Smallville

Season 2 Episode 13

Suspect

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 28, 2003 on The CW
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  • this was a good ep i thougt

    8.5
    in this ep of smallville the start of the show you see someone shoot him off the the top of the balcony and through a table. and the police find johathan standed off the road with alcol and a gun in his hand and they said he was over the legal limit .thing is clark does not beleve that and starts to investgate with pete and he starts to hear all the stories at first the guy that works with lionel says it was lex and then lex says it was dominic that shot his dad. thing is clarks goes to talk to the bartender one of clarks dads friends and he says he saw him drinking alot and shooting his month off. and then as there driving back they get pushed off the road by a huge truck and there car is shot with a bullet and it explodes. clark saves pete and then they back later on and find out that the bartender is dead and clark sees a photo of someone eles on the wall and he knows who did it . and its a set up he had lionel moved to a new room and had it say he was getting better and had pillows under neath and the guy came in and shot a few times and clark was hiding in the room and it tunred out to be the sherif i thougth it was a great ep i tought.
  • Multiple versions of an assailant shooting Lionel keeps us guessing about the culprit. Clark plays a key role in identifying the shooter and clearing Jonathan of the crime.

    7.5
    A stormy night at the Luthor mansion has Lionel letting us know that Martha is no longer his employee, then he senses someone entering below. Shots ring out; Lionel falls over the rail to the floor below, but we don't see the shooter.

    Jonathan is awakened in the red Dodge pickup by deputies - he holds a pistol in one hand, a liquor bottle in the other, and Sheriff Ethan arrests him. Since it's so obviously a frame-up, we can expect the entire episode to revolve around how his innocence is established. Lionel's survival is now doubtful, and all Jonathan remembers is stopping for a beer on the way home.

    Lex and Lionel's assistant Dominic Santori have harsh words at the hospital about who might be behind the murder attempt - it's not like Lex to go off so fast - usually he's very controlled, but here we might be seeing evidence of his true concern for his father. Lana and Clark ask Henry Small to represent Jonathan, but he turns it down cold. Lana has to tell Clark that she saw Jonathan at the Luthor mansion the previous day, unknown to Clark. Her story is illustrated by a flashback, again overloaded with lighting effects - it's a major lightning storm, thunder almost drowning out the soundtrack, as Lana overhears the argument between Lionel and Jonathan. She already had to report that conversation to the Sheriff, so she's already lined up with the prosecution. Exercising a search warrant at the Kent farm, Sheriff Ethan finds a watch belonging to Martha - a gift from Lionel, so all the plot elements spelling guilt pile up on Jonathan. Come to think of it, he brings this on himself with his hothead attitude and belligerent protection of his family. And Jonathan's claim about having only half a beer doesn't square with the bartender's recollection, and his blood alcohol was over the limit, according to the Sheriff.

    In the next flashback, call it Version 2.0, Jonathan gets bombed, takes the gun out, and heads for the Luthor mansion. Smallville scripting can depict either an imaginary scene, or the actual event. In this one, Jonathan IS the shooter. Witnesses place Jonathan leaving the mansion after the shots - it looks grim for the Kent family. In a mid-'80s red Chevy Camaro, Clark and Pete investigate the area where Jonathan was arrested, Clark using his x-ray vision to find a bullet embedded in a wall. He reports it to Sheriff Ethan - he's skeptical, but agrees to have it tested. Lionel lapses into a coma from the surgery and the wound. Dominic appears to be an ally for Clark - as he accuses Lex of being the culprit. In Flashback 3.0, Lex is seen accusing Dominic of buying up voting shares of Lexcorp, which he sees as a plot to take over the company. There was a big strobe-light thunderstorm that night too. This version of the shooting has Lex doing it, as theorized by Santori. Clark doesn't quite believe that version either.

    We finally get some relief from the overblown lighting and sound, as Chloe and Lana meet at the Torch office, where Chloe informs Lana that Henry Small has done legal work for Luthorcorp - a good reason to stay out of the case. And Luthorcorp arranged for Small to lose his job. But Small never becomes a suspect, so this bit of a side story is a throw-away.

    Clark bangs into the mansion to bluntly ask Lex if he's trying to frame Jonathan - they both have a father to lose - so Lex boots him out. In jail, Jonathan admits to Martha that he was indeed jealous about the attention she got from Lionel - and apologizes for giving in to his petty fears.

    Clark and Pete next try the tavern for evidence that someone drugged Jonathan. The bartender claims that Jonathan said he was going to "take care of Lionel." Clark loses his temper on hearing this, but Pete keeps him under control.

    In the best action/effects scene of the episode, a semi veers toward the Camaro, forcing Pete to exit into a field, and the car flies through the air to a bumpy landing. The masked semi driver neatly places a rifle round in the gas tank, but the slow-mo of the round flying out seems a bit pointless - usually Clark catches these bullets - not this time. The Camaro becomes one big fireball, but Clark drags Pete out - by now he should be having second thoughts about being a close friend of Clark.

