I don’t think Emma’s lie detecting ability is actually a super power. I always thought that was just a joke to get Henry onside.
Given her past life, pre storybrooke, I think she would need to “read” people well. In certain lines of work, you get pretty good at reading people, picking up on non-verbal cues that give them away. In my job (criminal law), we call it our radar or antenna. I can’t tell if my client is lying to me, but I can get a reliable sense of when I need to ask more questions or something is off. I think that’s all Emma’s “superpower” is – not a magical ability to tell if someone is lying but just a skill from her past to read someone and tell when something is off.
Yeah, I’ve never thought it was a legit “super power” either, she’s just good at reading people. As you say, she had to be good at it in her former line of work.
One thing I’m not so sure she was good at in her former line of work though was subtlety and not being in control. We’ve only seen her working one job, at the very start of the show, but she didn’t keep her cool for very long before she laid the smackdown on that guy, and the whole time she was playing it cool, she knew she had the upper hand. Totally different situation to what she found herself in with Greg. She was flying blind and couldn’t get aggressive, which I think accounts somewhat for her awkwardness and terrible interrogation technique.
I also wouldn’t be surprised if she bugged his phone or something before she gave it back. We know they have that technology…I think the writers are setting Emma up to look foolish now and we will see her brilliance revealed later. At least, I am hoping…. 🙂
That’s a great idea about her bugging his phone! I share your hope that she’ll outwit Greg in the end.