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Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton
Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor
Martha Clark Kent
In Moira's case notes on the flash drive, it says that she was controlling Chloe through Chloe's personal possession (the necklace). Given the obvious and realized potential for mayhem this could cause, why would they let Moira keep it?
In this episode, we find out that Lana was never pregnant, but she's taken to the hospital with Lex's knowledge and he would know they would do blood test, yet he doesn't take any precautions.
Trivia: Among the items in Moira's file are her birthdate of September 20, 1960 (Lynda Carter was born July 24, 1951) and the fact she "may be the key to finalizing Project Ares."
Once again, Gabe Sullivan is inexplicably absent from the episode. He's neither present when Moira commits herself, nor does anyone have any interest in setting up a meeting between himself and his briefly-not-catatonic wife at the end.
For some reason Lex goes the low-tech route at the beginning. He doesn't use a CD player, a satellite radio, or an iPod when he's driving. He also doesn't use a hands-free cell phone.
When Clark arrives at Chloe's apartment in the morning, he simply knocks and enters. Rudeness aside, there's no indication the door is locked. Given the number of times Chloe has been attacked and kidnapped, this seems unusual.
Why is Clark driving Chloe to work? It's a three-hour drive to Metropolis and back, and he's the only one running the Kent farm. Does he really have this much spare time, particularly when Chloe could drive herself?
How does Moira know what a flash drive is, or that Lex carries it on his person? She's been catatonic for 12 years, but she apparently gives Chloe very specific mental commands to recover it.
What happened to the escaped patient? Last we see, Chloe is interrogating him. He knows Clark has superpowers and even if Lex was lying about the psychopathic part, like most krypto-mutants he may very well have had psychological issues that made him dangerous to the public.
How does Lex know that Chloe is leaving town? If he doesn't, that means he had construction crews placed on every possible route out of Smallville to intercept her then use her as a hostage against her mother. That seems a bit... conspicuous for a secret master plan, as well as overly complicated.
Who is driving the truck that runs Lex off the road? If it is Chloe where did she get the truck? She may have stole it "under the influence" but if so no subsequent reference is made to a stolen car, either by Chloe or Lex later when he's citing the incriminating evidence against her.
Just before the Lex and Moira meeting, she is shown briefly through the window from the corridor, sitting in the bed, covered with blanket. Right in the next scene, when Lex steps into the room and starts talking to her, she is sitting in a made bed with a bowl of fruits on it.
Lex comes in to see Lana, who is just waking up... with perfect makeup.
Whose truck is Clark and Chloe driving when they see Lex's car in the field? It's a high-end expensive model, Clark works at a modest farm, and Chloe is low on the totem pole at the Daily Planet. Neither one has that kind of money, and it's pretty unlikely Martha Kent would supply it (remember what Jonathan said about giving Clark a truck as a gift) even if she had that kind of money as a state senator.
In the final scene of the fifth season episode "Tomb", Chloe visits her mom at the psychiatric hospital (they cared enough to use the same stock footage for the building). Chloe's mother was then played by a different actress and only seen from behind, but her hair was clearly blond. In this episode, Chloe's mother (now played by Lynda Carter) is a brunette, both in 1995 and present day.
Moira says that making Chloe wash her hands raw was the last thing she did before being voluntarily committed. And Chloe said that after that incident, she had to wear bandages on her hands for awhile, but 8-year-old Chloe didn't have any bandages on her hands when her mother was taken away at the beginning of the episode.
After Lex is run off the road Chloe hits him in the head and knocks him out. Later, when he visits Lana at home he has a bandage on a cut located over his left eye. In the next scene, he visits Chloe's mother and there is no bandage and no cut visible at all over his left eye.
Before Lex is run off the road he is shown driving his car, tuning his radio. He finds an FM radio station at 87.7 mHz. Although car radios can tune in to channels that low, the FM radio band begins at 88.1 mHz. There are no radio stations licensed anywhere in the US at 87.7 mHz.
Lex: Well clearly Chloe gets her brazenness from her mother's side, but as meddlesome as she can be I've actually come to admire her.
Chloe: (about her mom) She's never going to get to know the person I've become.
Clark: It's a good thing I told her.
Chloe: You did?
Clark: After I brought your mom to Oliver's apartment I gave her the complete Chloe Sullivan bio.
Chloe: Lex came to talk to me, Clark. Basically he said it's kill or be killed.
Clark: He threatened you?
Chloe: I'm in his crosshairs.
Clark: Yeah, well now he's in mine.
Clark: (about Lex) You're right. He'd feed (Lana) to the lions just to spite me. But it's inevitable. The war is about to begin.
Lex: This man is a violent psychopath.
Moira: Good for him. What does that have to do with me?
Chloe: Lex, I'm tired of playing hardball, or softball, or any ball for that matter. Game's over.
Chloe: My mother sacrificed everything to protect the world from scum like you. And if taking you down means spending some quality time behind bars, sign me up.
Lex: You know, I thought you might say that. That's why there's a plan B firmly in place... a plan that makes prison look like a picnic.
Moira: There's nothing to demonstrate. I've never been able to control anybody but Chloe.
Lex: Well, there's a first time for everything.
The following scenes didn't make it into the episode:
- Clark thanks Martha for saving him from the Kryptonite and for being there for him.
- Lana hasn't told anyone about the baby, but tells Lex she will put more committment into their marriage.
Original International Air Dates:
South Africa: June 12, 2007 on Mnet
Norway: June 24, 2007 on TVNorge
Belgium: February 2, 2008 on KanaalTwee
Australia: February 14, 2008 on Ten
Czech Republic: May 27, 2008 on TV Nova
New Zealand: August 22, 2008 on TV 2
Slovakia: August 30, 2009 on Markiza
Music: Steppin by Telepictures, As You Get Closer by Telepictures, Scruggs by Telepictures, Figured Out Love by Telepictures, Overture: The Flying Dutchman by Extreme.
Lynda Carter is no stranger to superheroes, having played Wonder Woman in the 1976-79 series of the same name.
When this episode airs on The CW, it ends with Erica Durance giving a brief tribute to Dana Reeve, who passed away March 6, 2006. Contact information for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation was given, offering Superman tags with the money going to fund treatment for paralysis.
On this episode's premiere, a commercial was run for "Smallville Legends: Justice & Doom," a CWTV-sponsored on-line game. The advertisement featured the static-panel cartoon adventures of Green Arrow, Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman, with Chloe providing computer assistance as they take down the 33.1 lab at Corto Maltese. Clark and Dr. Virgil Swann are both mentioned. The comic/game is the first of five "missions" in the on-line mystery/game.
Lynda Carter is billed as Special Guest Star.
John Glover and Erica Durance are credited, but neither appear in this episode.
Chloe: I'm the road warrior. Let's face it; I'm guilty as charged.
Road Warrior is a reference to Mel Gibson's sequal Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior a post- apocalyptic science fiction movie where cities are in ruins and wars rage on the roads.
Chloe: So, do we know who Racer X is?
This is a reference to the Cartoon Speed Racer. Racer X was a mysterious masked racer who would help Speed out in various ways. Unknowingly to Speed, it was actually his brother who had mysteriously disappeared.
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