Season 1 Episode 19


Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 07, 2002 on The CW
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After being injured in a hit and run accident, a student loses the use of his hands but gains the ability of telekinesis.

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  • A Psychic Brody

    Crush-After being injured in a hit and run accident, a student loses the use of his hands but gains the ability of telekinesis.

    Nothing more than your average "psychotic meteor freak after Chloe" episode, "Crush" is really only known for a pre-O.C. guest spot by Adam Brody. While he gives an okay performance as Justin, the character is neither threatening or the least bit interesting. Also, Brody and Allison Mack lack chemistry and they just bore when they're on screen together. It doesn't help that when Justin is a suspect in Principal Kwan's murder, Chloe gets mad at Clark when she confronts him about making it seem like a "Lana" thing for Clark to act this way. Despite that, there are some nice action sequences involving Justin's telekinisis. The murder scene where Justin kills Principal Kwan is effective and the fight at the end between Clark and Justin has some nice stunt work and special effects like the chainsaw bounces off of Clark's chest.

    But the episode really packs a punch in it's final moments during the sequence of Whitney's father's funeral. The combination of the marvelous music in it's background and the rainfall make for a powerful scene. I especially love the last shot of Clark watching Lana walk away with Whitney, then Clark walking away in the rain by himself. "Crush" maybe your typical meteor freak episode from Smallville but the final scene is definately a reason worth watching this episode.moreless
  • this was a very cool ep.

    in this ep we see a teenager that was injuried and lost the feeling due to a hit and run accident and gets angrey at the doctor but gains the abilty of teleness the power to control things with his hands. and he kills the docotor in the elivator. he goes back to smallville to see cloey who sent him emails while he was in the hospital he like cloey. clark finds things weird with him. but cloey does not want to belive it. it turns out that he thinks the teenager killed the principal thinking he was the one that ran him over . but it turns out it was his son that did it. not him and cloey realizes he is dangrious and he then trys to kill her but can clark get there in time it was a good ep.moreless
  • A Smallville student who was injured in a hit-and-run gains the power of telekinesis, which he uses for revenge for his injuries, while pursing a relationship with Chloe. Clark discovers the truth, and speeds to save Chloe from being the next victim.moreless

    Would-be artist Justin is angry at the world for his hit-and-run hand injuries which prevent doing his art. His unsympathetic doctor loads him down with several platitudes, while we're loaded down with overdramatic lighting (deep shadows are supposed to add interest), lots of strobe lights simulating lightning, and a loud rock soundtrack. It looks like another case of wretched excess by the set decoration, sound and lighting crews, just distracting from the story. Justin has telekinesis - while drawing a realistic sketch of the doctor, he turns the doctor's elevator ride into a grisly accident.. As the doc tries to escape, the elevator plummets, and the doctor also loses his hands. End setup.

    At Smallville High career day, a recruiter gets an amusing line for Clark: "I see you in a uniform flying." Meaning Air Force in this case, but Clark is only going to think about it. But imagine - what a trooper he could be, warding off artillery and pretty much getting any adversary to surrender. Chloe has lots of competition for a DP internship, and she's doubly disappointed to find that Clark let her down on their journalism conference. There might be a bit of jealousy about Lana, too, leaving Pete to explain the basics of life to Clark. Justin returns to school; Chloe welcomes him back, hoping for his cartooning skills back at the Torch. He hits her up for some socializing just at the right time to be seen by Clark. The first clue about Justin's dangerous talent - Clark spots in Justin's portfolio an article about the doctor losing his hands.

    While Lex visits his mother's monument, his childhood nanny Pamela arrives - they're estranged because of his belief that she was only interested in money, and left him alone when Lillian died. He is not receptive to listening to her tell a different version of those events.

    Justin tries again to draw, but can't, then the pencils begin moving on their own, in a clever and intriguing bit of special effects, as he creates an attractive portrait of Chloe, so we know where his heart is. When Clark informs Pete about Justin's doctor losing his hands, he's overheard by Justin, who puts Clark out of the Chloe picture with a caustic, "You had your chance with her."

    Pamela tries again to speak to Lex at the mansion, talking about things having changed in 10 years - she wants Lex to know what really happened. She claims Lionel sent her away when Lillian died, and bribed her with threats to disinherit Lex if she told him what happened. Lex is not ready to accept this version of events, and rejects her plea.

    Whitney and Lana are still dating, but she seems to have reservations, and their relationship needs redefining. Clark and Lana are still shadow-boxing, and Clark sees that he lost a chance with her, too. Justin comes into the Torch while Chloe is tracking down the hit-and-run vehicle, and shows her the portrait...she's flattered and pleased, giving him the opening to confess he's had a long-time "Crush" on her. When they kiss, numerous objects in the office start levitating - gotta watch those powers. She's alarmed...he admits telekinesis talent but doesn't want to wind up on the Wall of Wierd. While Chloe is with Clark for a moment, Justin sees a fax for Chloe - her friend has found a match for the hit-and-run license plate. In the hall, Clark bungles another chance to talk to Chloe.

