Smallville

Absolute Justice

Season 9, Ep 11, Aired 2/5/10
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  • Episode Description
  • A man named Sylvester asks Chloe for help but ends up getting attacked and killed. Clark is led to the former headquarters of the Justice Society of America where he meets up with Dr. Fate, Hawkman, and Stargirl. Later, Clark, John Jones, Green Arrow, and Chloe team up to help the JSA stop the killer before he murders someone else in the group. Meanwhile, Lois receives a package from a mysterious agency called Checkmate.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Alessandro Juliani

    Dr. Emil Hamilton

  • Michael Shanks

    Hawkman/Carter Hall

  • Felicia Livingston

    Assistant Editor, Pt. 2

  • Allison Mack

    Chloe Sullivan

  • Brent Stait

    Dr. Fate/Kent Nelson

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  • Fan Reviews (42)
  • Absolute Justice

    By Canogaparkcindy, Nov 10, 2010

  • Gimcrackery: n. A cheap and showy object of little or no use; a gewgaw.

    By aphorism333, Feb 08, 2010

  • The first time around, effects and sheer geek-gasm fest just overwhelms you. The second time around, separates the chaff to reveal not much wheat underneath.

    By Ultimate_Lex, Feb 09, 2010

  • Simply the best episode so far.

    By Chironade, Feb 16, 2010

  • Best episode!!!

    By RazorChris1, Mar 07, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (29)

    • Pemberton: You're the one they call Watchtower. Chloe: Watchtower? Pemberton: Technology today makes hiding a whole lot harder, Miss Sullivan. When someone like you reaches out and plugs into so many outlets, someone else is bound to pull out one of those cords and follow it back to the source.

    • Oliver: Is that my e-mail? Chloe, I'll have you know that those messages between me and Canary are purely platonic.

    • Kent: Red, white, and blue. Two betrayed. Stars and Stripesy, stars and stripe. Sandman doesn't dream anymore. Is Mister Terrific still terrific? I don't think so. Clark: Who's that? Kent: Who is that? Who is that? Kent Nelson. Dr. Kent Nelson. But the doctor is out. He's gone bowling. Carter: My friend is very sick.

    • Kent: Ticktock. The Hourman's run out. The Atom is split. No, he doesn't. He doesn't, Nabu, so stop whispering.

    • Carter: Look at Kent Nelson, Courtney. He spends most of his days wandering the streets, searching for the secrets to the universe at the bottom of trash cans. Courtney: So, Dr. Fate is incapacitated. The Sandman and the Star-Spangled Kid are both dead. You were their leader. What's your excuse? Please don't make me ask another team for help. Carter: Oh, the kids out there playing hero are hardly a team. They don't know how to lace up their own boots. Courtney: Well, maybe if you had laced up your boots when Sylvester had asked you to, he might still be alive. Carter: Don't waste your breath. I have enough guilt to last 20 lifetimes.

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    Notes (10)

    • Callum Blue is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Character bios: Justice Society, Hawkman, Dr. Fate, Stargirl, Star-Spangled Kid, Sandman, Icicle, Amanda Waller

    • Paul Kupperburg and Steve Erwin are credited as creators of Checkmate.

    • International Airdates: UK: August 3/10, 2010 on E4/E4 HD (Part 1/2) Sweden: August 13, 2010 on TV6 Turkey: April 3, 2011 on CNBC-e Norway: April 17/24, 2011 on Max (Part 1/2) Czech Republic: October 10/11, 2011 on TV Nova

    • Injoke: Oliver asks where the other SuperFriends are, and Chloe wishes the group could come up with a standardized Trouble Alert. The Trouble Alert was what was used at the Hall of Justice in the various SuperFriends series.

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    Trivia (4)

    • When Oliver and Chloe check out Pemberton's car, they find the journal. Oliver turns past the pages with his photo, and looks at the pages with Black Canary and Aquaman. However, in the next shot he hands it back to Chloe and the book has instantly flipped back to Oliver's pages.

    • Trivia: The items in the JSA brownstone are: boxing gloves (Wildcat, Ted Grant), Green Lantern power battery, ring, and mask (Green Lantern, Alan Scott), Winged Helmet (The Flash, Jay Garrick), Fair Play weight belt (Mr. Terrific, Terry Sloane), Hourglass (Hourman, Rex Tyler), and throwing knives (Hawkgirl, Shiera Hall)

    • When Green Arrow saved Stargirl from Icicle's attack, the angle the arrow came in at was impossible considering where he was standing. He was almost directly behind Stargirl so it couldn't have come in from the side of the screen like it did, and he was too close to have ricocheted it off anything.

    • Trivia: The 15 heroes in the portrait, left to right, are: Star-Spangled Kid, Wildcat, the Atom, Sandman, the Spectre, the Flash, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Dr. Fate, Green Lantern, Hourman, Dr. Mid-Nite (with Hootie the owl), the original Black Canary, and Mr. Terrific.

    Allusions (5)

    • Green Arrow: Bring it, Big Bird! Big Bird refers to the giant 8 foot 2 inch yellow bird character from the children's learning television series Sesame Street. Big Bird was the first Muppet (Jim Henson puppet) to appear on the show created in 1969. On the show, different animal puppets, human characters, and celebrities interacted with each other, children, and the audience teaching numbers, letters, and lessons.

    • Oliver: Did you put the call into the Snow Miser? Referencing one of the main characters in the TV Christmas special The Year Without a Santa Claus, based on the 1956 book by Phyllis McGinley. Snow Miser wars against his brother, Heat Miser, and they both refuse to help Santa Claus when he needs to prove to Southtown that he exists.

    • Oliver: Where are the other superfriends? Referencing the various incarnations of the TV series, including Challenge of the Superfriends. The animated series was the closest thing to a Justice League TV series for many years. The core group featured Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman, although various heroes and teenage sidekicks (including Zan and Jayna, from "Idol") were members throughout the years.

    • Green Arrow: Drop the mace, Conan. Referencing Robert E. Howard's creation, Conan the Barbarian. Conan is a Cimmerian, a northern barbarian, in the Hyborian Age. A warrior, thief, and pirate by profession as his situation called for it, Conan eventually became the King of Aquilonia. He has been the subject of numerous comic books, movies, and TV shows. He is skilled with many weapons, although often uses a sword.

    • Chloe: If it isn't My Favorite Martian. A reference to the 1963 sitcom My Favorite Martian, starring Ray Walston as a human-looking Martian stranded on Earth, who used his natural telepathic powers to comedic effect.

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