Season 9 Episode 18


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 23, 2010 on The CW
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While investigating the early prison release of ex-District Attorney Raymond Sacks, Lois is threatened by Sacks. While saving Lois, the Blur is caught on camera by someone who tries to sell the photos to Sacks. As they attempt to stop the sale, Lois and Clark encounter Maxwell Lord, a Checkmate agent who also wants the photos. Meanwhile, Chloe learns Zod's true nature.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of smallville it startes out with lousis and cloe talking about how louis plans to eat dinner with clock on top of a building. and she plans to tell clark her secrets and plans to give him a small telicscope. clark and louis meet and he sees her cell and its messges from the blur . clark and louis walk into the daily planet office and they see that there is a new boss and the boss says you two have some type of relations ship and there suppsed to get the story and who ever gets the story one wil still be able to keep there job. and cloe and clark are talking about what clark saw and then he questions louis about it and it leads to a blg blow out and clark and luis go there own way they decide to work seprate louis goes to question the olde mayor who some how got out of jail but no one knows how and he says the blur wont save you and then the blur does but someone takes a picture and cloe and clark find ouut it was zod who was sending the messages to louis and then clark finds out where the old mayor hangs out and then goes there but sees louis danceing from out of a cake and they both get fired and clark at the end deicieds to tell louis in the blurs vocie he wont contact her again.moreless
  • 918

    The Lois and Clark Show continues with this episode. Okay that might be a bit too harsh, but Erica Durance is getting more lines than anyone in the cast, and it's not as she was the strongest link in the cast, so why push her center stage? Oh, that's right, because she's Lois Lane, but I digress. Not a bad episode of Smallville, but like I said before, I feel like I am watching the Lois & Clark Show, with Oliver, Zod, and Tess gone, and Chloe having 3 lines throughout the episode, that's all who's really left. Not only that, but the idea of extracting someone's memories to form a hologram was just absolutely ridiculous, and I'm sorry, but even for Smallville, that was unrealistic. The only thing keeping me watching right now is the Checkmate development and who is the Red Queen.

    Other than that, there really wasn't a scene worth salvaging. Lois & Clark lose their jobs, The "Blur" "breaks up" with Lois after Clark finds out that Zod has been pretending to be the blur. There really wasn't anything else going on, but like I said, the only reason I'm sticking around now is because of the Checkmate arc. Fair episode overall.moreless
  • Former D.A. Ray Sacks is released from prison, while Lois and Clark meet new editor Franklin Stern, who informs them that one of them will be fired. Meanwhile, a tycoon named Maxwell Lord tries to learn The Blur's identity. (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD)moreless

    OK, right off, I loved the episode teaser and how it drew me in by starting off in the middle of the story. I also loved how, even while unconscious, Lois refused to help Maxwell Lord, and I didn't even mind the return of D.A. Sacks. That being said, though, Ray Sacks deserved a better return episode, namely one that didn't introduce us to another character by way of a friend of his. And speaking of Maxwell Lord, he was an okay character, what little he was in it, though at least better than stick-in-the-mud Franklin Stern. However, I'm willing to overlook the flaws because it's such a Clois-laden episode (plus, the image of Clark breaking through Maxwell Lord's image of him was just awesome), and give it nine cell phone photos of The Blur out of ten.

    Highlights -- Lois and Clark running into each other at Sacks's welcome home party; Lois and Clark making out in the elevator; Chloe and Tess snarking at each other; Clark as The Blur saving Lois; Clark rushing to Lois's rescue, while Lois unconsciously resists Maxwell Lord's attempts at finding out The Blur's identity; Lois noticing a reflection of The Blur's S-shield and not turning around; Maxwell Lord meeting the Red Queen; Clark and Chloe discussing his dual relationships with Lois; Clark as The Blur breaking off contact with Lois (sad, but well done); and Lois and Clark's date on the Daily Planet rooftop.moreless
  • Lois and Clark go under cover to write a story sbout the disctrict attorney.

    This episode was awesome. I don't know much about the character Maxwell Lord but I do like the way Gil Bellows potrayed him. The thing with the technology in that scene was a clever idea I thought it was great. Zod and Oliver both gone, didn't tell us what they were doing. YOu figure Zod is trying to devise a plan to stop Clark. Anyway this episode. I like the scene with Chloe and Tess it shhowed that even though she was mean to Chloe that chloe still wants her to be safe. Speaking of those two I think one of them is the red queen. I say Chloe might be because if it were Tess that's what most people would fgure anyway and they didn't show the face in this episode. THe stuff with clark and Lois good as always, i like that they didn;t tell us what she will answer to clark about if he is good enough. I kind of think he isn't, but we will have to wait and see. I'ts good that clakr ended the talks with the blur, so now Lois will stay out of trouble and Zod won't be able to use her. ANyway this episode was cool and I'm excited for next weeks.moreless
  • Great Episode!

    Fantastic episode! This episode actually felt like it belonged in a Superman related show. I love when they focus on Clark, Lois, and classic comic villains!

    For those saying Lois ruins the show, you may as well quit watching. The closer Clark gets to his role as Superman, the more important Lois becomes. She is, after all, the only other character besides Clark/Superman that's still around from comic #1. Lois actually has a reason for being on the show and has done more to move Clark forward than any other current characters. Oliver needs too much help to be much help, Jor-El has gone through too many character changes, Tess and Zod are just the villains, and Chloe is like a hacking, spying babysitter, whereas Lois has actually gotten Clark to man-up and think for himself while giving him a reason to connect and feel. If any current characters are bogging down the storylines, they are Oliver and Chloe who do too many things Clark should be doing for himself.

