Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton
Oliver Queen/Green Arrow
Jonathan's gravestone here says he was born in 1954. However, in the episode "Relic," it is established that Jonathan had not yet been born to Hiram and Jessica Kent as of 1961.
In the scene where Clark is talking to his future self, you can see green screen in "older" Clark's reflection.
Trivia: In the scene in the Smallville High counselor's office, the counselor is briefly shown holding the profile of Alicia Baker, a romantic interest of Clark in Season 3's "Obsession" and Season 4's "Unsafe" and "Pariah."
Trivia: When Lois and Clark are dancing at the reunion, the song they are dancing to is Everything by Lifehouse. This is the same song that Lana and Whitney danced to at the end of Season 1 before Whitney left to join the Marines. It's also the song that was playing when Clark was imagining himself and Lana dancing to in his barn from "Pilot."
When Brainiac 5 (presumably) freezes time in the gym, the balloons stop falling. However, as Clark walks past them, some of them move in the breeze. If they're frozen in time, they shouldn't move at all. If they're not frozen, then they shouldn't have stopped moving in the first place.
Lois: You know what you need? A pick-me-up.
Clark: Thanks, Lois, but I don't think playing quarterback is going to make my day.
Lois: Depends on the cheerleader.
Lois: Come on, did you forget? Tomorrow's our Smallville High reunion.
Clark: Did you say "our" reunion?
Clark: You were enrolled there for, like...
Lois: Twenty-three days.
Clark: You showed up for five.
Lois: That's a record in my book.
Lois: And you... you put the Smallville in Smallville, Smallville
Brainiac 5: The problem is, Kal-El, you and I aren't very different. We were both created in one way or another by Jor-El. Both intended to save civilizations, to bring peace to a brutal world. But neither of us was immune to corruption, to darkness.
Brainiac 5: Why won't you forgive yourself?
Clark: He didn't have a choice. He's my father, of course he'd sacrifice anything to protect me.
Brainiac 5: We always have a choice, Kal-El. Your father didn't have to care for you the way he did. Yet still he made that choice every day he was with you. He chose to be your protector. Just as you've chosen to be the Earth's protector. Nobody forced that on you, yet you embraced it. Nobody made that choice for you. We all chose our own fate.
Brainiac 5: The darkness is the past. And you hold onto it and you dwell. You punish yourself and everyone around you for past mistakes.
Clark: I don't have the privilege of mistakes. Even if we don't expect perfection, the rest of the world does. You heard what they said.
Brainiac 5: Then help Oliver be who he can be. Today, tomorrow. Be there for him now, and stop punishing him for his past with your silence and your distance. Let it go.
Maddy: Wait. So, you're not hitched to Clark?
Lois: Not exactly.
Maddy: Are you engaged?
Maddy: Oh. How long have you been seeing each other?
Lois: Well, we're... not, really. Right now.
Maddy: So, you're the moth, not the flame.
Clark: I guess you're right. I've been so buried by the mistakes of my past, so worried about the responsibilities of the future, I lost sight of the present.
Brainiac 5: A hero is made in the moment. Not from questioning the past or fearing what's to come.
Clark: You were right, Dad. I never stopped blaming myself for what happened to you. It was a way not to let go. It's exactly what I have to do to move on. To get rid of the darkness of my past I've been carrying around. To be there for the people who need me now. You said to hold on to Smallville, and I will, I will never forget. Because you'll be with me no matter where I go. I have to say the one thing I never could. Goodbye, Dad. I promise to be the man you know I could be.
TV Reporter: I think our audience would like some answers.
Oliver: I lost someone. She meant everything to me.
TV Reporter: So, for that you want, what, a merit badge and special rights?
Oliver: No. No, you're right, I'm not special. This isn't about who I am, it's about what I do. And--and I don't think I'm the first rich boy who felt that way. It was John F. Kennedy who once said, "Ask not who what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."
TV Reporter: So now you're comparing yourself to a fallen hero of this country?
Oliver: Well, why not? He saw the hero in all of us. I'm not dwelling on revenge for past atrocities, or looking ahead to what I can gain from a few tax breaks. Drilling oil wells in the ocean, putting up razor wire fences to keep out immigrants who only want what our grandparents wanted. In this world of armchair bloggers who created a generation of critics instead of leaders, I'm actually doing something. Right here, right now, for the city. For my country. And I'm not doing it alone. You're damned right I'm a hero.
Sweden: March 25, 2011 on TV6
UK: June 28, 2011 on E4/E4 HD
Norway: September 3, 2011 on Max
Turkey: October 9, 2011 on CNBC-e
James Marsters is billed as Special Guest Star.
The CW and Warner billed this as the 200th episode, counting "Absolute Justice" as two separate episodes even though they aired it as one.
Cassidy Freeman is credited but doesn't appear.
Music: Everything (Lifehouse), Baby I Need You (Kim Taylor)
Injokes: Student Mark Verheiden is named after Mark Verheiden, a writer and producer for the show's first few seasons. The badge above Lana's at the table has the name Eathorne on it. Steve Eathorne is a regular second assistant director on the series.
Lois: A couple of more hugs, and maybe you'll have the "bah, humbugs" squeezed out of you.
"Bah, humbug!" is the expression commonly associated with Ebenezer Scrooge, the main character of A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens. He was a cheap old man who changed his life around after three ghost visited him on Christmas Eve. The episode itself also references the concept of a person being shown their past, present, and future to learn a valuable lesson about themselves and change their ways.
Lois: Neither of us are primed for Dancing With the Stars.
Referencing the reality TV show that has professional dancers training celebrities in dance, and then competing in an elimination contest. The show has been in over 30 countries, but Lois would be most familiar with the American version.
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