Smallville (season 3)

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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.



Morgan Edge: You've made quite a reputation for yourself. I set up this test so I could see with my own eyes if you were man or myth. And clearly, you're both.
Kal: Well, I'm glad I could clear it up for you... Mr. Edge.
Morgan Edge: I'd like to talk about a job opportunity.
Kal: Thanks. But I'm really not looking for work right now. I like to fly solo.
Morgan Edge: No matter how many bullets bounce off you, Kal, you're still a kid, and I'm the biggest crime boss in Metropolis.
Kal: Well, I would think you could afford better help.
Morgan Edge: That's why we're talking. I got this one job. It'll make you Midas rich. So when you are tired of playing the little league, you know where to find me.

Lex Luthor: You killed your father.
Louis Leery: Yeah, it was inevitable. I had to do it. Only one of us could survive. See, back there, he was a rich and powerful guy. He was always criticizing me, never thinking I was good enough. And it just kept chipping away, chipping away till there was nothing left... I thought you and I were kindred spirits.
Lex Luthor: No, Louis. You're a psychopath.
Louis Leery: Well, there's one in all of us. I just let mine out.

Jonathan Kent: Clark, it's me.
Kal: Jonathan. How's the farm?
Jonathan Kent: Clark, your mother and I love you very much and we want you to come home.
Kal: Is that right? Hey, what about not dwelling on the past and making a fresh new start? Come on, you can admit it. You're happier I'm gone.
Jonathan Kent: Son, that's not true.
Kal: I'm not your son! And you're not my parents, you never have been! You never will be!
Lana Lang: Clark, what is the matter with you? Your parents love you! I love you.
Kal: Do you always betray the people you love?

Morgan Edge: I need you to break into a secure building. The office on the 60th floor has a very valuable package. It's in a titanium-reinforced steel safe. Not a job for mere mortals.
Kal: Sounds like easy money.
Morgan Edge: I haven't told you where you're going yet.
Kal: [reads a card] LuthorCorp Plaza. You want me to break into Lionel Luthor's office?
Morgan Edge: Will that be a problem?
Kal: No. It'll be my pleasure.

Jonathan Kent: Hello, Clark.
Kal: Jonathan Kent. Isn't it a little past your bedtime? How'd you find me?
Jonathan Kent: Your biological father.
Kal: You two are working together now, huh? That's cute. But I didn't listen to him and I'm certainly not gonna listen to you.



Jonathan Kent: You don't realize how dangerous you are when you're wearing that ring!
Clark Kent: It's not the ring. I was born that way. You just can't accept it.
[Jonathan sees the Kryptonian symbol burned on Clarks chest]
Jonathan Kent: What in the hell did Jor-El do to you, Clark?
Clark Kent: He made sure I'd never forget who my real father is.

Lana Lang: You warned me there were things about you that I wouldn't understand. I guess I just didn't want to believe it.
Clark Kent: I was protecting you.
Lana Lang: From what? That's the part I can't figure out because, Clark, the only thing that keeps hurting me is you.

Lex Luthor: It's ironic. In the most remote solitude I still managed to find an enemy. I suppose I was just hallucinating from malaria, but the enemy I found was real. I got a good look at myself, or at least the part I've always tried to ignore.
Clark Kent: Lex, I guess we all got to take a look at our dark side sooner or later.
Lex Luthor: The problem is if you stare at it long enough, it can get hard to tell the two sides apart.

Lana Lang: How could you let everyone worry like that?
Chloe Sullivan: Because the more pressure I put on him, the more he pulled away. I mean, you saw him, Lana. He wasn't exactly the charming flannel king we all know and love. It was like he was a...
Lana Lang: A different person.
Chloe Sullivan: Yeah. Let's face it, Lana. Clark has more issues than "Rolling Stone."

Jonathan Kent: We can't accept this.
Lex Luthor: There's nothing to accept but my gratitude. After the plane went down, I made my way into one of the broken wings. This compass, your wedding present, guided me to safe harbor. The least I can do is help you keep your farm.
Jonathan Kent: We will find a way to pay you back.
Lex Luthor: I'm not worried about that, Mr. Kent. If it's not too presumptuous, I hope you'll just consider me part of the family.



Clark Kent: Look, I know this is gonna sound bizarre, but this kid Van, he's convinced that the meteor rocks in Smallville have altered certain people.
Lex Luthor: What do you mean by altered?
Clark Kent: He thinks they've developed different abilities than the rest of us, and he's hunting them. Lex, he had a hit list. They found it in his cabin, and you're on it.
Lex Luthor: Clark, the only abilities I have are playing the market and falling for the wrong women.

Lex Luthor: I wouldn't worry about it, Dad. I'm insured now.
Lionel Luthor: Not yet. There's some difficulty getting you underwritten by Lloyd's of London.
Lex Luthor: On what grounds?
Lionel Luthor: Your tendency to attract near-death experiences has made you too great a liability.
Lex Luthor: I would think surviving would count for something.

Lana Lang: Clark, I really thought I was going to die.
Clark Kent: You've been through worse.
Lana Lang: Because you've been there to protect me, but I knew you weren't coming this time, so when Van showed up I guess I was just relieved that there were others like you out there.
Clark Kent: He's not like me. You have to see him for what he is. He's a killer. Lana, it's okay to be mad at people who try to hurt you, but it's not fair to take it out on everyone who's been affected by the meteors. It's not their fault. No one asks to be different.
Lana Lang: Life would just be so much better for everybody if the meteor shower never happened.

