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Clark is convinced that he can find his cousin's whereabouts if he can get into Lex's mind, who's just been shot by the man holding Kara and Lois prisoner.



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Episode cast overview:
Lana Lang
Chloe Sullivan
Jimmy Olsen (credit only)
Lillian Luthor
Young Lex Luthor
David Orth ...
Robert Gauvin
Lex's Doctor


Tracking the amnesiac and powerless Kara to Detroit, Lex is shot by Kara's jealous fellow diner employee Finlay, whom now holds both Kara and Lois hostage. When Lex falls into a coma, Lionel helicopter lifts him back to Metropolis and uses his last dose of a drug developed for experimental mind penetration so as to retrieve life-saving information from uncooperative terrorists. The program was abandoned because it wrecked the interrogator's central nerve system, but Clark feels confident his Kryptonian brain must withstand it in order to find Kara. Once he enters Lex's mind, Clark meets the key characters, but Lex is split into his dark side and the young Alexander, a good kid traumatized by his mentally abusive parents heading for divorce, eager to help Clark escape his evil counterpart and desperate for his friendship. In this state Clark has no superpowers, murderous dark Lex is the strongest, and the scientific operator can't separate their brain waves again. When they seem bot ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

14 February 2008 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


At the end of the episode when Clark questions Lex about Kara, you can see the stained glass window behind Lex's desk in the mansion has changed. Up till now it was the Luthor coat of arms, now it's the coat of arms with the Varitas emblem. See more »


Lex Luther is left handed. When Clark is visiting Lex's memories, you see a younger "Alexander" painting a toy model with his right hand. See more »


Clark Kent: Do you even know when you're lying anymore?
Lex Luthor: You know, I've stopped pretending to care whether or not you believe me, so why don't you?
Clark Kent: Because I do care, Lex. And there's a side of you that knows what's right.
Lex Luthor: Wow. Now what would I do without Clark Kent, voice of reason?
Clark Kent: That voice isn't me, Lex. It's you. There's still good inside of you. Let that voice lead you back to it.
Lex Luthor: I didn't know it would only take a brush with death to see your softer side.
Clark Kent: Trust me, Lex, there's nothing that's lost ...
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References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »


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Written by Marié Digby
Performed by Marié Digby
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Get inside the head of a villain
16 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Clark takes a less-than-normal journey than he may be used to taking in this interesting 12th episode of the season.

When Lex goes to Detroit to retrieve Kara, who is suffering from amnesia, a jealous co-employee of Kara's at a restaurant pulls the gun on Lex. Lex falls under extreme conditions, and goes into a coma. With options getting slim on being able to save him, Clark must revert to a technology created by Lionel that allows someone to interrogate a mind of anyone in a comatose state, a method put to practice on terrorists in the past. While not a guarantee to enter the mind and come back out, Clark takes the risk to save Lex but discover what he has been thinking, leading to dramatic and interesting situations within his mind.

There is a lot to like about this episode: the exploration of the psychi of someone who is already extremely mentally unstable, the situations that Clark faces within Lex's mind, and the conflict that Lionel faces when both of his "sons"- Lex and Clark- face a fatal situation late in the episode, a threat of fatality that only someone like Chloe could step in and stop. The storyline also serves to weave Kara back into the threads of this season, as Lex claims that he can help her regain her memory. What is his true ulterior motive? We all know he can't be trusted by what he says on the surface...

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