Season 4 Episode 21


Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 11, 2005 on The CW
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Clark must stop the school photographer after he sets up a fake high school and uses his ability to petrify people to kidnap students - including Chloe and Lana - to keep the glory days of high school going forever. Meanwhile, Lex and Lionel are kidnapped and tortured by the Teagues in an effort to find the Kryptonian artifact, revealing that...Lana has it.moreless

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  • Smallville High graduation is near, but one classmate can keep his friends captive in high school forever after. Genevieve and Jason hold Lex and Lionel captive, threatening torture to get the stone back.moreless

    Here's another storyline about a creepy kid threatening Clark and his loved ones. Graduation is nearing, and Chloe is clearing out the Torch office, but classmate Brendan wants to keep the high school experience going forever. Chloe is the "most likely to succeed," so she's targeted for Brendan's plot, and finds herself in a deserted classroom area, with nothing beyond the windows but brick walls. She finds another classmate frozen in immobility, all the work of Brendan. Chloe finds two live classmates terrified into playing the usual high school scene, all because Brendan wants everyone to "avoid a lifetime of disappointments" out there in the real world.

    In a continuing story, Clark announces he'll attend Central Kansas A & M instead of a major university - he wants to stay close to family - but Jonathan won't hear of it. Martha, as usual, has better people skills handling this news. At the real school, Clark and Lana are fitting graduation gowns and caps, wondering about Chloe. Lana reveals that she's thinking of staying in Smallville; Clark tells her about his A & M plans. In the Torch office, they find evidence that Chloe left abruptly.

    As Lana leaves school in her new GMC Envoy, Brendan approaches for an autograph from her, in the yearbook as "most likely to be a cover girl," and bing! She's an ice queen and winds up at Brendan's nightmare academy, where he thaws her, giving Chloe the chance to fill her in on their predicament.

    The stones subplot has Jason and Lex having a set-to, which Jason wins with a hypodermic dart immobilizing Lex. Jason and Genevieve have managed to capture Lionel also, holding them at a hunting lodge, and threatening Lex's life to get Lionel to give up the stone. Finally, Lex claims he gave the stone to Lana - nice guy, sending the bad people after her, and Genevieve takes the bait.

    Clark and Lois are searching for Brendan, when they realize he's kidnapping all the "most likely" class members, and Lois reels off "That's a little Norman Bates!" They locate the faux school, and Clark is off to the Nash Construction warehouse. Over there, Brendan tosses Haley's head downstairs, shattering it like an ice cube. Ugh!

    Meanwhile, Lex and Lionel are egging on Jason about loyalty to Lana versus loyalty to his mother. Lex manages to free himself and he and Lionel are in a chase through the woods with Jason as the armed pursuer. Lionel takes a bullet, but Lex prevents the coup de grace, and Lionel then saves Lex by putting one in Jason, who apparently falls to his death before he can reveal any more to Lex about Clark. Lionel protecting Clark?

    As Clark finds Brendan, Lana is frozen once more, but Brendan's freezer tag on Clark backfires, and that's the end of Brendan. Finally, Chloe is closing down the Torch and the Wall of Wierd at last. They're all moving on, and so is Smallville, but Lana is staying. Some cliffhangers in this episode, so it's worth seeing again. Re-run rating B.moreless
  • High School Horror

    Forever-Clark must stop the school photographer after he sets up a fake high school and uses his ability to petrify people to kidnap students - including Chloe and Lana - to keep the glory days of high school going forever. Meanwhile, Lex and Lionel are kidnapped and tortured by the Teagues in an effort to find the Kryptonian artifact, revealing that...Lana has it.

