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Memoria

Clark and Lex in "Memoria"

First aired April 28, 2004

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The CW's Official Description:

LEX DECIDES TO UNDERGO RADICAL TREATMENT TO REGAIN HIS MEMORY - Believing that key information about his father’s (John Glover) past was lost when his memory was erased, Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) decides to join an experimental program with Dr. Garner (guest star Martin Cummins) to regain the information so he can turn his father over to the FBI. Knowing that Lex will discover his secret if he regains his memory, Clark (Tom Welling) tries to stop him but is caught by Lionel and the doctor and exposed to the same radical treatment so that Lionel can solve the mystery of Clark’s past.

Detailed Description:

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Notes:

Samuel Jones III, Allison Mack, and John Schneider don't appear in this episode.

Terence Stamp is billed as "Special Appearance by".

As Lex has the flashback to when his father discovered Julian dead, Superman's colors red, blue, and yellow alternately flash on adult Lex's face.

Wayne Dalglish, playing Lex at age 12 here, looks nothing like Matthew Munn who played Lex at age 9 in previous episodes.

Yet again, Clark doesn't get weakened by kryptonite (or even seem to notice it) until several seconds after he's standing right next to it.

Lex must not be very safety-cautious, considering he shatters a tank full of krypto-water in a trashed-up room of wires and sparks.

Does Lana really haul the payroll out to stately Lex Manor on a weekly/biweekly/monthly basis? If nothing else, given the crime rate in Smallville it seems a really dangerous habit.

How can Clark see himself in his earliest memory?

There seems to be some confusion about the difference in age between when Clark/Kal-El is placed in the spaceship as a baby, and his emergence as an older 3-year old (or so) boy. However, this is reflected in the Superman movie (1978) and given there are still numerous details about Clark being sent to Earth that we haven't been informed of, a conclusion that Clark aged very slowly over a very long trip, or that the trip took 2-3 years and he aged normally within the ship, is not unreasonable.

The box seen here is probably the same one Lex gave Clark early in the series, which means it's made at least mostly of lead. So how could it be made from St. George's armor? Lead is too soft and too heavy to make useful armor and melts at a relatively low temperature, which would provide little protection from a (presumably fire-breathing) dragon. That's assuming, of course, that we take Lionel's story at face value.

Given Lionel's infatuation with Greek/Roman history and mythology it's not surprising both Lex and Julian are named after two of the greatest military leaders of all time: Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar. Also the story of a mother who kills her son can be compared to the myth of Medea.

The episode title, "Memoria", is from the Latin term "memoria in aetena", which means "in everlasting remembrance" -- a possible reference to Clark's earliest memory of his biological parents (and his biological mother's name being his first word, no less).

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