Lie to Me Season 3, Episode 7 “Veronica”
In this week’s episode of Lie to Me, entitled “Veronica,” Dr. Lightman and his team help a woman (Veronica) who has Alzheimer’s. Veronica believes that a man named Charlie murdered her sister, as well as patients in the care home she lives in, and is going to come after her.
Dr. Lightman once again evades law enforcement in order to solve the case. His daughter, Emily, almost ran over Veronica. When she notices that Veronica is a little ‘off,’ she calls her father. Veronica reveals her fear of Charlie, and Dr. Lightman decides to help figure out who Charlie is and if he is really a murderer.
While this case should really be given to the police, he asks Dr. Foster not to report Veronica. As we have stated previously, our work is not done behind the backs of law enforcement. We do not conduct our own investigations; rather, we aid law enforcement so that they can do their jobs.
In the following clip, Dr. Lightman visits Veronica’s old apartment, where her brother –in-law now lives. When he talks about having to put Veronica in a care home, Dr. Lightman sees shame on his face.
In the previous episode, Dr. Lightman also claims a woman’s look to be that of shame, and as we stated in that blog post, there is no universal expression for shame. (Sadness, however, is expressed the same way universally.)
Dr. Ekman, the scientific consultant to this show, also seems to suggest in his blog that there is a universal expression of shame, which he says is the same expression as sadness. However, we have seen no scientific evidence suggesting his point and would be interested in seeing the research that backs his statements.
When interrogating one of the doctors from the care home, Dr. Foster deduces that he is being both condescending and deceptive. While the condescending tone is apparent, it does not necessarily mean that he is being deceptive. Remember, there is no facial expression or tone of voice that is absolutely indicative of a lie.
From a dramatic perspective, the plot is a little choppy, but isn’t terrible. However, the usual inaccuracies detract from what otherwise wouldn’t be too terrible of a show.
Did you watch this week’s Lie to Me? What did you think? If you have not seen the episode yet, you may watch it here.