After Clark (Tom Welling) rescues Lana (Kristin Kreuk)
from the eye of the storm, he discovers the storm's wrath has unleashed the
spaceship into the fields and buried his father (John Schneider) alive along
with the unscrupulous reporter (guest star Tom O'Brien) who has discovered
Clark's secret. Meanwhile, Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) is wracked with guilt over
his father (John Glover).
Sam Jones III, Allison Mack and Annette O'Toole also star. Greg Beeman
directed the episode written by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar with teleplay by
The ship takes off out of the cellar, through the fields and straight
into the tornado, where it gets swept up. The key gets dislocated off the
ship. Meanwhile, Lana Lang (Kristin
Kreuk) is in her truck, spinning in the tornado, and Clark Kent (Tom
Welling) gets to the truck, as the truck starts falling apart. He
lies over Lana at the bottom of the truck as the truck's body is getting
ripped off, doors, wheels and all.
At the Luthor mansion, Lex Luthor (Michael
Rosenbaum) stares at his father Lionel (John
Glover) stuck under the beam. Finally, he runs to the beam and edges
it off Lionel, but pieces of debris fall onto Lionel and knock him out.
Meanwhile, Roger Nixon (Tom
O'Brien) is running through the woods, with Jonathan Kent (John
Schneider) right behind him. Nixon gets the tape out of the camera
and into his jacket pocket. Jonathan catches up with him and they fight,
as the storm is blowing around them. Jonathan sees a motor house caught
in the tornado and spinning above his head. He pushes Nixon into a nearby
cellar and jumps in himself, as the house comes crashing down on top of
them, blocking the exit of the cellar.
The tornado begins to move on, and Lana's truck crashes to the ground.
Lana is unconscious, and Clark is trying to revive her, as they are
surrounded by car and house debris for miles around.
Clark rushes Lana to hospital, where she begins to regain consciousness.
The hospital is crowded with injured patients. The nurse reassures Clark
that Lana will be all right, and he runs off to check on his parents. He
finds the storm cellar missing a ship, and his mother Martha Kent (Annette
O'Toole) unconscious on the ground. She wakes up and tells him about
Roger Nixon and how angry his father was.
The doctor informs Lex that Lionel has serious injuries all over,
including damage to his optical nerve. Lex wants specialists flown in
from Metropolis. He attempts to reassure his father, but Lionel tells Lex
that he saw that look in Lex's eyes, he knew that Lex was thinking that
it would be so much easier if Lionel was dead. Lex is truly sorry.
Martha and Clark look for Jonathan. Martha is concerned by Jonathan's
anger, but assures Clark that he would never do anything stupid. Clark in
turn reassures his mother, stating that Jonathan grew up in tornado
country and knows what to do. Jonathan and Nixon both wake up buried in a
cellar, and Jonathan frees Nixon from under a heavy object.
Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) comes
to pick Lana up from the hospital, and Lana explains to Chloe that she
was swept up into the tornado. She doesn't mention that she saw Clark at
the site. She just says that she passed out and woke up in hospital. When
Chloe wonders how she got there, Lana admits that, apparently, Clark
bought her in. She inquires on his whereabouts, and Chloe says that he
vanished from the dance and that she's spent three hours looking for him.
They share an awkward moment as Chloe realizes that Clark left her to
save Lana. Lana tries to reassure Chloe, telling her that they looked
Lex shows up at the Kents as Clark is looking for a flashlight to
continue searching for his father. Lex tells Clark how he hesitated in
rescuing Lionel, and has come to help Clark look for Jonathan. They
search the woods, and Lex sees Nixon's car landed on top of a tree. Clark
wonders whose car it is, and Lex pretends not to know. They decide to
split up in order to cover more ground.
