Season 6 Episode 11


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 18, 2007 on The CW
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When Lex's Level 33.1 project comes to fruition, Oliver Queen must bring several of Clark's "heroic" super-powered allies together: Arthur Curry, Bart Allen, and Victor Stone.

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  • The beginning of the Justice League...

    This was like a movie!

    I think this is probably the best episode of the entire series. The past episodes of this season, and even in the last season was becoming such a drag! I wanted to stop watching... until Green Arrow came into the picture ;)

    THIS is where the story begins...

    Justice League... Time to save the world.
  • "Justice", why is it the second best episode?

    "Justice", episode 11 of Season 6 was all in all good. The Flash, The Cyborg, The Aquaman and The Green Arrow, all grouped up in one was a terrific idea,Steven S. DeKnight (The Writer of this Episode)! Although, I was disappointed when the villian was just Lex Luthor. Yeah, he's the "mastermind" of DC, but I thought the Justice League were going to take him out too easily( which they did-blew up his facilities). I thought "Justice" was going to be the War, that the fans have been waiting for more than 5 years. A bitter battle to the end! Perhaps Steven could have put in a variety of villians for the heroes like for Aquaman: Doctor Polaris(would have been exciting to see) or Major Disaster (have a connection between the Aquaman and the Flash-double banger; go real well with Luthor)! For Flash, he could would have had: Zoom (the Flash, just evil) or Tar Pit (a pain in the but for all of the heroes). For Green Arrow, Steven could have had: Count Vertigo(would have been a phenomenal asset to "Justice")! Ultimately, "Justice" should not be the second best Smallville Episode! It's a mistake that it is...But in my opinion the best episode of season 6 was none other than "Zod"!moreless
  • I don't understand why everyone thinks this is a great episode. It's the worst Smallville episode I've seen!

    I don't understand why everyone thinks this is a great episode. It's the worst Smallville episode I've seen!

    I just got embarrassed when I saw this. Especially in the end when they blew up the building and the Justice Leageu were walking in a straight line - with Clark in the middle.

    A lot of people thinks this is the best episode. I say it is the worst one. Actually the whole idea with this "Justice League" is stupid. It is ok with the green arrow, but when three people with superpowers joins him to fight crime - I don't know what to say!moreless
  • In the space of two weeks, the Smallville crew dished up the lowest-rated episode of the series, followed by the highest-rated episode of the series. "Justice," of course, is the higher achievement, according to the fans.moreless

    Investigative reporter Chloe has dug up dirt on a physician at Belle Reve; she accuses Dr. Caselli of transferring out a dozen inmates from the high-security area in that primitive mental institution. Is it late at night here at the DP? Does Chloe have any security? Brave girl, but naive in this scene. She interrogates him about the inmates' abilities and 33.1, so he simply pulls a gun on her. So she's alone in the whole building, and Security let his guy in unescorted. Guess we have to have a plot, but let's make it a little more challenging to set up.

    An unknown rescuer zooms in and knocks the Dr. out, and Chloe gets a handful of loaded pistol. Clark suddenly appears, but he didn't perform the save, and now there's a chase on through the dark streets of Metropolis. This is the fun of the super-characters - "wish I could do that!" Juvenile delinquent-cum-superhero Bart (Kyle Gallner) is back, having first appeared in "Run" in Season 4.

    Chloe and Clark at the barn set up the storyline more; Dr. Caselli has already been released from prison, thanks to Lex. Then Bart drops by for old times' sake, professing that he's gone straight, or grown up. Oliver's and Lois are an item again, but superhero...gotta go. Lois tires of this five minutes of romance at a time, so Oliver suggests a break, meaning a vacation together. Monte Carlo? Wonder how a Vancouver high-rise condo can have such a rusty old freight elevator. Lois leaves to pack.

    Lionel and Lex have one of their tense father-son chats; Lana is in Paris with Nell shopping for a wedding dress, so looks like no space in the script for her this week. Some of Luthorcorp data files are being compromised, Lex is nonchalant, and has security video of one break-in, showing someone who can "move faster than a speeding bullet." Bart zips in and steals all of Lex's files on his PC, then hits the streets to rendezvous with his handler. Like Oliver, he wears sunglasses at night - guess it keeps his eyeballs from drying out at speed.

    Clark is in to see Lionel, flinging accusations around again - what has Lionel done lately to deserve this? Here's a guy who's been keeping Clark's secret for a year now, what does he have to do to be trusted? Seeing the intruder photo, Clark realizes Bart has been hiding things, but he won't tell Lionel who it is. He will confront Bart about it, but Bart won't come clean, he has secrets, too.

