Season 3 Episode 1

Exile (1)

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 01, 2003 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Under the influence of red kryptonite, Clark is following a life of crime in Metropolis while his friends and parents desperately try to find him. Lex is forced to confront his personal demons on a desert island, while Lionel holds a funeral for his presumed-dead son. And Jonathan Kent must pay a high price for the power necessary to bring his son back home.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of smallville its the first ep of season 3 and it starts off by showing what clark has become a guy that now likes to party alot and hang out in the clubs and drive expenisive cars and live in a nice apartment. he runs from the police becasue they cant stop him and lex is trapped on a island and he thinks he is talking to a person but in reality its the person that is in side of him. and clarks parents are devasted there going to lose the farm and lionel luther is going to bury his son but its just a emepty coffen and the lexes wife is just enjoying every thing shopping and having a good time .clarks dad decides to make a deal with clarks really father and gets the powers of clark and brings him home and lex returns back to smallville and everyon is suprised even his wife .moreless
  • This is the best Season premiere in a while

    This season premiere of Smallville is terrific it has left off 3 months later from the season finale before. Where Clark is on Red Kryptonite and is in Metropolis living a life of crime. Chloe is working for lionel in doing a file on Clark and she knows where he is but wont tell anyone where he is cause he told her not to. A bloke named Morgan Edge is a crime boss in Metropolis and wants Clark to help him do a job which means breaking into lionel's safe but Clark won't do it until Lana finds out where Clark is and betrays him by calling the kents and telling them where he is so Clark decides to do the job Morgan Edge offered him and when he does it Jonathan Kent is standing there and Jor-El has given him powers to bring Clark home...moreless
  • Best season premier.

    This is the best season premier i have ever watched, i can watch it a million times. Starting with the way he lives: using his abilities for his own good, getting a hot girl with the awesome car he bought only to lose her after getting mad for touching his scar. Then how he tries to call his mom but is unable to. He made a great escape from the Metropolis PD when he robbed the bank. One of the other things is Lex at the deserted island with his imaginary friend Louis, and how he killed him. Then when Lana finds Clark, which causes him to take Morgan Edge's offer and steal from Lionel Luthor. Finally when Jonathan arrives to take Clark back and the superfight. One of the best episodes.moreless
  • A Great Start To The Season.

    Smallville always has excellent season premieres, and this was no exception. "Exile" is a great episode, with lots of interesting moments.

    Shockingly, this episode my favourite scenes were those in Metropolis with Clark. It was interesting to see where he lived now and that he was still wearing the red K ring, I'm not usually a fan of the red K episodes, but this episode was certainly excellent. Tom Welling gives a pretty great performance in this episode, proving that he can actually act, and I loved his scene where he threatened Chloe, even though he was... threatening Chloe! Other scenes in Metropolis I liked included the bank robery scene, and when Clark mets Morgan Edge and the people who worked for him shot Clark's bad, and obviously didn't affect him.

    I felt really bad for Martha and Jonathan this episode, first they lose their son, and now they're gonna lose the farm (although we all know they won't) but it was still sad. Surprisingly the scenes I liked the least in the episode where Lex's, as usual Michael Rosenbaum gave a great performance, but I wasn't really interested in Lex being trapped on an island, overall this was an excellent, well acted episode of Smallville, easily one of my favourites of the series.moreless
  • Best season starter yet(for this show)

    Im just starting to watch this show now. Season 3 started off the best so far i'd say. In Metropolis, three months later, Clark Kent becomes a criminal, heisting banks and going to night-clubs. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor is declared dead, but he is living with the weird Louis Leery Jr. (Ryan Robbins) in an isolated island. Dr. Helen Bryce comes to his funeral and meets Lionel Luthor in the mansion, when secrets are disclosed. Lana Lang and Jonathan Kent try to bring Clark back to Smalville.

    The criminal life of Clark Kent, robbing banks and dealing with criminals, probably will have consequences. The plot of the black widow Dr. Helen Bryce is the greatest surprise of this episode. -Jacob,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

Sam Jones III

Sam Jones III

'Pete' Ross

John Glover

John Glover

Lionel Luthor

Rutger Hauer

Rutger Hauer

Morgan Edge

Guest Star

Ryan Robbins

Ryan Robbins

Louis Leery Jr.

