Smallville

Season 1 Episode 15

Nicodemus

3
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 19, 2002 on The CW
9.4
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A flower that comes from a reopened "Level Three" of the fertilizer plant brings strange reactions from several people, including Jonathan, Lana, and Pete.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • a good ep

    8.5
    in this ep of smallville clark must figure out whats happening to people around town acting weird like out of normal charater. like clarks dad ating like a teenager and then tring to get a gun to go shoot people. and lana stripping and going to go swimming in the pool and pete wanting to shoot and kill lex . it turns out that lex knew about this and he was talking to doctor hamilton. and clark finds out can they stop it. it was such a good ep that i liked back in the first season it was really goodmoreless
  • Luthercorp's Level 3 has produced another threat - mutant plants that drastically change the personalities of all those affected.

    7.5
    Interesting cars in this episode - Chloe drives an early 60's (63?) Ford Falcon four-door, a rare piece of auto history, while Lex motors around in a gray Porsche 911 cabriolet. Lana and others are affected by a mutant flower from the Luthor fertilizer plant's Level 3, leading to all sorts of carnal behavior. Ms. Kreuk gets a body double filling in for her in a school pool seduction scene, which Clark likes initially but is rescued from in spite of himself. Quotes: Lana - "Like it?" (Her new, uninhibited look). Clark: "I think the operative word is 'Gulp.' " The flower-power theme doesn't make much of a protaganist, but the cast does well with their lines. The product placement by Apple Computer continues. Rerun rating C.moreless
  • Pretty flower, disastrous consequences.

    10
    This is the first of the many episodes that features some of the characters losing all their inhibitions and going all different types of crazy. Lana is amazing in this episode and she was looking hot in the pool scene with Clark. She does evil well and it was nice to see her break out of her doting girlfriend role. Mr. Kent is also infected and he becomes quite violent towards Lex who at this time are trying to help out. Pete is also a great change as he shows his jealousy over Lex and Clark. I love how oblivious Chloe is over the whole series of the fact that Pete likes her which is pretty obvious in this episode. The meteor man scientist is also a nice addition to this episode because he is always quite creepy. This is one of the series best episodes and was a highlight of the excellent first season.moreless
  • Flower Power

    8.7
    Nicodemus-A flower that comes from a reopened "Level Three" of the fertilizer plant brings strange reactions from several people, including Jonathan, Lana, and Pete.



    "A flower that makes people crazy" sounds like a rather dumb plot on paper, but it's actually makes for an interesting series of events in "Nicodemus". It's nice to see some of our regulars get to act out of character for once and it seems most of them were having fun doing so, especially John Schiender and Kristin Kreuk. Jonathan's infection is darkest of the chnages. Jonathan is very aggressive even cold-hearted throughout. The scene where he verbally lashes out at Lex about how much he hates the Luthors and wouldn't shed a tear if they all died. The most disturbing part is when Jonathan shoots Clark with a shotgun by mistake.



    When Lana gets infected, this part of the storyline is played more for laughs. Lana is now a sexed up bad girl who breaks up with Whitney and tries to seduce Clark. Even though this part os the story is pretty uneventful, the pool scene with Lana doing a striptease for Clark is very entertaining and you could tell Kristin was enjoying playing this side of Lana. Lastly, Pete gets infected and sets out to get Lex out of jealousy. Sam Jones III takes this time to actually show more of his acting ability (though quite limited!) But it's nice that we get to see some insight on how Pete feels and it was obvious he would be jealous of Clark's friendship to Lex. I also loved Dr. Hamilton's invovlment in the story and the scenes between him and Lex were well acted. "Nicodemus" isn't the most story driven episode, but it's immensely entertaing and has some great development for some characters.moreless
  • Great Episode

    10
    Dr. Hamilton uses the meteor rocks to resurrect a toxic flower, Nicodemus, which has been extinct for 100 years. The flower causes whoever it sprays to lose all inhibitions. Jonathan, Lana and Pete are all infected with the flower's toxins, and begin to act out of character. Clark manages to prevent them all from harming themselves or someone else. After awhile, the flower's toxins cause the victim to fall into a coma and eventually die. Lex, unhappy that Dr. Hamilton has spent his time resurrecting dangerous flowers, dispatches a team of specialists to create a cure for the poisoning. The cure is created in time to save Jonathan, Lana and Pete.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

