The CW's Official Description:
CLARK IS SHOT WITH A KRYPTONITE BULLET - Clark (Tom Welling) discovers
someone is hunting people affected by the kryptonite rocks and the
killer’s next target is Lex (Michael Rosenbaum). Clark uses his powers to
save Lex, but is caught off guard when the killer learns his weakness and
shoots him with a kryptonite bullet.
Kristin Kreuk, Allison Mack, Sam
Jones III, John Glover, Annette O’Toole and John Schneider also star.
Written By: Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer.
Directed By: Michael Kattleman
It's the end of the school day, and Jake Pollen (Harris
Allan) is hanging out with his friend Van McNulty (Jesse Metcalfe)
waiting for Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk), since he hears that she is now
single. Van wonders if Jake is stalking her, since he has her whole
schedule. Jake sees Lana, who just got into her car. He walks up to her
car and says "Hi" to her. Lana replies, "Hi", and drives off.
Lana decides to go for a late night swim in the school
pool. She dives in and begins to swim. She hears a noise, stops, calls
out "Hello?". There is no answer. She starts swimming again. We see under
the water, Jake is sitting at the bottom of the pool. not breathing,
looking at her. He grabs Lana's leg and pulls her down. They fight, and
Lana calls for help. Van tries strangling her. Suddenly, he stops
fighting with her - he's been shot by a mystery shooter.
The latest edition of the Smallville Torch is out, with
the heading "Mystery Shooter Saves Smallville Student - Gunman Foils
Attack in Swimming Pool", and a picture of Lana. Pete Ross (Sam Jones
III) wonders if there is a new local hero, but Clark Kent (Tom Welling)
is reluctant to call him a hero. They walk past Jake's locker, and they
see Sheriff Adams (Camille Mitchell) and her crew investigating its
content. Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) catches up with them. She tells
them that she doesn't think Jake was just a normal kid. Apparently a
meteor rock labeled "freak" was found next to Jake's body. Chloe then
reminds Clark and Pete about the field trip they took the previous year
to Crater Lake. She had dropped her keys off the pier, and Jake had dived
in to get the keys out for her. Chloe tells them that Jake was under
water for 6 minutes. Clark sees a list on her PC, and she tells him that
she has a file for each person who's behavior she suspects is strange.
She has a file on Jake ever since the episode at the field trip where she
suspected he had amphibious-like abilities. Clark thinks that it is not
Jake that they should be focusing on. He's surprised no one is paying
attention to the fact that an unknown person happened to be there at the
right moment to save Lana. Chloe offers to look into the Jake-side of
things while Clark investigates the mystery hero. Clark reminds Chloe
that in order to do that, he would need to be working at the Torch. Chloe
smiles, and claims that it was never really clear who's idea it was for
Clark to quit, and admits that it would be really nice to have him back.
In his office at LuthorCorp, Lionel Luthor (John Glover)
is on the phone to the company doctor, and agrees to send Lex Luthor
(Michael Rosenbaum) to the doctor's office by the end of the week. At
that moment, Lex walks into the office on his first day back at work.
Father and son hug, Lionel welcomes him back, and Lex admits that it
feels like he never left. Lionel fusses over him for a while, offering
him the office next to his, with the river view. Lex is eager to start
work and generate profits. Lionel offers him coffee, as he hands him a
clipboard with standard paperwork to be filled in. Lex is confused about
the Corporate Life Insurance paperwork, but his father tells him it is
standard for upper-level employees. But Lex sure that $50 million is not
standard. Lionel smiles and tells his son not to under-estimate his own
value. Lex is still not convinced this is entirely routine, especially
when his "mortality has a dollar sign attached to it". Lionel is
disappointed that Lex's first instinct towards his father is still one of
distrust. "It's called common sense", replies Lex, but Lionel continues
to assure him that this is all normal, that Lex is a corporate asset that
needs to be insured. As Lex shows no sign of agreeing to this, Lionel
tells him, "Alright, if this is unacceptable to you, I understand. You
can hand your security card to Nelson on your way out".
