Lie To Me 2.07 Black Friday (2009, Mystery Drama) – 4/10 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
Nick Searcy: Mr. Donnelly
Shashawnee Hall: Larry Bernardo
Jackie Debatin: Cheyenne
Lisa Waltz: Mrs. Roland
Daniel Owen Ross: Max
Executive Producer: Daniel Sackheim
Executive Producer: Samuel Baum
Writer: Ethan Drogin
Writer: Heather Thomason
Director: Daniel Sackheim

Lie To Me 2.07 Black Friday (2009)

Lightman is somewhat surprised to find a random teenage boy wander into his house and insist he confirm that the boy’s parents are lying to him when they tell him that they are his parents. Locher and Torres investigate a Black Friday stampede that resulted in the death of two people as the store seeks to reduce compensation payout by proving that they were not at fault.


Even by the standards of this season, this is a staggeringly unconvincing episode and it seems so unnecessary. Surely someone with the reputation of Lightman would get legitimate cases through normal means not through people randomly approaching him. Surely people wouldn’t tell Lightman and Foster deep personal secrets within two minutes just because he calls them on a lie or shouts at them. Surely Lightman’s abilities and research are just an indicator not the absolute be-all-and-end-all. Surely this show should be better.


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