Smallville (2001–2011)
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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:
Lana Luthor
Martha Kent (credit only)
Senator Ed Burke (as Alan C. Peterson)
Audra Ricketts ...
Jason Bartlett (as Ben Ayres)
Police Tech
Kasper Michaels ...
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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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Noir refers to film noir, French for "black film". Film noir was a crime drama movie genre usually featuring murder under suspicious circumstances. These black-and-white films were extremely popular in the 1940s. See more »


Lana's injury keeps flipping from shoulder to shoulder. Elevator: left. First gurney: right. Second gurney: left. Hospital: right. Following episode: left. 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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References Adventures of Superman (1952) See more »


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I Agree!
12 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

I never liked episodes of "Magnum P.I." that did stuff like this (a black and white episode where the main characters appear in an old-movie type story).

"Noir" did not do much to advance the plot line of that season. Though the affection for old movies is obvious.

It is one of the least interesting episodes in the series.

Oh, yeah, I never liked it when "JAG" did this either. One day they had a "JAG" marathon of all "fantasy" episodes, nothing with the characters in their normal setting. The one where everyone was back in the 1960's was okay, though.

"Smallville" is my favorite show, and "Noir" is pretty weak.

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