Smallville (season 2)

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Smallville (2001–2011) is an American television series that follows the adventures of a young Clark Kent, now a teenager living in Smallville, Kansas, during the years before he becomes Superman.



Roger Nixon: Why don't you stop playing the protector and admit the truth? You and your wife kept him because you couldn't have children of your own.
Jonathan Kent: We kept him because he is our son and we love him.
Roger Nixon: He's not your son, you deluded hick! He's not even human! You can kill me if you want for saying this, but you know I'm right. You're just a small man whose son's destiny is too big for you to comprehend. Clark doesn't belong to you. He belongs to the world.

Clark Kent: Dad's missing because of me. I brought this upon us.
Martha Kent: You can't blame yourself. You can't change who you are. As long as you live, people will try to exploit you. Your father and I have tried to shelter you as long as possible, but one day we won't be there for you. And you're gonna have to carry the burden of your gifts on your own.
Clark Kent: Don't say that, Mom.
Martha Kent: And when your day comes, I have no doubt in my heart that you'll make us proud.

Roger Nixon: Mr. Kent, since the beginning of time, people have been looking up at the stars and wondering "What's out there?" Clark is the answer that they have been waiting for.

Roger Nixon: Dying in a tomb. That's ironic. At least you got a legacy to leave behind... and a son to be proud of.
Jonathan Kent: The first time Clark used his abilities, he'd crawled under a big oak bed that my grandfather had made, and I crawled underneath it to try to get him out. All of a sudden the frame just came up in the air. He was a toddler lifting, I don't know, 500 pounds over his head.
Roger Nixon: What did you do?
Jonathan Kent: We decided to take him to a doctor scientist, somebody more equipped to understand than we were. But when we got in front of the office, Martha, she said that if we left him there that they would want to keep him and we'd never see him again. So I took him home. Now, that may have been a mistake, but it was a mistake I'd gladly make again.

Lana Lang: When the tornado came, I thought this was it. Fate had finally found me. Then I saw you in the truck and you put your arms around me and you told me that everything was going to be okay. I know, it sounds crazy, but I started to think of all the other times that you've been there to protect me. And I thought maybe there's more to Clark Kent than meets the eye.
Clark Kent: You're right. It does sound crazy. I mean, there's nothing more to me than what you see.



Clark Kent: I started to feel hot. And my eyes started to burn. All of a sudden, the spot I was staring at burst into flames.
Martha Kent: Just by looking at it?
Clark Kent: Hello? Hi, I'm Clark, I'm the kid who can lift up tractors and see through walls.

Clark Kent: I want to make sure everything's okay between us.
Chloe Sullivan: Yeah, it's hunky-dory!
Clark Kent: Wait. Now I know something's wrong. The only person who says "hunky-dory" is my father.

Clark Kent: Dad, you were right. Once I understood what triggered the heat, I was able to control it without thinking about... sex.
Jonathan Kent: You sure about that son?
Clark Kent: Trust me. Next time I have a date, I'll be able to take her out without setting her on fire.
Jonathan Kent: Well, that's a relief.

Martha Kent: My son is in jail. And your wife put him there.
Lex Luthor: Maybe these fires were a cry for help.
Martha Kent: Is that you talking, or is Mrs. Luthor talking through you?
Lex Luthor: Mrs. Kent, I would never ask you to take sides against your husband, please don't ask me to doubt my wife.
Martha Kent: Any good relationship relies on trust, but there has to be room to disagree. Like the way Jonathan and I disagreed about you. He couldn't see past the Luthor name, but I always thought you were truly trying to be a friend to Clark. Now I'm beginning to think Jonathan was right all along.

Lex Luthor: Try to be more cautious. I let my passion get the best of me. I won't make that mistake again.
Clark Kent: Lex, I don't think having passion is such a bad thing.
Lex Luthor: You're right, Clark. Passion for life and work and friends is great. As long as you keep it in check. I should take a page out of your book.



Lionel Luthor: Never underestimate the value of eccentrics and lunatics, Lex. Every Arthur needs his Merlin.

[Pete finds Clark's spaceship]
Pete Ross: This thing's got extraterrestrial written all over it.
Clark Kent: Yeah, I bet there's little green guys running around the cornfield too, Pete.
Pete Ross: I'm serious, Clark. Have you ever seen anything like it?
Clark Kent: If the aliens came to Earth, don't you think they'd find a place a little more exciting than Smallville?
Pete Ross: No, no, no, think about it. Crop circles, cattle mutilation. They'd be like kids in a candy store here!

Pete Ross: So you're some sort of... what? You're not a human?
Clark Kent: I don't know what I am. I don't know where that ship brought me from. I just know that I grew up in Smallville, and everything that I care about and everyone that I care about is here.
Pete Ross: If you care about me so much, how come you never told me sooner?
Clark Kent: Pete, believe me, there wasn't a day that went by where I didn't want to tell you, but my parents thought it was too dangerous. Not just for me, but for anyone else who knew the truth.
Pete Ross: You didn't think I could handle it?
Clark Kent: Can you?

Clark Kent: Pete, another reason why I didn't say anything is because I knew people would look at me the exact same way that you're looking at me right now.
Pete Ross: And how's that?
Clark Kent: Like a freak. Pete, I've tried my whole life just to blend in, to try and be more normal than anyone else. Would you just say something? Call me... call me an alien, call me a monster. I don't care, just say something.
Pete Ross: It's like I don't even know you.

