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Recap / Smallville S 01 E 05 Cool

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Originally aired November 13, 2001

Written by Michael Green

Directed by James A. Contner

Football jock and resident lothario Sean Kelvin falls into a lake filled with Kryptonite and emerges with the power to absorb heat from other sources, including people. Jonathan stubbornly refuses to accept Lex's financial help. Clark asks Lana out on a friendly date.


Tropes present in the episode:

  • An Ice Person: Sean becomes one after falling into a lake filled with Kryptonite.
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  • Big Brother Instinct: Lex tells Clark he's like the little brother he never had.
  • The Casanova: Sean has a reputation for being this.
  • Deadly Bath: Sean kills Jenna while she's in the shower.
  • Double Meaning: Sean comments to Clark that Martha "is hot." Bear in mind that Sean is a heat-sapping metahuman AND a Casanova.
  • Friendship Moment: Lex gives Clark tickets to a concert, offers to provide transportation, and then challenges him to step up and ask Lana out on a date, giving him 30 seconds to do so.
  • Horror Hunger: Sean is one for heat, but not really a sympathetic example since he enjoys feeding on others.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: Poor Jenna Barnum. Sean drains her body heat, and she falls to the floor, where she shatters into pieces.
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Clark is forced to leave Lana to go rescue Chloe.
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  • Meaningful Name: Kelvin is a unit of measure for temperature.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Pretty much the reason for Jonathan's reluctance to meet with Lex and hear him out.
    Jonathan: [The Luthors] don't know what it means to keep their word.
    Martha: "They" is Lex's father.
  • Shower Scene: Sean's girlfriend Jenna is taking one when he enters her bathroom hungry for heat. She invites him to join her before being attacked and killed by him.
  • Stacy's Mom: In the final act, Sean sees Martha and remarks to Clark "Your mom is hot!"
  • Villain of the Week: Sean Kelvin, heat-sapping Lothario.

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