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"Drone" is the eighteenth episode in the first season of Smallville, and eighteenth episode overall. It aired on April 30, 2002.


Sasha Woodman is eliminating her competition in the race for class president by commanding a swarm of bees to attack them. Clark Kent is running against her with Pete Ross as his manager. Chloe Sullivan endorses the other guy. Meanwhile, Lana Lang finds an underhanded way to save the Talon from bankruptcy, and Lex Luthor puts a second reporter in his pocket.


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Paul Chan is attacked by a swarm of bees.


Felice confronts Chloe.

Chloe Sullivan and Pete Ross discuss each candidate's chances at being elected class president. According to Pete, Sasha Woodman is a hard worker, but more a follower than a leader. Paul Chan is the most qualified, but Pete thinks Felice Chandler will win because she is the most popular. Chloe says the Torch is printing bios of every candidate, but as the editor she can only endorse one.

Later that night, Paul is home printing flyers for his campaign when a swarm of bees come up a bathroom drain and sting him more than a hundred times. The next day, the school students learn about Paul's incident. Clark speculates that Paul's chances in the election have been diminished since he is no longer able to campaign. Pete surprises Clark by announcing that he has entered Clark in the election. Clark is not thrilled. Despite Pete's enthusiasm, Clark is planning to remove his name from the ballot when Sasha confronts him. She is high-strung and completely appalled that Clark is running against her.

Lex Luthor is speeding along in his silver Ferrari when he passes a beautiful woman checking under the hood of a red Mustang. He stops and calls his mechanic to come out and meet them. After a few moments of casual conversation, Lex guesses that she is a journalist. He confirms that there is nothing wrong with her car and she confesses that she works for the Metropolis Journal. Her name is Carrie Castle and she wants to do an article on him, insisting that it would be a flattering profile on him, but Lex refuses.


Pete nominates Clark for class president.


Lana thinks Clark would make a good class president.

Clark tells his parents that Pete has nominated him. He is surprised that his parents think running for class president is a good idea. When Clark stops by the Talon to see Lana Lang, the place is deserted. The Beanery is trying to put them out of business. Lana thinks Clark would make a good class president, too. Clark goes to the Luthor Mansion to see if Lex has any ideas about how to help the Talon. Lex insists that the Talon has to find its own feet and he doesn't intend to subsidize it. He gives Clark an idea for a campaign slogan. At school the next day, Clark's campaign is in full swing. Lana and Pete are supportive, but Chloe is unimpressed that Clark has not yet established his position on any of the issues. She grills him on where he stands on several student issues but Clark doesn't have any answers. He asks Pete what he should do about his speech, but Pete thinks meeting and greeting is more important. Sasha sees them planning and rips down one of Clark's posters in anger. When she goes home, she goes to the shed in the back yard. It is decorated with a banner reading "Campaign Headquarters". She adds Clark's campaign poster to her collection of the opposition. The ceiling of the shed is covered with enormous honeycombs. A swarm of bees forms the shape of her face.


Clark's campaign is in full swing.

Clark asks Chloe to help him put up posters. Chloe has news about the attack on Paul Chan. She reports that apparently, the Center for Environmental Protection (CEP) has determined that the bees that attacked Paul came from several different hives from all over the area. When Clark asks to see the latest issue of the Torch, he is shocked and disappointed to learn that Chloe is endorsing Paul Chan. Chloe explains that she agrees with Paul's stand on the important issues. She says it's nothing personal, but he's still upset and storms away.


The swarm forms an image of Sasha's face.

Clark and Pete stop by the Talon and Lana offers to help Clark write his speech. Lex arrives and although he doesn't offer to bail her out, he encourages her to keep fighting for the Talon and get creative.

