Smallville (2001–2011): Season 1, Episode 2 - Metamorphosis - full transcript

Bug-lover Greg has an accident involving meteor rocks and his own insect collection, giving him creepy insect characteristics and powers. Lana is endangered when Greg decides that she is the perfect mate to start a colony.

Previously on Smallville:

Sweetheart, we can't keep him.

What'll we say?
We found him out in a field?

We didn't find him.

He found us.

What are you trying to tell me?
I'm from another planet?

He can't get within five feet
of Lana Lang...

...without turning into
a freak show.

- Who's the maniac driving the car?
- That would be me.

Lex Luthor.

I didn't dive in after Lex's car.
It hit me a 60 mph.

Does that sound normal to you?
I'd give anything to be normal.

I call it the Wall of Weird.

It's every strange event that's
happened due to the meteors.

That's when it all began.
The town went schizo.

What's with you and Lana?

Congratulations, Clark.
You're this year's scarecrow.

Ah, jeez.

Who did this to you?

Doesn't matter.

Thanks for the dance, Lana.

Is this what you
do with your time?

- Where did you get those?
- In that hole you call a room.

- You had no right to go in there.
- You've got a lot of nerve.

I'm in a club with Lana's aunt.

How will I face Nell, knowing
my son is videotaping her niece?

- Is that where you were tonight?
- No.

- I was out collecting.
- Two disgusting habits.

Insects aren't disgusting, Mom.

Look what has become of you, Greg.
This isn't you.

- People change.
- Really?

Monday morning, I'm phoning
Claremont Military Academy.

Yeah, right, Mom.

I've had it with your behavior.
This time I'm making the call.

Hey, who's gonna
take care of my bugs?!

Don't worry, guys.

I'm gonna take you somewhere safe.


No, don't do that!


No, no!


Greg! Where have you been?


It's all your fault, Clark.


We're leaving in 15 minutes, and you
haven't done your chores yet.

That looks good, I like that.

All hail the homecoming
king and queen!

Clark! I didn't see you
at the dance last night.

I was...

I was a little tied up.

Hey, congratulations!

I haven't seen an offense
that good since I played.

Thank you.

I'll get the rest of the boxes
out of the truck.

I'll help.

- Lana?
- Thank you.


You realize last night
was just a joke, right?

- I need that necklace back.
- I don't have it.

Look, it's Lana's favorite-

Then you'd better go to that
cornfield and find it.

Beautiful, isn't it?

Greg! I didn't recognize
you without your glasses.

You know they only
live for eight hours?

Live fast, die young.

They're the rock stars
of the insect world.

Could you help me with my Lit paper?

Nathanael West assignment giving you
brain freeze?

Yeah, it's kicking my ass.

Sure, okay.

Great. How about my house,
after school?

Library might be easier.

It's a date.

Lana, your aunt's looking for you.

Hey, bug boy, do me a favor
and quit tailing my girlfriend.

You afraid of a little competition,

We're not in competition, Greg.

If I find out you've been
leaving butterflies in her room...'ll know about it.

Yeah, well, just remember...

...sometimes you're the windshield,
sometimes you're the bug.

Can't knock your taste in women.

- What happened last night?
- It was just a stupid prank.

You were tied to a stake
in the middle of a field.

Even the Romans saved that
for special occasions. You could've died.

I appreciate your help.

- I just want to forget it ever happened.
- Hey, Clark, what's the holdup, son?

Mr. Kent, it's good to see you.


- We've gotta finish up.
- Okay, Dad.

At least I got a handshake this time.

Oh, my God! Jonathan!


- Clark!
- Clark!

- Clark!
- Clark!

- Clark.
- Clark.

Whitney will be all right. He's got a couple
of cuts and bruises, but nothing serious.

- Does he remember anything?
- No.

Just that something smashed his truck
and he woke up in the ambulance.

You need to talk to Mom.
I think I really freaked her out this time.

You also made her really proud, Clark.

Something else happened
to me this morning.

When I woke up,
I was kind of floating.


As soon as I woke up, I crashed.
What's happening to me?

I honestly don't know.

Soon as you start breaking the law
of gravity, we're in uncharted territory.

I just wish it would stop.

Look, Clark, I'm your father.
I'm supposed to have all the answers.

It kills me that I don't.

But you've gotta have faith.
We'll figure this thing out together.

I do, but this is happening to me
and I'm scared.

Your form's good, but his gait's off.
You might wanna check his shoes.

- Lex Luthor, a friend of your aunt.
- Sneaking up like that...'re lucky you didn't get kicked.

You must be Lana.
It's a pleasure to finally meet you.

We've already met.

I seriously doubt
I'd forget meeting you.

You were a little preoccupied
at the time.

Not a great first impression?

When I was 10, I went to Metropolis
for a riding competition.

Your father invited us to stay over.

My aunt said you had an indoor pool.
I went to check it out...

...and I found you and a girl

I think you were teaching her
the breaststroke.

That was you?


You're all grown up now.

