Smallville

Season 2 Episode 11

Visage

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 14, 2003 on The CW
9.2
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Whitney returns to Smallville, eager to start back up where he left off with Lana. But everything isn't what it seems... Meanwhile, Lex gets suspicious with his relationship with Dr. Bryce, only to find that she has been having meetings with Lionel.

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  • this was a good ep

    9.0
    in this ep of smallville clark and lana are talking in the hall when out of the blue whitney is walking down the school hall in his marines uniform. and hugs lona. thing is clark starts to become suspious when he sees whiteney destroy the bathroom and blames it on clark and then whitney soon cant remember the video that lana sent him and he cant remember things. and lex is in this ep is starting to be come supious of his bride when she is seen talking to his father. and then a man comes to thedoor of the house and its a militery officer saying that whitney has been killed in action and his mother says thats mistake and out of the blue whitney kills the officer and thats when you find out is tina greer. who was upsessed with lana in the first season. and then clark must get to lana in time before its too late and they fight off against each other and tina becomes clark and then clark comes into the room and lana does not know which one and then tina gets a thing through the stomich out side the tallen .moreless
  • Whitney turns back up in smallville after being MIA. But he is acting different, being hostel, jealous.

    8.0
    After Whitney is MIA, we finally see him in a batlle in indonesia. The next moment he is back in smallville and wants to proceed his relation with Lana.

    The beginning is very intreaging, but the moment whitney returns in school the script is a little soft and slow. But the moment Whitney turns out to be Tina, the storyline takes a whole other turn and the episode is definitly worth the watch. Tine terrorises Clark because she knows his secret, and who is real and who is Tina?!

    In al goodness Clark tries so convince everybody of this fact, but doesn't know who to trust. How can he keep everybody save?moreless
  • "I'm a Freak and Obsessed with Lana" Part 4

    8.8
    Visage-Whitney returns to Smallville, eager to start back up where he left off with Lana. But everything isn't what it seems... Meanwhile, Lex gets suspicious with his relationship with Dr. Bryce, only to find that she has been having meetings with Lionel.



    While another "Lana stalker" episode, "Viasge" plays out very well. Whitney's return starts off touching as Lana is overwhelmed to see him again as she runs into his arms. Everyone seems relieved to have Whitney back, instead of Clark who is obvious jealous yet again as Lana's man is back in the picture. But the writers manage to pull off a good twist as Whitney never returned and it's really Tina Greer in disguise. Tina has always been the most interesting of the freak of the weeks and Lizzy Caplan's return is welcomed. I also liked how Tina's obsession with Lana develops into a sickening lesbian attraction to her. Then there's Allison Mack and Tom Welling who do a fine job of playing Tina in disguise as she plays with Lana's head. All the shapeshifting hijinks throughout the episode was just as good as "X-Ray" as I was even fake out when Tina was Jothnathan at one point in the episode.



    The fight at the end was pretty good and the effect of Tina getting impaleed by a large metal was gruesome. Also, there's a great sub-plot with Lex and Helen as he suspects her of working with his father. I like the dynamic between the 2 and the tension they build throughout the episode. The episode ends with one of the saddest scenes as Lana is devastated over Whitney's death and her words to Clark about not wanting to lose him are heartbreaking. A fine acting piece by Kristin Kreuk. All and All, "Visage" is a great episode with some good twists, nice acting and interesting revelations.moreless
  • Great Episode

    10
    Whitney Fordman returns from overseas, to everybody's surprise. Claiming to have lost some of his memory during battle, he tries to get back together with Lana, ignorant of the Dear John letter she sent. Not wanting to hurt him, Lana submits to his attempts to win her back, but Clark discovers that Whitney is actually Tina Greer. When Clark confronts Tina, she immobolizes him using green meteor rock. Left helpless in the Kents' storm cellar, Clark is saved by his spaceship. During a later confrontation with Clark, Tina injures herself and dies. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor investigates his father and finds that Dr. Helen Bryce (Emmanuelle Vaugier) has some connection with him.moreless
  • This episode was quite good. I can easily predict episodes and say what is going to happen, but in this episode, I truely had no idea what was going to happen, and I was in total shock in various parts of this episode.moreless

    9.6
    This episode was quite good. I can easily predict episodes and say what is going to happen, but in this episode, I truely had no idea what was going to happen, and I was in total shock in various parts of this episode.



