When Detective Phelan witnessed Clark Kent saving a homeless man from a runaway bus, he was able to blackmail Clark into committing crimes for him. First, he asked Clark to steal some incriminating files from the Department of Internal Affairs. Clark tried to turn the tables on him by calling the cops and leaving him alone at the scene- after throwing the vault containing the files onto Sam's car, so Sam framed Jonathan Kent for the murder of Matthew Martin. Sam promised to make the evidence against Jonathan go away if Clark helped him steal a ten million dollar artifact- the jewel-encrusted breastplate of Alexander the Great- from the Metropolis Museum. Clark managed to turn the tables on him again, calling the police and throwing the breastplate out of the window just as they arrived; since the plate only had Sam's fingerprints on it, he would have difficulty explaining his actions. Although Sam attempted to shoot Clark, Clark was able to dodge the bullets and escape the scene. Sam was fatally wounded in the shoot-out with the museum guards that followed Clark's departure. When Lex demanded to know what information he used to blackmail Clark, his final words were "Go to Hell, Luthor", protecting Clark's secret from Lex, whom he hated.