Pete Ross: Sure, Chloe. I saw a spaceship. I even met an alien.
Chloe Sullivan: Really? Would you like to describe it?
Pete Ross: Actually he looks a lot like Clark.
Chloe Sullivan: I thought aliens were little and green.
Pete Ross: I guess things aren't always what you think they are.

Pete Ross: What about the x-ray deal? Have you ever used it to look through a girls...
Clark Kent: It only works when I focus and I do not use it to invade people's privacy.
Pete Ross: So you're telling me never once have you looked in the girls' locker room?
Clark Kent: Well... maybe once.
Pete Ross: That's my boy.



Martha Kent: I think our not so normal son might be going through some classic teenage rebellion.
Jonathan Kent: Well, I think I liked dealing with heat vision a lot better than that.

Jonathan Kent: Get in the truck, son.
Clark Kent: Give me one reason why I should.
Jonathan Kent: Because I am your father and I just told you to get in the truck.
Clark Kent: You're not my father. You never were.

Martha Kent: If the green meteor rocks affect Clark physically, maybe the red affects him emotionally.
Jonathan Kent: It would sure explain his personality changes.
Martha Kent: The longer he's exposed to the green meteors, the worse he gets. If the same is true with the red rocks, then God help us all.

Clark Kent: Hey, if you guys want to waste your life in this mud hole, that's your problem. I'm through being poor.
Jonathan Kent: Listen, we might not have all the things that other people have, but I didn't think our family was about that!
Clark Kent: With my abilities, I can make millions. Sports, TV... it's all waiting for me. You're the ones who have been forcing me to hide who I really am.
Jonathan Kent: No! We are the ones who have been trying to protect you. We don't want anybody coming here and taking you away.
Clark Kent: Protecting me? Using me. I'm just another piece of equipment to keep your little farm going.

Clark Kent: Lex may be too afraid to tell you, but I'm not. No one in Smallville wants you here.
Lionel Luthor: You seem to know a lot about me. You got a name?
Clark Kent: Clark Kent.
Lionel Luthor: Jonathan and Martha Kent's son? As far as I know, they're good people. Salt of the earth. I'm astonished they'd raise such a blatantly aggressive offspring.
Clark Kent: Well, if you like them so much, I'm sure they'll put you up. I hear they have a spare bedroom, and I know they could use the cash.
Lionel Luthor: You've got a lot to learn about tact, young man. But you speak your mind. That's good. It'll take you far.
Clark Kent: Oh, I'm going to the top.



Clark Kent: [reading a poem] It's a little mushy.
Lana Lang: I almost forgot. Clark Kent, the man of steel.

Lex Luthor: Anyone who doesn't appreciate poetry doesn't understand that it's all about seduction.

Lionel Luthor: Lex? I can feel your smirk from here.

Martha Kent: Are you all right?
Pete Ross: Yeah. The doctor's say it's a hairline fracture, which is ironic because it hurts everywhere else except my hairline. Being part of this family should come with its own group health insurance.

Lana Lang: If you really like someone, you accept every part of them. But you can't do that until they're willing to share every part with you.



Clark Kent: My mom's been kind of secretive the last couple days.
Lana Lang: A Kent secretive. That's shocking.

Lana Lang: All these years, I've had this image of the Kents as the perfect family.
Clark Kent: I guess we're just as dysfunctional as everyone else.

Principal Terrence Reynolds: A person is judged by the company they keep. In my experience, Lex Luthor doesn't have friends. He sees people as a means towards an end.
Clark Kent: I don't think that's true.
Principal Terrence Reynolds: Time will tell.

Clark Kent: Two progeria deaths in two days. What are the odds of that?
Chloe Sullivan: I don't know. Lana wanted to cancel the Spirit Week party, but Principal Reynolds asked her not to. He said he wanted to keep things as normal as possible.
Pete Ross: He obviously hasn't had his normal-meter reset for Smallville.

Lex Luthor: You pushed me, and in hindsight, I appreciate that. In some ways, you're responsible for the man I am today.
Principal Terrence Reynolds: I'm not sure that's a burden I care to take on.



Martha Kent: How can you be as fast as lightning and as slow as molasses all at the same time?
Clark Kent: Sometimes, Mom, I'm even a mystery to myself.
Jonathan Kent: Wait a minute, didn't I just fix your alarm clock recently?
Clark Kent: Yeah, but I crushed it this morning hitting the snooze alarm. Guess I'm not much of a morning person.
Jonathan Kent: Must have got that from your mother. You know, she could be late to her own wedding. In fact, she was late to her own wedding.
Martha Kent: Not all of us were trained by roosters.

Lana Lang: What's wrong?
Chloe Sullivan: Clark and I just had a massive blow-out.
Lana Lang: About what?
Chloe Sullivan: His secrets, privacy... my pathological inability to curb my curiosity.

Pete Ross: Man, this "Mission Impossible" stuff is great. But other than my scintillating conversational skills, I still don't understand why you brought me along.
Clark Kent: I need your spit.

Lex Luthor: Ever wish you had a big brother to help you with your jump shot?
Clark Kent: I think I've managed to become a pretty decent player on my own.
Lex Luthor: Rachel Dunleavy came to see me. She says you and I have a few chromosomes in common. My father's chromosomes to be exact.
Clark Kent: You mean...
Lex Luthor: Personally, I think I got all the looks in the family.

