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Greg in "Metamorphosis"

First aired October 23, 2001

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The CW's Official Description:

Written by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar
Directed by Michael Watkins and Philip Sgriccia

After the homecoming dance, in the tree outside Lana's bedroom window, Greg Arkin, an acne-ridden, insect-loving teen, secretly videotapes Lana. At home, Greg finds his mother, Arleen, watching one of his old videos of Lana. She's angry and disgusted at both of Greg's habits, his stalking Lana and his insect collecting. Greg decides to run away, but as he drives out of town, some of his insect cages break open, Greg crashes into a telephone pole, and the insects swarm around him, stinging and biting. Later that night, we see Greg in his room, covered with bug bites, clinging insect-like to the ceiling.

Clark has a dream of flying and awakens to find he is floating. He then crashes down, crushing his bed beneath him. Later, Clark is helping his parents at the Smallville Farmers Market. Whitney and Lana arrive and stepping away from Lana, Whitney tells Clark he needs Lana's necklace back. Clark doesn't have it. At the same time, Greg, looking and feeling supremely confident, makes a date with Lana for her to help him with some homework. Whitney tells Greg to stay away from Lana, but Greg isn't daunted. Later, as Whitney is driving home, Greg leaps from a tree onto Whitney's truck causing Whitney to crash. The Kents drive up and see Whitney unconscious inside. Clark drags Whitney out, then shields him with his body as the truck explodes in a huge ball of flame. Horrified, Jonathan and Martha rush to Clark, amazed, but relieved, to find that he is alright. Back at home, Clark tells Jonathan about that morning's floating incident; "What's happening to me?" he asks. Jonathan doesn't know but assures Clark they'll work through it. Meanwhile, Lex suggests to Lana that she's dating the wrong guy, and cryptically tells her she should ask Whitney what he was doing before the homecoming game. Back at Greg's house, Arleen arrives home to find the thermostat set at 103 degrees, and Greg's room covered spider silk. Greg appears behind her, suggesting that he is now the end product of millions of years of insect evolution. First he'll eat, then he'll molt, and then he'll mate. Terrified, Arleen tries to back away, but Greg stops her with a torpedo of wet silk he shoots from his mouth.

At Luthor Mansion, Lex gives Clark the "Trojan horse" to Lana's heart: her necklace. Lex opens the box he's keeping it in, and Clark is overcome with weakness. When Lex closes the box, Clark feels fine. Intrigued, Clark asks Lex what the box is made of. "Lead." At school the next day, Lana confronts Whitney about making Clark the "Scarecrow," and asks for her necklace back. When Whitney admits he lost it, Lana is furious and storms off, looking for Clark. Greg bumps into her, and reminds her of their study date. Lana says she can't talk, she has to see Clark. Greg is angry and jealous. Back at the Kent farm, Clark tests the effects of Lana's necklace. When he opens the lead box he immediately feels weak and sees that his veins are black, pulsing and throbbing beneath his skin. When he closes the box he feels fine. Unsure what to make of it all, Clark returns to his loft to find Lana waiting for him. He quickly hides the box. Lana apologizes for Whitney's behavior. She thought she knew Whitney and now wonders what else she's been blind to. She tells Clark that Whitney even lost her favorite necklace - it was made from a fragment of the meteor that killed her parents. Meanwhile, Greg is in the shower, shedding the outer layer of his skin as he molts. That night, Greg attacks Clark in the barn. Greg then pushes Jonathan from the barn rafters, hurling him towards the upturned tractor blades below. As Jonathan plummets in slow motion, Clark speeds under Jonathan, breaking his fall and saving his life.

In the aftermath of Greg's attack, Clark confesses to Jonathan that he feels responsible for the bad things that happen in Smallville since they seem to be caused by the meteors that accompanied Clark's arrival on Earth. At school the next day, Clark tells Chloe about Greg. After some research, Chloe theorizes that Greg has transformed into some sort of "bug boy." Realizing Greg is now in the mating phase, Clark races to Lana's house. Meanwhile, Whitney is with Lana apologizing for how he treated Clark. Suddenly, Greg arrives. With superhuman strength, Greg hurls Whitney aside and tells Lana "It's time... for us."

