|Original airdate||September 29, 2005 – May 11, 2006|
Having arrived in the Arctic, with no knowledge of what to do next, Clark lets the Crystal of Knowledge do all the work. With the newly formed Fortress of Solitude, Clark begins the task of fulfilling his true destiny and stopping the coming evil with the help of Jor-El.
Two Kryptonian disciples of General Zod come to Smallville in search of Kal-El. Chloe Sullivan's mysterious disappearing act in the caves, and reappearance in a hospital in the Yukon, has Lex Luthor growing ever suspicious of Clark and his secret. Clark meets one of his college professors, Professor Fine, who has a few secrets of his own. Aquaman and Cyborg stop by Smallville, and Chloe gets a job at the Daily Planet, starting at the bottom. Clark becomes human, allowing he and Lana to take the next step in their relationship. Jonathan Kent and Lex both run for State Senator. Clark moves increasingly closer to the man he will one day become, and a surprising death strikes Smallville.
The opening credits for each episode include the following:
The following Recurring Characters appear in more than one episode this season:
- Brainiac - James Marsters 8/22
- Shelby - Bud 8/22
- Jor-El - Terence Stamp (4/22) and John Glover (2/22) 6/22
- Sheriff Nancy Adams - Camille Mitchell 3/22
- Lillian Luthor - Alisen Down 2/22
- Griff - Adrian Holmes 2/22
- Lex's Campaign Adviser - Dean McKenzie 2/22
The following Recurring Characters appear in only one episode this season, but also appear in other seasons:
- Aethyr - Alana de la Garza
- Nam-Ek - Leonard Roberts
- Dr. Albright - Judith Maxie
- Dr. Harden - Rekha Sharma
- Arthur Curry - Alan Ritchson
- Captain Maggie Sawyer - Jill Teed
- Dr. Yaeger Scanlan - Jerry Wasserman
- Victor Stone - Lee Thompson Young
- Laura Lang - Wendy Chmelauskas
- Lewis Lang - Ben Odberg
- Zod - Michael Rosenbaum
Although the following character did appear, she was not played by her regular actress, nor was her face shown and her actress was not credited.
Episode List: 2005–2006
|Arrival||Writer: Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer||Director: James Marshall||September 29, 2005||#89 501|
|Clark is transported to the North Pole after he unites the Stones of Power in the Kawatche Caves. The Disciples of Zod arrive in their Black Ship. Lois helps the Kents after their home is badly damaged by the second meteor shower. And Jor-El strips Clark of his powers, after his disobedience to continue his training.|
|Mortal||Writer: Steven S. DeKnight||Director: Terrence O'Hara||October 6, 2005||#90 502|
|Clark is left free to pursue a "normal" life. But when those closest to him are taken hostage to force him to recover a serum from LuthorCorp's Level Three, Clark and Chloe must save the day without his superhuman abilities. Lex and Clark's friendship abruptly comes to an end.|
|Hidden||Writer: Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson||Director: Whitney Ransick||October 13, 2005||#91 503|
|Gabriel, a former Smallville High student, hacks into missile codes and prepares to eliminate krypto-mutants in Smallville once and for all. A powerless Clark confronts him and is shot, and only Jor-El can save him.|
|Aqua||Writer: Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer||Director: Bradford May||October 20, 2005||#92 504|
|Lois hits her head while diving and is saved by a mysterious swimmer, Arthur Curry, who wants to break into the LuthorCorp Marine Center to destroy a weapon that could destroy all the marine life. When he is captured, Clark saves him and helps to ruin the deal Lex has been brokering. Clark finally finds himself unable to trust Lex.|
|Thirst||Writer: Steven S. DeKnight||Director: Paul Shapiro||October 27, 2005||#93 505|
|Lana decides to enroll at Metropolis University at the last minute and is forced to join a sorority to find housing at such a late date. Chloe applies for an internship at the Daily Planet and writes a story about Lana's new mysterious sorority sisters and their leader, Buffy Sanders. Milton Fine reveals his evil side and superhuman powers when he kills Lex's bodyguard.|
|Exposed||Writer: Brian Peterson, Kelly Souders||Director: Jeannot Szwarc||November 3, 2005||#94 506|
|Jack Jennings, an incumbent State Senator, comes to Smallville to visit his old friend Jonathan. However, after a young stripper turns up dead, it is revealed that she was Jennings' mistress, which makes him the prime suspect. Searching for answers, Chloe, Lois, and Clark launch an investigation, but Lois is kidnapped by the murderer.|
