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Smallville Season 10

Season 10

Many thanks to Jim Bennett (lastson78) for writing up each summary for this season's "Smallville" Episode Guide.

Episode Guide

This guide does not list airdates for repeat showings.

Episodes

  1. Lazarus - Summary
  2. Shield - Summary
  3. Supergirl - Summary
  4. Homecoming - Summary
  5. Isis - Summary
  6. Harvest - Summary
  7. Ambush - Summary
  8. Abandoned - Summary
  9. Patriot - Summary
  10. Luthor - Summary
  11. Icarus - Summary
  12. Collateral - Summary
  13. Beacon - Summary
  14. Masquerade - Summary
  15. Fortune - Summary
  16. Scion - Summary
  17. Kent - Summary
  18. Booster - Summary
  19. Dominion - Summary
  20. Prophecy - Summary
  21. Finale - Summary



Summaries

"Lazarus"

Written By: Don Whitehead & Holly Henderson
Directed By: Kevin G. Fair
Produced By: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson
Aired in the U.S.A.: 24.9.10

Roles & Actors this episode:
Co-Starring: Voice of Jor-El: Terence Stamp
Co-Starring: Dr. Emil Hamilton: Alessandro Juliani
Co-Starring: Lex Clone: Mackenzie Gray
Co-Starring: Alexander: Jakob Davies
Co-Starring: Rick Flag: Ted Whittall
Co-Starring: Jonathan Kent: John Schneider
Clark Kent: Tom Welling
Lois Lane: Erica Durance
Tess Mercer: Cassidy Freeman
Oliver Queen/Green Arrow: Justin Hartley
Chloe Sullivan: Allison Mack

Our Story:
Clark falls from the building still with the blue kryptonite dagger deep in his chest and lands on the ground below. Lois arrives and finds him lying on the sidewalk, and runs to his side.
Clark finds himself lying next to a cornfield, his wound healed and the dagger gone. He goes into the cornfield and finds a clearing with the post where he was once hung up during high school. His tombstone appears behind him, Jor-El informs him that he is on the brink of life and death, and that the tombstone will be the only thing left when he dies. Jor-El says that by sacrificing himself, Clark has left the world vulnerable to the greatest evil without him. Clark asks Jor-El to send him back, and Jor-El asks why he deserves a second chance. Clark insists he can be a hero and cracks the tombstone. He calls upon Jor-El to send him back, and hears someone approaching him. A figure in a white suit appears: Lex Luthor.
Lois pulls the dagger from Clark's chest and throws it away. As the sun's rays break through the clouds, Clark's powers are restored and his wound heals. Lois quickly runs away and hides in a nearby building so that Clark can't see her, and watches as he gets up and bathes in the sunlight. He then super-speeds away, unaware that she's there.
Chloe returns to Watchtower and brings up footage of Oliver being captured by the mysterious intruders, one of which addresses the camera and says they'll be back for the rest of them. She takes out a hidden key, but before she can use it, Clark returns and briefly explains what happened, and that he saw Lex in his near-death experience. They quickly realize that Lex is activating one of his older projects and Clark goes to the Daily Planet to research the original paper files.
Lois is going over Chloe's old Smallville High Torch articles and realizing that the Kents, Chloe, and Pete Ross all knew Clark's secrets. Clark comes in and Lois feigns ignorance of his secret. When he wonders why she didn't go to Africa, Lois says that she's staying because of the Blur and that he kissed her. When she realizes Clark needs to get to the files, Lois drops her pen and searches for it under the table, giving Clark time to go through the files and obtain the right one at super-speed. As Clark goes, Lois says she needs to talk to him later at the barn and Clark agrees.
Outside, Clark calls Chloe and tells her that Lex was involved with Cadmus. She tells him that she's at JSA headquarters, and can hear Dr. Fate's helmet speaking to her. Clark warns her not to, but Chloe opens the case with the key and removes the helmet, then asks it to show her where Oliver is. It asks if she's willing to sacrifice herself and she agrees, and the helmet envelops her head.
Clark arrives at JSA headquarters and finds Chloe unconscious on the floor and Fate's helmet lying nearby.
A man blindfolds Oliver and beats him, and notes that some mysterious force knocked out every satellite except Oliver's. The man explains that Oliver was tracking the people who left the symbols across the world, and wants to know what Oliver's connection is to the Blur. Oliver insists that he's a good guy, and offers to tell his captor who was responsible. When he says that they were aliens, the man continues beating Oliver, and then tortures him with electricity.
Tess wakes up in a laboratory, her burned face covered in some kind of protective covering. She examines it in the mirror and then peels it off, revealing unblemished skin beneath. Tess then spots a label on a jar and realizes that she's in a Cadmus laboratory. After dressing, Tess spots someone outside and slips into another chamber filled with human-cylinders. One of them contains a grotesquely mutated clone labeled Lx4. In the pocket of her stolen jacket, Tess finds a key card and opens a cell door. Inside is a small boy with Lx on his shirt. He says that his name is Alexander.
The boy explains to Tess that the clones in the tank are his brothers, and Tess realizes they're all engineered from Lex's DNA. Alexander says that they were made to heal the creator, just as they healed Tess, but some of them aged too fast. Tess hears a pounding from behind a door and starts to open it. Alexander tries to warn her that that's where they keep the "bad one," but the Luthor clone grabs her and starts to strangle her. However, he recognizes her and explains that he has all of Lex's emotions and memories. His nose bleeds and Tess manages to free herself, and then kicks him backward. Tess tells Alexander to run and then the clone ignites a flame and prepares to destroy the others.
Clark takes Chloe to Watchtower and Dr. Hamilton tries to stabilize her, while Clark tells her not to give up. She revives and says that everything is burning, and insists that she has to find Oliver. She explains why she donned the helmet, and that she saw a future where everything is fine and Clark is a hero who no longer wears black. Chloe then tells him that she saw Cadmus burning, and tells him to go. As he super-speeds away, Chloe whispers, "goodbye."
At the Kent farm, Lois goes through Clark's mementoes and notices Martha's gift to Clark: a super uniform. She hears someone behind her and assumes that it's Clark, but it's the Luthor clone, who knocks her unconscious.
Clark arrives at Cadmus and discovers the dead clones scattered among the ruins. He realizes what they are, and then finds Tess tied to a handle. Tess explains what happened and that the Lex clone killed the others. He left her alive to have her tell Clark that he's at Lawson's Field and that it's time for the two of them to face off.
Lois wakes up and discovers she's tied to a post in the middle of the cornfield, with a red S painted on her chest. The Lex clone tells her that it's a mark of shame, and that Clark betrayed him when he found Clark tied there. Lois realizes that she's facing a Lex clone, and the clone says that it has evolved. It knows that Lois is the Blur's greatest weakness, and then takes out a lighter to set the corn on fire. The Lex clone tells Lois that her death will break Clark, and then sets a fire.
A few minutes later, Clark arrives at Lawson's Field to confront the Lex clone, which explains that Lex died two years ago but not before creating the clones to replace him. The clone accuses Clark of giving in to pride after rescuing the original Lex from his car 10 years ago, and insists that a darkness lies within Clark's heart. The Lex clone insists that Clark has unleashed numerous disasters, and he's only hailed as a hero because he cleans up after them. Clark starts choking the clone, but realizes that it's dying. It explains that it knows that it's dying, but has set a bomb to drop the globe atop the Daily Planet onto the traffic below. However, Clark will have to choose between saving the people, or Lois. The clone boasts that Clark can't save both, and that loss will destroy him. When Clark demands to know where Lois is, the clone tells him that she's where Lex saved Clark.
Clark super-speeds to the cornfield and invisibly snuffs out the flames, then frees Lois and sets her down nearby. He then runs at super-speed to Metropolis and leaps into the air, catching the globe and lifting it back up to the roof as the crowd cheers.
Clark returns to the barn and gets his mother's gift. A light flares from a nearby book, enveloping Clark and teleporting him to the Fortress. Clark explains what he did and admits that he thought for a second that he was flying, and says that he has finally become the hero he was meant to be. Jor-El tells him that he is suffering from pride and vanity, and that the greatest threat Earth is facing is Clark, once he is consumed by the darkness within. Clark insists that it is not his fate, but Jor-El warns that he can't be a beacon of hope if he has darkness in his heart. When Clark wonders why Jor-El brought him back to life, Jor-El says that it was not his decision and that Clark will never be Earth's savior. The Fortress grows dark around Clark.
Oliver's captor wakes him up and tells him that he's letting Oliver go. Oliver's captor slaps him awake and informs him that he's releasing him. Oliver warns him that he'll hunt him down, but the man assures him that he'll be watching... and addresses him as Green Arrow. He then knocks Oliver out.
Tess returns to the Luthor manor and finds Alexander playing with Lex's soldiers. She gives him milk and they watch as they burn one of the figurines in the fire.
Oliver's captors release him, taking another prisoner in exchange. Oliver doesn't know that it's Chloe.
Lois stands out in the middle of the desert in Africa and looks at a photo of her and Clark.
Clark returns home and finds a letter from Lois saying she went to Africa. Clark drops it and sees someone working on the fence: Jonathan Kent. He tells Clark that he's always watched out for him, and that Clark is much more than he ever hoped. He explains that it was his fury that drove him to kill Lionel, but killed him instead. Clark wonders how he's come to such a dark place, and Jonathan tells him that he's sacrificed so much and has to let the resentment come out somewhere. He regrets not being there for Clark, and would give anything to have a second chance, but Clark is the one who has a second chance. When Clark points out that Jor-El doesn't believe he can be a hero, Jonathan tells Clark to prove Jor-El wrong. However, he warns that something dark is coming and Clark will be tested. Clark asks him what, but Jonathan has disappeared.
At the church tower where the Kryptonians disappeared, a dark force sweeps across the building and then forms into a massive humanoid figure with a rocky visage.
In the Arctic at the Fortress, Clark's costume lies within a crystal barrier.

Read our review of this episode in the "Smallville: Episode Reviews".


"Shield"

Written By: Jordan Hawley
Directed By: Glen Winter
Produced By: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson
Aired in the U.S.A.: 1.10.10

Roles & Actors this episode:
Co-Starring: Cat Grant: Keri Lynn Pratt
Co-Starring: Deadshot: Bradley Stryker
Co-Starring: Carter Hall/Hawkman: Michael Shanks
Co-Starring: Shayera: Sahar Biniaz
Co-Starring: Rick Flag: Ted Whittall
Co-Starring: Bette/Plastique: Jessica Parker Kennedy
Clark Kent: Tom Welling
Lois Lane: Erica Durance
Tess Mercer: Cassidy Freeman
Oliver Queen/Green Arrow: Justin Hartley

Our Story:
In Africa, Lois calls Perry from an archaeological dig and notes that the expedition to the tomb of Isis isn't panning out. She goes into a tent filled with relics to talk to the head of the expedition, and finds a drawing of a man and woman together in ancient Egypt. The man in charge comes in: Carter Hall, who tells her that the man and woman were star-crossed lovers.
In Metropolis at the Daily Planet, Clark tries to contact Chloe on the phone and warn her about Jor-El's prediction of a dark force. He notices a newspaper article on Lois' promotion to the foreign desk, and checks on travel times to Cairo. Clark sees a purse on Lois' desk and thinks she's back, but discovers that it belongs to Catherine "Cat" Grant, who is taking over Lois' desk. As she introduces herself, Clark hears a radio broadcast by Gordon Godfrey, talking about the dangers of unknown vigilantes. Clark angrily turns off the radio, and Catherine notes that Godfrey is right. When Clark goes to find Cat a different desk, she says that Lois is the one that got the public started on revering heroes like the Blur, and it's clear that she's in love with the vigilante. When Clark tries to move her away, Cat explains that she's his new partner.
Oliver is at Watchtower trying to find Chloe when Tess comes in. They snipe back and forth, and Oliver explains that every digital record of Chloe has disappeared. Tess figures that Chloe is the only one who could have done it, but Oliver shows her an e-mail he received from Chloe declaring her love that he figures Tess sent. She says it wasn't from her, but that she reset the system for Chloe and tells Oliver to trust his girlfriend.
In Egypt, Lois pokes around the relics while Carter texts Clark and tells him that Lois is safe. As she goes over relics belonging to the hawk god, Lois notes that she was raised to be practical, but she wonders what a god of the sun might be like. As Carter pours drinks, he tells her to ask Clark and calm down before she drives him crazy.
Clark and Cat are walking the streets of Metropolis, unaware that someone is using an infrared telescopic lens to watch them. They get into Cat's car as the watcher draws a gun and fires a single expert shot into the car's exhaust pipe. The car explodes and Clark gets them out just in time.
Later at the Daily Planet, Clark examines the engraved bullet while Cat makes a call and tells someone she'll try to make the pickup later. Clark asks her what she's involved in, but Cat dismisses his concerns and starts complaining about vigilantes again. He shows her the bullet and offers to let her stay at the Talon in Smallville.
Oliver is at the Talon apartment, looking for clues to Chloe's location. He finds a small bottle with a liquid and pockets it as Cat comes in with groceries. Oliver quickly dons his Green Armor costume and disables her self-defense items, and then stops her when she tries to run. Cat figures that Green Arrow tried to kill her, but he insists that he isn't a criminal. She shows him photos she has of heroes torturing innocent people at the old brewery by the docks, unaware that they're actually of Oliver being tortured. He takes them and leaves.
Clark goes to Tess' office to examine Cat's personnel files, and confirms that she's actually Mary Louise Schroeder. Tess comes in and comments on Lois' absence, and wonders if he has really accepted Lois' decision to leave. Clark tells Tess that the engraved bullet has the letters RANT on it, and she realizes it belongs to a former Checkmate operative, an expert assassin who calls himself "Deadshot."
At a secret workshop, Deadshot is working on his bullets and talking to his superior. The assassin complains that he wasn't fully briefed, but his superior says that it was a test run and now Deadshot has the supreme target. Deadshot, unimpressed, finishes carving the letters "Clark Kent" onto a bullet.
At the Talon, Cat dons a bulletproof vest and is packing to leave when she hears someone walking up to the door. She grabs a knife but discovers that it's Clark. Cat claims that Green Arrow attacked her, and insists that the vigilantes don't want her exposing the truth. Clark notes that she's hiding some secrets of her own, and asks why she changed her name. Cat breaks down and explains that she has a son named Adam, who is living with his grandparents until the entire thing blows over. Clark tells her that he can understand what it's like to be apart from someone you love, and worries that his someone may not come back. Cat explains that she had to get Adam away from his abusive father, and she changed her name to get away from him. He notes that vigilantes sometimes hide their identities to protect others, and Cat hopes that someday her son will see her as a hero. Clark gets a call from Tess and tells Cat to stay there while he leaves. As he goes, Cat notices Lois' closet of disguises.
As Lois and Carter drink, she talks about Clark's destiny and how she doesn't want to hold him back. Carter admits that Clark worries about her, and that he doesn't know that Lois knows his secret. Lois worries that she could blow Clark's secret, but Carter tell her that all great relationships come with a great burden, and the strength to carry it. As she gets up to go, Carter gives her a book containing a story about Prince Khufu and Shayera. They were murdered, but bonded for an eternity and reborn to find each other, only to lose each other in death. Khufu eventually travels the world, trying to rid himself of Shayera's influence, only to return and find her waiting. Carter sees Lois as Shayera, and talks of how Khufu had to wait so that their love would be stronger while starting to kiss her. Lois slaps him and walks away.
Clark meets with Tess, who explains that her people reassembled the slug and determined that the letters actually were part of the words "Clark Kent." Clark wonders why Deadshot hasn't come after him, and Tess suggests that Deadshot will go after Cat and force Clark to act as a shield. She confirms that Cat is on the move and heading toward the bus station.
As the disguised Cat heads for a bus and calls her parents to arrange to get her son, Deadshot arrives and easily recognizes her. She begs him not to kill her and explains she has a 2-year-old son. Deadshot assures her that loved ones eventually find someone else, and she tries to run. Deadshot goes after her as she ducks through the luggage carrier of a bus and heads down an alley. Deadshot continues to follow her, luring her into position in front of a mounted gun. As Deadshot activates the arming device, Clark arrives and knocks him out, and then runs at super-speed to block the bullet. He grabs it and puts it on Cat's sternum, and then shoves her to the ground so she believes that she was shot and the bulletproof vest saved her. As Cat goes, she insists she doesn't need a masked hero to save her when she has a hero like him. She insists that they need an all-American hero in red, white, and blue to stand out in the light to inspire others. As Cat leaves, Clark is unaware that the bullet he blocked has left nanites in his shoulder.
In Egypt, Carter is unaware that the water he's using contains nanites that invisibly bond with his skin, leaving a fading skull's head mark. His female servant observes the process with flaming eyes and then leaves.
Oliver tracks down his captor, who draws a gun on him. The man explains that Oliver could make a difference and explains that everyone thinks that the members of the man's group are dead. He offers Oliver a chance to join, but Oliver refuses and shoots him. The man gets off a shot, grazing Oliver and infecting him with the same nanites. Oliver beats the man, who explains that Chloe traded herself for Oliver, and then took a cyanide pill to avoid cracking.
Later, Clark finds Oliver at Watchtower. Oliver has the bottle he found at Chloe's apartment, and explains that Chloe is gone. Oliver notes that his captor and his people feel they should remain in hiding, and Chloe killed herself to stop them. However, she also took a cyanide antidote, the one in the bottle, and faked her death. Clark realizes that Chloe knew the future when she donned Fate's helmet, and Oliver blames Clark for letting Chloe go. Clark insists that they have to trust Chloe, but Oliver blames himself for failing to protect the woman he loved. He says that they're being painted as vigilantes, but Clark says that Lois and Chloe left him. Oliver wonders what their lives would be like if they weren't hiding in the shadows, and insists that something has to change.
Oliver's captor, disguised as a guard, comes to free Deadshot. Belle (aka Plastique), arrives with the man and informs Deadshot that he nailed his target, and then frees the assassin. She assures their boss that they can now track the heroes, and their leader vows to give the heroes a taste of what it means to mess with the Suicide Squad.
Carter apologizes to Lois for his actions, and she shows him a note she found in the book dated 1824 and addressed to Carter from Shayera. Lois assures him that she won't say anything to Clark about Carter's actions, and asks why Carter told her about his relationship. He explains that he's heard Shayera's voice, and it's time for him to die and rise again to meet his destiny. First, however, he wanted to make sure that Lois met her destiny. Carter tells her that she is Clark's Shayera. However, Lois insists that her future is in Africa. Carter tells her to live for the present and avoid running from her true destiny, and that a true "superman" embraces their destiny.
Clark goes to the top of the Daily Planet building, drops the plane tickets to Cairo, and dons a new bright red jacket with the El symbol.

Read our review of this episode in the "Smallville: Episode Reviews".


"Supergirl"

Written By: Anne Cofell Saunders
Directed By: Mairzee Almas
Produced By: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson
Aired in the U.S.A.: 8.10.10

Roles & Actors this episode:
Co-Starring: Kara: Laura Vandervoort
Co-Starring: Gordon Godfrey: Michael Daingerfield
Co-Starring: Publicist: Devon Weigel
Clark Kent: Tom Welling
Lois Lane: Erica Durance
Oliver Queen/Green Arrow: Justin Hartley

