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Lana, fake Whitney, Chloe and Pete enjoy a laugh

First aired January 14, 2003

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The CW's Official Description:

Whitney (Eric Johnson) returns home from the Marines looking to rekindle his relationship with Lana (Kristin Kreuk) but his suspicious behavior prompts Clark (Tom Welling) to question his true motives, ultimately revealing a shocking truth about "the new Whitney." Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) becomes suspicious of his new girlfriend (guest star Emmanuelle Vaugier, My Guide to Becoming a Rockstar) after he discovers a questionable photo of her with Lionel (John Glover).

Allison Mack, Sam Jones III, Annette O'Toole and John Schneider also star. Bill Gereghity directed the episode written by Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer.

Detailed Description:

By Nadine

Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk) and Clark Kent (Tom Welling) are in the kitchen of The Talon, on the floor by the sink, trying to fix a leaking pipe. Lana complains about the plumber. Clark tries to fix it by turning the valve, but turns it the wrong way, and instead of a small leak, the water is just bursting out of the pipe, wetting both himself and Lana. Lana runs off to go fetch a towel. While she's away, Clark uses his heat vision to weld the leak. She comes back and it's fixed, and she's extremely surprised, and at the same time, she can't keep her eyes of Clark's body, with his wet white t-shirt sticking to his abs!! Finally, she comes out of her daydream to give him a towel.
A moment later, they're back in the main room of The Talon, and Clark tells Lana how he misses having her live next door, he's tried to talk to the people who live in her house now, but they're not as friendly. She says she misses watching sunsets from his loft. She then starts looking through a box of Whitney Fordman's (Eric Johnson) stuff, pictures of him from the army and the necklace. She explains that since Whitney has been MIA for over a month, they sent his personal effects to his mother, and Mrs. Fordman (Catherine Barroll) gave Lana her meteor necklace back. Lana's keeping it in the lead box, but she opens it to look at it, and Clark starts feeling ill. He still manages to talk and notices that she's not wearing it. She closes the box. Clark reassures Lana that "If anyone can get through this, Whitney can".
Aceh Province, Indonesia. Whitney and his unit are walking through the swamp. One of the men tells Whitney that they're never gonna get back. Whitney tries to keep everyone motivated, but they're bombs that are going off everywhere. Most of his men are killed, and he's left with one man, who is injured. He carries the man through the swamp, encouraging him. Then a bomb goes off right where they're standing.
Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack), Pete Ross (Sam Jones III) and Clark are discussing their class, and are disillusioned because Graham Bell may have stolen the idea for the telephone from someone else, and Ross was not the one to design the American Flag. Clark sees Lana and asks her to go with him to a Produce Festival on Saturday. At the beginning, she says she's too busy, and he tells her that he knows she's worried about Whitney, but that it's ok to have a little fun. She realizes he's right and accepts. At that moment, they start hearing a lot of noise from everyone in the school hallway, and suddenly all the students part to the sides of the hallway, all in slow motion, and, at the end of the hallway, we see Whitney, in his Marines uniform walking towards Lana. Lana is stunned, she drops her books, and runs to him and throws himself in his arms, all in slow motion!! They hug, and he tells her how much he's missed her. All the way back at the beginning of the hallway, Clark is standing there, looking sad, and he walks away.
Back home, Clark's parents are surprised that he's not happier that Whitney has returned. He explains that he knows it sounds selfish, but things were just getting better with Lana. Martha Kent (Annette O'Toole) says she thought that Whitney and Lana had broken up. Clark explains that she did, in a video letter she sent him,  but now she's throwing this party for his return. Jonathan Kent (John Schneider) is firm when he tells his son that Whitney is a war hero, and that Clark should put his feelings aside and go to the party.
