Smallville (2001–2011)
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Bob Rickman is an evil businessman with a supernatural power of persuasion, which he uses to buy the Kent farm despite Jonathan's repeated refusals. Clark recruits Rickman's reclusive former business partner to help undo the damage.


Chris Long


Jerry Siegel (character created by: Superman), Joe Shuster (character created by: Superman) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Tom Welling ... Clark Kent
Kristin Kreuk ... Lana Lang
Michael Rosenbaum ... Lex Luthor
Eric Johnson ... Whitney Fordman
Sam Jones III ... Pete Ross
Allison Mack ... Chloe Sullivan
Annette O'Toole ... Martha Kent
John Schneider ... Jonathan Kent
Kelly Brook ... Victoria Hardwick
Rick Peters ... Bob Rickman
Gregory Sporleder ... Kyle Tippet
Ben Cotton ... Paul Hendrix
R. Nelson Brown ... Toby - Lex's Private Doctor (as rnelsonbrown)
Mark Lukyn Mark Lukyn ... Deputy #1
Leanne Adachi Leanne Adachi ... Lex's Private Nurse


Bob Rickman is an evil tycoon who intends to build a highly polluting plant in Smallville, and he needs to buy Jonathan Kent's farm. Rickman is famous because of his capacity of convincing people, but indeed he has a powerful gift of changing people's mind with his shake of hands, and he uses his new kryptonite power of persuasion against Jonathan. Meanwhile, the hermit Kyle Tippet, who was the former business partner of Rickman, helps Clark and Lex against the powerful and greedy industrialist. But Clark's quick kinship with Kyle causes a rift between him, Lana and Whitney who both dislike the mysterious hermit. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

5 February 2002 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the end of the episode Clark states he can't believe Kyle and Bob used to be best friends, and asks Lex if he thinks they'll ever end up like that. This is an obvious nod to their future as archenemies. See more »


When Kyle convinces Chloe to kiss Clark you can see in the corner that her head moves towards Clark but in the next scene her head is still facing Kyle. See more »


Lex Luthor: You can learn a lot from someone you hate.
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Featured in Smallville: Blank (2005) See more »


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Written and Performed by Citizen Cope
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So much foreshadowing of whats to come
2 October 2014 | by Brettyboy007See all my reviews

This was a fantastic episode with much foreshadowing. Clark and Lex are the ones who foreshadow what will become of both of them and a hint into their friendship. There were great quotes with Lex saying at the end of the episode that "Our friendship will be the stuff of legends." If only they knew. Another great quote was Clark saying he wants to be "Anything as long as it doesn't involve putting on a suit and doing a lot of flying". Haha.

The mutant of the week side story isn't bad either with a salesman having the power of persuasion with a shake of his hand.

Loving these early episodes with everything leading up to the later seasons where it all comes to a head.

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