Smallville (2001–2011): Season 1, Episode 12 - Leech - full transcript

Clark and a classmate, named Eric Summer, are both struck by lightning when Eric is holding a piece of meteor rock. The electrical surge takes Clark's powers away and transfers them to Eric. As Eric gets used to his new powers, Clark has to deal with being a normal person for the first time, with all the advantages and disadvantages. But Eric's abusive and domineering father wants to have him examined in Metropolis for his strange powers and in response, the mentally unbalanced Eric goes on a rampage. Meanwhile, Sir Harry Hardwick, Victoria's father, and rival of Lionel Luthor, try to recruit Lex for their business in Metropolis and almost succeed in buying out Luthor Corp. But Lex turns the tables against them. Reporter Roger Nixon continues to investigate Lex's car accident and begins to close in on Clark's secret. Also, Lana becomes more distant when Aunt Nell announces her plans to sell her florist shop.

Okay, people, you've got fifteen minutes.

Storm's on its way, and I want to be
on the road before it hits.

How many more rocks do we have to find?

- Two. Rose quartz and meteor rock.
- All right, let's see who can find it first.

Make that one.

You're a regular rock hound, Clark.

Hey, Clark.

Hey, Lana.

When is this whole geological
scavenger hunt over?

Not having much luck?

- Someone's doing more ranting than digging.
- I'm sorry...

...but I find geology
even more pointless than algebra.

I could order these rocks online and have
them delivered to my house, vacuum-sealed.

Hey, Holly, do you want
a piece of meteor rock?

Oh, I've got it checked off already.
Thanks, anyway.

No problem, anytime.

Hey, loser, stop hitting
on my girlfriend, all right?

Next time, I knock your rocks
into the next county.

- Yeah, I'd like to see you try.
- Oh, yeah?

Lucky your daddy's a teacher.


How many samples have you collected?

- Just a couple, my glasses keep fogging up.
- Get with the program, Eric.

- But, Dad-
- It's Mr. Summers at school.

You have 10 minutes to complete this
assignment. You'd better find every rock.

Glad he's not my dad.

Has anyone seen Eric?
Apparently he's gotten himself lost.

I'll find him.

Eric! Eric!


I could really use your help.

I loaded all the hay, my-


You all right?

Yeah, I'm just a little tired.

The truck's stuck
up to its axle in mud and-

- The cows aren't going to feed themselves.
- Yeah. Can you give me a hand, please?

- Ready?
- Ready!

Hang on!


- Clark, are you pushing?
- Yeah!


Come on, son,
we don't have time to-

What happened?

I don't know.

Here's a clean coat, sweetie,
are you feeling better?

I just don't understand what's wrong
with me. And why am I bleeding?

Maybe it's just a part of
your development, like x-ray vision...

...or maybe the lightning had
something to do with it, I don't know.

I am going to be okay, right?

What you ought to do is go to school...

...and if anything else happens
or it gets worse, give us a call.

You know, it's weird. I never
worried about being sick before.

You're not sick, Clark,
you're just not yourself.

Oh, you just missed your bus,
you'd better hurry.

- Something wrong?
- My speed's gone too.

Morning, Mom.

- Morning, Dad.
- You're late, and I can't wait for you.

Just give him five minutes,
what's the hurry?

I have a faculty meeting.


I'll take you
when you're ready to go.


- Mr. Summers.
- Don't you take that tone with me.

Your little stunt yesterday
almost cost a fellow student his life.

- I can only apologize so many times.
- It was stupid and selfish.

Why don't you save the speeches
for your classroom?

- How did you do that?
- You're the science teacher, figure it out.

Get a ride with your mother.

You feeling okay?

Yeah, why?

Usually you run without breaking a sweat.
Today you look like you're about to die.

No, I'm fine.

- What's wrong?
- My leg, it hurts.

It's a cramp, walk it off.

You're falling apart today, Clark.


Hey, you got a minute?

Yeah, sure. What's up?

We really didn't get a chance to talk
after what happened yesterday.

Yeah, thanks for grabbing me.
That was a stupid move on my part.

So you feeling all right?

Actually, I feel great.

