Season 7 Episode 4


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 18, 2007 on The CW
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Dr. Curtis Knox says he can "cure" someone from being a "meteor freak," changing their lives. Chloe takes an interest in this, but Dr. Knox may have another secret. Meanwhile, Kara makes an alliance with Jimmy while Lana secretly watches Lex.

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  • Gotta love Dean Cain

    I love this episode for a lot of reasons, but no reason higher than Dean Cain. Next to Christopher Reeve, Cain played one of the most popular incantations of Superman, ever. His mere appearance in the episode is iconic and nostalgic. Just seeing both Clarks in the same room together makes you ignore the fact that the plot itself could be better. Dr. Knox is a very interesting character, but he is very poorly developed. There was a lot of promise there that they could have evolved throughout the season, but a special guest spot is just a special guest spot in the end.

    Mostly, its not the plot - it's the character progression for Chloe, as she battles her true identity, feeling self-conscience about being a meteor freak, and what that means for her racist boyfriend, Jimmy. So - good character development and one of the best guest stars in a long time makes this a very decent episode.moreless
  • This was a so-so episode

    This episode was much better than "Fierce", but it still lacked everything else. Another person killing meteor freaks. When are the writers going to go to another direction. But he's not an ordinary meteor freak because he can live forever--big whoop! Did these too many times. I like how Dean Cain and Tom Welling (the two Clarks) battled it out, but as always, two seconds later the fight was over. If next week's episode is like these past few episode, I swear I will start watching FOX or CBS or any other station on TV that has good writers and good episodes.moreless
  • Chloe pursues a treatment to "Cure" meteor powers, with a loss-of-memory side effect. Clark is warned about Kara by John Jones, and she begins to search for her missing crystal, with Jimmy's help.moreless

    Chloe spots an old acquaintance in the Talon - it's Sasha from way back in Season One, the girl with the bee swarm. This time she's played by look-alike Jovanna Huguet, but it's only a brief part. She doesn't remember her past, but tells Chloe that she's had a brain operation to remove her powers, and lost six years of her memory. Alone in a dark alley at night (when will they ever learn?), she is knocked out by the very doctor who treated her - Curtis Knox, played by Dean Cain. I was a bit slow on the uptake, not noticing his handkerchief with the "CK" monogram at first.

    Out at the farm, John Jones suddenly appears to warn Kara to stay away from Kal-El, his eyeballs red with anger. Kara has a history with John from Krypton, where he forced her family from their homes - Kara speeds out. Lana must be feeling a little left out at this point, with all these aliens having their differences. I have to wonder how John gained powers similar to those of the off-world folks, and wound up traveling to Krypton? Again he warns Clark of the danger of Kara finding her crystal, lost in the ship explosion in last season's finale.

    Dr. Knox is at the mansion to see Lex - who has hired Knox after learning of his cures for the meteor-infected. Knox has done unauthorized testing on the subjects of the surgery, and three are missing - Knox denies involvement. Lex of course, supported the memory loss suffered by his test subjects, to protect himself. In his baroque suite in Metropolis, Knox has a comatose woman being kept alive by various tubes and cylinders of green fluids. Sasha is there, about to be a surgical guinea pig, without anesthesia, so Knox is a modern-day Frankenstein, only worse, because he uses live organ donors.

    Chloe breaks a date with meteor-freak-averse Jimmy so she can learn more about the treatment, and aw-shucks Jimmy continues playing the easily-hurt boy toy. Clark blows in very fast (why is no one else affected by the draft?), asking for Chloe's help in tracking down Kara's crystal. For once, she's too busy, clearly believing that her powers are a deterrent to a "normal" relationship with Jimmy. Sounds like Clark-Lana, but then they're doing great - now that the secret is out. With that clear example, what's to worry about, Chloe? She goes to see Knox - "I'm a meteor freak. I want to be cured."

    Clark delivers to Lana the clever line of the episode, "Sorry about the Clash of the Titans," (the confrontation between Kara and John), and Lana admits she has been doing her own research on meteor freaks - she wants to help them.