Our Story:
Three weeks ago
On a Metropolis rooftop, a dark figure coalesces and then splits apart into crows, flying across the city.
In a radio station, Gordon Godfrey tries to convince his small listening audience that aliens are trying to take jobs from Americans. One of the crows appears on his window. After Godfrey signs off, more of the crows appear and smash into his body as the radio host's eyes turn black.
Now
Godfrey is publicizing his new book against vigilantes and the Blur in particular, while Clark watches from the crowd. Lois, coming back from Africa, sees Clark and approaches him. They embrace and then she notes that he was the one who said she should take the job in Africa. Lois then mentions Clark's new partner, Cat, but Clark notes that there's only one Lois Lane. He wonders where Cat is, and Lois explains that she persuaded the editor to send Cat to Alaska on a story. Meanwhile, Godfrey rants about faceless mutants skulking in the shadows, serving a secret agenda. Lois assures Clark that the Blur no doubt knows that Godfrey isn't anything significant. Godfrey turns to the Blur, and describes him as a disfigured vigilante. Lois takes offense and marches onto the screen, as Godfrey unveils a billboard. It starts to topple and Clark moves to catch it at super-speed... only to discover that his cousin, Kara, wearing a red-and-blue costume, has already caught it. She smiles as the crowd cheers, and then flies away.
Back at the Daily Planet, the newspaper is publishing stories about the new "Maiden of Might." Lois notes that Kara must have obtained superpowers from meteor rock, and Clark admits that she never told him she had powers. However, he points out that she won over the crowd when she showed her face publicly, and wonders if the Blur should go public. Lois insists that the Blur is right, and Kara is putting herself and Clark in danger. When Clark wonders why Lois would be so concerned about him, she hastily revises her statement, but warns that the public will soon turn against Kara.
Kara is participating in a photo shoot when Clark comes to see her. She tells him that she's there for him, but Clark doesn't understand why she's doing something that isn't a favor. Kara says that they are the last survivors of the House of El, and she had to come back to the one place where she had family. Clark tells her that he's chosen to live privately, and asks her for a straight answer. In response, Kara tells her that she is on a mission from Jor-El, and that he has let Clark go because he no longer considers him his son.
Lois approaches Godfrey at a church and warns him that she won't tolerate him taking potshots at Metropolis' heroes. He insists that Kara risked people's lives and he has people investigating her and the other heroes. Lois suggests he might have something to hide, but Godfrey insists that he has nothing to hide. However, he warns that one of his connections has learned that Oliver is Green Arrow, and Godfrey plans to announce it in the publication of the last chapter of his new book.
Oliver is at his office at LutherCorp, exercising and remembering his time with Chloe. He angrily smashes a board as Lois comes in, and she insists that she doesn't know how she might affect Clark. However, she's there to warn Oliver that Godfrey knows his secret identity. Oliver suggests they ignore him, but Lois warns that Godfrey has evidence. He suggests that people might deserve to know the truth, and the cost of keeping his secret is too high. Lois says that if he isn't going to go after Godfrey, she will.
Godfrey meets with his publicist, and he explains that he has the only copy of his last chapter on a flash drive. He refuses to let her see it, and tells her that he needs her to put him on every television, computer, and newspaper so he can spread a seed of doubt across the world, devouring their faith in each other and in heroes. Then they'll be ready for someone to lead them on another path. His publicist suggests he take a break and then leaves. Once she's gone, Godfrey contemplates a brochure for a fetish club, Club DeSaad, and tells his driver to take him there. He's unaware that Lois has taken his driver's place.
Clark goes to the barn to get the teleportation key to the Fortress, but Kara already has it. She explains that Jor-El has warned of a spreading darkness, and that she is showing herself to draw it to her. Clark insists that he knows what he's doing, but Kara warns that the coming evil takes advantage of people's doubts. She points out that he still doesn't have control of his ability to fly, and he'll need all of his abilities. Clark asks if she trusts Jor-El more than him, and reminds her that they're family.
Kara takes Clark to the windmill and tries to show him how to fly. Clark tries to relax and embrace the moment, but is overwhelmed by everything he can hear. She tells him to focus on a butterfly, and live inside that one noise. Clark concentrates and then flies into the air... for a moment. He comes down hard inside of the barn, and Kara admits that at least it's a start. However, she admits she was wrong to go against Jor-El's wishes, and warns that Clark is too distracted to fly, much less fight the darkness. When she says that the darkness entered the universe three weeks ago, Clark realizes how it came there. They go to the building where the Kandorian device is hidden, and Clark explains that he used the Book of Rao to open a portal. He suggests that perhaps the darkness can leave through a similar gateway. Kara prepares her bracelet, which can open gateways, and explains that the darkness can seize upon a single doubt and possess its victim. However, it can't possess someone with total clarity of purpose. She warns that if it possesses Clark, it could become the greatest weapon ever seen.
Oliver goes to the church and takes out a photo of his parents. He then talks to them, saying that he feels he's let them down, and that he can't stand people like Chloe risking their lives for him. He leaves the photo there and goes.
Lois goes into Club DeSaad, an S&M club, and dons a costume. She then approaches Godfrey, who is definitely interested. She leads him to a private room and then pours hot wax on his chest. As he enjoys it, she flirts with him and then handcuffs him to the wall. Two women come in and Lois has them pose with Godfrey. She then takes photos of him, and Godfrey asks what she has planned next. Lois sends the two girls out and then reveals who she really is. When she tells him she's going to publish the photos in the paper, Godfrey points out that she'll sacrifice anyone for a story, and offers to give her the evidence against Oliver so she can get a headline. Lois refuses and transmits the photos to the newspaper. Godfrey speaks in a darker voice and breaks himself free, and then realizes that Lois is pure of heart. Lois grabs a stun gun but Godfrey easily subdues her, his eyes turned black.
Clark takes Kara to Watchtower and they check the news broadcasts. Clark realizes that Godfrey is all over the media, and Clark can hear a subliminal message in the broadcast. They realize that the darkness is in Godfrey, and Kara checks security cameras to locate him. Clark realizes that the driver is Lois, and they both super-speed off.
Lois wakes up and finds herself tied up in a chamber. Godfrey explains that her suffering will bring the Blur to him. He uses a winch to pull her bonds in different directions and then leaves.
Clark and Kara track Lois' cell phone, enter the club, and split up to search for Lois. Clark finds Godfrey in the back, and Godfrey warns that Lois is in over her head and has served her purpose. Now Godfrey has a vigilante, and asks Clark if he think he can win against him. Godfrey talks of the doubt in Clark's heart and warns that when people stop believing in him, he'll shatter. He warns Clark that he's afraid he'll never be the hero he wants to be, and that he wants to kill. Clark insists he won't help him, but Godfrey warns that he'll never have a choice. The dark force emerges from Godfrey and approaches Clark, but Kara arrives and uses her bracelet to drive it away. When she asks Clark if he's alright, he notes that the dark force could see inside him. He then hears Lois and rescues her. Clark quickly leaves and Kara makes sure that Lois is all right.
As Lois and Kara leave, Kara insists that Godfrey isn't special and everyone has two sides. Lois asks her what it's like to have powers, and Kara explains that there's nothing holding her back. Lois wonders if it's easier to be a hero when there is no one to tie her down, but Kara reminds her that even heroes need someone to come home to.
Later, Lois meets Clark at the Daily Planet and shows him the Godfrey photo, which she got published in the Inquisitor. Clark warns that she shouldn't have put herself at risk, but Lois explains that she was afraid of living in a world without heroes. As she tries to come up with a heroic name for Kara, Clark warns her that putting heroes up on a pedestal could lead to disappointment. Lois tells him that the Blur is a hero, and will always be there for her.
As Clark leaves, he bumps into a brunette... and realizes that it's Kara in disguise. She admits that Clark was right about avoiding attention, and says that she will be staying until the darkness is defeated. Kara explains that the bracelet can only banish the dark spirit if it's in a host, and that she has doubts of her own. Clark worries about failure, and Kara tells him that he will have to learn to overcome it. She asks him to leave the darkness to her and then goes, while Clark wonders if the Blur isn't the hero he claims to be.
Lois gives the flash drive with the evidence to Oliver, and explains that she stole it from Godfrey at the club. However, Oliver tells her that he can't have the people he loves fighting his battles for him, and explains that Chloe left and isn't coming back. Lois insists that Chloe will be back, and Oliver says that things have gone on long enough and it's time to do what he has to. He then calls in the press and announces that he is Green Arrow.

Read our review of this episode in the "Smallville: Episode Reviews".


"Homecoming"

Written By: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson
Directed By: Jeannot Szwarc
Produced By: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson
Aired in the U.S.A.: 15.10.10

Roles & Actors this episode:
Co-Starring: Brainiac 5: James Masters
Co-Starring: Tess Mercer: Cassidy Freeman
Co-Starring: Greg Arkin: Chad Donella
Co-Starring: (Flashback) Lana Lang: Kristin Kreuk
Co-Starring: (Flashback) Chloe Sullivan: Allison Mack
Clark Kent: Tom Welling
Lois Lane: Erica Durance
Oliver Queen/Green Arrow: Justin Hartley

Our Story:
At his barn loft, Clark is looking at recent magazine articles speaking out on heroes, and wonders if Jor-El was right that none of them are the ones to lead humanity. Lois comes up and he apologizes for having been out of touch for three days. She notices the magazines and insists that the Blur would never let them down, and insists that she'll stand behind him no matter what. When Clark wonders why, Lois insists that's what someone does when they need someone. She decides to cheer Clark up by reminding him about the Smallville High five-year reunion. Clark notes that she was only there for 23 days, and showed up for five, and Lois admits that's the best she ever managed and doesn't plan to miss it. She encourages Clark to go and figures that nothing could go wrong.
The next day, the Smallville High School guidance counselor complains to herself about how she had to deal with dozens of meteor freaks, and they're all connected to Clark. She grabs a doll of him and starts stabbing it, and says that now he'll pay. Suddenly, time freezes and Brainiac comes in. He tells her to leave Clark to her, and extends a metallic finger into her head.
Clark and Lois arrive on the day of the reunion and Lois is eager to see everyone. Clark has a bad feeling, and starts remembering his past there with Lana. He runs into the guidance counselor, who cheerfully gives him a hug and says that they have a special treat for him later. As they go, they're unaware that former student Greg Arkin has arrived, driving an expensive car.
Lois tries to bond with her fellow students, only to discover that no one remembers her. Another student, Suzanne Capra, greets Clark at the reception desk but also has no idea who Lois might be. As Lois looks for her badge, she notices Lana's badge and realizes what is bothering Clark. When he sees Chloe's badge, he goes to her old office and remembers her showing him her Wall of Weird. Zoe and Clayton, the new Torch reporters, come in and wonder where Chloe is. They figure that some conspiracy is involved, and recognize Lois because she was dating Oliver Queen. The two reporters then explain that they've taken the Wall of Weird on-line, and share their theory that the Blur was born and raised in Smallville. When Lois objects, Zoe points out that Chloe wrote about all of the strange super-powered incidents that happened before the Blur appeared. Clark says that the Blur has gone away and may not be back, and Lois points out how many people the hero has inspired. As Clark prepares to go, the reporters tell him that it's a good thing that the Blur isn't there, because he'd steal Clark's thunder.
Clark discovers that he's been made homecoming king. As he sits on his "throne," time suddenly stops and a glowing portal appears. Brainiac steps out of it and apologizes, and then explains that he's only there for Clark and that this is the moment that Clark's life changes forever.
Time starts moving again, and Lois discovers that Clark has vanished.
Clark finds himself in the woods with Brainiac, who thanks Clark for saving him. He then shows Clark his Legion ring and explains that he joined them and became Brainiac 5 after they cured him. Brainiac 5 explains that they were both created by Jor-El to save Earth, but became corrupted. Clark doesn't understand, and Brainiac 5 offers to show him. He then shows Clark the past, at Jonathan Kent's funeral, and explains that it was the day Clark started to blame himself. When Clark notes that he chose to let Jonathan die, Brainiac 5 shows him the barn where Jonathan attacked Lionel, and says that Jonathan made his own choices. They watch as Jonathan feels the pains of a heart attack, and Brainiac 5 asks why Clark won't forgive himself. The Legionnaire tells Clark that Jonathan made his choice to protect Clark, and they all choose their fate.
Next, Brainiac 5 takes Clark to Oliver's apartment in the present, where Oliver is watching a broadcast about his recent revelation that he is Green Arrow. Oliver turns off the news and checks his calls, and learns that Clark hasn't called him. As Oliver looks pensively at the phone, Clark realizes that Oliver needs him. Brainiac 5 reminds Clark that the darkness is his past, and he punishes himself and everyone around him for what they've done in the past. He tells Clark to help Oliver be who he can be, in the present and the future, rather than ignore him.
At the reunion, the couples dance while Lois looks around, alone. Clark and Brainiac 5 watch while Lois finally admits that she's with Clark Kent. The punch woman, Maddy, is impressed that she's with Clark, and admits she had a crush on him. As Maddy talks about Lana and Chloe and how they were with Clark, Lois admits that she and Clark aren't really together, and Maddy wonders if Clark really likes her. Brainiac 5 asks Clark if he cares about Lois. Clark insists that he tried to protect her after what happened to Lana, but the Legionnaire says she doesn't look protected. Clark sees Greg come in and approach Lois, and says that he has a message from Clark. Clark tries to go back and grabs Brainiac 5's ring... and finds himself in the future, at a Daily Planet running articles on Superman.
Clark looks around and bumps into Lois. She pulls him into an office and has him put on his glasses. As she starts to go, he asks her about the reunion, but she says that they'll need to talk about it later and don't want to give people ideas. As Clark goes out, two reporters wonder if he's someone else, but realize he isn't when they notice he's wearing glasses. Clark goes to his desk but discovers that it's no longer his and hasn't been for years.
Lois calls Clark into their shared office and asks why he is acting so strange. Clark explains that he's from the past, and Lois readily admits she knows he's from Krypton and that the Kents raised him. When Clark sits down, shocked, Lois apologizes for forgetting the anniversary that Clark trusted her with his secret. When Clark still doesn't realize what's going on, she assumes that he's suffering from kryptonite radiation. Clark figures he needs the Legion ring, and asks her where it is. She reminds him that she had one bad experience with it, and then leaves for an interview with the mayor. Clark goes after her and tries to explain that he needs to get back using the Legion ring. She suggests that he check out his collection of mementoes at the farm, and shoves him into the elevator. Clark finds someone waiting for him: his future self.
Future-Clark explains to Clark that he knew he would be there because it happened to him. He tells Clark that there's a nuclear reactor that's about to blow, and he needs Clark to help him deal with another emergency on the roof. As Future-Clark leaves, Clark goes to the office window and sees his future self deal with the explosion. Lois calls in a mayday from the roof, where her helicopter is going over the edge. Clark super-speeds to the roof and pulls it back up, and Lois realizes who it is. She knocks out the pilot so he can't see the undisguised Clark, and then tells Clark to put his disguise back on. Clark kisses her and thanks her for protecting his secret, and she tells him she'd do anything for him.
Clark reluctantly pulls himself away and Lois says that she'll see him later. Once she goes, Brainiac 5 arrives and tells Clark that he interfered with the ring. Now Clark has to face the future without fearing the darkness, and Clark admits he's become afraid of what will happen. Brainiac 5 tells him that he'll be fine as long as he forgets the weight of the past.
Back at the reunion, Clark and Brainiac 5 watch as Greg tells Lois that he became obsessed, but Clark set him straight. Greg asks Lois to pass on his thanks and leaves. Clark, witnessing the exchange, admits that he's spent too much time dwelling on the past. Brainiac 5 tells him that heroes are made in the present, and leaves. Clark goes to Lois and leads her out onto the dance floor. Before they can do much, the reunion ends and Clark apologizes. Lois insists that she had a lot to do anyway and they leave.
Later, Clark goes to his father's grave and admits that he has to move on. He buries his father's watch in the grave and says goodbye.
At Luthorcorp, Oliver is preparing for an exclusive interview. As the reporter asks why Oliver became a vigilante, Clark comes in. Oliver explains that he lost someone, and he refuses to dwell on the past or the future, but rather do something for the city and the country here and now. Clark smiles in approval and Oliver says that he's not doing it alone.
Later, Zoe and Clayton are at the Torch office and get a text message from Chloe thanking them for carrying on her legacy.
Lois goes to the Kent barn and discovers that Clark has set it up for the dance that they missed. She hesitates but he tells her to be quiet and dance. She finally steps onto his feet to dance, and Clark admits that he loves her. Lois says that she loves him and says there's something she has to tell him, but he asks her to wait until tomorrow. As they dance, Clark lifts a few inches off the ground.

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"Isis"

Written By: Genevieve Sparling
Directed By: James Marshall (III)
Produced By: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson
Aired in the U.S.A.: 22.10.10

Roles & Actors this episode:
Co-Starring: Cat Grant: Keri Lynn Pratt
Co-Starring: Adrianna: Erica Cerra
Co-Starring: Alexander: Jakob Davies
Clark Kent: Tom Welling
Lois Lane: Erica Durance
Oliver Queen/Green Arrow: Justin Hartley
Tess Mercer: Cassidy Freeman

Our Story:
In Metropolis, Oliver is at the Met Museum with the curator, Adrianna, and figuring how to stage the Egyptian exhibit opening. Adrianna wants Oliver to soar in as Green Arrow, as long as he meets all of the insurance requirements. Tess comes in and comments on the name of the exhibit, "Isis: The Tale of Eternal Love." She figures that he hopes that Chloe will get the message, and wonders what he's up to. Oliver insists that the city has embraced him, but Tess reminds him that it isn't real love. He wonders if she knows what true love is. Adrianna returns and informs Oliver that the Amulet of Isis is missing, and there is a curse that will condemn the owner to an eternity in hell.
At her apartment above the Talon, Lois is trying on her Egyptian costume for the exhibition opening and rehearses ways to tell Clark that she knows his secret. As she goes, she tells herself that she'll be living in a brand-new world. She's unaware that the Amulet in her purse is glowing.
At LuthorCorp, Oliver makes a call to determine the Amulet never arrived in Cairo. Clark arrives and informs Oliver that he's going to tell Lois his secret, after seeing the future where Lois knows his secret. Oliver figures that Clark is there to talk him out of telling Lois, and tells Clark to do it. He admits that telling Lois his secret led to their breakup, but they weren't intended to be together.
At the Daily Planet, Clark arrives to find Lois taking back her desk. They both hesitate and then start speaking, but Cat arrives with men bringing in her new desk. She's happy to be partnered with Clark, and says that she's working on the Amulet of Isis theft, and it went missing at a LuthorCorp dock. Clark says that he has a prior engagement for an interview on the roof and leaves. He goes, and Lois smiles as she realizes that he isn't interested in Cat. She goes to the roof and reaches into her pursue for her lipstick, and finds the Amulet. The sun's rays focus through the jewel and Lois is transformed. She dons the Amulet and walks to the edge of the roof as Clark comes out behind her. She tells him that she must locate the treasures of Isis. When Clark mentions Cat, Lois asks where Cat is and Clark says she's at the LuthorCorp dock, but there's something more important that she needs to know. He tells her that he's the Blur, but she says it is unimportant to her, and informs him that the body of Lois now serves as a vessel for Isis. She turns and flies off into the sky.
Clark goes to Watchtower and tries to contact Carter Hall, who is on sabbatical and out of contact. As Oliver arrives, Clark suggests that they get the help of one other person: Tess. Oliver objects, and explains that he cancelled the gala. He has books with him and recites the myths of Isis. Oliver explains that Isis tried to recover the scattered pieces of Osiris, who she loved, but never found the burial jar containing Osiris' heart. To stop her, Set placed her soul in the Amulet. Clark concludes that if they find the burial jar, Isis will find them. However, Oliver warns that Osiris is the guardian of the underworld, and if he is brought back, it will unleash hell on Earth.
Cat is at the docks when Isis arrives and knocks out a security guard. She senses Osiris' presence and finds the crate with the burial jar. Cat emerges from the shadows and warns that she won't let Lois get away with another crime. As she prepares to take a photo, Isis summons a bolt of energy... and Clark arrives to whisk Cat to safety at a sidewalk café. However, when he returns, he discovers that Isis has left, taking the burial jar with her. As Clark speeds away, Isis watches him from the shadow.
At her office at the Planet, Tess meets with a psychologist who has examined Alexander. He warns that his intelligence is off the charts, and wants to move him to a facility for 24-hour monitoring. Tess agrees to have Alexander ready in the morning. Once the doctor leaves, Cat arrives and finds the photo of Alexander that Tess has with her. She tells Tess that she knows that Tess is the mother because of her worried look, but Tess insists that it isn't. Cat then tells Tess that she knows the identity of the Blur, and the Blur is hiding in the office, posing as a reporter. Tess tries to defuse her suspicions, but is surprised to learn that Cat thinks Lois is the Blur. When Tess bursts into laughter, Cat vows to bring Lois to justice.
Tess goes to see Oliver at LuthorCorp and confirms what's happening. He tries to get her out but Tess insists that she is there to protect Clark. As Clark arrives, Tess explains that she erased the surveillance footage. Clark thanks her and admits that he lost Lois. Tess is already ahead of them, and has confirmed that a sarcophagus at the museum contains the other parts of Osiris... and that she has an idea of how to restore Lois to normal. Oliver warns that he doesn't trust her, and that on their team, they don't keep secrets. Tess explains that Lex had a file of excavation sites that he erased, and she can reconstruct it. Clark agrees to let her help, and then leaves for the museum.
At the museum, Isis has placed the sarcophagus in position and prepares to reunite Osiris' heart with the rest of his body. However, she discovers that the sarcophagus contains nothing but dirt. Clark arrives and warns her that it is over, and she can't risk hell on Earth just for love. Isis tells Clark that he doesn't know love, and he explains that he loves Lois. She wonders if he would risk the world for Lois, and when he says he doesn't, insists that he doesn't know true love. Isis warns that she would risk anything to be with her lover for even a moment, and realizes that Clark holds himself back. She shoves him into the sarcophagus and summons mystic ropes to hold him inside. Clark tries to get through to her, but she insists that any sacrifice is worth bringing her love back.
Cat arrives at the Met Museum, figuring Lois will be looking for artifacts. She finds Isis animating Osiris' heart and preparing to sacrifice Clark, using a mystic dagger. Cat knocks over a vase and runs, and finds Green Arrow. He places her in a sarcophagus and goes to confront Isis. She admires his bravery but notes it belongs to a lonely warrior. Oliver prepares to shoot her, but Isis realizes that he won't harm Lois' body. He dives out of the way as she throws a fireball at him, and then says that Lex's files revealed that sunlight through the Amulet can trap her. Clark, listening, breaks free and grabs the urn. He tells her to release Lois in return for the jar's safety. Isis admits that she will be separated from her lover for all eternity, and then prepares to kill herself so that Clark cannot have his love. Oliver fires a crossbow dart and hits the Amulet, sending it into Clark's hand. Clark uses his heat vision, re-trapping Isis and freeing Lois. She collapses and Clark catches her, and Lois looks up into his face.
The next day, Tess finds Oliver at Watchtower, and notes that he seems far away. He admits that she was right about turning into a caricature of himself, and Tess was one of the only people who would call him on it. Tess points out that Chloe would have done it too, and Oliver admits that he misses her. When Tess realizes that he loves Chloe, Oliver admits that she can recognize love, and Tess admits that there hasn't been a lot of love in her life. Clark comes in and explains that they both called her in to recognize her efforts, and give her full access to Watchtower and membership on the team. Tess thanks them but then walks away, seemingly overwhelmed. Oliver wonders if they can trust her, and Clark says that they'll find out.
Tess goes to the manor and tells the doctor that Alexander is staying with her. She insists that Alexander needs to be loved, but the doctor warns that the boy could prove dangerous. When he wonders what she sees that he doesn't, Tess says she sees his heart. She goes inside and finds Alexander playing with Lex's toy soldiers. He has grown remarkably since he left the Cadmus facility, and she offers to read him Peter Pan, an adventure about growing up. As he sits on her lap, Alexander tells Tess that he loves her.
At the Daily Planet, Cat grabs a pen and jabs it into Lois' hand, and is surprised to discover that she's vulnerable. Clark intervenes, but Cat insists that she has photographic proof. Clark destroys her camera at super-speed, and a smug Lois tells her that she needs to back up her evidence. Clark explains that Lois was possessed, but Cat doesn't believe it.
Clark pulls Lois away and tends to her wound, and she talks of how she knows the Blur. Lois says what she was rehearsing earlier, but then hesitates. Finally she brings herself to say that she knows Clark. Clark says she doesn't know the Blur, and that he's keeping it a secret to avoid putting her life at risk. Lois says that she wishes the Blur knew she was willing to take that risk, and then starts to go. Clark says that he's been afraid of losing people all his life if they learned his secret, but the risk of losing her made him realize that he wants them to be together, and she needs to know the truth. He tells her that he's the Blur. In response, Lois leaps into his arms and asks him what took so long, and Clark realizes that she knew already.