But there's nothing different about you?

Why, should there be?

No, I'm just glad you're okay.


...your nose is bleeding.

- Thanks for the ride.
- You're welcome.

- Wanna come in to say hi to Nell?
- I can't.

I've gotta get over to the store.
Stock day.

See you tonight?

I've gotta run the numbers
over to my dad at the hospital.

- I thought he was supposed to be recovering.
- He is, he's just...

He needs to feel like he's in control.

How are you doing?

Not that great.

Can't get my homework done, I can't train.

Might as well kiss my scholarship goodbye.

Come over tonight, I'll help you
with your homework.

Hey, when did Nell
put the shop up for sale?


Why didn't you tell me
you were selling the shop?

I'm sorry, I only made
the decision this morning.

- When were you planning on telling me?
- I don't understand why you're so upset.

I mean, you've never shown
any interest in this store before.

And now I'm supposed to consult you?

- Are you selling the movie theater as well?
- Yes, Lana, it's part of the building.

You know how much it means to me.

If I'd made business decisions
based on sentiment...

...I would have gone bust a long time ago.

Besides, the movie theater's
been closed for months now.

I'll sell the building
and relocate to a smaller store.

- There has to be another way.
- Look, I'm just thinking of our future.

Finished with the hay.

How you holding up?

Considering my chores used to take five
minutes and now they take two hours...

...I'm all right.

Well, as long as you don't get any worse,
I guess we can count our blessings.

I'd better get to that fence before dinner.

You need your rest.
I'll take care of it in the morning.

- Oh, Dad, I can do it.
- All right, but just remember something.

It took 12 years to get used to your abilities.
Nobody expects you to adjust in 24 hours.

Get the gate.

- Hey, Dad.
- Yeah.

How do you find the strength
to do this every day?

Years of practice.

This is very good work, Roger.

All the physical evidence
points to this explanation.

I'm sure you consulted a rogue's gallery
of qualified professionals.

A journalist never reveals his sources.

You work for the Inquisitor, not the Planet.

I want to verify these experts myself.
I'll give you 10 grand a name.


This will make one hell of a story.

Nobody's ever going to know about this.

And if this story is accidentally leaked... and I are going to have
a serious trust issue.

As opposed to the close,
personal relationship we enjoy now.

Lex, what brings you all the way out here?

I needed to talk.

- You have a minute?
- If you wanna help me with this fence.

You can't lift that by yourself?

Look, I've been baling hay for the last
two hours, I can barely lift my own arms.

So, what's up?

We're friends, right?

Yeah, last time I checked. Why?

I want you to tell me what really happened
the day my car went off that bridge.

I dove in and I pulled you out.

- And that's it?
- Lex, seriously, what's wrong?

I don't think you're being completely honest,
and I think I know why.

All right, well, then,
you tell me what happened.

I think I hit you at 60 miles an hour...

...then you ripped open my roof,
pulled me out and saved my life.

You're the closest I've had
to a real friend my whole life.

- You don't have to hide anything from me.
- You think I'm hiding something from you?

Okay, here.

Take this hammer. Hit me anywhere.

- I'm not going to hit you, Clark.
- Come on!

- If I can get hit by a car, you can't hurt me.
- I just want the truth.

The truth is, I'm just a guy
who tried to do the right thing!

Isn't that enough?

Apparently, Clark is still doing his chores
and that's why he blew us off.

He's been acting weird lately.

Well, Clark's always acting weird.
Give me a gauge.

He was so tired in math class today,
he face-planted on his desk.

I have two words for him: Power Bar.

Give me my laptop!

- Give it back.
- Get out of my way, kid.

- Did you see that?
- Yeah. Unbelievable.

Thank you. That was amazing.

Any time.

Guess we know what happened
to your powers.

Must have been the lightning strike.

You said that Eric was holding a meteor rock.

It must have transferred
your powers somehow.

You know, all those years of hiding...

...I wonder if it was worth it.

Everyone's fine with Eric.

Well, that's just for now, Clark.

Well, the question is whether
it's temporary or permanent.

You know what they say: Lightning
never strikes twice in the same place.