    Kara enlists Jimmy in looking at photos to help her track her crystal, turning on the charm when Jimmy is vulnerable, so he agrees to "crunch a few pixels." Clark is alarmed abou the potential for memory loss if Chloe has the surgery; she assures him she'll be fine. She fears psychosis or becoming a serial killer, or losing her life in an inadvertent cure as she did for Lois in "Phantom." Now would be the time for her to ask Clark to be in the surgical waiting room, right? After all, he knows her secret, and her fears - but the writers have to pass on this to make for a more dangerous scene.

    As Knox drags a body from his car trunk, presumably Sasha's, Lex appears, demanding an end to the killing spree. Knox refuses, Lex fires a few slugs into the Doctor, but he lives! He pulls out the slugs - he's an immortal! He's about to kill Lex when Clark zips in and knocks him out, rescuing Lex.

    Jimmy and Kara continue their crystal research, but is she manipulating him? Flintlock Technologies is found, but she insists that he must not tell Chloe - it has to be their secret. Then Chloe finds them together, plays the jealous girlfriend, and stalks out, more determined to get rid of her powers.

    Lex awakes in the medical center - Clark knows of his surgical-memory-erasing scheme. But Lex tells Clark that Knox is not dead, even after six bullets in his chest. Once again, we see Lex as honest and open with Clark, so he should be believed (occasionally).

    Chloe makes her surgical appointment with Knox, understandably curious about his staff, which isn't there. He's too fast for her with the ether, and she gets early anesthesia. Clark is uncharacteristically slow to act - did he not realize Chloe's intent?

    Knox is transplanting organs into his comatose lover to make her an immortal, and Chloe is the one with the heart. Lex shows Clark photos and paintings of Knox from previous centuries, but he doesn't even look as old as Marcus Welby. As Chloe struggles, Knox tells her he WAS Jack the Ripper, but Clark blows in, is slightly weakened by all the meteor fluid, and it's a fair fight. But Knox carelessly damages the life-support equipment, and his woman opens her eyes briefly, then succumbs, crushing Knox. Chloe moves the green fluid so Clark regain his powers. It's easy to see some parallels with Clark's life here - he too may be immortal, someday facing the aging and loss of all his friends. How far might he go to stop that loss? Much more could be made of this dilemma, but not in this episode - too many other elements to resolve.

    Back at the farm, John comes to see Clark - he has somehow taken care of Knox, a plot resolution that is just a bit too easy, as in many other similar scenes where an antagonist is sent to Belle Reve or some other off-camera confinement, and dismissed with one line of dialog. Kara shows up, again saying that John cannot be trusted. Her father was a traitor, John insists, but Kara thinks this is a lie. This could be a continuing story dilemma for Clark - whom to trust - John or Kara. Kara departs into the sky, appearing to be leaving the cast, but the crystal story is hanging, so she'll be back.

    Clark asks Lana about Lex's claim that she stole $10 million from him - the money, she replies, was part of the divorce settlement, and she will use it to help meteor rock victims. She would never hide anything from him, she promises, so of course we know she is doing exactly that, and of course the next scene shows the extent of her deception.

    Lana goes to the warehouse, where her Isis Foundation is going operational with a sophisticated surveillance system of Lex and all his activities - she can see everything he does, tapping into his own security system. Can we blame her? She's trying to protect Clark, and maybe the entire world. Regardless of her motivation, Clark will be disappointed to find that he doesn't know all about her, but then he's the lead secret-keeper, so how can he ever complain?

    Chloe returns to Jimmy, seemingly settled on keeping her powers. He's only too eager to reconcile, showing her mementoes of their times together. Yet she cannot commit to a normal relationship - leaving him confused again. But it's for him that she tries to create a distance, not because of Kara. She keeps her secret, as painful is that is. She cannot keep him, and he cannot stay in the relationship. Ms. Mack is the star again in projecting her disappointment and hurt over losing her love.

