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Recap / Smallville S 03 E 13 Velocity

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Originally aired February 11, 2004

Written by Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer

Directed by Jeannot Szwarc

Clark learns that Pete is involved in illegal street racing, in which the drivers use Kryptonite-enhanced fuel in their cars. Lana uncovers shocking information about Adam.


Tropes present in the episode:

  • Applied Phlebotinum:
    • Dante and his guys use Kryptonite to boost their cars' fuel.
    • The serum Adam is injecting himself with contains blood platelets of unknown origin.
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  • Body Horror: In the final act, Adam is seen with yellow, peeling skin before he injects himself with the serum.
  • Break the Haughty: This happens to Pete over the course of the episode. He begins as the latest star of Dante's street races, and he cockily insists to Clark that he has everything under control. But then, when he refuses to throw a race, Pete ends up owing Dante a hefty debt. When Clark finds evidence of Dante's criminal activities and informs Sheriff Adams, Pete gets beat up by Dante and his goons under the assumption that he was the one who ratted on Dante. By the end of the episode, Pete realizes the error of his ways and apologizes to Clark, who's not quite ready to let things go.
  • Downer Ending: The episode ends with Clark and Pete on uneasy terms following the events of the episode.
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  • I Just Want to Be Special: Pete admits he feels overshadowed by Clark and his superpowers, which is why he's taken up Kryptonite-enhanced street-racing.
    Pete: For once in my life, I finally found something that I'm truly good at.
    Clark: What are you talking about? You're good at a lot of things.
    Pete: Like what?
    Clark: Like basketball. You got a killer jump shot. You've beaten me plenty of times.
    Pete: Yeah, when you're not using your powers. Clark, I'm okay at hoops. I'm a decent photographer. But you saw that crowd last night. You heard them chanting my name and, for once in my life, I finally get to feel what you feel like every single day. I get to feel special.
    Clark: Pete, I'm not special; I'm different.
    Pete: Clark, who do you think you're kidding? You can do things that I can never even dream of. And ever since we were kids, even before I knew your secret, I've been walking in your shadow.
    Clark: That's not true.
    Pete: Clark, don't get me wrong; it's not a bad place to be. But I'm growing up. I'm realizing that I got my own talents.
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  • Mundanger: Jason Dante, street-racing proprietor.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Clark finds evidence of Dante's crimes and informs Sheriff Adams; unfortunately, Dante avoids jail time due to having a deputy in his pocket.
  • Stepping Out for a Quick Cup of Coffee: Clark approaches Lex and asks him for $20,000 to help Pete with Dante, but Lex is hesitant to give him the money and is in fact on his way out to a meeting. Clark pleads with Lex who, before leaving the mansion, gives Clark a long look before telling him "Be careful." After Lex leaves, Clark notices that he left the keys to his Porsche on a table, and he decides to use the Porsche as a prize for a race between Pete and Dante to settle Pete's debt.
  • Tears of Blood: Adam, early in the episode.
  • Villain of the Week: Jason Dante, street-racing proprietor.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Clark gives one to Pete when he expresses excitement for his plan to win.
    Pete: Clark you are the man!
    Clark: GLAD YOU'RE SO EXCITED, PETE!! Not only do I lie for you, I stole for you, now I'm cheating for you! Let's get this over with!

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