Lie to Me Season 3, Episode 11 “Gone”
On this week’s episode of Lie to Me, entitled “Gone,” the police ask Dr. Lightman to help investigate a child abduction case. It is revealed early on that Kimmy went missing because her mother, Collette, left her in the car while running an errand. She lies about what happened because she is scared of what her husband will do. As The Lightman Group works to find the truth, they discover more information about the family’s personal lives, including the truth about Kimmy’s father.
What stands out the most about this episode is how insensitive Dr. Lightman is during the investigation. The issue of paternity is very private, and something that a family would likely not want to be talked about in the open. Yet, when Dr. Lightman and Dr. Foster go to interrogate Dr. Heaton (Collette’s OB-GYN) about Kimmy’s biological father, they make a big scene at his clinic, to the point where one of his patients walks out.
This sort of spectacle would never happen in real life. The work that we do here at Humintell is always conducted in a professional manner and we certainly do not conduct our own interrogations.
As this season of Lie to Me continues, Dr. Lightman is becoming more and more obnoxious. While we hope that viewers would easily recognize that we do not conduct our work in that manner, it is still bothersome to see the writers depict it that way.
A brief exchange between Dr. Lightman and Emily brings up the issue of how to get someone to reveal their true emotions.
He says “I shake people up until they lose control and forget to hide their emotions”. Do you think that this is an effective way to find out the truth about what someone is saying and feeling?
Our research has shown the most effective way to get the whole truth from someone is by building rapport. Building rapport involves the ability to read emotions in others well and thus, we emphasize the importance of being able to read facial expressions of emotions in others.
There isn’t much to say about this episode that wouldn’t seem redundant. Each episode this season, with very few exceptions, has portrayed inaccurate scientific information and be geared more towards an audience that likes dramatic scenes and sarcastic characters.
Did you watch Lie to Me this week? What did you think?