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Smallville Season 8: Best & Worst Episodes, Ranked

After Smallville finished its seventh season during May 2008, the Superman origin story was ready to close one chapter in order to begin a new one. Having followed Clark Kent’s (Tom Welling) young years, the eighth season of The CW drama became an evolution as it began taking the next step to get the Last Son of Krypton closer towards his destiny. With the show’s creator Alfred Gough and Miles Millar stepping down as the showrunners, the torch was passed to long-time writers/producers Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer, Kelly Souders, and Brian Peterson.

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Those weren’t the only big changes as this was the first season to not feature Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor. While Kristin Kreuk’s Lana Lang returned for a multi-arc, Smallville was moving forward with new stories, characters that would continue to bring Clark close to becoming Superman. With Lex missing, season eight introduced Tess Mercer (Cassidy Freeman) who would fill his absence, but still stand as her own character. Season eight introduced the famous DC villain Doomsday, best known as the being who killed Superman in the comics, with Sam Witwer playing the creature’s human camouflage. With all that said, these are the best and worst episodes of Smallville season eight.

10 WORST: Instinct (Episode 4)

As the later seasons began introducing more DC Comics characters, Smallville had their hits and misses. The fourth episode of season eight brought in Maxima (Charlotte Sullivan) who was definitely one of their misses. The Smallville version watered Maxima down to being someone who was desperately seeking her soul mate.

Her endorphin kiss ended up killing humans who kissed her as they couldn’t handle it. But Clark was able to take it as he fell for her until being interrupted by a very upset Lois (Erica Durance.) “Instinct” only exists to have Maxima be someone to clash with Lois as season eight began exploring Lois and Clark’s feelings toward one another.

9 BEST: Infamous (Episode 15)

While not having the best introduction back in season six, Tori Spelling’s Linda Lake returns for a very improved second round in the fifteenth episode. Linda threatens to out Clark as the Red-Blue-Blur if he doesn’t agree to let her be his representative in the press. Clark decides to tell Lois his secret so she can tell the world his story.

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Clark gets a taste of what it’s like to be in the public with the entire world watching him. But Linda still causes trouble when she reveals at a press conference that Clark is the first wave of an alien invasion and that he murdered Lex. Realizing that he needs to fix this, Clark uses the Legion ring to go back in time and manages to stop Linda. But by doing so, he never finds out that Davis is Doomsday, thus delaying their showdown.

8 WORST: Abyss (Episode 9)

After being infected by Brainiac in season seven, Chloe’s (Allison Mack) condition gets worse in the first half of season eight. In the ninth episode “Abyss,” things get even worse when Chloe starts losing memories until she only remembers one person: Davis. As Clark rebuilds the Fortress of Solitude, he and Jor-El (Terence Stamp) have a long overdue father-son chat following the events of season seven.

During all of this, Clark makes a controversial decision when it comes to saving Chloe. The Fortress is able to heal her and get Brainiac out of her mind. However, Clark asks Jor-El to not restore any memories she had of Clark’s secret as he believes she will live a better life without this burden. While this doesn’t last for long, it was still incredibly off-putting to see Clark doing this to Chloe without her having a say in it.

7 BEST: Bulletproof (Episode 12)

As Clark was creating his dual identity as a reporter and superhero, the twelfth episode took him on an interesting path. After John Jones (Phil Morris) is shot by someone in the Metropolis Police Department, Clark goes undercover as a cop to find out who shot his Martian friend.

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That’s where we are introduced to DC character Dan Turpin (David Paetkau), a regular player in the Superman mythos. To see Clark witnessing what’s like for ordinary humans to protect and serve without super-powers was one powerful story.

6 WORST: Power (Episode 13)

Following her return in the winter finale, the first episodes back in 2009 were very Lana heavy as the show was preparing to send her off properly. In the thirteenth episode, titled “Power,” we find out what happened to Lana after she was freed from Brainiac’s control.

