Netflix The Lincoln Lawyer season 1 recap guide: Episodes 1 to 10

The Lincoln Lawyer. Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Mickey Haller in episode 101 of The Lincoln Lawyer. Cr. Lara Solanki/Netflix © 2022
The Lincoln Lawyer. Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Mickey Haller in episode 101 of The Lincoln Lawyer. Cr. Lara Solanki/Netflix © 2022 /
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The Lincoln Lawyer. (L to R) Krista Warner as Hayley, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Mickey Haller in episode 106 of The Lincoln Lawyer. Cr. Lara Solanki/Netflix © 2022
The Lincoln Lawyer. (L to R) Krista Warner as Hayley, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Mickey Haller in episode 106 of The Lincoln Lawyer. Cr. Lara Solanki/Netflix © 2022 /

The Lincoln Lawyer episode 6 recap: Bent

The Lincoln Lawyer episode 6 begins with a flashback to Mickey’s childhood, a day where he got to see his dad, Mickey Haller, Sr. (Jon Tenney), in action in the courtroom. From there, Mickey reaches out to one of his family friends, Legal (Elliott Gould), to discuss the bribe thing. He wonders what his father would do in this situation. They try to theorize where the bribe might have ended up. In the pocket of a juror? A judge? Maybe Mickey should just stop asking questions he doesn’t want answers to.

At Maggie’s, Mickey talks to Hayley, who is in the middle of playing Nocturna. Since seeing David’s death, Hayley has been considering her father’s job. She asks him if he would represent the person who killed Maggie’s witness. It’s clear Hayley has some misgivings about the fact her father sometimes defends murderers and criminals. Mickey tries to explain that it’s not always that simple, that people are innocent until proven guilty and everyone has the write to a good defense.

Maggie and Mickey discuss Tanya after and Mickey agrees to help her. Then she mentions the fundraiser she’s attending later for Janelle and Mickey volunteers to go with her to see her give a speech to introduce Janelle.

At the office, Mickey, Lorna and Cisco discuss their defense: tunnel vision. The cops narrowed in on Trevor and never bothered looking elsewhere. What if Lara had enemies? They find a woman named Sonia Patel (Puja Mohindra) that Lara tried calling two days before her death and agree to look into her.

From there, Mickey has another check-in appointment with Judge Holder. She mentions Jerry’s memorial and, in a roundabout way, the fact Mickey ordered a beer. He assures her he has not fallen off the wagon and everything is fine.

Cisco and Lorna decide to investigate Judge Stanton and ensure he’s not the one Jerry paid off. They do so by visiting his and his husband’s restaurant in town and find that all the renovations and payments were above-ground. Stanton is a dead end.

Meanwhile, Mickey meets with Sonia. She tells him that she and Lara worked together at Chaos Games years ago. Lara was a brilliant coder. But when Lara and Trevor got married, Lara stopped talking to Sonia. Sonia blames Trevor, calling him controlling. But two days before her murder, Lara reached out to Sonia to have lunch. She said she had something she wanted to tell Sonia in person. Of course, that meeting never happened.

When Mickey calls Trevor, he says Sonia has never liked him but that she has tried emailing him multiple times in recent years in the hopes she can get a job at Parallax. Mickey presses Trevor about the missing money and Trevor claims Jerry told him it would be for an expensive video recreation of the murder that would help Trevor’s case. The video never happened.

The next day, Mickey goes to visit Jesús Menedez (Saul Huezo) in prison and promises him he’s looking for Glory Days and file for an appeal. He pleads with Jesús to give him another chance as his attorney. He promises that he won’t rest until he gets his second shot. Mickey tells Izzy that it was the case with Jesús that really caused his shutdown and how the pills helped him do it. It’s one thing to lose a case and send a guilty man to prison, it’s something completely different when you know your client is truly innocent.

He meets with Tanya next and assures her that he’s going to help her. If Tanya tells them everything she knows about Soto, he can try to make a deal with the prosecution to get Tanya and her unborn daughter somewhere where they’ll be protected. He can help her get a new start somewhere fresh.

At the fundraiser, Maggie delivers an exceptional speech. We also get to see Maggie and Lorna together. Lorna checks in on Maggie and Hayley, since, remember, Lorna used to be Hayley’s stepmom and obviously still cares about her. Still, you can sense some tension between the two women.

On her way out, Robert “Bob” Cardone (Carlos Bernard) pulls up in his car to speak with Maggie. He implies that Janelle isn’t in her corner and that if she works for him instead, things will change. Considering how Janelle is all but crushing Maggie’s Soto case, it’s understandable why she can’t help but listen to what Bob is saying.

Returning to Maggie’ house, Mickey convinces her to push Janelle and negotiate a better deal for Tanya in exchange for her testimony. Then he takes Hayley out for lunch and tries to make her understand more about what it is he does with his job. Hayley understands defending underdogs, but why Trevor Elliott? Mickey says he has a trial and duty to his client. Hayley wonders why Trevor doesn’t want to delay. She mentions that if she were going to jail, she’d want to put it off as long as she could and that gets Mickey thinking.

Mickey realizes that Trevor and Jerry bribed a juror, that’s why Trevor didn’t want a jury consultant and why he didn’t want to get a continuance. It’s also probably why he “accidentally” intimidated one of the jurors, so Mickey wouldn’t strike his juror and would have to use his final challenge on the other one.

Trevor explains that a Russian billionaire, Sergei Kosevich, had a son who was Trevor’s roommate in college and he helped Trevor start the company. If Trevor’s good name is besmirched, then the investment the Kosevich’s made in Trevor and Parallax will sink, especially the big merger coming up that is expected to have a huge payout.

Trevor claims Kosevich won’t let anything affect his money, and that includes Lara. Lara and Trevor didn’t have a prenup. So if she divorced him, she’d take half the money, and it wasn’t Trevor’s money it was Kosevich’s. Kosevich couldn’t have that so he likely had Lara killed.

If Trevor gets convicted, or Mickey quits and Trevor’s trial goes on too long, it kills the pending merger and he loses everything. Kosevich would kill Trevor and probably Mickey too, and even Mickey’s family would be in danger. Mickey is boxed in. He has no choice but to continue working with Trevor.