Bull Season 2 Episode 8 Review: The Devil, The Detail

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Let's face it, Jason Bull has a mean streak, and we saw it rear its ugly head on Bull Season 2 Episode 8.

Bull likes to win. He wouldn't be where he is today, running an operation like the Trial Analysis Corporation if he wasn't incredibly driven and competitive. 

But sometimes Bull's anger and frustration boil over, and he takes it out on his team. 

Archie Panjabi as Arti Cander - Bull

Lucky for him that he and his inner circle have worked together for years and genuinely like one another -- and I'm sure their jobs pay very well -- or else they might not let Jason Bull get away with his fits of temper. 

In this case, Bull lashed out when his own unorthodox strategy of accepting jurors who trusted big corporations looked as though it was about to backfire miserably. 

Bull took out his frustration first on Cable, who asked him to take the case on Simon's parents' behalf, and then on Benny for calling him out on his tantrum. 

That's why I normally make it a point not to work on behalf of immature slackers who quit without notice, lie without giving it a second thought, and jump off rooftops without any regard for the people they leave behind, but that's just me.

Bull

Admittedly, it was difficult to understand Simon. 

He ditched his job at TAC without even giving notice and ditched Cable much the same way. 

I was a little surprised that Cable was so mean to him when he ran out of TAC. On the one hand, I understood her anger because this was a guy who basically broke up with her without a word. 

But he was running out the door, almost frantically, to make an additional $30. Maybe Cable thought it was just an excuse to blow her off, but Simon looked desperate. 

And then Simon jumped off a building. That's a birthday party that poor child will never forget. 

Kevin's testimony was truly frightening as he explained how he went from feeling completely normal to ready to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge for no reason at all in this Bull quote...

There's nothing scarier than realizing your brain is plotting against you.

Kevin

Arti Cander (guest star Archie Panjabi) was a good foil for Bull, as she was his mirror image who refused to rely on mirror juries. 

At that point, Bull was determined to prove he could beat her. Jason Bull appears to have this insatiable need to prove that he is always the smartest person in the room. 

Bull Loses His Cool Season 2 Episode 8

It's not a trait that's all that attractive.

Sometimes even Bull seems to realize his flaws, which is one of his many saving graces.

Benny: Nice of you to do this.
Bull: Represent someone I don't remember on a matter I know almost nothing about to make his parents, whom I’ve never met, feel better. Yeah, I'm a peach.

Obviously, we aren't supposed to like the opposing team, but I thought DEP's lawyer came off as particularly cold when he called Simon's grieving mother "disingenuous" for saying she and Simon weren't as close as she believed. 

No grown child tells their parents everything, and I was surprised that his comments didn't anger the jury more. 

The biggest flaw with the case was Tessa Snyder, the DEP CEO, who was described as a "burning hot pepper disguised as an ice cream sundae."

I had trouble believing that the actual CEO would be trolling homeless shelters in order to fill the healthy volunteer quota. Maybe someone else from the company, but not the CEO. 

Back to Arti Cander. As much as I enjoyed the character, I was a little disappointed that she and Bull were on opposite sides.

Bull: Oh no, Ms Cander. Nothing like a little irony on your driver's license to keep your mood in check.
Arti Cander: Says the man named Bull.

Bull's Newest Rival Season 2 Episode 8

I'm hoping that Arti comes back again and she and Bull end up working together. That could lead to far more interaction and sparring than we saw in this episode. 

Watching Bull and Arti also made me wonder about Diana Lindsay. Are she and Bull still seeing one another? Are they a long distance couple but not exclusive?

There are still an awful lot of unanswered questions about Jason Bull's personal life. 

We also didn't get any more clues about Marissa's disastrous love life. Did she hand over her life savings to her sleazy, con-artist boyfriend, Kyle? 

I can't imagine it will be very long until the bottom falls out of that relationship, as well as Marissa's bank account, and she ends up crying on Bull's shoulder. 

So TV Fanatics, did Bull have a right to take out his frustration on his staff, or did he come across like a petulant child?

Would you like to see Arti Cander return, and should she be working with Bull next time or still on the opposing team?

And do you wish we knew a little more about Jason Bull's personal life if he still has one, or should the show remain all business?

Check back for my review of Bull Season 2 Episode 9, and until then, you can watch Bull online anytime here via TV Fanatic. 

The Devil, The Detail Review

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Bull Season 2 Episode 8 Quotes

Bull: Oh no, Ms Cander. Nothing like a little irony on your driver's license to keep your mood in check.
Arti Cander: Says the man named Bull.

Benny: Nice of you to do this.
Bull: Represent someone I don't remember on a matter I know almost nothing about to make his parents, whom I’ve never met, feel better. Yeah, I'm a peach.