Smallville (2001–2011): Season 1, Episode 11 - Hug - full transcript

Bob Rickman is an evil tycoon who intends to build a highly polluting plant in Smallville, and he needs to buy Jonathan Kent's farm. Rickman is famous because of his capacity of convincing ...

Killer view.

Good morning, Mr. Rickman.
Thank you for coming in.

So, what can I do for
the Center for Environmental Protection?

I heard your people were in Smallville
doing some surveying.

I wanted to discuss your intentions.

My intentions are to build a new plant.

What's this?

Ground water from the last town
where you built a plant.

Well, I find that very hard to believe.

Rickman Industries has always had a very
good relationship with the CEP, Paul.

- Can I call you Paul?
- No.

Tomorrow I'll have a restraining order
preventing you from moving into Smallville...

until every case against you is settled.

It's too bad. I...
Well, I have my mind set on Smallville.

This town has a special place in my heart.

I don't suppose there's anything
I could do to change your mind.

I'm afraid I'm not as easy to buy off
as my colleagues.

I've never bought off a soul in my life.

People listen to me because I'm right.

When they do, they end up better for it.

Tell that to the 96 cases
of vinyl chloride poisoning...

I've tied to your pesticide plants.

Well, I see there's little else to do.

Just want to tell you how much
I appreciate your candor.

I wish you luck.

Now, listen, Paul...
I can call you Paul, can't I?

I guess.

Now, you strike me
as a man of passion, Paul.

Passion hurts, doesn't it?

People don't understand. They don't see
how you devote yourself to what's right.

I bet you're afraid.

You give all that passion
to a job no one even cares about.


- Yes.
- Yes.

Look at that world out there, Paul.

Is any part of it yours?


All that pain you feel,
there's only one way to make it stop.

Going down?


Tyler, bring the car around.
We're going to Smallville.

Okay, here we go.

I thought learning to drive
my dad's Volvo was difficult...

but at least the car had
windshield wipers.

- Chloe, you're doing fine for your first time.
- No, no, we're turning.

So how's Whitney holding up?

His dad's still in the hospital, so he's
been working extra shifts at the store.

It's tough running a family business.

He secretly wants his dad to sell it.
He doesn't want it when he graduates.

I don't blame him. I don't see myself
being a farmer when I grow up.

- Well, what do you want to do?
- I'm not sure...

as long as it doesn't involve putting
on a suit and doing a lot of flying.

I dropped my camera.

What'd you bring that thing for anyway?

I'm not out here doing
this butt-bashing thing for fun.

These woods are like the Bermuda Triangle
of Smallville.

People come in here,
and when they leave...

they can't remember a thing. There've
been dozens of incidents the past 10 years.

- I'll go get you your camera.
- Thank you.

The stories in these woods
go back to the Civil War.

No, what I'm talking about
happened a week ago.

Surveyors from Rickman Industries
came out screaming...

- and can't remember what happened.
- I'm sure you have a theory.

- Kyle Tippett.
- The guy who sells weird sculptures in town?

Don't you think it's odd that he lives
all alone out here in the woods?

Thoreau did.

Yeah, Clark, so did the Unabomber.


- Stay with the horses.
- Okay.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Okay, okay.

Easy, easy.

Get away from her!

- You okay?
- Yeah, it's okay. I'm fine.

What do you think happened, son?

I don't know, but it just doesn't look
like he's trying to hurt her.

- Okay, Nell. Thanks. Bye.
- How's Lana?

A mild concussion.
Other than that, she's fine.

- And Nell?
- That's a different story.

She wants Clark to go to the police
and say he saw Kyle...

- spook Lana's horse and attack her.
- I didn't see that.

I don't think we've heard the end of this.

Did Kyle seem at all dangerous to you?

He seemed scared.

Chloe said some surveyors
were spooked last week...

and now us.
I wonder if there's a connection.

Jonathan, go talk to Kyle.
Get this cleared up.

- Yeah.
- No, I'll go.

- I don't think that's a good idea.
- It's not like he can hurt me.

That is not the point.

Dad, I understand what it's like
to be hidden from the world.

Give me a shot.