Jonathan and Nixon try to find a way out while arguing over Clark. Nixon
says, "You have the most amazing being on Earth doing chores on your
farm!". Jonathan tries to explain that he is trying to protect Clark, and
is leaving the decision of whether to tell the world up to Clark for when
he is older. They start fighting, and Nixon tells Jonathan, "You're just
a small man who's son's destiny is too big for you to comprehend" and
that Clark doesn't belong to the Kent's, but rather to the world. At that
moment, Nixon's buried cellphone rings. It's Lex. When Jonathan hears
Lex's name, he grabs the phone and throws it against the wall. He claims
he would rather die buried that watch Lex and Nixon destroy Clark's life.
Clark hears Lex trying to call Nixon and confronts him about it. He knows
Lex lied previously about knowing Nixon. He thinks Lex is only here to
find Nixon and not help with the search for Jonathan. Clark grabs the
flashlight out of Lex's hands and carries on with the search.
The following day, Martha posts a picture of Jonathan on a missing
person's board at The Talon, which has been transformed into a storm
relief center. Lana questions Clark on what really happened, and he
explains that he found her lying in a field and took her to hospital. She
seems doubtful that that was the truth. Clark's blames himself for his
father missing, his mother tries to reassure him.
Jonathan realizes that the wall around them are made of a mixture of lead
and cement, and explains that Clark can't see through lead. Nixon
continues to try and convince Jonathan that the world deserves to know
the truth, while Jonathan continues to search for a way out. Jonathan
suddenly figures a way out, but won't reveal it until Nixon gives up the
tape. Nixon hands to tape to Jonathan, who destroys it. Both men work on
a part of the wall that is weaker and try to free themselves.
Lex apologizes to Clark, and explains that he met Nixon when the
journalist wanted to sell him a story on the Kents. Clark inquires on the
nature of the story, but Lex explains that he refused to listen to Nixon,
because he is a liar who would do anything for a story. He asks Clark to
believe that he is Clark's friend. He shows him a map that may help them
find Jonathan. They call on the help of Chloe and Pete Ross (Sam
Jones III). Then come across the motor house that landed onto the
storm cellar, and begin shouting out for Jonathan. Clark's x-ray vision
shows him nothing, since he can't see underground due to the lead. Nixon
and Jonathan hear them, but their cries cannot be heard in return. In
desperation, Nixon starts digging at the wall furiously, and a whole
section falls on them. They are both knocked unconscious. As the wall had
crumbled around them, so had a whole bunch of green rocks.
Lana and Martha are both helping out at The Talon, and Martha tells Lana
how this reminds her of the aftermath of the meteor shower. She also
remembers how, that day, she was with Jonathan buying flowers at Nell's
shop, and Lana was sitting on the counter, wearing a fairy costume. She
had asked Martha if she wanted to make a wish. Soon after that, Clark
entered their lives. Martha had never even told Clark this story.
As the rescue continues, Clark apologizes to Chloe for leaving the dance.
She accepts with nervous humor, in order to hide her disappointment. She
even suggests that they just remain friends. He is confused but accepts,
and she tries to put on a brave face but falls apart when he turns away.
Pete finds her there, upset, and she explains what happens, and that she
suggested the friends thing as a defense mechanism. Pete does his best to
Buried in the rubble, Nixon and Jonathan are finding it hard to breath,
and Jonathan is trapped, but they manage to share a moment, as Jonathan
recollects the first time Clark, as a toddler, used his abilities. He
also explains that they were gonna take him to a doctor, but Martha got
scared that scientists would want to keep him, and they decided to hide
his abilities. Jonathan agrees that it may have been a mistake, but it's
one he would gladly do again.
Doctors argue over the appropriateness of eye surgery in Lionel's
condition, but Lex orders the surgery to go ahead. Meanwhile, Clark, Pete
and Martha are studying old maps of the area, and Clark sees that one of
the maps shows a church around the area that they searched. They did not
see a church there. Martha explains that the church was destroyed in the
meteor shower. But Clark notices that the church had a crypt at the
bottom, and at that moment Pete realizes that the motor house they saw
was at the site of the church.
