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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Dr. Cal Lightman is a Living Lie Detector, able to calculate human honesty through facial expressions - called Micro Expressions - and body language. The pioneer of this field, he operates his own business, working with federal and private clients to solve criminal and civil cases. A case of Truth in Television (well, somewhat), as the show is based on the science of Paul Ekman.Lightman is joined by a team of three other analysts. Dr. Gillian Foster is Lightman's close friend and the other senior staff member. She usually heads up another investigation while Lightman is busy on a separate case. Ria Torres is a "natural" deception-detector. Lightman found her as a security agent at the airport. Rounding out the band is Eli Loker, an utterly shameless flirt committed to 100% honestynote His radical honesty disappears quickly in season 1. Lightman's precocious teenage daughter is part of the cast as well.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })The usual format of the show follows the team around as they pursue two different cases, typically one criminal and one brought to them by a private client. Though their research into microexpressions can't be used in court as evidence, it provides a start for prosecutors and companies in ferreting out the truth.The show stars Tim Roth as Dr. Lightman. That's right, Mr. Orange knows when you're lying.It seems similar on the surface to The Mentalist: a smart guy that can tell if you're lying, and who's fond of the Batman Gambit, works to solve crimes. There's the wild-card male main character with a tendency to antagonize adversaries and not let others in on his schemes, his Unresolved Sexual Tension with his more rational female second, conflicts with authority like the FBI, and so on. Some of the plots, especially in the first season, are similar as well. But as they say in the show, "We're scientists, not magicians," and that's where the shows diverge. Perhaps most notably, the show lets you in on what the Living Lie Detector is seeing and doing, so that the audience start to see the cues that they use to see when people are lying. The show quickly comes into its own, and by the second season, it's a real joy to watch Tim Roth play the role of Cal Lightman.note Like it used to be with Simon Baker playing Patrick Jane.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })Initially ordered for just 13 episodes, it was a big hit with audiences at first, getting it a full second season. But its ratings rapidly declined, leading to its cancellation as of May 10, 2011 by FOX, ending after its third season of 13 episodes.For the South Korean series of the same name, see Lie to Me (SK). | |
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Walk and Talk: Often seen at the Lightman Group home office, when Cal is briefed by an assistant on his way through the corridors. | |
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Rape as Drama: In "Blinded", the criminal blinds and then rapes women. "Moral Waiver", which is about command rape in an army platoon. | |
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Tempting Fate | |
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Tempting Fate: Ria and Loker have been left behind while Cal and Gillian are in Vegas. They're looking forward to an early day... | |
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Give Geeks a Chance: Cal's ex-wife, Zoe. | |
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Death by Origin Story | |
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Death by Origin Story: Cal's mother, who committed suicide after convincing her psychologist she was ready to be released from an institution, and the reason Cal became a psychologist in the first place. If someone had seen her microexpressions, Cal believes, they could have saved her. Any time he deals with a suicide, he's trying to right that wrong. | |
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The Chick | |
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The Chick - Ria Torres | |
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The Main Characters Do Everything | |
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The Main Characters Do Everything: Despite the large numbers of extras in The Lightman Group, any given episode's plot(s) seems to involve only Lightman, Torres, Loker, Foster, and Reynolds. The show is based on Paul Ekman, but they only rarely intervene in individual cases, instead of just training folks. Maybe that's what all those extras are doing. | |
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Deal with the Devil | |
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Deal with the Devil: In "Sweet Sixteen", what Gillian made with Finch and the Pentagon. She would counsel Cal and ensure he didn't expose the cover-up of the Doyle assassination and they wouldn't target Emily Lightman. | |
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Black Comedy | |
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Black Comedy: "What's green and red and goes really fast?" "A frog in a blender." Creepy, but it says something about Cal that he knew the punchline before the killer said it. About half the dialogue of the Pied Piper, really. What tips it over the edge is the creepy little-kid voice. | |
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May–December Romance | |
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May–December Romance: A villainous example - Martin Walker and Helen Dezekis. | |
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Bilingual Bonus | |
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Bilingual Bonus: In the beginning of "Pied Piper", Wilkes is praying the Confietor, the confession of sin from the Roman Catholic church (which is also the origin of the phrase "mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa") in the original Latin. The show is also fond of only translating Spanish when it's plot-relevant, so that also probably counts. | |