- Do you know where Kyle lives?
- I just follow the trail of bad sculptures.

Miss Hardwick, I'm surprised
to find you in Smallville.

It grows on you after a while.

Don't encourage him, Victoria.

It's funny. I was just saying
what this town needs...

is more pesticides in the water supply.

Now, don't tell me you mind
someone else sharing your little sandbox.

Only when they're polluting it.
Hello, Bob.


I'll leave you boys alone.

Photos are a bit over the top,
but I like what you've done with the place.

Oh, it's only temporary.

Here, have a button.

Enough of these, and they won't notice...

- you're rendering the town uninhabitable.
- I'm just like you, Lex.

A government employee sets
my emissions levels, and I abide.

Do you have an objection?

Let's call it an interest.
Smallville's my home now.

That's right. Yes, Lionel had mentioned
that he'd exiled you here.

- Had dinner with him a couple weeks ago.
- Yeah? What happened?

Somebody more important cancel on him?

Don't worry, Lex, I'll keep my concerns
away from the Luthors.

I found the perfect place for the plant.
It's out of the way, it's near the river.

The Kent farm?

I assume you've approached them.

It's just a formality.

The way licenses and zoning permits
always seem to be a formality for you, Bob.

I know the Kents, and not even you
can convince them to sell that farm.

You'd be surprised.

Trust me, Bob, you're not that charming.

You're trespassing.

How'd you do that?

Magic. Haven't you heard of Crazy Kyle
who lives in the woods by himself?

He's somewhere between Bigfoot
and the Blair Witch.

- I'm...
- Clark Kent, Jonathan and Martha's son.

How'd you know?

I live in a trailer, not a cave.

I wanted to talk to you about
what happened this afternoon.

You mean the girl?

The horse threw her,
and I made sure she was breathing.

So you don't make a habit
of scaring people out of the woods...

and spooking their horses?

If I wanted to explain myself all the time,
I'd get a job.

But I left that world behind for a reason.

Why are you so unfriendly?

- Because I'm not interested in friends.
- Everyone needs a friend.

No, they don't...

because they'll always betray you
in the end.

How are you feeling?

Better, thanks.

Nell said you're going to talk to the police.

Actually, I went out and spoke to Kyle.

You talked to that psycho?


He said he was making sure
Lana was okay.

- Do you believe him?
- Yeah, I think I do.

If I were there,
I would have done something.

- Do you remember anything?
- Not really.

I gotta get home. I'm glad you're okay.

That looked uncomfortable.

Listen, has Bob Rickman been by the farm?

- Why would he be interested in us?
- He's interested in buying your land.

You have met my dad.
Why are you even worried?

I've seen Rickman talk people out
of house and home. He's a locust, Clark.

He tears through a community
and betrays anyone who trusts him.

Tell your dad to be careful.


Hello, Kyle.
Wondering when you'd stop by.

We had an agreement.

You do whatever you want with the rest
of the world, but leave this town alone.

Well, we made those rules a long time
ago. The world's changed, Kyle.

Maybe it's time the public knew
the whole truth about Bob Rickman.

The public believes whatever I tell them.

I spent nine years honing my skill
while you hid in the woods...

because you were afraid.

Take my hand. See how afraid I am.

You've been warned.

Kyle, what are you doing here?

I just registered a complaint.

What do you have against Rickman?

There used to be a time when people
minded their own business.

Hey, Tippett!

- And what's your problem?
- You are.

Touch Lana Lang again,
and I'll take care of you.

- Whitney, back off.
- I've got my eye on you.

- That's why I don't come into town.
- You want a ride home?

Why are you being so nice?

You're not a bad guy.
You're just not a people person.

- What gave that away?
- You want a ride or not?

Yeah, I gotta stop and get groceries.

No problem.

Excuse me.

I'm sorry, I couldn't help overhearing. Are
you having a problem with Kyle Tippett?

Yeah, he attacked my girlfriend.

Bob Rickman.

Maybe I can help.

Thanks for the ride,
I really appreciate it.

Next time, don't talk my ear off.

Hey, why were you at Rickman's?

Why were you at Rickman's?

I heard a rumor he was trying
to buy our farm.

Stay away from him.