    Lex tells Clark of his theory of the attempt on Lionel's life - Dominic has a motive also. So Version 3.0 of the shooting is shown in flashback, and this time Dominic is the shooter. Then another bar scene has the bartender giving the extra liquor to someone other than Jonathan. Clark cools off and starts to work with Lex. The flashbacks keep us guessing and effectively show how so many people would be willing to get rid of Lionel.

    Lana tells Henry what she learned about his loss of a position because of a complaint by Luthorcorp - he's offended. He reluctantly tells her his story - he was legal counsel for a young murder victim. and didn't do a good job. His client was executed, but later proved innocent, and Henry quit the bar. He relents, and agrees to represent Jonathan. The bartender, a school chum of Jonathan, has disappeared, so Clark goes looking, but for what? He finds the body of the bartender in a deep freeze. Pretty clumsy murder - hiding the body on the premises.

    Finally, at the hospital, someone comes in to finish off Lionel - firing into...a pile of pillows. It's a trap, and the shooter is none other than Sheriff Ethan! This is a good surprise outcome because none of the flashbacks even hinted it might be him. Clark is hiding in the room, and Ethan is caught. He confess to being in cahoots with the bartender to frame Jonathan. So here's Version 4.0 of the shooting, maybe the real story at last. Jonathan's drink at the bar is spiked, Ethan sloshes liquor all over him, then uses Jonathan's hand to fire the pistol. The Sheriff was determined to rid Smallville of the evil of the Luthor family, and this is the end of Mitchell Kosterman's continuing role as the sheriff.

    Lex sees Clark at the loft to check on Jonathan - he's ok. Lionel is recovering too, but they talked about the darkness in some people - Lex thinks Lionel has the ability to bring it out. He should know. Lex visits Lionel, out of the coma, telling him about Ethan. Now Version 5.0, but a different flashback, showing Ethan's motives. Lionel bribed him for criminal information on people from whom he needed to buy shares to get control of Lexcorp. Ethan has tried to cover himself with evidence against Lionel, but he's one step ahead, already having bought Ethan's documentation. But Lionel blames Lex for an employee coup and offers Ethan a working partnership. All this manipulation and blackmail led to the downfall of another resident, attempting to get even with Lionel.

    Good points about "Suspect" - the inventive flashbacks with multiple versions of the same event, making us guess about the correct version until the surprise ending, interesting dialog for Mr. Rosenbaum showing his complex character and paranoia, good acting throughout, and great special effects. Bad points - the annoying overdramatized lighting, strobes going off incessantly in a lousy simulation of lightning, and the unnecessary thunder. Don't make too much effort seeing it again, but if it's on, it's certainly a watchable episode. Re-run rating C.
  • Lionel gets shot. 2 times. Falls off the balcony. Shatters the glass table. Survives?

    9.9
    Lionel gets shot. 2 times. Falls off the balcony. Shatters the glass table. Survives?

    Of course! Why wouldn't he?! I really enjoyed watching Smallville. But lately it started to annoy me. All the episodes seem the same, I'm sick of Lex being so... pure and inoccent and friendly, and on the other hand so mean and cruel.. It's weird. Lionel is also disturbing. Everything he does, has a secret meaning. He's such a bad person he should be locked up just for being like that. Clark saves the day once again. How... boring. And what's up woth him and Lana? they so obviously like each other! "we can never go back, it can never be the same again" ... geez! And that shooting- firstly we heard only 2 shots (when Jonathan shot him). And when the sherrif shot Lionel, there were three shots. And only 2 wounds. What was that all about?
  • Who Shot L.L.?

    8.9
    Suspect-Lionel is shot in the manor, and Jonathan is the prime suspect.

    When it somes to mystery and suspense, this episode ranks right up there with the best of this season. "Suspect" finds Jothnathan as the main suspect after Lionel is shot. The mystery behind Lionel's attack is the best aspect of the episode as you really have no idea who the killer might possibly. It's too obvious that Jonathan would be the killer but when Lex and Lionel's assistant, Dominic, the possiblities on the shooter become more vivid.

    I loved the episode pieces up the night of the shooting with eerie flashbacks which are shot in a strange gritty lightning. Also, there are some great action sequences like Clark and Pete escaping from an assassin that blows up Pete's car. The revelation of the shooter is actually shocking as it was Sheriff Ethan all along. It's shocking because the character has been around since Season 1 and always seemed like a nice guy. Just goes to show how powerful Lionel is turning a reasonable man into murderer. All and All, a great episode full of mystery and stellar story telling.
  • Great Episode

    10
    Lionel is mysteriously shot at the Luthor mansion, leaving behind a huge list of suspects with various motives to want him dead. Jonathan, who is found unconscious in his truck with a bottle of vodka and a gun in his hand, is arrested as the prime suspect. Clark and Pete investigate, and discover an elaborate plan orchestrated by Sheriff Ethan. "Suspect" is an episode of "Smallville" visibly inspired in Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece "Rashômon". Showing different perspectives of a crime, the surprising motives are disclosed only in the very end of the story. The destructive and evil character of Lionel Luthor is really disgusting.
  • Lionel is shot...what a shame :)

    8.6
    Lionel is shot, and almost everyone is a suspect, but its Jonothan that is arrested after being set up. Someone has placed the murder weapon in his truck and drugged him to make it appear as though he is guilty. I liked part of this episode but found the lack of action dissapointing. I enjoyed seeing Lex put down his fathers Lacky - very amusing. I did also like the fact that it wasn't predictable, i had no idea who the real shooter was until Clark actually confronted him. I liked the lack of Clana in this episode too - refreshing!
  • someone shot Lionel, who was it? what is the motive?

