Smallville

Season 4 Episode 12

Pariah

2
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 02, 2005 on The CW
9.4
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When a mysterious killer strikes at both Lana and Jason, Alicia is the leading suspect and even Clark comes to doubt her innocence. Feeling betrayed, she secretly tricks Clark into revealing his powers in front of one of his friends. And Genevieve returns to town with an offer for Lex, who in turn has an offer for Jason.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • I hated that Alicia died

    7.5
    As much as I'm glad Lois & Clark ended up with,she wasn't the one that was Clark's real chemistry was epic and it was dumb for the writers to kill her off especially when it wasn't even the end of the just had to go back to him wanting to be with Lana although they can't admit that Clark's chemistry Lana can't even come close to his & only thing the writers did right was was not have him & Lana end up together.moreless
  • An ultimate burial of such a beautiful character!

    1.5
    You know this was just a burial for the Alicia character all because they wanted to get Clark and Lana back together for season 5. And the fact that see was killed off by a nobody just insults the fans intelligence. This is one of the worst episodes i've ever seen particulary on the fact that this really wasn't an episode to begin with. It was just to kill her off, forget about her and then focus back on Clana. Only good thing in this ep was that Alicia showed Chloe Clarks secret other than that not a very good episodemoreless
  • Excellent episode with emotional depth.

    9.5
    The pariah of the title is Alicia, who in this episode concludes her guest appearances. She's a little unpopular at Smallville High. After all, she is recovering from treatment for mental illness, and she did previously try to kill Lana and Clark. So she is treated with hostility and suspicion by everyone except Clark (Clark, uniquely, seems to have forgiven her for her past actions, even the red kryptonite incident). So when first Lana and then Jason are attacked by a mysterious person who can sneak past locked doors, Alicia is the prime suspect. After finding her scarf in Jason's car, even Clark starts to suspect that Alicia is guilty.



    The episode does a lot to make Alicia a sympathetic character, a tall order after her previous outings. And it is well constructed to make maximum impact when Alicia gets murdered. Clark's grief at Alicia's death is genuine, he clearly had strong feelings for her. As far as he's concerned he has now lost the one person his own age with whom he could be completely open about his abilities.



    Of course at this stage he is unaware that Alicia has revealed his secret to Chloe. Chloe doesn't spend long over the dilemma of whether to publish (massive story for a journalist) or whether to protect Clark's privacy. Chloe's loyalty to Clark wins the day, of course.moreless
  • Best in season 4 (excluding commencement)

    10
    I love this continuation of Unsafe. There is, however, something I don't like. Why did they have to kill Alicia? She was the perfect girlfriend for Clark, and it would have increased tension between the already candidates: Lois, Chloe, and Lana. The rest was very good, and it was about time that Chloe found out about Clark's secret. Alicia did say she was going to keep Clark's secret, but by telling Chloe she helped Clark in the future. So Alicia did something that made her memorable throughout the series. I loved Alicia, now I wont have anything else to hope for. Nevertheless, it is a great episode!moreless
  • they diddnt have to kill her ...

    9.2
    i dont know why the writers choose to do what they did.. i loved seeing clark and alica ...finally a fresh relationship in clarks life but no wait he cant carry that on cause hes gotta go running to boring dull lana again…who's gonna talk in her strange voice and trying being ms good too shoes…I liked alica cause she had this dark side to her which was amazingly matched by clark's pure persona I really wish they had kept her as a regular on the show.....dude why...i dont get it and i'm pretty unhappy about where the story went... and what my mind fails to understand is why the writers are so scared of carrying on stories and the characters…. they always have to start and finish a story in one episode.....and then start something different it would be so much better if they learned to build suspense and keep the good characters...sad to see alica goo...she won us over in just 2 episodes what lana has failed to do in over a zillion..moreless
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

Annette O'Toole

Annette O'Toole

Martha Clark Kent

Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Lois Lane (uncredited)

Guest Star

Sarah Carter

Sarah Carter

Alicia Baker

Guest Star

Derek Hamilton

Derek Hamilton

Tim Westcott

Guest Star

Jane Seymour (I)

Jane Seymour (I)

Genevieve Teague

Recurring Role

Camille Mitchell

Camille Mitchell

Sheriff Nancy Adams

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (13)

    • Lana takes a shower with candles. One could understand baths with candles but what girl takes a shower with them?

    • When Alicia teleports Chloe into the car, they go from a standing position (at the Torch) immediately to a sitting position (in the car). Why didn't Chloe re-appear in a standing position in the car? Alicia is the teleporter and she knows where's she's going, but she didn't give Chloe a heads-up that they were going to be sitting in a car.