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Perp Sweating: Along with material witnesses and victims. Cal and Ria's techniques of information gathering waltz into the distinctly unusual. Ria: Flirted with a considerable number of men at a frat party to see if any of them are aroused by voyeurism. Took her head covering off inside a mosque to gauge anti-American fundamentalism. Faked hysterical tears to get the head of a juvie facility to allow the Lightman Group jurisdiction on a murder investigation. Cal: Showed a suspected statutory rapist pictures of young semi-naked women to see if he's a hebephile. Pretended to have an imaginary friend to determine if a boy can tell reality from fiction. Staged a fight with his daughter on his cell phone in order to see if the parents he was interviewing were abusive. Threatened a girl with multiple personality disorder to get a confession out of one of her other personalities. Fired a gun loaded with blanks inside a locked room in the proximity of the South Korean ambassador. Made out with a murder suspect to gauge the victim's son'snote her step-son; she'd married his dad reaction to her promiscuity (and determine if he slept with her). Cal lampshades his unusual methods in "Pied Piper": "Sometimes you have to use a pickaxe to get at the truth". Of course, this is right after he's insulted the aunt and uncle of a murder victim and trashed their bookcase because he thinks they've faked the tape of the killer. They haven't. Allowed a suspected molester, his possible victim, and her mother to be in the same place at the same time, and told the mother the daughter is a sadist. He then invites them to "enjoy the freakshow" and leaves. Gillian gets in on the action only a little, notably the time she and Cal staged a fight in front of a woman they suspected of being a victim of domestic abuse. Gillian slaps Cal, but the woman isn't being abused. Also, the time she pulled out the cleavage and short skirt to bait a witness out of a dive bar. | |
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Just Like Robin Hood | |
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Just Like Robin Hood: One episode involves a museum heist that turns out to be about returning stolen antiquities. You know, things that don't belong in a museum. | |
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My Master, Right or Wrong | |
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My Master, Right or Wrong: Torres has this for Cal, but in "Pied Piper", Loker calls it into question. Torres accuses him of being a rat fleeing the sinking ship, but Loker (rightly) points out that Cal got an innocent man executed. Unfortunately, Gillian catches them and reams them out, proving her adherance to the trope: Averted by Loker, towards both Cal and Gillian. He makes it known from the beginning that he questions their methods, and as time goes on and he constantly takes shit from them, he believes Cal's outright dangerous and Gillian's a better liar than any of them. | |
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Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress | |
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Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress: In "Love Always". | |
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Stuff Blowing Up | |
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Stuff Blowing Up: In "Sweet Sixteen", not only is the street outside the building where the Lightman Group is located bombed - and Loker caught in the explosion (he's okay, more or less) - but Cal, Gillian, and Doyle are caught in another bomb, rigged at a lawyer's office (they're all okay as well, apart from the lawyer, who's dead). | |
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Kick the Dog: The goon in "Exposure" who steals a terrified and blindfolded Gillian's money after he's made rape threats to her. | |
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Split Personality | |
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Split Personality: Trish/Jessie/Sophie/RJfrom episode 1 of the second season. Some of the personalities, fitting the fictional portrayal, are aware of one another, though they tend to see one another as different people. | |
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Batman Gambit | |
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Batman Gambit: It's a given that in any episode, Cal will be pulling at least one of these. Cal, Gillian, and Burns vs. Little Moon in "Exposure" is one big one: Cal's mixing lies and his science to prove Burns didn't kill Little Moon's father, Gillian is worried about Burns but backs Cal's play, and Burns is following Cal's lead some of the time and going off script others, and they're trying to keep Little Moon convinced that he needs them all alive. Cal versus Andrew Jenkins in "Blinded": Cal appears to let Jenkins get the best of him at every turn in order to set him for a later fall, and even instigates arguments with his unsuspecting colleagues to entice the necessary reactions from an observing Jenkins. | |
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The Smart Guy | |
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The Smart Guy - Eli Loker | |
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Living Lie Detector | |
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Living Lie Detector: The entire premise of the series. | |
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Noodle Incident | |
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Noodle Incident: Common. Notably, Lightman has tricked his way past White House security, been banned from Vegas and apparently mooned the Queen. Meanwhile there's Loker's MIT Mathlete initiation, which (suitably) involved macaroni salad. | |
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Bad Liar | |
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Bad Liar: Virtually everyone who goes up against the Lightman Group. Clara. She's fascinated with the work that the Lightman Group does, and it's the impetus for her eventually becoming a majority shareholder in the company. Unfortunately, it backfires on her when her lack of skill at lying reveals that she'd known about a cover-up involving a gubernatorial campaign and three separate murders. | |
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AmicablyDivorced | |
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Amicably Divorced: Cal and Zoe. | |
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Sherlock Scan | |
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Sherlock Scan: Cal does this often, scanning people's expressions and body language to understand their emotions and infer details about them. Especially prominent in the pilot as an Establishing Character Moment for Cal. | |
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Why Am I Ticking? | |
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Why Am I Ticking?: An episode has Cal investigating on several suicide bombings that happened in town. It turns out they aren't; there is only one terrorist, he's not suicidal and he's been giving camouflaged bombs to innocent people. | |
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Confess to a Lesser Crime | |
