History Series / LieToMe

27th Sep '17 5:03:40 AM Esteis
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It seems similar on the surface to ''Series/TheMentalist'': a smart guy that can tell if you're lying, and who's fond of the BatmanGambit, works to solve crimes. There's the wild-card male main character with a tendency to antagonize adversaries and not let others in on his schemes, his UnresolvedSexualTension with his more rational female second, conflicts with authority like the FBI, and so on. Some of the plots, especially in the first season, are similar as well. But as they say in the show, "We're scientists, not magicians," and that's where the shows diverge. Perhaps most notably, the show lets you in on what the LivingLieDetector is seeing and doing, so that the audience start to see the cues that they use to see when people are lying. The show quickly comes into its own, and by the second season, it's a real joy to watch Tim Roth play the role of Cal Lightman.[[labelnote:*]]Like it used to be with Simon Baker playing Patrick Jane.[[/labelnote]]

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It seems similar on the surface to ''Series/TheMentalist'': a smart guy that can tell if you're lying, and who's fond of the BatmanGambit, works to solve crimes. There's the wild-card male main character with a tendency to antagonize adversaries and not let others in on his schemes, his UnresolvedSexualTension with his more rational female second, conflicts with authority like the FBI, and so on. Some of the plots, especially in the first season, are similar as well. But as they say in the show, "We're scientists, not magicians," and that's where the shows diverge. Perhaps most notably, the show lets you in on what the LivingLieDetector is seeing and doing, so that the audience start to see the cues that they use to see when people are lying. The show quickly comes into its own, and by the second season, it's a real joy to watch Tim Roth play the role of Cal Lightman.[[labelnote:*]]Like [[note]]Like it used to be with Simon Baker playing Patrick Jane.[[/labelnote]]
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9th Aug '17 11:27:11 PM PaulA
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** Cal in the mental institution in "Pied Piper" is one big valentine to ''OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', especially his very [=McMurphy=]-esque canary-eating grin as he gets admitted.

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** Cal in the mental institution in "Pied Piper" is one big valentine to ''OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', ''Film/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', especially his very [=McMurphy=]-esque canary-eating grin as he gets admitted.
15th Apr '17 1:35:36 PM eroock
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* WalkAndTalk: Often seen at the Lightman Group home office, when Cal is briefed by an assistant on his way through the corridors.
15th Apr '17 12:51:57 PM eroock
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* TheSnackIsMoreInteresting: Performed deliberately in "Unchained" in order to read a former gang leader's reaction to the obvious disrespect.
2nd Apr '17 5:47:49 AM skymapper
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It seems similar on the surface to ''Series/TheMentalist'': a smart guy that can tell if you're lying, and who's fond of the BatmanGambit, works to solve crimes. There's the wild-card male main character with a tendency antagonize adversaries and and not to let others in on his schemes, his UnresolvedSexualTension with his more rational female second, conflicts with authority like the FBI, and so on. Some of the plots, especially in the first season, are similar as well. But as they say in the show, "We're scientists, not magicians," and that's where the shows diverge. Perhaps most notably, the show lets you in on what the LivingLieDetector is seeing and doing, so that the audience member starts to see the cues that they use to see when people are lying. The show quickly comes into its own, and by the second season, it's a real joy to watch Tim Roth play the role of Cal Lightman.[[labelnote:*]]Like it used to be with Simon Baker playing Patrick Jane.[[/labelnote]]

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It seems similar on the surface to ''Series/TheMentalist'': a smart guy that can tell if you're lying, and who's fond of the BatmanGambit, works to solve crimes. There's the wild-card male main character with a tendency to antagonize adversaries and and not to let others in on his schemes, his UnresolvedSexualTension with his more rational female second, conflicts with authority like the FBI, and so on. Some of the plots, especially in the first season, are similar as well. But as they say in the show, "We're scientists, not magicians," and that's where the shows diverge. Perhaps most notably, the show lets you in on what the LivingLieDetector is seeing and doing, so that the audience member starts start to see the cues that they use to see when people are lying. The show quickly comes into its own, and by the second season, it's a real joy to watch Tim Roth play the role of Cal Lightman.[[labelnote:*]]Like it used to be with Simon Baker playing Patrick Jane.[[/labelnote]]



** This was pretty much a HeroicSacrifice for a character we had only seen for that episode. And it was [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Awesome]]

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** This was pretty much a HeroicSacrifice for a character we had only seen for that episode. And it was [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Awesome]]awesome]].



