Smallville (2001–2011)
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One of the Phantom Zone escapees is up to no good in the local forest. Clark is jealous of Chloe's new boyfriend from the paper. Meanwhile, Lana and Lex finally sleep together and Lois falls in love with Oliver Queen, Martha's benefactor.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Welling ... Clark Kent
Kristin Kreuk ... Lana Lang
Michael Rosenbaum ... Lex Luthor
Erica Durance ... Lois Lane
Allison Mack ... Chloe Sullivan
John Glover ... Lionel Luthor (credit only)
Annette O'Toole ... Martha Kent
Aaron Ashmore ... Jimmy Olsen
Amber McDonald Amber McDonald ... Gloria
Justin Hartley ... Oliver Queen
Darren E. Scott ... Doctor
Chelsea Florko Chelsea Florko ... Jenny
Jake LeDoux Jake LeDoux ... Paul Bennett
Carrie Anne Fleming ... Becky
Danielle Kremeniuk ... EMT #1


Clark realizes that in his escape from the Phantom Zone, a handful of other phantom criminals have also escaped and one of them is causing murder and mayhem at a local forest after Chloe and Jimmy stumble upon a ghoulish murder scene. Meanwhile, Lana and Lex finally decide to announce their romance by having a 'Dark Thursday' charity ball at the Luthor mansion. Also, Lois begins to fall in love with Oliver Queen who agrees to become Martha's benefactor. Written by Anonymous

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12 October 2006 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Oliver Queen is shown dressed up as the Green Arrow at the costume party. Towards the end, Lois gives him a remark 'Nice try Hood'. This is a reference to the famous fictional archer Robin Hood. Green Arrow's costume in DC Comics is inspired by Robin Hood's attire. See more »


When Lois brings Oliver the gift basket, he says "peanuts" and offers her a container but in the shot the container he offers her is labeled "Almonds" See more »


Oliver Queen: Now remember - this is a a party.
Lois Lane: I know, I know - stay away from religion, politics, and bad dye jobs.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


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8 April 2011 | by ColcatronSee all my reviews

"Wither" introduces the first escaped Phantom from the Phantom Zone, and it could not have been a less effective introduction. The season premiere set up the Phantoms as being the ultimate threat Clark had ever faced. What do we get when one is finally tracked down? An extremely un-intimidating park ranger. Not the best way to establish the incredible threat of the season. Not to mention her power being about as cheesy as it can get.

Having said that, if you put aside the disappointment of the first phantom being a boring park ranger, this was a decent "freak of the week" story that would have been enjoyable enough in season 1. Although many people were bothered by Jimmy this season, I thought he brought an amusing awkwardness to the character, which is especially well played in the opening scene with Chloe in the parked car.

On a side note, Lex uttered a line to Clark in this episode along the lines of "Your days of showing up at my home unannounced are over". Great line, except I think they've used it about 3 times already in the past 3 seasons.

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