The plot continues to develop the show’s mythology, as Clark meets up again with Ryan, a teenage mind reader the Kents befriended last season. This time, Clark tries to protect the teen from a scientist who has been conducting cruel experiments on the boy. Meanwhile, Lex crosses swords with Smallville’s corrupt mayor over a potential business deal that could have serious ramifications for the town.
Clark befriends a kindred spirit when his family aids a secretive teen who can read minds. This strong installment has a refreshing twist: for once, the other boy with the superpowers isn’t a villain. He’s a benevolent lad who enters the Kents’ life in dramatic fashion when he’s accidentally struck by their pickup truck while fleeing from a murderous thief. Clark’s parents take in the telepathic teen, but the boy’s safety is soon jeopardized by the killer’s return. Meanwhile, Lex a chance to leave Smallville when his father offers him a job in Metropolis, but their stormy history makes Lex wary of his father’s generous impulse.