Smallville

Season 7 Episode 13

Hero

2
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 13, 2008 on The CW
8.4
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Pete Ross returns to town and finds a number of surprising changes since his departure. Besides resolving his feelings toward Clark since he learned of his friend's secret, Pete has to deal with the acquisition of a superpower of his own.

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  • One of the worst episodes of Smallville

    4.0
    Now. I love Pete as much as the next guy, and I love that he came back for an episode, but this was a disgrace to his character. I've never seen such blatant advertising in a show. Stride gum, stride club, stride factory, superpower that is stretchy like gum, while saying stride-like-things throughout the episode like "long-lasting flavor" and all that. Pete was a huge part of the show at a point, why bring him back to be a spokesperson of all things? Man, this episode STINKS like POOPOO!moreless
  • Really sorry for this for one republic...

    3.0
    I really love really hated Pete, I never really liked him, don't know acting is a little off, and all his macho macho is just the worst!!! and this episode really was terrible!!! So sorry because I 've been happy marathoning Smallville so far but this episode really had me snoring!!! and mad...
  • Only one aspect of it made the episode for me.

    4.5
    The fact that Pete was back was a little shocking for me, it just came out of nowhere, but then again, how could they have hinted it. I have to say, it felt like an episode from seasons 1-3 all over again. The usual meteor freak storyline and the troubles of keeping it a secret, and better yet, there was Pete to remind us of all of it. The story was pretty horrible, I think Pete could have had better use on the show, I'm disappointed they had him back to Smallville and give him such a disappointing role, one a lot of characters have already played in the past.moreless
  • Worst Episode Ever

    1.0
    This is Smallville's worst episode ever. The reason is: Strident gum and OneRepublic. I know all about in-show advertisement and usually I'm fine with it. But jeez a whole factory of strident, Pete's powers coming from Strident, Chloe and Clark talk about Strident at the Daily Planet. I will never chew their gum again. As for OneRepublic, they're a cool band but I swear it felt as if they were playing the entire episode. They started the episode, their tunes were played several times during the episode, and the episode ends with them. But with that being said, I still love Smallville; forever and ever.moreless
  • I reckon the thought process behind this episode was "How are we going to get Pete back?" "I know, lets have him be a roadie for an up and coming band. He can eat some gum and end up with stretching powers. Itll be just like the good old days!" Wromoreless

    3.0
    So many horrible things about this episode I almost dont know where to start. How about the Kryptonite laced chewing gum? LAME!! When I heard about that I laughed so hard I almost ruptured something.

    Or the fact Pete was brought back as a roadie? Lame, again.

    How about the blatant Stride product placement? I read someone else describing this episode as "an hour long commercial" and they were so right, thats exactly what it was. At one point Pete even did the cheesy grin with the packaging being held up!

    How about the fact Pete was as irritating and childish and jealous as ever? I was never a fan of pete, he just always bugged me and he was no different after 3 years of being gone. His rants about how he can never compare to Clark and how he always feels like hes in Clarks shadow etc etc were still as annoying as they always used to be. Having said that, his return should have been impressive and worth all they hype. Not Ive-just-been-turned-into-a-Mr.-Fantastic- clone-by-eating-glowing-green-gum. Oh and by the way its STRIDE gum. Ok? STRIDE! Just incase you missed all the banners and various other mentions of it thoughout the episode.

    The only good point in the episode was Jimmy finding out about Chloe being a "meteor freak". And OneRepublic's appearance but even that didnt save the episode.

    I hope the Smallville team take note of how horrified the fans are with this episode and never ever ever do one like that again.moreless
Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Aaron Ashmore

Aaron Ashmore

Jimmy Olsen

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

John Glover

John Glover

Lionel Luthor

Laura Vandervoort

Laura Vandervoort

Kara

Sam Jones III

Sam Jones III

Pete Ross

Guest Star

OneRepublic

OneRepublic

Themselves

Guest Star

Mark Wynn

Mark Wynn

Lex's Bodyguard

Guest Star

Anna Galvin

Anna Galvin

Gina

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Despite attacking Lex, being tortured by Lex's bodyguard and then being rescued by Clark (who leaves Lex and his bodyguard unconscious), Pete has no problem visiting Chloe at the Daily Planet (which Lex owns) at the end of the episode.

    • Right before Pete talks to the DJ, you can see the Technics SL-1200 turntable on the left is missing its phono cartridge (needle).

    • When Pete sees the speaker fall on Kara, he doesn't run toward her, he simply stands there and reaches for her without moving his legs. This doesn't gibe with normal human instincts, and wouldn't have done anything unless he knew he could stretch.

