Smallville

Season 4 Episode 11

Unsafe

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 26, 2005 on The CW
9.2
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Alicia (from "Obsession") is supposedly cured and returns to Smallville to start things back up with Clark. When she pushes for more and he turns reluctant, Alicia exposes him to red kryptonite, and the two go off to Las Vegas to get married. Meanwhile, Lana questions whether sex may prove the key to winning Jason back.moreless

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  • Wow!, We see Alicia from the third season come back to Smallville for Clark and despite his parent's warnings, he gives his relationship with her another shot and when she wants more from him, he's hesitant and that causes her to use red kryptonite on himmoreless

    10
    Wow!, We see Alicia from the third season come back to Smallville for Clark and despite his parent's warnings, he gives his relationship with her another shot and when she wants more from him, he hesitates and that causes her to use red kryptonite on him and

    they whisk away to Las Vegas to get married!, Elsewhere Lana thinks about losing her virginity to Jason in an effort to win him back and she realizes he left her because it was about his mother's meddling and Martha is irate about what happened with Clark & Alicia and she yells at him and he is left in tears



    This is an impressive & emotional episode, and in my opinion one of the highlights to season 4moreless
  • Very good episode.

    10
    I never thought that the Smallville directors would consider bringing Alicia back, but am I glad they did. This is episode is very good because it shows that Alicia can still go a long way for her love to Clark, only this time, she doesn't try to kill anyone. It also shows how Clark is trying to deal with his relationship less situation. He is waiting for the right person to pop up. Luckily for him, Alicia is let out, and they soon get back together. Alicia then "drugs" him with red kryptonite. They go to Vegas, get married, and come back without the red kryptonite. Then McBride tries to shoot Clark, but Alicia gets in the way.moreless
  • Clark's friend Alicia is released from confinement at Belle Reve, with her powers under control, but she's still pursuing Clark, and she uses red kryptonite to get him to succumb to her desiresmoreless

    7.8
    At the Talon, Clark turns down invitations to a party, feeling sorry for himself. Alicia, from the Season 3 episode "Obsession," is released from an inhumane dungeon - how could she improve mentally in such a place? - and comes to Smallville. She's "fixed" so she cannot use her Krypton-like powers. That Belle Reve is creepy. Clark is mistrustful, and Jonathan and Martha advise against his relating to her again. Is she cured? Clark yearns for a relationship with someone like him, so he's drawn to her anyway.



    While Lana heads to the Central Kansas A & M campus to see Jason, Clark and Alicia (Sarah Carter) are having a day at the skating rink, where he demonstrates a complete lack of skating skill. Alicia's doctor from Belle Reve is furtively observing her - sinister dude that he is - and whispers to her to stay away from Clark. Picking up her obsession where she left it, she searches the Talon office for the red kryptonite ring - why doesn't someone get rid of that troublesome gem? Well, because it may be needed to write a future episode! She begins urging Clark to go to California with her, but when he declines, she slips him the red rock in a necklace and he's hooked, meaning inhibitions and common sense gone.



    Lionel is at the mansion, talking of redemption and creating a charitable foundation, and we wonder if this is an enduring change of character. Lana tells Chloe about her relationship with Jason, but it's not been intimate. Meanwhile, Alicia is seducing Clark, and he removes her lead wristband, which has been all that kept her stable and free of the temptation of power uses. Next thing you know - they're married! In Las Vegas!



    Lana has set up a romantic rendezvous with Jason, but he's reluctant - time to fess up, Jason. He believes his mother set up their meeting in France, and all that story about Isabelle and the spell-book (see "Spell"). At a honeymoon suite with typical Vegas decadence decor, Alicia removes Clark's necklace, hoping he will remain her lover of his own free will. No such luck; Clark regains his senses, berates Alicia, and the wedding is off. Alicia disappears, but is back when McBride threatens Clark for taking her away - she takes a bullet for him, and McBride winds up in Belle Reve himself for the assault. In the hospital, Clark leaves her the lead bracelet, hoping she will use it to stay sane.



    Lionel is still living at a cheap motel, and visitor Lex leaves, still exceedingly suspicious about Lionel's "reform." Clark gets a dressing-down from Martha about the sanctity of marriage and the values they have tried to teach him - yet he desires to be normal and special. Hey, he wasn't himself! Tom Welling shows his ability to shed real tears on cue. Alicia stops by once more to pledge to keep Clark's secret...and his love. A sad ending of another relationship which can never be for Clark. Pretty good acting all around, but it looks like the end of the Alicia appearances in Smallville. Re-run rating C+.moreless
  • What I Like About Alicia

    7.8
    Unsafe-Alicia (from "Obsession") is supposedly cured and returns to Smallville to start things back up with Clark. When she pushes for more and he turns reluctant, Alicia exposes him to red kryptonite, and the two go off to Las Vegas to get married. Meanwhile, Lana questions whether sex may prove the key to winning Jason back.



