Crime, Drama, Mystery
The world's leading deception researcher, Dr. Cal Lightman, studies facial expression, body language and tone of voice to determine when a person is lying and why, which helps law enforcement and government agencies uncover the truth. But his skills also make it easier for him to deceive others.
Aired 12 years ago - May 13, 2009
Domestic terrorist bombings in Washington, DC sends everyone into a panic. The Lightman Group is brought in to help identify who is responsible.
- Oh. It's like that, huh?
- Mm-hmm. Yes, it is.
- We are very proud of our martyrs.
- Yeah, yeah. I'm watching it.
- Yeah, that sounds good,
but that's just not how it works.
- Oh, yeah? How does it work?
That's why I'm leaving her here with you.
You got nothing?
You got less than nothing, right?
I want you in there.
When you spoke about Jamal before, you were sad.
We're simply trying to give them better lives.
- are still being medevaced...
- Rasheed Kahn?
1986, I'm in Belfast for the British.
Looks like they used nails.
The only good thing is it was a small device.
What do you see?
I have the Secret Service on the line for you.
What? Torres's boyfriend?
- I don't know about this.
- We need her focused.
He loved this country.
he loved to edit the school newspaper.
D.O.J. wants us all over Rasheed Kahn's school.
Uh, no, uh, coffee stops, no supermarkets,
and stay out of the capitol, all right?
Jamal's got his head up. He's making eye contact
with the other passengers.
Forensic analysis found that remote detonators
were used in both bombings.
We've had two bombs in a day.
More are likely. She's one of the few people...
You were an informant?
He's alive. Unconscious.
He was in an elevator for four hours.
- You leave me the hell alone.
If I'm ambivalent,
maybe it's because I see a silver lining.
But not every day is gonna be like this.
Just what I wanted to hear.
The stress is up on all the negative words,
and you hear that vocal tremor?
- In our mosque?
I'm thinking maybe it was concealed.
Don't do it for us.
It was your nephew.
Aired 12 years ago - May 06, 2009
A copycat rapist has just abducted another woman. FBI Special Agent Ben Reynolds sends Cal undercover to obtain any information he can from Andrew Jenkins, the serial rapist the copycat is emulating. The team races against the clock to uncover the copycat's identity and figure out where he's taken his victim.
Well, Lightman wants Jenkins
to make the first move. And he will.
- What are you in for?
- I got an ex-wife...
- But you aren't.
- Excuse me?
# To the brand-new day ##
That's more than you found out
the last three months.
Oh, by "we" you mean me.
Is that it?
Where should I even start?
- Let me see that.
- How is it I'm the unpaid intern...
- Or maybe you just don't want me
to see that you're struggling.
- That's an interesting theory.
There's no one who can stay with you?
I'm... I'm 23 years old, and my life is over.
I signed up for it once.
Didn't get picked.
Yeah, yeah. One guy. Um, stood out to me,
'cause I went to Catholic school.
Oh, yeah? And what are you hiding, Milo? Hmm?
Whoa, whoa! Whoa, whoa!
Look at... There.
See the nostril flare?
Quick intake of breath.
But don't push yourself. Okay?
Hey. He's not your guy.
And every time I've been wrong.
But I know I'm right about this.
- Would you excuse me?
- I took a shot at the guy.
And I can protect your family.
Whatever it takes.
- I'm so sorry.
He was passing him notes
through one of the guards.
Hey, whatever you're thinking
about doing, don't.
- Keep going, Michelle.
- Who's the copycat?
nothing to do with what she wants!
Show her you were still number one.
And then, one day...
Yeah, he set up a false power dynamic:
- Okay. Go back.
Also just the faintest hint of anger.
Aired 12 years ago - Apr 29, 2009
Cal, Ria and Gillian are brought in to assess the truthfulness of two cops who shot a teenager. Meanwhile, the Lightman Group is being sued by the investors from the multimillion dollar scam Gillian and Eli worked on earlier.
Deputy director's in Jakarta.
It's 9:30 in the morning there.
No justice, no peace!
This was a good shoot.
You ask what you gotta, but I'm telling you...
You hear that pause?
But what I can tell you
is whatever happened up on that roof...
