Season 1 Episode 2


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 23, 2001 on The CW
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Clark must deal with Greg, a nerdish bug collector with a crush on Lana who gains the ability of various insects and uses them to lash out at anyone who opposes him.

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  • A great episode but not quite as brilliant as the pilot

    I really did love this episode. The concept of a bug hunter was interesting and the way the story progressed was impressive, the acting was great and the writing and directing were fantastic. However, even that said I simply didn't feel the brilliance of the pilot with this episode
  • A love/hate relationship

    Wow, this episode has really grown on me. When I started watching the show when I was eight I absoulutly hated this episode because it grossed me out but now I really like this episode and its one of my favorite episodes of season 1. Clark showing his limit to his invincibility and his being powers of flight is awesome and its wierd thinking that 10 years from then he would finally get the power. I also like how it shows how kryptonite cant go through lead. I like how in this episode Lana and Clark are showing to be really good friends and they are already starting to trust each other. Lex was cool in this episode dropping hints about how Whitney is being the bad boyfriend and that he helps Clark by giving him her necklace. Whitney matured in this episode as not only did he aplogize to Lana he also did to Clark also(even though he dident hear it.) Pete and Chloe were not shown in this episode very much but when they were they were shown to be good relible friends to Clark by beliving him about Greg. Like I said before when i watched this before when I was eight I was grossed out by this episode but now I think its really cool and now I like Greg alot now and im glad he came back for the 200th episode

    Either you love this episode or you hate it. I for one love it, and to me is what old school Smallville is all about. Every time I rewatch it I love it even more. IMO its better then the Pilot.

    So I give this episode:10/10moreless
  • Metamorphosis

    Very good this second episode of Smallville in addition to maintaining the quality of the series can do more than this, for it improves the level of which in my opinion this second episode is much better than the pilot (first episode) which is also very good, and moreover this second episode also has a supernatural event that Clark is very good and very interesting, in this second episode Clark (Superboy) confronts Greg a former school friend of his who gains superhuman abilities to be infected by insects changed GM thanks kriptonitas stones, this episode also kept a cool climate action adventure where he had less drama and romance,Clark gave me the pen but also it is very silly, he could have delivered in a way the paste to the right and Lana not just laying there, and this episode reminded me of an episode of the ninth season of the X-Files and ending I really liked this episode that surely deserves to be among the best of smallville and I also loved the song played at the end of the episode because it had everything to do with the time and played very well and this episode was also very disgusting and frightening.moreless
  • Really this is how you follow up a great premiere by this episode.

    The episodes story wasnt that bad but the character and acting were so bad i had to suffer through this episode it was like when can it end so i can see the next episode it was boring and the fighting scenes what can i say about the fighting scenes they were the worst really one hit and he flys through to the end of the room and another hit and again and again we gohonestlyi can say that im verydisappointedin this episode cuz it was bad because of the actors and director not the writers and i thought the lack of Chloe and Lex in this episode made it suffer even more these are great character why dont give them some more screen timecome oni hope that the next episode im about to see is better than this one cuz i really liked the first episode.moreless
  • Bug Man creature feature! Spoilers ahead!

    An insect obsessed teen becomes infected by his metor laced bug collection and goes all fatal attraction on Lana Lang. Which in turn sets the tone for the rest of the season and most of the series as well. I really liked this episode, although the ick factor was somewhat high what with Bug Boy molting, coccooning and consuming his mother and then attempting to cocoon and consumate his relationship with Lana. Of all the meteor freak episodes in the the first season this was one of the better ones but I thought it was somewhat funny and ironic that the young actor playing the bug boy assailant bore a striking resemblance to Christian Bale in the Batman movies!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

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Whitney Fordman

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • When Greg crashes his Bug into a utility pole, the sound effects are that of a radiator hissing and the engine stalling. The engine to a VW bug is located in the back of the car, the front is merely a trunk of sorts.

    • When Clark, Chloe, and Pete are investigating Greg's house, why is there steam coming from the bathroom? There was no water running in the shower and there were no sounds of any water running when they were in the bathroom.

    • After Greg hits Clark with the pipe in the foundry, Clark's hands are very dirty. In the closeup on Clark's hand immediately after he lands, the hand is clean to show the effects of the kryptonite.

    • Why does no one ever seem to notice that the meteor rocks (as on Lana's necklace) glow an eerie green colour whenever Clark gets anywhere near them?

    • When Clark is returning Lana's necklace, he obviously exposes himself to the meteor rock radiation. So, how then, can he not get sick from it (first of all), and, secondly, how can he have the strength to speed-run away from her door before she sees him?

