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Recap / Smallville S 01 E 18 Drone

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Originally aired April 30, 2002

Written by Michael Green & Philip Levens

Directed by Michael Katleman

Clark decides to run for Class President, and he learns that one of his opponents, Sasha Woodman, has control over a hive of bees, which she's using to eliminate her competition. Lex meets a newspaper reporter who wants to do a story on him.

Tropes present in the episode:

  • Abusive Parents: Implied to be the case with Sasha's parents when Sasha herself mentions to Clark that her parents are pressuring her to win the Class President election.
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  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: After deciding to run for Class President, Clark ends up on bad terms with Chloe after learning she's supporting Paul Chan, whom she says is better qualified than Clark is to be Class President. In the end, as he reconciles with Chloe, he even admits to letting his newfound popularity go to his head.
  • Alliterative Name: Carrie Castle.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Paul Chan, one of the candidates who ends up winning the Class President race.
  • Feud Episode: After Clark finds out that Chloe is backing Paul Chan, the two of them end up on rocky terms, but reconcile by the end.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Sasha wears a pair of glasses, and cares little for others.
  • Hive Mind: Sasha has one over a horde of bees due to having been stung by Kryptonite-infected bees.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Many characters quote The Godfather in this episode.
    Lana: That movie should be banned from basic cable.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Clark uses the term "Man of Tomorrow," one of Superman's nicknames in the comics, as his campaign slogan.
    • Lex remarks that someday he'd like to be President.
  • Predatory Business: The Smallville Beanery. The owner even went so far as to visit Lana and tell her that he would make it his personal mission to run the Talon to the ground.
  • Serious Business: Winning the Class President election is this for Sasha.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Sasha enters her shack and turns around to find Clark standing there; this comes right after Clark saves his mother from Sasha's bees.
  • Tuckerization: Chloe mentions that Sasha fell into Shuster Gorge, "Shuster," naturally, being the last name of one of Superman's creators.
  • Villain of the Week: Sasha Woodman, a Class President candidate who can control bees.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's never revealed what became of the Beanery after several health violations were discovered.


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