Lie to Me

Season 1 Episode 5

Unchained

1
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 04, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Ria and Cal question a former gang leader who claims to be rehabilitated. Meanwhile, Eli and Gillian look into the death of a firefighter who was killed in the line of duty.

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  • Rather dull episode with far too little character dvelopment.

    6.0
    I quite enjoyed the first 4 episodes of Lie to Me but this one I found my concentration waning throughout and I really got quite bored with it. The killers were so obvious tfrom the start that I didn't really care about the crime stories. The personal details were also frankly quite tedious. We learned that Ria was abused by her father but that was all. Nothing about Cal, Gillian or Eli. I can't see this show carrying on much further if it doesn't start to improve its storylines and to dvelop the characters. Overall I thought this episode was no better than average.moreless
  • Definitely maybe almost good enough

    5.0
    I like the actors, the characters, the science, and the twisty plots. But I am finding myself distracted and annoyed by the expletive deleted hand held shaky camera work. This is the age of HiGh DeFiNiTiOn TV - not elementary school 8MM kiddie films. I do not feel entertained by jerky framing, images washed out in one shot and underlit in another. It's as if the camera operators are deliberately downgrading the quality. I spend more time, setting up the brightness and contrast, than I ever did for pre HD TV.



    Maybe their instructors or mentors think this is what people need for entertainment. Or perhaps it is a fad. Whatever it is - it must cease. I've stopped watching several shows because of the nauseating camera work. I watch TV for entertainment, not irritation. Coupled with annoying pop ups and distracting animations, broadcast TV is killing off its audience. Fire the camera crew and hire some talent. Don't ruin a good premise and writing with putrid photography.moreless
  • The first episode I saw. It was decent, but there are much better episodes!

    8.5
    I didn't enjoy this episode as much as some of the others that I have now seen, however, I still found it to be really entertaining. Neither case caught my interest too much, but I still enjoyed watching the episode.



    I do love this show, but this is not one of the better episodes, however, there were some interesting moments.



    The storyline was somewhat predictable and at one point, it seemed to drag on. However, I still watched, and I liked what I ended up seeing.



    Overall, if you want to watch this show, this is not one of the episodes that I recommend, but for a huge fan of the show, it is a pretty decent episode.



    Good job by Lie To Me!moreless
  • I'm really loving this show.

    9.0
    The more I watch this show the more I love Lightman. He's just a constant surprised in his approach to his subjects. One of the things that really impress me about the show is that it shows the teaching of how they do what they do, it's like they are constantly teaching. One of the things that was interesting within this episode was that Cal and Gillian having a difference of opinion in regards to including Torres in evaluating Trillo. I also appreciated that Torres seemed to be willing to fight for what she believes is right. The hazing death of the firefighter was pretty believable seeing that firefighters are a fraternity but the great twist was it ultimately was a racial thing involving a girl. I thought the idea of Lightman determining whether or not an inmate is truly reformed was a great idea. I was surprised by Trillo's release and was curious to see the method to the thinking. I found the Trillo's final scene with Holly's very dramatic which mirrored the final scene with Cal and Torres. I'm even more curious as to Lightman and his story.moreless
  • Predictable plot and under developed characters didn't help this episode.

    6.5
    The 2 plots of this episode were fairly easy to pick.

    Straight away, when Holly Sando was shown to be lying about Trillo, I cannot believe that they did not come to the conclusion that she wanted him released to kill him. The idea that someone on the outside was intimidating Holly crossed my mind to and would probably be an avenue I would have pursued but once Trillo denied threatening her using one of his gangbang friends surely they would have realised why Holly was lying. I guess in the end Cal did exactly that which is why he wanted a police escort on Trillo.



    As for the Firemen story line, I much preferred this storey arc over the release of a prisoner. Eli was a little more toned down in his radical honesty. As soon as Dr. Foster had Kerry Morrow in the restrooms and she had to confess something I knew straight away that her and Eric Mitchell were having a relationship, why she didn't just tell her there and then I have no idea, it would have stopped a lot of heart ache. As soon Lieutenant Clayton was introduced I knew he was to blame for Eric Mitchell's death.



    I just really didn't like the stories this episode, I did like the idea of an inmate with the possibility of a pardon from the Governor and using Dr Cal Lightman's Firm to find the truth was cool, but I think they could have executed it bettermoreless
Brett Rice

Brett Rice

Chief Jack Morrow

Guest Star

Ross Thomas

Ross Thomas

Doug Donovan

Guest Star

Carlos Lacamara

Carlos Lacamara

Inspector Mike Adams

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Loker: It's like they never left the frat house.
      Foster: You know, it's not just frat houses. Initiation rites can be found in all major cultures.
      Loker: You're defending these guys?
      Foster: Hazing can serve an important psychological function.
      Loker: Oh, that's funny. I don't remember reading any articles in the APA journal on swirlies.
      Foster: Initiation for you MIT mathletes was pretty hard-core, huh?
      Loker: You make fun, but you try waking up in a shower stall with a killer hangover and a quart of macaroni salad shoved up your...

    • Foster: You know I treated a few firefighters in grad school. It's amazing what these guys have to deal with.
      Loker: You got a bit of a fireman thing, huh?
      Foster: I'm just saying these guys are heroes.
      Loker: Aha. Is it the helmets? I mean, even I like tha helmets.

    • Cal: I'm sorry about before. Sometimes I see so much, I don't know how not to tell people.
      Ria: Yeah. I get that.
      Cal: You're right. Most people don't change. I have been there waiting for it... hoping for it, and then they just don't. But there are a few, I think, who can.

    • Chief Morrow: You? You killed him?
      Tom: No. I didn't. I just wanted to humiliate him. He needed to learn humility.
      Chief Morrow: He was one of our men.
      Tom: No. He wasn't one of my men. My men respect the code. My men don't complain when they're forced to broom the latrine. And my men know damn well not to crap where they eat.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Přerušený řetěz (Disconnected Chain)

    • Troy Winbush (Wallace) and Kelli Williams (Gillian Foster) previously worked together in Medical Investigation (2004-2005).

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Belgium: March 30, 2009 on 2BE
      United Kingdom: June 11, 2009 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Latin America: August 17, 2009 on FOX
      Finland: March 15, 2010 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: April 4, 2010 on Prima
      Germany: April 7, 2010 on Vox
      Slovakia: September 16, 2010 on JOJ
      India: October 19, 2010 on Star World

    • Featured Music:
      "Unchained" by Johnny Cash

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Manny: "Nada es real ni mentira. Nothing is real or lie, it all depends on the color of the glass you're looking through." 

      This is a reference to Ramón de Campoamor, a spanish poet, who composed many proverbs about love, friendship, truth, and existence.


      The original reads: "Y es que en este mundo traidor, no hay verdad ni mentira: todo es según el cristal con que se mira."

      This loosely translates to: "In this treacherous world, there is no truth or lie. Everything is seen through the eye of the beholder."

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