Season 4 Episode 1


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 22, 2004 on The CW
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Clark returns to Smallville as Kal-El - intent on fulfilling his destiny, he goes after a powerful Kryptonian crystal that Lex has obtained in Egypt. Meanwhile, newcomer Lois Lane arrives in Smallville to look into the death of her cousin Chloe, and Lana returns from Paris with a new boyfriend. Jonathan lies in a coma after the events of last year's season finale and Lionel must deal with his new life in prison.moreless

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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

Margot Kidder

Margot Kidder

Bridgette Crosby

Guest Star

Ona Grauer

Ona Grauer

Dr. Gabrielle Vaughn

Guest Star

Dan Joffre

Dan Joffre

Hospital Receptionist

Guest Star

Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Lois Lane

Recurring Role

Rekha Sharma

Rekha Sharma

Dr. Harden

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (20)

    • When Lana is in the French cathedral, she uses a pencil and a large sheet to make her drawing on the sculpture. It is highly unlikely for nuns or the curator of the place to allow such a thing, since it can badly deteriorate the piece of art.

    • When Jason starts knocking on Lana's door, the clasp from the door chain is all the way to the left. The camera cuts to Lana in bed. When it cuts back to the door, the clasp is now all the way to the right.

    • Chloe left the message for Clark on her computer in case she was murdered... in the middle of her high school, in the Torch office, where she is known to spend a great deal of time. If someone wanted her dead, the first thing they would do is get rid of any evidence, so wouldn't she try and be a bit more discreet, seeing how it doesn't seem she was in a hurry to record the message?

    • There is a snow pattern on the Quicktime player after Chloe's message to Clark finishes. She would have recorded in on a camcorder, so there wouldn't be any snow pattern, it would be a blue or black screen. The only way there could have been is if she recorded it, put it on VHS, then copied it back onto a DV tape, then transferred it back onto her computer, but there's no reason for her to do this.

    • Lex had two security guards in black suits with him in the tomb at the beginning of the episode. However, they weren't in the truck with him later, nor on the jet.

    • Trivia: According to Chloe's gravestone, she was 17. (1987-2004).

    • When Clark is finally free from Kal-El, Jonathan immediately jumps into an upright sitting position. This is obviously unexpected for the hospital staff, as Jonathan is most definitely brain-dead. So how come the nurse runs into the room, and is there before Jonathan is even completely upright? I mean, she would have to be standing directly outside the door, simply waiting for any sign of movement, and prepared to just dash right in.

    • At 20,000 ft. in the air, why would a pilot assume that a blip on the radar (that's apparently traveling faster than Lex's jet), is first a bird and a plane second?

    • The recorded message that Chloe left on her computer shows the Apple Quicktime player running on a Mac OS X system, the only problem being that the "green" computer she uses is in fact an Alienware system. Even if it's not an Alienware, no Apple manufactured computer looks like that.

    • This episode claims that Lana's birthday is in August. But in "Craving" her birthday was later in the fall during football season.

    • If Kal-El is a full Kryptonian with all the powers his father can give him, shouldn't he have the power to fire disintegration beams from his hands? Kara (in the previous episode, last season) displayed that ability, along with flight. It seems that it would have been a good idea for Kal to disintegrate part of the plane, or fry Martha when she shows up in the cave, or some time throughout the episode.

    • Kristin Kreuk's body double in the shower scene is noticeably... larger then the actress herself. They must have hired the same one they had on "Nicodemus".

    • Shouldn't the archaeologists, or tomb thieves, or whatever the guys at the beginning are, be a lot more careful about pulling an ancient relic out of a wall? Lex probably wouldn't be happy if they broke it with their rough handling.

    • Supposing this occurred at 20,000+ feet, when Kal-El rips open Lex's plane, the depressurization would have suffocated anyone aboard in a matter of seconds.

    • At the hospital, Clark is standing in the doorway with people walking by during the "you can fly" conversation with his dad. Isn't this a very odd place to be talking about this - especially with how dead-set on secrecy Jonathan Kent has always been.

    • There wouldn't be anything left of Chloe to bury so why is Clark surprised that there is nothing in the grave? And why does he blurt it out to Lois standing 8' away (apparently he's going to have to explain it to her in the next episode, but it still seems like a dumb thing to do).

    • Lois doesn't seem to care about Chloe's father - isn't he someone to care about as well? She doesn't even put flowers on his grave.

    • During the French scenes, we see a sign that says, "Grocerie." It should say, "Epicerie."

    • During the French scenes, the street sign that reads, "3e arrondissement - Rue du Bastille" should say, "4e arondissement - Rue de la Bastille."

    • When Lana is in the shower, you can see steam billowing up around her just as she turns it on. Water can't get that hot, that fast.

  • QUOTES (16)

  • NOTES (12)

    • This episode was nominated for a 2005 VES Award for Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Broadcast Program.

    • The exterior footage of church shown where Lana and Jason enter is the famous cathedral Notre Dame although it is not named and the internal scenes are filmed elsewhere.

    • For those wondering if that is really Tom Welling's naked body during the opening "born from the lightning" scene. Erica Durance makes it fairly obvious that it really is him in the DVD commentary.

    • In the comics Dr. Bridgette Crosby is a scientist at S.T.A.R. Laboratories who works with kryptonite.

    • You can see Lana's tattoo on the cave wall. Martha gets thrown at it when Clark defeats Kal-El.

    • Five Superman references: When the lightning is dissipating in the corn field, there is the image (albeit crude) of an "S" inside the familiar pentagon of Superman's chest shield; the colors that light up the cave wall are red, blue, and yellow; the blanket that Lois gives Clark is the exact color of red of the Superman cape; and the Superman "S" can clearly be seen on the Sphinx-ish figurine that Lex finds underground; When Lana does the charcoal rubbing of the "Warrior Woman" in the church, the shield the warrior is carrying is in the shape of Superman's famous chest-emblem - the symbol inside the shield (which becomes the mysterious tattoo on Lana's back) is a stylized "S."

    • Allison Mack does not appear in the opening credits or is credited at all (presumably to keep the audience believing she's dead and won't be showing up again), and only appears in the episode itself via a pre-recorded tape.

    • Music: "Better Days Will Come" by Tahiti 80, "Plus Pres De Moi" by san.drine.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Black Kryptonite, not only in this series but in the entire Superman universe as well.

    • Margot Kidder of course played Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in the four Superman movies. Her "in another lifetime" comment alludes to the fact the characters were lovers.

    • Erica Durance is listed as "Special Guest Star" for her first appearance here, and will continue to be in her future appearances.

    • Sam Jones III no longer appears in the opening credits. Jensen Ackles is now listed fourth as a regular. Updated credits include new and additional footage, primarily from the previous season.


    • Lois: Give me a geek with glasses any day.
      This is an allusion to the role Lois has played in all of the previous incarnations of the Superman stories as Clark Kent's love interest after he arrives in Metropolis as "mild mannered Clark Kent," reporter for the Daily Planet.

    • Kal-El: Arriving in lightning
      Clark-as-Kal-El arrives naked in a bolt(s) of lighting and talks and walks robotically.
      This is an reference to the first and third Terminator movies.

    • Pilot: What is it? A bird? A plane?
      A reference to the famous line used by earthbound citizens when trying to identify Superman up above.

    • Clark: Flying
      In one of the scenes, Clark ducks down for a second, and then jumps up flying into the air, arms thrown back. Anyone who has watched The Matrix: Reloaded knows this reference. Neo does the exact same thing when he's about to take off.