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Shimmer

Pete and Clark in "Shimmer"

First aired January 29, 2002

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The CW's Official Description:

A teen girl's (guest star Azura Skye, 28 Days, Zoe...) obsession with Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) turns life-threatening when invisible attacks in Luthor Mansion pits Clark (Tom Welling) against an undetectable enemy. Meanwhile, Clark is thrilled when Lana (Kristin Kreuk) looks to him for companionship after Whitney (Eric Johnson) inexplicably pushes her away.

Allison Mack, Sam Jones III, Annette O'Toole and John Schneider also star. D.J. Caruso directed the episode written by Michael Green & Mark Verheiden.

Detailed Description:

By Nadine

Freak of the Week: The Palmer family works at the Luthor mansion. Amy (Azura Skye) and Jeff (Kett Turton) are the two Palmer children who help their mother (Glynis Davies) around the house. While Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) and Victoria Hardwick (Kelly Brook) are getting cozy in the mansion, it is obvious that Amy is jealous, since she constantly gives Victoria dirty looks and even "accidentally on purpose" spills a drink on her.
We also see that an invisible form is destroying things around the manor. Later, Troy, one of the popular school jock teases Amy about the fact that she works as "the help" for the Luthors. Her brother Jeff tries to stand up for her. Troy goes to the shower room where both Clark Kent (Tom Welling) and Pete Ross (Sam Jones III) are there to witness an invisible form attack Troy.
Later, while Clark is visiting Lex at the mansion, he finds Lex searching for a watch that his mother gave him before she died. Clark uses his x-ray vision, but is unable to locate the watch anywhere in the room. Later, we see Victoria is taking a bath, and suddenly, the same invisible form attempts to drown her.
Clark realizes something is wrong and rescues Victoria and realizes it is the same invisible force that attacked Troy in the shower. Clark discusses the recent events with Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) and they realize that it must be Amy. When Clark sees Amy at "The Beanery", he uses his vision to see that Amy is wearing the watch Lex was looking for on her wrist. He tells Lex about this, and Lex then searches Amy's room at the mansion. They find a shrine to Lex that she was keeping, and Lex asks the Palmer family to leave.
However, that night, after they have left, Lex is attached by the invisible force, but naturally, Clark saves the day, and we realize that it wasn't Amy, but her brother Jeff that was creating all the attacks.

Character Development: During one of Clark's visit to the Luthor mansion, he finds Victoria looking through Lex's computer files. She obviously has a plan to double-cross Lex, and the plan involves a bio-tech company called Cadmus Laboratories. Also, Lionel Luthor (John Glover) arrives unexpectedly to give Lex a talk about family loyalty, but Lex doesn't seem to want to listen.
Clark and Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk) get a lot closer, especially since Lana feels that Whitney Fordman (Eric Johnson) is no longer given her the time of day. Clark decides to be more forward with Lana, and they are about to share a kiss on her patio, when Aunt Nell (Sarah-Jane Redmond) interrupts them.
Later, Clark finds out why Whitney is being so distant. His father is sick and suffering from a heart condition. However, Whitney does not want to tell Lana, even though Clark advises him to. Lana finds Clark up in his loft, and as they watch the sunset, she tries to kiss him. He refuses, and instead, advises her to talk to Whitney.

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Notes:

The WB series Buffy The Vampire Slayer did a story like this about an invisible villain. The locker room scene was almost the same as the one of Buffy.

Guest Azura Skye played Michael Rosenbaum's twin sister on the show "Zoe, Duncan, Jack, and Jane" and has a crush on him in this episode.

Aside from being eye candy for female fans in the locker scene, Pete Ross is absent from this episode.

So does Clark also have telescopic vision? When he sees the medicine vial in Whitney's bag with his x-ray vision, he's some distance away but is able to clearly read the name of the medicine.

So, Clark invites Lana to see the sunset "tomorrow". Night passes, its a new day, Clark goes to school, sees the medicine. Its night, Clark goes to Lex, talks about the medicine, and Victoria almost gets killed. Now, it's day again and Clark goes back to school! Clark talks to Whitney about the medicine, Clark talks to Lex again, and then sees the sunset. So Clark and Lana didn't watch the sunset "tomorrow" but rather "the day after tomorrow."

Lex comments that he "knows everything that goes on in this house." Not only was he unaware that Clark got into the house a few minutes earlier, but crooks, reporters, and his father wander in and out throughout the season and Lex doesn't seem to have a clue.

The usual ignored problem of being invisible: how do you see if light either goes through your invisible eyes or (as appears to be the case here) is bent around it?

Shouldn't some of the invisibility stuff wash off when Jeff tries to drown Victoria in the tub? And yet he's totally invisible when he flees after knocking Clark down.

Whitney's carrying a prescription for his father, which is how Clark learns about his father's illness -- but why would he have it? His father has been in Metropolis for a week, as he tells Clark a few scenes later.

When Clark tells Chloe he is helping Lana with the blood drive, he says they are meeting at Clark's house to do it, yet when they actually meet they are on Lana's porch.

In the credits for later episodes, a clip of Lex and Clark from this episode is played. However, in this episode, Lex is on the right, with Clark standing behind him as they both go to investigate the mysterious happenings going on in Victoria's room. The scene is right before they open the door and a close shot of Lex and Clark as they approach it. In the credits of later episodes, the same clip is a mirror image, with Lex on the left and Clark behind him. This often happens in TV and I've heard it has something to do with transposing the clip from film to be edited....

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