Season 6 Episode 5


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 26, 2006 on The CW
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Lex and Oliver Queen return to their old prep school for a reunion, but Oliver's old friends (and Lex's old enemies) start dying in mysterious accidents. Meanwhile, Clark learns that someone... or something may have left the Phantom Zone with him.

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  • Long time mystery solved

    My first thought was that some kind of ghost was killing all of Oliver's and Lex's friends. Then when I saw only Oliver's friends were getting killed, I thought Lex was behind the murders, but when Lana got hurt I knew it wasn't Lex. Lex maybe evil and if he had the chance he will kill others to protect himself, but he cares too much for Lana to hurt her purposely. I was amazed that Duncan (presumed dead) was behind the murders. He was out for revenge on what Oliver and Lex and their friends did to him. It showed that Lex has way more skeletons in the closet than we thought.moreless
  • Lex and Oliver's past catches up with them as a classmate from the past tries to kill them. When ex-students start to mysteriously die in freak accidents, Lex and Oliver realise they may be next.moreless

    For a filler episode it wasn't half bad but it wasn't exactly good either. We find out that Oliver Queen was a bully in the past and Lex wasn't as evil. However his dark side emerges when his best friend, Duncan tries to foil his plan to blackmail their enemies. Another episode where we discover a new use for Kryptonite. It seems that kryptonite has new use every week and it always seems to make impossible things possible. This week it gave Duncan the power to astral project, according to Lois and it took a blast of em radiation to kill him. Overall this episode wasn't exactly perfect. Hopefully next week's episode will be better.moreless
  • A wonderful episode!

    All I have to say is amazing. Lex had a rough past. Ollie was a bully. Duncan was a loser. How does this affect them now? Well Duncan was thought to be dead and welp there he is living off of kryptonite. Kind of old episodes but still pretty good to bring a touch of old with the new. Ollie is amazing. He is able to create some sweet weapons. It is pretty funny how whenever the hero needs something it will be put into the episode and then not used for awhile after. But I don't mind it makes it interesting.

    I can't wait till the next episode. Looks amazing and Lois was awesome with her sass and her investigatory skills.moreless
  • This backstory episode shows Lex in conflict with his classmates, including Oliver Queen, in a private academy. Together, they caused the death of another classmate, and someone is getting revenge for their deed.moreless

    This week, the writers are filling in the background of Lex, although there seems to be little reason for doing this now, as it has no particular relation to previous episodes. Lex had attended Excelsior Academy back in 1996, which would place his age at about 26 years at the series present, and Clark just graduated from Smallville High last season, so presumably he's 19 now. Actual ages at the time - Rosenbaum 34, Welling 29! So don't look to see if Lex looks just ten years older than Lucas Garbeel, who played the young Lex.

    Lex and his good friend are mistreated by older students, including Oliver Queen, all rich snobs. Then-Lex can't be a senior, so he's only about 16, perhaps a sophomore, but already bitter about his treatment. In present day flash-forward, he attends a reunion at the Academy with Lana, but he has business objectives in mind. Lois and Oliver are there, too, but classmate Duncan isn't there, everyone notes, so we have a setup and a skeleton in Lex's closet. As one of their former classmates stands in the wrong place, a sword falls from a statue high above on a building, impaling him. End of pleasant reunion, and the opening scene.

    Lionel visits Lex about the untimely death. Lionel knows Lex had an unpleasant time at Excelsior, he recommends burying those memories. Flash back again; young Lex is bitter about his father too, as he tells friend Duncan. They see other Oliver and friends stealing answers to mid-terms.

    In the concurrent plot, Chloe is hanging at the Kent farm, concerned about strange happenings all over the world, maybe related to other escapees from the Phantom Zone, or Zoners for short. Clark wants to know for sure. Chloe knows that Oliver's company had satellite coverage, so photos of craters may identify the Zoners' landing spots.

    As one of the former Academy classmates leaves the hospital in a Lincoln Town Car with a telltale fuel leak, boom, another of the group is dead. This is looking like a pattern. And Oliver gets a visit from Clark back in his apartment, seeking the info Chloe needs. Oliver agrees to give Chloe the access codes; in return he wants Clark to find out how Lex caused the death of his friends.

    Back to the past, Lex and Duncan have to decide what to do with the test-answer information, but Duncan won't play along, he wants to turn them in. But Lex has already sold out Duncan, just to be one of the in-crowd. Young Lex beats the stuffing out of Duncan, while in the present, Lex has a bad dream, but then he has plenty of material to supply lots of nightmares. Lana offers to talk, as strange power fluctuations start, and Lana's injured as they duck a falling light fixture, putting Lana in the hospital. Lex can out-argue Clark any time, and keeps Clark from visiting Lana. Lois is investigating the deaths of Lex's friends, and Clark can't stop her from pushing ahead with her story.

