Smallville

Season 3 Episode 15

Resurrection

3
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 25, 2004 on The CW
8.9
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While his father is awaiting surgery, Clark befriends a young boy, Garrett whose brother Vince just died from liver failure. However, everyone is shocked when Vince shows up alive and seemingly well - until his liver starts failing again. In a desperate attempt to keep his brother alive, Garrett straps a Kryptonite bomb to himself and demands that Vince be given Jonathan's liver or he will blow up the building.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    9.0
    in this ep of the show smallville jonthan is having surgery and he is getting a new liver but also clark has a old friend that had a brother that just died atleast they thought he died and his liver starts to fail again and he gets really upset and goes into the hospital with a bomb straped to his chest thats made out of krptonite and he wants johnathns liver for his brother instead or he blows the place up clark must do something to stop it from happneing this was a really intese ep and that is why i gave it a 9moreless
  • While Jonathan faces heart surgery, Clark's friend Garrett is distraught about his brother's death, and sudden resurrection with a platelet serum. Clark discovers this and uses the serum to head off a bomb threat to his family and dozens of others.moreless

    7.5
    "Resurrection" initially creates the expectation of a pretty good episode, but eventually it sags a bit, with a contrived crisis and not much going on in the way of character development. The antagonists aren't on the permanent guest star list, so we don't need to pay much attention to them, and some plot holes open up, making the threats to life and limb hard to accept.



    Jonathan lands in the hospital for a stress test, and the physician, played with dignity and realism by Jerry Wasserman, recommends an immediate triple bypass. Jonathan is reluctant to have the surgery - but Clark expresses both his fear and love, so Jonathan finally agrees. While Clark waits anxiously, he talks to friend Garrett Davis whose brother Vince is also hospitalized, needing a liver transplant. A code is sounded - Vince has died, and Garrett lapses into hysterics. Someone on the medical staff sends an email to "l. teng" that a body is now ready for pickup, and we see an ambulance helicopter departing the hospital with a body - prehaps we have another invasion of the body snatchers.



    Garrett gets the disturbing news that Vince's body was cremated after being made available for organ donations, but Garrett suspects forged documents, as none of that was authorized. Vince's body is taken to a Luthorcorp lab, injected with a large syringe of unknown fluid, and he lives! In the 'B' plot, Lex and Chloe are trying to determine the whereabouts of molecular biologist Dr. Teng; Chloe informs Lex that she has discovered that Dr. Teng entered the country by marrying a Luthorcorp guard - and Lex realizes that Lionel arranged this so for she could stay in the county. Lex will investigate, leaving Chloe out of the picture for her safety.



    Later, Vince shows up at the farm, to Garrett's joy. Vince explains that he awoke in a lab, but the happiness in not long-lived - Vince is not well, and suddenly wants to leave with Garrett. But his eyes begin bleeding and he collapses. Clark and Garrett return to the hospital with Vince; the doctor is mystified, and knows nothing about the lab that resurrected Vince, so it looks like Vince will be "Dead Again." Meanwhile, Jonathan is prepped for surgery, in a scene played with skill and sympathy by Annette O'Toole. But then, she always does.



    Clark tells Lana about the "Resurrection" of Vince, and Lana says Adam was reported to have died of a rare liver disease also, but she has not seen him - we are to wonder if Adam received the same treatment as Vince. Meanwhile, the doctors cannot do anything else for Vince, but Garrett won't accept this prognosis. Looks like drastic action coming.



    Chloe and Clark try to learn how Vince returned to life, seeing that the medevac chopper did not take Vince to Metropolis General. Clark accosts the pilot, demanding to know where he took Vince - with a little pressure, the pilot flies Clark to the drop-off point. At that lab, Clark super-hears Lex talking to Dr. Teng; this time Lex seems to be only helpful. She's North Korean, and he has the goods on her. But Clark speeds in and steals a vial of blood platelets that restored Vince to life, and Teng and Lex are properly mystified by something unseen happening right in front of them.



    Jonathan's surgery begins, and the producers have gone to considerable effort to make all these hospital scenes realistic, except for the too-short length of the proposed incision needed for a triple bypass. Garrett returns to the hospital with a bomb - having earlier stated that Vince worked in demolition, apparently leaving lots of explosives laying around so Garrett could assemble something lethal in just hours. He demands a liver for Vince - it's surgical blackmail, and everyone in the hospital is a hostage.