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Confess to a Lesser Crime: Frequently used by suspects. Justified in that the team can almost always detect if a suspect feels guilty or ashamed, but can't tell why. | |
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Keeping Secrets Sucks | |
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Keeping Secrets Sucks: Torres in the first season because Loker tells her first about his big lie. | |
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Overprotective Dad | |
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Overprotective Dad: Cal is very protective of his daughter. | |
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Xanatos Speed Chess | |
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Xanatos Speed Chess: Cal's manipulation of Terry Marsh, pretending to be blackmailed into working with Marsh and the gangsters he was involved with while really working for the FBI and using Marsh as a pawn the entire time. Cal versus Martin Walker in "Beat the Devil", to the point where they even draw comparisons between their conflict and a game of chess. | |
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Tagalong Kid | |
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Tagalong Kid - Emily Lightman | |
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Butt-Monkey | |
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Averted by Loker, towards both Cal and Gillian. He makes it known from the beginning that he questions their methods, and as time goes on and he constantly takes shit from them, he believes Cal's outright dangerous and Gillian's a better liar than any of them. | |
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Platonic Prostitution | |
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Platonic Prostitution: The pilot. | |
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Prenup Blowup | |
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Prenup Blowup: An episode has a wealthy client hire the Lightman Group to investigate his fiancée on whether or not she knew he was rich before getting involved with him. It turns out that she did know but genuinely loves him for who he is. While he is a little upset that she lied to him, Loker tells him that him being attracted to her partly because she's beautiful is just as shallow. The guy seems mollified, but Loker still tells him to get a prenup. | |
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Getting Crap Past the Radar | |
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Getting Crap Past the Radar: Half of Zoe and Cal's banter in "The Whole Truth", especially the scene where Cal's locked up and Zoe's deciding whether or not to bail him out. In "Killer App", while talking to a geeky web designer (basically Mark Zuckerberg without the movie), we have this delightful little exchange: | |
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Stalking Is Love | |
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Stalking Is Love: Cal has been keeping Burns under surveillance, mainly because he's Gillian's boyfriend and Cal doesn't trust anyone around Gillian. Torres is surprised; Loker isn't: | |
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Kansas City Shuffle | |
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Kansas City Shuffle: A fairly brilliant one. In the teaser for "In the Red", Cal inexplicably has joined a bank robbery team. As we learn from the episode-long flashback, Cal actually saw Miller in the bank, read from his face how badly he wanted to rob the bank, convinced him to hire him on, then immediately went to the bank manager and informed him he was about to be robbed. He convinced the bank manager to cut him in - money which he desperately needs since his accounts are frozen and he's about to be sued by his publishing company for breach of contract - and then turned the bank manager into the police for the inciting error that pushed Miller over the edge. | |
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The Snack Is More Interesting | |
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The Snack Is More Interesting: Performed deliberately in "Unchained" in order to read a former gang leader's reaction to the obvious disrespect. | |
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Mentor Ship | |
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Mentor Ship: Cal and Helen, at Oxford. | |
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Early Installment Weirdness | |
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Early Installment Weirdness: The first season has two stories per episode. After that, just one. | |
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Huge Guy, Tiny Girl | |
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Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Loker and his various love interests, including Emily, in "Bullet Bump". Emily and new boyfriend Liam. | |
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I Have This Friend... | |
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I Have This Friend...: Gillian uses this one when asking Reynolds why her boyfriend would have a passport in another name and charter a boat out of Baltimore for five hours every week. Turns out he has a very good reason - he's undercover DEA. | |
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The Big Guy | |
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The Big Guy - Ben Reynolds | |
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Sassy Black Woman | |
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Sassy Black Woman: Zoe and Emily may be considered as such, given that Zoe is half-black. | |
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Delaying Action | |
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Delaying Action: What one CIA agent who'd been abandoned in Afghanistan and went over to the Taliban did to redeem himself. This was pretty much a Heroic Sacrifice for a character we had only seen for that episode. And it was awesome. | |
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Hesitation Equals Dishonesty | |
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Hesitation Equals Dishonesty: Deconstructs it: Prepared lies in fact generally cause people to answer quicker, not slower, because they have already prepared their story for questioning. The show goes on to explain that the way to catch these people is to ask them to repeat their story backwards, which is a definite case of Shown Their Work - your average liar won't bother to practice enough to get this right, but someone telling the truth will obviously be able to draw on their memory to answer (e.g. "I went to the park at about midnight, before that I was at the restaurant, and before that I was out giving candy to orphans.") | |
