Smallville (2001–2011)
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Earl Jenkins claims that his violent shaking disease was a result of illicit experiments on Level 3 of Luthorcorp. Lionel denies that it exists, so Earl takes a plant tour group hostage. Lex offers himself in exchange for the hostages.

Director:

Michael W. Watkins (as Michael Watkins)

Writers:

Jerry Siegel (character created by: Superman), Joe Shuster (character created by: Superman) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Welling ... Clark Kent
Kristin Kreuk ... Lana Lang
Michael Rosenbaum ... Lex Luthor
Eric Johnson ... Whitney Fordman
Sam Jones III ... Pete Ross
Allison Mack ... Chloe Sullivan
Annette O'Toole ... Martha Kent
John Schneider ... Jonathan Kent
John Glover ... Lionel Luthor
Robert Wisden ... Gabe Sullivan
Tony Todd ... Earl Jenkins
Michael Eklund ... Will
Andrew Johnston ... SWAT Commander
Michelle Goh ... Suki
Mitchell Kosterman ... Sheriff Ethan Miller
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Storyline

Former Luthor Corp employee Earl Jenkins, and who also worked at the Kent farm, has an unknown disease that violently shakes all his body. He arrives at the Kent farm during a party Clark throws while his parents are out of town and claims that the disease developed following an explosion at his former workplace: Level 3 of Luthor's Smallville plant which was experimenting with meteor-rock laced fertilizer. Trouble is, there is no Level 3! Determined to prove his case, Earl breaks into the plant and takes a class touring the plant hostage. Lex arrives with the police and trades himself for the hostages, while Clark stays behind to try to help Lex and find out more about 'Level 3' which Lex claims to know nothing about. But Lionel apparently knows about the mysterious secret underground level when he arrives with his personal goon army determined to keep the secret experiment under wraps... at the expense of anyone, even his own son Lex. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 2001 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

As the kids leave the factory, after being released by Earl, it is clearly daylight, yet when Pete rushes to Martha to explain that Clark went back inside, it is night time. See more »

Goofs

When the students are released from the LuthorCorp plant, Pete's words don't match his mouth while he's talking to Martha. See more »

Quotes

Martha Kent: You have to open the doors.
Lionel Luthor: They're safety locked and can't be opened until the gas levels have gone down.
Martha Kent: My son is still in there!
Lionel Luthor: So is mine.
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Featured in Smallville: Blank (2005) See more »

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My Bridges Burn
(uncredited)
Written by Gavin Rossdale
Performed by The Cult
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Jitters anyone?
14 September 2014 | by Brettyboy007See all my reviews

Another great episode. This was like the hourglass episode as it explored more of the depth of Lex and Clark's character. It really dug into Lex and Lionel's relationship as well with it showing that Lionel has no care for his son at all as he goes into a dangerous situation at his Smallville plant.

Also, many burning questions will have to wait to be answered. What was going on in Level 3 of the plant? Were they spraying meteor fragments on the corn? Why wasn't Lex informed of it? What will become of Earl Jenkins?

I wanted them to show what would become of Earl. I felt it will be the first loose end in this series.


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