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Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton
Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor
Martha Clark Kent
Clark tells Pete that the name of the man Chloe's been researching for her article on Levitas is General Jonah Doyle. However, if you look at the file he has open on Chloe's computer, you can tell that it says General John Doyle.
Trivia: The Torch's phone number is 555-2453.
In the beginning of the episode, when Chloe is talking to the LuthorCorp guy, where the guy is standing, it's raining, where Chloe is standing it's not.
When Clark was speaking to Lana, she picks up a tray to clear the table. She picks up only the red cup but in the next scene she only has the yellow cup on her tray.
When Pete says something to Chloe about Clark hitting supersonic, and he can make the round trip to Metropolis in about ten minutes, Clark acts like it's a joke. However, when Chloe finds out that people only can tell the truth to her, shouldn't she figure out that Pete was also telling the truth about that?
So Lana is just planning on going to Paris? She put a lot of work into making the Talon a successful business and it seems to be making a profit - now she's just leaving it behind for the summer?
Why exactly were they experimenting on dogs? How exactly can dogs ask questions?
Doyle said he was working on the antidote before the project was shut down. Lionel says that's been 6-7 years ago. How on earth is the serum still viable for use? There are very few substances that can last that long without proper care and that cooler wasn't even remotely sterile.
Why doesn't Clark just...well, lie when Chloe asks him what he's hiding? Say he's bisexual, he cross-dresses, he has a compulsion to dress in plaid, something. Clark's pretty much figured out Chloe's "truth" power - he might not be good at thinking on his feet but he's had enough time he must have expected her to ask him something probing and have a few good "truths" ready to feed her. Instead, he blatantly ignores her power, which not surprisingly makes her even more suspicious of him. And it's not like Clark is adverse to lying to people to protect himself, his parents, or the people themselves.
Not exactly a goof, but...Chloe's power seems a little odd. It's apparently transferred by air (judging by the first shot of her using it, and the microscopic green stuff). But...the power seems to make people be more truthful toward Chloe. If the power is basically an air-delivery truth serum, shouldn't anybody around Chloe answer any questions, asked by anyone, truthfully? Or is it just plot convenience that no one other then Chloe asks anybody else questions when Chloe's around?
Clark seems to put a great deal of effort into driving the needle into Chloe's chest. Why? He has super strength and the efficacy of the drug injection isn't determined by how hard you drive in the needle--note that Clark pushes the plunger in after he sticks the needle in. Maybe Clark's been watching Pulp Fiction (see Cultural References) once too often.
Gabe's friend from LuthorCorp calls Chloe and gets Lana. He then tells Lana a lot of information for someone he doesn't know at all.
Chloe has been leaving a trail of truth-telling behind her - why on Earth would Lionel confront her in person?
Chloe's power is... rather variable. Sometimes she asks someone a simple question and they answer it truthfully but go on for several minutes, expanding on the answer. Mrs. Taylor is asked "Does that work for you?" and goes on for about a minute saying much more then the simple truth ("No!"). When Lana seems unhappy about Chloe's new power, Chloe simply asks her "What's that about?" and Lana goes on about Paris - that really has nothing to do with the question. But when Chloe asks Rebecca and Mindy in the hallway, they give very short answers. And Pete feels so compelled to be "truthful" that he kisses Chloe to truthfully show her how he feels. But she asks Lionel "Exactly what do you want to know?" (my emphasis) and he gives a brief answer about Clark - you'd think he'd want to know about the disease cure, the key and its origins, what Swann's up to, etc.
When Chloe confronts William and his mother and she confesses, before she does so Chloe asks her son if he thinks his mom being a teacher is cool, and he basically says yes. He's being compelled to tell the truth by Chloe's power - William must be the only kid in the world who thinks having his mom as a teacher at his school is "cool." ;)
Clark puts the needle in Chloe's chest and when she wakes up you can see the mark it makes, but in the next scene it is gone.
Chloe is driving her father's car. This makes a little sense at the beginning at night if she had to sell her old VW bug to cover expenses. But she's driving it later during the day. With Mr. Sullivan out of work, how the heck does he look for work when letting his daughter drive his car around just to go to school and stuff?
Chloe doesn't even ask how her car got pulled off the edge of the bridge with no tow truck present.
How did Clark know exactly where to go at the gigantic LuthorCorp plant where Chloe had been exposed to the gas? It did not show Chloe telling him. Even if she did, the place is so large that it would seem like she would have to bring him there to the exact place or else Clark would have to know the place extremely well. How is it that Lex happens to be there, alone in the lab, when Clark is there? We know Lex was testing the gas. But why would he need to be in the lab, especially after they shut the project down due to the break-in?