While it’s intriguing to see Lana go on this journey to get stronger, it’s the second half of “Power” where things go south. Project Prometheus is revealed to be a specialized suit that would have allowed Lex to heal and have the same powers as Clark. But Lana takes it for herself as she becomes super-powered which was one of the weirdest moves from the show.

5 BEST: Identity (Episode 7)

While Clark spends a lot of the season establishing his dual identity, the seventh episode puts him at a tough spot. Jimmy (Aaron Ashmore) begins to put the pieces together that Clark is, in fact, the new mystery hero in Metropolis.

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Because of that, “Identity” becomes one of Clark’s best challenging episodes as he has to figure out a way to convince Jimmy that he isn’t this hero. With the help of Oliver (Justin Hartley), Clark manages to convince Jimmy that he isn’t the Red-Blue-Blur.

4 WORST: Injustice (Episode 21)

After several teases throughout the season, the penultimate episode of season eight brings together Smallville’s version of the Injustice League. But “Injustice” fell flat mostly because of its underwhelming introductions of not one, but multiple Superman villains.

We meet Parasite (Brendan Fletcher), Livewire (Anna Mae Routledge), and Neutron (Jae Lee), who were all lackluster from performance to how they were written. While “Injustice” barely sets the stage for the finale, it was still disappointing to see Smallville waste some of Superman’s better foes.

3 BEST: Odyssey (Episode 1)

“Odyssey” follows Green Arrow, Black Canary (Alaina Huffman), and Aquaman (Alan Ritchson) desperately looking for Clark. This is where we get introduced to Tess who is searching for Lex. After discovering that Clark is stuck in Russia without his powers, Oliver rescues him as they then go to find Chloe. However, Oliver gets injected with a serum that leaves him under Regan’s (Ari Cohen) control, who demands the Emerald Archer find out what happened to Lex at all costs.

This ends with Clark getting shot by Oliver twice which kills the Boy Scout. Thanks to the Martian Manhunter, Clark is saved and given his powers back. “Odyssey” truly begins the next chapter in Clark’s life as he realizes that it’s time to accept his destiny. This leads him to get a job at the Daily Planet where he will now work with Lois (Erica Durance), setting up their epic romance.

2 WORST: Doomsday (Episode 22)

After doing a solid progression with Doomsday for almost a whole season, the finale sadly didn’t live up to its name. Rather than an epic showdown, Clark and Doomsday have a quick fight that doesn’t even last for three minutes.

There is also the devastating death of Jimmy Olsen who turned out to not be the real Jimmy but, in fact, the famous photographer’s older brother. Despite an epic cliffhanger that set up season nine, “Doomsday” is one of the weaker season finales of the series.

1 BEST: Legion (Episode 11)

The eighth season had DC Comics writer Geoff Johns pen a special episode introducing the Legion of Super-Heroes to the Smallville universe. Seeing Clark’s interaction with the Legion that literally exists because of what he’ll do in the future was outstanding, with the episode including many Easter eggs.

“Legion” wraps up the Brainiac-Chloe storyline once and for all with a great team-up between Clark and the Legion as he gets to teach them a valuable lesson in heroism. While they were determined to stop Brainiac by killing the host (Chloe), Clark proved to them that there's always another way to save someone. Thanks to Johns, Smallville got to be a bit more comic-book-y in all the good ways.

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Smallville (season 8)

2008/2009 season of the US TV show Smallville

Season of television series

The eighth season of Smallville, an Americantelevision series, began airing on September 18, 2008. The series recounts the early adventures of KryptonianClark Kent as he adjusts to life in the fictional town of Smallville, Kansas, during the years before he becomes Superman. The eighth season comprises 22 episodes and concluded its initial airing on May 14, 2009,[1] marking the third season to air on The CW television network. Regular cast members during season eight include Tom Welling, Allison Mack, Erica Durance, Aaron Ashmore, along with new series regulars Cassidy Freeman, Sam Witwer, and Justin Hartley.