Do you miss it? Regular life, I mean?

Some people weren't meant to have
a regular life, Clark.




They're booking Kyle for assault.

All right, what happened, guys?

I saw Kyle in town. He blew me off,
so I came out here to talk.

You drove out here in the middle
of the night?

Yeah. I had a feeling
he was gonna attack Lana again.

Next thing I know,
he attacks me with a bat.

Is that what happened?

I did see Kyle swing at Whitney, but...

But what?

Kyle says Whitney swung at him first.

That's crazy. Why would I do that?

I don't know. None of this
makes any sense.

Yes, it does. First he attacks Lana,
then he comes after me.

- The guy needs to be locked up!
- We've all had a rough night.

- Just calm down.
- You saw it with your own eyes.

That freak tried to kill me!
Now you're saying it's my fault?

He's been a hermit for years, and suddenly
he's one of Smallville's most wanted.

- Something must have made him snap.
- I think it's Bob Rickman.

Yeah, but what does our rural Rodin
have against Rickman...

other than the obvious
poisoning-the-environment angle?

I don't know. Could you do some digging,
find a connection?

Yeah, absolutely.
Sounds like an interesting story.

Tree-hugging hermit versus
pesticide tycoon.

- What do you think they have in common?
- Definitely not their grooming habits.


Hey, what's wrong?

Can you give us a minute?


Whitney said you accused him
of attacking Kyle.

I didn't accuse him.
I have some questions.

- Like what?
- Like why was he there?

He was just trying to talk to him.

We both know Whitney can be
a little overzealous...

but his heart's in the right place.

I just don't think Kyle would do that.
He doesn't seem violent.

You can tell from knowing him
for two days?

He's lived in the woods alone for 10 years.

But that makes him odd, not dangerous.

Whitney wouldn't attack anybody.

He strung me up in a field.

So that's what this is about?
You haven't forgiven him.

Lana, I just think there's
something else going on here.

Yeah, there is. You're looking for
an excuse to knock Whitney.

You know what he's going through
right now with his dad.

If you don't like him, just say it.
Don't pretend to be his friend.

You know, a barn's no place
for shoes like that.

Didn't like them that much anyway.

Bob Rickman, Rickman Industries.

I know who you are.

You probably know why I'm here.

I hear you're interested in this farm,
and you're a very persuasive fellow.

I gotta tell you, there's not a snowball's
chance in hell I'd consider selling...

especially not to Rickman Industries.

You got a problem with progress?

I'm skeptical about anybody who thinks
they can solve my problems with money.

Why is that?

Well, because if I was interested
in money, I wouldn't be a farmer, would I?

If you'll excuse me, I got
some real work to do.

- What happened? You all right?
- Oh, I think I twisted my ankle.

I guess you were right about these shoes.

Could you give me a hand?

Now, are you sure I can't convince you
to change your mind?

How could you do this without telling me?
What happened to "This land is our legacy"?

- What's going on, guys?
- Your father sold the farm to Bob Rickman.

What? How?

One minute I'm telling him he doesn't stand
a chance. The next, I got a signed contract.

I called our lawyer. He said he can't do
anything until he sees the contract...

but the devil-made-me-do-it argument
wouldn't hold up in court.

- Just can't believe I did this.
- What did Rickman do?

He made his case, he shook my hand.
That was it.

- It can't be that easy.
- How else do you explain my signature?

- I know someone who can help.
- No!

I will not owe Lex Luthor anything,
thank you.

Right now, you don't have
anything to owe.

So, what time are you working
at the store tomorrow?

Ouch. What's that all about?

I won't cave on my opinion of Kyle Tippett.
It put me on the outs with Lana.

So you're Atticus.

Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird?

- Never read it.
- You should.

You two have a lot in common.
Small-town heroes, believe in the truth...

not willing to back down.

How's it end?

It's not about the ending.
It's about the journey.

What kills me is that I know I'm right.
I just wish I could get them to see it.

That, my friend, is the key to leadership...

knowing you're right
and convincing everyone.

If you can do that, the world's your oyster.

Right now, I'd settle for getting
our farm back.

The good news is,
the deal's three times market value.

