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Jitters

Earl Jenkins (Tony Todd) in "Jitters"

First aired December 11, 2001

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The CW's Official Description:

Clark (Tom Welling) and Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) team up to rescue Clark's high school class after a janitor (guest star Tony Todd) takes them hostage in LuthorCorp. He claims his deadly "jitters" were caused by a mysterious contaminant and threatens to kill everyone unless he is shown a secret sublevel - which Lionel Luthor (guest star John Glover, Batman & Robin) denies ever existed.

Kristin Kreuk, Eric Johnson, Sam Jones III, Allison Mack, Annette O'Toole and John Schneider also star. Michael Watkins directed the episode written by Cherie Bennett & Jeff Gottesfeld.

Detailed Description:

By Nadine

Freak of the Week: Earl Jenkins (Tony Todd) is a former worker at a at the LuthorCorp fertilizer plant, at a secret Level 3 that both Lionel (John Glover) and Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) deny exists. Earl is now very sick he claims comes from a strange green mist he saw at the plant. Before working at the plant, he used to work with the Kent's on their farm. Earl's sickness is uncontrollable jitters, that cause him to accidentally kill a man. Since no one believes him, he takes hostage a whole class of Smallville High students who were touring LuthorCorp. The class includes Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk), Whitney Fordman (Eric Johnson), Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack), Pete Ross (Sam Jones III) and Clark Kent (Tom Welling).
In order to find out the truth about his father's secrets, Lex volunteers himself as a hostage if Earl will release the students. As a gas leak begins, Lionel orders the shutdown of the plant, prepared to let his son die inside. Clark arrives to rescue Lex, and they find out that the Level 3 really did exist. Earl dies from his jitters, and Lex confronts his father who refuses to give him answers.

Character Development: We see more clearly the relationship between Lex and his father. His father is willing to sacrifice his son in the plant, and lies to the public about the secret Level 3. Lionel is also more concerned about answering the press' questions than his son's. However, in front of the cameras, Lionel attempts to appear as the loving father, patting Lex on the back.
Clark used his x-ray vision to find Lex and Earl and the secret Level 3, and Lex still wonders how Clark managed to find them, rescue him from a falling catwalk and stop a gas leak.
At the end of the episode, we see Lex looking enviously as Clark embraces his parents, Martha (Annette O'Toole) and Jonathan Kent (John Schneider).

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Notes:

Tony Todd is best known as The Candyman from the movies of the same name and he played a host of Star Trek characters.

Although this is Gabe Sullivan's (Robert Wisden) first appearance in the show, he was in a deleted scene in the pilot episode.

This was the fourth episode in production order - scenes from it were originally used at the end of the third complete episode "Hothead" to promote the next week's episode (although they aired "X-Ray" instead).

In the scene where Clark sees a room containing the fertilizer plant's floor plans, Clark can be seen running around in LuthorCorp's plant via the security cameras. So why doesn't Lex or other people working at the plant discover that?

Lex gives Clark the third degree on saving him - it's not that unusual for someone on an adrenaline rush could pull this off. The question is, how did Clark do it when he was being weakened to below human strength by exposure to a green-radiated Earl nearby?

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