This season focuses on Clark Kent as he starts his job at the Daily Planet, begins to accept more of his destiny as Earth's hero, and develops romantic feelings for Lois Lane. While Lex Luthor is presumed dead, and Lana Lang has left Smallville for good, Clark also meets new characters Davis Bloome, Smallville's interpretation of Doomsday, as well as the new CEO of LuthorCorp, Tess Mercer. In other storylines, Clark and Oliver Queen clash over how to handle Lex when he resurfaces, while Chloe Sullivan and Jimmy Olsen take their relationship to the next level. In addition, this season sees the appearance of more DC Comics characters, including recurring appearances from Plastique and members of the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Following the end of season seven, it was announced that series regulars Kristin Kreuk and Michael Rosenbaum, who had been with the show since the first episode, would not return as regulars for the eighth season, though Kreuk did return as a recurring guest to conclude her story.[2][3]Laura Vandervoort and John Glover departed the series alongside Kreuk and Rosenbaum; Glover was killed off in season seven's "Descent", while Vandervoort was written out of the series after one season but made one guest appearance in this season.[4] Show creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar also departed the series, allowing Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson, Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer to continue as executive producers. This allowed the show to "reinvigorate" itself by introducing new characters and storylines, as well as developing Clark's understanding of his destiny.[5]

Averaging 3.74 million viewers per episode, the season out-ranked other high-profile shows on the network, such as Reaper and Gossip Girl.[6] It also received an Emmy Award nomination in the Sound Editing for a Series category.[7]

Episodes[edit]

See also: List of Smallville episodes

Production[edit]

Writing[edit]

Executive producer Kelly Souders explained that the loss of show creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, as well as series regulars Michael Rosenbaum and Kristin Kreuk at the end of the seventh season, forced the creative team to look at the show from a new angle. As Souders explained, it allowed the writers to work with "blank slates", and come up with ways to "reinvigorate and reinvent the show".[5] Executive producer Darren Swimmer explained that this season would feature Chloe's powers manifesting in a way that they have not previously been seen. He went on to express that the theme of season eight would be "double identity"; specifically, Swimmer explained that Clark would begin to understand that he is going to have to live a double life, or he will never be able to continue forward with his destiny. Season eight would be about Clark moving forward to his destiny in a way that the show has never attempted before.[30] Swimmer further explained that Clark will be acting more with his superpowers, whereas previously he would "react" to the situation; "he's going to seek out trouble." Clark joined the Daily Planet to help his cause, using the Planet as a means to get information about where there is trouble. Clark's heroic actions put him in Jimmy's sights, who starts connecting things to Clark; this helped fuel Clark's decision to develop a "secret identity".[31] Another reason for Clark's decision to develop a secret identity will be the stark contrast between saving people in the secluded streets of Smallville, and saving people in the crowded streets of Metropolis.[32] While working at the Daily Planet, Clark was paired up with Lois on various assignments. Lois Lane actress Erica Durance, explained the episodes would be more focused on her character than they have been in the past, and that Lois and Clark would be both rivals and supportive partners to each other. Durance also revealed that Lois would begin to realize her true romantic feelings for Clark, but that she does not want him to know the truth because she does not know what she wants to do with those feelings. Season eight explored these romantic notions between the two characters.[33]Jeph Loeb added that season eight would explore more of the DC Comics mythology, and would introduce new characters, as well as expand on already existing ones in Smallville continuity.[34] Peterson also revealed that there would be a chance that the show would break the "No flights, no tights" rule, at least in regard to the flying part of the rule.[32]

With Justin Hartley added as a series regular, Smallville would explore more of his backstory, including why he chose to become Green Arrow, how he accomplished it, and how he became good at archery. This season would also explore more of the friendship between Oliver Queen and Clark. Oliver would be broken down emotionally—questioning whether he made the right choice to sacrifice all for the sake of being Green Arrow—and that causes him to "butt heads" with Clark, who is beginning to embrace his destiny.[35]Allison Mack's character, Chloe Sullivan, would have more romantic interests this season. Not only would the character still have Jimmy Olsen, but there is still the question of her romantic interest in Clark, as well as a new interest in the character of Davis Bloome. Mack's character would also be picking up the Isis Foundation, a counseling center for people infected by kryptonite, that Lana founded before she left Smallville. Mack explained that Chloe would be forging her own destiny this season, and letting Clark learn to deal with problems on his own—previous seasons saw Clark relying heavily on Chloe to help solve the crime.[36]

