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Smallville Episode: "Upgrade"

Season 9, Episode 18
Episode Synopsis: John Corben (Brian Austin Green) rescues Lois from an explosion at one of Tess' labs. While investigating the explosion, Clark is infected with red Kryptonite and under its influence takes Zod to the fortress. Later, Chloe agrees to help Tess by sending John to the fortress to keep Clark from exposing the truth.
Original Air Date: Apr 16, 2010
Guest Cast Brian Austin Green: John Corben/Metallo
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Season 9, Episode 18
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Length: 42:17
Aired: 4/16/2010
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Smallville Episode Recap: "Charade" Season 9, Episode 18

In this episode of Smallville, the Blur's photo is snapped while Lois investigates the early prison release of ex-District Attorney Raymond Sacks. In an attempt to get the photo back, Lois and Clark run into Checkmate agent Maxwell Lord. Elsewhere, Chloe uncovers Zod's big secret.

The episode opens on Ray Sacks' welcome home party. The speakeasy environment speaks more than words on how much of a sleaze he is, but we already know he tried to kill Lois and expose the Blur. Speaking of the Blur, one of his lackeys lets him know that someone has snapped a picture of the Blur. Just as the guy asks for his $1 million, Lois pops out of a giant cake dressed as a bunny. After blowing a kiss to Sacks, she spots Clark and lands a sweet right hook on his jaw. (How did she not break her hand?) They're both then laid off from the Daily Planet when a photo of their scuffle ends up on the front page.

So how did this all come to be? Let's flash back to earlier that morning to get the full story. Lois meets with Chloe, who had just received a sweet text from her Emerald Archer, to get a new telescope for Clark. The pair sits down for a drink and Lois reveals that she's going to drop the L-bomb tonight. Yes, they haven't said "I love you" yet, "among other significant relationship milestones," says Lois, adding that they will be revealing their secrets to each other that night so that nothing can come between them.

Chloe makes her way to the Kent farm to chide Clark for even thinking about revealing his secret to Lois, but he insists he's only seducing her to find out what she's been hiding from him. Chloe points out that the Blur asked Lois not to reveal their relationship, which just means that Clark asked her to hide it from himself. (I know, my brain hurts, too.) While Chloe says her relationship with Oliver works because they know it's second to their mission, Clark believes he and Lois can have the same if he reveals his true identity.

Lois and Clark, who share a saucy embrace on the elevator in The Daily Planet building, find that there's a new editor in town. However, the head honcho has decided to ax the dynamic duo, saying that whoever lands the Ray Sacks release story gets to keep their job. 

Elsewhere, Chloe hacks into Oliver's bank account to send more money over to Watchtower, though Tess happens to interrupt. Their truce is definitely over as Chloe spits fire at her for her involvement with the Kandorians, but Tess throws it right back by mentioning the Green Arrow. "Be careful, Ms. Mercer. At this rate you're going to run out of people to betray," Chloe says.

Back at The Daily Planet, Clark thinks they can save both of their jobs by landing a big enough story about Sacks' release. Lois says she wants to split the work, but she really just wants to get Clark out of the way so he won't get hurt. After leaving several voicemails for faux-Blur, she lets him know she's going after Sacks before his welcome home party and she needs a wingman.

Using Watchtower, Chloe and Clark discover that Sacks is offering a $1 million reward for any information leading to the Blur. Clark needs to find Sacks before Lois does, and learns that he likes a good pizza just like everybody else. Unfortunately, Lois has gotten to the pizza joint first and approaches Sacks for a quote on how he got his life sentence reversed. Sacks takes his second shot at killing Lois Lane, but the Blur takes out his lackey before he can do the deed. Lois thanks the Blur, saying she'd be dead if he hadn't gotten her call. Now Clark knows that someone has been calling her acting like the Blur. To make matters worse, someone snapped a photo of the real Blur in the alley before he zoomed off.

As Lois tries to run after the creep who took the Blur's photo, Clark appears on the road, dressed back in his work gear, basically asking Lois to reveal the Blur's identity. Though Clark says she shouldn't trust the Blur blindly, Lois retorts that she trusts her man of mystery because he hasn't revealed his real identity, which would cause her great harm should any low-life try to get to him through her.

Using the cell phone he snatched from Lois, Clark has Chloe track down her latest call. Clark overhears Lois leaving a message for faux-Blur saying that someone will be trying to sell his photo to Sacks at his party. Lois runs interference by popping out of the cake, and sees the slime ball who took the Blur's photo standing just behind Clark. In order to smash his cell phone, Lois lands a punch on Clark while knocking down the phone and smashing it to pieces.

Luckily for Sacks, he doesn't need the actual cell phone to find out the Blur's identity. After Sacks' men kidnap Lois — who just thinks Clark is trying to out the Blur —the people who have come forward with information about the Blur are all hooked up to a machine that enables the Black King, aka Maxwell Lord, to pull memories from them to form an image of the Blur.

The Black King reveals his plans, which are more proactive than the White Queen's: He wants to eliminate anything "outside the natural order," which includes anyone who has powers, even though he has powers himself. Showing true determination even while unconscious, Lois blocks her memories of the Blur until he's able to arrive. Clark destroys the machine, but Maxwell manages to get away. Lois sees the Blur's reflection, minus his face, in a TV screen and asks him not to reveal his true identity to her.

Just as Maxwell makes his escape, he's thrown into the back of a limo with a lady in red heels and a red dress. "So it's true, the Red Queen does exist," he says, but whoever is sitting there is hidden in shadows.

Back at the farm, Chloe tells Clark that he needs to choose between which relationship he can maintain with Lois, who was being used by Zod. To protect Lois, Clark calls her as the Blur and ends their relationship, saying he will not contact her again and if anyone does call her, it's definitely not him.

Through tears, Lois makes her way up to The Daily Planet rooftop for her date with Clark. She tells him that her relationship with the Blur has ended, but she still feels selfish for continuing a relationship with Clark because it takes away from her sense of being a hero. Oh boy, can he understand that aspect!

So, do you think Clark and Lois can make it over this hurdle? Who do you think is the Red Queen? Discuss in the comments!

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In this episode of Smallville, the Blur's photo is snapped while Lois investigates the early prison release of ex-District Attorney Raymond Sacks. In an attempt to get the photo back, Lois and Clark run into Checkmate agent Maxwell Lord. Elsewhere, Chloe uncovers Zod's big secret.

The episode opens on Ray Sacks' welcome home party. The speakeasy environment speaks more than words on how much of a sleaze he is, but we already know he tried to kill... read more

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