Season 2 Episode 21


Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 06, 2003 on The CW
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Lana is haunted by the ghost of a dead friend, Emily, but the "spirit" has connections to Lionel Luthor, who is also scheming to get control of the Indian caves and "help" Lex with his wedding.

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Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk

Lana Lang

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Sam Jones III

Sam Jones III

'Pete' Ross

John Glover

John Glover

Lionel Luthor

Neil Flynn

Neil Flynn

Pete Dinsmore

Guest Star

Jodelle Ferland

Jodelle Ferland

Emily Eve Dinsmore

Guest Star

Jade Unterman

Jade Unterman

Young Lana Lang

Guest Star

Camille Mitchell

Camille Mitchell

Sheriff Nancy Adams

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (25)

    • The shot immediately following the wiping of the fog off of the casket-incubator-pod thing, it is shown to be completely fogged over again, with no traces of it ever having had a little area wiped clear.

    • Trivia: Emily was born January 20, 1986 and died April 14, 1996.

    • How do Clark and Lana know that Mr. Dinsmore is in the hospital, so that it's safe for them to snoop around his house? And why doesn't the new sheriff question why they were in his house to begin with?

    • Clark and Lana went downstairs to get to the little girl's room, then downstairs again to get to the lab. Yet the lab has windows. Unless the house is built on a significant hill (unlikely in Kansas), there's no way a sub-basement could have windows to the outside. Pretending for a moment that the sub-basement could have windows, wouldn't you expect them to be covered over so nobody could spy on the super-secret cloning experiment?

    • Clark gives Lana CPR, but he presses down on her stomach. To correctly administer it as to save lives, you have to press down higher up.

    • Considering that Emily and Clark have almost the same speed and the fact she just moves fast and not exactly did Clark lose her in the graveyard? She walked into a dead-end tomb.

    • So why again did Clark go with Pete to the graves? Seems odd. Doesn't Pete just slow him down? He could just superspeed read all the graves till he finds the right one, plus, it's not like Pete's company is so important to him if he just leaves him there.

    • The scene where Lana falls into the river is messed up. Okay, so when she was 10, she and her best friend fell into a river whose current was too strong and drowned one of them. Yet, Lana falls in with no apparent head trauma and just slowly sinks to the bottom (drowning people don't sink) - the current should have swept her away. Not only that, but how many plants can grow in the middle of a swiftly moving river? None. Obviously the underwater sequence was filmed in a pond (editor's note - or possibly in a studio tank), but still. They had her fall into a swiftly moving current and just sink to the bottom? Also, she was out pretty quickly. I mean, she didn't even attempt to swim, she just went straight to the bottom. Everyone knows how to splash around, even if they can't swim. Also, no bubbles emerge from her mouth, which would happen whether she was conscious or not.

    • There are various real-world physics problems (momentum) that having the ability to move super-fast would cause. For superhero physics they're acceptable, but when Clark swims he speeds through the water without leaving a trail. There's no way he could move that fast through water without disturbing a ridiculous amount of it, enough that the water would be too cloudy to film.

    • Concerning both Emily and Clark, they were moving too fast to be seen, but still, wouldn't folks feel the wind as they move? Or see the disturbed grass? Or get their near-perfect hairdos mussed up?

    • Lionel at the hospital pushes the button for the elevator - the light comes on, but stays on after it arrives, he gets in, and he goes to a different floor.

    • If Emily was cloned and her growth accelerated with kryptonite, how is it Clark could get so close to her without getting ill? You'd think at the very least she'd be heavily irradiated.

    • How does Emily know it's Lana? She comments "You're so big!" but let's face it--the girl who plays the young Lana looks nothing like Kristin Kreuk. How does Emily know it's Lana when Mr. Dinsmore doesn't recognize her? If I saw a version of my best friend 6 years older when I was 10, there's no way in heck I'd know it was him.

