Lie to Me

Season 2 Episode 17

Bullet Bump

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jul 26, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Lightman investigates what he thinks may be a dirty cover-up, involving the Governor of Virginia and the the death of a young campaign worker killed by the shooter who was supposedly trying to kill the Governor.

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  • Very interesting episode! Very intricate!

    This was one of the better episodes of this amazing show. The case was a very interesting one, and it certainly led to some very interesting developments for all of the characters.

    The Loker/Emily side story was good, but it seemed a little candom. I didn't enjoy that too much, but provided nice breaks within the core content of the case.

    The ending of the episode was interesting, and all the great work to uncover the plot was great. It was done in a way that made it both interetsing and also quite realistic.

    Keep it up, Lie To Me, as there certainly have been some amazing episodes recently! Hoping for some more great ones, and I would definietly recommend this episode very highly! Lovely!moreless
  • Holier-than-thou TV at its worst, down there with CSI.

    Ok, so here's how it is. I love Tim Roth. I love his sideways look and the laboured breathing and the image he projects as if he was just about to drop dead in the middle of phoning this little TV thing in. It's all great. It's like Mickey Rourke starring in Cats.

    But, and it's quite a but, I just can't stand it when procedurals forget to synch their populist, lowest-common-denominator pandering with their actual plot. I just hate that stuff. So bear with me, here's how that happens. The show is extremely formulaic and a whodunit, so you need to keep a bit under wraps who actually did it. But, of course, you also need the feel good bit where your edgy detective or behavioural scientist or whatever faces up to the obvious baddie and tells it like it is, right? So when you tuck your guilty party so far down the dumb plot that it no longer relates to the person your average 40 year old soccer mom is supposed to feel contempt for, you need to stretch for a way to still blame that dude, even though he actually had nothing to do with the events as they are portrayed. It's lazy, dumb writing of the worst kind.

    The absolute bottom of the barrel here is a CSI episode in which a financially conscious bus company owner goes for the lowest bidder when it comes to some bus parts, one breaks and the bus crashes. The crew figures this out and faces him... but he didn't know the parts were faulty. He had been scammed, a victim himself. Not that it matters, because he still gets a stern talk about how going for the best bid was a cheap, disgusting, murderous thing to do.

    Lie to me gets pretty close to that level of idiocy in this one. Here we have a by all accounts honest politician who is genuinely interested in improving education (because his potential dishonesty was a red herring they discarded, so we know he's actually a good person that wants to make the country better) and has his wife blatantly betray him and go on a murder spree.

    So, by the end of it, this guy's political career is ruined, the woman he loves turns out to be a murderer, his right hand man is dead, and he had nothing to do with any of this. The kids in Virginia are not going to get the nice schools because somebody the guy married (not a staff member, not his people) acted criminally. But because he's a politician, and we all hate politicians, he still gets no sympathy. Lightman grinds him, forces him to resign, forces his friend to give up her stake in his firm and leaves an entire state in tatters. And he not only doesn't show any conflict or remorse, he is presented as a force of unmitigated good. The guy that will get to the bottom of it and expose all the dirt. If the bad plot doesn't remember to actually put any dirt anywhere, well, the target audience will never analyze it that much, will they?

    And, of course, if the quality of the storytelling wasn't offensive enough, there is the fact that the whole plot is quite sexist to begin with. Of course it was the wife. Everybody knows what politician's wives are like, right? As in 24 or... well, pretty much any other show with a politician in it other than West Wing, the wife is a power-hungry loveless, evil entity who rides in the coattails of a much better man than herself while using her feminine skills of conspiracy and ruthlessness to rig elections, remove political rivals, murder people and generally be evil. Of course.

    Look, this show has never even attempted to transcend the framework of its genre (and, with their cast, that's bad enough), but when things get this bad they need to be called out. I really wish we didn't have to endure the assumption that stories with intelligent, perceptive people investigating stuff are always targeted at braindead audiences. Oh, well, at least somebody decided to greenlight a second season of Sherlock. Not all is lost.moreless
Melissa George

Melissa George

Clara Musso

Guest Star

Richard Burgi

Richard Burgi

Governor Charles Brooks

Guest Star

Sheryl Lee

Sheryl Lee

Janet Brooks

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Eli said that he is friends with Emily and it looked like he was chatting with her, but we could clearly see that he was logged in as Emily Lightman not himself as we could notice that there were some notifications for Emily he wouldn't be able to see if he was logged in as himself.

    • Actually, the better way to have cleared the guy would have been to show that there was no gun powder residue on his hands. If he had just fired, then he should have had it.

    • If the gun used to murder Michelle would be examined, the fingerprints would prove that Duane didn't shoot her.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Reynolds: Hey, you seen Lightman?
      Foster: He's in his office waiting for Clara.
      Reynolds: Ha. Still fighting that fight, huh?
      Foster: Don't let him fool you. He loves it.

    • Foster: This is Lightman being discreet. If Michelle Daly's not enough to haunt the governor for the truth, Lightman is.