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"Harvest"

Written By: Turi Meyer & Al Septien
Directed By: Turi Meyer
Produced By: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson
Aired in the U.S.A.: 29.10.10

Roles & Actors this episode:
Co-Starring: Charlotte Cavanagh: Bella King
Co-Starring: Ruth Cavanagh: Merrilyn Gann
Co-Starring: Mr Cavanagh: Ron Lea
Co-Starring: Patrolman: Sandy Robson
Co-Starring: Dr Christine Lammell: Lexa Doig
Co-Starring: Alexander: Connor Stanhope
Clark Kent: Tom Welling
Lois Lane: Erica Durance
Tess Mercer: Cassidy Freeman

Our Story:
As Clark drives Lois out of town for a trip for a story about the Cherry Blossom Festival, he explains that most of what she's encountered over the years has been Kryptonian. She's happy that Kat isn't with them, but quickly realize that Clark got her out of town so she wouldn't be able to cover the anti-hero rally. Lois thanks him for his concern, but insists that she can take care of herself. Before Clark can respond, two of their tires blow out. They're out of phone reception range, and Clark starts changing the tires. A girl comes over a nearby vegetable & fruit stand and is thankful that they're unharmed. She introduces herself as Charlotte and tells them that the nearby town of Meeker Springs has a mechanic. When Clark tries to protect Lois again, she tells him to go into town to get the tire replaced, and assures him that nothing can possibly happen to her in the middle of nowhere.
Some time later, Clark super-speeds back and discovers that Lois is gone, and Charlotte and her stand have disappeared. A patrolman, Ellis, pulls up and asks Clark what happened, as Clark discovers that he's cut himself. Clark then explains what happened, and shows him a board with nails that they passed over. He also finds some horse and buggy tracks, and Ellis agrees to help search for Lois.
Charlotte has taken Lois back to her town and explains that she's not allowed to go into town to take Lois to the train. They arrive at an old-fashioned village and Charlotte explains that their whole congregation of believers live there. The girl explains that they're preparing to celebrate the harvest festival. Charlotte's mother Ruth comes out and greets them, and tells Lois that her husband will take her to the train after supper. Lois wants to get going, but reluctantly gives in after figuring she has a few hours until the rally. As Lois goes inside, Charlotte goes to get her father, who tells her that she's saved them all.
At Luthor Manor, several children have gathered to help Alexander celebrate his 12th birthday as Tess looks on. He thanks her and she goes to do some work, and then meets with Dr. Christina Lamell in the hallway. Lamell warns that Alexander will continue to age and soon die, and insists that he needs to be studied. Tess refuses, insisting that Alexander has to believe he's a normal child. She reminds Lamell that she used to work for Lex in one of his labs, and this is her chance to redeem herself. Inside, Alexander is furiously drawing and then has a seizure. Tess notices that he was drawing the El family symbol.
Clark and Ellis follow the tracks to an old farm building, and Ellis insists that there's nothing to find. He suggests that Lois probably hitched a ride back to Metropolis. Clark notices a water trough filled with blue meteor rock, and Ellis reveals that they're from the meteor shower in 1989. He says that the meteor rock purifies the water, and they've all been remarkably healthy. Clark hears a bell toll, and Ellis knocks him out.
At the manor, Alexander is examining a chessboard when Tess comes in. He apologizes for ruining the party, and she insists that it isn't his fault. As they talk, he secretly removes a key from her pocket. Tess then asks him about the El symbol, but he insists that it's just a drawing. She shows him other similar pictures that he drew, hidden in his closet, and asks what they mean. Alexander says that they're the symbol of the Bad Man, who comes into his dreams and hurts him. He warns Tess that she can't stop the Bad Man, who is the strongest man in the world, and angrily lashes out. Before she can respond, he slips out of the room and uses the key to lock her in.
Lois has dinner with the Cavanaghs, and Mr. Cavanagh explains that they prefer the simple life, and it helps them stay on the righteous path. She asks if they should leave, but Mr. Cavanagh says that she should finish her dinner. Ruth tells Lois that it would be bad luck to leave their table on the night of the harvest, and Mr. Cavanagh explains that the festival glorifies the day they saw the Lord's sign. When Lois asks what the sign is, he says that a fire came from the heavens. In the destruction that followed, their daughter Esther was killed. They suffered from droughts and illnesses before then, but ever since, they've been healthy and their crops have prospered. When they insist that Esther died for that gift, Lois says it's not likely. However, Mr. Cavanagh says that every year on the day of Esther's death, they've offered the Lord a sacrifice. As Ruth and Mr. Cavanagh clean up after the meal, Lois tells Charlotte that she doesn't want to stay and watch, but Charlotte tells her that she's been chosen and she'll never leave. Lois runs outside but finds the townspeople have gathered to capture her. Mr. Cavanagh tells them that they have their sacrifice.
Clark wakes up and finds himself in the Cavanagh house with Lois, who is wearing a plain white dress. She explains what is happening and tells him to use his superpowers, and Clark explains that he can't. All of the villagers have drunk the blue meteor rock water, making Clark powerless around them. When Lois realizes that the dagger she removed from Clark's chest was the same rock, Clark thanks her for saving him. As they talk, Lois notices a trapdoor beneath the rug and uses a bobby pin to pick the lock. As she works on the lock, she tells Clark to change his clothing into local garb so he can blend in.
Tess has her men track Alexander to the Kent barn. Alexander explains that he remembers what happened there, and describes Lex's memories as if they were his own. However, the boy remembers all of the times when Clark denied who he really was. Tess insists that Lex is the Bad Man, and that he used both of them. She offers to help him, but Alexander expertly dissects her motives. Tess slaps him and then apologizes, insisting that she can save him, but Alexander warns that she knows so little about herself. When she calls him Alexander, he tells her to call him Lex.
As Clark and Lois make their way through the streets, disguised, one of the women notices Lois' painted fingernails and grabs her. Lois punches her and they run out of town. A hooded figure on horseback blocks their paths, and other villagers in hoods approach. Mr. Cavanagh removes his hood and tells them that Lois will be offered up, and then slashes Clark across the stomach with a scythe. The villagers take Lois away while Clark collapses, dying.
Lois is taken to the place of sacrifice, and Mr. Cavanagh insists that no one can keep them from their holy task. He explains how they've made a sacrifice every year, and the Lord has rewarded them. Lois insists that Esther would be ashamed of how Mr. Cavanagh has used her death to kill others, and he says that Lois doesn't have faith. Lois insists that she has faith, faith in knowing right from wrong. She appeals to the crowd, but Mr. Cavanagh warns that if they don't sacrifice Lois, they'll have to give up one of their own. The crowd agrees with him.
Ellis helps bury Clark. After they get far enough away, Clark's powers return.
Mr. Cavanagh leads the crowd in prayer and prepares to sacrifice Lois. Clark arrives and shoots Mr. Cavanagh, but he manages to release the flame. Clark leaps to Lois' defense and covers her as the flames burn his back. The villagers believe that Clark's survival is a sign. As they move back, Clark heals and Lois seizes on that, telling them all to move further back. Mr. Cavanagh picks up the shotgun, and Lois insists that Clark is a messenger from the heavens. She advances on him and he backs away, and then tells Clark to super speed them away as the villagers drop to their knees in awe.
Later, Tess considers a vial of fluid that Dr. Lamell has synthesized. Lamell says that it's all they can produce for now, but it's a start, and they used Peter Dinsmore's cloning research to create the serum to cure Alexander. Tess considers, and then breaks into tears and throws the vial into the fire. She then tells Lamell to destroy all of the research and lock up Alexander for everyone's safety. When Lamell objects, saying he'll die in six weeks, Tess says that's the point because Alexander is Lex Luthor.
At the barn, Lois comes to see Clark and shows him a headline on the cultists, which bumped the anti-hero rally off the front page. Clark wonders how the villagers could have come to such a dark path, and Lois suggests that someday, Clark will have to step into the light and become a symbol to inspire everyone. Clark isn't convinced, but Lois is sure that if they knew him like she does, they'd accept him. He apologizes for being overprotective, and notes that she saved his life. Clark then gives her Swann's journal and says that he doesn't want any secrets between them, because she'll always be the one for him. They kiss and then end up in bed.
In his room, Alexander shaves off all of his hair and then smiles in triumph.

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"Ambush"

Written By: Holly Henderson & Don Whitehead
Directed By: Christopher Petry
Produced By: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson
Aired in the U.S.A.: 29.10.10

Roles & Actors this episode:
Co-Starring: General Sam Lane: Michael Ironside
Co-Starring: Lucy Lane: Peyton List
Co-Starring: Rick Flag: Ted Whittall
Co-Starring: Emil LaSalle: Elias Toufexis
Clark Kent: Tom Welling
Lois Lane: Erica Durance
Tess Mercer: Cassidy Freeman
Oliver Queen/Green Arrow: Justin Hartley

Our Story:
Lois and Clark's romantic morning is interrupted by the arrival of her father, General Lane, and sister Lucy at the Kent farm. Meanwhile, Rick Flag and his accomplice Warp track the General's movements from a military-style van. Lois is nervous about how the General will react to Clark, explaining that her father is not a fan of superheroes. The General questions Clark about his current lifestyle and presents him with a long list of chores to bring the house "up to code". He also reveals that Clark's mother is his main opponent in the Senate, since he is now senior military advisor on the proposed Vigilante Registration Act. Clark and the General engage in a heated debate on the role of heroes, with the military man comparing the costumed crusaders to lawless terrorists. Eager to avoid an argument, Lois sends Clark out to buy vegetables for Thanksgiving dinner.
An injured Green Arrow returns to the Watchtower and, as Tess applies iodine to his wounds, she notices that the chemical reacts aggressively to his skin. She scans Ollie and discovers a subdermal tattoo - the symbol for the Suicide Squad, a unit who would take on the dirty jobs that the government refused. Tess explains that the unit was led by the deceased Rick Flag, but Ollie recognizes Flag as the man who kidnapped and interrogated him. He explains that Flag is recruiting for a new Suicide Squad and suspects that Clark could be next on the villain's list.
As Clark returns with the vegetables, Lois indicates a news report of a fire at a Smallville oil refinery. While the General is distracted, Clark zooms towards the disaster and puts out the fire. Returning moments later, Clark begins to arouse the General's suspicions. Clark receives a call from Ollie and agrees to meet him at the Kent Barn, while the General secretly calls a contact at the Pentagon, asking them to look up Clark's past.
Ollie scans Clark, revealing that he also has a Suicide Squad tattoo. Ollie admits that he is unhappy about working with Tess on the case, but Clark reminds him that it was Tess who uncovered Flag's plot. Ollie is forced to leap out of the window as Lucy approaches the barn. Taking Clark by surprise, Lucy grabs him and kisses him, just as Lois arrives. Lois grabs her sister and drags her outside, warning Lucy that her ploy will not work. Lois angrily tells Lucy that she only tolerates her for their father's sake. As Lois returns to the barn, she is clearly upset about Clark's kiss with Lucy. A frustrated Clark accuses her of being unable to stand up to the General, but Lois reminds him that he does not have to answer to his family anymore. She warns Clark that if he wants to be with her, then he will have to deal with her family too.
As Lucy is out collecting ice, she is approached by Flag, posing as an army colonel. He warns her that the General is in danger from Clark, a vigilante sympathizer who is helping agitators desperate to stop the Vigilante Registration Act. Flag gives Lucy an envelope to give to her father and a homing device disguised as a pen, claiming that it will allow him to track the General and keep him safe. Eager to protect her father, Lucy agrees. Back at the Watchtower, Tess intercepts a Suicide Squad transmission, which reads "Assassinate Hero Target in Smallville". She attempts to decrypt the transmission to learn more, but a frustrated Ollie claims that she is taking too long. Tess protests that she is trying to help and Ollie admits that he misses Chloe and it is difficult to be at the Watchtower with anyone else. Tess assures him that she is not trying to replace Chloe, but tells Ollie that he has to start treating her as an ally.
Back at the Kent farm, the General corners Clark in the barn, sitting him under a spotlight and interrogating him. He reveals to Clark that his Pentagon search came up clean and accuses Clark's mother of whitewashing his record. Clark angrily replies, "You're searching for enemies where they don't exist, just like your vigilante witch-hunt." Spurred on by the mention of vigilantes, the General presents Clark with the envelope that Lucy passed along, which contains photos of Clark with a costumed Kara. He accuses Clark of being in league with the vigilantes, but Clark stands up to the General, telling him that Lois is afraid of him. Clark assures the General that he loves Lois, but he warns Clark to stay away from his daughter.
As Clark returns inside, the General and Lucy have packed their bags to leave. The General demands that Lois accompany him to her apartment, where they will spend Thanksgiving without Clark. While Lucy plants the homing device on her father, a tearful Lois agrees to leave with her family. Once they arrive at her apartment, Lois begs her father to reconcile with Clark, but the General refuses. An emotional Lois finally stands up to the General, protesting that she loves Clark and that he should respect that. At Lucy's suggestion, she and the General leave Lois alone, but the General leaves the pen homing device behind in the apartment.
At the Watchtower, Clark is informed of the Suicide Squad transmission and believes that he is the target. However, Tess explains that Flag is a supporter of super-powered heroes and wants to ally himself with them, attacking anyone who would threaten that alliance. Clark realizes that General Lane is the target, just as Flag launches a missile towards the homing device. The missile crashes into Lois's apartment, but Clark bursts in at super-speed, rescuing Lois from the heart of the explosion. She is deposited next to the shocked General, who spots that the Blur has left his symbol in the remains of the burning building. Ollie and Clark track down Flag, tearing his van apart to confront him. Flag explains that he wants to stop the Vigilante Registration Act and claims that the reveal of Ollie's secret identity will encourage more heroes to reveal themselves, leading to their capture and execution. Clark tries to reason with Flag, but Warp transports himself and his master away from the wreckage.
Back at the Kent farm, Lucy attempts to apologize to Lois for endangering her life. Lois is angry that Lucy went behind her back, but acknowledges that she was only trying to protect their father. The pair hug and tearfully reconcile. Meanwhile, at the Watchtower, Ollie brings Tess some beers and take-out food, as a friendly gesture. He admits that they have been through a lot together and are now practically like family. Inspired by Flag's words, Ollie tells Tess that he has decided to avoid the Watchtower in the future, for fear that someone could follow him and uncover the base's secret location. He assures Tess that the Watchtower is in good hands with her in charge.
At the farm, the General confronts Clark once again, but this time he apologizes for his earlier behavior. He admits that the list of chores was never a test for Lois's boyfriends, but a test for her - since she never stood up for her past boyfriends, the General knew that Lois didn't love them. The General gives Clark his blessing to be with Lois, and Clark admits that he has an important question to ask him regarding his daughter. Clark and the General return indoors and join Lois and Lucy for a happy Thanksgiving dinner.
Sometime later, a copy of the Daily Planet read by Flag reveals that the Vigilante Registration Act has been passed. Flag considers the decision a "declaration of war" and, at his command, Warp detonates a bomb, destroying a building that has been decorated with anti-vigilante propaganda.

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"Abandoned"

Written By: Julia Swift & Andrew Landis
Directed By: Kevin G. Fair
Produced By: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson
Aired in the U.S.A.: 12.11.10

Roles & Actors this episode:
Co-Starring: Granny Goodness: Christine Willes
Co-Starring: Ella Lane: Teri Hatcher
Co-Starring: Jor-El: Julian Sands
Co-Starring: Lara: Helen Slater
Co-Starring: Desaad: Steve Byers
Co-Starring: Gordon Godfrey: Michael Daingerfield
Co-Starring: Publicist: Devon Weigel
Co-Starring: Harriet: Lindsay Hartley
Clark Kent: Tom Welling
Lois Lane: Erica Durance
Tess Mercer: Cassidy Freeman

Our Story:
Tess is sleeping at the manor and dreams of when she was a child, with a music box at her bed side. She takes out a spoon that she has cut into a key and escapes the ward where she is imprisoned, and runs downstairs to the main hall. However, Young Tess is unable to get out and flees down endless hallways. She finally takes refuge in a wardrobe but a woman pulls her out and drags her down the hall as Young Tess screams for help, her music box left behind.
Tess wakes up, gasping from her nightmare, and hears the music box playing in the distance. She finds it sitting in the study.
At the Kent farm, Lois opens a box of her mother's possessions, and explains to Clark that her father sent it to her. Her mother Ella sent them to her after she discovered that she had cancer. Lois admits that she never visited her sick mom in the hospital, and never said goodbye before Ella died. There are video tapes in the box, and Lois wonders if she can face watching them and if her mother was mad at her. She asks if Clark misses his father since the construct abandoned him, and insists that Jor-El cared for him. Clark ducks the question and goes out on patrol.
Clark arrives at Watchtower in response to Tess' summons for help. She explains what happened, and that she's been going through her old photo albums to see if she can find a photo of it. Clark finds another older label beneath the "Happy birthday, Tess" tag that says Saint Louise's. An Internet search reveals that it's an orphanage, and a woman nicknamed "Granny Goodness" runs the place.
At the orphanage, Granny tells a young girl strapped to a wheelchair that she will soon leave her past behind. The child insists that she doesn't want to forget, but Granny says she'll soon accept the truth and thank her.
Lois plays the tape from her mother, Ella. She explains that she had her husband keep the girls away from the hospital so they would have only happy memories of her. Ella then talks of how losing a parent can create a hole in a parent's heart, and that she knows one day Lois will fall in love with someone, and that she can't let someone leaving her stop her future with someone else. She tells Lois to watch the other tapes, and assures her that she will always love her.
Tess and Clark go to Saint Louise's, claiming to be doing a story for the Daily Planet. Granny Goodness greets them and has the girls sing, but Clark hears something with his super-hearing and claims to go to the car to get a notebook. He super-speeds into the orphanage and finds the girl, bound and gagged. She tells Clark that Granny tied her up and plans to make her forget her parents. Clark starts to get her out, but hears the sound of metal clashing. He hides the girl and goes to investigate, and finds several women fighting. As he approaches them, Clark starts to weaken and realizes they're forging kryptonite weapons. The women quickly subdue him and one of them, Harriet, tells him that no one there needs saving except Clark.
Granny takes Tess inside and says she recognizes her as an abandoned soul. They talk about the girls at the orphanage, and Granny admits that many of them spend their entire childhood there. She explains that she's been training her girls to conquer society and shows Tess photos of her many wards that have moved out into the world into positions of power. Tess sees the wardrobe and approaches it, while Granny says that she knows her girls will never abandon her. She then says that she left the music box in the hope that it would bring Tess back, and reveals that one of the photos is of Tess.
At the Kent farm, Lois reads the Kryptonian journal, and explains to Shelby that she can't move forward with Clark until he deals with the absence of his parents. She sees a picture of the Kryptonian teleport disk and gets an idea. She finds the map of the Kawatche caves, and realizes that it's the door to the Fortress. She searches for the key, the Kryptonian teleport disk, and finds it hidden behind the book shelf.
Granny explains that she had Tess for the first five years of her life, and then her birth parents took their daughter back and put her into a good home. They were powerful, and would have closed down the orphanage if Granny had fought back. However, she explains that she never stopped watching over Tess. Granny went to the hospital and saved Tess, taking her to Cadmus Labs. She explains that Tess was always the strongest of her girls, and she doesn't need to remember her true parents. Now lines will be drawn, and Tess will want Granny on her side. She then tells Tess that her girls will take care of Clark. Tess goes off to find him, but Granny waves her hand and smashes her across the floor through force of will. Tess runs to the phone and tries to call out, but gets no answer. Tess flees into a room, but Granny seals the windows and says that Tess will be her most valuable soldier in the coming war... whether she wants to be or not. Granny leaves, sealing Tess into her old room.
The orphan girls string Clark up, and he offers to rescue them. Harriet insists that no one loves them like Granny, and that she'll never leave them. Clark insists that someone who loves you doesn't make you forget where you've come from. Granny arrives and says that she will bury Clark's memories, and his life will be much better without his painful past.
Tess finds her makeshift key from when she was a child, and uses it to escape. She runs down the hallway and Harriet confronts her. The two fight and Tess knocks her out, but another girl uses a whip to choke her unconscious.
Lois makes her way to the Fortress and calls out to Jor-El, saying that it must have been hard to send Clark away to protect him. She insists that Clark needs a father who believes in him, but gets no response. Lois then yells, saying that Clark is lucky to be rid of Jor-El. A force lifts her up into the air.
Granny straps Clark into a chair and prepares to remove his memories. Clark insists that he has no pain, but Granny says that she will remove his disappointment over his parents' rejection. He tells her that he wouldn't be who he is without his memories, but Granny says that she's the most compassionate one of all. Clark uses his super-breath to freeze a chain holding a ventilator hood above the kryptonite forge. As Granny starts to wipe his memories, the hood falls and banks the flames. Granny disappears and Clark super-speeds to find Tess. He saves her from hanging and knocks out the girl responsible, and Tess thanks him for his help. She admits that she's used to looking after herself, but Clark assures her that he wasn't going to abandon a teammate.
Clark returns to the farm and realizes what Lois has done. He goes to the Fortress and warns Jor-El that if he harms Lois, he will have failed all of Clark's expectations. Lois calls out to Jor-El, calling on him to come out. Clark says he's fine with Jor-El ignoring him, but Lois asks him to try to reconcile one more time. Images of Jor-El and Lara appear, and they express their love for him. They say that they can see themselves within him, and that they wish him a full and wonderful life, born of a great love. Jor-El promises never to lose faith in Clark, and assure him that they believe he will become Earth's greatest savior.
Granny meets with Desaad and Godfrey, Darkseid's two other minions. The unholy trinity is now complete: together they can form an army to serve their dark lord.
At the farm, Clark talks to Lois about Ella. Lois figures that part of Jor-El is human, and Clark realizes that his father blames himself for the destruction of his home. He's glad that Lois got to meet his parents, and she says that he should thank Ella. She then gives Clark her toothbrush and says that she's moving in. He offers to take her out to the Ace of Clubs and goes to get their coats. Lois goes through the box and finds a note from her mother, saying it's for her wedding day. When Clark comes back, Lois hides the note. As she goes out, Clark checks on the engagement ring he has bought for the occasion.
At the manor, Tess finds her birth certificate from the orphanage and remembers her past when her father left her at the orphanage: her father, Lionel Luthor. Her mother is Pamela Jenkins, making her Lex's half-sister. The birth certificate gives her real name as Lutessa Lena Luthor, and Tess goes to the window and wishes herself a happy birthday.

