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Clark is far from impressed that Lois barely dares rebuke her kid sister's mean pranks on both of them, while squirming for each, even offensive, whim of Pa, full general Sam Lane, as their... See full summary »

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Christopher Petry

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Jerry Siegel (character created by: Superman), Joe Shuster (character created by: Superman) | 4 more credits »
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Tom Welling ... Clark Kent
Erica Durance ... Lois Lane
Cassidy Freeman ... Tess Mercer
Justin Hartley ... Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
Michael Ironside ... General Sam Lane
Peyton List ... Lucy Lane
Ted Whittall ... Rick Flag
Elias Toufexis ... Emil LaSalle
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Clark is far from impressed that Lois barely dares rebuke her kid sister's mean pranks on both of them, while squirming for each, even offensive, whim of Pa, full general Sam Lane, as their Thanksgiving guest. Clark firmly but politely hosts the Lanes, while reasoning against the general's support for a bill to make 'registration' compulsory for superheroes, an obvious trap given the congressional supporters' antecedents. While Oliver investigates them, Clark saves everybody from proponent Rick Flag's Machiavellian rocket attempt on the general's life. Only when Lois finally sides with Clark against Pa, he reveal his ulterior motive for exaggerated rudeness. Written by KGF Vissers

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USA

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English

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5 November 2010 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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This episode takes place in November 2010. See more »

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Clark Kent: It's over, Flag. We know you blew up that building.
Green Arrow: Fancy move attacking your own country.
Rick Flag: I did it *for* my country. If you kill Lane, you kill a movement. That registration act is nothing but a weapon to profile, hunt, and destroy us.
Green Arrow: We don't need a history lesson.
Rick Flag: Well, apparently you do, Shamrock. You've become the politicians' poster boy for full disclosure. They're gonna be on your doorstep soon, holding you up as a volunteer. Get up all the other heroes to stand up and be counted and be...
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References Bonnie and Clyde (1967) See more »

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Dry and predictable story, stereotyped guest characters, over the top behaviors, lazy identity handling, rushed action, some sweet moments
6 November 2010 | by igoatabaseSee all my reviews

Don Whitehead & Holly Henderson, the dream team ? Since Metallo and Charade they have been my favorite writers and with Lazarus they confirmed the respect they deserve. However it could all change with Ambush. Of course processing an episode is also a lot about the head but I wish their chemistry had given birth to a more fluid and deep story. Indeed Michael Ironside's performance as Lois father was disappointing because the General was stereotyped and his behavior predictable. I think some scenes were supposed to be funny but they weren't and others were just over the top or not authentic. I was also disconcerted by the lazy excuses they relied on to hide his identity. They're reporters and Clark should know better after all what he has been through. In fact I couldn't help comparing it to the smart and philosophical Hostage. When Oliver mentioned Chloe it made things even worse because as much as I dig Tess she seemed just misplaced at the Watch Tower. Doesn't she have her own company to manage ? Allison Mack we miss you ! Even what should have been a major twist wasn't that thrilling. The inevitable action part was also rushed and seemed like a quick and dirty shortcut to wrap up the episodic story. Last but not least it should make you question the upcoming episodes. With Lazarus and Supergirl I was expecting the season to turn into an apocalyptic chaos with a dark version of Clark or something more original to dazzle us but now I don't think it will happen. What I've seen so far feels more like déjà vu, specially considering episodes like Checkmate. Still the few Lois & Clark moments can only appeal to long time fans but overall it was a very mediocre episode that just can't appeal a demanding viewer.


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