Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton
Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor
At 8:38 there is a very visible reflection of the boom-mic when Lex closes his door.
Is this a different school? The one in previous episodes (and the opening credits) had the name "Smallville High School" in letters applied directly to the building all in one line near the roof rather than in two rows on a little sign above the door like we see in the opening scene of this episode. The original one also had mostly concrete around it where this one has grass and flowers. Finally, it had plain glass windows rather than windows decorated with grid muntins.
When Sasha confronts Clark in his barn, she sends the bees after his mother, saying "you may be thick-skinned, but what about your mother?" Yet there is no indication whatsoever that Sasha knows he has thick skin, as the only time he mentions it is to Lana, joking saying "I must have thick skin" when she asks how he didn't get stung. Also, the method by which he killed the bees probably wasn't published, since he used coolant to freeze the bees. So, how did Sasha know?
The shack blows sky-high but doesn't even singe Clark's clothes-- nor Sasha's clothes. (possible answer: I think they've established, or are trying to establish, that Clark's clothes (and someone close to him) gain some of his invulnerability (kinda like in the post-Crisis version). We've seen other episodes where Clark's clothes are unharmed (when he saves Whitney in "Metamorphosis") so at least they're consistent here... :) )
Doesn't Sasha have any parents? Her shack blows up, less than 50 feet from the house. And Clark just hauls her right off to the hospital or wherever surviving krypto-mutants get taken to. Even if Sasha's parents aren't there (and according to a later episode school in Smallville gets out after 4:30 in the afternoon - so where are they?), you'd think they'd wonder about Clark and his involvement, what happened to their girl, etc. Guess they couldn't afford two more actors this episode.
Chloe: What do you stand for?
Clark: I stand for truth, justice, and some other stuff...
Chloe: I think the man of tomorrow needs to get a platform for today.
Clark: You ran a good campaign, Pete. We had fun, we met some new people, and we have enough t-shirts to last a lifetime.
Clark: My father says you learn more about yourself when you lose.
Lex: What'd you learn?
Clark: That I'm not destined to be a politician. You need two different personalities.
Lex: You don't need to be an elected official to change the world, Clark.
Clark: Have you ever thought about getting into politics?
Lex: Someday I'd like to be president.
Clark: Chloe, not that I'm planning to, but if I ran, do you think I'd have a shot?
Chloe: Yeah, right after I'm elected head cheerleader.
Lana: I felt I had to choose between doing the right thing and being successful. Weird part is, I kind of enjoyed being underhanded.
Clark: Lana Lang, seduced by the dark side? Who woulda thunk?
Jonathan: Clark, you can quit if you want, but remember: quitting's a very hard habit to break.
Lana: That's too bad. I think you'd make a great class president.
Lana: Yeah. You're honest. People trust you. And you have this innate sense of justice. I can see it on your face how upset you get every time you think somebody's being mistreated.
Clark: You see all that in me?
Lana: Yes I do.
Chloe: "Clark Kent, Man of Tomorrow". Kind of presumptuous, don't you think?
Clark: I like it.
Chloe: Okay, well I think the Man of Tomorrow needs to get a platform for today.
Clark: That's weird, bees are notorious followers. They wouldn't desert their hive without good reason.
(Chloe gives him a look)
Clark: My mom's addicted to the Discovery Channel.
Chloe: I can't believe it only took one day for you to be compromised by the lure of popularity.
Clark: Remind me to pull your funding after I'm elected.
Lana: Yeah, that's the last step before I institute topless waitressing.
Pete: Well, here's to hoping it fails miserably.
Cassandra: (to Lex) It took a while to figure out what would tempt you. Then it hit me. It's not your picture on the cover of the Journal so much as the words "son outshines father" in the caption. How am I doing?
Clark: I believe in my friends and their dreams.
Lana: What if their dreams come crashing down around them?
Clark: Nothing's crashing down around you, Lana - not while I'm here.
