Season 4 Episode 9


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 17, 2004 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Lex is accused of killing a young woman and Clark turns to Lionel for help. Meanwhile, Lana has a dream of her ancestor and a mysterious second woman - a dead ringer for Jason's mother Genevieve, who arrives to visit her son and his new girlfriend.

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  • Who Framed Lex Luthor?

    Bound-Lex is accused of killing a young woman and Clark turns to Lionel for help. Meanwhile, Lana has a dream of her ancestor and a mysterious second woman - a dead ringer for Jason's mother Genevieve, who arrives to visit her son and his new girlfriend.

    As brilliant as most Lex-centered episodes are, "Bound" is probably the one exception! The problem isn't Lex or Micheal's performance, it that the episode is quite predictable and drags to no end. After the opening teaser, you pretty much know how the episode will pan out. "Lex is innocent, Clark will have to investigate, the real killer turns up and Clark saves the day", which is exactly how the episode turns out. We already know Lex is a playboy/ womanizer and that little development came as no surprise. Also, the twist with the look-a-like being the killer felt like the same twist in "Zero" in Season 1. Lex's guilty, Lex tries to prove his innocent, we already know, so you really don't care about the storyline.

    In more interesting sub-plot news, Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman) make her first guest appearence on the series as Jason's mother, Genevieve Teague. The development that Genevieve has a connection with Isabelle and it wasn't a conicedence that Lana and Jason met is intriguing little plot twist. Yet at the same time, Jensen and Jane don't really convince as mother and son making their scene slightly awkward. Then there's some nice interaction between Clark and Chloe. I loved their elevator scene where they're in a sexy position and people about to go on the elevator are disgusted, lol. But the most interesting part of the episode is Clark's superspeed save at the end. I love how he used his jacket to create a mini-whirlwind to put out the fire. At least we can look for some entertaining special effects to make up for these dull episodes. All and All, "Bound" bores to no end and it's nothing but a shadow compared to the better Lex episodes of the series.moreless
  • The past catches up with Lex as he's framed for murder, bringing Clark and Chloe into the mystery. Lana realizes she has been seeing Jason's mother in a foreboding dream.

    At a Luthorcorp cocktail party in Metropolis, host Lex spots an alluring lady and pursues her into a no-questions-asked (not even her name) tryst. She turns up very dead the next morning in his lair, leading to some real bad publicity for him. Lex tells Clark that he suspects Lionel is behind the crime, even though Lionel continues to serve time in a prison. Clark visits Lionel, who reveals to Clark that he has been cured of a fatal liver disease, but Lionel can see darkness in Lex, too, and asks Clark to help Lex find the truth about the murder.

    Lana continues to have bad dreams about her French witch ancestor and another woman, played by renowned actress Jane Seymour. Martha is working in the Talon, as Genevieve Teague (Seymour) visits - she's the woman Lana dreamed about, and she's Jason's mother. Here's another complication in her love life that Lana would rather not have.

    Clark and Chloe seek the murdered woman's car, and Clark goes to the owner's address - oops, Lex is already there disposing of evidence that the deceased Eve Andrews was stalking him. Can Clark trust either Lex or Lionel? Chloe turns up clues that Lex was involved with two different women. His attorney quits the case over his numerous indiscretions, including with her. Again with Chloe, Clark finds a diamond earring lost by Eve in an elevator with Lex.

    Lex then finds his attorney dead - and who is there but the stalker herself - spurned by Lex in his shady past, but he doesn't even remember her. She was the murderer, not the victim. She has been plotting revenge, and Lex is fit to be tied, to a chair. Clark and Chloe, always good detectives, discover the name of the diamond earring purchaser - Shannon, from the office of Lex's attorney. She's about to burn Lex into a little circle at the mansion when Clark speeds over and extinguishes both the fire and Shannon with some quick fire-fanning. No one sees this save, and Clark isn't hanging around to provide details.

    Lana tells Jason about his mother's visit - he calls his mom a manipulator and control freak, and Lana confesses that she had seen Genevieve in her dream. Much more on this storyline later.

    In the first epilog, Lex visits Lionel in prison - no longer sure Lionel was framing him - what does Lionel want? "To be your father." Plea refused. In epilog two, Lex sees Clark and seems to have some regrets, and sees he has a second chance - if Clark doesn't give up on him. Jason meets his mother, and now he wonders if he met Lana in Paris by chance, or is Genevieve behind that? And off she goes in a black Mercedes.

    The introduction of a new character and some background on her and Jason makes this a fairly significant episode, even though the rest is pretty standard bad-guy Lex, rescuer-Clark scripting. Re-run rating B-.moreless
  • Great Episode

    Lex Luthor has one night stand with an unknown woman, and on the next morning, the hotel maid finds the woman slaughtered in the same bed as Lex. Clark Kent decides to help Lex, with the support of Lionel Luthor, who seems to be another man and gives good hints to Clark. Meanwhile, Lana Lang has a horrible nightmare with Countess Margaret Isobel Tharow on the stake and a fourth witch in the middle of the crowd. On the next day, Jason's mother Genevieve Teague (Jane Seymor) meets Lana in the Talon, and surprisingly she seems to be the same witch.moreless
  • The full Rosenbaum

    Even though Michael has been pivotal in 4 seasons of gameplay, this episode shines al by itself. The writers did outdo them because not only is this episode riddled with clues into the miond of Lex, it also showes a more refined Lex in the way that he can make other feel clueless over his state of mind. You will fin the answers at the end and i will not state them here, but there was more to this episode then meets the eye. The mind of Lex plays us a kaiser soze i found very well done.

