Season 8 Episode 18


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 02, 2009 on The CW
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Tess fails in her attempt to kill Davis. In order to try and explain his destiny, she captures him and unveils his past with the Luthors. Meanwhile, Clark and Chloe discover Davis' secret.

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  • The question has been asked: "How does Superman cut his hair?"

    I've seen this question posed here in different reviews and thought I'd share the answer. This was taken from the "Supermanica" wiki, but I remember this response appeared nearly verbatim from a "Superman Encyclopedia" I'd read as a child...

    Superman's hair is indestructible and can neither be cut nor can it grow in Earth's atmosphere. (S No. 132, Oct 1959)

    From the wiki:

    "Any attempt to cut Superman's hair by ordinary means results only in the shattering of whatever scissors are being used, but Superman can cut his own hair when absolutely necessary by subjecting it to the concentrated power of his own X-ray vision. In a red-sun environment, however, where Superman has no super-powers, his hair loses its indestructibility and begins to grow. If Superman undertakes a mission to a red-sun Planet, it is best for him to shave and trim his hair before returning to the yellow-sun environment of Earth, where his hair will once again become indestructible.

    Similarly, Superman's fingernails and toenails, which are indestructible and do not grow in the earthly environment, do grow and are destructible on Planets revolving about a red sun."
  • After a 170 episodes…going strong and getting better!

    Multiple flashbacks and twists…. Old and new characters merge in a series that was brought back from the death with new villains and a sense of impending doom that provides us with a glimpse of a very powerful season ending. The constant juggle of characters sometimes can make fans impatient or frustrated but in episodes like this you get to see in a few minutes' great interaction and depth. The idea that surge is the "embracing and denying your destiny angle" and the dialogues are worked with craftsmanship and power.

    Eternal is a must see for the fans of the series!moreless
  • It is revealed that Tess really knows the true identity of Clark and of Doomsday. Chloe and Clark learns that Davis is responsible for the missing people but they also learn that Davis is Doomsday.moreless

    It was a great episode. It brings more information about how doomsday came to earth and it also perfectly fits him to the story. Tess becomes more involved with Clark because she knows of his secret although he still denies it to her. I sense something grim about Tess because I'm not exactly sure of her motive for being involved with Clark's destiny but that adds to the suspense which i like. Also, Chloe seems to be in a very different situation now with Davis in the end which brings me more suspense because i wanna know what she is really up to or if she is indeed falling for Davis(i hope not..but i think it would still be okay if ever:P).moreless
  • Tess fails in her attempt to kill Davis. In order to try and explain his destiny, she captures him and unveils his past with the Luthors. Meanwhile, Clark and Chloe discover Davis' secret.moreless

    "Eternal" provided an excellent oppurtunity to reveal the origins of the mysterious Davis Bloome A.K.A. Doomsday. And sure enough, we found out a lot. It was great seeing old footage of "Pilot" while we saw what was happening through Davis' eyes. I thought that seeing Young Davis's P.O.V. of that day was extremely cool. But I'm glad that they didn't devote an entire episode to flashbacks. We still got to see plenty of present day action. Tess continues to intrigue me and she was great in this episode. She got to interact a lot with Davis, but it was her scene in the Luthor Mansion with "the object" that intrigued me. I'm not going to spoil what she found, but I can't wait to see what she'll do with it.

    People complain about Chlavis, but I thought the way it was used in this episode was very clever. Chloe has always been a sweet person, and she has a lot of Clark in her. She wants to see the best in people, but she doesn't trust people as easily as Clark, which makes her final decision that more believable. She's not harboring a killer. Davis means a lot to her, and Doomsday or no Doomsday, she'll be willing to help him.

    My only complaint about "Eternal" is that Clark didn't recieve enough screentime. As much as I like Chlavis, this is still his show, so I hope that his role in future episodes increases. (Although it seems that "Stiletto" will be Lois-centric and "Beast" - "Doomsday" will deal heavily with Chloe and Davis.)

