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Smallville: Absolute Justice

A middle-aged man wielding an energy rod comes to see Chloe, and asks for her help forming a team of heroes. However, an ice-wielding metahuman attacks and kills him. Chloe and Clark soon discover that the man was one of several heroes from decades past, and the killer is targeting the group. Searching for more information, they meet museum curator Carter Hall, homeless wanderer Kent Nelson, and teenager Courtney Whitmore... all members of the same group, the Justice Society of America. Meanwhile, Lois is given several leads on a story involving the JSA by a mysterious woman working for a government organization known as Checkmate.

Episode Info
Episode number: 9x11
Production Number: 3X5262 / 3X5263
Airdate: Friday February 05th, 2010
Special Runtime: 120 Minutes

Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Aug 03, 2010

Special Guest Stars
Pam GrierPam Grier
As Amanda Waller

Guest Stars
Phil MorrisPhil Morris
As John Jones
Alessandro JulianiAlessandro Juliani
As Dr. Emil Hamilton
Michael ShanksMichael Shanks
As Carter Hall / Hawkman
Brent StaitBrent Stait
As Kent Nelson / Dr. Fate
Brittney IrvinBrittney Irvin
As Courtney Whitmore / Stargirl
Jim ShieldJim Shield
As Sylvester Pemberton

Co-Guest Stars
Dean RedmanDean Redman
As Policeman
Jason CecchiniJason Cecchini
As Arresting Officer
Roger HaskettRoger Haskett
As Ted Grant / Wildcat
Ken Lawson (2)Ken Lawson (2)
As Wes Dodd / Sandman
Brandy HeidrickBrandy Heidrick
As Young Woman (as Brandy Kopp)
Erica CarrollErica Carroll
As Inza Nelson
Gardiner MillarGardiner Millar
As FBI Agent
Billy MitchellBilly Mitchell
As Jay Garrick / Flash
Glenn HoffmanGlenn Hoffman
As Al Pratt / The Atom
Deborah ColeDeborah Cole
As Abigail "Ma" Hunkel / Red Tornado
Doug PintonDoug Pinton
As Alan Scott / Green Lantern
Rick DietrichRick Dietrich
As Joar Mahkent
Barry CobbledickBarry Cobbledick
As Daily Planet Employee
Main Cast
Tom WellingTom Welling
As Clark Kent / Kal-El
Erica DuranceErica Durance
As Lois Lane
Cassidy FreemanCassidy Freeman
As Tess Mercer
Justin HartleyJustin Hartley
As Oliver Queen
Allison MackAllison Mack
As Chloe Sullivan


After buying coffee, Chloe walks down the streets of Metropolis while trying to get hold of Clark. She wants to assemble the various heroes but isn't having much luck. The power in the area flickers and Chloe sees a bright light glowing ahead. Investigating, she finds a middle-aged man wielding a staff emitting a glowing light and trying to draw her attention.. He knows her and introduces himself as Sylvester Pemberton. Pemberton tells her that they both are trying to get a team together, and that he knows about Watchtower. As they talk, the temperature suddenly drops precipitously. Pemberton throws Chloe into a garbage dumpster for protection. As she tries to get her bearings, Chloe hears the sounds of combat outside. Ice spears shoot through the sides of the dumpster as the temperature drops further. Peering outside, Chloe can see Pemberton fighting someone using his staff...

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Episode Notes
This episode was originally conceived as two separate episodes, but the CW budgeted extra money, promoted, and aired it as a single two-hour movie event. The two episodes would have been titled "Society" and "Legends". Due to this change, this is the first, and so far only episode to have two words in its name instead of one.

The characters in the JSA portrait, left to right, are: The Star-Spangled Kid, Wildcat, the Golden Age Atom, Sandman, the Spectre, the Golden Age Flash, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Dr. Fate, the Golden Age Green Lantern, Hourman, Dr. Mid-Nite (with Hootie the owl), the Golden Age Black Canary, and the Golden Age Mr. Terrific.

