Smallville

Season 1 Episode 8

Jitters

7
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Dec 11, 2001 on The CW
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An experiment at the Luthor fertilizer plant makes an old friend of the Kents literally shake and jitter, and he seeks vengeance against the Luthors, who hide the secret of his transformation behind "Level Three" at the local plant.

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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

Michelle Goh

Michelle Goh

Suki

Guest Star

Kendall Cross

Kendall Cross

Little Girl's Mother

Guest Star

Tony Todd

Tony Todd

Earl Jenkins

Guest Star

Robert Wisden

Robert Wisden

Gabe Sullivan

Recurring Role

John Glover

John Glover

Lionel Luthor

Recurring Role

Mitchell Kosterman

Mitchell Kosterman

Sheriff Ethan

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • In the beginning of the episode, when Earl visits his baby, it clearly shows hard shadows from the mobile attached to the baby's crib, suggesting that the light should be right above it, but when the shot switches to the baby's viewpoint looking up, there are no lights to be seen.

    • After the kids are released. Pete tells the Kents that Clark went back inside and he tried to stop him. However, the audio didn't match Pete's lips.

    • After Clark cleans the house he realizes their parents are there. Martha then says that they called six times the night before and that the telephone was answered by six different people. But during the party there's a time when she calls and no one answers. She even gives up, goes back to the table and tells Jonathan that.

    • Trivia: Lionel Luthor wears eyeglasses in this episode for the first and only time.

    • When Earl first talks to Clark through the glass at the hospital, he has to press the button to turn on the microphone for Clark to hear him. We see Earl release the button. Then a little later, he is not pressing the button when Clark is overhearing the rest of the conversation.

    • When the pills from Earl's hands fall, he takes two pills from the road and eats them, but look closely. He didn't eat anything - nothing goes into Earl's mouth.

    • At the party, upon closer inspection, you see that the Asian boy does not actually throw anything up.

    • When the meter is going toward the red "danger" zone, the needle keeps going on the same numbers on the scale (when it should be increasing), and the needle would have been off the scale (and the building would have blown up) before the hostages could have gotten out. Basically, the timing seems off.

    • In the scene where Clark sees a room containing the fertiliser plant's floorplans, Clark can be seen running around in Luthorcorp's plant via the security cameras. So why doesn't Lex or other people working at the plant discover that?

    • Lex gives Clark the third degree on saving him - it's not that unusual for someone on an adrenaline rush could pull this off. The question is, how did Clark do it when he was being weakened to below human strength by exposure to a green-radiated Earl nearby?

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Pete: What are you going to do now that you're officially home alone?
      Clark: I was thinking of having a few people over.
      Chloe: Do my ears deceive me, or is Clark Kent actually suggesting a party?
      Clark: A small gathering. You guys, a few other people, maybe... Lana.

    • Lana: If I had a hundred people trashing my house, I'd be a little freaked out.
      Clark: After the first few dishes, you kinda get used to it.

    • Lex: I hear you're taking a tour of my plant tomorrow.
      Chloe: (unenthusiastically) It's a class field trip.
      Lex: What'd you do wrong?
      Clark: It's that bad?

    • Clark: He even tried to teach me how to play guitar; said it was a good way to impress women.
      Chloe: Oh yeah, we're all a sucker for a guy with a six-string.

    • Mr. Sullivan: Welcome to LuthorCorp, where we give a crap.
      Chloe: Okay, somebody kill me now.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Music: "Bad Idea" by Bad Ronald, "The People That We Love" by Bush, "Tie Me Up" by Handsome Devil, "Pacific Coast Party" by Smash Mouth, and "My Bridges Burn" by The Cult.

    • The Season 2 DVD set reveals that Earl's son was affected by the meteor rocks, and that Earl himself died six months after this episode.

    • This was the fourth episode in production order - scenes from it were originally used at the end of the third complete episode "Hothead" to promote the next week's episode (although they aired "X-Ray" instead).

    • Although this is Gabe Sullivan's first appearance in the show, he was in a deleted scene in the pilot episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (0)

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