The Lincoln Lawyer season 1, episode 10 recap – the ending explained

By Marc Miller
Published: May 13, 2022 (Last updated: February 17, 2024)
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Netflix The Lincoln Lawyer season 1, episode 10 - The Brass Verdict - the ending explained


The Lincoln Lawyer ends its freshman season on a satisfying note, with a big reveal and doing something most series never do now — offering adequate closure.

This recap of Netflix’s The Lincoln Lawyer season 1, episode 10, “The Brass Verdict,” — the ending explained — contains spoilers.

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The Lincoln Lawyer season 1, episode 10 recap – the ending explained

Mickey holds his own but gets his ass kicked by McSweeney. Or, as we best know him, juror number seven. He is about to be thrown off the canyon when Detective Griggs and friends show up. When McSweeney puts his hands in the air, Haller kicks him in the stomach. He stumbles backward and falls to his death.

Lorna meets Gloria Dayton, the hooker who could prove Menendez innocent, at the hotel. Lorna tells her a story about how she dropped out of law school because one of her professors sexually harassed her. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have it and leaves. But it must have worked because she arrives at Haller’s office. Mickey and Lorna interview her. She explains that a vice cop, Linda Perez, visited her in the hotel Mickey put her up in the day before she was supposed to testify. The officer told her that if she testified, she would be charged with intent to distribute cocaine, based on her being caught up in a bust where she was working for a party with some drug dealers.

Haller, clearly looking to mend fences and his guilty conscience that has doubled recently, runs to Detective Griggs. He wants him to answer questions about not only Perez but Detective Kyle Winters. It’s about the one, you see. The one who is not guilty but in jail. Haller tells his “frenemy” that Perez was denied a promotion twice, but Winters must have when he had her intimidate his witness. Quid pro quo or not, Griggs promptly tells him off and that he doesn’t investigate cops.

So, since Griggs told Haller off, he needs to tell off someone. He visits Trevor and tells him that if anything happens to him or his family, he has written down everything Elliott did, and it will get out. The murderer tells Mickey he must be paranoid. He had nothing to do with it, and he should talk to someone. He then heads out to announce his company, Parallax Games. A minute into his announcement, Carol Dubois, one of the many women Jan was sleeping with, shoots Trevor Elliott twice in the chest.

Game over.

Gloria Dayton testifies for Mickey that the man who attacked her told her that he was then the one who killed Martha. The man was not Jesus Menendez. The facts are that the man was left-handed and had a Japanese writing tattoo on his left arm — Mickey’s client is not left-handed or has a tattoo. Oh, Mick is not done. He calls Perez to the stand. She testifies that she was camping with family in Big Bear. Then why is she on the videotape at the hotel in the service elector where Gloria was staying?

We call this lying, folks.

Perez takes a break with her lawyer. She later admits that she went to the hotel and testified that a fellow cop asked her to do it because Menendez was guilty. Except when it was time to point out the man in blue, it was not Winters but Detective Lankford, the man who has been helping Maggie put Soto away. Haller looked so sick when he went to Maggie’s office after talking to Griggs. He knew this would hurt their newfound relationship.

Well, he was right. She arrives at Haller’s office later and blames him for ruining his case. Not because it was a career backbreaker, but because now Soto gets to go free and keep trafficking young women. Maggie tells him that she will not get over this any time soon. Mick, looking devastated, tells her that he will wait. She tells him, “Please don’t.” I mean, she was right. When Robert Cardone is now in office, a few weeks later, he kills the Soto case and gives Maggie “freeway therapy” (a term therapists use to ease and lessen their fears — Cardone is easing the fall).

No matter, because Maggie called the U.S. Attorney’s office, and they arrested Soto after the local state’s case was dismissed.

The ending

And now I take my victory lap when Haller takes one last visit to Judge Holder’s office. She knew how to rig the jury summons system. She and her defense attorney husband know how to prep a juror (in this case, McSweeney), to prep him so a prosecutor would not cut juror number seven. The thing that gave her away was the anonymous note he sent Judge Stanton. He conferred with colleagues, and since she was his boss, it was logical she was the one who told McSweeney to leave town. The judge also hired McSweeney to kill Haller (it wasn’t Elliott!), and he was a former client of her husband. Finally, she was the one who hired the “shady” PI firm to put the bug in his car.

When Mick is done confronting Holder, he walks out and Griggs walks in, ready to perform his public service.

And that drive Haller has been on while talking to Izzy all season long? They had been on their way to see Menendez being released from the state prison.

Lastly, Maggie quits her job. Lorna signs up for law school. Mick gets back on that horse and goes surfing. But, watching him is a man we only see from behind, but has that tattoo with Japanese writing that Gloria testified about.

The man who killed Martha.

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