Season 4, Ep 15, Aired 2/23/05
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  • Episode Description
  • After Clark receives a message from the recently-deceased Dr. Swann, he and Lana follow Jason and Lex to China in search of one of the kryptonian crystals. Lana is tortured, causing Isabelle to emerge and wreak havoc in her search for the crystal.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tom Welling

    Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

  • Kristin Kreuk

    Lana Lang

  • Michael Rosenbaum

    Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

  • Jensen Ackles

    Jason Teague

  • John Glover

    Lionel Luthor

  • Fan Reviews (20)
  • I'm tired of the "Lana As A Witch" stories...

    By Mann_Slaughter, Mar 07, 2009

  • Jason and Lex, and later Lana and Clark travel to Shanghai, China, on a quest for a mysterious stone, or element, foretold through centuries of legend and mystery. Who will be first to find it?

    By cxtasy, Sep 05, 2008

  • Best episode of Smallville.

    By Canogaparkcindy, Jul 11, 2006

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Lana

    By lenzinoH20, May 23, 2008

  • After receiving a message from Dr. Swann, Clark and Lana follow Jason and Lex to China, where the four race to find the Kryptonian Crystal of Air. When Lana's captured and tortured, Isobel emerges and wreaks havoc in her search for the crystal.

    By scorpionqueen86, Nov 29, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Jason: How could you put Lana in the middle of this? I swear, Clark, if anything happens to her... Clark: She's here because you lied to her. Lex: I get the feeling Lana can handle herself right now.

    • Lex: You stole copies of my map and gave them to Lana and Jason. You used them. Lionel: No, Lex, it was you who was using them. And you'll do far worse to find those stones. You have a ferocious desire to find all the answers, son, but don't let your search for those stones turn into your personal Tower of Babel. Lex: I'm not trying to get closer to God, Dad. I'm trying to solve the riddles He's laid out for me.

    • Clark: (about the stones) I'm sure they'll end up in the right hands. Lana: I hope so because right now I kind of feel like some random piece of a puzzle I'll never understand. Clark: Well, maybe we're not supposed to understand it just yet. (Lana looks questioningly at him) I get the feeling that our lives are a lot less random than we think.

    • Clark: Seeing you speak Latin and throwing those guys around the room like toothpicks is kind of weird. And even when Isabelle's gone, sometimes I look at you and there's a part of you I don't recognize anymore. (Lana laughs) What?
      Lana: I'm sorry, it's just that... do you know how funny that sounds coming from you?

    • Clark: You know, Lana, I'm not sure we should trust this woman. Maybe we can do this on our own. Lana: I'm sorry, I didn't realize that you spoke fluent Mandarin and knew your way around Shanghai.

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    Notes (9)

    • This episode won a Leo Award for Best Production Design in a Dramatic Series. This episode was nominated for a ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Episodic TV Series.

    • Injoke: In the episode teaser, the news reporter from New York is named Tom Flores. Tom Flores was the associate producer of Smallville in Season 4.

    • Chinese guard babble - most of the phrases shouted made no sense but every once in a while you do hear some Mandarin: hao kan - good looking (referring to Lex); wo da ni - I hit you; zoh - walk (as they push Lex or Jason along)

    • Music: "Hold On" by Newcomers Home, and "Spaghetti Streetwalkers" by Speechwriters LLC.

    • initially worked, providing Lex Luthor's insecured account and password: Lex Luthor and elements.

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    Trivia (17)

    • Where would Isabelle/Lana get the Chinese sorcerer's cloak anyway? She didn't use any magic, but for some reason it's just in the torture chamber.

    • Luthor's scientists went over the cave with a finetooth comb and never found that secret room, back in the "Lionel Luthor searching for the hidden meaning of the caves" episodes. However, with as much natural light streaming in from the top of the chamber (and there's a lot of it) you'd think that maybe, just maybe, one of those scientists would've accidentally stumbled across the secret room by looking though one of the huge cracks on the outside of the cave.

    • Clark says "...seeing you spew Latin and chuck those guys around like matchsticks..." but Clark came in to the torture chamber after those guys were already knocked out and didn't see Lana/Isabelle do anything like that.

    • Joanthan displays no sign of the arm wound from "Krypto," the episode just previously. A wound severe enough that it bit "clean through the bone" would take much more time to heal, and would be a major hindrance.

    • In the torture room we see Lex without a shirt on - there's no sign of the implants he needs for cleansing his blood as seen in "Crusade." clearly showing again that he has no implants on his chest which he needs for cleansing his blood every 72 hours according to his Doctor in "Crusade." What happened to the life-threatening situation of his blood being poisoned by his father which has left him on borrowed time?

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    Allusions (2)

    • Lionel: Don't make this into your own personal Tower of Babel. The Tower of Babel is the universal symbol for human beings reaching beyond their station towards the gods and being punished for it. It comes from an old Babylonian legend about a king who tried to build a tower tall enough to converse with the gods. The story of the Tower of Babel can be found in the book of Genesis in the Bible.

    • Lana: We are definitely not in Kansas anymore.
      In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy (Judy Garland) looks out from her house that was whipped away by a tornado to set down in the Land of Oz and says to Toto (her dog) "We're not in Kansas anymore."

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