Whitney and Lana are catching up at Whitney's house. Mrs. Fordman has baked cookies for them. She says she's delighted that things are back to normal, and that Whitney is with the prettiest girl in school. Whitney tells Lana that the only thing that kept him going was the thought of her. Lana mentions the video letter, and he asks her "What video letter?". He explains that he was caught in an explosion, and he some of his memory was wiped out. She does have the heart to tell him about the fact that she broke up with him in the video letter. He says he just wants things to be as they used to be, and they hug.
Dr. Helen Bryce (Emmanuelle Vaugier) meets Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) in his office, and excuses herself for being late for some function they are supposed to attend. But Lex is not in a party mood and is looking very upset. He asks her why she lied when she said she has never met his father, Lionel Luthor (John Glover), and he shows her a picture of Helen and Lionel sitting together on a bench. She's shocked that Lex would have her followed, but he explains that he was having his father followed. He then asks her why there's a $100,000 wire transfer into her bank account from LuthorCorp. Again, she asks him why he would check out her finances, and he tells her that after catching her on her lie about not knowing Lionel, he ran a full background check on her. He goes on saying he's shocked and disappointed that she would agree to spy on him at the request of his father. Helen started by trying to defend herself, but Lex doesn't let her put a word him. When he's done accusing her, she refuses to justify herself and is shocked that he could even think such a thing. She refuses to give into threats or tell him about her private life. She walks off.
Lana is in her room, unable to decide what to wear to Whitney's party. Chloe walks in and asks her about Whitney. Lana explains that Whitney thinks that they're still a couple, and that he doesn't remember anything about the video latter. She feels he needs her more than ever. Chloe wonders if Lana is falling for his uniform and Lana admits that some feelings came back. She explains that with Whitney, what you see is what you get, there are no secrets. "Unlike someone we know", says Chloe.
The party is at The Talon, and Chloe asks Whitney for an interview. He admits that he doesn't remember much and what he does remember he doesn't want to talk about. Meanwhile, Lana pulls Clark aside and apologizes for not being able to make the produce festival on Saturday. Clark understands completely, but Whitney overhears, and asks them what they are talking about. He also asks them if they saw a lot of each other, and he starts getting upset. Clark answers "Not especially", and Lana reassures Whitney that she and Clark are just friends, but Whitney gets more upset. He runs off to the bathroom, where he yells at himself in the mirror, and then, in anger, rips off one of the bathroom stall doors. At that moment, Clark walks in and sees him. He tries to calm Whitney down, telling him that he kept their promise that he would just be looking out for Lana (see episode "Tempest"). Whitney is really angry, and tells Clark that, while he was off fighting for his country, Clark steals his girl. He warns Clark to stay away. Clark asks him how he managed to tear the door down, and Whitney tells him that he is a trained US Marine and that there are a lot of things that he is capable of.
Clark sees Lana at school the next day, but she's upset with him. She asks Clark how he could get that angry and tear a door off and tell Whitney to stay away from her. Clark is shocked and tells her that it is not what happened, that Whitney is the one who warned him to stay away and who ripped the door off. Lana can't believe that Clark would say that about Whitney, after everything Whitney's been through.
Lieutenant McNulty ( D. Neil Mark) shows up at the Fordmans, and Mrs. Fordman shows him in, and asks him if he is here to see Whitney. McNulty is confused and says, "There must be some mistake, your son is actually...". He never gets to complete his sentence, Whitney shows up, and hits him furiously with a baseball bat. Mrs. Fordman screams, Whitney kills the Lieutenant.
