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After Jodi Keenan, the wife of a Special Forces soldier, sets off a pipe bomb in one of Lex's secret labs, Lionel is severely injured and Lex is taken hostage by the enraged spouse. ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lois Lane (credit only)
Jodi Keenan
Wes Keenan
Jason Bartlett (as Ben Ayres)
Police Officer
Tourist in Video
Police Chief
Bomb Squad Leader


After Jodi Keenan, the wife of a Special Forces soldier, sets off a pipe bomb in one of Lex's secret labs, Lionel is severely injured and Lex is taken hostage by the enraged spouse. Claiming Lex kidnapped her missing husband, Jodi threatens to blow up the entire lab with Lex inside unless he tells her where her husband is. Lex naturally denies knowing Jodi's husband, Wes, Clark sets off to rescue Lex, but is immediately felled by the kryptonite lining the earthen walls. Lex and Clark realize the only way they will make it out alive is by helping each other before the bomb detonates. Meanwhile, Lionel reveals to Lana why he forced her into marrying Lex, which leads her to investigate Lex's secret research of his 'Project 33.1' research as well as his work in tracking down the Phantom Zone escapees to capture and use one as part to create his army of 'super-human' soldiers. Written by Anonymous

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26 April 2007 (USA)  »

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The classical musical piece that is playing while Lana shoots the locks off the briefcase is Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner. See more »


When Lana is first shown in the elevator after being shot, it shows she was shot on the left side of her body. When you first see her on the gurney, the paramedic is staunching the blood on the right side of her body. The next time you see her, the bullet hole is again on the left side of her body. See more »


Chloe Sullivan: [on voice mail] Hey, Clark, it's me again. Where are you? I feel like your stalker ex-girlfriend, even though I was never your girlfriend. It was just an analogy - a bad one.
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References Tomb Raider (1996) See more »


Tanhauser Overture
Composed by Richard Wagner
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The Clark-Lex relationship hits a Climactic Point
12 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

This episode rivetingly addresses the world famous Clark Kent-Lex Luthor friendship-turned-rivalry in this thrilling episode.

Jodi Keenan, wife of a special forces soldier from Afghanistan, wants revenge on Lex. Despite news reports that he died in a plane crash during the war, or, according to Lex, died in combat, she insists that her husband Wes is still alive, and Lex is holding him. In vengeance, she sets a time bomb in a secret maze of tunnels that only Lex- and Lana- know about, because Lex is working a secret operation there. Yes, it is another branch of the evil 33.1 franchise. However, in his incredible goodness, Clark goes down there to save his former friend. However, the tunnels are laden with kryptonite, making Clark normal at best. As a result, the two adversaries must rely on each other and help each other if they both want to get out of the sub-civilization maze alive.

This episode is thrilling. It is great to see Clark deal with a life-threatening crisis with his powers. As a result of this loss of abilities, it is intriguing to see rivals have no choice but to help each other. In addition, these circumstances indicate that Lex may yet have a bit of goodness left in him. Also interesting is the fact that Lana knows where the tunnels are, though she doesn't tell anyone until she learns that Clark, not just Lex, was down there. A fabulous episode, the second or third best of the season.

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