Season 2 Episode 4


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 15, 2002 on The CW
out of 10
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Clark has his first run-in with red kryptonite in this exploration of classic Superman mythology, turning immoral when he gets his high-school ring holding a piece of rock. Meanwhile, Lex and his father have some issues to resolve when Lionel starts taking over the manor.

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  • When Clark purchases a class ring made with red meteor rocks, he becomes amoral and self-serving, using his powers for his own purposes and mouthing off to his principal and parents.moreless

    With the introduction of red kryponite, comes the first appearance of Clark's "bad boy" alter ego. Upon purchasing a class ring, Clark begins acting strangely, flirting with every hot girl that comes his way and breaking almost every rule set before him. It's only after Chloe discovers that the jewellers cheaply used red meteor rocks in place of rubies, that Pete and the Kents learn the reason for Clark's sudden "teenage rebellion". Meanwhile, Jessie Brooks, the new girl at Smallville High, and her father are running from a corrupt U.S. marshall, but Clark just might get to them first.

    The episode itself deserves four out of five stars. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, but I got the feeling that there was a smidgeon of potential left unexplored. Granted, the scenes that made it worth watching included Clark putting on the ring in the first place, Clark checking out Chloe and Lana with his x-ray vision ("Did you know that Chloe has a birthmark on her cheek?"), Clark kissing Lana, Clark starting a bar fight, and Pete and Jonathan working together to return Clark to normal.moreless
  • The first time we see Clark go red

    This is one of my favorite episodes from the series and it is the first time we get to see Clark go bad and I loved it. The whole Jessie story line was fairly entertaining, but Clark was really the center of this episode. I love the scene in the Talon where he tries to convince Lana to go out with him and then he kisses her. Then on their date he is such a jerk and he completely ruins his chance with her for a while anyways. His parents are good in this episode as they struggle to understand the changes in their son and the fight between Clark and Mr. Kent is pretty intense. Such a great episode.moreless
  • this was a really good ep i thought

    in this ep of smallville the students are getting there class rings but there made of red rock its read krptonight and when clark put it on he became a diffrent person started acting diffrent. he sees a new student and he starts showing his real emotions she it getting introuble for the way she was dressing. in the mean time there is a cop that is asking were she is. and her dad. but the cop then finds info and kills the kid. clark is still acting strange by buy all sorts of stuff like videogame systems big tv and all sorts cloths and tons of stuff. the dad askes him to bring the stuff back be he refuses and the then drives off the dad meets him at school and the dad tells him to come with him but says no. then clark asks lana on date she says yes clark goes to the club with her but meets the girl from school but starts going crazy for the other and lana gest disquested and leaves and clarks beats all the guys up in bar. the cop questions him and clark realies that the cop is looking for the disks and he goes to her house and starts to look through it and destroys stuff but then he runs after her but clark is taking down by his father by green krptonite.moreless
  • Lana & Clark go on a date.

    The red meteor rock is introduced, which is like alcohol, for aliens. It lowers Clark's inhibitions which 'causes a whole lot of problems, and punchlines. I gotta say, Clark was hilarious in this episode. Clark finally has the guts to ask Lana out, the date sucks, since he leaves with another girl, Jessie, which is sort of the villain of the episode you could say. You could see Chloe's jealous tendencies start to come out. Pete's friendship is again put to the test since now he knows Clark's secret, he helps Jonathan destroy the red kryptonite, to get Clark back to his normal self. Lionel gets closer & closer to Clark's secret, to bad he is blind. Lex continues to remain clueless. I like Clark & Lana's closure in the end, at least everything is out in the open. Lana knows Clark has feelings for him. What now? A really hilarious episode, villain was unexpected, but it upset me that they didn't really fix anything, Clark just knocked a bunch of people down. Funny episode.moreless
  • This is one of my favorite episodes... and its even better when you listen to it with the cast/crew commentary. Michael, Tom and Kristin (along with Greg) are HILARIOUS!! So, get the DVD and watch it with those 4... they are awesome.moreless

    First of all, I believe that LIONEL has recovered his eyesight by this point and he is just pretending... so he knows that there is something special about Clark but hides it until more evidence may show up.

    Lex did a nice thing by speaking with Jonathan about Clark's dilemma and decision to "hide at the mansion".

    Clark's dealing with Lana at the end of the episode, attempting to fix the situation without being able to reveal the truth shows how deep his turmoil is.

