'Smallville': Clark Kent will be the mask; Chloe and Oliver have the talk

sv-future-clark.jpgWe got a brief glimpse of future Clark ( Tom Welling) in "Smallville's" 200th episode, "Homecoming," and in tonight's "Masquerade" we finally saw his first step toward becoming that man.

Lois ( Erica Durance) has been trying to find a way to keep Clark's true identity as The Blur a secret. She's gotten paranoid about newspaper layouts, and she even defaced his sexy leather jacket with an 8 Mile hood. (We so do not approve.) When she suggested bobby pins to hold the hood in place during super speed, we'd had about enough.

Clark just wasn't on board with the mask thing. "I should be wearing a mask," he admitted. "Unfortunately, I've lived my entire life up until this point without needing one. That's why I've been so reluctant."

In the end, it was Clark who found a solution to the double identity problem. We nearly cried (okay, we did cry, but just a little, and it was a very strong, brave little tear) when he told Lois, "This is the face of the man that my parents raised. It's the face of the man that you love. I don't want to deny who I am when I'm out there doing what I was born to do."

And then, there were glasses. The Blur is Clark's true identity: Clark Kent "is just a name, it's just a word." So it's Clark that has to wear the mask, now -- not The Blur.

It's been a long-running joke throughout the Superman franchise: Is everyone really so blind that they can't tell he's the same guy, with or without his glasses? It's just one of those suspension-of-disbelief things that makes it feel like the entire fandom is in on a secret joke, and we love it. Clark explains that in order for the glasses to work, he'll have to adjust his day-to-day behavior. He'll have to be so normal that no one would ever believe he could be extraordinary.

"So you're willing to dial back the hometown hero and crank up the average Joe?" Lois asks him.

"If that's what it takes to be the hero that people need, yes Miss Lane, I am." Awww.

Meanwhile, Oliver ( Justin Hartley) had a revelation about his identity, too. Turns out living in disguise kind of sucks. The problem is, Oliver is still truly madly deeply in love with Chloe ( Allison Mack), and she's worked hard to blend into the woodwork her entire life. It's a sacrifice she makes to be able to do her job to the best of her ability. Can the girl who thrives behind the scenes really be the one for a man who is about to be one of the most recognizable faces? sv-chloe-oliver-lg.jpg

"I know how hard you've worked to disappear," Oliver says reluctantly, "but I'm gonna be in the spotlight for the rest of my life. I was kidding myself with this whole trying to be normal thing. I thought I was giving up my identity by coming out but all I did was change it. I am who I am, and it's time I stopped hiding from that. I made this bed, and now I have to sleep in it."

As we learned from this episode, Chloe can do just about anything. As she battled physical manifestations of the Seven Deadly Sins, all twisting their way into her mind to try to make her break, we saw how strong she is, and that her emotional and mental strength makes her a little superhero in her own right.

She's come so far from who she was in high school, and it's really showing: we're so thrilled that the writers are doing justice to Chloe's incredible journey in her last few episodes on the show.

So we're not surprised when Chloe decides that she can be herself and do her job and be with Oliver -- her relationship doesn't have to compromise her life, it can enrich it.

"So I've got a question for you, when people see this adorable blonde on this adorable blond's arm, what do they call you?" Oliver asks, teasingly.

"Let's start with girlfriend and go from there," Chloe says. Again, we get all melty.

Just when everything seems all peachy, we cut to our cliffhanger! Oliver's got the Omega symbol in his head. Sigh. Can't we all just get along?

What did you think of "Masquerade," the disguise, and the generally kickass Chloe moments? Sound off in our comments section, we love to hear your thoughts!



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