    But nonetheless, I really enjoyed this episode. I actually felt sympathy for Davis and many scenes left me wanting more. April 23 can't come soon enough. "Eternal" - 9.5/10moreless
  • Getting better

    This epsiode was much better then ususall. A step in the right direction. I liked the Doomsday plot line i think it was nicely done. A few things i didn't like: 1. Doomsday cries because of an onion? you can say that he did it on purpose so the 2. Dommsday being cut by a knife? 3. Leonal obviously knew Clark was the Traveler so why didn't he act before? that plotline is unclear although can be explained somehow. The kryptonite killed Doomsday so now he is immune to it. I actually accept the Shagit explenation because i never understood how Superman can have a regular human as mortal enemy. Loved the whole Doomsday abandoned kid thing. These are small things...

    i would have given this episode a 8.5 but Hex from last week was so bad that I can't jump into 9 but good work this week!moreless
Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Cassidy Freeman

Cassidy Freeman

Tess Mercer

Sam Witwer

Sam Witwer

Davis Bloome/Doomsday

Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Alex Ferris

Alex Ferris

Young Davis

Guest Star

Daren A. Herbert

Daren A. Herbert

Tess' Assistant

Guest Star

Steve Maddock

Steve Maddock

LuthorCorp Security Guard

Guest Star

Mike Dopud

Mike Dopud

Tess' Assistant

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In "Pilot" when Clark meets Lex for the first time at the mansion, Lex tells him that it's a Luthor ancestral home shipped stone by stone from Scotland and Clark says he remembers the movers. In the flashback for this episode, the mansion is already lived in and set up around the time of the meteor shower.

    • Young Lex shows Davis a box made of lead and it's clear he knows its connection to St. George's legend. However, in "Memoria" it is shown that this box is given for the very first time to Lex by Lionel in Lex's 12th birthday. And, from Season 1, we learned that Lex was 9 by the time the first meteor shower fell. This episode storyline starts right after the first meteor shower, so according to "Memoriam" Lex he shouldn't have knowledge of the box until at least after a couple of years.

    • Despite the fact it's stated repeatedly that Lionel never realized that Davis was the Destroyer, and in fact tested him and concluded he was a normal human, it's never made clear who made the sketches. Tess says they were in Lionel's journal, but he wasn't present for many of the highly-detailed and accurate scenes, and if Lionel was he would have known that Davis emerged from a rock near Clark's spaceship.

    • When Lionel's men begin chasing young Davis, they find him standing right beside Clark's space ship, something Lionel would have been very interested in. Yet apparently they just left it there, since Jonathan Kent was able to come back for it later.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Davis: There aren't enough prayers in this world to give me redemption!

    • Davis: You know that you should let me die.
      Clark: Davis, there has to be something in your life... something that is worth giving it one more try.
      Davis: It isn't always about where your heart is. It's about what you've done and what you're going to do. I was sent here to destroy you, Clark.

    • Clark: Davis.
      Davis: Clark.
      Chloe: Well, now that we have that all worked out, what's happening?

    • Young Davis: Are you him? Are you Warrior Angel?
      Young Lex: No. But I want to be.

    • Davis: What are you going to do?
      Tess: I've been asking myself that question for the last few hours. What do you do when you find Judas in your midst? Who would Christ have been if Judas had not betrayed him? Maybe we would remember Jesus as only a teacher roaming the desert.
      Davis: I don't quite understand what you're getting at.
      Tess: Without Judas, Jesus would never have risen from the dead to come back and face his greatest challenge. Saving humankind. There is a savior among us. You are here to betray him.

    • Chloe: (about Davis) He could have killed you, Clark. I won't risk the safety of the world because of your code of ethics... because you refuse to stop the things that threaten you.
      Clark: Jor-El said he was the ultimate destroyer. Didn't turn out to be much of a fight.

    • Tess: Just know that I'll wait for you, Clark. I'll wait for you to come to me.
      Clark: It's gonna be a long wait.
      Tess: It'll be shorter than you think, Kal-El.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Injoke: In the scene between young Lex and young Davis, Lex finds Davis while following his bird, which flies though an open window above a closed door. After Lex and Davis leave, we briefly see the bird lying dead. A similar scene appears in Superman: The Man of Steel #17, the first issue of DC Comic's Death of Superman storyline. In that issue, after making his way to the surface, Doomsday allows a small bird to land in his hand and then crushes it to death.

    • International Airdates:
      Norway: Saturday, May 2, 2009 on TVNorge
      Sweden: Friday, September 18, 2009 on TV6
      South Africa: Monday, November 2, 2009 on VUZU DSTV Channel 123
      Czech Republic: April 8, 2010 on TV Nova
      Turkey: July 4, 2010 on CNBC-e
      Slovakia: June 15, 2012 on Markiza

    • John Glover, Annette O'Toole, and John Schneider appear in this episode but only in flashbacks from the episode "Pilot." Matthew Munn, who played Young Lex in "Pilot," is replaced by Connor Stanhope.

    • Erica Durance, Justin Hartley, and Aaron Ashmore are credited but don't appear.


    • Tess: It's like keeping bats around... to wipe out the parasites that prey on the city.
      This is a nod to DC Comics character Batman, a hero/vigilante who uses his fear of bats to scare criminals.