Lie to Me Season 3 Episode 3 “Dirty Loyal”
In this week’s episode of Lie to Me, entitled “Dirty Loyal”, Dr. Cal Lightman takes it upon himself to clear the name of Detective Wallowsky. Internal Affairs believes that her partner, Detective Farr, is corrupt; therefore, according to IA, Detective Wallowsky must be corrupt as well. When a local gang member is shot, IA believes that Wallowsky either did it herself, or is covering for Farr. This leads The Lightman Group into an investigation of the gang’s internal politics, as well as what kind of relationship exists between Detective Farr and Suarez (one of the gang members who seems a bit too happy about the two gangsters’ deaths.)
Once again, the writers of “Lie to Me” leave viewers in the dark regarding the science behind The Lightman Group’s work and how their conclusions about each person are arrived at.
For example, in the following clip, Suarez’ expression is compared to some other photographs from the news. However, what the expression conveys, or why it is important, is never explained. This leaves viewers confused as to what the expression was, and its significance of being shown.
However, there is one scene that is done relatively well.
In order to decide whether or not Wallowsky knows about any deal between Suarez and Farr, truth wizard Ria Torres analyzes some video clips from their interrogations. Based on the progression of Wallowsky’s non-verbal behavior towards Farr, Torres deduces that she is aware of the relationship between the two, and gives an explanation of each expression that she points out in order to arrive to this conclusion.
In particular, they pointed out certain expressions, such as disgust (horseshoe shape around the nose area) and explained the significance of that expression, given the context.
From a dramatic perspective, the episode is a bit dry; the plot isn’t that interesting or different.
It would be nice if the show would listen to its viewers and revert back to the writing of season 1, when more of the science was explained. The previous clip did a nice job of this; let’s hope there continues to be more of this type of analysis.
Did you watch “Dirty Loyal”? What did you think?