Smallville (2001–2011)
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Clark and classmate Eric Summer are both struck by lightning while Eric is holding Kryptonite, and Clark's powers are transferred to Eric. While Clark experiences normal humanity, the emotionally challenged Eric goes on a rampage.


Greg Beeman


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Kevin McNulty ... Mr. Summers
Sarah-Jane Redmond ... Nell Potter
P. Lynn Johnson ... Mrs. Summers
William Samples William Samples ... Sir Harry Hardwick
Tom O'Brien ... Roger Nixon
Shawn Ashmore ... Eric Summers


Clark and a classmate, named Eric Summer, are both struck by lightning when Eric is holding a piece of meteor rock. The electrical surge takes Clark's powers away and transfers them to Eric. As Eric gets used to his new powers, Clark has to deal with being a normal person for the first time, with all the advantages and disadvantages. But Eric's abusive and domineering father wants to have him examined in Metropolis for his strange powers and in response, the mentally unbalanced Eric goes on a rampage. Meanwhile, Sir Harry Hardwick, Victoria's father, and rival of Lionel Luthor, try to recruit Lex for their business in Metropolis and almost succeed in buying out Luthor Corp. But Lex turns the tables against them. Reporter Roger Nixon continues to investigate Lex's car accident and begins to close in on Clark's secret. Also, Lana becomes more distant when Aunt Nell announces her plans to sell her florist shop. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

12 February 2002 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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The last episode to feature Kelly Brook in her recurring role as Victoria. See more »


Clark Kent: I hope all this attention doesn't go to his head. He needs to be careful.
Chloe Sullivan: Well, you know what, Clark? The second you start throwing people thirty feet, I'll write nice things about you, too.
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References Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »


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Performed by Shocore
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Best Episode of the Season?
9 August 2010 | by JeriqueSee all my reviews

This could be the best episode of the season... Shawn Ashmore guest stars as Eric Summers, more popularly known as "Superboy". During a rainstorm, Eric and Clark are struck by lightning and Clark's powers seem to have gone. He begins to sweat, he has no speed, no strength. On the other hand, Eric has become super-strong, he's fast, and he's not sweating or getting nose bleeds, like Clark.

Lex's investigating with Roger Nixon over the bridge accident comes to a halt it seems, when he finds Clark out of breath and strength when building a fence for the farm. Lex's character shows that he's been playing chess with Victoria but she's been playing checkers. He's beyond clever.

Lana's relationship with Clark blossoms even more but then stops suddenly. Chloe's character is basically left in the dark in this episode along with Pete. Eric's antics force Clark to attempt to regain his powers.

This episode is great for all above mentioned reasons. But also, Eric being in special effects, instead of Clark, is a quite a fresh change of pace and it's not as easy to produce new special effects when they've been consistent for eleven episodes. It's impressive to see that the artists could perform them so well even on a new body and face.

Visual effects are cool and fun to watch, such as Eric lifting six hundred pounds with ease. I enjoyed this episode because it's just a wicked amount of fun and Clark is so much funnier when he doesn't have his destiny pulling him away from normal teen stuff. Clark's retort to Pete's dismay about losing a basketball game was just downright hilarious.

It's got everything that any regular episode of Smallville should have, and then some. It's beyond a normal episode. It strikes me as being in the category of epic, even though to most people it's probably just a filler or just a normal episode. It bodes extraordinary dialogue, plot, special and visual effects on top of pristine acting. A great, great episode, indeed!

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