Characters[edit]

Brian Wayne Peterson and Todd Slavkin revealed that they planned to introduce more DC Comics characters into Smallville this season. Among those appearing were Plastique and Maxima, the latter coming to Smallville to try to mate with Clark.[37] This version of Maxima had the ability to make herself irresistible to men, including Clark, whom she set her sights on; actress Charlotte Sullivan was cast as Maxima.[31]Smallville also introduced the futuristic heroes from the Legion of Super-Heroes. Comic book scribe Geoff Johns wrote the episode that featured the Legion of Super-Heroes, and suggested that people familiar with the Legion would recognize them when they appeared on the show, as they had some of the quintessential elements of their comic book counterparts.[38] Darren Swimmer stated that they would be using Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy and Lightning Lad for this episode.[31] In the seventeenth episode, "Hex", Smallville puts its spin on the DC character Zatanna. Portrayed by Serinda Swan, Zatanna is a magician who comes to town and grants Chloe a birthday wish that results in Chloe's body transforming into Lois.[39] In an interview, writer Bryan Q. Miller explains that he read through archived comics featuring the Zatanna character, but was more influenced by Grant Morrison’s writing turn on Seven Soldiers, as well as the television episodes of Batman: The Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited that Zatanna made appearances on.[40] Swan won the role of Zatanna after "acing" her audition thanks to the actress recording Zatanna's spells into her iPod and studying them in reverse—to cast a spell Zatanna recites the words in reverse.[41]

There are two new characters added to the show as series regulars, Tess Mercer and Davis Bloome. The name "Tess Mercer" is a homage to two characters from Superman lore, Eve Teschmacher and Mercy Graves.[42] As Freeman describes her character, Tess Mercer is Lex's handpicked successor; she is "fierce", "fun" and intelligent. Tess Mercer's primary goal for this season was finding Lex, which drew her inquisitively to Clark, who she believed would be able to help her.[43] Darren Swimmer revealed that Tess would develop a romantic interest in Clark as well.[31] Davis Bloome would actually be Smallville's interpretation of Doomsday, the only character to have succeeded at killing Superman. In Smallville, Doomsday was represented by a "nice guy" paramedic, who grew up moving from foster home to foster home. His storyline was very dark in that the character would uncover horrible truths about himself. Witwer explained that over the course of the season, his character would come to resemble that of the comic book counterpart he is based on.[44]Brian Peterson explained that the new executive producers were looking for a villainous character that was "as great as Lex", with Michael Rosenbaum's departure, and Doomsday fit what they were looking for.[5]

Reception[edit]

Season eight finished 152 out of the 190 shows ranked in the Nielsen ratings, averaging 3.74 million viewers a week.[6]Smallville's eighth season received an Emmy Award nomination in the Sound Editing for a Series category.[7] In the 2009 Teen Choice Awards, Tom Welling received the award for Choice TV Actor – Action Adventure.[45]

The season eight DVD box set was officially released on August 25, 2009,[46] and sold approximately 183,000 units in its first week; it generated an estimated $6.7 million. Comparatively, the DVD revenue decreased from the previous year, with the season seven box set having sold over 212,000 units and generating an estimated $8 million during its first week. Regardless, it was enough for Smallville to earn second place in most units sold during the ending week of August 30, 2009, just behind the season five boxset of House which sold approximately 223,000 units. Even though House sold more units, Smallville's $6.7 million in revenue was more than House's $6.0 million, making it the top money earner for the week.[47] In its second week, the eighth season only sold 55,000 units, and earning more than $2 million.[48] The third week of release saw another dip in sales, with the season eight boxset only selling 30,000 units. At the same time, the end of week three brought the season eight sales past the $10 million mark.[49]

Home media release[edit]