    • How many swiftly flowing rivers are there in Kansas? Just out of curiosity, seeing as how a large, freshwater ecosystem seems out of whack in a region primarily flat and grassland. Speaking as someone who knows environments, the Kansas environment sort of clashes with the Vancouver environment, what with Kansas being a lot drier and not quite like Vancouver.

    • When Lana is studying in the Kent's home, there's a fire in the fireplace. How many homes in Kansas light fires in the middle of May? Better yet, how come the weather is nothing like Kansas (all wet, foggy, etc...Kansas is too dry for that, it's more Vancouver weather)?

    • In the graveyard, the rain pours down and Clark is drenched. When he goes to the Talon, however, he is completely dry.

    • Lana seems remarkably uninquisitive as to how Clark found the secret door behind the bookcase. She then watches him open the steel door without touching a single key on the electronic lock, and still she doesn't act like this is even remotely odd.

    • The original Emily appears to have kept an amazingly comprehensive diary for a 10-year old - her clone almost-perfectly replicates the emotional state and memories of the original based on that diary. Yes, the clone says it has memory gaps, but still it sings songs, knows the location of the bridge, and is close enough in speaking patterns and emotions to the original that Lana is convinced. Did Emily make a diary entry like, "Today I sang 'Pocket Full of Posies' and here are the lyrics and the key I sang in."? Or did she just happen to get every mannerism from the home-movie reel?

    • Mr. Dinsmore is awfully quick to blame chromosomal damage for Emily's behavior. Not even getting into the psuedo-science of that, I think he's ignoring the nature vs nurture debate pretty fiercely here. Wouldn't the lack of a childhood be the likely cause for Emily's behavior? In fact, shouldn't her development (i.e., speech, motor control) be retarded? Also, chromosome damage doesn't really alter a person's morals.

    • Did Emily bring her own projector to the theater? Because there's no way she could thread that little home movie reel on your standard theatre projector. (And reading a diary wouldn't tell her how to do it either.)

    • How does Emily go through doors so quickly that they don't seem to move, and without making any noise (like in the hospital with Lex)? At the Kents, Emily leaves and she clearly has to slow down and open the door...but she doesn't do this any other time in the episode.

    • Does Lana really have to ask how somebody could move so fast she couldn't be seen in Smallville, home of the Kryptomutant (tm)?

    • There's no air holes in the bunny box Lionel brings to Emily. (editor's note: maybe Emily in her wacko state would have appreciated a dead rabbit more?)

    • The security at the hospital seems to be even less than that at Lex's mansion. Usually if someone is in a ward in a critical condition you would have to get visitors' permission to see them, especially when the circumstances under which they were stabbed are suspicious . Yet Lex just walks into Emily's father's room with no comment

    • If Emily died in April of 1996, why does everyone keep saying she died SIX years ago? This is 2003, isn't it?

  • QUOTES (7)

  • NOTES (3)

    • The visual effects team of Smallville was recognized by the Visual Effects Society with a 2004 VES Award for Outstanding Compositing in a Televised Program, Music Video or Commercial, for the work they did on this episode.

    • Music: "I'm With You" by Avril Lavigne.

    • Jodelle Micah Ferland (Emily Dinsmore) also appeared earlier this year on the pilot episode of "John Doe." Her role was slightly more normal. Also, in "John Doe," she is dressed as a Fairy princess, much like the young Lana Lang.


    • Theater Film: The House on Haunted Hill
      1958 horror flick directed by schlockmeister William Castle with a flying skeleton gimmick. Later remade in 1999.

    • Lex: If anybody would know about the Seven Deadly Sins, Dad, it would be you.
      One gets the impression this might be a stab at John Glover's role as the Devil in the TV series Brimstone - Glover's last regular TV role. The Seven Deadly Sins are also long time foes of Captain Marvel in the DC mythos, and appeared relatively recently in the JLA/JSA crossover Virtue & Vice.