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Story recap – what happened in season 1 of The Lincoln Lawyer?

May 13, 2022

This is a recap of Netflix’s The Lincoln Lawyer Season 1 story and will contain spoilers as it details what happened.

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The series is based on the novel of the same name by Michael Connelly. Here is a recap of what happened in Lincoln’s lawyer season 1.

Story recap – what happened in Lincoln’s lawyer season 1?

Episode 1 – “He Rides Again”

Mickey Haller is given all of his fellow defense attorney Jerry Vincent’s business after he is murdered in a parking lot outside his office. We now know that Mick has two ex-wives and has been desperately looking for work since struggling with health issues. We learn his nickname because he drives a 1986 Lincoln Towncar, hence the title of Lincoln Lawyer.

Episode 2 – “The Magic Bullet”

Mickey and Izzy are unaware that someone planted a bug in their car. Cisco locates Jerry’s private investigator, who tells them that Jerry had a “quick fix” to free Trevor Elliott. That’s not the video Jerry admitted into evidence, though. Haller doesn’t understand why his fellow defense attorney would add this to his list of evidence.

Episode 3 – “Momentum”

Mickey stumbles when Jerry’s client, who is practically in a coma from medication, is placed in a behavioral hospital after attacking two police officers. Mickey speaks with Trevor, who tells him that he loved his wife. She gave him her things, and he was ready to do the same for Laura. The episode ends with a man, who we think looks like the one who killed Jerry, chasing Haller from the parking lot to his office. He fires a few bullets before calling Detective Griggs.

Episode 4 – “Chaos Theory”

It turns out that Griggs set up everything to scare Haller away and give him Jerry’s files to solve the murder. The only witness in the Soto case, David, is killed and starts Maggie’s case. The police eventually catch up with Jerry’s PI, Bruce Carlin, but he is killed when he runs back into oncoming traffic. However, Mickey found one of Jerry’s clients in a behavioral hospital and was holed up there. Wyms attacked cops just a few miles from Trevor Elliott’s home early in the morning on the day of the murder.

Episode 5 – “Twelve Lemmings in a Box”

Trevor insists that juror number seven be left in the pool. He tracks down juror number 10 in the parking lot to make sure, forcing Haller to kick him. We find that Trevor has a tell – he pats and rubs himself when he lies. Finally, Griggs finds a $150,000 discrepancy in Jerry’s finances. He tells Haller it was probably for a bribe.

Episode 6 – “Folded”

Mickey confronts Trevor and accuses him of bribing a juror. There’s no way he’s speeding up his trial for a business deal because you’re pushing him away, knowing these could be your last days. Trevor tells Haller no, he didn’t. Its investors did. Trevor took money from a Russian tycoon named Sergei Kosevich. He killed Jerry, Trevor’s wife and lover.

Why? To protect their investment. If they postpone the trial, it would mean losing the juror. If Elliott’s wife divorces, she gets half, and there was no prenup.

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Episode 7 – “Lemming Number Seven”

Mickey discovers that juror number seven is not who he claims to be and is likely the one who was bribed. An anonymous note was sent to Judge Stanton about it, and the juror left town. Someone warned him, but who? We find out that Mickey sent the note to Stanton because he can’t knowingly let the crime of jury tampering happen. Mickey hires a biker gang to watch Maggie and her daughter, Hayley, because it could mean the Russian mobster will come after him and his family.

Episode 8 – “The Redux Magic Bullet”

Mickey establishes that the video Jerry submitted into evidence contains footage recorded by one of these night buddies. This shows that Wyms was arrested and placed in the same police cruiser as Trevor. The car was never cleaned up, which is why so much gunshot residue was found on Trevor’s body. Haller even gets a doctor to check it out. The episode ends with Trevor insisting on testifying, endangering Haller’s final nail.

Episode 9 – “Strange Valley”

Trevor is found not guilty, largely based on Haller’s closing arguments that, by the facts, Trevor had only seven minutes to kill the lovers, dispose of the murder weapon and bloodied clothes, and to clean. Cisco, however, discovers that the story of the Russian mobster was a lie. Haller puts it together – it’s Trevor who murdered his wife and her lover and got rid of the evidence by flying a drone out to sea. He admits it, but not the murder of Jerry. The episode ends with McSweeney hitting Haller on the head.

Episode 10 – “The Brass Verdict”

It’s the big one. Before McSweeney can kill Haller, the cops arrive and he falls to his death in a canyon. Mickey thinks Trevor hired him, but Trevor confirms it wasn’t him. Then, while relaunching his business, Trevor is shot dead by one of Jan’s lovers. Haller manages to free Jesus Menendez. Doing this hurts Maggie’s case because the lead cop on her investigation was responsible for intimidating witnesses who had an innocent man jailed. Now Maggie and Mickey’s new romance is over.

Haller and Griggs discover that Judge Holder was the one who took the bribe to foul the jury. She also hired McSweeney again to try and kill Haller. He’s probably the one who killed Jerry as well. The season ends with a man watching Haller surf from the beach. He has a tattoo that resembles the one described by a witness responsible for the murder of which Menendez was convicted.

There you have it, a recap of The Lincoln Lawyer season 1 story and what happened. What are your thoughts on the story? Comments below.

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