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Smallville: Identity

When Jimmy gets a photo of a superspeeding Clark rescuing Lois, Tess wants to publish the photo in the Daily Planet. Clark asks Chloe to use her influence with Jimmy to help destroy the photo, but she refuses.

Episode Info

Episode number: 8x7
Production Number: 3T7457
Airdate: Thursday October 30th, 2008


Guest Stars
Kyle SchmidKyle Schmid
As Sebastian Kane

Co-Guest Stars
Max TrainMax Train
As Jesse
Brad Turner (1)Brad Turner (1)
As Mugger
Sarah PenikettSarah Penikett
As Girl On Plane
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
Aaron AshmoreAaron Ashmore
As Jimmy Olsen


Jimmy and Lois are walking the streets as Jimmy explains his theory about a “Good Samaritan” hero helping the city. Jimmy tries to get her attention by saying Clark seems interested in his theory but Lois doesn’t think Clark would believe it either. They’re interrupted when a mugger attacks Jimmy, knocking him to the ground, then goes after Lois. She tries to defend herself and yanks off the mugger’s mask. As she yells to Jimmy to take a photo of the man, Clark arrives. The mugger shoves her back into the path of an oncoming vehicle. Moving at superspeed, Clark shoves the mugger into a wall and then pulls Lois to safety… just as Jimmy takes the photo. Clark sees the flash but there’s nothing he can do about it. Jimmy looks at his camera and realizes that he finally has a photo of the Good Samaritan...

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Episode Quotes
Lois: I write news stories not fairy tales! Especially ones about mythical saviours that no-one's ever seen.
Jimmy: Look, I may not have a name or a face to connect him with but I am telling you, the stealth crimefighter is as real as it gets.
Lois: The only stealth crimefighter I know about wears green leather and plays with arrows, and I think he’s hung up his bow.
Jimmy: Lois, this guy is lights years beyond bows and arrows. Trust me, this is the kinda story that careers are made of.
Lois: Well, without a photo, that story is about as relevant as a five-part exposé on the tooth fairy.
Jimmy: Ah, bet ya Clark won't feel that way after I pitch him the story over dinner tonight.
Lois: Whoa, Clark is coming to dinner with us?
Jimmy: Yeah, I had a feeling you were too much of a cynic for such an uplifting piece but, hey, yep, CK'll be all over this.
Lois: I wouldn't be so sure. As shocking as it might seem, Smallville is no hack.
Jimmy: Wait a minute, did I just hear you give Clark Kent a compliment?!

Clark: Jimmy, it looks like a, um... looks like a reflection on the lens to me, maybe there was a police car driving by with red and blue lights...
Jimmy: When we're in the middle of a mugging? Don't you think that they would've stopped?
Clark: Well, it's not a person, they can't move that fast, it's not possible.
Jimmy: A few years ago, I would've agreed with you but you have to admit we've both seen our fair share of the bizarre and unexplained.
Clark: And, what about Lois? She's the one who's supposedly saved. Don't you think it's weird she didn't say anything about it last night?
Jimmy: Not really. I mean, she's a naysayer, a non-believer. She swears it's her lightning fast reflexes that came to her rescue.
Clark: So, you're saying this blur saved Lois from becoming roadkill and she didn't feel a thing?
Jimmy: You see, that's how good he is.

Clark: Jimmy, there's no way that Tess is gonna publish an out-of-focus photograph. I wouldn't even bother showing her.
Jimmy: Too late. Caught her in the elevator and she seemed mighty interested. She even agreed to let you write the copy.
Clark: Jimmy, don't you think you should have asked me if I was interested first?
Jimmy: Clark, I was doing you a favour. This is a huge story. Look, I've been stuck in Lois' shadow ever since I landed at the Planet and I'm pretty sure the same is true for you. It's time that we made names for ourselves.
Clark: Jimmy, I'd rather be stuck in Lois Lane's shadow than... than be in the spotlight for some make-believe story.
Jimmy: Just... think about it, okay? And, whatever you do, keep it on the downlow. If Lois does get wind of this, she's gonna be all over it like a pitbull on a poodle.