Lana and Whitney go to feed her horse. He tells her that he misses those times when it's just the two of them together. He sees the meteor necklace around her neck and is glad she's wearing it. She says that they sent it back. He doesn't understand, she reminds him that she had given it to him before he left, (see episode "Tempest") and that it had been sent back along with his belongings when he was MIA. He gets upset because he can't remember. He asks her suddenly to move in together, since Nell (Sarah-Jane Redmond) has left. When she hesitates, he thinks this is about Clark, and he tells her to watch out, that Clark has secrets. He then apologizes for freaking out.
Lex and Clark are at the Luthor mansion playing pool. Clark tells Lex that he doesn't see Helen as the espionage type. Lex is still suspicious and tells Clark that people are seldom who you think they are. He confesses that he was actually considering a longer relationship with Helen than his usual two months. Clark explains that he is worried about Whitney, that it's like he's someone else. Lex thinks that it may be post-traumatic stress, which is something that had happened to some of LuthorCorp's employees. He offers to set up and appointment for Whitney with the specialist that treated the LuthorCorp employees.
Back at home, Whitney terrorizes his mother about a radio station on the car stereo. There's a knock on the door. Mrs. Fordman tries to scream, but Whitney duck tapes her mouth. Whitney goes outside to talk to Clark. Clark tells Whitney that he's worried about him, that Lex told him about a doctor that can help him. Whitney brings up Lana, and Clark explains that this has nothing to do with Lana, that Whitney needs help. Whitney answers, "I need you to stay out of my life". Whitney gives Clark a slight push that throws Clark across the lawn. Clark is shocked. As Whitney goes back into the house, Clark x-rays the house and Whitney's body, and sees that his skeleton is distorted. As Whitney walks back to his mother, his face changes into Tina Greer (Lizzy Caplan, see episode "X-Ray").
Clark rushes to the Torch office where he finds Pete and Chloe. He tells them that he thinks Whitney is Tina, that she may have escaped from the psychiatric hospital. But Chloe tells him that Tina killed herself recently, but pouring paint thinner on herself and setting herself alight. She claimed she didn't know who she was anymore. Clark wonders if they got dental records. Clark and Pete walk out of the office and explains that he's sure that Whitney is Tina. He tells Pete that Tina knows about Clark's abilities but that he just thought that no one would believe her in the psychiatric hospital. Pete wonders if she also knows about the effects of the meteor on Clark, and Clark is sure she does. Clark tells Pete to warn Lana. At that moment, Lana shows up, and asks them what she has to be warned about. Clark tells her about Tina, but Lana finds it ridiculous. Clark tells her to stay with Pete while he goes to confront Whitney, but, when Clark has left, Lana tells Pete she has to go. Pete tries to get her to stay, saying that Tina is dangerous and a freak. Lana suddenly gets really bad and kickboxes Pete to the ground. He realizes she's Tina, as Tina holds him by the neck and asks him, "Who you calling a freak", and she knocks him out.
Clark goes to the Fordmans' and knocks on the door but there's no answer. Finally, he breaks the door down, and finds Mrs. Fordman tied up. He frees her and she tells him that Whitney is actually Tina.
Whitney (well, Tina) goes to Lana at The Talon and makes her sit down. He proposes to her, explaining that he understands why she didn't want to just move in. He wants it to be legal, and then to leave Smallville. She says she's too young, but he says that his mother was only 16 when she married his dad. She looks sad and says sorry, that she can't accept it. She finally tells him about the video letter, where she suggested they should break up. She apologizes for not telling her sooner. She tells him that she really cares for him. "But you care more about Clark", Whitney responds. Again, she explains this has nothing to do with Clark. Whitney tells her to look him in the eyes and tell him that she doesn't feel anything for Clark. She is unable to. He doesn't get upset, he tells her that in the Army, he learnt to deal with loss and that he will get over this. He asks her one favor, for her to return the necklace to him, so he can remember her that way. She gives it to him.
