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Season 5 Episode 11


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 19, 2006 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Lex and Lana are at the mercy of a deranged Smallville deputy who plans to keep them captive until Lex reveals the location of the Kryptonian spaceship. Meanwhile, the Kents can't see eye-to-eye on campaign financing.

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  • One of the best episodes of Season Five.

    This would have to be one of the best episodes of season five, because it continues the arc of the spaceship, it also is action packed! We see Lana & Lex having a connection in the panic room since they both risked their lives for each other. So that foreshadows future romance along the way. We all know Lex wants something to happen since Lexmas. This is also one of the best episodes, because Lana & Clark continue to argue over their romance level. "Clark, what am I your cousin?" I also like the subplot, Jonathan still running for senate. Boy, was he mad when he found out all the money was from Lionel. Poor Lois, taking the blame for that in the beginning. Anyways the explosion scene, definite classic!moreless
  • Panic Bore

    Lockdown-Lex and Lana are at the mercy of a deranged Smallville deputy who plans to keep them captive until Lex reveals the location of the Kryptonian spaceship. Meanwhile, the Kents can't see eye-to-eye on campaign financing.

    After a Lex randomly and conveniently jumping into a "pains room" behind his library when two renegade deputies attack the mansion, I knew this episode would be crap. Since when did Lex have a "panic room" inside his mansion? Can you say blatant knock off of "Panic Room"! After that, I just couldn't get into the rest of the episode, not to mention, when Lana and Lex were both trapped together in the panic room. Obviously this is where the writers were trying to plant the seeds of Clana which just didn't come off as touching or romantic, just bland and forced. Also Lex gets shot again, jesus, give the guy a break! Didn' the character just get shot two episodes ago.

    Another annoyance of the episode is Clark whinning about Lana, thinking he'll never imagine loving anyone else (EHW!) and pretty much acting more BDA than usual. The main plot just doesn't interest, but the sub-plot does. I liked Jonathan finding out about Lionel's assistence in his race and how it caused a bit of conflict for the family. The best part of the episode is Clark superspeed save at the end as she runs through a ball of fire to save Lana from a massive explosion. The only thing "Lockdown" has going for it is that the ending sets up the 100th episode well. After that, it feels like a "Panic Room"-esqe plot with poor execution and suspenseless scenes.moreless
  • Two Sheriff's deputies assault Lex and Lana, demanding to know the spacecraft's location and resulting in the loss of a continuing character from the Smallville cast.

    At the Luthor mansion, a man and a woman dressed as Sheriff's deputies enter, and in a moment they have guns drawn, and murder Lex's assistant, while Lex takes a dive to the security of his vault. One of the assailants is former Deputy Greg Flynn (Kevin Daniels), a witness to and victim of the Kryptonians who arrived in the spaceship during the meteor shower ("Arrival," the season premiere). He saw his fellow deputies killed by those two, but no one has believed his story. He also claims to have seen Lex and company remove the spacecraft from it's crater, while he lay wounded, so this backfills in some details from earlier episodes. Now he wants answers. Lex is safe for the time being, and of course denies any knowledge of a spacecraft.

    Clark and Lana are at the barn, but Clark breaks off to get to class, giving excuses about the tension between them being complicated. She drops some papers - it's a Luthorcorp analysis of the spacecraft, so she has to admit she's been researching it with Lex. She has been keeping it from him because he changes the subject whenever the meteor shower or spacecraft comes up. She saw death and destruction from the ship, and almost died - Clark is missing the boat by treating it lightly. Another quandary for Clark.

    Clark discusses with Martha his feelings for Lana. Maybe she is not "the one," Martha says. Lois arrives to talk to Jonathan about campaign strategy and finances, popping Clark with the affectionate nickname, "Skippy." In a clever vehicle update, the film crew left the demolished red Dodge pickup ("Splinter," about four episodes back) as a background prop at the farm, and Jonathan is working on a blue replacement Dodge pickup while multitasking with Lois about the campaign. However, the engine compartment is red, too, so did they just repaint yet another red Dodge? This is a whole subplot in itself.

