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Asylum

Clark and Lex in "Asylum"

First aired January 14, 2004

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The CW's Official Description:

LEX PLANS HIS ESCAPE FROM THE MENTAL INSTITUTION - Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) teams up with three krypto-villains to lure Clark (Tom Welling) to the hospital to enlist his help in escaping after he hears that Lionel (John Glover) has requested Lex be given electroshock therapy to erase his memory. However, the plan goes awry when the villains double-cross Lex and use kryptonite to steal Clark's powers. Meanwhile, Lana (Kristin Kreuk) meets a mysterious new stranger (Ian Somerhalder, Rules of Attraction) in the hospital.

Allison Mack, Sam Jones III, Annette O'Toole and John Schneider also star. Greg Beeman directed the episode written by Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer.

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Notes:

One of the headlines on a newspaper on Ian's cart mentions a "Themyscrian Queen Addre... ... tican" - an in-joke reference to Wonder Woman of DC Comics. Presumably it should say "Addresses the Vatican" or some such. It's also presumably a deliberate in-joke as we hopefully won't be seeing Wonder Woman or hearing of a mythical super-powered Amazon meeting with the Pope at the Vatican.

Last appearances (presumably) of Lorena Gale as Dr. Claire Foster and Jesse Metcalfe as Van McNulty. This is the second "reversal" for the Foster character - in the comic books she's good rather then evil/immoral, and despite what happens here, in the comics she is a part of the adult Superman's life.

At the end of the episode, Lionel replays a video over, and over, suggesting that the security staff has gone over all the videos with Clark in them with a fine toothed comb. Why is it then, that they failed to catch Clark ripping the metal restraining cage off of Lex when there is clearly a camera present. (They, in fact, seem to go out of their way to make the presence of the camera in Lex's cell obvious). This seems especially funny, since all the orderlies wonder how Lex got out of his cell again (so one would think they would have checked the camera).

Clark wipes blood from the healed cut on his face, only to have it reappear when he watches Lionel talking to a recently electrocuted Lex.

It's a little iffy if Eric Summers is a "meteor freak" as he is repeatedly identified here (and never was in "Leech"). It's true that he gains Clark's power through an energy burst passing through kryptonite like many meteor freaks, but...Eric doesn't actually "gain" any power, and there's no indication other "meteor freaks" can have their powers so easily reversed or undone. There's no indication he has a power-draining power either. For that matter, there was nothing in "Leech" to show that Eric's situation was unique, and that anyone who was involved in the same accident as Eric and Clark wouldn't have got Clark's powers.

As with "Dichotic", it's not very clear what Ian does with his clones. It seems as if there should still be one running around the prison, but presumably we'll never hear about this again.

So...why would Eric possibly remain silent about Clark having super-powers now? You'd think Lionel would check Eric's background, find out he briefly had super-powers, and be interrogating Eric pretty closely, but you can bet that we won't see Eric again...and if we do, he probably won't have said anything about Clark.

Is it really very smart for Pete to have a big discussion with Clark about keeping Clark's secret...in Chloe's office?

So...doesn't Aunt Nell care anything about Lana? Her niece and adopted-daughter is badly hurt, goes through weeks/months of excruciating therapy...and she can't show up enough to warrant a mention?

In the whole "who didn't visit Lana" spirit...what about her birth father? We haven't seen him at all this season, and now would seem as good of a time as ever for him to visit his daughter who has her leg broken in 4 different places.

After Lex's electroshock treatment the doctor takes the rubber mouthpiece out of his mouth. In the next scene with Lionel the rubber mouthpiece is back in Lex's mouth

At one point Tom Welling accidentally says "Bellevue" rather then "Belle Reve," when he's in Chloe's office and the two of them talk. (Close-captioning confirms the line should have mentioned "Belle Reve.")

Belle Reve must be the most insecure "maximum security" facility and/or insane asylum around. Such places don't give patients nice pointy paintbrushes or let them have an unmonitored weight room. They also don't let patients, even (presumably) trustees, wander into other people's cells.

Presumably Ian, Eric, and Van are minors. Unless all of them were tried as adults and then found innocent by reason of insanity, it seems really unlikely that they would all end up in the same facility as Lex or any other adult psychiatric patient.

A modern psychiatric institution would never have so many patients in a common area at the same time, allow visitors to wander around without escort, or have such an easily accessible balcony.
Psychotropic meds wouldn't (or at least shouldn't) be administered without closer supervision to assure they're actually being taken.

Eric slams Clark into a bunch of extremely heavy gas cans with full super-strength - that kind of impact would kill most people. They wouldn't be getting up and crawling or walking immediately afterward.

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