Lie to Me

Season 2 Episode 11

Beat the Devil

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jun 07, 2010 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Lightman investigates one of his mentor's graduate students, which he is convinced that is a psychopath. Meanwhile, Loker and Torres investigate a UFO sighting.

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  • Nice comeback with a great story.

    Cal vs. Martin. The gane at the beginning between Cal and Martin is thrilling. Martin is a really sick person and Cal knows all about him but he didn't convince his collegues and his friends. Everybody thinks Cal has a problem with the boy because of the personal issues. All disbelief situation is very exciting. I like the fictional chess game between Cal and Martin. I watch multiple times in other shows Jason Dohring (Martin) as a bad boy. He's good at it. The UFO case is not so cool but it is very realistic and lightful if you believe extraterrestrial life forms.moreless
  • Quite a freaky...- and amazing episode! Great to see thi s show finally back!

    First of all, I'm so dlighted to have Lie To Me back on the screen wiht some new episodes. This one was sensational! I thought the whole case was epic, and they really had thought it through very well and made it exstremely interesting! (Seems like they utilised all this time off very well!)

    I thought both cases that were investigated were amazing! The UFO was quite freayky, and I didn't know what to suspect of expect next. Didn't wish for the ending that we got, though.

    Lightman's case was intense and amazing, and that one really did end with a abandg!

    Overall, definitely one that I would recommend! Keep it up Lie To Me, and I can't wait to see some more new episodes!moreless
  • What is wrong with TV shows these days? Would give it a 5 or 6 I suppose, but 1 to make a protest.

    So more nonsensical, stupid, ham-fisted "writing" pollutes the airwaves and another show that I enjoyed is ruined.

    A show that is supposed to be about finding the truth in human behaviour has people in it behaving in a ridiculous, stupid and unrealistic manner, that does not ring true at all.

    The only saving grace was Luca's more light hearted side story, but there was no making up for the main story, which was just nonsense.

    I'm not sure that I can suffer through another hour or so of this, but maybe it was just a bad episode. The only thing that stopped this show from being boring was that it was so irritating. Maybe it should be given credit for turning the usual serial killer/horror movie, shouting at the victim (obviously) "don't go there" meme on it's head by making so that you were questioning why the killer/baddie was doing so many stupid things and not doing the obviou. He could have easily destroyed his tutors career and Lightman's business and reputation. Rubbish.moreless
  • It was nice to see Jason Dohring again but that's about it.

    I can't stand Lightman, I think his character design is plain annoying and I don't know why the writers have to make him such a know-it-all who is actually right all the time (which makes him just so much more annoying).

    So he's hunting someone he believes is a serial killer and of course our god-like leader of the Lightman Group can never be wrong.

    Anyway, I really enjoyed watching Jason Dohring as Martin Walker (great performance!). So yeah, he was a crazy psycho and that was O.K. but it was also too obvious - since we all know Lighman is impeccable. I think it would have been a much more interesting story (there's something called "twist", it can be used in storylines the make them more appealing) if he had actually been innocent and the killer was somebody else.

    On the other hand there was the UFO-storyline which simply sucked - it was boring and annoying and we all just wanted to see super-Lightman catch the bad guy anyway. I don't even remember why I'm giving this episode a 7.5 rating. Oh, yeah, right - Jason Dohring.moreless
  • Love the plot, story line and some characters developments in this episode. Lie To Me returns with more awesomeness but fell flat on some points given the potential for this story to become even more amazing.moreless

    In what could have been a brilliant and an almost pitch perfect return of the Lightman group to TV, there were some moments of awesome character developments and story telling, which were let down quite a bit by the slightly off paced and too rushed ending of this particular episode. I love that Jason Dohring is back on TV after his guest star appearance on CSI not too long ago as I am HUGE fans of Logan Echolls (Veronica Mars) and Josef Kostan (Moonlight). Jason is definitely not being cast in too many roles of late and that is a sad thing because he is a terrific actor and the fact that he's just uber hot, is more than enough reason for him to be on TV more often. Give the guy a series to star in already! Regarding the story line of this episode, there were some pacing issues with it that slowed it and made for some awkward transitions. We've seen this cat and mouse game story line being used in procedural cop shows and criminal forensic type shows before *cough CSI cough*, and this episode was no different. I really enjoyed how Lightman and Martin played each other, which Tim Roth and Jason Dohring did a fantastic job at. I didn't dislike Loker and Torres's own little UFO investigation case thing but I thought they could have completely done away with that and focused more on the main cat and mouse story going on between Lightman and Martin. There were a lot of potential for further character developments in particular, Helen and her relationship with Lightman in the past. I found Martin's character particularly intriguing and thought there could be a lot of work put into it to potentially make this a two-parter episodes, especially when Lightman was caught out by Martin. That would have been a great cliffhanger moment to end there and be left off for next week to come to a conclusion concerning Lightman and Martin's fate as a serial killer. I thought Foster was quite under-utilized in this episode as well, which might be because of Helen's character being introduced but that shouldn't cause for her role as Lightman's number two to be diverted the slightest. The ending felt a bit too rushed, as if the writers were trying to fit in as much back story as they could within that last ten minutes when they figured out that they had run out of time for this episode. This episode could so easily have scored a perfect ten, but because of the awkward pacing and lack of character development; two points off. :( It was the start of a good episode and as it progressed, I really wanted it to take off in an awesome way but it just kind of skidded downwards as it was nearing the end where I was just left feeling meh and not caring for the characters.moreless
Rowena King