Lana Lang: I have done pretty well without a father this long. I don't know why I thought I needed one now.
Clark Kent: I do. Lana, we're different. We don't get to see our biological parents every day, and see a little piece of who we are, who we may become. If I had a chance to get to know my birth parents, I wouldn't give up just because the first meeting didn't go the way I hoped.



Lex Luthor: So you staged a one-man prison break? How did you manage to get him out without anybody stopping you?
Clark Kent: Just lucky, I guess.
Lex Luthor: You're the luckiest guy I've ever met. Let's hope it doesn't run out before tomorrow.

Lex Luthor: Ryan, real life is not a comic book. Sometimes you have to get your hands dirty, make compromises.
Ryan James: That's what your father told you. That doesn't mean it's right.

Lex Luthor: Clark, I understand what you're going through, but sometimes, no matter how much you want to save someone, there's nothing you can do.
Clark Kent: I'm not gonna let Ryan down.
Lex Luthor: When my mother got sick, I spent all my time researching the best doctors and treatments. The most important thing I could've done was spend time with her. By the time I realized that, it was too late. I wasn't at her side when she passed, Clark. Don't make the same mistake I did.
Clark Kent: I'm not going to let him die, Lex.

Ryan James: Weren't they best friends?
Lex Luthor: Once upon a time.
Ryan James: Well, what happened to them?
Lex Luthor: Well, they ruled the Guardian Realm together until Devilicus told Warrior Angel that they should join forces and conquer humanity. Together, no one would be able to stop them.
Ryan James: What did Warrior Angel say?
Lex Luthor: He refused. He believed it was a hero's sacred duty to protect those weaker than himself. Devilicus thought he was naive and vowed to destroy him and everything he stood for.
Ryan James: Why do you think Devilicus went bad?
Lex Luthor: I'm not sure. Probably wasn't aware of it. You see, Ryan, in life, the road to darkness is a journey, not a light switch.
Ryan James: You should remember that, Lex.

Lex Luthor: I'm prepared to sacrifice it if that's what it takes to defeat you.
Mayor William Tate: You know, you've got money, but you're not from here. People don't like you. All it'll take is some fiery campaign speeches about outside interests controlling this community and you'll start to feel the heat.
Lex Luthor: When Winston Churchill heard about the attack on Pearl Harbor, he broke out a bottle of champagne and said, "We've won the war." His generals looked at him like he'd lost his mind. America's pacific fleet was wiped out, France was overrun, and the Luftwaffe was bombing London. Churchill said America is like a giant boiler. Light a fire under it, and there's no limit to the amount of heat it can generate. If you start a fire, Mayor Tate, you better be prepared to deal with the flames.



[at an anger management class]
Lex Luthor: What are you here for?
Helen Bryce: I drop kicked an orderly. I have a violent reaction to incompetence.
Lex Luthor: The drop kick must have caught him off guard.
Helen Bryce: So, what did you do? Verbally demean your butler?
Lex Luthor: Cute. I took a 9 iron to a meter maid's car.
Helen Bryce: Wow, now I'm really jealous. I've always wanted to do that. How'd it feel?
Lex Luthor: Great.
Helen Bryce: Word of advice, keep that to yourself in here.

Lex Luthor: Guess I owe you a belated thank you.
Helen Bryce: Actually, I should be thanking you. It's cases like yours that convinced me to leave Metropolis.
Lex Luthor: I'm flattered I turned you from a life of nose jobs and liposuctions to small town medicine.

Helen Bryce: For the record, I refused to join my father's practice and we stopped speaking.
Lex Luthor: They hate when you do that.
Helen Bryce: Sounds like you speak from experience.
Lex Luthor: You witnessed my self-destructive phase. Then I almost let my father die... now I'm just trying to beat him at his own game.
Helen Bryce: How's that going?
Lex Luthor: I terrorize meter maids.
Helen Bryce: Yeah. I drop kick orderlies. It's funny, I was never an angry child.

Clark Kent: Lana, have you seen Chloe?
Lana Lang: She's at the Sheriff Station giving her statement.
Clark Kent: I don't remember ordering a side of hostility.
Lana Lang: I can't believe you accused Ian of murdering Mr Frankel!
Clark Kent: Lana, you have to believe me. I don't know how he did it but he is lying to everyone.
Lana Lang: A boy with secrets. I'm surprised you guys aren't fast friends.
Clark Kent: Don't try to turn this around on me. He's seeing you and Chloe at the same time. He's at her house. She's his alibi!
Lana Lang: Clark, they were finishing up an interview!
Clark Kent: Does Chloe always finish up her interviews by making out with the subjects?

Chloe Sullivan: What really gets me is I should have known better. Only Chloe Sullivan could fall for a guy who splits himself in two. What is it about me? Do I have a sign around my neck that says "Mutant Magnet"?



Lionel Luthor: I want you as my partner. Blame it on a brief bout of sentimentality.
Lex Luthor: Sentimentality is synonymous with vulnerability. You taught me that. You're on your own.

