Clark meets a young man with a power of speed that exceeds his own, but the boy lacks responsibility for his actions. Also, Lex finds a manuscript that appears to be some sort of Kryptonian map.



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Episode credited cast:
Lionel Luthor (credit only)
Hanison (as Benjamin Ratner)
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While in Metropolis with Clark, Jonathan Kent is saved from an uncontrolled truck by a very fast teenager, Bart Allen (who will later become the superhero, 'The Flash'), who also pickpockets his wallet. When they arrive back in Kent Farm, Bart is there waiting for Clark where he confides in Bart the Flash about his powers. Bart and Clark become fast friends while Clark tries to persuade Bart to give up his quick and easy life of crime before it gets him in real trouble. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor buys a worthy manuscript with inscriptions in kryptonian, and he shows the unique document to Clark. But when Bart the Flash finds out, he decides to steal it to sell to a powerful mobster willing to pay a huge sum for the artifact. Also, Lana discloses the secret of her tattoo to her boyfriend Jason. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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20 October 2004 (USA)  »

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When Clark goes through Bart's fake IDs he lists off the names Jay Garrick, Barry Allen, and Wally West. These are the names of the three characters in the DC universe who posses the ability to tap into the "Speed Force", each therefore respectively donning the identity "The Flash". Jay Garrick is the original Flash (1940-1955), and is now a member of the Justice Society of America. Barry Allen (1956-86) took over the role of The Flash in 1956 and is known as the Silver Age Flash. Lastly, his nephew Wally West (1987-2006) took over the role of Flash upon Allen's death, and is best known for his role in the Justice League Unlimited cartoons. Wally West is, incidentally, voiced by Michael Rosenbaum who plays Lex Luthor in Smallville. Most recently, Bart Allen (2006 - Present) took over the role of Flash, but this occurred after the episode "Run" was created which is likely why the name did not appear among the fake IDs. See more »


After the truck jumps on the sidewalk you can see the ramp they used to get the truck onto the curb. See more »


Clark Kent: I saw you save my dad from that truck this morning.
Bart Allen: Man, nobody sees me when I'm doing my thing.
Clark Kent: Maybe you're not the only one who can move like that.
[reading names from ID cards]
Clark Kent: Jay Garrick, Barry Allen, Wally West, whatever your name really is.
Bart Allen: It's Bart. Not that matters because I'll be a thousand miles away before you can even blink.
Clark Kent: I don't know. I can blink pretty fast.
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Introducing Flash... er, Bart Allen
5 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first DC Comics superhero besides Clark is in town in this great "Smallville" episode.

Clark and his father Jonathan are headed to the Sharks football game in Metropolis when a boy seemingly as fast as Clark steals Jonathan's wallet with the tickets, but saves him from getting hit by a car at the same time. Clark tries to discover who the boy is before they report the incident to the police. Clark finds Bart Allen, who uses his superspeed to steal others' things, including Jonathan's credit card for an apartment and living expenses. In fact, Bart has gone under other names such as Barry Allen or Wally West to conceal his thievery. Meanwhile, Lex, in his attempt to no longer be secretive but honest with Clark in an attempt to mend their friendship, shows Clark a 14th century manuscript from Russia, with in fact a map underneath that leads to an archive of unimaginable knowledge. Lex tells Clark that the Russian ruler Rasputin would spend hours looking at the manuscript, never able to find the map.

This episode is great for two reasons: first, that Clark meets another future superhero, and not just a meteor freak. Clark realizes that there are other people out there like him, and Bart's arrival reminds Clark that he does have a greater calling to to the gift of his abilities. Second, the map, containing Kryptonian symbols, leading to the mysterious archive of knowledge, is interesting.

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