Season 5 Episode 9


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Dec 08, 2005 on The CW
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Lex considers whether to turn an operative loose to obtain or fake damaging information against Jonathan to upset his Senatorial race. But when Lex is shot, he falls into a coma and is visited by the ghost of his mother, who shows him what his life could be like if he frees himself from his father. Meanwhile, Clark helps deliver Christmas presents.moreless

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  • Lex gets shot and goes into a coma, dreaming that he's married to Lana and everything in life is good (except Lionel hates him). Meanwhile, Clark and Chloe work on delivering gifts for Toys for Tots or something and Santa visits (dumb).moreless

    Well this episode is definitely cheesy, but it was also actually mostly relevant. The subplot of Clark and Chloe and retarded/drunk not-Santa Claus was really stupid and pointless though. The Lex plot was too good to let the crap side-plot ruin the episode, which is why it got such a high score from me.

    Lex's little getting shot incident in the alley proved to be the turning point of his life, which made the episode worthy. Going into his dream, he was confused, then happy, then realized he felt that he belonged in this alternate life and loved every minute of it. I personally loved the decorations and the Christmas-y atmosphere, it set a pleasant mood, while still bringing about sadness when reflecting on the current state of Lex's life compared to this utopia-like dream. This harsh comparison came into play when Lana died and Lex realized that if he is to ever be happy, the love of his life will have to die. He's not willing to make that sacrifice, so he therefore decides to ruin Jonathon Kent's chances at becoming senator and confirm his life of villany. So, although it was hokey, Lex's dream sequence provided back-up for Lex's decision and made him seem quite rational for doing what he did. Excellent.

    But then we move on to the stupid Clark/Chloe/Retard Santa side plot. The idea was alright, and it was nice that Clark saved not-Santa from falling off that building, but when he came to visit Chloe and made those gifts disappear, that was just going too far. THAT was the whole point of that sub-plot??? To make us believe there's a Smallville-world Santa? Lame. "Buh-duh, maybe there really IS a Santa!" says Chloe. Gah how horrible. That plot should have stopped when Clark caught Santa at the bottom of that building.

    Side note, I wonder why no one classified this episode as Dream Sequence, as that's what half the episode was and what the main plot revolved around.moreless
  • This is one of those episodes that you knew going in was going to be just plain awful.

    Smallville, in the midst of a creative resurgance this season, decides to do away with that progress and instead rip-off Charles Dickens and "It's a Wonderful Life" in the show's first ever "very special" episode, all too often a sign the writers are running out of ideas. The result is 'filler episode' packed with all the treacly, sentimental, emotional manipulation that really has little place in the show, while not advancing any story arcs.

    In the midst of determining whether to commit yet another of his increasingly common misdeeds, Lex is shot, and in a coma sees what his life could be like if he could only be good. Flashes of his, and others', happiness in an impossibly joyful Christmas in the near future let Lex see all that he really wants out of life. But it also lets him see that just like the happiness that eludes him, he would also be vulnerable to the greatest despairs in life. Sadly, that moment makes his ultimate decision, and the only real twist on this common TV formula, all too predictable to the audience.

    Meanwhile, we get treated to a sub-plot of seeing Clark play Santa for Chloe, who needs help with her charity work to get toys to the needy. Of course, no satisfactory explanation is given for Clark's newly-found lockpicking skills, as he enters homes to deliver toys with apparent ease in crime-ridden Metropolis. Glossed over is also the fact that none of the homes he visits seems to be inhabited by paupers.

    In the end, Lex ends up right where we all knew he would, and Clark still gets to gave his happy Christmas at home. Hopefully the next episode gets back to the story, because this episode was a lump of coal in our stockings.moreless
  • Great episode. I was a little scepticle at first but the writers didnt let me down. Here my usual breakup

    Clark and Lana: Where was this fire 5 episodes ago?!?! They were great as a couple. They were romantic, and happy. Almost makes me sad that it wont last.

    Lex and Lana: Lanas acting really was top notch in this episode. Lex and Lanas chemistry however was a little off and felt forced on Lex's part, but, being that he just woke up in this alternate life, its understandable.