#Make a new name #
- I couldn't sleep. I thought you might be awake.
We need to establish a baseline.
No, that doesn't explain
why Kuransky's so agitated.
The investors will bankrupt him,
and they'll turn this place into a day spa.
I don't allow it in the house, so he goes outside.
Sometimes, he ends up on that roof.
So he got a gun to protect himself.
I'll explain shortly.
Please get in the car.
Ah, see, I knew there was
something wrong with you.
I'm inside his head.
I will get those names.
and paranoid, and it can look like they're
lying even if they're telling the truth.
And if an attack is really being planned,
then everybody's at risk.
There's no problem.
Is this the kid that
got shot by the two cops?
- What's the target?
- The theory is...
And when exactly...
This could get complicated.
I just got a call from the hospital.
Now, you wouldn't see that
if he was lying, right?
Yeah. Call the mayor.
- That's a bit harsh.
- Can I talk to you for a second?
I went out first.
Eric followed me.
I can see it in your face.
You can't afford to make a mistake here.
You accusing me of working
for the other side?
To hell with this.
I'm not doing this.
And the ambulances would arrive
driven by sleepers...
if she could keep one under pressure.
Aired 12 years ago - Apr 22, 2009
Zoe Landau, an attorney for the Department of Justice and Cal's ex-wife, asks for help on an arson investigation that resulted in death. Meanwhile, Gillian, Ria, and Eli help a detective get to the truth behind the murder of a member of a rapper's entourage.
- That TV reporter?
- Yeah. He and Ambrose
were friends in high school...
I am telling the truth. I saw Mr. Garcia.
"This is what I know."
That really put you on the map.
When he talks about Ambrose,
this is what we get.
Do you not remember
what it was like after she left?
I told you. Nothing happened.
We haven't been friends in years.
That meant something to me.
I'm gonna work on
something a little bit more tangible.
Platinum, baby... That's what I do.
Why do they keep breaking us up?
My cousin and I were here...
What? Oh, sorry. So...
I lost everything in that fire.
It's nice having my family around.
- I think I know why Maggie's so angry.
and he would never
do something like this to us.
Besides, I wanted to kill you.
I never wanted to hurt you.
You left me. You left.
What, you, uh... You'd rather be with
someone that doesn't really know you then?
I'm thinking that the murderer
is not in Caden's crew.
#I'm gonna take your ass out
because your ass is gay #
but A.J. is embellishing his story.
- That fire killed my mother.
- People have done crazier things
at the end of an affair.
- He had the motive...
You split up with Roger?
- Little Sid?
- Y'all enjoy y'all self.
Oh, I see. You're not homophobic.
So when you two guys figure that out...
I guess it's good Mom wasn't
the only one that was delusional.
Is that what happened?
It was, wasn't it?
I told him over and over,
until he believed it.
Well, the F.B.I. 's just been
called into this...
I came home right away.
Aaron was already here.
- with Dante Edwards?
- That's enough, all right?
Frankly, it's a relief.
- Mr. Garcia.
- And the F.B.I. has been brought in...
#Four seasons in one day #
Aired 12 years ago - Apr 08, 2009
Cal and Gillian assist FEMA in their investigation of a building collapse and uncover a massive cover-up. Meanwhile, a billionaire asks Ria and Eli to determine if his girlfriend loves him for the right reasons before he proposes.
We were laying down rebar, southeast
quadrant. And I had to take a leak.
Look, we're just trying to understand
what happened here.
And... this one?
They're missing, Mr. Spaly.
#I need to break out #
green card problems, affair...
Dr. Lightman does deception detection...
I'm going to get back to the families.
The site was gonna bring
a whole new industry here.
I can't really feel my toes.
- Hello? Yeah, we're here.
- Can you tell me what happened?
Guys, talk to me.
I need to know why we got cut off.
- That's concealed fear.
Well, that would explain the look of fear.
Best explanation we've got.
Blunt could've used explosives
to try to blow up the building.
and Kisker's down there bleedin'.
- Please, one at a time.
- We met in high school.
He was arguing with the company.
He was constantly gettin' into fights, right?
And she showed
no heightened sensitivity to violence...
Less than a foot and a half
For-For a woman? And I got 10 guys
on this crew at least who can tell you...
