Season 6 Episode 2


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 05, 2006 on The CW
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In the aftermath of Zod's activities, Clark develops a new power. Lois gets a new job, Lana takes a new step in her relationship with Lex, and Lex has to deal with a new danger. Meanwhile, an old friend of Lex's arrives in Metropolis.

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  • Clarkie has the sniffles

    This episode was all kinds of funny. Clark out of all people getting the cold. Turned out to be a new power which was super breathe. He blew the barn door across the other side of Smallville and landing right next to Mrs. Lois Lane. Clark is still dealing with the sting of Lana being with Lex. Lana looked gorgeous as usual and Clark--what can I say about him--he's beautiful. Lois got the journalism bug, but not for the daily planet as yet. Overall, this episode was really great. I'm glad to see that the producers didn't brush off the destruction of Zod as yesterday's news. Giving it a name like "Dark Thursday" was a nice touch. Hope this season is a promising season.moreless
  • Bless You!

    Sneeze-In the aftermath of Zod's activities, Clark develops a new power. Lois gets a new job, Lana takes a new step in her relationship with Lex, and Lex has to deal with a new danger. Meanwhile, an old friend of Lex's arrives in Metropolis.

    Of all the power developement episode, "Sneeze" is undoubtly the weakest and least fun. Not to say that the episode doesn't have it moments of fun as the discovery of Clark's super-breath is hilarious as he literally sneezes the barn door miles away from the farm and almost hits Lois of all people. It is quite hilarious watching everyone trying to example the insignifcance of the barn door, I especially loved Chloe sudden burst of funnel causing the door to be detached. I even love the scene where Clark uses his super breath to blast the door off with Chloe's support. But was this episode lacks is the continuity of the past power development episodes. After this episode, Clark never uses the super-breath...ever again, giving this episode less significance which is disappointing.

    But atleast Lois finally get a big boost in her character development as we finally see her as reporter and investigating a story. Her new job at the Exquister is a great storyline for the character and promises a lot of possible storylines for Lois in the future. Also, while Lex getting upducted and held captive has been done a ton of times like Lana, the reasons for it are intriguing. It's great that the writers had Lex pay for the events of Dark Thursday when Zod broke into the Pentagon. Lochlyn Munro, who plays Orlando Block, actually impressed me as the cold-blooded soldier out to find the truth about Lex's display of power and wanting to use his power as weapon. Usually the actor plays dumb characters from dumb comedies, but he shows that he can do substance. Then there is the introduction of Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow, who as of this episode is nothing special. That's mostly because Justine Hartley's acting is very iffy as his still trying to find his place in the series. But the shot of him shooting the arrow at the Daily Planet was wonderfully done. Lana continues to bore and her relationship with Lex at this point is still hard to stomach, especially moving into the mansion with him. But we'll see if this bizarre relationship picks up...All and All, "Sneeze" isn't stellar, but has enough great plot points and well written developments to make it very watchable.moreless
  • While Clark works to clean up the destruction left by Zod, he develops a new ability, super breath. Meanwhile, Lana moves in with Lex, whose suspicions that someone's following him come true when he's kidnapped, and Lois lands a job at The Inquisitor.moreless

    While working to clean up the destruction left by Zod and the events of "Dark Thursday" (see ZOD), Clark develops what he thinks is a cold, and blows the barn door off with a powerful sneeze. Unfortunately, the barn door lands near a jogging Lois, who immediately begins investigating the strange incident. At the mansion, Lana prepares to move in, while Lex suspects that someone's following him, which proves true when he ends up kidnapped. While the kidnappers demand to know how Lex became a "superhuman Goliath" on Dark Thursday, Chloe tries to convince Lois to drop her investigation on the barn door. However, Lois refuses, and writes a story that lands her a job at "The Inquisitor", a tabloid newspaper in Metropolis. With Chloe's help, Clark masters his new ability of super breath, then uses it to rescue both Lex and Lana, who had been kidnapped as well. Meanwhile, Lana confronts Lex about the security cameras in her new room, and Oliver Queen, an old acquaintance of Lex's from boarding school, moves to Metropolis.

