Earl Jenkins, former handyman at the Kent's farm, is beset by body-rattling jitters. He claims he was infected with a green mist while working at a secret "Level 3" at the Smallville LuthorCorp fertilizer plant. No one knows anything about it. Earl accidentally kills a man with his powers, then makes his way to Smallville where he is taken into custody. He escapes and takes a school group hostage during a tour of the plant. Lionel Luthor flies in and refuses to negotiate, so Lex goes to confront Earl. Earl lets the kids go while keeping Lex. A gas main starts leaking and Lionel orders the plant into shutdown. Clark remains behind and using his x-ray vision finds the hidden Level 3. He, Earl, and Lex (who pleads ignorance) go down there. Earl starts jittering again, almost killing himself and Lex. Clark manages to rescue them both from a falling catwalk and stop the gas leak. Lionel denies everything, and Lex wonders how Clark was strong enough to rescue them both.
Copyright 2001 Steve Crow