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Scare

First aired December 1, 2004

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The CW's Official Description:

Lex's (Michael Rosenbaum) secret experiment at LuthorCorp goes awry and causes a dangerous toxin to be released into Smallville. Those infected by the toxin, including Clark (Tom Welling), Lana (Kristin Kreuk), Lex, and Jason (Jensen Ackles) imagine their greatest fears come true and then fall into a coma. Desperate to find a cure, Clark gives some of his blood to Lex and is stunned at what Lex does with the antidote.

Allison Mack, John Glover, Annette O'Toole and John Schneider also star. David Carson directed the episode written by Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson.

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Notes:

The Lex hallucination uses a combination of reused footage from the first season episode "Hourglass" (spiffied up with some new CGI) and nuclear explosion footage from the movie Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (a Warner property).

Malcolm Stewart previously played a different character, Mr. Wilson (Jodi's Dad), in the first season episode "Craving".

Wendy Chmelauskas and Ben Odberg reprise their roles as Lana's mom and dad for her hallucination.

When Lionel is freed from prison, he walks out the gate. But at the same time, there is a bus of new prisoners coming in. The is no way the prison guards would leave a gate wide open when people are going in. They usually lock the gate then open the truck, or use two gates and a small driveway in between.

A thousand degrees Kelvin is HOT -- far hotter than anything organic could withstand, hot enough even to melt quite a few metals. Any enzymes, hormones, etc. would burn to charcoal at significantly lower temperatures. And unless there's massive air pressure in that incubator (which is doubtful), there's no way that anything that's liquid at room tempurature wouldn't boil off into vapor well before reaching 1000K.

Clark heats the antidote to 1000K very rapidly using his heat vision. If fast heating was a viable solution, why were they heating it slowly in the first place? Even the most primitive brick oven wouldn't take 5 hours to reach 1000K, much less the high-tech incubation unit they're using.

Although the antidote is referred to as a "vaccine," and vaccines do contain a portion of the dangerous substance involved, vaccines serve as prevention, not cure. An antidote would provide a cure, but wouldn't contain the element that caused the problem in the first place. Further, the hallucinatory-invoking substance is described as a bacteria. You use antibiotics to cure bacterial disease, and vaccines to prevent viral infections.

Although an unknown illness is running rampant around the hospital, doctors and nurses are seen not taking universal precautions such as a surgical mask, although you see the odd doctor with gloves. Think SARS...

In every other instance, the person hallucinating is the focus of his or her own hallucination. In other words, they see themselves, they're "present" in the hallucination, they act and interact with things in the hallucination. But for the first couple minutes of Jason's hallucination...Jason himself isn't "present" anywhere to be seen.

When Lana is leaning over the comatose Jason she's crying freely and her eye makeup is kinda smeary. Then she talks to Clark and Chloe and it's perfectly made up.

Malcolm Stewart mispronounces "Luthor," saying it luth-ER rather then luth-OR.

In Clark's panic, Lana's line, "Clark, you're not even human," echoes Lex's line from "Shattered" when he discovers Clark secret.

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Season Four: Crusade - Gone - Façade - Devoted - Run - Transference - Jinx - Spell - Bound - Unsafe - Pariah - Recruit - Krypto - Sacred - Lucy - Onyx - Spirit - Blank - Ageless - Forever - Commencement

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