    My Review: First off, let me just say that I found the scenes featuring Lex and/or Lana to be...well, boring. Sorry, but I personally could've done without the kidnapped storyline, or Lana whining about the security camera in her room. I mean, I understand that she's worried about privacy, but to ask Lex to take down every camera in the mansion is unreasonable, especially given his lax security team. However, the other scenes and storylines more than made up for those two, even the scene that introduces the new guy, Oliver. As for what I did like about the episode, I enjoyed the whole Lois investigating subplot, and the fact that it led to a career she's destined for. I also liked the Clois symbolism at the end, when Clark blows the clouds away and Lois steps out into the sun, though the symbolism was probably an unintentional side effect of that scene. Oh, and Clark getting a new power is always a plus. :D Effects and visuals were cool, as was Oliver. I mean, I don't know anyone else that can use a bow and arrow, much less shoot an arrow that accurately. Then again, it doesn't hurt that Oliver's played by hottie Justin Hartley (and I hope his beautiful wife Lindsay won't mind me calling him that), better known to PASSIONS fans as Fox Crane. In fact, Justin's the reason I was rooting for Kay to choose Fox over Miguel. But I digress. I give this ep nine super sneezes out of ten.

    Highlights: Clark blowing the barn door off with a sneeze, and the door landing near Lois; Lois taunting "Clarkie" for having the "sniffles" (the look on his face is purely *priceless*! :D); Clark telling Chloe about his super sneezes and giving a demonstration; Chloe trying to throw Lois off Clark's trail; Lionel meeting with Oliver Queen; Clark mastering super breath, with Chloe's help; Lois's announcement, and Clark blowing the clouds away with his new ability; and Oliver shooting an arrow onto the Daily Planet globe.moreless
  • In the aftermath of world-wide destruction, Lex is captured and tortured for the truth about his superpowers as Zod, while Clark tries yet again to help him, becoming aware of another super-power.moreless

    After the earth-shattering events of the Zod invasion last week, we should expect a more serene, back-to-earth episode. Can't maintain that intense level of drama every week! Clark has been moonlighting cleaning up the destruction in Metropolis, while still doing the chores at the farm. Martha notices he looking fatigued; he brushes that off. While pounding 10p nails into stairsteps with his bare hand, he's perspiring, then suffers a huge sneeze! The force blows out the barn door, sending parts flying down the road and crashing next to Lois as she's out jogging. Nicely done start, and amusing, too.

    Even Lex is back in form, tooling alongside the Vancouver Skytrain line in his Mercedes SL 500, top down, and a spiffy-looking Lana by his side. No "Zod" hangover for either? He's offered her a room at the mansion until the next semester. Lex thinks he spots a vehicle following them, so something will happen there.

    Back at the farm, Martha is tending to Clark, no fever, but he's coming down with something. Perky Lois blows in to reports the flying barn door, then quickly offers to help Clark's malaise with honey and cayenne pepper - when she spots the missing door from the barn. Clark feigns ignorance, too.

    Lex is with a Mr. Pontius, discussing the (product placement) Range Rover which was following Lex and Lana. Lana is moving in, concerned about the heavy security at the mansion. Lex explains that Pontius is a private investigator, and instructs her to call him, not the police, since he's pretty paranoid about having been seen in Metropolis in his incarnation as Zod. We see by Chloe's paper that Lex has donated millions to rebuild Metropolis after the disaster of "Dark Thursday," but Clark is more interested in announcing to Chloe that he sneezed; she's not impressed. But she is when he does it again in the DP office, creating a whirlwind of flying papers. Chloe calls him a "walking air cannon." Clark is afraid Lois won't stop digging on the barn door incident "until she hits China." Good, a little more sense of humor for Clark.

    That evening, Lex walks in on Lionel, suspicious that Lionel's the one having him followed. Accusation and denial is a staple of this unhappy couple. Lex has forgotten the entire day he passed as Zod; Lionel thinks someone may have seen Lex committing those acts of destruction. Leaving the building via elevator, Lex is gassed, masked intruders drop in, and we have another abduction.

