Season 1 Episode 21

Tempest (1)

Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 21, 2002 on The CW



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: The song Whitney puts on when he is dancing with Lana is the same one that ends off the very first episode.

    • If Smallville has a population of over 45,000 people, why doesn't it have a normal Greyhound bus station, instead of a spot in a dirt lot?

    • When Lionel announces that he's closing the plant down, Lex tells him that he just fired 2,500 people, but later Jonathan says that this decision caused half the town to lose its jobs. We have seen before that the label of "Welcome to Smallville" shows that the population is over 45,000.

    • Lex is seen reading an email just before a confrontation with his father at 14:56 of this episode. The subject of the email is "Crisis". The text is as follows:

      ..rebel, prompting Alexander to march on their city. Calmer heads do not prevail. Alexander seizes the "opportunity" to send a powerful statement to the rest of his empire. he and his armies kill six thousand Thebans, demolish the city and sell the 30,000 survivors into slavery. Scorched earth, Lex. That was how Alexander the Great chose to inaugurate his reign at what my college history professor liked to call the modern empire's birthplace. But that is only history. Now you have a choice between seizing the opportunity or fleeing from the danger. What you do will define your regime, as Alexander's actions defined his for generations to come.
      I sincerely hope you will seize this "opportunity" to show your father and the business world--as well as those of us who serve you--an example of righteous and compassionate leadership. My family and I pray that you will.

    • When Clark is trying to decide what color of tie and cummerbund to wear Pete tries to convince him to go with basic black while Lana says to go with the red. How did Lana even hear what they were talking about, seeing as she joined them from a different hallway at the end of the conversation? Clark of course decides to go with red but when you see him getting dressed for the dance his tie is black.

    • Whitney's truck doesn't have any license plates.

    • Trivia: Just as Ryan predicted in "Stray," Chloe wears a pink dress to the dance.

    • When you see Remy Zero and they perform Save Me, you see Clark standing and drinking something and Pete comes over to him and they cheer the band. But Pete says "Ruby" Zero, not "Remy."

    • When the car blows up, and Clark gets out of the car, his hair is wet. Then when we see Clark up close his hair is instantly dry.

    • In this episode Clark's clothing are pretty much burned and destroyed by the truck explosion - which contradicts several previous and subsequent episodes where Clark's clothing heat up a little bit but don't get damaged (presumably because his invulnerability extends to them).

    • As Clark sees Lana in the truck, there is a sign behind Clark that says 90. 90 is the speed limit in Canada where Smallville is filmed, but not in Kansas where Smallville is supposed to be. (one contributor, Favre, thought it was a highway #, not a speed limit sign - note that in "Suspect" Smallville is mentioned as being near Highway 91).

    • Does anyone believe every single person, not only the committee but the teachers and chaperones, would leave the decorated gymnasium completely empty an hour before the dance begins? It didn't work that way when I was in high school.

    • Doesn't Lex have any security? Lionel just comes strolling in without any warning, and later Nixon just wanders in and steals the spaceship key.

    • Nobody in the Kent household seems too concerned that they just lost their truck to an explosion. How many do they have?

    • When Lex meets with the employees to engineer the buyout, he says some people thought he was promoted over better people and he got the job because of nepotism, but that it all really isn't true. Umm, it is true, isn't he? Granted it was Lionel, not Lex, that promoted him because of nepotism. Still lying to these guys doesn't seem like a good idea to convince them he's sincere.

    • In the Smallville Ledger headline, in the subhead they misspell "Cited" as "Sited" (i.e., "Management Problems Sited")

    • In this episode, Lex says the plant is turning a profit "for the first time in two years." Again, the headline in "Stray" said the plant was showing a profit then. Is this just a delayed reaction or what? How much time separates that episode and this one?

    • In the earlier episode "Stray" the local newspaper ran a headline saying that the LexCorp plant posted a profit. In this episode Lionel shows up and says he's closing the plant because it isn't making a profit. Granted, Lionel is presumably lying about the profit-thing to get Lex back, but no one in Smallville seems to notice the discrepancy. And what do the shareholders and the board of LexCorp think of Lionel closing off a plant that has publicly announced a profit?

  • Quotes

    • Lex: I don't know. Just got a bad feeling. Kind of like when you can smell the air change before a storm.
      Clark: Storms are a way of life around here, Lex. The trick is not to get caught out in the open.

    • Clark: Chloe!
      Chloe: (sighs and rushes through her speech) Okay, I just... I have this horrible nightmare that you are going to rush to the bus station after Whitney leaves and profess your undying love for Lana, and I'm going to be waiting at the gym all alone, and if you do that to me Clark, I will never speak to you again, Okay? I said it.

    • Lex: Take the buyout now and you can keep your dignity. That's more than you left me.

    • Lex: I believe the term is cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!

    • Lana: One day he's worried about his English paper, and the next he's putting on a uniform and saving the world.

    • Lex: The two theories seem to be I either ran the plant into the ground through incompetence or did it deliberately so that I can go back to Metropolis.
      Clark: Your dad already offered you a job in Metropolis - just tell people the truth.
      Lex: Then they get stuck with the incompetence rap. Being reviled is the lesser evil.

    • Lionel: If you're going to take me on, son, you're going to have to bring your game up to a whole different level.

    • Lionel: Smallville isn't in your future, it's just a brief chapter in your biography.

    • Chloe: Clark Kent, man of mystery. Just when I think I have you figured out, you surprise me.

    • Lionel: I will bury you and everyone in Smallville who takes your side.

    • Clark: Have I told you how beautiful you look tonight?
      Chloe: Yeah. But frequent reminders are always appreciated.

    • Clark: Lex cares about the town - he says he has big plans!
      Jonathan: The road to Hell is paved with good intentions!

    • Lionel: You're throwing away your future, Lex.
      Lex: Or forging a new destiny free of you.

    • Lex: Any relationship founded on lies is destined to fail. It's a good thing we don't have that problem.
      Clark: Lucky us.

    • Lionel: You may have thought you found a home, Lex, but Smallville was just a training ground. Your training is over. You're coming home, son!

    • Lionel: You're not my enemy. You're my son.
      Lex: I never saw the distinction.

  • Notes

    • This episode was nominated for Golden Reel's Best Sound Editing in Television Episodic - Sound Effects & Foley in 2003. This episode was nominated for a CSC Award for Best Cinematography in TV Series.

    • When Lionel Luther is getting out of the helicopter, you can notice the bridge in the background. This bridge is the Alex-Fraiser Bridge in Canada near Vancouver.

    • Music: What Do I Have to Do? (Stabbing Westward), Where This Love Goes (Sherri Youngward), Everything

    • This episode aired in Italy on 26th February 2003.

    • This is the last episode Eric Johnson (Whitney Fordman) is listed as an offical cast member in, although he guest starred in later episodes.

    • Rock band Remy Zero performs the Smallville theme song, their hit single "Save Me," in the episode at the high school formal. When Remy Zero is playing "Save Me," Pete says "Yeah, Remy Zero!"; it's a reference to the fact that Remy Zero plays "his show's" theme song.

    • This episode aired in the UK on 22nd May.

  • Allusions

    • Prom Theme: Emerald Knights
      In the comics, "Emerald Knight" is one of the nicknames for the superhero Green Lantern. "Emerald Knights" is also often ascribed to the team of Green Lantern and Green Arrow.

    • Lex: I believe the term is "Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war."
      This line refers to Mark Antony's soliloquy in William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Act III, Scene I.

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