Bull season 3 episode 5 delivered what was an exceptional mystery about a man in Michael Harper who was accused of murder. The twist? He was a pediatrician, and he has no history or connection with the man he was spotted killing. As it turns out, he also had an alibi courtesy of his wife.
Going into the episode, the big question here is this: How could Dr. Harper be in two places at once? The obvious suggestion here was that there could be a secret twin roped in here who did the murder instead, but that seemed on the surface to be a little bit far-fetched. Yet, Bull went there, and they also figured out a way to make it work. The road to get there was powerful as we saw Dr. Harper vigorously tried to defend himself. Yet, it was hard to convince anyone to believe him when there was DNA at the scene.
That was when TAC made the enormous discovery that they did — as it turned out, Michael was adopted and to go along with that, there was someone who had the same DNA as him: A twin named Jackson McKay. The team was able to create enough reasonable doubt with this that Dr. Harper was able to avoid jail time altogether. As for the twin, it turned out that there was no real way to indict him on anything: He was dead of an overdose.
The fundamental lesson at the heart of this story was that sometimes, a fork in the road can really be just that. There were two different directions that Dr. Harper’s life could have gone, but it went the direction that it did because of a great family who adopted him and tried to give him almost everything that they could. Meanwhile, his brother just fell into a bad way and never had the same support around him. Both had addictive genes, but a different support system carrying them.
Overall, Bull season 3 episode 5 proved itself to be a really fantastic standalone episode. While it didn’t do a whole lot to further any long-term storylines or really even address Cable and the case last week, it did deliver an old-school case that was chock full of different twists. Also, who doesn’t love an episode that gave some meaty material to some of its guest stars?
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