Smallville (2001–2011)
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Lana befriends Harry, an elderly murderer living incognito in a nursing home. He falls into a kryptonite pond and regains his youth. Harry starts killing descendants of the jurors who convicted him, one of whom was Jonathan Kent's father.


Chris Long


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Welling ... Clark Kent
Kristin Kreuk ... Lana Lang
Michael Rosenbaum ... Lex Luthor
Eric Johnson ... Whitney Fordman (credit only)
Sam Jones III ... Pete Ross
Allison Mack ... Chloe Sullivan
Annette O'Toole ... Martha Kent
John Schneider ... Jonathan Kent
Eric Christian Olsen ... Young Harry Bollston
Jackie Burroughs ... Cassandra Carver
George Murdock ... Old Harry Bollston
Lisa Calder Lisa Calder ... Zoe Garfield
Alf Humphreys ... Jim Gage
Mitchell Kosterman ... Sheriff Ethan Miller
Reg Tupper ... Doctor


Clark and Pete apply to community work in an institute for the aged to be close to Lana Lang who's also volunteering there. Clark's favorite patient is Cassandra Carver, a blind old lady that foretells the future, and who realizes that Clark is not from this world. Lana takes care of Harry Bollston, an unknown former murder. When Harry falls in a lake full of kryptonite nearby the institution, he becomes young again. The young Harry Volk then seeks revenge against the descendants of the members of the jury that sentenced him in the past by killing them. One of these descendants is Jonathan Kent. Meanwhile, Lex approaches Cassandra to ask her information about Clark, and she has a vision of disaster involving Lex. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

20 November 2001 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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The name Cassandra references the Greek figure of the same name who was cursed with the ability to foretell the future but never have anyone believe her. See more »


(at around 49 mins) There is a shot of Cassandra after she died, but it is easy to see the actress breathing. See more »


[first lines]
Pete Ross: Man, I don't know how I let you talk me into this.
Clark Kent: Every Smallville High student needs to complete 30 hours of community service.
Pete Ross: Yeah, but we could have served our community by lifeguarding a girls' swim class instead of hanging out with the denture crowd. I mean, what's the attraction?
[Lana comes into the picture]
Lana Lang: Hi, Clark, Pete.
Clark Kent: Lana. I didn't know you were volunteering here.
Pete Ross: Yeah, right.
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References Superman (1978) See more »


Written by Damon Albarn
Performed by Gorillaz
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Future revelations
13 September 2014 | by Brettyboy007See all my reviews

This episode was fantastic. Perfect everything. The writing, acting, and the action were all amazing. "Hourglass" had a lot of revelations. Clark meets a blind lady called Cassandra Carver who can supposedly tell the future of anyone they touch. Through many visits to her, Clark finds out his destiny is to save people. Foreshadowing anyone? Haha.

The other side stories are that another resident in the retirement center was a murderer in his earlier days and finds a place where he connects with the meteor rocks and reverts to his former self and decides to kill the children of the parents who convicted him. Also Lex wants to know his future after hearing about Cassandra from Clark.

The episode overall was perfect with revealing the futures of Clark and a glimpse into Lex's future. Lex is starting to become Clark's archnemesis as he won't give up why he survived that bridge accident in the pilot. He is trying anything to figure out Clark's mystery. Lex's future looks like there could be a lot of betrayals and deaths. Will he ever become the President? Lots of questions arise after this episode.

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