here, where no one will look for you.
You're in hiding.
Why would you do that if you weren't afraid? What could convince me I was a threat to my family? I don't know.
Maybe it has something to do with that envelope in your jacket pocket.
I didn't even know that was there.
How did you know that was there? I am, in fact, an omniscient being who knows all things.
Also, I saw it just now.
Open it.
I want to know what's inside.
It's a check for $44.
7 million.
Now we're getting somewhere.
Nearly $45 million.
That's real money.
It's the, uh, fee for the class action.
We work on a contingency.
This is a third of the total award.
I just I didn't know it was arriving today.
It's what you saw in the office, the trigger for the episode.
Why would this make me feel like a threat to my family? What does it mean to you? More money for TAC.
Uh it's more clients, more staff, more cases.
More travel? Which would mean more work Is this about work? That doesn't feel right.
No, it doesn't.
Tell me about TAC.
Uh, we're a trial science firm.
We shape the narrative of a trial to suit the jurors we've picked.
Pick jurors? How do you do that? $10,000 for Hamilton tickets, day of.
Fourth row center.
From a scalper.
It's an absolutely justifiable business expense.
I had to pay off the court clerk.
Bull, I seriously doubt the IRS will agree that illegal bribes are deductible.
Marissa, if I don't have a list of the 75 potential jurors that make up the jury pool at least a couple days before I walk into that courtroom, then all of those people on the other side of that door can't research them and help me figure out if I want them or not.
And since jury lists are not supposed to be shared - with either side - Exactly.
the only way that I can do my job is to have that list.
Otherwise I'm just guessing, and any fool can guess.
So there's some rule-breaking involved.
I'm not gonna apologize for getting information I need to help my clients.
I'm not asking you to apologize.
So this information tells you who to pick for your jury? Well, the information only gets you so far.
You got to question the jurors to weed out the bad ones.
You don't want to let the other side know what you're doing, so sometimes the questions have to be a little unorthodox.
This case is about government secrets.
So what I would like to speak to you about is canned goods.
Ladies and gentlemen, let's talk about cats.
How many people here own cats? Any hopeless romantics here today? Anyone here believe in love at first sight? Today I want to talk to you about rats.
Is there anyone here who rides horses, - bungee jumps or skydives? - I would like to talk to you all a little bit about phobias.
One of the most common phobias is spiders.
Rats, cats, and spiders.
Forgive me, but your trial science doesn't sound that scientific.
Kind of like psychology.
It's more of a feeling.
And that's what I do, I you know, I watch people and I observe their body language and their facial expressions and I listen to the words they choose, and then I try to figure out what they're thinking.
There you go.
- Thank you.
- Wonder if that's his real hair.
Let's see that wedding finger.
No ring.
No indent of the finger flesh.
Maybe he's actually single.
- True story.
- No, it isn't.
You just cleared your throat.
Pretty good indicator that you're about to lie.
When Marissa and I met and we were comparing histories, backstories, and she told me she worked for Homeland Security, I was convinced it was the name of a bank.
I'm sorry, I still don't believe that.
Neither do I.
Oh, but it is a good story.
It made you smile.
It still makes me smile.
The only reason I am here, my dear, is to make you smile.
I hate this guy.
You said I used to be really good at that.
I think I said, "I'd never seen anyone better.
" But let's get back to TAC.
Let me see if I've got this right.
You rig the jury It's not rigging to select jurors open to your argument.
and tell them a version of the facts that leads to a verdict you desire.
I want to see my clients get the justice they deserve.
Again, I am not gonna apologize for doing everything I can on their behalf.
I'm not asking you to apologize.
Just that you be honest.
What does that mean? "Do everything I can on their behalf"? That phrase covers a lot, doesn't it? What's your point? Time for me to be honest, Jason.
I know things about you.
More than you might expect.
For instance, what you did to that elevator full of jurors.
Going up? Sorry.
Oh, no.
Good, we're stuck.
No way.
We can't be stuck.
Oh, push the red button.
What's your emergency? We got six people stuck in an elevator at the courthouse.
You got to send somebody to get us out right away.
Stand by, ma'am.
How long? No longer than a few hours.
We're jurors in a trial.
Do it.
We can get out of here.
I bet a medical emergency gets a response.
Hi, uh, it's the elevator people again.
We have someone in here going into cardiac arrest.
We need help right now.
It's a medical emergency.
Can you please describe the symptoms? Chest pains, um, red in the face, trouble breathing.
I'm pretty sure it's a coronary.
And that's it.
That's what we're looking for.
We got them.
Luckily, the power's back up.
I contacted the fire department and they're sending EMTs right away.
Never mind.
False alarm.
Word of advice? Take the stairs.
How'd you know about that? What can I say? I've kept my eye on you.