Guest Star

Jill Teed

Jill Teed

Captain Maggie Sawyer

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 (21)

    • When Lana goes to Metropolis to find Clark, we see her standing outside his building, unable to get in, making the place seem really secure. How then did Chloe, earlier in the episode, stroll right up onto his balcony?

    • When Clark's chest starts hurting after he leaves the club, he jumps into a phone booth and rips open his shirt to reveal the glowing "S" on his chest. From the long shot, we can see the phone booth before he enters it. Why would he choose to hide in the most lit-up spot on the entire street to do this? It also doesn't make sense that he would even want to hide himself when he starts clutching his chest. In the episode "Red" he didn't care who saw his abilities.

    • At 6:22 when Clark lifts the clown over the counter, there is a visible stuntman dressed all in black behind the clown, helping to lift him.

    • Trivia: The green T-shirt Clark is wearing when robbing the bank is the same in "Red" when he went on the motorbike.

    • When Jonathan goes to bring Clark back to the farm. Jonathan and Clark are in Lionel's office, Clark shoves Jonathan into the wall. When Jonathan hits the wall, the wall only somewhat gives into the impact of Jonathan's body it only makes a small indent. But then the camera goes to Clark, then back to Jonathan. When the camera returns to Jonathan the second time, the wall is torn & ripped to shreds.

    • When Lana is on the phone to call the Kent's house, the setup is of an LG VX 6000 cell phone. When you see her and then Clark talking on it, you can see that it isn't even a flip phone.

    • Why doesn't the Lionel's toughest titanium safe, "uncrackable by mere mortals," have a decent video surveillance system, or at least sound an alarm when improperly accessed?

    • When Morgan talks to Clark for the first time, he talks about Clark who stops his clowns at the bank and after that he comes to the club to spend the money but the whole bank thing is after the club thing. On the DVD only, this is explained (see Notes above) by the altered sequence.

    • Why do Lionel and Chloe meet in the cave? There are plenty of hiding places where anyone could listen in on them, there's no security, and it's hard to imagine either one of them, both nicely dressed, somehow secretly getting there (one imagines Lionel's chauffeur sitting outside with the limo trying to be inconspicuous :) ).

    • Initially it seems reasonable that the Kents want Clark to return on his own - he chose to put on the red kryptonite ring so bringing him back against his will using green kryptonite wouldn't make much sense or solve things in the long run. But once Jonathan does decide to bring Clark back against his will, why doesn't Jonathan just use green kryptonite (as they did in "Red"?) instead of going to the cave? They've never had trouble sneaking up on Clark before, and Lana is able to get away for a couple of minutes from him, so it's not like Clark is on guard against it or anything.

    • For that matter, why doesn't Lionel drill holes in the wall? Even if the "Jor-el" computer banks and energy-projecting mechanisms and all can somehow shield themselves from detection, wouldn't drilling a bunch of holes find them? Instead Lionel seems to have given up on finding anything of value in the cave, or he's just not looking very hard - he did lots of funky stuff in the cave, a supposed "historical landmark" last year, so it doesn't seem likely any regulations on his activity are going to bother him much.

    • Okay, so we now know that the cave and the spaceship are both interrelated, and both contain "Jor-el's" programming or AI or whatever. So...why did Jor-el give Walden powers (in Calling)? And why are the two locations interrelated to the point Jor-el can be at both, or either? The cave has been around for centuries, but the spaceship only arrived on Earth with Clark. Did "Jor-El" transfer his programming to the cave when Clark destroyed the spaceship? Has "he" always been there, in two different locations? Did Jor-el send or place the...umm, whatever it is in the cave to Earth centuries ago in anticipation of eventually sending his son there? Or what? There's probably some convoluted explanation that covers all this, but as of this episode it isn't very clear. (see also Goofs & Nitpicks for "Exodus").

    • In the preceding episode, "Exodus", it was mentioned that Lionel stepped up security at the cave. There seems no reason for him to have discontinued security, heavy or otherwise, three months later. Just because the keyhole disappeared doesn't mean there isn't still stuff in the walls. And yet Jonathan strolls right into the cave.