    Not even trying hide the fact that this is a direct "House of Wax" rip-off, "Forever" is just as bad as the Paris Hilton infested remake. It's yet another forgettable freak of the week episode with little pay off and spends way too much time building suspense, or lack there of. Wendel is your typical meteor freak with pitiful M.O. of forcing students in a fake replica of Smallville by turning them into wax statues. The scenes within the fake high school just drag and your bored before the half way point. One of the most laugable scenes is when Lana and Chloe try to escape and Wendal comes out of no where with a waxed head after killing Haley, one of the other student captives. Even the climax between Clark and Wendal was awful with Wendal some how turning himself into wax and killing himself, while everyone else turns back to normal. On the plus side, at least the sub-plot with the Luthors and Teagues was good. While Jason sudden evilness coming out of no where (I'm guessing the writers had to set up the character for his done fall so Jensen could make his exit and do SUpernatural), the scenes are wonderfully acted and Jason getting shot at the end and falling into the river was great stuff. Despite a nice sub-plot, "Forever" fells like it does; a never-ending suckfest that could have been avoid and doesn't lead into the finale well at all!moreless
  • School photographer Brendan Nash uses his ability to petrify people to kidnap Chloe and Lana and keep the glory days of high school going forever. Meanwhile, Genevieve and Jason kidnap Lex and Lionel in attempt to get one of the stones of power.moreless

    After signing the yearbook of school photographer Brendan Nash, Chloe finds herself in an exact replica of the school in an abandoned warehouse. She soon finds a couple of her classmates, and learns that Brendan was the one who set up the fake school. He reveals that he intends to keep the glory days of high school going forever, and to ensure Chloe plays along, demonstrates on a fellow student his ability to freeze others with a touch. When Chloe doesn't show up to claim her cap and gown for graduation, Clark and Lana start to worry, and look for her. However, when Lana's also kidnapped by Brendan, Clark teams up with Lois to find his friends. Meanwhile, Genevieve has Jason kidnap Lex and Lionel in an attempt to get one of the stones of power, only to learn that Lana has it.

    Because this episode takes place on the last day of school, it ends on an almost tragic note as the seniors say their goodbyes, both to each other and the school. My eyes were even glistening as Chloe and friends left the school while looking back on time spent within its walls. Having myself graduated a couple of years ago, I find that I miss my school more than I thought I would, which is why I can relate somewhat to Brendan and his reasoning. Not that I'm trying to excuse what he did to Chloe, Lana, and those other students, but I understand why. In fact, by kidnapping them with the intention of keeping them there forever (hence the title) was just creepy. Now, as for the scenes in and around the cabin, I found them to be simultaneously fascinating and tedious. While they furthered the stones storyline, they focused too much on the two dysfunctional families, particularly Jason and his relationship with his mother. The Jason scenes also left me with a feeling of confusion as to the exact nature of his and Genevieve's relationship and to his apparent waffling loyalty to his mother and Lana. All things considered, FOREVER deserves seven out of ten stars.

    Highlights: Chloe's initial discovery of the fake school; Chloe trying to convince Brendan to let them go and move on; Clark retrieving his cap and gown and reminscing with Lana; Martha's talk with Jonathan about the farm; Jason and Genevieve demanding one of the stones from Lionel and Lex; Clark visiting Lois at the Talon; Chloe explaining the fake school to Lana and coming up with an escape plan; Lionel's confession about the stone; Clark and Lois investigating Brendan's dark room at school; Chloe and Lana trying to escape; Lex and Lionel's escape from the cabin, and subsequent chase with Jason; Clark saving Lois from Brendan (and the look Clark gives Lois as he protects her :D); Chloe emptying out the Torch office and giving it one last look; and Chloe, Clark, and Lana leaving the school while discussing their futures.moreless
  • Great Episode

    On the last day of the Smallville High, the frustrated photographer of the Torch, Brendan Nash (Steven Grayhm), feels rejected by the Universities and decides to abduct some schoolmates to stay with him forever in a replica of the school. He uses his power of Medusa Touch and brings Lana Lang, Chloe Sullivan and other successful mates to the place. Meanwhile, Genevieve and Jason Teague kidnap Lionel and Lex Luthor trying to retrieve the stone Lionel took of them. "Forever" is one of the best episodes of the Fourth Season of Smallville. The villain Jason does not hesitate to jeopardize the safety of Lana due to his Oedipus complex for his dominating evil mother. He deserved the sad end in the waterfalls. I only do not understand how the writer of this series does not give much care to the support characters, like for example, Haley Timmonds: she dies, killed by Brendan, and when Lana and Chloe are safe with Clark in the end of the episode, none of them is sad for the death of their schoolmate.moreless
  • this crazy kid (what'd know) tries to trap kids in a replica of smallville high

    this crazy kid (what'd know) tries to trap kids in a replica of smallville high - because that what everyone want to go through 4 years of hell all over again (dur da dur) freezing people into manicans o my gosh what was he doing during the meteor shower in order to get those powers- SHOPPING SPREE!!-?? seriously is that the best they could do? and his powers/plan worked whole day!! o my gosh wow applause*