|Splinter||Writer: Steven S. DeKnight||Director: James Marshall||November 10, 2005||#95 507|
|Clark is exposed to a new to kind of meteor rock, silver kryptonite, causing him to have paranoid delusions about those around him. The silver kryptonite makes him believe that Chloe is going to reveal his secret, Jonathan is scheming against him with Lionel, and Lex and Lana are having a secret relationship. Chloe and the Kents frantically search for a cure, but it is Professor Fine who comes to Clark's rescue.|
|Solitude||Writer: Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer||Director: Paul Shapiro||November 17, 2005||#96 508|
|When Martha comes down with a strange disease, Professor Fine convinces Clark that Jor-El is responsible and that the Fortress of Solitude must be destroyed to save her life. However, Professor Fine has an ulterior motive which comes to fruition when they arrive.|
|Lexmas||Writer: Holly Harold||Director: Rick Rosenthal||December 8, 2005||#97 509|
|Lex considers whether to turn an operative loose to obtain or fake damaging information against Jonathan to upset his Senatorial race. But when Lex is shot, he falls into a coma and is visited by the ghost of his mother, who shows him what his life could be like if he frees himself from his father. Meanwhile, Clark helps deliver Christmas presents.|
|Fanatic||Writer: Wendy Mericle||Director: Michael Rohl||January 12, 2006||#98 510|
|The Senatorial race between Jonathan and Lex heats up when Jonathan receives an anonymous threat warning him to drop out of the election.|
|Lockdown||Writer: Steven S. DeKnight||Director: Peter Ellis||January 19, 2006||#99 511|
|Lex and Lana are at the mercy of a deranged Smallville deputy who plans to keep them captive until Lex reveals the location of the Kryptonian spaceship. Meanwhile, the Kents can't see eye-to-eye on campaign financing.|
|Reckoning||Writer: Brian Peterson, Kelly Souders||Director: Greg Beeman||January 26, 2006||#100 512|
|Jonathan and Lex learn the results of the senatorial election. Clark makes a fateful decision to reveal his secret to Lana, but Jor-El's prediction that Clark will lose a loved one forever comes to pass.|
|Vengeance||Writer: Al Septien, Turi Meyer||Director: Jeannot Szwarc||February 2, 2006||#101 513|
|Clark and Chloe discover that the new reporter at the Daily Planet-- a bespectacled, bumbling woman named Andrea Rojas -- is actually a masked avenger who fights crime at night. Meanwhile, Clark's bottled-up grief threatens to get the best of him.|
|Tomb||Writer: Steven S. DeKnight||Director: Whitney Ransick||February 9, 2006||#102 514|
|Chloe seemingly attempts suicide, but she denies this and insists she saw a ghost. Lana and Lex try to transfer her to Belle Reve, but Clark breaks her out of the hospital first. When they find the body of a young girl in the walls of the Talon, a mysterious amulet on the body transfers the girl's spirit into Chloe. Under her possession, she tries to extract revenge on her murderer.|
|Cyborg||Writer: Caroline Dries||Director: Glen Winter||February 16, 2006||#103 515|
|A sympathetic doctor releases a half-human/half-machine subject named Victor Stone who was being held captive and experimented on by LuthorCorp. While making his escape, Victor is struck by Lana's car. After watching him walk away without a scratch, Lana calls Clark to investigate. Clark befriends Victor and promises to help him find his girlfriend, but Lex traps Victor and takes him back to LuthorCorp.|
|Hypnotic||Writer: Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer||Director: Michael Rohl||March 30, 2006||#104 516|
|Lex discovers that Professor Fine is in Honduras and sets out to confront him. Clark meets a beautiful seductress named Simone who uses a magical charm to make people succumb to her every wish. An enchanted Clark reveals his powers to Simone, who seizes the opportunity and demands that Clark kill Lex.|
|Void||Writer: Holly Harold||Director: Jeannot Szwarc||April 6, 2006||#105 517|
|Still distraught over her break-up with Clark, Lana experiments with a dangerous serum that allows her to flat-line and see her deceased parents again. A worried Clark rushes to save Lana from hurting herself, but ends up being injected. When Clark flat-lines, he is able to talk to his recently deceased father, who warns him that Lionel knows his secret. Meanwhile, Lionel continues to get closer to Martha.|