The complete eighth season of Smallville was released on August 25, 2009 in North America in both DVD and Blu-ray format.[50][51] The DVD and Blu-ray box set were also released in region 2 and region 4 on October 12, 2009 and March 31, 2010, respectively.[52][53][54][55] The box set included various special features, including episode commentary, a behind-the-scenes featurettes titled "Smallville's Doomsday: The Making of a Monster" and "In the Director’s Chair: Behind the Lens and Calling the Shots with Allison Mack".[56]

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Image Title Writer(s) Director(s) Airdate # Odyssey-JusticeLeague.pngOdysseyWriter: Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer, Kelly Souders & Brian PetersonDirector: Kevin FairSeptember 18, 2008 #153 801 The Justice League, led by the Green Arrow, hits the Arctic in search of Clark, who disappeared after the Fortress collapsed. The team immediately has a confrontation with the new CEO of LuthorCorp, Tess Mercer. Meanwhile, Chloe is being held prisoner by a suspicious group who has discovered she has a new power, and Clark has been stripped of his powers by Jor-El. 802Smallville0591.jpgPlastiqueWriter: Holly Henderson & Don WhiteheadDirector: Rick RosenthalSeptember 25, 2008 #154 802 It's Clark's first day at the Daily Planet with Lois, and the pair are immediately thrown together on a story when a bus explodes outside the office. Clark rescues Bette, a young girl who bonds with Chloe over their shared meteor abilities, but Bette is hiding a big secret. Paramedic Davis Bloome arrives in Metropolis and is drawn to Chloe. Lois and Oliver toxic.jpgToxicWriter: Caroline DriesDirector: Mairzee AlmasOctober 2, 2008 #155 803 Oliver collapses at a charity event and reveals he only has 12 hours to live. Clark and Chloe call Davis for help. Delirious, Oliver flashes back to when he was stranded on an island and first learned how to use a bow and arrow. He also recalls meeting Tess on the island after she had been kidnapped by a drug runner. Meanwhile, Chloe decides to use her new powers to help save Oliver, shocking Clark. MaximaInInstinct.pngInstinctWriter: Al Septien & Turi MeyerDirector: James ConwayOctober 9, 2008 #156 804 Tess and her team perform tests on Clark's crystal that she had retrieved from the Arctic, which attracts Maxima, queen of planet Almerac, to Earth to search for her Kryptonian soulmate. Unfortunately, Maxima's power is too great for mortal men and her kiss kills them. The seductive Maxima begins her search, starting with Jimmy. CommittedClois.pngCommittedWriter: Bryan MillerDirector: Glen WinterOctober 16, 2008 #157 805 Chloe and Jimmy are abducted by a psychotic jeweler who was emotionally scarred by his wife's infidelity and is now kidnapping couples and subjecting them to a kryptonite-enhanced lie detector that shocks them if they lie. The abductor asks Chloe if she is in love with anyone else. Meanwhile, in an effort to find Chloe and Jimmy, Clark and Lois pose as a couple and are kidnapped themselves, then asked how they feel about each other. PreyImageWiki.pngPreyWriter: Brian Peterson & Kelly SoudersDirector: Michael RohlOctober 23, 2008 #158 806 Clark investigates a recent attack that may be the work of a serial killer. Suspecting it could be a meteor-freak, he demands that Chloe release the names of members of the Isis Foundation, which causes a rift between the friends. Davis fears that his blackouts could mean that he is the serial killer and collects evidence that may implicate him. Fearing the worst, he confesses his suspicions to Chloe. IMAGE001162.jpgIdentityWriter: Todd Slavkin & Darren SwimmerDirector: Mairzee AlmasOctober 30, 2008 #159 807 Jimmy snaps a picture of Clark super-speeding to save Lois from a mugger and manages to catch a red and blue blur on film. Jimmy shows it to Tess who decides to run it on the front page of the Daily Planet. Clark fears his identity will be discovered so he asks Chloe to run interference with Jimmy, but she has a better idea. Bloodline0250.jpgBloodlineWriter: Caroline DriesDirector: Michael RohlNovember 6, 2008 #160 808 Clark receives an anonymous package containing the crystal that Tess found in the Arctic. When he removes the crystal, it activates and sends him and a visiting Lois to the Phantom Zone where they run into Kara. Kara opens a portal for Lois to return but Zod's wife Faora escapes with her and takes over Lois' body. A possessed Lois goes on a rampage in Metropolis. Chloe Abyss.jpgAbyssWriter: Don Whitehead & Holly HendersonDirector: Kevin FairNovember 13, 2008 #161 809 Brainiac begins removing Chloe's memories one by one until the only person she remembers is Davis. Clark realizes the only way to stop Brainiac from taking over Chloe's mind is to rebuild the Fortress of Solitude and ask Jor-El to heal her. 810Smallville0350.jpgBrideWriter: Al Septien & Turi MeyerDirector: Jeannot SzwarcNovember 20, 2008 #162 810 Chloe is excited that she's marrying Jimmy. Meanwhile, Oliver tells Clark he thinks he's discovered where Lex is hiding and takes off to Cuba to confront him. However, when he arrives, Oliver is shocked to find Lana instead. Clark and Lois grow closer but chaos ensues when Doomsday crashes the wedding and tries to kidnap Chloe. 