Season 4 Episode 5


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 20, 2004 on The CW
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Jonathan's wallet is stolen by a super-speed thief, Bart Allen, who is faster than Clark. Bart comes to the farm and becomes friends with Clark, but Bart returns to crime when he sees an ancient manuscript that Lex has. As Clark soon realizes, the manuscript holds a map to one of the kryptonian crystals and he must go up against Bart to recover it.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show smallville clarks dad gets his wallet stolen and they find out it was bart who is using it to buy stuff and clark finds him and wants to return the stuff but thing is clark thinks he was effected by meteor rocks but it turns out its nothing like that he is just fast and even faster then clark and him go around the world really fast and then clark learns that he has gone back to crime stealing something from lex a manuscript but its about the stones and clark wants it too so he must go upaginst bark to get ahold of itmoreless
  • A new meteor-mutant character - Bart - can superspeed, but he's doing crime, and Clark befriends him. Lex gets a mysterious document with kryptonian symbols. Lana reveals to Jason the origin of her tattoo.moreless

    As Clark and Jonathan are in Metropolis for a Sharks game, courtesy of Lex, a careless driver heads for Jonathan, and before Clark can act, Bart pulls him to safety, but lifts his wallet at the same time. Good stop-motion action in this Vancouver street scene, and it's nice to see the effort made by the crew to set up a good location shot on a busy street.

    Clark finds Bart's apartment and confronts him - he speeds off, only to show up at the Kent farm kitchen. Bart's willing to talk to a colleague in the superspeed business, explaining that he went into overdrive a couple years earlier. His parents weren't receptive to his skill, and he sees no problem with his thieving lifestyle. But he discovers that Clark is affected by meteor rock - maybe it isn't such a great idea to have it laying around the barn. Bart want Clark to join him in his exploits, so they take a quick run to Miami, but they wind up at the Talon. Chloe meets Bart, who impresses her with his skill at flower-grabbing, but that's all the screen-time she gets in this episode.

    Lex is on tap next, receiving a document from a private collector in St. Petersburg. As Clark stops by, Lex explains that it has embedded glyphs on it's border, similar to those in the cave, and he hopes to get Clark's help in deciphering it. It's the last page of a 14th Century manuscript, and Clark x-rays it, finding a hidden map beneath the surface, with more strange symbols. Rasputin, the one-time owner, saw it as a path to unimaginable power. This must be part of a multi-episode storyline, so viewers should keep track of all the details in order to follow the path.

    Bart zips in to the mansion also, putting Clark in the position of trying to explain to Lex who he was talking to. Clark never has a handy excuse in these situation, just a sheepish face. At home, he explains the kryptonian symbols on the document to Jonathan - it reads, "Look deeper." Suddenly, Clark is back on the Jor-El trail, wanting to keep the document from falling into the wrong hands. So much for having a "normal" senior year. Bart returns - Clark tries another round of "stealing-bad" on him, but he's still playing a juvenile delinquent with no conscience. When Clark slips back to the mansion for another document look-see, Bart zips in and steals it, leaving Clark with nothing but an overblown alarm system going off. He stands around befuddled until Lex and guard enter, believing that Clark stole the document. Lame excuses and a couple lies are all he can offer. Lex pointedly says, "I know a real friend would never lie to me."

    Bart attempts to fence the document with the same old thugs, who knock him senseless at the behest of Lex - at least he knows it wasn't Clark behind the theft. A little doublecrossing, and Lex and Bart are left on the floor. Clark blows the thief through a window and into a an RV in a pretty well-staged stunt. Bart is ready to escape again, using the meteor rock to disable Clark - who appeals to his better side. Bart relents a bit but still escapes with the document.

    Back to the cave - with Lana and Jason - she's decided to show Jason the cave symbol which matches her tattoo and how she came to have it burned into her back side at the cathedral in Paris. She tells him she left France to learn how she lost 12 hours of her life in that incident, and they look at identical symbols on the cave wall. Lana appears to be playing a greater part in the story track that's coming this season - so far it looks intriguing.

    Clark sees Lex, who admits he tried to play cowboy with the fencers, and had his spurs handed to him. The document is back, so Bart is perhaps going straight instead of continuing with selfish hedonism. In a telling scene, we see that Lex too, has found the hidden map behind the document. Later, as Bart and Clark talk at the farm, it's clear Bart has not decided what to do with his life - but Clark offers his friendship. Bart's not staying in the cast for now, but he beats Clark in a foot-race. No doubt this character will return in future episodes.