Nicki Clyne

Nicki Clyne

Waitress

Guest Star

Bill Mondy

Bill Mondy

James Beales

Guest Star

Joe Morton

Joe Morton

Dr. Steven Hamilton

Guest Star

Julian Christopher

Julian Christopher

Doctor

Recurring Role

Hiro Kanagawa

Hiro Kanagawa

Principal Kwan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (15)

    • When Lana and Lex are in the Talon and Lana goes to throw the glass jar you can see she lets it go and it falls behind her and then she just extends her arm to finish the throw.

    • Clark falls into the pool, and Lana hears a door open in the distance, and in the next shot, Clark surfaces and there is the principal. How long was he under water after simply falling in?

    • At 12:30 we see Chloe and Lana at the scene of the accident, late at night, to find out what caused their symptoms. Chloe walks around and you hear the sound effects of her camera going off but there are no flashes, and she doesn't appear to be taking pictures, until she hears something in the woods and she points the camera, with the same sound, and the flash goes off.

    • When Mr. Kent gets the call about his loan being denied, the phone rings once, and the answering machine picks up mid-ring. Why would anyone's answering machine pick up before they have a chance to answer the call? They have answered the phone a number of times in past episodes, so screening seems to be out of place.

    • At 29:41 Pete flips open the cover of the research paper, but when the shot changes to Chloe she opens it again.

    • In the beginning of the episode we clearly see the Nicodemus flower in the front seat of Beals' car. Then, after the accident, Jonathan takes only Mr. Beals out of the car. How, then, did the flower end up across the street?

    • When Chloe is taking the poll and talking to Clark when Lana walks up Chloe shows her the paper then says "Hi, what about you Clana, got one?" This happens about 1:32:25 into the DVD(Disc 4).

    • When Mr. Kent suggests to Mrs. Kent that they go up to the hayloft to "have a little fun," a cupboard in the background opens by itself for no apparent reason.

    • How did Clark get Lana to the top of a windmill with her eyes closed and still keep what he was doing a surprise? (Although in truth, she doesn't seem very surprised..)

    • Why is it that Lana and Mr. Kent took a while to develop symptoms from the flower, but Pete was affected immediately? Also, Lana didn't seem to have a fever, whereas Pete and Mr. Kent did ("Jonathan, you're burning up!"), and Pete didn't have a sneezing fit.

    • Near the end of the episode where Clark and Lana are sitting on the windmill and Lana is saying things like "I spent the whole day apologizing to the Talon staff...." you can see the moving shadow of the windmill obscuring her face. In one medium shot you can see it moving behind Clark. Yet when the scene zooms out, the windmill is dead still.

    • When Lana gets infected by the flower, she sees the flower, gets nailed by it, gasps, then Chloe walks up. When asked if she found anything, Lana says "No" because she sees the hula doll. Doesn't a flower that sprays you qualify? Does the plant cause amnesia as well?

    • At the start of the episode, the Nicodemus is in a plant pot in the car. After Jonathan saves the man, the plant infects him and then shrivels into the ground. How did it get out of the pot?

    • Metropolis is way too close here to be a three hours' drive away. Metropolis isn't supposed to be as close as is implied here - in an interview, Al Gough admits that the designers got it wrong in this episode, and made the Metropolis shot from the windmill larger than it was supposed to be. Officially, the producers consider Metropolis to be a three hours' drive away.

    • So Lex the multi-millionaire had to check out The Nicodemus Diary from the library? Good thing - otherwise Chloe couldn't have made the connection if he'd paid the $6.95 and just bought it at a local bookstore. (One contributor, Ailuro Dragon, thought it was more likely Lex could have found it in a library rather than finding a bookstore that would sell it to him.)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Lana: I just wish I could remember what happened. Sounds like I got a little out of control there.
      Clark: You spoke your mind and you did what you wanted. Kind of an alpha Lana.
      Lana: I couldn't believe what I was wearing.
      Clark: I kinda liked it.

