Lie to Me

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 21, 2009 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • GOOF: In Lightman's office, there is a picture of his daughter behind his desk. If you look closely you'll notice it's not of Hayley McFarland. It's actually Kay Panabaker, who was original cast in the role and shot an unaired pilot.

    • The song playing at the very end of the episode is "Easier To Lie" by Aqualung.

  • Quotes

    • Cal: (to Gillian) Politician. That's all you. Charge him by the lie. You can retire tomorrow.

    • Lightman: Just getting in, Loker?
      Loker: Yeah, I got piss-drunk last night with my roommate, and I was just lying in bed this morning thinking how nasty hot Nancy Grace is, and just trying to decide if I was gonna come in at all cause it's not like there's anyone in here to fantasize about.
      Foster: No offence taken.
      Loker: I don't go for married women.

    • Baldridge: So Dr. Lightman just assumes you're a liar if you're a politician?
      Gillian: He assumes you're a liar if you're a Homo sapien.

    • Eli: I would like to sleep with you.
      Cal: Ah, Eli Loker, Ria Torres. He's harmless, just always speaks the truth about what's on his mind. What do you call it again?
      Eli: Radical honesty.

    • Gillian: Do you still have that note, that I brought you? I want it for my office.
      Cal: (handing over the note) You really are a pack rat.
      Gillian: You could have just told me what this was for.
      Cal: No. You're a terrible liar.
      Gillian: Normal people think that's a good thing.

    • Weil: You haven't done enough muck-raking for one day?
      Ria: Sir. We don't think you were doing anything sexual at that club, because, I believe this escort, Melissa, who you paid for time with-
      Weil: What about her?
      Ria: She's your daughter.

    • Cal: The only way three people can keep a secret is if two of them are dead.

    • Cal: What's your content analysis of the mother?
      Gillian: She was definitely concealing something. When I asked her about Miss McCartney, she started referring to her as 'that woman'.
      Cal: As in, 'I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky'.

    • Gillian: You think I'm naive just because I don't share your twisted view of the world.
      Cal: That and you read romance novels.
      Gillian: Yes I do, because they make me happy. A pursuit I highly recommend to you.
      Cal: Truth or happiness, never both.

    • Gillian: We'd like you to come work for us, Miss Torres.
      Ria: Why?
      Gillian: You've made seven times more arrests than the average TSA agent and you scored 97% on the TSA deception diagnostic, which Dr. Lightman created.
      Cal: Have you ever had any specialized deception training?
      Ria: I've dated a lot of men.

    • Gillian: (to Cal) Congratulations. One liar bound. Six and a half billion to go.

    • Student: He talked a bunch of crap about Miss McCartney.
      Gillian: Really? But what did he say?
      Student: Kid's a freak. I mean, I can't remember exactly but, I'm sure I heard him say something psycho about her.
      Gillian: You wouldn't just be saying that because you got suspended for hitting him in the face?

    • Hutchinson: Personally, I think what you do is a joke. It's a frigging carnival act.
      Cal: I get that a lot. You know, a moment ago, I saw you smile at your colleague, flash her a glance and shift your gaze. She responded by raising her chin boss, revealing deep embarrassment. I'll take another 'wild guess'. You two had a fling. She doesn't want a repeat performance because, you know, what with your wife and all... But you want to move on.
      (Hutchinson rubs his nose.)
      Cal: Oh no, no. Keep your fingers off your nose. Men have erectile tissue there. Itches when they're hiding something.

    • Hutchinson: I thought you could tell if somebody is lying just by looking at them.
      Gillian: The question is never simply if someone is lying. It's why.

    • Hutchinson: The kid was at the scene of the crime. He had motive, means and he resisted arrest.
      Estin: And he failed a polygraph test.
      Hutchinson: It's murder one.
      Cal: Well, I guess we're all here. Someone wants the truth, somebody who wants to be right, and us, the idiots in the middle.

    • Cal: What is that?
      Gillian: Chocolate pudding.
      Cal: Who eats pudding at ten in the morning?
      Gillian: People who like pudding.

    • Cal: These expressions are universal. Emotion looks the same whether you're a suburban housewife or a suicide bomber. The truth is written on all our faces.

    • FBI Agent: (talking about Cal) A friend of mine said this guy's a total nut-job. He spent, like, three years in the African jungle with some primitive tribe, studying their eyebrows.

    • Lawyer: He's not going to talk.
      Cal: That's okay. That's okay. I don't have much faith in words, myself. Statistically speaking, the average person tells three lies per ten minutes conversation. And granted, just regular people. We haven't studied people planning to fire-bomb a black church. Could skew differently.

    • Eli Loker: I have no chance with you. No, ... do I have any chance with you?
      Ria Torres: You always tell the truth?
      Eli Loker: Always.
      Ria Torres: How good are you in bed?
      Eli Loker: Fair.
      Ria Torres: Fair is better than most.

  • Notes

    • International Show Titles:
      Czech Republic: Anatomie lži (Anatomy of Lie)

    • The Signature (or Theme) tune for this show is Brand New Day by Ryan Star.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: Febuary 5, 2009 on TEN
      Sweden: February 25, 2009 on Channel 4
      Belgium: March 9, 2009 on 2BE
      United Kingdom: May 14, 2009 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Denmark: June 14, 2009 on TV2
      Latin America: July 20, 2009 on FOX
      Thailand: August 30, 2009 on True Series
      Finland: February 15, 2010 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: March 7, 2010 on Prima
      Germany: March 10, 2010 on Vox
      Slovakia: September 2, 2010 on JOJ
      India: October 12, 2010 on Star World

  • Allusions

    • Radical Honesty:
      Eli states that he practices "Radical Honesty"; Radical Honesty is the name of a self improvement program developed by Brad Blanton that challenges people to give up their addiction to lying. The Radical Honesty technique includes having practitioners state their feelings directly and in ways typically considered impolitic (the technique is sometimes confused with the person having functioning autism or Asperger's due to the practitioner's brutal honesty).

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