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Martha Kent (credit only)
Senator Ed Burke (as Alan C. Peterson)
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After a secret meeting with Lionel, Lana is shot at the Daily Planet by a mysterious gunman. Jimmy is knocked out while studying photographs of the scene and dreams about a 1940, black-and-white version, of Smallville. Jimmy finds himself playing the role of a reporter with Chloe his secretary, and a bumbling Clark also works there, as his sidekick. Jimmy's investigation leads him to Lana, who turns out to be a very evil femme fatale who plans to orchestrate the murder of her tycoon husband Lex by using Jimmy as the patsy. Jimmy's research further takes him to a notorious nightclub owned by Lionel Luther, and Lois is a sultry singer working at club who is having a fling with Lex to help him orchestrate the murder of Lana. Meanwhile, back in 2007, Clark discovers why Lana married Lex after Chloe learns it from Lana. Also, Lois further meddles in the shooting case by stealing a silver-lined cigarette case which holds a clue. Written by Anonymous

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3 May 2007 (USA)  »

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In the car chase, Jimmy Olsen hits a sign with the name Mortimer X. Welsh on it. He is a character from the movie The Racket, a 1951 film-noir, played by Ray Collins. See more »


When the elevator opens, it appears that Lana was shot on the left side, but when the medics have her on the gurney, they are applying pressure with a bloody bandage on her right side. Then when you see Lionel talking to her still at "he Planet" newspaper office, while she is on the gurney and they zoom in, the "wound" is back on the left side again. See more »


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Not Lovin' this one
12 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode takes a new turn compared to the normal "Smallville"-type of episode with a film noir-style presentation.

In the Daily Planet, Lana gets shot. Jimmy Olsen works to investigate. However, before he can use a clue to come upon a critical discovery, he is knocked out by a mysterious, silhouetted figure. This puts him in a 1940s-era dream where he is the star, Clark is a bumbling reporter, Lana is a femme fatale, Lois is a sultry singer, Chloe is a toots reporter, Lionel is the wise bartender, and Lex- well, Lex is still the bad guy. The dream continues for about 30 minutes with the mystery that a film noir movie delivered during that time.

This episode was not so exciting. It was kind of funny to see the directors put together a film noir movie with the recognizable actors usually seen in an action/science-fiction show. But it did not do much for the season overall, and is one of the least interesting episodes of the series.

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