--> ''Are you planning on having sex with my daughter tonight?''

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--> ''Are '''Cal:''' Are you planning on having sex with my daughter tonight?''tonight?



** Cal and suicides, for very good reason - [[spoiler: his mother was one, and he blames the psychiatrists for not seeing it coming]]. Most notably explored in "Depraved Heart". Also tends to flip his shit if a case involves teenage girls, since it hits close to his own daughter. Abusive fathers also ping Cal's radar, since his father used to get drunk and smack Cal and his mother around.
** Gillian and adopted children - [[spoiler: in "Do No Harm", we find out that she'd once tried to adopt a child, and the girl was reclaimed by her birth mother]] - as well as drug addiction - [[spoiler: her husband Alec is an addict, which is a major factor behind their eventual divorce.]]
** Torres and [[spoiler: domestic abuse - her father used to drink and smack around Ria and her sister Ava]].

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** Cal and suicides, for very good reason - [[spoiler: his mother was one, committed suicide, and he blames the psychiatrists and himself for not seeing it coming]]. Most notably explored in "Depraved Heart". Also tends to flip his shit if a case involves teenage girls, since it hits close to his own daughter. Abusive fathers also ping Cal's radar, since his father used to get drunk and smack Cal and his mother around.
** Gillian and adopted children - [[spoiler: in "Do No Harm", we find out that she'd once tried to adopt a child, and but the girl was reclaimed by her birth mother]] - as well as drug addiction - [[spoiler: her husband Alec is an addict, which is a major factor behind their eventual divorce.]]
** Torres and [[spoiler: domestic abuse - her father used to drink and smack around hit Ria and her sister Ava]].



** "Funhouse" explores how Cal's mother, Cal, and Emily (who have depression and other mental illness that runs in the family) aren't so different from Wayne's father, Wayne, and Amanda (who have paranoid schizophrenia that runs in the family).

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** "Funhouse" explores how Cal's mother, Cal, and Emily (who have (where depression and other mental illness that runs in the family) aren't so different from Wayne's father, Wayne, and Amanda (who have paranoid schizophrenia that runs in the family).



* OverprotectiveDad: Cal is very protective of his daughter.

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* OverprotectiveDad: Cal is very ''very'' protective of his daughter.



* TwerpSweating: Dr. Lightman's daughter gets him to promise not to do any "covert science things", but...
--> '''Dr. Lightman''': Hi, Dan!
--> '''Boy''': Hi, Mr. Lightman!
--> '''Dr. Lightman''': Are you going to try to have sex with my daughter tonight?

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* TwerpSweating: Dr. Lightman's daughter Emily gets him Cal to promise not to do any "covert science things", but...
--> '''Dr. Lightman''': '''Cal''': Hi, Dan!
--> '''Boy''': '''Dan''': Hi, Mr. Lightman!
--> '''Dr. Lightman''': '''Cal''': Are you going to try to have sex with my daughter tonight?



* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Usually there are two cases per episode, with Cal and Ria on one, Gillian and Eli on the other. This has been switched up in Season Two with Cal and Gillian on one case and Eli and Ria on the other. One episode of Season Three had Cal and Eli on one case, and Gillian and Ria on the other, with decidedly [[CrowningMomentOfFunny epic]] results.

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* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Usually there are two cases per episode, with Cal and Ria on one, Gillian and Eli on the other. This has been switched up in Season Two with Cal and Gillian on one case and Eli and Ria on the other. One episode "The Canary's Song" of Season Three had Cal and Eli on one case, and Gillian and Ria on the other, with decidedly [[CrowningMomentOfFunny epic]] results.



* WorkingWithTheEx: Cal has to work with ex-wife Zoe on several occasions, and ends up in bed with her a couple of times.