Part 1 credits: Andi Armaganian (editor), Gordon Verheul (Director of Photography), Morgan Beggs (1st Assistant Director), Sean Osmack (2nd Assistant Director), Donna Umali (Assistant Editor)
Part 2 credits: Vikash Patel (editor), Barry Donlevy (Director of Photography), Ian Samoil (1st Assistant Director), Steve Eathorne (2nd Assistant Director), Felicia LIvingston (Assistant Editor)

Paul Kupperburg and Steve Erwin are noted in the end credits as the creators of Checkmate.

Episode Quotes
Sylvester Pemberton: You're the one they call Watchtower.
Chloe: Watchtower?
Sylvester Pemberton: Technology today makes hiding a whole lot harder, Miss Sullivan. When someone like you reaches out and plugs into so many outlets, someone else is bound to pull out one of those cords and follow it back to the source.

Oliver: Is that my e-mail? Chloe, I'll have you know that those messages between me and Canary are purely platonic?

Kent: Red, white, and blue. Two betrayed. Stars and Stripesy, stars and stripe. Sandman doesn't dream anymore. Is Mister Terrific still terrific? I don't think so.
Clark: Who's that?
Kent: Who is that? Who is that? Kent Nelson. Dr. Kent Nelson. But the doctor is out. He's gone bowling.
Carter: My friend is very sick.

Kent: Ticktock. The Hourman's run out. The Atom is split. No, he doesn't. He doesn't, Nabu, so stop whispering.

Carter: Look at Kent Nelson, Courtney. He spends most of his days wandering the streets, searching for the secrets to the universe at the bottom of trash cans.
Courtney: So, Dr. Fate is incapacitated. The Sandman and the Star-Spangled Kid are both dead. You were their leader. What's your excuse? Please don't make me ask another team for help.
Carter: Oh, the kids out there playing hero are hardly a team. They don't know how to lace up their own boots.
Courtney: Well, maybe if you had laced up your boots when Sylvester had asked you to, he might still be alive.
Carter: Don't waste your breath. I have enough guilt to last 20 lifetimes.

Kent: Please, Nabu, don't whisper too loudly. Don't show me what could be or not be. Fate is a fickle thing.

Carter: It's been a long while since I've made someone bleed. Time to go hunting.

Green Arrow: Red, white, and blue. Loud and proud to be an American. Nice.
Stargirl: Well, at least I'm proud of something other than myself.
Green Arrow: What's that supposed to mean?
Stargirl: I know what kind of hero you are, Green Arrow.
Green Arrow: Is the masked cheerleader really talking down to me?

Clark: But none of us here are the bad guys.
Green Arrow: You sure about that, Clark? The winged warrior here threw me through a window.
Hawkman: I hope I didn't make you cry.
Green Arrow: Drop the mace, Conan.
Hawkman: I will... on your head.
Green Arrow: Bring it, big bird. Just for the record, you started it.
Hawkman: I'll finish it.

John Jones: I hope it's not too late to say, "We come in peace."

John Jones: Even when I had the power to leave Earth, I chose not to, for one reason--hope. Hope for the future. Humanity's capacity for violence is great, but their capacity for hope is greater than any I've ever encountered.

Carter: I wasn't the leader they thought I was. I made too many mistakes.
Clark: I've made mistakes, but I haven't quit.
Carter: Haven't quit? You haven't started. Not as a team, anyway.
Clark: You're making this too personal.
Carter: That is our strength, not our weakness.

Green Arrow: I hate waiting.
Hawkman: But you love talking. Shut up.

Oliver: What are you--my chaperone?
Hawkman: Think of me as your parole officer but with a mace.
Oliver: Well, I don't know what that means, but this whole thing is bad news. You want to know why? 'Cause no one's been able to answer "why"?
Hawkman: Why what, green punching bag?

Dr. Fate: But when I see the future of someone such as yourself, I believe in tomorrow again.
Clark: When you saw my fate, what did you see?
Dr. Fate: You will lead this generation as Hawkman once lead ours.
Clark: You sound like a group I met from the future. They hinted at my destiny, but they were as vague as you are.
Dr. Fate: Then let me be specific. Although Lex Luthor is your ultimate opponent, you will triumph over him.
Clark: Lex? Lex is dead.
Dr. Fate: And when you show yourself to the world, it will be a different age than ours, Clark--a Silver Age of heroism. That will start when they look up into the sky at you with hope for tomorrow. You will help everyone embrace it.

