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
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
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
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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