    Clark is taking remedies at home; Martha wants him to stay off the chores and rest - good motherly chicken-soup-type advice. Lionel arrives to report Lex is gone, and he's concerned that Lex might remember his encounter with Clark. He asks Clark to find Lex; Clark is motivated.

    Lex is tied down in a lab with a couple bad guys, who knew of his exploits with superhuman powers - they saw him invading the Pentagon as Zod, and intend to discover what Lex can do, threatening him with a gun. One claims that Pontius already has taken a bullet, then the two captors argue; one is going rogue from whoever hired them, and going overboard on the tough guy act. Calm and quiet is more sinister. Experiment #1 - he fires a shot into Lex's shoulder, ow, that hurt. No superpowers evident.

    Lois brings Chloe via her Ford Fusion to the barn door out in the field; Chloe tries a "microburst" story to cover up Clark's involvement. Later, Lois gives Chloe a news report "Wild Wheather Hits Freakville," and a reference to a "tornadoe." We'd like to think Lois is more brilliant than this rough draft indicates. As Chloe needles her for her spelling lapses, she heads out to offer her story elsewhere. Does this start her tabloid days?

    Clark bursts in on Lana at the mansion, he says Lex is missing, and in response to Clark's demand to know why she's there, she replies that she's living there. In a nice bit of continuity, her right palm is still taped from last week's injury by Zod. She asks Clark how he knew of the Zod transformation before anyone else - good question, but he won't say, and she lets him out. "Don't pretend you're doing it for him," (Lex), she says in anger. Lana decides to call Pontius, a conversation Clark hears. No answer, but Clark hears the name. Lana starts searching everything, finding a remote for a drop-down survellance video system with scenes from her chamber, and video of Lex and Pontius talking about the car shadowing Lex. And an address of an abandoned warehouse.

    Lex's captors press him for information about his powers. Lex says a being from another dimension took control of him, and when he left the powers went with him. Gee, some people don't accept the truth. So Lex makes up a serum story; it's on the 33rd floor of Luthorcorp, code Julian 452, and the captors buy it - one leaves.

    Lionel steps right into Oliver Queen's loft - no security there, either. They have history from Lex's days in boarding school. Lionel suspects Oliver of involvement in Lex's disappearance; Oliver denies it, but Lionel threatens him. Lionel always acts menacing, but I believe he is still trying to protect Lex and protect the world from Lex.

    Chloe hears from Clark about his visit with Lana, Clark lamenting that he and Lana don't even know each other any more. They find an address for Pontius and head there, while Clark is still sneezing but avoiding major collateral damage. Lana reaches the warehouse Pontius referred to on the video, but again she has no backup or plan, and is easily taken captive by the thugs herself. In the old days (last season) she would have had Clark involved.

    Meanwhile Chloe and Clark break into the office of Pontius, where Clark x-rays a hidden door, but his fatigue overcomes his strength in peeling off steel panels. Ingenious Chloe suggests a sneeze. "That's a steel door, not a birthday cake," Clark replies, but here goes. So in super-slo-mo, he inhales and blows the bejeebers out of the door. Another superpower has been acquired. They find a lead to the warehouse, and Clark zips off, leaving Chloe holding the bag again.

    The bad guys bring Lana in with Lex, now they have bargaining power. One has already returned from 33, with some type of fluid in a syringe. Lex manages to head butt one of his captors, Lana grabs the gun and frees him, Lex injects the syringe in bad guy. With a few random gunshots, the lab's on fire immediately; Lex and Lana are trapped in a chain-link cage. The fire is extinguished with a strong blast of wind, that's all Clark can manage.

    After all the rescues are done, Clark and Chloe are heading to a lake picnic - Chloe brought a red kite in a familiar S-shape, clever little side joke. Lois joins them; she has her first lead story in the Inquisitor, a local tabloid. Rain may spoil the picnic - but Clark's superbreath has some practical applications, like clearing the low overcast into a sunny day.

    Lana and Lex have words over the surveillance video - he promises to remove the units from her room immediately, the others stay.

