Smallville: Season 5, Episode 12

Reckoning (26 Jan. 2006)

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Clark reveals his secret to Lana, Jonathan and Lex learn the results of the senatorial election, and there is a tragic car accident on the highway that takes the life of someone Clark loves, forcing Clark to appeal to Jor-El for help.



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Episode complete credited cast:
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Marrett Green ...
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Preston Cook ...
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Chris Shields ...


Clark discloses the Fortress of Solitude, his origin and abilities to Lana and proposes her. Clark tells Chloe that he has revealed his secret to Lana and Jonathan Kent wins the election to the Senate. But the happiest day of Clark ends when Lana dies in a car accident, and he summons the spirit of Jor-El and forces him to revert time. The unexpected price Clark pays to restore Lana's life is a complete new tragedy for his family when Jonathan takes her place after he has a meeting with Lionel over his campaign, and that Lionel knows more about Clark then he claims to. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When meeting with Chloe after going back in time, and Clark tells her that he has done so, Chloe says, "What did you do? Spin the earth backwards on its axis?" This is a reference to Superman (1978) when Superman flies around the earth to reverse it's direction and time to save Lois Lane from being killed in an earthquake. See more »


Both times (before and after Clark reverses time) Lex throws his alcoholic beverage and glass into the fire in his mansion, there is a burst of flames that just appear to be larger. This burst should be blue as alcohol burns blue. See more »


Jonathan Kent: [to Lionel] I won't let you destroy my family.
[Jonathan punches Lionel hard in the face and throws him over a workbench]
Jonathan Kent: We can withstand anything you bring down on us...
Jonathan Kent: because we have each other. That's what will always separate the Kents from the Luthors. Now why don't you get...
[his breathing becomes laboured and he takes several breaths before continuing hoarsely]
Jonathan Kent: why don't you get the hell off my property.
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Terrible episode
29 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had intended to give a long lengthy breakdown of how awful this episode was but length constraints from the site prohibit me from getting into it in depth. Suffice it to say without detailed elaboration that this episode fails miserably due to obvious telegraphing and out of context character portrayals from previous seasons. This episode of so full of plot holes, superman mythology errors, and in the end Clark ends up looking like a moral degenerate murderer.

Why even bring Lois Lane into the series if you're going to make her look like chopped liver/second choice next to Lana? AWFUL! Just leave her out of the series if you were going to do that.

Gotta love Clark's selfish and cognizant choice to end the life of someone else so he can save Lana. Way to go! But hey I guess that's par for Smallville. They don't mind having Clark stalk married women so what's wrong with murder for our good moral Boyscout?

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