The CW's Official Description:
Clark (Tom Welling) goes into hiding after he discovers a
startling new power that quickly gets out of control and accidentally harms Lana
(Kristin Kreuk). However, after a hot new teacher (guest star Krista Allen) uses
kryptonite-enhanced pheromones to convince Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) to marry her,
then spellbinds Jonathan (John Schneider), Clark must get a grip on his new
power in time to keep Jonathan from killing Lex.
Sam Jones III, Allison Mack and Annette O'Toole also star. James Marshall
directed the episode written by Mark Verheiden.
Freak of the Week: Desiree Atkins
(Krista Allen) is the new biology teacher. A heat wave has come over
Smallville and everyone is feeling hot already, but when Desiree walks
into the classroom, all jaws drop! To make matters worse, the first
lesson is spent watching a sex ed video! Clark Kent (Tom
Welling) can't stop staring at her, and she notices. He is constantly
sweating, and then, his eyes start burning, and before he knows it, heat
vision is coming out of his eyes, and he sets the projection screen on
fire. The students are evacuated, and Lex Luthor (Michael
Rosenbaum) arrives and runs up to Desiree and kisses her. He
introduces her to a stunned Clark and Pete Ross (Sam
Jones III) as his fiancée. He then gives Clark a wedding invitation
for that night, and asks him to be his best man. Clark is shocked but
accepts, saying he is honored.
Back at the Luthor mansion, Desiree is looking over the pre-nuptial
agreement that Lex wants her to sign. He explains that his father Lionel
Luthor (John Glover) could disown
him if he didn't get her to sign it. She understands, and says she will
as soon as he kisses her. He goes to kiss her, and a purple haze emanates
from her mouth and into his. They kiss, and suddenly, he is spellbound
into agreeing to tear up the pre-nup, stating he plans to spend the rest
of his life with her.
Clark returns home and tells his parents, Jonathan (John
Schneider) and Martha Kent (Annette
O'Toole) about the fire incident at school. They ask him to explain,
and when they hear that he was watching a sex ed video, they figure that
this new ability is triggered by hormones. They advise him to stay at
home until he can figure it out, but he shows them Lex's wedding
The wedding goes successfully, and, at the reception, Clark admits to Lex
that he is a little shell-shocked by the speed of the wedding. He is
confused that, one minute Lex is off on a two-week business trip, and the
next, he's engaged. Lex explains that, the first night he met her, he
knew she was different and not after his name or his fortune. He says,
"You can waste your time playing it safe or you can go for it. At some
point, Clark, you just know when something's right". At which point,
Clark sees Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk)
After the reception, Clark and Lana go to The Talon for an iced coffee.
They complain about the heat. They discuss Lex's sudden wedding, and she
says she finds it romantic that he acted on his passion and wonders if
they could ever do the same. Clark starts sweating even more, and his
eyes start burning again. He tries to keep his eyes closed to stop the
heat vision but can't control it, and he sets the coffee machine on fire.
He freaks out and keeps moving his eyes everywhere, setting fire to
everything he looks at. He manages to stop and protect Lana.
Frustrated and worried, he tells his father about the incident. His
father understands that he needs to master this new ability. Jonathan
takes Clark out the field, and gets him to practice on a scarecrow. He
tells him to remember the emotion he felt at the time in The Talon. Clark
thinks of Lana and sets a fire to the scarecrow. He practices all day,
and soon learns to control his heat vision. He proudly announces to his
parents that he can even use it now without having to think about sex.
Desiree visits Clark in his barn. She comes onto him. She says she saw
him staring at her in class, and that she is attracted to younger guys.
She goes to kiss him, and the purple haze emanates. However, it doesn't
effect him, and Clark manages to pull away from her. She pretends to be
ashamed and runs off.
Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) is
researching Desiree, and finds that she was called Alison Sanders and
lived in Smallville. Clark tells her about Desiree coming to the barn,
and explains he feels she has a hold on Lex. He decides to go tell Lex
what happened, but when he gets there, Lex tells him he knows that Clark
is the one that came onto Desiree. Clark tries to explain what really
happened, and even shows Lex that she is actually called Alison. While he
admits he didn't know that, he tells Clark how disappointed he is and
asks him to leave. Desiree walks in, and Lex asks her about her real
name. She admits it. She kisses him, transfers the haze and he drops the
topic without asking anymore questions.
