The twist within the construction would not be sufficient to set McDowell above the pack, nonetheless. No, what makes McDowell notably outstanding as a “Poker Face” villain is the way in which he learns Charlie’s superpower forward of time, and he makes use of it to his benefit.
When the present’s first episode revealed Charlie’s near-supernatural means to all the time know when an individual was deliberately mendacity, some followers apprehensive that this might restrict the present an excessive amount of. It is an fascinating superpower that the present continually makes use of in recent methods, however in episodes like “Relaxation in Metallic” or “The Night time Shift,” it typically feels prefer it makes issues too simple for her. The murderers Charlie meets usually haven’t any cause to suspect they have a human lie detector of their midst, so Charlie’s usually capable of catch on to them immediately. The episodes usually barrel by way of the query of whether or not Charlie will work out the killer, and dives straight into determining how she’s going to show it.
McDowell, nonetheless, has the benefit of realizing forward of time what Charlie’s able to. When you’d assume this might encourage him to easily not try homicide in her presence, McDowell as an alternative has the hubris to assume he can efficiently manipulate this human lie detector in his favor. The loopy half is that his hubris is sort of justified: utilizing simply the correct amount of selective truths, he manages to place Charlie on Owens’ path with out ever implicating himself. As a result of there may be real fact to his accusation (Owens did tamper along with his automobile, in any case), McDowell nearly turns into the one “Poker Face” villain to totally outsmart Charlie.