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I've now watched all of season one of Lie to Me and had my internet browser freeze a couple of times attempting to watch season two. Already going through withdrawal, then, I thought some more about fanfiction, and thought about House.

House says: "Everybody lies." He's always saying this. Surely, surely, he should come in contact with the lie experts at some point.

Possibly Loker gets sick and needs his help. House gets a bit offended by Loker, because:

House: "Everybody lies."

Loker: "I don't." 

It's all very frustrating for House because apparently Loker is telling the truth that he doesn't lie about anything. And as funny as it is to see Cameron and even Chase and Foreman blush from some of the things the patient has said, the patient should be lying about something and it's very annoying that he's not.

Wilson laughs at House. "See, not everybody lies."

"Nope," Cal Lightman appears. "He's right. Everybody lies. Even Loker. Not often and he's appallingly bad at it,but it does happen."

...

Alternately:

Maybe there's some law suit against House (because, really, given House's behavior, the show could easily become a legal drama rather than a medical one, dealing with all the law suits that House gets. Cuddy probably has an attorney especially for those cases.) The Lightman Group is brought in to see what really happened.

Cal Lightman vs. Gregory House

Let the games begin. Where can I place my bets? 
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I’ve been watching Lie to Me, which is oodles of fun. I remain dubious of the actual prevalence of the various tells, but it’s still oodles of fun. And it’s certainly based on science, at least as much as CSI or Numb3rs, so I’m cool with it.

Despite the fact that I have only ever watched a couple of episodes of The Sentinel, I have enjoyed the fandom immensely. One bit that crops up periodically is the scene in which Sandburg descibes Ellison as a human lie detector.

Given the apparently fame of the Lightman Group and the research ability of Sanburg, surely Sandburg would have found Dr. Lightman’s various articles and books about micro-expressions and force fed the information to Ellison.

Of course, now the two groups need to meet up.

Lightman: “They’re amazing. The two of them are simply amazing.”

Torres: “What happened?”

Foster: “Cal is just annoyed that Detective Ellison called him on every one of his lies.”

Lightman didn’t deign that with a response. “It’s amazing that a man who is so talented at spotting lies is so incredibly bad about telling them. Especially when he tells so very many.”

Foster: “Okay, yes, that was odd. Did you see how he lied about how he found half of his evidence?”

Lightman: “It was blatantly obvious.”

Torres: “Who’s “they”?”

Lightman: “What?”

Torres: “ “The two of them are amazing.” It’s what you said. Who’s the other amazing person?”

Lightman: “Ah yes, the verbose Mr. Sandburg. Some sort of police consultant, been rooming with Detective Ellison, and isn’t bothered at all by having a friend and partner who can read his every thought on his face.”

Lightman looks surprised and rather jealous as well. A hint of attraction, which in turn surprises Torres. She wondered if he was attracted to the man or simply to the idea of someone who didn’t mind being constantly monitored. Upon consideration, that thought made him sound rather stalker-ish. All of them were sort of stalker-ish that way, really. She shook that thought off. Foster was saying something.

Foster: “Just the opposite, I’d say. I think Ellison was more frustrated by his partner’s sharing than Sandburg was embarrassed at being so closely observed.”

Lightman: “Yes. Aside from Loker, I don’t know anyone who sticks to the exact truth. And, well, Loker would not make a good police consultant.”

Torres: “So Sandburg told the exact truth? That should make the assignment easy. Why were you called in at all? To confirm what he said?”

Lightman: “Saying he told the truth might be over stating the situation. But, he never lied.”

Foster: “No, he talked, and talked and never said anything he didn’t believe. He never even refused to answer a question, at large part because he never stopped talking long enough for one of us to ask him a direct question.”

Lightman: “Rather clever, that.”

Foster (ignoring the interjection): “I know a great deal more about New Guinea than I ever wanted to, and a great deal less about the murder.”

Lightman: “His theories about the tribes of New Guinea were actually quite fascinating.”

Foster: “And Dr. Lightman was not helpful.”

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So, I just recently watched the first disc of Season 1 of Lie To Me. And despite my initial qualms, I enjoyed it a great deal.

Of course, now I want the Lightman Group to come across Methos and MacLeod, and possibly Joe Dawson, too, of Highlander. Because really, they’re constantly around dead bodies, and they’re constantly lying.

First, there’s the simple character confrontations:

At some point, Eli Loker says something or another absolutely honestly which is against all social custom, as is his personal custom, and while Dawson and MacLeod look nonplussed, Methos only looks mildly and momentarily startled.

“You remind me of an old friend of mine, Thomas.”

All the Lightman Group people can see the flash of grief on Methos’ face as he mentioned his friend.

“And was he killed by his unhappy coworkers?”

Unhidden humor. “No, despite our doubts, all the evidence pointed to a natural cause of death.”

“Thomas?” Dawson asked doubtfully. He just knew that Methos was talking about Thomas the Rhymer, cursed by the Faerie Queen to never tell a lie. Thomas the Rhymer was a myth. Wasn’t he? “For real?”


Then there’s the actual meat of the matter:

“What’s odd is the group of them.  They are all extremely talented liars, however they differ on the extent of their lies. Dawson appears to have secrets just like any other man who may know that his friends are serial killers.”

“Oh yes, because there are so many such men that there’s a type.”

Lightman ignored that comment, in order to continue. “MacLeod appears to be lying about everything he does or thinks with the shining exception of what his name is. Meanwhile, Pierson appears to be telling the absolute truth about everything, with the shining exception of what his name is.”

“And did you catch the fact that both MacLeod and Dawson think that Pierson is lying?”

“Oh yes. Which begs the question: is he a good enough liar to fool us or a good enough truth-speaker to fool them?”

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