This new interpretation of the enduring Superman mythology and its classic characters blends realism and adventure into an exciting action series. This season, everything changes as Clark Kent finally begins to accept his destiny and take giants leaps towards becoming the Man of Steel.
01 - Arrival
More than a dozen years ago, a meteor shower burst from the heavens, raining destruction on the unsuspecting citizens of Smallville, Kansas. The intervening years have left the town's inhabitants with scars and secrets. From the ashes of tragedy, Clark Kent (series star TOM WELLING) has grown into an awkward teen. While adolescence always brings its challenges, Clark's transition from boyhood to manhood has been particularly difficult. He has struggled to come to grips with his emerging superpowers--and the effects of various forms of kryptonite--while battling the strange things that have plagued this idyllic Midwest hamlet since the meteor shower.
The guardians of Clark's secret identity have always been his adoptive parents, Jonathan (series star JOHN SCHNEIDER) and Martha (series star ANNETTE O'TOOLE) Kent--although Clark's friend Chloe Sullivan (series star ALLISON MACK) recently learned of Clark's powers. Over the years, Clark has forged a remarkable relationship with Lex Luthor (series star MICHAEL ROSENBAUM), son of scheming Lionel Luthor (series star JOHN GLOVER), although neither Lex nor Clark has an inkling of how their destinies will ultimately collide. Lex has constantly fought his dark destiny, but it is becoming obvious that this is a battle he cannot win.
Clark and Chloe have graduated from high school, along with Clark's girlfriend, Lana Lang (series star KRISTIN KREUK). After stealing a crystal from Lex, Clark brought it together with two others and disappeared into a vortex that brought him to the arctic tundra, the location of Clark's Fortress of Solitude. Now, Clark is confronted by his biological father, Jor-El (voiced by TERENCE STAMP), who tells him he cannot return to Smallville. Instead, Clark must stay and prepare to save the planet. Also transported to the Fortress, Chloe is unable to handle the subzero temperature and collapses, begging Clark to use his powers to save her. Jor-El forbids him to leave but finally acquiesces, telling Clark he must return before sunset or there will be dire consequences.
Meanwhile, Lana is horrified when she sees two Kryptonian aliens emerge from a spaceship discovered in the remnants of the recent second meteor shower. The two aliens destroy what's left of the town searching for Clark, whom they know as Kal-El.
02 - Mortal
Jor-El (voiced by TERENCE STAMP) strips Clark of his powers, making him human. Delighted to finally be "normal," Clark pursues a relationship with Lana. However, after Lana, Jonathan and Martha are taken hostage by three thugs, Clark must find a way to save his family without his superpowers.
03 - Hidden
Chloe is warned by former classmate Gabriel (JOHNNY LEWIS) that he is going to set off a missile and obliterate all of Smallville. Still stripped of his superpowers, Clark confronts Gabriel and is shot. In the hospital, Clark flatlines, and his fate is left in Jor-El's (voiced by TERENCE STAMP) hands. Meanwhile, Lex believes Lionel has the key to open Clark's spaceship.
04 - Aqua
A summer beach party at Crater Lake takes a dramatic turn when Lois (recurring guest star ERICA DURANCE) hits her head while jumping into the lake. Before Clark can save her, a mysterious swimmer named AC (ALAN RITCHSON) comes to her rescue, out-swimming Clark and leaving him baffled. Professor Fine (recurring guest star JAMES MARSTERS) tells Clark that Lex is behind a covert weapons manufacturing operation. AC breaks into a LuthorCorp facility in an attempt to destroy one of Lex's dangerous experiments and is captured by Lex.
05 - Thirst
Lana enrolls at Metropolis University at the last minute and is forced to join a sorority in order to get housing at such a late date. However, her new sorority sisters offer her more than a place to live after they turn her into a vampire and instruct her to kill Clark. Meanwhile, Chloe applies for an internship at The Daily Planet, but the newspaper's formidable editor, Pauline Kahn (CARRIE FISHER - "Star Wars"), may be more then she can handle.
06 - Exposed
Clark and Jonathan are thrilled when Jake Jennings (TOM WOPAT - John Schneider's fellow star in the series "The Dukes of Hazzard"), Jonathan's oldest friend, comes to the Kent farm looking for their support in his campaign for reelection to the Senate. However, after a woman named Melissa (SARAH MUTCH) turns up dead, it is revealed that she was a stripper and Jennings' mistress, which makes Jennings the prime suspect. Searching for answers, Chloe convinces Lois (recurring guest star ERICA DURANCE) to go undercover as a stripper, but things take a dangerous turn when Lois is kidnapped by a diplomat's son who intends to sell her into slavery.
07 - Splinter
Clark is exposed to silver kryptonite, causing him to have paranoid delusions. The element makes him believe that Chloe is going to reveal his secret; Jonathan is scheming against him with Lionel; and Lex and Lana are having a secret relationship. Chloe and the Kents frantically search for a cure; however, it is Professor Fine (recurring guest star JAMES MARSTERS) who comes to Clark's rescue--but not without his own agenda.
08 - Solitude
After Martha contracts a strange disease and is given hours to live, Clark asks Professor Fine (recurring guest star JAMES MARSTERS) for help. The professor convinces Clark that Jor-El is responsible for Martha's illness and that the only way to save her is to destroy the Fortress of Solitude. However, once the two arrive at the Fortress, Professor Fine tries to free Zod and kill Clark.
