The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2 Episode 1 Recap – Who killed Martha Renteria?

By Ricky Valero
Published: July 6, 2023 (Last updated: July 10, 2023)
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The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2 Episode 1 Recap - Who killed Martha Renteria?


The second season starts with a bang with a great episode that lays out what Mickey will have to endure over the season.

We recap the Netflix series The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2 Episode 1, “The Rules of Professional Conduct,” which contains spoilers.

Our favorite lawyer Mickey Haller (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) is back for season two of The Lincoln Lawyer. As the new fame piles up the cases for Mickey, things around him are going well until a new client threatens to destroy everything he has built.

The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2 Episode 1 Recap

The episode begins with us seeing Mickey getting the royal treatment now that he is somewhat of a celebrity as a lawyer after his successful case with Trevor Elliott. From photo shoots to interviews to the front cover of magazines, Mickey is the talk of the town.

He heads to meet a new client, Russell Lawson, who was arrested for felony burglary.

Who is in charge of reopening the case of Jesus Menendez?

Detective Griggs approaches Mickey to talk to him about how he humiliated the department and the DA’s office with how he got Jesus released. However, he says they are formally reopening the case and need fresh eyes, and Griggs tells him that he is in charge of it.

He wants Mickey to bring Jesus to talk to him.

What new evidence does Detective Griggs find against Jesus Menendez?

During Griggs’s questioning of Jesus, he brings up a knife used to kill the victim. He asked Jesus if he had ever owned a knife like that, and he said no. Griggs said that he spoke to his roommate at the time, Luis Casillo, who said that Jesus owned one of those knives and threw it into the L.A. River after he did it.

Micky and Maggie are out for dinner discussing life and their daughter. Maggie is pissed about how her career was flipped upside down over the Jesus Menendez case. With the DA reopening the case, it might be for nothing.

Maggie leaves the dinner after the chef sends their entire menu to the table for free because it’s the “world famous” Mickey Heller. Lisa, the chef, comes out to talk to Mickey, leading to the two ending up in bed together.

The following day, Lisa shows up to ask him about a local developer, Mitchell Bondurant, who is putting up buildings everywhere and had her served with a restraining order due to her going on the news to protest against his local developments. Mickey agrees to help her with the case.

What happens in the Russell Lawson case?

After Cisco gets pictures of Russell’s house and the house he allegedly broke into, Mickey realizes they look exactly the same. As a result, before the judge hears the case, Mickey talks to the prosecutor to work out a plea deal. After showing the photos and mentioning how he might push that Russell was possibly drugged at the bar that night, she agrees to time served and him paying for the widow.

The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2 Episode 1 Ending Explained

Who killed Martha Renteria?

On his way home, Izzy informs Mickey that Russell has paid five thousand for any future legal issues. When Mickey got home, Russell was sitting on the patio waiting for him. He dissects why he is there and how as his attorney, everything he says must stay between them. He removes his jacket, Mickey notices the tattoo on his arm, and Russell admits to killing Martha Renteria and tells Mickey he must keep his secret.

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