Clark pours some O.J. as he asks what Javier is doing all scraped up and hiding in his barn. Javier makes Clark promise not to call the police. Oh no, he's a cow thief! Clark asks why he'd call the police. Because of all the cow thieving! Javier says that he ran away from the farm down the road. If it's just down the road, how did Clark not hear that earth-shattering growling the night before? Clark recognizes the farm. Javier says that he had to escape to find his mom. Clark says that the farm sounds like a prison. Javier tells Clark that nobody was allowed to leave, and that there was barely enough to eat. Javier explains how he and his friend tried to escape, but there was a loud rumble and Francisco went poof! Clark says he's sorry, but he'll have to call the sheriff. To be fair, Clark never promised. Javier says that Clark can't do that: "I'm here illegally. They'll send me back to Mexico." Not "Mejico." Straight up, English-pronunciated "Mexico." "'Mexico'?" says Clark. "That's a long way from Smallville." And it's a fuck-long way from Vancouver. Clark asks how Javier got there. Javier says that a "Coyote" (pronounced the gringo way, "Cay-otee," not "Coy-oat-eh") smuggled fifteen of them across the border last week in the back of a truck. Wait. Javier has been in the country for one week and has no accent? I hate to harp on this (except really I don't), but what the fuck!? How did this kid get cast? He's no better or worse than most of the guest stars on the show, but he's just wrong. There aren't any Latino teen actors who could have filled this role and done a passable, and not insulting, Mexican accent? Jesus Hispanic Christ! Javier continues his sob story: he was sent to be with his mom, but instead ended up working on the farm. At least it wasn't Maggie's farm. Clark asks where his mom is now. Javier says that she's working at a laundry company in Granville. When his dad died, his mom came north to work, and saved for two years to bring Javier over. I'm not sure all the subterfuge was necessary, given that her son could have passed for an American and just walked across without much fuss and a little paper forgery. Clark says that Javier's mom must really miss him. Javier says that his mom gave him a St. Christopher medal to keep him safe. He says he should have given it to Francisco; that they were like brothers. Clark tells Javier not to worry; they'll find his friend. Taking a dirt nap.
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