    The SWAT team arrives before Clark, and Sheriff Nancy tells him about the threat. Why doesn't Clark just superspeed in - why all the discussion to try to convince the Sheriff that he should be allowed to intervene? Well, there's a contrived crisis - Pete tells Martha, and us, that Garrett's bomb has meteor rock ingredients, so Clark is deterred from approaching. Clark calls Garrett, who allows Clark to re-enter the hospital, over the objections of the Sheriff, but Clark makes a deal for hostage release, while Sheriff Nancy orders a police sniper to look for a clean shot at Garrett.



    Garrett forces the doctor to inject the vial of fluid which Clark brought, but the vitals of Vince don't change. Garrett, now more desperate to save his brother, sees a way to get a liver...from Jonathan. Before that threat goes any farther, the sniper's bullet hits Garrett, and in the best scene in the episode, Clark cleverly grabs a lead shield from the x-ray lab to cover the meteor rock and allow him to nab it, then speeds away with the bomb, allowing it to explode harmlessly outside. End of crisis.



    Doctor Teng takes Lex to see Adam, but no one knows the source of the blood platelets; they can revivify necrotic tissue. Adam is deteriorating, a prisoner, a lab rat. Lex sees Lana at the Talon, pretending he does not know Adam's whereabouts, but asking what she knows. Apparently he suspects that she might know something about Adam that would benefit him, his usual motivation in life.



    Surgery completed, Jonathan and family prepare to return home. Clark reports that Lionel is behind the serum which reacts near kryptonite, just as Clark's blood does. Has Lionel discovered a way to use Clark's blood to restore life? Should Clark support this effort? Perhaps this will be a thread in a future episode.



    Clark sees Lana, discussing Garrett. What does he think was in the serum? "I have no idea," he lies, growing tired of this subterfuge with the one he loves...Lana.



    "Resurrection" is well written, acted, photographed, and directed. It's a good, solid Smallville production, just not significant in any on-going story, and not compelling for repeat viewings. The Adam-Lana story line seems to have about run its course, with only one or two more episodes called for before wrapping it up. Just ok, but not memorable. Re-run rating C.moreless
  • A smallville character in hospital...that's a first...

    5.0
    Considering we're whisked to Smallville General Hospital every other week for some reason or another, an episode centered around it can only hold your attention for so long before you begin to feel agitated as though you were waiting in an actual hospital. It's a bog-standard storyline that we've seen countless times from this series already, a shame cos this season's second half (the exception being the eternally dull "Velocity") has been moving from strength to strength. It's not all bad, though; there's a nice bit of emphasis on the adult-front in Smallville and very little in the way of "teen" angst, although a couple of overly saccharine moments involving the Kents severely wound Resurrection further. Still, some progress is made in splintering the relationship between Clark and Lex so it's not an entirely pointless hour...moreless
  • Blood Lust

    6.6
    Resurrection-While his father is awaiting surgery, Clark befriends a young boy, Garrett whose brother Vince just died from liver failure. However, everyone is shocked when Vince shows up alive and seemingly well - until his liver starts failing again. In a desperate attempt to keep his brother alive, Garrett straps a Kryptonite bomb to himself and demands that Vince be given Jonathan's liver or he will blow up the building. An episode with many intriguing developments but the main plot just doesn't live up to it. While Garrett's situation is sad, it never really feel above average or top any other hostage situations on Smallville. But what works for the episode is the idea that Clark's blood can bring people alive. I loved the way we see Vince's body brought to Metropolis and the sequence of Vince being brought back to life.



    The episode really excells better with Jonathan's situation as the Marth and Clark face the possibility of losing him during his open heart surgery. I also like how the connection with Adam and Vince is brought up with the eye bleeding which is a real disturbing side effect. Another great special effect was Clark super speeding to get the bomb out of the hospital. One of the final scenes where Clark makes a statement about his blood being able to save people was very Superman-eqse and I love the way Tom delievered in that scene. "Resurrection" may not have the strongest plot, but it have some imressive developments that continue the overall storyline quite nicely.moreless
  • Great Episode

    10
    When Jonathan Kent goes to Smallville Medical Center for physical examination, his doctor diagnoses arterial blockage and recommends a heart surgery procedure with triple bypass. Meanwhile, Vince Davis (Tahmoh Penikett), the older brother of Clark Kent's friend Garrett Davis (James Kirk), needs a liver transplantation, but he does not resist and dies. His body is sent to be the subject of an experiment of Dr. Lia Teng (Françoise Yip) with blood platelet and revives. When Vince gets sick again, Garrett looses control and becomes a threat to the patients, employees and visitors of the hospital. "Resurrection" shows a miraculous power of Clark Kent. The story is good, and we finally understand the sort of research that Dr. Lia Teng is developing with blood platelet.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

