Season 2 Episode 22

Calling (1)

Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 13, 2003 on The CW
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Dr. Walden comes out of a coma with super-powers and a desire to kill Clark, piquing the Luthors' interest. The spaceship starts talking to Clark, and Helen and Lex prepare for their wedding.

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of smallville dr walden comes out of his coma and starts to start saying the end is coming and lex wantes to know what he is talking about so he askes clark to come and clark pretends to not know what he is talking about . the spaceship has been talking to clark the voice of jer el saying things and the wedding of lex luthor is going to take place in this ep and dr walden starts to go to clarks farm and during the toast he hears something and it drags him away back to the farm and him and walden start to go at each other and dr walden has incredable powers and clark must fight him off and dr walden has the key in his hand at the time and he gets burnt toa krip and the key was sorta melted in his hand and protected the skin of his hand . and lionel luther goes and has the dr send the hand to him.moreless
  • What's Eating Dr. Walden?

    Calling-Dr. Walden comes out of a coma with super-powers and a desire to kill Clark, piquing the Luthors' interest. The spaceship starts talking to Clark, and Helen and Lex prepare for their wedding.

    A great episode that sees all the storylines of the season starting to build up to season finale. The action sequences are great like Dr. Walden's escape from Belle Reeve and his fight scene with Clark. It was stunning seeing all the heat vision shooting, energy throwing and explosions in that scene. But what really drives the episode the building to Jor-El calling out to Clark as Clark begins to start his destiny.

    Then there's the significant moment where Lana and Clark finally become a couple for the first time. It's a romantic and touching moment when in the opening teaser they fianlly give into their affections. Of course, this was before the Clana broke up and got together like a millions times, but this is where it all began and its actually a pivotal scene for both characters. Again, the downside is Choe as she runs off crying after seeing Clark and Lana kissing, she really needs to get over him already! But there is also Lex who steals Clark's blood from Helen's office. It's nice development for Lex to tell Helen the truth proving he does love her, but Helen forgiving Lex at the end seem awkward. I don't know if the writers were trying to show Helen as a really compassionate person or just forshadowing that she wants Lex for other reasons. All and All, "Calling" is a wonderful set up for the finale as it begins to introduce the core of Clark's journey to Superman.moreless
  • Great Episode

    Dr. Walden wakes up from his coma, and tells Lex and Lionel that Clark is an alien that must be destroyed. A romantic encounter between Clark and Lana is quickly dismissed when Chloe finds out they are together. During a rehearsal for Lex and Helen's wedding, Clark hears a strange voice calling from the storm cellar. Lionel Luthor poisons the relationship of Helen and Lex, and Chloe and Clark, but unfortunately he hears the revelations of Dr. Walden to Lex about Clark. "Calling" is certainly one of the best episodes of "Smallville", with the story taking new paths and disclosing new secrets. Apparently Clark will learn more about his origins in the next episode.moreless
  • Dr Walden is back and crazy!

    Dr Walden finally awakes from his coma, full of Kryptonian knowledge and he thinks Clark is going to rule the Earth, needless to say he dies, trying to kill Clark. Got to say how dumb the Luthor's are, the writers dont give their characters enough credit, theres no way Clark could be connected to all that stuff and the caves and they would just sit there getting slightly curious! This is the episode where i forgive Chloe for agreeing to help Lionel - Chloe: (to Lionel) I don't know what your interest is in Clark, but you can take your job offer and shove it down your $1,000 pants.!!! Got to love itmoreless
  • yo encuentro que realemnte ste capitulo fue la caga, me gusto muchoo. ademas deja muy intrigado para ver la sigueinte temporada

    si realmente me encanto mucho asi, a clarck se le ve de un lado distinto mas emocionante todo, y toda la intriga que con el señor en silla de reudas que le cuenta realemnte de donde es, y cuando se entera se intriga tanto por su prosedencia.

