Tom Welling: Clark Kent
Smallville 8.02 Plastique (2008)
Clark starts work at the Daily Planet and Lois decides to allow him to benefit from her knowledge and experience whether he wants it or not. Clark’s theory that he’ll learn about emergency situations quicker by working there bears instant fruit when a bus explodes on the street above. Chloe decides to take in a 15-year-old street orphan. Apparently, this is legal in America. And Thailand, of course.
Sad to see that Tom Welling still looks completely uninterested this week but given that the script doesn’t contain a single coherent scene and that the director doesn’t disguise the writing incompetence in any way, it’s not much of a surprise. At least there was no gut-wrenching violence. Most unusually, the solo guest star actress Jessica Parker Kennedy does not even have her work here listed on her IMDb page. Additionally, the show makes no effort to reveal why it is called Plastique (it is the name of the comic book character repurposed for this episode).
This Smallville episode contains mild threat and mild unpleasant scenes.