Originally aired October 22, 2003
Written by Drew Z. Greenberg
Directed by Terrence O'Hara
Clark comes to the aid of Sarah, a young girl being hunted by a monstrous creature. Lionel demands that Lex undergo a psychological evaluation before giving him full access to LuthorCorp.
Tropes present in the episode:
- All Just a Dream: The teaser and first act of the episode is revealed to be a dream experienced by Clark, thanks to Sarah.
- Comatose Canary: Sarah Conroy for most of the episode. She wakes up after conquering her fear of the Traveler/Nicholas.
- Cool Car: In Clark's dream, his parents buy him a spiffy new truck.
- Evil Sounds Deep: The Traveler in Sarah's dream.
- Evil Uncle: Nicholas Conroy, Sarah's uncle who keeps his niece in a comatose state so he can control her inheritance.
- Fanservice: Clark and Lana going skinny dipping in the teaser.
- Heavy Sleeper: Thanks to Sarah, Clark sleeps for a day and a half.
- In the Hood: The Traveler, the monstrous representation of Nicholas in Sarah's dream, wears a red cloak.
- Katanas Are Just Better: In Clark's dream, Lex draws a katana and tries to attack Clark with it, exposing his powers. In the real world, the katana turns out to be a prop from a Japanese movie.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: Sort of. The first third of the episode is basically Clark's ideal world—his parents buy him a fancy new truck, and he and Lana are on better terms. Then things start to go downhill when Lex discovers Clark's powers and vows to expose Clark to the world.
- Mundanger: Nicholas Conroy, who has no special powers in the real world.
- Mythology Gag:
- Clark's line to Pete in the dream world after he sees the Traveler reflected in the glass:Clark: Pete, how could you miss him? He had a big red cape on!
- Clark's line to Pete in the dream world after he sees the Traveler reflected in the glass:
- Neck Lift: The Traveler executes this on Clark in the dream world during the final act.
- Playing with Syringes: Nicholas uses some kind of drug to keep Sarah comatose.
- Reusable Lighter Toss: Nicholas tries to kill Lana by pouring a line of gasoline and then trying to set her car ablaze by tossing his lighter to the ground, only for Clark to super-speed past and grab the lighter.
- Skinny Dipping: During the teaser Clark and Lana do this at Crater Lake.
- Stealth Pun: Songs by R.E.M. play throughout this episode, which is about Clark being trapped in the dream world by Sarah.
- The Tease: Lana acts like this during Clark's dream.
- Villain of the Week: Nicholas Conroy, Sarah's greedy Evil Uncle.