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"Patriot"

Written By: John Chisholm
Directed By: Tom Welling
Produced By: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson
Aired in the U.S.A.: 8.10.10

Roles & Actors this episode:
Co-Starring: Arthur Curry/Orin: Alan Ritchson
Co-Starring: Mera: Elena Satine
Co-Starring: General Slade Wilson: Michael Hogan
Co-Starring: Lt. Trotter: Lori Ann Triolo
Co-Starring: Dr. Emil Hamilton: Alessandro Juliani
Clark Kent: Tom Welling
Lois Lane: Erica Durance
Oliver Queen/Green Arrow: Justin Hartley
Tess Mercer: Cassidy Freeman

Our Story:
At Fort Ryan in Kansas, General Slade Wilson tells his fellow officers that there is a threat from within, and the country could fall under the sway of a "hero" who could rise to become a tyrant. He shows them pictures of a league of vigilantes that have risen, and warns that none of them signed up for the newly passed Vigilante Registration Act.
Four miles off the coast of Florida, Arthur Curry and a woman, Mera, board an oil platform.
Slade's aide, Trotter, informs him that there has been a breach of security at the oil platform. The general says it's time to put the heroes under their control.
Mera and Arthur come ashore and kiss, as the oil platform explodes behind them.
At Watchtower, Emil examines the Suicide Squad tattoo on Clark, and wonders why Clark has been traveling the globe meeting with his cousin, Kara. Oliver arrives at their summons, and Clark informs him that Emil has come up with a way to remove the tattoos. Clark worries that Rick Flag has set off a backlash against heroes, and the public believe that they are responsible. Oliver notes that Arthur has gone rogue on occasion, including the recent attack on the oil platform, and Clark wonders if it's time to prove they're on the same side by registering. However, Oliver tells Clark to deal with Arthur, while he signs up since his identity has already been compromised. Once he signs up, they can discover what the government intends for the vigilantes.
At the Daily Planet, Lois arrives at her desk and finds a rose from a Clark. She listens to a radio broadcast about the VRA and the fact that one vigilante has stepped forward to register. A disguised Oliver arrives and asks if she'll be attending the signing ceremony, and admits that he's the hero signing up. Lois objects, but Oliver informs her that Clark was going to register if he didn't. Surprised, Lois wonders if Clark is still keeping secrets, or doesn't consider her important enough to tell the truth. Oliver warns that Clark has an overdeveloped sense of responsibility, and that they can't let him be exposed.
At the Aquarium of the Atlantic in Miami, Clark finds Arthur with the dolphins. Arthur insists that he has greater responsibilities, and tells Clark that he made sure everyone was off the oil platform before he blew it up. He realizes that Clark doesn't trust him, and tries to walk away. When Clark warns him to stop, Arthur causes a wave of water to sweep Clark into the pool. Mera steps out, and Arthur explains that they're married.
At Fort Ryan, Lois meets with Slade, who knows that she's General Sam Lane's daughter and has granted her an interview. She gives him a bottle of bourbon and a box of cigars, and talks like a patriot. She then asks him about the VRA and how a hero will sign up. Slade explains that the registrant will agree to only act on behest of the government. Lois says that she asked for the assignment because she's a military brat, but Slade notes that she's written pro-Blur articles. He insists that the vigilantes will sign up with the good guys, and turns away to get a cutter for his cigar. Lois uses her PDA to capture images of blueprints on Slade's desk, and the general spins around and grabs her hand. However, she reveals she's managed to switch the PDA for a cigarette lighter, and Slade accepts her for now.
At the aquarium, Mera insists that Arthur's passion drew her to him, and says that they have to be heroes. She explains that her hero is Lucy Burns, the American suffragist. Arthur insists that they need to step up to protect their own, and the oil rig they took out and other ones are high-tech holding facilities for vigilantes.
At the Daily Planet, Tess comes to see Lois about her article on the VRA, which she told Lois not to write because she has a conflict of interest. Lois explains that Oliver is the mystery hero stepping forward to register, and claims that Clark is on jury duty. Tess wants to know what Lois' scoop is, and Lois warns that the VRA government forces are considering torture. She reveals that Slade has a reputation as an officer who used torture to get what he wants from the enemy, and that he's building prisons.
Lois and Tess arrive at the press conference and watch as Oliver signs up. He's escorted away afterward before Lois can get to him. Lois tells Tess to stop them from leaving by helicopter, but Tess admits that they have military clearance and Oliver is gone.
Lois goes to see Emil at Metropolis General, and asks how she can find Clark and Oliver. He claims that he doesn't know about them, but Lois grabs a cutting tool and threatens him until he tells her that Clark went to Miami to find Arthur. She hands him the scalpel and tells him he was bluffing, and then starts booking a flight to Miami.
Clark and Arthur go to another oil platform, and Clark wonders if he feels guilty putting Mera in danger. Arthur insists that Mera can hold her own, and helped him realize he had to take a more aggressive approach. They discover that the structure is the same as the one that LuthorCorp built to confine superheroes. Mera contacts them to warn that Watchtower has found eight other sites with similar seismic activity, and Oliver has been taken away. The heroes split up to cover more ground, investigate the facilities, and find Oliver.
At an undisclosed location, Oliver is put through a regimen of tests. Slade asks him to help bring in his cohorts, and Oliver insists that it stops with him. Slade isn't impressed, and takes him to see... Arthur, held captive under heat lamps. Before Oliver can do anything, Slade clubs him unconscious.
Lois arrives at the aquarium and finds Mera there. She introduces herself as the wife of Orin, future king of the seven seas. Mera talks of how Arthur is embracing his destiny and leading his people, but Lois focuses on Clark. In response, Mera notes that Lois has always sought out superior companions, and wonders why a powerful man would choose her. When Lois objects, Mera wonders if she really wants the truth. Clark arrives and explains that he already knows that Oliver has been taken. Tess calls and Lois realizes that she's involved with the team, and wonders why Clark is keeping her out. Before they can pursue the matter, Tess completes an analysis of the metal sample they found and reveals that it can change its properties, and the government is using it as a weapon. They prepare to find the overdue Arthur, and Lois reveals that the blueprints she copied at Slade's office reveal one active facility in Alaska.
At Columbia Glacier, Alaska, Slade tortures Oliver by immersing him repeatedly in water, and boasts that he easily figured out how to restrain Aquaman with heat. He says that he'll soon take out the rest of the vigilantes, and "encourage" Arthur and Oliver to help. When they object, Slade says that they all have one great flaw, and wonders if Oliver resents his super-powered comrades.
There's an interruption in the power and the security alarms go off. Mera comes in and uses her water powers to free Oliver and expose Arthur to water. Slade activates the self destruct and a cage trap, capturing Mera in a heat cage, and then runs out. Oliver throws a piece of glass to destroy the switch activating the heat lamps, and Arthur frees his wife. With time running out, Arthur asks Oliver how long he can hold his breath.
Clark confronts Slade and warns that he's not going to let him destroy people's faith in justice. Slade shoots Clark without effect, and realizes that he's the Blur. He then activates a kryptonite cage and explains that the facility was built to confine the vigilantes. Slade insists that he will stay and die with Clark, all to make sure that no one man is above the law. Clark uses his x-ray vision and sees an Omega sign beneath the skin of Slade's forehead. He tells Slade that he is man, and steel, and the facility explodes.
At the Kent farm, Clark and Arthur meet and Clark thanks Arthur for rescuing him. Clark admits that he's realized that what he was raised to believe in isn't true, but Arthur tells him never to lose his optimism in people. He notes that Clark is right about how they shouldn't terrorists, and Clark notes that Slade caused them to lose their trust in each other. Arthur vows to lead by example rather than resistance, and warns that Clark has a problem with Lois. Clark admits that he's kept Lois in the dark, and Arthur says that if anyone can handle Clark and what he does, it's Lois. He asks Clark if Clark can handle Lois as a full partner.
In the house, Mera and Lois talk, and Mera admits that she was hasty about her judgment of Lois. She warns that Lois isn't like Clark, but Lois is what Clark needs and can meet him as an equal. Mera notes that it took a few months for her to convince Arthur to treat her as a full partner. Clark and Arthur come in, and Mera says that everything Arthur said about Clark's devotion to justice was true. Arthur and Mera say their goodbyes and depart. Clark apologizes to Lois for leaving her out of the loop, and admits that he relies on her. Lois wonders if they'll ever be like Arthur and Mera, working together, but Clark insists their relationship works because they have different approaches and abilities. Lois talks about her mother, and how she always remained stoic every time that her husband Sam went off to war, and notes that Clark didn't talk about the darkness because he's afraid that he's not invincible. Clark wonders how he can protect others if he can't protect himself from the darkness, and Lois says that he does it by telling the team what's going on.
Clark takes Lois to Watchtower and Tess welcomes her on board. She assures Lois that she'll have complete access. Oliver arrives and Clark explains that everything that has happened is no coincidence, and a great darkness came through the portal he opened for the Kandorians. The darkness preys upon their doubts and fears, and affected Slade. Clark shows them the Omega symbol that he saw branded beneath Slade's skull. They remember that Kara said that only someone pure of heart is immune, and it waits for people to give in to their weaknesses. If they don't stop it, the darkness will infect everyone on the planet.
In a secret medical facility, doctors tend to Slade, who lost his right eye in the explosion.

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"Luthor"

Written By: Bryan Q. Miller
Directed By: Kelly Souders
Produced By: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson
Aired in the U.S.A.: 3.12.10

Roles & Actors this episode:
Co-Starring: Lionel Luthor: John Glover
Clark Kent: Tom Welling
Lois Lane: Erica Durance
Oliver Queen/Green Arrow: Justin Hartley
Tess Mercer: Cassidy Freeman

Our Story:
At the Luthor manor, a lawyer arrives and informs Tess that Lionel left her something in the will. She admits that she's surprised that Tess is Lionel's heir. The lawyer gives Tess a case and leaves. As Tess examines the item inside, the phone rings. It's Clark, who says they have a leak and to meet her at Cadmus labs.
Tess puts the item in her purse and goes to the ruins of Cadmus. Clark explains that Emil has gone through the files, and been unable to locate one of the clones, LX15. Supplies are still being sent there, but Tess suggests that they not consider the clone a threat. Clark believes it's evil simply because it's a Luthor. He finds a lead-lined room, but Tess insists on handling it. Clark insists that he deal with it, and goes into the room. Inside are a cot, a chessboard, supplies, and a book with a thank-you note to Tess, from Alexander. Clark realizes that Tess knew all about the clone, and accuses her of betraying him and Oliver. As they talk, Tess drops the item, a crystalline device from her purse, and Clark picks it up. He twists it, and...
...finds himself in a bedroom, naked, with two women. He dons a shirt with a stylized U version of the El symbol. Lionel Luthor comes in and says that Clark is a Luthor man, and that Clark only lives once. Clark starts to ask why he's there, but Lionel talks about how Clark has established an Ultra-Man persona to strongarm their enemies. Lionel takes Clark to the study and tosses him a rapier... and Clark cuts his hand on it. Clark wonders if it's one of Jor-El's trials, but Lionel has no idea what he's talking about and starts dueling him. Clark insists that he's not Lionel's son and swings at him, but Lionel warns him against emotional reactions and disarms him. He reminds Clark that he is his father, and he's the one who raised him. Clark plays along, and Lionel wonders what Clark would be like if a farmer had found him.
Clark superspeeds to the farm and discovers that it's up for auction. The barn is long empty, but Tess is there. She boasts that she's Lionel's bastard daughter, and starts kissing Clark. When Clark insists that he's not who she thinks he is, Tess notices that Clark doesn't have a scar on his arm and complains that Lionel used the mirror box to bring Clark from another dimension. She starts to walk away, but Clark asks for answers. She finally tells him that they are in a darker universe, and Clark Luthor is in Clark's world.
Clark goes to the Daily Planet and discovers that it has been bought out by Luthorcorp. Lois hits him in her car, and Clark tries to apologize. She knows him as her editor at the newspaper, and warns him that he won't find an excuse to get her fired. Oliver comes up and embraces Lois, and Clark realizes that they're engaged. As a reporter tries to talk to Lois, Clark says that Oliver is lucky to have Lois. Oliver is unimpressed, noting that they've known each other since boarding school and Clark has already thrown away his opportunities. Lois and Oliver leave, and Clark hears an alarm. He goes to investigate and finds a burglar trying to escape with stolen good. He corners the man, who knows who he is, and the crook explains that no one sees Ultra-Man and lives. Clark realizes that Lionel has turned him into a murderer.
This Earth
Clark Luthor arrives and smiles. He goes to the Daily Planet, where Tess is trying to locate her Clark. Mistaking Clark for his counterpart, she wonders where he's been. He kisses her and she notices the scar with the L brand on it. Clark Luthor is well aware that he's in another universe, and Tess explains that Lex killed Lionel. Tess feigns interest and warns that she's watched constantly, but Clark wants the box so they can destroy it and make sure they're never returned to their own universe. Believing that Tess is his Tess and used the box to travel to this Earth as well, Clark lets her go and promises that the world won't know what hit it.
Lois is getting coffee on her afternoon off when she gets a call from Tess. She ignores it and tries to pay for the coffee on her card, but discovers that it's been declined. A bystander says that he has a call for Lois on his cell phone. It's Tess at Watchtower, who has found her using the city's CCTV. She tells Lois to get to Watchtower right away.
When Lois arrives at Watchtower, Tess is trying to contact Oliver and his team without success. As Tess starts to explain what's going on, Clark Luthor smashes in through the skylight and knocks them aside. When Lois tries to get through to him, assuming he's under the effects of red kryptonite, he knocks her out and tells Tess that he won't go back to Lionel's world. Instead, he'll conquer this world. He demands the box and she asks what happens if she doesn't. Clark Luthor informs her that he'll kill her.
The Other Earth
Tess goes to Lionel's office and opens the hidden safe containing the Kryptonian journal with the page about the mirror box. As she seals the hidden panel, Lionel comes in and realizes that she's up to something. He's well aware that she's planning a coup against him, and takes the pages that she removed from the journal. Tess insists that she loves Clark, and Lionel admits that he's not surprised given Clark is a god among men. He wonders what Clark sees in her, and insists that he won't let Tess ruin everything he's planned for. Tess slaps him, and Lionel calls his security guards. As she's taken away, Tess asks why Lionel couldn't love her like he loved Clark, and Lionel says that she's not special enough.
At the Fortress, Clark tries to contact Jor-El. Lionel is waiting for him, having set up an office there. He explains that they took extreme measures to silence the Jor-El construct, and that he's there to check their progress. Lionel says that he has to choose between Tess and Clark, since Clark Luthor killed Lex. He informs Clark that Tess was looking for the page from the journal that describes the mirror box from Krypton. Clark claims that he told Tess to find it so he could destroy it, and just wanted to make Lionel proud of him. Lionel explains that Oliver has the mirror box, after his family received it when Veritas dissolved. Clark promises to get it from Oliver, while Lionel looks after him.
At their engagement party, Lois finds Oliver drinking by himself on the balcony. He believes that the whole world hates him, despite Lois' assurances. Oliver wonders why she chose him, and Lois assures him that he's a good man. As they start to kiss, Clark whisks Lois away at superspeed. Oliver gets a call from Clark, who say that he wants the mirror box in return for Lois.
Clark has taken Lois to the top of the former Luthorcorp building, and tries to explain that he's from an alternate world. He describes all of the personal things he knows about her, and says that she must know in her heart that he's not Clark Luthor. Clark assures her that he can't live without her love, and leaves.
At the Watchtower building, Clark texts his location to Oliver to make the exchange. Oliver denies knowing about the box, but has used an orbital satellite to confirm that Lois is okay. He seals the doors and activates a kryptonite ray generator, and then prepares to shoot the weakened Clark. Clark tries to explain, but Oliver doesn't believe him and explains that he owns most of Smallville, and mined it for kryptonite. When Clark insists that he's no threat, Oliver asks why he took Lois. He says that he believes in justice and prepares to shoot Clark, but Clark insists that he's not a murderer. However, Lionel arrives and knocks Oliver out, and then asks what his plan was to escape to another world. Clark realizes that Lionel knew he was going into a trap, and told him that Oliver had the mirror box. Lionel reveals that he has the box, and says it's time for a long overdue father/son talk. When Clark says that he's not his son, Lionel says that he made their future his whole preoccupation, and let him kill Lex, his true son. Lionel says that he's sacrificed everything for Clark, but failed him. He starts beating Clark with his belt while noting that no true Luthor would have let Lionel live.
Oliver recovers consciousness and shuts down the kryptonite generator, and Clark knocks out Lionel and takes the mirror box. He tells Oliver to be ready when Clark Luthor arrives, and that in his world they do work together. Clark activates the mirror box as Lionel runs toward him...
This Earth
... and finds himself in the ruins of Watchtower, where Oliver, Tess, and Lois are ready to take him down. Clark appeals to Lois, who knows who he is.
Later, Lois checks herself out of Metropolis General and Clark comes to see her and brings flowers. He explains that he destroyed the mirror box, and admits that some part of Clark Luthor came from him. When Lois wonders how she put up with the other Clark, Clark notes that she didn't. She assures Clark that he has nothing to worry about.
At the manor, Tess goes over photos of herself as a child, as well as of Alexander. Clark comes to see her and apologizes for his comment about the Luthor blood. He admits that she had good reason to worry about his reaction, and Tess says that she's upset that Lionel tossed her aside because she wasn't good enough. Clark says that she's lucky that Lionel didn't raise her, and that it's the person, not the blood, that corrupts. He apologizes to her, and Tess says that she hid Alexander because she didn't want anyone taking the closest thing to family she has away from her. She figures that Alexander will only be found when he wants to be. Clark takes her hand and assures Tess that they'll face Lex together, and that she's not alone anymore.
Somewhere in Metropolis, Lionel Luthor buys a newspaper and admits to the newsstand owner that he's back just in time.

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"Icarus"

Written By: Genevieve Sparling
Directed By: Mairzee Almas
Produced By: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson
Aired in the U.S.A.: 10.12.10

Roles & Actors this episode:
Co-Starring: Dr. Emil Hamilton: Alessandro Juliani
Co-Starring: Cat Grant: Keri Lynn Pratt
Co-Starring: Black Canary: Alaina Huffman
Co-Starring: Carter Hall/Hawkman: Michael Shanks
Co-Starring: Slade Wilson: Michael Hogan
Co-Starring: Trotter: Lori Ann Triolo
Clark Kent: Tom Welling
Lois Lane: Erica Durance
Tess Mercer: Cassidy Freeman
Oliver Queen/Green Arrow: Justin Hartley

Our Story:
Clark waits nervously for Lois to arrive, and then suggests they go out for a nice dinner. She says that they need reservations, unaware that Clark has made reservations for them so he can propose. Lois notices the VRA curfew sign that is up and posts a pro-hero poster. Clark finally agrees to go home, but first fakes a crisis and super-speeds away. He then calls on the nearby phone booth. When she answers, he tells her to look up, and flower petals rain down from the sky. Clark then comes over, kneels, and proposes to her. She accepts and they kiss.
The next day, Lois arrives at work and has to pass through a security screening, while trying to call Oliver about the news. As she gets to her desk, she finds a note from Chloe wishing her well. Lois remembers when she talked to Chloe about what happened between Clark and Lana. Chloe noted that Lana wasn't the one to be in Clark's life. In the envelope, Lois finds something "old" from Chloe for the wedding. Cat Grant comes in and notices Lois' engagement ring, and congratulates her. She can't help sharing the problems with her own marriage, and notes that Lois won't be doing hero stories anymore now that the VRA is in effect. Tess arrives and learns about the engagement, and dismisses Cat. She then tells Lois to be at Watchtower for the new security upgrade at 9 that night.
That night, Lois arrives and discovers that Clark was told to be there as well. They come in and find their friends have prepared a surprise congratulation party for them. Oliver is the first to offer Clark his congratulations, and Clark asks him to be his best man. Oliver is thrilled and accepts. Carter Hall and Dr. Hamilton come over and talk, while Courtney and Tess admire Lois' ring. Meanwhile, Carter offers his condolences to Oliver about losing Chloe, and says he understands what it is to miss your loved ones at times like this. However, he insists that fear should never stop love. Oliver offers a toast to the happy couple.
Later, Oliver is walking home when he hears a woman scream. He goes after the mugger, who runs into a newsstand. Oliver tackles him, but the bystanders recognize Oliver and have heard the government stories that he's a terrorist. The mugger accuses Oliver of attacking him and runs off as the mob attacks Oliver. Carter and Courtney come to his aid, but the bystanders start picking up rocks. Courtney summons her star staff and creates a light blast to cover their escape.
Government agents break into Oliver's office and begin searching.
The next morning, Clark and Lois get home from the party and Lois is relieved that it's the first time they didn't have to hide their secret lives. When Clark worries that their relationship could take a backseat to his crime-fighting activities, Lois assures him that she understands. As she starts trying to work out what last name she'll be using, they turn on the news and hear about the attack on Oliver, and the fact there's now a city-wide manhunt for him. Lois tells Clark that it's time to get back to work.
Tess is having breakfast when Cat arrives and complains that Tess cut her story. She insists that Tess needs to sign on with the majority agenda, and makes a veiled threat that someone is going to notice. Once she leaves, a government official comes over and informs her that she has a meeting with him, whether she wants to or not.
Soldiers arrive at Metropolis General to collect Dr. Hamilton.
More soldiers arrive at the Kent house, but there's no sign of Clark.
Clark arrives at Watchtower and wonders why they didn't call him. Oliver says he tried to give Clark some time off. They turn on the news and realize that Slade somehow survived the explosion. He's making a public statement blaming Oliver for the loss of his right eye, and rousing the public against heroes. Black Canary tunes in as the group decides that they have to go underground now that Slade is alive and knows their secret identities. Clark agrees and activates the shutdown protocols.
Later, Lois arrives at the Daily Planet and finds Wilson's assistant Trotter waiting for her in the elevator. Trotter notices her engagement ring and takes her to Tess' office. Tess, Cat, and Emil are already there. Lois tries to call Clark, but Tess and Emil secretly warn her that the phones are bugged. Trotter then calls them in for interrogation, one at a time. Emil claims that he has an erratic schedule and works in low-income neighborhoods, but she knows he's been on Oliver's payroll for years. He insists that he's not connected to Oliver's supposed terrorist activities, but Trotter wants the names of Oliver's superhero allies.
Next, Trotter talks to Lois, who insists that she's never met the Blur or talked to him. Trotter notes that she's quoted the Blur on numerous occasions, and says that Lois won't be leaving until the government has Clark Kent in custody.
Clark breaks into Wilson's office and discovers that Carter has already arrived. They both intend to try and rectify the situation, and Clark wonders what kind of relationship he can have with Lois. Oliver shows up and suggests that they figure out how the Darkness is driving the current hatred. Carter disagrees, saying he's seen humanity at its darkest before. Every time the world looked to be consumed, a brighter force arose to send the Darkness back, and he was there to help. Clark vows to stop Wilson, but Carter warns that the authorities won't restrain the general. Clark says he has a way to confine Wilson until they can deal with him permanently.
Lois realizes that Trotter is keeping their knowledge of the heroes' identities out of the news to avoid garnering sympathy, and Trotter warns that if Lois doesn't cooperate, she won't be writing any more stories. Trotter then takes Tess to a storage room to intimidate her, and Tess insists that she doesn't know anything about Oliver's heroic activities. The officer insinuates that Tess is still romantically involved with Oliver, but Tess denies it. Trotter doesn't believe her.
Lois is held in Tess' office, and searches her desk for something useful. She finds a remote control under the desk that opens a concealed slide. Lois drops down it and finds herself in the basement. Cat discovers her, and Lois claims that she was cleared. Cat doesn't believe her and tries to take her to Trotter, but Lois insists that the people she's trying to protect are heroes. She admits that Cat is a good reporter, and wonders what kind of hero she wants her son to believe in. When Cat hesitates, Lois says that she knows the Blur has saved her twice, and without the Blur, Cat's son would be an orphan. One of the soldiers, Sgt. Garcia, comes looking for Lois, who hides. Cat says she hasn't seen Lois. Once Garcia leaves, Lois thanks Cat, who admits that things aren't as black-and-white as she thought. She tells Lois that she overheard Wilson tell Trotter that he's found a way to dispose of the heroes.
At Wilson's office, Oliver checks the general's computer and discovers that he's started Operation Icarus. It's a blacklist of known and suspected vigilantes and vigilante supporters. Tess, Lois, and Emil are all on the list, and they're uploading video files of their interrogations. Clark realizes that they're at the Daily Planet and super-speeds there. Carter realizes that Wilson has tapped into every camera in the city, including the ones in Oliver's office.
Trotter demands to know why her men haven't found Lois, and tells them to take Emil and Tess to the secure location. As they're taken through the basement, Clark arrives and knocks out the soldiers, but realizes that Lois isn't there.
Lois goes to Oliver's office and finds Wilson waiting for her. He demands to know where Clark is, and hits her when she refuses to talk. She insists that she'll stand by the Blur, and Wilson prepares to shoot her. When he puts the gun to her head, Lois hits him with a bottle. Unimpressed, Wilson knocks her out, but Hawkman smashes in through the window. He easily deflects Wilson's bullets, and the general draws his sword and attacks. Wilson manages to skewer him and then rips off his helmet. Lois wakes up in time to try and stop him, but an electrical spark sets off a gas explosion. Lois is knocked out the window and Hawkman flies after her, his wings burning.
As Wilson leaves the building, unharmed, Clark arrives. Wilson boasts that he's beyond Deaths' stroke now, and asks Clark to join him so they can put it all to an end. Clark refuses, and Wilson says that he killed Hawkman and Lois. He assures Clark that he does whatever he has to so that he can finish the mission, and Clark uses the Kryptonian device to send Wilson to the Phantom Zone.
Clark goes to the base of the building and finds the injured Hawkman lying among the debris. He opens his wings to reveal Lois, sheltered from the impact. Clark apologizes for not being there, but Carter says that it's all their fight, and his passing means that he'll be with Shayera again. He takes Clark's hand and says that he has to maintain a balance of feelings, and that Clark has all of the help that he needs.
Later, the heroes assemble in Egypt to bury Carter in a pyramid. A crystal emerges from the ground and knocks them all unconscious... or dead.

