Oct. 16, 2001
60 min.
The CW TV Network

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Aaron Robert Ashmore is a Canadian film and TV actor best known for his recurring roles as Jimmy Olsen ...

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"Well, you might not be superhuman, Clark, but there's a reason that I thought you were the Good Samaritan".

Jimmy Olsen is an oddly conflicted individual. Although he is very high-strung in regard to his work and his relationships, he is also easy-going in nearly every other aspect of his life. He is also highly intuitive -although he, and his friends do not realize this. He was one of the first people to try to get Lois and Clark together. He not only gets the first picture of The Blur, but he figures out that this mysterious hero started out in Smallville and figures out that Clark is him.

Jimmy dated Chloe Sullivan for the majority of the time he worked at the Daily Planet, and their relationship illustrated many of Jimmy's personality traits. As Chloe's boyfriend, he was willing to help out Chloe's friends.

However, he would often get jealous of Chloe's fierce devotion to her best friend Clark Kent and her tendency to keep secrets (related to Clark's alien heritage and her own meteor-rock infection), which led to arguments and even caused them to break up several times. Jimmy expressed that he felt he had to constantly compete for Chloe's affections, which came to a head when Chloe even sided with Davis over Jimmy.

Even though he was envious of Clark, they remained on good terms and began a tentative friendship. When Chloe finally admitted that she was meteor-infected, Jimmy made a conscious effort to be more sensitive to the subject. Jimmy enjoys amateur radio and basketball.

Early Life

Very little is known about Jimmy before he met Chloe Sullivan when they were interns at the Daily Planet together in the summer of 2002. They began an on-again, off-again relationship several years later, culminating in their engagement in the Summer of 2008. They married in November 2008. Before this time, Jimmy claimed his father was an investment banker, and that he had spent Thanksgiving of 2006 with his mother. However, several months before their wedding, Jimmy confessed that his father is not an investment banker, but a part-time mechanic and an alcoholic from Oklahoma City, and that he never really knew his mother. He stated that he recreated his identity in order to fit in the big city of Metropolis.

Eager to advance his career and make a name for himself, Jimmy was a dedicated journalist. He was always determined to pursue a story, or get to the bottom of an investigation to photograph the best news.

Life and Love

Since beginning a relationship with Chloe Sullivan, Jimmy had become friends with Clark Kent. He also found himself in the crosshairs of Lex Luthor and began a relationship with Clark's cousin, Kara Kent. However, when Kara lost her memory, Jimmy came to the conclusion that they might not have a connection after all. He then rekindled his relationship with Chloe. They were committed to making their relationship work, even as Jimmy continued to question whether Chloe would rather be with Clark.

When Jimmy proposed to Chloe, Chloe was arrested by the Department of Domestic Security before she had a chance to respond. When Chloe returned from Montana a month later, she accepted Jimmy's proposal. On their wedding day, Jimmy was injured by a mysterious creature and was taken to a hospital in Star City. Upon returning to his hometown, he began to suspect that Davis Bloome was a murderer, but became desperate and upset when no one, not even Chloe, believed him. He separated from his wife and was dealing with the physical and psychological ramifications of his attack. He quit his job at the Daily Planet, and he and Chloe divorced.

After a short stint as a bartender, Jimmy asked to borrow money from Oliver Queen. Oliver correctly deduced that Jimmy had begun abusing his pain medication. After catching him stealing money from Chloe's apartment, Oliver offered Jimmy a job and a chance to get back on his feet. Jimmy accepted and worked for him at Queen Industries until his death.

Clark told Jimmy his secret after he removed a kryptonite arrow from Clark's back, and Jimmy saw a cut on his face heal. He finally understood why Chloe was so secretive and protective of him and he and Chloe reconciled their relationship. Davis Bloome who was now only human, mortally wounded Jimmy with a pipe out of anger at Chloe for being with him just to protect Clark. With the last of his strength, he saved Chloe by impaling Davis. With his last breath, he told Chloe he loved her and died.

Unlike the television series, Jimmy is usually portrayed as being five-to-ten years younger than both Lois and Clark while his comic book counterpart is in his mid twenties while they are in their thirties. However, when Jimmy was killed by Davis, it was revealed at Jimmy's funeral that his name was "Henry James Olsen" implying that he was not the same Jimmy as from the comics, but rather his younger brother would turn out to be the Jimmy of the mythology.

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Season 5, Episode 04
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10x19 - Dominion
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