The bad news is, it's ironclad,
meaning it'll take a dozen extra lawyers.

Fortunately, I've got an army of them.

For once I think my parents will be glad
for your help.

I wonder what Rickman said
to convince your father.

I know the farm's in debt, but he'll pave
it and turn it into a wasteland...

hardly better than the offers I made.

I just know my father
would never sell the farm.

Except that he did. Rickman's known
for getting past people's defenses...

but that's just good business. Unless
you think there's more to it than that.

Where are you going?


Got a call you had a problem,
Mr. Rickman.

Yes, thank you for coming by, deputy.

No problem.

I need you to take care of an old friend.

Let's go, on your feet.
You have a visitor here.



How bad?

It's no worse than when Ozzy snorted
that row of fire ants down in Queensland.

Is this guy really a doctor?

He was. Now he's more
of an on-call specialist.

You know, actors, rock stars,
billionaires' sons.

- How do you know him?
- Long story.

What's a guy gotta do
to get a drink around here?

Finish sewing.

Don't worry, Toby appreciates discretion.
Nobody will ever know Kyle was here.


I'm curious, why did you think
I'd be willing to harbor a fugitive?

My parents would freak, and if I took him
to a hospital, they'd put him back in jail.

You're the only one I could trust.

All in all, it's easier
than that knife wound of yours.

Club Zero, remember that?
Blood all over my Mustang.

- Can we talk to him now?
- I gave him something for the pain.

It's lights out until the morning.

My usual payment?

Brown bag on my desk.

- See you, Toby.
- Lex.

You'd better get home. It's late.

Hey, Atticus, you may want
to change your shirt.

Hi, Clark.

You're the last person I expected
to find here.

I heard Kyle Tippett escaped.
I was a little freaked out.

He's not coming after anybody.

- How do you know?
- I just do.

I'm sorry I bothered you.

If you were worried, why did you walk
all the way over here instead of calling?

I don't know. I thought you
might've changed your opinion.

Well, if you came over for an apology,
you're out of luck.

Clark, he escaped from jail.
You have to admit it looks pretty bad.

- You don't know the whole story.
- Then tell me. What is it?

I don't know yet. You've already made up
your mind about him, so what do you care?

I wanted to clear the air
and preserve our friendship...

but now I don't even know
why I bothered.

Here you go.

Thank you.

Hello, Lex.

Oh, come on, Lex,
this Art of War stuff is for amateurs.

It's not that. I just don't like you.

So my attorney tells me that my purchase
of the Kent farm is being challenged.

I warned you the Kents were
a tough nut to crack.

I recognize LuthorCorp lawyers
when I see them. Why are you involved?

Smallville's my home,
and the Kents are my friends.

Well, with friends like you, Lex...

Don't touch me.

Speaking of old friends,
I heard Kyle Tippett escaped from jail.

Now, why do you assume
we're old friends?

Just a rumor.

Have you seen him?

I never met the man, but I'll be sure
to pass on your regards when I do.

How'd you get my dad
to sign that contract?

Oh, you must be the Kent boy.

I'm a good businessman.
No hard feelings?

I spent the morning delving into
the exotic world of agriculture equipment...

and it seems that Kyle and Rickman
were partners in the '80s.

- They sold farm equipment?
- Yeah...

they were salesmen of the year
three years running, '89, '90, '91.

The next year, Rickman started
his own company, and Kyle went Walden.

- I wonder what happened?
- I don't know...

but I found this story
in the Smallville Ledger.

"Salesmen trapped in car
after meteor shower."

I'm guessing whatever's going on started
that sunny October day, 12 years ago.

- Let's go ask him.
- Wait, you know where he is?

Where's Kyle?


I think I know where he went.

I appreciate the help,
but I'm done here.

- We know Rickman was your partner.
- It was a million years ago.

What happened to you guys
in that meteor shower?

Trust me, you're not the only ones
that were affected by it.

What's going on with you and Rickman?
How did he get my dad to sell our farm?

You know, until that day, we were the
worst salesmen to ever carry a catalog.

All that changed after they
pulled us out of that car.

With a handshake we could get people
to do whatever we wanted them to do...

buy a tractor, stand on one leg.