    Lex and Alexander: At first, I saw no intrest in Lex toward his son. But it all changed after meeting Clark. I wonder why that is. I would have loved to see more interaction bewteen Father and son. And see how different or similar his methods are compared to his own father.

    Clark (Alternate Reality): I would have preffered him with Glasses. This was a perfect opportunity for the writers to show an Older Clark Kent, a reporter no doubt!!! with Glassess. Oh well.

    Clark and Chloe: This was obviously a Christmas treat for all you Chloe and Clark fans. Hoped you enjoyed it. Its interesting that the reason Clark didnt stay with Lana was because he couldnt have children. A fact that carries on to the comics. Clark is only compatable with Wonder Woman. Lois and Lana could never have children with him. He later has one with Wonder Woman who grows up to be one of the Elders that watches over all realitties. Although he is Superman and Wonder Womans son, he was raised by Bruce Wayne. Read the comic "Kingdom" and "Kingdom Come" for more.

    Lex: Perfect acting on all fronts. His interaction with his alternate life characters showed that he finally recieved everything he wanted to and its the first time you saw him genuinly happy. I for one loved his interaction with Jonathan Kent. His turn to evil was a tragic one, and one that was welcomed. It was his father who finally pushed him to the edge. Unkowingly.

    Smallville: Episode 3? Yes, this defintitly had George Lucas rolling around. But, I ould see no better way to transform him towards darkness. His motivation to fallow his Fathers way was understandable. "Money and power, once you have those things, you can aquire anything. And have the ability to keep it" This resonated Lex Luthor in the comics 100%.


    - I dont believe it was a Filler episode. We definitly saw some important Character development on Lexs part. As for the Lionel/Jor-El, well the only time we saw Lionel is in the dream. And that was Lex's interpretation of his father. A person he's not to fond of ever since the dissapearance of the spaceship. There really wasnt enough to say that they were or wernt together.

    - I loved the Clana moments. They were long over due.

    - Many people complain as to why Lex didnt ask Jonathan Kent for help. I dont think state senators have that kind of money. But still, Im sure they might have worked something out. Or even Clark, knowing how Clark constantly has the habit of saving someone at the last minute.

    - Complaints on Santa Claus have filled the boards, but I kind of liked the Santa/Clark relationship. Clark inspiring World leaders and iconic figure will become something common in Superman. I liked how they touched it here. He inspired Hope. Something that Superman has done world wide.

    - Smallville = Star Wars? Totally. I had Vaders Theme song ringing in my head during the last section of the episode. Too bad we didnt have Lex and Clark battling it out with lightsabers and "Battle of the Heroes" playing in the background

    - Lilly Luthor, was named after Lex's own mother I believe.

    - The surgical precedure was an exact duplicate of the season 1 finale. Only that Lex wasnt as happy as Lionel was. And he definitly stated it so.moreless
  • Lex is mugged, shot, and undergoing surgery as he is swept up in a fantasy about what his life could become, as shown to him by the spirit of his deceased mother Lillian.moreless

    On a rainy Christmas Eve in Granville, Lex drives his new Ferrari F430 to a darkened building, where a hired guy, Griff, meets him in the utility tunnel. He's trying some political dirty tricks to help him defeat Jonathan Kent in the state senate election, but he's not quite ready to have something manufactured. Back outside, three punks mug Lex and put two shots into him. Thus starts a dreamlike fantasy, or near-death experience. He seems to awake in another home, next to Lana and a young boy named Alex. Lana has another one in the oven, too, although Lex is conscious of still being himself and having been shot, with the scars to show for it. Where is he? It all seems real enough, until the figure of his mother Lillian appears. How can she be there? But she says he is still alive, and this is his new life, and all of it "can be yours if you make the right choices."

    Suddenly back on the street, we see that Lex is still actually on the pavement, wounded, with that Ferrari already in a chop shop somewhere, or more likely, on a joy ride at illegal speeds.

    At the Kent farm, Christmas evening cookies are cooking, and everyone seems to be having a holiday of their dreams, all completely secular, of course. A phone call from Chloe brings this scene to a halt, as she asks for Clark's help immediately. Chloe needs help delivering Toys for Tots, and Clark gets in a product placement mention of FedEx and Toys R Us, but he's going to have to do the delivering, a whole roomful, tonight! Fun scene - Clark uses superspeed through the streets of Metropolis, and most of the packages are delivered on time by Santa's superhelper. Of course, he has to take time out to chat with an inebriated Santa Claus atop a building, ready to jump, lamenting the state of the world. As he comes around with Clark's help and kind words, he takes a header off the building, so Clark simply runs down the vertical face of the building and catches the old guy.

