Smallville (season 5)
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- Jor-El: Kal-El, you must continue your education. You cannot stop.
- Clark: She's my friend! She needs help!
- Jor-El: Your destiny is far greater than saving one human life.
- Clark: No, I won't let her die!
- Jor-El: Each time you let your emotions guide you, the fate of the entire planet is at risk. That is your weakness, Kal-El.
- Clark: I wasn't born anywhere near Smallville. In fact, I wasn't born anywhere near this galaxy.
- Chloe: Okay... okay... so that would make you an...
- Clark: Yeah.
- Chloe: But you... you look so--
- Clark: Human? I'm still the same person.
- Chloe: Clark... I think you're so amazing. You save people's lives and take zero credit for it. To me, you're more than just a hero. You're a super hero.
- Clark: Chloe--
- Chloe: I'm serious, Clark. If more humans were like you, the world would be a better place.
- Chloe: [to Clark] I want you to know, I'll never be the iceberg to your Titanic, and your secret will never ever leave my lips. No matter what.
- Clark: How'd you get that frog in your throat?
- Lois: That's what happens when you get a neck massage from Barbie the Barbarian. Doctor says I shouldn't talk too much.
- Clark: Oh, gee. That's too bad.
- Lois: Don't get your hopes up, Smallville. It's not permanent.
- Martha: You can get hurt now; you're vulnerable.
- Clark: Isn't that what it means to be human?
- Clark: Whoa!
- Chloe: What? I like to come prepared.
- Clark: Chloe, where'd you get all this stuff?
- Chloe: eBay.
- Clark: Is that a flash grenade?
- Chloe: Careful! That was a graduation present from Lois. I'm saving it for a special occasion.
- Clark: Why didn't you tell me about all this stuff?
- Chloe: We all have our secrets, Clark.
- Lex: Happiness is such an elusive creature, isn't it? We all wish for it, but very few ever really find it.
- Chloe: Doesn't make the search any less important.
- Lex: Or the destination... Do you remember the last time we stood here together? I ended up unconscious on the ground and somehow you landed in the artic.
- Chloe: I told you, I don't remember what happened.
- Lex: Then why have you been avoiding me, Chloe? It's been weeks since I brought you back from that hospital in the Yukon where I found you.
- Chloe: I've been busy, Lex.
- Lex: Right, I heard being a third wheel is very time consuming.
- Chloe: Clark and Lana are finally together. They're happy. That's all that should matter to a real friend.
- Lex: I think you know more than you're telling me about what happened in this cave, about Clark's involvement. I know you think you're being a good friend, but you're playing a very dangerous game.
- Chloe: Kinda like covering up the spaceship Lana said crashed during the meteor shower.
- Lex: Lana was hysterical. She didn't see what she thought she did.
- Chloe: Well, maybe you didn't either, Lex. Stop asking me questions or I will start asking my own.
- Clark: Destiny's just another word for not having a choice.
- Clark: It's a lot heavier than I remember.
- Jonathan: You're just going to have to learn, Clark. Pace yourself. You're human now.
- Chloe: Ah, the joys of manual labor.
- Clark: It's not so bad. I kinda like being sore. It makes me feel like I've actually accomplished something. No pain, no gain, right?
- Chloe: Breaking news: Clark Kent saves the day.
- Clark: Thanks to you.
- Chloe: Yeah, well, I did just what I usually do. You were the one who took down three meteor freaks without any... special advantages. Then again, once a hero, always a hero.
- Clark: All right, look, okay, my dad isn't going to be up for about fifteen minutes and we gotta get outta here. Well, you gotta get outta here.
- Lana: You sure? 'Cause sticking around for breakfast sounds like fun.
- Clark: What?!
- Lana: Pass me my shoe. "We won't fall asleep. I promise." What else are we going to do at two o'clock in the morning?
- Clark: You aren't mad, are you?
- Lana: I'm furious.
- [They kiss]
- Clark: Am I dead?
- Jor-El [in Lionel]: Your mortal journey is over, yes, but your eminent destiny is too important to sacrifice. You will return with all your natural gifts. Unfortunately, this rectification does not come without a price. The life of someone close to you will be exchanged for yours.
- Clark: No. No, I would never ask for that.
