Lie to Me Season 3, Episode 10 “Saved”
In this week’s episode of Lie to Me, entitled “Saved,” Dr. Lightman is approached by the DA’s office to investigate a fatal car accident. He is originally asked to help charge Mark, the driver of one of the cars involved, with 2nd degree murder. However, as the Lightman Group digs deeper, they discover that Ilene, the off-duty paramedic who happened to be nearby when the accident occurred, may have something to do with the crash.
The plot of “Saved” is quite predictable. However, this episode does get one piece of science accurate, which makes it slightly better than the last two episodes.
Dr. Lightman points out the accidental shoulder shrug that Kent makes when declaring that Ilene, his sister, is a hero. We have previously blogged about the significance of an accidental shoulder shrug when making a statement; when you see an individual shrugging while making a positive statement, it may mean that the speaker has no faith in the assertion that they are making.
In the following clip, Lightman comes to the conclusion that the shoulder shrug means that Kent does not truly believe Ilene to be a hero.
Although the writers got the shoulder shrug correct, they inaccurately identified an expression of fear several times.
In this next clip, Dr. Lightman is confronting Ilene about her particularly strange interest in car accidents. He points out that her face says that she is afraid. What do you think her face is saying in this clip? It doesn’t look like fear and even Dr. Paul Ekman, scientific consultant to the show, admits in his blog that her expression was not fear.Why do you think that Lie to Me producers and writers would have a scientific consultant, if even simple expressions such as these are inaccurately portrayed?
A true expression of fear involves the raising of the eyebrows while simultaneously bringing them together, making the brows more straight rather than rounded how they are in surprise. The lips are stretch horizontally and generally there is a lot of white above the eyes. Take a look at another episode of Lie to Me where they mistakenly showed fear.
Though this episode wasn’t quite as revoltingly bad as the previous two, it isn’t exactly an example of quality scriptwriting.
Did you watch Lie to Me this week? What did you think?