Season 2, Ep 15, Aired 2/11/03
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  • Episode Description
  • Lex discovers his long-lost brother Lucas and uses him in a ploy to buy out his father's share of the company. But it soon becomes clear that Lucas isn't to be trusted, and Lex soon finds himself ousted from his own company.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tom Welling

    Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

  • Kristin Kreuk

    Lana Lang

  • Michael Rosenbaum

    Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

  • Allison Mack

    Chloe Sullivan

  • Sam Jones III

    'Pete' Ross

  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • this was a good ep of smallville

    By cube2k8, May 10, 2010

  • Lex finds his long-missing brother Lucas, but Lionel has plans to manipulate them both for more control by his company. Clark saves the day twice, but the second rescue isn't needed - it's only a staged murder.

    By cxtasy, Dec 17, 2008

  • The Prodigal Son Returns...

    By lenzinoH20, Apr 14, 2008

  • Great Episode

    By Beer75, Aug 22, 2007

  • Very very good

    By monsteret, Aug 20, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Lionel: "Why did you do it?" asked the dying frog. And the scorpion replied, "Because it is my nature." Believe me Lex, your brother will never change. I've watched him over the years. The boy's a sociopath. Lex: And I wonder which side of the family tree he got that from.

    • Lucas: Unlike you, Lex, I don’t live in my father’s shadow. My training is over.

    • Lionel: You know, Lex, I’m tired of your constant attempts at mutiny. Lex: Yeah, well, you didn’t leave me too many options. It was either that or the plank.

    • Lex: (to Clark) Just remember, my father may try to rule the world, but yours will inherit the Earth.

    • Clark: Long as I live, I'm never going to understand your family. Lex: Neither will I.

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    Notes (5)

    • Deleted Scene: Lex brings Lucas to the mansion for the first time and informs him on the whereabouts of his birth mother (from "Lineage").

    • Music: "Burn Baby Burn" by Ash, "Home Sweet Alabama" by Lizzie, "Like A Dream" by Morphic Field ,"China" by Mystica, "Gentle Healing" by Sounds From the Ground, "Don't Tempt Me" by The Contes, and "Fight Test" by The Flaming Lips.

    • The WB in Dallas spotlight the series again after this episode was aired. It featured clips from the previous two epiosdes and more on Clark & Lana's relationship.

    • After much speculation, it is finally revealed that Lionel has been faking blindness.

    • Edge City (mentioned in "Stray") gets another reference here.

    Trivia (11)

    • Inconsistently, the limousine that Lex picks Lucas up in doesn't have a customised Lex plate, like all of Lex's other vehicles. It just has a generic plate.

    • When Lucas is taking the tape from around Lex's wrists he forgets to take them off his ankles, which we saw from a previous shot. But, Lex gets up and walks away normally, without his legs bound in any way

    • When Clark tells his parents about his date with Lana, the line "... with Lana" is added later. Clark doesn't say anything and it sounds different as well, like a voice over. Plus, isn't it odd Martha and Jonathan don't ever mention a name about who he is dating, especilly after his history with Lana?

    • In the scene where Lucas throws the eight-ball after Lionel it is interesting that he just picks it up without stretching himself, as the ball is on the other side af the pool table.

    • In the opening scene, Lana seems quite happy to see Clark and greets him warmly. Except, of course, that she was so mad she could barely look at him at the end of the previous episode. Judging from the clearly still-fresh rose in her garbage can, not much time could have passed. So what's up with Lana's extreme mood swing?

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    Allusions (3)

    • Lex: Come on, Dad. This is exactly what you wanted. You pitted us against each other and we played into your Cain and Abel fantasy just like you knew we would. in the Bible in Genesis 4:1 through Genesis 4:16, Cain and Abel were the first two sons of Adam and Eve. Cain and Abel both made offerings to God, and where Abel gave the best of what he had, Cain only offered up a meager portion. When God rejected Cain's offering, he killed his younger brother out of jealousy.

    • Lionel: Where do you think you are - Walton Mountain? Alluding to the popular TV series about a Depression-era Virginia family that ran nine years on CBS, spawned six TV movies/sequels, and is a part of the American TV viewers' consciousness, representing good clean wholesome values and family caring and loyalty. The latter (and the lack thereof) is what Lionel is alluding to in his own household.

    • Title The title of this episode refers, presumably, to the biblical story of the Prodigal Son. This parable relates the tale of a young man who leaves his father's home and then squanders his inheritance. Destitute and alone, he eventually returns home to beg for forgiveness, and his father rejoices and welcomes him back with a great feast. The story represents redemption and God's forgiveness. Contrary to popular usage (and that implied here), the word "prodigal" means overly extravagant or wasteful, particularly with regards to money. Outside of the story of the Prodigal Son, "prodigal" has absolutely nothing to do with leaving, returning, or forgiveness.

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