Written by Mark Verheiden
Directed by James Frawley
Lex Luthor robs the Smallville
Savings and Loan. Moments later, he bursts out the front door, backpack
full of cash, and runs down the street, hurling Clark through a plate
glass window. Clark's vision suddenly changes allowing him to see things
as if looking through an x-ray machine. As he stares at Lex he sees that
Lex's skeleton is pulsing with a green glow. Later, in the apartment
above the Smallville Antiques shop, Rose Greer confronts her daughter,
Tina, with the backpack full of cash that Lex was carrying. Tina
rearranges her bones and muscles, slowly morphing her face into an exact
copy of Lex Luthor's. Frustrated with her ordinary life, Tina is
determined to keep the stolen money. Rose and Tina struggle over the
backpack. Rose loses her grip and goes tumbling down the stairs, landing
dead at the bottom.
At the Kent home, Lex reassures the
family that he was in Metropolis with 200 people at the time of the
robbery. That day in gym class, Clark has more flashes of x-ray vision;
he sees the muscles under Pete's face and the inside of the girls'
locker room. That night, Clark tells his parents about his x-ray powers.
They are surprised but feel confident that Clark can learn to control
the random flashes. Meanwhile, Tina visits Lana at home. Tina idolizes
Lana, believing she has the perfect life. She even suggests it would be
great if Lana and she were sisters. That afternoon, while Clark and
Martha are shopping in town, Clark suffers another bout of x-ray vision
and sees the strange green skeleton again. When his vision returns to
normal, Clark sees that the skeleton belongs to Tina, who is entering
the antique shop. Clark reminds Martha that she needs to visit the
antique shop, but when they get inside they find only Rose. Clark goes
back outside, while Martha finds a stack of money wrapped in a
Smallville Savings and Loan band. Rose makes an excuse, but Martha is
suspicious. Rose steals Martha's car keys and then Martha leaves. Out on
the street, Martha looks up to see the Kents' truck hurtling down the
sidewalk toward her, with Clark at the wheel. Just in time, Martha jumps
out of the way, but she grows even more confused when Clark rushes to
her aid as the truck is still driving away.
In the Kents'
kitchen, Clark mentions how Tina's skeleton looked weird, and Jonathan
and Martha tell Clark about the rare soft-bone disease Tina had as a
child, a disease that seemed to clear up, Clark notes, right about the
time of the meteor shower. Meanwhile, Lana is cleaning up junk in her
garage when she finds her mother's teenage journal. After reading a few
passages, she angrily goes to Nell. "You lied to me about my mother!" It
seems Lana's mother did not live the happy, perfect life Lana thought
she did. In town, Roger Nixon is waiting for Lex by Lex's car. Roger is
a reporter for the Metropolis Inquisitor looking to blackmail Lex over
his juvenile arrest record. "Does the name 'Club Zero' ring a bell?"
$100,000 will make the arrest record disappear forever. That night, Nell
tells Lana that her mother gave the graduation address in high school
and Lana is intrigued. At school, Tina approaches Lana (wearing an
outfit just like one of Lana's). She tells Lana that her mother is
moving to Metropolis and wants Tina to live with Lana. Lana hesitates,
not sure if it's such a good idea. Tina gets angry and threatening -
"You should have said yes. It would have been perfect!" She storms off.
Clark follows Tina to her locker. She sees Clark and tells him to stop
following her. After she leaves, Clark concentrates on summoning his
x-ray vision and sees the stolen money at the bottom of Tina's locker.
Later, at the antique shop, Tina is practicing Lana's signature when the
police pull up outside. They're about to knock on the door when Rose
steps out and tells them Tina isn't home. That night, Lana visits Clark
in his loft. She wants to thank Clark for being such a good friend, and
demonstrates her gratitude by kissing Clark passionately. But as they
come out of the kiss, Lana is now Tina. She tells Clark to stay out of
her life and then pushes him out the window, sending Clark crashing into
the hood a truck below.
At the "Torch" office, Lana asks
Chloe for help in getting a copy of her mother's graduation speech.
Chloe agrees to try to track it down. Meanwhile, at Luthor Mansion,
Roger Nixon arrives to collect his money. Lex has it for him, but tells
Roger that if he leaves with it, Lex will, among other threats, make
Roger disappear: passport, social security number, bank accounts,
everything. "What do you want from me?" Roger asks. Lex explains that
Roger (a reporter) is to print the stories Lex gives him and to kill any
negative stories about Lex. He also shows Roger the Porsche Lex drove
off the bridge (the same one Clark pulled him from). Lex wants Roger to
help him figure out how he survived the crash. Later, Lana, the real
Lana, stops by Clark's house and they share a moment talking about their
biological parents. The next day, Clark and Pete discover Tina's dead
mother at the antique shop. Clark finds the paper where Tina was copying
Lana's signature and realizes that Tina plans to steal Lana's life. That
night, Whitney finds Lana at the graveyard talking to her dead parents.