    I think that they did an excellent episode with this one, and showed us the dark possibilities of what Clark could become if ever he should choose the dark path.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

John Glover

John Glover

Lionel Luthor

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • After Clark throws Jonathan into the truck, the shot goes to Clark. Jonathan is visible at the edge of the shot falling back again.

    • When the U.S. Marshall cocks his pistol to threaten Jessie's boyfriend at the beginning of the episode, he only pushes the slide back, which is the right way to disassemble the pistol. He finds it appropriate to chamber a bullet to the barrel only after the boyfriend agrees to tell him what he knows.

    • When Clark/Red jumps off his bedroom window to get on his motorcycle, you can easily see the un-shaved stunt man who jumps instead of the shaved Tom Welling, just before he gets on the bike. You can even see the stunt man suddenly turning into Tom Welling on the DVD.

    • When Pete confronts Clark with the kryptonite, Jonathan calls out to Clark and then takes a swing and Clark blocks the swing with his fist, breaking the ring. How did Jonathan know Clark would try to block the attack with his fist and the ring? Wouldn't it be easier to just take the ring off his hand since Clark is powerless? Or is Jonathan really planning on breaking open the skull of his depowered son (it's a pretty hefty swing)?

    • When Jonathan smashes the ring, Clark's hand is clenched in a fist - which would leave us to believe that the back of the ring would, although being smashed, still be in his hand when he unclenched it. However, when he does so, the ring is completely and entirely gone. (Some contributors such as Doomstars felt that it could have fallen out.)

    • How did Lana know that Jessie was talking about Clark when she asked who's the hottie in primary colors? From the angle that Jessie was at she couldn't see that Clark was wearing a red shirt underneath his long-sleeved blue shirt. He was also wearing blue jeans. Pete however was wearing even more primary colors, a yellow sweater and blue jeans. Two possible explanations are that Lana thinks that Clark is the hottie out of the two or that she was looking at the exact same spot Jessie was looking at. Lana wouldn't be that dumb to admit she thinks Clark is a hottie to a stranger, and Clark and Pete were standing exactly next to each other, so how could she tell who Jessie was looking at?

    • When Jonathan Kent goes to speak with Clark at his school, Clark shoves his father into the driver-side door using his powers, thus causing a large dent in the door. If you look carefully just as Jonathan initially exits the truck, you will see the dent is there before Jonathan meets it the hard way.

    • The heck with Lionel suspecting Clark has superpowers - everyone in the bar, including Jessie, saw Clark acting really, really strong (picking up and throwing two overly-grown men) and a bat spontaneously burst into flame. And all these people aren't conveniently dead at the end of the episode. Yes, we know heat vision is invisible but you'd think at the very least Chloe or someone might pick up on this - doesn't she watch out for weird stuff like this? Anyone want to bet we never hear from any of these witnesses again?

    • Why did Clark-red buy a jet ski? In Kansas? Okay, there's a small lake nearby (with Freezer Kelvin still at the bottom presumably), and a koi pond. Still, where does Clark plan on using it?

    • How'd the U.S. Marshal get to Jessie's house so quickly? Clark pins him with a pool table, knocks him out, super-speeds off to Jessie's house, talks for a minute or two...and the Marshal arrives.

    • Security at the Lex manor continues to be incredibly lax - U.S. Marshall guy gets in just fine, and with a gun to boot. He does say the guys at the gate were kind enough to let him in, though. Pity they didn't call ahead.

    • When Lex says the line about a $2,000 coat (see Quotes), the closed captioning says "$2,000 shirt". Which is pretty unlikely, all things considered - aren't too many shirts that go that high.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Martha: If the green meteor rocks affect Clark physically, maybe the red affects him...emotionally.
      Jonathan: It would sure explain his personality changes.
      Martha: The longer he's exposed to the green meteors, the worse he gets... If the same is true with the red rocks, then God help us all.

    • Clark: Why don't you, uh, go get us some drinks? We'll all have a good time.
      Lana: You are unbelievable! What happened to telling the truth?!?
      Clark: What happened to "You can spend time with whoever you want"?
      Lana: Is that the way you want it?
      Clark: Sure. There's enough of me to go around.

