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 ...
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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Extremely predictable, too many plot gimmicks, not believable at all
12 April 2009 | by (Wichita, KS) – See all my reviews

I won't repeat too much of what the other two reviewers have said, other than to agree that from the moment that you saw Clark's face on the front page, it was obvious that it was going to be a dream/time travel episode, which made watching the rest of it pretty tedious.

As usual, the build up to Doomsday is nice, but the idea of Lake happening to come across his secret somehow and not even mention it during the first run of the episode (before the time traveling) is very suspect. Nothing about the episode seemed real, except for the angsty scenes between Lois & Clark. Considering that the greatest thing about Smallville is that it takes the Superman story and makes it realistic, this is a major downside.

Oh, and I can't agree more that it is so very dubious that, just one episode after Clark loses the then-love of his life Lana due to kryptonite irradiation - an incident that could have been easily avoided - he suddenly remembers that he has this ring that will take him anywhere in time he wants to go to correct an even larger mistake. Even if he had forgotten about the ring until just then, why wouldn't he have gone back to "save" Lois from the krypto-bomb? I love Smallville, but this episode was garbage.

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