First aired October
Lana: I think you missed a spot.
Lois: Well, I know what you did this summer.
Lois: Oh, don't look so guilty, Smallville. It's about time you
lovebirds flapped your wings.
Clark: What are you doing back?
Lana: We thought you were in Europe until the end of the year.
Lana: Well, are you gonna stay with Chloe?
Lois: Actually, I just ran into Mrs. Kent at the Talon, and right
out of nowhere, she asked if I'd like to move back in at the farm.
Clark: Yeah, right. Really?
Lois: I know. Isn't that sweet? Oh, don't worry. You little snuggle
bunnies can hop around all you want. I'm a heavy sleeper. [ Chuckles ]
I'm going for a dip.
Clark: Think she could sleep through me smothering her with a
Lana: [ laughs ] Don't stay in the sun too long. You're gonna get
Chloe: So, I take it Lana hasn't gotten a peek into the confidential
files of Clark Kent yet.
Clark: Chloe, you think I'm happy about having my powers back and
lying about them? I didn't ask for this life.
Chloe: We didn't ask for a world that needs heroes. But the truth
is, we do... now more than ever, Clark. Something's wrong. Go, Clark.
Lana: Is she all right?
A.C.: I'm working on it.
[ Lois gags ]
A.C.: Hey. Maybe you ought to stick to the shallow end till you learn
how to swim, gorgeous.
Lois: Maybe you ought to try breath mints, surfer boy.
A.C.: [ Laughs ] Name's Arthur Curry. My friends call me A.C.
Lana: Come on. We got to get you back to the farm.
Chloe: That was weird. Where did Bobby Baywatch come from?
Clark: I don't know... but he can sure swim fast.
Chloe: Are we talking Olympic-gold-medal fast or meteor-freak fast?
Clark: No, this is something else. He can swim faster than I can.
Fine: Do you know where the greatest supercomputer in the world
resides? Right here. It's the human brain. Yet we only use 10% of it.
Good morning, Mr. Kent. Did we start too early for you?
Clark: Sorry, I kind of got lost.
Fine: If there are any other wayward travelers, this is
"Introduction to World History," and I am Professor Milton Fine. But
before we delve into my lectures about the Greeks, Romans, and Spartans
-- all of which I'm sure you'll find very enlightening -- let's look at
the word "history." History is not about facts. It's about the context
and who is telling the story. So, what is history? What is her story?
What is your story, Mr. Kent? How will you affect the world around you
for the generations to come?
Clark: I'm not sure you can know that at 18.
Fine: Tell that to Alexander the Great. Or to bring it closer to
home... Lex Luthor. Now, he's not much older than you are, and yet he's
turned his father's agribusiness into a leading defense contractor. He's
gone from feeding people to killing them. And yet his story is that he
is a white knight who's just put a small Kansas town on the map. Beware
of white knights, people. They don't, uh, slay dragons. They train them
to suit their own dark purpose. Think of Hitler, Stalin, Napoleon.
Clark: Lex is not a saint... but I don't think you can put him in
the same league as those guys.
Fine: An honest opinion... I like that.
A.C.: I think it's full. [ Chuckles ]
Lois: Customers like it that way. More bang for their buck.
A.C.: I got a buck.
Lois: You should use it to get some fashion sense. You know this,
uh, whole orange-and-green thing you got going? It looks like Flipper
A.C.: [ Chuckles ] I'll tell you what. You show me how to dress the
way you like, and I'll teach you how to swim.
Lois: [ Scoffs ] I know how to swim. Thank you.
A.C.: You're welcome. But...next time, I might not be there to suck
the water out of those pretty lungs.
Lois: Look, I didn't need you to play the paramedic, Fish Stick, all
right? I just had a little bit of water down the wrong pipe.
A.C.: You were turning blue.
Lois: It's a good color on me. Look, it was a freak accident, all
right? I practically live in the water.
A.C.: Me too. But I can swim.
Lois: So can I. I'm a great swimmer. I can swim like a fish.
A.C.: Prove it.
Clark: Professor? I'm sorry to bother you, but I got off on the
wrong foot. I wanted to apologize.
Fine: Never apologize. If you're gonna show up late, at least do it
with conviction, Mr. Kent.
Clark: How do you know my name?
Fine: What was the first thing you did the day of orientation?