Lois: Well, if you like covering robbery and homicide, you’ve come to the right place. The crime rate’s so high there’s actually a “no vacancy sign” in front of county jail.
Sebastian Kane: Really? Metropolis seems like a safe haven compared to some of the places I’ve covered.
Lois: Really? Like where, the gates of Hell?

Sebastian Kane: It's already in the works but not under your employment. I'm done being your personal Peeping Tom.
Tess: Hmm. For a memory thief, your own recall is surprisingly spotty. Do I need to remind you that I'm the one that released you from Black Creek? Hmm? That without me, you'd still be staring at four grey walls, waiting in vain for your freedom.

Clark: So where you going all dressed up?
Lois: A little thing called a date. I know you’re fresh off the farm, but sometimes, when a guy likes a girl, he asks her out.
Clark: I know what a date is. So who’s the unlucky guy?

Sebastian: You want to hear about the last time I was in a big government facility? I think I was in high school. That’s about as close to prison as it gets.

Clark: Tell me you're sober.
Oliver: Let me tell you something--I wish I wasn't sober. I can be in a cabana in Aruba right now. Instead, I'm in the middle of downtown on a rooftop with you guys.
Clark: You didn't hear me complain when I had to put on green leather to protect your identity.
Oliver: Clark, you made out with my girlfriend, man. What did you have to complain about?

Jimmy: Well, you might not be superhuman, Clark, but there’s a reason that I thought you were the Good Samaritan.
Clark: Why’s that, ‘cause I buy Girl Scout cookies twice a year?

Lois: I wasn’t on a date, Smallville. I was deep undercover on a dinner with a psychopath.
Clark: Sounds like your type.

(to Clark)
Oliver: Nice press. I got to tell you, I never realized how photogenic you were, as long as no one sees your face.

Clark: Oliver, I have no doubt that your parents would be proud of the person you've become. Except for one thing, and it's just a piece of friendly advice. Don't even wear that cape again. It looked ridiculous.
Oliver: Really? I kind of liked it. Sure helped with the aerodynamics. You should give it a try.
Clark: Not in this lifetime.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperAlfred Gough  |  Miles Millar
Executive ProducerJoe Davola  |  Mike Tollin  |  Brian Robbins  |  Brian Peterson (1)  |  Todd Slavkin  |  Darren Swimmer  |  James Marshall (3)  |  Kelly Souders
Supervising ProducerTim Scanlan
ProducerRob Maier (1)  |  Jae Marchant  |  Turi Meyer  |  Al Septien
Co-ProducerTom Flores
Production DesignerJames Philpott
EditorAndi Armaganian
CastingDeedee Bradley  |  Coreen Mayrs  |  Heike Brandstatter
First Assistant DirectorChristopher Lamb  |  Mairzee Almas  |  Sean Osmack
MusicLouis Febre
Music EditorChris McGeary
Costume DesignerMelanie Williams
Camera OperatorChris McMullin (2)
Set DecoratorAndrea French
Property MasterAleya Naiman
Construction CoordinatorTom Hunt (2)
Production CoordinatorShalla Edl
Post Production SupervisorCristina Verano
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerDan Hiland  |  Gary D. Rogers
OtherJerry Siegel (Superman Created By)  |  Joe Shuster (Superman Created By)
Director of PhotographyGlen Winter
Story EditorDon Whitehead  |  Holly Henderson
Stunt CoordinatorJacob Rupp
Production ManagerScott Graham (3)
Sound MixerRob Hanchar
Special EffectsElan Soltes
Executive Story EditorCaroline Dries
Key Makeup ArtistNatalie Cosco
Main Title ThemeRemy Zero
Key HairstylistSarah Koppes
Special Effects SupervisorMike Walls
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