- Jor-El [in Lionel]: You already did. When you decided to relinquish your powers and disobey me. It was your choice.
- Clark: Then just don't bring me back!
- Jor-El [in Lionel]: It's too late. For everything in nature, there is a balance. The life force that has been returned to you will soon be taken from... from someone you love. You're about to face your darkest hour, my son. But, remember: The lessons that we learn from pain are the ones that make us the strongest.
- Clark: I can't take that risk. I've risked too much already and now someone else is going to have to pay for it.
- Chloe: Clark, is everything okay? What's going on?
- Clark: I never should have given up my powers. Why didn't I listen to him? Chloe, I think I've made a terrible mistake.
- Jonathan: Son, they told us you were dead.
- Clark: I was.
- Jonathan: Jor-El...
- Clark: Yeah.
- Martha: He returned your powers, didn't he?
- Clark: I'm not human anymore. It's the only way I could come back.
- Jonathan: We heard about a missile malfunction. You stopped it, didn't you? It's not easy to sacrifice the things you want the most to save other people. We're so proud of you, Clark.
- Clark: The sacrifice would've been not coming back at all.
- Lana: Clark's medical file.
- Lex: That's confidential.
- Lana: I heard you asked for it at the hospital. All of his test results came back normal. When are you going to realize, Lex, that he's just like the rest of us?
- Lex: Do you really believe that, or is that what you have to tell yourself to stay in a relationship with him? You've had your doubts about him too. You can't deny it.
- Lana: I was wrong. Believe me, there is nothing unusual about Clark. Except his ability to see the good in people who don't deserve it.
- Lex: I think you're forgetting something, Lana. Whatever new lie he told you, however he swept it under the rug, a normal person doesn't rise from the dead.
- Lois: I just ran into Mrs. Kent at the Talon and right out of nowhere, she asked if I would like to move back in at the farm.
- Clark: Yeah, right... Really?
- Lois: I know, isn't that sweet? Oh, don't worry. You little snuggle bunnies can hop right on away. I'm a light sleeper. I'm going for a dip.
- Clark: [to Lana] Do you think she could sleep through me smothering her with a pillow?
- Chloe: So, I take it Lana hasn't gotten to peek into the confidential files of Clark Kent yet.
- Clark: Chloe, you think I'm happy about having my powers back and lying about them? I didn't ask for this to happen.
- Chloe: We didn't ask for a world that needs heroes, but the truth is we do. Now more than ever, Clark.
- Professor Fine: History is not about facts. It's about the context and who is telling the story. So, what is history? What is herstory? What is your story, Mr. Kent? How will you affect the world around you for generations to come?
- Clark: I'm not sure you can know that at eighteen.
- Professor Fine: Tell that to Alexander the Great or, to bring it closer to home, Lex Luthor. Now, he's not much older than you are and yet he's turned his father's agro business into a leading defense contractor. He's gone from feeding people to killing them, and yet his story is that he's a white knight who's just put a small Kansas town on the map. Beware of white knights, people. They don't slay dragons. They train them for their own dark purpose. Think of Hitler, Stalin, Napoleon.
- Clark: Lex isn't a saint, but I don't think you can put him in the same league as those guys.
- Professor Fine: An honest opinion. I like that.
- Professor Fine: Why else would the son of family farmers be defending such a man?
- Clark: It's a long story, but Lex's not the man you make him out to be.
- Professor Fine: Well, you know, Groucho Marx said there was only one way to find out if a man is honest: ask him. If he says yes, then he must be crooked.
- Clark: I would think a college professor would be quoting Karl Marx, not Groucho.
- Professor Fine: German philosophy is easy. Comedy's hard.
- [Arthur "A.C." Curry (the future "Aquaman") bids Clark adieu.]
- A.C.: Maybe when I'm finished saving the world, we could start a Junior Lifeguard Association.
- Clark: Nah, I don't think I'm ready for the JLA yet.
- Professor Fine: The question is: will you leave your footprints on the history of time or let them be washed away by the tides of more powerful men? Mr. Kent, what about you?
- Clark: Me? I, um...
- Professor Fine: LuthorCorp practically owns your hometown Smallville. What if you found out that Lex Luthor, the emperor of the company, was a dangerous, unstable, megalomaniac, bent on destroying your world. Would you have the courage to try to stop him?
