Clark saves Lana from the tornado, leading Lana to be suspicious of Clark. While protecting Clark's secret, Jonathan gets trapped with reporter Roger Nixon in an underground mausoleum. Lex and Clark search for Jonathan.



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Clark Kent saves Lana Lang from the tornado, but his father Jonathan is missing, trapped with the despicable reporter Roger Nixon (Tom O'Brien) in an old tomb beneath a destroyed church filled with meteor rocks. Lex Luthor saves his father, who is submitted to the hospital for surgery, and then joins forces with Clark to look for Jonathan. Chloe Sullivan decides to be only friends with Clark after his disappearance from the dance to rescue Lana. Also, Lana becomes suspicious of the abilities of Clark. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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24 September 2002 (USA)  »

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In Man of Steel, John Kent dies in a tornado and in this episode John Kent survives a tornado. See more »


When Lex and Clark are searching for Mr. Kent, Lex has a bandage over his right eye. After Clark discovers Lex trying to call Nixon, Clark storms off and the camera goes to Lex. The bandage is now over his left eye. See more »


Pete Ross: Hey.
Chloe Sullivan: Hey.
[in tears, after telling Clark they should be friends]
Pete Ross: What's with the fake smile?
Chloe Sullivan: Nothing. Clark and I just reaffirmed that we're really good friends. And nothing else.
Pete Ross: Pulled the "friends" card on you, huh?
Chloe Sullivan: No, I did. Defense mechanism.
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Excellent Conclusion
9 April 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Clark Kent saves Lana Lang, but his father Jonathan Kent is missing, trapped with the despicable reporter Roger Nixon (Tom O'Brien) in an old tomb. Lex Luthor saves his father, who is submitted to a surgery. Chloe Sullivan decides to be only friend of Clark.

The first episode of the Second Season of Smallville, "Vortex", is an excellent conclusion of "Tempest". In this episode we clearly see the different reactions and attitudes of Lionel Luthor and Jonathan Kent to his sons, Lex and Clark respectively. Lana Lang becomes suspicious of the abilities of Clark Kent. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Vortex"

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