Stewart here, and be warned of spoilers within…
Last time, Clark discovered an ancient cave with some very unusual markings (he has no clue how unusual it is yet), Lana just found out Whitney was killed in action (and then had to deal with obsessive shapeshifter Tina pretending to be him), Lex just started a relationship with a doctor, and Martha retrieved the octagonal disc from Lionel (don’t even ask how he got it, because I don’t think anyone explains that), but has hidden it from Clark and Jonathan. Why she did that and other developments are coming up…
Who doesn’t want to shoot Lionel Luthor? Well someone does just that, and it looks like Jonathan is the prime suspect. Clark wants to find out what really happened, and his investigation has a lot of suspects and someone hoping to stop young Mr. Kent from finding out the truth. Even though the identity of Lionel’s shooter is kind of a surprise (its not one of the main characters as much as it is one of the occasional guest stars), there’s some great drama in this episode. Also, we learn that even being shot doesn’t stop Lionel from being a colossal dick.
–The shooter happens to be Ethan, the town sheriff. And in a nice twist, Lionel’s manipulation of him to extort the shareholders of LexCorp into selling their shares to daddy Luthor probably pushed Ethan to shoot him in the first place.
–Pete has a variety of cars this season, doesn’t he? Now he’s one less Trans Am.
–I kind of wanted to see the x-ray vision of the dead bartender locked in the freezer. Just a bit.
–“It’s all right, son. I forgive you.” Hell, I wanted to shoot Lionel right there.
–I can’t be the only one who noticed the odd red streaks in Chloe’s hair this episode, am I? This ends up being a theme carried over to the next episode…
A rave at those ancient caves leads to a student dead, and Pete dealing with it in a very weird way. What looks like bad handling of trauma is revealed to be a parasite from the caves that’s feeding off people’s adrenaline. Wouldn’t be much of a problem for Clark to solve, except Pete kind of knows everything about him, and when Chloe’s infected, it gets really messy. Like “Lana seeing Chloe grope and kiss a manipulated Clark” kind of messy.
–Seeing Pete pull out all the Clark stoppers, like the green kryptonite and even the red kryptonite ring from earlier this season was a nice story touch to remind us of the trouble someone who knows Clark’s secret can really cause.
–Boy, Lana, for someone who’s been manipulated by several people over the course of the series so far, you pick a weird time to get on your figurative high horse regarding Clark. And you don’t chide Chloe for making out with Clark even in her compromised state? Sheesh.
–I think I’m missing the piece of this episode where Clark restrains Chloe and Pete long enough to take them to the hospital. And they also both have amnesia, which might be good, since he outed himself to Chloe during her condition.
–I have to confess, I kinda like sexy parasite infected Chloe, with black streaked hair and all.
–Lex seems to think Clark knows more about the caves than he’s letting on. And he also hired the writer of the hieroglyphics book Clark had to research the cave markings. Uh-oh.
That half-brother Lionel said didn’t exist earlier in this season, seems to actually exist. Lucas comes back into the Luthor’s lives to align himself with Lionel’s takeover of Lex’s company, and pretty much his life. It doesn’t help that Lucas is a bit of a d-bag, and that Lex ends up being a guest of the Kents, thanks to Lionel kicking him out onto the streets. But Lionel’s sinister plan to play both Lex and Lucas against each other backfires in a way he probably never saw coming.
–Oh, and Lionel’s been faking blind for a while. What a shock, I say sarcastically. That wonderful reaction to Lucas writing “BITE ME” on the contract should’ve been enough of a hint.
–Lex’s equiette on houseguesting: “You know what they say about houseguests and fish after three days.”
–I guess Clark won’t be working at the Talon anytime soon. And to think he didn’t list Chloe in his references.
–Kind of nice throw away stuff about the gunman who went after Lucas getting killed while in custody. This is the kind of game the Luthors play, people.
–“Well, you wouldn’t be a Luthor if someone wasn’t trying to kill you.”
Martha falls ill due to some exposure to meteor dust, and that is worsened by the reveal she’s expecting a baby, which shouldn’t be possible for her. Its all connected to her hiding the octagonal disc in the storm cellar and it getting dug up by the military (luckily the ship is taken away by Clark and Pete before its found). But Clark gets exposed too, which leaves Jonathan and Pete to pull off a desperate gamble by using the spaceship to help heal Martha and Clark. Also, Helen discovers something is different about Clark’s DNA.
–Oh, nothing says awkward more than hearing Chloe read her confession of love to an unconscious Clark only to hear say Lana’s name. And then seeing him get chatty with Lana at the end of the episode probably didn’t help things.
–Helen seems to be keeping Clark’s secret, and got keys to Lex’s mansion. No way could things go bad on that front.
–So, we found out Martha was hiding the disc because she was afraid Clark would go away if he used it on the ship. She just didn’t want to lose her son. Also, she thinks the ship healed her so she can get pregnant.
–Pete’s garage can hide everything, it seems, even an inert alien ship.
–“Like you said, it’s a miracle.”
NEXT TIME: Clark discovers some truths about himself in the pivotal “Rosetta”, another “alien” may be in Smallville in “Visitor”, Clark defends Lana and gets into some serious trouble in “Precipice”, and kryptonite powered thugs leave Clark in a tight spot in “Witness”