- Professor Fine: Why would a man of your stature be so concerned with the comings and goings of a freshman farmboy?
- Lex: If you know so much about me, Professor, I'm sure you realize I donate a considerable amount of funding to this university that allows me an unusual amount of access to the dean and the academic review board.
- Professor Fine: Yeah, I know. The buying of influence is part of my second semester.
- Lex: If you have a second semester.
- Chloe: Okay, for someone with a keen weird-ar, I can't believe I did not see the signs, but I defy anyone to tell the difference between a nascent vampire and a freshman girl with a hangover.
- Lana: I'm sorry it had to be this way, Clark. But we don't always get to choose who we are. Sometimes, our destiny leads us to places that we don't want to go, and there's nothing we can do about it.
- Chloe: I got in on the ground floor of my dream. Okay, so it's actually the basement. But, it's Daily Planet! The paper of record for kings, presidents and prime ministers; not to mention future superheroes. The way I look at it, I had no place to go, but up, up, and away.
- Lois: Clark, look, I'm not great at this, so just keep your mouth shut and listen up. Even though I was kicking butt on the helicopter, it was really nice to have backup. And you didn't have to come after me, but you always do. So I wanted to say thank you. You're a really good friend. Oh, and about the lap dance. If you decide to tell anyone about it, your Elmer Fudd nightlight will make a very public appearance.
- Clark: Aye-Aye... sailor.
- Clark: Is it true, Lex?
- Lex: You know, after you've been M.I.A. for weeks, I don't think a hello is too much to ask for.
- Clark: How long you been planning to run for state senate?
- Lex: Several months now, and if you're implying I should have told you, you might want to rethink the barrier you've drawn on this friendship.
- Jack: You've never had a lie get out of hand? Or you've never been caught at it?
- Jonathan: I've never been in a position where people look up to me. You are Clark's hero.
- Jack: So I'm not supposed to have any faults, huh? Who can live up to that? You know why there's no heroes today? It's because at the end of the day, people don't respect them; they envy them. And they're just waiting for them to screw up.
- Lex: Tell me what you remember about King David. Humor me.
- Clark: King David... Slew Goliath, saved his people.
- Lex: And afterward, he saw a beautiful woman bathing and fell madly in love. The problem was, she turned out to be his best friend's wife. So you know what our great hero did? He sent his best friend off to die in battle so he could have her to himself.
- Clark: Kind of leave that part out, don't they?
- Lex: We all need to believe in heroes, Clark, and even the best ones are far from perfect.
- Jack: After 20 years, the man's still got a Hell of a knack for the guilt trip, doesn't he?
- Clark: Usually works 'cause he's right.
- Jack: Your father's always had some pretty high expectations of the people around him. He's the one man I never wanted to disappoint.
- Clark: You should try being his son. The thing I always try to remember is, no matter how much he lays on, he never expects more than he expects of himself.
- Jack: You think your dad will ever forgive me?
- Clark: Yeah. I've given him a lot of trial runs in the forgiveness arena.
- Lionel: I know about Clark. Chloe Sullivan has supplied me with all the information I need: his true identity, the powers he possesses and uses. I know he's vulnerable to kryptonite. Accept my support, and I can guarantee you a seat in the senate.
- Jonathan: And what happens if I don't accept?
- Lionel: The truth about Clark will come out in any case. The only difference is how he'll be treated when we run the tests. He can either be a distinguished guest or strapped down, helpless like a lab rat. It's your choice.
- Clark: Why are you doing this to me, Dad? Why are you doing this?! No more lies. Tell me the truth. Tell me!
- Jonathan: You want the truth? You were never really my son. You're the thing I found in the corn field.
- Lex: The investigation into Clark Kent has yielded a surprising revelation. Clark Kent is not of this earth. He is an alien; an intruder from a distant galaxy, the first vanguard of an invasion.
- Clark: No! No! That's not what I am!
- Lex: But I know his weakness. I know how to stop this strange visitor from another planet. I'm the one that's gonna kill you, Clark.
- Professor Fine: Brutus and Caesar. Jesus and Judas. They all started out as best friends. What happened? Well, if history teaches us one thing, it's that even the most powerful men can be betrayed by those they trust the most. The reason betrayal is such a predominant theme throughout history is really quite simple. Duplicity is human nature.
