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Season 3 Episode 4


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 22, 2003 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Clark is being pursued by a frightened young girl who needs his help. However, after he discovers she is actually a comatose neighbor who should have woken up years ago, he enlists Lana's help to uncover the truth – which puts Lana in grave danger. Meanwhile, Lionel demands that Lex undergo a full psychological evaluation before he hires him.moreless

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  • this was a great ep

    in this ep of smallville clark is being persuaded by a girl to help her and she is showing up in his dreams and clark finds out that it the girl that moved into lanas old house and lana and him go over there and it turns out she is in a deep sleep and gets treatment from her relitive. but clark gains more info from the dreams and realizes that he is the one that she is afraid of in her dreams her relitive and the guy realizes that clark was in the medicine cavinet and starts to get worried and so lana goes over there and stops him from adding another dosage but lana gets the doasage instead and clark tells the girl to stand up to the guy and then she over comes it and clark races over to save lana from being burned in the fire that the guy is tring to set.l this was a good ep i thought.moreless
  • A mysterious young woman is pursued by a ghostly wraith, but only Clark can see her and attempt to learn how to defeat her attacker. Turns out much of it is a dream sequence.moreless

    Clark and Lana meet at Crater Lake (how did those forested mountains get transplanted to the plains of Kansas?) for a provocative skinny-dip, just as a screaming young woman runs along the lake shore. Clark is there instantly (his hair now mysteriously dry) as the girl Sarah is pulled into the ground by a ghastly hand.

    Jonathan and Martha present Clark with a new Ford 4wd pickup, then Clark encounters Sarah at school - she's terrified by a hooded apparition pursuing her. Chloe has retired the Wall of Wierd, "done chasing windmills." Lex asks Clark to the mansion, where he breaks a samurai sword on Clark's arm, and threatens to expose his secret. But Sarah has appeared at the Kent home, and names the apparition "the Traveler," and they disappear into the ground. Clark pursues them, then suddenly awakens from a 36-hour nap, so nothing in the preceding 15 minutes of this episode was real - no skinny-dip, no new pickup, no exposure of secrets by Lex, and the Wall of Wierd is still in place.

    As Clark and Lana visit Sarah at her home, watched over by her uncle Nicholas (Christopher Shyer), they learn she has been in a coma for six years. Clark tries to stay awake to avoid another dream sequence, but in the moment he sleeps, he sees Sarah again. Lex gets some information on Sarah and her uncle, prompting another visit by Clark, and a quick theft of some of Sarah's medication so he can have it tested. Clark drops into sleep while driving home, sees Sarah again, and wrecks another red Dodge pickup - how many did they buy for this series?

    Martha deflects Lana's probing about Clark's injuries, but while Clark is sleeping off the truck wreck, she naively confronts Nicholas, who quickly dispatches her with an injection of a blue drug (Why blue? No known injectable meds are blue). Clark and Sarah battle the Traveler in dreamland again, and this time Sarah has the strength to prevail. Clark awakes again and searches for Lana, who is about to be torched in her Jeep Liberty by Nicholas, but Clark quickly dispatches him.

    In the subplot, Lex confronts Lionel about the restrictions on his Luthorcorp activity, sparring over a psychological profile and a security clearance, but finally agrees to submit to the mental tests insisted upon by Lionel. Some pretty good fantasy here, and a bit of resolution of the Lana-Clark relationship. Re-run rating C+.moreless
  • Clark vs The Boogeyman

    Slumber-Clark is being pursued by a frightened young girl who needs his help. However, after he discovers she is actually a comatose neighbor who should have woken up years ago, he enlists Lana's help to uncover the truth – which puts Lana in grave danger. Meanwhile, Lionel demands that Lex undergo a full psychological evaluation before he hires him.

    An entertaining yet great mystery episode that takes a pretty cliche storyline but is very effective. It was pretty obvious after the teaser that Clark was dreaming all along, especially when he and Lana go skinny dipping at the lake. Seriously, are we suppose to believe Lana would be so flirty with Clark after their relationship has been a bit shaky since he came back from Metropolis. The dream sequence is very entertaining like Chloe giving up on her wall of weird and people getting sucked underground. The best part would have to be Lex finding out Clark's secret and both their reactions to the truth. But at the same time the some parts of the dreams were a but corny like the Boogeyman-esqe figure stalking Sarah in her dreams. I commend the Smallville make -up crew and designers trying to create some new and demonic looking for the show, but the it came off looking out of place. Also it looked a lot like the Source, a villian from the show "Charmed". Rip-off? maybe? But I actually liked the concept of a psychic link between Sarah and Clark even though it's never really expland how Sarah got in Clark's mind in the first place. But the guest stars are good with Katharine Isabelle and Christopher Shyer as Sarah's twisted and sick uncle out to get his niece's inheritence. This episode also sees Lionel telling Lex he should go under psychological treatment. It's a great storyline as the writers begin to get into Lex's mind and begin to develop his character in an amazing way. All and All, not a perfet episode, but enough intrigue and developments that make for a great episode.moreless
  • Zzzzz...

