Smallville

Noir

Season 6, Ep 20, Aired 5/3/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Lana has a secret meeting at the Daily Planet, after which Lana is shot. While Jimmy is observing photos of the encounter, he is knocked unconscious. While unconscious Jimmy dreams about what life in Smallville would have been like in the 1940s. Clark is a reporter at the Daily Planet, Lana is a siren who planned the demise of her magnate husband Lex, and Lois is a singer at a bar that Lionel owns.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tom Welling

    Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

  • Kristin Kreuk

    Lana Lang

  • Michael Rosenbaum

    Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

  • Allison Mack

    Chloe Sullivan

  • Erica Durance

    Lois Lane

  • Fan Reviews (77)
  • If I can give this episode a zero, I would.

    By scillaward, Nov 26, 2008

  • By AsuraSantosha, Jan 04, 2008

  • Great Episode

    By Beer75, Aug 23, 2007

  • After Lana is shot at the DP, Jimmy and Chloe investigate. Someone knocks Jimmy unconsciousness, and he dreams a black-and-white episode with other Smallville characters playing new roles but with similar relationships.

    By cxtasy, Jun 26, 2008

  • This Should Be Ig-"Noir"-ed at All Times!

    By lenzinoH20, Apr 24, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Lionel: (to his barback Joe) Rye whiskey. Rocks. Put it on his tab, Joe. Name's Kent. (to Clark) You stroll in here with this crackerjack kid... you trying to land me in the cooler? Clark: Cool your jets, Mac. Jimmy here's just a little down on luck. Ain't you, Jimmy? Lionel: Poor sucker. Man, dames are his poison.

    • Jimmy: You know, it was so weird. I mean, half of it made sense. Lana and Lionel working together and Clark Kent leading a double life as a reporter by day and crime-fighter by night... You know, it's funny what your mind will cook up.

    • Clark: So it's Luthor you're after. Better wipe that newsie smile off your face. Luthor can smell fresh blood a mile away. Jimmy: Fresh? Now you listen here, Kent... Clark: Relax. I'm one of the good guys. (Clark leaves) Jimmy: That's what they all say.

    • Lionel: Ah relax. I got nothing on Kent so far but his tab. Lex: You're losing your grip Paps. You used to run this town. Now it looks like the only shots you're calling are from behind that bar.

    • Lionel: (on the phone with Lana) Yeah it's me. Listen, Boy Wonder may have taken the bait. But he's onto you. Lana: It doesn't matter any more. You're back on top of the low life food chain and I'm out from under a suffocating marriage.

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    Notes (11)

    • The music that Lois sings at the bar is Somebody Else by Vanessa Rojo.

    • The American Society of Cinematographers honored this episode with an ASC Award. This episode was nominated for two 2008 Leo Awards for Best Production Design in a Dramatic Series and Best Make-Up in a Dramatic Series. This episode won the 2008 Leo Award for Best Cinematography in a Dramatic Series.

    • Original International Air Dates: South Africa: June 26, 2007 on Mnet Norway: July 8, 2007 on TVNorge Belgium: February 16, 2008 on KanaalTwee Australia: February 28, 2008 on Ten Czech Republic: May 29, 2008 on TV Nova New Zealand: September 5, 2008 on TV2 Slovakia: September 6, 2009 on Markiza

    • On its premiere showing, this episode has the dubious distinction of having the lowest number of viewers of any first-run episode since the series premiered.

    • Richard Kahan previously appeared as a different character, Bitterman, in the season 5 episode "Thirst."

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    Trivia (26)

    • Trivia: The Daily Planet's address is: 1000 Broadway, Metropolis, Kansas.

    • In the car pursuit scene, right after Jimmy leaves Lex behind, the background behind the rear windshield of the car is passing from left to right instead of just diminishing in the distance. Also, when the car pursuit begins, two cars are seen, but not simultaneously because the film of one car is played twice. This can be seen after the first car passes and vanishes before it drives out of view and the next car begins.

    • When Jimmy is in the 1940s Talon we can clearly hear the sound of a saxophone in the number before Lois arrives. Nevertheless, as we can see on the stage, there are only three instrument: a drum, a piano, and a bass.

    • When the episode opens, the clock on the wall under the stairs reads 1:59. A few minutes later, when they hear the gunshot, the same clock says it's 4:15. When Jimmy turns away from the stairs, it's blurry, but looks like one of the hands is pointing towards the 2. Then, once everyone's in the building and Clark runs down the stairs, it's 2:15, which would be awfully fast for that many people to get there, if the 1:59 time was correct. When Lex shows up a couple of minutes later, it's about 2:17 (which would be about right).

    • There is no way a police officer doesn't suspect a reporter (Lois) dropping her purse in a crime scene particularly since the crime scene is full of objects from Lana's purse and since she tried to seduce him for information before.

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    Allusions (5)

    • Lionel: Listen, Boy Wonder may have taken the bait, but he's on to you. When Lionel calls Lana from the bar, he refers to Jimmy Olsen as "Boy Wonder." This is the nickname given to DC Comics character Robin, the sidekick of Batman.

    • Chloe: Jimmy, I've been to every gin joint in town looking for you. Chloe's line is a reference to a famous quote from the movie Casablanca in which Humphrey Bogart exclaims "Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine."

    • Lex: Gardenia As Lex is dying after being shot by Jimmy, he utters one final word: "Gardenia". This is a veiled allusion to the classic 1941 black-and-white movie Citizen Kane in which Orson Wells' character, Charles Foster Kane, utters the single word, "Rosebud", before passing away.

    • Movie Chloe and Jimmy watch Howard Hawks' The Big Sleep (1946) starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. It was shot in December, 1944, a few months before the two stars married. The movie was based on the Raymond Chandler detective mystery of the same name.

    • Jimmy: Right back at you, sweetheart. Jimmy imitates Humphrey Bogart, using "sweetheart" as Bogart did in movies such as The Maltese Falcon (as Sam Spade) and The Big Sleep (as Philip Marlowe).

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