Lie to Me Season 2 Episode 4 “Honey” Comments
So Cal Lightman and the Lightman Group act as the pseudo police again and solve yet another crime, this time a murder mystery. It’s just amazing what a bunch of scientists can do!
One of the things I have always cringed at about this show has been when Lightman and others at the Lightman Group make inferences about other people’s emotional states and deception when there is really no scientific basis for those attributions.
But this episode there was an interesting twist to the ignorance of the science; this time, Lightman actually concluded that someone was telling the truth when in fact he was showing some of the kinds of signs – what we call hot spots – that are often associated with lying. It happened when Tom McHenry was questioned by Foster about the death of Connie.
Check out these clips on www.hulu.com:
1. At 14:52, McHenry was questioned as to whether he killed Connie, and he says no but nods his head yes.
2. At 15:15, he is asked if he doesn’t mind being taped, and he says no but flashes fear in his upper face.
3. At 19:40, he is asked if he ever socialized with Connie; he says yes but shrugs at the same time.
4. At 19:45 he flashes distress in his mouth when he says that he and Connie went out a couple of times after work for drinks and were strictly platonic.
5. At 20:06 he says “I didn’t kill Connie” but shrugs at the same time.
In fact these kinds of inconsistencies are what we call hot spots, and what are often (but not always) associated with deception. It’s interesting that when some signs were actually there that could be legitimately claimed to be based on science, Lightman concluded that McHenry was telling the truth.
Take a look for yourself at those times and see what you think!