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Review: Lie to Me - Lack of Candor

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 10th 2009 11:59AM
Lightman (Tim Roth, R) unearths dangerous secrets about Reynolds' (Mekhi Phifer, L) past in the 'Lie to Me' episode 'Lack of Candor.'
(S02E06) "You work here. I know everything." - Lightman

Looks like we've got a bit of a trend going on here. Just a few weeks ago, we got a glimpse into Cal's seedy criminal past and now we got a taste of what Reynolds was up to before he became the FBI liaison to The Lightman Group.

As enjoyable as a one-off case on Lie to Me can be, it's way more interesting when Cal starts using his talent on the people working in his own office. There's more than enough material to mine here and hopefully there's more of this in the future.

So it turns out that Reynolds was undercover for a number of years, in an operation to bring down a ruthless Wall Street fixer named Elliot Green. You name it, the guy did it -- extortion, kidnapping, assault, and murder. However, similar to Jack Bauer's time with the Salazar brothers in season three of 24, Ben had to participate in some unsavory activities to maintain his cover, including minor crimes and occasional drug use.

To compound matters, Ben was forced to kill one of Elliot's real goons once his cover was blown. To maintain Ben's position in the case, his handler never reported the murder. And that's where Lightman came in. Ben couldn't testify against Green without incriminating himself and unless the truth about his FBI sanctioned killing came out, he had no choice but to obstruct justice.

The entire set-up led to some really good scenes between Cal and Ben and hopefully it means that we'll see more of Ben in coming episodes since he has quite the debt to pay back to Cal now. The fact that the two them clearly trust each other more than before could also lead to some riskier tactics in the future as well.

A few more thoughts on "Lack of Candor" --

  • I mentioned it already, but between Cal's run in with Terry a few weeks ago and now Reynolds made that comment about Lightman's past life in northern Ireland, I am really hoping for some sort of origins story about Cal. Where exactly did he come from? How'd he hone his skills? What did he do in his past that was so terrible that Reynolds thought he should be in the jail for it? How'd he found The Lightman Group? With Shawn Ryan running Lie To Me now, it'd be great to see him tackle this, same as he did with The Shield and the episode "Co-Pilot."
  • While I was glad to see Loker and Torres take some initiative and finish the interrogation of the U.S. Marshal, it still feels like the two of them are being underused. Cal can only give them these little tests for so long until it feels like it's too easy for them.
  • There was some more, albeit very brief, flirting between Cal and Foster, although she seemed to shut down rather quickly once he mentioned her ex and his drug problems.

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Lisa

i am not loving this season, too convoluted to keep track and I gave up at 30-minutes in ---boring. I like the mix of lighter fare and multiple cases.

November 10 2009 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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rachel

I disagree! I loved this episode, and I love the more character-centric stories that they're doing this season. They have a fabulous cast, so it's great to sit back and watch them all do their thing!

November 12 2009 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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