The show follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court.
S. Epatha Merkerson,
Jesse L. Martin
Dr. Cal Lightman teaches a course in body language and makes an honest fortune exploiting it. He's employed by various public authorities in various investigations, doing more when the ... See full summary »
An infamous 'psychic' abandons his public persona, outing himself as a fake, to focus on his work as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation in order to find "Red John," the madman who killed his wife and daughter.
Bettie, a young mother, is seen with her son, Otis, in the kitchen of her house. She is a good baker, judging by the many pastries she has made. As a touching finish, she decides to add a flammable liquid to the cake she just got out of the oven and in the process, she ignites, and almost burns the house. It is clear Bettie has a mental problem. Her husband decides to commit her to a mental institution where she is supposed to be helped.
As Bettie arrives in the mental facility, she becomes involved with some of the inmates. Carmen, a talented painter, and Zelda, a woman with a vivid imagination, are her pals since her arrival. Carmen is a rebel. Zelda also speaks her mind. Bettie who doesn't respond well to treatment, is given iced baths, something the doctors decide will help it. Anton, an orderly in the hospital befriends Bettie.
When one of the former inmates is found dead, it is determined she has assumed another inmate identity. The cold case begins the investigation. The issue that triggered the death of Bettie has to do with a lobotomy performed on one of the inmates.
The episode written by Liz Garcia, a frequent collaborator of the series, was directed by Alex Zakrzewski, who also has been involved with the show. The acting is first rate, as most of the episodes clearly show. This one counts with a fine Natasha Gregson Wagner, the daughter of Natalie Wood, who bears an uncanny resemblance to her mother. Also on hand, Diane Ladd, who has appeared in the program before. Rebecca Lowman is appealing as Bettie. Al Pugliesi, Laurie Johnson and Charles Robinson are also on hand in supporting roles.
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