Smallville: Season 8, Episode 15

Infamous (12 Mar. 2009)

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Linda Lake comes back to Smallville and blackmails Clark to expose his true identity. However, Clark decides he will reveal his secret by himself. A fanatic teenager fakes a fall so Clark can save her.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Olsen (credit only)
Tess Mercer (credit only)
Oliver Queen (credit only)
Joe Maffei ...
Daily Planet Employee (as Michael Adams)
Val Cole ...


Malicious reporter Linda Lake, who can transform herself into water, tries to get Clark in her power by threatening to expose his Superman identity. Clark decides instead to reveal himself as the blue-and-red-caped hero, against Chloe's advice. Initially Metropolis hails the superhero, but soon excessive expectations and governmental suspicion of any alien cause uncontrollable problems. Linda manages to feed the public malicious lies about the Kryptonian as cause of all meteor freaks misery. It gets so bad Clark decides to undo his outing, even if that requires using the Legion's ring to travel back in time. That also means he isn't informed of Davis Bloome's Kryptonian identity after he stops taking paranoia pills and attacks Chloe. Written by KGF Vissers

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This is the fourth time Lois has learned Clark's secret. The first three times were in Spell, Blank and Crimson. See more »


In the beginning of the episode when Linda Lake appears, she comes down a drain pipe as water and solidifies behind Clark. Moments later she shows a paper she wrote at home. However she would have had no way of bringing it with her. See more »


Chloe Sullivan: You know, Clark, maybe you *can* have your cape and wear it, too. Say that Clark Kent, the unassuming journalist, buttoned up in a starched shirt and tie, but then, when he's playing the hero, he...
Clark Kent: Steps out of the shadow in his red and blue, creating two completely separate identities?
Chloe Sullivan: Yeah.
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References Superman (1978) See more »


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Superb follow-up to the disappointing Lana arc; really makes up for it for me!
26 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

SMALLVILLE has become a favorite show of mine and I'm one of those fans that was very distraught of the final decisions made in regards the infamous (pun intended!) "Lana arc" that interrupted mid-season 8 of the show. I actually think the first 3 eps of the arc (BRIDE, LEGION, BULLETPROOF) deftly handled the impending ending of the Clana relationship of the show and was going to send Lana Lang off on a high note. Lana's return in BRIDE included what I think is the most mature, soul-searching scene that Clark and Lana have had on the show for it's entire run! It was so authentic and a symbol of their ultimate incompatibility. Then LEGION and BULLETPROOF continued the trend. Sadly, the final 2 eps of the arc POWER and REQUIEM are essentially a poorly done retcon to (A) turn Lana Lang unnecessarily into an undeserved martyr figure and (B) satisfy the hardcore Clana fanbase of the show.

Thankfully, the follow-up episode to the Lana arc, INFAMOUS, redeemed the character of Clark Kent and set him back on track to become the hero he was meant to be and on pace to end up with his true SOULMATE Lois Lane, a character much more worthy of the title! One reason I don't fault Clark's character so much for the arc is that early Season 8 really showed that he hadn't matured enough quite yet to superhero status and had issues he had to deal with or overcome, Lana being one of them. Clark, up until INFAMOUS, always saw Lois as a good friend and on a different path than him. The irony is that he saw Lana as being on the same path as him for years, but she repeatedly treated him like crap and used her wiles to reel him back in, not truly seeing the real Clark Kent; her agenda was never really the same as his and she could never deal with his secret. With Lana gone for good, he HAD to grow up and carry on with his life.

In the plot of INFAMOUS, Clark is compelled by meteor freak Linda Lake (who was also in the Season 6 ep HYDRO) to reveal his secret before she does and he asks Lois to tell his story. Lois is totally amazed that she didn't see what Clark could do before; she was completely oblivious; the scene of Clark telling Lois is classic Clois on SMALLVILLE, sprinkled with just the right doses of light humor; this is the first of 3 key Clois scenes. Initially seen as a hero, Linda manages to turn her disadvantage into an advantage and turns the world against Clark as a vigilante instead of a hero. A fugitive Clark then decides to use the time-travelling Legion ring (that he got in LEGION) to go back 2 days to before Linda could expose him and handle things differently.

In the second key scene, before Clark goes back in time, Lois professes her deep feelings for him that Clark was totally oblivious to before. Not only did Clark realize from Lois' confession that she cared deeply for him, but it had absolutely NOTHING to do with his abilities! CLARK was Lois hero, not KAL-EL! Clark tells Lois that he won't reveal his secret in the time re-set because she is special to him and vows to protect her from ever knowing it; I think the reasons are twofold (1) Lois was the first on the government hitlist of people knowing his secret and (2) he finally found a woman who could love him for HIM. In the 3rd and last key scene, we see Lois in an outdoor cafe waiting for Clark while he stands across the street painfully deciding that it is too soon to pursue a relationship. This is the scene that jumpstarts the epic, iconic Clois romance!...Clark Kent is on his way to becoming Superman!

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