    • Lionel: You seem to know a lot about me. Have you got a name?
      Clark: Clark Kent.
      Lionel: Jonathan and Martha Kent's son? As far as I know they're good people - salt of the Earth. I'm astonished that they've raised such a blatantly aggressive offspring.
      Clark: Well if you like them so much I'm sure they''ll put you up. I hear they have a spare bedroom and I know they could use the cash.

    • Clark: You have no idea what I'm capable of.
      Lex: Really. Why don't you fill me in?

    • Lana: I wouldn't call it a date when the guy you went with leaves with someone else.
      Chloe: Wow. You just went from the gossip column to page one. (pause) Sorry, sometimes my glib-o-meter goes into overdrive.

    • Lex: I don't know. It's a very expensive piece of machinery, difficult to handle.
      Clark: It's not like I'm going to, uh, drive it off a bridge.

    • Clark: Did you know that Chloe had a birthmark on her cheek?
      Pete: No, she doesn't.
      Clark: Not that cheek.
      Pete: Are you doin' what I think you're doin'? Clark, that's Chloe you're scoping, man.
      Clark: (looking at Lana) Not just Chloe.

    • Chloe: Welcome to the conundrum that is Clark Kent. Part knight in shining armor, part "where did that come from."

    • Lionel: You've got a lot to learn about tact, young man, but you speak your mind - it'll take you far.

    • Pete: Hey, the day Clark Kent decides to break the rules, I'll be there.

    • Clark: She is kinda hot!
      Pete: But aren't you married to Lana in your imagination?

    • Clark: Clark Kent and Lex Luthor. I like the sound of that.

    • Jessie: (at a different bar) I took your advice, Lana, and checked out The Talon.
      Lana: Yeah?
      Jessie: That's why I decided to come here.

    • Lex: (to Clark) I wasn't aware a $2,000 coat came with a backbone. What's going on?

    • Pete: Clark's parents think he might be on drugs.
      Chloe: Clark would have to be on drugs to be on drugs.

    • Pete: Chloe, there's something wrong with Clark.
      Chloe: More than usual?

    • Chloe: What planet is that guy from, and what did he do with Clark?

    • Martha: When did we get a satellite dish?

    • Jessie: (talking about Clark) Who's the hottie in the primary colors?

    • Clark: My dad said it was my money to spend how I wanted.
      Pete: Which means he said not to buy it.

    • Chloe: Nothing says school spirit like a ring that looks like it was jacked from P. Diddy.
      Clark: I think it looks great, Chloe.
      Chloe: And I think we'll be lucky if the glue holds through graduation.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Music: "Tattoos" by Jackpot, "It's Time To Party" by Andrew W.K., "Breakable" by Fisher, "Breathe In" by Frou Frou , "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" by Oasis, and "Unexpected" and "American Made" by Sprung Monkey.

    • At several times throughout the episode Clark's face is tinted red - through the red stained glass windows in Lex's study, at The Talon when an outside red neon light shines on his face, etc. Even without lighting, the make-up people seem to have added a little more red taint to Tom Welling's face.

    • 18 million viewers made this the WB's most watched episode this season. It was written by longtime Superman writer Jeph Loeb and is one of two stories he will write for this season.

    • Although one contributor thought Clark's green shirt with a black symbol on it was from The Greatest American Hero, actually it appears to be the RDS (Red Dragon Skateboarding) logo.

    • Notice when Clark stops behaving with Superman-like behavior, he stops wearing red, yellow, and blue.

    • Rating: 6.6/10

    • As of this writing over half the regular cast have been influenced or mind-controlled into wild, reckless, and sexually-uninhibited behavior activity: Lex, Chloe, and Whitney in "Hug," Lana, Pete, and Jonathan in "Nicodemus", Lex and Jonathan in "Heat", and now Clark in this episode. No doubt Lionel and Martha will be having a chainsaw fight one of these days under the influence of green rocks... ;)


    • Chloe: Nothing says school spirit like a ring that looks like it was jacked from P. Diddy.
      Chloe is referring to entertainment mogul (recording executive, producer, writer, arranger, clothing designer, actor, singer, and rapper) Sean Combs. Sean Combs is currently under the recording name of Diddy but has been known in the past as Puff Daddy, P. Diddy and Puffy (of which he had legal issues with Japanese band Puffy Ami Yumi).

    • Lana: We're just starting to study the red scare.
      The "Red Scare" that Lana refers happened during the 50s when people were accused of being communists. Another in-joke reference to "red" and "evil" in this episode.