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* WorkingWithTheEx: Cal has to work with his ex-wife Zoe on several occasions, and ends up in bed with her a couple of times.
17th Feb '17 4:06:34 PM creader
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* OutOfOrder: {{FOX}} aired the entire second season in completely random order.
** '''''[[TheFireflyEffect AGAIN.]]'''''
24th Jan '17 5:59:26 AM Kalaong
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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: "Beat The Devil" has the verification of a UFO as its B-plot. Thirty-minute mark, they find (real!) video footage of it. Fifty-minute mark, an Air Force officer shows up with a bullshit story. Loker sees right through him to the truth: The Air Force has ''no idea'' what it was. They finally get the witness and the Air Force to agree on a story to save the witness' career - uber-uber-top-secret aircraft. Loker smiles and saves the video to hard drive as the episode ends.
-->'''Loker''': ''The best lies are covered with half-truths. I have no doubt that you had a pilot who cracked, who was shot down everything in that file happened as described. You have no idea what was in the sky that night, do you?''\\

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: "Beat The Devil" has the verification of a UFO as its B-plot. Thirty-minute mark, they find (real!) video footage of it. Fifty-minute mark, an Air Force officer shows up with a bullshit story. Loker sees right through him to the truth: The Air Force has ''no idea'' what it was.was, and would much rather ruin a college professor's life than admit that ''anything'' in US airspace is outside their knowledge. They finally get the witness and the Air Force to agree on a story to save the witness' career - uber-uber-top-secret aircraft. Loker smiles and saves the video to hard drive as the episode ends.
-->'''Loker''': ''The best lies are covered with half-truths. I have no doubt that you had a pilot who cracked, who was shot down down, everything in that file happened as described. You have no idea what was in the sky that night, do you?''\\
20th Oct '16 2:36:18 PM Luigifan
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** Ria Torres is a more obvious example especially the episode "Delinquent"

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** Ria Torres is a more obvious example example, especially in the episode "Delinquent""Delinquent".



** Clara. She's fascinated with the work that the Lightman Group does, and it's the impetus for her eventually [[spoiler: becoming a majority shareholder in the company]]. Unfortunately, it backfires on her when [[spoiler: her lack of skill at lying reveals that she'd known about a cover-up involving a gubernatorial campaign and three separate murders]].

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** Clara. She's fascinated with the work that the Lightman Group does, and it's the impetus for her eventually [[spoiler: becoming [[spoiler:becoming a majority shareholder in the company]]. Unfortunately, it backfires on her when [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her lack of skill at lying reveals that she'd known about a cover-up involving a gubernatorial campaign and three separate murders]].



** Cal, Gillian, and Burns vs. Little Moon in "Exposure" is one big one: [[spoiler: Cal's mixing lies and his science to prove Burns didn't kill Little Moon's father, Gillian is worried about Burns but backs Cal's play, and Burns is following Cal's lead some of the time and going off script others, and they're trying to keep Little Moon convinced that he needs them all alive]].

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** Cal, Gillian, and Burns vs. Little Moon in "Exposure" is one big one: [[spoiler: Cal's [[spoiler:Cal's mixing lies and his science to prove Burns didn't kill Little Moon's father, Gillian is worried about Burns but backs Cal's play, and Burns is following Cal's lead some of the time and going off script others, and they're trying to keep Little Moon convinced that he needs them all alive]].



* BerserkButton: Hurting kids, especially ones that remind him of his daughter, is a very quick to find yourself on Cal Lightman's bad side.

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* BerserkButton: Hurting kids, especially ones that remind him of his daughter, is a very quick way to find yourself on Cal Lightman's bad side.
13th Aug '16 3:47:46 PM morenohijazo
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* PrenupBlowup: An episode has a wealthy client hire the Lightman Group to investigate his fiancée on whether or not she knew he was rich before getting involved with him. It turns out that she ''did'' know but genuinely loves him for who he is. While he is a little upset that she lied to him, Loker tells him that him being attracted to her partly because she's beautiful is just as shallow. The guy seems mollified, but Loker still tells him to get a prenup.
30th Jun '16 4:37:23 PM DrNoPuma
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* CasinoEpisode: "Fold Equity" has the Lightman Group going to Vegas to investigate the disappearance of a finalist in the World Series of Poker. Cal's skill in reading people has actually gotten him banned from the city before, so he's forbidden from any gambling while he's there.
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