    But any way when is clark gonna stop being all dumb and tell chloe or at least realize that she already knows hes not a very good friendmoreless
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

Steven Grayhm

Steven Grayhm

Brendan Nash

Guest Star

Veena Sood

Veena Sood


Guest Star

Fiona Scott

Fiona Scott

Haley Timmonds

Guest Star

Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Lois Lane

Recurring Role

Jane Seymour (I)

Jane Seymour (I)

Genevieve Teague

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (16)

    • At the end when we see Brendan petrified lying on the floor in parts we can clearly see him closing his eyelid as a symbol of his death. Eyelids are external parts of the body and are also petrified so he shouldn't be able to close them.

    • Just before Jason shoots Lex, Lex turns to Jason and faces him with his right side forward, so how is it that the dart which Jason shot appeared on the left side of Lex's neck under his chin, for that to happen Jason need to be just below Lex's body on his left side.

    • When Clark arrives at the warehouse, he doesn't use his x-ray vision or super-hearing even when he's away from Lois. If he had he would have known where Brendan was, superspeed taken him out, and avoided a whole lot of trouble.

    • Chloe discovered (in "Blank") that Clark has super-hearing. Why doesn't she just keep yelling his name? It might seem odd to Clark, but a) she could come up with some lame explanation and b) is she willing to die rather then reveal she knows Clark's secret but hasn't told anyone? And why doesn't he listen for her?

    • Jonathan tells Clark that he didn't go to college to help manage the family farm, but in "Nicodemus," when Jonathan was in a coma, Martha confided to Clark that they had met when they were taking the same course in college and Martha asked Jonathan if she could borrow his notes as a way to approach him.

    • Brendan's power is certainly scary and all...but it's no worse then having, say, a gun. Are we really supposed to believe that he managed to use his power for at least six months (and probably longer) to force his dad into building the exact replica of the school? How could Brendan keep his stepmother immobilized all that time without anyone noticing? Especially when he has to be conscious and/or alive to maintain his power. Similarly, could someone with a gun force their dad to make a simulated school over an extended period of time?

    • Where did Brendan's dad get the money to build a complete replica of the school, complete with computers, layout equipment for the Torch, a locker room, etc., all realistic enough to initially fool Chloe? Building a complete, convincingly realistic model of a good chunk of the school would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and the purchase of huge amounts of construction materials and equipment, not to mention a trained crew of workers.

    • When Brendan dies, everyone who he's petrified reverts to normal? Why? There's no indication that Brendan's presence, or even his continuing concentration, is required to maintain the petrified state. In fact, there are several indications that he doesn't need to be present (such as when he goes to the school to get more victims) or concentrate (when he's chatting with Lana or facing off against Clark at the end). Given he tried to kill Lana a few seconds earlier, there's also no indication he had some kind of death-bed repentance and deliberately restored everyone to normal as a dying gesture.

    • Clark has superspeed, and he uses it to rescue Lana at the end. Fair enough. But then he turns off the superspeed and just lets Brendan fall to his shattering death. He'd lost a leg but he'd probably survive - Clark has no way of knowing if the process can be reversed. But Brendan falls much further than Lana and Clark makes no attempt to grab him.

    • There were two girls when Chloe woke up. But when Chloe and Lana plan their escape later, only one of the girls leaves with them. Why wouldn't they let the second girl in on their plans so she can escape with them? Instead they leave her behind for an unstable Brendan to vent his anger on.

    • When Lana knocks out Brendan, why doesn't she and Chloe...well, keep hitting him? Tie him up? Or given he's another supermutant-turned-nutcase (those never work out well), use some deadly force? Instead Lana hits him once and they run away.

    • At the end Clark, Lana, and Chloe are walking away from school, and going...somewhere. But Lana and Chloe have cars (Lana has several) and as we saw when Lana was grabbed by Brendan, she parks in the school parking lot. So why are they walking off-campus?

    • How did Brendan recreate the Wall of Weird so that Chloe didn't initially notice anything different? Did his dad make up fake newspaper and magazine clippings too?