    realmente es la mejor serie que existe en el mundo. retoamr la idea de superman fue lo mejor que pudo haber pasado.

    lo unico que queiro es seguir viendo la serie hasta el final. y espero que no termine nunca es muy buena.

    ademas que clarck es muy lindo y lex tambien su forma de ser me encantan los dos!moreless
Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk

Lana Lang

Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Sam Jones III

Sam Jones III

'Pete' Ross

John Glover

John Glover

Lionel Luthor

Rob LaBelle

Rob LaBelle

Dr. Fredrick Walden

Guest Star

David Lewis (IV)

David Lewis (IV)

Dr. Marcus

Guest Star

James Tsai

James Tsai


Guest Star

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Dr. Helen Bryce

Recurring Role

Terence Stamp

Terence Stamp

Voice of Jor-El

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (19)

    • Once again Lex's security is lax, as the doctor escapes after breaking the glass. You would think that security at a top secret lab facility would at least be existent. He does have the scientist there against his will, surely.

    • When Lana is talking to Helen in the Talon about Clark and his secrets, she turns over a cup that is on her tray, in the next scene the cup is already on the table and she is pouring coffee into it. How did it get there?

    • Trivia: The line "The Day is Coming" is said 36 times throughout the course of this episode. 31 of them by Dr. Walden, 2 by Jor-El, 2 by Clark, and 1 by Lex.

    • Professor Walden's cell would presumably have a one-way observation mirror, not a clear sheet of glass (some camera shots of Lex and the doctor are from inside the cell, looking at them through the glass).

    • Before Lionel comes to talk to Chloe, we see her looking at some pictures of her and Clark from Season 1's prom. However, the screen in these shots is widescreen 16:9 format, but when we next see it (and as it has been in every previous episode), it returns to the standard 4:3 format.

    • While Lex and the doctor are watching Walden you can see a shot of the entrance to his cell. You'll notice that the door has the lock on the inside, not the outside. Which isn't very effective.

    • While observing Walden in his cell, a guard (or just the elbow of a guard) can be seen behind Lex and the doctor. However, the guard isn't shown injured or knocked out along with them once Walden escapes.

    • Clark's dialogue implies he's never had anyone make him a birthday cake until Lana does. We're supposed to believe master baker Martha never made a birthday cake for her beloved adopted son in all these years?

    • Why was Chloe invited to Lex's wedding in the episode "Heat" but not invited to his wedding in this episode?

    • Several people thought that Lana should have been able to see the lights from the spaceship in the cellar, but she goes out of the front of the barn and initially the lights are flickering on Clark from the back - Lana is facing the opposite direction from them.

    • What time is it when Chloe comes barging into Clark's barn? There was the reception and the fight, then enough time has passed for Sheriff Adams to investigate the scene and make an initial declaration of cause of death, and the coroner to run an autopsy? So it must be at least midnight. Does she just come in any time she wants to, any time of the day or night?

    • Does Lana drive or what to get around? She doesn't own a car or borrows Chloe's. The Kent farm is out in the rural part of Smallville, and Chloe and Lana live in what looks like a sub-division in the "inner-part" of Smallville, that DOES NOT appear near the farm area. Plus, how did she get from Lex's manor to the Kents? Did she just hike in her spiffy outfit? The Kents didn't give her a ride, since she apparently isn't in the house when they discuss Walden's death.

    • How is it that Chloe has access to the school 24/7? (editor's note - I worked in a school paper in high school and they didn't give me 24 hour access!) And how did Lionel get in the school late at night, given the increased security we saw Principal Reynolds implement at the school last year, and Reynolds' distaste for Lionel?

    • How busy is the Kents' farm? Chloe has a car and you'd think Clark might notice someone pulling up with the headlights and all. Or did Chloe turn off the headlights and coast in?