    Whitney came abck, but no, it wasn't him. Whitney died. It was that girl back who transformed into Lex Luther. She was trying to get Lana. Then, she had to turn into Clark, Lana's true love.



    The substory was okay. The spaceship to the meteor rock from Lana's necklece and the spaceship turned on. This was a very intresting episode, and another good turning point. It was Cleverly Plotted.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

Lizzy Caplan

Lizzy Caplan

Tina Greer

Guest Star

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Whitney Fordman

Guest Star

Santo Lombardo

Santo Lombardo

Holmes

Guest Star

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Dr. Helen Bryce

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (23)

    • When Whitney returns at the start of the episode, Lana and Clark are talking in the hall when a hall full of students parts to let him through. When they hug, however, the shot of the hall of kids dispersing shows far fewer students.

    • When Clark was trapped in the cellar with the Kryptonite necklace, the green glowing light is seen on Clark's face, supposedly emitting from it. But just below the necklace it's all dark. The glowing green light comes from above and not from the necklace.

    • Trivia: Chloe wears a bracelet made of mahjong tiles (also known as Chinese dominoes).

    • When Clark and Lex are playing pool, Clark picks up a blue ball off of the table. However, when he rolls it back onto the table it changes to the white ball.

    • When Lex and Clark are shooting pool, it is interesting to note that during Lex's second shot, he seems to have no interest in aiming at all since at the moment we hear the shot, he is looking up at Clark.

    • The orange, yellow and blue pool balls are lined up on the left side when the camera is facing Clark and Lex. The goof is that as the camera angle changes to Lex's view looking at Clark going to the other side, putting away the pool cues, the orange, yellow and blue balls are on the left (Lex's left would be different from the left mentioned before, because it's the opposite side) and slightly scattered. They moved across the table without anyone touching them.

    • When Jonathan finds Clark in the basement after the spaceship incident he yells to someone (presumably Martha or Pete) "He's down here!" Yet, nobody seems to be coming even though there is plenty of time for them to show up.

    • Do they really give psych patients paint thinner? Or anything flammable? Pity Tina's mother isn't around or she'd have pretty good grounds for a law suit...

    • Not sure if its intended to be deliberately ironic or not, but the banner in front of Smallville is misspelled "Acadmic Excellence."

    • It looks like Lana and Clark are working on a drain pipe, not a water pipe - there's no reason water would be spraying out continually like it is. (Clark identifies it as a drain pipe when he confronts Tina at the end.)

    • So...Clark can't super-speed up stairs? He runs normally up the cellar stairs and then (off-camera) super-speeds away, despite the fact he's in a hurry to rescue Lana.

    • The writers seem to have forgotten that Clark has a cell phone (in 'Dichotic'). He doesn't try to call Lana to warn her about Tina, and at the end Lana says that she tried to call him at his house but says nothing about calling him direct. Wouldn't she try his cell phone number first? And wouldn't she be one of the likely people he'd give his number to?

    • So Clark can tell if it's Tina-in-disguise with his x-ray vision. Why doesn't he use that trick more often? He made 2 big mistakes by talking to Tina, once as "Lana" (which could have gotten Pete killed) & later as "Jonathan" (which could have gotten himself killed). He said it himself that Tina could be anyone. It seems like he would take the precaution of making sure to whom he was talking.

    • Tina's skeleton looks different (and decidedly non-human) than it did in "X-Ray".

    • We never find out what happened to Pete. Hope he's got good medical insurance - how many times has he been knocked around this season?

    • After seeing Whitney's skeleton, why doesn't Clark go in to confront him or even bother to scan the rest of the house?

    • When the officer went to the Fordman's to tell them Whitney was dead, how did Tina know that he was a lieutenant? It's pretty difficult to distinguish the ranks just by looking at their uniforms unless you're familiar with the marines. (editor's note: she presumably stole an authentic marine's uniform to impersonate Whitney at the school - maybe she studied up...?)

