Lie to Me: Season 3, Episode 8

Smoked (29 Nov. 2010)

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As a favor to detective Wallowski, Dr. Lightman investigates a fatal armed robbery of a barbecue restaurant owned by a man dying of cancer.

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As a favor to detective Wallowski, Dr. Lightman investigates a fatal armed robbery of a barbecue restaurant owned by a man dying of cancer.

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Dr. Cal Lightman: [to an old family friend of Wallowski's] Do your sons hate you as much as I think they do? 'Cause I've been led to believe that they killed your daughter.
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Abrasive and Boring
2 December 2010 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

I like John Amos and Tim Roth, so when I saw them both on this episode, I expected something good. Unfortunately, Amos was playing a dying man who spent most of his scenes laying on a Lazy Boy recliner. Tim Roth on the other hand, seemed to be jumping around in every scene, accusing everyone of murdering Amos's daughter.

I had never seen this show before, so I had expected a lot more. Apparently, since Roth can figure out when someone is lying to him, his idea of investigating a crime is that he walks all over town asking everyone that knew the victim, if they committed the crime. Roth's ability to spot lying means that when he asks the killer, Roth will know that person is lying, and thus, is guilty. What a ridiculous and conceited crock of crap.

Roth is so annoying and obnoxious that I thought someone would beat him up after one of his totally bizarre accusations. Unfortunately, it never happened, though Roth managed to provoke others into fist-fights. That is not what I expected from some kind of mystery detective type of show. I guess detectives should just walk around accusing people of crimes until someone looks like he is guilty?

The supporting cast is made up of a bunch of bimbos who act is if they are desperate to impress Roth. They fawn and worship over Roth, and the effect is beyond pathetic. Unlike Criminal Minds or NCIS, where all the employees have something specific to do, here in Lie To Me, all the employees are just sidekicks who wait by their cellphones for Roth to bark out new commands.

Roth's character comes across as a very mean-spirited, arrogant, obnoxious, lame, and pathetic human being with a gigantic ego. Not sure what kind of lie detective can afford to pay for a staff of a half a dozen people, especially when all they do is walk around and play the role of sidekicks. How many sidekicks does one egomaniac need? Perhaps it would be more appropriate to describe them as his posse or entourage?

Overall, this show was awful. I felt sorry for John Amos, as he has a lot of stage presence and it was all wasted by having him laying on a chair under a blanket during every scene. This show lasted an hour and I was watching the clock after the first twenty minutes. The hour seemed like three. The pace was so slow, boring, and contrived that I was just hoping something exciting would happen and it never did. Lie to Me is a show with a lot of bark from Roth, but no bite. Criminal Minds and NCIS is a lot better.


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