    • Also, if Clark had to pry the key out of Walden's hand, how'd he manage to do it without getting...well, yucky? Given Sheriff Adam's suspicious nature toward Clark, you'd think she might check for something like that. Or is Clark just that good at covering up forensic evidence?

    • How are the Kents going to explain the propane tank explosion, the fire damage that was enough to kill Walden 30'+ away, and the big Clark-sized hole in the barn to their insurance company? Or do they afford all these repairs themselves?

    • How exactly does the unseen Sheriff Adams think Walden managed to kill himself by blowing up a propane tank with no weapon or explosives, and no fuse despite the fact he is lying a number of yards away?

    • If Clark had to literally pry the key from Professor Walden, wouldn't there be fingerprints or at the very least, damage done to his charred wrist in the process?

    • While we're going on about the state of 'the hand', after Clark took the key from the doctor's hand, why didn't he use his heat vision to burn that part of his palm so it would look like the rest of the body? It doesn't make sense to leave that one part of him intact, especially when it has the shape and the insignias of the key on it, making it clear to Lionel Luthor that someone (most likely someone in the Kent family) took it from the doctor's hand.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Clark: What does it mean? The day is coming when I'll begin my quest to rule?
      Jonathan: We don't know, son. But when and if that day comes, your mother and I both know that you will do the right thing.

    • Clark: I've been looking through every book from Socrates to Shakespeare, trying to find someone who could put into words the way Lex and Helen feel about each other. But what I realized is, there are no words for it. And when you have it you trust it, and you believe in it. Take a chance on it. And you're willing to sacrifice anything to keep it no matter what the cost. To Helen and Lex.

    • Chloe: Right. Well, we better get going. I have ashes to sweep and wicked stepsisters to undermine.

    • Clark: It's just it's not really my birthday. It's just some date that my parents picked off the calendar for the adoption papers.
      Lana: Maybe some of us want to celebrate the day you came into our lives.

    • Chloe: (to Lionel) I don't know what your interest is in Clark, but you can take your job offer and shove it down your $1,000 pants.

    • Clark: Tell you what (Mom) – all the mistakes you made with me, you can spare the baby.

    • Lex: None of us really understands the fairer sex. That's why we're so captivated by them.

    • Lana: You have so many secrets in your life.
      Clark: I know. I just don't want my feelings for you to be one of them.

    • Lionel: Send it to me.
      Coroner: Send you what?
      Lionel: The hand.

  • NOTES (9)

    • Music: "Wastin' My Time" by Boomkat, "In This Life" by Chantal Kreviazuk, "Everything To Me" by Elza, "Telling You Now" by Jessy Moss, and "Signs Of Love" by Moby.

    • Jor-El's wanting Clark to take over the world is actually taken from the six-part Man of Steel comic that was used to restart Superman in '86. But in the comic, him taking over the world was not really important, it was something he thought his son might do if he felt like it, but all he was really worried about was getting his son off of the dying planet Krypton.

    • Presumably last appearance of Dr. Fredrick Walden.

    • In-joke time: Note that Chloe is now using an Alienware computer at the Torch office.

    • As with "Rosetta", the producers and music folks use bits of John Williams work from the Superman movies.

    • Terence Stamp is billed as "Special Guest Star" but at the end credits presumably to keep the element of surprise going.

    • Apparently the voice we hear is that of Clark's biological father Jor-El, according to the end credits. The actor is Terence Stamp, who played General Zod in the first two Superman movies. According to Gough, "We're going to hear Jor-El's voice, and it's going to be an actor who's meaningful to Superman fans. I won't tell you who it is, but any self-respecting Superman fan should be able to name that actor once they hear the voice." Presumably there is no significance other then the in-joke value of Stamp doing Jor-El - the implications of Stamp playing the same character as in the movies and the credits and Gough being deceitful could be interesting...

    • The color codes of Helen and Lex's seating arrangement at the rehearsal dinner are red, yellow, and blue. Which of course are Superman's costume's colors also.

    • Working title - "Awakening"