In "Raptor", Chole has been going over some of the odd events occurring in Smallville. Meanwhile, a boy named Greg Fox sets an explosive to Lex's digging site only to be caught in the blast. Due to a piece of Kryptonite present at the site, he starts to mutate into a raptor.
In "Exile and The Kingdom" Lex is told by Lionel to fire some employees from the productive spot of the fertilzer factory. After a visit to Dr. Hamilton, Lex goes to discuss the situation with Clark. He then decides then to stand by his employees.