Clark Kent: I need to raise bail money for Joseph Willowbrook. He's being set up, I think by LuthorCorp.
Lex Luthor: That's a pretty serious accusation, Clark. Don't get me wrong, I'm impressed by your conviction, but going head to head with my father? You're a little like David trying to slay Goliath.
Clark Kent: Where do you stand?
Lex Luthor: Any culture that's left a legacy that would endure for centuries has earned my respect. I'm afraid it's a losing battle.
Clark Kent: Didn't David beat Goliath?

Lana Lang: Whitney's shared more with me since we broke up than when we were together. What is it with guys and their emotions? The closer you get to them, the more they keep everything in.
Chloe Sullivan: Must be some sort of protective instincts. You know, maybe we should just stop falling for guys who are trying to save the world.

Clark Kent: I have these feelings for Kyla, and I don't want to doubt her, but I'm not sure she's being honest with me.
Jonathan Kent: Well, Clark, not everybody's exactly what they seem. I mean, we should know that better than anybody.

Lionel Luthor: Lex, have I done something in the recent past to offend you?
Lex Luhor: There are so many ways I could answer that question, Dad.



Clark Kent: Lex, you've been dating Helen for a while. But nothing you ever told me about her would lead me to believe she's the espionage type.
Lex Luthor: I'm afraid one day you'll learn the frustrating truth, Clark. People are seldom whom they appear to be.
Clark Kent: Did she give you any kind of explanation?
Lex Luthor: Didn't get that far. When she learned that I had her investigated, she turned hostile and stormed out.
Clark Kent: If I knew someone was investigating me, I'd be a little ticked off too.

Lex Luthor: You're telling me my father offered you $100,000 against your will? Why would he do that?
Helen Bryce: I can't even begin to fathom the depths of the Luthor family pathology.
Lex Luthor: You could have been honest. You could have told me.
Helen Bryce: I was about to. But before I could say a word, I realized I was in the middle of an interrogation.
Lex Luthor: Helen, if I had known...
Helen Bryce: No, I'm glad that this happened. It showed me who I was really dealing with. You know, I've done some pretty stupid things in my life, but this could possibly win the Nobel Prize for stupidity. I fell for someone who never really existed.

Martha Kent: Sweetheart, are you all right?
Clark Kent: I just can't help thinking that... Whitney's skin wasn't bulletproof. His bones weren't unbreakable, but he still put himself in harm's way so the world could be safer. I wonder if I didn't have my abilities if I'd have that same kind of courage.
Jonathan Kent: Son, there is no doubt in our minds that you would.

Lex Luthor: From the time I was born, I was raised in an environment of suspicion and distrust. My father taught me to regard everyone as an adversary no matter who they are.
Helen Bryce: I'm really sorry you had to grow up like that, Lex, I am.
Lex Luthor: When my mother died, I began to build a wall around my heart. Every year that wall grew taller and more fortified until eventually it became impenetrable. I want to tear the wall down, Helen, I do. I just-- I don't have the slightest clue how to do it.
Helen Bryce: Lex...
Lex Luthor: I never once asked anyone for help, but I'm asking you now. Help me, Helen. I don't want to become my father.

Lana Lang: It seems like every person that I've ever gotten close to just leaves.
Clark Kent: That's not true.
Lana Lang: Yeah, it is. My parents, Nell, now Whitney. I know I haven't been a good friend.
Clark Kent: You've been a great friend.
Lana Lang: No, I have doubted you, accused you of things, and still you're here protecting me. I don't care if you have secrets, Clark. You are the one good, constant thing in my life and I don't want to lose you too.
Clark Kent: I'm not going anywhere.



Clark Kent: Lex, what's going on?
Lex Luthor: Big Brother is listening, or should I say "Big Daddy"?
Clark Kent: What are you saying, your dad's spying on you?
Lex Luthor: I had the inside track on a multi-million dollar contract. At the last minute, LuthorCorp manages to underbid me. You do the math.
Clark Kent: Lex, you've got to calm down...
Lex Luthor: Don't tell me to calm down, Clark! How would you feel if someone were listening to every private word you uttered, learning all your secrets?

Jonathan Kent: [to Lex] Look, I don't know how things work in your house, but around here, we think it's important to respect other people's privacy.
Clark Kent: Dad...
Lex Luthor: It's all right, Clark... Mr. Kent, ever since the day I moved to Smallville, I've done nothing but try to be a friend to you. And in return, you do nothing but lecture me with sanctimonious platitudes. I'm done listening to them.

Martha Kent: Why don't you just let us go? You can avoid adding kidnapping to the breaking and entering charges!
Lionel Luthor: You should listen to this woman. I find her advice invariably sound.

Lex Luthor: Clark, how did you get inside?
Lionel Luthor: The boy's resourceful, Lex. What difference does it make how he did it? He saved us. That's what's important.
Lex Luthor: Dad. I want you to know I was doing everything I could to secure your release.
Lionel Luthor: [sarcastically] Oh, I'm sure you did a great deal.

Jonathan Kent: Wait. Are you sure that this is the best thing to do? Quit, I mean.
Martha Kent: What do you mean? I thought you'd be happy about it.
Jonathan Kent: If you hadn't been working for Lionel, then we'd have no way of knowing that he was keeping tabs on Clark.
Martha Kent: So, instead of staying away from him...
Jonathan Kent: Maybe we should take a page out of the Luthor playbook.



