Lie to Me Review: "Gone"

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While there was nothing fresh or different about this episode of Lie to Me, when you have a show this well-written, you don’t need major changes each week to make for an entertaining hour.

On "Gone," we got to watch Cal Lightman do what he does best: Shake people up until they lose control and forget to hide their emotions.  I think the writers sometimes forget that this is why we watch the show. The result is that we occasionally get episodes where Cal helps a war vet remember repressed memories using virtual reality, or helps Alzheimer patients remember a murder.

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Don’t get me wrong, these are good episodes. But this week was about one thing: Finding who took a baby, using only the faces and emotions of the people involved as evidence, making it one of the best episodes done to date.

My hat is off to Kathleen Rose Perkins, who portrayed the distraught wife and mother, Collette. I only recently became familiar with Perkins, as she is a regular on Episodes, though she isn't asked to do much. However, after this episode, I was blown away with how much emotion she can project.

The biggest confusion for me was the need for the story to have Lane (the husband) appear to be an abusive and controlling man, only for this to prove to be a fake-out, as he breaks down crying in the middle of the episode.

Why not just start the episode out with him being dedicated to his family? Why put in all the tension in the opening scene if you're just going to change it up twenty minutes later? What point did it really serve?

After watching it a second time, I kind of feel that it was similar to a badly done magic trick. The illusion of abuse was there as smoke and mirrors to distract us from the one key scene of LJ being jealous when his dad stops to pick up Kim before commenting on his achievement.

Actually, if they hadn’t thrown the red herring at us with Lane possibly being abusive, we would have seen that it was the son throwing a tantrum for attention much sooner. So I guess in the long run you needed to have some sort of distraction and this one worked as well as anything.

Lastly, I want to mention how I really liked that Anna has started showing signs of picking up some skills from Lightman. It's so easy to forget that she is there, day in and day out, and there is a good chance that some of the tricks they used will rub off.

What did you think of this week’s episode? The official eating count for this week: just one time total, when he had cookies with Emily. Good job, Cal, it was nice to be able to understand you.

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"The biggest confusion for me was the need for the story to have Lane (the husband) appear to be an abusive and controlling man, only for this to prove to be a fake-out, as he breaks down crying in the middle of the episode." They probably did that to defend and make us sympathize with the mother who had an affair --> Oh it's so sad the mother has an abusive husband and no love so it's alright for her to have an affair... That is what the episode is trying to tell us.. And as you might have guessed I thought it was a stupid episode. It's seen to many times and starting to get old - I felt sorry for the husband he wasn't even told the truth about the child (that it wasn't really his). The mother was destroying 3 lives and the show still tried to sympathize with her. She was unfaithful to her husband and have him raise a child who is not his while having him think it's his and she is robbing the child for her real father and robbing the real father from his child..

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I agree that this was a great episode. My favorite scene was probably when Lightman talks to the son about the abuse he got from his own dad, and how the son really doesn't know how it feels. It was such a brutally honest scene, and Tim Roth was fantastic. I love his vulnerable moments.

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Actually, I didn't feel it WAS a fake out in that it's not unusual for guys who act like he does at the beginning of the episode to still feel terrible when it is revealed to them what impact this behavior has on their families. Some people are just like that, unfortunately. Of course, this episode was BUILT on fake-outs and at first I was a little offended as my first guess was PRECISELY the person who was, in the end, guilty. But after a few minutes, I realized that that had only been my first choice. That choice had changed twice during the episode--which is precisely what this kind of drama is supposed to do. I changed my mind about the whole episode. And you're spot on, IMO, about her acting. But then this series calls for more complex acting than most in its genre precisely because of the nuance on which Cal's work depends. :)

Lie to Me Season 3 Episode 12 Quotes

Lightman: My hands use to look like that when I was your age, want to know why?
LJ: Because you pissed off a lot of people?

Keep your distance. My house, my rules.

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