    The main story raises a few interesting questions for later episodes, and all the acting is admirable, without any obvious gaffes or plot holes. And three future stories are laid out - Lana and her secret office, Chloe's loss of relationship, and Kara's true nature and loyalty. All have good potential for further development, so this is pretty high on the list for viewing by fans. Not bad for repeats, either. Re-run rating C+.moreless
  • Wait I know that guy from somewhere...

    Dean Cain on Smallville. I never thought in a million years that would happen. He was the best part of this episode. I liked this episode I just didn't love it. There were a couple of things that really bothered me, like the people who do the casting. It would have been better if they had got the same actress that played sasha Woodman in season 1. If not they should have used another meteor freak from Smallville's past. I'm sure there is someone who was on the show that would have liked to reprise their role as that meteor freak. The other thing that really bothered me was that Dean Cain's character should have been Vandal Savage. It would have made the episode more interesting if there was a DC comics villain.moreless
  • Jack the Ripper wannabe.

    I love this episode, it develops in so many ways, Lana has a secret, will she tell Clark? Or will Lex tell him first, this is the episode where I started to hate Lana cause she lied to Clark. That was messed up, finally Lex was being truthful. Oh no! Jimmy & Chloe break up cause of retarded Kara gets in the middle, I cringed when Kara & Jimmy were just eating Chinese & Chloe gets all defensive. Then she tries to get rid of her power by some Jack the Ripper wannabe, which was a really awesome villain, like how can you kill him right?: But of course Clark saves the day, 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

Laura Vandervoort

Laura Vandervoort


Aaron Ashmore

Aaron Ashmore

Jimmy Olsen

Jovanna Huguet

Jovanna Huguet

Sasha Woodman

Guest Star

Natalia Minuta

Natalia Minuta


Guest Star

Jason Poulsen

Jason Poulsen

Jimmy's Friend

Guest Star

Phil Morris

Phil Morris

John Jones

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • When Chloe is strapped on the table she isn't wearing shoes. Once Clark arrives and frees her hands she begins to unstrap her legs and is suddenly wearing shoes.

    • Trivia: Chloe and Lana tried to be politically correct and used terms as "meteor challenged" and "meteor infected" for the first time in the show instead of the usual "meteor freaks" that was used throughout the show up to this point.

    • Despite having a small army of bodyguards and henchmen, all sworn to secrecy and paid heavily to keep it, Lex doesn't take anyone with him to confront Knox, who Lex has confirmed is a serial murderer.

    • There's no indication of how Clark found Knox and Lex at the fertilizer plant. It's hinted that Lana might have mentioned it, but the only way she could have known is through her surveillance equipment, and Clark doesn't seem at all curious as to how she could have found out something so clearly impossible to determine unless she has advanced surveillance equipment.

    • It's debateable whether Clark would so casually kill an opponent. Regardless, Lex doesn't seem at all curious or concerned about how Clark could kill an immortal opponent.

    • Dr. Knox begins to cut out Chloe's heart, making a cut above her left breast and we clearly see blood beginning to pour out and Chloe screaming. However the next time we see Chloe when she comes to confront Jimmy she is wearing a low cut purple top and there is not a scratch on her or any indication that she ever got cut.

    • In the scene when Dr. Knox begins to cut out Chloe's heart, he's seen holding the knife verticaly above her sternum. In the next shot (the closeup), he's making a cut horizontaly above her left breast.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • (about the side effects of Chloe losing her memories after the surgery)
      Clark: You're going to forget everything! You're going to forget your friends, your experiences... you're going to forget me. You're going to forget me!

    • Clark: (swooshes in) Chloe, can Dr. Curtis Knox take a backseat? I need your help.
      Chloe: You know you're gonna have to hang a bell around your neck or something so I can at least hear when you're coming.

    • Lana: (to John) Let me guess, you're from Krypton as well?
      Clark: Mars, actually.
      Lana: Well, I'll let you two catch up.

    • Clark: What'd you do with Knox?
      John: Your father and I have a "Don't ask, don't tell" policy when it comes to crime and punishment.

    • Jimmy: You know it's true love when you fight off caffeine-pumped preppies to get a girl her favorite treat.