Sasha tries to talk Felice into dropping out of the race. Felice blows her off and Sasha warns that she did ask nicely. Later, Principal Kwan discovers Felice in her car covered in bees. Clark and Pete are discussing the campaign when Chloe arrives. They are still annoyed that she didn't endorse Clark. Chloe reports that Felice is in the hospital in a coma. Clark and Pete realize that this is more than a coincidence. They remember that bees attacked Sasha last year in Shuster's Gorge, the deepest meteor crater in Lowell County. They theorize that now she is controlling them. When Sasha asks Clark to drop out of the race, he confronts her about the bees.


Sasha looks lovingly at her bees.

At the Talon, Lana is helping Clark with his speech when a swarm of bees attacks. Clark is able to get Lana to safety and draw the bees away. Clark takes Lana home, and prepares to go looking for Sasha. Lana tells him that Chloe could help, but Clark admits that he's not speaking to her. Lana points out that Chloe was only doing what she thought was right. Clark goes to Sasha's shed and Chloe meets him there. He admits that he doesn't want to be in a fight with her and they make up. They theorize that Sasha has somehow become the hive queen. If she is defeated in the election, her scent will change and the bees will turn on her.


Sasha meets Clark at the Kent Farm.

Sasha goes to the Kent Farm to meet Clark. Clark confronts her again about controlling the bees and Sasha calls the bees to attack Martha. Clark uses his super speed to save her and they hide in the storm cellar until the swarm passes. Sasha goes back to her hive and finds Clark waiting there. He vows to stop her from hurting anyone else. The bees arrive, but Sasha claims that she didn't tell them to come back. She pleads with Clark to save her as they attack. Clark throws a screwdriver at a propane tank and then throws himself over Sasha. The shed explodes and burns up all the bees.


The bees swarm Sasha.

At the Talon, they celebrate the victory of Paul Chan. Even though he couldn't campaign, and Felice and Sasha dropped out, he still beat Clark! Lex arrives at the party, to learn that Lana uncovered the fact that the Beanery has several health code violations which will all come out in the Smallville Ledger tomorrow. Lex congratulates Lana for being creative and saving the Talon. 

Carrie Castle sneaks into the mansion and poses as Lex's masseuse to get him to talk. She convinces him to sit for the interview. Later, at the Talon, he reveals that he has gotten his hands on a rough draft. It is not the flattering exposé that she promised. He guesses that it was his father who put her up to it and he offers her a position as managing editor at the Journal if she buries the article. She accepts.

Lana finds Clark taking down his posters in the barn. Lana admits that she enjoyed playing dirty to secure the Talon's success. Clark says he understands, since he got caught up in the popularity of running. Lana convinces him to read her his finished speech.



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Featured Music[]

Song Artist/Band Scene
"Fever For The Flava" Hot Action Cop Played at the beginning, when we meet all the potential class presidents.
"Wake Up Elvis" Alan Charing Played when Pete announces that he has nominated Clark for class president.
Wogs Will Walk" Cornershop Played when Lex pulls over to help a woman in red with car troubles,
"If There's Love" Citizen Cope Played when Lana tells Clark how empty the Talon has been in the past few days
"The Middle" Jimmy Eat World Played when Chloe asks Clark what his stance is on certain issues.
"Opaline" Dishwalla Played when Lana and Clark agree that it’s really annoying when people quote the Godfather.
"Big Day" Puracane Played when Carrie Castle gives Lex a massage, wanting to get an interview with him.
"Stick 'Em Up" Quarashi Played when Principal Kwan finds Felice Chandler in her car, covered with bees.
"Drink To Get Drunk" Sia When Lex confronts Carrie Castle about her article in the Talon
"Not What I Wanted" Evan Olson Played at Paul’s congratulations party for winning the election at the Talon
"Here Is Gone" The Goo Goo Dolls Played at the end, when Clark reads his speech to Lana.


  • A drone is specific male worker bee that fertilizes the Queen.
  • The title refers to the bees of Sasha Woodman that perceive her as their queen.