    Out on the dark highway, Lana is pulled over by Deputy Harris, taken prisoner, and hauled back to the mansion. Lex is now over a barrel. When they threaten her, he gives up his sanctuary for her sake. Lex and Lana try to disarm the two and escape back to to the vault, but Lex is seriously wounded in the process. As she tends his wound, we begin to see how Lex really feels about Lana.

    Jonathan finally has to press Lois harder for financial information; she tries to stonewall again, but good politicians stay close to the details, especially donations. She has to admit the source - Lionel, and Jonathan is not pleased. "What is the point if the devil owns your soul?" Good question for politicians.

    Clark blows in to see Chloe for more advice to the lovelorn, and Lana's turning to everyone's favorite villain-in-waiting, Lex. Chloe wisely decides to avoid getting in the middle of this. Phone call - Lana's GMC Envoy has been found abandoned out on the highway, and Clark is there in a flash. Using his x-ray vision, he discovers a tiny GPS transmitter on her truck, so someone (Deputy Harris) was tracking Lana's movements, waiting for the right place to nab her. Sheriff Nancy is again impressed with Clark's skills, but he's gone, back to Chloe to search for the owner of the GPS.

    Sheriff Nancy is alerted to an intrusion by a silent alarm at the Luthor mansion, and Deputy Harris is there, trying to head off any help. But she's a good Sheriff and insists on following procedure, so she heads to the mansion, to her undoing. As she finds the signs of the battle in Lex's office, Harris shoots her in cold blood, and popular character actor Camille Mitchell is thus written out of the Smallville cast. We will miss her.

    Chloe finds the owner of the GPS is Flynn, and she and Clark dig into his background, as a former deputy and victim of the meteor shower. So another quick break-in, this time at the psychiatric wing of Smallville Medical Center, and they know all about Flynn. The official story was that all the law enforcement personnel killed then were victims of a meteor strike.

    Martha admits to Jonathan that she is the one who accepted financial aid from Lionel - here's the conflict between political honesty and expediency, a real dilemma for Jonathan. But he sold the back 40, and intends to repay all Lionel's donations. The campaign continues.

    Lex starts to tell Lana about his dream ("Lexmas") so he's remembering feelings about Lana. He confesses that the spacecraft has disappeared, then he lapses into unconsciousness. She decides she must meet the demands of Flynn and Harris, who is his fiance, and agrees to take them to the spacecraft, demanding emergency aid for Lex. When they arrive to find an empty chamber, Lana get a chance to escape, and she almost succeeds, but they have a briefcase bomb, and it's ticking. They get gone, leaving Lana within seconds of death.

    Clark finds Lex at the mansion; he manages to whisper "Warehouse 15" to Clark, who speeds there as the bomb detonates, giving the FX guys a chance to create some impressive fireball penetration by Clark to protect Lana. She misses all this super-action so no further explanation is necessary, but he's saved her again. Boom, one more Vancouver warehouse demolished.

    Lex is recovering from his second gunshot wound in as many weeks this season, and Lana sees him as one who saved her life. He intends to pursue the spacecraft mystery, "Partners?" he asks Lana. "Friends," she replies. Bad timing, Clark sees their brief embrace. Clark is always torn, and the pressure builds to tell her the truth. Is that coming? Some continuing story holes are filled in with this episode, but if you remember those, the rest is routine Smallville drama. Re-run rating C.moreless
  • Great Episode

    A Chinese saying goes like this: A crying baby would sooner get his mother's milk. The major worth-seeing plot in Lockdown is not the boring usual fight between Clark and Lana, not Sheriff Nancy Adams being shot by her "girl", not even the two traitors wanting to see the spaceship. What really catches the eye is Lana's obscure emotional shift to Lex, who's seriously injured by the effort of trying to save his lover with his "Flesh and Blood" body. Lana is obviously touched by his courage and perhaps some truthfulness apparently absent in Clark Kent that she is craving for.moreless
  • Great continuity with "arrival" and presents a part that will show up in other episode farther down the road. Wow, where to begin. Great episode, I like the contiuity they have with "Arrival".moreless

    Great continuity with "arrival" and presents a part that will show up in other episode farther down the road.