- Clark: You say "human" like it's a bad thing.
- Professor Fine: Just going off what I've seen. This race shows promise, but at this point in history, they are still duplicitous by their very nature. Even the ones you think you love can't be trusted.
- Clark: You don't know anything about this race. Yeah, they can be petty and dishonest and betray each other over nothing. But they can also be honest and loyal. And they would give up everything to protect someone they love. Even if they were from another planet.
- Professor Fine: Kal-El...
- Clark: My name is Clark. And I'll always believe in my friends and my family.
- Professor Fine: I sincerely hope your trust hasn't been misplaced.
- Lois: Let me give you a little friendly advice: Bow out of the race before a pesky little squirrel digs up one of your rotten acorns.
- Lex: Well, thanks, Lois. You know, there's nothing more valuable than the savvy political advice of a muffin-peddling college dropout. Speaking of, do you have banana blueberry today?
- Clark: You know, Professor Fine said that human beings were insignificant and couldn't be depended on. He obviously didn't know you very well.
- Chloe: Please. Robo-Professor knows as much about human nature as R2-D2.
- Clark: He's my father. I have the right to know everything about him.
- Professor Fine: I agree. When you're ready.
- Clark: I'm ready now!
- Professor Fine: Impatience is such a pathetic human trait. But I suppose it's to be expected from someone raised by such a primitive race.
- Clark: I happen to care a great deal about this primitive race... a lot more than I do about Krypton.
- Martha: You've given me so much happiness, Clark. I don't know what I would've been without you.
- Clark: Without me, none of this would have happened.
- Martha: Don't ever feel guilty about this. Do you hear me? I wouldn't have it any other way. You're gonna be fine. Look at you. You're a man now, Clark. A wonderful man. My job's done.
- Professor Fine: The only way to save your mother is to destroy the fortress. Jor-El's will is controlling her virus through the crystals. If you bring down his fortress, you will save your mother from his grip.
- Clark: All he's ever done is try to ruin my life.
- Professor Fine: Sadly, that was his legacy on Krypton, as well.
- Clark: I want him gone.
- Clark: Dad we both know Jor-El's not the type to just let things go.
- Jonathan: Clark, when it comes down to it, none of us are going to be around forever. We can't dwell on that. I think the trick is just to live your life to its fullest. Make sure you spend as much time as you possibly can with the people you love.
- Lex: Much like Ebenezer Scrooge, I realized that what I want more than anything is to live happily ever after. And do you know what the secret to living happily ever after is? Power. Money and power. See, once you have those two things, you can secure everything else... and keep it that way.
- Lex: Dr. Litvack told me the odds of survival I had going into surgery. Pretty reckless roll of the dice, don't you think?
- Lionel: On the contrary, son. What I did may appear callous, but opting for my son to have surgery was a deliberate decision.
- Lex: But it wasn't your decision to make, was it? You went against the doctors' advice not because you wanted to save me, but because you couldn't bear having a cripple for a son.
- Lionel: You may hate me for taking the risk, but I had to make a choice. And you're alive, and you can walk. I had to give you that chance.
- Lex: And what if I hadn't made it? How would you have justified your decision then? How dare you play God with my life.
- Lex: Oh, not to worry, Griff. We Luthors are made of pretty tough and definitely expensive material.
- Lex: I want you to pull the pin on that grenade. Find it, fake it... do whatever it takes to knock Jonathan Kent out of the race. I want to be senator. I want it all.
- Griff: Consider it done. Merry Christmas.
- Chloe: I know you didn't come by this late at night just to drop off this press release. What happened?
- Clark: How far do you want to cross the friendship boundary?
- Chloe: Since when do we have boundaries?... All right, why don't you just leave out the details?
- Clark: Well, everything was fine between Lana and I when I was human. I mean, it was great.
- Chloe: [prodding him] Okay, Clark...
- Clark: But now I have my abilities, it's like our... sex... life has been on hiatus.
- Chloe: Oh. I know I'm gonna regret asking this question, but why?
- Clark: It takes some time for me to adjust my abilities to new situations.
