Smallville

Season 6 Episode 3

Wither

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 12, 2006 on The CW
8.8
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Clark and Chloe pursue a plant creature that uses male humans to recreate, one which has taken Jimmy Olsen as its next human breeding ground. Meanwhile, Oliver Queen asks a reluctant Lois to be his date at a charity ball held by Lex.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Lana and lex get it on

    10
    I thought this episode was a bit too much for tv. Other than Lana and Lex being intimate, Smallville was pretty PG-13. I loved this episode and I was kind of sad at the end when they showed Clark by himself up in his barn throwing the ball against the wall while there were clex, chimmy and lollie. And clark was with no one. I thought him and Gloria would have made a cute couple if she wasn't a physco. I saw the attraction Clark had for her, but by the end of the show, the hero is always alone.moreless
  • The beginning of Lexana, Lois and Oliver meet, and Clark sings the achy-breaky heart song the whole episode.

    6.0
    Just what we needed, a couple we never saw coming. Lex and Lana? WHAT?! We finally get to meet Oliver Queen, a.k.a Green Arrow, and we get to see Lois finally flirt with a guy that's not..Clark (not that she has). But the though of Lex and Lana together, well. It's karma! She went from dating the future Superman to the evil mastermind Lex Luthor, who's let's be honest, not as much of a looker as Clark. It's no surprise that he dresses up as Alexander the Great, conquerer, womanizer, oppressor. And Lana as Cleopatra? Would she only be as suicidal as her costume. Loved the irony with putting a Maid Marion outfit on Lois (Erica Durance), since she's already played that character. All in all, the episode was forgettable, but interesting to watch the downhill slide that is Season 6. And I wish that Oliver hadn't fluffed the arrow shot at the end and gotten a kiss from Lois.moreless
  • Lex hosts a party to raise funds to repair the damage of Dark Thursday. Clark and Chloe pursue a creature that reproduces by planting seeds in human males.

    7.0
    This was one of those episodes that almost made me question why I watch Smallville in the first place. It was clearly a filler episode made to just get us to the point where Oliver Queen tries to assemble the Justice League. Furthermore, it seems that the shows writers once again fail to understand Clark\'s actual abilities. In case they weren\'t sure, Superman is invulnerable to everything except Kryptonite and being at least as powerful as himself (Zod, Darkseid, Doomsday). His invulnerability most certainly extends to strange vines. The writers seem to believe that as long as the enemy is not from Earth, it is capable of harming Clark. I cannot possibly understand how Clark was able to withstand a meteor crashing at his back in \"Commencement\", yet was defeated by a woman who controls vines. Smallville is an amazing show but the writers need to keep things in perspective. If the show is supposed to be about Superman and his abilities, the episodes should reflect that.moreless
  • Forest girl from Krypton is discovered and she is reaking havoc (what else are they going to do?). Chloe finds the solution to kill her and Clark does the deed.

    6.0
    I never expect much when I watch Smallville, but as the years go on, it gets more painful to watch. The acting is worst than a daytime soap (esp that scene where the nurse screams when she discovers that the patient has vines germinating from him). I'm sadly addicted so that I may continue to follow this newage/damaged superman story and I'm very curious to how they manage to keep ratings up with such poor acting and mediocre storyline. This was sadly by far one of the most uselss episode, they need new writers!moreless
  • A vine-like alien, appearing in human form, attacks Jimmy, then Clark, who is vulnerable to its power. Lois and Oliver meet for the first time, and soon are together at a costume ball hosted by Lex, who escorts the beautifully-gowned Lana to his lair.moreless

    9.4
    The developing romance between Jimmy and Chloe continues near the forest, where they discover a tree-bound corpse, and later, with Clark, Chloe discovers the deceased's boyfriend encircled by strange vines. Park Ranger Gloria, played by the achingly beautiful Amber McDonald, doesn't hide her identity for long, revealing to Clark that she escaped from the Phantom Zone when Clark did and it's her aim to do the earthlings wrong, whereupon Clark is wrapped up in somewhat cheap-looking FX vines himself.