Dominic Sanatori: You can save the concerned son routine, Lex. I have everything under control.
Lex Luthor: The loyal lapdog sitting watch at his master's door, secretly hoping he doesn't make it?
Dominic Sanatori: As I recall, you almost let him die once. Who's to say you didn't try to finish the job? God knows after yesterday, you'd have enough reason to want him dead.
Lex Luthor: You know what I find so amusing about you, Dominic, is that you actually believe my father is grooming you.
Dominic Sanatori: It's unfortunate that they already have a suspect in custody. I can't think of a person with a better motive for killing your father than you.

Lionel Luthor: If you were really ready to run LexCorp, there's no way I could have taken it from you. Look at this as an opportunity for us to work together again, father and son.
Lex Luthor: When I broke away from you, I swore I'd never be under your thumb again.
Lionel Luthor: It's my hope that you'll stay and rise to the challenge.
Lex Luthor: Your ego wouldn't allow it. I'll fight you on this and I'll win.
Lionel Luthor: You better have something stronger than words to back up those threats, son, because as of this moment you are just another employee.

Lex Luthor: So now you're implying I pulled the trigger?
Clark Kent: It's not like I haven't seen you shoot someone before.
Lex Luthor: Get out of here before you say something you really regret.
Clark Kent: I'm not going anywhere. Not until I get some answers. Are you trying to frame my dad?
Lex Luthor: After all this time, I thought you knew me better than the average tabloid reader.
Clark Kent: If you don't start trusting me with the truth, what else am I supposed to think?
Lex Luthor: Stay out of it, Clark.
Clark Kent: My dad's life is at stake here!
Lex Luthor: So is my father's!

Clark Kent: You grow up with someone, you think you know them, but... I mean, darkness like that just doesn't come out of nowhere... I'm sorry about your company. What's gonna happen next?
Lex Luthor: My father thinks I'll go back to work for him.
Clark Kent: Will you?
Lex Luthor: It's hard to imagine working for a man who can enrage four people to the point where any one of them had motive to kill him.
Clark Kent: Even you.
Lex Luthor: You know that darkness you were talking about? I'm not sure we're born with it. I think people like my father find a way to bring it out.

Lex Luthor: So you took an honest man and destroyed him. And by proxy, almost ruined Jonathan Kent. How does it feel, Dad, knowing you brought this on yourself?
Lionel Luthor: But I didn't, Lex. You did... engineering your ill-advised employee coup.
Lex Luthor: And you actually believe that?
Lionel Luthor: It's all right, son. I forgive you.



Chloe Sullivan: My feelings for Clark are so ancient, they're... they're fossilized!

Chloe Sullivan: What are you?
Clark Kent: Let's just say I'm not from around here.
Chloe Sullivan: [to Pete] You knew about this?
Pete Ross: He's my brother... from another planet.

Chloe Sullivan: Can you fly?
Clark Kent: Whoa, wait a minute. I may be an alien, but I'm not a cartoon.

Chloe Sullivan: [to Lex] You know, I always wondered. For a boy who has all the money in the world, you'd think he could afford a good toupee.

[Pete knocks Clark unconscious with Kryptonite]
Chloe Sullivan: Whoa! How'd you do that?
Pete Ross: Clark's Achilles' heel. He may be a boy scout, but I'm always prepared.



Pete Ross: Working at the Talon... could you be any more obvious?
Clark Kent: What happened to the Pete Ross rule of proximity? "If you wanna get in the game, you've gotta get on the court."
Pete Ross: Clark, Lana would be your boss. She's going to take out all of her pent up frustrations of all the times you've ever let her down. You're not going to be in the game. You're going to be in the locker room cleaning the toilets.

Lucas Luthor: [to Clark] So, you and Lex seem close.
Pete Ross: What, are you kidding? They're like brothers.
Clark Kent: So, Lucas, where did you grow up?
Lucas Luthor: All over.
Pete Ross: Must be kind of weird not knowing your mom or your dad.
Lucas Luthor: No, not really. Parents always try to make you little versions of them selves. When you grow up without those constraints, you're allowed to become your own person.
Clark Kent: It's an interesting theory. I don't think I buy it, though.
Lucas Luthor: All right. Let's take you and Lex, for example. If he were raised by your parents and you were raised by Lionel, you wouldn't grow up to be different people? Trust me, you'd be rich and miserable, and he'd be wearing flannel. But if you were left totally alone, abandoned by your parents, how do you think you'd turn out?

Lex Luthor: I bet a lot of people are out looking for you. Like your friends from Edge City.
Lucas Luthor: Oh, wow, Lex, is that a threat?
Lex Luthor: You know, Lucas, the Luthor gene pool is a shark tank, and our father's just chummed the waters. Good Luck.

Clark Kent: I'm sorry that Lucas didn't turn out to be the brother you wanted.
Lex Luthor: Considering his father, I'm surprised he's still alive at all.
Clark Kent: Where is Lucas now?
Lex Luthor: Safe. But I'm going to have some work to do to regain his trust.
Clark Kent: You will. You're not your father.
Lex Luthor: Sometimes, Clark, we're all held hostage by the will of our fathers. The only difference is, your dad is a good man. All my father does is push people away.

Clark Kent: As long as I live, I don't think I'm ever going to understand your family.
Lex Luthor: Neither will I. Just remember, my father may try and rule the world, but yours will inherit the earth.