    • (About Loker chatting online with Emily)
      Ria: Oh, God. What'd you do?
      Loker: Nothing... Told her I might be going to Musicfest, too.
      Ria: What is wrong with you?

    • Emily: Maybe kissing him (Loker) was a little extreme.
      Cal: Oh, you reckon, do you?
      Emily: Yeah, but that makes me the apple that didn't fall far from the tree.
      Cal: Oh, so, it's my fault then, is it?
      Emily: Yeah. It's good you admit this.

    • Loker: (after kissing Emily) I'm so fired.

    • Loker: (about her cyberfriends) All right, these guys. Bad idea. Keep your distance.
      Emily: Eli, I barely know them.
      Loker: Good. Then your distance will be kept because from what I'm reading, these guys are bringing an entire pharmacy to the concert.

    • Loker: Please try not to judge.
      Torres: (surprised) You're cyberfriends with Emily?
      Loker: (panicky) Judgment all over your face. Look, she friended me. She's the boss's daughter. What am I supposed to do?
      Torres: Hit ignore.

    • Clara: (about the governor) Just go easy on him. Ok? I respect this man a lot. Someday he could be president.
      Cal: Not with this girl's blood on his hands, he won't.

    • Ben: The FBI is paying you to find out if the governor was acting alone, not dig into the governor's personal life.
      Cal: No, the FBI's paying me to poke around and, you know, find the truth. I'm not a glorified cop, Ben.

    • Gillian: The governor knew Michelle Daly.
      Clara: Of course he knew her. She was a staffer.
      Cal: No, he knew knew her. Know what I mean?

    • Clara: You know, I told the governor that I owe my freedom to your bull-headed, obnoxious, no-holds-barred way of doing things.
      Cal: Up yours.
      Clara: Right now?
      Cal: Ooh, I'll say.

    • (Talking about Trevor Addison.)
      Cal: He's tried it on with you, hasn't he?
      Clara: Please. (looks away)
      Cal: Eyes front, Clara. This is important. Hasn't he? (she looks back at him) Well, I can't say that I blame him, really.
      Clara: Excuse me?
      Cal: That was supposed to be a compliment.
      Clara: A compliment. That's funny. It felt more like an insult.

    • Cal: I know you were just trying to look out for her, right? And I shouldn't have hit you. I was wrong. Physical violence... right... it's very, very wrong.
      Loker: Apology accepted.
      Emily: Dad, come on. Don't blow the apology.
      Cal: (to Loker) I'm sorry.
      Loker: Probably should have seen it coming.
      Cal: What, the kiss?
      Loker: No, the punch. You're emotional wildfire where Emily's concerned.

    • (To Emily about Loker)
      Cal: What if I hadn't apologized.(Emily punches him in the stomach.) Ooh! Good girl.

    • Gillian: Back to you and Clara.
      Cal: Really?
      Gillian: Well, she's up to something and I want to make sure you're not compromised.
      Cal: No, no, it was just a bit of fun between us.
      Gillian: It was a little bit more than that.
      Cal: Were you there?
      Gillian: I'm talking about from her perspective.
      Cal: You know I can read faces, don't you?
      Gillian: Did I say incredible? I meant impossible.
      Cal: Thank you very much.

    • Cal: What was that?
      Clara: What?
      Cal:(Pointing to Clara and Janet) What was that between you just now? What was that?
      Clara: Nothing.
      Cal: You should really leave the lying to the politician's wife. She's had a lot more practice than you have.

    • Cal: Janet's using Clara.
      Gillian: You're incredible.
      Cal: Or the other way around, you know. Incredible how?
      Gillian: You know.
      Cal: Oh, Clara. It's that obvious, is it?
      Gillian: Was it that good?
      Cal: Honestly?
      Gillian: No!

    • Brooks: I'm not sure I follow.
      Cal: Well, do your best, governor, you know, for the dead girl in the morgue.
      Brooks: I beg your pardon?
      Cal: No, don't beg. See, look, it frightens the voters.

    • (Talking about Governor Brooks.)
      Clara: Could we just leave him alone now?
      Gillian: He's explained his actions but not the others who work on his behalf.
      Clara: He's a governor, Gillian, not a mob boss.
      Cal: Oh, that sounds like a much better campaign slogan than "no more excuses".

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Dobře mířená kulka (Well-Aimed Bullet)

    • Featured Music:
      "The Sermon" by Hampton Hawes
      "I'm an animal" by Neko Case

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: July 26, 2010 on Global
      United Kingdom: July 29, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Australia: August 4, 2010 on Channel Ten
      Latin America: August 23, 2010 on FOX
      Finland: October 8, 2010 on MTV3
      Germany: January 26, 2011 on Vox
      Slovakia: March 24, 2011 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: August 29, 2011 on Prima


    • Lightman: Yes, kind of tragedy that could kill a political career, unless your name's Kennedy.
      On July 18, 1969 Senator Edward Kennedy was involved in a car accident that resulted in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. This is believed to significantly damage his chances of ever becoming president, although it didn't kill his political career.