Smallville

Season 10 Episode 4

Homecoming

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 15, 2010 on The CW
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Lois takes Clark to their five-year reunion at Smallville High, and 31st century Legionnaire member Brainiac 5 travels to his past to show Clark some unknown facts and future predictions of his life.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Best Episode of the Series!!

    10
    Wow! This is the first 10 I have ever given Smallville. This was everything that we've waited for. Everything was perfect. Can't think of a single scene that I would change. Wow
  • A clever title goes here!

    10
    one of the best episodes
  • The Smallville High Reunion Episode or the Smallville rendition of It's a Wonderful Life.

    5.0
    This was an especially sappy episode with more than it's share of awful dialog. The Braniac part was good, but the whole nobody remembers Lois thing was just pathetic, in more ways than one. This show has never grown up, and I'm afraid and this Episode proves it. It wasn't easy to watch, but you had to. These actors all deserve Emmy's for saying some of those lines with a straight face. I like Erica Durance as Lois and she does a good job with the crappy dialog. I miss Allison and she's even better at it than Erica. Fly, dammit, fly...moreless
  • Perfect 10 Through and Through

    10
    I simply cannot see how any true fan of Smallville can rate this episode anything other than a 10. It had everything: flashbacks, recalls to some of the series' most memorable moments and characters, a glimpse into the times of Superman, massive amounts of character development for both Clark and Lois, and an unforgettable ending.

    Nostalgia played a huge part in this episode as the series looked back on its previous 199 episodes as Lois and Clark walked the halls of Smallville High once more. Clark is at a key point in his decision to remain the Blur and fight Darkseid or hang his new leather jacket up and let it all go. Going back to his roots was a great way to uncover a lot about Clark's current dilemma as well as showcasing how far Clark has come in these 10 seasons. We are treated to some hilarious moments about how Lois seemingly failed to connect with anyone else at Smallville High before an old friend returns: Brainiac.

    Seeing James Marsters again was a real treat and he did not disappoint as Brainiac 5. He showed Clark the parts of his life that he is holding on to and causing the darkness inside of him to grow: his blame of himself for his father's death has caused him to seek out the problems in the others around him and hold them accountable, straining his relationships with Oliver and Lois in the process.

    Clark then takes a trip to the future sans Brainiac and sees his life as he's always wanted it. This entire sequence is something the fans of Smallville have long been hoping for but thought would never happen. We finally saw life post-Smallville, after Clark has embraced his destiny and become the Man of Steel. His relationship with Lois was amazingly sweet and Clark realized just how much he wanted to open up about his secret to her. His discussion with his future self was fantastic, as was the save by Superman of the nuclear plant. Brainiac showed up to bring him home and Clark returned to the high school reunion with the knowledge that things in the future would work out and his fears are without cause.

    Clark then proceeds to tie up a lot of loose ends that have been dangling out there for a while. He lets go of his father; he patches things up with Oliver; and he finally admits his feelings to Lois in one of the most romantic scenes Smallville ever had. For once in his life, Clark was truly happy and burden-free. And he flew.

    We learned a lot about Clark in this episode alone and this set everything up for the upcoming episodes in the season and the end of the series. This series is about Clark's transition into Superman. It's not about Lana. It's not about Pete. It's not about Chloe. It's about Clark. Smallville's 200th episode was able to effectively pay homage to the series as a whole, give the fans some long-needed service in the way of the scene from the future, and give us a huge dose of continuity and character improvements. Homecoming turned out to be exactly what the series needed heading into its final season. And, much like Clark, all it took was a little nudge for this season to take off and fly.moreless
  • It felt like It's a Wonderful Life with a hint of Flashforward, the infamous Lost flashbacks and Smallville all in one little bundle.

    10
    Well I couldn't help but get my say on this episode. Smallville's 100th episode took the tragic death approach. (I actually thought Chloe might have gone in the 200th, but thankfull not). In fact Chloe wasn't in it at all which was quite upsetting. But it also helps the show progress toward the Clark and Lois style that the show really should have been heading toward in season 8 but instead they brought LANA BACK! GRRR! I enjoyed the final scene it was very romantic. They dance in this episode, then Clark "comes out" in the next episode to her and then they have sex in the one after that.



    PROGRESSION! What I like to see!moreless
Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Lois Lane

Justin Hartley

Justin Hartley

Oliver Queen/Green Arrow

Chad Donella

Chad Donella

Greg Arkin

Guest Star

Anne Marie DeLuise

Anne Marie DeLuise

TV Reporter

Guest Star

Chilton Crane

Chilton Crane

Guidance Counselor

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • 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?
      Lois: Yes.
      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.

    • (to Clark)
      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?
      Lois: No.
      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.

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • 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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