Chloe Sullivan: Well, this is gonna make quite a story. "Clark Kent ends record-breaking perfect attendance streak." Sorry. I'm doing it again. I just... I've never seen you sick before, and it just got me thinking, you know? What if something did happen to you? And I never got to... [pause] So in yet another classic maneuver to avoid emotional intimacy, I wrote my feelings down so that I could read them to you, thereby eliminating embarrassing eye contact. [reading] "I want to let you in on a secret. I'm not who you think I am. In fact, my disguise is so thin, I'm surprised you haven't seen right through me. I'm the girl of your dreams masquerading as your best friend. Sometimes I want to rip off this façade like I did at the Spring Formal, but I can't because you'll get scared and you'll run away again. So I decided that it's better to live with a lie than expose my true feelings." [stops] This is so much easier when you're unconscious... [continues reading] "My dad told me there are two types of girls. The ones you grow out of and the ones you grow into. I really hope I'm the latter. I may not be the one you love today, but I'll let you go for now, hoping one day you'll fly back to me because I think you're worth the wait."

Clark Kent: I offered Dad a bit of spot welding, but he said it'd only slow him down.
Jonathan Kent: Son, as hard as it is for you to believe, even your abilities are no substitute for a three-quarter inch copper washer.

Clark Kent: Pete, are you sure the ship will be safe in your shed?
Pete Ross: Yeah, we'll put it between the old Betamax and my dad's Pong game. Indiana Jones couldn't find it down there.

Jonathan Kent: Look, I need you to promise me that you won't tell anybody about this, and I mean anybody.
Helen Bryce: Mr. Kent, I take my doctor/patient confidentiality very seriously. But Clark needs proper care.
Jonathan Kent: Doctor, Clark isn't exactly what you'd call a normal boy.
Helen Bryce: I need to get a blood sample.
Jonathan Kent: Listen, Dr. Bryce, you can't do that.
Helen Bryce: Is this some sort of religious thing?
Jonathan Kent: No, I mean literally, you can't do that.

Clark Kent: Is Chloe okay?
Lana Lang: What happened to you really affected her. Me too. It was really hard seeing you sick. Guess I somehow always thought of you as invincible.
Clark Kent: Now you think I'm just human.
Lana Lang: I guess that's my way of saying that you mean a lot to me, Clark. And I know it's not very eloquent... but I guess some people are just better with words than others.



Clark Kent: What is it?
Virgil Swann: It's a message from the stars, Clark. All my life, I've been staring out into space wondering. Wondering is anybody else out there? And then 13 years ago, I got an answer.
Clark Kent: The day of the meteor shower.
Virgil Swann: One of my receiving stations picked up a faint signal. It took me years to decrypt it. And finally, I discovered a mathematical key that was built into the transmission.
Clark Kent: Can you read it?
Virgil Swann: Yes. It says "This is Kal-El of Krypton. Our infant son, our last hope. Please protect him and deliver him from evil."

Virgil Swann: I've always wondered what happened to that child, if he survived the journey, if he lived among us. And then three days ago, I saw the symbol for Hope burned onto the side of a barn in Smallville, and I found that the farmer and his wife had an adopted son.
Clark Kent: So you think I'm Kal-El? I'm just Clark Kent.
Virgil Swann: No, no, I'm not trying to expose you, Clark. I'm just... I'm just seeking the truth.
Clark Kent: I'm sorry, Doctor. The truth is, I'm not who you think I am.
Virgil Swann: If you can live with that decision, so can I. But if you walk out that door, it'll never be open to you again.

Virgil Swann: That's where Krypton was. I followed the signal's path billions of miles out into space. I was hoping to discover its origin but instead, I found nothing.
Clark Kent: Planets just don't disappear. What do you think happened to it?
Virgil Swann: Oh, it could be any one of a million different scenarios. War, famine, disease. I mean, look at the world around us. Is it really that hard to believe?

Clark Kent: It's a message from my biological father. I'm sure I'm reading it wrong.
Jonathan Kent: Why? What does it say?
Clark Kent: [reading] "On this third planet from this star Sol, you will be a god among men. They are a flawed race. Rule them with strength, my son. That is where your greatness lies." I think I was sent here to conquer. What kind of planet am I from?

Jonathan Kent: Clark Kent, you're here to be a force for good, not a force of evil.
Clark Kent: How can you be so sure?
Jonathan Kent: Because I am your father. I raised you, and I know you better than anyone.



Chloe Sullivan: What are you doing to those poor citrus?
Clark Kent: Well, apparently there's enough acid in them to act as a battery.
Chloe Sullivan: How very "Survivor" of you. What are you going to call it? A Clockwork Orange?
Pete Ross: Don't you wish you were the first one to say that?

Clark Kent: It's like Cyrus is in his own world. He takes teenage alienation to a whole new level.
Lana Lang: Well, we all have our ways of escaping from our lives. I ride, Chloe writes, and you... you do incredibly strenuous farm chores by yourself.
Clark Kent: Well, I guess you know my deepest and darkest secret now.

Clark Kent: You don't think he's really an alien, do you?
Chloe Sullivan: No. But wouldn't it be awesome if he was, though?
Clark Kent: Yeah, it'd be the story of the century, wouldn't it?
Chloe Sullivan: This isn't about Pulitzers, Clark. I mean, can you imagine being from another planet? The experiences you could share?
Clark Kent: It wouldn't freak you out?
Chloe Sullivan: Compared to most people, I think aliens would be a step up.