Clark shows up at The Talon. Lana is surprised to see
him, and he admits that he had thought it easier to stay away for a
while. "Easier for whom?", she asks. He apologizes for upsetting her, and
explains that he is here to ask her questions about the incident, since
he is once again writing for The Torch. She had mentioned that Jake had a
friend with him when her had approached her outside school, and he was
wondering if she could identify that person for him. He bought a yearbook
with him, and Lana points out Van McNulty. There is obviously a lot of
tension between them, and they struggle to find the right words to
express their feelings. Lana explains that while they are no longer
together, Clark should not need an excuse to come and see her. Chloe
walks in and interrupts their awkward moment. She shows then pictures
from the autopsy she got from her friend in the coroner's office. It
turns out that Jake had gills that allowed him to stay underwater for so
long, a transformation that happened following the meteor shower. Lana is
grossed out by the gills, but Clark finds his gaping bullet wound more
disgusting. Lana gets upset, saying that if it wasn't for the mystery
shooter, she would not be alive, so she has to right to not be upset by
Jake's bullet wound. Clark and Lana get into an argument, where Clark
takes the defense of Jake and all the other "freaks", explaining that
they did not choose any of this, and that they are just victims of the
meteor shower. Lana's point is that, everytime, they tried coming after
her or Chloe or some other innocent person. She gives the example of Greg Arkin
("Metamorphosis") and Tina
Greer ("X-ray" and "Visage"),
who came after her, and of Justin Gaines ("Crush")
and Sean Kelvin ("Cool") who went
after Chloe. Clark still maintains that Jake getting a shot in the head
is far more serious. Lana doesn't agree, saying that Clark himself has
saved them many times from these freaks, and so he is technically no
better than the mystery hero. Clark protests, claiming that he never
killed anyone. Lana is not so sure, as she questions why Tina Greer was
found impaled in a back alley. "What happened to her, she did to herself.
I was protecting you", replies Clark, which is obviously exactly what the
mystery shooter also did. "Spoken like a true vigilante", says Lana,
proving her point. He turns to Chloe for support, but she refuses to get
involved in this one.
Chloe walks into Lionel's office at LuthorCorp and hands
him a file. He asks whether it is an addendum to her report on Clark, but
she informs him that it is her final article for the Daily Planet, and
that she is turning in her resignation today. She tells her that Clark's
friendship means too much to her. He is not surprised, but he informs her
that there will be disappointment. She apologizes, but Lionel explains
that he is not the one who will be disappointed, her father, Gabe
Sullivan (Robert Wisden) will be. Chloe doesn't understand. Lionel
explains that he just recently promoted Gabe, and that, as a celebration,
Gabe just put a down payment for a new house in one of the nicest areas,
but the golf course. He explains to Chloe that it would be terrible if
Gabe was to suddenly find himself unemployed. Chloe protests that Lionel
couldn't do such a thing. He explains that he won't, as long as Chloe and
him enjoy and long and fruitful partnership. Chloe has no choice but to
Clark tracks down Van McNulty at school, and offers his
condolences for his friend Jake. Van expresses his surprise at what
happened to Jake, explaining that Jake was always chasing girls,
but that he can't believe that Jake would actually attack anybody. As
they are talking, they reach Van's locker, that he opens to get some
books. Clark notices that Van's headset is actually connected to a
portable police radio. Van explains that he wants to be the first to know
when they find Jake's killer. Clark asks Van whether he could help with
some background information on Jake, but Van is not willing to help,
saying that everything he knows is in the police record. Clark sees a
picture of Van's father, Lt. McNulty, and a lot of medals in his locker.
Clark mentions that he's never seen so many medals before, and that his
dad must be a real hero. "He was", says Van, "and he was a great father.
We used to do everything together".
Clark is working on his article, when Chloe arrives with
some more news. Apparently, Jake was not the first to have a meteor rock
with the word "freak" on it by his body. Leonard Wallace, a local
mechanic gunned down two weeks ago. She seems to remember this mechanic
from when her VW Bug was in the shop, and Leonard reached for a wrench
three feet under her car, and she started a file on him, as she suspect
he had some sort of stretching ability. But the file never grew, since
Leonard never did anything crazy, but was killed anyway. Clark and Chloe
realize that the mystery shooter is actually hunting anyone with strange
abilities gained during the meteor shower. "Smallville's own version of a
hate crime", explains Chloe. "But why?", she asks. Clark thinks for a
while and answers, "Revenge". He shows her an article on Van's father Lt.