- Chloe: Wow. Uh, awkward factor 8. So basically what you're saying is that you're afraid that in the heat of the moment you might... please don't make me finish this sentence, Clark.
- Clark: Well, you see, that's the thing. I'm not sure what would happen. I mean if I couldn't control myself...
- Chloe: Okay, you know, Clark, right there that's something that can't never be unseen.
- Clark: It's not funny.
- Chloe: No, you're right, it's not. It's just that this conversation definitely cements me as your Krypto-hag.
- [discussing Clark pulling away from Lana]
- Lana: It just feels like you're afraid to touch me anymore. Did something happen? Clark? Okay, is this where I have to remind you that you're the one who said we wouldn't keep things from each other?
- Clark: Why is this about me? I mean, you're the one that pulled away first. You moved to Metropolis two weeks after we got together. And now you spend every moment with these books. Why astronomy?
- Lana: It's homework.
- Clark: It's an obsession. And that thing about honesty? It works both ways.
- Lana: Nice deflection, but I don't fall for that anymore.
- [Clark super speeds out of the room]
- Chloe: Damn, I wish I could do that.
- Lex: [delirious] Do you think I'd look better with hair?
- Lana: Um, I don't know. I've never thought about it.
- Lex: Oh, I have. I've thought about a lot of things... Clark has really nice hair.
- Lana: Yeah. Yeah, I guess he does.
- Lex: Does he know?
- Lana: That he has nice hair?
- Chloe: Clark! Can you at least put on the brakes before you tornado my homework?
- Clark: Sorry.
- Clark: [after confessing his secret] Do I look different to you now?
- Lana: Clark, you look like the same handsome guy I've always known.
- Clark: Handsome as in "I wanna spend the rest of my life with you" or handsome as in "I'm gonna let you down easy?"
- Lana: As in "Yes, Clark, I'll marry you."
- Lana: What would you do if you thought you knew someone really well, and it turns out that there's this... whole other side to them?
- Lois: Well, that depends. Are we in arms-dealer territory, or are we talking w:The Crying Game?
- Lana: Nothing like that.
- Lois: Then I guess the question is, does it change the way you feel about him?
- Lana: Maybe.
- Lois: Look, I don't know what's going on, but I would be lucky to end up with someone as honorable as Clark some day.
- Jor-El: Human life is fragile, my son. You knew her life would be exchanged for yours.
- Clark: Don't make her pay for my mistake! If I hadn't told her the truth about me, she'd still be alive! You have to let me fix it.
- Jor-El: Your powers on Earth may seem extraordinary, Kal-El, but we are not gods.
- Clark: There has to be a way to fix this. Please.
- Jor-El: There's one trial you have yet to experience, but you must heed my warning. The tide of fate is impossible to stop. Even if you are able to alter one course of events, the universe will find others. There is only one crystal. Once you make this choice, there is no second chance. Decide carefully.
- Clark: I have to save her.
- Martha: Clark... a heart beats only so many times in a life. Your father used his more than anyone I know.
- Clark: I just don't know how I'm supposed to be the man he wanted me to be without him here.
- Martha: You're his son. You know what's right and wrong. And whether your father is here with us or not, you're a man he's proud of... a man he could look up to. And something tells me he won't be the only one.
- Lionel: It must be humbling to pull all those strings and find out they're attached to nothing.
- Lex: Especially when your father's the one holding the scissors.
- Lionel: What good is having a family if they don't watch out for each other?
- Lex: On the off chance that unshakable family loyalty fails, there's always those Luthor closets to rummage through.
- Lionel: All right, let's skip the prologue, Lex. What ancient skeleton do you think you've dug up this time?
- Lex: Well, it's not quite a skeleton yet. More like a freshly laid corpse... I wonder how Martha Kent would feel if she knew you had a secret meeting with her husband right before he died. Now, a transgression like that would test the virtues of even the most forgiving woman.
- Clark: I should have listened to you, Chloe. You tried to warn me. I had my hands around that guy's throat, and I thought that if I just kept squeezing the life out of him, then it would make everything right again.
- Chloe: God, Clark. But you didn't?
- Clark: No.
- Chloe: What made you stop?
- Clark: My dad's voice. This is going to sound weird, but I could hear him. He was the one that always kept me from going over the edge when I was too close.