Lex Luthor: How many times have I come face to face with death and walked away without a scratch? I've practically lost count.
Clark Kent: Weirder things have happened.
Lex Luthor: All this time I thought the reason I survived that Porsche accident was because of you, Clark. Now I'm not so sure. See, I've always tried to explain everything by looking outside myself. But maybe the truth lies inside my own physiology. Maybe I am a freak.

Lana Lang: What I don't understand is you're willing to walk into bullets for me, but you won't share what's going on inside. Clark, if you don't open up to the people that love you, you'll always be alone. I can't believe you want to spend your life like that.
Clark Kent: I may not have a choice.
Lana Lang: You always have a choice.



[We see a wooden sign in a gathering of trees with the words Crater Lake painted in yellow. Day. Past the sign, Clark comes out of the trees and looks out at the lake. The lake is massive and blue. The sun shines down on it brightly and heavily wooded hills can be seen in the background. Clark smiles and walks out onto the narrow dock, stopping about halfway to the end and takes off his shirt. He starts to unbutton his pants and take off his shoes when he hears Lana's voice behind him]
Lana Lang: Hi, Clark.
[Clark turns around as Lana walks up, smiling]
Clark Kent: Lana. I didn't think anybody else was out here.
Lana Lang: Well, it looks like we had the same idea for cooling off.
Clark Kent: Yeah, it's a scorcher. [Lana's smile fades as she lowers her eyes to Clark's bare chest, hardly bothering to hide her desire] You know, I'll come back.
Lana Lang: Oh, no, why? It's a big lake. There's enough room for both of us. [Clark doesn't answer] I'm game if you are. [Clark raises his eyebrows, surprised. Lana walks past him to the edge of the dock, behind Clark] No peeking.
[She turns toward Clark and takes off her shirt, dropping it onto the dock. A smile starts to form on Clark's face as Lana takes off her bra. She tosses it forward where it lands on Clark's foot. Lana takes off her pants and underwear and drops them, then jogs to the end of the dock. Clark turns around just in time to see her dive naked into the lake. Moments later, her head pokes out of the water]
Lana Lang: Your turn, Clark. I promise I won't peek.
[Lana turns around in the water so she is facing away from Clark. He smiles as he quickly pulls his pants and underwear off and dives into the water. Lana turns around, looking for him, but doesn't see him anywhere]
Lana Lang: Clark? [No response. She turns around in the water, searching] Clark! [The fear in her eyes grows as she continues to scan the water for Clark. His head suddenly pops out of the water behind her]
Clark Kent: Boo.
[Lana splashes water in his face]
Lana Lang: Don't do that! [Clark laughs and splashes back. They get into a brief splash fight and soon Lana is laughing too] You're ... it's not funny. [Lana wipes the water from her face and they take a moment to look at each other, inching closer together] [quietly] I always said there should be nothing between us.
Clark Kent: Now there's not.

Clark Kent: Pete, did you see that guy?
Pete Ross: What guy?
Clark Kent: How could you miss him? He had a big red cape on!

Chloe Sullivan: There is a theory that telepathic receptivity is increased during REM sleep. It has to do with frontal lobe activity... I've never seen a case this dramatic, but we all know that your brain is wired a little differently than the rest of ours. Add that the river where she crashed is a known source for our favorite green stuff and you have the perfect Smallville cocktail for weirdness.

Lex Luthor: Interesting theory, Clark.
Clark Kent: I know it sounds crazy, but that's what happened.
Lex Luthor: Now you're saving people in your dreams, too. I bet a shrink would have a field day with that scenario.

Lex Luthor: Legend has it this sword was forged in the fires of Mount Fuji. The blade can cut through anything. The Katai never took it into battle. They never had to, till the day the strongest Katai turned on his own. One by one, the Katai fell at his hand. Nothing left to lose, the last of the Katai lunged at the warrior with this sword. The blade cut him clean in two. But when the warrior's armor fell away, the Katai saw he wasn't even human. [Lex strikes Clark with the sword, shattering it] Just like you, Clark. See, I've always been honest with you. But it turns out you've been lying to me from the first day I laid eyes on you.
Clark Kent: No, Lex, I can explain!
Lex Luthor: It's too late! The irony is all you had to do was come to me, Clark. I was your friend. I would've protected your secret. I would've protected you. But I couldn't be trusted because I'm a Luthor.
Clark Kent: No, that's not it!
Lex Luthor: I don't care! I'm going to dedicate myself to ensuring the whole world knows who Clark Kent really is. Life as you know it is over.

Lana Lang: Well, it's been like an oven outside, so I was thinking we could go swimming at Crater Lake.
Clark Kent: Yeah... I really don't think skinny-dipping is a good idea.
Lana Lang: Who said anything about skinny-dipping? Maybe in your dreams, Clark.



Clark Kent: According to NASA the sun took a direct hit from a comet today, causing one of the biggest solar flares ever to be recorded.
Martha: Oh, you sound intrigued.
Clark Kent: Actually it's a relief to be researching a cosmic disaster that has nothing to do with me.

