Smallville (2001–2011)
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Clark rescues mind-reading Ryan James from a research hospital that treats him like a lab rat. Ryan's guardian doctor sues to get Ryan back, and Clark learns that Ryan has a brain tumor that needs treatment.


Terrence O'Hara


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Welling ... Clark Kent
Kristin Kreuk ... Lana Lang
Michael Rosenbaum ... Lex Luthor
Sam Jones III ... Pete Ross
Allison Mack ... Chloe Sullivan
John Glover ... Lionel Luthor (credit only)
Annette O'Toole ... Martha Kent
John Schneider ... Jonathan Kent
Ryan Kelley ... Ryan James
Martin Cummins ... Dr. Lawrence Garner
Sarah-Jane Redmond ... Nell Potter
William B. Davis ... Mayor William 'Billy' Tate
Mitchell Kosterman ... Sheriff Ethan Miller
Mark Gibbon ... Deputy
Catherine Lough Haggquist ... Mary


Clark Kent receives a desperate call from the mind-reading teenage Ryan James (from the episode "Stray") who tells Clark that he is imprisoned in a research hospital as the subject of an experiment. Clark rescues him, but is accused of abduction of a child by Ryan's corrupt tutor, Dr. Garner. Clark learns that Ryan has a brain tumor and Clark uses his best efforts trying to save Ryan. Meanwhile, Lana is informed by Aunt Nell that she wants to move to Metropolis with Dean, but Lana wants to stay behind in Smallville. Also, the corrupt Smallville Mayor Tate asks for bribes from Lex to approve the expansion of the Luthor Corp plant. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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12 November 2002 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The band that plays during Ryan's surprise party scene is the alternative rock band Vonray See more »


Near the beginning when Chloe is telling Clark about Summerholt she refers to Ryan as "Brian". See more »


Lex Luthor: In life, the road to darkness is a journey, not a light switch.
Ryan James: You should remember that, Lex.
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Featured in Smallville: Blank (2005) See more »


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Written by Vaughan Rhea
Performed by Vonray
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A Beautiful Tale of Friendship and Loyalty
23 April 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Clark Kent receives a desperate call from Ryan James (Ryan Kelley, from the episode "Stray") telling him that he is the subject of an experiment in a hospital. Clark rescues him, but is accused of abduction of a child by Ryan's tutor, Dr. Garner (Martin Cummins), being saved by Lex Luthor's attorneys. Ryan has a brain tumor and Clark uses his best efforts trying to save Ryan. Meanwhile, Lana Lang is informed by Nell that they will move to Metropolis with Dean. The corrupt Major Tate (William B. Davis) of Smallville asks for bribe to approve the expansion of Luthor's plant.

I liked a lot this episode, which is a beautiful tale of friendship and loyalty. The touching conclusion is very honest and never corny. It is sad to see how the behavior of politics is very similar, no matter in a First or Third World country, being most of them very dirty and corrupt. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "O Retorno de Ryan" ("The Return of Ryan")

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