My guess is that your powers
aren't coming back.

Maybe being normal won't be so bad.

- I mean, it works for you and Mom.
- Oh, thanks.

You don't feel any differently
about me now, do you?


You're our son, whether you can
bench-press the tractor or not.

What do I do now?

Well, life isn't easy for anybody...

...whether you're normal or super,
but you're still Clark Kent.

And you were raised a certain way
and that's never gonna change.

Sure, your abilities were a part of you,
but they didn't define you.

Look on the bright side, Clark.
You don't have to hide anymore.

Try to have some fun.

You're kind of relieved, aren't you?

Well, he always said he wanted to be normal.
Guess he got his wish.

You should have seen it.
Eric threw the guy 30 feet.

And not only did he recover my laptop...

...but I got my first byline
in the Smallville Ledger.

That's great, Chloe.

Come on, Clark, how can
you be so blase about this?

The guy stopped a purse-snatcher.
It's not that big a deal.

Hey, thanks for getting
that story in the paper.

Thanks for saving my computer, it's my life.

Okay, how pathetic did that just sound?

- So who came up with "Superboy"?
- I did.


- I like that.
- Thanks.

- I thought it was kind of lame.
- I don't remember asking you.

Clark's just jealous.

I hope all this attention doesn't
go to his head. He needs to be careful.

You know what?
Start throwing people 30 feet...

...and I'll write nice things about you too.

"Love from Superboy."

- Hi, guys.
- Hey.

Clark, are you okay?

I'm great.

I'm getting a pickup
game together in the gym.

You and Kent versus me and Brent,
what do you say?

- Clark doesn't really play.
- No, I play.

Great. Bring it on.

Since when do you play?

Since now.

First one to 15 wins.

If you're interested, we play
every Tuesday and Thursday.

- Good game, good game, man.
- Too bad, Clark.

- Why are you grinning? We lost.
- I know. Pretty cool, huh?

Lex, you remember Dad?

Sir Harry? Victoria,
I've been waiting 45 minutes.

Oh. We were closing a deal.

City of Metropolis giving you
the recycling contract?


You seem upset.

If this is the respect you show your partners,
I wonder if I made the right decision.

You see, Lex, it doesn't really matter.

The deal is off.

I thought it was your life's ambition
to crush my father.

No, that's your life's ambition.
Mine is to take over LuthorCorp.

How do you plan to do that?

You heard of Cadmus Labs?

- I've been researching them for about a year.
- Well...

...your research has just paid off.

I bought them. An hour ago.

And with the profits you'll reap from their
patents, you'll buy LuthorCorp outright.

Tell your father...

...I said hello. Come on, girl.


I hope it was worth it.

Tried to score the last box of jujubes
before this place is sold?

Those things could probably survive
a nuclear winter.

You must have a thing about
bad sound and stale popcorn.

My parents met here.

My dad worked the concession stand
during college...

...and my mom came to see
Close Encounters. She got bored.

How do you get bored
watching Close Encounters?

I don't know.
Maybe she had a thing against aliens.

She hung out in the lobby and spent
the entire night talking to my dad.

They'd only been a few years apart in school
but never noticed each other.

That night, they just clicked.

I know it sounds kind of crazy...

...but I feel that whatever tangible evidence
I have of my parents' existence... slowly being chipped away.

Sometimes letting go
is the only way to move forward.

I guess you're right.

Besides, there's nothing I can do to stop it.

How'd you find me anyway?

Nell told me. I was wondering
if I could borrow your English notes.

I kind of dozed off in class.


Have you been feeling okay lately?

Yeah, great, why?

Nothing, you're just less Clark Kent-like.

It's kind of nice.

You seem more relaxed, like you haven't got
the weight of the world on your shoulders.

Well, I guess I woke up
and realized my life had changed.

I decided to kick back and accept
the fact I couldn't control everything.

Maybe I should adopt
that philosophy myself.


Hey, have you seen the paper?

People have been calling all day.
It's wonderful, dear.

- What's wrong?
- Nothing.

- Are you afraid of me?
- Eric.

We're just a little concerned about
this new-found strength you have.

Where'd it come from?

It must have been the lightning.

