Lie To Me 2.02 Truth or Consequences (2009, Mystery Drama) – 6/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Tim Roth: Dr. Cal Lightman
Kelli Williams: Dr. Gillian Foster
Brendan Hines: Eli Loker
Monica Raymund: Ria Torres
Hayley McFarland: Emily Lightman
Mekhi Phifer: FBI Agent Ben Reynolds
Creator: Samuel Baum
John Carroll Lynch:
John Pyper-Ferguson:
James Marsters:
Gretchen Egolf:
Chadwick Boseman:
Jennifer Beals: Zoe Landau
Consulting Producer: Nick Santora
Executive Producer: Samuel Baum
Writer: Nick Santora
Director: Michael Offer

Lie To Me 2.02 Truth or Consequences (2009)

Lightman tries to determine whether a college student knew his frat party sexual partner was under-age but ends up learning more about his daughter Emily.


The endings of both storylines feel weak but some of the earlier scenes featuring Lightman with his daughter are very well done. It always intrigues me how behaviour usually performed by parents is later condemned when performed by their children. In a society where so-called casual sex is regarded with all the importance of a cheap alternative to ordering a pizza, why is the sexual activity of your child frequently a bitter pill to swallow? Perhaps, despite all the contemporary openness about the mechanics of intercourse, the fact is sex is still seen as a commodity (‘I’ve had / I want her / him’), an exercising of power, a defining of your relationship and not as a genuinely shared experience.

This Lie To Me episode contains adult dialogue and violence and sexuality.


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