    • How did Brendan sneak Chloe into his fake high school without her knowing it? When Lana is "depetrified" she gasps deeply (as if she was short of air) and is immediately aware something is wrong. How did Brendan petrify and "depetrify" Chloe without her noticing anything?

    • Once Jason stops torturing Lex, there's almost no sign of any burn marks in any scenes afterward.

    • Still no security at the Luthor Manor, even though Lionel knows Genevieve killed Dr. Crosby for the Kryptonian artifact (as revealed in "Ageless").

  • QUOTES (23)

    • (after Lionel shoots Jason)
      Lionel: He was... about to kill you, Lex.
      Lex: Or divulge something you didn't want me to know.
      Lionel: Lex, you saved my life back there. I was returning the favor, son.

    • Chloe: You know, not to go all "psycho-sympathizer" on you guys, but I can't blame Brendan for wanting to keep everybody together. Although, after that little lock-in I can't think of anything scarier than being stuck in the past and not moving on.

    • Chloe: So I guess this is it, huh?
      Clark: It's not like we're never going to see each other, right?
      Lana: Yeah, you'll have summers and holidays.
      Chloe: This sucks.
      Lana: Yeah, big time.
      Clark: Suddenly, all those tests and teachers we hated seem a lot less scary than the big question mark that's hanging out there.
      Lana: You'd think after everything that happened with Brendan, it'd be a whole lot easier to say goodbye to all this.
      Clark: There's a lot here to say goodbye to.

    • Jonathan: Look. Clark, the time comes in everybody's life when they realize their parents aren't gonna be around forever.
      Clark: Dad, I...
      Jonathan: Clark, I just... I just don't want you sacrificing your potential because of me.
      Clark: It's not a sacrifice, Dad. It's a choice.

    • Clark: You know. maybe there's another way in around the corner. Why don't you go check? I'll see if I can find a key for this lock.
      Lois: Keys? Well, I highly doubt they're under the welcome mat, but, uh, you knock yourself out.

    • Jason: Wait, Lex, don't do this! Don't do this! Come on, look at me. Look at me. You and I, we're not that different. It was never about you and me. It was about our parents. Please! Lex, please!
      Lex: I always knew I had to protect Lana from you.
      Jason: But not as much as you've been protecting your best friend, huh? Clark?
      Lex: Clark doesn't have anything to do with this!
      Jason: Oh, you don't believe that. Clark's more connected to this than any of us. You just choose to ignore it. I mean, think about it... the symbols burned into the Kent barn? The fields?
      Lex: It's a little late and obvious to be shifting the blame in the eleventh hour.

    • Jason: You know, with all your resources, I would've thought by now you'd know that Lana is nothing more than my mother's pawn.
      Lionel: Pawn? Well that's true but, a pawn you fell in love with. It must be killing you that you've sacrificed your feelings for Lana in exchange for some maternal warmth... it seems you can't do without.

    • Lionel: I don't blame you for getting caught up in all this, Jason. Your mother, ooh, she's a difficult woman to resist. You were supposed to get close to Lana, but what happened? Did you stray a little too far from those apron strings?

    • Haley: (to Chloe) I told Brendan you had a crush on him just like you wanted me to.
      Lana: What are you guys talking about?
      Chloe: Brendan wants high school? We'll give him high school.

    • Chloe: Brendan, a.k.a. Mr. Medusa's touch, recreated this place. It's kind of like a cage. Gives new meaning to the phrase "capturing the moment", doesn't it?
      Lana: But how... the last thing I remember doing is signing his yearbook.
      Chloe: Lana, will you sign my yearbook?
      Lana: (playing along) Okay.
      (Chloe opens her yearbook to the "Most Likely to..." page)
      Chloe: Look at the names. I seriously doubt it's just a coincidence that the slumber party's guest list is all on the "most likely to..." page. We have been collected.

    • Lois: I'm impressed, Smallville. Of all the seniors skipping the last day of school, I didn't expect to see you.
      Clark: I'm on lunch break.
      Lois: Right, right. Because why would you do anything like any other normal teenager in America? The last day of school is a "get out of jail free" card. Even my best employee Haley flaked on her morning shift.

