The Lincoln Lawyer season 2 episode 3 recap: Conflicts
Fresh off her arrest for the murder of Mitchell Bondurant, Lisa insists to Mickey that she didn’t do it and denies making any admissions. She worries about bail money and paying Mickey, but he assures her not to worry, that they’ll get through the bail hearing. When he pulls his hands away from hers, she takes note. He’s adamant that she doesn’t speak to anyone about the case, and it doesn’t matter if she’s innocent.
Mickey and Maggie talk during Hayley’s horseback riding lesson. She connected the dots on the miracle Mickey pulled off on the Jesús Menendez case, but the part she played worked out in her favor; she got her case back. Later, Mickey watches the video of Lisa’s initial questioning at the jail. She tells the detective that she saw him in line at a coffee shop that day, but once she saw him, she left. She then goes on to call him a “pathological f—ing liar, a “pig,” and an “all-around sh-tty human.” When the detective asks if she hates him enough to kill him, she’s silent for a few seconds before asking for her lawyer. Suspicious.
In the courthouse elevator, Mickey and Andy have a playfully competitive back and forth since she’s the DA on the Bondurant case. She makes it pretty obvious that she doesn’t like him and warns him about taking this case. Surely, part of that makes him want to take the case even more. Press meets Mickey when he exits the elevator and, in that moment, tells the press he’s taking the case. Well, that settles that.
The courtroom is packed with both press and Lisa’s supporters. After Andy announces the charges from the People, Mickey announces that Lisa’s pleading not guilty and fights for a preliminary hearing as well as for bail. The judge agrees to the hearing and sets the bail at $2 million. Fearing that she doesn’t have the money for bail, much less 10% for a bail bondsman, Mickey intends to sell her life rights to a production company. She signs over power of attorney to Mickey, and now the hard part begins for Mickey.
In the midst of this messy case, Lorna worries over two odd credit charges in Sunland on her shared credit card with Cisco. While talking it over with Izzy, they assume the charges are fraud since they don’t align with what Cisco has been telling Lorna. Still, Lorna fears he could be cheating on her, but when she searches for the gas station on the charge, she finds its connection to the Road Saints. She caught him in a lie. They later talk, and he comes clean about keeping things from her. She tells him no more secrets or she’s out.
Mickey buys dinner at a food truck and runs into Maggie, who got the last of the octopus dumplings. They sit down together and share the dumplings, having a conversation that feels as if there could be hope for their relationship. Jim text messages Maggie, prompting her to cut their impromptu dinner date short. But Mickey watches her leave with a big smile on his face.
Cisco shares with Mickey that Bondurant was found next to his car in the parking garage of his office and the cause of death was hemorrhaging from blunt force trauma on the top of his head. No murder weapon was found, but there was a coffee cup and a shard of glass on the scene. Cisco also drops the bomb that a witness claims to have seen Lisa walking away from Bondurant’s office building. Lisa arrives at the office with her friend Henry Dahl, a true crime podcast producer. He put up her bond, but he seems like money is his priority.
Mickey talks with Henry at the trunk of his car, showing the contract Lisa signed giving Mickey power of attorney to negotiate the sale of her life rights along with a lien on that income. It’s his way of saying “back off” and Henry insists he just wants to help Lisa and make podcasts. Sorry, Henry, but Mickey’s right to have his suspicions. Later, Mickey asks Lorna to check the crime scene photos for Bondurant’s height. She estimates 6 feet 3 inches.
While talking with Hayley after her horseback riding lesson, Mickey learns that she knows Andy from Maggie’s friendship with her and heard Andy talking about the case with Maggie. With that knowledge, Mickey calls Lorna back and asks her to write more motions: one for Lisa’s phone to be returned, another for the personal items seized from her house, and another to suppress her police interview and evidence.
Andy’s none too pleased about all the new motions, including a surprise motion to have her dismissed from the case due to a conflict of interest. He drops it on her that he knows she discussed with case with Maggie, his ex-wife, in front of their daughter. Now they’re playing hardball. Andy offers to have discovery to him sooner than later in exchange for the motions to be withdrawn. He agrees. Lisa watches on with an unreadable expression as Lorna gives Mickey a hard time about all of the motions.
Catching up on work at the office late that night, Maggie drops in to confront Mickey about using a conversation he had with Hayley to further himself in the courtroom. He’s standing on shaky ground when he throws it back at her for discussing the case with Andy in front of Hayley. She’s not quite done with him yet because she realizes that he slept with Lisa, throwing the “conflict of interest” right back in his face. Well, there goes their octopus dumpling truce.
The hits don’t stop coming for Mickey. Lisa asks if they can talk, so she brings food to his house and apologizes about the Henry situation. He thinks Henry’s trying to take advantage of Lisa and her situation. Regardless, she attempts to step over an ethical boundary, but he pumps the brakes. She wants to pick up where they left off when the trail ends. Again, she brings up the fact that she needs Mickey to say he thinks she’s innocent, and he does. When she drives away, it’s revealed Henry was across the street watching them.
Written by Reed Gaudens