In this episode of Bull
, titled "No Good Deed," the good doctor helps a teachers' union represent a young woman who is accused of helping a poor student cheat. However, as the case unfolds, it becomes apparent that there is conspiracy at play, and the young educator might be a scapegoat for a bigger scandal.
Lacy, a young, dedicated teacher in the Bronx, is arrested, with five other teachers, for changing students' answers on standardized tests. We first meet her as she waits for one of the students during the test, nervously looking at the clock when he comes in very late.
Lacy goes to her principal and asks to see the student Tyler's test. Although the administrator officially says no, he gives her a wink and implies the tests will be unsupervised after he leaves for the day. Of course, Lacy heads to his office at six sharp, just to take one last look at Tyler's exam. All he needs is a 65 to pass, and without it he won't receive the scholarship she's helped secure for him.
When Lacy gets to the principal's office after hours, there are already other teachers there, with their answer keys spread out all over the table. The handful of teachers are arrested, but Lacy is the only one who is eventually charged because she is the only one that confessed.
Bull to the Rescue
Bull gets dragged into the case at the Mayor's Gala. After a silly and unnecessary scene about an auction and a bidding war over a carriage ride, the Mayor's assistant approaches Bull to ask if he would meet with Lacy and her lawyer. Even though Lacy is represented by a teachers' union, her cynical and overworked lawyer needs Bull's help. But let's face it, everyone needs Bull's help, and the world probably wouldn't be able to continue spinning if he didn't make it so.
Lacy's lawyer, Kinsey, isn't as impressed with Bull and he thinks she should be, and they disagree about how to proceed with her case. She's strident and cynical and thinks they should take on the entirety of the standardized testing system. She acts bored and unimpressed with Bull, even when he invites her to his office to woo her with his gadgets and technology. And she lies about the results of a personality test, meant to measure ruthlessness and situational morality.
Bull is smitten with Lacy, thinking she's a good person with good intentions. He hopes to convince the jury that she changed the answer out of necessity. In other words, it was absolutely necessary to change Tyler's answer to prevent his life from becoming more tragic than it already is.
This is problematic in light of Bull's savior complex, his whiteness and his socioeconomic status. But given that Bull is completely democratic when spreading his arrogance and swagger around, it's slightly less yucky when you examine the bigger context. Lacy is also presented as a Yale-educated, devoted teacher who works 11-hour days and spends her own money to buy school supplies, so it feels like she really does need the help, even if it comes with a giant helping of over-inflated ego.
Until this point in the episode, Tyler has just been an off-screen presence, motivating Lacy to tell the truth. Now he's the major liability that falls apart on the stand, even after Chunk prepped him. When pressed on the stand, Tyler acts unsure about the suggestion of previous cheating, leading the jury to think that Lacy might have been cheating for him all along instead of just tutoring him.
Bull and the TAC team recover the next day with testimony from a test expert, and the prosecution even presents a plea for Lacy. They will essentially let her off the hook, let her keep her teaching gig and get Tyler back on track for college, but she has to flip on the other teachers. If she snitches on the other five, both she and Tyler get their lives back, but it's a dirty deal to have to make, despite how hard everyone pushes.
She refuses -- on principle, of course -- and Bull smugly claims knowledge of her decision, calling her "the architect of her own destiny." Lacy's decision prompts the snarky Kinsey to withdraw from the case, and now Benny is the lead lawyer. I'll agree with Bull on this one. She's definitely trading up.
Lacy takes the stand and comes off as the saint she is. She tells Tyler's story, justifies her decision to change the answer and explains her decision to be a teacher, despite her wealth. Even after a moving monologue, the jury just can't get past the fact that she did it. She changed the answer, and that's concrete enough for the mock jury, and Bull is fearful it might hold true for the actual jury.
To offer the jury something a little more tangible, to prove Tyler would have passed anyway, Bull suggests Tyler take the test again, in the courthouse. Tyler passes the test with 82%, and this proves that it was necessary so his future wouldn't be compromised.
In a Bull first, the jury finds Lacy guilty, and Bull doesn't know how to react to a loss. He promises to fix it, and he does just that during the one carriage ride with the Mayor's assistant. Bull asks him to intervene, but it's unnecessary. Lacy's father had been pulling strings all along, and Lacy will wind up in a private school in Massachusetts. It was decided long before Bull ever came on the scene. Bull, exasperated at being duped, demands the Mayor finds a college for Tyler, so it's not like a real loss, after all.
Marissa catches Kyle going through her personal papers, and he claims he's just worried about her finances.
Do you really believe that his offer about the real estate deal is legit? Or do you think he's trying to steal her money? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.Bull
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