Perry White: I finally found my story.
Clark Kent: For some insane reason, it's me. Chloe told me. I don't think it's funny.
Perry White: Oh, it's not a joke, Clark. I got the facts to back it up.
Clark Kent: What kind of facts are those?
Perry White: The accident, the power lines, your magical appearance as your family tractor drops out of the sky.
Clark Kent: I explained that.
Perry White: "It fell off a truck." That's not an explanation, that's a punch line. I spent the morning combing through police records and newspaper stories. You're Johnny on the Spot, Clark. You're Smallville's own hero on deck.
Clark Kent: Trust me, Mr. White, there's nothing special about me.
Perry White: Oh, that's where you're wrong, kid. So far I got you pegged as really strong and shock-resistant. The question is, what other tricks have you got up your sleeve?

Clark Kent: Mr. White, don't do this.
Perry White: See, the way I figure it, you're strong, you're shockproof, you're incredibly fast. Plus you're cursed with this hero complex.
Clark Kent: Yeah, why don't you come back down on the deck and we'll talk about that.
Perry White: No. Not till I have my story.
Clark Kent: Wait, Mr. White? Look, you're wrong about me.
Perry White: I'm betting you'll save me, Clark.

Perry White: Thanks again for the ride.
Clark Kent: It's the only way I could be sure you'd get on the bus.
Perry White: You really are kind of a freak, you know that?
Clark Kent: Mr. White...
Perry White: I'm serious. You try to help people, even fools like me, and you never ask for anything in return. When I saw your face up there after it was all over, I suddenly realized I was about to tear down a good person. I just couldn't believe there was actually anyone like you out there.
Clark Kent: Trust me, Mr. White, I'm not that good.

Clark Kent: Something tells me the world hasn't seen the last of Perry White.
Perry White: Something tells me you're right. Rumor has it I still have a friend or two on the Daily Planet. Oh, by the way, I went over a couple more of your Torch stories.
Clark Kent: And?
Perry White: Well, they're rough, and half the time you buried the lead, but I see a glimmer of hope. If you ever make it to Metropolis, look me up. I owe you one.



Lana Lang: Why would he lie to me? It's not like he's gonna get the last 40 years of his life back.
Clark Kent: Lana, convicted murderers spend half their day trying to convince people they're innocent.
Lana Lang: Clark, that drawing looks exactly like you. So unless Dexter could've predicted the future, there's a pretty good chance that drifter was real. It could've been your grandfather. Even your father.
Clark Kent: That's impossible.
Lana Lang: Why? You must've come from somewhere. It's not like you just fell out of the sky.

Clark Kent: Since when can you take police records out of City Hall?
Chloe Sullivan: Since I caught the clerk and his girlfriend playing cops and robbers while on the job.

Lex Luthor: So you took the liberty of rewriting our family history?
Lionel Luthor: That's right. Why should I have to pay for the sins of my father?
Lex Luthor: Sounds familiar.

Jor-El: (about Krypton) When I said I wasn't from here, I wasn't talking about Smallville. Where I'm from we have colors that you've never seen. Our moons are so close they fill up half the sky. We have sunsets that last for hours.

Clark Kent: I think Jor-El was sent here as some kind of rite of passage. Grandpa Kent was down here too. He told Joe that if there was anything he needed...
Jonathan Kent: What is it, Clark?
Clark Kent: I don't think you and Mom found me by accident... I think you were chosen.



Chloe Sullivan: The American version of closure. You can only get over your grief when you figure out how to merchandise your tragedy.

Jonathan Kent: Oh, something must be wrong if he stuck his head in the refrigerator and didn't eat the last piece of cherry pie.
Clark Kent: It's nothing. It's just Lana. Seth Nelson asked her out.
Martha Kent: What did she say?
Clark Kent: She said yes so fast it gave me whiplash.
Jonathan Kent: Look, Clark, jealousy is a tough emotion.
Clark Kent: Dad, I'm not jealous!
Jonathan Kent: Ah...
Clark Kent: Well, maybe a little bit.

Chloe Sullivan: Finally. I didn't think you were gonna show. Not that Clark Kent ever operates on the same speed as the rest of the world.

Chloe Sullivan: You're a Luthor, so it's a given that you're unscrupulous, but I really thought that petty larceny was beneath you, Lex.
Lex Luthor: Can you be a little more specific with the charge?
Chloe Sullivan: I caught some creep in my office trying steal one of my computers. I figured either you or your father hired him.
Lex Luthor: But you're accusing me.
Chloe Sullivan: You're what they euphemistically call the lesser of two evils.
Lex Luthor: I admire your take-charge attitude. Barging in here and accusing me took guts... or sheer stupidity.

Chloe Sullivan: How did he die?
Lex Luthor: Natural causes. Apparently his heart just gave out.
Chloe Sullivan: And you believe that?
Lex Luthor: Given what he was looking into, I doubt there was anything natural about his death.
Chloe Sullivan: How do I know you're not just playing me here?
Lex Luthor: [sarcastic] You're right, Chloe. I could be. I often bring high school girls to the morgue to show them what happens when trained professionals cross my father.
Chloe Sullivan: Well, there's nothing in my files worth killing for.
Lex Luthor: We've got a corpse here that says you're wrong.



Lionel Luthor: How did you get in here, Lex?
Lex Luthor: Well, when people think you're insane and you're holding a rifle to their head, they, uh, tend to do what you ask.

Lex Luthor: You know what disappoints me, Dad?
Lionel Luthor: All right, tell me.
Lex Luthor: You hired pros to kill me. You always taught me, "If you want something done right, son, do it yourself!"