Sam Jones III

Sam Jones III

'Pete' Ross

Annette O'Toole

Annette O'Toole

Martha Clark Kent

James Kirk

James Kirk

Garrett Davis

Guest Star

Tahmoh Penikett

Tahmoh Penikett

Vincent Davis

Guest Star

Jerry Wasserman

Jerry Wasserman

Dr. Scanlan

Guest Star

Françoise Yip

Françoise Yip

Dr. Lia Teng

Recurring Role

Camille Mitchell

Camille Mitchell

Sheriff Nancy Adams

Recurring Role

Julian Christopher

Julian Christopher

Dr. MacIntyre

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (16)

    • It took Clark a long time to get back to the hospital from the lab in Metropolis. When he was at the lab, it was bright daylight. In the next scene as he arrives at the outside of the hospital to give the serum to the sheriff, it is nighttime. There were no mentions of any other places to go, or tasks to accomplish.

    • Why would Clark ask the sheriff to help by getting Garrett on the phone? He could speed-run into the building quicker, and possibly without being seen. Seeing as the kid trusts Clark but not the sheriff.

    • When Mrs Kent told Garrett about his brother's cremation and the camera was on Mrs Kent, Garrett's head can be seen turning at the bottom right of the screen. The next shot shows Garrett turning his head again.

    • At 32:53 there is a visible shadow of the cameraman under the window.

    • Trivia: Chloe's e-mail address is ChloeTorch@TheDigitalWave.com. Her source's e-mail address is Metropolis_general@TheDigitalWave.com.

    • How did Vince escape from the lab? Lionel wouldn't let his money just walk out the building without getting something in return.

    • When Garrett got the sample of Clark's blood and it bubbles and turns color, then why is it that when he is holding it and gives it to the doctor it changes to clear again? It seems that when Clark gets about 3 to 5 feet away from kryptonite it affects him so why is it when Garrett is holding the sample of blood about 2 feet away from himself, with all that kryptonite on him, it turns normal again?

    • The bomb was armed with Kryptonite. The sample of Clark's blood reacted when near the Kryptonite. Even further, it looked like Clark got slightly weaker when going even close to the Kryptonite bomb. Therefore, how could Clark go close enough to the bomb to wrap it with the lead vest without getting significantly weaker and losing his mach-speed?

    • The doctors working on Jonathan and his heart bypass must be extremely versatile - they're the same ones who worked on Lionel's eye operation back in season 2. You don't find a lot of heart surgeons who also do delicate eye surgery.

    • It seems a little odd that Lana doesn't mention anything to Clark about how she's already gone through a situation with someone else who had to be hospitalized due to heart problems and was in a potentially deadly situation: Whitney's father.

    • It seems unlikely that the Medivac pilot's side-trips would have gone unnoticed for very long. Helicopters use lot of fuel just for normal operation. Excessive and/or undocumented expenditures would be obvious very quickly, even if Lionel were footing the bill. Not like a Medivac helicopter can just go missing when the pilot takes a half-hour trip.

    • The sniper waited until Clark moved a bit out of the way, then took the shot on Garrett. So...what did he see Clark do? To his point of view, Clark would have literally vanished. Even if Clark returned (which isn't shown), unless he assumed the exact same precise position the sniper would have noted a major continuity "jump" in Clark's position.

    • Usually when someone has bypass surgery they would need to stay in the hospital more than a few days. Two weeks is about standard, but it appears that about two days have passed.

    • How did Clark explain how he got rid of the bomb after Garrett was shot and the bomb exploded outside of the hospital? Or how the bomb just disappeared and/or blew up miles away? Dr. Yaeger was standing there and knew Garrett had the bomb on his chest, and he knows Clark is there, and he knows that pretty much no one else is around. What does he think happened?

    • How did Vince know Garrett and Clark were at Clark's barn?

    • Clark managed to head on into the radiology lab, find a lead-lined suit, grab the bomb and take it a good 500m away from the hospital in the time it takes the explosion to resolve. This is incredibly fast and at least several times the speed of sound - so why when anyone goes missing, can't he find them? He could cover every square metre on the planet (including ocean) in 0.02 seconds.

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