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'Lie To Me' - 'Beat the Devil' Recap (Mid-Season Premiere)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 8th 2010 12:00PM
Lie To Me: Beat the Devil
(S02E11) 'Lie To Me' is back for the second half of season two, and I couldn't be happier. When I talked to Tim Roth last week, he said to expect more character development, more stories with Cal and his daughter, and more with Gillian.

In fact, based on what he didn't tell me, I expect their relationship to heat up next season, and sure enough, it looks like we're already headed that way with this episode. And we can all drop to our knees and thank the deities that they're ramping up Cal's rogue side. Come to Jesus!

The way this episode started really set the dark mood for the rest of it. Such bleakness, with the abducted girl freeing herself from the handcuffs and escaping out of a car, while an ominous guy -- whom we learned later was Martin -- digs a hole with a shovel a few feet away.

What I love about 'Lie To Me' is not only Tim Roth's totally engrossing mannerisms -- I could just sit and watch him all day -- but also the fact that lying is so fascinating. People tell lies every day, whether they're little white ones ("You look great in that!") or mammoth icebergs ("I'm not a psychopathic killer").

And I have to say, watching this show makes me study people just a little bit closer, to see if I can pick up any clues as to whether they're lying or not. Especially helpful when it comes to kids, though Roth told me that if you're a human lie detector like Cal, you'd have to come to some sort of agreement with your family, How could you turn it off, though?

But I digress ... I loved seeing Jason Dohring of 'Veronica Mars' -- he needs to have a regular show again -- and it was cool watching Martin and Cal's creepy game of cat-and-mouse. Or maybe psychological chess.

Martin: "Good chess players think five moves ahead."
Cal: "Great chess players think one move ahead. But it's always the right move."

Props to Ashley Johnson, who played Valerie. Hard not to get emotional watching her get emotional about being drowned three times via waterboarding. Same when Cal was questioning Martin's mom about the daughter who died via drowning in a pool. And again when Martin pulled the gun on Cal and he ended up getting waterboarded, too. I'm starting to think maybe Cal should carry a firearm with him. He probably ticks off a lot of people in his day-to-day dealings.

And, yeah, things are definitely heating up between Gillian and Cal. At the end, you could tell she sort of wanted to go for "a quick bite" with him, but maybe Helen's words about ending up alone had an impact. Cal really is tortured, but women sometimes have that thing of wanting to save a guy. Can you imagine being involved with Cal, though? What a nightmare, because he'd always know if you were telling even the tiniest lie.

A few other things:

Glenn Morshower (Aaron Pierce on '24') is definitely typecast as a military guy and/or authoritative figure. He plays it well, though.

Did you catch Howard Hesseman playing the UFO guy?

I absolutely love the 'Lie To Me' theme song ('Brand New Day' by Ryan Star), and always run the DVR back a few times to hear it again.

Your thoughts on this episode? I can't wait to see Cal go more and more rogue.

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Aprajeeta Paposa

Just Love to watch Lie to me.....
Great episodes.........
n lukin fr its comeback........

January 24 2011 at 7:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

coming to the party late but just saw this episode. does anyone know how the cops found cal? if they did have a GPS on him then why didn't they get to him while he was being waterboarded?

thanks if you have any input...

August 05 2010 at 12:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Aprajeeta Paposa

I guess,they didnt get to him while he ws waterboarded to find ot whr r the rest of the bodies.......

January 24 2011 at 7:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jason Dohring needs more work for sure. Criminal he's not doing more.

June 08 2010 at 7:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to YouFaceTheTick's comment

Agreed. Jason Dohring is fantastic. I didn't realize how much I missed him until I saw him here. He was pitch perfect - but then, when isn't he? I will watch any show he lands on.

June 09 2010 at 2:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great episode and I love Jason Dohring, especially when he's bad.

I also really enjoyed Torrez's involvement in the main case, her beating herself up about not seeing Martin as a psychopath right away was well played.

June 08 2010 at 3:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I absolutely LOVE this show and am also happy that FOX brought it back for the summer and will also air it for a third season in the fall. It really would have been unfair to bump it off their schedule. The network pre-empted so many times during the regular season, it didn't have much of a chance to attract new viewers. Now hopefully, it will find many new fans that will continue to watch it in the fall.

Of course, I love ANYTHING Tim Roth is in, but this show is such a great vehicle for him I hope it stays on for many more years.

June 08 2010 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't see why the killer would be so glib and forthright about what he is doing RIGHT AFTER a victim managed to escape. You'd think that he'd be laying low - or getting the hell out of town - after he screwed up like that.

As much as I love this show, we do have to keep in mind that what Cal does is junk science. The show has been very good about respecting the fact that his sort of "expertise" is not admissible in court - we've never had Cal testifying about how the defendant is lying when he says he didn't do it, etc. Not once, and I greatly respect the show for that. But I also don't like Cal ALWAYS being right about every little thing, and the one time someone beat him it's gotta be because he's a psychopathic killer... and sure enough... blah. Kinda lame.

Love the show, though. Don't get me wrong. And this show would be absolutely nothing without the great Tim Roth. I'm so glad he decided to do a TV show, as he's more of a movie guy. I can't see anyone else in this role.

June 08 2010 at 1:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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It always amazes me how they play psychopaths as being one dimensional. Te best ones learn from other peoples mistakes.

June 14 2010 at 7:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great ep! So glad Tim & crew are back. Excellent show!

June 08 2010 at 1:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Concerning the Gillian/Cal relationship and the possible pitfalls that go along with dating a guy who always knows when you're lying: if you travel way back to the Pilot, Cal mentions that Gillian is a terrible liar, whereas Cal is an exceptional liar. Gillian doesn't bother lying to Cal because there's no point. Cal doesn't lie to Gillian because it's rude.

I think this is a relationship in a television show that would really work as a functional aspect of the show while not detracting from the episode as a whole. You are simply aware of the fact that there's a relationship there without worrying about the fact that you're going to lose the sexual tension if you put the characters together, e.g., Bones.

Thanks for the writeup. I really love this show and it was a pleasure seeing it again after such a long hiatus.

June 08 2010 at 12:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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