Finally, Lie to Me is Back!

I've sure missed Lie to Me over the past six months. I missed the Facial Action Coding System, I missed Cal Lightman's (Tim Roth) snappy asides, I missed his nonchalant chemistry with Foster (Kelli Williams), and I missed Loker's (Brendan Hines) adorable face. So, uh, I'm pretty glad the show is back. It's going to make summer TV a lot more watchable.

In the first ten episodes of Season 2, we saw Lightman smooth-talk his way out of a hostage situation, a bomb threat, and a battlefield, and last night's summer premiere added yet another thrilling element to the edge-of-your seat season. But in "Beat the Devil," he faced a different breed of adversary: One who could fool him. Psychopathic killer Martin Walker (Jason Dohring) challenged Lightman because he moonlighted as a normal person. As a psychology student of Lightman's former lover Helen Dezekis (Rowena King), Walker was familiar with Lightman's techniques—he'd learned them in Dezekis' class. As Dezekis' current lover, he was able to hide behind Lightman's long-standing trust in her. And as a student, his university protected him from unfounded accusations. Though Lightman eventually found a way to expose Walker's true identity as a murderer, the process wasn't without obstacles: It put Lightman in an uncomfortable position. It made him question his own scientific methods. Even Foster doubted him, because she didn't read Walker's face the same way Lightman had. It was fun to see Lightman save the day, but it was even more fun to watch him sweat a little. In an instance, he transitioned from a know-it-all to an everyman, and Tim Roth's performance made it all the more enjoyable to watch.

Speaking of Roth, he sure wasn't kidding when he told me that the show would soon address the chemistry between Lightman and Foster. They share a comfortable relationship, one that's fascinating to observe and very easy to root for. And while I'm nervous that shows like Bones and Castle could easily be ruined by the mishandling of their central relationships, Lie to Me doesn't seem like it will ever have that problem. The show has always put romance on the back burner, and I trust it will stay there, because detecting lies is just too dang interesting. If Lightman and Foster hook up, cool. If Loker and Torres (Monica Raymund) hook up, great. If everyone stays platonic, fine. Because as long there are more hilarious screen shots of corrupt politicians, I've got nothing to worry about.

What did you think of "Beat the Devil"? And are you okay with the show's move to summer, scheduling-wise?


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love this episode coz jason dohring is in it!!!!
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I truly just love having it back, and both Beat the Devil and last night's episode were fantastic! Aaah, I'm so glad we've also got season three coming up! I have to agree with KimMendoza: "I don't care if it's winter, spring, summer or fall, as long as Lie to Me is airing and continues to be renewed!" I hope it stays on for many, many years.
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By the way, the psychopath's eerie resemblance to Dana Carvey added to the psycho, weird, deadly guy factor
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Beat the Devil was a phenomenal start to the back half of season 2!!! I don't care if it's winter, spring, summer or fall, as long as Lie to Me is airing and continues to be renewed! After 6 months of waiting for a new episode, you'll get no complaints from me! PS. I'm "cool" with Lightman and Foster hooking up, too. ;)
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I loved the episode, I've missed it like crazy!
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It was a great episode and I agree with you on the fact of romance in the show, if everyone hooked up it would still be enjoyable to watch the show.
I can't wait for the next episode:)
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Awesome episode as always, great to see it back for the summer.
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But the psychopath did not fool Lightman. Lightman read his responses correctly, and correctly came to the conclusion that the man was a psycho because his responses were inappropriate. Lightman's guess as to whether the student was lying was based on a sane perspective, which is why he guessed wrong. Once Lightman saw what the first picture was, he knew that the problem was with the man, not his method. I don't think he ever doubted his methods or his conclusion. I liked this episode because it addressed a question I have had all along - does a psychopath read the same way a "normal" person does or are his cues different. This episode seems to say they are the same, just activated by different things. Also, Foster couldn't read the student because he has mastered all the controllable tells, like people looking in a certain direction when they are lying. This is how people with no emotions learn to deceive others. It's the uncontrollable ones that Lightman is a master at, and which Foster isn't. And yes, Lightman is a bit of a puppy dog when it comes to Foster.
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Lie to Me is soo freaking awesome!!! I'm so glad it's back!!!
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Lie to Me rocks! Glad it's back :D
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Loved this one
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loved that lie to me has returned for the summer and will continue to keep me on the edge of my seat
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This is a unique procedural and it is what FOX is known for. House, Fringe, Bones are unique spins on the procedural. Lie to Me is kind of a mixture of the cop and medical because it mixes science/psychology with crimes. It also has great characters like the shows mentioned above.
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FOX wastes a lot of money promoting this show and cancels all of their great action/sci-fi shows.
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