Season 9 Episode 16


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 09, 2010 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Tess kidnaps Green Arrow and takes him to Amanda Waller, but he escapes before they can reveal who he really is. While investigating Oliver's kidnapping, Clark finds John Jones investigating the kidnapping. Waller then kidnaps and threatens to kill Chloe if Clark doesn't reveal the names and location of the Justice League.moreless

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  • Most Gratuitous Abuse of Slo-mo since 6-Million Dollar Man

    I'm sure they're trying to be clever and hip, but this was just over-the-top stylism that took me out of the story right from the get-go. All the glamor shots and pan-around-the-action is just over-done. Combine that with the freeze-frame, and you have a mess. Only thing that could have made it worse would be a En Media Rez opening... Oh, that's two episodes from now.
  • Another disapointing episode

    Checkmate was just another disapointment in this pretty bad season. The whole checkmate story dose have potential to be intresting but smallville cant seem to pull it of i was also disopointed that Lois didnt appear this week but even her chracter is starting to wear thin, Clark once agian didnt get enough screen time and the wholle Chollie storyline is pretty cringeworthy

    And i even had a issue with the special effects this week which were pretty bizarre.

    However checkmate wasnt did have some good points to. I liked how this episode gave some well deserved screen time to Tess and i liked her and oliver sharing some scene together like they di in season 8. I Really hope next week is better but looking at the quality of previous episodes this year i woudent be suprised if it isnt.moreless
  • Season 9 has some bad episodes that make it look as the worst season yet

    Some episodes of season nine, including this one, give you the feeling that Smallville should have ended earlier and kept its golden performance.

    It starts with slow motion action that makes you feel like watching a useless cheap movie, then forces the whole checkmate story which has a lot of inconsistencies.

    The actors feel unnatural most of the time and everything lacks coherency.

    Clark comes to save Chloe and those odd pauses are used instead of showing a good action animation.

    I really disliked this episode, and how season 9 is directed overall, and truly hope that the old solid Smallville performance re-surfaces in Season 10.moreless
  • another good ep

    in this ep oliver gets kidnaped taking in by checkmate but on the way of being taken in he excapes and slides using the door of the getaway van. and the boss of checkmate was angrey. at her. adn thinks she did it on pupose. and then oliver goes back to watchtower to say what happend. and they tell him to keep a low profile thing is tess meets him there and says he is the green arrow. they go and meet in a room. and he excapes again. but then checkmate then kidnaps both cloe and oliver and he must go there to meet with the leader. and he does and the leader startes to tell him what kind of mistakes he is making. but he gets help from a good source the guy from mars helps him and he saves them both.moreless
  • 916

    A very eventful episode of Smallville. The first thing that went right about this episode was that Erica Durance was absent, this episode has been getting a lot of bad ratings, and I must say, they are undeserved. Sure, this episode started out lackluster with Tess jumping in a secret doorway and putting on a wig, but every scene after was excellent.

    Sure this story arc regarding checkmate isn't the best arc that Smallville has had, but it manages to be very intriguing. I also must say, most of the scenes here were unexpected, and eventful. Who else loved the scene in which Clark saved Chloe? That has been some of the best direction in a while.

    We got great interactions between Clark & Chloe, and we actually felt a sense of sympathy for the infamous Tess Mercer. She has signed up for Checkmate, now she has a death wish. The scenes between Oliver & Tess were wildly amusing, and I enjoyed almost every scene. Overall, a very great well directed episode, and the writing wasn't awful. Very different from the last episode. I've been waiting for this kind of episode all season. Superb episode.moreless
Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Cassidy Freeman

Cassidy Freeman

Tess Mercer

Justin Hartley

Justin Hartley

Oliver Queen/Green Arrow

Jonathan Walker

Jonathan Walker

Dr. Brenner

Guest Star

Timothy E Brummund

Timothy E Brummund

Edward Lott

Guest Star

Jordan Weller

Jordan Weller


Guest Star

Phil Morris

Phil Morris

John Jones

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Towards the end of the episode, when Oliver and Tess are sitting outside a café, the handle on Tess' coffee mug sometimes points to the left and sometimes to the right.

    • In the opening scene, a chessboard is shown, with the white king positioned at the D1 square, which is the white queen's starting position. As the scene shifts showing Waller, the white king is then seen at the E1 square, its own starting position.

    • It's never explained how or why Lott has Tess' chess piece, and yet Clark recognizes it as the exact same piece from her office's chessboard. In fact, given he's a hidden double-agent, holding evidence that would connect him to any other facet of the operation would be a huge breach of protocol for exactly the reason shown here: it incriminates another Checkmate agent.

    • Despite the fact that Lott is established as the high-profile CEO of a corporate manufacturing company, he walks down a dark, dirty alleyway to get to his car that is parked alone on the street.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Amanda: (to the Blur) I must say, I liked your colors better when they were more patriotic.

    • Amanda: I fear for our country's security. That's why I'm recruiting capable people like you.
      Green Arrow: Recruitment! Well, I gotta tell you it feels more like kidnapping than a booth at a job fair.

    • Green Arrow: You could use some conflict resolution. Rule number one--you don't shoot your date. Rule number two--think about your wardrobe choices.
      Lott: You're one to talk.
      Green Arrow: Oh, no, don't get me wrong. I love black on black. It's just really hard to pull off.
      Lott: It's easier than you think.
      Green Arrow: (stunning him) And rule number three--you got to know when to say goodnight.

    • Chloe: You know, unlike some people, Oliver actually follows protocol.
      Clark: What protocol?
      Chloe: Exactly.

    • Amanda: Green Arrow, welcome to Checkmate.
      Green Arrow: I think you've got the wrong Green Arrow. I don't remember signing up for any chess club.
      Amanda: You are a guest of the U.S. government. And the time has come for you to do your patriotic duty.
      Green Arrow: I didn't know Uncle Sam was into drugs and bondage. Kind of gives a whole new meaning to the "I Want You" poster, doesn't it?

    • Amanda: Did you properly secure the detainee?
      Tess: He had a hidden lock pick.
      Amanda: The correct answer is "No, I did not properly secure the detainee!"

    • Chloe: You know, Oliver... now that Green Arrow is officially on Checkmate's radar, I think it might be a good idea for you to hang up your tights for one night. Go civilian.
      Oliver: Well, they're not tights. They're not tights.

    • John: Your preparations for war are unnecessary. You're simply reacting out of fear.
      Amanda: Fear? Fear is what prompts us to protect ourselves. And studying fear gives us insight to others' phobias.

    • Oliver: The only way you'd get me back in here is by force.
      Tess: Don't flatter yourself. The best thing I ever did in this bed was kick you out of it.
      Oliver: Well, look, something out of your mouth I can believe.
      Tess: So it's you. Parading around in tacky green leather.
      Oliver: It was me.
      Tess: I can't believe you wear tights.
      Oliver: They're not tights.
      Tess: Hey.
      Oliver: They're not tights.
      Tess: They look like tights.

    • Oliver: Who knows how many deals were sealed right here?
      Tess: You buried an arrow into my chest, Oliver.
      Oliver: Actually... it was a taser.
      Tess: Well, it bruised.
      Oliver: Better bruised than dead.

  • NOTES (3)