Very impressive.

It's tacky,
but it makes my aunt happy.

- That's an unusual necklace.
- Thanks. It's very special to me.

How come you're not wearing it?

I lent it to my boyfriend.

- Lucky guy. What's his name?
- Whitney Fordman.

- The kid that Kent saved today?
- Just came back from seeing him.

He's lucky Clark was there.

I know the feeling.

Makes you wonder
if you're with the right guy.

One chucks footballs,
the other helps save lives.

For someone who just moved here,
you've got a lot of opinions.

You just seem
more interesting than that.

While you're nursing your boyfriend
back to health...

...ask him what he was doing
before the big game.

- He was with me.
- Are you sure?

Tell your aunt I stopped by.

Greg, what's going on here?


I have-!

What's gotten into you?

Two million years
of intelligence and instinct.

- You stop this right now.
- I can't. See, it's too late.

Nature's already taken its course.

First I'll eat, then I'll molt.

- Then I'll mate.
- You need help.

Mom, did I ever tell you
about the farrow spider?

It's a fascinating creature.

See, after it hatches... kills its mother.

Save any lives on your way over?

You keep it up, and you could make
a career out of it.

Just dropping off your produce.
Sorry my parents gave you a hard time.

If push came to shove,
I would have arm-wrestled them for it.

Planning an invasion?

- My father gave it to me when I was 9.
- Cool gift.

It wasn't a gift,
it was a strategy tool.

My father equates business with war.

The Battle of Troy started because two
men were in love with the same woman.

Kind of like you and the quarterback.
That's why he strung you up in that field.

If we're at war, Whitney's won.

You lost one battle, that's all.

Besides, I don't believe Lana
is as infatuated as you think.

He captains the football team.
The town treats him like a god.

Game over.

If you hadn't pulled him out of that
truck, your problems would be solved.

I'm kidding, of course.

Don't worry, Clark,
I've got your Trojan horse.

Clark, you okay?

Yeah, I'm fine.

That's a cool box.
What's it made of?

Lead. My mother bought it
in a Casbah in Morocco.

It was made
from the armor of St. George...

...patron saint of Boy Scouts.

She gave it to me before she died.
Think she was trying to send me a message.

I can't take that.

What is it about Kents and gifts?

It's yours. Hand it to Lana
and tell her what happened.

Trust me. Once she opens it,
you'll win her heart.

That necklace gives
you the power, Clark.

All you've gotta do is use it.

Where were you before the game
on Saturday?

Can we talk about this later?

It's a simple question, Whitney.

I was warming up.

So you didn't grab Clark
and hang him up in a field?

Lana, it was just a prank.

Can I please have my necklace back?

- I lost it.
- Were you planning on telling me?

Or was that a prank too?

Lana! I thought you'd forgotten.
I've been waiting for, like, an hour.

You remember, the English paper?

Sorry, Greg, something important
came up. Can we do it another time?

Are you blowing me off
for your boyfriend?

I'm not blowing you off.
I need to see Clark.


You'd rather spend time with him?
Is he more important than me?

Greg, I can't talk about this
right now. I have to go.


Your mom said I could wait here.
I hope you don't mind.

This is an amazing place.

My dad built it.
He calls it my "fortress of solitude. "

- I didn't know you liked astronomy.
- That's a hobby.

- You can see my house from here.
- No. Really?

We've lived a mile apart all our lives,
and you've never come over.

And you wonder why I'm here now.

Not that I don't enjoy the company,
but yes, I was.

I found out about what Whitney did
to you, the whole scarecrow thing.

- I came to apologize.
- It's not your fault. Forget about it.

I can't. He had no right to do that to you.
And you turn around and save his life.

I appreciate you coming over. You're not
the one who should be apologizing.

I didn't come here to defend him,
I came here to see you.

- Who told you?
- Lex Luthor.

Dropped some bread crumbs,
and I followed the trail.

I'm glad he did, Clark.
He was just being a good friend.

- You're lucky, it's rare.
- Lex is definitely one of a kind.

- What are you gonna do?
- I'm not sure.

I thought I knew Whitney. Now I wonder
what else I've been blind to.

He even lost my favorite necklace.

Can't you get it replaced?

Sounds weird, but it's made from a bit
of the meteor that killed my parents.

Nell had it made, gave it to me
the day she officially adopted me.

She told me that life is about change.

Sometimes it's painful...

...sometimes it's beautiful.
But most of the time it's both.

I better go.

I'm glad you're okay, Clark.

Need a hand, Dad?

That's the best idea
I've heard all night.


Clark, what happened?
Are you all right?

There's someone in the rafters.


What in the hell just happened?

- I never saw anybody move like that.
- Did you see him?

He came off the ceiling at me.
It was almost as if he-

Wasn't entirely human? I saw his face.
I think it was Greg Arkin.

You and Pete used to hang out
with him in grade school.

- Why would he want to hurt you?
- I don't know.

- Are you still friends?
- I pass him in the halls.

But people change.