    An enjoyable episode that features the return of Sarah Carter (Alicia Baker) to the series. There was just something about the character of Alicia that fit well with Clark, and it's obvious the writers saw that for this 2 episode arc the character has all to herself. Sarah Carter and Tom Welling immediately connect in their scenes together. The date scene is really romantic and both characters really understand each other very well. At the same time, Sarah plays Alicia's hostility well when it comes to her scenes with Dr. William McBride, play well by John Pyper-Ferguson. You really do feel bad for Alicia as she might have to lose the only person who understands her. While Clark and Alicia's reunion is an good storyline, it's filled with plot holes like Alicia knowing about Red K infecting Clark. It makes no sense how she would know that or how she found that out. Whatever the case, the Las Vegas wedding and the bedroom scenes between Clark and Alicia are very entertaining, especially since Smallville has never gotten this intimate.



    Iconically, Lana faces relationship issues of her own as she decides to..uhh...make love with Jason. I have to say the scene where Lana tries to set the mood and seduce Jason was one of those unintentionally funny moments you saver! I'm suprised Jensen Ackles could keep a start face during that scene at it one of the lamest scenes Smallville's ever done. We know this relationship won't last, so why do the writers continue to force they're so called romance which isn't really there. Anyway, the episode ends with a touching scenes as Martha is angry at Clark for disappointing them, yet Clark realizes that his in love with Alicia and can't help the way he feels. Then Clark consouls Alicia after she tries to leave, which is great moment between the 2 characters and well acted. "Unsafe" is pretty good episode with no much plot or action, but the relationship between Clark and Alicia definately carries it well.moreless
  • Alicia Baker returns from Belle Reve, claiming to be cured, and rekindles her relationship with Clark. However, Clark hesitates when Alicia presses for more, so she gives him a red kryptonite necklace and the two teleport to Las Vegas to get married.moreless

    9.6
    After being released from Belle Reve, Alicia Baker (see OBSESSION) seeks out Clark, who's initially skeptical of her rehabilitation. However, when Chloe confirms that Alicia is indeed cured, Clark and Alicia rekindle their relationship, with Alicia unable to teleport due to a lead bracelet her psychiatrist, Dr. William McBride, designed for her. While ice skating with Clark, Alicia runs into Dr. McBride, who cautions her against "associating with Clark" for fear of another psychotic break. Afraid of being sent back to Belle Reve, Alicia asks Clark to run away with her, but when he refuses, she fashions a necklace out of red kryptonite and gives it to him under the guise of a "goodbye present". When his morally-challenged alter ego comes out, Clark breaks off Alicia's bracelet, then has her teleport them to Las Vegas to get married. Meanwhile, Lana considers taking her relationship with Jason to the next level, and Lex is unfazed by Lionel's moral turnaround.



    I'm glad that, with Alicia's return from Belle Reve, Clark has a girlfriend he can share his abilities with, though I wasn't too keen on the idea of the two getting married. Although Tom Welling did look good in a tux, as well as shirtless. Anyway, I'm also glad the writers took the opportunity to send a message about waiting until one is ready for an "adult relationship", rather than preaching about the immorality of sex outside of marriage (and I personally believe it isn't). I think a lot of teens can relate to at least parts of this episode, with Chloe interjecting her own regrettable experience with Jimmy (as in Olsen) and Lana's dilemma of whether or not she's ready to take her relationship to the next level. By the way, I loved seeing red-k Clark again; haven't seen that sexy scoundrel in a while (when was it last, EXILE?). Overall, nine of ten. :)



    Highlights: two of Clark's classmates flirting with him at the Talon; Alicia appearing in Clark's loft; Chloe confirming Alicia's claims, much to Clark's relief and happiness; Alicia and Clark's skate date; Lionel and Lex's "prodigal father" conversation at the mansion; Alicia giving Clark the red-k necklace; Lana and Chloe discussing "adult relationships"; Clark and Alicia's make-out session in his loft; Clark and Alicia's wedding; Lana and Jason's conversation in her apartment; Clark and Alicia in their honeymoon suite; Alicia taking a bullet in order to keep Clark's secret; Clark explaining to Martha why he got married; and Clark and Alicia's hug in the barn.moreless
Annette O'Toole

Annette O'Toole

Martha Clark Kent

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

John Schneider

John Schneider

Jonathan Kent

Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

John Glover

John Glover

Lionel Luthor

Sarah Carter

Sarah Carter

Alicia Baker

Guest Star

Ron Selmour

Ron Selmour

Belle Reve Attendant

Guest Star

Sandra Ferens

Sandra Ferens

 

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • During the scene at the ice rink, Clark doesn't seem to be too worried about anyone hearing about his powers. Alicia skates up to him and says quite loudly "your super powers can't save you now" and when he gets up off of the ice he almost yells "I do have heat vision." The rink was pretty busy and so anyone there could've easily heard them.

    • Clark superheats Alicia's hot chocolate at the ice rink and according to the bubbling sound it's apparently supposed to be boiling. She's not wearing gloves, and yet when she takes the plastic cup she doesn't react to what should be very intense heat.

