Love and Adventure for Chloe Sullivan
by Rich Sands April 01, 2010 05:54 PM EST
If you thought health care was our country’s most divisive issue today, you should check out the online debate over Smallville’s budding romance. We aren’t talking about Clark Kent and Lois Lane. Instead, it’s the emerging relationship between Chloe Sullivan and Oliver Queen that has ignited the show’s fans this season.
Ever since the February 12 episode, when Allison Mack’s Chloe got a sexually charged archery lesson from Justin Hartley’s Ollie (aka Green Arrow), this unlikely couple has drawn both enthusiastic cheers and scathing jeers. Expect more friction on Friday when “Chlollie,” as their fans call them, run into Lois and Clark at a romantic bed and breakfast.
“What’s fun about their relationship is we’re playing it differently that we’ve played other relationships, because they’ve both been very burned in love,” says executive producer Brian Peterson. “And so the fact that they’re just having fun and enjoying each other’s companionship is something very adult and new to the show.” Peterson was coy about where this is all going, but does promise “a few touchstones on their relationship through the rest of the season. The finale has a significant Chloe/Oliver storyline.”
Romance isn’t the only thing on Chloe’s agenda this spring. Her increasing immersion in her Watchtower alias—information power-broker to the superhero community—has caused several of her friends and allies to caution her about losing touch. “You've been looking at the world through a camera a lot lately,” Clark noticed back in January, annoyed by the way his BFF seems consumed with monitoring villains—and heroes. “Maybe it's time you go out an you actually live in it.”
A report of an upcoming character death has Chloe's passionate fan base concerned. So where is this all leading? Peterson suggests you tune in on April 20, for the suggestively titled episode “Sacrifice.” “Everything that Chloe’s been doing all year culminates in that episode,” he says. “She kind of learns her lesson in what happens when you become big brother. It’s a really tense, fun episode.”
In the meantime, here’s the CW’s official description for this week’s episode, “Escape.”
DC COMICS' CHARACTER SILVER BANSHEE INTERRUPTS A ROMANTIC GETAWAY FOR LOIS AND CLARK – Clark (Tom Welling) and Lois (Erica Durance) head out of town for a quiet romantic getaway, but their plans are thwarted when they run into Chloe (Allison Mack) and Oliver (Justin Hartley) at their Bed & Breakfast Inn. The couples' awkward moment is interrupted by the arrival of the Silver Banshee (guest star Odessa Rae), who sets her sights on Clark and Oliver. Meanwhile, Tess (Cassidy Freeman) faces off with Zod (Callum Blue) with a surprising result. Kevin Fair directed the episode written by Genevieve Sparling.
Smallville airs Fridays, 8/7c, The CW.