Who shot L.L.?


Tom Welling as
Clark Kent
Kristen Kreuk as
Lana Lang
as Lex Luthor
John Glover
as Lionel Luthor
Sam Jones III as
Pete Ross
Allison Mack as
Chloe Sullivan
as Martha Kent
as Jonathan Kent

Written by Brian
and Kelly Sounders.
Directed by Greg Beeman.

Original Airdate

Suspect originally aired on Tuesday, January 28, 2003.


Jonathan Kent is the prime suspect in the shooting of Lionel Luthor.

High Point

“I forgive you, son.” That entire conversation had perfect dynamics
and characterizations.

Low Point

The “big rig with the gun” scene.

The Review

The “who was the killer” mystery was original on the first
few shows that did it. By now, it’s old hat. It was no less
compelling, but it wasn’t original. I give it 2 out of 6.

The effects were decent. The only new effect was the bullet
entering the rear of the car, but that didn’t look real at all. (If it
all happened as fast as the situation needed it to, the truck would
have still been in sight, too.) I give it 3 out of 6.

The story was very well told. The evidence was there, as was
a large number of distracting options. Lana overheard some things she
didn’t know before and can now become curious about in her flashback,
which could have lasting implications. The business dealings were
also interesting. I give it 5 out of 6, hampered only by the Low

The acting was good all around. Once again, Tom Welling was
a bit weak in places, but the only time he was really bad was in his
big exposition scene. It’s hard to make exposition interesting, so
I’ll give the team a 5 out of 6.

The emotional response this produced was very good. I like a
good mystery, and this was one of them. My only real complaint is
that we didn’t get enough information to eliminate more of the
suspects. I give it 6 out of 6.

The production was excellent. The lighting was perfect for
setting the moods. The placement of the camera during Lex’s solo
scene in his study was wonderful, setting up his seclusion and
loneliness while still indicating what he was thinking about at the
time. The directing of the teaser was beautiful, setting up the
rather incriminating evidence very well. I’m very impressed. I give
it 6 out of 6.

Overall, we’re looking at a great episode. Let’s hope they
can keep this up through sweeps. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Suspect receives 32 out of 42.