One of the Phantom Zone escapees is up to no good in the local forest. Clark is jealous of Chloe's new boyfriend from the paper. Meanwhile, Lana and Lex finally sleep together and Lois falls in love with Oliver Queen, Martha's benefactor.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lionel Luthor (credit only)
Amber McDonald ...
Chelsea Florko ...
Jake LeDoux ...
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Clark realizes that in his escape from the Phantom Zone, a handful of other phantom criminals have also escaped and one of them is causing murder and mayhem at a local forest after Chloe and Jimmy stumble upon a ghoulish murder scene. Meanwhile, Lana and Lex finally decide to announce their romance by having a 'Dark Thursday' charity ball at the Luthor mansion. Also, Lois begins to fall in love with Oliver Queen who agrees to become Martha's benefactor. Written by Anonymous

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12 October 2006 (USA)  »

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Justin Hartley and Amber McDonald appeared in Aquaman (2006) TV series that wasn't picked up. Justin played A.C while Amber played Eva. See more »


Martha Kent: Thought I heard the door.
Lois Lane: Yeah, your pledge finally sailed in from Queen Industries.
Martha Kent: Where's the man who came with it?
Lois Lane: The courier? Oh, I gave him his tip and sent him on his merry little way.
Martha Kent: [she hurries to the door and sees Oliver is gone, then turns back] Handsome, chiseled features with a smile that could light up a barn?
Lois Lane: Mrs. Kent, you have a crush on the courier?
Martha Kent: [as she talks, Lois' face falls] You mean the billionaire CEO who stopped by to talk about his financial support of my platform?...
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References The Great Escape (1963) See more »


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8 April 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"Wither" introduces the first escaped Phantom from the Phantom Zone, and it could not have been a less effective introduction. The season premiere set up the Phantoms as being the ultimate threat Clark had ever faced. What do we get when one is finally tracked down? An extremely un-intimidating park ranger. Not the best way to establish the incredible threat of the season. Not to mention her power being about as cheesy as it can get.

Having said that, if you put aside the disappointment of the first phantom being a boring park ranger, this was a decent "freak of the week" story that would have been enjoyable enough in season 1. Although many people were bothered by Jimmy this season, I thought he brought an amusing awkwardness to the character, which is especially well played in the opening scene with Chloe in the parked car.

On a side note, Lex uttered a line to Clark in this episode along the lines of "Your days of showing up at my home unannounced are over". Great line, except I think they've used it about 3 times already in the past 3 seasons.

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