Smallville: Season 1, Episode 8

Jitters (11 Dec. 2001)

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Former Luthor Corp employee Earl Jenkins, and who also worked at the Kent farm, has an unknown disease that violently shakes all his body. He arrives at the Kent farm during a party Clark ... See full summary »


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Former Luthor Corp employee Earl Jenkins, and who also worked at the Kent farm, has an unknown disease that violently shakes all his body. He arrives at the Kent farm during a party Clark throws while his parents are out of town and claims that the disease developed following an explosion at his former workplace: Level 3 of Luthor's Smallville plant which was experimenting with meteor-rock laced fertilizer. Trouble is, there is no Level 3! Determined to prove his case, Earl breaks into the plant and takes a class touring the plant hostage. Lex arrives with the police and trades himself for the hostages, while Clark stays behind to try to help Lex and find out more about 'Level 3' which Lex claims to know nothing about. But Lionel apparently knows about the mysterious secret underground level when he arrives with his personal goon army determined to keep the secret experiment under wraps... at the expense of anyone, even his own son Lex. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The fourth episode to be filmed. "Jitters" was originally slated to run as the second episode. However, because of constant changes and retooling to the script it kept getting put back in the schedule. This explains why the episode had three directors - Michael W. Watkins, Greg Beeman and Philip Sgriccia. See more »


When Whitney uncovers Earl in Clark's barn, Clark mistakenly calls him "Pete" when he tells him to stop before Whitney skewers Earl with a pitchfork. See more »


Clark Kent: Look, Earl worked on the farm for six seasons. I spent 12 hours a day with the guy out in the fields. He even tried to teach me how to play guitar. He said it was a good way to impress women.
Chloe Sullivan: Yeah, we're all a sucker for a guy with a 6-string. How come I've never heard you play?
Clark Kent: I kept snapping the guitar strings. I think Earl got sick of replacing them.
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Luthor Lies
12 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode rivals the pilot as the best the season has yet to offer.

Clark is informed by a former employee of LuthorCorp that a disease that causes him to violently shake was caused by a massive explosion within Level 3. Clark inquires Lex about this knowledge, and Lex claims that he knows nothing about such a thing, that the level itself is mythical and claimed only by disillusioned former employees who want compensation for their new and alien disease. However, while Lex is giving a group of Smallville High School a tour of the LuthorCorp facility, Clark sneaks off with the ex-employee to find the Level. Lex realizes that the two have escaped. Lionel arrives in time to create a lock-down in the building, keeping any others from possibly discovering the truth. It turns out that Level 3 does indeed exist. As the press covers the event in Level 3 at the end of the show, Lionel attempts to maintain a persona with the public by imitating a hug with Lex, a gesture that Lex knows is not about love but about Lionel maintaining a good standing with the people- a very touching moment indeed.

In this show, Clark sees the untruthfulness that poisons Lex's character. And the audience sees the artificial love that Lionel gives Lex just to maintain his own persona of goodwill.

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