Martha takes Pete with her to organize a search party, so that Clark can
run to the site to rescue Jonathan. He manages to lift the motor house
up. He runs down to the crypt and finds his father buried, but suffers
from the meteor rocks. Jonathan asks Nixon to get Clark away from the
rocks, but instead, he stuffs a rock into Clark's jacket pocket and drags
Clark out of the crypt, claiming he now has all the evidence he needs. He
drags Clark out in the open, but realizes he can't go anywhere with his
car stuck up the tree. Jonathan manages to free himself, and he and Nixon
fight. Nixon hits him across the face with a pole, and his about to stab
him with that pole, when Lex appears and shoots Nixon dead.
At the scene, with the emergency vehicles around, Clark and Jonathan
discuss the conflicting stories they heard from Lex and Nixon. Jonathan
states that one of them is lying, to which Clark answers, "The question
you need to ask yourself is which one tried to kill you, and which one
saved your life". At that moment, Lex walks up to Jonathan, who thanks
him for saving his life. Lex extends his hand, "To a fresh start" he
says, and Jonathan shakes it.
Chloe is alone in the Torch office, and is deleting the pictures of her
and Clark at the dance, one by one, from her computer. But as she goes
for the final step of emptying the Recycle Bin on her hard drive, she
cancels the action.
Clark talks to his father about how he rescued Lana. he explain how he
was inside the tornado and how it felt like he was willing himself to
move towards the truck, it felt like he was flying.
Lex stays by his father's beside until he wakes. He thanks Lex for saving
him and for taking immediate action in ordering the surgery. But then his
tone changes, and he tells Lex that he made the wrong decision, that he
is blind, and that Lex should have let him die. Lex takes the criticism
to heart and leaves the room.
Lana tells Clark how she thinks the events really happened in the
tornado, that he protected her, and put his arms around her in the truck
and told her that everything would be all right. She tells Clark that he
can tell her anything. He sticks by his story, and she walks away,
disappointed, telling him that he can't hide forever.
The last shot is that of the open fields, and the ship just lying there,
in one of them.
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This is the first episode John Glover (Lionel Luthor) is
listed as a full time cast member. He was previously a recurring
This is the last episode to feature Tom O'Brien as Roger
Nixon unless he comes back in a flashback, since he was killed.
Slightly redesigned opening credits, with some clips from
later first season episodes such as "Leech"
This episode was rerun along with "Tempest"
on January 7, 2003 as a two-hour movie and presented in widescreen
Eric Johnson no longer appears in the opening credits.
Clark picks up a haircut and tan between when we saw him
rushing to Lana's help at the last episode and the beginning of this
episode when he gets to the truck up in the tornado (due to the season
break). For those of us with short memories, the opening clips make this
Where did Lana get the bag that she packs to leave the
hospital during her conversation with Chloe? Clark brought her direct to
the hospital, and we never see Nell. So how'd it get there?
Martha pins up a picture of Jonathan on the "Missing
Persons" board and Lana wanders over, looks at it, and immediately asks,
"Any luck?" Isn't the whole picture-on-the-board thing kinda
Wouldn't Clark be able to search faster on his own using
Lex's map, with his super-speed and all? Why does he pick up Pete and
How did Lex get from the hospital (and the surgery with
his father) back out to the trailer/church to shoot Nixon so quickly?
It's like one scene later and there's no indication of time passing. No
wonder Lex isn't surprised at Clark super-speeding around last season -
he's just as fast!
Does Lex always carry a gun - he's never had one before
that we know of. Does he just haul it along with him on general
principles, or did he bring it along to kill Nixon?
The corn in the field where the spaceship comes to rest
is over 6 feet tall. In the Spring, 2 to 3 feet would be a lot.
Where does the blood come from which drips onto Lex's
head? It's Nixon's car but we all know Nixon wasn't in it. (it could be
oil, not blood, but it looks rather reddish for oil).
Why does Nixon suddenly try and open his car with his
alarm remote? Wouldn't he either see it's in a tree or not bother because
his car is nowhere to see. Most people wouldn't try and open their car
unless they can see it first.
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