    9.0
    this episode was about how Clark invstegate the attempt murder of Lionel Lother. Somebody framed Jonathen and Clark is trying to find who. As a result of his digging the criminal is trying to assasin Clark and his friend Pit but thanks to Clarks unique powers they are saved. At the end the motive is reveled and also the murderer.

    The writing was very good, the whole episode is a blur you always suspect everyone and thanks to the CSI work that Clark did the murderer is found and prove Jonathen's innocent.

    Inspite all that i still miss the whole tention that was between Lana and Clark until the Skinwalker episode. That unforfiled disaire that was between them is what i miss and i hope that it will appear soon.

    To sum thing out, great episode well written but still few things missing....
  • Great episode.

    10
    Someone shoots Lionel, the police suspects that Jonathan Kent did it. This episode is sort of a detective procedural drama. Clark investigates what happened while the sheriff does their investigation. Clark uses his powers in ways we haven't really seen before. This time his not taking down a meteor freak but a normal person whose got blood in his hands. The characters are great in this episode, Jonathan and Martha are the best portrayals of the Kent parents that I've seen in any Superman adaptation, they are actually a pivotal parts of the show not just decorations. This episode is awesome.
  • Everyone is a suspect in having the opportunity and motive to shoot Lionel Luthor, but the prime suspect is Clark’s father

    6.8
    In past episodes hasn’t Mr. Kent been accused of murder before? Is there something smelly about the sheriff and bar tender because I knew they were guilty from the start. Besides Clark’s theories sounded more logic then anyone else. Great scene when Clark saves Pete’s life from the burning car. The bullet flying through the air hitting the car and a big fire ball.....wow.
    Best quotes:
    Pete: “Are you doing that eye thing? Hey, I need you to check out my backyard sometime. I bared a jar of quarters when I was ten; I could never find it.”
    Chloe: “You know Lana my computer only spits out cold hard facts but if you want explanations you’re going to have to go to the source.”
  • Yeah!

    8.7
    I like this episode really much, but more than everything because Clark and Pete begin doing some investigation and everything, and I like this type of episodes in which they investigate and everything like this episode and everything, that is the kind of episodes of crime that I really like, and I think that this episode is really cool, it could have been better if there had been more battle though...
  • Clue... Who shot the big bad man?

    8.0
    Forget who shot J.R. , who shot Lionel Luthor? At the beginning of this episode someone shoots Lionel Luthor at the mansion. But who did it? That's the question that has to be solved during this episode.

    The first suspect is Jonathan Kent who is found in his truck asleep with a gun and a bottle of booze. Most unKent like. That's like watching Ward Cleaver rob a liquor store. Clark begins his own investigation into the matter to clear Jonathan. Lana makes Jonathan's case worse by revealing she overheard Jonathan and Lionel arguing that night before the shooting. A watch given to Martha from Lionel is found by the police. This gives them motive. Perhaps, Jonathan became jealous. Also Jonathan claimed to have only one beer, but the Sheriff claimed his alcohol test came back 2.0.

    The next suspect is Dominic, Lionel Luthor's top employee. Who seems to believe Lionel is grooming him to take over Luthor Corp. Lex Luthor really doesn't dig this guy, and he even accuses Lex of wanting his dad dead. He even tells the sheriff his suspicions. Lex believes Dominic wanted Lionel dead to protect his interests in the company from being given to Lex.

    Did Lex Luthor do it? Apparently Lionel was attempting to take over Lex's company. Did Lex attempt to murder his father to stop him.

    When Clark and Pete get close to the trail, A trucker runs Pete and Clark off the road, and shoots a bullet into the gas tank of Pete's Camaro causing an explosion. Luckily, Clark gets Pete out in the nick of time.

    At the bar where Jonathan supposedly got drunk, Clark finds the bar tender dead and a picture on the wall that clues him in on who shot Lionel.

    So who shot Lionel? At the hospital another attempt is made on Lionel Luthor but nobody's there except Clark and the murderer. Clark grabs the gun away from... Sheriff Ethan. The picture on the wall was picture of the sheriff and the bartender. Apparently, Ethan, the bartender, and Jonathan all went to high school together. Ethan had faked Jonathan's blood alcohol test. He also planted the gun on Jonathan and had the bartender drug Jonathan at the bar that night.

    But why? Lionel needed the sheriff to dig up dirt on the members of the board of Lex's company. Dirt which the sheriff provided for money, which put him under the thumb of Lionel Luthor. A place that was unacceptable for the sheriff.



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