Lex shows up at The Talon and tells Lana that he is invoking the buyout
clause of their partnership agreement and gives her 24 hours to vacate
The Talon. He is extremely harsh, and accuses her of entertaining guests
after hours and causing the fire. She tells Clark about this, and he sees
her in the school hallways, and tells her he is onto her. She tells him
that she influenced Lex into selling The Talon just to prove a point to
Clark. She tells him that she can get Lex to do anything she wants.
Later, Desiree blows up her own car. She then accuses Clark of setting
the fire onto her car, and Sheriff Ethan (Michael
Kosterman) shows up at the Kents and arrests Clark. Jonathan promises
to figure this out. He goes to confront Desiree at the Luthor Mansion,
and finds her nearly naked, swimming in the pool. She tells him that she
thinks Clark has a problem, that he is troubled, that he causes the fires
and then takes credit for putting them out. She seduces him, and
spellbinds him with her haze. She tells him she needs a favor from him.
Lex meets Martha at The Talon, and she tells him that she always
supported him, and even went against the opinion of her husband. In the
same way, she tells him that he needs to know when to disagree with his
wife. She tells him, that, deep inside, he knows that Clark wasn't the
one who set those fires.
Chloe and Lana visit Clark in jail. They tell him that they've dug up
Desiree's history. When she was young, she dated a guy and was with him
in the car by the lake when the meteors hit. The next day, the guy went
crazy and killed her parents, and she inherited everything. Later, she
married a shipping executive, and then got one of her students to kill
him to inherit his money. It is the typical black widow scenario. She
then spent all her money and set her sights on Lex. Clark doesn't buy it
at first, but Chloe explains that, since she was in the throws of passion
when the meteors hit, it must have enhanced her pheromone level, and can
get guys to do anything she wants. Clark realizes he needs to get out of
jail, because he knows his father has gone to see Desiree. The girls
leave, and Clark sets a fire off in his cell. Sheriff Ethan gets him out
of the cell, and Clark runs away.
Lex confronts Desiree, telling her that he feels he is loosing his sense
of reason regarding business and friends. She tells him that it is too
late, that the papers have been finalized and that everything he owns is
hers. He tells her that she would only inherit it if he died, and then he
asks her if she is planning on killing him. She walks towards the door
and says no, but that Jonathan is, as she opens the door, Jonathan is
standing there with a shotgun pointed at Lex. Lex tries to talk Jonathan
down, and Clark shows up in time to burn the bullet that Jonathan has
just fired at Lex. Desiree manages to run off. Later, Lex makes a
statement that clears Clark. Lex also files for an annulment. He also
apologizes to Lana with flowers, a new coffee machine and a re-written
agreement to avoid this situation in the future.
Character Development: Lana is
working on a video letter to send to Whitney Fordman (Eric
Johnson). She gets everyone to leave a message. When Lana and Clark
are alone at The Talon, she admits that she does miss Whitney but that
she is still unsure about her feelings. They agree that long-distance
relationships are very tough. Clark tells Lana that Whitney cares for her
so much and even asked Clark to look after her while Whitney was away.
This episode starts as the first day of school after the summer. When
Chloe shows up, Clark is relieved that she did not move to Metropolis
after all. She explains that her father decided to take another job in
Smallville with LuthorCorp, and that she is back from her internship at
the Daily Planet. He still feels some tension between them. At Lex's
reception, he asks Chloe if everything is ok with them, and she explains
that she had let her feelings get the better of her, but that now,
everything is ok, since they have agreed to stay friends and she is happy
with that. Clark is happy too, but it is obvious Chloe wants more.
Before Lex decides to close The Talon, Chloe and Lana share a moment
together, where Lana tells Chloe that she knows that Clark cares deeply
for Chloe, but Chloe responds that Clark cares even more for Lana. Chloe
admits she still has feelings for Clark. Both girls make a pact to not
let Clark come in between their friendship.
Once Desiree is out of the way, Lex comes to visit Clark and tells him
that he regrets having acted on his passion. He tells Clark that he
probably should have taken a page out of Clark's book with regards to the
way he is with Lana. Clark says that he is willing to wait for her to
figure out her feelings for Whitney. Lex tells him not to wait too long.
Lana grills Clark on the incidents. She realizes that he was the only one
immuned to Desiree's powers. He jokes and says that she wasn't his type.
Lana then asks him about the fire in his cell, and about the fact that he
was at the scene of all three fires. He gets away with it by smiling and
invoking the coincidence excuse. She says it is all part of the mystery
that is Clark Kent. She tells Clark that she has decided to stop putting
on a brace face on the camera for Whitney and she will tell him exactly
how she feels. She says she feels that relationships based on secrets and
lies are doomed to fail, "don't you think so Clark?" she asks.
