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Smallville: Leech

When Clark rescues his classmate Eric from harm during an electrical storm, they are both struck by lightning, resulting in all of Clark's superpowers transferring to Eric. Clark is torn between happiness at finally being normal and growing concern as Eric starts to abuse his powers. Meanwhile, Lex believes he finally has undeniable proof of Clark's superpowers and confronts him...

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x12
Production Number: 227611
Airdate: Tuesday February 12th, 2002

Director: Greg Beeman
Writer: Tim Schlattmann

Guest Stars
Kelly BrookKelly Brook
As Victoria Hardwick
Sarah Jane RedmondSarah Jane Redmond
As Aunt Nell
P. Lynn JohnsonP. Lynn Johnson
As Mrs. Summers
Tom OTom O'Brien
As Roger Nixon
Shawn AshmoreShawn Ashmore
As Eric (Eric Summers)
Kevin McNultyKevin McNulty
As Mr. Summers
William SamplesWilliam Samples
As Sir Harry Hardwick

Co-Guest Stars
Julian D. ChristopherJulian D. Christopher
As Doctor
Mitchell KostermanMitchell Kosterman
As Sheriff Ethan

John GloverJohn Glover
voiced Lionel Luthor
Lauro ChartrandLauro Chartrand
As Thief
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


Mr. Summers takes his geology class out to the dam to pick up rocks, and warns that a storm is coming and he wants to head back as soon as possible. Among the classmates are Clark, Chloe, and Pete. Clark uses his x-ray vision to look for the rocks on their assignment when Pete’s back is turned, plunging his hand into the ground. As they talk, Clark wavers as Lana comes over with her necklace on. Her lab partner Chloe comes over and complains about the stupid assignment...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
BushInflatableclosing scene
ShocoreBonecrackerEric hits on Holly
Sum 41Fat Lip 

Episode Quotes
Chloe: I'm sorry, but I find geology even more pointless than algebra. I mean, I could just order these rocks online and have them delivered to my house vacuum-sealed.

Roger Nixon: This could make one hell of a story.
Lex: Nobody's ever going know about this. And if this story is accidentally leaked, you and I are going to have a serious trust issue.
Roger Nixon: As opposed to the close personal relationship we enjoy now.

Pete: He's been acting weird lately.
Chloe: Well, okay, Clark's always acting weird. Why don't you give me a gauge?

Jonathan: How are you holding up?
Clark: Considering my chores used to take me five minutes and now they take two hours, I'm all right.

Jonathan: You know what they say: lightning never strikes twice in the same place. Look, my guess is that your powers aren't coming back.
Clark: Maybe being normal won't be so bad. I mean, it works for you and Mom.
Martha: Oh, thanks.

Clark: You don't feel any differently about me now, do you?
Martha: Clark, you're our son whether you can bench-press the tractor or not.

Clark: What do I do now?
Jonathan: Well, life isn't easy for anybody, whether you're normal or super, but you're still Clark Kent. You were raised a certain way and that's never going to change. Sure, your abilities were part of you but they didn't define you.

Chloe: Thanks for saving my computer. It's my life. Okay, how pathetic did that just sound?

Clark: I hope all this attention doesn't go to his head. He needs to be careful.
Chloe: Well, you know what, Clark, the second you start throwing people thirty feet, I'll write nice things about you, too.

Pete: Why are you grinning? We lost.
Clark: I know. Pretty cool, huh?

Lex: Listen, I had no right to question your honesty. All I can do is plead temporary insanity and hope we could find a way to put this behind us.
Clark: Only temporary?

Victoria Hardwick: It was just business.
Lex: You call sleeping with me business? I hate to think what that makes you.
Victoria Hardwick: We could've been great together.
Lex: I plan on being great all by myself.

Eric: Come on, Clark. If you had the power to do whatever you want, what would you do?
Clark: I'd stop people like you.

Episode Goofs
In the hospital room, Martha helps Clark pull the shirt up over his shoulder but his arm isn't in the sleeve.

The camera cuts to a new shot and Clark's arm is in the sleeve.

Cultural References
Lana: My mom came to see Close Encounters.

In the 1982 movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial , a small brownish alien nicknamed "E.T." by the boy who adopts him, tries to create a communication device and request rescue from his people when he's stranded on Earth.

Episode References
Mr. Summers says that he's set up an appointment with "Dr. Litvack." John Litvack would later work on the show starting in 2004.

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-ProducerDoris Egan  |  Michael Green (1)  |  Greg Walker
Consulting ProducerAlex Taub
Associate ProducerTim Scanlan  |  Juanita Diana Feeney
Production DesignerGraeme Murray
EditorRon Spang
CastingDeedee Bradley  |  Heike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
Unit Production ManagerRichard Bullock
First Assistant DirectorRob Vouriot
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 CoordinatorPat Taylor
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
GafferBill Kassis
OtherJerry Siegel (Superman Created By)  |  Joe Shuster (Superman Created By)
Director of PhotographyGlen Winter
Stunt CoordinatorLauro Chartrand
Sound MixerMark Holden (3)
Main Title ThemeRemy Zero
Visual Effects ProducerBill Millar (1)
Special Effects SupervisorMike Walls
Executive In Charge Of CastingBarbara Miller (2)
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