- I've set up an appointment with Dr. Litvak.
- Dad, I'm not sick.

I'm special.

Once you get a clean bill of health,
we'll take you to Metropolis.

Well, what are we gonna do there?

I've got an old colleague who's
a professor at the university.

- He wants to meet you.
- Don't you mean study me?

I'm not one of your damn
science experiments, Dad!

This is about you, Dad,
it's always about you!

Even with this, it's still not enough!

You might be special, but you still live
under my roof and you will do as I say.

I am not a freak
and I am not going anywhere!

Eric, put me down.

What are you gonna do, Dad,
ground me, huh?

I never have to listen to you ever again.

I can do whatever I want
and have whoever I want...

...and no one can stop me.

- Hey. You want to go out sometime?
- What do you think you're doing, Summers?

I'm asking Holly out.

Are you suicidal? You're not going out
with my girlfriend, all right?

- Watch me.
- Hey!

You make the cover of the paper with
some stunt, suddenly you're somebody?

- Brent.
- Face it, Summers.

You're still nothing.

All right, man. Don't do it.

What's the problem, Brent?
Why are you hiding from nothing?

Eric, you can't do this!

- Watch me.
- No, I'm serious.

You could kill someone. You don't want
that on your conscience. Just calm down.

You're not my father, Clark.
Now shut up and get out of my way!

Get away from us, you freak!

Just a little higher.

How much longer is it gonna hurt?

- You'll be fine in a couple of weeks.
- A couple weeks?

What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.


- Easy on the ribs, Mom.
- How's he doing, doc?

Well, nothing seems to be broken.
We could get an x-ray just to be safe.

I think we'll just take him on home.

It's your choice, but I wanna
see him back in a week.

Thanks, doc.

You help him get dressed,
and I'll go take care of the paperwork.

What happened?

Eric just flipped out,
it was kind of scary.

- I wish you hadn't gotten in his way.
- I don't know what it is.

Even though Eric has my abilities,
I still think of them as my responsibility.

Clark, I just heard.

Hi, Lex.
I'll go see your dad. See you.

So did you come by to make sure I was hurt?

I wanted to make sure you were all right.

Yeah, never better.

We can go out in the parking lot.
You can hit me with your car.


What I said about you the other day,
I'm sorry.

Nothing appears to be what it seems lately.

You gonna stop snooping
around my back now?

Listen. I had no right
to question your honesty.

All I can do is plead temporary insanity...

...and hope we can find a way
to put this behind us.

Only temporary?

You need some help?

Yes, thank you.

Eric. Where have you been?

I really messed up.
I need your help.

Your father spoke with Principal Kwan.
We know what happened.

No, Mom, it was an accident.

- Mom, don't be afraid of me!
- Stay away from her, Eric.

What are you doing, Dad?

I told you that some day, you'd have to
take responsibility for your actions.

Well, that day has come.

- What did you do?
- Eric, you need help.

So you called the police?

You're my dad.
You're supposed to protect me.

I stopped by to see
Eric's parents this morning.

- How are they?
- They're scared, Clark.

Were you ever scared of me?

Well... threw a few temper tantrums
when you were little...

...we had some holes in the walls...

...but, no.

- You were a good kid, Clark.
- I don't think Eric's a bad kid.

Neither do I, he's just a teenager
who's in way over his head, that's all.

You know, when this first happened,
I was kind of freaked out...

...but now I'm kind of enjoying it.

I played basketball for the first time
without worrying if I'd hurt anyone.

I can be around Lana
without her necklace making me feel sick.

Even this is better than being around
the meteor rocks, any day of the week.

Something happened at Eric's house. The
police came, but they couldn't control him.

- I have to stop him.
- You're hurt, remember?

If you try to face him again,
he could kill you.

He has my strength.
Maybe he has my weakness too.

The meteor rocks?

No one else knows how to stop him.

Mom, this is who I am,
whether I have my powers or not.

Clark, what about a meteor rock?
It's not like we keep them laying around.

I know where to find one.

I got an urgent call you wanted to see me?

- How'd you do it, Lex?
- Do what?