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Beta Couple | |
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Beta Couple: Loker and Torres, to Lightman and Foster's alpha couple. | |
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Police Are Useless | |
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Police are Useless: At finding the truth, anyway. Perfectly adequate for locking people up. | |
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Why Did It Have to Be Snakes? | |
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Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Or, in Reynolds' case - why did it have to be rats? | |
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Central Theme | |
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Central Theme: Systematic bias, and how it can affect judgment, cropping up whenever Loker or Torres get involved in a case. Let us say they are both passionate. One episode also implies that bias caused a disaster for Lightman early in his work. Another theme that's been popping up is the loyalty between partners (usually a case-of-the-week parallel to Cal and Gillian) and when deception between partners is acceptable. | |
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Consulting a Convicted Killer | |
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Consulting a Convicted Killer: Cal pays visit to a serial rapist and torturer for clues about the recent string of copycat crimes. | |
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The Lancer | |
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The Lancer - Dr. Gillian Foster | |
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Bunny-Ears Lawyer | |
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Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Cal. He sticks his nose into his team's personal business on a regular basis without hesitation, he acts like a Jerkass to everyone (clients included), and has a fairly big ego. He's also brilliant at what he does. He never seems to miss a single flinch, even on random passerbys. | |
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Emotions vs. Stoicism | |
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Emotions vs. Stoicism: Lightman and Foster are able to suppress their emotions at all times due to their experience and professionalism, Loker as well for most of the time due to his general laid-back nature (with a few exceptions), but Torres, being the least experienced, has an unfortunate habit of letting her emotions cloud her judgement, and as soon as Lightman sees them having any sort of influence over her, he'll quickly dismiss anything she says (possibly after a bit of mocking). | |
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Heroic Sacrifice | |
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This was pretty much a Heroic Sacrifice for a character we had only seen for that episode. And it was awesome. | |
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Brandishment Bluff | |
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Brandishment Bluff: Torres scares the hell out of a man in the rough part of town by walking aggressively, wearing a hefty jacket, and then shoving her hand into her pocket to grab something. She talks to the man, mentions how he's scared that she has a gun (which is intentional on her part), and then stops the charade and pulls out her card. | |
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Plot Parallel | |
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Plot Parallel: Often the case of the week has parallels to one or more of the team members and their personal lives. | |
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Internal Affairs | |
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Internal Affairs: IA plays a big part in "Dirty Loyal", where Wallowski and her partner are the target of an investigation. | |
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Thicker Than Water | |
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Thicker Than Water: Do not threaten Emily Lightman. Not only will you have Cal to deal with, but Gillian as well, before Gillian had even met Emily. | |
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Armor-Piercing Question | |
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Armor-Piercing Question: The entire team uses them, but Cal's pretty much weaponized them. | |
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TheWarOnTerror | |
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The War on Terror: In the first season finale, two American-born suicide bombers attack Washington, D.C.. Or so the authorities thought. Turned out they'd been tricked into carrying the bombs. A second season episode, "Secret Santa", takes place in Afghanistan. Turns out Cal isn't the only intelligence expert hanging around. Gillian, before she and Cal formed the Lightman Group, was a psychiatrist at the Pentagon, counseling operatives of the War on Terror. It's where she first meets Cal, when she was ordered to evaluate whether or not he was still fit for duty after "erratic behavior" and his part in a botched assassination attempt on an Irish terrorist. She's also blackmailed by a high-ranking Pentagon official that if Cal exposes the cover-up, they'll target Emily. "React to Contact" deals with PTSD and cover-ups among Iraq War soldiers. | |
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Twerp Sweating | |
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Twerp Sweating: Emily gets Cal to promise not to do any "covert science things", but... Inverted massively in a Funny Moment during "Killer App." Cal comes home to the sound of Emily making some suggestive noises, only to find her and Liam fully clothed and merely stretching after a jog. Then, with Dad standing right there and her boyfriend stretching her hamstring, Emily proceeds do her best impression of the infamous restaurant scene from When Harry Met Sally.... | |
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What Happened to the Mouse? | |
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What Happened to the Mouse? From season one's finale: Is Ria's partner Kurt still in his coma? From season two's finale: Are we going to hear any more on Reynolds, besides a passing comment about him hanging on by a thread? Hopefully, this doesn't become a habit. As of "The Canary's Song" we now know that he's fine, just stuck at a desk. | |
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Frying Pan of Doom | |
Lie to Me / int_86f2d483 | comment |