McNulty, a marine recruiter who was killed by Tina Greer. "Van is
fighting his own personal war", explains Clark.
Pete and Clark walk through the woods to find the
McNultys' hunting cabin. Van used to come here with his dad all the time,
explains Clark. They look through the cabin, and find a huge arsenal of
guns and combat equipment. They also find in green markings, the word
"freaks" on the wall, with a picture of the people Van has already
killed: Leonard and Jake. Each picture has a line across it. But they
also see the next picture which also has line across it: Lex Luthor's.
Clark tells Pete to call the police immediately, as he superspeeds off.
Lex is walking out of LuthorCorp, disillusioned, and
about to get into his car. We see Van hiding from behind a window, with
his gun pointed at Lex. Clark is superspeeding his way to Metropolis. Van
shoots a bullet to the back of Lex's skull, but Clark gets there just in
time to catch the bullet. He then pushes Lex to the floor, as Van shoots
a few more. LuthorCorp security rushes out and pushes Lex into the
building to secure him. Trough the window, Van is shocked to see how
Clark caught the bullet. Van runs out the back of one of the buildings,
but Clark superspeeds to his location and shoves him to the ground. As
they both fall to the ground, a couple of meteor rocks fall out of Van's
backpack, making Clark weak. Van tries questioning Clark about
bulletproof abilities, telling Clark that he is one of them. He then
realizes that Clark is unable to speak or to move, and realizes that it
is the effect of the meteor rocks. He places them on Clark's chest, but
can't do anymore, as LuthorCorp's security cars are coming around the
corner. He runs off, leaving Clark unable to move. From the corner of his
eye, Clark sees on the meteor rocks has the word "freak" written on it.
Clark finds Lex in the LuthorCorp building and explains
to him what is happening. He explains that Van is convinced that the
meteor rocks have altered certain people in Smallville, giving then
different abilities, and he is hunting them. "Clark, the only abilities I
have are playing the market and falling for the wrong women", jokes Lex.
"He's obviously crazy", replies Clark, but Lex is not convinced. "There's
gotta be some reason he picked me".
Back at The Torch, Chloe agrees that Lex sees to have a
really good guardian angel, since he survived the meteor shower, a car
crash, and the plane crash. She explains to Clark that she's gotten a
hold of Lex's blood work, and that his white cell count is off the
charts. Clark gets upset when he realizes that Chloe is keeping a file on
Lex, and tells her that she should have learnt her lesson, since they
argument about Chloe looking into Clark's past (see episode "Lineage").
Chloe gets defensive and tells Clark that there is nothing wrong with
curiosity, that these are her own personal notes. But Clark informs her
that that is not true, that Van had a printout of all the information
contained in her files. Chloe suddenly realized that Van helped network
most of the computer in that office, and that he must have cracked her
password. Chloe starts blaming herself, Clark tries to make her
feel better. "It's not like you pulled the trigger.". "No", she replies,
"I just loaded the gun and pointed it in the right direction".
Lex is in his office, and Lionel rushes to him, relieved
to hear he is safe. Lex doesn't feel threatened by Van, but Lionel
advises him not to take a cavalier attitude. Lex jokes and tells his
father not to worry, he is now insured. But Lionel informs him that
everything is not quite settled yet. Lex inquires as to why, and Lionel
explains that it is due to Lex's tendency to attract near-death
experiences that has made him to great a liability. "I would have thought
surviving would count for something", jokes Lex. Lex then asks his father
whether he was ever sick, before the meteor shower. Lionel tells him that
he used to suffer from asthma when he was young, but nothing serious. Lex
finds it very strange that he has never been sick a single day since the
meteor shower. Lionel wonders what this is all about, but Lex jokes it
off. Lionel still seems concerned.