    • Tina's scheme seems to rely not only on the fact that the real Whitney doesn't show up, but that he is dead and believed dead. After all, if he sent a letter to Lana while Tina-as-Whitney were cruising around, it would blow her cover. Except...how did she know he was missing in action and wouldn't show up or communicate with Lana? Tina's nuts, but she's not stupid. Note that even Clark doesn't seem up-to-speed on Whitney's situation, so even if she was hanging around in disguise, how would Tina have found it out?

    • The United States is at war with Indonesia? When did that happen? (editor's note: Whitney's unit may have been assisting the Indonesians in a military action against someone else within their country - terrorists, perhaps. Although those would be awful well-armed terrorists...)

    • Tina possesses the Jason/Friday the 13th-style power of being exactly and conveniently where she needs to be on several occasions. She just happens to be at Whitney's home when the lieutenant shows up, she just happens to be in the school when Pete and Clark walk by and discuss their suspicions, and she just happens to be at the Kents' barn as Jonathan when Clark shows up.

    • Clark's spaceship has been in the presence of green meteor stuff before (in 'Duplicity') and it didn't react like it does here. Hamilton was experimenting with the stuff and had lots of it around, and Clark was being weakened by it - why didn't the ship nullify it then? (editor's note: there is an explanation of sorts mentioned later in Exodus, but it's only a theory on Clark's part and the contradiction here still isn't addressed.)

    • There are several references to the fact it's winter (with the winter festival and all). Does it really look like Kansas in the winter? No snow, there's lots of flowers in the Kent's kitchen, Martha's selling produce, and almost everybody's pretty lightly dressed.

    • The Marine officer that came to the Fordmans' house said he was a lieutenant, but had Captain's bars on his cover. Also in the beginning, when "Whitney" is walking down the hall - you don't wear a Cover indoors and the scarlet stripes down the seam of the legs of his trousers are called "blood stripes" and you have to be a NCO (Corporal, E-4) or above. He is only a Private First Class (E-2 - one stripe).

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (8)

    • Though never mentioned onscreen, Lt. McNulty's name is Ray.

    • This is the final episode to feature appearances by all eight members of the original cast (as Pete doesn't make an appearance in Season 4 episode "Facade").

    • Music: "Days Go By (acoustic)" by Dirty Vegas, "The Anthem" by Good Charlotte, "Mad World" by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules, and "Love" by Rosey.

    • The officer Tina (as Whitney) kills is the father of Van McNulty. Van becomes a "meteor freak hunter" in season 3.

    • The haunting ballad which starts playing at the end of the episode (from the moment Lex and Dr. Bryce hold hands) is "Mad World" by Michael Andrews (featuring Gary Jules) and is also featured on the Donnie Darko soundtrack. Coincidentally, it's also played during the final scenes of that movie. "Mad World" is a cover song originally written by Tears for Fears.

    • Lizzy Caplan reprises her role as Tina Greer, the shapeshifting krypto-mutant of the week, from the first season episode "X-Ray". This is the second (and probably last) Tina Greer episode.

    • John Glover doesn't appear in this episode (except in a photo).

    • Eric Johnson reprises his role as Whitney Fordman (one of the cast members in season one). The character left to join the Marines. He would appear in a flashback in the Season 4 episode "Facade."

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Chloe: You mean the Mighty Morphin' Power Girl?
      Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers was a rather unbearable children's show that was quite popular back in the early to mid-90's. A Japanese import, the franchise has gone through several different movies and incarnations since.

    • Chloe: No way she pulled a Martin Guerre'
      A reference to the story of Martin Guerre, the name of a man in the Middle Ages who went off to war as a child and return to his village years later. But the villagers come to suspect he is someone who has taken on Guerre's identity. The story is the subject of a musical and a French movie, and was remade in the U.S. as Sommersby with Richard Gere and Jodie Foster.

    • Tina: Her death scene...
      Tina's death was simular to that of the Green Goblin in the 2002 Spider-Man movie. In the film the Green Goblin is impaled and before dying his last words to Spider-Man are "Don't tell Harry" (referring to his son). In this episode Tina is also impaled and her last words to Clark are "Take care of Lana."

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