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Clark is stunned when a pesticide magnate who has kryptonite-enhanced powers of persuasion convinces Jonathan to sell the family farm to make way for a new plant. Clark teams up with the local hermit whose mysterious past holds the key to the town's future.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x11
Production Number: 227610
Airdate: Tuesday February 05th, 2002

Director: Chris Long
Writer: Doris Egan

Special Guest Stars
Kelly BrookKelly Brook
As Victoria Hardwick

Guest Stars
Rick PetersRick Peters
As Bob Rickman
Gregory SporlederGregory Sporleder
As Kyle Tippet

Co-Guest Stars
Mark LukynMark Lukyn
As Deputy #2
Ben CottonBen Cotton
As Paul Hendrix
R. Nelson BrownR. Nelson Brown
As Dr. Toby (as rnelsonbrown)

James RalphJames Ralph
As Deputy Markowitz
Main Cast
Tom WellingTom Welling
As Clark Kent / Kal-El
Allison MackAllison Mack
As Chloe Sullivan
Michael RosenbaumMichael Rosenbaum
As Lex Luthor
Kristin KreukKristin Kreuk
As Lana Lang
Annette OAnnette O'Toole
As Martha Kent
John SchneiderJohn Schneider
As Jonathan Kent
Samuel L. JonesSamuel L. Jones
As Pete Ross
Eric JohnsonEric Johnson
As Whitney Fordman


Corporate executive Bob Rickman comes to see environmentalist Paul Hendrix at his office at the Center for Environmental Protection. Hendrix says that Rickman Industries' operations in Smallville are suspect, and they've found evidence of ground water contamination at his other plants. When Rickman asks if there's anything he can do to convince Hendrix to stop filing a lawsuit against him and stop construction, Hendrix says that he can't be bought off like others. Rickman angrily insists that he's never bought anyone off, and then offers to shake hands. When he does, there's a green glow and Rickman directs Hendrix's attention to the window and says there's one way to stop all the pain that he feels. As Rickman leaves, he calls his chauffeur and says that they're heading for Smallville. Outside, Hendrix falls from his office onto a taxi...

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Episode Quotes
Clark: I don't see myself being a farmer when I grow up.
Lana: What do you want to do?
Clark: I'm not sure. Just as long as it doesn't involve putting on a suit and doing a lot of flying.

Chloe: Yeah, don't you think it's odd he lives out here all alone in the woods.
Clark: Thoreau did.
Chloe: So did the Unabomber.

Bob Rickman: Miss Hardwick, I'm surprised to find you in Smallville.
Lex: Don't encourage him, Victoria. It's funny, I was just saying what this town needs is more pesticides in the water supply.

Bob Rickman: I’m just like you, Lex. Government employee sets my emission levels and I abide. You have an objection?
Lex: Let’s call it an interest. Smallville’s my home now.

Bob Rickman: Lionel had mentioned that he'd exiled you here. Had dinner with him a couple of weeks ago.
Lex: Yeah? What happened, somebody more important cancel on him?

Clark: Why are you so unfriendly?
Kyle Tippet: Because I'm not interested in friends.
Clark: Everyone needs a friend.
Kyle Tippet: No they don't, because they'll always betray you in the end.

Bob Rickman: You got a problem with progress, Mister Kent?
Jonathan: No, I'm just skeptical about anyone who thinks they can solve my problems with money.
Bob Rickman: Why's that?
Jonathan: Because if I was interested in money, I wouldn't be a farmer, would I?

Clark: I think I know someone who can help.
Jonathan: No, I will not owe Lex Luthor anything, thank you.
Martha: Right now you don't have anything to owe.

Lex: Ouch. What's that all about?
Clark: I just won't cave on my opinion of Kyle Tippet. It's put me on the outs with Lana.
Lex: So you're Atticus.
Clark: Who?
Lex: Atticus Finch? To Kill a Mockingbird?
Clark: Never read it.
Lex: You should. You two have a lot in common. Small-town heroes. Believe in the truth. Not willing to back down.
Clark: How's it end?
Lex: It's not about the ending, it's about the journey.

