Lie to Me Season 3, Episode 6 “Beyond Belief”
This week’s episode of Lie to Me, entitled ‘Beyond Belief,’ follows Dr. Lightman and his team as they investigate Dr. John Stafford, a motivational speaker with a cult following.
During the investigation, they interrogate one of Dr. Stafford’s former followers (Jane Prescott.) There are a few inaccuracies that we would like to point out.
First of all, there is no ‘pinocchio response’ that is definitely indicative of a lie. Torres notices Jane’s breaking eye contact and slight hesitation in her responses, and Dr. Lightman states that she is lying. These actions are not necessarily indicators of deception.
At around 22:50, Torres deduces that Jane is feeling shame. Her head is down, and her eyes are looking down, blocked by her hand. Loker then pulls up a couple media photographs of politicians with this same expression. There is no universal expression for shame or guilt.
One slightly interesting thing about the episode is Dr. Lightman’s inability to read Dr. Stafford very well. It is later found out that this is due to Dr. Stafford’s facial surgery. The show has never quite touched on the fact that not everyone’s face can be read, because there are instances in which a person’s facial muscles cannot relax and contract properly. This may be due to a few different factors, such as a muscle disorder or, in Dr. Stafford’s case, extensive surgery.
Similarly, when individuals get botox injections, certain facial muscles are paralyzed therefore impeding the ability to express certain emotions. An interesting article was written recently which suggests that botox not only “may harm the expression of an emotion, but also its comprehension”.
“Beyond Belief” seems to touch more on the science than other episodes in the third season but overall, Lie to Me continues to ignore the science behind emotion and facial cues. In addition, the information that they do provide isn’t quite accurate.
Did you watch this week’s Lie to Me? What did you think? If you haven’t already, you may view the full episode here.