    An unsettling revelation - one of Lex's kidnappers is working for Oliver, and informs him that whatever powers Lex had are gone. How did Oliver know Lex was behind the destruction? We heard earlier that only the Queen Industry's satellite was operational during Dark Thursday, giving Oliver a view of the Pentagon ransacking by Zod. So Lionel was right, and Oliver was lying about his involvement. Final instructions from Oliver - find the other one with abilities who saved Lex and Lana.

    "Sneeze" is a good, solid Smallville story, with more good acting, and some fun scenes with Chloe and Clark. Well worth a few repeats. Re-run rating B.moreless
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Lochlyn Munro

Lochlyn Munro

Orlando Block

Guest Star

Emy Aneke

Emy Aneke

Robert Pontius

Guest Star

Brendan Penny

Brendan Penny


Guest Star

Justin Hartley

Justin Hartley

Oliver Queen/Green Arrow

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (21)

    • TRIVIA Robert Pontius' phones:
      Cell : 555-0144
      Office: 555-0142
      Fax : 555-0143

    • When Chloe gets the idea of Clark "blowing" out the security door with a sneeze and then just his breath, she actually stands in front of him, to the side, while he does it. Given that it's a new power he can't yet control and that his other powers have not always gone well at first (plus the fact he sneezed a barn door halfway across the county), he would never have tried it unless she were behind him.

    • When Clark sneezes in his barn, the door takes off fairly low to the ground. When Lois is at the Kents, she looks out the window and sees the hole in the barn, parallel to the house, so the door should have hit the house.

    • Despite the fact that Clark blows the barn door seven miles across Smallville, everything in the barn between him and the door is totally unaffected.

    • When the barn door nearly hits Lois she is just jogging alongside a clear piece of fence, but when she and Chloe investigate it later, there's a rather large gate there.

    • Lois made it clear in "Commencement" that the last thing she wanted to do was be in a newsroom and go into journalism. She went from absolutely loathing the job to telling Clark and Chloe she never felt more at peace writing her article pretty quickly.

    • Lana comes in and says she wasn't aware she was moving into a fortress. Setting aside the fact the place is a castle, she's been there when Lex's house was invaded, she knows he has a safe room, why would she be unaware of all the security?

    • Why does Clark reach for a kleenex when he's in the house and about to sneeze? He's seen his sneezes blow off a barn door, what does he think a Kleenex is going to do? And it can't be force of habit, because he's never been ill before.

    • In the establishing shot of Oliver Queen's hangout, it's clearly a tall tower well above any local buildings and at least 5-10 stories above the ground with no trees anywhere near the top. Nor are any trees or terraces visible. But when Lionel is talking to Oliver inside, there are clearly trees or potted plants of some sort in the window behind him.

    • When Lana plays back the security recording of Lex meeting with Pontius, the time reading says 21:24 (9:24 p.m.). However, there's clearly daylight coming in through the windows.

    • When we first see Lex restrained to the table, the restraint that holds down his left hand is around the middle of his forearm. However, all other times after that when you see his arm, the restrain is around his wrist. It can't be because Lex slid up or down, because the one on his right hand is always on his wrist.

    • When Clark blows out the barn doors, they go out at a fairly low angle to the ground. But when they come down next to Lois they drop down straight out of the sky.

    • When Block is threatening Lex, there's a line in the closed captioning--"The next bullet goes in your brain. Now start talking!"--that he doesn't actually say.

    • When Clark blows down the door hinges, look at the frame. There's no metal supports to anchor it into the wall, or a recess for the door to slide into it.

    • Once again Chloe and Clark break into a secured building, belonging to a private detective who can afford a massive vault and knows about security, but they don't take any precautions and seem completely unconcerned that there might be security cameras.

    • An arrow fired into a brick wall will break. It's not a matter of skill, and in fact an arrow fired from a compound bow (such as Oliver uses here) has more force behind it and is more likely to break, no matter how sturdy the arrow is.

    • Lois is not only working at least two jobs--waitress at the Talon and chief of staff for Martha--but she has enough time to go jogging, poke around investigating a falling barn door, and take on a third job as a reporter for a newspaper.