Lex: That, my friend, is the key to leadership. Not only knowing you're right, but convincing everyone else. If you can do that, the world's your oyster.

Lex: How bad?
Dr. Toby: It's no worse than when Ozzy snorted that row of fire ants down in Queensland.
Clark: This guy really a doctor?
Lex: He was. Now he's more of an on-call specialist. You know... actors, rock stars, billionaire's sons.
Clark: How do you know him?
Lex: Long story.
Dr. Toby: What's a guy gotta do to get a drink around here?
Lex: Finish sewing.

(after being mind-controlled into kissing Clark)
Chloe: What? Why are you looking at me like that? And why is my mouth minty?
Clark: Let's just say he proved his point.
Chloe: Oh... God, did I just...?
Clark: Don't worry. It was... fine.

Kyle Tippet: Do you know what it's like to have to hide because of who you are?
Clark: Yes, I do. But when you have a gift you can't just hide in a hole and hope it goes away.

Bob Rickman: Well I'd hate to think that you failed to get the job done.
Lex: Relax. Failing isn't something I do.

Lex: I always knew you were keeping secrets from me, Clark... but I never thought they were this good. Clark? You know that guy you're trying to protect? I'm going to shoot him now.
Clark: Lex!
Lex: There you are.
Clark: Don't do this. I'm your friend.
Lex: Oh, please. You think I don't see the way your parents look at me? The way half the town looks at me? You're no different. Friendship's a fairy tale, Clark. Respect and fear are the best you can hope for.
Clark: Rickman's doing this to you.
Lex: What if he did?
Clark: You hate Rickman!
Lex: You can learn a lot from someone you hate.

Clark: It's still strange to think that he and Rickman were once best friends. Think we'll ever end up like that?
Lex: Trust me, Clark. Our friendship is going to be the stuff of legends.

Episode Goofs
At the Torch, Chloe shows Clark and Pete a newspaper article on Kyle's arrest, but it's clear a mock-up, since the photo is glued to the page.

When Kyle uses his power on Chloe, she's facing him. The camera cuts to a reaction shot of Clark, and Chloe starts to turn her head. In the next shot, Chloe is facing Kyle and starts to turn her head again.

When Lex swipes his credit card to activate the gas pump, he puts in the wrong side, the one without a magnetic stripe on it.

Cultural References
Kyle Tippit: He's somewhere between Bigfoot and the Blair Witch.

Lex: So you're Atticus.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperAlfred Gough  |  Miles Millar
Executive ProducerAlfred Gough  |  Joe Davola  |  Miles Millar  |  Mike Tollin  |  Brian Robbins
Co-Executive ProducerKen Horton (1)  |  Greg Beeman
Supervising ProducerMark Verheiden
ProducerRobert Hargrove
Co-ProducerMichael Green (1)  |  Greg Walker  |  Doris Egan
Consulting ProducerAlex Taub
Associate ProducerTim Scanlan  |  Juanita Diana Feeney
Production DesignerLance King
EditorStephen Mark
CastingDeedee Bradley  |  Heike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
Unit Production ManagerRichard Bullock
First Assistant DirectorBryan C. Knight
Second Assistant DirectorBrad Jubenville
MusicMark Snow
Music EditorChris McGeary
Music SupervisorJennifer Pyken  |  Madonna Wade-Reed
Costume DesignerCaroline Cranstoun
HairstylistJanet MacDonald (1)
Make-upLisa Love (2)
Key GripTom Kaczmarski
Set DecoratorEric Gerlund
Property MasterKen Davies
Construction CoordinatorRob Maier (1)
Production CoordinatorSharon Ingram
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
GafferBill Kassis
OtherJoe Shuster (Superman Created By)  |  Jerry Siegel (Superman Created By)
Director of PhotographyAttila Szalay  |  Glen Winter
Stunt CoordinatorLauro Chartrand
Sound MixerPatrick Ramsay
Main Title ThemeRemy Zero
Visual Effects ProducerBill Millar (1)
Executive In Charge Of CastingBarbara Miller (2)
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