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Recap / Smallville S 05 E 18 Fragile

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Originally aired April 13, 2006

Written by Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer

Directed by Tom Welling

Clark and Martha take in Maddie, a young girl whose foster mother was murdered. Clark befriends Maddie and learns that, not only can she control glass, but that her power is connected to the 1989 meteor shower. Lex and Lana's relationship takes a shocking turn.


Tropes present in the episode:

  • Archnemesis Dad: Tyler, to Maddie.
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  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Maddie getting along with the Kents is this trope. It becomes a bit of a darker variation when her father threatens Clark and Martha.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Clark plays this role to Maddie.
  • Cute Mute: Maddie, initially. Clark quickly helps her overcome that.
  • Eye Scream: When you have a man who can manipulate glass under arrest, having a man wearing glasses escorting him is a bad idea.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Seven expensive diamonds, set into a stained glass window.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Clark uses this to talk Maddie down from killing Tyler.
    Maddie: [uses her powers to aim glass shards at Tyler] Don't worry, Clark. I'm not gonna let him hurt any more people.
    Clark: Maddie, no. Don't. Maddie, if you kill him, you'll be just like him. You don't have to turn into your father.
    Maddie: Maybe I don't have a choice.
    Clark: Just because you're his child does not mean that you're destined to follow in his footsteps.
    Maddie: But I don't want him to hurt any more people.
    Clark: Your father has already destroyed his life. Don't destroy yours.
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  • I Have Your Wife: Tyler briefly takes Martha hostage.
  • In the Blood: Maddie inherited her powers from her father, Tyler McKnight.
  • Mind over Matter: Both Tyler and Maddie have telekinetic control over glass.
  • Power Incontinence: Maddie suffers from this for most of the episode.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Maddie goes to live with her grandmother at the end of the episode.
  • Red Herring: For much of the episode, it looks like Maddie accidentally killed her foster mother. It later turns out that her father Tyler McKnight is the true culprit.
  • Villainous BSoD: Tyler has a brief one after Clark stops Maddie from killing him.
  • Villain of the Week: Tyler McKnight, Maddie's father with glass telekinesis.

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