You had the power of persuasion?

How long does it last?

Until the person does
what I tell them to do.

It could be two minutes, two hours.

Then they come out of it
without a memory.

What happens if they can't do it?

They keep trying unless they're forcibly
snapped out of it, like your friend Whitney.

Well, it sounds good in theory,
but how about you prove it?

- Chloe.
- What?

The guy lives in a crappy trailer.

If he has this power, he'd use it
to sell these sculptures.

It's dangerous.

I'm used to living on the edge.

You have feelings for Clark, don't you,
Chloe? You see him, and you want him.

All this time, you've been hiding it.
Now you can show him.

Okay, come on, I'm ready.

What? Why are you looking
at me like that?

And why is my mouth minty?

Let's just say he proved his point.

Oh, God, did I just...?

Don't worry, it was fine.

Well, now that the party trick's over,
I gotta hit the road.

Wait, you have these gifts,
but you hid in the woods. Why?

Because I was scared
that I wouldn't be able to control it...

- and I'd wind up like Bob.
- What happened between you two?

- Why does he want to kill you?
- He knows that I know his secret...

and I threatened to expose him
if he built a plant here.

Yeah, but he's been destroying
communities like this for years.

- How come you let him get away with it?
- I wanted to be left alone!

- If it wasn't here, it wasn't my problem.
- My dad lost our farm because of you.

Do you know what it's like to have
to hide because of who you are?

Yes, I do.

But when you have a gift, you can't just
hide in a hole and hope it goes away.

How did you get in?

Oh, your guard at the front gate
let me through. He's a great guy.

I didn't realize we had a meeting.

We don't. I come with an olive branch.

You can call off your lawyers.

I'm dropping the Kent farm
as a proposed site.

What's the matter? Losing your touch?

No, I've just decided Smallville
really isn't worth the hassle.

At least I know where I'm not wanted.

Okay, then. Thanks for stopping by.

Well, since you won,
how about it? Truce?

- Hello?
- Lex, it's me.

What's going on?

I'm with Kyle. He wants to go public
about Rickman.

No kidding? What does he know?

Enough to bring him down.

All right, I'm coming to pick you up.
Where are you?

I called friends at the Planet
and the Inquisitor.

Would you be willing to talk to them?

I'll do what I have to to stop him.

Get in. I have to fill up
if we're going to Metropolis.

Thanks, Lex.


What's going on?

Rickman's got to him!

Clark, you have some explaining to do.

What just happened?

I have my suspicions.

I hate to think that you failed
to get the job done.

Relax, failing isn't something I do.

Just in case.

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 gonna shoot him now.


There you are.

Don't do this. I'm your friend.

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.

- Rickman's doing this to you.
- What if he did?

- You hate Rickman.
- You can learn a lot from someone you hate.

Hello, Bob.


I always was the better salesman.

Are you okay?

I saw you get shot, Clark.

Don't worry. Just don't hide
in the woods like I did.

You got a gift.
Use it to do great things.

I think I'll do the same with mine.

I can't believe each one
of these bruises was a bullet.

- Sorry.
- Guess that answers that question.

It's weird. I get shot at,
and the bullets are fired by my best friend.

- What do you think happened to Kyle?
- I don't know...

but I think he's out in the world
trying to make a difference now.

Hi, I hope I'm not interrupting.

No, come on in.

We'll be outside.

I didn't know if we were still talking.

I'm not sure what happened with Kyle,
and it's really not important...

because I think our friendship
is worth more than one argument.

Yeah, me too.

You know, I thought
we were done there for a while.

You and me are gonna be friends
for a very long time.

We may have our ups and downs,
but that's just the way it works.

Did Chloe really kiss you?



Tell your dad I spoke to my lawyers.
Because of Rickman's untimely demise...

they're not expanding.
They ripped up the contract.

- Thanks.
- Hey, what are friends for?

How're you feeling?

I still don't remember what happened.
Are you sure I didn't hurt you?

I wonder where Kyle is now?

I don't know.

It's still strange to think he and Rickman
were once best friends.

Think we'll ever end up like that?

Trust me, Clark. Our friendship
is gonna be the stuff of legend.