    At the hospital, Lex is being wheeled in, but in his fantasy, he's back at home with Lana, playing the part of responsible husband and father. It's seven years downstream from the present, and Lex isn't even filthy rich, having to make do with a Jeep Wagoneer as the family bus. It's an idyllic life, with Christmas tree shopping, and everything going well with Clark, Chloe, and other friends. Clark is a reporter at the Daily Planet, and Chloe has had a book published. So are those two an item?

    Lionel comes to see Lex in ICU, still unaware of the nature of his wounds, but doctors expect Lex to be permanently paralyzed waist-down. Lionel calls for immediate surgery to forestall this prognosis. Lionel has a neurosurgeon in Metropolis take on the case of Lex, who now continues his dream of a better life. Interesting transformation by Mr. Rosenbaum, playing a happy and loving Lex. Lana says getting shot was the best thing that ever happened to him. At the Kents' Christmas party, Jonathan even reveals to Lex that he's up for a Kansas humanitarian award. Lillian again appears and tells Lex he could have this life - if he follows his heart, and not his ambition.

    Real surgery is still underway on Lex - and as he's in a crisis, so is his dream. Lana gives birth to their second child, and that is a pretty young infant they're handling. Lana soon enters her own crisis, losing much blood. Lex seeks the aid of Lionel, a distant and unsympathetic figure. But the fantasy Lionel is out for revenge, denying his son, who turned his back on Lionel seven years earlier. Lex gave up the power to save his own wife, Lionel says. This is the real challenge Lex faces in his life. Lana lies dying in the hospital, and Lex is powerless to save her. Lillian explains that the life he has is a life of love, but to Lex, everyone important to him has died...then he awakens after surgery, remembering the entire fantasy.

    At the DP, Chloe is still surrounded by piles of gifts as she clicks away on her product-placement Dell PC. The Santa, whom Clark saved, appears, offering to help deliver the remaining gifts, and Chloe gratefully accepts. So for another little Christmas fantasy, all the gifts, and Santa (himself) disappear.

    Lex is skeptical of LIonel's motivation in calling for the risky surgery - too bad these two usually see the worst in each other. But dang if Lionel isn't starting to look pretty straight in these last few episodes.

    The Kent home looks great with all the lights and warmth, in contrast once again to the cold life Lex has chosen. It's even going to be a white Christmas.

    Griff is back to see Lex, who now has learned once again that his road to living happily ever after is...Power...and Money. And he's going to have Griff do whatever is necessary to knock Jonathan out of the senate race. So once again, Lex has chosen his path, turning away from what could have been. Since this episode has a seasonal theme, and no real change is coming to Lex, it isn't high on the priority list to see again for progress on the Smallville legend, but Mr. Rosenbaum's acting continues to be top-notch. Re-run rating C+.moreless
  • A Luthor's Christmas Carol

    Lexmas-Lex considers whether to turn an operative loose to obtain or fake damaging information against Jonathan to upset his Senatorial race. But when Lex is shot, he falls into a coma and is visited by the ghost of his mother, who shows him what his life could be like if he frees himself from his father. Meanwhile, Clark helps deliver Christmas presents.