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"Collateral"

Written By: Jordan Hawley
Directed By: Morgan Beggs
Produced By: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson
Aired in the U.S.A.: 4.2.11

Roles & Actors this episode:
Co-Starring: Chloe Sullivan: Allison Mack
Co-Starring: Black Canary: Alaina Huffman
Co-Starring: Rick Flag: Ted Whittall
Co-Starring: Deadshot: Bradley Stryker
Co-Starring: Trotter: Lori Ann Triolo
Clark Kent: Tom Welling
Lois Lane: Erica Durance
Oliver Queen/Green Arrow: Justin Hartley

Our Story:
Lois is at the Kent farm, looking at photos of herself and Clark. She is on hold waiting for the VRA to respond to her call. They finally answer and Lois demands answers, but they hang up on her. She hears someone outside and goes to the door to see Clark come in. He smiles and she runs into his arms, and Lois informs him that they released her a couple of days ago. Clark tells her that the VRA were waiting for them at Carter Hall's funeral, captured them, and finally let them go. Lois notices that Clark seems out of it, but Clark insists that he's fine. However, when he picks up a piece of shattered glass, he cuts himself and explains that the VRA took away his powers. Neither one of them remember anything specific. Clark starts to have flashbacks of someone holding him down and conducting medical experiments on him: Chloe Sullivan. Lois tries to snap him out of it, and Clark explains that he saw her cousin.
At LuthorCorp, Oliver returns to his office and discovers the doors sealed by order of the U.S. government. Ripping aside the tape, Oliver goes in and pours himself a drink. He notices a cellphone with a picture of Chloe on it, and has flashbacks of Chloe conducting medical experiments on him.
Clark returns to Watchtower and finds Dinah Lance, Black Canary, waiting for him. He explains that he lost his powers, and Dinah informs him that the same thing happened to her. They compare notes and realize that they both saw Chloe conducting experiments on them. Dinah suspects that Chloe has betrayed them, but Clark insists that Chloe learned her lesson after she allied with Doomsday. They prepare to investigate the facility where they last saw Chloe, and Dinah asks if Clark can do what he has to if Chloe is responsible. Before they can leave, they get word that Oliver has been taken to the mental ward at Met Gen.
Clark goes to see Oliver, who is in a straitjacket. Oliver says that he's seen Chloe in his flashbacks, and Clark refuses to tell him what he saw. He leaves, assuring Oliver that he'll find out what's going on. Once Clark is gone, the lights in the room flicker and then shatter. The bricks at the far end warp and mutate, and Chloe steps through the walls to greet Oliver. She tells Oliver that he's not insane, and tells Oliver that she's there to save him. He accuses her of torturing him and the others, and refuses to believe her denial. Chloe explains that the VRA captured all of the heroes and placed their minds into a virtual world. Oliver doesn't believe it, but Chloe insists that all of the heroes are unconscious in a video reality being driven by their subconscious. She broke in and hacked into the computer, creating an avatar of herself to warn them. The flashbacks are moments of reality when she tried to pull them out. When Chloe removed Oliver, he started to die so she hooked him back up. As she goes to release him, she tells Oliver that he's only trapped as long as he believes in the "reality" around him. The lights crackle again and Oliver realizes that his straitjacket has disappeared.
They escape out into the halls of what appear to be Met Gen. Chloe explains that in the virtual reality, the system has anti-virus hunters disguised as men in black, and that the backdoor escape she built into the system is suspended above the street in front of the Daily Planet. The anti-virus "troopers" spot them and close in, and Chloe asks Oliver if he trusts her. When he says that he does, she takes out a pair of guns and shoots the men down.
Clark meets Lois at the Daily Planet and tries to locate the facility. Dinah shows up and insists that Chloe has betrayed them. She shows the others camera footage of Chloe shooting down the men and insists that it proves her suspicions. As Lois and Dinah argue, Clark gets a text from Chloe asking him to meet her on the roof. Chloe and Oliver are there, and explain to him what has happened. Chloe insists that the government is trying to shut down their powers in the virtual reality, and use that knowledge to strip Clark of his powers in the real world. She directs Oliver and Clark to the edge of the roof so that they can jump into the portal that is suspended in midair dozens of stories below. Clark demands answers, but Chloe asks Clark if he trusts her. She offers him his hand, but Clark says that he can't trust her. Chloe and Oliver leap off the roof, disappear halfway down... and Oliver wakes up in the lab. Chloe kisses him, but they're interrupted when Rick Flag and Deadshot arrive. Chloe orders them to stand down, and Oliver realizes that she's working with the Suicide Squad.
Deadshot covers the outside exit and Flag sends Oliver to one of the other routes, while Chloe attempts to free the others. They've detected VRA troopers moving in, and Chloe works to free the others as she reenters the system.
The Chloe avatar tries to find Dinah, who attacks her. The heroine ignores Chloe's explanation that they're in a virtual reality and demands her powers back. When Dinah attacks Chloe, Chloe uses her mastery of the virtual reality to fight back with advanced martial arts training. Dinah throws a knife at her, but Chloe stops it in midair using her abilities, and asks where Lois is.
In the real world, Lt. Trotter tells her VRA troopers to move in.
Oliver helps Dinah out of her cell, and Chloe says that she'll need 20 minutes to get the rest of the team out. She tells Flag to delay the troopers, and Dinah apologizes to Chloe for her suspicions before going outside with Flag. Oliver warns that they need Clark, and points out that Clark doesn't trust her because she left them.
In the virtual reality, Clark meets with Lois and tells her what he saw. Lois tells him that she knows what's going on because Chloe has told her they're in a virtual reality. Clark still doesn't believe that they're in a computer simulation, and Lois says that he needs to trust Chloe. She asks him what's really going on, and Clark admits that he doesn't know who Chloe is anymore, and she left without saying why. Lois points out that he hasn't admitted to his feelings about how Chloe has betrayed him, and that he has to trust her the way that he expected Chloe to trust him. She figures that his heart is telling him to believe in Chloe, and he has to go on his instincts. He'll have to accept that they're in a virtual reality to escape.
Trotter and her men break into the facility and knock Chloe out. The lieutenant has her programmer take over Chloe's avatar and stop Clark from escaping.
In the virtual reality, the Chloe avatar hesitates and staggers, and then continues under VRA control. She goes to the Planet as Clark and Lois head for the roof to jump. "Chloe" claims they're both suffering from post-traumatic stress, and warns that they'll be committing suicide. Lois realizes that the avatar has been hijacked, and knocks the avatar unconscious.
In the real world, Trotter goes to oversee the transfer of the prisoners. She tells her programmer to keep the Blur where they want him, and then goes to join her men. Outside, Flag and the others open fire, and Trotter orders her men to kill Chloe before fleeing. They prepare to shoot down Chloe... and Deadshot kills them first. Green Arrow knocks out the last man, while Black Canary knocks out Trotter with her sonic scream.
In the virtual reality, Clark and Lois arrive on the roof and find "Chloe" waiting for them. She tells Clark that from what they've learned from the captured superheroes, Clark has always been the one who denies reality and refuses to accept his abnormalities. Clark just smiles and walks around her, but "Chloe" warns that if he is less than 100% sure, he'll die. More of the corrupted avatars appear, and Lois tells Clark to trust himself, just as he did when he told Lois his secret. She tells Clark that she believes in him, and he grabs her and flies into the sky, around the Daily Planet, and then enters the escape portal.
Later, Clark is back home and finds Chloe looking at photos of them together with their friends. She admits that she's been cut off from everyone she cared about, but Clark notes that if she had been there, she would have been captured with Clark and the others. Chloe explains that she corrupted Flag's missile system and then gave him the choice of working for her, or Chloe turning him over to the government. Clark asks how she managed to trust him when she knew he was keeping his secret, and Chloe tells him that the measure of trust is not asking someone to explain themselves. She assures Clark that she never gave up, and never will. Lois arrives and tells them that Tess told her that Trotter and her men have been placed in the virtual reality. She then asks Chloe to be her maid of honor at their wedding.
Later, Oliver is waiting at Watchtower with roses when Chloe arrives to meet him. He admits that he stopped looking for her because he figured that's what she wanted. Chloe thanks him for trusting her, but he asks why she didn't call. She explains that the Fate helmet warned her to stay away, and Oliver tells her how much time he spent waiting just to see her smile. Chloe says that she didn't trust herself, and if she came back then she could never have left him alone again. However, now she'll be staying around. Oliver smiles and kisses her.
At the Kent barn, Clark is reading the journal of Carter's exploits and finds a photo of the archaeologist and superhero. Lois arrives to tell him that she's picked out the flowers and the bridesmaid's journal, and Clark admits that he's been thinking about Carter. He thanks Lois for believing in him and getting him to fly in virtual reality. Lois figures that he'll eventually fly in the real world, and leaves for a conference call with Perry.

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"Beacon"

Written By: Holly Henderson & Don Whitehead
Directed By: Mike Rohl
Produced By: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson
Aired in the U.S.A.: 11.2.11

Roles & Actors this episode:
Co-Starring: Lionel Luthor: John Glover
Co-Starring: Martha Kent: Annette O'Toole
Co-Starring: Alexander: Lucas Grabeel
Clark Kent: Tom Welling
Lois Lane: Erica Durance
Oliver Queen/Green Arrow: Justin Hartley
Chloe Sullivan: Allison Mack

Our Story:
Tess arrives at the Daily Planet as her employees stare at her suspiciously. Lois approaches her and asks why she's been rewriting her articles to give a pro-VRA spin, but Tess says that she didn't approve the edits. Lois doesn't believe her and stalks off. When Tess arrives at her office, she discovers that she has a visitor: the alternate Earth's Lionel Luthor, sitting behind her desk. She quickly realizes who he really is, but he explains that to the world at large, they'll believe that he's "their" Lionel Luthor, who has faked his death. Lionel claims that he's there to take care of his family, and reveals that he knows of the existence of the Alexander clone that she abandoned. He demands to know where the clone is, and Tess claims that she doesn't know. Lionel vows to find it, insisting that Alexander needs his father.
Chloe and Oliver are together at Watchtower, waking up in bed. Oliver prepares to go out to fight crime, and Chloe catches a broadcast of a pro-hero rally.
Clark comes home from a night of heroic activity and finds Lois returning from campaigning against the VRA. He'd rather focus on fighting crime, but she says that the nationwide vote against the VRA is the next day and they need to rally the people. Martha is on the television, arriving to give a keynote speech. She speaks meaningfully against the VRA and giving into fear, and gunshots ring out. Clark arrives at Met Gen and discovers that Martha is fine. She wore a bulletproof vest that protected against the first bullet, and the second one grazed her shoulder. Martha ignores Clark's objections and insists on going back out on the campaign trail, insisting that she vowed to give her life to protect Clark if necessary, just as Jonathan did. Clark says that he doesn't want to lose her as well and leaves to find the shooter. As he leaves, Chloe arrives and the two women hug, and Martha asks why she left Clark. Chloe explains that she did it for the same reason that Martha did, to allow Clark to stand on his own. Martha assures her that she's always been part of the family, and can't think of anyone else to watch over Clark.
Clark goes to the crime scene as the two sides square off against each in a series of escalating confrontations. Oliver is on the scene, admitting that he couldn't stay cooped up in Watchtower, and notes that no one has been able to find the bullets. Clark spots a nearby phone booth with shattered glass from the bullets, and moves toward it to investigate it. He winces in pain and realizes that there is kryptonite dust on the shard, and that the bullets were made of kryptonite that disintegrated on impact. The killer believed that he would intervene and took appropriate precaution, meaning that he or she has a personal motive rather than a political one.
Lois is at the farm, making calls and trying to get newspapers to run her pro-hero articles. Martha arrives and Lois tries to impress her with muffins and research on the potential shooters, but Martha assures her that she's been impressed with Lois for years. Martha gives Lois a necklace and explains that she received it from Jonathan's mother. His mother never warmed to her as a city girl, but gave her the necklace when she married Jonathan. She assures Lois that he's a perfect fit for Clark, but Lois admits that she can't inspire Clark since he's losing hope, and nobody will use her stories. Martha points out that Perry started off printing pamphlets for his causes.
Lionel tracks Alexander to an abandoned building in Suicide Slum. Alexander draws a gun on him, saying that he remembers killing him, but Lionel assures him that he doesn't need the gun. Examining it, he discovers the kryptonite bullets and realizes that Alexander is the one who shot Martha. The clone explains that he hoped that Clark would arrive to try and block the bullet, and would die from the wound. Lionel tells him that he's there to protect his "son," and that in another life he betrayed Lex and chose Clark. Now he plans to take advantage of his second chance, and that together they'll assure that Alexander rules the Luthor dynasty.
Lois goes to the archive room at the Planet and calls Chloe to meet her there. When Chloe arrives, Lois explains that she needs her cousin's help hacking the national news sites to spread her pro-hero pieces.
Clark checks out the shooter's crow's nest and finds the same anti-Blur symbol that he saw in Alexander's cell. He calls Oliver, who is going to his office, and Oliver assures him that they'll find Alexander. In his office he discovers Lionel and Alexander, ready to take the reins of power. Lionel explains that he's quietly reclaimed his assets, bought up Oliver's shares, and taken control of LuthorCorp. He dares Oliver to hit him, but the hero restrains himself. Lionel tells him he was a fool to seek out the spotlight, and the people turned against him once and will do so again when the anti-VRA vote fails. Oliver insists that the common people may surprise Lionel and he'll be back once his name is cleared, but Lionel assures him that the public will turn against him once more.
Clark returns to the Planet to meet Tess and tell her who the shooter is. As Tess explains that Luthor has followed Clark from the parallel Earth, Oliver arrives to bring them up-to-date on Lionel's takeover of LuthorCorp. Tess suggests that Clark uses the mirror box to send Lionel back, but he admits that he destroyed it. He believes that Jor-El can help them and tells them to wait until he comes back from the Fortress to do anything.
Lionel brings Alexander to the Luthor manor and finds Martha waiting for him. She knows who Lionel really is, and he sends Alexander outside. Lionel then says that he finds her attractive and that he knows all about the relationship she had with his counterpart. He leans in to kiss her, but Martha warns that she'll destroy him if he hurts Clark, and she won't let him use Clark to destroy Lex a second time. As she leaves, Alexander clubs her unconscious, and then asks Lionel if she was telling the truth. Lionel admits that he was wrong and he sought a second chance but Alexander starts throwing liquor bottles. He says that he knows his aging is accelerating, and that he knows Lex despised all of them. When Lionel tries to get through to him, Alexander knocks him unconscious, starts a fire, and leaves.
Clark realizes what Tess has planned and returns to find her looking for the Phantom Zone crystal in his loft. He insists that he only used it against Slade Wilson when he had no other choice, and that he plans to bring Slade back to face justice once the VRA is revoked. Alexander arrives to boast that he killed Martha and Lionel, and draws a gun filled with kryptonite bullets. Clark collapses as Alexander tells them what he's done. Clark insists that Alexander is no killer and he can still come back, but the clone says that he's the last Lex Luthor and there's no coming back. Tess says that she understands how Alexander feels, that he can't step back into the light after having been outcast in the dark for so long. When Alexander wonders why Clark would help him, Clark says that he has the one thing that Lex never had: Tess. She assures Alexander that she'll always be there for him, and Alexander finally gives her the gun. Tess throws it away, allowing Clark to recover.
Martha and Lionel have recovered consciousness and are trapped in the manor. Clark arrives and gets Martha to safety. After a moment's hesitation, he goes back and rescues Lionel as well, throwing him to the ground outside. He tells Lionel that it's not over and leaves with Martha, leaving Lionel to survey the destruction of the Luthor manor.
Clark and Lois meet at the Daily Planet, and Clark worries that despite his triumphs that day, he'll soon be an outlaw when the vote to repeal the VRA fails. Chloe is there and shows them the Beacon of Hope website that she has put together. On it, hundreds of thousands of Blur supporters have sent videos thanking him for everything he's done for their lives. Chloe assures Clark that the people were always there, and just needed a place to be heard.
Later, Clark and his friends meet at the Kent farm and watch the news. The repeal of the VRA is announced, and Clark thanks Lois for her support. She says that he needs to thank Martha and Perry, who inspired her. Clark talks to his mother, and admits that in the future he hides behind the disguise of Clark Kent. He wonders how he can represent the values they taught him if he hides who he really is, but Martha assures him that he will always stand for the values they taught him, and that Jonathan would be proud of him. Inspired, Clark, Lois, and Chloe go to Watchtower and reactivate it.
At the loft, Tess is examining a syringe filled with cyanide. When Alexander comes up, she hastily hides it as he complains that he's starting to forget things. She asks if he's forgotten what happened the previous day, and he worries what will happen if he forgets her. As Tess embraces, she promises that she'll make everything okay. She tries to inject him with the syringe, only to see it break against his skin.

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"Masquerade"

Written By: Bryan Q. Miller
Directed By: Tim Scanian
Produced By: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson
Aired in the U.S.A.: 18.2.11

Roles & Actors this episode:
Co-Starring: Desaad: Steve Byers
Clark Kent: Tom Welling
Lois Lane: Erica Durance
Oliver Queen/Green Arrow: Justin Hartley
Chloe Sullivan: Allison Mack