    • On Lana's cell phone address list, the Kent family is listed as "Kent's." It should say "Kents" -- with no apostrophe after the "t." (editor's note: not necessarily, if the reference was to Clark Kent - i.e., abbreviated version of "Kent's phone." But it still seems kinda sloppy...)

    • Why isn't Clark wearing a mask or gloves when he breaks into the ATMs? Undoubtedly at least one of them caught him on camera. Not that the police could do anything about it, of course.

    • Why is Clark still riding Jonathan's old motorcycle? Isn't he trying to forget Smallville? Besides, wouldn't he want to use his money to buy a shiny new one?

    • Is Lionel just not trying to find Lex? Since it seems he had nothing to do with the crash, and with his huge amounts of money, he would have searched every island in the area (if not the world). And yet he doesn't find Lex, who seems to keep a huge fire burning.

    • How many people just walk into a car shop and toss in a bag full of cash? Doesn't that seem a bit suspicious? Even if we assume the saleswoman figured it was stolen and just wanted the money, you'd think she'd say something to the police after he hurt her.

    • When the clowns are shooting at Clark in the bank, he only catches one bullet, but when he stands behind one of the clowns, he is holding a whole bunch. Did he stop to pick them up?

    • When Clark looks out of the window of his Metropolis apartment in Kansas, you can see mountains in the background. Kansas is not known for its mountains.

    • Why aren't there security cameras (or at least hidden ones) in the caves? Both Lionel and Lex are obsessed with Clark Kent at one point, and they both seem to know there are lots of strange things going on in the caves. You would think they'd be smart enough to video tape anything that goes on in the caves.

  • QUOTES (10)

  • NOTES (13)

    • The following scenes didn't make it into the episode.

      - Clark bribes the club owner into letting him in ahead of the people standing in line.

      - One of the guys robbing the bank is discussing with Morgan Edge what little he knows about the person who's an urban legend (Clark).

    • This episode was nominated for a Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television Episodic - Sound Effects & Foley.

    • Morgan Edge
      In the comics, Morgan Edge was the head of Galaxy Communications and leader of Intergang, which received advanced alien weapons and technology from Darkseid. Edge was exposed by Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and Cat Grant, and was arrested. He eventually escaped prison and maintains the goal of destroying Superman, and regaining his position in the metropolis crime ring.

    • Music: "Frantic" by Metallica, "Good Talk" by Shocore, "Hey Mama" by The Black Eyed Peas, "Calling All Angels" by Train, "All The Stars" by Eastmountainsouth, and "Girls and Boys" by Good Charlotte.

    • Starting in this episode the new more dramatic end credits theme is played instead of the calm and easy theme from the previous two seasons.

    • According to Smallville issue 4, Al Gough and Miles Millar mention two items in the original script that never made it past the first draft were Jonathan seeing Kal-El in hologram form and Krypto making an appearance.

    • This episode was originally going to start with the bank robbery, but Al Gough and Miles Millar wanted to show Clark having fun in Metropolis first so they reshot the opening scene with Clark smashing the ATM machines and stealing the money and driving the car to the club. To make room for these new scenes, some more scenes with Morgan Edge ended up getting cut but can be found on the season 3 DVD.

    • When the ring first reacts to the scar, we see Kal-El go into a phone booth and reveal the "S" on his chest. A reference to Superman comics, shows, etc. in which he went into a phonebooth to change into his costume.

    • The word "exile" was used by both Lionel and Chloe in this episode.

    • Good Charlotte's hit song, "Boys and Girls," was used in the opening scene of this episode.

    • Rutger Hauer is billed as "Special Appearance by."

    • Replacing the EasyView encores of Smallville, Smallville: Beginnings, which are encores of Smallville episodes from past seasons, began the weekend after the premiere of this episode.

    • To pump up the Season 3 premiere, the WB and Verizon Wireless presented a series of short scenes starring Maggie Sawyer (Jill Teed) and Daily Planet Editor Max Taylor. The two are tracking down Clark who has been dubbed "The Urban Legend," and has been terrorizing the city throughout the summer.


    • Edge: I've got a job for you, it'll make you Midas rich.
      A reference to the mythological King Midas who had the gift/curse of anything he touched turning to gold.

    • Clark: Sorry, Krusty, I saw the bank first.
      A reference to Krusty the Clown, on The Simpsons.