    The side story involves the first meeting between Lois and Oliver, whom she mistakes for a courier at the Kent's door, and blows him off - hard to believe that a lovelorn gal would do this to handsome hunk Justin Hartley. Oh well, he was only going to help Martha's election campaign. She makes up for it later and becomes Oliver's dream-gal date to a costume ball hosted by Lex. Here, Kristin Kruek makes a stunning entry as a modern-day Cleopatra in a white Egyptian gown, Cleo eyeliner and all. All North American males would drop their jaws at this sight.



    Later, Oliver passes on an "I'm yours" pass by Lois when his archery skills appear to miss the target, but did they really? Clever scene. After a couple more vine fights, Clark finally finishes off the alien Gloria by frying her electrically in a greenhouse. For car fans, catch Oliver and Lois walking past a yellow Lotus Elise - we don't mind this kind of product placement. Re-run rating B.moreless
Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Annette O'Toole

Annette O'Toole

Martha Clark Kent

Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Lois Lane

Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk

Lana Lang

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Amber McDonald

Amber McDonald

Gloria

Guest Star

The All-American Rejects

The All-American Rejects

Themselves

Guest Star

Chelsea Florko

Chelsea Florko

Jenny

Guest Star

Justin Hartley

Justin Hartley

Oliver Queen/Green Arrow

Recurring Role

Aaron Ashmore

Aaron Ashmore

Jimmy Olsen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (12)

    • Chloe and Jimmy find the girl in the tree because blood drips on the clothing Chloe is holding. Yet when they shine the torch on the girl, she is in a tree well away from them.

    • Lois thinks that Oliver missed the shot since the arrow landed above the can.
      In the next scene, we see that the arrow actually hit the tab of the can, but this time there is no can below the arrow.

    • When Clark, Chloe and Jimmy go into the hospital room, Clark turns on an X-ray viewer and asks what the strange shapes are in the victim's lungs. Chloe moves over to look and Jimmy begins taking pictures. Yet the only thing he could possibly have shot was Chloe's back from where he was.

    • If you watch Lois' fingers during the scene just before she answers the door to Oliver Queen, you can see her fingers are just moving over the same keys again and again and she is certainly not using the space bar; so unless she's writing an email composed of words of 64 letters or more she's not doing terribly well.

    • Clark was impaled through the back with a vine that went through his blue jacket and red shirt. However, later in the fight with the Zoner, Clark's clothes have healed along with his body: there's no hole in his blue jacket or his red shirt now.

    • The invitations Martha's holding say:

      1)"Dark Thursday Benefit
      10.11.06
      8:00pm
      Luthor Mansion
      100 Sayour Road
      Smallville, Kansas"

      2)"Dark Thursday Benefit

      Lex Luthor
      Cordially Invites You
      to a Costume Ball
      Benefitting The Victims
      of Dark Thursday

    • In the last scene between Lex and Lana, a shadow of the shooting crew's equipment can be seen on the left on a wall.

    • At the party, Oliver had green eye makeup to blend in with his mask. But later outside with Lois, the eye makeup is gone.

    • Despite the fact she's only been on Earth since Clark arrived, and appears to have just been hanging out in the woods, Gloria knows who Tarzan is and is familiar with the fact he swings on vines.

    • Why does Chloe wait until they're at the makeout spot, they've stopped the car, and appear to be sitting for several minutes before asking Jimmy why they're out there? Wouldn't she have been interested in knowing why they were out there before he hauled her out there from Metropolis?

    • Once again the "normal" non-superpowered Oliver Queen shoots an arrow (with a target head this week) into a brick, without either cracking the brick or shattering the arrow.

    • Lex said that he'd never asked any other woman to move in with him before Lana. However, he asked both Desiree Atkins and Helen Bryce to marry him, which would require them moving in. He also had Victoria Hardwick move in with him in season one.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Lois: (to Oliver) Well, I wasn't gonna give in to you, but the tights, you're totally pulling it off.
      Lex: You should see him in a tutu.

    • Party Guest: Tarzan and park rangers both love the wild.
      Gloria: And swinging on vines.

    • Martha: I thought I heard the door.
      Lois: Yeah. Your pledge finally sailed in from Queen Industries.
      Martha: Where's the man who came with it?
      Lois: The courier? Oh, I gave him his tip and sent him on his merry little way.
      Martha: Handsome, chiseled features with a smile that could light up a barn?
      Lois: Mrs. Kent, do you have a crush on the courier?
      Martha: You mean the billionaire CEO who stopped by to talk about his financial support of my platform? No, Lois, I don't. I've never even met him, and now I'll probably never will.

