Season 2 Episode 16


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 18, 2003 on The CW
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Martha catches a lungful of kryptonite-irradiated spores and slips into a coma. Clark, who temporarily loses his powers by breathing in the same spores, is her only hope for survival. Lex sneaks behind Helen's back at the hospital in his continued search for the truth about Clark.moreless

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  • this was a good ep i thougt

    in this ep of smallville martha is donw in the storm seller and she is about to put the key in the slot and she sees clark coming and so she digs a hole and puts in in a can but when she is digging she breaths in krptonigt spores that cause her to go into a high fever and she is sent the hospital and the chemical investgation comes to see what caused it and so they start to seach the kent farm they ask jothan and clark questions clark says he saw her down in the basement. and they go investgate the seller and find the metialic key down there and what she came in contact with . clark goes down there and he gets sick and loese his abilties and clark gets brought into the house and jothan askes lexes wife to come over and treat him and she does blood work and it goes right through him and he akses her to keep it a secret. and only she do the work on it. cloey comes over to see clark and he calles out lana as she tells him how much she loved him. clark get up and trys to help his dad go and steal the metalic disk back from the investgation and they sneek in the building and get the stuff but the alarm goes off and the people fall the truck but its pete the wrong guy and clark and jothan go and get the spaceship that saves marthas life. and the lexs wife cant figure out what happen and how she was healed.moreless
  • Martha and Clark are brought down by contaminated spores in the fruit cellar, and Clark, who loses some of his power, must find a cure. Disease Control troops find the spaceship key Martha hid, forcing Jonathan to activate the spaceship for her rescue.moreless

    Martha hides the spaceship key she retrieved in an earlier episode, by hiding it in the fruit cellar near the spaceship, but she inhales meteor-affected spores and collapses. Jonathan and Clark get her to the hospital, and the Disease Control Agency gets involved after being notified of the case by Dr. Bryce (Emmanuele Vaugier, in her third Smallville appearance), who reveals that Martha is pregnant. The DCA searches the Kent farm, forcing Clark and Pete to move the spaceship, but Clark became infected, loses some powers, and control of the Dodge pickup. In a bit of clever camera work, he and Pete appear to push the truck back onto the road.

    So far so good, until the storyline stretches too far with camo-geared troops guarding the DCA cache of contaminated material and helicopters and Humvees instantly ready to pursue any intruders, like the bull-in-a-china-shop Jonathan. His break-in to get back the spaceship key, easily found in a plastic baggie (which wouldn't protect anyone from a real contamination threat) ends in a clever escape ruse. The chase has the unbelievably efficient military-sheriff intercept thwarted by Pete who is actually driving the Kent's truck. The activated spaceship provides a "miracle" cure for Martha, then we have a nice tension build-up when Dr. Bryce gets a blood sample from Clark while in his weakened state. She discovers it's radical differences, and tries to hide the analysis from Lex, who offers her the key to his mansion, and a bribe to a hospital tech to get the blood report.

    As Clark recovers at home, Chloe visits in her red New Beetle cabriolet, and, in a touching scene, quietly reads a love letter to him while he lies sleeping. The FX folks create an impossible celestial event - a rising crescent moon pointing upward - toward a sun which has already set - time for an astronomical advisor. Ms. O'Toole and Ms. Mack do the best acting here, for a re-run rating of B-.moreless
  • An Ill Fate

    Fever-Martha catches a lungful of kryptonite-irradiated spores and slips into a coma. Clark, who temporarily loses his powers by breathing in the same spores, is her only hope for survival. Lex sneaks behind Helen's back at the hospital in his continued search for the truth about Clark.

    A drama filled episode that sees the Kent family enduring the biggest problem yet when Martha falls into a deadly illness. Martha's illness brings up a lot of revelations like her being pregnant and that the Clark's spaceship made it happen. It's a shocking and intriguing development how the ship has powers of its own and can give life. The kryptonite induced spores aren't as bad as they sound and the way they disempowered Clark for a while was affective. the best scene in the episode is Chloe reading her romantic letter to Clark while he was unconscious. Allison Mack completely steals the show and her confession of her love for Clark is touching. Then, or course, the moment is ruined by Clark as he utters the words "Lana" bringing more melodrama to the annoying love triangle that's been going on between Clark, Chloe and Lana, sigh! I also like the development of Clark's blood being abnormal and Helen being in on Clark's secret as well as keeping it. It makes things interesting as it gives Lex fuel to continue to secretly investigate Clark. The special effects are always a plus and the scene of the ship healing Clark and Martha toward the end with a beautiful white light is stunning. A heartwarming episode with some nice developments and revelations.moreless
  • Great Episode

