Smallville: Season 3, Episode 9

Asylum (14 Jan. 2004)

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Lex is committed to the Belle Reve Sanitarium for the criminally insane by Lionel who forces the shrink, Dr. Claire Foster, to submit Lex to an experimental electroshock therapy technique ... See full summary »



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Lex is committed to the Belle Reve Sanitarium for the criminally insane by Lionel who forces the shrink, Dr. Claire Foster, to submit Lex to an experimental electroshock therapy technique to erase his memory and forget his past events. Clark visits Lex and after finding out, decides to try to save his friend, despite protests from Jonathan and Martha that Clark's secret is known by Lex. But three of Clark's adversaries reside in Belle Reve. They are the arrogant, power-stealing Eric Summers (from episode "Leech"), the angry, meteor-rock mutant racist Van McNulty (from episode "Extinction") and the double-clone Ian Randall (from episode "Dichotic") who join forces to attack him so Eric can steal Clark's powers again and and escape from the asylum. Meanwhile, Lana begins to distance herself from Clark while she's attending physical therapy to recover from her broken leg with the support of a charming patient named Adam Knight (Ian Somerhalder). Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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After Lex received his electro-shock therapy, you can clearly see the doctor remove the rubber mouthpiece from Lex's mouth. However, after Lionel speaks to Lex, you see a close-up with the mouthpiece once again in Lex's mouth. See more »


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Nasty Lionel Luthor
11 May 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Lionel Luthor forces the shrink Dr. Claire Foster to submit Lex Luthor to electroshocks to erase his memory and forget his crime. Clark Kent tries to save his friend, but Eric Summers (from "Leech"), Van McNulty (from "Extinction") and Ian Randall (from "Dichotic") plot a plan to attack him and escape from the asylum. Meanwhile, Lana Lang is recovering the movements of her wounded leg with the support of the patient Adam Knight (Ian Somerhalder, the Boone Carlyle from "Lost").

"Asylum" is a great episode of "Smallville", with outstanding performances of John Glover and Michael Rosenbaum. This episode is certainly one of the best of this series, with intense dramatic situations and also lots of action with Clark struggling against two powerful enemies. Lionel Luthor is really a nasty character, especially when he says "-Lex, my son.". My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Sanatório" ("Asylum")

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