    Clark and Oliver discuss the accidents, and the crew does a nice photography job and interesting adult dialog between the two. We are so grateful this cast is allowed to speak standard English! Oliver says he and Lex killed Duncan 10 years ago - and we see how in the scene after Lex beat Duncan bloody. Duncan had staggered into the path of a car and was fatally injured. Lionel funded neurosurgery for Duncan, but he died two days later. Oliver says all four of them contributed to Duncan's death. Is Duncan's family taking late revenge? Unlikely.

    At Luthorcorp, Lionel studies kryptonian symbols, as Clark comes in and drops the Duncan name. They try to identify the assailant; Lex may be next in the body count. Lionel was involved, telling Clark that Duncan is still alive, in a vegetative state - he funded research on reversing the damage to Duncan's brain, in exchange for Duncan's mother keeping silent. Let's find Duncan.

    in a lab where everything is shaded blue (why is that considered stylish?), except green fluids, Duncan continues to get treatment. Lois and Clark have come to the facility, Clark apparently having Lionel's blessing to barge in and investigate.

    Lex is in to see Oliver, suspecting Oliver in many recent tragedies. Oliver thoughtlessly reminds Lex of his assault on Duncan and gets a right cross for it. Oliver gets in the second blow, but suddenly the windows begin to rattle, and one blows in as Oliver gets Lex out of the way. That sort of leaves Lex out of the culpability list. Clark and Lois have found Duncan, whose being treated with meteor-rock-based fluids; Duncan's charts show the injections match the times of assaults on the classmates. Duncan's brain is in overtime, his consciousness projected far beyond the limitations of his body, and in a form of astral projection, controls an arrow in Oliver's loft and fires it into Oliver. He's saved from another, fatal arrow only by Clark's intevention, and the psychic force of Clark's resistance causes Duncan to expire. Duncan's pain is ended, and Lois is going to drop the story. They could have shown a bit more sympathy for Duncan's suffering. Someone, Clark perhaps, could have shown sorrow.

    Back at the mansion, Lex tells Lana about his unfortunate experience, even about betraying Duncan. She still has faith in him. Oliver drops in, invited by Lex, who takes the trouble to thank Oliver for the save, and Oliver offers some regrets for the way he treated Lex and Duncan years ago, but they still part adversaries.

    Lex confronts Lionel about the experimentation on Duncan; they both look bad in this scene. Lex wants more information on Duncan's treatment - he must be seeing an income opportunity.

    At the farm, Oliver and Clark discuss astral projection and other everyday subjects. Chloe arrives and finally meets Oliver, saying cousin Lois talks about him all the time. The crater images she discovered helped, but there's many more of them, so more Zoners have come to Planet Earth. That should be good for one episode apiece. Clark looks at one photo from Australia; it shows a person in the crater - Raya, the Kryptonian who helped Clark escape from the PZ back in "Zod," the season opener. Another follow-on story coming.

    Reunion sounded like a boring story - why are the school days of Lex of any interest? But it turned out to be much better, giving the basis for the antagonistic Lex-Oliver relationship, Oliver building closer ties with Clark, and Oliver meeting Chloe. As for Lionel, his actions can always be interpreted as either potentially helpful, or as more evidence of true evil. Actions speak louder that speculation - Lionel is one of the good guys, he's just an inept father who's trying to atone for some serious damage done to Lex. Re-run rating B.moreless
  • I Know What You Did At Boarding School

    Reunion-Lex and Oliver Queen return to their old prep school for a reunion, but Oliver's old friends (and Lex's old enemies) start dying in mysterious accidents. Meanwhile, Clark learns that someone... or something may have left the Phantom Zone with him. You gotta love the episodes that involve flashbacks from Lex's past. Although "Reunion" isn't riveting as "Memoria", but it has a dark and effective storyline that has great acting overall. It has been hinted on in the past couple of episodes that Lex and Oliver had history together during their Board school days. I love the continuing struggle Lex still went through as a young teen and the small friendship he has with Duncan. I also liked the fact that Oliver and his friends bullied pushing him over the edge. Not to mention, watching Lex turn and beat the crap out of Duncan is a very distrubing scene. The flashback scenes are well written and directed. The young actors who portray young Lex and Oliver are quite good, I especially love how freakishly Ryan Overton looks like Justin Hartley. Micheal Rosenbaum and Justin Hartley really commit to storyline and give great performances. You can see the deep regret and guilt that both Lex and Oliver feel over Duncan's death. I also love the tension that builds between Lex and Oliver throughout, especially their brief fight at Oliver's apartment. It was no question that Duncan was the one taking revenge, but the way he commits his murders are very brutal. The way Geffory is decapitated by a sword is very shocking and one of the most violent deaths witnessed on Smallville. I also love how Ducan is revealed to be alive and develops an astral porjection power that allows him to be unseen yet control all that's around him. He actually makes for an interesting meteor freak and the fact that Lionel had Ducan hidden was completely in his character. The special effects were also superb, like the scene of Oliver's eletro magnetic arrow bouncing off of Clark and creates an eletro magnetic field that kills Duncan. All and All, "Reunion" has enough thrills and suspense to make for a great hour of TV.moreless
Lucas Grabeel

