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Smallville: X-Ray

Clark battles intense headaches as he tries to adjust to his emerging power of X-ray vision, an ability that he cannot control. Also, Lex is framed for an armed robbery by a teenage girl who can take on the appearance of anyone she chooses. Elsewhere, Lana finds her mother's journal and accuses her aunt of lying to her.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x4
Production Number: 227604
Airdate: Tuesday November 06th, 2001

Director: James Frawley
Writer: Mark Verheiden


  • Currently 9.6/10
9.6/10 (9 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Lizzy Caplan
As Tina Greer
Recurring
Tom O'Brien
As Roger Nixon
Recurring
Sarah Jane Redmond
As Aunt Nell
Recurring
Beverley Breuer
As Rose Greer (as Beverly Breuer)

Co-Guest Stars
Mitchell Kosterman
As Sheriff Ethan Miller (as Mitch Kosterman)
Recurring
Mark McConchie
As Mr. Ellis
Brian Jensen
As Coach
Main Cast
Tom Welling
As Clark Kent / Kal-El

Recap

Lex Luthor enters the Smallville Savings and Loan. The manager emerges from his office and Lex asks to close all his accounts. The manager asks why, and Lex asks if there will be a problem. The manager assures him ‘no’ but wonders at the odd request since the Luthors have been banking there for a dozen years. Lex merely smiles and asks for cash; the manager asks for a signature. Lex’s signature does not match the card on file and he cannot produce a driver’s license to verify his identity. Instead he produces a very large revolver and demands the manager fill a bag!..

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Episode Notes
Freak of the week: Tina Greer - Can transform in to any person she wants.

Soft Bone Disease
As a child, Tina most likely suffered from osteogenesis imperfecta, a disorder in which osteoblasts (cells that produce bone) fail to produce osteoid (the protein mixture of which bone is primarily composed) in sufficient quantity or of adequate quality or both. Extreme cases are fatal during infancy or gestation; milder cases result in weak and brittle bones, forcing patients to exercise caution in their lives to prevent breaks.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Alien Ant FarmMovies 
The CranberriesAnalyse 
Shelby LynneWall In Your Heart 
Stabbing WestwardBreathe You In 
Todd ThibaudUnbroken 
Unwritten LawUp All Night 
The WiseguysOoh La La 


Episode Quotes
Lex: I promise I’m not a criminal mastermind.
Clark: I know. A criminal mastermind would have worn a mask.

Roger: I’ll give back the money. We’ll be even!
Lex: No, we won’t. Because I also know your brother works for juvenile court.
Roger: Leave him out of this!
Lex: I didn’t get him involved in this. You did. You came into my life thinking I was some spoiled rich brat you could shake down because he needed his daddy’s protection?!? Trust me. When I make things disappear they stay buried.

Roger: What happened to your car?
Lex: I drove it off a bridge at sixty miles an hour.
Roger: How are you still alive?
Lex: That’s the mystery I need your help to solve...

Tina: What do you want me to say? You have the perfect life.
Lana: You want it? You can have it.

Tina’s Mother: Please tell me you didn’t rob the bank yesterday!
Tina: (transforming herself into Lex) I didn’t. Lex Luthor did.



Episode Goofs
When Clark gets thrown through the window at the beginning by Tina Greer disguised as Lex Luthor, the glass that falls around him is round edged and clearly prop glass.



Cultural References
Whitney: I swear that girl’s got you LoJacked.

LoJack is a tracking system installed in vehicles to discourage theft by increasing the chance of recovery and the likelihood of capture and conviction of car thieves. It employs a radio signal emitted by the vehicle that can be detected by equipment the company makes available to the police. The term “lojacked” has come to mean any method of finding or following someone or something, although it is properly a trademark.



Analysis
Lex: I promise I’m not a criminal mastermind

In the Superman comic books, Lex Luthor in fact IS a criminal mastermind and is arguably Superman’s most dangerous adversary. This line is doubtless a bit of self-referential humor or foreshadowing.

Tina’s Ability

Tina demonstrates an ability to transform herself based on the unusual nature of her bones. Her recovery following the meteor fall and Clark’s ability to see green blotches throughout her skeleton strongly imply that her skeleton has incorporated green Kryptonite and that this in some fashion enables her to alter her physical form at will. She demonstrates the ability to alter parts of her body that do not contain Kryptonite, such as hair and skin. She also alters her clothing, which isn’t living tissue. It seems likely that her ability is more comprehensive than the simple restructuring of bone that Clark hypothesizes.



Other Episode Crew

DeveloperAlfred Gough  |  Miles Millar
OtherJerry Siegel (Superman Created By)  |  Joe Shuster (Superman Created By)
Main Title ThemeRemy Zero
 
Warning: Smallville season 1 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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