Season 2 (2009–2010)
|No.||#||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|14||1||"The Core of It"||Dan Sackheim||Elizabeth Craft & Sarah Fain||September 28, 2009 (2009-09-28)||2APW01||7.73|
A young woman approaches Lightman at his book signing, believing she has psychically seen a murder. Lightman finds that the woman has multiple personalities, and he believes that one of her personalities witnessed the murder. Lightman passes off helping Agent Reynolds vet a potential Supreme Court nominee, instead choosing to pursue the case of the multiple-personality woman. The case is passed on to Torres, whom the nominee does not treat with respect due to her age. Torres puts her preconceived judgments about the man aside when she analyzes the facts. Lightman unlocks the woman's original personality, who helps Lightman find the original murderer. Zoe informs Lightman that she is taking their daughter, Emily, and moving to Chicago to open a law firm. Lightman buys out her stake in The Lightman Group so that she can start her own practice in town.
|15||2||"Truth or Consequences"||Michael Offer||Nick Santora||October 5, 2009 (2009-10-05)||2APW03||8.06|
Zoe enlists Lightman to help with her client—a 22 year-old star college football player who has been accused of statutory rape with a 16 year-old girl. The case hits home for Lightman, who learns that his daughter Emily was friends with the group of girls who attend these college fraternity parties. Through the course of their investigation, Lightman and Torres determine that Zoe's client was set up by the girl, whose friends leaked the video of the hookup. Lightman figures that the man did not know the girl was underage, noting that his face showed that he knew he shouldn't find underage girls attractive. Meanwhile, Foster and Loker travel to a religious compound to determine whether its claim of IRS exemption is valid. They believe the head of the compound is holding the women against their will. Foster facilitates the escape of one woman and her children, and faces the wrath of both Loker and the government. At the end, the girl's father believes the system is protecting the football player and decides that someone has to pay. He shoots the prosecutor that dropped the charges against the football player, with whose death the episode ends.
|16||3||"Control Factor"||James Hayman||Sharon Lee Watson||October 12, 2009 (2009-10-12)||2APW04||7.87|
|While on vacation in Mexico with Emily, Lightman becomes involved in the case of a missing American woman, who is a single mother on vacation with her daughter. Upon investigation, Lightman learns that the mother got herself involved with an illegal fertility broker and he manages to find her just in time. Back home, Foster investigates D.C.-area hospitals with Lightman's rival, Jack Rader. They try to uncover the reason that five people have grown gravely ill after receiving blood transfusions.|
|17||4||"Honey"||Timothy Busfield||Matt Olmstead||October 19, 2009 (2009-10-19)||2APW02||7.79|
Eric Matheson (Garret Dillahunt) is determined to prove that he didn't murder his wife. Torres is assigned to investigate the murder, and goes to the house of the victim's sister. Matheson finds Torres' car and gets into it after she forgot to lock the door. When Torres returns, Matheson holds her at gunpoint, instructing her to drive to the Lightman Group offices. Cal makes a deal with Matheson, asking him to let all the employees go as long as he helps prove Matheson's innocence. Matheson complies, and Foster, Loker, Reynolds and Torres attempt to solve the case, while Reynolds has second thoughts about not calling the authorities. Cal and the team find out that Matheson was actually innocent and that his wife was actually killed by a loan shark. Matheson demands to see the loan shark, saying he will either take his life or Cal's. Cal pleads for Matheson to kill him, but Foster, Loker and Reynolds trick Matheson into letting his guard down after a disguised Loker pretends to recount the last moments of Matheson's wife's life. As Matheson takes aim on Loker, Reynolds draws his gun and shoots Matheson, disarming him. The episode ends with Lightman at Foster's home, asking if he could sleep in her spare room for the night.
