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.


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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 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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Release Date:

15 January 2002 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Evangiline Lilly as a museum observer in the teaser part of the episode. See more »


When Phelan first begins talking to Lex in the Beanery he is standing facing Lex, hands empty. When the shot cuts to Lex and back, Phelan is suddenly holding a coffee mug and is partway through swallowing. See more »


Lex Luthor: [pointing to a "S"-type symbol] You know it belonged to Alexander the Great? They said the design symbolizes strength and courage.
Clark Kent: I can't exactly see myself going into battle with that on my chest.
Lex Luthor: Darker times call for darker methods. His opponents thought he was invincible.
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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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