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Pariah

First aired February 2, 2005

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The CW's Official Description:

Clark (Tom Welling) has big concerns after his new g-friend, Alicia (guest star Sarah Carter) becomes the prime suspect in a brutal attack against Lana (Kristin Kreuk) and Jason (Jensen Ackles). Clark initially defends Alicia, but when the evidence begins to pile up he is forced to take a hard truthful look at the situation. Hurt by Clark's actions, Alicia forces Clark to unknowingly reveal his powers in front of Chloe (Allison Mack). Meanwhile, Jason's mother (guest star Jane Seymour) returns to town with an offer for Lex (Michael Rosenbaum).

Paul Shapiro directed the episode written by Holly Herold.

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Notes:

John Glover doesn't appear in this episode.

Erica Durance is not credited in the opening or the guest credits.

Jane Seymour is billed as Special Appearance and by character name.

How do people know Clark and Alicia were married? Why would Clark and his parents tell anyone?

The car Clark caught in mid-air must have been going at least 50 mph. Just catching it by the bumper and grill bringing it to a dead stop would have still crushed in the front end of the car. And thinking Alicia is in it, if she was she would have gone through the windshield. He should have caught the car by its under-frame and run a short distance to slow it down safely.

Why would Clark need to worry about Alicia being injured in the car crash and come to her rescue. She could just teleport herself out of the car, because he knew she was not wearing her bracelet.

Why didn't Sheriff Adams take the scarf from Clark? It might have had hair or body-fluid evidence on it that might have led to the real killer.

Why is Sheriff Adams so easy-going about Clark withholding evidence from her? She's griped about it in almost every episode she's appeared in where he's been involved, but here she just kinda shrugs and doesn't book him for interfering in a police investigation.

As almost always, the legal rationale here makes no sense, which wouldn't be a goof except the writers keep drawing attention to it. So...Sheriff Adams says that Clark's alibi is the only thing keeping Alicia out of jail. Ummm, why? There's no witness placing her at the crime scene. There are no fingerprints. The fact that people have superpowers is common knowledge. Alicia has been released because she's considered "cured' (and is still out of Belle Reve, so someone there must have okayed her sanity status besides McBridge). So are we really supposed to believe that Adams would arrest Alicia if not for Clark's alibi?

Why does Lana lock the bathroom door when she takes the shower? It's just her and Jason in her own apartment. More importantly, the killer's plan to frame Alicia wouldn't work if Lana left it unlocked. So it's really convenient that she did.

If Clark is so worried about where Alicia is after he catches the car and she's nowhere to be seen...why doesn't he use his x-ray vision to look for her?

So...where is Alicia staying? Apparently with her aunt, but the aunt never appears when Alicia is being accused of murder, or being murdered outside the house, or afterward.

How did Clark get from Alicia's barn to the killer's place without Lois figuring anything out? Lois meets Clark at the barn. Clark (presumably) super-speeds off and has about a 1-2 minute battle with the killer. Then Lois runs in. How does she think Clark got there without a car?

At the end of the episode, Chloe says to herself "Clark, why didn't you tell me" or something to that effect. This is perhaps the most arrogant sentence she's ever uttered. First off, she has demonstrated time and time again that she will publish anything that is a great story. But, most importantly, she has proven that she cannot be trusted. Let's examine this. One instance is with Clark's adoption. She promised to her best friend that she wouldn't dig any deeper. Yet, she did. She broke a promise to a friend, did something she obviously knew Clark wouldn't agree with. I mean, let's forget that we know he's an alien. If someone doesn't want you looking into their adoption, it's usually because they don't want to know or aren't ready to accept the outcome. But she did it, and thought it was a good thing. Next, she betrays him to Lionel not once but twice. To Lionel! Once because he started a relationship with Lana and didn't have time to tell her, next because she had the power to make people tell her. In fact, when she does have the power to have people tell her the truth, she asks Clark to tell her. He obviously doesn't want her to know, and yet she still asks. After all that, and many more examples, she still has the arrogance to think that she deserves to know his secret, that Clark can trust her? Chloe really needs to revise the concept of friendship and trust.

Chloe says: "Jason pulled a T.J. Hooker", referencing the TV cop of the 80s, played by William Shatner.

Chloe says: "She can teleport easier than Captain Kirk", must be William Shatner night, since Chloe makes both of these statements within a minute or two of each other. Naturally referencing Star Trek.

Lois says: "Sounds like something from the Sci-Fi Channel", referencing the pay-cable channel that purportedly airs science fiction series.

Sheriff Adams says: "You flip-flop more than a politician, Kent.", reference primarily to Senator John Kerry, who during the 2004 Presidential Election, changed several of his stances on various subjects depending on who he was addressing. The Republican party dubbed Kerry's change in stances as a "flip-flop."

Lois says: "And the name Alicia Baker came up more than once in a bunny-boiler kind of way." In the movie Fatal Attraction, Glenn Close's character Alex boils a pet bunny as part of her revenge campaign against Michael Douglas' character, Dan.

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