Clark: I got my picture taken.
Fine: Yeah, and that photo is in a database which I check before the
semester begins. That way, I can call my students by their proper names.
Helps the learning process. How long have you been friends with Lex
Clark: Who said we were friends?
Fine: It's just a deduction. Why else would the son of family
farmers be defending such a man?
Clark: It's a long story. But he's not the man you make him out to
Fine: Well, you know, Groucho Marx said there's only one way to find
out if a man's honest -- ask him. If he says, "yes," he must be crooked.
Clark: I would think a college professor would be quoting Karl Marx,
Fine: German philosophy's easy. Comedy's hard. Hey, why don't you
come work for me? I've been interviewing research assistants for my new
book on Luthorcorp. You could find out the truth about Lex Luthor
Clark: Thanks, professor, but I'm not really looking for a job right
Fine: You know what's worse than the fear of speaking the truth, Mr.
Kent? It's the fear of uncovering it.
Lois: You coming or what?
A.C.: Am I coming...I'm waiting on you.
Lois: I thought you loved the water. You're tiring out already on
A.C.: [ Chuckles ] I'm just enjoying the view.
Lois: Oh, yeah, yeah. So, you ready to race or what?
A.C.: You don't really think you're faster than me, do you?
Lois: Oh, I know I am. Ready?
A.C.: All right.
Lois: On three. One, two...
[ Whooshing ]
Lois: Hey! How did you do that?
A.C.: Don't sweat it. I'm part fish.
Lois: Ohh. Thank you.
A.C.: [ Laughs ]
A.C.: No, that was pretty good. You can seriously strut out there.
Lois: Well, lots of practice. My swim teacher was a Navy Seal.
A.C.: I swim with the seals. They're awesome.
Lois: You're not a military brat, are you?
A.C.: Nope. Just a brat. [ Chuckles ]
Lois: What are you doing?
A.C.: Ugh. Aah! What's happening? What's going on?! You don't hear
Lois: Hear what?
Lois: A.C.? A.C.? A.C.?
[ A.J. Groaning ] [ Breathing heavily ]
Lois: Oh, my god. Oh, my god. Okay, okay. Just lay back, lay back.
Woman: With the exception of an unexplained disturbance at the site,
today's trial was a complete success.
Lex: Great. Send me the tapes. The best part of my job -- watching
impossible dreams become reality. How far was the target?
Woman: Three kilometers away.
Lex: Three kilometers? That's half a kilometer further than
Woman: Yes. Leviathan is exceeding all expectations across the
Lex: If this goes well tomorrow, my associates from the Pentagon are
gonna want to put Leviathan on every vessel in the fleet.
Woman: What about marine life? We still haven't figured out how to
protect them --
Lex: There are plenty of fish in the sea, Doctor. Nobody's gonna
miss a couple that go belly-up. Let's get Leviathan back to the lab.
Lois: You know, we really should get you checked out at a hospital.
A.C.: No, I'm cool.
Lois: Is that surfer talk for, "there was blood coming out of my
ears"? 'Cause, you know, on dry land, that usually isn't a good sign.
A.C.: It's probably just an ear infection or something. Can we just
Lois: Uh... sure.
A.C.: What are you doing?
Lois: Seeing if you have a fever.
A.C.: You really don't listen, do you?
Lois: No, I try not to. I find it distracting.
A.C.: Well... what's the verdict, doc?
Lois: You're actually a little cold.
A.C.: That's weird. I'm feeling kind of warm right now. [ Chuckles ]
Lois: Does that line ever work on anyone?
A.C.: I figured it was, like, a one in 10 shot. But you're worth the
Lois: You don't even know me.
A.C.: What's to know? You're abrasive, sarcastic. You never shut up.
Lois: Yeah, and those are my good qualities.
A.C.: Oh, I know.
Lois: Look, just because you saved me when I wasn't really drowning
does not give you the right to slobber all over me.
A.C.: I'm sorry.
Lois: You should be.
[ Door opens ]
Lois: Hey, Smallville.
Clark: Lois is all over this guy, and all we know about him is that
he can swim faster than I can.
Chloe: Well, let me look him up. He's a sophomore at The University
of Miami, majoring in marine biology. Oh, and here's a shocker -- he's
on the swim team, leaving all of his competition in the wake.
Clark: Does he have a criminal record?
