Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton
Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor
When the guards caught Lex trying to leave to help Clark, they gave him a shot in the neck. He was moving around quite a bit and so was the needle that was in his neck. A needle that far into the neck would cause considerable damage if moved like that.
When Clark rips the fence open, it is easy to see the weaving of "fake fence" down the line he rips.
The guards at the asylum use a tazer gun to stop Lex as he attempted to escape. In the next shot of Lex on the ground, the wires that were connected to the gun that tazed him have disappeared.
At 26:30 while Lex is getting hit, there is a black object stuck to the camera in the upper right of the shot. It is visible several times until 27:15.
Near the beginning of the episode, Lex says "I know your secret", but when Lionel is playing it back at the end of the episode, he says "I know your secret, Clark".
The "maximum security" asylum has double doors to Lex's cell, but they open together. The whole point of two sets of doors is that only one opens at a time for security reasons.
When Clark got his powers back from Eric by using the kryptonite and electricity, why didn't the kryptonite, at the very least, hurt Clark's hand or something?
Lex tells Clark "That car hit you at 60 mph and you tossed it like a toy." When did Clark "toss" a car in front of Lex?? A car hit him in "Shattered," and he pushed it away some distance. But "tossed" is a pretty serious exaggeration.
Clark acts like he didn't know Pete was all stressed out about keeping his secret, even though in "Ryan", Ryan told Clark that Pete was stressed out about it.
Eric slams Clark into a bunch of extremely heavy gas cans with full super-strength - that kind of impact would kill most people. They wouldn't be getting up and crawling or walking immediately afterward.
How does Eric know how his "power" works so assuredly? The last time he used the rock, on a dam, in daylight, with "natural" electricity. Here, without any previous experimentation (on who?) he figures out that he can recreate the accident by running a building's generated electrical current through him and Clark in the darkened basement of a building. Despite the fact a couple of potentially key factors differ here, he seems 100% sure it'll work.
At the end of the episode, Lionel replays a video over, and over, suggesting that the security staff has gone over all the videos with Clark in them with a fine toothed comb. Why is it then, that they failed to catch Clark ripping the metal restraining cage off of Lex when there is clearly a camera present. (They, in fact, seem to go out of their way to make the presence of the camera in Lex's cell obvious). This seems especially funny, since all the orderlies wonder how Lex got out of his cell again (so one would think they would have checked the camera).
Psychotropic meds wouldn't (or at least shouldn't) be administered without closer supervision to assure they're actually being taken.
A modern psychiatric institution would never have so many patients in a common area at the same time, allow visitors to wander around without escort, or have such an easily accessible balcony.
Presumably Ian, Eric, and Van are minors. Unless all of them were tried as adults and then found innocent by reason of insanity, it seems really unlikely that they would all end up in the same facility as Lex or any other adult psychiatric patient.
Even by comic-book physics standards, Eric's power is a little unfeasible. As we found out in "Perry," Clark's powers are charged by the sun. So...when Eric did his kryptonite/electricity/power-switch thing, did he also get all the solar energy in Clark's body? Seems like the power exchange would be a lot more violent and heat-like. But if he didn't, how did he get a "charge" since he was in a basement at night? In his first appearance, Eric didn't manifest his powers right away (that we saw) so that makes a little more sense if the solar energy doesn't get transferred, but not here. Also, Eric's power apparently changes his entire physiology - making him kryptonian (and gaining a weakness to kryptonite) and making Clark human (losing his weakness). That's more then just power-transferring - it's molecular alteration at a fundamental level!
Martha seems really, really out of character here. In the preceding episode she advised Clark not to see Lana to protect her. Now, here, she's telling Clark to go visit Lana, his healthy ex-girlfriend with 50+ people at her welcome-home party rather then Lex stuck alone in his manor after intense electroshock therapy.
Belle Reve must be the most insecure "maximum security" facility and/or insane asylum around. Such places don't give patients nice pointy paintbrushes or let them have an unmonitored weight room. They also don't let patients, even (presumably) trustees, wander into other people's cells.
At one point Tom Welling accidentally says "Bellevue" rather then "Belle Reve," when he's in Chloe's office and the two of them talk. (Close-captioning confirms the line should have mentioned "Belle Reve.")
After Lex's electroshock treatment the doctor takes the rubber mouthpiece out of his mouth. In the next scene with Lionel the rubber mouthpiece is back in Lex's mouth
So...doesn't Aunt Nell care anything about Lana? Her niece and adopted-daughter is badly hurt, goes through weeks/months of excruciating therapy...and she can't show up enough to warrant a mention?