811Smallville1159.jpgLegionWriter: Geoff JohnsDirector: Glen WinterJanuary 15, 2009 #163 811 The aftermath of Doomsday's attack on Chloe and Jimmy's wedding leaves Clark in shock, but before he can search for the kidnapped Chloe, The Persuader appears and attacks him. Rokk, Imra and Garth, also known as The Legion, step in from the future to help vanquish the Persuader and the group realizes Brainiac has taken over Chloe once again. Meanwhile, up at the Fortress, Chloe, as Brainiac, informs Davis he is Doomsday and was created to kill “the other Kryptonian” and destroy the world. J'onn J'onzz shot.JPGBulletproofWriter: Bryan MillerDirector: Morgan BeggsJanuary 22, 2009 #164 812 Clark discovers John Jones was shot while working as a police officer, so Clark dons the uniform and goes undercover to find the culprit. Meanwhile, Lana confronts Tess and tells her Lex isn’t the man she thinks he is. Lana’s shocking news forces Tess to reevaluate her position as the head of Luthorcorp. PowerImageWiki.pngPowerWriter: Todd Slavkin & Darren SwimmerDirector: Allison MackJanuary 29, 2009 #165 813 Clark finds Tess in Lana's ransacked apartment and realizes Lana is missing. Tess tells him Lex is still alive and may have kidnapped Lana and finally reveals the truth about what happened to Lana after she awoke from her Brainiac-induced coma. Meanwhile, Tess breaks into a secret LuthorCorp facility and is shocked at what she discovers. S8e14-3305.jpgRequiemWriter: Holly Henderson & Don WhiteheadDirector: Michael RohlFebruary 5, 2009 #166 814 An explosion at LuthorCorp kills all the Board members and injures Oliver, who was there to announce the merger of his company with LuthorCorp. Oliver believes that Lex is responsible for the blast, but Clark and Lana learn that the bomber is Winslow Schott, a toymaker and former Queen Industries employee with a grudge against Oliver. InfamousArticle.pngInfamousWriter: Caroline DriesDirector: Glen WinterMarch 12, 2009 #167 815 Linda Lake returns to Metropolis and threatens to expose Clark’s secret unless he promises to give her exclusive information on the Red-Blue Blur so she can become a star reporter again. Refusing to be blackmailed, Clark tells Lois his secret and asks her to write his story for The Daily Planet. 816Smallville0862.jpgTurbulenceWriter: Al Septien & Turi MeyerDirector: Kevin FairMarch 19, 2009 #168 816 Tess invites Clark to a press conference out of town but when an explosion rocks the private jet they are on, Clark must figure out how to save them without Tess learning his secret. Unbeknownst to Clark, Tess orchestrated the explosion to get Clark to reveal his powers. Meanwhile, Davis discovers a surprising way to control the monster within. HexImageWikiNew.pngHexWriter: Bryan MillerDirector: Mairzee AlmasMarch 26, 2009 #169 817 At Chloe's birthday party, a mysterious magician named Zatanna grants Chloe's wish to be more like Lois by turning her into Lois for the day. Zatanna asks Oliver for help to get her father’s book of spells so she can conjure up his spirit but not before also granting Clark his deepest wish. 818Smallville0949.jpgEternalWriter: Brian Peterson & Kelly SoudersDirector: James MarshallApril 2, 2009 #170 818 Tess tries and fails to kill Davis. In order to try and explain his destiny, she captures him and unveils his past with the Luthors. Meanwhile, Clark and Chloe discover Davis' secret. Normal 819Smallville0276.jpgStilettoWriter: Caroline DriesDirector: Kevin FairApril 23, 2009 #171 819 Lois believes that she needs a big story to secure her reputation as a star reporter but the Red-Blue Blur continues to elude her. After Chloe is mugged, Lois uses the opportunity to pretend a new superhero, Stiletto, has come to town and is giving exclusives to Lois. Clark is concerned Lois will hurt herself pretending to be a superhero but after he is captured by thugs with kryptonite, Lois saves the day.
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odyssey