I mean, I thought we were on cloud nine.
We both felt like we were kids again.
She's a female hanging fly.
Well, I wouldn't feel too well either
if I were buried under a building.
Got it. How's Mr. Kisker?
I was working near the elevator shaft.
Hello. Can I help you?
standing right here at the bar
trying to get a drink.
No more illustrators.
Her hands are in her lap.
- That's not the whole truth.
- It's all he wanted to know.
You got a problem.
The city engineer...
And the way he hates breakfast food...
- Just be honest with her.
- And yourself.
Maybe you found something in your
inspections that could've caused the collapse.
- And a note.
I'm gonna get your husband out of there.
Someone paid this man not to do his job.
You don't care who or why?
You guys all right?
You found out that there was methane
underneath this site...
#And I don't know
if you noticed anything different #
Aired 12 years ago - Apr 01, 2009
Cal becomes obsessed when three young women from India commit suicide the same week. Meanwhile, Gillian and Eli help the SEC try to recover millions of dollars from a man accused of scamming his investors.
We're not investigating.
We're just asking questions.
- Not yet, no.
- But you're gonna find out?
You have any idea what kind of work
your sisters were doing over here?
It's my husband's birthday
and, well, we always celebrate.
and I'll put a dozen
perfect flowers on it.
There it is again.
- How about work?
- Well, there's nothing in the file.
But then she's never gonna look at you
the same again, is she?
You've got one of the best camera systems
on the market up here...
They came in screaming bloody hell at me.
and they were sending money home to you.
- That's what the cops think.
- What about Rajal? Any strip club connection?
but a lot of people believe
there are many more.
- You mean you weren't stealing anything.
- That's what I said.
he gets people to give him
their hard-earned money... steals it...
W-What do you want?
- Ah, this whole thing's a little weird, if you ask me.
- What about it?
She had been in the psych ward
about a month when that was recorded.
- So what is he hiding?
If his daughter was guilty, a man like Hollin
wouldn't hesitate to eat his young.
I don't think she was
his professor's patient.
uh, that girl at my school who,
she took all those pills...
What am I supposed to think about?
Each gave birth in the last two months.
I'm calling my lawyer.
and you knew you could
make a small sacrifice to protect them.
You have to put these people away,
or they will keep coming back like a cancer.
How did you... become connected?
I really can't discuss the details
of the investigation.
I was gonna make her turn over
every dollar, every asset.
callous disregard for human life
that results in death.
I was hoping the threat was
gonna get something out of him...
- She called him.
- There is no proof it was Ms. Lamba.
- Did you leak it?
- Of course not.
- I called Justice and told them
about Carolyn Hollin.
That doesn't make me a murderer.
I didn't threaten her.
No, never be sorry for something you see.
Aired 12 years ago - Mar 18, 2009
An old friend asks Cal to look into the theft of the formula for a new drug after a knockoff surfaces and causes three deaths. Meanwhile, Gillian and Eli help the U.S. government negotiate the release of two Americans facing execution in Yemen for possession of marijuana.
They sound terrible.
Do you hear how terrible they sound?
The brother Marcus was visiting
the sister on spring break.
- Hey. Ah, it's good to see you.
- And you.
Erica was a student of mine at Georgetown.
She's one of the good guys.
If we don't get this counterfeit drug
off the market soon...
I use that computer all the time.
I didn't break into the lab
to steal the formula.
Does your missus know
how much you spend on makeup?
Cal, that doesn't make sense.
Why would Erica hire you?
But I'm sure he'll appreciate the tip.
As Deputy Ambassador Hassan was saying,
we have several demands.
They were trying to keep us in the dark.
Okay, so did you get anything off of Rafik?
I'm only gonna say this once.
- You think this one is ever
gonna stop talking back?
- I hope not.
it's different when you're one of us.
How many people in
this world do you trust?
Ribocore's issued a warning, and they're
working with police to find the distributor.
- Doesn't matter.
- Oh, so you admit it?
The knockoff I sold is the same
as the real thing...
So why did they, uh,
just drop you as a client then?
He's being taken off life support.
Maybe A'isha Ward was right.
I also apologize...
It's a code. The army teaches soldiers...
- Mr. Braden.
