Season 3 Episode 10


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 21, 2004 on The CW
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Attempting to stop a robbery, Clark is temporarily blinded when he shoots off a burst of heat vision that is accidentally reflected back into his eyes by a piece of kryptonite and soon realizes his body has developed super-hearing to compensate for his lack of sight. However, as it was in the beginning with his other gifts, Clark doesn't quite have his new power under control.moreless

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  • this was a good ep of smallville

    in this ep of smallville clark is trying to stop a bank robery when he uses his heat vision but it reflects on kriptonight and blinds him and he some how develpoes his super hearing abilty. but things are not undercontrol of it. and he must use it to find his friend pete and catch who everkidnapped pete this was a really cool ep i thought with the super hearing abilty like clark has when he is superman. and the fact that he had to put it to use right away. those were interesting parts i tought and that is why i gave the show 9moreless
  • Clark loses his vision when a hyper-vocalizing robber shatters store glass with his voice. Soon Clark begins to develop super-hearing, which helps him pursue the criminals, who kidnap Pete.

    While Clark gift shops at a jewelry store, thieves arrive in a black Trans-Am T-top, barge in, and one (Nathan), uses high-pitched vocalizing to disable everyone and to shatter all the store glass. Clark's heat vision is reflected back into his eyes by a flying piece of meteor-rock jewelry; suddenly he's blind. No medical treatment for him - but a quick exam shows retinal scarring. With Pete's help, he's back at school, and Pete's mother is to be the robber's hearing judge.

    Suddenly, Clark experiences normal sounds as painfully amplified, and overhears a distant conversation between Lionel and Chloe regarding her investigation of Clark - Lionel won't let her off the hook. Lex offers vision treatment help for Clark. Offer refused, but Clark tells Lex that Lionel really has no confidence in him on his return to Luthercorp. Chloe still has her New Beetle cabriolet, and visits Clark, who angrily reveals that he knows about her investigation of him.

    Frequency generator Nathan shows up near the Kent farm, blowing out all the window glass in Pete's Ford Falcon convertible (hard-to-find parts for a 45-year old car?) and kidnaps Pete. His mother, Judge Ross (Felicia Schafer) visits the Kents, telling them that the ransom demand for Pete's life is her dismissing the charges against Nathan's accomplice. Clark tries to get control of his super-hearing in order to help save Pete.

    Lex and Lionel spar over whether Lex will have a real job in Metropolis, or just "sharpen pencils," and Lionel assumes that Chloe is the source of Lex's information. In town with Jonathan, Clark hears the kidnapper's truck passing by, and a Clark stunt double leaps aboard, riding to Nathan's lair where Pete is held captive. Although Nathan escapes with Pete, Clark starts regaining his vision.

    Over near the Vancouver cruise ship terminal - or rather Metropolis downtown - Lionel has summoned Chloe, whom he accuses of feeding information to Lex - she denies it - Lex heard it from Clark - but Lionel threatens to end her Daily Planet stint. Chloe, brave girl, is not intimidated, just scared. However, Lionel also arranges to have Chloe's father fired from his Luthercorp job.

    Clark overhears Masterson's call to Nathan, revealing that Pete is about to be mashed in a Chrysler K-car at the wrecking yard. Nathan is crushed instead; Clark stops the Pete-crusher.

    In the Clark-Lana wrapup, she tells him she's met someone (Adam, from "Shattered" last week) at the hospital, so we have a new love interest developing for future episodes. Once again, they separate after a strained exchange, and Clark can hear her crying as she drives away. Protaganist Nathan in this episode is a bit annoying, but the acting and script stand up well to a close review, and this one merits attention because of Clark's developing super-hearing. Re-run rating C.moreless
  • Do you hear what Clark hears?...obviously not.

    A little underwhelming given the hour this is following, but an interesting one all the same. 'Clark gets a new a power' episodes are always fun to watch and this is no exception. In fact, it's one of the more organic storylines the show has ever done regarding Clark's abilities. After losing his eyesight in a wickedly cool opening sequence Clark's body attempts to make up for his disability by enabling him to hear things from a long distance. For once the main storyline isn't about the villain, and thank krypton it isn't, as the mannequin playing him is probably one of the least interesting villains the show has had despite a very cool introduction. Whisper deals with Clark and Lana both attempting to be their own person. We see Clark isolate himself in order to control his new ability, and we see just how adamant Lana is to be independent through the help of Adam, one of the show's more interesting male interests for the eternally sulky miss Lang. Of course, the last 15 or so minutes are your usual Clark rescuing one of his friends ordeal - in this case his least interesting one - and we're shown that bad acting must run in the Ross family. And, yep, you guessed it, another episode ending with Lana and Clark in that bloody barn!moreless
  • Super-hearing can be a Super Pain!

    Whisper-Attempting to stop a robbery, Clark is temporarily blinded when he shoots off a burst of heat vision that is accidentally reflected back into his eyes by a piece of kryptonite and soon realizes his body has developed super-hearing to compensate for his lack of sight. However, as it was in the beginning with his other gifts, Clark doesn't quite have his new power under control.