    For Smallville's first holiday episode (let's just forget "Thirst" didn't exist), "Lexmas" is better because is centers around Lex as it gives some great insight on why he becomes the villain he will be one day and why he should become that man! The episode begins with Lex trying to get dirt on Jonathan for the Senate race when threaten by two gang members and shot. From there the episode plays like Smallville's own version of a Christmas Carol where Lex wakes up in a alternate reality where both he and a pregnant Lana are married with a son. Michael Rosenbaum handles this storyline beautifully with his performance as Lex is in awe of his near perfect life. Lex and Clark seem to be closer than ever with Chloe as Clark's girlfriend (ironically!), Jonathan Kent is Senator and even sees Lex as his own son. Allsen Down returns as Lex's mother, Lillian Luthor. She gives a solid performance as Lex's guide throughout the episode and you honestly believe she just wants the best for her son who is on a path he might not return from. John Glover is wonderful as Lionel as usual as he makes a harsh decision with Lex's life. Two powerful scenes are between Lionel and Lex during Lex's alternate reality where Lionel turns his back on Lex in his hour of need and when Lana dies after giving birth to the baby. These two moments are essential the reason why Lex makes the dark decision at the end to chose a life of money and power. Michael handles these scenes so well especially at the end where he discusses that he will continue to run for Senator despite his father's wishes. With such a well developed Christmas themed/Lex storyline, the B plot with Clark and a drunken Santa just seems so out of place. Yeah, it Christmas and this was done to balance from Lex's dark storyline, but it feels too cheesy and hurts the episode in the process, not to mention, Lifetime channel worthy! Also, the twist with Santa being real at the end was laughable and you can't believe the writers would even think that would be interesting. "Lexmas" is a fun holiday episode only to watch for Lex's continuing journey toward being villain, all the other scenes involving Clark and Old Saint Nick...not so much!moreless
Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk

Lana Lang

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

John Glover

John Glover

Lionel Luthor

Annette O'Toole

Annette O'Toole

Martha Clark Kent

Alisen Down

Alisen Down

Lillian Luthor

Guest Star

Jerry Wasserman

Jerry Wasserman

Dr. Scanlan

Guest Star

Kenneth Welsh

Kenneth Welsh

Santa Claus Man

Guest Star

Bud the Dog

Bud the Dog


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (17)

    • Trivia: The car that Lex was driving in the opening scene is a Ferrari 360.

    • On the award Jonathon shows Lex it says:

      Kansas Humanitarian

      Bestowed by the governor
      And legislation of
      The state of Kansas

      Lex Luther

      In recognition of
      His generosity and
      Dedication in providing
      Housing for the homeless

    • When Lex is paralyzed in his hospital bed at Smallville Medical Centre, Lionel makes a phone call from his cell phone. Cell phones have to be shut off whenever you are inside a hospital.

    • Since Lex's near-death fantasy/dream may be exactly that, many inconsistencies within it can be explained or ignored since they are possibly hallucinations, rather then a glimpse of an actual future or his mother appearing to him as a ghost. They may in fact simply be manifestations of Lex's irrational subconscious fears and desires.

    • In Season 4, Lionel says that Lex tends to be attracted to girls who look like his mother and have long dark hair. However, Lillien's hair in this episode is reddish brown.

    • When Chloe was talking to Clark convincing him to deliver the presents, right after walking past the janitor, the camera angle changes. However, we see Chloe and Clark haven't walked as far as they have in the previous camera angle. (They walked past the same corner twice saying completely different things.)

    • Don't they pay their electrical bills at the hospital? For some reason the operating room where Lex is undergoing surgery is dimly lit - the surgeon will be lucky if he can find Lex's body, much less where to cut.

    • When Tom Welling says the line, "I'm a full-fledged reporter," the closed captioning says (a bit more realistically) "I'm one step closer to being a full-fledged reporter."

    • Wherever "Granville" is, it seems like a relatively large city. Why don't they take Lex to the hospital there instead of taking the extra time to bring his emergency case to the Smallville clinic?

    • When Clark and Lana are in front of the tree, she talks about how it's usually just her and "Nell" at Christmas. But Kristin Kreuk slurs the line a bit, and the closed captioning reads "Mel."

    • Trivia: Much of the dialogue between Lionel and Lex's physician recalls the conversation between Lex and the doctor in "Vortex," in places virtually word-for-word. Lionel had also been given a grim prognosis following the events of "Tempest," and it was thought even if he lived he might never walk again.

    • There is much back-and-forth of calling Lex and Lionel "Luth-ER" rather than "Luth-OR," as has been the case this season. However, Kristin Kreuk switches from one to the other throughout the episode.

    • Lionel has power of attorney for Lex. This doesn't make sense, as earlier Lionel went to jail for among other things trying to kill Lex. Even if the courts don't know that, Lex does. Would Lex have still leave Lionel with power of attorney over him?