    The hit-and-run car pulls into a driveway - it's Smallville High Principal Kwan behind the wheel, and an angry Justin behind him on a dark and rainy night. Kwan does not know about the accident, but Justin is vengeful - controlling the Taurus and Kwan, he propels the car forward, pinning Kwan in his garage.

    While Clark tries to get a clue to the operating rules with women by reading "Men are from Mars," (or Krypton in this case), Lex comes by with some practical love advice. Take risks, he tells Clark, who was vainly trying to protect friendships with both Lana and Chloe. Lex only loved two women, he says, his mother and Pamela. Martha interrupts with the news that Principal Kwan was killed, and thus ends Mr. Kanagawa's recurring role in Smallville.

    Clark tries to talk to Chloe at the Torch, and discovers the license plate trace that Justin found, but Chloe rejects any theory put forth by Clark about Justin as mere childish jealousy.

    Lex finds Lionel in his office at the mansion, ready to badmouth Pamela, accusing her of cheating Lillian out of assets before she died, and that Pamela is dying of cancer - Lex did not know. So who is lying?

    Clark goes to Kwan's house, looking for clues, as son Danny arrives. Clark now sees that Danny was the hit-and-run driver, and tells him that Justin matched the license plate to the hit-and-run car. Danny realizes that he was responsible for his father's death.

    When Chloe stops to see Justin at his house, she discovers violent cartoons drawn by him - one about the doctor. The light finally dawns; she beats a hasty retreat, but Justin knows what she saw, and follows her. We hear Clark at the Torch discussing Danny, who turned himself in, but just then Clark gets a worried call from Chloe out at the barn. Justin is also there, feeling betrayed, and that makes him dangerous. Ms. Mack does an excellent scene as a terrified young lady, tossed around by Justin's mental force. Is it justice, or just angry revenge? As he cranks up the chainsaw, Clark arrives for the rescue, and the saw shatters into pieces on Clark's chest. Clark tosses Justin into a heap in the corner, end of threat.

    Lex drops in to see Pamela at the hospital, where she is on her deathbed. We see the regret on Lex's face, and they both miss Lillian. Lex wonders if he might have become a better person if Pamela had stayed in his life - he takes her hand, so again we have some hope for Lex. Back at the Talon, we hear Justin is in a psychiatric ward, but could that really hold one with those powers? No matter the logic, or lack of it, he's out of the picture. Chloe wonders why she did not detect the threat sooner, but Clark is the supportive friend, a gesture that's not totally welcomed by an observant Lana. But she's still sticking with Whitney, who brings bad news about his father, and Lana stays close as they attend the funeral in the rain. The cast and crew does a notably good job with these sad scenes, even without dialog. Everyone has feelings about others - we can identify them but they seem to be hidden from the others. In this case, it's Lana and Clark, and Chloe about Clark. For now, they both have made their choices - it's a slightly wistful ending.

    The opening scene of "Crush" looked like another overdone episode about an unrelentingly evil antagonist. The Justin character could have been mean and annoying, but Adam Brody plays the emotionally-charged scenes with intensity and skill, and the rest is better than the start would indicate. The Clark-Lana dance continues, but something will come of this in future episodes. Good enough for another viewing. Re-run rating C+.moreless
  • No hands so he uses his mind.

    Finally Chloe gets a little action and Clark gets a lot jealous. Adam Brody is great in this episode as the nice guy and lunatic after a car accident that Chloe tries to solve for him. He is so sweet and his crush on Chloe was really cute. I know that he was kind of crazy, but all he had in his life was his art and that was taken away from him for no reason. When he orginally kills the doctor it is such a great scene and you still feel for him even though he is clearly losing his mind.

    The scene when he kisses Chloe and all the objects fly around in the room is really cute and it really sucks for Chloe that she can never find a normal boy.moreless
  • Great Episode

    After a hit-and-run accident destroys his drawing hand, Justin Gaines is left with an unexpected gift of telekinesis. Justin Gaines uses his new gift to exact revenge of those that wronged him. Justin Gaines uses Chloe Sullivan to discover the identity of the hit-and-run driver, and the two become close. Justin Gaines kills Principal Kwan, believing he was the driver who hit him, and turns on Chloe Sullivan when she discovers what he's been killing people. Clark Kent knocks Justin Gaines unconscious before he can kill Chloe Sullivan. Whitney Fordman's father, who has been battling heart problems, dies. Great and excellent episode.moreless
Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk

Lana Lang

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Sam Jones III

Sam Jones III

'Pete' Ross

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Whitney Fordman

Serge Houde

Serge Houde

John Frankle (Priest)

Guest Star

Donna Bullock

Donna Bullock

Pamela Jenkins

Guest Star

Adam Brody

Adam Brody

Justin Gaines

Guest Star

John Glover

John Glover

Lionel Luthor

Recurring Role

Hiro Kanagawa

Hiro Kanagawa

Principal Kwan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Justin goes to Principal Kwan's house, you can see that he uses a garden light pole to force him blocked at the garage door (he shoots Kwan so the arrow point of the pole enters the garage door). Even disconnected, the light remains on.

