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Lie to Me

Lie to MeNetwork: FOX
Episodes: 48 (hour)
Seasons: Four

TV show dates: January 21, 2009 — January 31, 2011
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines, Monica Raymund, Mekhi Phifer, Jennifer Beals, Hayley McFarland, Sean Patrick Thomas, and Tim Guinee.

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TV show description:
The average person tells three lies in ten minutes of conversation and Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) can spot them. He detects the truth by analyzing a person’s face, body, voice and speech. By analyzing facial expressions, Lightman can read feelings — from hidden resentment to sexual attraction to jealousy. He’s the world’s leading deception expert, a scientist who studies involuntary body language to uncover not only if someone is lying but why.

Unfortunately, as Lightman knows all too well, his scientific ability is both a blessing and a curse in his personal life, where family and friends often deceive each other as readily as criminals and strangers do.

Lightman heads a team of experts at The Lightman Group who assist federal law enforcement, government agencies and local police with their most difficult cases.

Dr. Gillian Foster (Kelli Williams) is a gifted psychologist and Lightman’s professional partner who looks at the bigger picture while he focuses on the details. He needs her guidance and insight into human behavior, whether he knows it or not.

Eli Loker (Brendan Hines) is the team’s lead researcher, who is so uncomfortable with the human tendency to lie that he’s decided to practice what he calls “radical honesty.” He says everything on his mind at all times and often pays the price for it.

Ria Torres (Monica Raymund) is the newest member of the agency, and one of the few “naturals” in the field of deception detection. She has a raw, untrained ability to read people that makes her a force to be reckoned with.

The series is inspired by the scientific discoveries of Dr. Paul Ekman, a real-life specialist who can read clues embedded in the human face, body and voice to expose both the truth and lies in criminal investigations.
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Series Finale

Episode 48 — Killer App
Cal wanders through the office of social network app Seekout, taking pictures with his smartphone. Then he confronts Zach Morstein about firing one of his co-founders, Kyle Putnam, just before the company went public and made billions. Zach figures that the company’s third co-founder, Claire, must’ve hired Cal, adding that he and Claire are longtime friends. So tell her she’s safe, Zach says with a smirk.

When Cal and Gillian meet Claire at the Lightman Group office, Cal’s concerned about Zach’s smirk and fears that Claire will suffer the same fate as Kyle. Claire admits that Zach has changed, but she says that they’re still friends and she doesn’t want to fight him. When Cal wonders if the change is more personal than business-oriented, Claire clams up and leaves.

While Gillian – who was Claire’s former therapist – vows to protect her, Eli observes that Claire quickly took Zach’s side. Gillian claims that Claire is simply conflicted because friendship means everything to her.

Meanwhile, a young man enters Cal’s empty office, sees a $100 bill on the desk, and walks away. Cal – who’s been watching – stops him. He’s Marquis “Key” Turner, and Ria wants Cal to give him a job. Cal wants someone followed and gives Key the $100 for expenses.

Cal comes home to a moaning Emily, who’s getting her hamstrings stretched by Liam; just then Gillian calls. Cal races away and finds Gillian in tears because she went to check on Claire, found she’d been stabbed, and couldn’t save her.

Detective Wallowski tells Cal and Gillian that the Seekout app on Claire’s phone placed Kyle in Claire’s apartment at the time of her murder. Cal says that Kyle is not the killer. Wallowski adds that the cellphone tower records corroborate Kyle’s presence and those records can’t be faked. Cal is still unconvinced.

Gillian and Cal visit Zach, who pins Gillian as a therapist, noting that Cal has trust issues because he knows Cal’s been constantly Googling Liam. With an arrogance that barely conceals his anger, Zach produces a signed statement from Claire indicating that Kyle was due nothing, so he had no reason to kill her. Smirk.

When Wallowski tells Cal that Kyle called Claire three times on the day she was killed, Cal wants to put Kyle and Zach in the cube, but Wallowski refuses, noting that Kyle has lawyers and she has no reason to arrest Zach.

Cal confronts Kyle at a coffee shop, telling him that those corporate lawyers are useless in a murder case. Kyle describes how Zach once hacked the local cell network of a girl he liked and read her texts to get to know her better, but this left an electronic trail. Kyle believes that Zach pulled a similar stunt to frame him, which he intends to prove. He also admits calling Claire because he heard that Zach was angered by Cal’s visit, and agrees to continue his work at Cal’s office.

Cal finds Wallowski studying the murder scene, notices a framed photo of Claire’s grandmother placed face down next to the sofa, and convinces Wallowski that Claire had sex before she was killed.