Clark runs into the sheriff on his way to The Talon. He
inquires about Van, but she tells him she has no reason to believe that
Van will return to Smallville. Clark disagrees and shows her Chloe's
list. She's still doubtful, but he tells her to look at the first three
names: Leonard Wallace, Jake Pollen and Alexander Luthor. The list
continues with the name of Greg Arkin. When the sheriff inquires about
the list, Clark explains that a friend of his believes that these people
are linked to certain phenomena in Smallville. He explains to her that
she doesn't need to believe in any of these phenomena, but to understand
that Van believes in them, which puts the people on this list in grave
danger. She tells him that it won't hurt to check it out.
Clark and Lana start their previous conversation again,
where Clark tries to explain to her that, while it's ok for her to be
angry at those who tried to harm her, it's not fair for her to take it
out on all of those affected by the meteor shower. "No one asks to be
different", he explains. She still maintains that she is thankful for Van
saving her life, but Clark tries to make her see that he didn't do it to
be a hero and save her life, he did it to kill Jake. Upon reflection,
Lana concludes, "Life would just be so much better for everybody if the
meteor shower never happened", a statement which Clark takes very
personally, since the shower is the event that brought him to Smallville.
Van is in the forest, by a campfire, working out. He then
gets up, picks up a meteor rock, and melts it over the fire, then places
the liquid kryptonite into a mould to make it into a bullet.
Jonathan Kent (John
Schneider) and Clark are working on the farm, and Clark tells his
father he has searched everywhere for Van but can't find him. He then
asks his father if he thinks he is like Van. Jonathan replies, "Clark,
you know my answer to that. The question is, do you think you are like
Van?". Clark replies that he's been in contact with a lot of krypton-infected
people, and it never ends with them shaking hands or being friends, and
that he also always just assumed to worst about them. While Jonathan
tries to make Clark see the brighter side of things, by explaining to
them that there could be a lot of people out there affected by the meteor
rocks, who could be leading perfectly normal lives, or even using it to
help others, like Clark; Van is approaching the farm in full combat gear.
He points his gun on Clark, and waits for Jonathan to move out of the
way. He shoots his kryptonite bullet. Clark sees the bullet coming, and
puts his hand out to catch the bullet, but the bullet goes straight
through right his hand and into his left shoulder. Clark falls to the
ground in pain. Jonathan runs to him, wondering what just happened and
holds his son on his lap.
Jonathan managed to get Clark into the kitchen. Martha
Kent (Annette O'Toole) is heating a
knife blade that Jonathan then uses to open the wound further. He then
uses pliers to get the bullet out, but Clark is in intense pain, and soon
passes out from the pain. Finally, Jonathan pulls the bullet out, and
both he and Martha are shocked to see this custom-made krypton bullet.
Martha grabs it and runs out to dispose of it. Clark is till passed out,
but his wound begins healing, and rapidly closes.
Lex is at home going over the car crash simulation, over
and over again.
Lana is working late at The Talon, and is taking out the
trash. Van shows up in the back alley. He tells her that the police is
everywhere looking for him, that's why he's hiding out. Lana tells him
that she thinks he should turn himself in. He says that it should be the
police protecting them from the freaks. He tells her that she owes him,
that he saved her life. She tells him she is thankful for him saving her,
but that Lex didn't do anything to him, and that she's sorry for what
happened to his father, but that going after innocent people is not gonna
bring them back. He tells her that these freaks are not innocent people,
and that he was fooled by Jake for three years. He tells her that she is
also being fooled, by Clark Kent, and that Clark is one of them. He tells
Lana that he saw Clark catch a bullet with his bare hands. "He was a
freak, just like the rest of them", he tells her. Lana is shocked at what
she is hearing, but asks him, "what do you mean, 'was'?". Van tells her
that Clark is no longer alive, that he won't be bothering them anymore.
He tells her he found Clark's weakness, and made special bullets. "The
freak got exactly what he deserved", says Van. "Clark is more human than
you will ever be", says Lana, as she pushes him away, and throws him down
a flight of stairs. She runs to a phone and urges the police to the Kent
Farm, telling them that Clark Kent has been murdered. Van catches up with
her, and interrupts her call, calling her a freak-lover.