    Clark finally tells Chloe about Bart's speed; in two seconds she's tried to trace Bart's cell phone GPS feature; those hacks are just unbelievable. And Bart's call history is just a click away, he's been calling a subsidiary of Oliver's corporation, so Clark discerns that Oliver is using Bart to attack Luthorcorp. Bart's next break-in results in his capture by Lex and an overly large security force.

    Clark talks to Oliver about Bart. Oliver is trying to stop 33.1, where Lex is developing an "army of superfreaks," and he digs at Clark for not doing more himself to stop it. Good point. But Bart didn't show up after his latest break-in, he's MIA. Now the scene everyone likes - Oliver's team is on the case. Aquaman Arthur Curry and "Cyborg" hero Victor Stone are there in a heroic low-angle shot. Ok, we get it. Bad guys everywhere, beware.

    Bart's in a cage at Lex's labs, he says, "I want a lawyer." Please. But Mr. Rosenbaum gets the cool comeback, "And I want a ponytail. Disappointment abounds." Again, Lex is more interesting than a whole team of handsome twenty-something Superguys. He has Bart in a large fryer, move fast or the sensors will set off the voltage. So rather than talk, Bart becomes a screaming red blur in the cage, fun scene.

    Back at JLA headquarters, we learn Victor has lost his girlfriend, but Oliver gave him a reason to go on living. And the four start working together to find number five. Of course nothing happens without Chloe; she has some clues already about equipment transfers to the Luthorcorp's Ridge facility.

    Clark is soon there, while Chloe notifies Oliver and team, which she does while telling him she learned about his "green leather fetish" all by her lonesome. Chloe's zingers sometimes go by as fast as Bart. But the target building has lead shielding, so with meteor rock present, Clark may need a rescue, too, because he ignored the danger of a room he couldn't see into, and barges right in to a meteor-rock pantry. Down he goes.

    Team Hero arrives; Victor plugs his own self into the security system and they're in, Victor telling Oliver he'd look good on a can of green beans. See allusions. Victor is a latter-day R2D2, probing the plant electronics via his arm and finding Bart's cage. Clark rescues Bart, then Oliver's planted explosives are set, as our five heroes stride toward the camera in a overused (and pretentious) slo-mo stroll, just like in dozens of other action flicks and tv dramas, while the plant goes up in flames in the background.

    Lois arrive at Oliver's place, ready for her dream vacation, but Oliver "has to go away on business." For once, Ms. Durance gets to play something other than brash and sassy, and she's pretty darn believable as a disappointed love. Oliver isn't coming back soon, he says. She still can't resist one last kiss, but she's gone.

    Lionel berates Lex about the escape of Bart and the destruction of much of 33.1, but Lex is determined to stop Oliver and his recruits with abilities, which he sees as a threat to freedom and democracy - this actually makes some sense. Lionel alibis for Clark during the rescue, leaving Lex to doubt once again.

    Chloe and the guys discuss Lex, who's starting up 33.1 facilities around the world; one will be their first target. Will Clark join? Not yet, he has to solve a problem he caused. This is just the beginning - "let's go save the world."

    Two possible reasons for this episode's high rating - one is simply a strong bounce from the lowest-rated episode of the series just two weeks ago - the entire Smallville fan base must have be relieved that a pretty good episode could still be produced. Second, the anticipation of a new storyline, or even a follow-on series to Smallville, the Justice League of America, got everyone interested in seeing how this might be developed. Best acting award for this story, however, goes to Mr. Rosenbaum and Ms. Durance. The cartoonish aspects, well, they weren't fatal flaws, but some scenes could have been better with subtlety. Re-run rating B.moreless
  • You Know You Love It, And When Can I Meet Bruce?

    JLA... Finally. You know you love this episode. You know you do. Yes you do. Even if it was cheesy at times. Or kind of over the top. The heroic angles and dramatic music. The lighting and in-jokes. The slow "watch out! Heroes walking here" shots. Yes it was a bit much but also really welcome after the last episodes. Plus it was Victor, Arthur, Oliver, Bart and Clark (and even Chloe as Watchtower/Oracle)against a finally getting really evil Lex, so nonbelievers be quiet and let me just enjoy my favorite episode of Smallville. One thing though.. Not to be greedy but seriously...stop with the Batman teasers or bring him out already DAMMIT! Bruce? Are you coming? Hurry up.moreless
Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

Annette O'Toole

Annette O'Toole

Martha Clark Kent

Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Lois Lane

John Glover

John Glover

Lionel Luthor

Lee Thompson Young

Lee Thompson Young

Victor Stone

Guest Star

Kyle Gallner

Kyle Gallner

Bart Allen

Guest Star

Alan Ritchson

Alan Ritchson

Arthur Curry

Guest Star

Justin Hartley

Justin Hartley

Oliver Queen/Green Arrow

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • When the team blew up the Ridge Facility didn't they think that the meteorite rocks inside could disperse in the area and create some new mutants?