    • Lex: When I was 13 a reporter caught me between classes at boarding school and asked how I felt about my mother's death. A microphone shoved in my face, surrounded by classmates I couldn't stand--that's how I learned she had died.

    • Jimmy: This is a really bad idea. You know, maybe we should call someone.
      Chloe: (yells) Hello? Is anyone there?
      Jimmy: No, I was thinking more like authority figures who carry weapons, you know?

    • Jimmy: Did you just paddle me?
      Chloe: Yep!

    • Chloe: (to Lana) You can't just sit safely by the water and watch all the happy people splashing around, I mean, eventually you have to grow some fins and just dive in.

    • (hearing a scream)
      Chloe: That came from the path.
      Jimmy: Yeah, we should really go check that out in the really dark woods.
      Chloe: Come on.

    • Chloe: What is it they say about a gift horse?
      Clark: Stay away from the mouth, which is difficult because Lois uses hers so much.

    • Clark: So even your plants have hidden agendas.
      Lex: I guess it all comes down to survival of the fittest.

    • Oliver: You have a quick tongue. I find that very attractive.
      Lois: Well, keep it in your quiver, jolly green bandit.

    • Oliver: Lex Luthor, with a girl that he doesn't have to inflate.

    • Lex: Enjoy the party.
      Oliver: I always do.
      Lana: If that's your friend, I'd hate to see an enemy.

    • Lois: The lady requires a show of skill before rewarding her favor.
      Oliver: Which is actually where I was going with the kiss.

    • Lana: Careful, because I am dangerously close to being satisfied.
      Lex: Then my evil plan is working.

    • (referring to Lex's invitation)
      Martha: You know, I responded for two.
      Clark: Thanks, Mom, but costumes really aren't my thing.

  • NOTES (8)

    • Injoke: Clark shows his reluctance to go to Lex's charity ball by saying, "I don't really do costumes." This is a nod to the show's rule: "No flight, no tights," meaning that in this series, Clark will not fly nor wear his iconic yellow, blue, and red costume.

    • The following scenes were left out of the episode:

      - Clark saving Lana from a paparazzi (who's harassing her for moving in with Lex).
      - Clark is telling Chloe his feelings of guilt as he believes Gloria got out of the Phantom Zone with him. He speculates that some other phantoms may have escaped.

    • This episode won a Leo Award for Best Make-Up in a Dramatic Series.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: March 11, 2007 on TVNorge
      Belgium: October 20, 2007 on KanaalTwee
      Czech Republic: May 5, 2008 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: June 28, 2009 on Markiza

    • John Glover is billed but doesn't appear.

    • Musical guest stars: The All-American Rejects ("It Ends Tonight") - Move Along, James Carrington ("Ache")

    • Justin Hartley is billed by character name (Oliver Queen).

    • Amber McDonald is the second star to pay a visit from Gough & Millar's Aquaman pilot. The first was Justin Hartley.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Lois: Keep it in your quiver, Jolly Green Bandit.
      A reference to the famous advertising character for Green Giant Foods, the Jolly Green Giant.

    • Party Costumes
      When Lex appears at the costume party, he could be taken for being the famous Macedonian conqueror, Alexander the Great, which seems appropriate given his name, but, when Lana separately shows up as the famous Egyptian queen, Cleopatra VII, it seems more obvious that Lex is, instead, the Roman soldier Marc Antony, a compatriot of Julius Caesar, and her lover. In the end, Antony committed suicide, believing Cleopatra dead, and shortly thereafter, Cleopatra committed suicide as well.

    • Chloe: Since not even Obi-Wan's light saber can Ginsu your super-dermis…
      Referencing the Star Wars series and the wise Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi, played by Alec Guinness in episodes 4-6 and Ewan McGregor in episodes 1-3. Ginsu knives are a popular brand of kitchenware that were one of the first big products to be hawked on infomercials.

    • Lex: So naturally you came to my Little Shop of Horrors
      Referencing the 1960 comedy Little Shop of Horrors, starring Jonathan Haze as a hapless flower store clerk who breeds an alien plant that feeds on human blood. It was later made into a musical, which then was made into a movie/remake in 1986 starring Rick Moranis.

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