Morgan Edge: If we'd done it my way, you'd be dead by now.
Lex Luthor: What are you talking about?
Morgan Edge: You really believe you could have escaped if I wanted to kill you? It was your father's idea to make you look crazy instead.
Lex Luthor: You're lying!
Morgan Edge: It's true, Lex. Lionel's gone soft in his old age. He was willing to lose his parents, but he said he couldn't bear to lose another child.

Clark Kent: Thank you.
Lex Luthor: Don't thank me, Clark. You're part of this. I have to kill you too.

Lionel Luthor: You know, I was never quite sure which of them was more out of touch with reality — Don Quixote, jousting with imaginary enemies, or his loyal lackey Sancho Panza, indulging his master's fantasies in spite of the danger to everyone else.



Adam Knight: I think you're getting off way too easily.
Lana Lang: Excuse me?
Adam Knight: You have to learn to push through the pain. If we all sat down every time it hurt, this country never would've been built.
Lana Lang: Well, I doubt the founding fathers broke their legs in four places.
Adam Knight: What happened, bad pileup at cheerleading practice?

Lionel Luthor: When your attempt to escape failed, you sabotaged my efforts to have you released, to be cared for at home.
Lex Luthor: But I told you. I'm cured. A cured patient doesn't belong in a hospital.
Lionel Luthor: Oh, it's painful to see you like this. You know I have your best interest at heart, don't you?
Lex Luthor: The only interest you have... is staying out of prison. I'm not insane, and you know it.
Lionel Luthor: It's sad to see a man who's lost his mind. But it's tragic when he's convinced himself that he's sane.

Clark Kent: How is Lana?
Chloe Sullivan: It's been really tough. She could use some moral support.
Clark Kent: I sent her a card.
Chloe Sullivan: Nothing says "I love you" more than a $1.50 piece of cardboard.

Pete Ross: Clark, he knows your secret.
Clark Kent: I can't let him turn Lex into a vegetable just for that.
Pete Ross: You can't trust him.
Clark Kent: And you've never given him a chance.
Pete Ross: And you give him too many. You think it's easy keeping a lid on your secret? I've got to think about it every time we're around other people to make sure I don't slip. I've got to remember to say "meteor rock" instead of "kryptonite." And I always got to cover your unexplained exits.
Clark Kent: Pete, I'm sorry. You've never said anything.
Pete Ross: Clark, that's not the point. The point is that I got your back. But Lex won't.

Eric Summers: Welcome back to being normal, Clark. Kind of sucks, doesn't it?



Lana Lang: One thing I learned from my accident is that you can't go through something like this alone.
Clark Kent: Lana, just because I'm blind doesn't mean the issues between us have disappeared. This doesn't change anything.
Lana Lang: I was just offering a helping hand, Clark. But I won't make that mistake again.
Pete Ross: Whoever said absence makes the heart grow fonder obviously hasn't met the two of you.

Chloe Sullivan: Mr. Luthor, what's this about?
Lionel Luthor: We had what I assumed was a private conversation, but imagine my surprise to have Lex throw my very own words right back in my face. You led me to believe, Miss Sullivan, that, uh, you were no longer in communication with Lex.
Chloe Sullivan: Well, I'm not. But thank you for the wildly offensive insinuation. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm on a deadline.
Lionel Luthor: Not anymore. Your column at the Daily Planet's been cancelled.
Chloe Sullivan: What?
Lionel Luthor: All right, all right. Here's the deal. You tell me everything you fed to Lex, I'll let things stand.
Chloe Sullivan: I told you I'm not Lex's source. And while I'm sure you could kill my column, this is not the only piece I'm working on for the Daily Planet. I know I could interest them in a story about an eccentric billionaire with an obsessive interest in a Kansas farm boy.
Lionel Luthor: You threatening me? I'd be careful, Miss Sullivan. Very careful.
Chloe Sullivan: I'll be whatever I want. Apparently, I don't work for you anymore.

Chloe Sullivan: Believe it or not, Clark, I was trying to help you.
Clark Kent: Oh, by spying on me.
Chloe Sullivan: No, by just trying to understand why he's so intrigued with you.
Clark Kent: And if the Torch got a few new computers and you made a name for yourself at the Daily Planet, that was okay too. For all the times you accused me of keeping secrets, how could you do this to me?!
Chloe Sullivan: He just... he caught me at an especially bad time. And I caved. I've been trying to get out of it ever since, but when people like Lionel Luthor have you, they don't want to let go. You know, I thought that you out of all people would understand making a stupid decision in a moment of weakness. But I guess I was wrong.

Pete Ross: Clark. Your parents are ready to start gluing your picture to milk cartons. How'd you get out here, anyhow?
Clark Kent: I walked. Turns out I do know every inch of this farm. I really didn't mean to scare them, but I couldn't take all the noise.
Pete Ross: So your mega-hearing thing's back.
Clark Kent: Suddenly I'm the ultimate eavesdropper.

Pete Ross: You know, what can I say? Chicks dig a hero.
Clark Kent: Uh-huh.
Pete Ross: Hope you don't mind I'm bending the truth a little bit.
Clark Kent: Pete, look who you're talking to. The master truth-bender.



Clark Kent: You're not the same person you used to be.
Chloe Sullivan: Kind of like if I moved to Metropolis and became a motorcycle-riding party animal and told you to get out of my life. Kind of like that, right?