Chloe: Uh... yeah. Last year, he broke into the Ocean Village Resort.
Clark: What'd he steal?
Chloe: Eight dolphins. He busted open an underwater fence and
released them back into the ocean. I don't know, Clark -- it doesn't
really sound like FBI's most-wanted material to me.
Clark: Maybe it's the only thing he's been caught for.
Chloe: Maybe, but, I mean, according to all of this, he has never
dipped a fin in Smallville until now. It sort of shoots down our
Clark: He's not the first guy I met who didn't get his abilities from
Clark: There was this kid last year. He kind of ran too fast for his
Chloe: Well, so far the only thing we have on Arthur Curry is that he
saved Lois from being permanently waterlogged. Clark, are you sure
you're not just upset that someone was stealing your hero thunder?
Clark: I don't know what it is about this guy... ...but I get a bad
Lois: You guys, you should have seen this guy. It was amazing. I've
never seen anybody swim so fast.
Lana: Or drink so much water.
A.C.: [ Laughs ] It keeps my skin soft.
Clark: So, how do you like the University of Miami?
Lois: You go to school in Miami?
A.C.: Yeah. How'd you know that?
Clark: I'm a big fan of college swimming.
Lana: Really? Since when?
Clark: Since Arthur Curry started dominating the sport. So how'd you
learn to swim so fast?
A.C.: I don't know. [ Chuckles ] I guess it runs in the family. My
dad operates a lighthouse down south. He swims like a lead weight. So it
must have been my mom with the skills, but...she died when I was a baby.
Lois: A.C., I'm so sorry.
A.C.: I'm not gonna say it doesn't suck, but...you know, growing up
by the water was awesome. I probably spent more time in it than out.
Clark: And what brings you to the most landlocked spot on the map?
A.C.: Crater Lake. The last few months a bunch of fish have been
dying off. And the E.P.A. blames it on temperature change, but I think
that's totally bogus.
Clark: Smallville's a long way to go to check on temperature changes.
A.C.: Not if you care about the world you live in. See, people think
that what happens in oceans and lakes doesn't affect their lives. But it
does. It's all connected.
Clark: Do you really believe that, or is that a pickup line?
Lois: Smallville, can I talk to you over here for a minute? [
Chuckles ] There's a cinnamon bun I need your opinion on. What are you
doing? I already have an overprotective dad. I don't need an
overprotective brother, especially one who isn't my brother.
Clark: Am I the only one who thinks there's something fishy about
Lois: Yes! Now quit being a jerk! I'm sorry about that.
A.C.: No, it's cool. I got to bounce.
Lois: Do you want some company?
A.C.: No, I-I have a few things I need to take care of, so I'll just
swing by later.
Clark: You know, you're right. I was being a jerk. I'm gonna go
Lois: I don't know how you put up with him, Lana.
Lois: Thanks for dropping that bomb on my date, Smallville. Did you
apologize to A.C.?
Clark: I didn't get a chance to.
Lois: Why not?
Clark: He was too busy playing terrorist.
Clark: Lois, I saw him trying to blow up some sort of lab.
Lois: You really don't like him, do you?
Clark: It has nothing to do with the way I feel.
Lois: No? Attacking A.C., making up stories? You know, if I didn't
know any better, I'd think somebody was jealous.
A.C.: Is she great or what?
A.C.: Call me A.C. Man, I thought I had the hookup, but the way you
flak-jacketed that c4... ugh, that was awesome, bro. I was just trying
to stop a bomb, but you were gonna set off, bro. Yeah. Nice work. Thanks
to you, the oceans are one step closer to becoming a graveyard.
Clark: That thing you were trying to blow up, it has something to do
with all the dead fish?
A.C.: No, not something --everything. It's a sonar weapon called
Leviathan. It emits some kind of focused sound wave that packs enough
punch to rip a submarine in half.
Clark: How do you know that?
A.C.: I peeked at some documents at the lab. They had "Luthorcorp"
stamped all over them.
Clark: You mean Lex is trying to develop some sort of weapon?
A.C.: One that also happens to kill any sea life around it... even
when it's on standby. In four hours, he's demoing Leviathan for the
pentagon. If they bite and start dropping these things in the water,
it'll be an ecological disaster. We have to stop him.
Clark: I'll go talk to Lex.