    • Genevieve: Lionel, the stones may be just another hobby for you, but I didn't search all these years just to reach a stalemate.
      Lex: You're making a big mistake Jason. I know she's your mother but don't think for a second she won't turn on you. Trust me on this one.
      Genevieve: Jason...
      Jason: It's okay, Mother. I don't expect him to understand the meaning of family loyalty, especially when the only thing running through the Luthor blood is betrayal.

    • (after Lex awakens to find both himself and Lionel tied to chairs)
      Lex: I guess I should have trusted my instincts. I knew you were working with Jason.
      Lionel: Judging from the fact that 10 minutes ago I lost all feeling in my hands, you have a very curious definition of collaboration, Lex.

    • Clark: There's no way that Chloe would let the last day of school go by without getting in her final word.
      Lana: And when was the last time that Chloe pulled an all-nighter with a deadline and didn't finish her latte?
      Clark: (finding Chloe's cell phone) Or leave without her lifeline?

    • Jonathan: Martha, what exactly is it that you want me to do? You want me to tell our teenage son that we couldn't possibly survive around here without him? What kind of parents would that make us?
      Martha: Honest ones. How many times has he asked to be treated like an adult? This decision took a lot of maturity.
      Jonathan: Or guilt. Martha, Clark still feels responsible for my heart problems. I'm not going to allow him to do this out of pity.
      Martha: It's not pity, Jonathan. Clark knows that if he leaves, he can only come back a few times a year. And he doesn't want one of those times to be your funeral.

    • Martha: You can't take the place of Clark on this farm, no one can. Every other farm in the county has at least five hands to help out.
      Jonathan: Sweetheart, my family managed to run this farm for generations before Clark came around. I see no reason why I can't run it by myself.
      Martha: Sometimes I wonder which one of you is more stubborn.

    • Clark: You're the one that's always dreamed of leaving this town, ever since you were a little girl.
      Lana: I know, it's just that right now I feel I'd be making that decision because it's what everyone expects us to do. If I go, I want to make that choice for the right reasons.
      Clark: So you're staying in Smallville?
      Lana: I don't know. I think it would be really hard with all of you guys gone.
      Clark: Well, not all of us will be gone. I'm thinking of commuting to Central Kansas.
      Lana: (smiling) Then maybe I won't have to spend any more time trying to figure out how to say goodbye.

    • Clark: I think it's finally starting to hit me. It's really over, isn't it? (Lana nods) You know I remember walking through those doors the first day of freshman year.
      Lana: Actually, I think you tripped.

    • Brendan: Just because it's the last day of school, doesn't mean it can't last forever.
      Chloe: Brendan, you're not serious. Why would you want to stay stuck in high school when there's so much else out there?
      Brendan: I thought you of all people would understand. You're the editor of the Torch, Prom Queen. Chloe, you had everything in high school. Once you leave, all that's going to be left is a lifetime of disappointments. But not in here.
      Chloe: Brendan, you cannot keep us here forever. You have to move on.
      Brendan: To what? Look Chloe, some of us didn't get into our dream colleges like you. When you're staring at a pile of rejection letters, moving on really means working at a local video store for the rest of your life.

    • Genevieve: I have a feeling that he'd sooner die than give up that stone. But all that might change if his own flesh and blood were at stake.
      Lex: You obviously don't know my father as well as I do.

    • Jonathan: Clark, your destiny lies far beyond those corn fields out there. And I'm not about to let you turn your back on that just because of us.

    • Lois: How cliché – an abandoned warehouse.

    • Lionel: The Oedipal bond certainly has a habit of flourishing when it's . . . fed, doesn't it, Lex?

  • NOTES (2)


    • Lois: This whole Ten Little Indians thing is starting to give me the creeps.
      Ten Little Indians is a children's rhyme that was the basis for Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, in which ten people are trapped on an island and killed off one by one. Various movies have been made based on Agatha Christie's book, usually with the title Ten Little Indians.

    • Headline: "School's Out Forever"
      Alluding to the Alice Cooper song "School's Out". One of the lines in the chorus is "School's Out Forever".

    • Lex: Makes us look like the Waltons, doesn't it?
      Referencing the famous wholesome Depression-era TV family. This is at least the third reference to the series on Smallville (see "Prodigal" and "Precipice").

    • Lois: That's a little "Norman Bates."
      Referencing the famed movie killer and split-personality suffer from the movie Psycho, as played by Anthony Perkins.