It's classified information.
Get a lot of people killed, including Nicole.
He has broken ribs and a concussion.
Oh! A scientist and a businesswoman.
Well, it's complicated. It has to do
with the way that you run the compound.
- Incredibly anxious, that woman.
- I don't know how we missed it earlier.
But without more hard data,
my hands are tied.
- You can't really believe that.
- You know, if it was someone
in your family, right...
This guy's definitely
compensating for something.
Enough money and fame
to make your head spin, I suppose.
- Did he show signs of deception leakage?
and then catches her eye,
and then looks down and away.
- Spoke to Gunderson at the F.D.A.
Erica and I are having an affair.
we would like to show our gratitude.
You doctored the report.
Cal, what the hell's going on?
You should've warned me
the feds were listening.
Aired 12 years ago - Mar 11, 2009
The parents of an abducted girl receive dozens of tips after offering a hefty reward for information. Cal and Gillian help them identify which tips are legitimate. Meanwhile, a publisher hires Ria and Eli to determine if a renowned peace activist is really who she claims to be after rumors surface, challenging her story.
Um, off the record?
She was kidnapped by rebels when she was
in her teens, kept in the bush, and escaped.
Those are the usual predictors
of a runaway.
That reward has now been withdrawn.
It's awful. It seems just like yesterday
Walter was taking the bus with her.
This is dumb.
Ask you to keep it in case she needed it?
I told the police everything I could.
Yeah, you did.
- You're too kind.
- You never turned to violence.
It's hard to believe she killed anybody.
Did you see anything?
- How we doing?
- Sympathy, then horror.
And it burned her back.
It was an accident.
Unless none of it happened and
they're pulling the wool over our eyes.
That's what I needed to hear.
Thanks very much.
- Why bring us in?
- I take Medco progesterone.
- That's for chemical castration, right?
They're telling the truth about
what each person is feeling.
She's gonna run.
She's gonna run.
My name is Jessica,
and I have to get home before my curfew.
No bruises, no cuts,
no signs of sexual abuse.
"A week before my birthday"?
"Talks broke down by Christmas"?
Okay, you just don't see what's going
on here because you got a thing for her.
And you can't help but recoil.
Now you need to talk to her.
But I'm your mother
and I'll always find you.
I promise not to make
any polite conversation.
Do you know how many people
are taken in my country?
We know the person who took you is an animal,
so we'll count that as question one.
Still searching the house.
Found Samantha's sweater.
#By now you should've somehow
realized what you gotta do #
#And all the lights
that lead the way are blinding ##
Aired 12 years ago - Mar 04, 2009
Before pardoning a notorious gang leader, who has been nominated for a Nobel Prize for his anti-gang work while in prison, the Governor wants Cal and Ria to assess whether he has really changed. Meanwhile, Gillian and Eli investigate after an autopsy reveals a firefighter who supposedly died in a fire, was already dead.
This just couldn't
have been an accident.
He was dead before the fire
even got to him.
- David Caddick.
I got down the hall, found an exit.
I didn't see Eric again.
And from the looks of it,
every one of them was involved.
So I took on the other prisoners.
I caused so much pain.
What joy could come from that?
Kids who could've had a chance.
He's truly ashamed
for what he's done.
They are uneducated, and...
- We are.
- Okay. Doug Donovan.
All right, probies. Stay together.
You're not the type of guy
to leave a man behind.
you gotta know that the other guys
are gonna put code before cowardice...
- You're defending these guys?
- Hazing can serve an important
Shield don't make no difference to me.
Choto got what he deserved.
Oh, and that expression
was practically default back then.
Do you know how many kids in the barrio want
the kind of power Trillo had before he went away?
God, they... They're gonna kill me if they know
that I'm talking to you right now.
But, uh, every time
he looks directly at Mitchell...
How could that man have written such...
That's quite a statement.
What did you have against Eric Mitchell?
He wouldn't learn.
We'd like to run the company
through a little experiment.
Yeah, they did.
Did you get someone
to threaten Holly Sando?
Raises the blood pressure
and the heart rate.
Look. There's so much good I can do
if you just get me out of here.
Yeah, 80% of people
who take this test are biased.
which suggests that Eric
may have crossed some other line.