Frying Pan of Doom: Gillian tries whacking one of the attackers in "Delinquent" with her frying pan, but unfortunately, it doesn't do much besides get her tackled by the same guy and tied up. | |
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Truth in Television | |
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Truth in Television. Paul Ekman, the real life Lightman, found that about 0.25% of the population qualifies as a "truth wizard" (someone able to spot a lie at least 80% of the time). | |
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Casino Episode | |
Lie to Me / int_8a48681 | comment |
Casino Episode: "Fold Equity" has the Lightman Group going to Vegas to investigate the disappearance of a finalist in the World Series of Poker. Cal's skill in reading people has actually gotten him banned from the city before, so he's forbidden from any gambling while he's there. | |
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Retail Riot | |
Lie to Me / int_8ac90da4 | comment |
Retail Riot: The B-plot of the episode "Black Friday" involves the team trying to figure out what caused a fight to break out in front of a store. | |
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Artistic License – Medicine | |
Lie to Me / int_8d6d9535 | comment |
Artistic License – Medicine: "The Best Policy": There is no such thing as an "insulin pill". Insulin would just be digested like any other protein, which is why it has to be injected. | |
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Hack the Traffic Lights | |
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Hack the Traffic Lights: A variation in "Saved": the reason a paramedic has a record of saving so many people is because she knows where the traffic accidents will be. Her brother is hacking the traffic lights to cause those accidents. | |
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Five-Man Band | |
Lie to Me / int_92587498 | comment |
Five-Man Band The Hero - Dr. Cal Lightman The Lancer - Dr. Gillian Foster The Big Guy - Ben Reynolds The Smart Guy - Eli Loker The Chick - Ria Torres Tagalong Kid - Emily Lightman | |
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Busman's Holiday | |
Lie to Me / int_94332264 | comment |
Busman's Holiday: Cal is badgered into going on vacation. While he's there, someone from the US embassy shows up to ask for his help in a disappearance. | |
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Not So Different | |
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Not So Different: In "The Royal We", Cal tells how to create a disturbed personality ("constant criticism and lack of affection"), talking about a pageant contestant. Torres points out, "you mean, the way you treat Loker". She's right - Cal's jerkass tendencies toward his employees (Loker in particular) have edged into downright cruelty. "Funhouse" explores how Cal's mother, Cal, and Emily (where depression runs in the family) aren't so different from Wayne's father, Wayne, and Amanda (who have paranoid schizophrenia that runs in the family). | |
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Ironic Nursery Tune | |
Lie to Me / int_99c36bb5 | comment |
Ironic Nursery Tune: The "Pied Piper" from the same episode sings the "Jack and Jill" rhyme, then giggles high-pitched into the phone, and says "I'm gonna get you! Ready or not, here I come!" in his phone call to his original victims. 17 years later, he calls the aunt and uncle of his original victims, and sings them "Ring Around the Rosey" with the same ending. | |
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Rapid-Fire Typing | |
Lie to Me / int_9ab240e4 | comment |
Rapid-Fire Typing: Oi Loker! Pull up that picture you showed me that other day! | |
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Defeating the Undefeatable | |
Lie to Me / int_9e10b88d | comment |
Cal seems to have a thing for hot blondes with whom he's in over his head. First Poppy, the Vegas card shark (or, as Gillian calls her, "roulette"); then Clara, the former gold-digging businesswoman who, as of "Teacher and Pupils" loans the Lightman Group around seven figures worth of money, making her the lead investor and Cal's new boss. She lasts until "Bullet Bump", when we find out that Clara helped a politician's wife cover up a murder. Then there's Naomi, from "Double Blind", who actually successfully cons him except he replaced the diamond with a fake very early on. Now it looks like Wallowski's going this way, too, though she isn't a blonde. | |
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Cynical Mentor | |
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Cynical Mentor: Helen doesn't quite believe Cal can read people correctly every single time. Of course, she's also sleeping with Martin Walker and had a relationship with Cal at Oxford, so her judgment is clouded, to say the least. | |
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It's Personal | |
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It's Personal: Cal and suicides, for very good reason - his mother committed suicide, and he blames the psychiatrists and himself for not seeing it coming. Most notably explored in "Depraved Heart". Also tends to flip his shit if a case involves teenage girls, since it hits close to his own daughter. Abusive fathers also ping Cal's radar, since his father used to get drunk and smack Cal and his mother around. Gillian and adopted children - in "Do No Harm", we find out that she'd once tried to adopt a child, but the girl was reclaimed by her birth mother - as well as drug addiction - her husband Alec is an addict, which is a major factor behind their eventual divorce. Torres and domestic abuse - her father used to drink and hit Ria and her sister Ava. | |
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My God, What Have I Done? | |
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My God, What Have I Done?: The killer in "Headlock". | |
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Eye Scream | |
Lie to Me / int_a2b38d3b | comment |
Eye Scream: The serial rapist in "Blinded". In addition to raping women, he also burns their eyes out with acid. | |
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Mood Whiplash | |
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Mood Whiplash: "Tractor Man" ends with the guy who masterminded the bomb getting sniped through the head. The scene that immediately follows is Loker playing the guitar and singing a happy song to a group of children. | |
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Working with the Ex | |
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Working with the Ex: Cal has to work with his ex-wife Zoe on several occasions, and ends up in bed with her a couple of times. | |