Clark is back on his feet. He wants to go after Clark,
but his parents try and keep him away. Clark explains that he now knows
what he is up against, and is better prepared against Van. He goes up to
his room for something. At that moment, Sheriff Adams shows up, asking if
Clark is ok. The Kents are surprised that she would ask that, but assure
her that Clark is fine, as he comes briskly down the stairs. "Well,
rumors of your death have been greatly exaggerated, Mr Kent". The sheriff
wonders who would make such a call, but at the same time, she noticed
Clark's bloody shirt lying on the stairs. As the sheriff turns around to
give the all clear, Clark superspeeds away, and she turns back around and
wonders where he has gone.
Clark gets to one of the police cars outside the farm,
remembering that Van carries a police radio with him. He calls to Van,
saying that he knows he's listening, that Van didn't get him, and that if
Van wants to finish him, he should meet Clark where he saw his dad's
picture. Van hears the call, while he is busy fighting with Lana and
dragging her to his car, where he ties her up and throws her into the
Clark shows up at the school, and so does Van, dragging
Lana along, her hands tied behind her back. As Clark is standing there,
Van throws Lana to the ground, and decides to show her, once and for all,
that Clark is a freak. He shoots a whole cartridge at Clark, who falls
back with the pressure of the bullets, but then stands up again. "See?
Told you he was a freak", says Van to Lana. Lana is shocked to see Clark
alive, but still has the sense to get up, and use her self-defense
training to kick Van into the sports showcase. She runs to Clark,
wondering how he is still alive. "It's all about dressing for the
occasion", says Clark, as he opens his shirt to reveal a lead bulletproof
vest. She smiles.
Clark comes to tell Lex that Van has been put in a
psychiatric hospital. But Lex tells Clark that he thinks Van may have had
a point. He reminds Clark how many times he's had a brush with death. For
example, with the car crash, he's always tried to explain his survival
thanks to Clark, but now he's not so sure Clark is the one who saved him.
He thinks he may have to look within himself for the answer, something
within his own physiology. "Maybe I am a freak", he says.
Lana comes over to the farm to see Clark. He tells her
that she really kicked ass last night, but she's sorry he still had to
get shot. She tells Clark that she actually believed Van for a second
when he told her that Clark was bulletproof. "It's really comforting to
hear", she says. "Suddenly everything makes sense, the tornado, all the
times that you've been there, everything I can't explain". "I wish the
answer was that easy, but I wasn't affected by the meteors", Clark
replies. "If you were, it would be ok", she says in a last chance for him
to confess. He tells her that he has to get back to work. She persists,
telling him that she can't believe that he is prepared to take a bullet
for her, but that he refuses to open up to her. "Clark, if you don't open
up to the people that love you, you'll always be alone. I can't believe
you wanna spend your life like that", says Lana. "I may not have a
choice", answers Clark. "You always have a choice", she tells him, as she
Chloe is at her PC, trying to erase her files, but the
system is locked, and she can't understand why. Lionel walks in and asks
her if she's hit a glitch. He tells her "I knows of a very capable
computer technician who many have some familiarity with your setup". She
realizes what he means, and says "How could I be so idiotic? You donate
the computers and then send your experts in to set them up!". "Yeah,
philanthropy," he answers sarcastically, "I've always prided myself on
that". He tells her she has no right to privacy here, since the PC
belongs to the LuthorCorp Foundation. "You are so low, you're
subterranean", she tells him in disgust. But she warms him that her
information on Clark Kent is not on this computer, she's not THAT stupid.
He explains, however, that his interest doesn't limit itself to Clark
Kent. However, he gets very upset because he knows that she was holding
personal information on Lex, which lead to Lex being shot at. She
apologizes for that, stating that the files where not meant for anyone
else to see, other than her. "I warn you", says Lionel, "if I ever catch
you investigating a member of my family again, a computer glitch will be
the least of your problems. Goodnight Ms. Sullivan".
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This episode originally aired 10/15/03 - coincidentally Star Trek:
Enterprise used the exact same title for an episode airing 9/24/03,
beating Smallville by less than a month.
