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Lionel getting shot

First aired January 28, 2003

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The CW's Official Description:

When Lionel (John Glover) is shot, Jonathan (John Schneider) is arrested, but after Clark (Tom Welling) and Pete (Sam Jones III) perform their own crime scene investigation, they realize that more than one person had the opportunity to kill Lionel - including Lex (Michael Rosenbaum). Meanwhile, Lana (Kristin Kreuk) is suspicious after she asks her father (guest star Patrick Cassidy) to take on Jonathan's case and he declines for mysterious reasons.

Allison Mack and Annette O'Toole also star. Greg Beeman directed the episode written by Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders.

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Director Kenneth Biller seems to have a sense of humor - when Pete and Clark go shooting off the road in Pete's car, the low-angle car-shooting-through-the-air shot looks a lot like any number of Dukes of Hazards shots of the General Lee doing a stunt.

Presumably the last appearance of semi-regular Mitchell Kosterman - we never do find out his character's last name. At least he goes out as a guest star rather than a co-star.

In its first broadcast this episode aired at the same time of President Bush's State of the Union Address. WB was one of the few networks that didn't pre-empt their normal broadcasting to run the State of the Union.

Jonathan Kent mentions both the Wild Coyote (as do many others) and Highway 91. The Wild Coyote is an actual bar in Vancouver, and Highway 91 does in fact exist as well (and would likely be the route that Jonathan would take to get from the Wild Coyote to the set of the Kent farm).

At the beginning of this episode, Lionel Luther is seen reading "Beyond Good and Evil" by Friedrich Nietzsche. The full title of this book is "Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future". Chances are this is a reference to the Luthor genetic strain of evil.

So why didn't the killer finish the job and just take one more shot - just step up to Lionel and put a bullet in his brain? It's not like he had to rush out - was there a bullet shortage this week?

When the car explodes, Clark looks behind them and sees that the truck is gone. A truck of that size couldn't possibly start up from a complete stop and then drive away totally out of sight in just a few seconds. (and even if it did, couldn't Clark superspeed after it? Not like there are a lot of directions it could have gone.)

Umm... the police had a search warrant for Clark's home but did not bother to check the STORM CELLAR??? Wasn't this a big thing when they got a search warrant in another episode? Now, it was just no big deal and they found no alien ship.

What's up with the eerie green glow in the freezer? In this show, that glow means pretty much one thing, but not here?

Three shots can be heard in the final flashback when we see who really shot Lionel.

Lionel was shot through the chest and fell off the second floor of the office onto a glass table. After "Vortex" and now this episode, one has to wonder exactly what does it take to kill Lionel? This guy's like Jason Voorhees.

Is it really that hard to find qualified security guards? Even after getting his house bugged last episode, Lex apparently hasn't improved his security at all. The night that Lionel was shot, there was practically a parade through the house, with no less than four people coming and going unannounced.

More of a nitpick, but...shouldn't Ethan have revealed a second piece of evidence against Jonathan when he searched the Kent home? When he went there he had no idea he was actually going to find a piece of incriminating evidence (the watch from Lionel to Martha). Which means he presumably went there to plant/find some fake evidence of his own. What was the fake evidence, and why didn't he reveal it to double-incriminate Jonathan and definitively set him up?

When Jonathan pays the bartender for the bottle of alcohol he pays him with a Canadian twenty dollar bill! Since when do Americans use Canadian currency?

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