Smallville

Season 1 Episode 20

Obscura

4
Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 14, 2002 on The CW

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  • Trivia

    • When the scene shifts to the Kent farm, we see stock footage of a sunny day with clear blue skies, but when we cut to Jonathan and Clark loading the truck next to the barn, the sky is solid overcast.

    • Why are so many outside decorative lights on at the carnival? If it were closed for the season (as Chloe said), the lights would be out. Did the kidnapper put them on? Seems a strange way to avoid drawing attention to oneself when in the middle of a crime!

    • In the pilot, Pete talks about how they're freshmen. In this episode, Clark tells Lana that he first met Chloe in 8th grade. Have Clark and Chloe really only been friends for one year?

    • You'd think with a gas pipe about to explode, Lana would run like crazy, rather than stand there as long as she did.

    • In one of her visions, Lana sees the tall windmill, yet claims she doesn't know where it is. In the preceding episode "Nicodemus", the episode ends with Lana & Clark sitting on the platform at the top of it - it seems to be some sort of town landmark.

    • The flyer that Lex holds in the beginning reads, "Great rates for all jobs, nothing to large, nothing to small". It should be "too" not "to."

    • Why does Clark wear work gloves when he's by himself pitching hay? Is he worried about slivers and calluses?

  • Quotes

    • Clark: Uh, Chloe. I was... do you have plans for the Spring Formal?
      Chloe: Not at the moment.
      Clark: I was hoping, uh, I was hoping you'd go with me... as my date.
      Chloe: I would love to, Clark. Now I'm gonna go before my good karma runs out.
      Clark: Chloe. I'm sorry I didn't ask sooner.
      Chloe: It's okay. It was worth the wait.

    • Chloe: Are you going to wish me luck?
      Clark: You don't need it.

    • Clark: I don't think the whole tux and limo thing is for me.

    • Clark: So you've had a night to sleep on it, what are you going to do with Lex's check?
      Jonathan: Well, I might be stubborn, but I'm not blind.

    • Clark: Chloe leaves for a day and the Torch goes down in flames.

    • Nixon: It seems you've given out gifts to the competition. Now, we had an arrangement. You give me stories, I give you information. Now, what did Carrie Castle do for you that I couldn't?
      Lex: She gave me a pretty mean shiatsu massage.

    • Clark: (to Jonathan) Lex isn't perfect, dad. I know that. But slamming the door in his face over and over only helps turn him into exactly what you think he already is.

    • Lex: I feel like I owe your father an apology, but I'm not exactly sure why.

    • Clark: When are you going to be able to put your past behind you?
      Lex: Look at the stars, Clark. Some of them have been extinguished for thousands of years, but their light is only reaching us now. The past is always influencing the present. I can't change that. All I can do is try to understand it.

    • Chloe: Will you come and visit me?
      Clark: Yeah, of course! I would never pass up the opportunity to see you in your natural habitat.

    • Lex: I don't like riddles, Doctor.
      Dr. Hamilton: Then this object will make you profoundly unhappy.

    • Chloe: Clark Kent leaps tall theories in a single bound!

    • Pete: You ought to try getting off of your butt, Clark. It's the wave of the future.

    • Jonathan: When did you get so wise?
      Clark: Ask my dad.
      Jonathan: I'll sleep on it.

    • Lex: (to reporter Nixon) Since I haven't called you, and there wasn't any three-head sheep born in Smallville, what brings the Inquisitor to town?

  • Notes

    • When Clark finds information on Lana's visions and shows them to Chloe, she remarks that "suddenly he's leaping tall theories in a single bound." Though she was referring to Clark's journalistic flair, leaping tall buildings in a single bound is one of the things Superman was most famous for.

    • The carnival site shown was filmed at the Playland Amusement Park in Vancouver.

    • Clark mentions that Chloe is staying at her cousin's college dorm in Metropolis and that her cousin has no interest in journalism. Many fans have speculated that this person is Lois Lane but it is not as Lois didn't start college until season 4 of the show.

    • Music: "No Such Thing" by John Mayer, "Two Stones In My Pocket" by Neil Halstead, "Just Another" by Pete Yorn, "Piano Fire" by Sparklehorse, and "Silent To The Dark" by The Electric Soft Parade.

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