Speedy and I have been watching Lie to Me — no, not the Korean drama but the series starring Tim Roth and Kelli Williams that had been cancelled by Fox after three seasons. The story revolves around a private company that specializes in applied psychology (body language and microexpressions) to assist in crime investigations. The lead characters of Lie to Me, Dr. Cal Lightman (Roth) and Dr. Gillian Foster (Williams), are based on real persons.
In the series, things like the flick of an eye, the compression of the lips and the wringing of hands are telltale signs as to whether a person is lying or not. In the photo above, from the pilot episode, the gesture of putting the hand on the brow and casting down the eyes, according to Dr. Lightman, illustrates shame. If you think it’s all just fiction, you can visit the website of Dr. Paul Ekman on whom the Dr. Lightman character was based. Dr. Ekman is no quack.
Speedy and I are enjoying Season 1 so much that we started joking around about lying. For instance, when I ask him if he’s hungry and he says he is not, I’d accuse him of lying because his eye twitched.
Earlier today, we had to run errands before we had a chance to eat a full meal. Not that the errand took long; we were home in less than an hour. As I started preparing our meal, Speedy came out of the family room and said in a confessional voice, “I have something to tell you…”
“What?” I asked.
And he replied, in a voice several decibels higher, “I’m hungry and I’m not lying!!!”
And then, we both laughed. Good thing that the cheesesteak burritos I prepared were extra large and supper filling.