    • Clark: Ever since Whitney's father's been in the hospital, there's been a no-fly zone on Lana.
      Chloe: You know, Clark, there are other girls out there that don't require crossing an emotional minefield.

    • Chloe: So she just stripped down right in front of you? Lana Lang in all her glory...
      Clark: Most of her glory.
      Chloe: Well, at least you'll have a nice picture to daydream about in Saturday detention.

    • Chloe: What about you, Clark - what's your deepest desire? And remember, lets keep it PG-13.

    • Dr. Hamilton: Remember, Lex, you're the one opening Pandora's Box.
      Lex: I'm just the key, Dr. Hamilton.

    • Clark: (after catching his parents "counter macking") I did not need to see that!

    • Pete: Wow. Drinking beer, mouthing off, and counter macking with your mom. Congratulations, Clark, your dad has regressed to being a teenager.

    • Chloe: Principal Kwan thinks that I need to get more in touch with the pulse of the student body so I've decided to do a poll. Now, if you would both please do your statistical duty...
      Pete: I'd go over and make out with that girl right now...
      Chloe: You know, every answer I've gotten so far has been either sex or violence-related.
      Pete: That's human nature, Chloe.

    • Chloe: It's a first hand account of Smallville's first mystery. In 1871 the whole settlement went postal before they even had a post office.
      Pete: Nice to know Smallville was still whack even before the meteors got here.

    • Dr. Hamilton: A situation's come up in my lab.
      Lex: Don't you mean your barn?

    • Lex: "On God's green earth, this flower was the thief in the temple, the silent temptress that, with a single sneeze brought out the basest instincts in men and drove them to violence."

    • Lana: You like it?
      Clark: Uh, I think the operative word is "gulp".

    • Lana: If life doesn't make you crazy, then why bother living it? I know that's how I want it. The question is, do you want what I want?

    • Lana: I know you want me, Clark. Stop holding back. Come on, you're not made of steel... or are you?

    • Lex: Pete, I'm going to reach in there and get that book. If you want to shoot me... go ahead.
      Pete: No problem.

    • Lana: You think too much, Clark.
      Clark: Right now I'm thinking this doesn't seem like you.
      Lana: Or maybe... (undresses) ...I'm more me than ever.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Injoke: Lana's line, "Come on, you're not made of steel...or are you?" is the first of many references to one of the adult Superman's many nicknames - Superman, The Man of Steel.

    • Music: "Supernatural" by By Divine Right, "Saturday Night's Alright" by Hal Lovejoy, "Love Sweet Love" by Josh Clayton-Felt, "I Will Make U Cry" by Nelly Furtado, "Big Day" by Puracane, "Sadie Hawkins Dance" by Relient K, "Beautiful Day" by U2, "Dukes Of Hazzard Good Ol' Boys" by Waylon Jennings, and "I Have Seen" and "Destiny" by Zero 7.

    • Clark's line, "With all my powers, I couldn't save him" over a comatose Pa Kent echoes the exact same line a teenaged Clark says in the Superman movie when Pa Kent dies there.

    • Hiro Kanagawa gets an beginning-of-episode credit, despite the fact he makes only a brief appearance and has little or no dialogue.

    • Somewhat coincidentally (or not), in the original Superman comics Pa Kent dies from a "Fever Plague" that nobody has had in 100 years and that Clark/Superman finds out about by reading a diary.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Clark: So you think Hamilton pulled a Jurassic Park and brought back the Nicodemus?
      Clark is alluding to Jurassic Park a film made in 1993 that centered around using dormant cells to conceive live animals that were thought to be extinct, mainly dinosaurs.

    • Title:
      In the New Testament, Nicodemus was a Jewish leader from the time of Christ who converted after speaking with Jesus.

    • Radio: The Dukes of Hazzard
      In the beginning of the episode, the song playing in Jonathan Kent's pickup is the theme song to The Dukes of Hazzard. John Schneider was one of the stars of that 1979-1985 TV series, and the theme was sung by Waylon Jennings.

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