Lex Luthor: I never figured you for having an identity crisis, Clark.
Clark Kent: It's for a friend.
Lex Luthor: Haven't heard that one before. What's your friend's problem? Napoleon or Messiah complex?
Clark Kent: Actually he thinks he's an alien.
Lex Luthor: So that proves he isn't... come on, Clark, if you were really an alien would you go around telling people about it?
Clark Kent: Probably not.
Lex Luthor: Let me guess. Your friend, he's a little odd. Spends a lot of time alone, thinks no one understands him. I just described myself in high school. It's a classic outsider profile. I'd say he's just trying to get attention. You believe there are aliens among us, Clark?

Chloe Sullivan: Trust me. This kid is more David Blaine than he is Wall of Weird.
Clark Kent: All right, well, that still doesn't explain how he cured Tyson.
Chloe Sullivan: Yeah, I haven't figured that one out yet. But I'd be willing to bet that he faked that one too somehow.
Clark Kent: No, I was there. It was real.
Chloe Sullivan: Okay, well, I'm not discounting the possibility that he may have some magic healing power. But if he does, it's probably byproduct of meteorite poisoning. He is no more extraterrestrial than you are.



Jonathan Kent: Sheriff, we know our son and Clark would never deliberately hurt anybody. I'm sure whatever he did, he did it 'cause he thought he had to.
Sheriff Nancy Adams: By throwing another young man across my police car? I ran a complete check on your son, Mr. Kent. He's been at more crime scenes than Eliot Ness.
Martha Kent: If Clark's been involved with police business, it's only because he was trying to help people.
Sheriff Nancy Adams: Or maybe he's got some kind of hero complex? I mean, even heroes got to play by the rules.

Pete Ross: Clark Kent, convict.
Chloe Sullivan: Yeah, I know, when do you get fit for that orange jump suit? Or is it one size fits all?
Clark Kent: Forty hours of community service is not funny... it's an orange vest.
Chloe Sullivan: Oh, no! It's gonna clash with the plaid!
Pete Ross: Welcome to Smallville, where you stop the crime, you do the time.
Sheriff Nancy Adams: Very pithy. Maybe I should use that as my campaign slogan?

Lex Luthor: Lana, I know what it's like to feel vulnerable.
Lana Lang: You?
Lex Luthor: Trust me. Eccentric bald kids sit pretty low on the prep school totem pole.

Jonathan Kent: You did throw him into that car, Clark.
Clark Kent: Maybe this is where it all starts. Remember what it said in the spaceship? "They're a flawed race. Rule them with strength."
Jonathan Kent: Son, I got into a lot of fights when I was your age too, believe me. But, Clark, these are not alien feelings. What you have to remember under these circumstances is that there are consequences.
Martha Kent: Your father's right. You don't make decisions in a split second that you have to live with for the rest of your life.
Jonathan Kent: Clark, it's true. We are a flawed race, sure. But we're a flawed race that raised you. You're a lot more human than you think.

Lana Lang: Lex has a way of bringing out a side of me that's both scary and liberating at the same time.
Clark Kent: Well, you know the first rule of self defense is to avoid conflict.
Lana Lang: Relax, Clark, I'm not about to go prowling the night fighting crime. I'll leave that to the expert.
Clark Kent: Well, you can trust me, there's no future in fighting crime unless you enjoy being sued.



Clark Kent: My article about the debate team. Oh, Chloe, I'm really sorry. I'll give it to you first thing tomorrow morning.
Chloe Sullivan: Well, unfortunately Clark, I needed it tonight. To fill in the hole, I had to blow up the lunch menu to a 60-point type. I'm sure the student body is going to find that fascinating.

Henry Small: I guess some small part of me is still getting used to all this.
Lana Lang: What, dropping by for a casual visit with your daughter?
Henry Small: No, entering a business co-owned by a Luthor without an injunction in my hand.

Clark Kent: What are you doing out of jail?
Eric Marsh: Seems I've got friends in higher places that I didn't even know about. And suddenly, you're not so anonymous.
Clark Kent: I'll testify, if that's what it takes to put you away.
Eric Marsh: Oh no, I'd think about that Kent. I mean, I know you're unbreakable, but people that you care about aren't. I'd sure hate to think something happened to those wholesome parents of yours.

Clark Kent: Dad, look around. Look at what they did to this place. You said yourself I can't protect you. You have to think of Mom. You have to think about the baby.
Jonathan Kent: I am thinking about Mom. I am thinking about the baby. I'm also thinking about you.
Clark Kent: Dad, please! Please.
Jonathan Kent: All right, I'll take your mother to a doctor in Metropolis, and maybe stay with your grandfather for a couple days. Son, I'd feel a whole hell of a lot better if you'd agree to come with us.
Clark Kent: I can't.
Jonathan Kent: Clark, I'm not going to stand here and ask you to do nothing because you and I both know that I would not do nothing. But I want you to remember something son. They have your strength, but they don't have any of your other abilities. You make sure you give yourself a fighting chance.

Chloe Sullivan: I don't understand why the most powerful man in the city is interested in helping me.
Lionel Luthor: We're after the same thing, Miss Sullivan... the truth. You know, journalists are the midwives of history. Perhaps, with my help, we could make history together.



