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Smallville: Roulette

A down-and-out Oliver takes a woman's dare at a casino and finds himself involved in an escalating series of deadly games and challenges. Someone representing one of the people he's destroyed is the person responsible but Oliver doesn't know who. Meanwhile, Lois tries to bond with Clark until she discovers he knew about Oliver's suicide attempt.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 9x5
Production Number: 3X5256
Airdate: Friday October 23rd, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Jun 22, 2010

Guest Stars
Steph SongSteph Song
As Victoria Sinclair / Roulette

Co-Guest Stars
Rikki GagneRikki Gagne
As Female Victim
Michael SanghaMichael Sangha
As Carjacker
Jay LewynJay Lewyn
As Cop
Greg WebbGreg Webb
As FBI Agent
Main Cast
Tom WellingTom Welling
As Clark Kent / Kal-El
Erica DuranceErica Durance
As Lois Lane
Justin HartleyJustin Hartley
As Oliver Queen
Allison MackAllison Mack
As Chloe Sullivan


Oliver is drinking heavily and gambling away his money at the Roulette Casino. A woman in a red dress with a dragon tattoo comes over and introduces herself as Virginia. She offers Oliver a game that can satisfy him and when he agrees, has her choose from three overturned cups. The one he chooses has a red pill and she taunts him take it. When he hesitates, Victoria notes that he has nothing to lose. Oliver agrees and takes the pill, and then Victoria takes him out into the street. When Oliver wakes up later, he discovers himself wearing a white suit and locked in a coffin. The inside of the lid has the words “game over” written in red...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Brand NewDaisyopening casino sequence

Episode Quotes
Lois: About time you got home. Shelby's great and all, but the conversation... a little one-sided.
Clark: Shouldn't you be riding a mechanical bull somewhere? It is Friday night.

Clark: I hope I have enough detergent. How do you even have anything left to wear?
Lois: You know, most guys wouldn't complain if I suddenly found myself shirtless.

Lois: Are you like this at the movie theater, too, Clark? I mean, these concession runs are sweet, but you're up and down more often than the Cubs' batting lineup.

Lois: How does a guy with nine phone numbers not return a phone call?
Clark: Probably just celebrating with someone else.
Lois: Wow. Tall, dark, and single. Go figure.

Lois: Pants on, Birthday Boy. Party train's arrived.
Clark: Lois, I think people would prefer "knock" over "pants on."

Clark: Oliver was watching this on his laptop. It's a long story about Lois and laundry and lacy things.

Chloe: You were living like you had a death wish, Oliver. You had to face your demons if you were ever going to make it out alive. And I had to push you over the ledge in order to pull you back.
Oliver: Did you have to push with a 3-ton truck?
Chloe: I didn't think a tricycle would be a strong enough point.

Oliver: You saved my life, Chloe. Both the myth... and the man.

Lois: So... what was that about?
Oliver: Uh-oh. I've seen that look before, usually right before you sock me in the jaw.

Clark: I heard you were back.
Oliver: You do know, of course, you look absolute ridiculous in that, right? And I got a great tailor, hook you up with a little color, maybe.

Oliver: You've done a hell of a job keeping the world safe on your own, Clark. I'm here to help you now.
Clark: Good. Something tells me... soon the world will need all the help we can get.

Cultural References
Clark: If there's an Anti-Life Equation, I think I've found it.

The Anti-Life Equation is a fictional plot device sought by the supervillain "God" Darkseid as a part of Jack Kirby's "Fourth World" offshoot of the DC universe. The reference is just a nodding throwaway comment, probably irrelevant to both Smallville and unconnected to the notions of the comic.

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 ProducerAl Septien  |  Turi Meyer  |  Jordan Hawley
ProducerRob Maier (1)  |  Anne Cofell
Co-ProducerScott Graham (3)  |  Holly Henderson  |  Don Whitehead  |  Tom Flores
Associate ProducerCristina Verano  |  Christopher Petry
Production DesignerJames Philpott
EditorVikash Patel
CastingDeedee Bradley  |  Coreen Mayrs  |  Heike Brandstatter
First Assistant DirectorMairzee Almas
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)
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerDan Hiland  |  Gary D. Rogers
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
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