Pete: Clark, you've got the whole package: looks, brains, and that whole farm boy charm.
Clark: You know, if it was such a great gig, why didn't you run?
Pete: I know my strengths. I'm more the power behind the throne, the guy behind the guy, the one who makes it all happen.
Chloe: Pete Ross: The Kingmaker.
Lex: Appearance is deceptive. Nothing around here is what it seems.
Clark:I can't believe Pete did this.
Chloe: I know. Some men are born to greatness, others are dragged into it kicking and screaming.
Sasha: She is trying to buy this election like one of her Prada bags!
Lex: To quote The Godfather, "It's time to go to the mattresses".
Lana: And then he had the nerve to say "It's nothing personal, only business."
Clark: Why does everyone over 40 have to quote The Godfather?
Ms. Castle: I'll tell (Lionel) I got an offer I couldn't refuse.
Lex: (to Clark): There's nothing wrong with a good fight. Just remember, the man of tomorrow is forged by his battles today.
Injoke: Clark's line of "I stand for truth, justice, and some other stuff..." is a reference to how in most comics, Superman is said to stand for "truth, justice, and the American way,"
Music: "Wake Up Elvis" by Alan Charing, "If There's Love" by Citizen Cope, "Wogs Will Walk" by Cornershop, "Opaline" by Dishwalla, "Not What I Wanted" by Evan Olson, "Here Is Gone" by Goo Goo Dolls, "Fever For The Flava" by Hot Action Cop, "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World, "Big Day" by Puracane, "Stick 'Em Up" by Quarashi, and "Drink To Get Drunk" by Sia.
The candidate Paul, in the scene at his home before the opening credits, is seen to be making a poster with his face on a "Superman" body. The slogan says "Paul will fight for you." This is probably in reference to the Smallville Crow, who also wears a "Superman" suit, but still, in this show, it's all about the "S"
Although Pete Ross mentions not having any political aspirations, in the comics he is elected to the office of Vice-President - he is Lex Luthor's running mate.
Hiro Kanagawa only gets a single line or two of dialogue, but an upfront credits listing.
Whitney only appears briefly in this episode, in a non-speaking role at a table in the Talon when Lana is talking about the baseball team.
Clark's slogan, "The Man of Tomorrow", is of course a common nickname for Superman in the comics.
Lots of little in-jokes referring to Lex becoming President in the comic books.
After this episode aired in Dallas, the WB33 station interviewed the cast about the final 3 episodes of the season. Mind reading and a tornado were mentioned by the cast.
Clark (as Superman) did become President of the United States in Superman: Man of Steel Annual 1 in 1991. It was in an alternate universe.
"Shuster's Gorge" is an in-joke reference to Joe Shuster, the co-creator of Superman.
With this episode WB started airing brief promos for the season finale, "Tempest", with the Smallville logo across a stormy sky and the words "The Storm is Coming."
Sasha: She's trying to buy this election like one of her Prada bags!
Prada is an Italian fashion company (also known as a "label" or "house") with retail outlets worldwide. Like the current Gucci and Christian Dior groups, Prada held, for a time, a portfolio of designer labels under its corporate umbrella.
Ms. Castle: I'll tell him I got an offer I couldn't refuse.
This is a modified quote from The Godfather. Michael Corleone says to Kate his girlfriend, "My father made him an offer he couldn't refuse"
Lex: It's time to go to the mattresses...
'Going to the mattresses' is another term for a war between Mob families, mentioned in The Godfather among other sources.
Ms. Castle: The way to kill Goliath is to find his Achilles' Heel.
Somewhat of a mixed metaphor. Goliath is obviously the biblical reference to David and Goliath. David slew Goliath, a giant of a man, with a sling stone to the head. Achilles was a Greek hero who, at birth, was dipped into the River Styx, thereby made invulnerable. However, to dip him in the water, his mother held him by the heel, and thus, Achilles was later killed by a poison arrow to the heel. This is also where the name "Achilles' tendon" comes from.
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