    Anyway, back to 'Charade' - I love how this episode really shows how different Clark's relationship with Lois is compared to the rest. Lois is the only one who hasn't demanded to know Clark's secret and actually respects his need for secrecy. I also love that Clark actually wants to tell Lois the truth and trusts her in a way he hasn't trusted most others. And even though at the end Clark was questioning Lois' trust in him, I don't think Lois had any trust issues until he started interrogating her about the Blur. Before that she was just respecting the Blur's request for secrecy and trying to protect Clark. I'm curious to see where they take the triangle for two from here, especially since Lois lost the DP and the Blur on the same day. Clark and Lois clearly have some things to work on, but I like how mature their relationship is overall.

    Sacks is a great over-the-top baddie, and I like how they set up the Maxwell Lord storyline. Should be interesting to see how things work out between the Black King, White Queen, and Red Queen. I really hope Checkmate and Intergang are the "big bads" for next season because there are so many interesting stories possible with them!moreless
Blu Mankuma

Blu Mankuma

Franklin Stern

Guest Star

Dylan Neal

Dylan Neal

Ray Sacks

Guest Star

Mark Gibbon

Mark Gibbon


Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Lois punches Clark to destroy the pizza boy's phone, you can clearly see that the phone is off before it is even smashed.

    • Just before Lois is abducted, she is leaning against the alleyway wall on her right side. Later when Chloe shows Clark the video footage from above, Lois is leaning against the wall on her left side.

    • The two scenes of Lois coming out of the cake that are supposed to be the same scenes are clearly different. In the first one, she puts her hand on her hip then her hand under her chin and then blows a kiss. In the second one, she wraps her hand around her waist and blows a kiss straight away.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Tess: The Kandorians? You'll see Chloe, they're better as allies than enemies. Clark gets that. Why don't you and Oliver?
      Chloe: Clark optimistically thinks that Zod will be happy wearing an apron and slinging coffees. We don't. Especially, now that he has powers.
      Tess: We? As in you and Green Arrow? Chloe, I get what you see in your heroes. But what do they see in you?

    • Stern: Let me guess. You two have a lovers' spat?
      Lois: Clark and I don't spat. There was no spatting.

    • Lois: Chloe, can you believe it? I'm early.
      Chloe: No, Lois, "early" is when you arrive at your destination by a set time. Not when you can see it from seven blocks away.

    • Chloe: Hey! Do you ever check your voicemail?
      Clark: Looks like someone missed breakfast in bed with Oliver this morning.
      Chloe: I'm not here to talk about my love life.
      Clark: That makes two of us.

    • Chloe: Tess. I thought you were supposed to be underground. You know, if you're having a hard time finding your way there, I'm sure I could help.

    • Maxwell Lord: Even unconscious... her mind protects memories of you.
      Clark: Maybe (Lois) doesn't have any.
      Maxwell Lord: Or maybe the connection between you two... is stronger. Stronger than the fear that binds you with the others. Stronger... because of love.

    • Lois: (to the Blur) You're here. I--I can't know who you are. I'd give anything to see your face... to know your name. But you can't protect us if we know who you are. I understand that now.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Callum Blue and Justin Hartley are credited but don't appear.

    • Injoke: One of the criminals that was released from prison, Rick DeGroot, is named after the show's assistant accountant, Ric De Groot.

    • Maxwell Lord
      Maxwell "Max" Lord first appeared in Justice League #1 (May 1987). An enigmatic multi-millionaire and financier, Lord secretly funded Justice League International, helping it to gain support from the UN. Lord used a number of shady means to achieve his ends and later gained the superhuman ability to influence minds. he was later revealed as working for a villainous group, Arcana, that were behind at least one incarnation of the Royal Flush Gang. Lord was dying of brain cancer and transferred his consciousness into a robotic body. Since then, he regained a human body, joined Checkmate, and used his powers to turn Superman into a killer. Realizing there was no way to stop him short of murder, Wonder Woman broke Lord's neck. As of the time this episode premiered, Lord had been resurrected by the White Lantern force for unknown reasons.

    • Music: A Story of Us (Chris Lind)

    • International Airdates:
      Sweden: September 24, 2010 on TV6
      UK: September 28, 2010 on E4/E4 HD
      Turkey: May 29, 2011 on CNBC-e
      Norway: June 12, 2011 on Max
      Czech Republic: October 20, 2011 on TV Nova


    • Chloe: What is it exactly about a telescope that merits 76 trombones and a big parade?
      Referencing the 1957 Broadway musical by Meredith Wilson, made into a movie in 1962. Con man Harold Hill rolls into the small town of River City, Iowa, and convinces the townsfolk to donate money so he can buy band instruments and uniforms. He has no intent of doing so, but falls in love with a librarian before he can flee with the money. The musical's signature song is 76 Trombones, with the line, "76 trombones led the big parade..."

    • Sacks: You're extracting their memories with this whole Jedi "mind control" thing.
      Referencing the Jedi Knights seen in the Star Wars franchise movies. The Jedi have access to the Force, which allows them to manipulate the weak-willed by verbally telling them what to say and think. The command is typically accompanied with a wave of the hand. The best-known example is Obi-Wan Kenobi saying "These are not the droids you're looking for," and a stormtrooper repeating, "These are not the droids we're looking for.