Cal asks Zach about his sexual relationship with Claire, which he denies. Gillian and Ria ask Kyle the same question, which he also denies, then admits he concealed it because he knew it would anger Zach – and would make him a more likely murder suspect – claiming that Zach’s discovery of this relationship led to his firing.

Kyle locates the electronic trail and tries to trace it to Zach’s ISP, which activates a hidden logic bomb that wipes out the trail.

Wallowski then asks Zach how he knew about Kyle and Claire’s relationship. When he replies, “office gossip,” she says that unless he can prove those two were something beyond friends, Kyle will go free.

Zach quickly heads for his computer, where Cal, Gillian, and Kyle find him checking private messages between Kyle and Claire. Kyle – who’s patched into Zach’s computer – points out that those were anonymous messages, and Zach’s accessing them is evidence that he knew about the affair, which gives him a motive for murder.

Kyle also admits he and Claire were planning a takeover, and when Zach discovered this, he fired Kyle and forced Claire to sign those documents. Cal notes that Zach was in love with Claire, but the feeling wasn’t mutual.

When Zach claims he never touched her, Gillian angrily confronts him about the knife wound. Zach sneers that all the evidence points to Kyle, and with all my money and lawyers, “the truth doesn’t matter.” But Cal just recorded that statement on his smartphone, and Kyle broadcasts it over a computer network.

Cal then finds that Key has invaded his office and fires him for insubordination. But Key still wants Cal to pay him for his snooping, which turned up nothing. Key says that’s because Liam’s a good kid, and Cal should trust Emily, adding that Cal needs to hear the truth – and Key needs a job. OK.

Cal visits Zach in jail, telling him that he’s recommended Zach be put in a mental institution rather than prison. Why? Because prison will only take away Zach’s freedom, but the institution’s pills could take away his mind – and Dr. Gillian Foster will make sure that they do.

Cal goes home and learns that Emily broke up with Liam because he didn’t believe in sex before marriage. She asks him if he loves Gillian. When Cal admits that he does, Emily asks what he’s waiting for. Cal sighs, “I don’t have an answer for that one, luv.”
First aired: January 31, 2011.

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sue June 6, 2009 at 5:55 am

I liked the show, I thought it had a good story line. The characters were strong and I wish it wouldn’t get canceled. Please give it another chance?

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Lissa May 28, 2009 at 6:54 pm

I love this show. It gives me tips on reading people’s facial expressions if they’re lying or not!!!!

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Audra May 26, 2009 at 3:57 pm

THIS SHOW IS AWESOME! I rarely watch tv anymore and when I do I hate all the reality crap that is on and other garbage. But this was great. It had a great story line, great chemistry and the science is so interesting.

PLEASE keep this show!!!!

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jason May 15, 2009 at 11:53 pm

seriously good show…this is my favorite!

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brian May 13, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Watched first couple of shows and liked it but now it has a politicical message and I won’t watch any more. Trying to rewrite history.

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aaa May 6, 2009 at 6:16 pm

awesome show!

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Anonymous April 28, 2009 at 5:14 pm

I’d say this was a good show…but u know Id be fibbn

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pam r. April 26, 2009 at 12:50 pm

love this show .

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sal zarzana April 21, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Fabulous series. Roth is spectacular, Bravo fox!

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Kayleen April 21, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Love this show. I haven’t watched a weekly t.v. program for years. Lie To Me has many facets to it which are very fascinating. I find myself looking at facial expressions of people around me with more interest. Using clips of famous people to show certain tendencies is very cool! Keep up the good work and PLEASE don’t cancel this show!!

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Verna April 19, 2009 at 3:59 pm

My husband and I love this show! we look forward to it every week. I feel like we are learning alot about how much facial expressions reveal . Please give this great show ( with great such great actors) the chance it deserves.

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Keisha April 18, 2009 at 4:32 pm

I ABSOLUTELY love this show! Thanks FOX! Please dont cancel it!

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Andy April 12, 2009 at 2:49 am

Personally, I like this show. From the first episode, I really liked the intereaction between Tim Roth and Kelli Williams’ characters. I also find the science behind it fascinating and revealing. I myself am pretty good at reading people and their expressions and body language, and it’s interesting to see a show that uses that as a plot point. Also, the way they show real-life clips of real people using the expressions or gestures that Roth’s character is talking about is both revealing and funny.

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Donna April 9, 2009 at 8:22 am

I absolutely love this show!! I love watching how they come up with the facials to demonstrate the lies. Thank you for finding such wonderful shows to help us learn and grow in our own lives. This show really makes you stop and think when you are talking with people — I love it!!!

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dan April 8, 2009 at 3:54 am

In teh tradition of non-police doing police work the fact that the characters on this show actually interrogate people is far from reality. too far in fact that watching this show is as tedious as watching the farces called csi. just another gimick show in the realm of bones.

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