Lie to Me Season 3, Episode 8: “Smoked”
In this week’s episode of Lie to Me, entitled ‘Smoked,’ Detective Wallowsky asks The Lightman Group to help her in a murder investigation that took place at a family-owned restaurant.
In this episode, it’s quite noticeable that the writers are making an attempt to incorporate a bit more of the science involved with this field.
For example, in the following clip, Loker points out that Dr. Lightman has determined a baseline for the two brothers he is interrogating. This baseline gives the interrogator a comparison point. From this, he or she is able to detect when the subject’s nonverbal communication deviates from their normal behavior.
However, as you can see in this next clip, there are still instances where the writers go back to old tactics. When Dr. Lightman brings Jim (one of the owners of the restaurant) in to identify the suspect in a lineup, he claims that one of the men in the lineup recognizes him. However, how he arrives to that conclusion isn’t apparent. At the end of the clip, photos from the media are flashed that match the expression on Jim’s face. The meaning behind this expression is never stated or implied.
As a whole, this episode is a slight improvement from earlier episodes this season, in regards to the way the science behind reading nonverbal communication is incorporated. The plot isn’t too terrible, either.
Does this mean that the writers are listening to their audience? We hope so!
What did you think of this week’s Lie to Me? If you haven’t already, you may view the episode here.