    • When Lana goes to ask Whitney about what happened to Clark the night of the dance, she is wearing a denim shirt over a white shirt. After talking to Whitney, she runs down the stairs, and you can see she's wearing a light blue skirt. Then when she went to go see Clark right after, she's wearing the same denim shirt and white t-shirt combo, but black pants. If it was urgent that she talk to Clark, why'd she change?

    • Tom Welling's hair goes from long to short and back several times during the episode. After "Pilot," five inches were cut off of Tom's hair. When the hair continuity error was discovered, a hairdresser from L.A. was flown in to give him hair extensions.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Clark: Oh, Lex is definitely one of a kind.

    • Lana: Did you know you can see my house from here?
      Clark: No. Really?
      (he moves the telescope away from her house)
      Clark: You know, we've lived a mile apart our whole lives and you've never come over.
      Lana: And you're wondering what I'm doing here now.
      Clark: Not that I don't enjoy the company, but yes, I was.

    • Craig's Mom: What the hell has gotten into you?
      Craig: About two million years of intelligence and instinct.

    • Jonathan: Look, Clark, I'm your father. I'm supposed to have all the answers. It kills me that I don't, but you gotta have faith that we'll figure this thing out together.

    • Jonathan: Clark, kids just don't leap off the ceiling and attack people.

    • Lana: Clark, I didn't see you at the dance last night.
      Clark: Oh, I was...(glares at Whitney)...I was a little tied up.

    • Lex: What is it about Kents and gifts? It's yours. Hand it to Lana. Tell her what happened. Trust me, once she opens it, you'll win her heart. That necklace gives you the power. All you've got to do is use. it.

    • Clark: Dad, something else happened to me this morning. When I woke up, I was kind of floating.
      Jonathan: Floating.
      Clark: As soon as I woke up I crashed. I mean, Dad, what's happening to me?
      Jonathan: I honestly don't know. As soon as you start breaking the law of gravity we're definitely in uncharted territory.

    • Jonathan: I don't know...(a bug kid) seems kinda out there.
      Martha: This from the man who's been hiding a spaceship in the storm cellar for the last twelve years.

    • Lex: (to Clark) Save any lives on your way over? You keep it up and you can make a career out of it.

    • Lex: Kinda makes you wonder if you're with the right guy. One chucks footballs, the other helps save lives.

    • Clark: Chloe, I could never outgrow you. Other than vertically.

    • Pete: Which sucked, 'cause he had a killer tree fort his dad built in the woods.
      Clark: It was okay.
      Pete: Clark never liked it. He used to get sick just walking over there.
      Chloe: How come?
      Pete: He was afraid of heights.
      Clark: I didn't believe it was structurally sound.

    • Lex: Clark, Whitney tied you up on a pole in the middle of a field. Even the Romans saved that for special occasions.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Deleted Scene 1- Pete is having breakfast with the Kents and telling them about what happened to the trucks during the dance (From the previous episode).

      Deleted Scene 2- Jonathan discusses Clark's floating ability with Martha.

    • Musical guest stars: The Calling (Wherever You Go), Papa Roach (Last Resort), Lifehouse (Everything), Cake (Love You Madly - at Smallville High School, right before Clark talks to Chloe in the hallway), Aeon Spoke (Damaged), Weezer (Island In The Sun - when Clark is at The Farmer's Market), Better Than Ezra (I Do - when Whitney is driving his truck, right before Greg attacks), and Turin Brakes (Underdog (Save Me) - when we see Lana on her horse right before she talks to Lex).

    • Chad E Donella (Greg/"The Bug Guy") played another vaguely mentally disturbed mutant in an episode of The X-Files called "Hungry." His character's catchphrase, used several times, was, "You can't fight biology." In this episode of Smallville, Greg tells Clark, "You can't fight natural law."

    • Among the bug in-jokes: Greg drives a VW "bug", and the music playing right before he crashes is "Last Resort", by Papa Roach. Greg has a poster of Papa Roach in his room.

    • UPN/WB crossover-the ending song was "Where Ever You Will Go" by The Calling. This song was used to promote Enterprise on UPN.

    • DC/Milestone Media has a story like this in an issue of Kobalt #7. The villain had fly-like powers and appearance. Static of Static Shock fan appeared in the story.


    • Metamorphosis/Kafka::
      The title of this episode comes from a short story by an Austrian philosopher named Franz Kafka. It is about a young man who inexplicably transforms into a large cockroach, and is then killed by his mother. Chloe even makes a comparison between Greg and Kafka after Clark explains about Greg's "Bug-Boy" condition.