Clark goes down to the storm cellar, where he finds his dad. Jonathan asks about Mrs. Fordman, and Clark explains that she is staying in the hospital overnight. Jonathan asks, "Any idea where Tina is now?" and Clark responds, "She could be anyone". Jonathan mumbles, "You're right about that" as we see him holding the meteor necklace and we realize it's Tina. She puts the necklace around Clark's neck and throws him to the floor. She tells him that she knows about his abilities and that she figured the meteor shower must have made him that strong. She ties him up, while she tells him that she loves Lana and she wants to be with her and she's figured out who Lana wants to be with. She suddenly turns into Clark and tells him that it will be easy to become him, because he has the perfect life, the perfect parents, everything, and Lana is just waiting for him to make his move.
Lex finds Helen at The Talon. He tries to apologize. She tells him that Lionel offered her the money, not to spy on Lex, but to break up with Lex. When she refused, Lionel wired the money anyway, hoping she would change her mind. She was going to tell Lex it, but then he came on strong with his interrogation. She says she's glad it happened, it's showed her who she's dealing with. Lex tries to apologize, but it's too late, she walks off.
Clark is tied up in the cellar and is struggling to free himself, but can't because of he necklace. Suddenly, the ship lights up, nearly blinding Clark, and with a huge flash on light, turns the necklace's rock to white, making it harmless. The ship then switches off.
Tina is in Lana's room, sniffing her clothes. Lana walks in, and Tina turns into Chloe. She asks Lana to borrow her socks. Tina/Chloe says that she bumped into Whitney who apparently told her that he knows Lana will be happy with Clark. Lana again says that this has nothing to do with Clark, but Chloe tells Lana that it's obvious that Lana and Clark are meant to be together. When Lana is surprised that Chloe would encourage her to be interested in Clark, Chloe explains she doesn't wanna stand in the way. But she pushes too far, and Lana gets freaked out by Chloe's behavior, especially after Chloe gets really close to Lana.
Jonathan finds Clark and helps him, and Clark shows him the effect of the ship on the necklace. He then runs off to save Lana.
Clark/Tina shows up at The Talon. Clark tells Lana that seeing her with Whitney made him realize that he has to act immediately or he will loose her forever. Lana freaks out again, wondering why everyone is acting so weird. Clark tells her he loves her. They kiss, but the kiss becomes to intense and Lana pushes him away. At that moment, the real Clark shows up and Lana is shocked. Both Clarks try to persuade her that the other is Tina. Finally, the real Clark tells Lana about the leak in the drain pipe, and she pushes Clark/Tina away. Clark/Tina tells her that they are meant to be together. They struggle and Lana hits her head against a pillar and passes out. Both Clark's fight against each other. They are of equal strength. Finally, Clark/Tina gets impaled on a pole, and changes back to being Tina and tells Clark to look after Lana, and then dies.
Jonathan and Clark return home and Martha inquires about Mrs. Fordman. Jonathan explains that Lieutenant McNulty has come to their house to her that they had found Whitney's body and that he died in combat. Everyone is extremely upset. She inquires about Lana, but Clark says that, according to Chloe, Lana is not ready to see anyone. Clark admires Whitney's courage for fighting for his country and wonders if he had no abilities, whether he would have the same courage. Jonathan tells him, "There is no doubt in our minds that you would".
Lex shows up at the hospital where Helen is on duty. He tells her that what he did was inexcusable. He violated her trust. He explains that he was born in an environment of distrust. When his mother died, he learnt to build a wall around his heart that just grew. He now wants to tear the wall down, but doesn't know how. He's asking for her help, he doesn't want to become like his father. Helen realizes how much she cares for him, and takes his hand as they walk down the hallway.
Clark takes the necklace to the caves. Lana shows up, she is in tears. She tells Clark she never should have send Whitney the video letter, Whitney ended his life thinking she didn't care. Everyone she loves leaves her, her parents, Nell and now Whitney. She tells Clark she's so sorry for doubting him, and that he's always been a great friend. She doesn't care if he has secrets, he's the one good and constant thing in her life and she doesn't want to loose him. He hugs her and tells her he's not going anywhere.

