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Lie to Me

Season 2 Episode 1

The Core of It

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

A woman with multiple personalities comes to Lightman for help. The Lightman Group has to figure out if she's either the killer or the witness to a murder. Meanwhile the Lightman Group is also hired to question a candidate to the Supreme Court.

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  • This is my favorite episode!

    'Lie To Me' produced a scintillating premiere to Season 2 of the show, with a somewhat confusing, yet entirely suspenseful episode. The storyline was such a unique one, and certainly one that was well thought out. A lot of effort was clearly put into the plot, and it paid dividends.

    I thought they utilised the mutliple personality disorder really well, and they producted some great scenes. The concept was amazing, and after this episode, I'm sure this show will develop into an absolute favorite of mine, if it hasn't already!

    Keep it up Lie To Me! This is my favorite episode, and I highly recommend it! Hope you watch it, because you will enjoy it!moreless
  • An inspired season premiere. A fascinating, edge-of-your-seat mystery.

    A great kick start to Season 2 for this newcomer to the drama genre. A young woman approaches Lightman at a book signing and asks him if he believes her when she says she has witnessed a murder. He does, and thereby begins to delve into the mind of someone with multiple personalities to uncover the truth about the victim and the killer. The multiple personality/disassociative identity disorder angle was ingenius. To have one personality unable to talk so that personality shows the events of the murder to another personality in a psychic-like dream who then it able to relay the information to Lightman is fantastic. They did well to ensure that they didn't lose the audience admist all the personalities and the girl who played Jessie/Tricia/RJ/Sophie was rather good.

    The scene where Lightman has to verbally and physically attack Sophie in order to have the RJ personality emerge was intense and you genuinely feel afraid for Sophie. The only let down was the scenes where Torres was interviewing the Judge. I found Torres' nervousness and tentative nature off-putting. I didn't feel like it was communicated effectively that this was a big test of her abilities and therefore her behaviour is slightly wierd. And I was a little disappointed that nothing eventuated with the Judge having an affair with the younger woman. The whole "I had strong feelings for her, but we just kissed thing" really felt like a cop out. Not to mention the Judge character had no redeeming qualities and barely no personality so all you felt is in indifference towards him. I thought perhaps that whole Judge storyline was rushed but given the complexity of the multiple personality storyline I understand why it was necessary. Finally, I'm really hoping they can give Mikai Phifer's character more depth and screen time throughout the season because right now he feels like an hanger-on rather than a contributor to the story.moreless
  • Confusing... But very good!

    I have to say that I really like Erika Christensen's performance as the multiple personality woman. Cal really went over the top pushing Tricia/Jessie to talk about the murder... Or let the other personality now.

    How awful must've been for Ria to have been judged by her age. But she's quite good, she just needs to be convinced she is.

    I like the relationship Cal has with his daughter. I think he's a good father, even though he doesn't look like it, because of his tough personality. But I'm also liking the chemistry between him and Gillian. Now that she's divorced, who knows what could happen.moreless
Jennifer Beals

Jennifer Beals

Zoe Landau

Guest Star

Erika Christensen

Erika Christensen

Sophie Howell/Tricia/Jessie/R.J.

Guest Star

Michael Raymond-James

Michael Raymond-James

Gavin Howell

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Gillian: I'm divorced, and I'm free, and I'm happy, and if you do something to screw that up...
      Cal: I won't. I promise I won't. You know, push comes to shove, I can always go to Vegas, make the money back, so...
      Gillian: Wait. Don't even joke about that. Cal... Promise me you'll never go back to Vegas.

    • Agent Reynolds: Judge Simon, this is Dr. Cal Lightman.
      Judge Simon: Glad you could clear your schedule on such short notice.
      Cal: Yeah, well, I couldn't, actually. This is Ria Torres. She's gonna determine whether or not you're a lying son of a bitch.

    • Gillian: Where are we going?
      Cal: Surprise. Oh. Divorce present.
      Gillian: Wasn't planning to toast the demise of my marriage, but thanks.
      Cal: How you feeling?
      Gillian: Horrible, depressed like a loser.
      Cal: You're happy.
      Gillian: I'm not happy, I'm devastated.

    • Eli Loker: Where are you going?
      None of my business. Check.
      Power of nonverbal communication.
      Awesome, Love it.

    • Cal: What will you be when you grow up?
      Ria: I am grown up.
      Cal: Truth is, where are you?
      Ria: I'm a--
      Cal: You're on your way to become one of the lead experts in deception. But up here you're still a baggage screener at the airport. Until you change that you will always think you're not ready.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Jádro případu (The Core of the Case)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: October 8, 2009 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      South Africa: January 8, 2010 on M-Net/M-Net HD
      Latin America: February 8, 2010 on FOX
      Germany: June 9, 2010 on Vox
      Finland: June 14, 2010 on MTV3
      India: November 3, 2010 on Star World
      Slovakia: November 18, 2010 on JOJ
      Norway: December 6, 2010 on TV2
      Czech Republic: May 9, 2011 on Prima