Well, I don't know.
Was it your dad?
Your dad smack you around?
Have-Have the cops follow him.
Not... Not one in his house.
And six months later,
he asked me to marry him.
I just wanted to humiliate him.
He needed to learn humility.
#Dark as these #
Aired 12 years ago - Feb 18, 2009
The government hires the Lightman Group after receiving information about a plot to assassinate a controversial South Korean ambassador at his son's upcoming wedding. Working together, the team uncovers much more than just a would-be assassin.
- Not a wedding fan, huh?
- No. Don't trust 'em.
Hey. It's none of your business.
You know, I mean,
it's a big room with a lot of people in it.
But it's not me that I'm concerned about.
- Just empty your pockets, sir.
- Who are you people? You're not Secret Service.
- Oh, it was just a suggestion.
- Do you realize how much
today means to the families?
Her grace and her charm, her good spirits.
# You're the one thing that I'm missing here #
The pleasure a liar feels
when he sees his lies believed.
Actually, that's not true.
Men commit 90% of gun homicides.
- Did the family mention a threat to the groom?
- Not a word.
Hi. I'm Gillian Foster. This is Cal Lightman.
Something just went through your mind.
What was it?
- Nothin' I can do.
- Yeah, see, those hesitations and repetitions...
Who would want to kill my son?
Most of the footage is from
the hour before the shootings...
Anything causing him any trouble?
Even something minor.
It's important I don't let him down.
Just walk me out, okay?
Uh, first, I wanted to say that Wan Hee
and I met our freshman year at Columbia.
- Are you sure that's what he's doing?
- Who are you?
The question is...
He owes me 5,000 dollars.
Excuse me. Hi.
Uh, we're gonna need to check that out.
So the bodyguard should've
bowed to his toes, right?
- because I didn't make a meeting
I was supposed to be in.
- We both know that's not true.
- For what?
- Need a favor.
Their eyes close.
Their lips stretch.
You lie and I'll know it.
I protect Wan Hee.
I protect Phoebe.
- Do you have any other footage, Loker?
- Uh, the wedding.
- I don't know.
- We talked to a lot of people.
It seems like nobody here...
No, no. He's in love with her.
But the groom is in the way.
We've had the Secret Service and the wedding
planner go over the guest list with the video.
I mean, cameraman's
not supposed to be on camera, right?
and the anger...
that you felt...
Aired 12 years ago - Feb 04, 2009
Cal and Ria are brought in to interview a federal judge whose daughter was murdered. Meanwhile, NASA hires Gillian and Eli to interview a pilot they believe may have intentionally crashed a billion-dollar aircraft. Also, Cal's daughter, Emily, gets into a little trouble.
As you can imagine,
we need to proceed carefully...
- So, what can you tell us about Danielle?
She's a little younger than Danielle was.
But it's not Danielle I'm concerned with.
They look exactly the same.
The judge is showing nothing.
- Yeah. We need to be there.
- We won't be able to talk to her.
So you lied to me about staying over at Katie's.
F.B.I. says they think that Danielle knew her killer.
He ejected just before he dove the plane
straight into the ground.
Sorry. Um, I was at a cruising altitude
of 10,000 feet.
I love this country, Dr. Foster.
I'd give my life for it.
I'm gonna miss her so much.
- Look, Danielle was into some pretty bad stuff.
- What? Was she using?
I can assure you we have no drug problem
at Strivers Magnet School.
we will be searching the lockers
of every student in Miss Fife's journalism class.
So Captain Markov admitted
a lack of memory about certain details.
Wow. You really know
how to take all the fun out of rebelling.
But then I saw this from four weeks ago.
I'm thinking... bankruptcy?
Half the kids on honor roll are taking it.
Whoa, whoa. That's it?
I thought we were clear
about your involvement.
You don't really think
this had anything to do with her murder?
Competition for the X-48 pilot slot
was really intense.
For illegal narcotics.
But drug tests are exclusive.
But can you remember this next time
you decide to have a party behind my back?
- I had to gain their trust.
- Come on.
She got murdered the day
before she took that test.
I think she gave it to you.
she looked at me like she didn't know
what I was talking about.
I don't need to hear what she said.
I just wanna see her face.