"Absolutely", he responds. So much left unsaid in the conversation, Clark
The last scene, we see Lana recording her video, telling Whitney "We
promised we'd be honest with each other, and the truth is..." and well
are left drooling for more!!!
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Krista Allen, besides playing seductress Emmanuelle in
the "Emmanuelle in Space" series, also played a mutant who could use
pheromones to entrance men in the Mutant X episode Deadly Desire,
Desiree uses pheromones to get men to do what she wants them to. Same as
the DC comic book villainess Poison Ivy did in the movie Batman and
Robin. when she turned two friends against each other.
The animal film shown in Biology must be popular since it
also appears in the movie Baby Boy starring Tyrese.
When Krista Allen enters the classroom, we hear Nelly's
Hot in Here song. Nelly and Sam Jones filmed the movie Snipes in 2001,
prior to Sam's casting as Pete in the series. This movie - like Sam's
previous one Zig Zag - is set for a 2002 video/movie release.
"Tomorrow" by Avril Lavigne was heard during the last
scene of this episode. Presumably Lavigne is contracted to Warner - the
WB music supervisors also used another Avril Lavigne song in Birds of
Prey in episode 1-3 "Prey for the Hunter", called "Anything But
Despite being bumped up to opening credit listing this
season, John Glover doesn't appear in this episode.
Didn't the Kents learn last year not to have Clark use
his powers in public, what with Nixon videotaping him and all? This week
Clark's using his heat vision right out in an open field.
Nearly three months have passed since the tornado struck and the Kents
don't seem to think twice about where the spaceship ended up after the
storm. Odd, considering they were so uptight about it when it was hidden
in their storm cellar.
Does Martha have a bakery somewhere on the farm, because
there's no way she could bake a six-tiered cake in less than a day
without several ovens, particularly the size that cake was). Also, Martha
looked amazed when Clark announced that Lex was getting married. Wouldn't
having baked the cake herself tipped her off? At the point when Clark was
telling her, she should have been either putting the finishing touches on
it, or at the wedding site assembling it. Also, the timing was: Lex gave
Clark the invite at school, when Desiree was teaching, saying the wedding
was that night. Then Clark goes home, tells parents as Desiree has Lex
rip up pre-nup, and the wedding that early evening, when Clark says his
mother put finishing touches on cake 2 hours ago (when Martha appeared
stunned at Clark's news RE: Lex's impending wedding). (editor's note:
it's possible Martha may have just decorated the cake, not baked it, but
even so the whole sequence seems badly timed)
Why is Clark sweating during a heat stroke of possibly
100 degrees but when his car explodes he says he didn't even feel the
flames? (some thought it might be tied in to the emergence of his heat
When Clark put the scarecrow in the ground, look at
Jonathon's belt. Isn't that belt just a little to nice to wear while
working on a farm?
So what did Lex's dad say about Lex ripping up the
prenuptial agreement? Nothing?
Why don't the Kents alibi Clark? Okay, they probably
wouldn't be believed but they don't even try. Are they really so honest
that despite the fact they're sure that Clark didn't commit the crime and
that he's being set up, they wouldn't lie to protect him?
Now Jonathan strolls into Lex's manor pool. Lex really
needs to get some security guards.
It's one of those things you see in a lot of shows and
movies: Desiree frames Clark but has no (apparent) idea where he is at
the time the crime is being committed. What if he's sitting at home
watching TV in front of Ma Kent's knitting bee? Or out at the Talon with
friends? As is almost always the case, conveniently Clark has no alibi.
Why does Desiree have to work on her wedding day? You'd
think she could take a day off to get ready, what with marrying the
richest man in town in an incredibly fancy wedding ceremony.
When Clark heats up the popcorns with his eyes, it looks
like Clark wanted the heat-beams to come out for a longer duration than
the special-effect crew agreed on.
Why does Clark use his heat vision to stop the bullet at
the end of the episode? Wasn't that just a tad risky, seeing as how he
had JUST acquired that ability and really had little to no experience
using it? A great time to experiment, Jonathan could have been killed! A
simple superspeed run-and-block from Clark would have sufficed. How did
he get so good (amazing split-second, pinpoint precision heat vision) so
Jonathan tells Martha they don't have air conditioning
because of the electric bill. However, in "Drone",
Clark says Martha is addicted to the Discovery Channel. The Kents can't
afford an air conditioner but they have cable TV? (editor's note: of
course, they may have less money now then they did then...)
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