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Soundtrack Dissonance | |
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Soundtrack Dissonance: The shootout in "Dirty Loyal" is set to "I'm In the Mood" by John Lee Hooker so the shooters would let their guard down. | |
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Bath Suicide | |
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Bath Suicide: A staffer in a political campaign as part of a cover-up. They even got the direction of the cuts right. | |
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Abusive Parents | |
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Abusive Parents: It's been hinted at that Cal's father wasn't a nice man, but "Funhouse" confirms it: Ria Torres is a more obvious example, especially in the episode "Delinquent". | |
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I Did What I Had to Do | |
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I Did What I Had to Do: Burns's justification for shooting Little Moon's father, because his partner was pregnant with the father's baby and couldn't do it herself. | |
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Loophole Abuse | |
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Loophole Abuse: See Twerp Sweating below. The daughter specifically asks Dr. Lightman not to do any "covert" lie detection. She neglected to include "overt" lie detection as well. Hence the quoted conversation below. | |
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Enhance Button | |
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Enhance Button: Lampshaded. "Can you blow up her eyebrows? And do that thing." The show generally doesn't use this - we don't see pixellated pictures get all cleared up... because they're already all cleared up. It seems all cameras in the show's universe have ludicrously high resolution that lets them keep detail no matter how much one zooms in... | |
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Too Dumb to Live | |
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Too Dumb to Live: The conflict of the episode "The Best Policy" is kicked off by a young American man who brings his sister marijuana in a country where possession is an executable offense, and the Lightman Group must assist in negotiating their release. Drug use issues aside, trying to bring narcotics across national borders and through customs checkpoints is risky at the best of times, but one would think that someone even considering it would at least want to ensure that the country they are bringing it into does not have the death penalty for possession. Flashing the bag of weed on the open road in front of government vehicles does not help either. | |
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Flashed-Badge Hijack | |
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Flashed-Badge Hijack: Loker pulls one in "Honey". His "badge" is just his wallet. | |
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Moral Dissonance | |
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Moral Dissonance: Loker. Yay, you made it so thieves got put away. But the people they ruined stayed ruined. Nice work. * Sarcastic Clapping* He did get called out on it beforehand and was punished afterwards. In the second season premiere, Cal threatens to rape a woman, who was raped as a child, in order to speak to one of her split personalities. He wasn't serious, of course, but saying 'sorry' beforehand does not make this okay. No other character (including the woman in question, or at least the personality that was threatened) questions what he did afterwards, despite it being ludicrously dangerous, unprofessional, and unethical. | |
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Danger Takes a Backseat | |
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Danger Takes A Back Seat: A fugitive takes Torres hostage this way in "Honey". | |
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Clear My Name | |
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Clear My Name: Reynolds in "Lack of Candor", Cal in "Headlock", Burns in "Exposure". Wallowski in "Dirty Loyal" is a subversion; Cal knows she's guilty and she admits to being corrupt, but they both believe her to not be corrupt enough. Cal convinces Gillian to lie to IA and say that she didn't have direct knowledge of her partner's corruption. | |
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Berserk Button | |
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Berserk Button: Hurting kids, especially ones that remind him of his daughter, is a very quick way to find yourself on Cal Lightman's bad side. | |
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True Companions | |
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True Companions: Lightman's crew are willing to risk federal charges for one another, with almost no provocation. | |
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Informed Attribute | |
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Informed Attribute: Eli Loker is said to be a practitioner of "radical honesty", but apart from an occasional tactless line we don't ever see it, though supposedly it should be quite radical. In fact, a major story arc has him lying extensively and dragging Torres into his lies. He was caught lying about his feelings for a woman, and was insincere about his motives when pretending to be Emily's friend in order to keep an eye on her. This may have been true in the beginning, however, one of the plot points of Season 1 was him deciding there were situations where it was okay to lie, and leaving this idea of radical honesty behind him. | |
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You Can Always Tell a Liar | |
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You Can Always Tell a Liar: The entire point of this series. Which, interestingly enough, it subverts in "Dirty Loyal", when Cal teaches Wallowski to lie, and IA forces Gillian to decide if she's telling the truth. Gillian is torn between her loyalty to Cal, which would mean she'd lie for Cal/Wallowski and say Wallowski isn't corrupt, and her ability to discern truth, which would mean she sent Wallowski to prison because she is lying. Gillian ultimately lies, causing conflict between her and Cal. | |
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Cringe Comedy | |
