Smallville (2001–2011)
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Corrupt detective Sam Phelan learns about Clark's abilities, and he offers to keep quiet if Clark steals some internal police files. When Clark refuses, Phelan frames Jonathan for murder to extort Clark into stealing from Luther Corp.


David Carson


Jerry Siegel (character created by: Superman), Joe Shuster (character created by: Superman) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Tom Welling ... Clark Kent
Kristin Kreuk ... Lana Lang
Michael Rosenbaum ... Lex Luthor
Eric Johnson ... Whitney Fordman
Sam Jones III ... Pete Ross
Allison Mack ... Chloe Sullivan
Annette O'Toole ... Martha Kent
John Schneider ... Jonathan Kent
Kelly Brook ... Victoria Hardwick
Cameron Dye ... Sam Phelan
Hiro Kanagawa ... Principal H. James Kwan
Mitchell Kosterman ... Sheriff Ethan Miller
Danny Wattley ... Deputy
Costa Spanos ... Phelan's Snitch
J.B. Bivens ... Museum Security Guard


While visiting an exposition sponsored by the Luthor Corp in Metropolis, Clark Kent saves a homeless man from an out of control bus using his powerful body to stop the vehicle. But a corrupt police detective, named Sam Phelan, witnesses the event, and blackmails the Kent family, promising to disclose the secret unless Clark steals his files from the internal affairs. When Clark refuses, Phelan retaliates by framing Jonathan for a murder charge and forces Clark to steal a priceless armored vest from the Luther Corp exposition. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor is visited by his former lover Victoria Hardwick, the daughter of the greatest competitor of the Luthor Corp. Also, Principal Kwan fires Chloe as the editor of the school paper, The Torch, leading him to appoint both Clark and Lana as Chloe's replacements. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In the pilot episode Clark can't stop a pick up truck when it is driven at him. In this episode he stops a city bus by just standing in front of it. See more »


Just after Jonathan has been arrested, Clark walks into the house and punches a wooden beam. If you look closely, you can see the crack in it where it has already been broken. See more »


Chloe Sullivan: It figures you'd side with her.
Clark Kent: I'm not taking anyone's side.
Chloe Sullivan: Yeah right, Clark, you're completely objective in all things Lana.
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Dirty cop to expose Clark Kent
16 September 2014 | by Brettyboy007See all my reviews

This would be the perfect headline to this episode, summing up the entire episode. Sam Phelan is a corrupt cop who finds out his secret after he witnesses Clark perform one of his abilities. There are many twists in this episode with Sam vs Clark and his family. Just watch the episode to see how it turns out.

Lex is visited by Victoria Hardwick. Kelly Brook is so beautiful. I just get so many feelings watching her. Lol. Had to say that. She has a proposal for Lex that possibly they could both take over LuthorCorp and her father's company. We'll see how that plays out. Hopefully she'll be around longer.

Exciting episode.

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15 January 2002 (USA) See more »

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