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I thought this episode was a lot of fun, but I don't really have a lot to say about it. I love seeing Oliver tortured, so I enjoyed that whole aspect of the episode--especially the emotional torture. (What can I say, he looks hot when his eyes get that wounded expression). I was happy to see that when push came to shove, he couldn't murder Victoria in cold blood (thank goodness, for Lois' sake), and I did have the sense it was all a setup, though honestly I was suspecting that either Tess or the Justice League was behind it, not Chloe. And much as I love downwardly-spiralling Ollie, that plotline was beginning to go pretty stale, so it's good that he's took up his heroic mantle again.

Chloe as the Machiavellian manipulator was also fun, I thought. It actually fits her preferred style of working with heroes (huzzlewhat, I think I could get onboard the Chlamanda train), and hey, it was effective. I would have found it a tad more plausible and interesting if the behind-the-scenes manipulator had turned out to be Tess, but if they're going to make Chloe & Oliver the morally ambiguous heroes to contrast with Lois and Clark as the upright moral heroes this season, that's fine with me.

The Lois and Clark stuff was also fun; I especially loved her pointing out how much he was "eating" (hee!) and how quickly he picked up there was something deeper going on than just laundry. I didn't like their fight over Oliver nearly so much--I could really see both of their perspectives there, and I guess it is an organic obstacle to put in their path, but it depended on Lois finding out about Ollie's suicide attempt, and that *did* seem artificial to me.

Favorite line of the night, for a change, is one of Clark's: "Shouldn't you be riding a mechanical bull somewhere? It is Friday night."

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huzzlewhat
Oct. 24th, 2009 04:51 am (UTC)
I thought this episode was a lot of fun, but I don't really have a lot to say about it.

That's about where I am with it, too. Fun to watch, not much depth. But hey, the shallow end is just fine once in a while! :-) I did notice the appearance of the white suit of ambiguous morality (and didn't she have to change him into it? He wasn't wearing it in the casino, was he?), which got progressively more besmirched as the episode progressed, and ended up with the huge incriminating bloodstain (go wash your hands, Lady Macbeth, we'll take the entire belly and groin region...) as a symbol of his guilt.

Favorite line of the night, for a change, is one of Clark's: "Shouldn't you be riding a mechanical bull somewhere? It is Friday night."

Clark had a lot of good lines tonight. That one is in a three-way tie with "It's a long story, involving Lois, laundry, and lacy things" and "I think most people would prefer 'knock knock' to 'Pants on,' Lois."





norwich36
Oct. 24th, 2009 06:13 am (UTC)
Oh, the "knock knock" line--how did I forget that?

I want to know how Chloe knows about the symbolism of the white suit, honestly. Lex never really wore it, did he? I thought it was just in that vision he had?
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norwich36
Oct. 24th, 2009 06:19 am (UTC)
Oh, I missed the nameplate on the coffin because my screen went all pixelated at the time (the CW keeps doing that for me, recently--it's quite annoying), but I love the idea of Oliver thinking it might really be Lex in the coffin, because it seemed clear to me that his guilt about Lex is still most dominant in his mind.

I did actually think it might be *Lex* orchestrating all of this, in behind-the-scenes-ville, but as the episode went on that seemed more and more unlikely.

And I completely agree with your comments on the contrived nature of Lois finding the suicide attempt on the computer.
emerald_night
Oct. 24th, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
I loved the Lois and Clark stuff at the farm, because I think it showed where they are at. They are at very in-between stage. They know they like each other but haven't taken that next step yet. Add in that they were both preoccupied. I thought it was a pretty realistic thing, but still managed to have cute / flirty moments in there as well.

I loved the "Lois, laundry, and lacy things" line. Guess that bra really stayed with Clark LOL!
norwich36
Oct. 25th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, that was definitely a good line.

I basically just love whenever Lois just takes over Clark's house. It cracks me up.
shardsofblu
Oct. 25th, 2009 08:30 am (UTC)
This episode is definitely entertaining, even if I have a lot of issues with it.

The Lois and Clark stuff was also fun; I especially loved her pointing out how much he was "eating" (hee!) and how quickly he picked up there was something deeper going on than just laundry.

I really loved that. They have been playing really well with all sides of Clark's and Lois' relationship since this season started.
norwich36
Oct. 27th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, I love how they are developing the Lois-Clark relationship.
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