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Smallville: Jitters

Clark and Lex team up to rescue Clark's high school class after a janitor takes them hostage in LuthorCorp. He claims his deadly "jitters" were caused by a mysterious contaminant and threatens to kill everyone unless he is shown a secret sublevel - which Lionel Luthor denies ever existed...

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x8
Production Number: 227602
Airdate: Tuesday December 11th, 2001

Guest Stars
John GloverJohn Glover
As Lionel Luthor (credit by character name)
Robert WisdenRobert Wisden
As Gabe Sullivan
Tony ToddTony Todd
As Earl Jenkins

Co-Guest Stars
Michael EklundMichael Eklund
As Will
Michelle GohMichelle Goh
As Suki
Mitchell KostermanMitchell Kosterman
As Sheriff Ethan
Mark GibbonMark Gibbon
As Deputy
Kendall CrossKendall Cross
As Little Girl's Mother
Andrew Johnston (1)Andrew Johnston (1)
As SWAT Commander
Yvonne MyersYvonne Myers
As Doctor
Ken KirbyKen Kirby
As Drunk Teen at Party
Marke DriesschenMarke Driesschen
As Male Reporter
Claudine GrantClaudine Grant
As Female Reporter
Lucia WaltersLucia Walters
As Belinda Jenkins
Main Cast
Tom WellingTom Welling
As Clark Kent / Kal-El


Jonathan works on his truck outside while Martha speaks to Clark inside, reminding him not to use the upstairs toilet (it is clogged), and suggesting dinner choices. Outside, Jonathan bangs his knuckle. Martha has to remove Clark’s earphones and repeat herself; Jonathan calls for help from outside. Clark goes to help his father, lifting the back of the truck so Jonathan can reach the exhaust bracket he needs to repair. That done, Jonathan slides out and Clark lowers the truck. It is the Kents’ anniversary and they are celebrating with a visit to Metropolis, leaving Clark alone for a few days. Just before they embark, Clark hands them a card – slightly pizza stained, but his heart’s in the right place...

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Episode Notes
Freak of the Week: Earl Jenkins - Massive jitters after an experiment at Luthor Corporation goes horribly wrong. Earl cannot control his jitters, which threaten anyone and anything near him.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Bad RonaldBad Idea 
BushThe People That We Love 
The CultMy Bridges Burn 
Handsome DevilTie Me Up 
Remy ZeroSave Me 
Smash MouthPacific Coast Party 

Episode Quotes
Lex: I hear you’re taking a tour of my plant tomorrow.
Chloe: It’s a class field trip.
Lex: What’d you do wrong?

Jonathan: Metropolis. Do you… do you miss it?
Martha: Sometimes.
Jonathan: Yeah?
Martha: But I didn’t move to Smallville for action and glamour. I moved because… a certain man told me we’d never be rich… or travel the world, but he’d always love me. How could I pass up an offer like that?

Lionel Luthor: What’s your assessment of this lunatic?
Jonathan: He’s sick, he’s desperate, and he blames your plant for his condition

Earl: I’m not the bad guy. I’m just trying to get better.
Lex: How are you going to get better by killing a bunch of kids?

Gabe Sullivan: This is it. The plant’s mission control. One hundred thousand tons of animal waste are processed here every year. Trust me, the results can be pretty explosive. So… if any of you have had beans for lunch… I’m going to have to ask you to leave!
Chloe: Among his peers he’s considered witty!

Episode Goofs
The Magic Bullet
Seconds after Earl shoots the camera in the control room, we see that all of the monitors show snow. Failure, even catastrophic, of the control room camera would not affect the operation of cameras in other parts of the plant; those monitors should have continued to display their views.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperAlfred Gough  |  Miles Millar
OtherJerry Siegel (Superman Created By)  |  Joe Shuster (Superman Created By)
Main Title ThemeRemy Zero
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