Shouldn't the project Chloe found have been called "Veritas" (Latin for truth) rather than "Levitas" (Latin for lightness; restlessness; mildness; fickleness; shallowness)?
Apparently LuthorCorp is about as well-guarded as Lex's mansion. A stolen key card is all you need to get into a secret lab at a multi-million-dollar corporate facility? There are no security cameras, either.
What time of the year is it in Smallville? There are football posters up, and the school jocks seem like the current football team. But...the series typically corresponds to real time and we've seen winter earlier this season. And you usually do "Teacher of the Year interviews" in the spring. And Clark and Pete are watching basketball. So shouldn't it be into the spring and well past football season?
Clark said it's hard to be scarce in Smallville. It's got a population of 45,000. Folks who live in towns half that size can avoid people they don't want to see.
Chloe mentions Clark's "baby blues". Traditionally, Superman does indeed have blue eyes; Tom Welling does not.
Does Lana even pretend to go to school any more? She's dealing with the "morning rush" in her first scene, but in the very next scene we see school getting out so it's clearly a weekday.
Ex-general Doyle seems awfully willing to just give Clark, a kid he's never met and only knows for about two minutes, the one existing sample of a potential cure for Levitas. How does he know Clark isn't a spy for Lionel?
When Clark is talking to Pete about telling Chloe too much, they're speaking about Chloe just two feet from the room she's in. Wouldn't she hear or eavesdrop according to her curious nature?
Not only does Doyle seem way too young to be a general, but it's about impossible for a modern-day general to get "dishonorably discharged."
Lionel: (on Chloe's voicemail) Oh, no need to look for that conversation we had earlier, it's gone. And, um . . . well, that's it -- no need to call back.
Chloe: Doug, if you could take anyone to the prom, who would you take?
Doug: That'd be Fitz.
Chloe: Thomas Fitzpatrick, the quarterback?!?
Pete: Clark's going to run to Metropolis to get us some Shark Dogs from the stadium.
Chloe: Wha? Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa -- back up. You mean to tell me that Clark is driving six hours to pick up a couple of hot dogs?
Pete: Well, when Clark goes supersonic, he can make the round trip in ten minutes,
Clark: He's kidding.
Chloe: Another lovely evening huddled around the electronic hearth
Clark: Since Pete's supplying the big screen, I've got dinner.
Chloe: What? Clark Kent in the kitchen? (makes a face). What's on the menu?
Lex: Two invitations to your office in one week. I should be flattered.
Lionel: You should be more careful.
Pete: Oh, c'mon, Clark, as far as long shadows go, you're the dark side of the moon.
Lionel: Miss Sullivan, you look a bit peaked. Well, I suppose a steady diet of truth can wear on a person.
Chloe: Why can't you just walk away from your father?
Lex: Because he won't give me the only thing I've ever wanted from him.
Chloe: And that would be...?
Lex: I want him to love me.
Chloe: Is it just me, or did I completely clear out the lunch crowd?
Lana: No, it's you.
Clark: It's hard to make yourself scarce in Smallville.
Lionel: Lex – thanks for dropping by.
Lex: Which of your obsessive-compulsive fixations is behind today's summons?
Injoke: The number of the section in LuthorCorp where the truth gas is being developed is also the year Superman: The Movie (with Christopher Reeve, of course) first came out.
Lionel still has the relatively fresh cut on his cheek he received from his fight with Jonathan an episode earlier.
Music: "Someday" by Fastball, "Better Don't Do" by Ing
"Stabat Mater" by Paul Schwartz, and "Selling Out" by The Fuzz.
John Schneider doesn't appear in this episode because of the extra burden of his directorial duties on "Talisman" two episodes down the road, as well as starring in the disaster movie 10.5.
Pete: As far as long shadows go, Clark, you're the dark side of the moon.
Referencing the album Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. It's also lyrics in a song by 3 Doors Down called "Kryptonite." "The dark side of the moon" also refers to the side of the Moon that can't been seen from Earth. We always see the same side, because the rate the Moon rotates and revolves is just right. So the "dark side of the moon" is literally an entire side of the Moon - a very long shadow indeed.
Chloe's Phone Password: 1-2-3-4
The combination to the air shield in the movie Spaceballs is 1-2-3-4-5. One can't help but feel Chloe's voice-mail password is an allusion to that. Although no one says, "So the combination is one, two, three, four? That's the stupidest combination I've ever heard in my life! The kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!" (to quote Dark Helmet).
Chloe: Whatever you "Pulp Fictioned" into my chest...
Referencing the scene in the movie Pulp Fiction when Uma Thurman's character had a huge needle lunged into her heart in order to be resuscitated.
Pete: As long as you're on-line, you want to ask Jeeves how long it takes to die of embarassment?
Referring to the website where you can do searches on a variety of topics and questions.
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