    • When Clark throws Dr. McBride through the barn wall, you can see that the boards were all pre-cut along the bottom at the same angle.

    • When Alicia displays the necklace it has more then one red-k rock in it? They're relatively large - it seems impossible she got all that from just the one ring she stole.

    • In the hotel in Las Vegas when Clark puts on his black shirt in a hurry the collar is stuck up, but when the camera switches to Alicia's view his collar is down.

    • If Alicia's own physician, the one who declared her "cured" and released her, is himself declared insane, then she'd be put back in Belle Reve immediately. Particularly since she was the one McBride was nuts about.

    • Secret ID much? Clark first superspeeds away directly in front of a minister, a minister who knows his name ("Do you, Clark Kent...?"). Then he shoves McBride 20' into a barn wall - isn't the guy going to remember that Clark used superpowers on him?

    • While you can certainly obtain a marriage license in Las Vegas this late at night, you can't do so without a parent or guardian's approval if you're under 18. Without a license, this ceremony couldn't have taken place.

    • Intentional lead poisoning, anyone? Alicia's bracelet would cause permanent brain damage and cut decades off her lifespan. And yet, no one seems to think this a problem, not even Dr. McBride, who presumably went to medical school.

    • Exactly how does Alicia know about red kryptonite? Clark hadn't been exposed to it for a considerable period before she met him. Unless somebody is keeping records that Alicia could have teleported in and stolen, she had no chance to observe its effects on Clark. Unless she can teleport through time back from when she met Clark (in "Obsession") to when he was last exposed to red-k (in "Exile"/"Phoenix"), there seems no way she could have known about the stuff or what it does to Clark.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Martha: We know how much you want to be with someone you don't have to lie to, sweetheart, but... Alicia isn't the one.
      Clark: So, what should I do? Just wait for the next cute girl with special abilities to knock on my door?

    • Alicia: It's just... we don't have any kind of commitment or anything.
      Clark: Baby, no one is more committed in making this happen than me.

    • Clark: What's he say about Alicia?
      Chloe: Well, according to Dr. McBride, Alicia really is cured.
      Clark: She was telling the truth.
      Chloe: And that, I take it, is exactly what our young Mr. Kent wanted to hear.

    • Alicia: (after being shot by Dr. McBride) We should probably get to a hospital, don't you think?
      Clark: Alicia, why'd you do that? You know I could've caught that bullet...
      Alicia: Because I promised you that I'd always protect your secret.

    • Clark: I wanted you with or without that rock.
      Alicia: Past tense noted.

    • Alicia: I'm so sorry for what I did to you, Clark. I guess I just don't want to lose the one good thing in my life.
      Clark: Well I'm not so sure that drugging me was the best way to preserve the relationship.

    • Alicia: So what's Smallville's star quarterback doing up here alone on a Saturday night?
      Clark: Alicia.
      Alicia: I'm kinda surprised you remember my name.
      Clark: How could I forget? You tried to kill me. And Lana.

    • Minister: Do you, Clark Kent, take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife?
      Clark: Hell yes!

    • Lex: Dad. You can stay in the guest house.
      Lionel: Thanks – it'll be much easier keeping an eye on me.

    • Alicia: I want this to last forever.
      Clark: I'm not sure that's one of my abilities, but I'll do my best.

    • Lionel: Corporate maneuvering doesn't interest me any more.
      Lex: So killing me is going to be a full-time job now?

    • Lex: Well, the prodigal father returns.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The song playing when Alicia and Clark are in the hotel room is "It's Now or Never" by Elvis Presley. John Schneider recorded a cover of this song in 1981.

    • Music: "Life For Rent" by Dido, "It's Now Or Never" by Elvis Presley, "Beautiful Soul" by Jesse McCartney, "Break So Easy" by Johnathan Rice, "Funny Little Feeling" by Rock N Roll Soldiers, "Laura" by Scissor Sisters, and "Welcome To My Life" by Simple Plan.

    • Allison Mack (Chloe) comes on at the end of the episode and talks about the importance of safe sex and where to find information: www.teenpregnancy.org.

    • The WB advertised this episode as "Mr. & Mrs. Clark Kent."

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Alicia: ... you have buns of steel.
      Buns of Steel is a work out program. It could also be a reference to Superman's later nickname, "The Man of Steel".

    • Chloe: ...couldn't handle "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock."
      "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" was a poem written by Thomas Stearns Eliot about a lonely, but wealthy, man who is too timid to tell a woman he likes about his feelings for her.

    • Chloe: On the risk of going all Afterschool Special on you . . .
      Referencing the series of hour-long afternoon specials dealing with various teen issues.

    • Chloe: His name was Jimmy - he was very cute in a bow-tie kind of way.
      As odd as it may sound to longtime Superman fans, from the sound of Chloe's confession to Lana, Chloe may have been involved with Jimmy Olsen, who in the comic books was a young newspaper photographer who often worked with reporters Clark Kent and Lois Lane, as well as being known to many readers as "Superman's Pal."

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