Our Story:
In Metropolis, Lois is at the Daily Planet using a diorama to layout the wedding seating. She's on the phone to Clark, and warns that if her father recognizes any of Clark's "super friends," they'll have problems. Clark is in London at Big Ben, and Lois picks him up on an Internet video broadcast and tells him that she knows where he is. He super-speeds to the Planet, where Lois is watching a London broadcast of the Blur's activities. She confirms that people across the world are looking for the Blur after his recent burst of activity now that the VRA has been lifted. She shows him a headline he laid out about the heroes going public, with his photo on it, and tells him that she kept the story out of print because it might endanger Clark's identity as the blur. Clark doesn't appear convinced, and Lois insists they need to find a way to conceal his identity.
At the Ace of Clubs, Chloe arrives to meet a disguised Oliver and flirts with him, pretending that they're strangers. He bemoans the fact that he can't be seen publicly, and Chloe takes the opportunity to borrow the identity of the Joneses, a couple that failed to show up for their reservation. The hostess seats them and Oliver warns Chloe that they're at risk. Chloe disagrees and the share a toast.
At the Kent farm, Lois works Clark's disguise, adding a hoodie and shades. Clark is less than thrilled, but Lois warns that he has to come up with a way to hide his identity or he'll end up like Oliver with no secret identity. When Clark tries to leave, Lois insists that he stay until they resolve the issue.
At the club, the hostess tells Oliver that he's received a call from his wife, Mrs. Jones. She suggests that Chloe find someone else to date, and Oliver takes the call. It's a woman calling from a church, and she says that she's found the prisoners. Oliver tries to get through to her as she frees the prisoners, but she realizes that her eyes are bleeding. She tells Oliver that "he" has found her and screams. Oliver tries to get answers, but the woman's attacker picks up the phone and says that Oliver will be joining the woman soon enough. After hanging up, the man lays out the woman's body with the rest.
As they leave, Chloe traces the call and admits that she isn't sure where to look. Oliver has an idea and gets into the car that belong to the Jones. They discover that two men with guns are waiting for them.
Clark goes to the crime scene of the recent murders. The police let him in, and a photographer, Bert, explains that a worker found them in a nearby tunnel. Bert comments that the Blur in the viral clip looks like Clark, but Clark dismisses his suspicions and tries to focus on the case. The photographer persists and trips, and Clark catches him as he falls through a gap in the flooring. He hastily tries to explain how he lifted Bert with one hand, and Bert says that he's a hero.
Next, Clark goes to Met Gen and talks to the coroner examining Mrs. Jones on the Masquerade story. The coroner, Blayne, introduces himself and admits that he's been working full-out since the bodies came in. He tells Clark that Mrs. Jones and the others died of internal hemorrhaging, and it looks like natural cause. Clark doesn't believe it, and Blayne admits that whoever the killer is, is someone who gave in to their darker urges. Clark uses his microscopic vision and spots several small black dots on the body's hand. He points it out to Blayne, who says that he had a pen pop earlier, and the spots are ink.
The men toss Chloe and Oliver in the trunk. As they drive away, Oliver mentions their anniversary and then realizes that Chloe forgot it. He's offended that she's not sure what he considers him or how she defines their relationship. The car pulls over and the men escort them out, saying they have some explaining to do. They take the couple to an apartment and ask who they are. Oliver and Chloe take out their captors and then kiss. When they examine the men, they realize that they're FBI agents. There are files on the Jones, who were FBI agents on stakeout. Chloe finds x-rays of human beings with the Omega brand on their skulls.
The next morning, Chloe and Oliver go to a sex club belonging to a man known as Desaad. According to the FBI files, each of the persons with the brand on their skull visited the club, including Mr. Jones. Oliver immediately climbs up to a window and slips in, leaving Chloe behind. "Mr. Jones," actually Agent Vactor, comes up behind Chloe and tries to arrest her for impeding an investigation. However, he collapses, bleeding to death, and Desaad steps out of the shadows. He realizes that Chloe knows about him and telekinetically knocks her unconscious, and promises to learn more about her.
At the Planet, Lois is coordinating her wedding plans at the same time. She tells co-worker Jeff to go to a bakery and negotiate frosting for her, and he gives in. Clark arrives, casually brushing past Jeff, and Lois refuses to remind him of how he almost blew his secret identity at the crime scene. When he tells Lois that the coroner was unable to find a connection between the victims, she shows him photos that indicate each victim had a club stamp. Clark explains that he used his "micro vision" to spot the bits of ink, and realizes that "Blayne" was covering the killer's tracks.
Clark goes to Watchtower to try and track down who bought the stamp. Oliver arrives and tells Clark that Chloe has disappeared at the club, and they realize that Desaad works for Darkseid and is converting who he can and killing the others. They find a property that Desaad owns and Clark prepares to leave, telling Oliver that he's in no condition to take on Desaad in his current emotional state. As soon as Clark leaves, Oliver immediately heads for the club.
Chloe wakes up in the church address, hanging from the ceiling. Suddenly the lighting changes and Clark comes in to free her. He wonders if they missed their chance to be together and asks for one kiss. Chloe refuses and Oliver disappears. Oliver comes in and Chloe warns him that something's wrong with Clark. He asks to run away with her, without a disguise, and insists that they don't have to try to so hard to be heroes. Oliver asks her to take his hand, but Chloe realizes that something is wrong and asks who he really is. "Lois" appears next and says that Chloe is envious of the relationship she has with Clark. Chloe realizes that her captor is trying to tempt her with the deadly sins, but "Lois" says that she can't resist. The room returns to normal, and Desaad confronts Chloe directly. She insists that he can't convert her, but Desaad explains that he exploits sin to convert his victims, and she's more vulnerable than she thinks. Desaad puts a knife in her hand and dares her to kill him. Chloe realizes that it's an attempt to appeal to her wrath and refuses. A white-clad Chloe appears and suggests that taking a life may be necessary, but Chloe refuses. "Chloe" says that she's strong and appeals to her pride, and that Chloe was too proud to give up what she had built for a relationship with Oliver. After a moment's hesitation, Chloe throws the knife away, and Desaad prepares to unleash another mental barrage.
Clark arrives and whisks Chloe away, and then returns to confront Desaad. Desaad boasts that he's a servant of Darkseid, and notes that Clark is much more self-assured now than when he faced Godfrey and Granny. He explains that the brands were already there, and then sends a burst of black energy to pin Clark to the wall.
As Desaad leaves, Oliver confronts him and demands to know where Chloe is. Desaad boasts that Chloe screamed before she died. Oliver beats him, and Desaad laughs, saying that his sin is obvious.
Clark frees himself and runs outside to stop Oliver. He assures his friend that Chloe is safe. Oliver stares at Desaad, realizing what he's done, and walks away.
Later, Lois discovers that Clark removed his name from the article. He admits that he's been drawing too much attention to himself and had second thoughts. Clark admits that he has to wear a mask, but points out that he's always wanted to present his real face to the world. However, he accepts that he is the Blur and always has been. Lois says that he's had a breakthrough, but wonders how they can have a life together. Clark explains that now he has to adapt "Clark Kent" as a disguise, and dons a pair of glasses while explaining that he'll have to act normal as a civilian. As they leave, Clark bumps into Jeff, who initially gets angry at him. Clark apologizes and says he has to be more careful, and Jeff brushes past him.
At Watchtower, Chloe is looking at her old high school yearbooks. Oliver comes in and Chloe admits that she has always defined herself by others, and she's not sure if she'll lose the last part of who she really is. Oliver assures her that he'll never forget who she is. Chloe tells him that's why she loves him, and wonders what they do now. Oliver admits that he was kidding himself trying to be normal, and now he has to face up to who he is. As they go, Oliver wonders who people will think she is, and Chloe says they can start with "girlfriend." They start to go and Oliver hangs back to turn off the power. He's unaware that the Omega brand is on his forehead.

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"Fortune"

Written By: Anne Cofell Saunders
Directed By: Christopher Perry
Produced By: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson
Aired in the U.S.A.: 25.02.11

Roles & Actors this episode:
Co-Starring: Dr. Emil Hamilton: Alessandro Juliani
Co-Starring: Fortune: James Kidnie
Clark Kent: Tom Welling
Lois Lane: Erica Durance
Tess Mercer: Cassidy Freeman
Oliver Queen/Green Arrow: Justin Hartley
Chloe Sullivan: Allison Mack

Our Story:
At the Kent farm, Lois dresses up for the night and comes downstairs, wearing her engagement ring. Clark is waiting for her, and they're planning to go to their respective bachelor and bachelorette parties. Tess and Chloe arrive to pick up Lois, and Chloe notes that she's never seen Clark so happy. Oliver and Dr. Hamilton are there to get Clark, and Chloe offers their toast before they go their respective ways. She says that they will all be there for the happy couple in the years to come.
The next morning, Clark wakes up in his room and finds a Blur S burned into the ceiling above him and a lemur sitting on his chest. He staggers out of bed, badly hung-over, and opens the closet door to find Chloe, wearing a wedding dress. They realize that they're wearing wedding rings and that they have no memory of what happened the previous night. They try to figure out what happened and go downstairs, and discover that a number of items from all over Metropolis are piled up in the house. When Clark realizes that he couldn't be affected by normal alcohol, they check the champagne and discover it came from Zatanna.
Clark gets a call from the police saying that they've found his wallet downstairs. When they arrive, they discover a huge red limo with "just married" scrawled on the sides. Clark checks his text messages and finds one from Lois saying she needs more time. Chloe says that she wouldn't leave, despite her previous history of leaving when things get rough. They find a wedding certificate torn in half, and Chloe's name is on the half they find. As Clark super-speeds away, he trips. As he regroups, they notice two girls wearing t-shirts that feature Emil dressed as Elvis Presley. They're watching an Internet video of Emil performing at a bar. Chloe heads for Watchtower while Clark goes to track down Emil.
At the bar, Emil and Tess are performing Presley numbers. Clark arrives and a female chauffeur recognizes him. She says that she dropped off Lois at the Chapel of Love with Clark, but Lois wasn't there when the chauffeur picked Clark up later. Two policemen come in and haul Emil away, saying that he made an armored car disappear into thin air. Tess, clearly drunk, notes that she only knows one person who can make an armored car disappear.
Lois wakes up on the railroad tracks, lying next to a sleeping Oliver, who is wearing a green tuxedo. They also have no memory of what happened the previous night, and discover that their cell phones are gone. Lois doesn't want to call Clark, because she's realized that her engagement ring is gone.
At Watchtower, Clark, Tess, and Chloe are trying to track down Oliver and Lois. Tess hesitates and suggests that Chloe use the computers, but Chloe says that they're in good hands. Tess gets a lock on the armored car and sets off the alarm by remote, and Clark's cell phone goes off. He super-speeds to the Kent farm and discovers that the armored car is in the barn, and filled with money.
As Oliver and Lois walk into town, Oliver tries to reassure her and says he'll buy her a new ring. However, Lois doesn't want a counterfeit ring, insisting that she doesn't want to use a lie. She insists that they can't tell Clark, and then finds a gambling chip on her for the Fortune Casino in Metropolis.
Back at Watchtower, Clark blames himself for being reckless, but Tess and Chloe assure him that it's normal behavior for bachelors. Chloe confirms there's no record of Emil at the police station.
The two fake policemen have taken Emil to the Fortune Casino. Their boss, Fortune, tells him that he wants the stolen money, but Emil has no idea what he's talking about. They show him video of Emil and the others at the armored car, and it disappearing into thin air along with Fortune's lucky lemur. Emil realizes that the two henchmen were the robbers, and Fortune tells his men to break Emil.
Lois and Oliver arrive at the casino and one of the bouncers tells them that he told them never to come back again. They ask him what happened to the ring, and the bouncer says that Lois bet her ring and trash-talked the boss, and Fortune won the ring at cards. The bouncer admits that Fortune rigged the game, and Lois spots Fortune at a table, wearing her ring. When Lois starts to go after him, the bouncers capture them and tie them up backstage. They manage to slide over to the controls and Oliver starts to cut apart the tape holding them. Meanwhile, Lois complains that she didn't want her wacky life affecting everyone else, and figures that Clark wouldn't have lost the ring because he's perfect. Oliver gets them free, but Lois refuses to leave without her ring. The bouncers spot them as they try to leave, and the couple is forced to lock the door. The only way out is through the stage, but there are more guards outside. Oliver spots the showgirl costumes and realizes there's only one way out.
Chloe has identified the men in the footage using facial recognition software, and she and Clark arrive at the casino. As Clark leaves to search the casino, Chloe spots Lois and Oliver on stage... disguised as showgirls. When the show ends, Lois tries to get close to Fortune, but he's more impressed with Oliver at first. However, he spots Chloe and realizes that she is involved in the armored car theft. A fight breaks out and Lois knocks the ring off of fortune's hand. Oliver and Chloe takes out the guards while Lois tries to get the ring. She grabs it and promises never to lose it, but Fortune grabs her. Oliver knocks him out first.
In back, the guards plan to torture Emil, who realizes that Fortune set up the robbery for the insurance. However, Clark then stole the armored car to stop them from fake-stealing it. The men use a vice on Emil's head, but Clark arrives to knock them out before there's any permanent damage.
Later at the barn, Chloe and Clark meet and the loft and she congratulates him on surviving his bachelor party. Clark says that they have one thing to undo, and Chloe tells him that the chapel has confirmed that it was a drunk prank. Clark admits that the whole thing reminded him of the good old days, and realizes that she's preparing to leave. Chloe admits that she's made her decision, and she won't let Oliver give up his world for her. She explains that she can't be Watchtower anymore, and figures her job in life is to find heroes and inspire them. Chloe has created a new identity as a reporter for the Star City Register. The two of them share a hug.
At Watchtower, Tess finds Emil going over the computers. She congratulates him on his singing debut, and he admits he hasn't done anything like that since his wife passed away. Tess tells him that his wife wouldn't have wanted him to give up. Lois arrives with Emil's camera, which they found in the limo. As they sit down to watch the footage, Clark admits to Lois that he thought she had run off again, and tells her that if she's not 100% sure, he'll understand. However, he assures her that he'll be ready to marry her whenever she decides. Lois tells him that was the perfect thing to say.
They start the footage and see a drunken Clark declaring that Lois is the love of his life. They head to the bar, and watch as Oliver complains about Clark buying cheap rings. Clark then goes around town collecting souvenirs and spotting the armored car with Fortune's lemur. They realize there are robbers involved and Clark whisks the armored car away, and then Emil and Tess ending up together naked at her office at the Daily Planet.
Chloe tries to slip away but Oliver catches up to her and realizes that she's leaving for good. He admits that she knew that she wouldn't stay forever, and then shows her the other half of the wedding certificate... with his name on it. He figures she took a job in star City, his home town, so they'd be together. They kiss and then leave together.

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"Scion"

Written By: Turi Meyer & Al Septien
Directed By: Al Septien
Produced By: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson
Aired in the U.S.A.: 4.3.11

Roles & Actors this episode:
Co-Starring: Lionel Luthor: John Glover
Co-Starring: Conner: Lucas Grabeel
Clark Kent: Tom Welling
Lois Lane: Erica Durance
Tess Mercer: Cassidy Freeman

Our Story:
Clark returns to the Kent farm after a night of crime-fighting and finds Tess waiting for him. She claims that they haven't had much time together recently and tries to make small talk, and then tells Clark that Alexander has been "glitch-free" recently. However, she believes that Alexander needs a mentor and that Clark is the best person to serve. Clark is skeptical, worried that his presence could stir Alexander's shared memories from Lex Luthor. Tess starts to explain more about Alexander when they hear a noise from the barn. They go out and discover that Alexander is easily holding a tractor above his head, and Tess tells Clark that Alexander also has his genes.
Later, Lionel explores the ruins of a LuthorCorp facility and finds Tess waiting for him. He warns her that she can't hide Alexander from him forever and demands his son. Tess notes that on this world, Lex killed Lionel, and Lionel insists that Lex proved he was a true Luthor. However, Lionel then admits that he made a mistake choosing the other world's Clark over his own flesh and blood, and boasts he would have also given Tess up for adoption because she's inferior. He tells her to imagine what Alexander could do with the right guidance, and Tess agrees. She invites him to come with her into an adjoining chamber. Inside is a tube of ash, and Tess claims that they couldn't find a cure for Alexander's accelerated aging. Lionel doesn't believe it, but Tess insists that Alexander is dead and Lionel will never be able to hurt him again.
At the barn, Alexander is helping Clark with the chores and explains that he is using the name Conner. He believes that Tess considers him a freak, and wants to find out who he really is. Conner says that he wants to find out now, and tells Clark that he's leaving. When Clark tries to stop him, saying it's important to Tess that he stay around, Conner says it's his choice. He tries to super-speed away, and is surprised to discover that Clark has similar powers. He realizes that Clark is the Blur and suggests they go to Metropolis to fight crime, but Clark wants him to train first. Lois arrives and Clark introduces Conner. The boy is smitten with her, and his heat vision goes off just like Clark's did when he was an adolescent.
Clark gets Lois into the house and explains what's going on, including the fact that half of Conner's genes came from Clark. He insists that they help Conner, but Lois warns that they don't know what the boy is capable of. Clark says that he can understand not feeling normal, and that Lois is the only thing that has ever made him feel normal. Lois assures Clark that Conner will be different because he has both of them.
Later at the Daily Planet, Tess meets Lois and tells her that they need to do something before Lionel finds Conner and uses him. Lois gets an idea and suggests that they try to find evidence that Lionel is a fake.
Lionel has a scientist examine the ashes and confirm that they came from a clone, not Conner. They've tortured Dr. Lamell to confirm that Conner is in Smallville, and Lionel says it's time for his son to return.
At the Kent barn, Conner is practicing with his heat vision but quickly grows frustrated. When Clark arrives, Conner insists that he's had enough and wonders how Clark gained control of his powers. Clark talks about how Jonathan was there for him, and promises that he'll be there for Conner.
Clark returns to the house and finds Tess there. He admits that Conner is mastering his powers faster than he did, and Tess notes that he's taking pride in Conner. She then tells him that her inside man has told her that Lionel has learned Conner's location. As they discuss the fact that Conner has Lex's genetics, Conner overhears them with his super-hearing and speeds off.
Lois breaks into Lionel's office and contacts Tess to let her know that so far Lionel's paper trail has been perfect. As she goes, she finds an armed guard waiting for her.
Conner goes to the ruins of the Luthor manor and finds a photo. He hears Lionel enter the ruins and hides, and Lionel calls out to him. He says that he's Conner's father, and Conner tells him that Clark lied to him to keep him from his real family. Lionel claims that Clark believes that Connor is a threat because he's a Luthor, and tells him to embrace his future. He hands him a lead case with a red kryptonite ring inside. Unaware of what it really is, Conner puts it on and his eyes glow red for a moment.
Lionel takes Conner to a slaughterhouse where he's holding Lois prisoner, and tells the boy that Clark uses others. Lois insists she came on her own, and Lionel says that no one will ever take his son away from him. He takes out a gun and prepares to shoot her, and Lois notes that the Lionel she knew never got blood on his hands. Lionel says that he's not the Lionel she knew and fires, but Conner whisks Lois away to safety. As she goes to call Clark, Conner insists that he can take care of her on his own. When Lois complains she's cold, Conner speeds away and gets a fur coat for her, and then expensive jewelry that he steals from a nearby store. As the store owner accuses Lois of stealing the jewelry, Conner super-speeds away and then drives back in a stolen car, and Lois has no choice but to go with him.
At his office, Lionel gets word of Conner's interest in Lois, and tells his people to make sure that Lois doesn't lead Conner to Clark. He tells them to ensure that Conner keeps the ring on, since it has a tracking device in it. Clark arrives and reveals that he knows what Lionel has done. He grabs Lionel, who says that he wants to unleash Conner's dark side and find out who he really is. Clark vows that he won't let Lionel destroy Conner like "his" Lionel destroyed Lex, but Lionel points out that Conner came to him when he realized that Clark was lying to him. He boasts that Conner is with Lois, and that he'll soon take her away from Clark.
Conner takes Lois to the Luthor manor and promises that he'll keep her safe. Lois says that she's already spoken for and tries to walk away, and Conner knocks her unconscious.
Lois wakes up next to the fire that Conner has prepared. She spots the ring on his finger, and Conner apologizes for losing his temper. Lois suggests that he get some champagne to toast their new relationship, but he realizes that she's lying. She tries to warn him about the ring, but Conner says that he's at the top of his game thanks to Clark. The one thing Clark has that he doesn't is Lois, and now he has her as well. Lois warns that the ring is unleashing the Lex side of Conner and they need to cure him, but Conner says that he doesn't want a cure. As he prepares to kill her rather than lose her, Clark arrives and Conner super-speeds away. Lois staggers off as Clark comes in and realizes that she was there. Conner tells Clark that he's not welcome, and Clark offers his help against Lionel. The boy refuses Clark's help and attacks him. Clark says that what the ring is making him is not who he is, but Conner insists that he's a Luthor. Clark grabs him and then smashes the ring, and Conner snaps out of his spell. Clark and Conner both collapse as Lionel arrives with a piece of green kryptonite. Lionel leaves it at Clark's side and drags Conner away, saying that he was meant to be a god. Conner hesitates and then tells Lionel that he knows who he is. He uses his heat vision to destroy the kryptonite and goes to help Clark as Lionel escapes.
Later, Lionel returns to his office but Tess comes in and tells him that security is coming to remove him. She reveals that she has copies of all the documents that he signed, and one document that he was never aware of: her certificate of adoption. That world's Lionel's fingerprints are on the document, and the other Lionel's are reversed, meaning she can reveal him as a fake. When Lionel wonders why he should relinquish control, Tess explains that the scotch he's drinking contains nano-tracers, and she'll always know where he is. She warns him that if he goes against her friends, she'll have him killed. When Lionel asks why she doesn't have him killed immediately, Tess says that's not who she is. As Lionel goes, he tells Tess that she'll always be a Luthor.
At the barn, Conner is doing chores to make up for the trouble he caused. Clark apologizes for lying and tells Conner not to beat himself up for not knowing what Lionel would do. Conner notes that the ring brought out his Lex half, and Clark tells him that he has to decide who'll he be, and that he's confident that Conner will become a hero. Conner agrees, and reveals that he has crafted a costume for himself. Clark gives him an application to Smallville High in the name of "Conner Kent" and welcomes him home. As Conner leaves to fix the fence, Lois arrives and notes that Clark's nurturing approach worked. She apologizes for not telling him about her investigation into Lionel, and Clark admits it's hard to know when to draw the line with loved ones. He admits that he's learned a new respect for his parents for raising him, and Lois assures him that he'll be an amazing father when they have children.
Later, Lionel goes to the grave of Lex Luthor and says he would have given anything to have him at his side. As he turns to walk away, Darkseid appears before him.

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"Kent"

Written By: Genevieve Sparling
Directed By: Jeannot Szwarc
Produced By: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson
Aired in the U.S.A.: 15.04.11

Roles & Actors this episode:
Co-Starring: Dr. Emil Hamilton
Co-Starring: Jonathan Kent: John Schneider
Clark Kent: Tom Welling
Lois Lane: Erica Durance
Tess Mercer: Cassidy Freeman

