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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14 January 2004 (USA)  »

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3x09 - Rewatch (Lex-centric episode)
21 July 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Lex is residing in an asylum because Lionel is keeping him there to hide his dirty laundry. Clark is trying to find a way to prove that Lex is perfectly innocent before they fry his brain.

Pete is getting on nerves & what is his point anyways. Also, Mr. & Mrs. Kent are both annoying as well. I cannot wait until their presence becomes nonexistent

Damon Salvatore has arrived with his fine self.

I love seeing Clark try to prove Lex's innocence because he does not deserve it. Meanwhile, the people who Clark placed in the asylum are trying to team up against him by finding his weakness from Van. The minions succeed, which kind of made me happy because it delayed Lex's vegetation process.

Although I feel sorry for Lex, I feel uncomfortable with him knowing Clark's secret. Poor Lex, though...I just want to throw Lionel off a cliff for putting Lex through so much trauma. I hope that Lex gets back at Lionel for having him placed in an asylum... that man is one crazy assx person.

Why are the writers enforcing the friendship between Clark & Lex? It just makes me sad for their future.

Stop this Clark & Lana madness now !!!!

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