The Lincoln Lawyer season 2 episode 4 recap: Discovery
Andrea follows through on her new agreement with Mickey to send him all of the prosecution’s discovery. Given the discovery is like 80 boxes of stuff, it’s basically a middle finger to the defense. It will take them ages to dig through it all and find something useful.
Elsewhere, Lorna visits a coffee shop when she gets a call from Izzy to hurry back to the office. Before leaving, Lorna asks a woman to read the menu for her, claiming she can’t see it for herself. We’ll circle back to that in a minute.
Mickey sits his team down to go over Lisa’s case. They need to start considering all angles, even one that has Lisa being guilty. Lorna argues that oftentimes the simplest answer is the correct one. Everyone has been walking on eggshells since Mickey isn’t exactly unbiased in this case. He assures them that Lisa is his client, nothing more and nothing less.
So, is Lisa guilty? She and Mitchell Bondurant were enemies, which wasn’t a secret to anyone. But Bondurant was a rich and egotistical developer who surely had many enemies. The problem is, his secretary, Margot Schaffer, is a witness who can put Lisa at the scene on the day of Bondurant’s murder.
They can’t find anything shady in Margot’s past to use against her. Circling back to the coffee shop interlude, we learn the reason Lorna went there was to test Margot’s eyesight, to see if they could challenge her perception from the day of the murder. Nope, Margot is as eagle-eyed as they come, though Lorna realizes she might need glasses (join the club, girl.)
What about the murder weapon? Based on the circular wound on the top of Bondurant’s head, he was probably bludgeoned with a hammer. Well, Izzy pulls out a photograph of a 150-piece toolset found in Lisa’s garage that happens to be missing one item. Guess what it is? A hammer.
When Mickey confronts Lisa about this, she claims many employees are in and out of the garage all the time. Anyone could have taken it. Plus, the set didn’t even belong to her but her ex-husband, Jeff, who she no longer speaks to, though she assures Mickey their divorce was as normal as it could be and nothing bad went down between them.
Shortly after chatting with Lisa, Mickey gets a call from Terrell Coleman, the guy from season 1 who was falsely accused of pushing a police officer. His daughter, Angelica, is being threatened with a felony vandalism charge by a wealthy business owner named Karen Foster (they really named her Karen, a bit on the nose, isn’t it?).
Terrell is concerned that if he can’t get the charges dropped, his ex will use it as an excuse to come for custody since Angelica was with him when she did it. All Angelica did was paint the wall of Karen’s store, Lux, black in honor of the Off-White designer Virgil Abloh, who passed away in 2021. Lux sells his designs in-store. Considering all Angelica did was repaint the wall, Mickey asks Karen’s lawyer to drop the case, but he says Karen has been the target of a lot of vandalism lately, and she wants to make an example out of Angelica.
The prosecutor on Lisa’s case, Andrea Freeman, contacts Mickey with a surprising offer. She wants to give him a plea deal despite previously saying that was out of the question. The plea deal would let Lisa plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter, taking her sentence down to six years, probably less than five, with good behavior.
But he only has until the next day before the deal is off the table. Lisa isn’t happy with the news since now it means she either pleads guilty or she faces the possibility of losing at trial and getting life in prison without parole. Mickey tells her to give him the night to find something, as he believes Andrea offered the plea deal because she and her team found something in discovery that could damage their case, and she doesn’t want to lose publicly to Mickey. Mickey and his team need to find out what it is ASAP.
We pivot to Cisco, who received a text message from Kaz earlier in the episode saying the meeting with his parole officer was canceled, so he no longer needs a ride. Suspicious, Cisco follows Kaz and photographs him meeting with some guy.
Once his Saints work is done, Cisco visits Walter Kim, the witness from the temporary restraining order Bondurant filed against Lisa. Walter is the only person so far who supposedly saw Lisa get violent with Bondurant. He shows Cisco photographic proof showing Lisa striking the developer during an anti-gentrification protest. Now we know why the TRO was granted.
Lisa being violent is not good for the defense, so they redouble their efforts to find something in discovery. Lorna learns Bondurant was bleeding money. He lost over $200 million the previous year, mostly in connection to an unfinished apartment building called The Terrazo. It has been sitting empty, bleeding him dry.
That night, Mickey has Haley for dinner, and she gives him some insight into his case with Angelica that could help him get the charges dropped. Haley says the black wall looks like a cool new spot to take a selfie, which gives Mickey an idea of how to use it for his case.
He calls Terrell, who connects him to one a Los Angeles Lakers team member. Mickey sets up a photo shoot with the player and a Lux employee, who then shares the post on Instagram, advertising the store. Then, Mickey files to copyright Angelica’s artwork, meaning now Lux has used her work for advertising purposes without her permission.
In court, Mickey brings all of this to Karen’s attorney. Lux receives a huge boost in sales thanks to the Instagram post, so now Karen no longer wants to have the wall repainted. Mickey convinces her to drop the charges and pay Angelica 3% royalties for using her work.
It’s not looking good for Cisco and Kaz. Cisco confronts Kaz in his hotel room that night after seeing him take a meeting earlier that day. We find out that Kaz has snitched on the Saints to the Feds to get him out of a serious situation in Corcoran where he would have been charged with murder. Kaz intends to run from the Saints, but he can’t hide from the Feds.
He tells Cisco it’ll be fine because he pinned it on another guy, but the thing is, Teddy already suspects Kaz. So if the Saints get raided by the ATF, he’ll know Kaz was responsible, and, by extension, Cisco, since he vouched for Kaz.
Back to Lisa’s case, after extensive digging, they find a possible new suspect they could use to create reasonable doubt. A man named Alex Grant was working as the contractor on The Terrazo and, apparently, Bondurant hadn’t paid him yet. Further sleuthing shows Alex’s real name is Alex Kazarian. He and his sister are the children of Sasha Kazarian, the head of one of the biggest Armenian crime families on the west coast.
Bondurant was bleeding money from The Terrazo and basically tried to extort Alex Grant. That’s a great motive for murder. Andrea was trying to hide this, as Grant could become the perfect way to exonerate Lisa.
Mickey calls Lisa to tell her they found something solid, so she decides to go to trial and fight. When Mickey meets with Andrea to reject the offer, she tells him the offer was already rescinded that morning. Circumstances have changed. That’s a bad sign for Mickey and co. because it means she’s not afraid anymore. The prosecution found something else. Something could blow Mickey’s case out of the water.
Written by Maddy Lennon