Commander Markov, I'm turning your case over
to the Justice Department.
She hasn't got a clue
what her teacher's talking about.
She... was... desperate.
Well, studies show that the popular kids
are the most facile.
- You sure?
- I killed her.
- You're under arrest
for the murder of Danielle Stark.
What do you see?
But I told you that I did.
Aired 12 years ago - Jan 28, 2009
Cal and Ria interview a female soldier who reported her platoon leader for sexual assault. Meanwhile, Gillian and Eli are hired by the Athletic Association to determine if a high-profile basketball recruit accepted an incentive to play for his university.
I've earned everything I've got.
I see a skeptical,
emotionally distant scientist...
Doesn't mean she knows her science.
We start a court-martial proceeding,
he'll be off the line for six months.
Making kids go to college for a year
before they turn pro...
- Any quick reads?
- His speech was hurried...
and ran into him behind the mess.
Hey, you know... Whoa.
who needs others to see him as a man.
Emotional numbing might explain
her inability to express her feelings.
Hmm. Backs up Lake's story.
- I'll have a falafel sandwich, please.
- An Italian ice, grape.
Why is it guys named White
are always black...
riding the pine for the '86 team.
riding the pine for the '86 team.
He lives in a walk-up with his brother.
He takes the bus.
You can't, unless they grant you
what's called a "moral waiver."
Call my broker. Have him
dump all my holdings in Tech spring.
Hey, Natural. What do you see?
who's spent two decades trying to see
what you were born seeing.
Earl White should be on top of the world.
Why is he secretly angry?
Sergeant Scott is a strong leader.
None of them is exhibiting any fear.
- She's got relatives in Baltimore, right?
Sheila admitted she was lying...
The sergeant's in charge.
You are still scared of Sergeant Scott.
- You thrust your chin out. That's a sign of anger.
I've busted my ass
on the court since I was nine.
He's supposed to be on a plane
at 0100 hours.
Sergeant Scott had
a consensual relationship with Private Metz.
When your boss makes advances,
you're scared of losing your job.
I'd be driving lead for a month.
- Is your name Rebecca Metz?
If she's lying,
it graphs above the red bar here?
Well, her safety was in your charge.
You traded her safety for sex.
Aired 12 years ago - Jan 21, 2009
Cal and Gillian recruit Ria Torres, a young woman with a natural ability to read people. The DA wants Cal and Gillian to interview a teen, charged with murdering his teacher, before deciding whether to try him as an adult. Meanwhile, Gillian and Ria investigate the Chairman of the House Ethics Committee following rumors that he is paying for sex.
- it's not like there's anyone here
to fantasize about.
- No offense taken.
This case is a land mine.
We got a juvenile offender...
the idiots in the middle.
I didn't wanna get held back.
When I asked him about his run the night
of the murder, he never broke eye contact.
The Color Purple to her students.
of antecedent aggression from James.
- You didn't see me waiting for that space?
- I didn't see ya.
I told the mayor's office we need to
examine James's antecedent behavior.
That's 'cause I flashed you
a partial fear expression.
You think I'm naive just because I don't
share your twisted view of the world.
But I need to know the truth
before the story breaks.
Uh, Eli Loker, Ria Torres.
We let him convert that bathroom
to a darkroom for his photography.
When I asked her about Ms. McCartney,
she stopped using contractions...
- Well, he's taking her to a fancy restaurant.
- Emily's a smart girl.
- So wake the hell up.
- Everything you're doing makes perfect sense.
We found these hidden in James's room...
I need to see the crime scene photos.
I didn't know she was dead.
and... I ran.
The guilt James felt
had nothing to do with the murder.
- He was lying when he said
he got held up with work.
- Don't you have work to do?
You really hate it, huh?
Then it was real.
In a fake smile, there's no eye wrinkling.
Defense Attorney says James has had
an acute psychological collapse.
So whoever was in that car had a fight with her
just hours before she was murdered.
And I'm sorry if I've offended you.
The car in question does not belong to
the principal or his wife.
But I never stopped thinking about it.
she will spend
the rest of her life being known...
the person knows the answer
to the question they're asking.
I mean, maybe you couldn't stop
the murder, but you can stop this.
He told me.