A.C.: There isn't enough time. Come on, superboy. With you on the
turf and me in the surf, we could stop this thing cold.
Clark: By blowing up his lab?
A.C.: Well, I'm not gonna sit back and let this happen, Clark. I was
born with an amazing gift, and I plan to use it to help protect this
Clark: I'm not gonna let you put innocent lives at risk.
A.C.: Like your buddy Lex Luthor?
Clark: He's not my buddy --not anymore. But I think we can get him to
A.C.: You think he doesn't know what this thing does? He doesn't
Clark: You want to work together, then we go clear this up with Lex
-- that's the deal.
A.C.: All right, we'll try it your way, boy scout. Let's have words
with the cue ball.
Lex: Clark. You got here fast.
Clark: Thanks for seeing us, Lex.
Lex: Well, I only have a few minutes. I'm on my way out.
A.C.: Yeah, we know, bro.
Lex: Now, I don't believe we've had the pleasure.
Clark: Lex, this is my friend from out of town -- Arthur Curry.
A.C.: You have to stop it.
Lex: Stop what?
Clark: We know about the weapon you're testing, Lex. I guess the
billions you make from agriculture isn't enough.
Lex: [ Chuckles ] One day of college, and he's already an activist.
Clark, the only weapon I'm developing is the kind that fights hunger. My
team's been working on a strain of fast-growing high-protein kelp --
A.C.: Leviathan has nothing to do with feeding the hungry, Luthor!
It's a weapon that'll kill everything in the water.
Lex: I'm sorry. Who are you again?
A.C.: Someone that actually cares about the world he lives in.
Clark: You have to shut Leviathan down. There's other ways to defend
Lex: The days of you barging into my home to give me sage advice are
Clark: Lex, whatever our differences, I don't want to see you get
hurt. There are people out there who will do whatever it takes to stop
Lex: If you think I'm gonna bow down to the thuggish tactics of
extremists, you really don't know me very well.
A.C.: I told you this was a waste of time.
A.C.: You know, you're a real tool, Lex. I hope you get what you
deserve. I'm out of here. I got things to do.
Lex: Your new friend's got a bit of an anger problem.
Clark: He gets that way when someone's trying to destroy what he
Lex: Clark, I'm not trying to destroy anything.
Clark: Lex, don't bother trying to cover it up. The days of me
believing your lies are over.
[ Door closes ]
A.C.: Why are you doing this to me?
Lex: One, you called me a tool. And two, most people I know need
scuba gear to breathe underwater.
A.C.: [ Breathing heavily ] I'm just good at holding my breath.
Lex: I...I guess I shouldn't be surprised there's something unusual
about you. I mean, you are a friend of Clark Kent's.
A.C.: [ Breathing heavily ] He doesn't know anything about this. How
about some water? I'm running a little thirsty.
Lex: So am I. I have a thirst for knowledge, one that never seems to
get quenched. What group are you with? Guardians of the Sea?
A.C.: I don't travel with an entourage. Please...[ Labored breathing
] ...I need some water.
Lex: [ Sighs ] Now, I usually don't deny my guests a drink, but...
something tells me if I give you water...
[ A.C. gasping ] .
Lex: ..You'll bust out of those restraints before the glass is
empty. Now, let's try again. How are you able to breathe underwater?
A.C.: Shut down Leviathan, and I'll tell you everything you want to
Woman: Mr. Luthor, Leviathan is submerged. The clients are in the
viewing room. All systems are ready to go.
Lex: Well...[ Sighs ] ...I guess we'll have to pick this up later.
A.C.: Please! [ Voice breaking ] Please. Please. [ Labored
breathing ] I don't care what you do to me. Please destroy that weapon.
Lex: Wow. Okay, you convinced me. I'll flush $100 million in "R"
and "D" down the toilet and put the nation's fleet at risk while I'm at
it. You might be a big fish in the water, but up here, I'm the shark.
A.C.: [ Raspy breathing ] No! [ Wheezing ] Water.[ Wheezing
continues ] Uh! Ugh! Grrr!
Clark: I knew I'd find you here. Are you okay?
A.C.: Wet and ready, bro. The test is going down. But security's
everywhere. I'll never make it through in time.
Clark: You might be able to...with a little help.
Lex: Gentlemen, I stand before you humbled by a technology that will
forever tip the balance of naval power in our favor.