Lucas Grabeel

Young Lex

Guest Star

Ryan Overton

Ryan Overton

Young Oliver Queen

Guest Star

Bryce Hodgson

Bryce Hodgson

Duncan Allenmeyer

Guest Star

Justin Hartley

Justin Hartley

Oliver Queen/Green Arrow

Recurring Role

Rekha Sharma

Rekha Sharma

Dr. Harden

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Clark tells Chloe that Ollie "owes him one." However, the reason Ollie owes him one is because Clark is keeping the secret of his identity, even from Chloe. But... Chloe doesn't seem the least bit curious about why Ollie would owe Clark one.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Martha: You can't live on coffee three meals a day, Chloe.
      Chloe: I mix it up with the occasional blueberry muffin. What? That has a food group in it.
      Clark: Barely.

    • Lex: (about Lana) Clark, you've lost your visiting rights. Why don't you just save some time and send flowers?

    • Lois: (to Clark) Stop beating yourself up. That's my job.

    • Lex: Ever since you came to Metropolis, I've been kidnapped, my life put in jeopardy and now the woman I love is lying in a hospital bed.
      Oliver: And you think that's my fault? Sounds to me, more like bad karma.

    • Lex: I wasn't the most popular kid at Excelsior. The way I looked, the rumors about what happened to my brother Julian, but Duncan didn't care. He was my only friend and I betrayed him.

    • (to Lex)
      Oliver: I've seen that look before. When was it? Oh yeah, when you almost beat your only friend to death back at Excelsior.

    • (after Lex gets a dead schoolmate's blood on him)
      Lionel: Are you all right, son?
      Lex: Nothing a little dry cleaning won't cure.
      Lionel: That's distasteful, Lex, even for you.
      Lex: What can I say? It's a nice suit.

    • Lex: Like your hands are clean?
      Oliver: No, not even close, but since then I've been scrubbing 'em real hard. Yours just keep getting dirtier.

    • Young Lex: For my father, poverty is just another word for lazy.

    • Lana: We have a stuffed crow at Smallville High. Two different worlds, huh?
      Lex: In this case I think I prefer yours.

    • Young Lex: What about you, what are you going to do?
      Duncan: I'm going to help people like Warrior Angel.
      Young Lex: Better hit the gym. Spandex is hard to pull off.

    • Oliver: Clark. I was wondering if my security system would keep someone like you out.
      Clark: Looks like you need an upgrade.
      Oliver: Or you need to learn how to knock.

    • Oliver: Contained electromagnetic pulse, knocks out everything electrical within an 8' radius. Cameras, laser systems, pacemakers. The last one was a joke.
      Clark: I'm laughing on the inside.
      Oliver: Well maybe we'll get lucky some day and it'll bubble to the surface.

    • Clark: You know, sometimes in order to protect the people we love, we keep secrets.
      Lois: That is... totally retarded.

    • Lois: Lana! Your billionaire drag you to this thing too?

  • NOTES (7)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: March 25, 2007 on TVNorge
      Australia: September 29, 2007 on Ten
      Belgium: November 3, 2007 on KanaalTwee
      Turkey: March 30, 2008 on CNBC-e
      Czech Republic: May 7, 2008 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: July 12, 2009 on Markiza

    • The scenes at Excelsior were filmed at the East Lawn of Riverview Hospital in Coquitlam, British Columbia.

    • Sebastian Gacki previously played the ill-fated Delivery Boy in the fifth season episode "Thirst".

    • Lois asked Oliver's friend if he would be in Metropolis long; he replied saying he had to get back to Gotham City... where Batman resides in the DC comics.

    • Oliver says he was planning on developing a boxing glove arrow. In the comics the boxing glove arrow was a subject of much debate, mainly because the glove was larger than the Green Arrow's quiver.

    • Justin Hartley is billed by character name (Oliver Queen).

    • Lucas Grabeel who played young Lex had to shave his head for that part.


    • Lois: You put a bunch of boys in silly jackets and crown them full of pomp and circumstance, you're just asking for a round of Lord of the Flies.
      Referencing the novel by William Golding about a group of young boys stranded on a desert island and forced to fend for themselves as they descend into savagery.