Is it really very smart for Pete to have a big discussion with Clark about keeping Clark's secret...in Chloe's office?
So...why would Eric possibly remain silent about Clark having super-powers now? You'd think Lionel would check Eric's background, find out he briefly had super-powers, be interrogating Eric pretty closely, and maybe even offer him something in return for Eric helping him. But you can bet that we won't see Eric again...and if we do, he probably won't have said anything about Clark.
Presumably the Ian we see here is the survivor at the end of "Dichotic." But...nobody seems to be aware of the fact Ian can copy himself at will. Both Chloe and Lana witnessed two Ians. But there's no indication anyone is monitoring Ian - his potential for being sneaky and splitting off a second body to do whatever he wants while his "main" body is being monitored seems endless. Wouldn't Clark and Pete have told someone? Or someone somewhere put things together from the fact Ian never had a twin brother on record but Chloe and Lana reported the existence of twins?
As with "Dichotic," it's not very clear what Ian does with his clones. It seems as if there should still be one running around the prison, but presumably we'll never hear about this again.
It's a little iffy if Eric Summers is a "meteor freak" as he is repeatedly identified here (and never was in "Leech"). It's true that he gains Clark's power through an energy burst passing through kryptonite like many meteor freaks, but...Eric doesn't actually "gain" any power, and there's no indication other "meteor freaks" can have their powers so easily reversed or undone. There's no indication he has a power-draining power either. For that matter, there was nothing in "Leech" to show that Eric's situation was unique, and that anyone who was involved in the same accident as Eric and Clark wouldn't have got Clark's powers.
Clark wipes blood from the healed cut on his face, only to have it reappear when he watches Lionel talking to Lex, just after he underwent electroconvulsive therapy.
In the whole "who didn't visit Lana" spirit...what about her birth father? We haven't seen him at all this season, and now would seem as good of a time as ever for him to visit his daughter who has her leg broken in 4 different places.
Ian: Do you feel any different?
Eric: (throws Clark across the room) Does that answer your question? Welcome back to being normal, Clark. Kinda sucks, doesn't it?
Adam: Would you believe me if I told you I was a nice guy once, with no issues?
Lana: Nice guys normally have the most issues.
Lionel: It's sad to see a man who's lost his mind. But it's tragic when he's convinced himself that he's sane.
Ian: I know I've made some mistakes in the past ... but I'm better now.
Lex: And I'm happy for you ... both of you. Now take your little cart and go sucker someone else with a bank account.
Asylum Attendant: (to Clark) Jeez, kid, you seem to know a lot of people in here.
Chloe: Nothing says 'I love you' like a $1.50 piece of cardboard.
Martha: I heard they're having a "Welcome Back" party for Lana at the Talon. Why don't you go?
Clark: You never quit, do you?
Martha: It's called tough love.
Lex: You know, Clark, there is one thing I'll never forget.
Clark: What's that?
Lex: How important your friendship is to me.
Ian: Well, if isn't Ku Klux Van.
Martha: You know, you can save the whole world, Clark, but you've got to take care of your heart too.
First appearance of Ian Somerhalder as Adam Knight.
Music: "Future Proof" by Massive Attack, and "So Far Away" by Staind.
Last appearances (presumably) of Lorena Gale as Dr. Claire Foster and Jesse Metcalfe as Van McNulty. This is the second "reversal" for the Foster character - in the comic books she's good rather then evil/immoral, and despite what happens here, in the comics she is a part of the adult Superman's life.
One of the headlines on a newspaper on Ian's cart mentions a "Themyscrian Queen Addre... ... tican" - an in-joke reference to Wonder Woman of DC Comics. Presumably it should say "Addresses the Vatican" or some such. It's also presumably a deliberate in-joke as we hopefully won't be seeing Wonder Woman or hearing of a mythical super-powered Amazon meeting with the Pope at the Vatican.
When Lex starts his painting in the day room, other inmates are watching a Road Runner cartoon in the background. Road Runner is a Loony Tune, which is produced by Warner Studios...which also runs DC Comics.
Orderly: Get up, Curly.
The orderly, when speaking to Lex, is of course talking about another famous bald guy, Curly of The Three Stooges.
Adam: The Midwich Cuckoos.
The book Adam is reading in his hospital bed is The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham, which was later adapted into the movie remake of Village of the Damned. The John Carpenter remake was one of the last movies Christopher Reeves (Superman, Dr. Swann) starred in before his accident.
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