Smallville: Season 6, Episode 20

Noir (3 May 2007)

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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, ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Audra Ricketts ...
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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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The kiss between Jimmy and Chloe in the last scene is reminiscent of the famous VJ Day Kiss. 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 »


Clark Kent: I should've known better. Rule number one, never get mixed up with a girl, not when you're on the job.
Jimmy Olsen: On the job?
[Clark shows police badge]
Jimmy Olsen: You're a cop?
Clark Kent: Undercover unit. I was sent here to watch Lex Luthor. Falling in love with his wife, that was... That was my mistake.
Jimmy Olsen: Those were some eyes she had. Would have made any guy wanna be a hero.
Clark Kent: Yeah, well, those eyes just got you the electric chair. Someone should've told you, kid, there are no heroes in Metropolis.
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13 April 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I don't mind when a show goes off formula and does a theme episode like this, but I believe for one it has to be relevant, and second it needs to have a really good plot to make it work. "Noir" is a fun idea, and the black and white film noir dream sequence was entertaining enough. The real problem here is that the placing of it chronologically in the season was all wrong, and the plot in the real world that the dream is based on hardly seems relevant. For the placing of the episode, I think this would have been less frustrating earlier in the season. Season 6 started off really weak, and was just picking up a lot of steam in the 2nd half of the season. With "Noir" airing as the 3rd last episode, right in the middle of all the mystery and tension leading to the finale, it kind of kills the excitement leading to the finale. I have no problem with a stand alone episode like this, made just for fun, but not this close to the end of the season. Now as for the plot, it really seems like the entire black and white dream sequence was written first, and the opening and closing scenes feel very irrelevant. It's almost like they created the film noir plot to stand all on it's own, and then at the last minute said "We need to come up with some real world plot to tie into this. Who cares how lame or forced it is, just stick it on the beginning and end" Still this has some fun moments, and is an amusing concept. I just wish more time had been spent working a half decent plot out.

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