Chloe Sullivan: Well, I obviously didn't know what I was getting myself into. Just seems to be a nasty habit that I've picked up lately.

Lex Luthor: I'm starting to get a complex. It seems all the women I find even remotely appealing turn out to be psychopaths.
Molly Griggs: Birds of a feather.

Molly Griggs: You don't understand. You don't know what it's like to be so different, to see things other kids can't see, to feel and to think about things they can't even imagine.
Clark Kent: Molly, Garner's not helping you.
Molly Griggs: He made me feel normal, and I never thought that could happen. Now, if someone gave you that chance, wouldn't you protect them, too?

Lana Lang: Freaky Ninja Girls and all!

Lana Lang: What do you think?
Adam Knight: I think Norman Bates would be right at home here.



Jordan Cross: I had a vision of you too when you grabbed me in the hallway.
Clark Kent: What do you mean? What'd you see?
Jordan Cross: Like you don't have an end like other people. It's like you live forever.

Lana Lang: Jordan, I brought your homework.
Clark Kent: [to Jordan] Why do I get the feeling you've replaced me as your mentor?
Lana Lang: I've offered to help Jordan get back on his feet, and he is going to help me become faster on mine.
Clark Kent: I think you're getting the hang of this high school thing.

Martha Kent: You're awfully quiet today.
Clark Kent: Having someone tell you you can change destiny is a lot to handle.

Martha Kent: Clark, what's this really about?
Clark Kent: I'm just wondering if that's why I was really sent here. To change destiny. What if I make a wrong choice and I'm not there to make it right?
Martha Kent: It's a huge responsibility. You have to concentrate on the good that you do. Think of all the people you've saved. Your dad and me and Lex. He's turned out to be a really good friend. Sweetheart, you just have to do the best you can. You can't save everybody.

Lex Luthor: They say music hath charms to sooth the savage breast.
Adam Knight: Don't count on it.



Pete Ross: I'm okay at hoops. I'm a decent photographer. But you saw that crowd last night. You heard them chanting my name. And for once in my life, I finally get to feel what you feel like every single day. I get to feel special.
Clark Kent: Pete, I'm not special. I'm different.
Pete Ross: Clark, who do you think you're kidding? You can do things that I could never even dream of. And ever since we were kids, even before I knew your secret, I've always been walking in your shadow.
Clark Kent: Pete, that's not true.
Pete Ross: Clark, don't get me wrong. It's not a bad place to be. But I'm growing up. I'm realizing that I got my own talents.

Clark Kent: Everything's taken care of. What you need to concentrate on is feeling better and your checkers strategy, not necessarily in that order.
Jonathan Kent: Clark, you've been here every night. Why don't you go out with your friends, have some fun.
Clark Kent: Why would I go out with my friends when I can beat my dad at checkers?

Sheriff Nancy Adams: Good work, Mr. Kent. It only took eight deputies and four cruisers to discover that that barn was as clean as my grandma's pantry.
Clark Kent: That couldn't be. I saw those license plates.
Sheriff Nancy Adams: The only plates in that barn were the ones in the kitchen sink. And none of the cars in there had VIN numbers even remotely similar to the ones you gave me.
Clark Kent: Sheriff, that's impossible.
Sheriff Nancy Adams: As usual, Mr. Kent, your information is about as accurate as the local weatherman. But I'm cutting you some slack this time because I've had my eye on Jason Dante for a while now, and he is one slippery fish. Next time you say there's a storm a-brewing, Mr. Kent, I better see some rain.

Clark Kent: Lex, you've done so much already, but I need a big favor.
Lex Luthor: Name it.
Clark Kent: I need $20,000 dollars, cash.
Lex Luthor: You're right. That is big. You mind telling me what it's for?
Clark Kent: My friend got mixed up with the wrong crowd, and now they're making him pay for it.
Lex Luthor: Is this the old proverbial friend who happens to be you?

Jonathan Kent: In the world, things aren't always black and white. Sometimes you gotta wander out into the gray areas and do what you think is best.



Lionel Luthor: [to a class] Now, you're all here to learn something about business. The most important element in anything to do with economic theory is the individual. Yes, you. Traditional rules, supply and demand--they're secondary. But to rise above those rules, to know when to break them, requires absolute personal commitment. I consider it a prerequisite for success.
Chloe Sullivan: [to Clark, quietly] And I consider it despicable, immoral, and possibly illegal.

Chloe Sullivan: What do you say we make a break for the fire escape?
Clark Kent: I could crawl down all 39 stories if this fieldtrip didn't count toward our final grade.
Chloe Sullivan: Welcome to the Lionel Luthor exhibit. Next floor: Victims, sycophants, and hatchet men.

Clark Kent: She's gone.
Jonathan Kent: What did she do, Clark, climb out the window?
Clark Kent: Actually, she teleported.
Jonathan Kent: You're gonna have to run that by me one more time.

Clark Kent: I just think that maybe we need to set some boundaries. You know, maybe some limitations.
Alicia Baker: We're special, Clark. People like us don't need boundaries and limitations.

Lex Luthor: You go on one date with this girl, and already she's sneaking into your bedroom, putting sexy pictures of herself in your locker, and practically asking your parents to book the wedding chapel. What's your secret, Clark?



Clark Kent: You know, I always thought of my dad as a man of steel. I guess I was wrong.