Admiral: That's a bold claim.
Lex: You'll see it with your own eyes. Let the show begin.
Women: Activating ranging system. Modulator engaged. What the hell
Lex: What's going on?
Admiral: Looks to me like Mr. Luthor's miracle weapon just
Women: Admiral. Admiral, please.
Lex: Yes, Admiral. I understand. I'm sorry to have wasted your
time. Clark. I thought the next time I'd see you, you'd be waving a
banner at some protest rally outside Luthorcorp.
Clark: You know, Lex, I was thinking I'd write a paper on that
high-protein kelp you said you were working on. Are there any new
Lex: [ Chuckles ] Well, it's funny you should ask. The project was
derailed by a couple of misguided vandals. The equipment's damaged
Clark: Maybe it wasn't meant to be.
Lex: Maybe. Say, how's your friend? Arthur?
Clark: I don't know. I haven't seen him.
Lex: Well, if you bump into him, tell him I'm looking forward to
seeing him again.
Clark: Lex, do you ever stop and think about where your life is
Lex: Tsk. All the time. It's a complicated world, Clark. Only the
naive view it in black and white.
Clark: You know, the other day, a professor of mine... he accused
Luthorcorp of being evil and you being just short of the devil.
Lex: Well, you didn't tell him about my pitchfork, did you?
Clark: I defended you. I guess I am naive.
A.C.: You got some awesome stuff in here, bro.
Clark: Yeah, I got the feeling the ocean floor's a little more
A.C.: And it'll stay that way now, thanks to you.
Clark: Well, I did have some help.
A.C.: We could make a pretty good team, huh? Maybe we should start
up a junior lifeguard association or something.
Clark: I'm not sure I'm ready for the J.L.A. just yet... unless you
promise to stop blowing things up.
A.C.: As long as Luthor sticks to dry land, I'll keep the seafloor
to myself. But if anyone messes with my home...
Clark: Look, I don't think Leviathan's gonna be a threat again. But
Lex might. He's seen your abilities. He'll turn the world upside down
looking for you.
A.C.: The world's three-quarters water. Good luck finding me.
Clark: What about school in Miami?
A.C.: Guess the swim team will have to find another handsome stud.
Clark: Just stay out of trouble, all right...A.C.?
A.C.: Try to get in some, Clark. Stay super, bro.
Fine: If you've dropped my class, I hope you haven't come to
Clark: You were right... about Lex.
Fine: Of course I was. I'll never lie to you, Mr. Kent. After all,
I'm--I'm an educator. Well, truth is my life's work.
Clark: [ Inhales deeply ] It might be too late, but I
was wondering if the research assistant position was still available.
Fine: It is, but I'm not interested in hiring someone who changes
their mind as often as they change their clothes.
Clark: Professor, I can't just sit back and watch anymore. And if
your book is gonna expose the truth about Luthorcorp, I want to be a
part of it.
Fine: I expect my research assistants to be smart, thorough, and
show up to each and every class.
Clark: I can guarantee it.
Fine: All right. You know, history shows us that every decision a
man makes has an effect on the sum of his life. You've made the right
decision, Mr. Kent.
Lois: You haven't learned, have you? Orange and green --totally
A.C.: I didn't think you were gonna show. I just wanted to say
Lois: You going to Miami?
A.C.: [ Chuckles ] No. I think I'm gonna take some time off... float
around for a little while... see where the current takes me.
Lois: If those currents ever bring you back to Smallville...
A.C.: I don't think that's gonna happen... ...not for a while.
Lois: You know, my first week of college, the only book I cracked
open was the "bartenders' guide," and even that was the cliff notes
Clark: Well... I guess we're two different types of students.
Lois: I hope so, for your sake. Look, Clark, I know that I got a
little thorny when you raised the red flag on A.C.
Clark: I was just trying to look out for you.
Lois: And I appreciate it. I've just never had someone to help guide
me through the shark-infested ocean of romance -- not that I can't fend
Clark: You know, I think I was wrong about our friend A.C. He was a
little misguided, but...his heart was in the right place.
Lois: Yeah, he was definitely unique. I've known a lot of guys who
want to own the world. I haven't met very many who actually want to save
it. How am I ever gonna meet someone like that again?
Clark: Lois, I promise, someday... you'll meet someone even more
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