Whitney is recovering from Greg's attack when Clark arrives. Clark tells Whitney to head for a tree fort that Clark and Greg used to play in as kids. Clark then runs ahead to the tree fort, finding Lana cocooned in silk, and Greg lying in wait. Greg pushes Clark through the wall of the tree fort, and they both fall to the ground. Greg then jumps a fence and heads for an abandoned foundry. Clark follows. Unfortunately, the foundry is filled with meteors and Clark is weakened the moment he steps inside. Greg attacks Clark, getting the best of him until Clark makes his way into a metal vat made of lead. His strength renewed, Clark fights back. Greg accidentally pulls a lever that sends a massive weight crashing down on him. Meanwhile, Whitney has found the tree fort and rescues Lana. Clark arrives just in time to see the two of them together, walking arm in arm back to Whitney's truck. That night, Clark anonymously leaves Lana's necklace hanging on her front door. Lana is thrilled and grateful to have it back.

Detailed Description:

By Nadine

Freak of the Week: Greg Arkin (Chad E. Donella) is a high school student with a passion for collecting bugs, and a serious crush on Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk). One night, Greg gets into a car accident while transporting his bugs in their cages, the bugs cover him, bite and sting him. He gets transformed into a bug himself, setting the temperature in his room to 103, sleeping clinging to the ceiling and able to cover his victims with a web of silk coming straight from his mouth. He is completely transformed and unrecognizable. He will go through three stages, eating, molting and mating.
His first victim is his own mother, and later, he jumps onto Whitney Fordman's (Eric Johnson) truck, causing an accident. Whitney is rescued by Clark Kent (Tom Welling). Greg's progression continues, and he molts in the shower, removing his outer layer of skin. Greg then attacks Jonathan Kent (John Schneider) who is saved by his son.
Clark tells Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) about Greg, and she researches his behavior. She realizes that his next stage will be mating. Greg kidnaps Lana and wraps her in silk. Whitney and Clark find them in a treehouse. Clark fights with Greg, and the fight continues in the barn. Meanwhile, Whitney frees Lana and takes the credit for rescuing her.

Character Development: Clark dreams that he can fly, and when he wakes, he is floating above his bed. Later, when Clark saves Whitney from the car accident caused by Greg, he discovers another power, as he shields Whitney from the blazing truck and finds he can resist fire.
Whitney, who believes Clark still has the necklace from the day of the hazing, asks for it back. Clark does not have it since it is Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) who found it in the cornfields that day. Lex cryptically tells Lana that she should question her boyfriend about where he was the day of the homecoming game.
Later, Lex returns the necklace to Clark. It is in a lead box. They both realize that when the box is closed, Clark is fine, when the box is opened, Clark is weakened. Clark takes the box with the necklace back home and keeps testing the effects of the necklace.
Lana questions Whitney about the hazing, and Whitney confesses that he has lost the necklace. Upset, she goes to visit Clark, admitting her doubts about Whitney. She tells him that the necklace is precious to her, because it is a fragment of the meteor that killed her parents twelve years ago.
Not wanting to tell Lana that he has the necklace, he later leaves it hanging on her front door.

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DC/Milestone Media has a story like this in an issue of Kobalt #7. The villain had fly like powers and appearance. Static of Static Shock fan appeared in the story.

UPN/WB crossover-the ending song was "Where Ever You Will Go" by The Call. This song was used to promote The Enterprise series on UPN.

Among the bug in-jokes: Greg drives a VW "bug", and the music playing right before he crashes is "Last Resort", by Papa Roach.

Chad E Donella (Greg/"The Bug Guy") played another vaguely mentally disturbed mutant in an episode of 'X-Files' called 'Hungry'. His character's catchphrase, used several times, was, "You can't fight biology." In this episode of 'Smallville', Greg tells Clark, "You can't fight natural law."
David Nutter, who directed this episode, also directed the film Disturbing Behavior which starred guest star Chad E. Donella as the albino outsider U.V.

Tom Welling's hair goes from long to short and back again in the scene where Clark, Chloe and Pete discuss his treehouse/fort.

When Lana goes to ask Whitney about what happened to Clark the night of the dance, she is wearing a denim shirt over a white shirt. After talking to Whitney, she runs down the stairs, and you can see she's wearing a light blue skirt. Then when she went to go see Clark right after, she's wearing the same denim shirt and white t-shirt combo, but black pants. If it was urgent that she talk to Clark, why'd she change?

When Clark is returning Lana's necklace, he obviously exposes himself to the meteor rock radiation. So, how then, can he not get sick from it (first of all), and, secondly, how can he have the strength to speed-run away from her door before he sees her?

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