Episode #8-1
Written By: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson, Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer
Directed By: Kevin Fair
Air Date: September 18,2008
Guest Stars: Phil Morris (John Jones/Martian Manhunter), Alan Ritchson (Aquaman), Alaina Huffman (Black Canary)

The Justice League searches for Clark while Tess tries to find Lex and Lois seeks the truth about Chloe's location.

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plastique

Episode #8-2
Written By: Holly Henderson & Don Whitehead
Directed By: Rick Rosenthal
Air Date: September 25, 2008
Guest Stars: Jessica Parker Kennedy (Bette)

Chloe meets a girl with an explosive personality. Also, Davis Bloome (Sam Witwer) is introduced.

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toxic

Episode #8-3
Written By: Caroline Dries
Directed By: Mairzee Almas
Air Date: October 2, 2008

Oliver is poisoned.

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instinct

Episode #8-4
Written By: Al Septien & Turi Meyer
Directed By: James Conway
Air Date: October 9, 2008
Guest Stars: Charlotte Sullivan (Maxima)

A woman from outer space comes to Earth in search of a mate.

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cure

Episode #8-5
Written By: Bryan Q. Miller
Directed By: Glen Winter
Air Date: October 16, 2008

Chloe and Jimmy are subjected to shocking lie detector tests to prove their love for one another. When Lois and Clark investigate, their feelings also become in danger of being exposed.

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cure

Episode #8-6
Written By: Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders
Directed By: Michael Rohl
Air Date: October 23, 2008

Murders are happening across Metropolis and they may have ties to Chloe's meteor-freak support group. Meanwhile, Davis continues to have blackouts and thinks he might be the killer...

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identity

Episode #8-7
Written By: Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer
Directed By: Mairzee Almas
Air Date: October 30, 2008

Jimmy thinks he has discovered the identity of the Red-Blue Blur - and deduces that it's Clark!

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bloodline

Episode #8-8
Written By: Caroline Dries
Directed By: Michael Rohl
Air Date: November 6, 2008
Guest Stars: Laura Vandervoort (Kara)

Clark and Lois are sent to the Phantom Zone where they encounter Kara. A Phantom Zoner named Faora escapes, inhabiting Lois and revealing some clues about Davis Bloome's true identity...

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abyss

Episode #8-9
Written By: Don Whitehead & Holly Henderson
Directed By: Kevin Fair
Air Date: November 13, 2008

Chloe's Brainiac infection gets worse as her memories are being replaced by Kryptonian code. To save her, Clark makes a difficult choice.

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bride

Episode #8-10
Written By: Al Septien & Turi Meyer
Directed By: Jeannot Szwarc
Air Date: November 20, 2008

It's Chloe and Jimmy's wedding day, and Doomsday comes crashing in to make a mess of things. Lana returns to Smallville in this episode.

