Netflix The Lincoln Lawyer season 2 recap guide: All episodes explained

The Lincoln Lawyer. Lana Parilla as Lisa Trammell in episode 210 of The Lincoln Lawyer. Cr. Lara Solanki/Netflix © 2023
The Lincoln Lawyer. Lana Parilla as Lisa Trammell in episode 210 of The Lincoln Lawyer. Cr. Lara Solanki/Netflix © 2023 /
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The Lincoln Lawyer season 2. Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Mickey Haller in episode 206 of The Lincoln Lawyer. Cr. Lara Solanki/Netflix © 2023
The Lincoln Lawyer season 2. Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Mickey Haller in episode 206 of The Lincoln Lawyer. Cr. Lara Solanki/Netflix © 2023 /

The Lincoln Lawyer season 2 episode 6 recap: Withdrawal

As bad as Mickey’s beatdown was in the previous episode, I think we all knew he wasn’t actually going to die, right? Still, he’s certainly looking worse for the wear, and the goons who beat him up left him with some broken ribs and countless other contusions.

Everyone visits Mickey at the hospital, including Lorna, Maggie, Haley, Izzy, and even Lisa. Lorna and Mickey quickly patch things up after that last ugly phone call. Both apologize to the other for saying things they shouldn’t have. But it’s Izzy who is the most distraught. She realizes her girlfriend Ray stole Lisa’s power of attorney contract, and Henry Dahl likely hired her to do it.

Izzy became suspicious when Ray finally showed up with her half of the rental deposit for their dance studio. She tells Mickey she doesn’t want to keep the money, but Mickey tells her to hang onto it for now. It probably has Henry’s fingerprints, and he might need it later.

Mickey deduces that Henry Dahl might have a connection to the construction contractor Alex Grant, the powerful businessman from the Kazarian crime family who was previously working with Bondurant on The Terrazzo. Mickey hasn’t been shy about wanting to subpoena Grant, so perhaps Grant hired the muscle to scare Mickey off.

Getting the subpoena into Grant’s hands has been challenging as he’s a particularly slippery fellow and knows how to stay off the grid. Thanks to Lorna’s sleuthing, the team learns that Grant is an avid art collector, and he’s particularly interested in purchasing the final piece from an elusive artist named Tinto.

With some help from Mickey’s former client, Sam Scales (Christopher Thornton), the slippery scam artist from season 1, Mickey’s team lures Alex Grant out under the guise of providing private access to Tinto’s fabled final piece. In reality, the big unveiling serves Grant with the subpoena papers. He’s pissed and says his attorney will squash it at the hearing.

However, at the hearing, Mickey has a few tricks up his sleeve to ensure Grant testifies. They play to Grant’s ego by ensuring tons of press are present at the courthouse. Grant’s construction firm is up for a prestigious bid: building the Athlete’s Village at the 2028 Olympics. He doesn’t want to lose the contract, and if he publicly tries to back out of testifying, it will look like he’s hiding something. That’s why he wants to get the subpoena squashed altogether.

But Mickey’s clever questioning and framing backs Grant into a corner, and against his attorney’s wishes, Grant agrees to withdraw his motion to quash the subpoena, making him a witness for the defense.

Mickey pointedly asks Grant what “suspicious activity” Bondurant was referring to in his email. We know that Grant has been accepting bribes and doing all sorts of shady things on the low, but Grant wants to keep all that hidden. Mickey playing to his ego in the public eye makes him think he can circumnavigate all of this during the trial.

In the judge’s chambers, she clarifies to Mickey that he needs to find a better way to make Grant relevant to his case because his reasoning for having Alex there is still pretty thin. All Mickey has right now is a vaguely threatening email sent from Bondurant to Grant suggesting he’ll go to the feds if they can’t agree on terms regarding their realty contract.

It helps that Mickey later flips Henry Dahl, who had been working as an inside man for Grant, feeding him info on the trial. Cisco learns that one of Henry’s podcast producers, David Webber, also works as an executive at one of Grant’s S-corporations.

Webber gave Henry the $200k for Lisa’s bail and the money to pay Ray to steal the contract. Henry admits to stealing the agreement, though he assures Mickey he didn’t have anything to do with him getting beat up. Regardless of whether or not Henry is telling the truth, Mickey has him now due to his fingerprints on the cash Ray gave Izzy. He tells Henry he works for him now if he doesn’t want Mickey to use his discovery against him.

Throughout the episode, Mickey battles with his former painkiller addiction. He has the hospital staff take him off morphine ASAP to prevent him from falling back into dangerous old habits. Mickey would rather be in pain than get addicted again. Once checked out, he puts Izzy in control of managing his prescription medication outside the hospital to remove any temptation.

This episode also wraps up the dangling romantic thread between Mickey and Maggie. Maggie and Haley temporarily move in with Mickey to help him recover from the beatdown, and it doesn’t take long for the two exes to rekindle things.

They spend a passionate night together, but Maggie’s bags are packed the following day. She tells Mickey she’s accepted a new job in major crimes in San Diego. She thinks they’ll end up stuck in the same vicious cycle if she stays. The only way to break it is for one of them to move on. Haley already knows, and Maggie’s move won’t change things too much for her.

Haley can still go to the same school and keep up her riding lessons. Mickey can see her whenever she wants. Maggie wants to move somewhere new and get a fresh start. Mickey doesn’t love it, but he understands her decision. It looks like it’s the end of the road for their romance, at least for now.

Written by Maddy Lennon