Lie to Me Season 3 Finale, Episode 12 “Killer App”
On this week’s season finale of Lie to Me, entitled “Killer App,” Dr. Lightman helps investigate the murder of one of Dr. Foster’s clients (Claire,) who struck it rich when she helped develop and launch a popular social networking website.
In terms of the scientific aspect, the writers did get a big part of the plot correct. Before Claire’s death, she had asked Dr. Lightman and Dr. Foster to try and figure out whether or not Zack (whom she developed the site with) was planning to push her out of the company. When they interview him, he says that Claire is “safe,” but with a contemptuous look on his face, which Dr. Lightman correctly identifies as a red flag.
One irritating part happens when Dr. Lightman tries to get some information out of Zach about Claire’s murder. He tells Zach “every genius has his weakness” in order to intimidate him. The expression Zach makes afterwards (a smirk, perhaps) is then followed by flashes of photos with the same expression from the media.
This is a tactic that Lie to Me has employed in previous episodes, though the writers had stopped doing that in the last couple of weeks. While the meaning of the expression is a bit more clear here than it was during the other times the show has done this, it still feels like it doesn’t fit.
The plot of “Killer App,” while predictable, wasn’t too terrible. With Facebook such a huge part of our lives these days, it made sense for Lie to Me to come up with a storyline related to social networking. The fact that Dr. Foster has a strong emotional connection to the case also adds an interesting dimension to the plot.
While the episode doesn’t quite live up to what a typical “season finale” should be like (the kind that leaves you begging for the next season,) it wasn’t a bad episode either.
Did you watch Lie to Me this week? What did you think?