Lex Luthor: My father's been strangely stubborn about liquidating that property. Every market indicator says to sell, but he insists the neighborhood's about to be revitalized.
Chloe Sullivan: The only thing being revitalized in that neighborhood is the graffiti.

Lex Luthor: Chloe, I think I should take it from here.
Chloe Sullivan: Lex, I'm perfectly capable--
Lex Sullivan: This has nothing to do with your capability. I'm worried about your safety. When my father's involved with covert research, people tend to get hurt.

Clark Kent: Dad, when that serum got close to the kryptonite bomb, it reacted the same way as my blood.
Martha Kent: So you're saying the serum...
Clark Kent: I know. It sounds crazy, but I think that Lionel Luthor has found a way to use my blood to bring people back to life. If my blood can save lives, maybe I should come forward. What if there's something inside me that can repair dad's heart permanently?
Jonathan Kent: Clark, your mother and I both know that you are gonna save a lot of lives in this world, even more than you have any idea.
Clark Kent: The only life I'm interested in saving is yours.
Jonathan Kent: You do. You save my life every day that you're with us. And we wouldn't trade that for a single moment without you.

Lana Lang: I should've said something about Adam sooner. I feel so guilty.
Clark Kent: None of this was your fault.
Lana Lang: Still, I let him threaten me into silence.
Clark Kent: Because you knew it would put people in danger. I understand keeping secrets for that reason.



Clark Kent: Pete, I think it's great that you spend so much time volunteering here.
Pete Ross: Well, someone's always been there for me when I've been in trouble. Seems like a good way to give something back.
Pretty Girl: [flirty] Hi, Pete.
Clark Kent: And to hone your sensitive guy skills.

Clark Kent: We think it's some sort of a prank, Sheriff.
Sheriff Nancy Adams: You know, usually these situations originate a little closer to home than you'd expect. Any reason you might want to goose these boys with a little crank call, Miss Lang?
Clark Kent: Lana didn't have anything to do with this.
Sheriff Nancy Adams: You know, unless Miss Lang has grown several inches and developed an affinity for plaid, this would be a good time for you to pipe down.

Chloe Sullivan: Clark, how did you hear that?
Clark Kent: I guess I missed too many Linkin Park concerts.

Lex Luthor: Tell the cops to drop the charges and give me immunity, and I'll give you the biggest arrest of your career.
FBI Agent Frank Loder: What are we talking about?
Lex Luthor: I'll help you bring down my father.

Lana Lang: Clark, there's still something I don't understand. How did you get from the hotline to the storage unit in a split second?
Clark Kent: It took me more than a few seconds... maybe it had something to do with the weird time anomaly. You know, there's something that I don't understand either. Why did you call the hotline instead of the police?
Lana Lang: Because I knew you'd be there.



Lex Luthor: You know, Dad, they say mental illness is hereditary. I'm willing to accept my break with reality. Are you?
Lionel Luthor: Oh, Lex, men of vision have so often been mocked. Galileo knew it was the earth that orbited the sun, and he was sentenced to death for that discovery.
Lex Luthor: Where's the Inquisition when you need it?

Jonathan Kent: How'd you know to find me out here?
Clark Kent: When I'm searching for answers, I turn to my dad. I guess it runs in the family.
Jonathan Kent: Your grandfather was the stubbornest man I ever knew. And believe me, Clark, I wasn't nearly the son you are. My mother used to say that he and I were like watching two sides of the same coin duking it out. And I see the way you and Jor-El fight and I wonder if maybe fathers and sons were the same on Krypton.
Clark Kent: Except he's not my father. You are.
Jonathan Kent: Yeah... I am your father who turns his back on you when you need him the most. I am your father who forces you to run away. My father never would've done that.

Lex Luthor: Look, I'm afraid I'm a little jaded in the romance department. The only thing I know about relationships is that someone usually winds up getting hurt.
Lana Lang: And you don't think I can trust Clark to not do that.
Lex Luthor: I don't think it's about trust. It's like the German poet Rilke said, "A person isn't who they are during the last conversation you had with them. They're who they've been throughout your whole relationship."

Dr. Virgil Swann: Fathers often want futures that their sons reject. That struggle is as old as the human race.
Clark Kent: Except I'm not human.
Dr. Virgil Swann: Humanity is not only about biology.

Jonathan Kent: This is your last warning. Stay away from my son.
Lionel Luthor: If you'd raised your son the way I raised mine, maybe you wouldn't have to protect him. You know, weakness isn't something you're born with. You learn it. And Clark learned his from you.



Clark Kent: You broke into the LuthorCorp plant the other night, didn't you? Something happened?
Chloe Sullivan: Wow. There may be some journalistic genes behind those baby blues after all.
Clark Kent: Chloe, for some reason, people are telling you things they don't want you to know, and it's not a joke.
Chloe Sullivan: No. But it is every reporter's dream.

Chloe Sullivan: My God, Clark, this is amazing! Can you imagine the kinds of stories I could break? I mean, I could crack the mystery that is Clark Kent! [pause] What do you keep hiding from me?
Clark Kent: I can't believe you just asked me that.
Chloe Sullivan: And you didn't answer. Everyone else would have. What are you so afraid of? That I'll get behind that armor and finally uncover your secret?

