Smallville

Season 9 Episode 5

Roulette

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 23, 2009 on The CW
8.5
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A woman forces Oliver to play in a dangerous game and then turns up dead. The police believe Oliver is responsible and arrest him. Meanwhile, Lois confronts Clark over his knowledge about Oliver's suicide attempt.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A mysterious woman forces Oliver to play a deadly game. Each assault made on Oliver is more mystifying than the last with no motive in sight. Lois goes looking for Oliver only to find herself fighting for her life.moreless

    9.5
    Roulette was excellent! Oliver was living a death wish – so Chloe put him in a casket. He was throwing his money away gambling and drinking – so he lost it in one clean swoop. Clark said that Oliver was afraid of what he was becoming – Roulette put him in an easy situation to kill a person and proving that he did not have the killer instinct. And finally, after suffer much torture from Roulette, Oliver was given a choice to risk his life to save her or let her die. Oliver proved to himself that he was not a killer, that he loves life and there is a hero in him. I loved it and I'm glad the Green Arrow is back! Justin Hartley makes Green Arrow someone you wait to see.moreless
  • This was one of the most boring episodes of Smallville ever.

    5.5
    Boring , boring so boring . This was a lame excuse of an episode that doesn't even qualify as a filler.Oliver trying to redeem himself with a serious of killer games ? Come on , this was done before and it's completely useless.I didn't see it coming that it was Chloe's set up but nevertheless it wasn't enough for me. Love triangle ? Really ? Again ? Didn't we have much of that is high school Smallville ? This shows needs to be much more about Kendorians and a lot less of a soup opera which has been pretty much since the begining of the season , because as I say and repeat it, is so boring.moreless
  • 905

    3.5
    And the roller coaster ride continues, as predicted, this was a bad episode of Smallville. The only thing that saved this episode from me rating it a 1 was the twist at the end, but when it came down to it, this episode simply wasn't salvageable. Definitely was the worst of the season with "Rabid" not to far behind.



    This show has jumped just about every shark in the book, and this was one of those times. Not only did they jump the shark but they jumped the same exact shark they did in season 5. Did this storyline seem familiar too you? I know it did for me. Do you guys remember season 5's episode, "Mercy"? The episode where you felt like you watched a bad sequel to Saw. This was one of those cases. It isn't good when a show uses recycled story lines, bad ones at that. I will give this episode one thing, the twist at the end with Chloe setting the whole thing up was good. But it wasn't good enough to rate this episode anything higher than a 3.5.



    The writing continues to lack in quality, and the show just wasn't as good as it was before. Maybe the next episode will be better, that's definitely the style this season has been following... like a roller coaster.moreless
  • I think that this was not the best show because by far this season "Rabid" is #1. This was a very important show for the plot to come. Roulette: awesome. Clark may be getting a new suit with color soon: Thank you. Chollie to avoid Lollie and keep Cmoreless

    9.5
    I think that this was not the best show because by far this season "Rabid" is #1. This was a very important show for the plot to come.



    What about Roulette? I thought that she was amazing. I know that there are some who would like Smallville to stick with the original Comics but I commend the writers and produces for their twists of the characters. I look forward to figuring out what is different. There would be no suspense if it was the same. It would be better to read the comic.



    I am so glad that Green Arrow is out of his funk and back to superhero status.I am also glad that he has Chloe to thank for that. I am not saying immediate love interest but something that grows and sneaks upon them. Anything, to not have any Lollie action besides Chloe deserves and can you imagine the drama that can come as a result of that.



    The movie scene in the beginning kind of showed a lack of interest in Lois on Clark's part. They let him pine over Lana for years but he seems freaked and not turned while looking at a specific piece of her laundry. Am I the only one who remembers that he is not a virgin. I also liked the fight between Clois. Looking forward to the make-up in Crossfire.I mean that she has to apologize. Can't wait, can't wait, can't wait.moreless
  • While drowning his sorrows in gambling, Oliver is approached by Victoria Sinclair, a.k.a. Roulette, who invites him to play a game that takes him for a wild ride. (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD)moreless