    "Slumber" encapsulates why I, and a lot of others, HATE Smallville on occasion. Now, don't get me wrong, there are a couple of redeeming features to this episode, but only a few. The first one being…uhm…duh…a NAKED Lana Lang. HELLO!

    After that…it's mostly clutching for straws.

    It's a dream episode. There's enough rope there to really go wild and have a bit of fun -- something this show rarely finds the time for. But, no, what we get here is a waste of 10 minutes in a scenario so painfully obvious it hurt to watch - even if its obviousness was part of its intent, it still made me cringe - it's apparent that Clark is dreaming from the get. And, yes, his day becomes clearer to the fact he's actually in a dream. While there's one moment with Lex and Clark that strikes interest, the rest of it is hogwash. It's so straight laced, I just wanted a Buffy writer to jump on in and spice things up -- the potential for vast out of character entertainment was virtually limitless. Instead, though, we're stuck with drama of the highest degree.

    But, I suppose…naked Lana. It was partially worth it.

    Another grating factor to the show is its main reason for staying on the air for so long - WB music had their very own weekly advertising outlet. Yes, HAHAHAH, I get it, they play REM in an episode about sleep. HAHAHAHA. Ahem. But five songs? Conveniently around the time REM are releasing a new CD. Pfft. It wasn't so much funny as it was a painful distraction that took away from this already out of place Freddie-lite plot.

    It was nice, I suppose, that the show, at the very least, was trying to break away from formula. But…well, clearly, they should just stick to what they're good at…producing mediocre eye-candy with some decent acting and dazzling effects shots.moreless
  • Great Episode

    Clark Kent has a nightmare with a girl called Sara Conroy (Katharina Isabelle) being chased by a weird creature called The Traveller (John De Santis) and sleeps for thirty-six consecutive hours. When he wakes up, he finds that Sara Conroy has just moved with her uncle and tutor Nicholas Conroy (Christopher Shyer) to the house on the next door that belonged to Lana Lang. Intrigued with the situation, he visits Sara with Lana Lang and see that the girl has been in coma for six years, increasing the mystery. Blending reality with dream, like in "A Nightmare on Elm Street", and with the participation of Katharina Isabelle of "Ginger Snap" trilogy, "Slumber" is a great episode of "Smallville". The sexy beginning, with Lana Lang bathing naked in the lake, would suffice to make "Slumber" a worthy story.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

John Glover

John Glover

Lionel Luthor

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (15)

    • Trivia: Sarah's uncle has a pendant of St. Christopher who is the Patron Saint of Travellers. St. Christopher is also, ironically, the Patron Saint against bad dreams.

    • In the opening sequence when Clark and "Lana" are skinny-dipping, when Lana hops out of the water a bit to splash Clark for scaring her, you can get a clear glimpse of the nude-colored body stocking she's wearing.

    • If you watch carefully when Nicholas tosses the lighter, it's not even lit when it leaves his hand.

    • Apparently Nicolas isn't too smart or at the very least doesn't think well under pressure - Clark stops him as he throws his lighter at the truck to set it on fire and make it look like an accident. Wouldn't the police find his lighter in the remains? Plus...would Lana's death really look like an accident? She's just sitting in a car, that wasn't moving, and it decided to leak gas and burst into flames.

    • Legally, Sarah is a minor - her uncle would have control of her money whether she was asleep or awake.

    • Isn't Clark immune to telepathy ("Ryan", "Hug")? Here Sarah seems to be...well, telepathically contacting him in their mutual dreams. And Chloe even talks about "telepathic receptivity" during REM sleep.

    • There are several potential goofs in the first 15 or so minutes of the episode, but given the nature of the show at that point, they can't really be considered goofs.

    • When Lionel sat up on the massage table, something was missing. Something like scars from two .40 caliber S&W bullets fired into him by Smallville's former sheriff.

    • For someone who claims not to have any knowledge of Japanese history/mythology, Clark sure seems to imagine/dream Lex giving him a remarkably detailed spiel on the samurai/bushido era of Nippon.

    • Clark super-speed grabs the lit lighter out of Nicolas' hand. Nicolas turns around to face Clark and the lighter is still lit - the windspeed would have put it out.