09 - Lexmas
Lex is given an envelope with damaging information that could destroy Jonathan's life and must decide whether or not he will use it, as it would also bring harm to Clark and Martha. Before he can choose what to do, Lex is shot and falls into a coma. He dreams that his mother, Lillian (recurring guest star ALISEN DOWN), visits him and shows him the life he could lead if he walks away from his father and LuthorCorp. In this alternate life, Lex is happily married to Lana with a baby on the way. Meanwhile, Chloe asks Clark to use his powers to deliver Christmas presents to needy kids.
10 - Fanatic
Jonathan receives threats on his life from a mysterious source who urges him to drop out of the senate race. Later, Clark finds his dad bloody and beaten and is determined to find Jonathan's attacker. Clark discovers that a group of Lex's followers will do anything to see that Lex wins the election. Lois' (recurring guest star ERICA DURANCE) life is threatened, only to be spared if she assassinates Jonathan during his speech. Lionel offers to give Martha money to help Jonathan's campaign. Lana is convinced that the answers she is looking for lie in researching the first meteor shower.
11 - Lockdown
The two police officers who witnessed the spaceship landing during the meteor shower take Lex and Lana hostage and threaten to kill them unless Lex reveals where he hid the spaceship. While escaping to a "panic room" in the mansion, Lex is hit by a bullet meant for Lana. Fearing Lex may bleed to death, Lana asks him to tell the officers the secret location, but he confesses the ship has been missing for weeks. Meanwhile, Clark discovers that Lana has been researching the spaceship with Lex and fears she is close to discovering his secret.
12 - Reckoning
In the landmark 100th episode of the series, Clark reveals his secret to Lana. Jonathan and Lex learn the results of the senatorial election. And after a tragic car accident on the highway takes the life of someone he loves, Clark desperately returns to the Fortress of Solitude and begs Jor-El (voiced by TERENCE STAMP) for help.100th episode
13 - Vengeance
Clark discovers that the new reporter at The Daily Planet, a bespectacled, bumbling woman named Maya (Miss Universe 2001 DENISE QUIÑONES), is actually a masked avenger who fights crime at night. Meanwhile, Clark's bottled-up emotions threaten to get the best of him.
14 - Tomb
The spirit of a young girl is released after Lois (recurring guest star ERICA DURANCE) finds a corpse in the walls of the Talon. Clark and Lois must follow the trail of the spirit and find her killer, who has been preying on girls in Smallville for the past 10 years. When Lois is suddenly kidnapped, Clark comes to the rescue.
15 - Cyborg
A sympathetic doctor releases a half-human, half-machine subject named Victor (LEE THOMPSON YOUNG), who was being held captive and experimented on by LuthorCorp. While making his escape, Victor is struck by Lana's car. After watching Victor walk away without a scratch, Lana calls Clark to investigate. Clark befriends Victor and promises to help him find his girlfriend, but Lex traps Victor and takes him back to LuthorCorp.
16 - Hypnotic
Upon discovering that Professor Fine (recurring guest star JAMES MARSTERS) is in Honduras, Lex sets out to confront him. Meanwhile, Clark meets a beautiful seductress named Simone (NICHOLE HILTZ) who uses a magical charm to make people succumb to her every wish. When the hypnotized Clark reveals his powers to Simone, she seizes the opportunity and orders Clark to kill Lex.
17 - Void
Still distraught over her breakup with Clark, Lana experiments with a dangerous serum that allows her to flatline and see her deceased parents again. A worried Clark rushes to save Lana from hurting herself but ends up being injected with the kryptonite-laced serum by an arrogant medical student. When Clark flatlines, he is able to talk to his dead father, who warns him that Lionel knows his secret. Meanwhile, Lionel continues to get closer to Martha.
18 - Fragile
Clark and Martha take in a little girl, Maddie (EMILY HERST), after her foster mother is brutally stabbed to death. However, after it is discovered that Maddie has the power to shatter glass, she becomes the prime suspect. Meanwhile, Chloe walks in on Lex and Lana during an intimate moment. Series star TOM WELLING makes his directorial debut.
19 - Mercy
A hooded tormentor takes Lionel hostage and orchestrates a series of elaborate games that Lionel must win in order to stay alive. After Clark tells Martha that Lionel knows his secret, she sets out to confront him--but she inadvertently becomes a pawn in the tormentor's game and ends up fighting for her life.
20 - Fade
While in Metropolis, Clark saves the life of a stranger who vows to repay him for his kindness. Unfortunately, the man happens to be an assassin with the ability to cloak himself, and he decides that killing Lex would be the best gift he could give Clark. Meanwhile, Clark confronts Lana about her relationship with Lex.
21 - Oracle
Clark is stunned to see his father's ghost at the graveyard but becomes even more confused when Jonathan tells him to kill Lionel. Meanwhile, after Lex develops a vaccine for Fine's (recurring guest star JAMES MARSTERS) deadly virus, Fine intervenes and injects Lex with the vaccine, causing a shocking reaction.
22 - Vessel
Fine (recurring guest star JAMES MARSTERS) unleashes a virus that could kill millions of people and refuses to give Clark the vaccine unless he agrees to release the spirit of an imprisoned Kryptonian criminal. Clark turns to Lionel, who once again channels Jor-El (voiced by TERENCE STAMP). Meanwhile, Lex is stunned by his newfound powers and shares the discovery with Lana, who decides to stand by her new man, unaware of the shocking turn Lex's life is about to take.