The Lincoln Lawyer season 2 episode 10 recap: Bury Your Past
The Lincoln Lawyer season 2 finale begins with everyone prepping for the final day of trial. Lorna gives Mickey a little pep talk on their elevator ride to the courtroom. It’s time for his closing statement.
Unfortunately, Cisco is unable to track down Walter Kim. It’s not looking good for Walter. Not only is Walter MIA, but his car has been abandoned. We don’t know that Walter killed Bondurant, but we do know that Alex Grant was paying him bribes. Walter is the only one who could have pointed a finger at Grant, meaning he’s a sticky loose end for the businessman.
Cisco thinks Walter is dead, and I’m inclined to agree. What does that mean for Lisa? Well, without Walter, they can reopen the case. They’ll have to win on the defense they’ve laid out already. Lucky for Lisa, Mickey is an excellent attorney.
During his closing argument, Mickey points out how weird it would be for Lisa to keep the gloves and murder weapon so close by if she did kill Bondurant. He also highlights Grant as an alternate suspect and points out why Lisa would make an excellent patsy. Despite everything, Mickey’s argument is strong enough to win the case. The jury doesn’t take long to deliberate, and they find Lisa not guilty!
Mickey, Lorna, Izzy, and Cisco return to the office to pop champagne (sparkling cider for Mickey and Izzy) and celebrate their big win. Mickey’s mom, Elena, is also there, and she gets some good news: she got the part she auditioned for! Her agent will be begging to take her back. Her new job is taking her to Calgary in Canada, so she has to leave to start packing ASAP.
Cisco calls Lorna and Mickey into the conference room to show them his findings on Walter Kim. He got the police photos showing what they found in Walter’s abandoned car. The most interesting thing is a broken inspection mirror. Remember that curved piece of glass found at the crime scene? Looks like it could belong to this mirror.
As for how Walter could have pulled off the murder, Cisco uses Lorna’s compact mirror to demonstrate. Walter likely used the inspection mirror to reflect sunlight on the roof of the parking garage, making Bondurant look up. As we saw during the court demonstration, someone of Lisa’s height, like Walter, could have bludgeoned Bondurant to death had his head been tilted toward the ceiling. It all seems to fit. Walter Kim killed Mitchell Bondurant. But, as Mickey points out, their part is over. Now it’s up to the police to figure it out.
Lorna’s happy bubble gets popped when she receives a call from the wedding venue. Somehow, they double-booked Lorna and Cisco’s reservation, and they won’t have another opening until October…of next year. Lorna wonders if she and Cisco’s wedding is cursed because they keep hitting these speed bumps. However, Cisco and Izzy share a knowing look over Lorna’s head. They might have a backup plan!
Lisa stops by Mickey’s house to bring him food from her post-trial neighborhood celebration that night. Now that the trial is over, they’re free to rekindle their romance, but Mickey has Lisa verbally fire him to ensure all of their bases are covered. They spend the night together. Mickey got over Maggie pretty quickly, huh?
The next day, Mickey is surprised to find a FedEx envelope from Henry Dahl at the office. He came through with a check from the podcast earnings, after all. Even more surprising is Andy showing up with a little gift. She and Mickey exchange some teasing barbs about Mickey’s win, but they clearly respect one another. Andy gives Mickey a mug that says “number one lawyer.” Cute. I hope she returns next season.
Andy also tells Mickey what the police have found on Walter Kim. Even though Walter is presumed dead, they found traces of Bondurant’s blood on his boots, and, like we thought, the broken glass is a perfect match for the inspection mirror in Walter’s car. For once, Andy snarks, Mickey’s client actually didn’t do it! As for Alex Grant, the feds are all over him for construction fraud.
Later, Mickey and Haley spend the day together on Venice Beach. They pass by a street musician and some people working out when Mickey realizes something. The sounds he hears are familiar. He remembers hearing the same ambiance during his one phone call with Lisa’s ex, Jeff, earlier this season, meaning Jeff was in Venice Beach the whole time.
After digging through Facebook, Mickey finds an old photo of Lisa’s staff on René’s profile. In it is the guy who claimed to be “Jeff” at the courthouse. Turns out, he’s a former employee of Lisa’s. An out-of-work actor she must have hired to pretend to be her husband. But why would she do all of that? Mickey confronts Lisa about his findings at her restaurant, and the truth comes out.
Even though Lisa didn’t kill Bondurant, she did kill Jeff, and his body is likely buried in her cilantro garden since Jeff hated cilantro. Cisco found an old petition for divorce, but it was never filed. If Jeff had gotten his wish, he could have taken half of everything, meaning Lisa would have lost her restaurant, and she was willing to do whatever it took to keep it, even murder.
Mickey always felt something was off with Lisa’s story but never suspected the severity of her actions. He makes it clear to Lisa he knows what she did, and when he leaves, he slides back into his car with Lorna in the passenger’s seat. Lorna always suspected something was off about Lisa, though she feels terrible for Mickey.
Lorna also took the initiative to call the police, specifically Detective Raymond Griggs, to tell him their suspicions about Lisa having a body on her property. It looks like she’s going to end up behind bars after all!
We pivot to something more lighthearted than murder: marriage! Cisco and Lorna finally bite the bullet and get married at the courthouse. Then Cisco surprises Lorna by taking her to Izzy’s dance studio, where he’s worked hard to create a beautiful reception for Lorna, complete with live music, flowers, and all of their friends. It’s super sweet.
Speaking of Izzy, she and Mickey share a tender farewell, though she’ll stay part-time to earn extra cash for her business. Later, Lorna pulls Izzy aside to share her new theory. She thinks Lisa might have been the one to hire the goons that beat up Mickey.
It didn’t make sense for it to be Alex Grant after he jumped through all those hoops to appear like a typical, law-abiding businessman. But when Lisa realized Mickey was planning to use Grant as a straw man, she could have hired those guys to help keep Mickey on that path. For now, Lorna decides not to tell Mickey her hunch; he’s already upset enough. But she and Izzy agree that Lisa is certifiably insane.
However, The Lincoln Lawyer season 2 doesn’t exactly end on a happy note. Mickey meets up with Legal that night to discuss the end of the case, and Legal mentions that Alex Grant lost his bid to build the Athlete’s Village for the Olympics. He warns Mickey that the guy clearly has a vengeful streak, and when Mickey leaves, a car tries to run him down. He narrowly avoids it.
Afterward, he calls Izzy to confirm what kind of car Grant drives. She tells him he has a new client in jail and wonders if he can visit him that night. Mickey decides to do it even though it’s late and meets Julian Lacosse, accused of killing his friend, Giselle Dallinger. Julian says Giselle spoke highly of him, but Mickey doesn’t recognize the name.
He goes to identify the body, and when the technician pulls back the sheet to reveal it, Mickey is shocked to discover that it’s Gloria Dayton or Glory Days! Mickey recalls receiving the postcard from her and wonders what happened. Did she never make it to Hawaii? Did she return to LA? Either way, it’s sad that someone murdered her, but we know what the next season will be about!
Written by Maddy Lennon