Smallville: Season 1, Episode 21

Tempest (21 May 2002)

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Lex is surprised when his father, Lionel Luthor, arrives in Smallville and officially closes down the Luther Corp Fertilizer Plant, thus firing all 2,500 employees to force Lex to move to ... See full summary »



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Lex is surprised when his father, Lionel Luthor, arrives in Smallville and officially closes down the Luther Corp Fertilizer Plant, thus firing all 2,500 employees to force Lex to move to Metropolis to help him run his evil corporate empire from there. Undaunted, Lex tries to hold off his unscrupulous father by meeting with the foremen to buy back the plan to put it under local management. But Lionel, not to be outdone by his own son, tries to stop the workers by threatening to have the banks forgo on their mortgages. Meanwhile, Clark Kent invites Chloe Sullivan to the spring prom, upsetting Pete who now has nobody to ask. Whitney invites Lana to a picnic to tell her that he's joined the Marines and will be dropping out of school and leaving Smallville for boot camp the following day. The snoopy and despicable reporter Roger Nixon from The Inquisitor steals the piece of Clark Kent's spacecraft from Lex's mansion and finally finds the truth about the Kents. Before leaving town, Whitney... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When Marth and Jonathan are looking at the headline that Lionel Luther has shut down the Smallville plant the by-line reads "Management SITED" which is the wrong form of the word. The line should read "Management CITED". See more »


In the opening, Lex is standing on the Luthor logo used for the helicopter landing pad, watching his father's arrival. In the next scene the helicopter lands on the logo, and there has been no indication that Lex has moved. See more »


Lionel Luthor: When Alexander the Great was dying his generals asked him who he would leave his armies to and his answer was "I leave it to the strongest."
Lex: I believe the term is "Cry havoc and let's slip the dogs of war!"
Lionel Luthor: You're not my enemy. Your my son!
Lex: Funny, I never saw the distinction.
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28 January 2006 | by (Slovenia) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite episodes. The sense of all coming to an end, the wind that's always blowing preparing you for what's to come.. Clark&Chloe combo works so well, and I really like the period when they're together. I'm a guy and there's just something about Chloe (Allison Mack) that's just very appealing you know. I always find myself rooting for Chloe. And right before they kiss something happens. Damn that was the climax. That should of happened man.. if only for a second. But hey they had to do it interesting and Clark wasn't gonna end up with her anyway. Tornados look awesome. Greg Beeman did this episode of course. He's the man! He directs the best episodes. final verdict: 10/10 a perfect way to end a season

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