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Cringe Comedy: Or the dramatic equivalent. Repeatedly they build up lies that are sure to have part of the audience cringing in expectation of the all but inevitable discovery. Sometimes it works out, though. "Headlock" is a particularly strong showing of this trope as Cal, then Cal plus Torres, then Cal plus Torres plus Reynolds, etc., all try to keep the rest of the investigation team from learning that Cal's the prime murder suspect... and not only that, but Cal passes Torres off as a potential fighter to the "crime boss" figure, and a few scenes later Torres is on duty in the office when they bring that guy in for questioning.... | |
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Church of Happyology | |
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Church of Happyology: "Scientific Repatterning" in "Beyond Belief". | |
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Shout-Out | |
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Shout-Out: "Because you always have been, and you always will be... my best mate!" Cal in the mental institution in "Pied Piper" is one big valentine to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, especially his very McMurphy-esque canary-eating grin as he gets admitted. "Funhouse", though, takes the expectation of the "Cuckoo's Nest" parallels and then subverts them. Cal calls Burns "Captain America" a few times in "Exposure". "What's green and red and goes really fast?" "A frog in a blender." | |
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Two Lines, No Waiting | |
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Two Lines, No Waiting: Usually there are two cases per episode, with Cal and Ria on one, Gillian and Eli on the other. This has been switched up in Season Two with Cal and Gillian on one case and Eli and Ria on the other. "The Canary's Song" of Season Three had Cal and Eli on one case, and Gillian and Ria on the other, with decidedly epic results. | |
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Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane | |
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Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: "Beat The Devil" has the verification of a UFO as its B-plot. Thirty-minute mark, they find (real!) video footage of it. Fifty-minute mark, an Air Force officer shows up with a bullshit story. Loker sees right through him to the truth: The Air Force has no idea what it was, and would much rather ruin a college professor's life than admit that anything in US airspace is outside their knowledge. They finally get the witness and the Air Force to agree on a story to save the witness' career - uber-uber-top-secret aircraft. Loker smiles and saves the video to hard drive as the episode ends. | |
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Not That Kind of Doctor | |
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Not That Kind of Doctor: Gillian in "Exposed". Cal in "Smoked" and "Saved". | |
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Hard Work Hardly Works | |
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Hard Work Hardly Works: Dr. Lightman spent years studying microexpressions, while Ria Torres is a natural. In a mild variation, he's actually somewhat bothered by it. However it's also subverted, as Lightman is better at it than Torres and doesn't have emotional blindspots. Also subverted in that most of Torres' mistakes come from relying on her natural gift. Lightman does seem to enjoy calling her out on this a bit too much though. Truth in Television. Paul Ekman, the real life Lightman, found that about 0.25% of the population qualifies as a "truth wizard" (someone able to spot a lie at least 80% of the time). | |
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Hyper-Awareness | |
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Hyper-Awareness | |
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LampShades | |
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Cal lampshades his unusual methods in "Pied Piper": "Sometimes you have to use a pickaxe to get at the truth". Of course, this is right after he's insulted the aunt and uncle of a murder victim and trashed their bookcase because he thinks they've faked the tape of the killer. They haven't. | |
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The Chessmaster | |
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The Chessmaster: Cal, shown wonderfully in "Blinded". | |
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Sex with the Ex | |
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Sex with the Ex: Cal and his ex-wife Zoe can't seem to stop jumping into bed together every chance they get. | |
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Fight Clubbing | |
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Fight Clubbing: The premise of "Headlock", combined with Cal pulling a "these aren't the droids you're looking for" to everyone about the fact that he was at the fight club and was the last person to see the victim alive. | |
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Disabled Snarker | |
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Disabled Snarker: Sarah, the new grad student in season three, who is also deaf. | |
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Action Girl | |
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Action Girl: Detective Wallowski, who's surprisingly willing to kick ass on Cal's behalf, considering he maced her for breaking into his house. | |
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Dating What Daddy Hates | |
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Dating What Daddy Hates: Pretty much any boy Emily Lightman brings home isn't going to be good enough for Cal. He's warming up to Liam. Though not enough to stop calling him "Willy". | |
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Go Among Mad People | |
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Go Among Mad People: Twice. Once in Pied Piper, and again in Funhouse. | |
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Cruel Mercy | |
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Cruel Mercy: In the final episode, Cal asks the judge to sentence the killer of the week to a mental hospital instead of a prison. | |
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Lying to the Perp | |
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Lying to the Perp: Cal, of course. Not just the perps, but material witnesses too. One notable example was Cal bringing in the "father" of a girl who had committed suicide to get a guy to confess to "depraved heart murder". It was a mate of his. Overt example in "Headlock" where Cal lies to the face of a witness to a fight club that Cal was not the guy he saw arguing with the victim because it was dark and the witness has "astigmatism". | |
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Last-Name Basis | |