    • Jason is in enough of a rush to find out what's going on with Lana, by breaking down the bathroom door. However, he's not in so much of a rush when he sees her laying down in the tub with the shower curtain wrapped around her. He just kneels down next to the tub and looks at her for a handful of seconds before trying to help her.

    • How did Clark get from Alicia's barn to the killer's place without Lois figuring anything out? Lois meets Clark at the barn. Clark (presumably) super-speeds off and has about a 1-2 minute battle with the killer. Then Lois runs in. How does she think Clark got there without a car?

    • So...where is Alicia staying? Apparently with her aunt, but the aunt never appears when Alicia is being accused of murder, or being murdered outside the house, or afterward.

    • If Clark is so worried about where Alicia is after he catches the car and she's nowhere to be seen...why doesn't he use his x-ray vision to look for her?

    • Why does Lana lock the bathroom door when she takes the shower? It's just her and Jason in her own apartment. More importantly, the killer's plan to frame Alicia wouldn't work if Lana left it unlocked. So it's really convenient that she did.

    • As almost always, the legal rationale here makes no sense, which wouldn't be a goof except the writers keep drawing attention to it. So...Sheriff Adams says that Clark's alibi is the only thing keeping Alicia out of jail. Ummm, why? There's no witness placing her at the crime scene. There are no fingerprints. The fact that people have superpowers is common knowledge. Alicia has been released because she's considered "cured' (and is still out of Belle Reve, so someone there must have okayed her sanity status besides McBride). So are we really supposed to believe that Adams would arrest Alicia if not for Clark's alibi?

    • Why didn't Sheriff Adams take the scarf from Clark? It might have had hair or body-fluid evidence on it that might have led to the real killer.

    • How do people know Clark and Alicia were married? Why would Clark and his parents tell anyone?

    • The car Clark caught in mid-air must have been going at least 50 mph. Just catching it by the bumper and grill bringing it to a dead stop would have still crushed in the front end of the car. And thinking Alicia is in it, if she was she would have gone through the windshield. He should have caught the car by its underframe and run a short distance to slow it down safely.

    • Why would Clark need to worry about Alicia being injured in the car crash and come to her rescue? She could just teleport herself out of the car, because he knew she was not wearing her bracelet. Alternately, he knew she could take it off and just teleport out.

    • Why is Sheriff Adams so easy-going about Clark withholding evidence from her? She's griped about it in almost every episode she's appeared in where he's been involved, but here she just kinda shrugs and doesn't book him for interfering in a police investigation.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Alicia: What would you do if somebody told you that you couldn't use your abilities?
      Clark: I don't know, but I would, I would give them away in a second before I'd use them to hurt someone.

    • Chloe: Lois, if you found out something, something someone didn't want you to know about them, would you tell them?
      Lois: That depends. Is that person someone you care about?
      Chloe: Yeah.
      Lois: And does keeping the secret hurt anyone?
      Chloe: No.
      Lois: Then my answer is no. If I really cared about that person, I wouldn't tell them that I knew. But I would go out of my way to be supportive of them so that hopefully, one day, they would be comfortable enough to tell me themselves.

    • Alicia: Chloe Sullivan, ace reporter. You write all these articles about the people you call freaks and you don't even realize that someone close to you is one of them.

    • Lois: Did (Alicia) happen to be wearing something low-cut when she spun you that tale, because I'm not sure you're thinking with your big brain here.

    • Lex: Can I get you something? I assure you, my tastes have matured.
      Genevieve: I'm sure you've developed a taste for quite a lot of things, Lex.

    • Sheriff Adams: You flip-flop more than a politician, Mr. Kent.

    • Lois: First he married the girl, now he's dating her?
      Chloe: That was subtle, Lois.

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Clark: (catching the car)
      When Clark catches the car that Alicia and Chloe were driving in, the way he's standing, the way he holds the car and the camera angle make a recreation of the cover if Action Comics #1--the first appearance ever of Superman.

    • Lois: And the name Alicia Baker came up more than once in a bunny-boiler kind of way.
      In the movie Fatal Attraction Glenn Close's character Alex boils a pet bunny as part of her revenge campaign against Michael Douglas' character, Dan.

    • Lois: Sounds like something from the Sci-Fi Channel . . .
      Referencing the pay-cable channel that purportedly airs science fiction series...but also horror, and fantasy, and ghost-buster investigation, and government real-life conspiracy, and reality-prank shows...

    • Chloe: She can teleport easier than Captain Kirk...
      Referencing Star Trek. Must be William Shatner night, since Chloe makes both this statement and a T.J. Hooker allusion within a minute or two of each other.

    • Chloe: Jason pulled a T.J. Hooker . .
      Referencing the TV cop of the 80s, played by William Shatner.

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