Just as Clark and Lana are making progress and he finally sums up enough courage to ask Lana out on a date to a local festival, an old flame rekindles when Lana's former beau, Whitney ... See full summary »


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Just as Clark and Lana are making progress and he finally sums up enough courage to ask Lana out on a date to a local festival, an old flame rekindles when Lana's former beau, Whitney Fordman, returns from the Marines to make up for lost time. But something is wrong with Whitney for he isn't himself, and Clark sets off to find out what's wrong and why Whitney doesn't remember some things. But the big twist is that the real Whitney was killed in action in Indonesia, and that the meteor-rock shape shifter Tina Greer (from the 'X-Ray' episode) is impersonating Whitney to get romantically close to Lana. Soon, Clark finds himself in a bind then Tina traps and immobilizes Clark in his storm cellar tied up with Lana's kryptonite necklace, until help comes from of all things... the spaceship. Meanwhile, Lex confronts Helen Bryce about her employment with Lionel and questions her motives for being in Smallville. Written by fonzdaman

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First appearance of an LGBT character on the show, would be Tina's first episode in season 1. See more »


Whitney is shown in Marine dress blues as a Private First Class (E-2) with the "blood stripes" on his trousers which is only worn by NCOs and Officers (E-4/O-1 and up). Since this is actually Tina pretending to be Whitney this is a character mistake. See more »


Dr. Helen Bryce: Who are you?
Lex Luthor: Someone who's been burned by the opposite sex more times times than he cares to admit.
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References Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) See more »


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Written by John Feldmann, Good Charlotte, Joel Madden and Benji Madden
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What is Wrong With Whitney?
26 April 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

After invading some country around Indonesia, Whitney Fordman is considered missing in action. Lana Lang is very close to Clark Kent, when Whitney unexpectedly returns to Smallville, being welcomed like a hero (why? – maybe small town thing). Whitney claims to have partial amnesia, and shows a sick jealousy of Clark Kent. A further investigation of Clark shows that he is indeed Tina Greer (Lizzy Caplan, from "X-Ray" episode). Meanwhile, Lex Luthor investigates his father and finds that Dr. Helen Bryce (Emmanuelle Vaugier) has some connection with him.

"Visage" could be a good episode of Smallville, but there are many awful lines about the action of Whitney while serving the Marines. The romance of Lex and Helen is interesting, and the attitude of Lana, never believing on Clark, is becoming boring and contradictory with a teenager that always saves her. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Falsas Aparências" ("False Appearances")

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