Lie to Me: Season 1, Episode 2

Moral Waiver (28 Jan. 2009)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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Lightman's team investigates cases involving a staff sergeant accused of raping a soldier, and a star college basketball player accused of taking a bribe from a wealthy booster.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Major Harris
Staff Sgt. Russell Scott
Secretary Adam Miller
Deputy Whitmore (as Vincent Corazza)
Sheila Lake
Jeremy Levine
Private Rebecca Metz
Joe Metz
Howard Taft
Earl White
DHS Deputy


The gang split into two teams to tackle two cases. Cal and Torres investigate a charge of Rape at the army whilst Dr. Foster and Loker investigate a college basketball player accused of taking a bribe. The rape case is particularly challenging because a private is accusing her sergeant of the crime and their unit is due to deploy to Iraq in 72 hours. The other case is much more straight forward but the reasons behind the crime prove to be very complex. Written by Mark Smith <>

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Guess I know what show I WON'T be tuning into
18 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow!!! Apparently the person who wrote this episode has a serious beef with the military because the anti-military, anti-soldier portrayal in this episode is pretty blatant. It's kind of like – we get it already, you don't like the wars were engaged in now (nice little jab at the AWOL rate increasing because soldiers didn't want to return to Iraq, which is misleading by the way – during any military campaign involving combat the AWOL rate increases, funny how you didn't point out that AWOL rates were actually higher under the Clinton administration when we had operations in Serbia and in Somalia), you don't like the Army or the new policies that they've had to use to recruit soldiers- I guess if it were up to you NO ONE would be in the armed forces, huh? And you apparently believe that ALL women in the army are some sort of victims. It's because of this show any it's obvious left-leaning slant, especially when it comes to the negative representation of our men and women in uniform that I won't continue to watch it. If your "message" was a little more subtle than maybe I could have swallowed it but really simply amounted to just one attack after another with Tim Roth, et al sanctimoniously parading around. And by the way, if this woman soldier was too "scared" to be in combat than maybe she should've sought out another profession, I guess that never equated to this perma-victim mentality that the writer had. Oh, wait let me guess; maybe she didn't have any other options, or some standard B.S. victim response. Somebody had to "ride lead" and if this were the real world rather than some lame show I would be glad it wasn't her. And by the way, if this were a true case then she was a guilty as he was for sleeping with a superior officer to get preferential treatment. But instead all you made it was a case of who is the bigger victim and yet another typical insipid anti-war commentary. Also if the writers of this show had done an ounce of research they would know that the military never shops these types of cases out to civilians. All matters, especially ones involving sexual assault or abuse of power are handled internally. All this show amounted to was another hit job against our military. Almost forgot, nice little dig on Republicans too – wouldn't be a complete without a little Palin, Nixon and Bush bashing. I see you tried to incorporate Clinton, I guess in a way to show how "even handed" you are but then you come right back from the break showing a picture of Bush and Rice. Pathetic liberal mush.

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