Smallville

Season 4 Episode 12

Pariah

2
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 02, 2005 on The CW

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  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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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