Season 9 Episode 12


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 12, 2010 on The CW



  • Trivia

    • When Clark and Lois are talking in the Daily Planet; Lois is walking around talking on a corded phone, when she turns around after getting her coffee she is still holding the phone but the cord is gone. Then she walks past Clark and it reappears. When she says, "...anyone worth talking to," the phone line is hanging down. When she turns to face Clark, it is instantly taunt and pulling back toward Clark.

    • Trivia: The costumes Clark pulls out of Lois's closet are all ones she has worn on previous episodes during undercover investigations. The flag bikini is from the Season 5 episode "Exposed," the red leather jumpsuit is from the Season 6 episode "Combat," and the French maid's uniform is from the Season 8 episode "Odyssey."

  • Quotes

    • Chloe: Well, look, whether you feel like it or not, I know a superhero when I see one. I'm sort of in the business of helping superheroes.
      Stephen: I don't think anyone's dad talked about that on Career Day.

    • Zatanna: I could swear there's a twinkle of magic in your eyes. Or is it just pride in a job well done?
      Clark: I think I always gain a bit of perspective when you blow through town.
      Zatanna: Careful. A girl might just start to crush on you.

    • Zatanna I always knew you were packing some heavy artillery under that tie, but seeing through walls? Now, that's a show stopper.
      Clark: All in a day's work, I guess.
      Zatanna: Wait. With powers like yours, how can you possibly say "all in a day's work"?
      Clark: Well, I don't really think about it. Just being like this is almost like breathing now.
      Zatanna: And with a gift like that comes responsibilities.
      Clark: Exactly.

    • Zatanna: Without a dash of fantasy, life's just life. Where's the magic in that?

    • Lois: I'm cashing in a rain check. You cannot renege on a rain check.
      Clark: Lois, can I rain check on your rain check?
      Lois: No. You have been cashing in on so many rain checks recently that I am soaking wet with disappointment.

    • Alec: So, uh, why do you do it?
      Clark: I do it because I want to help people... like you. Not because I have to but because I choose to.
      Alec: What do I do now?
      Clark: You... should go home and be a kid, and remember the next time you run into a bully that there is some goodness in there.
      Alec: 'Cause everyone's worth saving.
      Clark: And a hero's work is never done.

    • Oliver: You know... sometimes you got to take your fun where you can get it. And sometimes... it's right in front of your face. You just have to want to see it.

  • Notes

    • International Airdates:
      UK: August 17, 2010 on E4/E4 HD
      Sweden: August 20, 2010 on TV6
      Turkey: April 10, 2011 on CNBC-e
      Norway: May 1, 2011 on Max
      Czech Republic: October 12, 2011 on TV Nova

    • In the comic expo, you could see a guy in the background dressed up as the late Silver Age version of the Green Arrow, with the stitched vest. He appears several times throughout the whole expo scene. One in particular is when the kid finally found the unopened Warrior Angel comic book. He is holding an arrow out of focus in the background.

    • Music: Smooth (Car Stereo Wars)

    • Oliver's text message to Chloe about a "Maniac with boomerangs" refers to the DC Comics character, Captain Boomerang. There are two characters with the name: one is a nemesis of the Silver Age Flash, an Australian criminal who uses boomerangs. After his recent death, his son, who can also run in brief bursts of superspeed, has adopted the name.

    • Warrior Angel's origins as a child who gains superpowers after speaking a magic word is similar to that of Fawcett and later DC Comics superhero Captain Marvel in which young boy Billy Batson (an alliterative name only one letter away from Alec Abrams) becomes the world's mightiest mortal. When Clark mentions that the publisher of the comic stole the idea from a friend of Zatanna's father, this is most likely a reference to Shazam, the wizard who granted Billy Batson his powers and whose name is spoken to activate the powers.

    • Cassidy Freeman and Callum Blue are credited but don't appear.

    • This episode was originally set to air on 1/29/10, but was pre-empted because the Hope for Haiti marathon pre-empted "Disciple" on 1/22/10, bouncing that episode to 1/29/10.

  • Allusions

    • Zatanna: There's a monster at the end of the book.
      References The Monster at the End of This Book: Starring Lovable, Furry Old Grover by Jon Stone. In it Grover tries to warn the reader not to read further because there is a monster at the end.