    Wow, where to begin. Great episode, I like the contiuity they have with "Arrival". Lex: This guy NEEDS better security forces. I dont care if he does think he's untouchable. His goons are all morons. Not to mention that the guy should wer a Bullet Proof vest every second of his life. I for one am getting tired of all the shootings. Come up with something new. I like his slip towards being vulnerable towards Lana. I also enjoyed seeing that he truly is evil and only thinks about himself. The way the cop said that lex arrived and took the ship without hecking if anyone was alive.

    Bad Cop: I really felt sorry for him. A villain that actually, sort of made me root for him. He wasnt your typical paper-cut villain. He had all his friends blown to bits by the Disciples of Zod, had his flesh burned off, and forced into a Phychiatric Ward for telling the truth.The way he described the attacks was all too creepy.

    Chloe: Im telling you, I really love this character. Much more than the first 3 seasons where I truly couldnt stand her. She and Clark make on hell of a team. I also love how she wishes she had Clarks abbilities. Theres soi much awe in what Clark an do in her.

    Lana: hmm. I dont know. I think its more of the writing thn the actor, but she's coming off as a little too...slutty for a lack of a better word. I understand that she is glad that Lex sacrificed his own well being for her, but how many times has Clark saved her sorry ass? Talk about gratitude. Sure theres half the time she didnt know about it, but what about the other times? I did like the way she put herself at risk for Lexs' safety. It shows courage from the character. Clark: He really needs to stop complaining about his abilities and start telling the truth. The reason Lana is being pushed away is NOT about his powers, its about the truth. I do like how the creators are playing with the special effects regarding his powers. Last episode was the ballon effect and this one was the bomb. Very nice touches. Jonathan Kent: A little harsh on Lois, no? Especially after all that girl has done for him. He is a little proud, but then, it wouldnt be Jonathan if he wasnt. I did like that he learned from past mistakes and DIDNT decide to take the money. It would have been a break in charater had he done so. After all the hell Lionel put him through regarding Clarks adoption papers. Lionel: I just dont get him!!! It bothers me not knowing what he is. But at the same time, I love the mystery surrounding his character. Martha Kent: Martha Martha Martha. How the mighty have fallen. Acceptingmoney from Lionel? What about her father? the guy is loaded. He would have been a much better person to ask for money. Talk about plot hole. Not to mention how she let Lois take the blame. Bad Martha. totally against her character. But she redeemed herself a bit in the end. I did like how she's pushing Clark to reveal his secret to Lana. Especially how she mentioned Pete and Chloe.

    Lois: Taking the blame closed lipped. Very nice. Just shows you how loyal she is to the Kents. Which makes me feel even happier knowing how they will be related int he future. Sherrif: Just when I was really startingto like her character. At first she was suspiciouse of Clark but she came around and even was coaxing him to join the force. I would have loved to see more development on this. Her death scene was true to her character. Im suprised that the creators killed her off without mentioning anything. She a pretty major player. Oh well.

    All in all a good episode. I was a little worried about it. Being the episode before the 100th. But it stand on its own. NOTES:

    - The death before "The Death". The sheriff will be missed. She was starting to grow on me. Especially in this episode. Then BAM!!! dead. so sad.

    - As for the ship, its theorized that the ship IS Brainiac or an extension of. Braniac, in all other continuity, has stated that "All my essence resides in even a fraction of my body". Batman compares him to a Virus. In the Comics, he's a super computer/Alien from the planet Colu. In the Golden Age he used to travel the stars and capture small cities from Planets. For his collection. The Animated series creators decided to use that but twist his origin a little. They made him Kryptons Core Computer and Information database. He downloaded all information and escaped Kryptons destruction. Smallville creators decided to use this origin and make him a Kryptonian supercomputer. Created by Kryptonians, serving only Zod. Why he serves Zod is unknown. Braniac is only logic. Serving Zod will somehow aid his own plans. The same reason why he asks Lex for help. In axhnge for the ship, opened and delivered. So the ship is still very much in tact. When Braniac was impaled, I imagine he was damaged and he teleported himself (all of "himself") away to recuperate and come up with another planmoreless
Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk

Lana Lang

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Lois Lane

Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Annette O'Toole

Annette O'Toole

Martha Clark Kent

Kevin Daniels

Kevin Daniels

Greg Flynn

Guest Star

Sarah Lind

Sarah Lind

Deputy Harris

Guest Star

Michael Ryan (V)

Michael Ryan (V)


Guest Star

Camille Mitchell

Camille Mitchell

Sheriff Nancy Adams

Recurring Role

Bud the Dog

Bud the Dog


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Given his panic room is meant to withstand a nuclear attack, why doesn't Lex have a basic first aid kit in there?