    Martha, who has been hiding the key to the spaceship, becomes extremely sick from inhaling dust of green meteor rock that was underground. The Kent farm is quarantined, and the key discovered. Clark, who inhaled the meteor dust as well, falls sick too. After testing his blood, Dr. Helen Bryce realizes that Clark is different. Martha is revealed to be pregnant after the ship removes her poisoning. In "Fever", it is disclosed the miraculous healing power of the aircraft. The story is very tense, with a good plot point. Chloe Sullivan discloses her secret love masqueraded as friendship for a feverish Clark Kent.moreless
  • So both Martha and Clark get infected by the kryptonite spores in the storm cellar that Martha stirs up trying to hide the spaceship key. Martha falls into a coma, and Clark has episodes of fainting and weakness. The DCA take the key and samples.moreless

    Season two has many emotional episodes, and this is no exception. Martha being near death in the hospital is tempered by Jonathan hearing the news that she is pregnant. Still, she gets worse, and Clark is so sick he's unconscious. When Chloe comes to the Kent farm to visit the ailing Clark, she reads him a letter she wrote, so she doesn't have to look at him while telling him her feelings, and her words truly are elegant and heart-rending when she tells the unconscious Clark that she is the girl of his dreams masquerading as his best friend. Clark stirs briefly, and says, "Lana?" which is a stake into Chloe's heart I could feel with a piercing sadness. Jonathan hopes that recovering the key, and putting it in the slot in the spaceship will somehow cure Martha and Clark, and even staggeringly, Clark helps him, and Pete is their getaway decoy. When they let the key float onto the spaceship they've driven near the hospital, moments after Martha is pronounced dead, a blinding light comes out of the spaceship and enters the hospital, curing both Clark and Martha. After she wakes, she admits she was afraid the key would somehow take Clark away from them. Meanwhile during Clark's infirmity, Dr. Bryce managed to take a blood sample from Clark she knows is most peculiar. Of course Lex is more than intrigued and hopes to find out what she learned, but so far, she keeps the secret. At the Torch, Lana finds Chloe's discarded speech to Clark, and tells him later that both Chloe and she were very scared for him, and realized how much they care, even if she isn't as eloquent as others might be. Chloe really is a superior person, full of intelligence and appeal, and I'm sorry that I already know she never "gets her man," because she truly is worthy of a superhero boyfriend, if only Clark could see how great she is. Sure, Lana is the hottest chick in Smallville, but Chloe is my favorite, especially in episodes like this one.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

Annette O'Toole

Annette O'Toole

Martha Clark Kent

Michael David Simms

Michael David Simms

Dr. Neil Moore

Guest Star

Todd Talbot

Todd Talbot

Dr. Trenton

Guest Star

Sean Millington

Sean Millington


Guest Star

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Dr. Helen Bryce

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (18)

    • When Martha drops the lemonade jug it broke on its side. But when she falls it is only broke at the top, and is sitting upright.

    • Martha holds the Key and shot moves to focus on the keyhole in ship 0:31, yet when she looks back over to the ship after Clark left, the ship is turned around, and the hole is nowhere near visible 0:56.

    • At 19:34 Helen removes the rubber strap from Clark's arm, but seconds later it is back on his arm and she removes it again.

    • When Jonathan breaks into the compound, his truck is left outside of the compound and was easily accessible during the escape, which means it should have been noticable. Wouldn't a security guard notice an unidentified truck parked right outside of a high security area?

    • When Jonathan is breaking into the DCA compound, the fence that he "cuts" isn't cut at all. It's just two separated fences. The only cut parts of the fence are the cuts we see him make as well as one cut below.

    • When Jonathan is breaking into the DCA compound, he's holding the fence shut as the security guard is passing by. It should be pretty hard not to notice an irregularity in the fence pattern, especially when you're a trained security guard.

    • When the DCA are heading to the Kents' farm, they are heading the same way that Clark and Pete are driving to get the ship away from the farm.

    • When Jonathan breaks into the military compound, how did Clark get there in that short a time, seeing as Jonathan drove and Clark is without his superpowers? Furthermore, if he was so ill he needed Jonathan's help to stay up and escape from the compound, how did he get into the compound and into the building unnoticed?

    • Clark tells the DCA that Martha has been in the storm cellar instead of keeping quiet and avoiding another detailed search.