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Last-Name Basis: Characters address each other by last name more often than first name. | |
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Animal Motifs | |
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Animal Motifs: Cal's metaphor for women in "Double Blind". He tells Torres to look up the monarch and the viceroy butterflies - predators won't touch either butterfly because they look so similar, but one is harmless and the other is poisonous. He later calls Naomi a "viceroy", because she's been playing him. Deceptive, and ultimately harmless. It's the monarch that's poisonous. | |
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The Hero | |
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The Hero - Dr. Cal Lightman | |
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No Endor Holocaust | |
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No Endor Holocaust: It appears the entire lead cast have an immunity to PTSD. In one episode Cal gets waterboarded. The other surviving victim can barely speaknote Granted she's a long-term depressive, but seriously.. | |
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Backstory | |
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Back Story: Every episode seems to delve deeper into the characters' history, though notable ones are "Depraved Heart", "Secret Santa", and "Sweet Sixteen". | |
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Briefcase Full of Money | |
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Briefcase Full of Money: What Dr. Lightman purported to be trying to hide when he tested Ria Torres at the airport. After he and Dr. Foster end their hiring pitch, they leave behind the briefcase; when Ria calls them on the "forgotten" item, Lightman says nonchalantly that's her hiring bonus. The impetus for a scorned girlfriend and her son to come to the Lightman Group in "Rebound". | |
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Lie Detector | |
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Lie Detector: Dr. Lightman points out all the ways polygraphs suck. One of them involves getting a guy to fail the control questions by use of a woman in a sexy outfit. In "Sweet Sixteen" he used a fake lie detector so the subject would focus on beating that rather than his body language. In a season one episode he also taught someone how to "cheat" and make the lie detector read her as truthful, because her story was true, but the situation made her so anxious that the polygraphs would pick up lies. | |
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Ambiguous Disorder | |
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Ambiguous Disorder: Cal is utterly brilliant. He also has an awkward body language and very little regards to things like tact and the like, and the first line of his second book was, ‘Let me be clear. I understand very little, least of all the people close to me.’ | |
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Exact Words | |
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Exact Words: In the pilot Lightman's daughter instructs her father not to use any covert scientific method to find out what they are doing tonight. He agrees so when he meets him he asks point blank. | |
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Friend on the Force | |
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Friend on the Force: Detective Wallowski. | |
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Creepy Child | |
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Creepy Child: The Pied Piper sends creepy voicemails of a child singing nursery rhymes, followed by "I'm gonna get you". | |
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Romantic False Lead | |
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David Burns is Gillian's Romantic False Lead from "Delinquent" to "Exposure". He seems perfect for her, a gentleman who works with kids and treats her like a princess. Unfortunately, he's an undercover DEA agent up to his eyeballs in drug trades and gangs, and is, according to Cal, "one of the best liars I've ever seen". After he (along with Cal and Gillian) takes down Little Moon, he walks out on Gillian because the DEA is going to give him a new identity. | |
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The Power of Friendship | |
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The Power of Friendship: The whole point of episode 5 in season 2, subverted through the whole episode until the end. | |
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Wouldn't Hit a Girl | |
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Wouldn't Hit a Girl: In "Exposure", Little Moon and his gang torture Burns and are willing to rough up Cal, but other than brandishing guns at her and utilizing the Standard Female Grab Area, don't touch Gillian. Cal subverts it in "Black and White" by macing a female police officer. In his defense, it was late at night, she and her partner had broken into Cal's home, and he blind-fired it around a corner when he heard footsteps. | |
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Will They or Won't They? | |
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Will They or Won't They?: Cal and Gillian; expect a couple of seasons' worth of UST, especially now that Gillian's single. And that Cal has admitted to Emily that he loves Gillian. "Fold Equity" suggests that Eli and Ria may experience this as well. "Darkness and Light" guarantees it. This series is notable in that it was canceled before this trope could be resolved for anyone. It's highly unusual, and most likely shows how quickly the show fell out of favor with audiences. The spoiler tag above happened on the very last episode, so the writers certainly wanted to return to it. | |
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Shown Their Work: The show is based off of Paul Ekman's promising, but not-yet-complete, research. It doesn't acknowledge many of the shortcomings in the research (unlike Ekman himself), and doesn't have time to explain the intricacies of the findings, but the principles are quite sound. Anyone familiar with Paul Ekman's research will recognize things in this show, lifted directly from the man's lectures and experiments. The pilot, for example, used a clip of a microexpression on Kato Kaelin from the OJ Simpson trial; the exact same clip that Ekman has used in his own lectures. Also, pictures of Tim Roth going through the Facial Action Coding System are mounted in Lightman's office. However, the show leaves fidelity to the real Paul Ekman behind somewhere late in the first season, and only deviates further as episodes wear on. | |
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