Clark Kent meets Lex Luthor for the first time and encounters the first in a long line of humans mutated by the strange green meteor rocks that accompanied him on his journey to Earth. And Clark arrives to see Lana whisked up into the tornado. Clark manages to set up Phelan for the theft of a rare piece at a museum and Phelan is killed in the shootout before he can tell anyone about Clark's secret. Meanwhile Clark prepares for his date with Chloe, reporter Roger Nixon gets wind of Clark's alien origins after setting up an explosion, and Whitney joins the Marine Corps. Lex's rival finally manages to shake hands with Lex, and convince him to try and gun down Clark. Lex offers to have his lawyers help. After shaking hands with the man, Jonathan Kent inexplicably agrees to sell.
Meanwhile, Clark befriends a local recluse. And Whitney's father passes away. He is intent on buying up the Kent farm and using the land to build a rival company to Lex's. Lex works with the workers to buy the plant and put it under local management, and his father Lionel threatens to sabotage the efforts by buying up their mortgages. Release Date: 2001-10-16 The first episode tells the story of the meteor shower that hit Smallville and changed life in the Kansas town forever.
Chloe realizes Justin is responsible, and Clarks comes to her aid, knocking Justin out. It turns out that the recluse and Lex's rival were both salesmen who were caught in a car accident and exposed to kryptonite. He flees into the storm with Jonathan in pursuit and Martha left to confront the opening spaceship. It turns out Kwan's son Danny was the driver. .
The recluse decides to go back into the world, but not before telling Clark that he shouldn't hide from his powers either. Meanwhile, Lex's former nanny, Pamela, comes back to see how he's doing and to apologize for leaving him after his mother's death, bringing up some old issues for Lex. Lex is left to wonder at the superspeed image captured on a museum camera. After crippling his unsympathetic doctor he returns to Smallville and hooks back up with his friend Chloe. He reveals his secret to Chloe, and then takes revenge by killing Principal Kwan, who was the driver who hit him. He contacts Lex and reminds Lex that he knows about his past in order to get him to talk.
When Clark balks Phelan frames Jonathan. The tornado hits Lex's manor and traps Lionel under beam, leaving Lex with a life-or-death decision to make. . . .
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