    • At the start of the episode, we can see the red jumper figure (Bart) standing behind Clark before the super speed sound is heard; Clark super speeds to the other side of the basketball court to catch up to the red jumper figure but before he can grab him the red jumper figure runs off around the corner amazingly fast. Clark then stops knowing he won't be able to catch him and the camera angle spins around to see Clarks face, in the bottom left hand corner of the screen we can see a red jumper figure standing behind him, (we know it can't be one of the basketball players because they are all wearing dark colors and aren't standing that close behind Clark) then a couple of seconds later the super speed sound is heard but too late because we can see a glimpse of a red jumper in the bottom left corner already standing behind Clark.

    • When Lois comes to Oliver's, ready to travel to Monte Carlo, she is dragging a large suitcase with wheels. When she leaves, after they break up, you hear her footsteps and then the elevator opens, but you don't hear her stop to get her luggage, or the sound of the wheels rolling across the floor. Would she just leave all of her new clothes behind?

    • During Lois and Oliver's scene towards the end of the episode Lois leans in left to kiss him. However when the shot changes to behind her she is leaning right.

    • Chloe confirms that everyone is out of the building, so who carried all the unconscious people out?

    • On the equipment transfer requisition that Chloe hands Clark, "shielding" is misspelled as "sheilding" and "transferred" is misspelled as "transfered."

    • Justice League Codenames:
      Oliver Queen: Green Arrow
      Arthur Curry: Aquaman
      Victor Stone: Cyborg
      Bart Allen: Impulse
      Clark Kent: Boy Scout
      Chloe Sullivan: Watchtower

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Lois: I know it's just a vacation but...
      Chloe: What? Vacation? No vacation is Palm Springs, Monte Carlo is a fairytale.
      Lois: Yeah, hopefully without Prince Charming having a disappearing act every five minutes.
      Chloe: (pulls out stylish green lingerie) Umm I think you'll be keeping his full attention, Lois.
      Lois: Yeah, I better, it's not like I go Victoria Secret for anybody. What do you think though? Should I have gone with the black lace?
      Chloe: No, something tells me green is definitely his color.

    • Chloe: Well, at least we got Bart out before Lex ran him into an early grave.
      Bart: Oh come on, no worries I had plenty of juice left.
      Victor: Could've fooled me, the way you cleaned out Mama Kents' fridge.
      Bart: Yeah, that's because I like to stay fueled up... (superspeeds next to Chloe) just in case I need to spring in action.
      Chloe: I still have a boyfriend.
      Bart: Yeah, well a man can dream can't he?
      Arthur: Now you know why we call him Impulse.

    • Bart: (with a feast in front of him) God, Mrs. K, thank you so much this was so good.
      Martha: Where do you put it all? You eat more than Clark and he's twice your size.
      Bart: Yeah, well you know I burn a lot of calories.

    • Clark: Last time you blew through town, you stole my dad's wallet, then swiped a priceless artifact from Lex. You nearly got yourself killed.
      Bart: Yeah, yeah, those were the days, huh?

    • Lois: I mean, is it just me, or is this relationship all interruptus and no coitus?

    • Lionel: I need to talk to you. You alone?
      Lex: Just me and my shadow, Dad.

    • Clark: You can cut the act. I know about LuthorCorp, and the break-in by someone who's as fast as me.
      Bart: Yeah, faster, actually.

    • Clark: What about call history, can you pull up a record?
      Chloe: Legally? Absolutely not.

    • Victor: Guess we're not that good at the whole secret part of this yet.
      Chloe: Yeah, but you're great at getting caught by the villain.

    • Victor: Nice. But please, put a shirt on.
      Arthur: I swim faster when I'm naked.
      Victor: I bet you do.
      Arthur: You're lucky I still got my pants on.

    • Oliver: I never wanted to hurt you.
      Lois: Well you finally got around to it anyway, didn't you?

    • Clark: Impulse, Cyborg, Aquaman, Green Arrow. What do you call your team?
      Bart: I don't know, I've been thinking, you know, we need something cool, we need something like…
      Oliver: I was thinking something with the word "Justice" in it. After all, that's what Lex is going to get a big dose of.

    • Oliver: You'd make one hell of a can opener.
      Victor: You'd look good on a bag of green beans.

    • Lex: The security footage from the Ridge Facility was destroyed. However, several guards describe one of Green Arrow's men as someone that sounded remarkably like Clark Kent.
      Lionel: Clark? Impossible.
      Lex: A word that always seem to pop when talking about him, doesn't it?
      Lionel: Lex, it was not Clark.
      Lex: How can you be so sure?
      Lionel: Because I was having dinner with him last night when all this happened. Martha made pot roast with new potatoes and tiny little baby carrots. It was delicious. Clark… Clark had three helpings. Don't worry, son. You still have plenty of enemies out there plotting your downfall.

