Smallville: Season 7, Episode 17

Sleeper (24 Apr. 2008)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Romance
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All in one night, the Feds try to head off Chloe, who's hacking into top secret computers, convince Jimmy Olsen that she's a terrorist, and ground Lex, preventing him from flying anywhere.



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Episode cast overview:
Lana Lang (credit only)
Lois Lane (credit only)
Kara (voice)
Lionel Luthor (credit only)
Don Broach ...
Mysterious Attacker (as Don Broatch)
D.J. Rhiannon ...
Ace of Clubs DJ (as DJ Rhiannon)


Jimmy is approached by a shady government agent, named Vanessa Weber, who thinks that Chloe is part of a terrorist sleeper cell and wants him to spy on her. However, Chloe is helping Clark try to find the missing Kara while running the Isis Foundation while Lana is still comatose. Elsewhere, Lex travels to Switzerland to a bank to try to retrieve the contents in a safety deposit box hoping to seek answers to the identity of the Traveler. Written by Anonymous

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24 April 2008 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Jimmy changing from his disguise to a tuxedo is a visual reference to the "James Bond" spy franchise. See more »


Near the end Chloe says "Well, Krypton 1989... give or take a few light-years." Light years are a measure of distance, not time. See more »


Jimmy Olsen: [to Agent Webber] Look, I'm not your James Bond. I went to a Halloween party once as James Bond. Everyone thought I was the maître d'.
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Written by Edita Malovcic
Performed by Edita Malovcic
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21 April 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"I went to a Halloween party once as James Bond and everyone thought I was the Maitre D".

That's a hilarious line Jimmy Olsen utters just before he's recruited by the government to take part in some secret agent action. "Sleeper" is mostly a Jimmy Olsen episode, and while far from being the best episode of the season, it still has enough fun moments to keep me entertained. Personally I'd still rather watch a slightly fun weak episode like this than a flat out dull weak episode like "Subterranean" from season 6.

I think one reason for this episode being poorly received has to do with it's placement in the episode order. As is common in late season episodes, "Sleeper" attempts to tell an amusing stand alone story, that can only be described as useless filler, in the midst of all the epic end of season story arcs. Following the episodes of Traveller, Veritas and Descent, and immediately preceding the final 3 episodes of the season, this was bound to disappoint when there's so little focus given to the larger story.

By no means is "Sleeper" a great episode, but for me it's just entertaining enough to watch on multiple viewings.

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