    7.5
    OK, I hated how the whole episode was devoted to Oliver, though I, for one, am glad Chloe arranged for his little wake-up call and got him to take up his bow and arrow again. I just wish she had let Clark in on it, even if she did so only in the end. Speaking of, I loved the final scene with Clark and Oliver looking out over Metropolis together; the only word that bests describes it is iconic. Of course, my favorite scenes were the Clois moments in the beginning, especially with Clark trying to balance hero duties and keeping his secret from Lois. I especially got a kick out of Lois's inadvertant flirting ("Ya know, most guys wouldn't complain if I suddenly found myself shirtless."), Clark getting Lois's bra stuck on his hand, and Clark allowing Lois to manhandle him onto the couch (in fact, I half-expected her to straddle him ;) ). All in all, I'd give ROULETTE seven-and-a-half roulette wheels (hehe ;) ) out of ten. If the episode had allowed for a little more Clois interactions, I'd give it a higher rating, but since it's so Oliver-centric, the rating stands.



    Highlights -- Lois surprising Clark with a movie night and her laundry; Clark's upteenth "concession run"; Clark and Oliver turning to Chloe for help, and Clark's remark about Lois being mad at him ("Let's just say if there was an antilife equation, I think I found it."); Lois's fight with Victoria, a.k.a. Roulette; Roulette getting Oliver to see the hero within; Oliver confronting Chloe; and Clark and Oliver standing side by side, looking out over Metropolis.moreless
Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Lois Lane

Justin Hartley

Justin Hartley

Oliver Queen/Green Arrow

Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Roulette, a professional con woman, doesn't think to remove the low-jack on Oliver's car after she stole it and cleaned out his bank account.

    • Roulette tosses Lois to the floor and it's clear she very gently lands. Despite that, the trained martial artist who took several punches from Roulette in the previous scene immediately falls unconscious.

    • Oliver's abductor picks the one night of the year when Lois would realize that Oliver was missing, despite it is later stated there was no intention to involve Lois. The abductor would either have known about the yearly meeting or could easily have found out.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Oliver: I guess I... I'd always figured it was easier for me to hurt the people I cared about than... stick around long enough knowing, eventually I'd end up disappointing them anyway.

    • Lois: About time you got home. Shelby's great and all, but the conversation... a little one-sided.
      Clark: Shouldn't you be riding a mechanical bull somewhere? It is Friday night.

    • Clark: I hope I have enough detergent. How do you even have anything left to wear?
      Lois: You know, most guys wouldn't complain if I suddenly found myself shirtless.

    • Lois: Are you like this at the movie theater, too, Clark? I mean, these concession runs are sweet, but you're up and down more often than the Cubs' batting lineup.

    • Lois: How does a guy with nine phone numbers not return a phone call?
      Clark: Probably just celebrating with someone else.
      Lois: Wow. Tall, dark, and single. Go figure.

    • Lois: Pants on, Birthday Boy. Party train's arrived.
      Clark: Lois, I think people would prefer "knock" over "pants on."

    • Clark: Oliver was watching this on his laptop. It's a long story about Lois and laundry and lacy things.

    • Chloe: You were living like you had a death wish, Oliver. You had to face your demons if you were ever going to make it out alive. And I had to push you over the ledge in order to pull you back.
      Oliver: Did you have to push with a 3-ton truck?
      Chloe: I didn't think a tricycle would be a strong enough point.

    • Oliver: You saved my life, Chloe. Both the myth... and the man.

    • Lois: So... what was that about?
      Oliver: Uh-oh. I've seen that look before, usually right before you sock me in the jaw.

    • Clark: I heard you were back.
      Oliver: You do know, of course, you look absolute ridiculous in that, right? And I got a great tailor, hook you up with a little color, maybe.

    • Oliver: You've done a hell of a job keeping the world safe on your own, Clark. I'm here to help you now.
      Clark: Good. Something tells me...soon the world will need all the help we can get.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Chloe: At the risk of taking a big belly flop into an awkward pool, what kind of game puts people through hell?
      Referencing The Game, a Michael Douglas film which shares similar plot wherein the lead character is also a rich and powerful man who is broken down through a series of physical and psychological "games" which have a similar effect on him by the film's end.

    • Oliver: She was a psycho ex-girlfriend who watched Fatal Attraction too many times.
      Referencing the 1987 thriller movie starring Michael Douglas as a successful attorney and family man who has a brief affair with a woman played by Glenn Close. After he breaks up with her, the woman goes berserk and terrorize Douglas and his character's family, killing the family pet rabbit among other acts.

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