    The power developemnt episodes are always a treat for Smallville, as it's always entertaining to watch Clark discover a new power. Yet, out of all the power development episodes, "Whisper" makes the most sense. After Clark loses his eye sight do to his heat vision reflecting off a piece of kryptonite back to his eyes was well played development. It would make sense that Clark's super-hearing develops from the absence of his vision like how when a human goes blind, that persons other sense get stronger to make up for the lose. The scenes with Clark's superhearing are excellent, with inventive effects. The best scene has to be Clark taking the initative and trying to effectively learn to use his powers. It's nice little development for Clark wanting so badly to use a new power effectively as he usually complains first, then Pa and Ma Kent give him the whole speech about "you'll learn to control your abilities, son" yada, yada, yada! The most interesting development is how Clark's new power allows him to discover Chloe's secret partnership with Lionel. The confrontation between Clark and Chloe was a good scene and Chloe's words to Clark were surprisingly convincing. While Chloe has been pain in the past about his relationship with Lana, she has proven at this point to be a great friend, especially keeping his location secret over the summer when he was in Metropolis. But the aspects of the storylien that fell flat like the weird meteor freak with sonic scream. He was very underwhelming as a villian and the melodramatic dilemma of Pete being kidnapped was so deviod of suspense that it's almsot laughable. Also, Felecia Bell Schafer who plays Pete's mom gives such a lifeless performance that I almsot yelled, "Uhh lady, you've just been blackmailed and your son's life is in danger, show a little bit more enthusiasm!" while watcing. At least, the Lana sub-plot is still interesting and I'm glad the writers are making her bit more independent since her accident. All and All, "Whisper" does a great job of introducing yet another one of Clark's various powers with interesting developments despite a weak plot in general. Ohh and Clark's glasses were a nice touch!moreless
  • This wasn't a good episode but it introduced Clark with glasses.

    The part of me that doesn't fully understand this series was Clark's lack of glasses. Everything that has been done concerning Superman Clark Kent always wore glasses. In this episode they finally give Clark glasses but this is the only episode where you see them, so it doesn't make sense. Yeah in Smallville Clark keeps his secret identity a secret by making sure no one sees him, since they go by the no flight no tights rule for the series, so in a way it does make sense. But the superman legacy Clark wore glasses a teenager. Another interesting take on Superman, but if they had Clark keep the glasses this would have been a more interesting episode.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



Pete Admirer

Guest Star

Micah Alberti

Micah Alberti

Nathan Dean

Guest Star

French Tickner

French Tickner

Jewlery Store Owner

Guest Star

Camille Mitchell

Camille Mitchell

Sheriff Nancy Adams

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (18)

    • Chloe pulls her red car up at the Kent Farm. This scene is the same scene as when Chloe pulls up in the Kent Farm in the episode "Fever."

    • How does the blinded Clark know when to jump off of the moving truck and conveniently behind cover before it stops?

    • When Clark jumps onto the truck there are a whole bunch of people around but no one seems to find it strange that a blind teenager (or any body else) would be on the back of a truck.

    • In the beginning Lana goes in the store immediately after the robbery. How did she get there so fast? And how did she know Clark went inside the store, rather then just walking by outside window-shopping or something?

    • It's hard enough to believe that Clark can get around without stumbling and tripping while newly blind, but him jumping onto the back of a moving tow truck that he can't see is completely unbelievable.

    • When Clark gets his new glasses, you can see he gets out of the room at the same time as Jonathan and Martha, but in the next shot he is walking out backwards from the same room, and his parents are already outside.

    • In one scene Clark says the hearing is in an hour and then we switch to a scene with Chloe and Lionel in Metropolis and it is dark. Then the next scene is at the courthouse and still daytime.

    • Nathan has to manipulate his throat with his fingers to activate his powers the first two times - the third time at the auto junkyard, he doesn't have to, and there's no discernable change in the strength of his "scream" or his ability to use it.

    • Jonathan claims that Clark, while blind, would be able to continue attending all his normal classes. But his blindness would most likely make him unable to participate in physical education classes.

    • So exactly how did Jonathan "handcuff" their new doctor so he didn't figure out anything about Clark's super-powers? The guy didn't take a blood test or blood pressure test or anything? Unless the Kents are going to start claiming they're Christian Scientists or something similar, it seems kinda unlikely.

    • It's pretty unlikely, even given some vague period of time after her initial horse-stompin' incident, that Lana would be walking pretty much normally as she does repeatedly throughout the episode.

    • Lex walks in to Clark's loft in the middle of a conversation about his super-powers - there doesn't seem any way he could have missed all of the conversation.

    • Has anybody ever seen a tow truck that uses a dot for a phone number (555.0177)? '555-0177' is pretty standard in the U.S. - maybe it's a Canadian thing?

    • Does Lana not know what Lex has been going through? She gripes because he didn't come to see her - he was locked up and undergoing experimental electroshock therapy.

    • Jonathan and Clark drive into town, stop at The Talon, and Jonathan goes in to "get an update." What the heck is he going to get updated on there?

    • So...they go to the hospital to get Clark a pair of glasses? Apparently there's no Lenscrafters and one-hour service in the 45,000 sized town of Smallville.

    • Are Chloe and Lionel really sending information back and forth using e-mail? Chloe says she'd been glad to e-mail the information to Lionel, but that really isn't a very secure way to exchange top-secret info.

    • Despite the fact Metropolis is supposedly in Kansas, we see a clear shot of the Canada Place at the coast of Vancouver.

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  • NOTES (3)