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legion

Episode #8-11
Written By: Geoff Johns
Directed By: Glen Winter
Air Date: January 15, 2009
Guest Stars: Kristin Kreuk (Lana), Ryan Kennedy (Rokk Krinn/Cosmic Boy), Calum Worthy (Garth Ranzz/Lightning Lad), Alexz Johnson (Imra Ardeen/Saturn Girl)

Three super-powered teens come from the future to stop the threat of Brainiac.

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legion

Episode #8-12
Written By: Bryan Q. Miller
Directed By: Morgan Beggs
Air Date: January 22, 2009
Guest Stars: Kristin Kreuk (Lana), Phil Morris (John Jones/Martian Manhunter)

Clark goes undercover to investigate some police corruption, and Lana opens Tess's eyes to Lex's true nature.

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legion

Episode #8-13
Written By: Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer
Directed By: Allison Mack
Air Date: January 29, 2009
Guest Stars: Kristin Kreuk (Lana)

The truth behind Lana's return to Smallville is revealed.

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legion

Episode #8-14
Written By: Holly Henderson & Don Whitehead
Air Date: Feb. 5, 2009
Guest Stars: Kristin Kreuk (Lana), Chris Gauthier (Toyman)

Lana becomes toxic to Clark and has to leave town. Meanwhile, Oliver kills Lex, and Winslow Schott - the Toyman - causes trouble for the Luthorcorp board.

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infamous

Episode #8-15
Written By: Caroline Dries
Directed By: Glen Winter
Air Date: March 12, 2009
Guest Stars: Tori Spelling (Linda Lake)

Linda Lake returns and threatens to reveal Clark's true identity to the world. Instead, Clark reveals it himself, though the public identity causes unforeseen happenings...

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turbulence

Episode #8-16
Written By: Al Septien & Turi Meyer
Directed By: Kevin Fair
Air Date: March 19, 2009

Jimmy and Chloe see turbulence in their marriage as Clark runs in to some turbulence on the air, in a flight with Tess.

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hex smallville

Episode #8-17
Written By: Bryan Q. Miller
Directed By: Mairzee Almas
Air Date: March 26, 2009
Guest Stars: Serinda Swan (Zatanna)

The sorceress Zatanna grants Chloe a wish to become Lois Lane.

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eternal

Episode #8-18
Written By: Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders
Directed By: James Marshall
Air Date: April 2, 2009
Guest Stars: Alex Ferris (Young Davis Bloome), Connor Stanhope (Young Lex Luthor)

Davis Bloome's past is explored, including details on his arrival during the first meteor shower.

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stiletto smallville

Episode #8-19
Written By: Caroline Dries
Directed By: Kevin Fair
Air Date: April 23, 2009
Guest Stars: Alex Ferris (Young Davis Bloome), Connor Stanhope (Young Lex Luthor)

In an effort to bring out the Red-Blue Blur, Lois dons the heels of the Stiletto, Metropolis' newest crimefighter.

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beast smallville

Episode #8-20
Written By: Genevieve Sparling
Directed By: Michael Rohl
Air Date: April 30, 2009
Guest Stars: Domonic Zampronga (Bruno Mannheim)

Davis becomes more unstable and dangerous. To protect Clark, Chloe decides to leave town with him.

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injustice smallville

Episode #8-21
Written By: Al Septien & Turi Meyer
Directed By: Tom Welling
Air Date: May 7, 2009
Guest Stars: Jessica Parker Kennedy (Bette/Plastique)

Tess uses her gang of meteor-infected youths to bring out Clark to fight with Doomsday.

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doomsday smallville

Episode #8-22
Written By: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson
Directed By: James Marshall
Air Date: May 14, 2009
Guest Stars: Ryan Kennedy (Rokk Krinn/Cosmic Boy), Alaina Huffman (Dinah Lance/Black Canary), Kyle Gallner (Bart Allen/Impulse)

Rokk Krinn of the Legion comes from the future to tell Clark that he is destined to die the next day. The Justice League returns and has differing opinions on how to stop Doomsday. Doomsday is split into two beings, but his "human side" is equally dangerous and ends up killing Jimmy.

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