  • Antagonist: Sasha Woodman
  • Clark uses the following abilities in this episode: super strength, super speed, X-ray vision and invulnerability.
  • In the comics, Lana Lang becomes a hive queen and Pete Ross becomes Vice President under Lex Luthor and President of the United States when Luthor resigns.
  • Shuster's Gorge is a reference to Joe Shuster, who created Superman with Jerry Siegel for DC Comics in 1938.
  • Clark's campaign slogan "The Man of Tomorrow" is also the subtitle of a late-1990s Superman Comics series, [1], as well as being one of his lesser-known nicknames. Also, his unconvincing stand for "truth, justice, and... some other stuff," is a reference to the 1950s Adventures of Superman television show which featured an introduction describing Superman fighting for truth, justice, and the American way.
  • Chloe comments that she doesn't like Felice because her name rhymes with the French word for luggage, which is valise.
  • Carrie Castle's comment that "to slay Goliath", one has to find his "Achilles heel" is a strange reference mixing the Biblical story of Goliath, a formidable Philistine warrior, with the Greek mythologi
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    Paul Chan's campaign flyer in his computer.

    cal story of Achilles, whose only weak part on his body was his heel.
  • Clark tells Lex that he's "not destined to be a politician. You need two different personalities." The statement is ironic foreshadowing, since Clark is destined to create a second personality (Superman) in order to serve the public good.
  • Paul Chan's campaign flyer depicts him in a Superman suit.
  • Whitney Fordman has a non-speaking role in this episode.
  • The 1972 film The Godfather is quoted and mentioned several times. The movie was famous for having Marlon Brando (the actor who played Jor-El in the Christopher Reeve Superman films) play the titular role as well as being based on the novel and screenplay written by Mario Puzo, who co-wrote the screenplays for Superman I and Superman II.


  • In this episode, Lex said: "Someday I'd like to be President" after Clark asked him if he ever wants to be a politician. This is the second reference to the fact that Lex actually became President in the comics. The first was in Hourglass in which Cassandra Carver had a vision from Lex's future (but couldn't tell it to anyone because she died directly after the vision). He was elected in 2018 in Finale, Part 2 while the Lex Luthor of a parallel universe was President in 2008 in Apocalypse.
  • Principal Kwan was last seen in Nicodemus.



  • Much to Clark and Lana's annoyance, this episode contains several references to the film The Godfather, such as Lana "going to the mattress" for the Talon and Carrie saying she'll tell Lionel she "got an offer she couldn't refuse."



Chloe: Never underestimate the need for the clinically-ambitious to pad their résumés.

Pete: I know my strengths. I'm more the power behind the throne, the guy behind the guy, the one who makes it all happen.

Jonathan: Clark, you can quit if you want, but remember: quitting is a very hard habit to break.

Clark: I just don't like being in a fight with you.
Chloe: Yeah, it wasn't my favorite part either.
Clark: Everything has changed in my life in the last year, with my parents, with Lana. The only thing constant has been you. I'm glad for that, Chloe.

Lana: (to Clark) You're honest. People trust you. And you have this innate sense of justice. I can see it on your face how upset you get every time you think somebody's being mistreated.

Chloe: What do you stand for?
Clark: I stand for truth, justice, and some other stuff...
Chloe: I think the man of tomorrow needs to get a platform for today.

Clark: I'm not destined to be a politician. You need two different personalities.
Lex: You don't need to be an elected official to change the world.
Clark: You ever thought about getting into politics?
Lex: Someday I'd like to be president.

Lana: And then he had the nerve to say "It's nothing personal, only business."
Clark: Why does everyone over 40 have to quote The Godfather?

Lex: To quote The Godfather, "It's time to go to the mattresses".
Lana: That movie should be banned from basic cable.

Lex: I'd question your integrity, but you're a journalist.

Lex: There's nothing wrong with a good fight. Just remember, the man of tomorrow is forged by his battles today.

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