|18||5||"Grievous Bodily Harm"||Eric Laneuville||Alexander Cary||October 26, 2009 (2009-10-26)||2APW05||6.33|
Cal's old friend Terry Marsh (Lennie James) attempts to pull him into a criminal conspiracy after he settles Terry's gambling debts. The criminals abduct both Cal and Terry and try to recruit Cal to be their personal lie detector, forcing him to determine the validity of a client's counterfeit bills. Over the course of the episode, it is revealed that both Terry and Cal got into trouble with the police when they were young, and that Terry volunteered to take all the blame, allowing Cal to continue with his life. The event ends with an FBI raid, and Lightman tells Terry that they're even. Meanwhile, the Lightman Group probes murderous threats against a high school. They determine that the threats were made by Stacey, an overweight student, who is suicidal due to emotional attacks by her classmates and gym teacher. After Stacy attempts to overdose in the bathroom of the Lightman Group, it is revealed that the gym teacher instigated and participated in the emotional attacks against Stacey. Jasmine, one of the bullies, gives a genuine apology to Stacey, and corroborates Stacey's accusation. The gym teacher is arrested for obstruction of justice because he received the threats and did not report them
|19||6||"Lack of Candor"||Terrence O'Hara||T.J. Brady & Rasheed Newson||November 9, 2009 (2009-11-09)||2APW07||7.41|
|After a federal witness is killed, the US Attorney arrives at the Lightman Group to take the next witness in line, Reynolds, into protected custody. Cal feels that the US Marshals Service cannot protect Reynolds, so he takes him "hostage" and demands that he be able to run the investigation into the witness's death. During his investigation, he finds out that while undercover, Reynolds did drugs and killed a man and wants to keep it a secret to avoid prosecution after he finds out that his handler (Alicia Coppola) did not properly report the event. Through his own undercover operation, Cal records the handler admitting that she led Reynolds to believe that everything was all set legally, and the US Attorney subsequently takes her into custody. Meanwhile Loker and Torres discover that the original witness was killed after the cell phone that his mistress provided was tracked to his safe house's location.|
|20||7||"Black Friday"||Dan Sackheim||Ethan Drogin & Heather Thomason||November 16, 2009 (2009-11-16)||2APW08||7.23|
|The Lightman Group helps a teenager named Max who believes he was abducted as a baby, while Loker and Torres try to figure out what caused a deadly stampede at an electronics store. Max then brings the people he believes that are not his parents to the Lightman Group to be monitored to see if they were telling the truth. The parents are outraged at the boy's allegations and leave. Lightman and Foster then go to the parents of the missing child, but the mom seems to be lying and the mom admits to accidentally killing the baby James. Max's parents finally admit the truth to him, which leads Lightman and Foster to go on a hunt for his biological parents. Loker and Torres continue to investigate the electronics store stampede to determine who caused it and if the store is at fault. Torres believes that Loker is trying to impress Lightman to get on his good graces so that he will go back to his old position in the company and not an unpaid intern. While Loker celebrates his believed success, Torres continues to investigate the stampede.|
|21||8||"Secret Santa"||Michael Zinberg||Alexander Cary||November 23, 2009 (2009-11-23)||2APW09||7.16|
Cal spends the holidays in Afghanistan, where he relies solely on an American expatriate to help a mission to find a pair of missing Marines.
|22||9||"Fold Equity"||Elodie Keene||Sarah Fain & Elizabeth Craft||November 30, 2009 (2009-11-30)||2APW06||7.49|
|Lightman, Foster and Reynolds travel to Las Vegas to help locate a missing finalist in the World Series of Poker. Lightman uses his skills to read the other competitors' faces to figure out which one knows about the disappearance. They find the body of a poker coach who was banned from Vegas. Lightman and Foster investigate, while Reynolds plays the tables. Foster also tries to keep a leash on Lightman's fascination with all things Vegas. Meanwhile, Loker and Torres analyze Loker's new relationship, and as a result, get closer to each other.|
|23||10||"Tractor Man"||Vahan Moosekian||Tim Clemente||December 14, 2009 (2009-12-14)||2APW10||6.64|
A protesting farmer called Harold Clark parks his tractor, which he claims is filled with explosives, near the US Treasury building. The FBI sets up its command center in the Lightman Group offices, and Lightman tries to find out if there is actually a bomb in the tractor. The FBI wants to blow up the tractor and kill Clark, just in case Lightman cannot find out for sure. Meanwhile, Loker plays babysitter to third-graders stuck in the Lightman Group office, and earns a kiss from their teacher.
