"Smallville" Sleeper (TV Episode 2008) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • 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.

  • 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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  • During a sophisticated party a masked figure is crawling around in the ventilation ducts. A man is walking down a hallway carrying an armored briefcase. The figure drops down from the open vent into the hallway and tasers him unconscious. He uses the man's eye to activate the retinal scanner and opens the briefcase. Inside is a small laptop computer. The figure downloads information from the laptop into a handheld device and escapes in an elevator. He removes his disguise and reveals himself to be Jimmy Olsen, dressed in a formal tuxedo.

    14 hours earlier

    Chloe Sullivan finds Jimmy waiting for her at the Talon apartment with an elaborate breakfast. She tells him she has a meeting and doesn't have time to eat. Jimmy is disappointed and wonders if Chloe knows how hard he has been working to rekindle their relationship. Chloe insists that she's trying too and offers to take him to lunch. She explains that she has been extraordinarily busy managing the Isis Foundation in Lana's absence. She exits and Jimmy looks upset. A dark-haired woman is surveying Jimmy through the window.

    Clark meets Chloe at the Isis Foundation, where there are boxes everywhere. Chloe explains that Oliver Queen is storing some equipment there. She asks if he got the Veritas keys from Lex but Clark is upset and says he spent the night with Lana. Chloe reminds him that the keys will give Lex the power to control him, but Clark says nothing matters except saving Lana. She admits that they are running out of places to look for Kara and Brainiac. Clark suggests a high-tech satellite might have captured their images, but Chloe is reluctant to hack into government satellites. Clark persuades her to try and she agrees. However, she notes that Dr. Swann transcribed all of Jor-El's transmissions and tells Clark to read Swann's journal for clues.

    Jimmy is approached by a brunette woman at the Talon coffeeshop. She calls him a gentleman, then accuses him of hacking into the NSA mainframe. She introduces herself as Agent Vanessa Webber of the Department of Domestic Security. She tells Jimmy that she has been watching him and tracked an infiltration to his computer. Jimmy claims he is innocent and Vanessa admits that they are actually targeting his girlfriend, who they think is working for a terrorist sleeper cell. Jimmy doesn't think Chloe is dangerous but Vanessa counters that Chloe has probably been hiding her tracks well by "working late" or missing dates. She threatens Jimmy with jail unless he works with them to spy on Chloe. She gives him a briefcase full of spy gadgets.

    Jimmy goes to Isis to meet Chloe for lunch, who realizes she forgot their date. She begs off, again saying her life is hectic. Jimmy offers to help her move but she says it's private. She receives a text from Clark just then, reading "I found something". Chloe lies that it's from her building manager to talk about rent. Jimmy is disappointed again as Chloe hurries away.

    Lex Luthor is getting ready to leave when one of his security members informs him that he's been red-flagged by the government and his departure has been delayed.

    Jimmy breaks into the Isis office and installs spyware onto the computers. At first he doesn't see anything suspicious, but then finds several government firewalls that have been accessed. He wonders to himself what Chloe is up to.

    Chloe meets Clark in the Talon apartment where he shows her a diary page that he says has suddenly appeared.Chloe is skeptical but Clark insists. He says Jor-El's transmissions from 1989 are jumbled and incomplete, but he translates it to say "Save Lana at Fortress." They don't understand why a toddler-aged Lana would need saving, but Clark is determined to do everything he can to save Lana, so he decides to go to the Fortress to ask Jor-El why. He is on his way out of his barn when he is approached by Jimmy. Jimmy indirectly asks Clark why Chloe would lie to him, but Clark points out that he should know that he can trust her.

    Clark arrives at the Fortress but Jor-El doesn't respond to his questions. Instead, he plays a transmission Kara sent which is distorted but she explains that she went "back" and is on Krypton. She says Brainiac wants to kill him as a baby on Krypton.

    Chloe is unsuccessfully trying to hack into a satellite control center located in the City Center. She looks for a way into the building when she notices the Center contains a club opening that evening: the Ace of Clubs. She leaves Clark a voicemail explaining that she is going to infiltrate the party to gain access into the satellite. Just then, she realizes Jimmy has hacked into her computer.

    Jimmy tries to call Chloe, saying he's made a mistake but Vanessa catches him. He tells her that he found nothing suspicious but Vanessa knows he's lying. She tells him that Chloe's plan is going down tonight and his job is to accompany Chloe to the Ace of Clubs party. She gives him a bow tie with a camera inside. Chloe and Jimmy arrive at the party together and Jimmy places a PDA next to hers and begins to copy the data from it. Chloe notices but pretends not to. Trying to distract her attention, Jimmy drags her onto the dance floor and they do a tango.

    The transmission concludes just as their dance is finished. Jimmy scoops up the PDA and tells Chloe that he forgot to give the valet the key and exits quickly.

    When he is gone, Chloe leaves the party also. She breaks into the satellite control room and views and uploads satellite images. At the same time, Jimmy is once again seen crawling through the ventilation ducts trying to locate the armed briefcase. He retrieves the information and returns to the party to give Vanessa the PDA, claiming he got to the information before Chloe. Vanessa looks at the data and figures out that Chloe purposefully lured Jimmy to useless files. She decides to take matters into her own hands and threatens to put them both in prison.

    Chloe finds a space image which she emails to herself just as Vanessa enters and arrests her. Jimmy is being escorted out of the building, but he escapes the guard and goes to rescue Chloe. Vanessa punches Chloe across the face as she interrogates her but Chloe doesn't co-operate. Jimmy distracts Vanessa and the guards by uploading his video game onto the satellite screens. He fends them off and knocks Vanessa out.

    Jimmy rescues Chloe and takes her home. When they arrive, he demands the truth and Chloe counters that she knows Jimmy was spying on her. She wants to know why he didn't just ask her. Jimmy says Chloe lies to him every five minutes. Chloe admits she lied and Jimmy wonders if they are going to break up again. Thinking they are about to get arrested anyway, Chloe concedes and challenges him to ask her whatever he wants. He kisses her and asks her if she wants him more than she wants Clark. Chloe doesn't answer, but she kisses him back and embraces him tightly. Jimmy is pleased and assures her that he has fixed it so the government won't be coming after either of them. Chloe is pleased as well and they kiss.

    Lex has made it to Zürich with both keys. He opens the deposit box which appears to be empty, until he finds a false bottom that opens to reveal a cryptograph. As he looks at his find in wonder, the security guard sneaks up behind him and tries to strangle him but Lex fends him off and escapes with the cryptograph.

    He returns to Metropolis to the Daily Planet and instructs someone on the phone to find out who attacked him. Just then Jimmy enters his office. Lex reveals that he cleared Chloe's name from the arrest warrant but Jimmy asks why he's helping them. Lex claims that he regards his employees as his "family" and hopes Jimmy will return the favor. Jimmy looks wary and exits, while Lex contemplates the cryptograph.

    Clark and Chloe are in his loft trying to figure out how Kara got back to Krypton. Chloe suggests Kara went back in time through a time vortex. She shows him an image depicting two blurs near a red star. They realize that Brainiac was trying to kill Clark before he ever departed from Krypton, as a baby. Chloe tells him he has to find a way to get back to Krypton.

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