    • When Justin is killing the dean he uses a garden light pole, and he takes it from the right side of the lane (there are at least two others there). However, the next day Clark goes to the same house and there are no light poles on the right side.

    • When Clark and Pete are at Mr. Fordman's funeral, at first they are both under umbrellas, but the next time they show Clark he's by himself with no umbrella and all wet.

    • Clark says that the fax came in at 4:43 p.m. the day before. We saw that scene earlier, and it was just before the bell rang and students started coming out of the classrooms. At 4:43 in a Kansas high school? This doesn't happen in the U.S. school system.

    • Lana says she caught some of Clark and Chloe fighting at the career fair. She wasn't there, and even if she was she certainly wasn't anywhere near the scene where they were fighting.

    • The Daily Planet takes high-school interns? Most newspapers, it is unlikely for college interns to get signed on.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Clark: I've always liked Lana, but I can never get near her. I just found out that Chloe likes me, and I think I may have feelings for her, too.
      Lex: So which one do you want to pursue?
      Clark: That's the thing -- I want to protect my friendship with both.
      Lex: Then you'll never get either one.

    • Chloe: So should we do the "I told you so" part, or is my perennial bad judgment implicit?

    • Justin: Am I freaking you out?
      Chloe: Believe it or not, I've seen stranger things.
      Justin: 'Cause I don't want to end up... on your wall.
      Chloe: Don't worry, you won't. Now let's make everything float again.

    • Chloe: What's with you, Clark? Do you have some sort of a Savior Complex? If I'm in trouble, you'll rescue me but other than that, you remain emotionally unavailable.

    • Lex: (seeing Clark reading a book, amused) 'Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus'?
      Clark: I'm trying to get an insight into the female psyche.
      Lex: I seriously doubt you'll find it in here.

    • Danny: I see you in a uniform, flying. Have you ever considered a career in the Air Force?
      Clark: Um...I'll think about it.

    • Clark: Look, I know I screwed up, but why is Chloe having a breakdown?
      Pete: You're not the most observant person in the world, are you?

    • Clark: It's like you find out this secret and it colors everything. I just can't believe I never saw it before.
      Lana: Sometimes the right person can be right in front of your eyes and you never even know it.

    • Lex: Clark, love isn't about playing it safe, it's about risks. Unless you're willing to put yourself out there, you'll never know.
      Clark: Have you ever been in love before?
      Lex: I've only loved two women in my life. One died and the other betrayed me.

    • Clark: How many more innocent people are you going to kill?
      Justin: Just one more.

    • Lionel: What did she want?
      Lex: Forgiveness.
      Lionel: She must not know you very well.

    • Lionel: (reading) "I celebrate myself, and what I assume, you shall assume..."
      Lex: "...for every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you."
      Lionel: That sounds like a description of family.
      Lex: Not ours.

    • Lex: What's the problem?
      Clark: I have these two amazing friends, both of them girls...
      Lex: For the sake of argument, let's call them "Lana" and "Chloe."

    • Pamela: I wanted to see what kind of man you grew up into.
      Lex: A very busy one.

    • Chloe: Most men are from Mars, Clark, but you're from some distant galaxy that I've never even heard of.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Although he appeared in this episode, John Schneider did not have any lines.

    • Music: "Nothing To Do" by Bottlefly, "Time After Time" by Eva Cassidy, "40 To 5" by Leave The World, "Light In Your Eyes" by Louise Goffin, "You And I" by Micah Green, and "2001 Spliff Odyssey" by Thievery Corporation.

    • This episode re-aired on July 22th, 2003. This was the last week Smallville aired on Tuesdays at 9:00 PM. On the following week, Smallville began airing on Wednesdays at 8:00 PM starting on July 30th.

    • About 11 minutes into the episode, Chloe compliments Justin on her "favorite" comic strip of his. If you look closely, you can see it's some kind of muscular duck-esque super-hero type in a blue suit with the famous "S" on the chest. We get a another split-second shot of this character shortly after Justin drops his file on the ground.

    • Smallville's "Mayor Siegel" is an in-joke reference to Jerry Siegel, co-creator of Superman. The mention here will generate a goof down the road in "Ryan" when we are introduced to long-time incumbent Mayor Tate.

    • Last appearance of Hiro Kanagawa as Principal Kwan.