    • Despite the fact that Jimmy is a photographer and does a lot of photo-taking even when off-duty, when he's at the warehouse the first time he doesn't have a camera and takes a picture of Kara and Pete with his cell phone.

    • Whenever Pete uses his power, his clothing stretches. Kryptonite doesn't mutate clothing.

    • Chloe acts as if she's totally unaware of the fact that Lex owns her computer, and every computer at the Daily Planet. The law gives no protection to employees' computer files. Further, she should know not to leave her personal files on computers owned by the Luthors, since the last time that happened back in high school, they took the computer.

    • Trivia: The official date of the first meteor shower was October 7, 1989.

    • When Clark goes to the factory he gets weakened by unseen Kryptonite. He then goes toward the source of it. Ignoring the flaw that as he got closer it seemed to affect him less, the intelligent thing to do would've been to back away and use his x-ray vision to see where it was.

    • When Pete puts the bit of gum in his mouth at the end of the episode he says to Chloe "Relax, it's Kryptonite Free." As he says this he is standing right in front of Jimmy and none of them seem bothered about his use of the word "Kryptonite." In the season three episode "Asylum" Pete made a point of saying "I have to remember to say 'meteor rock' instead of 'Kryptonite'", so obviously he has slipped up here. Jimmy clearly heard him say it as he smiles at the joke.

    • chloe_sullivan@dailyplanetmail.com and http://www.dailyplanetmail.com/server/sullivan_chloe/inbox/newmessage were shown in this episode. Her e-mail address seems valid (no returned e-mail after 30 minutes it was sent) and dailyplanetmail.com is owned by Warner Bros that redirects to http://thewb.warnerbros.com/.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Jimmy: Some secrets are better off kept.

    • Pete: I mean, I had to leave my life behind because of you, Clark. And to be honest, it feels better than living in your shadow.

    • Jimmy: (about Pete) Well, he is gonna be an overnight superstar. I just got off the phone. He's the first meteor... uh...biologically enhanced individual... who's willing to be interviewed about his powers.

    • Pete: Maybe it's time for everyone to realize that a real hero doesn't hide in the shadows.

    • Lex: Now I gather you're trying to impress Chloe by erasing any evidence of her extracurricular projects. I guess things never change.
      Pete: You're living proof of that.

    • Lex: You're starting to try my patience, Pete.
      Pete: Then bring it on, because the truth isn't going to change.

    • Pete: (to Clark) I guess the best part about knowing your secret is… being able to say thank you.

    • Chloe: Unauthorized surveillance is totally unethical.
      Lex: Pretty big words from a cub reporter. Shouldn't you be using them to write stories?
      Chloe: Good idea. I think "office espionage" has a nice ring to it.

  • NOTES (6)

    • International Airdates:
      Norway: Monday, April 7, 2008 10.50 pm on TVNorge
      Denmark: Monday, June 2, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: Thursday, June 19, 2008 on TEN HD
      UK: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 on E4
      Sweden: Friday, August 22, 2008 on TV6
      Greece: Sunday, October 12, 2008 on Star
      Belgium: Saturday, November 1, 2008, 18.20 on 2BE
      Czech Republic: March 3, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: August 19, 2010 on Markiza

    • Elastic Lad
      Pete Ross's powers resemble those used by Clark's other sidekick, Jimmy Olsen, in the comics. Jimmy, infamous for having just about every super power at some time or another, some times had the ability to stretch like Pete here. He went by the name Elastic Lad and was a reserve member of the Legion of Superheroes.

    • Sam Jones III is billed as Special Guest Star.

    • Stride Gum, the gum that gives Pete his powers, is plugged in this episode.

    • Erica Durance is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Music: Stop and Stare, Mercy & Apologize (OneRepublic)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Chloe: Is this the Barry Bonds Pete or the Hank Aaron Pete?
      Referencing two baseball players who had record-breaking careers. Barry Bonds allegedly used steroids to enhance his abilities; whereas Hank Aaron did not.

    • Jimmy: It looks like Gumby found his Pokey.
      Gumby is the stop-animation star of his own television series, created by Art Clokey. A green plastic humanoid figure, his pet horse is the red clay Pokey. Not currently in production as this episode premiered, Gumby has been referenced in dozens of other shows.

    • Chloe: And since the Go Go Gadget Arms has been going public with his abilities...
      Chloe refers to Pete's stretching powers referencing the 80's cartoon Inspector Gadget, about a bumbling crime fighter who has several mechanical body parts, one of which allows him to stretch his arms by shouting "Go Go Gadget Arms!"

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