    • Lex: You.
      Green Arrow: You remember. I'm touched.
      Lex: Well, it's a little hard to forget. Last time we met, you put an arrow in my chest.
      Green Arrow: You put a bullet in mine. Bygones?
      Lex: Go to hell.
      Green Arrow: You first.

    • Oliver: Green Arrow to Watchtower. "Boy Scout's" out of the woods.
      Clark: Boy Scout?
      Oliver: If you hadn't ran off all half-cocked, you could have picked your own code name. You don't want to play for the team, that's fine. You'd be smart about it.
      Clark: Point taken. Where's Bart?
      Oliver: "Impulse." He didn't get to pick his own code name, either.

    • Lex: Good morning, Sunshine. I know you. You've stolen from me before.
      Bart: I want a lawyer.
      Lex: And I want a ponytail. Disappointment abounds. Who do you work for?
      Bart: What you see is what you get there, Goldilocks.
      Lex: You're a low-level thief. Swiping corporate data isn't your style. Now, tell me who you're working for and this won't have to get unpleasant.
      Bart: All right. All right. I work for a guy called Mr. Kiss-My-Butt. Would you like me to introduce you?

    • Victor: Ollie found me I was living on the streets. He gave me a warm meal, roof over my head... and a reason to go on living.
      Oliver: Did he just say something nice about me?
      Arthur: Maybe he's starting to rust.

    • Clark: A.C., how did you fall into all this?
      Arthur: Got into a little trouble sinking a whaler off the coast of Japan.
      Victor: A little trouble? That's what you're gonna go with? Ollie had to save your scaly butt from getting filleted.
      Arthur: I would have gotten out of it.
      Oliver: Oh really. Before or after they packed you into a thousand little tin cans?
      Victor: Well at least he would've been dolphin-safe.
      Arthur: Fish jokes. That's all I ever get are fish jokes.

    • Oliver: Come on, boys. Let's go save the world.

  • NOTES (15)

    • This episode won a Leo Award for Best Production Design in a Dramatic Series. It was also nominated for a VES Award for Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program or Commercial.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: May 6, 2007 on TVNorge
      Belgium: December 15, 2007 on KanaalTwee
      Australia: January 3, 2008 on Ten
      Czech Republic: May 16, 2008 on TV Nova
      New Zealand: July 4, 2008 on TV2
      Slovakia: August 2, 2009 on Markiza

    • In-Joke: When Cyborg hacks into Lex's systems, his left eye glows red. In the comics, the upper-left half of Cyborg's face is metallic, and as such, only his left eye is red.

    • In-joke: Bart, who was not allowed to pick his codename, is called "Impulse" because of his impulsive nature. In the comics, he was originally named this (and for the same reason) before eventually taking the moniker "Kid Flash" and later "The Flash."

    • In-joke: Clark's codename Boy Scout is taken from one of Superman's nicknames "the big blue boy scout".

    • In-joke: Arthur's reference to fish jokes references the many parodies made about the Justice League and how Aquaman's superpowers aren't very good compared to others.

    • In-joke: Oliver says their next mission is to the island of Corto Maltese. Corto Maltese is an island country mentioned in Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, and subsequently gets another in-joke reference in Batman (1989) as the country where Vicki Vale worked as a photojournalist. Miller got the name from Corto Maltese, a sea captain created in an Italian comic book series by Hugo Pratt.

    • Kristin Kreuk is credited but does not appear.

    • Justin Hartley is billed specifically by character name (Oliver Queen).

    • Music: Greg Laswell - High And Low ("Through Toledo")

    • In-joke: Lex's line "Whoever's responsible has the ability to move faster than a speeding bullet." is a play on the opening line of The Adventures of Superman.

    • In-joke: Chloe's role as the woman in front of a computer, giving technical information to the "ground troops" is very similar to the role of "Oracle," who aids members of the Justice League and other heroes of the DC Comics Universe from her computer with information about building's schematics and criminal profiles among other things. Oracle was considered a member of the Justice League in a late 90's version of the League.

    • In-joke: The satellite Chloe uses to track Bart's calls is owned by "J.L. International." During the 80s, there was a comic series titled Justice League International as opposed to simply the Justice League of America.

    • In-joke: The heroes' codenames (except for Chloe's) are their comic book counterparts.

    • In-joke: Every time a member of the League speaks into the communicators, they refer to Oliver's office where Chloe is at as the "Watchtower." The comic book Justice League has had bases in space and on the moon, and are typically called "Watchtowers." The satellite base the League uses in the animated series is called the Watchtower through the entire series.