- Cadmus Labs. It's worthless.
- I know.

Maybe you should have done your homework
before acquiring it so recklessly.

Now you've left yourself open
for a hostile takeover.

I read the report!

You mean that piece of fiction
you stole off my computer?

Is this your idea of having it covered?

That's what you get for trusting family.

My father and I will be making an offer
on your company in the morning.

I'll tell him you said hello.

- How could you do this to me, Lex?
- You did it to yourself, Victoria.

You thought you could make bones
with Daddy by taking me down.

- It was just business.
- You call sleeping with me business?

I'd hate to think what that makes you.

- We could have been great together.
- I plan on being great all by myself.

You'd better check on your dad,
he didn't look well.

I was driving by, I saw the light on.
I figured it was you.

Are you okay?

I called the house earlier,
but your mom said you were asleep.

- I was really scared.
- I'm sorry.

How do you think Eric
got that strong overnight?

I have no idea.

Can you imagine waking up
one morning and having powers?

It's scary.

I guess. I mean, look at Eric,
it hasn't helped him.

That's true.

But I've still always wished I could fly.

Yeah, that'd be something, Lana.

What is it?

It's your necklace.

I never realized
how beautiful it was until now.

This is gonna sound really strange.

Could I borrow it?


What do you need it for?

It's complicated.

Whatever happens to me,
I promise you'll get this back.

You're scaring me again.
What is going on?

Goodbye, Lana.

- Clark, what are you doing here?
- I was worried about Eric.

It's a police problem now.
Damn kid's out of control.

Look what he's done to the house.

Do you have any idea where he went?

He talked about getting rid of it.

Said that there was only
one place he could do that...

...whatever that means.



Eric, don't!


You should have let me go
the first time, Clark.

- Would have been better than living like this.
- Eric, why'd you jump off that dam?

I was testing myself to see if I had
any limits. Apparently, I don't.

Look, you can adjust to these abilities.
You've gotta give yourself some time.

How do you know, Clark?

I'm just saying give yourself some time.

Oh, so in time, my parents
won't be scared of me.

The girl of my dreams
won't think I'm a freak.

- The cops won't be after me.
- I can help!

I don't want your help, Clark.

Treat me like a criminal. I'll give
them something to be scared about.

It's not the answer.

Come on, Clark.

If you had this power, what would you do?

- I'd stop people like you.
- Nothing on this earth can stop me.

You're wrong.

We'll see about that.


I'm so cold.

So cold.

What do you think is
gonna happen to them now?

Not sure.

Hey. They had problems
long before he had your abilities.

How are you feeling?

- Normal, for me.
- Clark.

Your gifts are, well, they're a part of you,
but they don't define you.

I know.

But they complicate all of our lives.

Seeing how destructive Eric got...

That just reminds me
of how special you really are.

That's because Eric didn't get
my two strongest gifts.

You and Mom.

Let's go home.

Hello, Dad, how's business?

Tomorrow's Planet is announcing
our takeover of Sir Harry's company.

- Did I merit a mention?
- Third paragraph.

That's what happens
when you trust your family, Lex.

I'm proud of you.

Thanks, Dad. That means
a lot coming from you.

Your so-called experts
were wrong about Clark Kent.

I saw it with my own eyes.
He's just a regular kid.

That's not possible.

- So how do you explain the accident?
- I can't...

...but I'm closing the book
and putting it behind me.

- There's something there, Lex.
- I don't care.

The Kents are off-limits, understand?

You have something for me?

Nice picture quality.

- Who initiated this little encounter?
- Who do you think?

- Victoria?
- Your father.

Hey. I was just locking up.

I brought your necklace back.

This is beautiful. Where'd you get it?

A friend.

It's made of lead armor.

I want you to have it.

I figure, that way
it can protect your memories.

Is this your way of telling me
I shouldn't wear my necklace?

I don't want it to hold you back.

Sometimes letting go
is the only way to move forward.

You okay?

You look like you've got the weight
of the world on your shoulders again.

Yeah, I guess I do.

Can I walk you home?

Actually, I'm meeting Whitney at the store.

Rain check?

Rain check.

Good night, Lana.

Good night.