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Smallville: Metallo

Reporter John Corben is out hunting the Blur when he's hit by a truck. He recovers consciousness to discover that someone has transformed him into a cyborg with a Kryptonite heart. While he seeks revenge against the Blur, Clark turns to Chloe for help, Lois helps the Blur track down Corben, and Tess tries to find the persons who transformed Corben.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 9x2
Production Number: 3X5252
Airdate: Friday October 02nd, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Jun 01, 2010

Special Guest Stars
Brian Austin GreenBrian Austin Green
As John Corben

Guest Stars
Alessandro JulianiAlessandro Juliani
As Dr. Emil Hamilton

Co-Guest Stars
Stephen LoboStephen Lobo
As Randall Brady
Ryan McDonellRyan McDonell
As Stuart
Robert MoloneyRobert Moloney
As Daily Planet Employee #1
Chaz ChamberlainChaz Chamberlain
As Daily Planet Employee #2
Victor Zinck Jr.Victor Zinck Jr.
As Tess' Assistant
Main Cast
Tom WellingTom Welling
As Clark Kent / Kal-El
Erica DuranceErica Durance
As Lois Lane
Cassidy FreemanCassidy Freeman
As Tess Mercer
Allison MackAllison Mack
As Chloe Sullivan


Lois visits the Kent farm and discovers the counters covered in dust. Clark is apparently gone, but Lois soon realizes that someone has been feeding Shelby the dog. Lois is interrupted when John Corben calls to tell her that the Blur has apprehended two thieves at a jewelry store. He informs her that he's reporting the story and Lois invites him to go ahead, saying that there are plenty of Blur stories. Corben dismisses her admiration of the Blur, insisting that if the enigmatic vigilante screws up, there's no way to hold him accountable...

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Episode Quotes
Lois: Are you still at the office?
John Corben: No, no. Sitting behind a desk just isn't the same without those pretty brown eyes of yours--I don't know--glaring at me.

Clark: I told you--there is no Clark Kent.
Chloe: No disrespect to your Kryptonian calling, but coming back to feed the dog is about as human as it gets.

Lois: I just came to tell you that I'm not leaving the Daily Planet.
Tess: You were never leaving, Lois. I fired you.
Lois: Well, I'm not going to get into the whole "she said, she said" thing with you.

(Clark whooshes in)
Dr. Emil Hamilton: I understand it took Chloe... years to get used to your entrances.

Lois: Well, it looks like the night shift finally clocked in. What happened--try to shave in your sleep?
John Corben: Why do the electronic records in this place only go back a year.
Lois: Hello. Lois. Banter, banter, banter. What happened, did your snappy patter set with the sun?
John Corben: Where are the records?!?
Lois: A little less snap and a little more patter, please.

(to Clark)
John Corben: Control myself? That's easy for you to say. It doesn't take... much to stay in control when you watch from the shadows. You stand apart from the world... while the rest of us live in it. Even when it breaks your heart.

Lois: Clark Kent. You're back. I was beginning to think your family lived on some distant planet.
Clark: Must have really missed me.
Lois: Uh, only because the guy who sat in your desk was a certifiable psychopath. Otherwise, I've been so busy, I didn't even notice you were gone.
Clark: Missed you, too, Lois.

Cultural References
Lois: Hunting down a real-life Terminator.

Talking about the 1984 movie The Terminator, and its sequels, that made Arnold Schwarzenegger a star with his portrayal of a cyborg sent back from the future to (at least initially) kill the man who would lead the rebellion against a machine army of conquest in the future.

Lois: Since when did you becoming a living Lite-Brite?

Lite-Brite is a popular children's game/art tool where the user stick colored pegs into an outline on a black piece of paper fastened to a light panel. The light shines through the colored pegs but the not the black paper, making a pretty picture.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperAlfred Gough  |  Miles Millar
Executive ProducerJoe Davola  |  Mike Tollin  |  Brian Robbins  |  Kelly Souders  |  James Marshall (3)  |  Brian Peterson (1)
Co-Executive ProducerTom Welling  |  Tim Scanlan  |  Jae Marchant
Supervising ProducerTuri Meyer  |  Al Septien  |  Jordan Hawley
ProducerAnne Cofell  |  Rob Maier (1)
Co-ProducerDon Whitehead  |  Scott Graham (3)  |  Holly Henderson  |  Tom Flores
Associate ProducerCristina Verano  |  Christopher Petry
Production DesignerJames Philpott
EditorAndi Armaganian
CastingDeedee Bradley  |  Coreen Mayrs  |  Heike Brandstatter
First Assistant DirectorSandra Mayo
Second Assistant DirectorSteve Eathorne
MusicLouis Febre
Music EditorChris McGeary
Costume DesignerMelanie Williams
Camera OperatorChris McMullin (2)
Set DecoratorAndrea French
Property MasterMark Black
Construction CoordinatorTom Hunt (2)
Assistant EditorDonna Umali
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
OtherJerry Siegel (Superman Created By)  |  Joe Shuster (Superman Created By)
Director of PhotographyBarry Donlevy
Story EditorBryan Q. Miller
Stunt CoordinatorJacob Rupp
Production ManagerScott Graham (3)
Sound MixerRob Hanchar
Key Makeup ArtistTina Teoli
Main Title ThemeRemy Zero
Key HairstylistSarah Koppes
Special Effects SupervisorMike Walls
Second Unit First Assistant DirectorIan Samoil
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