This recap of Season 1, Episode 1 of Netflix’s The Lincoln Lawyer contains spoilers.
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Lincoln’s lawyer summary of season 1, episode 1
A man in a gray suit with slightly whiter hair walks towards his car in a parking lot, looking paranoid. He looks around, thinking he hears something. Unconvinced, when he gets into his car, he looks in the back seat, and no one is there. Unfortunately, as he takes a breath of relief, he sees a man pull a gun out of the corner of his eye. He is then shot through the driver’s side window. A bullet enters his chest and a final bullet in his head. The shooter grabs the man’s briefcase and walks away, leaving the passenger door ajar.
The next few scenes establish the characters and motivations. Mick (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) sits on a beach, having flashbacks that appear to be having an emergency (maybe a heart attack?) while surfing. He wakes up from the trance to a call from his ex-wife, Lorna (the adorable Becki Newton). How do we know it’s his ex-wife? Well, he tells her that she’s not his wife anymore, so it’s none of his business why he’s having a meeting with a female judge this afternoon. Lorna thinks it’s either a business or a personal relationship. However, she blames him that it could be something positive since he hasn’t been in court since his accident. Before leaving, Lorna tells him that he must enter as a full-fledged Mickey Haller. So he grabs the Lincoln from storage.
Along the way, he receives a call from his first wife, Maggie, played by Neve Campbell. (At least, that’s what he stored in his cell phone). She also has no idea why the judge called him. It turns out Maggie is a prosecutor and they have a teenage daughter together. When he arrives at the courthouse, Lorna is there to offer her support. You can tell she still holds a torch for him. So as Mick walks into the chambers, the judge greets him and asks if it’s true, they call him Lincoln’s attorney? Yes, he said, because he was working from his car.
We now know that Mick has two ex-wives. We learn his nickname, hence the title, Lincoln’s lawyer. Finally, he is desperately looking for work since he has health problems.
Judge Holder, played by one of the great character actresses Lisa Gay Hamilton, lets him into the rooms and rips the bandage off. A lawyer, Jerry Vincent, was murdered last night, and Mick lost his entire practice. Judge Holder is skeptical, but he’s open about why he didn’t train. After his accident, he became addicted to painkillers. And he also adds that Vincent had to leave the practice to him because there’s no better defense attorney in LA when he’s right. The judge signing the cases will be monitoring his progress, and now it’s Mick’s turn to convince the clients.
He inherited two critical cases in this episode. There’s one he desperately needs and one he can relate to. One is Trevor Elliott (Christopher Gorham), a tech billionaire on trial for killing his wife (shock). The other is a young woman named Izzy (Jazz Raycole), charged with assault and theft of a diamond necklace from a wealthy woman in San Francisco. Mick relates to her because she was a heroin addict who had entered rehab. She tells him that she is not the same person as she was then.
Both Maggie and Lorna care for Mick, but Maggie fears he has taken on a life-threatening case. Lorna understands but argues that she was keeping her business with Band-Aids – he has to go back there.
His private eye is Cisco (Angus Sampson), who is creepy, and tells Mick that he is dating Lorna and that they are getting married.
Detective Griggs stops by Mick’s dinner with his daughter to make an ominous plea. Help him with the investigation, or he could be the next victim.
Mick breaks Izzy out because she stole a fake necklace, and the victim’s husband doesn’t want her or the insurance company to know.
Mick lands the first gig representing Trevor Elliott because he listens with empathy to his story that his wife is his “magic code”. Trevor admits he was there but found his wife and lover murdered in his home.
Finally, Mick hires Izzy as a driver to pay off his debt. As they walk away, Izzy informs him that someone is following them.
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