There's always a potential for screw-ups when networks start airing episodes out of the producers intended order (see NBC and their goofs with Detective Crosetti's death in season three of Homicide), but Lie to Me seems to have avoided that sort of miscalculation despite FOX's shuffling of the season order. That is, until "Fold Equity" aired last night. Originally set to air during Fox's Simpsons week (catch the Sideshow Bob reference?), "Fold Equity" didn't drop the ball on anything as major as a character's death, but more than once during the hour it felt as though we were taking some giant steps backward.
Take Foster and Cal. After the events in last week's episode, "Secret Santa," it became semi-clear that their flirtations had reached a new level and it even suggested that Gillian was acting as a sort of proxy mother for Emily. There was a definitive familial bond between the three of them, despite the fact that Cal and Gillian aren't an item.
However, all that was thrown out the window last night. Cal was back to his old tricks and as Poppy Wells (The Unit's Abby Brammell), one of the competitors in the World Series of Poker proved, women like her bring out the worst in Cal. He slept with her! The entire situation just completely negated any forward progress we had seen with Cal and Gillian.
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