Lie to Me

Season 1 Episode 2

Moral Waiver

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 28, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Cal and Ria investigate the case of a female soldier who claims to be the victim of sexual assault by her commanding officer. At the same time, Gillian and Eli work on the case of a college basketball player who is accused of accepting a bribe from his university.moreless

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  • An exciting episode revolving around rape in the army as well as problems with a college basketball player.

    This episode had a lot of tension, especially over the allegations by a soldier of rape by her commanding officer. Of course, Cal cleverly worked out what was really goig on and also how to work the rules to get the result he wanted. Gillian also had to investigate a basketball player over bribes. This case was not so sparkling as the military one. There were lots of nice light moments from Cal, in particular but also from Eli that I particularly enjoyed. Ria is quite an intense character but I am sure we will learn more about her as the series progresses.moreless
  • Great!

    I continue to be in pressed with Lie to Me. The writing is very good and the actors seem like they have been playing these characters for years. In this episode we see that a lot goes into determining if a person is lying or not. We we that even when people are lying they may have a good reason to do it. This show has all the components to be one of my favorites in the future. I look forward to seeing if it keeps getting better or hits the wall and cannot figure out where it is going.moreless
  • Interesting episode. Even if it had a plot hole.

    Interesting episode. Every episode goes through a series to twists and turns before finally arriving at the conclusion. This ride is, for the most part interesting and unpredictable. Even if the viewer can guess an intermediate step, the story often turns one or two more times to arrive at a different conclusion. What bothers me is that this series seems to suffer from several small, although annoying plot holes, that seems to show up once or twice every few episodes. In this episode, they give the woman Valium to beats the lie detector. This way she will be relaxed even if she tells a lie (giving a false 'true' response). This is stupid, since every lie detector should have a series of control questions to make sure everything is working. Seems like she should have failed the control questions.moreless
  • Another decent episode...although I can see where this show could get old fast, they need to focus on character development more for it to be intriguing

    This episode was above average in that it combines three completely different story lines into one episode. Furthermore, the show focuses not on just blatant lies, but also how those lies affect the people around them. Also focusing on the different kind of lies in each episode makes it extremely interesting to watch. One element that I am curious on is how they are going to intertwine the characters so that we can really start to understand why they make the decisions they make throughout the show. The constant struggle between what is right and what is wrong is what keeps me watching this show....moreless
Alicia Lagano

Alicia Lagano

Sheila Lake

Guest Star

Amy Rosoff

Amy Rosoff

Private Metz

Guest Star

Bob Bledsoe

Bob Bledsoe

Hot Truck Guy

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Cal: You know, generally it's not a good idea to call your boss an idiot.
      Ria: I didn't say you were an idi...
      Cal: But your buccinator did.
      Ria: That's not...
      Cal: (pointing at her face) Oh, that's a pretty impressive combination of contempt and disgust.

    • Loker: You're a natural. The few naturals Lightman's come across have one thing in common. No college degree. You haven't been asked to focus on verbal skills, so you focus on body language.
      Torres: You're saying I can't learn the science?
      Loker: I'm saying you didn't have to. That's got to be irritating for a guy who's spent two decades trying to see what you were born seeing.

    • Cal: You know when you don't know the science, you don't see the whole picture. People can get hurt.
      Ria: What was that? What happened?
      Cal: What?
      Ria: Shame, when you said people get hurt you showed shame.
      Cal: I don't know what you're talking about.
      Ria: You're lying.
      Cal: Get used to it.

    • Lightman: So now you're starting on me?
      (Gillian glares at Lightman)
      Lightman: Don't say something you'll regret and I saw that.

    • (Ria hands Lightman a file)
      Lightman: This is classified, how'd you get it?
      Gillian: Same way you would have.

    • Ria: You drugged her so she could lie?
      Cal: Never let the facts get in the way of the truth.

    • Rebecca: The truth isn't good enough for these people.
      Cal: Who said anything about the truth?

    • Eli: (to Gillian) No, no, you don't want the muffins here. They're terrible. They taste like sofa cushions with the moldy nuts your grandmother used to keep in a little jar.

    • Cal: (to Ria) Oh look, now you're embarrassed. Well you have every reason to be. You did get it wrong didn't you? Sergeant Scott didn't rape Sheila Lake.
      Gillian: Cal!
      Cal: She's the one making snide remarks. Look at her face.
      Ria: How do people work here?

    • Gillian: Chicken dumpling?
      Cal: Oh, no, never eat meat I can't see.

    • Eli: Oh. Championship ring. Sweet. Must have cost a fortune online.
      Taft: Actually, I earned it.

    • Eli: Why is it guys named White are always black and guys named Black are always white?
      Gillian: Am I going to be sorry You're here?
      Eli: Barry White. Jack Black.

    • Cal: You been to the bathroom today?
      Fast Food Man: Er, no. (He touches his ear.)
      Cal: Oh great. Anyone else want a side of faeces?

    • Cal: You know, I once had actors play out the testimony from a rape case in front of thirty federal judges. You know the biggest predictor of whether they believed the man or the woman? The gender of the judge.
      Ria: You think I'm saying he's guilty because I'm a woman?
      Cal: Me, Darwin, Two thousand years of evolutionary biology.

    • Ria: You really think a woman would lie about rape?
      Cal: Unpleasant truth, human mortality, moustache on a woman. Three things we'd all prefer to ignore.

    • Cal: What do you see?
      Gillian: I see a skeptical, emotionally distant scientist obsessing over facial twitches.

    • (Cal hands Tom Whitmore a very large ostrich egg.)
      Tom: What the hell is this?
      Cal: It's a lie detector. West Africans used them first. When you're on trial, you held the egg in your hands and if it broke, it's a sign of anxiety and you were found guilty.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Morální odpovědnost (Moral Responsibility)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Belgium: March 9, 2009 on 2BE
      United Kingdom: May 21, 2009 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Denmark: June 21, 2009 on TV2
      Latin America: July 27, 2009 on FOX
      Finland: February 22, 2010 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: March 14, 2010 on Prima
      Germany: March 17, 2010 on Vox
      Slovakia: September 2, 2010 on JOJ
      India: October 13, 2010 on Star World