Season 8 Episode 15


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 12, 2009 on The CW
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Episode Summary

When Clark's secret identity as the "Red-Blue Blur" is threatened, he decides to go public by having Lois publish his story. However, he soon discovers the price that goes with public fame.

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  • Awful. Just awful. Did I mention this was awful?

    This story felt out of sequence (a total one off). Extremely poorly paced. Some scenes were so painfully over-acted that I wanted to hurl. Other scenes saw characters sleep walking when normally they would have been flipping out or going off on someone.

    Bringing back Tori Spelling - oh hell no. Her character was a stupid, wasted villain in the first story. 2.0 was actually worse. She really does have over-acting (or just acting like herself) down to a fine art.

    So Lois is back like the whole affair with Lana never happened. In fact, this Lois seemed like a different person in places. Milquetoast when she should have been a raging tiger.

    The same with Chloe; her lack of fire when told the news about Jimmy in the hospital just played bizarrely and out of character.

    Clark was even more baffled by every aspect of life than he has been this entire season (with the exception of those moments driven by burning hate for Lex). Somehow the writers managed to make this character even more one dimensional than before.

    This entire episode felt like the worst kind of filler. Like they hired C students to toss something together over a beer fueled weekend. No, I take that back, that may have resulted in a better episode than this. The few salient points (like what Doomsday has up to these days) felt like an after thought. Also, gee, I thought he was on ice to complete his transformation once and for all, yet guess who is back? The wishy washy heart sick semi-Doomsday. Complete drivel.

    This truly was painful to watch. I won't be doing this again. Justin Hartley's hotness (that was sorely, but thankfully missing from this poop pile of an ep) is just not worth it.moreless
  • The episode was indeed very rushed. I'm having a hard time believing Clark really has feelings for Lois...

    I see clearly that Lois is in love with him. But I really feel that the writers were more in love with the Clark/Lana relationship. With the way this relationship is headed, I feel if Lois and Clark ended up together and Lana came back Kryptonite-free, Clark would drop everything and bow at Lana's feet. I'm a hopeless romantic, without a doubt, so the romance is a part of the show for me. I don't buy that Lois and Clark are meant to be together in the end. I wouldn't have left Lois sitting there outside the coffee shop; I felt so bad seeing that (though I don't think Lois likes girls...)And the way he couldn't have taken the second to let Lois finish her sentence left me feeling that Lois is pretty unimportant to him. He acts as though she's a burden. I enjoyed the episode but felt it was very rushed. So much happened in so little time. But unless this storyline spanned out to more than one episode, rushed was the way it had to be. Out of the blue, Clark decides to let the world know his secret. I pretty well yelled at this decision(though it was midnight and I had family who were trying to sleep). Anyone who's seen previous episodes know why his secret can't be out to the world. The reason is touched upon in most episodes. Everyone believing Linda Lake(directly after her return from years in prison?)was insanely unbelievable. She states an alien invasion was underway. There was no proof. And I have no doubt people would have eventually turned on him, it's what happens to good people, but this was to the extreme. I'll admit that I rejoiced in Davis' killing Linda Lake. She was an incredibly annoying character. That was it. I guess I only stated the things I disliked about this episode. It wasn't truly horrible. It just wasn't greatly memorable. With the dislikes, I rate it a 7moreless
  • Smallville is back with vengeance

    After a long break and after so much Lana being jammed down our throats, I'm glad to see that there's some Clois interaction. The ending was very touching. Clark obviously has feelings for Lois, but is afraid to act upon them because he has a fear to get too close to her because of what happened between him and Lana. I really wanted a Clois kiss, but I guess I have to wait until maybe the season finale. Davis was amazing, he was my favorite character. Because of Clark going back in time to stop Linda from printing a story about him, Davis no longer is taking those pills to help him control Doomsday from coming out. This was an excellent episode and the last seven episodes will be pivotal.moreless
  • It had a lot of merits, but Clarks irrational behavior is really starting to bug me.