Our Story:
Lois is working late when Clark arrives with Chinese takeout. She's working to get a promotion and Clark assures her that he's seen the future where she is a chief reporter. They commiserate briefly about how they can't find time together between their respective jobs, and Clark discovers that Martha has sent him the deed to the farm as a wedding gift. He wonders if she wants them to sell it.
At the Kent barn, an unearthly light fills the room and the alternate Clark Kent arrives using the mirror box.
The next morning, Marge Manners, a Smallville realtor, arrives at the Kent farm and a surprised Lois tries to figure out why she's there. She tries to discourage the realtor without success. Meanwhile, Clark arrives at the barn and discovers that someone has been going through his things. There's a mirror box on the table, and when he picks it up, Clark Luthor comes in. he explains that the mirror box is the one from his universe and activates it at superspeed and then destroys it after Clark is teleported away.
Earth 2
Clark finds himself at a cemetery where Oliver Queen is being buried as his widow, Lois-2, looks on. As she notices Clark, Jonathan Kent comes storming up, insisting that Oliver stole his land and ruined the town. As Clark approaches the funeral, Lois-2 uses a piece of kryptonite on him, assuming he's Clark Luthor. Clark tries to explain and tells her about when they met on the roof of the Daily Planet. She accepts his explanation and tells him that Oliver-2 revealed Clark Luthor's identity as Ultra-Man and his weakness to kryptonite, and Clark Luthor killed him in revenge. As the mourners recognize Clark, Lois-2 tells Clark to leave before they capture him. Clark says he needs to check something first, and thanks Lois-2 for her trust in him.
This Earth
Clark Luthor receives a text message to Lois asking him to meet her. He removes his Luthor ring and goes to the new studio apartment she's rented and she fails to recognize who he really is. She complains about how Clark sold the farm without her, and she lost her only real home. Clark Luthor plays along and assures her that they'll be together, and then asks about Lionel. Lois tells him about the Lionel-cam they've set up, and tells him that he'll have to get access from Tess, who is at the manor selling what's left of the property. Clark Luthor starts to go, but Lois points out that she's brought his telescope along. He casually throws it away as sirens sound in the distant. Realizing what is happening, Lois asks if he's going to deal with the emergency and Clark Luthor superspeeds away. She calls Tess, who is away from her phone dealing with the contractors at the ruined manor.
As the contractors leave, Clark Luthor arrives and is upset at the destruction. Tess asks him if he wants to help tear the place down, and Clark Luthor points out that destroying it won't change the fact that she's a Luthor. He talks about how he can understand what it means to be an outsider, but Tess soon realizes that he's the alternate Clark. He realizes that she knows and starts to advance on her, saying that she and Lionel-2 are all the matter. The contractors return, interrupting them, and Clark Luthor, leaves, saying they have plenty of time.
Earth 2
Clark goes to the Kent house and discovers that it's been abandoned. Jonathan ambushes him, using a piece of kryptonite to weaken him.
This Earth
Lois calls Emil to the farmhouse, and he explains that he secretly collected the remains of their world's mirror box. He tries to reassemble it and assures her that they'll get her Clark back.
At Watchtower, Clark Luthor tries to access the Lionel-cam surveillance program without success. Meanwhile, Tess calls Lois and Emil and says that she'll try and stall Clark Luthor while they finish repairing the mirror box. She arrives at her Daily Planet Office and finds a present from him: a dress and an invitation to the Ace of Clubs that night. Clark Luthor comes in behind her and says that he knows all about her, and then leaves.
Earth 2
Clark wakes up and finds himself tied to a chair with a piece of kryptonite nearby. He tries to explain to Jonathan that he's not who he thinks he is, but Jonathan accuses him of single-handedly destroying everything he cared about. He explains that the meteor shower destroyed the farm, and Queen bought it out along with the rest of Smallville so he could obtain the kryptonite he needed to oppose Ultra-Man. Clark realize that Jonathan has been living there alone for years, and Jonathan says that he found a piece of gold meteor rock among the debris. However, now he plans to turn in Clark for the reward money and use it to buy back the deed to the farm. Clark asks about Martha and what it means without her, and Jonathan says that she gave up on him the first chance she had. When Clark says that Jonathan is nothing without her, Jonathan-2 kicks him to the floor. Clark tries to explain that in his world, Jonathan and Martha were married and found Clark on the day of the meteor shower, and asks him to untie him so he can show him one thing.
This Earth
Clark Luthor arrives at Ace of Clubs and finds Tess waiting for him in the dress he gave her. He leads her to a table and pours champagne, and explains that he knew she would figure it out eventually. Clark Luthor explains that she gets flustered when she's not in control, just like the Tess he knows, and points out that Clark doesn't appreciate her as a partner or as woman. He wants her and Lionel, and Tess says that she won't help him murder his adopted father. Clark Luthor knows all about her nightmares of abandonment, and her hope to defeat Lionel, and promises to help her defeat Lionel. He explains that on his world, everyone knows how to kill him, and he wants a fresh start. To have that, he has to kill Lionel. Tess confirms that if she doesn't help him, he'll kill her.
Earth 2
Jonathan-2 accepts Clark's story and starts to seal away the kryptonite, and tells him the police are on his way. Clark takes out a hidden shotgun and gives it to Jonathan, explaining that it belonged to his grandfather. He tells Jonathan-2 that his counterpart taught him everything he knows about being fair and just, and that Jonathan was a hero without powers. He refuses to leave Jonathan-2, and says that Martha is still there and he still has a chance if he'll risk everything rather than hold onto nothing. When Jonathan-2 asks who told him that, Clark says that his Jonathan did. As the police arrive, Jonathan-2 tells him goodbye and good luck... calling him son. As they try to hug, Clark is pulled back to the Kent farm on his Earth as Emil completes the repairs on the mirror box. He tells Lois that he was there with his father, and then asks where he can find Clark Luthor.
This Earth
Clark Luthor takes Tess to her office and she has no choice but to bring the Lionel-cam program online. As she works, she asks what he plans to do with Lionel-2. Clark Luthor asks if she's debating whether to kill Lionel-2, and Tess says she'll do it. She gives him a GPS tracker and tells Clark Luthor to follow it. Once he leaves, Tess starts to reroute the signal. Clark Luthor returns with a bottle of champagne and says that it's done. He shoves the desk out of the way and starts to kiss her, and then says that he knows she reprogrammed the tracker. He shoves her out the window and dangles her out over the street, and Tess insists that Lionel is her father and she couldn't let him die. She admits that she wants a life with him, but Clark Luthor says that he could never trust her.
Clark Luthor starts to drop Tess, but Clark arrives, takes her somewhere safe, and returns to the office. Clark Luthor attacks him, smashing his counterpart through a wall. Clark superspeeds to the Fortress and Clark Luthor goes after him. Clark explains that their birth father is there, but Clark Luthor says that it's nothing but an empty box. He says that he made his way fine, but Clark points out that there's still a chance for redemption for him. When Clark points out that he could have killed Tess immediately but didn't, Clark Luthor asks why Clark believes in him. Clark tells him that without Lionel, he can choose a new life. He then calls out to Jor-El, who activates the mirror box and sends Clark Luthor back to the Fortress on his world. The Jor-el there activates and welcomes Clark Luthor home, calling him son.
Later, Emil meets with Tess and informs her that he's checked Clark's report about gold kryptonite and confirmed that it could strip Clark of his powers. He admits he was checking the surveillance data and saw her and Clark Luthor on their "date," and notes that she appeared tempted by Clark Luthor's offer to kill Lionel. When Tess says that he doesn't know her as well as he thinks, Emil says that he does but she might not realize it about herself.
The next day at the farm, Clark looks over his home as Lois comes out. She notices that he's wearing his father's jacket for the first time, but Clark says he doesn't need things to remind him of what he had there. Lois asks what he saw on the other side that has shaken him up, but Clark says all he did was try to find his way back home. He then says that he didn't call the realtor, and Lois admits that she realized that Marge came on her own when she saw the "for sale sign." Clark admits that he's been trying to hold onto things that used to protect him, and that he's known for a while they should move to Metropolis. However, he was afraid of losing himself. Lois promises that she'll never let that happen, and that Clark is her home. Clark says that he'll call the realtor in the morning.
Earth 2
On the other world, Jonathan-2 goes to the apartment of Martha Kent. After a moment's hesitation, he pushes the doorbell.

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"Booster"

Written By: Geoff Johns
Directed By: Tom Welling
Produced By: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson
Aired in the U.S.A.: 22.4.11

Roles & Actors this episode:
Co-Starring: Booster Gold: Eric Martsolf
Co-Starring: Cat Grant: Keri Lynn Pratt
Co-Starring: Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle: Jaren Brandt Bartlett
Co-Starring: Ted Kord: Sebastian Spence
Clark Kent: Tom Welling
Lois Lane: Erica Durance

Our Story:
On the streets of Metropolis, Lois and Clark are heading to work, and Clark complains about the new disguise of glasses that Lois has created for him to protect his identity. He worries that he has to show himself as the Blur soon or lose the public's trust, but Lois assures him that the public hasn't forgotten him, and the mayor has offered the Blur the key to the city. They notice a teenager nearby acting awkwardly, and Clark admits that he was like that as a teenager. He tells Lois to focus on the new job opening, and reluctantly lets her put the glasses on him.
The teenager, Jaime Reyes, chases after his friends and trips as he crosses the street. As a SUV approaches him, Clark hears it and prepares to go to the rescue, but another hero arrives to use a force field to save Jaime. The blue-and-gold clad figure smiles for the cameras and introduces himself as Booster Gold, the greatest hero that no one has heard of... until now. Jaime goes past the SUV and notices that it was transporting a canister that has broken open in the crash. He's unaware that the item being transported, a blue jewel scarab, is moving on its own and crawling into his backpack. Meanwhile, Booster walks past Clark, compliments him on his glasses as if he knows what they're hiding, and flies away.
At the Daily Planet, Clark worries about the new hero and believes that he has to find out more about him. Lois warns that he's making more out of it then he needs to and Clark reluctantly agrees. They're interrupted when they find the reporters gathered at Clark's desk, where Booster is there to talk to Lois. He brushes past Clark and suggests that Lois interview him so she can get her promotion. Lois is surprised that he knows about her promotion, and tells Booster that she isn't interested. Booster leaves for a signing, and Cat Grant arrives too late to meet him. She admits to Lois that she admires Booster because he reveals his face to the public and can serve for an inspiration. Cat also believes that she can use the interview to get the promotion that Lois is applying for. Once she leaves, Lois tells Clark to focus on improving his image as a klutz so they can get the Blur back out in the public eye.
Jaime is at the curb with his friends when he accidentally spills pop on himself. A girl, Dora, comes over to console him and give him her own pop, but it explodes as well. Lois, passing nearby, sees the incident. As Jaime walks by, Lois points out that he has a "kick me" sign on his back. She tells Jaime to stand up for himself and walk with some confidence, and go over and get mad at the other students. Lois tries to inspire him without success, and watches as he simply walks away. Jaime enters an alleyway, clutching at his back. The scarab climbs out of his backpack and attaches itself to his neck.
Booster conducts a full-scale media blitz, advertising his 800 number. Clark is watching it at his office as Lois arrives and says he can't send her roses because it contradicts his new image. They realize that Booster sent the flowers, and Lois wonder if Clark is jealous of Booster for arriving at every accident and crime in the last 24 hours. Clark insists that he isn't, and notes that Booster doesn't arrive to stop the accident, but protects people at the last second and pose for photo-ops. They catch a press statement about Ted Kord, head of Kord industries, who is talking about a missing piece of equipment. Clark explains that Kord secretly deals with disarming recovered superweapons and heads out to find the missing tech, while Lois resolves to look into Booster's background.
Cat goes to see Booster at an autograph signing and expresses her admiration, and asks to interview him. He says that he wants Lois or no one, but Cat insists that she can get him the publicity he wants. Booster gets a call from his automated personal assistant, Skeets, saying that Lois is approaching. Booster says he should have come back long ago, and goes to greet her. Lois insists that the Blur is the hero of Metropolis. He warns her that the perception is the reality and he is the one who is inspiring the people. Lois doesn't believe it, and Booster tells her that he came there to replace the Blur. Cat overhears the entire thing and quickly leaves. Meanwhile, Skeets warns that it may not be a good idea to try and replace Clark Kent, but Booster says it's his last chance to make something of himself by grabbing Clark's place in history.
That night, Cat encounters Lois at the Daily Planet and insists that she has first dibs on Booster. Lois insists that she doesn't want to have anything to do with Cat or Booster, and that real heroes don't work for a paycheck or pose for photo-ops. Cat doesn't believe it and leaves, carrying a Booster Gold T-shirt.
Clark arrives to talk to Kord as he organizes his recovery efforts, and asks why he is there in person. When Clark asks him about how powerful the missing weapon is, Kord wonders how he knows that it's a weapon and Clark starts stammering and feigning illness. As he goes, Kord gets a call from Booster and makes sure that he can be discrete in recovering the weapon. Clark listens in with his super-hearing and listens as Booster negotiates to have Kord get him the key to Metropolis. Kord agrees and says he'll do whatever it takes to get the scarab back. Clark then super-speeds through and grabs the schematics on the scarab that are lying on a table. As he stops to read them, he discovers that Lois is creating billboards to promote the Blur, calling him the "Man of Steel".
As Booster rehearses his acceptance speech for the key, Jaime approaches him for help. The new hero isn't interested in helping and sends him on his way. He then talks to his team of cheerleaders and asks which one wants to hand him the key, and Cat steps forward.
Behind the stage, Jaime screams in agony as he is transformed into a blue armored figure and sets out to destroy.
When Lois returns, Clark confronts her about her new billboards and says they need to worry about the scarab. It's an extraterrestrial piece of technology that bonded with Dan Garrett, one of Kord's scientists. Garrett killed three people and died when they removed the scarab. Lois admits that the Blur can't go public, but wishes they could. Lois receives a call from Booster and Clark takes the call. Clark wants to talk and super-speeds to confront him. He insists that Booster is putting Clark's vigilante friends at risk, and notices that Booster is wearing a Legion Ring. Booster claims that the Legionnaires are friends, and Clark realizes that he stole the ring. The new hero admits that he's from the future, and is using the historical information contained on his data droid, Skeets, to anticipate accidents before they happen. Skeets has no record of Kord's scarab, and Booster explains that according to the historical records, whoever gets the key to the city will be declared Metropolis' hero. He invites Clark to don the suit and reveal himself, but Clark says a hero is someone who brings out the best in people. Booster is unimpressed and enters the studio to accept the key.
Booster prepares to perform the ceremony with Cat at his side. The scarab battle suit marches in and opens fire, while Jaime is trapped inside, unable to stop it. Cat sees Booster cowering in fear, while the "hero" checks with Skeets, who has no record of the attacker. Skeets warns that Clark was right and they've altered history. The scarab armor prepares to fire on Cat, and Skeets tells Booster that he has to act or leave.
Clark hears the commotion and runs to a nearby phone booth to don the Blur's uniform. Super-speeding into the studio, he stops the energy blast before it can hit her, and she realizes that it's the Blur who has saved her. Booster opens fire on the scarab armor, knocking it back, but Jaime is still unable to control the armor. It grabs Booster and opens the helmet, revealing Jaime's face. Jaime begs for help and Booster apologizes, admitting that he's not a hero. He tells Jaime to fight the armor's influence and have faith in who he is and what he can be. Jaime concentrates and takes control of the armor, causing it to retract into the scarab on his back. Jaime embraces Booster, thanking him for his belief in him, and Booster looks up to see Clark watching the entire exchange.
Later, Clark meets with Booster and admits that he surprised him. Booster apologizes for screwing up for trying to take Clark's place in history. He finally admits that he knew it would blow up eventually like it always does, and that in the future he was a sports star who started betting on his own games and then throwing them. Clark asks if he still feels it was easier to lose than win, and Booster explains that he was caught in the future and lost everything. He stole the Legion ring, Skeets, and his power suit, came to the 21st century, and made the same mistakes. Clark notes that Booster believed everything he said to Jaime, and suggests that he stay to watch over Jaime after Kord removes the scarab. Booster considers and then tells Clark to find a different name; something strong, something simple, something that starts with an S... something super. Clark promises to consider it, and Booster gives him one of his fan club T-shirts.
Lois and Kord meet with Jaime, and they are surprised and pleased that Jaime was able to control the scarab. Jaime wants to keep the scarab and learn how to use it to become a real hero. Booster comes over and offers to let Lois interview Jaime, the real hero.
Later at the Daily Planet, Cat congratulates Lois on getting her promotion and offers her Blur cookies as an apology. Lois tells her that the secret to being a great reporter is for Cat to do it her way. She notes that Cat has a box of goods, and Cat explains that she's moving into the basement. Clark arrives and Lois introduces him to his new desk buddy.
At the farm, Clark admits that after seeing Booster hide all of his insecurities, he thinks he can hide himself. He worries that people will wonder why she's marrying the new Clark Kent. Lois assures him that they can make it work and kisses him.

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"Dominion"

Written By: John Chisholm
Directed By: Justin Hartley
Produced By: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson
Aired in the U.S.A.: 29.4.11

Roles & Actors this episode:
Co-Starring: Zod: Callum Blue
Clark Kent: Tom Welling
Lois Lane: Erica Durance
Tess Mercer: Cassidy Freeman
Oliver Queen/Green Arrow: Justin Hartley

Our Story:
Lois is putting her mother's gift, the bluebird of hope, in the window of her new apartment when Clark comes in with more boxes to be unpacked, including one with her Whitesnake throw pillow. She tells him that she's talked to Oliver and Chloe and they're doing fine in Star City. Clark wants to unpack at super-speed, but Lois tells him that they need to take the time to find the perfect spot for everything. Tess calls to inform them that Slade Wilson was found in a coma, lying on a street corner. Clark realizes that a member of the El family must have released him from the Phantom Zone where Clark sent him.
At Watchtower, Clark has Tess prepare the device to send him to the Phantom Zone. Oliver arrives and says that he's going with him, and Clark realizes that Tess told his friend. She says that Clark will be powerless, and Oliver has more experience with that condition. Clark refuses, saying he has to do it alone, and Tess provides him with a communication device that will bridge the two dimensions. Tess activates the Phantom Zone projector and tells Clark to be careful, and Clark starts to enter the portal... and Oliver jumps in after him.
Clark and Oliver arrive in the Zone and Clark complains that Oliver came with him. They start exploring and find mounted skulls with the Omega brand on them. Clark contacts Tess and then realizes that the prisoners are nearby. They get to the portal device and discover that the crystal that opens the gate is gone, meaning they have no way back. The phantoms fly in and attack.
On Earth, Lois arrives as Tess hastily turns off the communication device so she can't hear what Clark is suffering from. The crystal signal cuts out and Tess is unable to reestablish contact, meaning the communicator has been destroyed. Lois wonders what to do next, and Tess admits that they don't have an alternate plan.
The phantoms bring Clark and Oliver to a throne where a hooded figure is seated on a throne. He reveals that he is Zod, and calls upon them to kneel. The Zoners take Oliver away and Zod beats Clark down. Clark vows to defeat him without his powers, and Zod explains that when he arrived, he met the original Zod's phantom. The phantom has entered his clone body, giving him the knowledge of two lives. Zod draws a sword and hits Clark when he dares to defy him, then asks what Jor-El would think of Clark having sent Slade there without a trial. Clark realizes that Zod sent Slade back to lure Clark there. He sees the control crystal on a cord around Zod's neck, and Zod explains that he has some of Clark's blood from when Clark healed him on Earth. Clark insists that he saved him because it was the right thing to do, but they have no other connection. Zod insists that as Kryptonians, they were meant to be leaders, and that he only puts his faith in himself. He reminds Clark of the story of Cain and Abel, and Clark says that he would never murder Zod. Zod hits him again and tells Clark that he'll learn what it means when Zod is in charge.
The Zoners escort Clark to a crude arena where two of them are fighting. Oliver is in a cage and explains to Clark that Zod plans to have Clark fight to the death. One of the gladiators wins and then attacks Clark, who defends himself with a shield until it's broken. Oliver tosses him a discarded helmet which Clark uses as a club to knock the gladiator out. The crowd calls on Clark to kill him, but Clark refuses and throws away his makeshift weapon. Zod tells the crowd that in the arena, they answer failure with death. He draws his sword and approaches Clark, and then kills the fallen warrior. Zod says that it's kill or be killed in his world, and warns Clark that the next time he fails to kill, he'll suffer for it.
As Tess checks her computer repeatedly, Lois grows increasingly worried and tells her that she has to work harder, and then tells her to check the crystal laser. Tess reluctantly agrees to do so, and Lois checks the computer, which reveals that Tess is planning to destroy the gate in just over two hours.
Clark is locked up with Oliver, and explains that he and Tess put a plan in motion to destroy the gate by setting it to self-destruct. He admits that Lois doesn't know, and plans to get them out of the Zone before it's too late. Clark explains that he's read everything Jor-El wrote about the Zone, and he knows how Zod thinks, but Oliver isn't convinced.
Tess confirms that the crystal is fine, and returns to discover that Lois has figured out her plan. She explains that Clark knew the risks, but Lois accuses her of turning on her friends. Tess insists that she's following Clark's orders, but Lois doesn't believe her. She draws a gun, but Tess insists that they have a responsibility and they can't risk the world for selfish reasons. Lois refuses to let Tess sacrifice Clark, but Tess says that Lois will have to accept that being married to a hero means accepting a hero's sacrifices. In response, Lois says that it means refusing to accept defeat.
Zod has Oliver brought to him and taunts him into growing angry. He then explains that Darkseid came looking for him in the Zone and promises him lordship over the Zone if he disposed of Clark. Oliver insists that they've defeated Darkseid and his three minions, but Zod warns that there are millions under Darkseid's influence, including Oliver. He points out that Oliver has always been filled with anger and a desire for revenge, and is now at Darkseid's beck and call. Zod asks what Clark would think if he knew, and Oliver insists that Clark would still stand by him. Zod doesn't believe it, and warns that Clark would eventually cast Oliver aside, just as he did with Zod. He offers Oliver the chance to rule at his side as a brother, now that he has realized he has nothing in common with Clark. Zod removes Oliver's manacles and promises that since Clark will never embrace his dark side, he will die in the Zone. He tells Oliver to draw on the darkness or die.
Later, Clark is given a sword and shield and led into the arena, and discovers that he will be fighting Oliver. Oliver brutally attacks Clark, who finally fights back. He lunges at Oliver, who impales him with a sword. Oliver prepares to deal the final blow and Zod tells him to stop. The Zone's ruler steps forward and draws his sword, and then welcomes Oliver as his brother in arms. However, he says that he'll be the one to deliver the death blow. As he raises his sword, Oliver grabs his arm and Clark grabs the control crystal. He uses it to open a portal, and the sunlight from Earth heals his wound. Clark then tells Zod he'll have no more second chances, enters the portal with Oliver, and destroys the crystal once and for all.
Later, Tess tends to Oliver's wounds, while Clark explains that that was their plan all along, and he knew he could trust Oliver to play his part. Once Tess leaves to call Emil, Oliver warns that the Darkness appears to be everywhere and wonders what will happen if it comes back. Clark says that they will fight it, and Oliver asks what they would do if one of them was infected by the Darkness. Clark says that they'd have to lock the victim up because he doesn't believe that there's a cure. When Oliver says that Zod said several things to him, Clark warns that Zod knows how to play on other's fears and mostly lies. Oliver tells him to go see Lois and Clark super-speeds away.
Clark returns to the apartment and Lois runs to embrace him. He realizes that she's unpacked everything without waiting for him, and wonders how she did it so quickly. Lois explains that he and Oliver have been gone for three weeks, while Clark only experienced a few hours. She describes how she waited for him, and Clark asks why Tess didn't blow up the gate. Lois tells him that she brought Tess around to seeing things her way, and wishes that Clark would have had faith in her. When Clark says that he was trying to protect her, Lois insists that he's part of her and that in the future, he warn her of the risks. Clark admits that sometimes his more controlling Kryptonian side takes over. Lois tells him that they are two days from their wedding, and she couldn't bring herself to postpone it. Clark assures her that there's nothing that could prevent him from walking down the aisle with her.
Oliver meets Tess, who has information from the Veritas journals on a constellation known as the Bow of Orion and its coordinates on Earth. He explains that Carter Hall was looking for the Bow, which was used by the last warrior to defeat Darkseid. Tess says that it's not his quest, but Oliver says that he has to do it and Tess agrees not to ask any questions. Oliver then goes to a church and goes through Carter's journal while remembering the violence he's committed. After a moment's hesitation, he walks by a statue of an angel, which weeps blood as he goes.