Whitney berates Lana: "Lana, they're dead." He then morphs into Tina and
chokes Lana into unconsciousness.
Lana wakes up in a
coffin in a mausoleum. Outside, Clark arrives to find Whitney, but no
Lana. Whitney has Lana's necklace in his jacket and the green meteor
pendant weakens Clark. Whitney reveals himself to be Tina and attacks
Clark, but when he removes his jacket with the necklace in the pocket,
Clark is re-energized. Clark fights back, hurling Whitney/Tina into a
tree, knocking her unconscious. Clark then summons his x-ray vision,
scans the graveyard, and sees Lana struggling in the coffin. Clark
breaks into the mausoleum and rescues her. Later, an ambulance takes
Tina away for treatment, and Chloe arrives with a tape of Lana's
mother's graduation address. Later that night, Lana listens to the tape,
savoring this tenuous connection with the mother she barely knew.
Freak of the Week: As a baby and little child, Tina Greer
(Lizzy Caplan) had soft bones, until the day of the meteor shower, when
it seemed her disease was cured. In fact, she suddenly found she had the
ability to completely rearrange every bone in her body in order to
resemble whomever she pleases. She commits crimes pretending to be
someone else, for example, she robs a bank transformed as Lex Luthor (Michael
Roseumbaum). When her mother Rosa confronts her, they fight and Rosa
tumbles down the stairs to her death.
Tina idolizes Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk)
and wants to be like her. She dresses like her, and even asks Lana if
she can move in with her. Lana refuses and Tina gets angry.
Meanwhile, Clark Kent (Tom Welling)
is discovering his x-ray vision that allow him to see not only peoples'
bones, but also through walls. He realizes that Tina's bones look
different due to the soft bone disease. He begins to suspect Tina, and
his x-ray vision allows him to see the money from the bank robbery lying
at the bottom of her locker.
However, he is unsuspecting, that night, when Lana visits him at home,
and begins kissing him passionately. However, as she kisses him, her
face transforms back into Tina. She then warns Clark to stay away, and
pushes him out of the window.
The following day, Clark and Pete Ross (Sam
Jones III) find Rosa Greer's dead body, and find proof that Tina is
envious of Lana and wants to be her. That evening, Tina, disguised as
Whitney Fordman (Eric Johnson)
finds Lana at the graveyard and chokes her until she is unconscious and
buries her in a coffin. Clark shows up in time to fight Whitney/Tina and
rescue Lana. Tina is taken away from treatment.
Character Development: Roger Nixon (Tom
O'Brien) a Metropolis reporter, visits Lex and, following the
robbery story, threatens to reveal Lex teenage years as a rebel. Lex
pays him off and suggests that, instead, Nixon work for him. He wants
him to start digging up the articles about the strange happenings in
Smallville. He also shows Nixon the car that Clark rescued him from and
asks Nixon to uncover how Lex would have survived the crash.
Lana finds her mother's journal and realizes that her mother Laura
didn't have the idyllic life Aunt Nell (Sarah-Jane
Redmond) portrayed. Aunt Nell lets Lana know that Laura gave the
high school address at her graduation. Lana asks Chloe Sullivan (Allison
Mack) for her help in finding the address. Chloe finds the tape of
the address, and Lana watches it intensely, appreciating every little
connection she can make with her mother.
Somehow Tina can also duplicate voices and skin color.
Her power appears to be derived from the interaction of the kryptonite
with her soft bone disease, which might cover height, weight (if
redistributed - her weight probably doesn't change) and maybe even some
of the shape of her skin. But how can she duplicate voices? Particularly
Lex's - when has she met him or heard enough of his voice to do a good
impersonation? Green rock magic, presumably.
When Tina buries Lana, Clark uses his x-ray vision to
find her, he sees her in a crypt kicking viciously to get out - she goes
motionless as if she had just passed out. When he gets to the crypt a few
seconds later she is lying peacefully - completely unconscious. The total
collapse seems a little odd.
When Tina as Lana goes to Clark in the barn, how did she
know Nell wanted Lana to be someone she's not. How did she know that Lana
and Nell were having problems at the house.
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