- Chloe: Do you think you could ever do what she did? Play the mild-mannered reporter by day and a crime-fighter by night?
- Clark: Honestly, I'm kind of hoping I can find a way to not have to hide who I really am.
- Clark: Why haven't you gone to see her?
- Chloe: Well because, because I'm afraid. I mean what if I look in her eyes and I see myself?
- Clark: What if you wait too long and you never get the chance to look into her eyes again? She's your mother, she always will be. It's not going to change no matter what.
- Clark: Lois, you don’t know what goes on there. Do you really want Lex and these doctors getting inside Chloe’s head?
- Lois: If it makes her feel better, I don’t care if Daffy Duck whacks her with a mallet!
- Chloe: Guys, I’m drugged, not deaf.
- Chloe: Clark, I'm a writer. If I was going to kill myself, I would've written one hell of a suicide note.
- [Clark confronts Lana's mysterious car-crash "victim" outside the hospital.]
- Clark: She said she hit you full on and you're not even hurt. How'd you manage that?
- Victor: Milk. Does a body good.
- [Clark bursts in on Lex.]
- Clark: We need to talk!
- Lex: And you should work on your entrance, Clark. Bit abrupt, don't you think?
- Clark: What do you know about Syntechnics?
- Lex: See, now that's exactly what I mean. No small talk, no pleasantries — just straight to the accusations.
- Clark: I haven't accused you of anything.
- Lex: You don't have to. Your, uh, righteous tone says it all. So what am I have supposed to have done this time?
- Victor: I'd say thank you, but... the words just seem too small.
- Clark: And completely unnecessary.
- Victor: Your mom raised you modest, didn't she?
- Chloe: Every single one of us has gone through some sort of an identity crisis at one point or another. It's like a rite of passage in Smallville.
- Chloe: I just don't get it. I mean, if it was Red "K", you wouldn't be doing chores. And if it was Silver "K", you'd be afraid that pitchfork over there would turn you into a shish kabob.
- Chloe: Oh my God. I just knocked out Martha Kent.
- Lois: Well, considering she was about to redecorate her wallpaper with my brain matter, I don't think you had a choice!
- Lex: Clark, you've been hypnotized. How else could you throw me across the room like that?
- Lois: Face it, Clark is no different then any other red-blooded male. His brain is not his commanding officer.
- Jonathan: [to Clark] This is your destiny, son. You are going to touch the lives of so many people. Not just as a man, but as a symbol. You're a symbol of peace. You're a symbol of justice. And now it's time for you to go.
- Lex: Is this going to be another apology?
- Lana: Well, they don't make a card for "Sorry I got you killed."
- Clark: You died because of me. When Jor-El brought me back to life and restored my powers... he told me there'd be a price - the life of someone I love. I'm sorry, Dad. I'm so sorry.
- Jonathan: Clark... believe me you have nothing to be sorry about. I lived a full, wonderful life. I had everything a husband or a father could ever possibly dream of. I am so very proud that I died protecting you.
- Clark: Protecting me from what?
- Jonathan: Lionel Luthor, Clark. He knows your secret. He knows everything. You can't stay here, son. You've got to keep your mother safe. You've got to keep the whole world safe.
- Chloe: Well I'll reach out to my source and see if they know anything else. Clark, don't worry about it. You won the first fight. My money's on you in the rematch.
- Clark: Chloe, I don't think Fine is the only thing we need to worry about. When I was injected with the serum and died, I saw my father.
- Chloe: Oh my God, Clark.
- Clark: Yeah, he told me there's someone else who knows my secret - Lionel Luthor.
- Chloe: Well you can't be sure. I mean what you saw it could have been a hallucination. You know a manifestation of your desires and fears.
- Clark: Chloe, I could feel my father. It was real. I know it in my heart.
- Lillian: What was it then that brought you to me? Oh yes, you were shot coming out of a meeting with the man you hired to destroy Jonathan Kent's reputation, so you could become senator. How'd that turn out, by the way?
- Lex: If you're really my dead mother, wouldn't you know?
- Lillian: It was a rhetorical question, Alexander; of course I know.
- Clark: Chloe, if my parents hadn't found me in that field, it could have been me in the foster care system, scaring people with my powers, being accused of crimes I didn't commit.