    • When Flynn shoots out the camera in the lion/gargoyle head, the first image on the monitor as viewed by that camera doesn't match up with the camera angle used in the image of Flynn shooting out the camera. The first shot is just a continuation of a previous scene of Flynn talking, painted green to appear as if it was taken from the security camera.

    • Given Clark has superspeed and thus can move invisibly (as he does to shake the guard's pop can), why does he stop to check out the warehouse with his x-ray vision? He can just rush in, check out the whole place at superspeed in the space of a second or two, and no one would see him (they never do). Instead he takes considerably longer to stop and scan.

    • This is the second time in "several weeks" (since "Lexmas") that Lex is shot in the chest and probably the lung, almost certainly collapsing it. While he might have handled the first chest shot reasonably well through sheer willpower and all, it seems impossible to believe he can recover from a second shot to practically the same location, much less speak and move about relatively easily in the panic room.

    • Where is Lex's security? Not only do the deputies get in unannounced and unhindered, but nobody shows up during the whole time Lex (and later Lana) are in the panic room. Even if the deputies took out the trained security, there'd be teams, rotating patrols, clock-in times, etc. Having a security team that drops dead and no one notices kind of defeats the purpose of having security.

    • Speaking of Lex's crack security, and no offense to the educational standards of Smallville deputies, but how is Flynn able to override the security protocols and get into the panic room's thermostat system? As unlikely as it is he has such training, it is even more unlikely it'd be superior to the security people that safeguarded the system.

    • How was Clark able to do the "supershake" with the security guy's soda when the guy had the can in his hand?

    • Lois tells Jonathan she plans to get ads for him on "every TV station across Kansas." Since Kansas is broken into 40 state senate districts, if she did that she would be wasting a lot of money by airing ads to residents in the 39 districts who are ineligible to vote for Jonathan.

    • Given that Lex initially showed Lana the spaceship so she could examine it personally and try and figure a way in, it seems absurd that she didn't then wonder at all about why he hasn't shown it to her in the weeks specified since its disappearance when they were working together and studying it.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Flynn: You're going to make a great politician, Luthor. You almost sound like you believe your own lies.

    • (After being shot)
      Sheriff Adams: Well ain't that a mother?

    • Lex: (delirious) D'you think I'd look better with hair?
      Lana: Um, I don't know. I've never thought about it.
      Lex: Oh, I have. I've thought about a lot of things ... Clark has really nice hair.
      Lana: Yeah. Yeah, I guess he does.
      Lex: Does he know?
      Lana: That he has nice hair?

    • Lana: (to Clark) Okay, so when you said "Let's get together and study," you actually meant study.

    • Lois: Turn that frown upside down, Skippy, all right? Unhappy family members reflect badly at the polls.
      Clark: I'm looking forward to this campaign being over.

    • Chloe: Clark! Can you at least put on the brakes before you tornado my homework?
      Clark: Sorry.

    • Sheriff Adams: How in the Sam Spade did you know where to find that?
      Clark: Just a hunch.
      Sheriff Adams: You've got an awful lot of those. I've said it before but I really could use a man like you on the force instead of some of these hayseeds.

    • Lana: Okay, well tell me something.
      Lex: What?
      Lana: Anything, just keep talking, okay?
      Lex: Think I'd look better with hair?

    • (as Clark superspeeds off)
      Chloe: Damn. I wish I could do that.

    • (Clark briefly kisses Lana)
      Lana: Clark, what am I, your cousin? Really kiss me.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Sheriff Adams: How in the Sam Spade did you know where to find that?
      Sam Spade is a fictional private detective made famous by actor Humphrey Bogart in the 1941 movie The Maltese Falcon