Lois says he shouldn't be there with everyone looking for him, but he says in a few moments everything will be over. He explains: "I have a ring that allows me to go to any moment in time." She accepts this wordlessly. Clark plans to go back to before Linda wrote the article because the world isn't ready to accept him. Lois wants him to stay and fight back, give people a chance to see the real him. She tells him some people spend their lives trying to stand out, to be called special. She says, "When you first told me who you were, my thought was, 'Anyone but Clark.'" He tells her she doesn't have to explain, that he gets it, but she goes on: "How can someone with X-ray vision be so blind?" Normally, I think Erica Durance's acting is fairly wooden, but she's doing a decent job here with what she's been given. Lois says this was different from her other experiences with heroes. How? Why? Because the script says so. Clark promises, "This time, it will be different." No one's going to remember who he is. Lois realizes he's not going to tell her his secret the next time around. Sad string music plays. He apologizes for about the hundredth time this episode. She replies, with what seems like some badly timed passive-aggressiveness, "It's OK. Why should I think I'm special?" But he says it's because she's special that he won't tell her. At first this didn't make sense to me, but I've thought this over and I've had my Kahlua now and this is the conclusion I've come to: She's "special" because she's never been suspicious or curious about him. Lana pressed him for years to tell her his secret. Lex knew instinctively he was unusual. Chloe did, too. Even random one-shot characters are curious about him. Why? Because they all have more than two brain cells to rub together, whereas this "slow", seemingly "high" Lois is completely clueless. She can remember weirdness after the fact, as she did in the office reveal scene, but it doesn't register as weird as it's happening. It would almost be endearing if she weren't so annoying. After this bad experience of outing himself as an alien, Clark can seem human to this one person. In a way, he really does suffer from Peter Pan Syndrome, because he still wants to hang on to the same false idea of normalcy that he's had since childhood. Lois unwittingly helps him with that and it helps the show keep him in development limbo. Or else "you're special" is just a quick way for Clark to get through the scene. Either way. Back to the action: Clark goes to get the Legion ring from the toolbox, but finds a big hunk of Kryptonite instead. He falls and the glowing rock comes down with him. Lois rushes over to him, but Linda is there to whack her with a plank of wood. How the hell did she get there so fast? Is water that fast? Linda lords the ring over a sweaty and helpless Clark: "Looking for this?" Well, duh. Commercials.
Episode Report CardTippi Blevins: C+ | 1704 USERS: B-
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