Rowena King

Helen Dezekis

Guest Star

Howard Hesseman

Howard Hesseman

Sam Hendricks

Guest Star

Jason Dohring

Jason Dohring

Martin Walker

Guest Star

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • (Talking about a serial killer)
      Gillian: I didn't see it, Cal. I mean, not at first anyway. I could have saved you some grief.
      Cal: That's okay. I take it out of your wages.

    • Hendricks: I never said I saw aliens. I saw an unidentified flying object. Now, what is so loony about that?
      Torres: Well, school board is gonna say there's a lot loony about that.

    • Gillian: Cal, you're crossing that line.
      Cal: Helen's already crossed it... One should not shag one's students. Especially not the psychopathic ones.

    • Helen: We both know this is not about Martin. This is about us.
      Cal: "Us" was 23 years ago. I think I'm over it.
      Helen: Interesting how you remember the exact number of years.
      Cal: Yes, bloody fascinating, isn't it?

    • (Cal is putting up warning posters about Martin)
      Cal: Look at Martin, all right? He's a loony. And if I'm right, you could be putting these women in danger.
      Helen: And if you're wrong...
      Cal: I'll recycle.

    • Gillian: The thing about Cal is he's--
      Helen: Insufferable.
      Gillian: No... Well, yes, sometimes. Has he always been like this?
      Helen: Yes, only more so. A word? He is not someone for the long haul.
      Gillian: Oh, no, no, no. We're not a--
      Helen: Just keep your distance, or you could find yourself a very lonely woman.

    • Cal: Did you push your sister in the pool?
      Martin: No. She fell.
      Cal: You didn't help her, though, did you? You just watched her drown.
      Martin: Yes.
      Cal: Why?
      Martin: I wanted her bike.

    • Gillian: Cal, maybe you are seeing what you want to see.
      Cal: You buying his act, are you?
      Gillian: I think you and Helen have a lot of unresolved issues. I think you two were a couple when you were her student, and I don't think you like your replacement.
      Cal: You know, you're starting to sound a lot like Helen. I mean that in the nicest possible way.

    • Martin: Good chess players think 5 moves ahead.
      Cal: Great chess players think one move ahead, but it's always the right move.

    • Gillian: Just say it.
      Cal: I haven't got a clue what you're on about.
      Gillian: Ok, fine. I'll say it for you. You're mad I didn't back you up. But Cal, I didn't see what you saw. Beating you a couple of times doesn't make him a psychopath.

    • Loker: The best lies are covered with half-truths.

    • Gillian: (to Cal and Helen) Have you two always been like this?
      Cal: No, we're far more civil now.

    • Ria: Were you drinking or taking any medication?
      Hendricks: I was as dry as the Sahara.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Featured Music:
      "Winter Allegro" by Vivaldi

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Duel s ďáblem (Duel with the Devil)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: June 7, 2010 on Global
      Australia: June 9, 2010 on Channel Ten
      United Kingdom: June 10, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Russia: June 10, 2010 on First Channel/Channel One
      Latin America: July 12, 2010 on FOX
      Finland: August 23, 2010 on MTV3
      India: November 17, 2010 on Star World
      Germany: November 24, 2010 on Vox
      Slovakia: February 10, 2011 on JOJ
      Norway: February 14, 2011 on TV2
      Czech Republic: July 18, 2011 on Prima

    • Spring Premiere


    • Andre: Ease up on the Jedi mind tricks, ok, Obi Wan? The Jedi are characters in the Star Wars Movie. They use a quasi-telekinetic power, known as the Force, and weapons, known as light-sabers. The Force can enhance natural, physical and mental abilities, including strength and accuracy. The Jedi are able to influence and control the minds of others by making use of the Jedi mind trick.