    • Didn't Lana find it the least bit weird that Clark's parents aren't calling an ambulance after his accident? Not to mention, Clark left unscratched.

    • Lana seems to have forgotten all the martial arts training that let her lay out Van McNulty (twice) in the previous episode, "Extinction."

    • So does Clark have telescopic vision? He not only scans the forest for Nicolas and Lana, but can make out that he has a lighter in his hand, from roughly a 1/4 mile away. He can also tell that Lana is unconscious rather then just laying back and gagged and bound, which would be good to know since he uses his superspeed.

    • Clark drives a truck from his house to the Conroy's and back - ummm, why? As they keep telling us, the Conroys are in Lana's old house, which was within handy across-the-street viewing distance.

    • When Clark and Chloe are talking in the office of the Torch, the clock on the wall reads 3:00, which is normally when school is let out, yet in the background there are still students heading to/from class. (editor's note: in "Crush," however, school was getting out at 4:30, so at least they're internally consistent... :) )

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Sara Conroy: You're obviously a special guy. I saw some of the things you are able to do.
      Clark: Well, in our dreams we're all super.

    • Lana: Mrs. Kent, do you know why Clark pushed me away?
      Martha: Metropolis changed Clark. He is not the same boy he was when he left this spring. Jonathan and I are trying to figure it out too.
      Lana: I guess I just (pause) I feel like if I stay in his orbit long enough he'll finally decide to open up.

    • Clark: You don't think I'm nuts?
      Lana: Clark, I think you have a lot of issues, but I do not think you have lost your mind.

    • Clark: Pete, did you see that guy?
      Pete: What guy?
      Clark: How could you miss him? He had a big, red cape on...

    • Lana: Now I know why public files are public; they're incredibly boring.

    • Lana: Clark, want to go swimming at Crater Lake?
      Clark: I don't think skinny dipping's a good idea.
      Lana: Who said anything about skinny dipping? Maybe in your dreams...

    • Sarah: I may have been there (Clark), but Lana's the girl of your dreams.

    • Lionel: Lex – when you're rich, you're not crazy. You're eccentric.

    • Lex: That island didn't make me crazy, Dad.
      Lionel: Oh, crazy? Of course not . . . but it'll be good to have that in writing. Won't it?

    • Lionel: What was it that made you change your mind?
      Lex: Because I was dealing from a position of fear, and if there's one thing you can sniff out like a bloodhound, it's that.
      Lionel: It's a gift, Lex, and it's useful.

    • Lex: Now you're saving people in your dreams too (Clark). Bet a shrink would have a field day with that scenario.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Deleted Scene: Nicolas asks Clark why he cut his visit with Sarah short and offers him a drink. Clark states that he'll be making more visits.

    • Music: "Imitation Of Life," "Everybody Hurts," "Losing My Religon," "At My Most Beautiful," and "Bad Day" by R.E.M

    • Guest star Katharine Isabelle is the daughter of Smallville production designer Graeme Murray.

    • In the school halls, there are several posters about the "Emerald Knights". In the comics, "Emerald Knights" refer to the now-defunct Green Lantern Corps.

    • Having the music of R.E.M. was intended as an in-joke - in medical terms, REM refers to rapid-eye-movement, which occurs when someone is dreaming. This in-joke was included to coincide with the release of In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003.


    • Chloe: I'm done chasing windmills...
      Don Quixote, from the novel of the same name by Miguel de Cervantes, mistakes windmills for giants then chases and attacks them (to the chagrin of his men). From him we get the word 'quixotic' meaning to go headlong after idealistic goals and romantic deeds regardless of everything.

    • Lex: My favorite Kurosawa film, Throne of Blood.
      This 1957 film (Kumonosu jo) is a partial remake of MacBeth starring famous Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune, directed by Akiro Kurosawa. A mysterious oracle (Cassandra from "Hourglass"?) predicts that Lord Washizu (Lex?) will rise to power but his friend and associate Mizu (Clark?) will rise even higher. And Washizu plots against the Emperor (Lionel?).

    • Chloe: You're referring to your Blue Lagoon moment...
      Referencing the famous/infamous 1980 movie starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins.

    • A Nightmare on Elm Street:
      Katharine Isabelle's character is constantly in the dreamworld and parts of the episode prominently feature a lake. Katharine was also in this summer's Freddy vs. Jason, Freddy Krueger being a master of the dreamworld and the film also featuring key scenes that take place at a lake. In fact, the lake scenes appear to be filmed in the same location as the background looks identical. (editor's note - they both were filmed in Vancouver, and the same lake and dock were used in a recent Dead Like Me episode too)