    • Pontius says the SUV following Lex had "Edge City plates." Cities don't have plates, states do.

    • When Chloe holds up the newspaper with the headline "Lex Luthor Donates Millions to Rebuild City," a careful examination of the text reveals that the article in the left column is duplicated in the right column.

    • When Clark muzzles a sneeze in Chloe's office just after they discover Pontius' address, you can see a blackish purple bruise on his right middle finger. Clark is invulnerable and shouldn't get bruises, if he did even in his weakened condition they wouldn't last long, and even if he could somehow sneeze himself a bruise, it's on the outside of the hand, not the inside of his hands that he's been using to block his sneezes.

    • When Lionel hands the scotch to Oliver Queen, we see Oliver lower the hand that the scotch is in, but in the immediate camera angle following, we see Oliver's hand extended in front of him holding the scotch.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Lana: When I moved in you forgot to mention I would be living with Big Brother.
      Lex: Lana those are just security cameras to ensure the safety of everyone on this property.
      Lana: I see.. was I breaching security when I was alone in my bedroom?

    • Chloe: (reads Lois's byline "Global Warming or Alien Invasion?") I don't know how I feel about the alien angle, but...
      Lois: Yeah I wasn't too crazy about the E.T. spin either but my editor insisted that it would help sell papers, so...
      Clark: Well, let's hear it for journalistic integrity.

    • Chloe: (holding a kite) Hey, I brought something for us to do in case the lake's too cold to swim in... and the great thing is, you don't have to wait for it to get windy.
      Clark: Gee thanks.
      Chloe: Oh come on, doesn't it make you wonder what else the possibilities are? I mean, Clark Kent Airlines, non-stop to Metropolis.

    • Orlando Block: What is it that turns a weak, hairless punk into some superhuman Goliath?

    • Lex: Well I forgot what a concerned parent you are. That's why you're having me followed, isn't it? To make sure I don't destroy the rest of the world?
      Lionel: If I were having you followed, son, you would never know it. I can guarentee you that.

    • Lionel: Lex, please, let me help you.
      Lex: I've been on the receiving end of your help before, Dad, I think I'll pass.

    • Lois: Read it.
      Chloe: Funny, I don't remember there being an "e" in "tornado."
      Lois: It's just a little typo.
      Chloe: And the extra "h" in "weather."

    • Block: Are you mocking me?
      Lex: Now why would I mock a guy who just shot me?

    • Lionel: I know, I know, Oliver, you've suffered through a lot in your young life, but if you have so much as laid a hand on Lex, the word "suffer" will take on a whole new meaning to you.

    • Chloe: Umm, when you escaped from that Kryptonian Land of the Lost, I bet you didn't think that you'd be rewarded by having to save Lex Luthor while battling a raging head cold, huh?
      Clark: Not exactly the goodbye gift I was expecting, no.
      Chloe: I guess heroes don't get sick days.

    • Chloe: Clark, with a sneeze like yours, that says a lot about your lung capacity. Now just take a really deep breath and blow it out as hard as you can.
      Clark: That's a steel door, it's not a birthday cake.
      Chloe:I don't see anything else working. Come on, let's see what you got. Huff, puff, and blow this door down.
      (Clark blows down the door)
      Chloe: Good thing you didn't have garlic today.

    • Lionel: I suggest you concentrate on remembering every little minute detail of that horrific day.
      Lex: Well I guess I should have kept a blog.

    • Chloe: You just take care of that cold. We've enough natural disasters around here without having to worry about Hurricane Clark looming off the coast.

    • Lois: I'm out there jogging along, minding my own business when, out of nowhere, a barn door comes falling from the clear, blue sky and almost crushes me. How does that happen?
      Clark: Maybe it fell from an airplane.
      Lois: Good guess, but the only thing up there was a severely traumatized sparrow.

    • Chloe: (to Clark) But if you feel even the slightest inkling of a sneeze, you cover your face and ziplock it shut.

  • NOTES (11)

    • Originally, "Sneeze" was planned for an episode of Season 4 titled "Cold." The episode would originally have had Clark learning to use arctic breath as opposed to the super breath seen in the episode.

