(whooshing) – The tragedy of Margot Miller weighs heavily on our minds. Caught in the mysterious fire that torched the academic
offices last semester. (dark atmospheric music) Poor Margot suffered smoke inhalation, and she remains in a
coma to this very day. (dark atmospheric music) So before we start the year
fresh here at Colvin College, take a beat from your privileged lives and join me in solidarity. A moment of silence please. (dark upbeat music) (dark atmospheric strings) While the police interviewed
a handful of suspects over the summer, they
ultimately determined that the fire was accidental. Sure, ’cause a hundred year old buildings just randomly combust in
the middle of the night. Rumor has it that Margot may
have ignited the fire herself. Perhaps, a desperate cry
for help gone up in flames. I don’t know, if you ask
me, she always had a flare for the dramatic.
– Back at it with the hard-hitting journalism, I see! – Oh, hi, Allie, Cat.
– Still pushing fake news for easy hits, Alvaro? Isn’t that what got you
kicked off the paper? – My conscious uncoupling
with the collegiate press is what gave me the freedom
to launch my own news site, which blew up this summer. – Photoshopped pictures
of Margot in a coma? Yeah, that’s not news, that’s gossip. – Oh, good, you follow
the Colvin Cauldron. (whooshing) (laughs) Thanks for the views. (dark atmospheric music) – Okay, I can’t with him.
– Then, don’t. Come on, can’t be late. – So how you feeling about
The History of Lying seminar? Are you dying?
– You know I don’t do that level of emotion.
– Yeah, I know. I just hope it lives up
to all the hype, you know? I know everybody was wowed by Professor Moynihan’s
The Evolution of Truth and Lying speech.
– Yeah. Because it was amazing!
– Because all of his students think that he’s been some
sort of supreme guru, like they have this crazy
initiation ceremony every year, and apparently, some of the
kids get like matching tattoos. (Cat scoffs)
Cat, it’s like a cult! Cat, you’re gonna be in a cult! – I just wish you were
in the cult with me! I mean, I don’t get it. If anyone here knows
about lying, it’s you. You know what I mean.
(Allie scoffs) – Yeah, I guess my application just wasn’t what the
professor was looking for. Of course, I’m bummed I’ll miss out on that secret society level of prestige, but you’ll fill me in on
all that good stuff, right? – Promise.
– Alrighty, I’m out. (sighs) Now, promise me you’ll
talk to one new person today, just one new friend.
– Mhm, yeah. (dark atmospheric music) – Cat Carlson, I presume. (dark atmospheric music) Your contract. – Is this standard?
– Well, this class is anything but standard. A hundred students would
kill for your spot. Participation is a privilege
that can be revoked should you fail to meet
the academic standard. Standards that include punctuality. (dark atmospheric music) With this contract, you agree
to meet all requirements. It also says that all
research collected in and for this class shall
remain the exclusive IP of Dr. Moynihan for all future uses, professional, academic, and so forth. (dark atmospheric music) You will do well to
remember that, Miss Carlson. I’ll collect those contracts now. (loud thumping)
(dark atmospheric music) – Hey, don’t sweat that guy. His lips are permanently
glued to Moynihan’s– – Good morning, class. (upbeat orchestra music) Welcome to The History of Lying. I’m Professor Moynihan. I believe you’ve already met
Simon, my trusted assistant and your TA for this quarter. Studies have shown that on average, we are lied to more than 200 times a day. That means currently, lying
is integral to the fabric of our society, and yet,
from a very young age, we are told not only to avoid lying but to avoid even thinking about lying. Starting today, we will do the opposite. We will look at the history of lying, as well as its future. Namely, my trademark Cuff technology. We will study lying not
because we believe in it, but because by knowing
it, we can lead others to the light of truth and this is crucial because no one wants to live in a world where there is no such thing as truth. Now, technology has
changed lying, and as such, we are changing this class, evolving it. Thank you, Simon. In addition to traditional homework, you will be assigned
video journals, or vlogs as I hear you kids call
them, which will potentially put you in the public eye, but before we get to the facts, let’s start with a simple
truth from each of you. Of the 300 students who
applied for this course, why do you believe you
deserve a seat at this table? (upbeat orchestra music) No volunteers? Cat Carlson. Why are you here?
(upbeat orchestra music) – My best guess, because
I co-host Suspect, Colvin’s first and only
true crime podcast. In a way, I’ve already proven my interest in the subject of lying and especially how it pertains to crime. – Thank you, Cat. Now, let’s hear from someone else. You, tell me your name
and why you’re here. – I’m Wilson, and–
– Just Wilson? Come on now. We’re practicing complete
transparency in this class. – (laughs) Okay,
technically, I’m Trip Wilson, but nobody calls me that, and I’m here on the merits of my essay
about the bed of lies that caused the financial crash of 2008. I spent all summer workin’ on it. (Moynihan laughs) Are you really suggesting to your peers that you qualified for the
most prestigious course at Colvin based on the merits of an essay primarily sourcing Wikipedia? (dramatic orchestra music) Does the truth always scare you so much? (dramatic orchestra music) – (laughs) Whatever. I’ll just say what everyone’s thinking. My mom, everyone knows she’s
a major donor to the school, and that you’re working
with her to develop Cuff. (dramatic music) You probably owed her a favor. (dramatic music) – Alright, who’s next? – Harper Vince, as a student
of social engineering, I’m pretty good at getting
people to do what I want. – Erica Phoenix Sanders,
performance artist. My art may make some people uncomfortable, but it says more about
you than it does about me. – Alvaro Villanueva, some may suggest that I’m the ultimate truth teller, laying out the secrets
everyone else wished was left in the dark,
but I believe I’m here because I’m on track to graduate at the top of my class next year. Though, unlike some, it’s
not because my parents paid for that privilege.
– Naia Santos. As future lawyer for the disempowered, I’ve made it my mission to hold
those in power accountable, that includes you professor. – Dan Roland. I don’t really feel
comfortable making assumptions as to why you selected me. – Benedict Mondragon. People underestimate my sister Bella and I because we’re social influencers, but it looks like you
understand the truth value of knowing how to connect with people. – I’m Bella, Benedict’s sister. I think we’re here because professor wants to do free twin studies on us. (string music) – Interesting insights,
but I regret to inform you that you’re all wrong.
(dramatic music) There is a singular reason
you are all in this room. (dramatic music)
(footsteps) You’re all suspects. Suspects of the arson
that destroyed my office and left a student in a coma, and while the authorities
have washed their hands of the investigation,
I know without a doubt somebody in this room started that fire. There will be only one
A given this quarter, and that will go to the
student who solves this crime. As for the guilty party, you will have to suffer the consequences
of your actions. Now, if anyone is feeling
particularly worried and would like to withdraw, I’ll tear up your contract right now, but rest assured, dropping
out does not take you off the suspect list.
(dramatic music) It places you at the top of it. (dramatic music)
(overlapping chatter) – Well, it looks like my
tweets spilling the sweet tea of the unique structure of
this year’s History of Lying has unsurprisingly gone viral. (dramatic music) – What the hell happened in there? – I don’t even know where to begin. (dramatic music) (dark upbeat music)