|Fragile||Writer: Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer||Director: Tom Welling||April 13, 2006||#106 518|
|Clark and Martha take in a little girl, Maddie, after her foster mother is killed. However, it is discovered that Maddie has the power to shatter glass and she becomes the prime suspect. Meanwhile, Chloe suspects that Lex and Lana are becoming more than friends.|
|Mercy||Writer: Steven S. DeKnight||Director: James Marshall||April 20, 2006||#107 519|
|Martha and Lionel are caught in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game by a vindictive former LuthorCorp employee, and Clark must save Martha, but risk confirming his powers to Lionel in the process.|
|Fade||Writer: Turi Meyer, Al Septien||Director: Terrence O'Hara||April 27, 2006||#108 520|
|Clark saves the life of a stranger named Graham, who vows to repay Clark for his kindness. Unfortunately, Graham is a hit man with the ability to cloak himself, and he decides killing Lex would be the best gift he could give Clark. Meanwhile, Clark confronts Lana about her relationship with Lex.|
|Oracle||Writer: Caroline Dries||Director: Whitney Ransick||May 4, 2006||#109 521|
|Clark is stunned when he sees his father’s ghost, but becomes even more confused after Jonathan tells him he must kill Lionel. Meanwhile, Lex develops a vaccine for Fine’s deadly virus, but Fine intervenes and injects him with the vaccine, which causes a shocking reaction in Lex.|
|Vessel||Writer: Brian Peterson, Kelly Souders||Director: James Marshall||May 11, 2006||#110 522|
|When Clark refuses be the vessel to free General Zod, Brainiac unleashes a computer virus that throws the world's major cities in chaos. Jor-El and Lionel instruct Clark to defeat Zod's vessel, even if it means killing Lex. Clark, trying to avoid killing his former friend, tries to obliterate Fine. Instead, he opens the portal for Zod to inhabit Lex while simultaneously getting caught in the Phantom Zone.|
- Kristin Kreuk's name is misspelled in the opening credits on the original airing of Season 5's premiere Arrival. It was fixed for subsequent episodes and repeats.
- Completely new opening credits were used from Season 5 onwards.
- Even though Erica Durance is officially part of the main cast, she only appears in 13 episodes.
- Smallville's versions of comics characters Aquaman, (Aqua) Cyborg, (Cyborg), The Angel of Vengeance, (Vengeance), General Zod, (Kandor) and Brainiac/Milton Fine (Arrival) are introduced.
- Brainiac is a recurring villain throughout the season, appearing in Arrival, Aqua, Thirst, Splinter, Solitude, Hypnotic, Oracle and Vessel.
- Andrea is the first guest hero on Smallville to use an alter ego whereas Impulse, Aquaman and Cyborg were introduced as super powered civilians.
- Clark forms the Fortress of Solitude in this season.
- This season sees the end of the friendship between Clark and Lex.
- This is the last season to feature regular appearances from Sheriff Nancy Adams.
- This is the last year featuring John Schneider as Jonathan Kent as a series regular.
- This season marks the third time that Clark lost his powers. The first was Leech and the second was Asylum.
- A new type of kryptonite was introduced this season, known as silver kryptonite (although it was created by Brainiac). This is the fifth new type of kryptonite to be introduced after green kryptonite, red kryptonite, clear kryptonite and black kryptonite.
- This is the first season to feature any living Kryptonians other than Clark.
- At the start of the season, Lana and Clark started a relationship together, after 4 years of skirting around their feelings for each other. However, by the end of the season, Lana was in a relationship with Lex.
- This season marks the show's 100th episode.
- This season's main characters were the characters that appeared in the most amount of episodes throughout the series and possibly the most important and central characters in the series.
- Brainiac is the main antagonist, making this the second season not to have the main antagonist as a main character.
- This season marks the beginning of a new chapter in the Smallville series most notably known as Clark's Training Begins and Lex's Descension to Darkness. It is somewhat proven when Jor-El says to Clark in Arrival, "You have traveled far. One journey has ended. A new journey is about to begin. Welcome home, my son."
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