    • Jimmy: I used to sit in the backyard and try to pick up Martian signals on my dad's ham radio.
      Kara: Umm, Martians use infrared, silly.

    • Knox: I have been speared by Mayan warriors, survived Mongols' arrows, and the cold steel of Crusaders' blades. What makes you think the sting of a 9 millimeter could slow me down?

    • Chloe: I came here for help, not to be cut open by some Jack the Ripper wannabe!
      Knox: I was Jack the Ripper.

    • Knox: Your powers might be far beyond those of mortal men, but you've met your match.
      Clark: I won't let you kill anyone else.
      Knox: I'd kill a thousand more to never have to be alone. You don't know the pain of living centuries watching the women you love grow old and turn to dust!
      Clark: You and I are more alike than you think.

    • Lex: My apologies for keeping you waiting.
      Knox: Mussolini once killed a conductor for not keeping a train on schedule. Fortunately, I'm infinitely more patient than Il Duce.
      Lex: Mussolini went down in defeat, doctor. I won't accept that in what we're undertaking.

  • NOTES (9)

    • John Glover and Erica Durance are credited but do not appear.

    • In-joke: Dean Cain is no stranger to performing on a Superman-based series. He played Clark Kent in the 1993-1997 series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. And his initials in this episode are also CK (Curtis Knox/Clark Kent).

    • At the end of the episode's CW airing, Dean Cain gave a brief speech on the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

    • Shonda Farr, who played Sasha in "Drone," is recast and played here by Jovanna Huguet.

    • Dr. Knox is a variation of Vandal Savage, a DC villain who is immortal and has been alive since prehistoric time. In the comics, Vandal Savage has claimed to be Julius Caesar, Genghis Khan and other important historical figures. In this episode, Dr. Knox is portrayed as Napoleon and claims to have been Jack the Ripper.

    • Vandal Savage was originally suppose to be the immortal antagonist for the episode, but was off-limits.

    • Music: Where I Stood (On A Clear Night) (Missy Higgins), Cello Suite in G - Prelude (Bach), Stolen Earrings (Two Hours Traffic)

    • Deleted scenes:
      - Clark visiting Knox by posing as a meteor freak. He sees Knox receiving a call and uses heat vision to distract him so he can get the cellphone. Clark discovers that the caller is Lex.
      - Chloe feels bad for allowing herself to end up as Knox's patient. Clark tells her that she doesn't need to get rid of her meteor ability, but she states that Jimmy may not be as understanding as Lana. She then points out to Clark that Lana is bottling up a lot of anger considering that she had to fake her own death.

    • International Airdates:
      Latin America: Tuesday, November 27, 2007 on Warner Channel.
      Norway: Monday, January 28, 2008 10.50 pm on TVNorge
      Israel: Tuesday, June 3, 2008 on Yes Stars 2
      Australia: Thursday, April 24, 2008 on Ten HD
      Denmark: Monday, April 28, 2008 on TV3
      United Kingdom: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 10.00 pm on E4
      Sweden: Friday, June 20, 2008 9.00 pm on TV6
      New Zealand: Friday, February 13, 2009 on TV2
      Czech Republic: February 18, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: August 6, 2010 on Markiza


    • Chloe: Look, I know that from Mount Olympus, the view must seem like us mere mortals have nothing better to do than help you look for your crystal.
      In Greek mythology, Olympus is the home of the Twelve Olympians, the principal gods in the Greek pantheon.

    • Knox: Your powers might be far beyond those of mortal men.....
      This references the opening narration of the Adventures of Superman series, starring George Reeves (1952-1958). "Yes, it's Superman. Strange visitor from another planet who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men."

    • Jimmy: So, you're no Mr. Miyagi.
      Referencing the wise sensei played by Pat Morita in four Karate Kid movies from 1984 to 1994. The scene in question specifically references Miyagi demonstrating how to catch a fly with chopsticks.

    • Jimmy: Your letter was a little Da Vinci Code.
      Referencing the 2006 movie starring Tom Hanks and Ian McKellen, based on the novel by Dan Brown.