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"Prophecy"

Written By: Anne Coffell Saunders & Bryan Q. Miller
Directed By: Mike Rohl
Produced By: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson
Aired in the U.S.A.: 6.5.11

Roles & Actors this episode:
Co-Starring: Kara: Laura Vandervoort
Co-Starring: Winslow Schott/Toyman: Chris Gauthier
Co-Starring: Stargirl: Britt Irvin
Co-Starring: Granny Goodness: Christine Willes
Co-Starring: Voice of Jor-El: Terence Stamp
Clark Kent: Tom Welling
Lois Lane: Erica Durance
Tess Mercer: Cassidy Freeman
Oliver Queen/Green Arrow: Justin Hartley

Our Story:
Clark arrives at Lois' new office and starts to tell Lois about the final offer on the farm. It's clear that she's somewhat overwhelmed between her new promotion and the wedding plans. There is a map of Metropolis on the floor made out of papers and books, and Lois explains that their catering company was bought out by Marionette Ventures. She tells Clark that Marionette Ventures has bought out other companies and the owners have all left town on short notice. Clark says that they have one last thing to do: tell his father about the wedding.
Clark takes Lois to the Fortress and Jor-El greets them. He tells Jor-El that they plan to be married, and Jor-El says that they both must understand. The Fortress begins to fall apart and pieces of the structure land on Lois. Clark realizes that his powers are gone and tries to lift off the debris, but Lois lifts it off on her own, revealing that she now has Clark's powers.
On the Celtic coast, Oliver descends into an underground chamber filled with alien writing. He discovers that Kara is trapped in a lethal force field. She's surprised to learn that Oliver is looking for the Bow of Orion without Clark, and says that she's looking for it to protect Clark. Kara wonders who he is there to help, but Oliver avoids answering. She explains that the writing is from the Hunter, Orion, the mythic warrior that defeated Darkseid thousands of years ago, and that they are a prophecy concerning the end of the world. The prophecy says that there must be a balance between light and dark, and that hands must right the two sides. Oliver looks around and notices an Omega brand on a pillar. He considers touching it to strike a balance, but leaves the decision up to Kara. She decides to trust Oliver since Clark does, and Oliver touches the symbol. The force field disappears and they search for the Bow of Orion.
Lois takes Clark back to her office at superspeed and revels in her newfound powers. Clark warns that Jor-El didn't intend her to use them for self-benefit, and wonders if there is a darker reason for the loss of his powers. Lois speculates that Jor-El wanted her to learn what it is like to be Clark, and the construct said that Clark would get his powers back at sunset. However, Clark is worried that Jor-el is manipulating her. She realizes that all of the businesses are tied together by a water line, and works out that Marionette Ventures is trying to purchase all of the water rights to Metropolis. There is only one company left, and Lois is eager to superspeed off to stake it out. However, she returns and admits that Jor-El may have wanted to teach them patience, so Clark offers to drive.
Clark is watching the clothing store from across the street when Lois superspeeds back from getting Parmesan cheese, and admits that she detoured to Wisconsin to deal with a hostage situation. He still wants her to be careful, and notices that the store owner is closing up early. Clark tells her to use super-hearing to find out what's going on, and she succeeds but is overwhelmed by all the emergencies that she can hear. He gets her to focus, and she realizes that Clark has to ignore thousands of people crying out for help. Clark admits that he's learned how to prioritize, and Lois hears the owner telling someone to get out. She superspeeds in and throws the masked criminal assaulting the owner into a wall. Clark comes in as Lois tells the owner that she works out, and he removes the mask to determine that the criminal is Courtney, Stargirl, and she has a glowing star-shaped device on her neck.
Oliver and Kara explore the caves and find a message saying the Bow is in the inner sanctum. He figures that it's meant for him since he's an archer, and Kara asks again why he's there. Oliver says that he needs it to help someone, and Kara warns that the user has to clear themselves of the darkness before they can use the Bow. She explains that Orion was Darkseid's son, and was raised by someone else to serve the light instead of the darkness. They find more writing showing the two symbols, of the Omega Brand and the Bow, and they realize that it's another test. They both have to hit the two symbols on the wall at the same time using a bank shot. Oliver takes out his spare bow and gives it to Kara to make one shot, and he admits that if Clark trusts her, that's good enough for him. They both fire and make their shots, unlocking a hidden door. As they start to enter, Kara clutches at her head and says that Jor-el needs her. She tells Oliver to retrieve the bow and deliver it to Clark.
At the Fortress, Kara calls out to Jor-el and asks why he called her back. He explains that the Bow is Clark's destiny, not Kara's, and that Clark must fight his own battles. Jor-El tells Kara that she must choose between leaving Earth and allowing Clark to embrace his destiny, or fight at his side and risk Earth's future. He tells Kara that her will is too strong and she needs to choose her own path, but tells her that her destiny is in another time and place. For now, Jor-El is sure that this is Clark's time, and he will make the right decision. When Kara wants to warn Clark, her family, Jor-El tells her that sometimes the greatest sacrifice is to give up what one holds dear.
At Watchtower, Tess examines the mind-control device after removing it from Courtney. She explains that the device controls the person that it is attached to, and Courtney says that the shareholders include Metallo, Roulette, Dark Archer, and someone called Manta. They realize that once the company controls the water aquifer, they will control Metropolis. The scanner locates the initials W.S. on the diode, and they realize that it was built by Winslow Schott, Toyman.
Lois superspeeds off to confront Winslow in his prison cell at Stryker Island. He claims that he's recently reformed, but Lois knows better and asks why he is still in prison, and he admits that people underestimate him when he's in control. Lois notices a PDA in his pocket and snatches it away at superspeed, and tells him that the Blur and the others know all about his plan. Winslow notices that she's wearing an engagement ring and figures that it came from the Blur, and says that the Blur's first love, Lana Lang, was willing to sacrifice everything for Clark Kent, who he knows is the Blur. Lois tries to bluff it out, but Winslow informs her that his team of villains is closing in on the Blur. He offers to spare Clark if she puts on the mind control diode and gives him the PDA control device back. Realizing that Clark will be powerless for the next 18 minutes, Lois wonders if she can trust him, and Winslow insists that he always plays by his own rules. She puts the diode on and Winslow assures her that he'll call off his minions... and send Lois to kill Clark instead.
Oliver enters the chamber and finds the Bow. The alien writing on it changes to English, reading, "The only true power comes from within." As Oliver reaches for it, Granny Goodness steps out and takes it, and then destroys it. She thanks him and explains that the traps were designed to keep the prophets out, because the Bow was the one thing that could defeat Darkseid. Oliver vows to defeat her, but Granny stops him with a gesture and says that Oliver has been serving them since he was marked, and they have bigger plans for him. She tells him that he will forget everything and the brand on his forehead burns bright.
Winslow communicates with his team, assembled around a conference table. He sends them files on the vigilantes and explains that with the help of their newest associate, they will eliminate the Blur and take control of the city.
At Watchtower, Tess confirms that Courtney is heading for the docks to get them on a ferry to Strykers Island to locate Lois. Lois superspeeds in and Clark realizes that she has a diode on her neck. Tess tells him to stall 20 seconds until sunset, and Clark tries to get through to Lois, telling her that he loves her. Lois manages to snap out of the mental spell and lets him go, and clutches at her neck in pain. She throws a punch and Clark catches it... just as his powers are returned to him. As Lois collapses, Clark detaches the diode and tells her that everything is okay.
In his cell, Winslow is calling a mysterious superior and says that the Blur is no longer a threat. Clark superspeeds in and destroys the phone, and says that his plan is over. When Winslow threatens to tell the entire world who Clark is, Clark points out that if he wanted to, he already would have. He vows to stop Winslow and all his allies no matter what, and then leaves.
Later, Clark returns to the Fortress and realizes that Jor-El had given him another trial. The construct says that the trials aren't intended but a riddle, but Clark says that he's realized that the trials are over when he decides for them to be over. Jor-El warns that his trials aren't over, but Clark says that there had to come a day when he could walk without the guidance of Jonathan and Jor-el. He deactivates the Jor-El construct and leaves, leaving his uniform behind, embedded in the crystals.
The possessed Oliver is digging in a field, and finally unearths a piece of gold kryptonite.
Clark meets Lois, who realizes that for Clark, his fight for good is never over. As they hug, Kara secretly watches from outside Watchtower. She then dons her Legion flight ring, wishes Clark well, and travels to the future. Meanwhile, Lois tells Clark that she let Winslow control her to save Clark, because he's her greatest weakness. She worries that she is Clark's greatest weakness, but he assures Lois that she's his greatest strength, and Jor-El is part of his past now. As he turns to go, Lois says that she's sorry but she can't risk his destiny by marrying him and preventing him from saving others. Clark asks what she means, and Lois tells him that she's calling off the wedding.

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"Finale"

Part 1:
Written By: Al Septien & Turi Meyer
Directed By: Kevin G. Fair
Part 2:
Written By: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson
Directed By: Greg Beeman
Produced By: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson
Aired in the U.S.A.: 13.5.11

Roles & Actors this episode:
Co-Starring: Lex Luthor: Michael Rosenbaum
Co-Starring: Lionel Luthor: John Glover
Co-Starring: Martha Kent: Annette O'Toole
Co-Starring: Jonathan Kent: John Schneider
Co-Starring: Voice of Jor-El: Terence Stamp
Co-Starring: Desaad: Steve Byers
Co-Starring: Granny Goodness: Christine Willes
Co-Starring: Gordon Godfrey: Michael Daingerfield
Co-Starring: Jimmy Olsen: Aaron Ashmore
Clark Kent: Tom Welling
Lois Lane: Erica Durance
Tess Mercer: Cassidy Freeman
Oliver Queen/Green Arrow: Justin Hartley
Chloe Sullivan: Allison Mack

Our Story:
2018
Chloe reads a Smallville comic book to her son, and explains that the hero, Clark prepared to face his greatest challenges.
Seven Years Earlier
The planet Apokolips enters the solar system, passing Saturn on its way toward Earth.
At the Daily Planet, Clark and Lois arrive in the elevator together and Clark tries to talk to her about her canceling their wedding. He finally gets her to slow down and tells her that there is a whole team of heroes out there to protect the world. Lois explains that he has to accept that there are some things that he can't fix, and that she puts him at risk if they're married. Clark tells her that he's going to go through with the wedding, and she'll have to leave him at the altar.
Chloe and Oliver are preparing the chapel, and Chloe wonders if Oliver would have married her if Zatanna hadn't had them both under a spell. He says that he would have and asks her the same, and she says that she would have married him as well. They wonder what they should do next, and Chloe notes that Lois hasn't responded to her pages. Oliver points out that it's the bridesmaid's duty to get the bride to the church, and shows her the rings he's holding. As they leave, the chapel's basin fills with darkness.
At the Luthor manor, Tess is going over plans to rebuild the manor as a symbol of good when Granny Goodness arrives. She says that she had to come, and that she was a loving mother to Tess when she was at the orphanage. Granny Goodness explains that Tess was born to darkness but yearned for the light, and wants to save Tess by giving her eternal life. She tells Tess that Apokolips is coming and Darkseid's rapture will be their only salvation. Tess still refuses to join her, and Granny Goodness bids her farewell. As she starts to go, Tess asks when Apokolips will arrive, and Granny Goodness informs her that it is upon them even as they speak. As she goes, Apokolips passes the Moon.
At the Kent farm, Martha walks through the empty house and looks at a photo of her and Jonathan. When Clark arrives and wonders why she's there, Martha explains that she sent him the deed so that he and Lois could keep it at their home. As she starts crying, Clark asks if it's about Jonathan, and Martha explains that her father is always with both of them, and Clark has to allow himself to see Jonathan. Clark explains that he did see Jonathan a year ago, but he had to move on from both Jonathan and Jor-El. Martha says that she's proud of him, and today is the day to celebrate everyone that has been a part of the journey he is on. She warns him that Clark is cutting out the parts of himself from the past, turning his back on the things that have made him compassionate and decent. Clark assures her that it won't happen, but Martha insists that it already is. He says that he has to put everything behind so he can move on and leaves. As he goes, Jonathan appears.
At the Daily Planet, Chloe arrives and Lois stands by her decision. Chloe explains that Clark needs to rest some time, and needs Lois to ground him. Lois admits that she's worried that she'll keep Clark from soaring to new heights by marrying him, but Chloe says it's not what Clark thinks. She gives her cousin Clark's wedding vows to read, that speak of Lois has already been there to bring him back and always believed in him. Realizing she's been an idiot, Lois leaves.
Tess goes to Watchtower and tries to access their orbital spy satellite, but discovers that she doesn't have the proper security clearance. All of the Queen Industry satellites are off-line, and the command to disconnect came from Watchtower. Checking the footage, Tess realizes that Oliver is the one responsible, and then taps into the new League satellite, which gives her footage of Apokolips in orbit above Earth.
Oliver, under the influence of the brand, arrives to inform Granny, Desaad, and Godfrey that the satellites have been blinded. They have one final mission for him: to put a ring on Clark made of gold kryptonite to render the Bringer of the Light powerless.
As Clark visits Jonathan's grave, his adopted father's ghost watches, unseen. He tries to tell Clark that he doesn't have to abandon his past, and asks Clark not to push away his adopted parents. Oliver arrives and points out that his parents weren't there for his graduation from Excelsior, and that Clark should be at the chapel. Clark wonders if Lois was right and that he has to leave her behind, and if heroes aren't destined to love. Oliver reminds Clark that he helped him overcome the same issues when he gave up being a hero, but Clark says that he has to make his own path and let go of both worlds, including Lois.
Clark goes to their apartment and Lois refuses to let him in to see the bride, saying that the wedding is back on. She tells him that she read Clark's vows, and she slides her vows under the door to him. She admits that she can be bossy, and points out that Clark's background has made her a better person, just as she'll make Clark a better man and a better superhero. Clark talks about her doubts and how her father can't make it, and wonders if she is concerned about their stars not aligning. Lois assures him that her mother taught her that they'd be there for her even if they weren't physically present, but they would advise her. She asks what Clark's parents would think and he explains that he always knew what Jonathan was thinking. Lois returns to his comment about the stars not aligning, and Clark reads her vows about her being with him forever because she can't imagine life without him as her husband. Realizing what Clark meant, she calls out to him and Clark assures her through the door that he's there and will see her at the chapel.
Tess drives through Metropolis and tries to call her hero allies, but interference in the atmosphere stops her. Two cars box her in and men get out and abduct her.
Martha arrives at the chapel, followed by Chloe and Oliver. Lois emerges and after a moment, Clark comes up behind her to walk down the aisle together. As they approach the altar, Clark looks over and sees Martha... and Jonathan. They exchange their vows and Oliver presents Lois with Clark's ring. Chloe notices that it's not the one Oliver showed her earlier. She knocks it out of Lois' hand before she can put it on Clark, and Oliver's eyes turn black. As Chloe and Lois get the guests out, Oliver tells Clark to surrender to the darkness and shoves him through the wall. When Lois comes at him, Oliver shoves her away and Clark catches her and gets her outside.
Oliver attacks Clark, who tries to get through to him. He shoves Oliver back to the basin, which is bubbling with the darkness, and Oliver says that it's too late to be saved. As they struggle, the gold kryptonite ring falls to the floor. Clark tells Oliver that he won't give up on him and he needs Oliver to be a hero. He then surrenders himself, offering Oliver the chance to put the ring on him. Oliver hesitates and then collapses as the brand burns itself out of his skull. As Oliver gets up, they look up and see Apokolips arrive, blotting out the sun.
Everyone gathers at the Kent farm and confirm Tess' warning that Apokolips is arriving. Martha checks with Washington and confirms that the government isn't responding yet. Chloe say she has to go to Star City to access her database now that Watchtower is off-line, and tells Oliver to stay with Clark. She hugs Oliver and goes, and Oliver tails along to say he still should go with her. Chloe tells him to stay and do what he does do best: be a hero.
Storm clouds gather as Apokolips draws ever closer. Clark sees Jonathan standing at the door and then walk to the barn, and follows him to the loft. He admits that he made a mistake by leaving Jonathan away, and that he is afraid to face Darkseid, who knows his weakness. Jonathan tells Clark that Darkseid didn't face the man before Jonathan now, and that Clark now needs to let Jor-El guide him. When Clark explains that he turned his back on Jor-El, Jonathan says that Jor-El will understand. He kisses Clark as Martha comes in and tells Clark not to doubt himself. She talks of how they wanted a child so badly and Clark was the miracle they prayed for... and now the world needs the same miracle. They share a hug and as Apokolips grows closer, Jonathan tells Clark that it's time. Clark thanks them and super-speeds away.
Tess wakes up and finds Lionel looming over her. She's strapped to a table in a lab. He admits that he's been watching her, and Tess says that they don't have time. She tries to go to Clark, but Lionel says that Clark needs no one. He tells Tess that it is time for her to become the Luthor she's destined to be, and explains that Lex cloned himself numerous times. No single one was perfect, but there were pieces of each that Lex grafted together. Tess doesn't believe it, and Lionel says that Lex will reveal himself when the time is right. He admits that Lex is missing one organ: a heart. Realizing what he means, Tess tires to leaves but a security guard blocks her exit. Lionel assures her that when the day is done, he will see the Luthor name resurrected more powerful than ever. In the next room, a body awaits the one last piece necessary to come to life: Lex Mark 0.
Clark finds Tess' abandoned car and uses his x-ray vision to find her PDA He replays her last few minutes in the car.
Lionel's surgeons strap Tess to a table, and Lionel tells her that he considered using Conner's heart, but Tess hid him too well. When Tess wonders if Lionel can kill his own daughter, Lionel says that Lex is everything to him and Tess will finally serve an important purpose in his life. He leaves, and Tess kicks one of the surgeons. He drops a scalpel, allowing her to grab it, cut herself free, and knock out the guards. She turns to Lionel as he picks up a journal and shoots him, and then leaves. Dying, Lionel hits a button opening the concealed door to the chamber holding the clone. Before he can move, Darkseid appears and suggests that he reconsider his offer. Lionel says that he only cares for Lex's life and offers his soul. Darkseid agrees, reaches forward, and rips Lionel's heart out of his chest.
A few minutes later, Lex wakes up, brought back to life.
At the Daily Planet, Clark meets Lois and they listen as the President tells the country that the eclipse is caused by a meteor. Clark notes that Tess said that the markings weren't just spiritual, and that the "anti-life equation" might have a gravitational pull. They wonder how many people are marked, and Clark scans the newsroom with his x-ray vision. Almost all of them are branded. Clark checks the footage of one of the cars that took Tess and traces it to a company named Preclox, founded six weeks ago. Lois checks and determines that they have unlimited funds and specialize in genetic research. They track the car's GPS as of 15 minutes ago before the satellites went down, and realize that it's at the Luthor manor, and that there are hidden corridors below it. Clark hesitates to go and abandon Lois, but she tells him to go save the world and they kiss.
After he leaves, Lois goes to the radio and realizes that her father was called to duty. She contacts a reporter, Janet Dawson, who is covering the White House, and says that she knows that the President plans to use a nuclear missile on what he believes is a meteorite. Since Apokolips is a planet, the missile will have no effect on it but the fallout will destroy the planet. When Janet refuses to listen, Lois knocks her out and takes her press pass.
Clark arrives at Luthor Manor and Lex greets him. He explains that Lionel had a change of heart, and that Tess is fine. Lex notes that the great men of history have been defined by their enemies, and he can't forget how Clark was always one step ahead of him. Clark says it wasn't a competition, and Lex admits that Clark was the Chosen One and was always superior. What hurt him was that Clark hid from his destiny while he would have embraced it. Lex admits that he has finally embraced his own destiny, and they will both be great men because of each other. Clark says that he'll always be there to stop Lex, and Lex says that he's counting on it. However, their story hasn't yet been written and Clark has to save them from the Apokolips. He knows all about the chosen Savior from the Veritas journals, and that Clark is the light that will inspire the world. When Clark worries that he can't do it on his own, Lex says that he's right but they both know who can. Clark apologizes for being unable to save Lex and then super-speeds away, as Lex smiles.
Olive arrives at Watchtower and brings the monitoring systems back online, and then goes to a hidden room and takes out his Green Arrow costume and equipment.
Darkseid's prophets wait at the church and gloat that they have finally won, saving all the willing souls. Green Arrow comes in and they realize that he no longer bears the Omega brand. They ask if Green Arrow possesses the power to vanquish them, and shoots the three of them with arrows. They burst into dust.
Lois is aboard Air Force One and tries to approach the President. A Secret Service agent stops her and she tries to tell the man that Apokolips is approaching. When he goes to the window, Lois slips by him and approaches the Secretary of Defense. He gives her time to explain that their missile will fail, but Lois realizes that they already know that and that they will sacrifice a third of the planet's population to save the rest. The Cabinet explains that they are going to a secure facility to meet with the President and their families, but Lois says that the Blur will save the day. She points out that the people voted with the heroes and that they need to be trusted, and that the Blur will save them if they give him a chance. The Secretary gives her five minutes.
At the Kent farm, Clark removes the control piece of the Jor-El construct. Lionel's corpse comes in, animated by Darkseid, and Clark says that he will fight him to the end. When Darkseid says that Clark must be disgusted by how easily the people were swayed to his influence, Clark says that he believes in people. Darkseid telekinetically grabs him and throws Clark up into the loft, calling upon him to surrender, and Clark remembers Jonathan's words to let Jor-El guide him. Clark finds himself surrounded by the presence of Jor-El, showing him every step along the way of his life to become a hero. Clark realizes that they were all trials, and Jor-El tells him that the final trial is upon him and he must seize his destiny.
Clark hesitates and then comes to a stop in mid-air, turns, and flies directly at Lionel's possessed body, destroying it and Darkseid inside.
Tess returns to LuthorCorp and finds Lex seated at his old desk. She checked the lab and realized that he is alive, and Lex admits that he knew she was his sister since before he recruited her. Tess points out that Lionel wanted Lex back again, and Lex asks what she wanted. She says that she wanted redemption but knew she would never have it. Lex embraces her and says that he loves her, and then stabs her in the stomach. As she falls, Lex says that he's actually saving her from turning into him. Dying, Tess reaches up to him, strokes his cheek, and says that Clark already did that. Lex realizes that she has the amnesia drug that he developed at Somerholt, and Tess says that in 30 seconds he will forget everything up to that moment. As Lex stares down at her dying corpse, his memories fade away one by one. He goes to the window and looks out as devastation spreads across the planet, and some of the letters from the LuthorCorp fall, off, leaving "LexCorp" behind.
Clark flies to the Fortress and Jor-El says that his trials are at an end, and that he is proud of Clark. The construct says that Clark must now save the world, and the crystal containing Martha's gift, Clark's costume, rises out of the ground. Jor-El asks him to remember one thing; that it is Clark's time in Smallville with everyone there that made him a hero. Jonathan appears, holding the costume, and tells Clark to always remember Smallville. Clark takes it and Jonathan fades away. After a moment, Clark flies into the air, donning the uniform in mid-flight, and smashes through the Fortress' ceiling.
As Apokolips starts to touch Earth, everyone on Air Force One is thrown about. Lois looks out the window and sees a red-and-blue figure steady the plane. Clark then flies to the window and smiles briefly at Lois, and then flies away. Lois grabs a video camera and starts filming herself, as the President steps out and she gets him on film.
In the streets of Metropolis, everyone looks up at the sky as Apokolips looms overhead. Clark flies over and Oliver cheers him on as he flies up and pushes the intruding planet away. The Omega brands fade from the people and they cheer as Clark pushes Apokolips into the depths of space.
Seven years later
Chloe finishes reading to her son, saying that was the day that Clark Kent turned into Superman. He asks his mother to read it again, and she assures him that there will be more adventures for another day. Chloe kisses him goodnight and goes to the door, and her son looks at the bow and arrow resting on a chair. Outside, Chloe takes a call from Lois, who says that she received her present; something blue. She heads for Perry White's office and Jimmy Olsen, Henry James' younger brother, shows her the photos that he has of Superman. As Lois leaves, a news broadcast reveals that Lex is the President.
On the stairs, a supposedly clumsy Clark bumps into Lois. They talk privately and Clark shows her their rings, and he says that he's been waiting seven years to get married. Jimmy announces an emergency and Clark says that they'll have to wait a little longer. He runs to the roof pulls open his shirt to reveal the classic red and yellow S.

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