Smallville (2001–2011)
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Martha Kent injures mind-reading Ryan in an auto accident, and he fakes amnesia to get away from his criminal step-parents. His step-parents hatch an elaborate plan to steal him back and use his abilities to rob Lex Luthor.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Welling ... Clark Kent
Kristin Kreuk ... Lana Lang
Michael Rosenbaum ... Lex Luthor
Eric Johnson ... Whitney Fordman (credit only)
Sam Jones III ... Pete Ross (credit only)
Allison Mack ... Chloe Sullivan
Annette O'Toole ... Martha Kent
John Schneider ... Jonathan Kent
John Glover ... Lionel Luthor
Ryan Kelley ... Ryan James
Jim Shield ... James Gibson
Brandy Ledford ... Mrs. Gibson
Rekha Sharma ... Dr. Harden
Bill Finck Bill Finck ... Pawnshop Owner
Joe Maffei Joe Maffei ... Bowling Lanes Janitor


After escaping from his mean stepparents James Gibson and Sky, the boy Ryan James is hit by Martha Kent's car on the road. She brings Ryan to a hospital, and the boy claims to have amnesia. The Kent family offers to lodge Ryan in their farm while waiting for the social services. The boy becomes friends with Clark Kent and his friends, and has the power of reading minds, and his adopted parents use him to commit robberies. Clark helps the boy against his stepfather while Ryan knows Clark is different when Ryan sees that he's the only one whose mind he cannot read. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

16 April 2002 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ryan Kelley, who plays Ryan James, was 15 years old during the filming of this episode, which would make him the exact age that Clark, Lana, Chloe, and Pete are supposed to be. See more »


Immediately following the commercial break away when Ryan is hiding from his step father behind the bowling pins, you can see two crew members on the right side of screen exiting down some stairs. See more »


Clark Kent: Someone I can trust and will always be there.
Lana Lang: That's just how I see you, Clark.
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References The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974) See more »


Written by John Ondrasik
Performed by Five for Fighting
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The best of the "bright" episodes
17 April 2017 | by paraduxSee all my reviews

This review penned in 2017 by a reviewer who is rewatching the entire series, top to bottom, tip to tail.

What both Buffy and Smallville have in common (aside from both being breakout hits in approximately the same time period) is that both series started positive and upbeat, with cherry characters and sunny, brightly colored, locales -- yet, as each evolved, each series grew darker and darker, as the producers felt the need to constantly push the envelope in order to maintain viewer interest.

I get it. That is how the world works. Why should a successful series risk cancellation when, by "juicing" the audience, they can continue for another season? (Actually there are exceptions, but not many. At the dawn of TV, the Dick Van Dyke show voluntarily walked away, as did Seinfeld, as did BANSHEE.) Anyway, back to the review, Smallville ran 10 seasons, the producers made out like bandits and by the later seasons the show was so DARK that it was unrecognizable from earlier episodes.

Like this one.

One of the best of the early "bright" episodes -- gets the message across in a positive way. The weather is sunny as are the dispositions of the characters.

Miss it already.

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