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Eric Johnson reprises his role as Whitney Fordman (one of the cast members in season one). The character left to join the Marines. This is probably Whitney's last appearance.

Lizzy Caplan reprises her role as Tina Greer, the shapeshifting krypto-mutant of the week, from the first season episode "X-Ray". This is the second (and probably last) Tina Greer episode.

John Glover doesn't appear in this episode (except in a photo).

The haunting ballad which starts playing at the end of the episode (from the moment Lex and Dr. Bryce hold hands) is "Mad World" by Gary Jules and is also featured on the Donnie Darko soundtrack. Coincidentally, it's also played during the final scenes of that movie.

The officer Tina (as Whitney) kills is the father of Van McNulty. Van becomes a "meteor freak hunter" in season 3.

The Marine officer that came to the Fordmans' house said he was a lieutenant, but had Captain's bars on his cover. Also in the beginning, when "Whitney" is walking down the hall - you don't wear a Cover indoors and the red stripes that are on the side of his legs are called "blood Stripes" and you have to be a NCO or above that E-4 or a Corporal. He only had a E-3 (lance corporal - one stripe up and crossrifles underneath them).

The United States is at war with Indonesia? When did that happen? (Whitney's unit may have been assisting the Indonesians in a military action against someone else within their country - terrorists, perhaps. Although those would be awful well-armed terrorists...)

When the officer went to the Fordman's to tell them Whitney was dead, how did Tina know that he was a lieutenant? It's pretty difficult to distinguish the ranks just by looking at their uniforms unless you're familiar with the marines.

When Jonathan finds Clark in the basement after the spaceship incident he yells to someone (presumably Martha or Pete) "He's down here!" Yet, nobody seems to be coming even though there is plenty of time for them to show up.

The red, blue and yellow billiard balls are lined up on the left side when the camera is facing Clark and Lex. The goof is that as the camera angle changes to Lex's view looking at Clark going to the other side, putting away the pool sticks, the red, yellow and blue balls are on the left and slightly scattered. They moved across the table without anyone touching them.

After seeing Whitney's skeleton, why doesn't Clark go in to confront him or even bother to scan the rest of the house?

We never find out what happened to Pete. Hope he's got good medical insurance - how many times has he been knocked around this season?

Tina's skeleton looks different (and decidedly non-human) than it did in "X-Ray".

So...Clark can't super-speed up stairs? He runs normally up the cellar stairs and then (off-camera) super-speeds away, despite the fact he's in a hurry to rescue Lana.

The writers seem to have forgotten that Clark has a cell phone (in "Dichotic"). He doesn't try to call Lana to warn her about Tina, and at the end Lana says that she tried to call him at his house but says nothing about calling him direct. Wouldn't she try his cell phone number first? And wouldn't she be one of the likely people he'd give his number to?

Tina's scheme seems to rely not only on the fact that the real Whitney doesn't show up, but that he is dead and believed dead. After all, if he sent a letter to Lana while Tina-as-Whitney were cruising around, it would blow her cover. did she know he was missing in action and wouldn't show up or communicate with Lana? Tina's nuts, but she's not stupid. Note that even Clark doesn't seem up-to-speed on Whitney's situation, so even if she was hanging around in disguise, how would Tina have found it out?

Clark's spaceship has been in the presence of green meteor stuff before (in "Duplicity") and it didn't react like it does here. Hamilton was experimenting with the stuff and had lots of it around, and Clark was being weakened by it - why didn't the ship nullify it then? (there is an explanation of sorts mentioned later in "Exodus", but it's only a theory on Clark's part and the contradiction here still isn't addressed.)

Not exactly a goof - more of a nitpick - but Tina possesses the Jason/Friday the 13th-style power of being exactly and conveniently where she needs to be on several occasions. She just happens to be at Whitney's home with the lieutenant shows up, she just happens to be in the school when Pete and Clark walk by and discuss their suspicions, and she just happens to be at the Kents' barn as Jonathan when Clark shows up. Three times kinda stretches the ole suspension of disbelief...

There are several references to the fact it's winter (with the winter festival and all). Does it really look like Kansas in the winter? No snow, there's lots of flowers in the Kent's kitchen, Martha's selling produce, and almost everybody's pretty lightly dressed.

So Clark can tell if it's Tina-in-disguise with his x-ray vision. Why doesn't he use that trick more often? He made 2 big mistakes by talking to Tina, once as "Lana" (which could have gotten Pete killed) & later as "Jonathan" (which could have gotten himself killed). He said it himself that Tina could be anyone. It seems like he would take the precaution of making sure to whom he was talking.

It looks like Lana and Clark are working on a drain pipe, not a water pipe - there's no reason water would be spraying out continually like it is. (Clark identifies it as a drain pipe when he confronts Tina at the end.)

Not sure if its intended to be deliberately ironic or not, but the banner in front of Smallville is misspelled "Acadmic Excellence."

Do they really give psych patients paint thinner? Or anything flammable? Pity Tina's mother isn't around or she'd have pretty good grounds for a law suit...

When Lex and Clark are shooting pool, it interesting to note that during Lex's second shot, he seems to have no interest in aiming at all since at the moment we hear the shot, he is looking up at Clark.

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