Lie to Me

Season 1 Episode 12


Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 06, 2009 on FOX
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The Lightman Group partners with an FBI agent to go after a serial rapist who's been terrorizing Washington D.C..

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  • Good job Cal!

    I really like this episode. Tim Roth's performance is excellent. I'm enjoying watching the dynamic between Cal and Ria. They are not like everybody else. Cal's teaching methods and Ria's natural skills are so unique and different. He is not a ordinary teacher and she is not a ordinary student. In this episode we also clearly see how much Cal cares about Gillian after the attack. They have a very special relationship.

    This episode's monster/villain is well played by the actor. I hate the guy! Cal's plan is absolutely brillant. He is a dangerous conman. He fooled everybody. Well written and played episode.moreless
  • Finally a challenge for Dr Lightman...or is it?

    I have been thoroughly enjoying the first season of Lie to Me thus far, but recently I had been wondering whether Dr Lightman was going to face a real challenge when solving a case. He is soo good at what he does that you get the feeling that the bad guy will get caught with relative ease all the time, similar to an episode of CSI. In this episode, I got the feeling that this storyline could be extended into 2 episodes. The serial killer really seemed to be getting under Lightman's skin. The conversations they had about their proteges were done really well. All the actors, in particular Tim Roth, excelled in this episode. The introduction of Mekhi Phifer was also really good, and I hope he stays at least for the remainder of the season. Top episode!moreless
  • Exactly why I watch this show!!!!

    Starting the episode with Cal in prison garb definitely got my attention. I was intrigued by the previews and loved the concept of somebody having the ability to read Cal; even if it is a psycho serial rapist. One thing was obvious though was Reynolds pushed the envelope in his efforts to catch the copycat. I think the most interesting thing about this episode is that you actually see Cal falter. For the first time you really see him unsure of how he does what he does. The scene with Torres and Cal was intense but Cal snapping flipping the table was GREAT! You really feel the loss of control. I LOVED the twist at the end when it's revealed that Cal set the WHOLE thing up from the start. What was even more twisted was that Paul Russell was the copycat. Adding Reynolds to the team could prove interesting.moreless
  • Best episode in the series, if only because it finally uses Tim Roth.

    Lie To Me is a procedural. A bad procedural, at that. It hits all the pitfalls: the on the nose pseudoscience explanations, the convoluted, spotty plots, the simplistic moral approach... At the same time, it manages to avoid most of what saves others of its kind. It has none of the spark or character and dialogue work of NCIS or Bones.

    But it has Tim Roth. And, hey, sometimes that's good enough.

    In this one he gets to have some fun, and the show is better for it. From his self referential convict murderer to his outbursts, this time Roth gets to act a little, and prove he's really, really god at it effortlessly.

    It doesn't save the plot from being predictable, as usual. Hands up if you spotted the murderer as soon as he stepped in. You're all winners. Runners up are all who knew the opening shot on the guard's name tag meant he'd be important later. For a show about subtle gestural communication, Lie to Me is a terrible poker player.

    Anyway, like Shark and other House wannabees, this seems like a terible waste of a cast, but it's worth a watch just for the glimpses of brilliance the abysmal writing can't kill.moreless
  • A serial rapist is in prison. But the very same crimes continue. Is there a link? Dr Cal and his team face huge difficulties, especially with the smart and manipulative prisoner. The case reveals Dr Cal's true personality.moreless

    This episode shows a Dr Cal darker and even sinister, continuing the trend set by previous episodes.

    Dr Cal sacked Eli, investigated about Gillian's husband (and Gillian reminded Cal not to cross the line). This time, Dr Cal manipulates Ria. He gives her orders but he expects her not to follow them.

    At the same time, Dr Cal acts more violently, shouts and refuses any opposition. He finds a strong contender on the imprisoned serial rapist and he can't accept that. This character was interesting but is becoming ugly: he loses confidence in himself and starts to be isolated from his team. The Mentalist keeps his humour and gentle manners.

    All this shows the great performance of the actor, Tim Roth, playing lows and highs with the same energy. But the character Dr Cal may need a doctor! Could Jane help Cal?moreless
Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer

Agent Ben Reynolds

Guest Star

Daniel Sunjata

Daniel Sunjata

Andrew Jenkins

Guest Star

Emilio Rivera

Emilio Rivera

C.O. Tony Calvo

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When talking to the serial rapist to learn the identity of the copy cat, Lightman questions him about his education, specifically "flunking out after one semester at Southern Iowa State". However, while there is an Iowa State University there is no school named Southern Iowa State.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • (After Reynolds finds out the FBI wants him to work with Lightman)
      Reynolds: Yeah, well, I'm flattered, but I'm saying no.
      Lightman: No, you're not flattered. You're angry. But the decision's been made above your pay grade, so...
      Reynolds: Hey, look, if this happens, I work for the FBI. I don't work for you.
      Lightman: You actually believe that, don't you? Welcome to the Lightman Group.

    • Gillian: So, I'll be on my cell.
      Cal: If you need me.
      Gillian: (sighs) Cal...
      Cal: No, cause normally you add, "If you need me". You're pissed, right? Because you think I blew it in the prison, right?
      Gillian: I'm not blaming you.
      Cal: Well, you're angry.
      Gillian: Because Jenkins is loving this. I mean, this is the best day he's had in over a decade. He's out of jail, he's getting all this attention. We are fulfilling his every fantasy.
      Cal: By "we" you mean me. Is that it?

    • Gillian: (to Cal) You made a deal with a pathological lying serial rapist for Chocodiles?!

    • Cal: They want me to have a man with a gun around full time.
      Reynolds: To protect the valuables, huh? Guess I can't blame them. I mean, you guys are a bunch of scientist nerds running around poking your nose in people's faces, calling them liars. But I am not a bodyguard.
      Cal: I don't have anything like you in my toolbox. And you're something I clearly need.

    • Ria: Lightman played me too. He pushed me to disobey him 'cause he knew it would trigger Jenkins.
      Gillian: The long con. One of Lightman's favorite moves.
      Ria: You knew.
      Gillian: No idea.
      Ria: He is scary good.

    • Cal: I'm sorry, love.
      Gillian: He wouldn't have gone this far unless you were under his skin.
      Cal: Not worth it.
      Gillian: You get hit, and it's okay. I get hit, and suddenly it's time to throw in the towel?

    • Loker: That's the guy that out-Lightmaned Lightman?

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Nevidět zločin (Seeing No Crime)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Sweden: May 13, 2009 on TV4
      Belgium: May 18, 2009 on 2BE
      Australia: May 19, 2009 on Channel Ten
      United Kingdom: July 30, 2009 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Latin America: October 5, 2009 on FOX
      Czech Republic: May 23, 2010 on Prima
      Germany: May 26, 2010 on Vox
      Finland: May 31, 2010 on MTV3
      Slovakia: November 4, 2010 on JOJ
      India: November 1, 2010 on Star World