- Chloe: Yeah, and Clark, one of your greatest powers is your unrelenting faith in people.
- Maddie: Clark, did you ever meet your real dad?
- Clark: Sort of...
- Maddie: Was he bad like mine?
- Clark: Maybe worse. But just because he gave me life doesn't mean I'm anything like him. See, the thing is, Maddie, anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.
- Lionel: I've been expecting you, Kal-El.
- Clark: How long have you known?
- Lionel: From the moment I held in my hand the crystal that helped to create your Fortress of Solitude.
- Clark: The one that put you in a coma.
- Lionel: Coma? I like to think of it as... a state of contemplative repose.
- Clark: You've known my secret for almost a year.
- Lionel: Yes.
- Clark: Why haven't you done anything?
- Lionel: What? Expose you to the world? A strange visitor from another planet? I've tried to tell you--I am not your enemy. To reveal your secret would change your destiny. And it would harm someone I care about very deeply.
- Clark: You had a choice: To kill my mother or to kill yourself.
- Lionel: I could never harm your mother. There was no choice.
- Clark: Yeah. [pause] Unless you knew the gun wasn't loaded.
- Lionel: You have no reason to believe anything I say. I realize that. I hope eventually you will come to trust me. I only want what's best for you and your mother, son.
- Clark: [angrily] You don't call me that. Jonathan Kent was my father.
- Lionel: No. I'm not trying to take his place.
- Clark: You couldn't. My mother seems to think there may be some good in you, but I'm not so sure.
- Lionel: It takes time, Clark. Maybe you will be.
- Clark: Or maybe you'll just show your true colors. Secret or no secret, you stay away from my mother, or you'll wish I'd never saved your life.
- Lionel: It was you, Lex. I know it.
- Lex: What?
- Lionel: Disabling my limo in the path of an oncoming train. You know that kind of melodrama went out of style with silent movies.
- Lex: I may not like you very much, Dad, but you’re a valuable asset to LuthorCorp. Killing you would hurt the bottom line.
- Lionel: Your concern is truly touching.
- Lionel: Well I'm just thankful the elevator safety breaks slowed us down enough to survive the fall.
- Lex: Yeah, you should be. Especially since Cole disabled them.
- Lionel: That's enough to make a man believe in miracles. Isn't, son?
- Lex: I don't suppose Clark had any thing to do with that divine intervention?
- Chloe: [about Lionel] Why don't you let me use that as an in, you know, to find out what he's really up to?
- Clark: What if he finds out what you're up to? It's too risky.
- Chloe: Oh, and waiting for Darth Luthor to hatch his evil plan isn't?
- Chloe: Come on, Clark. Pick up the pace-- somewhere between a brisk walk and super speed. The star witness testifies in fifteen minutes.
- Clark: Not that I mind being your "Boy Friday" and all, but I don't understand why you need an escort.
- Chloe: I don't. I just thought a nice little field trip to the courthouse might help reignite that journalism spark.
- Clark: I hate to break it [Chloe gives Clark a press pass] to you, but my ace-reporter days ended when I left The Torch.
- Chloe: All right, then consider it a much needed get-off-the-farm pass. Look, Clark, I know this has been the year from hell -- and that was before you broke up with Lana. There are only so many days you can hole yourself up in that loft before I pull an intervention.
- Clark: I am not holed up. It's just... ever since I found out Lionel knows my secret I've been waiting for a bomb to go off.
- Chloe: Well, don't duck and cover just yet. For all we know, he may never even light the fuse.
- Clark: This is Lionel Luthor we're talking about.
- Lois: Official warning -- I'm a third degree black belt. That means I can't be held liable for any funeral costs.
- Martha: So, how are you? Clark told me what happened.
- Lois: Me? I'm fine. Getting swept off my feet by a notorious hit man is my way of living la vida loca.
- Clark: I guess this a bad time to ask for a favor?
- Chloe: Are you kidding me? The amount of times you saved my butt you can pull a coin from the favor bank anytime you need. What's up?
- Clark: Somebody sent me a 50-inch plasma with all the bells and whistles; forgot to sign the gift card.
- Chloe: Clark, that's not a problem. That's winning the Trifecta. When's movie night?
- Lana: Actually, I wasn't your only visitor. Clark stopped by earlier.