    • Deleted Scene: Lionel thanks Clark for saving Lex and commends him for helping an enemy as well as a friend. Clark invites Lionel to have dinner with him and his mom.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: March 4, 2007 on TVNorge
      Belgium: October 13, 2007 on KanaalTwee
      Czech Republic: May 2, 2008 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: June 28, 2009 on Markiza

    • The outside of the building that Lex is being held captive in, is the same used in "Shattered" when Lex found Morgan Edge.

    • In-joke: The kite that Chloe hands Clark, which he briefly holds up to his chest, is in the familiar shield shape of the Superman logo

    • Green Arrow is a Golden Age hero created by Mort Weisinger and originally drawn by George Papp (in More Fun Comics #73, November 1941). As one site put it, "create" may be too strong a word - Green Arrow was a virtual clone of Batman - wealthy millionaire Oliver Queen, red-costumed sidekick (Speedy, later Arsenal, who shows up over on Teen Titans), drove around in a Arrowcar and hung out in the Arrowcave. He basically had everything Batman did except for a Robin Hood-based costume, a distinct personality, and interesting opponents - he did join the Seven Soldiers of Victory, however, along with Speedy. He progressed to the Silver Age, and joined the Justice League (issue #4, April/May 1961) where he remained pretty generic and bland, pretty much indistinguishable personality-wise from the other members under Gardner Fox. When he lost his own comic, the League writers decided to "kick him up" - they stripped him of his fortune, changed his costume, had him grow a beard, and he became a new "liberal" type of 70's hero. He became outspoken and rather obnoxious and the first League member to display a distinctive personality. He became romantically involved with Black Canary, and later became the costar in Green Lantern's comic and left and rejoined the League several times. The Golden Age Green Arrow was incorporated into the Earth-Two setting as were the Seven Soldiers. The Earth-2 Green Arrow died during the events of Crisis and was eventually retconned so he never existed anyway.

      The Earth-1 (main) Green Arrow eventually "died" and was replaced in the League by his illegitimate son Connor Hawke who took on the role of Green Arrow, but Oliver was resurrected and got a new comic series initially written by filmed movie director Kevin Smith.

    • In-joke: Lois' inability to spell refers to her bad spelling in the Christopher Reeve Superman movies.

    • This marks Emy Aneke's second and final appearance as Robert Pontius, having previously appeared in "Jinx."

    • Oliver's Metropolis office is a redress of Barbara Gordon's secret base from the TV series Birds of Prey.

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

    • Justin Hartley was signed to portray Arthur Curry/Aquaman in the Gough & Millar spinoff series (sort of) Aquaman, that derived from the Smallville episode "Aqua". However, that series failed to be picked up for the 2006-07 season.


    • Lana: When I moved in, you forgot to mention I'd be living with Big Brother.
      Big Brother is a popular reality show, where for around three months a number of contestants try to avoid periodic publicly-voted evictions from a communal house and hence win a cash prize. They are monitored and taped constantly. However, the term Big Brother was created long before the television show, in George Orwell's science fiction novel 1984, in which a whole society was surveyed and ruled by means of cameras.

    • Chloe: Huff, puff, and blow this door down.
      In the children's story The Three Little Pigs, the Big Bad Wolf repeatedly says "I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down."

    • Chloe: Umm, when you escaped from that Kryptonian Land of the Lost, I bet you didn't think that you'd be rewarded by having to save Lex Luthor while battling a raging head cold, huh?
      Referencing the 1974 TV series Land of the Lost, which featured the Marshall family going on a rafting trip and ending up in a prehistoric land inhabited by dinosaurs and cavemen.

    • Chloe: The highest paid Sam Spade in Metropolis?
      Referencing the fictional private detective created by Dashiell Hammett for the novel The Maltese Falcon in 1930. Humphrey Bogart played the character in the most famous filmed version from 1941.

    • Lex: So if you're looking for an encore performance, you're out of luck. Elvis has left the building.
      This statement was first made by Horace Lee Logan, who said it at the end of Elvis' performance at the end of his two-year contract on the country-music radio show Hayride, in 1954.