Chloe Sullivan: I do know that because of you, my dad can't get a job. So why would I help you?
Lex Luthor: Because my father's the one who ordered his dismissal. You know that's the truth, don't you?
Chloe Sullivan: Meaning that my family's future is just one chess move in the endless game of one-upmanship played by you and your dad.
Lex Luthor: It's not a game, Chloe. You're the only one who can get me the truth.
Chloe Sullivan: Why do you keep doing this to yourself? Why can't you just walk away from your father?
Lex Luthor: Because he won't give me the only thing I've ever wanted from him.
Chloe Sullivan: And that would be?
Lex Luthor: I want him to love me.

Lionel Luthor: I'm impressed but unfortunately, I don't respond to blackmail. But you know, this isn't what's going to get your father's job back.
Chloe Sullivan: Then what would?
Lionel Luthor: Information from an especially intransigent source.
Chloe Sullivan: Does this source have a name?
Lionel Luthor: Two, actually. Jonathan and Martha Kent. But you need only ask one question.
Chloe Sullivan: Why would I ever do that?
Lionel Luthor: Because I know that you have a special place in your heart for their son, and it's killing you that he's hiding something from you. And we both know that this may be the only opportunity you'll ever have to find out what that is.
Chloe Sullivan: And what exactly is it that you want to know?
Lionel Luthor: Where did Clark Kent come from?

Chloe Sullivan: When you found me on the bridge, I was on my way here. I was gonna ask your parents all the questions you would never answer... look, I know "I'm sorry" has become a recurring motif in our relationship, but--
Clark Kent: No, Chloe, look, I appreciate your honesty, but you weren't yourself.
Chloe Sullivan: I really wish I could believe that. But there have been so many times when my curiosity has gotten the best of me. Maybe this is just who I am.
Clark Kent: No. You're going after the truth. Chloe, there's nothing wrong with that.
Chloe Sullivan: Unless it hurts the people you care most about. I'm just afraid that one day I'm gonna push too hard, and I'm not gonna get the chance to say I'm sorry.
Clark Kent: Today's not that day.



Martha: [Concerned] You've hardly said anything about what happened at Summerholt.
Clark: [Distracted] Don't worry Mom, my secret is still safe.
Martha: Well, let me know if you want to talk about it.
[Martha goes to leave]
Clark: Lara.
[Martha stops, she looks back at Clark]
Clark: That was my biological mother's real name. She was my earliest memory. She sounded so scared. Her only fear was that nobody would love me.
Martha: I can't imagine the feeling of sending my baby in a lifeboat across the stars.
Clark: Because of Jor-El, I always thought that my biological parents were monsters. But she wasn't.... I just can't believe I forgot about her.
Martha: [Comforting] You didn't, Clark; your first word was "Lara". Your father and I could never figure out what it meant, but now we know.
Clark: I wish she could have met you, to see what a great mom I have.
Martha: She knows, Clark. A mother's love never dies.
[They embrace]

Lex: Lana told you about my nocturnal adventure, didn't she? I can see I spooked her. That usually sends her running to you.
Clark: Are you okay?
Lex: Well, I haven't lost my mind, Clark, if that's what you mean. I just indulged in a little harmless sleepwalking, that's all.
Clark: Lex, you were on a ledge yelling Julian's name. You could've killed yourself.
Lex: You know, when I found you asleep in the middle of Route 8 last year, I don't remember questioning your mental health.
Clark: I hadn't just spent seven weeks at Belle Reve.
Lex: According to my doctors I'm cured. But apparently, a clean bill of health isn't good enough for Clark Kent.

Lex: Summerholt is a highly respected institution.
Lionel: Respected? Lex, this Garner character operates on the outer fringes of accepted science.
Lex: Well, then you should feel right at home.

Lillian: I don't want to hold him.
Lionel: Lillian, it's unnatural for a mother not to want to bond with her child. Please... I will not let you inflict psychological scars on my children.
Lillian: That's why they have you, Lionel.

Lex: I told you to let it go, but you kept pursuing it. You even involved my father.
Clark: Yeah, well, believe me, Lex. He's the last person I'd ask for help, but I didn't have any other options.
Lex: He betrayed you, Clark. He stopped my sessions with Garner by offering you up as a lab rat. I've tried to keep my father away from you, but he's obsessed. If I'd got back those seven weeks, I could've finally stopped him.
Clark: Maybe, Lex. Or maybe you'd make it worse. You're always telling me how you don't want to turn into your father, and I truly believe that. But the more you two go at each other, the more like him you become. And the more people get hurt.
Lex: I will never become my father. I would never sacrifice you or anybody I cared about to bring him down.
Clark: Lex.... why does your father hate you so much?



Pete: [on the phone] Why won't you listen to me? I told you I don't want to talk about it!
Chloe: Note to self: Forward all telemarketing calls to Pete.

Clark: Did you do this?
Lex: What possible reason would I have to ransack the office of an obscure teaching assistant?
Clark: Then tell me why you're here.
Lex: You first.
Clark: Jeremiah was gonna help me with a term paper.
Lex: Term paper. So your visit doesn't have anything to do with the fact that he went ballistic in the caves last night and absconded with a sacred Kawatche artifact.
Clark: I didn't know.
Lex: I'm surprised. I mean, you usually keep such a close eye on everything that happens in the caves... for those term papers you're always writing.