Clark: Lois? What's she doing here? She shouldn't be in the middle of this.
Dr. Fate: She is the key.

Dr. Fate: Greetings.
Lois: What the...? What is this, reverse Halloween? Nice helmet.
Dr. Fate: Thank you.

Dr. Fate: I see your fate, Lois Lane. You are the one he will need. He is the one you will need.
Lois: What?
Dr. Fate: The savior... the one who will lead us all... the sentient power.

Green Arrow: I'm thinking we should regroup with the others before we go after Icicle Junior.
Hawkman: You go back to Sherwood, Robin Hood. I'll turn the Icicle into slush myself.

Green Arrow: You know, you really got to work on your landings.
Hawkman: It would have been a lot smoother if you hadn't thrown up.
Green Arrow: Send me your dry-cleaning bill.
Hawkman: Send me your dinner bill.

Icicle: I killed you.
John Jones: I'm Mars' sole survivor. There's a reason for that.

Clark: They're the best friends that I have, Carter, but I don't know if we'll ever be what the JSA was.
Carter: You have to trust them.
Clark: I do.
Carter: You have to remember they're people, too. They'll make mistakes. We all do. We all have to keep trying. Isn't that what you said?

Carter: You know, I only learned to fly after my kingdom was attacked and taken from me. It was only then I realized it wasn't the throne that was important. It was my people... my wife.

Clark: What about you? You going to keep your wings locked up?
Carter: No. No. No, I am putting people under them. Chloe helped Courtney and I locate the remaining members of the JSA, their children, and their proteges. I think the coming generation could stand to learn a thing or two from those of us that have done it before.

Courtney: So what do you call your team anyway?
Clark: A work in progress.

Oliver: Anyone home?
Chloe: What's up?
Oliver: Nothing, actually. I, uh, I thought I'd stop by and see if anyone's hungry.
John Jones: I could use some dinner. Chloe?
Chloe: Uh, sure. You're buying, Mr. Queen.
John Jones: Don't look at me, I'm living off a policeman's salary.
Oliver: Ah, fine. Dessert's on you.
John Jones: On Mars, we never had dessert, but I have grown especially fond of cookies.

Clark: Do you believe in fate, Lois?
Lois: Only the kind you make happen.

Amanda Waller: There's an army of heroes growing. This generation and the last are coming together. And I'm going to need everyone if we're going to survive the apocalypse that is coming this way.
Icicle: Apocalypse? This is not what I signed up for.
Amanda Waller: Welcome to the Suicide Squad. (shoots him)

Episode References
The Martian Manhunter's true form is briefly glimpsed, for the first time.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperAlfred Gough  |  Miles Millar
Executive ProducerJoe Davola  |  Mike Tollin  |  Brian Robbins  |  Brian Peterson (1)  |  Kelly Souders  |  James Marshall (3)
Co-Executive ProducerJae Marchant  |  Tom Welling  |  Tim Scanlan
Supervising ProducerJordan Hawley  |  Al Septien  |  Turi Meyer
ProducerAnne Cofell  |  Rob Maier (1)  |  Tom Flores
Co-ProducerDon Whitehead  |  Holly Henderson  |  Scott Graham (3)
Associate ProducerCristina Verano  |  Christopher Petry
Production DesignerJames Philpott
EditorVikash Patel  |  Andi Armaganian
CastingDeedee Bradley  |  Coreen Mayrs  |  Heike Brandstatter
First Assistant DirectorMorgan Beggs  |  Ian Samoil
Second Assistant DirectorSean Osmack  |  Steve Eathorne
MusicLouis Febre
Music EditorChris McGeary
Costume DesignerMelanie Williams
Set DecoratorAndrea French
Property MasterMark Black
Construction CoordinatorTom Hunt (2)
Production CoordinatorBlair Hackman
Assistant EditorDonna Umali
Supervising Sound EditorJessica Dickson
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
OtherJoe Shuster (Superman Created By)  |  Jerry Siegel (Superman Created By)
Director of PhotographyBarry Donlevy  |  Gordon Verheul
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
Rigging GafferTodd Lapp
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