|24||11||"Beat the Devil"||Vahan Moosekian||David Ehrman & Ethan Drogin||June 7, 2010 (2010-06-07)||2APW21||6.06|
|While giving a lecture to his mentor's graduate students, Lightman meets Martin (Jason Dohring), who mocks Lightman's work and then beats his deception techniques, twice, in front of the class. Since it seems that Martin is aroused by images of torture yet disgusted by images of sexy women, Lightman concludes that he's a psychopath and possibly a murderer, but Lightman's mentor and the university and even Foster wonder if Lightman's just upset that Martin beat his system. As Lightman grows more sure of his hunch, and learns that a girl has gone missing, he begins to stalk Martin and even puts up posters to warn the other girls on campus. Foster fails to see the clues Lightman is sure of, and he gets a little ruffled when she doesn't support his claims. Eventually Lightman sets a trap--only to have Martin, "five steps ahead," kidnap Lightman instead. In the B plot, Loker and Torres look into a UFO sighting by a science teacher whose job is at stake due to his claims. Loker and Torres follow the trail resulting in an encounter with Air Force Colonel Gorman (Glenn Morshower)|
|25||12||"Sweet Sixteen"||Dan Sackheim||Alexander Cary||June 14, 2010 (2010-06-14)||2APW15||6.48|
|After Lightman's former Pentagon colleague is killed in a car bomb, Lightman and Foster are forced to revisit a series of events from their past, including the therapy sessions that brought them together. Parts of Lightman's past including his run-ins with the IRA are revealed.|
|26||13||"The Whole Truth"||James Whitmore, Jr.||Ethan Drogin||June 21, 2010 (2010-06-21)||2APW11||6.08|
Lightman is called upon by a prosecutor to testify as an expert witness in the trial of a beautiful widow accused of murder. The widow is accused of murdering her much older billionaire husband. She is also accused of having an affair with her step-son and stealing from her husband's company. It is a national case that pits Lightman, working for the prosecution, against his ex-wife, who is the defense attorney in the case. Foster, meanwhile, coaches the prosecution witnesses on how to behave on the stand, and how to engage the jury. Loker and Torres discuss her involvement with an older person.
|27||14||"React to Contact"||Michael Zinberg||Daniel Voll||June 28, 2010 (2010-06-28)||2APW20||6.20|
Lightman helps a traumatized soldier who got back from Iraq and who thinks that someone is trying to kill him. Lightman exposes the real truth of what happened during the episode that earned the soldier a Silver Star.
|28||15||"Teacher and Pupils"||Roxann Dawson||Kevin Townsley & Nick Santora||July 12, 2010 (2010-07-12)||2APW13||5.71|
|While investigating the murder of a police officer, Cal discovers a conspiracy that could threaten his daughter. Meanwhile, Cal must get the Lightman Group out from under a financial crisis.|
|29||16||"Delinquent"||Michael Zinberg||Elizabeth Craft & Sarah Fain||July 19, 2010 (2010-07-19)||2APW14||5.66|
|When a pregnant girl is found murdered, Cal and the Lightman Group team help Torres try to clear her juvenile delinquent sister of charges, and protect her from the real killer.|
|30||17||"Bullet Bump"||James Hayman||T.J. Brady & Rasheed Newson||July 26, 2010 (2010-07-26)||2APW16||5.60|
The Lightman Group investigates when a young woman is killed at a political rally in Virginia.
|31||18||"Headlock"||Michael Offer||Sharon Lee Watson & Jameal Turner||August 2, 2010 (2010-08-02)||2APW18||5.64|
|A street fighter is murdered and Lightman is the prime suspect. The clock ticks as the Lightman Group must find the real killer before Lightman ends up behind bars.|
|32||19||"Pied Piper"||Paul McCrane||Sharon Lee Watson||August 16, 2010 (2010-08-16)||2APW12||4.96|
|Zoe and Lightman fear they sent an innocent man to his death when a man they prosecuted 17 years ago is executed.|
|33||20||"Exposed"||Terrence O'Hara||David Graziano||August 23, 2010 (2010-08-23)||2APW19||5.10|
|After Foster's boyfriend, Dave Burns, gets abducted, Lightman tries to track him down with the help of Burns's mysterious ex-partner.|
|34||21||"Darkness and Light"||Lesli Linka Glatter||Matt Olmstead & Heather Thomason||August 30, 2010 (2010-08-30)||2APW17||5.21|
|The Lightman Group investigates the disappearance of a young woman, which leads them to uncover a criminal element in the adult film business.|
|35||22||"Black and White"||Daniel Sackheim||Alexander Cary & Kevin Townsley||September 13, 2010 (2010-09-13)||2APW22||4.94|
|The Lightman Group investigates the murder of a journalist and friend of Lightman's who was killed while exposing a corrupt politician—a case that tests Lightman's relationship with Reynolds and the FBI. Reynolds is shot during a field trip with Cal to a train station. Meanwhile, Emily's newfound interest in dating makes her father uncomfortable.|
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