    There is another side entirely. The side of those who pray on the Lex. Most of us know what Lex will become, and we are watching with baited breath on how he gets there. In the first 3 seasons we saw the blame with his fahter, but after this episode do you still believe that? Perhaps Lex has a door we will not see for at least another 3 seasons.moreless
  • Great episode.

    Lex is accused of killing a girl, Clark helps out by asking Lionel for assistance from prison. Lana dreams of a woman who has a link to Jason's mother Genevieve. This episode shows a lot of stuff from different characters, this episode is rich in characters and all of them are explored without looking convuluted. This is one exciting episode, I really had a good time watching this one. The writers made another very exciting episode, there's action and adventure, something expected from Smallville. The Lex character gets twisted again so we get to explore why that character is so enigmatic. Great episode.moreless
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

Jensen Ackles

Jensen Ackles

Jason Teague

John Glover

John Glover

Lionel Luthor

Claudette Mink

Claudette Mink

Corinne Hartford

Guest Star

Cobie Smulders

Cobie Smulders

Shannon Bell

Guest Star

Mark Acheson

Mark Acheson

Magistrate Wilkins

Guest Star

Jane Seymour (I)

Jane Seymour (I)

Genevieve Teague

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • When Clark saves Lex it is seen from his perspective when at super-speed, so everything else appears frozen. After he saves him the scene goes back into normal speed however it's clear that Michael Rosenbaum (Lex) was under the impression that it was meant to still be in "Clark-time". We see Clark as a blur when he runs out but Lex remains completely still. Before Clark ran in Lex was struggling to get out of the chair and in the following shot he is again moving.

    • How did Clark get the diamond earring from the elevator shaft? He might have used his super-powers but it would have been rather awkward even at superspeed.

    • The newspaper headline at the end says Lex was acquitted of a "double homicide." Professional newspapers use that term to refer to two murders that occured at the same time and place, not two murders spread out over several days and in different locations. Also, you can't be acquitted if you never go to trial.

    • Once again the penitentiary visiting system is unbelievably wide open considering convicted murderers are kept here (and a riot recently happened, in "Transference"). Plus, Clark gives Lionel the diamond earring. Visitors don't get to give imprisoned convicted murderers jewelry, even just to examine.

    • When Clark is telling Chloe about the car he had found at the hotel, Chloe is holding the newspaper. But in the next scene the paper is no longer in her hands and she later picks it up from a nearby table.

    • The alcohol fire is incorrect in several regards. Most spirits don't burn very well and those that do are not that clean. Alcohol/liquor fires are also nowhere near hot enough to do the amount of damage to the floor that we see after Clark leaves.

    • Lex's implants for cleaning his blood every 72 hours are missing when he is in the bed.

    • Lex comments that he never gets the names of the girls he sleeps with, and yet both Lex and Lionel send these girls diamond earrings by courier as a way of ending their "relationships". If they don't know these girls' names, then how do they find their addresses?

    • Once again we see that Clark has telescopic vision, although it has never been previously established or specifically stated in any way, shape, or form.

    • When Clark is in the barn towards the end he looks out into a clear sky, when the scene goes to Jason getting in the car its pouring rain out.

    • As is often the case, the whole legal situation is tossed out the window. Why would Clark knocking out the killer mean that Lex was cleared of all charges? Unless she was stupid enough to confess, or there was some inconvenient unmentioned evidence they don't bother to show the audience, the woman either would not be convicted of the murders (although she'd be in trouble for assault on Lex), or Lex would still be under suspicion. Nothing happens in the last few minutes of the episode to clear him of the charges, and yet they're inexplicably dropped.

    • The killer knocks out Lex, hard, by hitting him in the chin with a metal weapon. But when he wakes up three hours later, his chin is unmarked.

    • So how did the killer knock out Lex, haul him down the elevator, and toss him into a car, all by herself? And why? There seems no reason she couldn't kill him in the private office in Metropolis, much less why would she establish via the manor security (what manor security? :) ) that she was ever there with him. "Because this is where it all happened" seems a pretty feeble reason even for a psychotic to take such chances on incrimianting themselves.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (2)


    • Chloe: Let's skip through all the Zalman King....
      Referencing the director of erotic movies which a few times include sex scenes in elevators.

    • Chloe: Its Lilliputian.
      Referencing Jonathan Swift's 1726 novel Gulliver's Travels, where the traveler Lemuel Gulliver meets the little people of Lilliput in the first of the four books detailing Gulliver's travels to strange lands. Chloe used the term to refer to the small of the serial number.

    • Chloe: Lionel Luthor goes all Hannibal Lecter...
      Referencing the serial killer created by novelist Thomas Harris and played primarily by Anthony Hopkins in the movies Red Dragon (the remake), Silence of the Lambs, and Hannibal.