|“||That's what you get for trying to be a hero, Clark. You're a pretty smart boy, but you forget I've been doing this a long time. [...] Did you really think that you could double-cross me? Clark, my job is about scenarios. You never enter a crack house with one plan; you go in with ten! That's how you survive. The truth is, kid...YOU! DIDN'T LEAVE ME WITH A LOT OF OPTIONS! [...] You complicate my life? I'm gonna complicate yours!||„|
|~ Phelan ranting at Clark, "Rogue"|
Samuel "Sam" Phelan is a one-shot villain appearing in the First Season of the television series Smallville.
He was portrayed by Cameron Dye.
Phelan was a dirty detective working for the Metropolis Police Department and occasionally helped rich people perform coverups. At the behest of Lionel Luthor, he helped Lex Luthor out of tight spots in the past, namely an altercation at Club Zero in which Jude Royce was shot and killed. Sam made certain that Lex's name did not appear on any of the reports.
Phelan first appears in "Rogue," where he witnesses Clark Kent use his powers to prevent a bus from crashing into a homeless man sleeping on a bus stop bench. He travels to Smallville and sets a trap for Clark so as to catch him using his powers, then tries to blackmail Clark into helping him with an Internal Affairs investigation.
Jonathan Kent meets with Phelan and tells him to stay away from Clark. Phelan refuses and threatens to expose Clark's secret to the world, prompting an angry response from Jonathan. Later, Phelan corners Clark on the street and persuades him to accompany him to Metropolis.
The two of them arrive outside an Internal Affairs official's apartment building, and Phelan tells Clark to break into the official's vault and retrieve confidential files, promising to never contact Clark again. Clark goes into the apartment, rips out the vault, and dumps it on Phelan's car, then calls the police.
As the police arrive, Clark hands Phelan the file he's looking for and super-speeds away. Phelan, however, turns the tables and frames Clark's father for the murder of an informant. When confronted by an angry Clark, he tells Clark he'll drop the charges against Jonathan if Clark helps him one more time.
Later, Phelan picks up Clark, and they go to the Metropolis Museum, where Phelan informs Clark he's there to collect his "retirement package," namely the jewels decorating Alexander the Great's chest plate. He has Clark disable the security alarms, and they enter the museum, but Clark outwits him. Clark throws it through a window to land at the feet of the guards on the sidewalk.
Phelan tries shooting at Clark, who dodges the bullets and super-speeds away, leaving Phelan to deal with the police, who shoot him. When Lex arrives and asks to know what happened, Phelan replies "Go to Hell, Luthor" before dying.