    • In the beginning, when Martha coughs and drops the pitcher breaking it into a sharp barb in the ground. She faints and is seen to be falling into it, but Clark catches her. When we see the long shot, the broken pitcher isn't there.

    • Clark's hair changes several times. In the beginning, when he sees his mom in the cellar, his bangs are straight, and parted to the side, like the way they were in the beginning of the series. Then, when he's in the kitchen, his bangs are how they usually are, curly and across his forehead. They continue to look like that at the hospital. When he races home to get the ship in the cellar, he pulls the sheet off of the ship and once again his bangs are straighter and parted to the side. Then, when he's driving with Pete, his bangs are curly and across his face.

    • Lex and Dr. Trenton do a really good job being subtle. They chose to exchange private information in a parking lot, in cars with non-tinted windows, and where people are passing by them and can see their faces.

    • So it doesn't seem like the Kents are really in the clear. The DCA has their red truck (and if Pete claims it's stolen, that'll be on his record as a criminal offense), they know the octagonal key is missing, and they know the Kents used to have it. Is the DCA just going to ignore all of this, pack up, and leave? They may not have a purely legal case, but they appear to have enough to warrant investigation. Furthermore, the DCA had two vehicles as well as a helicopter following Pete, telling him to stop, which he doesn't do until he can't proceed any further. Shouldn't this lead to further speculation?

    • Clark has a zit on his chin. He has invulnerable skin - how can he get little dirt particles in his pores?

    • Inexplicably, Pete has somehow managed to pay for yet another new vehicle in this episode.

    • So the DCA has a base near Smallville? Note that the storage area has DCA stencilled on its windows so it looks to be more than just a temporary installation at an existing military base.

    • Lex gives Dr. Helen Bryce a master key to the manor. We've seen in the past that anyone (including Helen herself) can easily get into the mansion without a key with no one being the wiser - heck, using it would just slow her down.

    • Spores that were irradiated by meteor rocks made Mrs. Kent sick. The meteor shower happened how many years ago? 12? Apprently the spores haven't proliferated in all that time - they're in soil, and since spores imply some sort of fungus or mold, it's not like they would've had a hard time growing. Also, how could those spores lie dormant in the soil of the storm cellar and be irradiated by meteor rocks? Presumably, the Kent farm wasn't hit, and the spaceship occasionally sucks up green rock-radiation. Sooo...the meteor rocks came from where? (Some thought it might have something to do with Lana's necklace in "Visage", but the green rock doesn't seem to have been there long enough to irradiate the area and any spores.)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Clark: (to Lana) It's weird how random memories can just pop into your head, huh? When I was in second grade, I was afraid to go to school because I thought my mom would disappear while I was gone and never come back. I wouldn't even get on the bus in the morning until she promised she'd be there when I got home. Sure enough, every day, there she was when I walked in the door.

    • Chloe's Letter: I want to let you in on a secret. I'm not who you think I am. In fact, my disguise is so thin I'm surprised you haven't seen right through me. I'm the girl of your dreams masquerading as your best friend. Sometimes I want to rip off the façade like I did at the spring formal. But I can't because you'll get scared and you'll run away again. So I decided that it's better to live with the lie than expose my true feelings. My dad said there are two types of girls -- the ones you grow out of and the ones you grow into. I really hope I'm the latter. I may not be the one you love today, but I'll let you go for now, hoping one day you'll fly back to me. Because I think you're worth the wait.

    • Jonathan: (as Bryce tries to take Clark's blood sample) You don't understand... you can't do that.
      Dr. Bryce: Is this some kind of religious thing?

    • Pete: Given a choice I'd rather play D.J. than decoy any day.

    • Lex: The Kents are like family – they mean more to me than my own.

    • Lex: Trust me – there's nothing worse than a missed opportunity.

    • Jonathan: Son, hard as it is to believe, sometimes even your abilities are no match for a 3/4" copper washer.

  • NOTES (6)


    • Pete: Indiana Jones couldn't find it down there.
      Indiana Jones is a fictional archaeologist and adventurer. Played by Harrison Ford, Indiana is the star character of the films Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). Several spin-offs of the Indiana Jones mythos have also been created.

    • Pete: Yeah, we'll put it between the old Betamax and my dad's Pong games.
      Pete is referring to icons of 1970s pop culture and entertainment. Betamax is video cassette format used in early camcorders, similar to VHS. Pong is a classic video arcade game consisting of two paddles bouncing a small ball between them.

    • Pete: X-Files alert!
      Alluding to the TV show - coincidentally or not, the guy who plays Dr. Moore appeared in several episodes of that show as an FBI agent.