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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.
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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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
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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