Clark (Tom Welling) must solve the riddle of the
mysterious Nicodemus flower and Lex's (Michael Rosenbaum) shady involvement
after it infects the residents of Smallville removing their inhibitions -
Jonathan (John Schneider) becomes a couch potato, Lana (Kristin Kreuk) puts the
moves on Clark as the town Lolita and Pete (Sam Jones III) tries to kill Lex -
then puts them into a deadly coma.
Allison Mack, Eric Johnson and Annette O'Toole also star. James Marshall
directed the episode; written by Greg Walker with teleplay by Michael Green.
Freak of the Week: The Nicodemus is
a flower that lived over a hundred years ago, and killed a whole
settlement in the area. It delivers a yellow dust which causes the
recipient behave with unrepressed feelings for a couple of hours, then
faint and go into a coma, and finally die. Dr. Steven Hamilton (Joe
Morton), who has been hired by Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) to discover
the effects of meteor, was able to revive this flower with the power of
the rocks. The first victim is James Beals (Bill Mondy), an employee of
LuthorCorp who stole the flower, obviously got infected and with
unrepressed feelings demands to speak to Lionel Luthor (John Glover) to
tell him his exact feelings. On the road, James gets involved in a crash
with Jonathan Kent (John Schneider), who saves him, but not before
getting affected by the flower as well. Jonathan strange behavior can be
seem by passionately kissing Martha (Annette O'Toole) all day, lashing
out unfairly at Lex and driving into town with a shotgun. Clark Kent (Tom
Welling) manages to stop him, just before Jonathan faints and gets taken
Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) and Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk) decide to go
to the scene of the car crash, where Chloe takes photos, and Lana finds
the dead plant, which suddenly comes alive again for just long enough to
infect Lana. Lana goes on a hormone rampage, looking sexy in dark leather
clothes, breaks up with Whitney Fordman (Eric Johnson), comes on to Clark
in one of the steamiest scenes we may see in a while. She strips down to
her sexy red underwear by the pool, impresses Clark with a back flip and
kisses him passionately. She pushes Clark into the pool and leaves him
wondering what happened as Principal Kwan (Hiro Kanagawa) finds him
there, alone. Lana also comes onto Lex at the Talon, before driving off
in his Porsche. When Clark catches up with her, she is half way up a
windmill, at which point she faints and goes to hospital.
Chloe discovers that the night she took photos, Dr. Hamilton was at the
scene. When she visits him, she notices "the Nicodemus Diary", a book Lex
had bought to Dr. Hamilton to question him about the history of the
flower. She also notices all the flowers in the lab and a piece of meteor
rock. She informs Clark that Lex is behind this, since he is funding Dr.
Hamilton's research and that he is the one who checked the book out. When
Clark confronts Lex, he denies it.
Finally, the last victim is Pete Ross (Sam Jones III), who comes onto
Chloe, steals her car keys and storms into the Lex mansion accusing Lex
of all this and showing his true hatred for the man. This was just at the
time that Dr. Hamilton had found an old book that contained a Native
American cure for the flower. Clark saves the day, as usual, and all the
victims (exept Beals who had already died) are saved in time, with no
memory of their strange behavior.
Character Development: Most of the
characters behaviors were warped by Nicodemus flower this episode,
however, a few interesting key points. When Lex first visits the Kents to
apologize for Beals' behavior, and while Jonathan-under-the-influence is
mouthing off at him, we see that Lex is truly hurt and has genuine
feelings. He also begins to feel guilty at a later stage, when both
Jonathan and Lana are in the hospital and Clark is beginning to despair.
While he does inform Dr. Hamilton that putting people in hospital was not
part of the plan and that he wants to fix this, he still later lies to
Clark when confronted about his association with Dr. Hamilton.
During the final confrontation, Lex manages to get Dr. Hamilton and the
cure out safely before Clark arrives to save the day. When Pete, still
with the gun, accuses Lex of conspiring with Dr. Hamilton, Clark asks Lex
if it is true, and Lex simply replies "What do you think?". Pete will
never be able to confirm it, since he won't remember, and by the next
day, Lex had destroyed the lab, and Chloe just found an empty barn. Lex,
however, simply moved the facility and the good doctor elsewhere. And
Clark being the genuine friend that he is will not want to believe it.
During a pre-infection walk through the school hallways, Pete admits that
he hates Lex. When questioned by Clark, Pete says that it is because the
Luthors took his father's factory. This seems unlikely to Clark, and
Chloe confirms that it is more likely that Pete is jealous of the
new-found friendship between Lex and Clark.
While Clark and Martha are sitting at Jonathan's bedside in the hospital,
Martha tells Clark about the first time she met Jonathan. He was sitting
by the fountain at Metropolis University. She found him so cute, that she
went up to him and asked him for his notes. He didn't know that she was
the class' note taker, to this day, he still doesn't know. He just handed
his notes to her without even asking her name. She asked him how he was
so sure she would return them, and he said "I prefer to believe in
people". She found him so cute and all she could think was "I hope he
When Lana has recovered, she apologizes to all concerned, and asks Clark
if she did anything shocking, to which he shyly responds "no".
Clark's line, "With all my powers, I couldn't save him"
over a comatose Pa Kent echoes the exact same line a teenaged Clark says
in the Superman movie when Pa Kent dies there.
Somewhat coincidentally (or not), in the original
Superman comics Pa Kent dies from a "Fever Plague" that nobody has had in
100 years and that Clark/Superman finds out about by reading a diary.
Hiro Kanagawa gets an beginning-of-episode credit,
despite the fact he makes only a brief appearance and has little or no
When Lana gets infected by the flower, she sees the
flower, gets nailed by it, sneezes, then Chloe walks up. When asked if
she found anything, Lana says "No" because she sees the hula doll.
Doesn't a flower that sprays you qualify? Does the plant cause amnesia as
Metropolis isn't supposed to be as far away as is implied
here - in an interview, Al Gough admits that the designers got it wrong
in this episode, and made the Metropolis shot from the windmill larger
than it was supposed to be. Officially, the producers consider Metropolis
to be a three hours' drive away.
Near the end of the episode where Clark and Lana are
sitting on the windmill and Lana is saying things like "I spent the whole
day apologizing to the Talon staff...." you can see the moving shadow of
the windmill obscuring her face. Yet when the scene zooms out, the
windmill isn't moving.
When Lana and Jonathon get sprayed by the flower, it
takes a while to take affect on their personalities. But, when Pete gets
sprayed by the flower when him and Chloe are investigating Dr. Hamilton's
"office", it takes affect on his personality immediately. How does that
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