Clark: I know you want to believe it, but I'm not your savior. I mean, did you ever think that Jeremiah really is Naman? He has all the abilities foretold in the prophecy, and he's gonna try and kill Segeeth.
Willowbrook: True. But he did not fall from the sky in a rain of fire. Jeremiah's desperate to be someone he's not. And you are desperate not be someone you are.
Clark: Professor, I may be confused about who I am, but one thing I'm not is a killer.
Willowbrook: You'd be surprised what you're capable of when the time comes.

Clark: It also means the prophecy came true. The blade glowed and disintegrated when they touched it, which means either Lionel or Lex is my greatest enemy.
Martha: Did you see which one grabbed it first?
Clark: No. But I don't need a blade to tell me that Lionel Luthor is a bad person.
Martha: If you're going to believe this legend, you have to face the possibility that it could be Lex.
Clark: I'm not ready to do that.

Jonathan: Clark, the Kawatche think that you're a savior. Jor-El wants you to be a conqueror. Now, knife or not, you can't let other people tell you what to be.
Clark: Who do you think I'll become?
Jonathan: I don't know. You can be the world's greatest hero or its most mild-mannered citizen, but the only person who can write your story, is you.



Clark: You sound like Lex. He thinks I'm the reason Lana's leaving.
Pete: Well, I hate to agree with Uncle Fester, but I don't think Lana's going to Paris just to see the Mona Lisa.

Lana: Emily, you can't just force someone to be your friend. It's something that happens over time when you trust each other.
Emily: I know what a friend is. A friend is someone who would stand up for you and protect you. A friend is someone who would jump in a river to save you from drowning, even if it meant they had to give up their own life for you. You don't need to tell me what it means to be a friend.
Lana: Then you know that a friend would never keep me locked up in here.
Emily: Get used to it. I did.

Clark: What happened to you?
Pete: FBI agent decided to go off payroll, wanted to know about you. Don't worry, I didn't tell him anything.
Clark: I should have been there.
Pete: That's just it. You can't always be there. I gotta look out for myself. I just thought you should know they're onto you.
Clark: Thanks for the warning.
Pete: Clark, the FBI isn't who I'm really warning you about. Lex was there. He's the one who pulled the Fed off me.
Clark: He's investigating his father, not me.
Pete: That doesn't matter. He knows. Now, I'm not exactly sure how much, but he's not gonna stop until he's got everything. Clark you've got to keep an eye on him. Look out for yourself.

Pete: I'm moving to Wichita with my mom.
Clark: No, Pete. I thought that... What about senior year? Pete, you can't do this because of me.
Pete: I know that I told you keeping your secret wasn't hard. But I lied. I walk around every day afraid that I'm gonna slip up.
Clark: Well, why didn't you tell me sooner?
Pete: Because you needed a friend. And so did I.
Clark: You don't have to move away. You don't have to change your whole life. There's got to be a way. No one even has to know we're friends.
Pete: There's a lot of things that I can handle. But I could never live with myself if I betrayed you.

Lionel: "Forgive them for they know not what they do." Is that what you expect from me? Forgiveness?
Lex: Don't try to make me out as your own personal Judas. I didn't come here for forgiveness. I came here to congratulate you on sweeping another mishap under the rug. Emily Dinsmore.
Lionel: Ah, yes, Emily Dinsmore. I should've remembered. You should've warned them. Belle Reve has a habit of misplacing its patients. The details. I've always tried to teach you, Lex. The devil is in the details. If you don't pay attention to the details, he'll win.
Lex: Then it's a good thing I'm a fast learner. You went through all the trouble of having your own son committed to an asylum and shooting 600 volts of electricity through his body just to cover up your trespasses, but like I said, Dad, you've gotten careless.



Lex: You knew all along my father murdered his parents, didn't you? And you never told me... I always assumed there was a tacit agreement among friends to share that kind of information with each other.
Clark: Not when it can get your friend killed. Lex, your father threw you into a mental institution and fried your brain. If you found that out all over again, I thought he might kill you, and I couldn't live with that.
Lex: You're a good friend, Clark. If you tell the judge what you just told me, my father will be exchanging his Armani for an orange jumpsuit.

Kara: [to Jonathan] Tell Kal-El what you did.
Clark: What kind of deal did you make, Dad?
Jonathan: I promised Jor-El that if he gave me the power to bring you back from Metropolis, that one day I would return you to him.
Martha: Jonathan, you didn't do that...
Jonathan: Martha, I had no idea it was going to be this soon.
Kara: I told you, Kal-El. They'll always betray you. Even the man you call your father.

Martha: She killed a man, Jonathan. We have to call the sheriff.
Jonathan: What are we gonna tell the sheriff, sweetheart, that a Kryptonian girl vaporized a federal agent?

Kara: Come with me, Kal-El. Come home.
Clark: This is my home.
Kara: I know it seems that way. But sooner or later, everyone you know here will lie, betray, or leave you.
Clark: No matter what you say, I'll never go with you.

Lex: There's so much of my own life I can't explain. I've survived countless brushes with death, and it all started with this car crash. If I'm guilty of anything, it's that I've inherited my father's eccentric curiosity for the unexplained.
Clark: You've inherited his dishonesty.
Lex: Clark, look me in the eye and tell me you don't have any hidden places of your own where you keep your deep, dark secrets.
Clark: Ever since I've met you, I've been defending you, making excuses for you to people like Pete, like my parents. Telling them, "You can trust Lex Luthor. He's a good guy. He's nothing like his father." I was wrong.