Smallville: Season 1, Episode 17

Reaper (23 Apr. 2002)

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While visiting his sick mother in the hospital, Tyler Randall is requested to commit euthanasia at her request. The nurse witness the attempt, and the security guard tries to arrest Tyler. ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sheila Moore ...
Mrs. Sikes
Nurse (as Tiffany Knight)
Brian Drummond ...
Hospital Security Guard (voice)
Patrick Keating ...


While visiting his sick mother in the hospital, Tyler Randall is requested to commit euthanasia at her request. The nurse witness the attempt, and the security guard tries to arrest Tyler. He falls from the sixth floor and dies. When the pathologist removes a green stone from the meteor-rock bracelet from his wrist, Tyler returns to life, but he has a lethal touch, turning people to dust by mere touch. He decides to help terminal people to die, becoming "The Reaper". Tyler's path crosses with Clark's when he gets a job as a flower delivery person for invalid people on a 'good Samaritan' run that Clark is volunteering at, in which Tyler targets Whitney's father who's dying from a heart condition. Meanwhile, Lex gets a visit from Dominic Senatori, an associate of his father's, to investigate Lex's financial situation and learns about the investigation into Clark Kent, where he informs Jonathan about Lex's curiosity in Clark and his suspected 'abilities.' Also, Lex tries to help Clark ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Whitney Fordman: My father was the strongest man I ever knew. He lettered in three sports at State. When I see him there in the hospital so weak... it kills me because that's not my father. Whatever you do, for a long time to come, your father is gonna be there to support you. I'll only have a memory of my dad. And I don't want that memory to be of that sick man laying there in the hospital.
Clark Kent: Now I get it. It's just... I'd take the man over the memory any day of the week.
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Written by David "Boots" Bowers, Arthur Lee, Sean Garden, Doug Moore and Steve Faulkner
Performed by Trik Turner
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The "Gift" of Ending Pain
14 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Smallville' explores an interesting theory in this 17th episode.

A young man named Tyler is believed to be dead when he actually is well, alive, and with the ability to end others' lives. He does so with his sick, bed-ridden mother, since she asks for it. This event causes Tyler to believe that all sick, bed-ridden, and older people wish for the same fate. Clark is able to convince Tyler that everybody has their own opinion on how they want to die, and that choosing that fate for them is wrong.

This episode is also good since it hints in Clark's belief to let the natural way decide people's lives. As a superhero who doesn't force death on others, but lets other factors decide their fate, this was an interesting character aspect to feature for an episode.

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