I was trying to make the jury understand why someone would make up a story under pressure.
And it worked.
Seriously, how'd you know about that? Making the jury understand? Is that what prompted the incident in Texas? Okay.
Put a pin in this.
Let's go.
Jury, everybody, let's get down to the shelter.
Bull, get inside, you dummy, there's a tornado coming.
Is there? Yeah, I mean, it's lit up all over social media.
Look, they're tweeting about it a town over.
Once again, there's a severe tornado warning issued for all of Callisto.
While everyone in Callisto should immediately find shelter, a tornado watch has been issued for neighboring counties.
My responsibility is to my clients, and if I find an imaginative way to advance their case, I don't see anything wrong with that.
See nothing wrong with it? You love it.
You've always had to be the smartest guy in the room, and we both know smart guys don't follow the rules.
You prefer a crooked path because the straight and narrow bores you.
What are you saying? Someone who doesn't play by the rules delights in outwitting the system, manipulates other people to his own ends.
Who is that person? You're a con man.
You conned Peters, but you haven't conned me.
I loathe parlor tricks.
You didn't play by the rules back then and you're in hot water for doing the same thing now.
You're not on the level, and that exhausts me.
People appreciate a good story when they're being sold something.
She said to the man wearing completely clear eyeglasses.
To convince people of what? To hide from what? You're not that different from Dad.
You know that, right? Yeah, we're peas in a pod.
He was a glorified con man with a realtor's license.
Do your clients know you failed the bar twice? I have three PhDs.
And I never wanted to be an attorney.
So you're a glorified con man, but with a psychology degree.
Oh, I get it.
You're saying I'm a threat to my family 'cause I'm just like my father? A con man, a hustler, a fraud? Is that what you're saying, Nate? I am asking if that's what you're saying.
Go to hell.
I always liked sitting out here.
Seeing young families on the street, parents with little kids.
How could you not be cheered by that? Your father left after he had a success, didn't he? Yeah.
Huge one.
The big score, the one he always told us was around the corner.
I guess he wanted a new life.
"Money changes everything," he used to say.
And he was right.
I lied to you.
Seems only fair.
You weren't my best teacher.
My dad was.
He didn't even have a high school diploma, and he could read people better than any PhD I ever met.
He knew what people were thinking before they did.
And he could get them to believe that they were doing something for themselves when, really, they were doing it for him.
And I soaked it all up.
He was a thieving narcissist and a disappointment to anyone who ever loved him.
And he made me.
His name? What do you think? Ah.
Jason Bull, Sr.
There's almost nothing in the world I know, except this: children love their parents even if they don't deserve it.
Sometimes especially if they don't.
When a father dies, the child needs to mourn.
But to do that, you can't hold him at arm's length.
You've got to let him in.
I'm afraid to.
Afraid to admit how much he's a part of you? And afraid that I'll become just like him.
But you won't, because you haven't.
Your father wouldn't have risked his life to save his daughter.
Wouldn't have confessed to protect his wife.
He started you, maybe.
You did the rest.
Is that all you got? Jason, don't defend.
That's what gets you into trouble.
And let this thought in.
Thank you, Nate.
Thank you for the time.
I got nothing but time.
Uh, hello? Hello? Can we help you? You okay? Are you all right? Do you need something? - This is our house.
We live here.
- Yeah.
This is your house.
You Oh.
Uh I just was Um I knew somebody who used to live here, and I was in the neighborhood, and I thought I'd just stop by, have a look.
You knew the doctor? Yeah.
We bought the house from him.
Well, uh, from his estate after he died.
- Oh.
- How'd you know him? We were friends.
Well, he took great care of the place.
We had to hardly do any work on it.
That's good to hear.
It's a great place.
All right, well, I will get out of your way.
Sorry about that.
Beautiful baby.
- Thank you.
- Oh.
Actually, do either of you have a cell phone I could borrow? He's here.
- You're okay.
- I am totally fine.
- I am so glad to see you.
- Okay.
And I'm gonna slap you so hard when we get home.
Oh, well, I will accept that as my just desserts.
Along with a thousand years of guilt-ridden penitence.
- More.
- Whatever you need.
I told you he was okay.
Chunk was the outlier.
The rest of us were worried.
Ah, well, I am so sorry about that.
Sorry to make you worry and also, I'm grateful to have friends who would worry.
- You want to go home? - Please.
All right, let me do one thing.
Jake, hey.
How are things coming? Good.
Well, listen, I'm-I'm gonna come down.
I'll be there tomorrow.
I'll help with whatever I can.
Yeah, well, I think we should put the old man to rest together, you know what I mean? All right, I'll text you my flight details.
Love you, too.
By the way, there's something I want to tell you about.

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