    Pretty fair episode - the more involved plot with the mysterious document and perhaps some connection to Lana's symbol are the better parts. One notable non-scene - not one single shot at Smallville High, and that's a nice change of pace. We missed Lois and Chloe this week, but there's enough development in the bigger story to merit seeing it again. Re-run rating C+.moreless
  • Flash!

    After the "event" episodes I was worried the show forgot how to churn out good scripts. It's really cool seeing Flash on screen and the first few action scenes are just awe-inspiring. It's probably the best league-related episode from the show to date, even Green Arrow's appearance felt flat in comparison to all of this! Still, this is all fairly average stuff. Nice reference to the Justice League, though, and there were plenty of nods to the comics, so if you're into the DC universe you should enjoy it a hell of a lot more. Until the next episode, speedymoreless
  • Run, Clarky, Run!

    Run-Jonathan's wallet is stolen by a super-speed thief, Bart Allen, who is faster than Clark. Bart comes to the farm and becomes friends with Clark, but Bart returns to crime when he sees an ancient manuscript that Lex has. As Clark soon realizes, the manuscript holds a map to one of the kryptonian crystals and he must go up against Bart to recover it.

    Now while Smallville is about Clark's journey to eventually become Superman, it was always a wonder for fans at this point if we would ever get to see any other superheroes from D.C. comics make an appearence on Smallville in their pre-tights stage like Clark. "Run" is the first episode where Clark meets a future superhero from the Justice League and the writers couldn't have chosen a better character than the Flash! In this incarnation, Bart Allen is a young trouble maker who uses his superspeed to get by which includes some heavy stealing and little interest in what's right. The writers capture the essence of the Flash in attitude and personality. Not to mention, I can't imagine anybody playing the character better than Kyle Gallner. He just personifies the Flash in every way and hopefully the young talented actor will have a successful future in the near future.

    Clark and Bart's interaction is the highlight of the episode as they both have a significant amount of influence on each other. Bart teaches Clark to have some fun for once, especially with his powers. Its obvious Bart brings out Clark's rebellious side as they race off to Florida for some fun and it's refreshing to see a more relaxed, less brooding Clark. At the same time, Clark teaches Bart that he needs to take responsiblity for his actions and learn that just because he has this power, his not above the system. Bart's interaction with the rest of the cast is also great, like when he hits on Chloe at the Talon which is just priceless. Lex's sub-plot is also good as he discover an ancient scroll that ties into the stone search storyline of the season. I loved the scene where Clark discovers the map underneath the scroll and the writers are building on the storyline more as it becomes more intriguing.

    The SFX crew should commend on the amazing effects throughout this hour. The most breath-taking effects are here including the opening teaser, Clark chasing after Bart through Metropolis, Bart racing across water, and Bart stealing the scroll in Lex's mansion. Clark's speech to Bart towards the end is quite powerful as you can already see the dynamic between the future heroes. Only to be topped by the brilliant ending as Clark and Bart race through Smallville, only for Bart to wave goodbye and leave Clark in the dust. "Run" is a refreshing change from Smallville's usual dreary atmosphere; it's a fun and fantastic episode with an unforgettable introduction of The Flash.moreless
  • Clark meets Bart Allen the future and 4th flash, in here he's a pickpocket who steals Jonathan's wallet, and later steals a really old book from lex luthor

    great episode, just one itsy bitsy problem, excuse this message afterwards, this is the rantings of a flash fangirl, ahem: Bart Allen only came after Wally West! Wally is a good 10 or more years younger than Clark,so given the crcumstances wally would not even be near the age that 'Bart' was portrayed.Wally kicks Clark's butt, every time, race or not, if Wally was evil Clark would be in trouble.Also, Wally is the only Speedster that can tap into the 'speed force'and travel through time without the help of the cosmic tredmill! Which in case you all forget, he helped invent. i thank you all for listening to the rant of an obssessed flash fangirlmoreless
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

Jensen Ackles

Jensen Ackles

Jason Teague

Annette O'Toole

Annette O'Toole

Martha Clark Kent

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (17)

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • 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.
      Chloe: Really?
      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.

  • NOTES (4)

    • 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
      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.