His mother used to keep him
on a short leash...

...but I can't believe he'd hurt a fly.

Maybe that's because he was too busy
collecting them and every other bug.

Kids don't leap off
the ceiling and attack people.

How do you explain that?

I don't know, seems kind of out there.

This, coming from the man who's been
hiding a spaceship for the last 12 years.

It's not that I don't
believe you, Clark.

I'm having trouble getting my head
around this one.

You ever wonder why all these
weird things happen in Smallville?

Every town has its share
of tall tales.

Except here they're all true.

Chloe showed me this wall. It was covered
with all these articles she collected...

...about all the weird stuff that's
happened since the meteor shower.

It's all my fault.

If you're talking about 50-pound
tomatoes and two-headed calves...

...then I got a better explanation
for you: LuthorCorp.

God only knows what that fertilizer plant's
been pumping out over the last 12 years.

LuthorCorp. didn't kill
Lana's parents.

Neither did you, son.

You can't blame yourself
for something you had no control over.

I know. I still feel responsible.

What happened to Lana's parents
was a terrible tragedy.

But no matter how many
extraordinary gifts you have... will never be able
to change that.

- How do I make this feeling go away?
- You can't.

But that's what makes you human.

Chloe, is Greg Arkin still
a reporter for the Torch?

If you're definition of a reporter is someone
who actually turns in articles, then no.

Greg hasn't been to the office
for a week.

- I've gotta find him.
- What's the sudden interest in Greg?

You coming out
of the entomology closet?

It's nothing.
I'll catch up with you later.

- I hate it when you do that.
- Do what?

Shut me out. One minute you're here,
and the next you're gone.

Are you outgrowing me as a friend?

I could never outgrow you.
Other than vertically.

It's amazing how far
that Kent charm will get you.

Now what's up with Greg?

I found an article
about Amazonian tribesmen...

...who took on traits of the insects
that bit them.

But nothing as extreme as what you
were talking about. You have any luck?

Only that Greg didn't move here
until after the meteor showers.

So he wasn't exposed.

But his bugs could have been.
Think about it.

Pieces of that meteor
are buried all over Smallville.

The habitat is infected.

So when boy catches bugs and bugs
bite boy, you end up with "bug-boy. "

Look, you can't even walk out your door
in the summertime...

...without being bitten by a mosquito.

Why don't we have a whole town
of "bug-people"?

You need a high level of toxins
to cause a mutation.

Those Amazonian tribesmen
were all attacked by swarms.

Greg did keep tanks of bugs
in his room.

Maybe they got sick
of the view and revolted.

According to this,
bugs have a very short life cycle.

So if he really has gone Kafka, let's
hope he isn't in the mating phase.

Doesn't look like anyone's home.

It's a mess. Remember what
a neat freak his mom was?

Yeah. She used to make us
take off our shoes.

One time I forgot, and she yelled at me.

Is that what broke up the friendship?

His parents got divorced,
and he stopped calling.

Which sucked.
He had a killer tree fort his dad built.

- It was okay.
- Clark never liked it.

He used to get dizzy
just walking over there.

- How come?
- He was afraid of heights.

I didn't believe it was structurally sound.

You guys, come here.

Oh, man, that's disgusting.

- What is it?
- It's skin. He must be molting.

You guys better come in here.


Looks like you're not the only one
in Smallville with the hots for Lana.

I think Greg's found his mate.


Your aunt said you were out here.

- How you feeling?
- Better.

That's not why I'm here, though.

Lana, when I saw you and Clark outside
your house that night, I freaked out.

What did you think we were doing?

I guess I got scared
and did something stupid.

I would do anything to take that back.

It's too late, Whitney.
She's mine now.


Get away from her.

- Greg, what's going on?
- It's time.

Time for what?

For us.



- Greg's got her.
- What happened?

I'm not sure. Greg threw me
against the wall... it was nothing and grabbed Lana.

- I've never seen somebody that strong.
- Where did he go?

- Off into the woods.
- I know where he's going.

- I'll drive.
- You know the old foundry?

That got hit by the meteor shower?

Follow the dirt track,
100 yards back, there's a tree fort.

How do you know he's there?

Greg collected bugs there
when we were kids.

Look, Kent, I want to apologize-

- Get away from her.
- Greg, I know what's happened to you.

- Then you know that I've been freed.
- No, you're a slave to your instincts.

I have no rules, Clark.

I eat what I want...

...I go where I want...

- ... and I take what I want.
- You're not taking her.

- Then try and stop me.
- You're not the only one who's changed.

You haven't changed at all.

You still get sick around
this place like when we were kids.

Did you know the Buffalo ant can
lift 30 times its own body weight?


Clark, where are you?
Come on out.

I just wanna play.

Clark, please...
Come out!

It's lined with lead.

Give it up, Clark.
You can't fight natural law.

Only the strong survive.

Did you think you could hide from me?

Greg, watch out!

It's okay. It's me.

- Whitney?
- You're safe. You're safe. Come on.

Whitney, is that you?