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Smallville: Hourglass

Clark experiences haunting visions when he meets an old woman who can see the future. Meanwhile, a bitter old man discovers a way to seek revenge for what he sees as an ancient wrong - revenge that may cost someone close to Clark Kent their life!

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x6
Production Number: 227606
Airdate: Tuesday November 20th, 2001

Director: Chris Long
Writer: Doris Egan

Guest Stars
Mitchell KostermanMitchell Kosterman
As Sheriff Ethan
Eric Christian OlsenEric Christian Olsen
As Young Harry Bolston/Volk
Jackie BurroughsJackie Burroughs
As Cassandra Carver
George MurdockGeorge Murdock
As Old Harry Bolston/Volk
Lisa CalderLisa Calder
As Zoë Garfield
Reg TupperReg Tupper
As Doctor
Lois DellarLois Dellar
As Nurse
Main Cast
Tom WellingTom Welling
As Clark Kent / Kal-El


Clark and Pete visit a retirement community to work with the residents, part of thirty hours of community service they must complete to graduate. Pete wonders why Clark picked this place until Lana appears with a cart full of books. Clark feigns ignorance that Lana worked there. She asks who he is here to see and he tells her he has come to read to Cassandra. Lana replies that some of the nurses say that Cassandra can see the future...

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Episode Notes
Freak of the Week: Harry - Becomes young after falling in a lake filled with kryptonite.

Juror #12
Clark examines a list of the twelve jurors who convicted Harry Volk. The last name on the list is Bradley Jubenville. This is likely a reference to Second Assistant Director Bradley Jubenvill.

When a Sense is Lost, Do Other Senses Improve?
The short answer is no. This assertion appears in a lot of popular literature but remains controversial. There is some evidence that the brain recruits areas serving a damaged sensory organ to process input from functioning senses. It is also true that attempts to compensate for a missing sense may cause an individual to pay greater attention to the other senses. But studies remain unclear on how often and to what degree this occurs.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
DispatchTime Served 
Fryderyk ChopinPiano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, op. 59 
Fryderyk ChopinPiano Sonata No. 1 in C minor, op. 4 
Gorillaz, Gorillaz5/4 
Remy ZeroSave Me 

Episode Quotes
Harry Volk: Fate’s given you a second chance, Harry boy. And this time? They’re gonna pay.

Lex: Life is a journey. I don’t want to go through it following a road map.

Clark: I get hit by a car and I’m fine; I walk through fire and I’m okay… What’s next?
Martha: You can’t let this one image, whatever it means, consume your whole life!
Clark: What if it is my destiny to outlive everyone that I love?!? I don’t want to be alone!!

Episode Goofs
Rita Garfield or Eve Garfield?
Clark refers to one of the jurors as Rita Garfield. Earlier, Harry Volk referred to her as Eve Garfield, which is also how her name appears on the list of jurors.

Cultural References
Cassandra Carver
A Greek myth tells the tale of Cassandra, a woman so beautiful that Apollo granted her the gift of prophecy – essentially, the ability to see the future. She spurned Apollo’s affections, and the angry god cursed her – she could still foresee the future, but no one would believe her visions.

Going Back in Time to Erase a Bad Event
Clark tells Lana he wishes he could go back in time to erase a horror of her childhood (the death of her parents). In the 1978 film Superman Christopher Reeve’s Man of Steel did exactly this after he discovered that Lex Luthor’s earthquake had crushed Lois Lane. Clark’s comment here is likely a nod to that groundbreaking comic book film.

Lex: I come bearing gifts.
Cassandra: So did the Greeks.

Cassandra refers her to the events of the siege of Troy. The Greeks feigned retreat, leaving a gift behind for their Trojan opponents – an enormous horse. The feckless Trojans accepted the gift, wheeling it into their city. That night, Greek soldiers hidden within the horse emerged and opened the city gates, and Greek soldiers overwhelmed Troy. Ever since, the phrases “Greeks bearing gifts” and “Trojan horse” have symbolized situations in which something beneficial on its face may actually be a subterfuge to bypass defenses.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperAlfred Gough  |  Miles Millar
OtherJerry Siegel (Superman Created By)  |  Joe Shuster (Superman Created By)
Main Title ThemeRemy Zero
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