- Lex: Really?
- Lana: Yeah.
- Lex: It's too bad it takes a near-death experience to bring old friends together.
- [Clark and Chloe sneak into Lionel's office at night.]
- Clark: Let's look for anything my dad might be warning me about.
- Chloe: Okay, it might take a minute. I can't exactly search for a file called "My Evil Scheme".
- [Clark is choking Lionel with Fine [as Jonathan] behind him]
- Fine [as Jonathan]: Yeah, so go on, son, and avenge my death.
- Lionel: Your father would never make you a murderer, Clark.
- Fine [as Jonathan]: Kill him!
- Lex: One more thing, Clark. Lana called me. I don't want to hear you rifling through her stuff like a crazy roommate again. If you want something from me, don't go running to Lana to find it. You really crossed the line.
- Clark: All those years we were friends, were you just waiting for me to step aside, so you could swoop in and make your move?
- Lex: I don't know, Clark. All those years you told Lana you loved her, were you just waiting to walk away and break her heart? Look, there's a natural tendency to blame the person who's replaced you. I get that. But I didn't take Lana from you. You lost her all by yourself.
- Lois: I thought you would be outside Lana's dorm with your binoculars by now.
- Clark: I appreciate your concern, but Lana and I are none of your business.
- Lois: Please, Smallville, I've had three exes put under military surveillance. I'm hardly qualified to deal out post-relationship tact. But...it's for some tough love. Lana's going to move on.
- Clark: She already has -- Lex.
- Lois: And it sucks, but you gotta trust your gut that you did this for a reason. For whatever reasons guys have for dumping hot, smart, fun girls these days. Look, give her some space, Clark. Your whole night-stalker routine? That's gonna any good feelings that Lana has for you.
- Clark: If there are any.
- Lois: Look, sometimes you gotta tuck your feelings away until it's the right time. Like stuffing dollars into a piggy bank for a bike you can't quite afford.
- Clark: Except I can't quite imagine there is anyone is out there.
- Lois: Oh, you never know, Clark. Even if you finally crack open that piggy bank, you found all this time you haven't been saving for a bike. You been really saving it for a Harley.
- Clark: There are times when think you don't know me at all...and others where I think you know me better than anyone.
- Lois: That's what I'm here for, Smallville -- one save at a time.
- Professor Fine: Humans. They are so fragile. They'll never survive without their technology, no matter how crude. Take that away and they'll devolve back to the animals they really are.
- Clark: If you thought this friendship was so doomed from the beginning, then why did you fight so hard to keep it?
- Lex: Because I wanted everything you had; the family, the inconspicuous life, the loyal girlfriend. Well, at least I walked away with the part you love the most.
- Clark: Jor-El wants me to kill the person who will be the vessel. Zod will possess a human form, destroy Earth just as he did Krypton. But I can't kill anyone. You of all people should know that.
- Lionel: Clark, the real test of a hero is knowing when the greater good will be served by an evil act. To save the Earth, the cost of one life is the price that must be paid.
- Clark: Even if that life is your son?
- Lex: Ever since that day on the bridge, you've always seen yourself as my savior; the one thing that would pull me off the dark path I'd started. See, that's why you cling to the idea that there's still some good in me. You don't want to face the fact that you might have failed.
- Clark: Or maybe I just can't believe that someone would have so little willpower.
- Lex: It's a little hard to compete with the iron willpower it takes to kill one of your best friends.
- Zod [in Lex]: You have your father's eyes... hello, Kal-El.
- Clark: Where's Lex?
- Zod [in Lex]: Lex is dead.
- Clark: Why are you here?
- Zod [in Lex]: For the same reason as anyone who'd been imprisoned like a beast. Revenge. Your father banished me to an eternal hell, trying to save a doomed race. But, in the end, the only survivor of his pathetic crusade was his son.
- Clark: Then this is between us. These people have done nothing to harm you.
- Zod [in Lex]: No. But you feel no pain greater than to see others in agony.
- Clark: I won't let you destroy this planet like you did Krypton.
- Zod [in Lex]: You don't have a choice. Unless you join me.
- Clark: I'll never join you.
- Zod [in Lex]: I hope that's a decision you'll be able to live with... forever.