    • Lionel arrives at the hospital and asks, "What's wrong with my son?" Wouldn't he know? Did the hospital just call him and say, "Something's wrong with your son - show up." and hang up?

    • Again, we see that Lex is planning for a Senatorial election December. With the implication the elections are coming up shortly. In the U.S., Senate elections are in November, and since Jennings had resigned, an interim Senate appointment would have been set by the governor until the next election.

    • It isn't explained how Clark manages to get inside hundreds of locked houses - all we see is Clark running around the city and speeding up to Christmas trees to place the gifts on the ground. How would he get in?

    • When Chloe was talking to Clark, she loudly says that Clark can run faster than a speeding bullet. There's a janitor right there that is hearing everything, but neither of them seemed concerned someone just heard her reveal Clark's secret.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Clark: Merry Christmas, Lana.
      Lana: Merry first Christmas together, Clark. The first of many.

    • Lex: Something I still can't quite believe, me and Lana. Now, how the hell did that happen?
      Clark: I dunno. You became the kind of man she could love.
      Lex: You mean the kind of man you've always been.

    • Lex: I know what you're thinking.
      Lana: That you've given into your son again? That you're spoiling him?
      Lex: Exactly, and I can certainly understand how you reached that conclusion. The thing is, this tree is for me. Lana, I don't know if I've ever told you this, but after my mom died, my father didn't allow Christmas to be celebrated in our house. It was a very bleak, very lonley time for me, and when I saw this tree, I knew it was exactly like the ones I dreamed about all the years I couldn't have one. Somehow, it represented all the Christmases I'd missed. Can you understand that?
      Lana: Of course I can, honey. It's the same thing you tell me every year.

    • Clark: Listen, I don't wanna be nosy, but I was just wondering, Santa, what're you doing up here? I mean, why are you going to jump?
      Drunken Santa: Give me one good reason why I shouldn't. You can't, can you? You got a good look at the world lately? It's all take, take, take and bitch, bitch, bitch. What happened to Christmas? Peace on Earth, goodwill to men? I'll tell you something. The spirit of Christmas is dead! And it's going to take a lot more than Santa Claus to revive it.

    • Clark: Are you all right? You're a little close to the edge, aren't you?
      Drunken Santa: Makes it easier to jump.
      Clark: Yeah, I guess it does, doesn't it?

    • Chloe: I do realize it's a lot to ask, but I mean, you do run faster than a speeding bullet and I know you don't want to disappoint all of those underprivileged children.
      Clark: You didn't have to go there.
      Chloe: Well, you know, it's true. I mean, you'd be helping out a really great cause. Not to mention, saving my career.

    • Lex: Mom? But, you're... Am I dead?
      Lillian: No, Lex. You're still very much alive.
      Lex: Then, how... I'm dreaming.
      Lillian: It's not a dream, Lex. This is your life.
      Lex: Then, I don't understand. This can't be. It isn't real.
      Lillian: It is real, Lex. As real as you want it to be. All of this can be yours, if you make the right choices.

    • Griff: Your old man wouldn't hesitate.
      Lex: Before I go down the path you're proposing, I wanna consider all my options.
      Griff: What's the matter, Lex? Holiday spirit got you all sentimental?

    • Santa: Now, let me get this straight. You gave up your first Christmas with the girl you loved since you spied on her with your telescope to deliver these gifts?
      Clark: Yeah, well, I mean, I wasn't spying.

    • Clark: (to Chloe) Alright, Miss. Did-I-Mention-That-My-Book-Is-About-To-Be-Published. Let's get your tree and get outta here.

    • Martha: (after Jonathan burns his hand snatching cookies) Serves you right, these are for the Christmas party. Besides we already have enough politicians with their hands in the cookie jar.

    • Lex: 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.

    • Lex: And you know what the secret to living happily ever after is? Power! Money...and power ! Since when you have those two things, you can secure everything else. And keep it that way...

    • Clark: Chloe, this isn't Toys for Tots, this is Toys R' Us. How many are there?
      Chloe: Aaaah, couple thousand, give or take.

    • Clark: Okay, so what's the problem?
      Chloe: Well, the presents need to delivered tonight and the teamsters are on strike on Christmas Eve.
      Clark: So, instead of calling FedEx, you called me?

    • Lex: Oh, not to worry, