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Smallville: Craving

Jodi Melville is overweight and unhappy about it. To lose weight she concocts a thick drink containing nutritious vegetables - vegetables grown in the meteor rich soil around the family home. Lex discovers he has an elevated white cell count and wonders about the effect of the meteors on his health, finally hiring a discredited mineralogist to investigate them.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x7
Production Number: 227607
Airdate: Tuesday November 27th, 2001



  • Currently 9.3/10
9.3/10 (8 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Sarah Jane RedmondSarah Jane Redmond
As Nell Potter
Recurring
Malcolm StewartMalcolm Stewart
As Mr. Melville (Jodi's Dad)
Recurring
Joe MortonJoe Morton
As Dr. Steven Hamilton
Recurring
Amy Adams (1)Amy Adams (1)
As Jodi Melville
Alejandro RaeAlejandro Rae
As Dustin

Co-Guest Stars
Damonde TschritterDamonde Tschritter
As Dustin's Friend
Jeff SeymourJeff Seymour
As Lex's Doctor/Dr. Vargas
Main Cast
Tom WellingTom Welling
As Clark Kent / Kal-El

Recap

Mr. Melville crosses the yard and enters the greenhouse of the Melville Nursery. Inside, he speaks to his daughter Jodi, suggesting she get something to eat. But Jodi is overweight and this has made her unhappy. She hopes to look good for Lana Lang’s upcoming birthday party. As she explains this to her father she works with planting soil. Tiny bits of glowing green rock dot the soil here and there like vermiculite. Jodi believes no one likes her. Worse, she expects this because of her size. But she has devised a plan: no more food, just the plants she’s growing...

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Episode Notes
Freak of the Week: Jodi Melville - After taking weight loss milkshakes filled with kryptonite, she is able to suck the fat from any person she chooses.

The Smallville Torch
This is the first episode to prove that Pete Ross writes for the Torch. An article by him is visible when Lex peruses the paper online.

Where in the World is Metropolis?
At least one of the Metropolis zip codes is 66632-2423. (In fact, this is an unassigned zip code at the present time). This is the zip code from which Dr. Vargas sends a letter to Lex.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Call and ResponseThe Fool 
DidoSlide 
Enrique IglesiasHero 
FuelInnocent 
Remy ZeroSave Me 
Third Eye BlindInvisible 


Episode Quotes
Chloe: This is Smallville, Clark. Land of the weird, home of the strange.

Lex: Funny how one day can change your whole life.

Lex: Are you the only one that blames the meteors instead of me?
Chloe: Pretty much. Well, there is Mr. Hamilton.
Clark: Except most people don't have too high regard for a guy who sells plastic meteor chips to tourists.

Clark: Time to revisit the fat-sucking vampire theory.
Chloe: You know if you hadn't been there, he probably would have died, Clark.
Clark: What I can't figure out is why anyone would want to steal body fat.
Chloe: I know, it takes eating disorders to a whole new level.

Dr. Hamilton: What you're looking for…could take years.
Lex: I'm a patient man.
Dr. Hamilton: Tell me: why does a billionaire's son care so much about a bunch of rocks that fell out of the sky twelve years ago?
Lex: I save that story for the people I trust.

Lex: Isn’t that your theory? That meteors somehow alter cellular makeup? That sounds to me like research worth funding.
Hamilton: (laughs) Sorry. My… funding is private and so are my results.
Lex: Your funding comes from tourists.
Hamilton: If you are so interested in meteors, here, take one. Enjoy it. I have nothing else for sale!!



Episode Goofs
Pete Has a Serious Migraine
Pete actually has a concussion, the headache (and other symptoms) caused by a blow to the head. Generally speaking, any blow to the head that causes unconsciousness causes a concussion. A migraine is a specific sort of headache and is normally not caused by a blow to the head.



Episode References
Laura Potter's Speech
An article visible when Lex peruses the Smallville Torch refers to the speech Laura Potter gave at graduation. Lana investigated this speech and Chloe recovered a recording of it for Lana in an earlier episode, “X-Ray.”

Friends at the Inquistor
Lex undoubtedly refers here to reporter Roger Nixon, whom Lex keeps on a short leash with blackmail threats. Nixon’s own misdeeds in “X-Ray” put him at odds with Lex, who took control of the relationship and forced concessions from the newsman. Nixon is likely also who dug up dirt on Dr. Hamilton at Lex's request.



Analysis
Whitney’s Tryout with Kansas State
We are meant to assume that Lex arranged for Whitney to be called to Kansas State the day of Lana’s party, presumably to clear the field for his friend Clark. Perhaps a large cash donation to the school convinced the athletic department to favor Whitney’s bid for the team over the candidate who dropped out, and may even explain why Whitney had to tryout on the Saturday of Lana’s party.



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 7 guide may contain spoilers
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