    It seems stupid that Clark would reveal his identity in such a short amount of time , but I do like what if episodes every now in then. I say what if episode based on the fact that it either has to be dream sequence, or clark will whip out a legion ring, or superspeed around the earth. I like that fact that this episode explores the Louis and Clark relationship, and I also like her reaction when he reveals his identity to her. The big reason I decided to submit a review is the ending, Clark sees that Louis will accept him, but still decides he can't tell her because the government will invade smallville, but heres an idea:tell her your secret, but don't tell her to publish it in one of the nations top newspapers.Ok another idea go on a date with the woman you secretley love, and don't tell her your an alien. PS. I love that Davis killed Linda Lake. If only they done that in her first appearence.moreless
  • Clark's secret is revealed..…temporarily.

    I've never written a review for before, but I'm currently house-bound because of the flu and have nothing better to do. Besides, what better way to kill time than watch old episodes of Smallville and drool over the beauteous Tom Welling! I really liked this episode, but there was one thing that didn't seem too realistic (as much reality as a show about an alien from another planet with superpowers can possibly have!) – if Clark Kent is so in love with Lana Lang, why didn't he go back in time to prevent her from being soaked in kryptonite instead of merely preventing Linda Lake from outing him? In fact, why didn't he jump waaaay back in time and prevent Lana from ever having a romance with Jason Teague or marrying Lex Luther? Of course we know that Kristin Kreuk is no longer a series regular, so that storyline would not be possible. Perhaps KK's Lana arc in the preceding episodes could have been better spent showing Clark finally getting over her (instead them breaking the bed due to their unbridled passion!) Now it looks like Clark Kent only ends up with Lois Lane because he can't kiss Lana Lang without his face falling off! How's that supposed to show that Lois is Clark's true love? It also gives the impression that he's a fickle, fickle boy!

    As for Lois, having such a strong character, why would she still want a romantic relationship with Clark when he all but forgot about her as soon as Lana returned? As another reviewer has said (in 'If I were Lois I'd give Clark the finger and go hang with Ollie'. (LOL)

    Nonetheless, the episode was enjoyable to watch overall. I especially liked Lois' reaction when she found out about Clark's superpowers. Erica Durance has good comedic timing, and she makes Lois fun to watch. Her scenes with Tom Welling are usually the highlight of Smallville episodes. Furthermore, I didn't even mind Tori Spelling's non-existent acting skills!moreless
Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Lois Lane

Sam Witwer

Sam Witwer

Davis Bloome/Doomsday

Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Laura Mennell

Laura Mennell


Guest Star

Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers

Federal Agent

Guest Star

Joe Maffei

Joe Maffei

Newspaper Stand Worker

Guest Star

Stephen Lobo

Stephen Lobo

Randall Brady

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Linda Lake was with Lois at the Planet seconds before Lois was snatched away by Clark and taken to the barn at superspeed, yet a minute or so later Linda is there.

    • Clark should have felt the effects of the Kryptonite before even touching the toolbox, yet he was able to open it, and he was only affected by it once he saw it.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Chloe: You know, Clark, maybe you can have your cape and wear it, too. Say that Clark Kent, the unassuming journalist, buttoned up in a starched shirt and tie, but then, when he's playing the hero, he...
      Clark: Steps out of the shadow into his red and blue, creating two completely separate identities?
      Chloe: Yeah.

    • Linda Lake: Funny thing about people. The only thing they love more than building up heroes is tearing them down.

    • Clark: Lois, you don't have to explain. I get it.
      Lois: No, you don't. How can someone with x-ray vision be so blind?

  • NOTES (5)

    • Injoke: When Clark and Chloe are frantically trying to figure out how to undo everyone's knowing about his secret, she suggests contacting Jor-El. When Clark tells her he lost access to him after the Fortress went dark, Chloe says "Unless you're hiding some latent power to turn back time, I have no ideas." This references the ending of Superman: The Movie in which Superman, after Lois' death, flies around the world at super speed, against the earth's rotation, reversing time to a point where he could save her.

    • International Airdates:
      Norway: Saturday, April 11, 2009 on TVNorge
      Sweden: Friday, August 28, 2009 on TV6
      Czech Republic: April 2, 2010 on TV Nova
      Turkey: June 13, 2010 on CNBC-e
      Slovakia: June 12, 2012 on Markiza

    • Tori Spelling is billed as Special Guest Star.

    • Music: Dreamer (Uh Huh Her - Common Reaction)

    • Aaron Ashmore, Cassidy Freeman, and Justin Hartley are credited but don't appear.