Smallville: Season 5, Episode 18

Fragile (13 Apr. 2006)

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When the foster mother and chief of staff of Martha's, Naomi, is brutally murdered, her adopted daughter, Maddie stays with Martha and Clark. The girl becomes close to Clark and speaks for ... See full summary »

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When the foster mother and chief of staff of Martha's, Naomi, is brutally murdered, her adopted daughter, Maddie stays with Martha and Clark. The girl becomes close to Clark and speaks for the first time in years. But when she discloses her power to shatter glass, she becomes the prime suspect for the death of Naomi and her biological mother after Lois voices her suspicions to it. While Clark investigates the origin of Maddie, her powerful father, who also has the same ability, breaks out of prison and abducts her. Meanwhile, Chloe witnesses Lex and Lana too close to each other, and later she accuses Lex of taking advantage of the vulnerable Lana. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Clark Kent: Hey, Maddie, what you drawing?
[no response from Maddie]
Clark Kent: You're quite the artist, aren't you?
[still no response]
Clark Kent: You know, I'm an artist too. What, you don't believe me? All right, well, I'll just have to prove it to you then. Now, prepare yourself, because this is gonna be a self-portrait. You might not be able to tell the difference between this and an actual photograph.
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Maddie the Murderer?
21 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another filler episode proceeds the fifth season of "Smallville." A woman is shattered by a high-pitched scream, and many believe the culprit to be the woman's foster daughter Maddie. However, Clark doesn't believe that Maddie is the reason behind the death. Though Clark's mother Martha doubts that Maddie can be proved innocent, Clark tries to find the real murderer.

This episode illustrates Clark's great ability to look for the good in people, as he did with a young girl who was blamed by everyone else for the death. It is also similar to previous episodes 'Stray,' 'Ryan' and Ageless,' of Season 1, 1, and 2, respectively. In those episodes, Clark demonstrated his ability to help children, just as he did in proving Maddie's innocence.


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