Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton
Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor
Martha Clark Kent
In the last scene, when Bart zooms away from Clark in their super speed race, the lightning bolt insignia on his backpack is reversed.
At 30:05, just after Clark says "You don't want to be here" to the security guard, Tony, he walks over to Lex who is unconscious on the ground. If you pause it as Clark is walking over to him, you can tell that it is a dummy lying there and not Michael Rosenbaum.
The Russians letters on the box containing the page from the manuscript form the word "fragil". But this doesn't mean anything in Russian. The Russian word for fragile is "chrupkii."
Throughout the entire episode he keeps telling Bart to not use his powers to hurt people... but the first thing Clark does to Hanison after taking the gun from him, is throw him through a roof, and having him land on a trailer home, which would most likely kill him. All Clark had to do is throw Hanison against a wall and tell him and his bodyguard that they don't want to be here.
When Hanison holds the gun up to Bart, Bart looks worried that he won't be able to dodge the bullet. Bart is faster than Clark, and Clark could dodge a bullet, so why would Bart be worried?
In the beginning of the episode, Bart was offered $200 for the loot he stole. But you can clearly hear seven bills being counted - then they're shown held up in the air with a $100 bill on the bottom of the stack, and then a shot of them on the counter after they are slammed down with another $100 bill on the top. So what are the denominations of the other 5 bills in between - $0 bills?
Lana said she lost twelve hours of her life when she got the tattoo, but in the season premiere, Jason wakes Lana up at noon, meaning she would have been working at Isabel's tomb around midnight, but we can clearly see daylight through the windows of the cathedral while Lana is working.
Maybe it's just part of his superhuman ability...but how does Bart's hair stay so neatly coiffured when he moves at such speeds? At least Clark has super-tough hair, presumably.
When Clark enters Bart's hotel room, the door opens the wrong way. Hotel room doors always open into the room, but this door opens out into the hallway.
Does anybody find it odd that within seconds of being in a potentially fatal accident, faced with the thought of a new superpowered being whose powers rival Clark, one of the first things Jonathan does is...check to see if he has his wallet.
When the alarm goes off in Lex's office, why doesn't Clark use his speed and run? Nobody saw him come in so why not just leave?
This is the first time in four years we see Lex with a security system at his manor. But the one thing he doesn't have, conveniently for the plot, is...a security camera.
Clark has demonstrated in the past ("Hothead," "Shattered") that when exposed to chunks of kryptonite he can still move, pick up rocks and throw them, etc. But here, only a couple of feet away from the lead case holding the kryptonite, he can't bring himself to reach over and flip the lid down.
Based on what is given, Bart only searched Clark's loft and found the notebook, kryptonite etc. So...why is Clark keeping kryptonite in his loft? If it's there as a secret weapon against when he turns evil, wouldn't it make more sense for it to be hidden somewhere where he doesn't know it, but Jonathan and Martha do?
Clark says to Bart that he's never met "anyone with powers like yours" from "around here." So what? He's met other people with powers that weren't from Smallville. Ryan ("Stray" and "Ryan") Chrissy ("Redux"), and Trent ("Gone") all had powers that had nothing to do with kryptonite and weren't from Smallville that was ever revealed. Why does he think it's unusual Bart has his superspeed power and isn't from around Smallville?
Clark used to have a cell phone, but apparently they got rid of it since they don't bother to call the credit card company on the way back to Smallville. Since the Kents aren't much worse off financially than before, and given how much they need to call each other in emergencies, why would they get rid of it?
It's unlikely that the "last surviving page from a 14th century manuscript" would just be able to be rolled up and taken wherever, as Bart does. Pages that old, if not constantly watched and treated, will crumble.
Clark: I spend so much time trying to hide who I'm really am, I'm starting to feel like two separate people.
Bart: (to Clark) Dude, your drawing sucks. Stick to the hero thing.
Lex: Don't worry, Clark. Our thief is gonna learn that there's nowhere on Earth he can run from Lex Luthor.
Jonathan: Hey, I thought you'd be at work all day.
Martha: Well, that's one of the benefits of being the boss. I've promoted Linda to assistant manager so I can take a break and spend some time with a ruggedly handsome farmer.
Clark: Are you sure there's nothing I can do to change your mind?
Bart: Tell you what...if you can catch me...I'll think about it.
Clark: So, what happened?
Lex: I decided to play cowboy and got my spurs handed to me.
Martha: (I wanted to) spend some time with a ruggedly handsome farmer.
Jonathan: Well, you're in luck, there just happens to be one sweating in your driveway right now.
Martha: Maybe I should get the hose and a bucket of soap.
Bart: You know, I've always wondered if there was anyone out there like me, and it turns out to be you, Jimmy Crack Corn fresh from the farm.
Bart: (I'm from) the future.
Bart: I ran all the way back through time to tell you we're still in love 100 years from now.
Bart: I'll be a thousand miles away before you can blink.
Clark: I don't know, I can blink pretty fast.
Bart: Your watch is fast. If there's one thing I never am, it's late. If I'm going to be somewhere, I'll be there like a flash.
Among the names Clark reads off of Bart's fake IDs are Jay Garrick, Barry Allen and Wally West . Each of these is the civilian name of one of the Flashes in the comic books, Bart Allen is first known as Impulse in the comics but later becomes known as Kid Flash.
John Glover doesn't appear in this episode.
The WB pre-advertised the episode using the promotional title "The Flash."
Music: "Don't Say Nuttin'" (The Tipping Point) by The Roots, "Feels Like Today" (Feels Like Today) by Rascal Flatts, "Welcome To My World" by Kyle Newvachek, and "Cruel Sun" by Silver.
Bart: Smell ya later!
The catch phrase made famous by Nelson Muntz from The Simpsons in the episode "Lisa's Date With Density" season 8 ep 7. A phrase which has caught on with many other Simpsons characters including Bart.
Bart vs. Clark
A handful of times in this episode, Bart challenges Clark to see who is faster (only at the end of the episode do we see that Bart is indeed much faster on foot than Clark). There have been several comics that have been drawn up to discuss this very thing "who's faster, Superman or the Flash". Here's a break down of each run. 1.) Superman #199 (August 1967) - Tie 2.) Flash #175 (December 1967) - Tie 3.) World's Finest #198-199 (November-December 1970) - Flash 4.) The Adventures of Superman #463 (February 1990) - Flash.
Bart's wardrobe this entire episode is composed entirely of red and yellow colors, referring to those worn by the Flash in the DC comics. Bart's backpack, belt and shoes, have a lightning bolt design stiched into them. This too is the Flash's trademark symbol.
Bart: [I'm from] the future
In the comic books, Bart Allen is indeed from a thousand years in the future.
Bart: ...fastest man alive and all that...
"Fastest Man Alive" is the tagline under the title of the Flash comic books.
Lex: Legend has it that this was the only thing adorning Rasputin's chambers while he studied at the monastery.
Rasputin was a monk who lived during WWI and was said to possess magical powers.
Bart: I don't know. I mean, it's a big world. I figure I'd check it out, see if there's anyone else out there like us. Maybe start, like, a club or a league or something.
Referring to the Justice League in the comics, of which both Superman and the Flash are members.
Hanison: Let's see if you're faster than a speeding bullet.
Hanison asking Bart if he's faster than a speeding bullet before he tries to shoot him is a reference to the famous description of Superman from the older cartoon and live-action shows - "Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive," etc.
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