Talbert was a corrupt police officer of the Metropolis Police Department in the CW TV series Smallville. He served as the secondary antagonist in the Season Eight episode "Bulletproof".
Talbert and his partner Joe Simmons were involved in a illegal activities while working as police officers. When Detective John Jones started to investigate into the corruption of their district, Talbert shot Jones in the chest with a high powered rifle. He had Dan Turpin cover his tracks. Determined to find out what had happened to Jones, Clark Kent went undercover as a police officer and was partnered with Turpin. Under the code name "Joe Fordman", Clark attended a barbecue at Turpin's house and met officer Simmons and Talbert along with the other officers. Clark asked if any of them knew about Jones' shooting, and Talbert flinched but the others claimed not to know.
Clark and Dan later joins the group of cops in assaulting the man who killed his partner. Before they could finish him off, Green Arrow intervened and knocked most of the officers out with taser arrows. Recalling Clark's earlier questions about Jones, Dan tracked Clark to the hospital after learning his true identity. Having caught Clark on false charges of attempting to kill Jones, Talbert, along with Simmons, hatched a plan to take down Green Arrow with Dan pulling the trigger. Talbert sat on a nearby roof with his sniper rifle when Dan arrived with the thug who robbed the Pharmacy and started beating him. The thug screams for help and Green Arrow arrives.
Dan got the drop on Green Arrow, but hesitates to kill him. Arrow managed to talk Dan out of it and lowers his gun. Without hesitation, Talbert then began shooting at Turpin and Green Arrow and shot Turpin in the arm. Clark arrives and disarms Talbert, but Talbert pulls a gun from his back pocket and fires; the bullet bounces off Clark and wounds Talbert. Talbert asks how that could happen, and Clark simply replies "Like you said, always wear a vest."