Clark Kent: If this is the mysterious Lana, I like it. What is this all about?
Lana Lang: Us, kind of. I just wanted to thank you for yesterday. There were a few minutes there when I really thought I might be losing it. But, you never doubted me. Not for a second. You always believe in me. Thanks a lot.
Clark Kent: Lana, what is this all about?
Lana Lang: It's just that sometimes I feel like you've created this perfect picture of who I am.
Clark Kent: That's what I see.
Lana Lang: This might sound silly... but I have this fear that-- that one day you'll finally get a good look at me and... I'm going to disappoint you. That you'll see that I'm not as strong or as good as you think I am. And I'm afraid that it'll change the way you feel about me.
Clark Kent: Nothing could ever do that.

Lionel Luthor: I wanted to give you my gift in person, since it's obvious by now that I won't be receiving a wedding invitation.
Lex Luthor: You offered the woman I love a hundred thousand dollars to leave me.
Lionel Luthor: I did you a favor, Lex. That was the ultimate test of loyalty and she passed with flying colors. You should be thanking me.
Lex Luthor: Well, my thank you note must be lost in the mail along with your invitation.

Pete Ross: Clark, couldn't the bone yard visit have waited till after the rain stopped?
Clark Kent: It's the only way to disprove the zombie theory.
Pete Ross: Yeah. Well, if this Emily girl really is a ghost I really don't think she'd appreciate you scoping out her coffin.

Lionel Luthor: I like to think that I treat everyone at LuthorCorp as part of the family.
Lex Luthor: Well, that would explain the lack of loyalty.

Lionel Luthor: All right, Lex, what's the crisis? One minute you want nothing to do with me and then I'm inundated with urgent messages.
Lex Luthor: How does it feel to play God, Dad?



Clark Kent: I've been looking through every book from Socrates to Shakespeare trying find some who could put into words the way Lex and Helen feel about each other. But what I realize is, there are no words for it, that when you have it, you trust it, and you believe in it, take a chance on it, you're willing to sacrifice anything to keep it, no matter what the cost.

Lana Lang: If you knew that Lex was keeping secrets from you, but he was being truthful about the important things like, um, like the way he feels about you...would that be enough?
Dr. Helen Bryce: I guess you have to decide. Is the part of themselves they're willing to share with you better than not having them in your life at all?

Lana Lang: Okay. I know it's not your birthday for another seven minutes, but I wanted to surprise you.
Clark Kent: You did.
Lana Lang: I get the feeling it's not in a good way.
Clark Kent: It's just it's not really my birthday. It's just some date that my parents picked off the calendar for the adoption papers.
Lana Lang: Maybe some of us want to celebrate the day you came into our lives.
Clark Kent: I never thought of it that way.

Lionel Luthor: The wall, Doctor. What does it say?
Dr. Frederick Walden: "The last son will rule the planet." Don't you see? It's Clark Kent!
Lex Luthor: I think that's a pretty big leap.
Dr. Frederick Walden: No! I've never seen more clearly in my life. I know exactly what has to be done.
Lionel Luthor: What is that, Doctor?
Dr. Frederick Walden: We have to kill Clark Kent, before he destroys us all.

Clark Kent: I'm going to rule the world? He's obviously nuts.
Lex Luthor: Of course he is. Unfortunately my father was there. He heard the whole thing.
Clark Kent: But he didn't believe him, did he?
Lex Luthor: He quoted one of his favorite Elizabethan poets. "'Twixt truth and madness lies but a sliver of a stream." He's not just gonna let this drop. I thought I'd warn you.



Jor-El: I am Jor-El, your father.
Clark Kent: I thought you died!
Jor-El: I am his memory, his will. I am to fulfill his promise and guide you all the days of your life. You are the last son of Krypton. When you traveled through the cosmos, you carried the hopes and dreams of your people. They now live through you, Kal-El. It is time.
Clark Kent: Time for what?
Jor-El: Time to accept your destiny.
Clark Kent: I don't know what you have in mind for me, but I--
Jor-El: By the setting of the sun Sol, you will return to me. Your destiny will be fulfilled. Your thoughts are not a mystery to me, Kal-El. These people have served their purpose. It is time to leave them.
Clark Kent: Please! Everything and everyone I love is here! In Smallville!
Jor-El: You must let go of your past. I will guide you to your future.
Clark Kent: No, I don't want your guidance! I want to create my own future!
Jor-El: You have no choice, Kal-El.

Martha Kent: Whatever your biological father may have had in mind for you, they're his hopes and dreams, not yours.
Jonathan Kent: Clark, you choose your own destiny. Nobody can decide that for you, son.
Clark Kent: This is my home. And you're my parents. It's where I belong, and I'm not going anywhere

Jor-El: You will obey me, Kal-El.
Clark Kent: You're not my father. I won't let you control me.
Jor-El: You cannot fight it, Kal-El. At the zenith of the star Sol, you will begin your journey. If you do not, you will hurt the ones you love most.

Chloe Sullivan: You were right about Clark. He wasn't who I thought he was. I'm surprised I hadn't noticed earlier. So much for my crack journalistic instinct.
Lionel Luthor: No, no, love has a way of blinding even the sharpest minds. We don't look because we don't want to see. But once love has been stripped away, then we see the real person clearly. They're revealed to us with all their flaws, their foibles, and their secrets.

Clark Kent: Come with me.
Lana Lang: Smallville's my home. It's your home too.
Clark Kent: Not anymore.