"Smoked," this week's Lie To Me has a strong, if not stellar, "A" story exploring family relationships, but what really grabbed my interest were the relationships between Cal and the women in his life. I love it when the show picks up on past plot points and develops them further, and I also love that as much of a handful as Lightman is, the women he loves are also no pushovers. In fact, they sometimes have him on the run. In this episode, Cal spends quite a lot of time ducking and weaving, quite unsuccessfully, which makes for entertaining television, while Torres, in a small but intriguing "C" story, finds a new "natural" lie detector.
The main storyline revolves around the murder of a young girl, Kira, while she was at her family-owned restaurant. Wallowsky brings Cal the case because she is fond of the family patriarch, Big Jim (John Amos), who is dying from cancer and devastated about his daughter's death. Cal takes the case, and he and Foster quickly decide the apparent robbery by two masked thugs was actually an execution of Kira.
Wallowsky and Lightman interview the other person at the killing, the restaurant manager and Jim's best friend, Teddy (Frankie Faison). Teddy is heartbroken, but throws suspicion on Jim's two estranged sons, Marcus and Rudy. Cal decides it's time he met Jim, though Wallowsky throws up as many road blocks as she can think of. They don't work, of course, and Cal pushes his way into the sick man's room.
Lightman's conversation with Jim reveals the theme for the A story. The cancer-riddled man tells Lightman he's refusing morphine so he can be clear-headed for the investigation. With pride, he says, "When I go, it will be with my eyes wide open." The words are a clear bit of foreshadowing that Jim will have some unpleasant surprises in store for him as he gets more clarity than he will perhaps want about his relationships. Cal, too, indicates he may not see the shape of this plot clearly, as he says about Marcus and Rudy, "I've been led to believe they killed your daughter."
Cal rounds up the sons and to Wallowsky's irritation, decides to break protocol and interview them both together in his interview room. Predictably, the two men end up at each other's throats, quite literally, mostly because Cal, in full scorpion mode, stings first one and then the other, getting first a baseline and then confirmation that the boys do indeed hate each other and their dad, and that Marcus saw Kira shortly before she died.