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Smallville update!
We have some new Smallville spoilers this morning! From Matt Mitovich for Fancast:

It wouldn’t be the final season of ‘Smallville‘ if Clark’s mother didn’t put in an appearance (or more). To that end, Fancast has learned that original cast member Annette O’Toole will reprise her role of Martha Kent in Season 10’s 13th episode, titled “Beacon.”

A show rep also has confirmed for Fancast a return timetable for Allison Mack, who is only booked for five episodes this season: The actress will be back as Chloe in Episode 12, “Collateral.”

Both episodes will air in early 2011.

Read more at Fancast HERE.

Yay! Michael McKean confirmed a few days ago that he will be returning to the show as well, in response to a fan question on Twitter. No word on if it will be in the same episode as AOT, though. Matt also had this little tidbit to share in today's The Big Tease:

I can tease that Aquaman’s wife, Mera (played by Elena Satine), doesn’t enjoy the warmest welcome from a certain intrepid lady reporter in this Friday’s episode, which was directed by Tom Welling. Could it have to do with Lo’s onetime flirtation with the fishy fella?


From TV Guide, scoop and a hot pic:

As Smallville races — faster than the proverbial speeding bullet — to its series finale in the spring, familiar faces continue to pop back into the world of Clark Kent (Tom Welling). Even dead people. Lionel Luthor (John Glover), pushed out of a building to his death by son Lex in Season 7, returns to the CW drama on December 3 for the first of four episodes. Then, on December 10, Michael Shanks makes his final appearance as Hawkman and Chloe (Allison Mack) returns, briefly. (She'll be in four more episodes before the series ends.) "It is a great cliff-hanger going into the spring run, because there are a couple of pretty big twists in that episode," says executive producer Brian Peterson. "Things don't go very well for our heroes. Just when Clark is on top of the world, things kind of crash down around him."

Read more sci-fi scoop at TV Guide HERE.

Tom with a sword?! *faints* And I had no idea John Glover was going to be in four episodes. That's exciting news!

Promos for this week's episode, directed by Tom Welling:

Smallville "Patriot Preview Clip":

Smallville "Patriot Preview":

So is the jury duty story for real, or is Lois just saying that? I mean, I assume she knows that Tess is part of Clark's team, so there's no reason to lie to her about what he's doing. If she's telling the truth, does that mean Clark won't be around much in this episode?

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jeannev From: jeannev Date: November 16th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why the heck would Lois have an issue with Mera? I hope there's something more to that spoiler, because it makes Lois look silly.

Yay Martha! Is it me, or is this middle section of eps extremely guest star heavy? Then add the return of Chloe, and I'm hoping they don't lose the Clark in all of this.

As for that picture of Tom and John? *THUD* *Iz Ded*
audrey229 From: audrey229 Date: November 16th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
My guess is that Lois is led to believe (incorrectly) that Mera is somehow involved with the VRA or something like that. Or maybe Mera tells her to back off or something with her investigation because she thinks she is protecting AC. Either way, I'm sure there is more to the spoiler. Lois is clearly in love with Clark. I know these writers can be stupid from time to time, but I don't think they are stupid enough to actually make Lois petty that a guy she kissed twice 5 years ago has a new wife. Particularly since Clark is, imo, a way better catch than AC. But I guess we'll see.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 16th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think the reference to Lois's past with AC is Matt's spec, not a spoiler. That would be beyond ridiculous.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 16th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it must be some kind of misunderstanding between them, like Lois doesn't know who she is, and thinks she's one of the bad guys. There is no reason for her to have a problem with Aquaman's wife.

I'm trying to think of all these guest stars as an expanded regular cast, since so many of them are returning characters. The show had eight series regulars for years, and still managed to be all about Clark, at least early on. I'm clinging to that. I have to admit, though, I'm totally dreading Chloe's return. I fully expect her exit arc to not only take the focus off Clark, but to glorify her at his expense. I hope I'm wrong.

I can't wait to see that pic in HQ. I hope the promo pics include lots of Clark, in both of the roles he'll be playing.
audrey229 From: audrey229 Date: November 16th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am not totally informed on Aquaman's comics history. I generally just stick to Superman and Batman (and occasionally Wondy.) But one of my friends who is provided something that might be noteworthy: Apparently, in the more recent canon, Mera is actually a double agent. Supposedly she is originally send to kill AC but then falls in love with him and switches sides or something.

So...it's possible that Mera has something of a "past" that Lois picks up on and she is initially worried that Mera is not being honest about her intentions. This is totally spec. But it's possible.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 16th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I could see them drawing inspiration from the comics, or just dreaming up some situational conflict. As long as they don't make Lois look jealous over a guy she dated for half a second five years ago, I'm fine. :)
duskwillow From: duskwillow Date: November 16th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't have time to follow fandom for a few days, and there's all sorts of news to catch up on! Wonderful! I'm especially glad we'll see Martha again! I wonder why she returns, because of the Act that passed or maybe Clois engagement or something else?

I hope there's more to Lois not liking Mera straight away, because it sounds silly.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 16th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know why Martha is coming back, and I don't care. :D I'm just thrilled we (and Clark) get to see her again! I have no idea how they're explaining Lionel either. Does Clark bring him back from the parallel universe in Luthor? Is he a ghost? In any case, I'm sure AOT and JG will have fun on set together.

It does sound silly. I'm sure it's all a mistake that will be resolved quickly. Unless it's because Mera disses Clark, of course. ;)

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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 16th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
LJ does that to me all the time. Grrr. I didn't know that about Lois and Tess in Patriot, thanks for filling me in. After Clark's full disclosure over the past couple of weeks, though, down to the tiniest details of things that happened literally years ago, it seems completely unbelievable that Tess's knowledge of his powers and superhero activities didn't come up. That would require him to selectively leave out huge chunks of his recent history, for no apparent reason. Whatever, Smallville. *rolls eyes* I'm just thankful it's not a lame excuse for a Clark-lite episode!

I think the last sentence of Mitovich's tease is spec, not spoiler. I just can't imagine that whatever problem the two women have has anything to do with Lois's blink-and-you-missed-it relationship with AC five years ago.

I love how we're getting all the "adults" back! The rumor is that John Schneider is returning again soon, too, but I don't know for what episode.
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tasabian From: tasabian Date: November 16th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's very interesting spec!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 17th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I was wondering the same thing in reply to a comment above. It certainly would be the best possible way to have Lionel back for three more episodes after Luthor! And the TV Guide article describes Alt!Lionel as "very vicious," so we get the Magnificent Bastard back! \o/ That would make a great cliffhanger ending before the winter hiatus, too.
cbrownjc From: cbrownjc Date: November 17th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh! I like that spec!
tasabian From: tasabian Date: November 16th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
OMG, can't stop looking at Tom & John! Is that Clark Luthor? Tom looks kinda badass there!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 17th, 2010 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Clark Kent and Clark Luthor switch places, so I'm guessing that's the real Clark. But if he's fencing, maybe not! I can't wait for this episode!
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: November 18th, 2010 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)
All this promotion is good.
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