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Lie to Me: Pilot

A high school student is seen running from the home of a murdered teacher. Elsewhere, the chairman of the House Ethics Committee is believed to have been hiring a prostitute.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 1APW79
Airdate: Wednesday January 21st, 2009

Director: Robert Schwentke
Writer: Samuel Baum

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) May 14, 2009
Poland Sep 24, 2009
NL (RTL 5) Nov 06, 2009


Guest Stars
Tim GuineeTim Guinee
As Ron Foster
Andy UmbergerAndy Umberger
As Peters
Carlos CervantesCarlos Cervantes
As ATF Asst. Dir.
Georgia HatzisGeorgia Hatzis
As AUSA Estin
Jake ThomasJake Thomas
As James Cole
Jim HolmesJim Holmes
As Defense Attorney
Johanna BraddyJohanna Braddy
As Jacquelin Mathis
Josh StambergJosh Stamberg
As AUSA Hutchinson
Kathryn MeisleKathryn Meisle
As Mary Cole
Michele NordinMichele Nordin
As Melissa
Randy OglesbyRandy Oglesby
As Congressman Weil
Robert WisdomRobert Wisdom
As Lt. Bonds
Scott PaulinScott Paulin
As Gerald Cole
Tim GriffinTim Griffin
As Principal Castle
Tyrees AllenTyrees Allen
As DNC Chairman Baldridge

Co-Guest Stars
Kristen ArizaKristen Ariza
As Heidi
Ted GarciaTed Garcia
As Reporter #1
Bryan HearneBryan Hearne
As Track team Student
Carla JefferyCarla Jeffery
As Female Student
Chris VaughnChris Vaughn
As Football Player
Christopher T. WoodChristopher T. Wood
As TSA Deputy
Corey TuckerCorey Tucker
As FBI Agent
Darren ODarren O'Hare
As FBI Agent #2
Donna CaseyDonna Casey
As Susan McCartney
Erin MatthewsErin Matthews
As Handsome Guy's Girlfriend
Jamie McBrideJamie McBride
As Skinhead
Jeffrey AddissJeffrey Addiss
As Porsche Driver
M.D. WaltonM.D. Walton
As ATF Agent
Melissa McCartyMelissa McCarty
As Reporter #2
Michael SpellmanMichael Spellman
As Married Guy
Michelle NohMichelle Noh
As Corporate Woman
Suzanne MarquesSuzanne Marques
As News Anchor
Vincent DuvallVincent Duvall
As Handsome Guy
Wayne DalglishWayne Dalglish
As Photog Team Student
Main Cast
Tim RothTim Roth
As Dr. Cal Lightman
Kelli WilliamsKelli Williams
As Dr. Gillian Foster
Monica RaymundMonica Raymund
As Ria Torres
Brendan HinesBrendan Hines
As Eli Loker
Hayley McFarlandHayley McFarland
As Emily Lightman


The scene opens with Cal Lightman in a room with a skinhead and his lawyer. The lawyer tells that the guy has nothing to say to Lightman. But Lightman tells that he doesn’t need him to talk. He can read that the skinhead wants to see mass deaths and that he can see a lot more without a word. Lightman also picks up that the FBI going in the wrong direction and the target is not where they think it is. They need to look at small churches. This rattles the skinhead a bit and at the mention of a church in Lawton, his mouth twitches. Using the filming of the skinhead in the room, Lightman teaches a lecture. He tells the students that they found a pipe bomb in the Lawton church an hour later. He points out the special movements that the skinhead did that gave the right clue to the truth. One student asks on how you know if the surprise is real. Lightman thows a glass at the wall and they are all surprise. Real surprise, only lasts a second. Lightmas shows pictures of different people having the same exact facial expression. The truth is written all over thier faces. ..

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Episode Notes
Originally, Kay Panabaker played Emily Lightman in the pilot. However, the role was recast and the scene with Emily was re-shot with Hayley McFarland.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
AqualungEasier To LieFinal scenes

Episode Quotes
Ria: You always tell the truth?
Eli: Always.
Ria: How good are you in bed?
Eli: Fair.
Ria: Fair is better then most.

Cal: You just getting in, Loker?
Eli: Yeah, I got piss-drunk last night with my roommate and I was just lying in bed this morning thinking about how nasty hot Nancy Grace is and just trying to decide if I was gonna come in at all, cause it's not like there's anyone here to fantasize about.
Gillian: No offense taken.
Eli: I don't go for married women.

Cal: Have you ever had any specialized deception training?
Ria: I've dated a lot of men.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorSamuel Baum
Executive ProducerBrian Grazer  |  David Nevins  |  Samuel Baum
ProducerJeffrey Downer
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