Back in "Nicodemus", Kristin
Kreuk (Lana) used a body double in the infamous pool scene. - Here in
this episode, you see that she is much skinnier than the body double.
Van McNulty's father was the officer killed by Tina Greer in "Visage".
However, in "Visage", Lt. McNulty was played by , whereas in this
episode, the picture of Van's father is actually a picture of actor
Anthony Heald ("Boston Public").
Chloe mentions in this episode that Lex has a dramatically increased
white blood cell count, a warning sign of leukemia. In the comics, Lex
Luthor got cancer from prolonged exposure to kryptonite.
What high schools have late night swimming? If Smallville High did its
kinda convenient that Lana is the only one who takes advantage of it
(they keep the pool open just for her?), and why would they turn the
lights down so low?
Lex seems truly puzzled when Clark mentions people having super
abilities - where he's been the last two years? He's had personal
experience with an invisible girl and thieves who can walk through walls.
The line where Lana says to Van, "No, You're the freak", is obviously
and rather poorly dubbed. In fact, a lot of things she said in that scene
were badly dubbed, for example, "What is that? Lead?".
In the scene where Van shoots Clark at the school, Lana is shown in
one shot lying on the ground, then the shot changes, but goes quickly
back to her. When it goes back, she's shown sitting up, she couldn't have
sat up that quickly, especially with her hands tied behind her back.
If the sheriff is so busy, why doesn't she just call the Kents instead of
driving out there to check up on Lana's call?
Clark superspeeds to Metropolis to save Lex, and Lex doesn't even
think to question how Clark got to Metropolis without a car.
The kryptonite bullets would have easily passed through the thin layer
of lead (which is very soft and melts at a relatively low temperature).
Even if Clark wore a bulletproof vest underneath, the kryptonite should
have been more than close enough to affect him.
Even with the inexplicably poor lighting in the pool, it seems odd that
Lana couldn't see Jake in the pool.
Why is Jake following just Chloe's files from her computer? Didn't he
bother looking at the "wall of weird"?
Lex says that he has never been sick since the meteor shower. Did he
forget his recent time on the island where he had malaria?
Kryptonite maintained its crystalline structure right through the
intense heat of meteor impact. And yet it melts over the significantly
lesser heat of a campfire?
Why didn't the bullet at least seem damaged when it hit Clark? Even
metal bullets take some damage when shot at humans, so you'd think that a
bullet made of something that can melt over a campfire would be weak
enough to at least shatter when it hits its target.
The sequence of events in Jake's murder don't quite make sense. Van
shoots Jake, then we see the rock fly into the water near Jake. Then Lana
looks up and sees Van with the rifle in both hands. Then he gets up and
runs away. So...he took the shot, put down the gun, threw the rock, then
picked the gun back up again - that doesn't sound quite right.
What order are the list of names in? The two dead guys, then Lex
Luthor, then Greg Arkin (when the sheriff looks at it). That's not
alphabetical, and it's not chronological (Chloe only knew about the
garage guy fairly recently.) And it can't be with the dead people at the
top, because Lex isn't dead.
Clark says he searched all over for Van, but he must not have been
trying very hard - Van has a big bright fire burning at his campsite.
What kind of police don't investigate a breathless, hurried,
distressed 911 call about a murder that is abruptly cut off? It's natural
they would want to go to the "crime scene," but wouldn't they send
someone to check out where the call came from, especially since Lana
sounded like she was in trouble? They can trace the calls.
More of the kryptonite melting thing - In "Heat"
the coach has the rocks in a sauna fire as heat rocks.
How often does the Torch get published? Or does Chloe get to put out
"extra extra!" editions? The Torch comes out with an article about Lana's
attack the morning after she is attacked - that's an awfully quick
We once more see that Smallville, KS has a harbor.
The Sheriff seems surprised at the list Clark shows her - didn't she
see all the photos at Van's cabin showing Lex, Jake, etc., when Pete
called her (like Clark told him to).
It seems almost impossible that Van could have got up the stairs and
grabbed Lana in the few seconds between when she knocked him down and
when she made the phone call.
Why doesn't Clark just x-ray the high school for Van and super-speed
take him out?
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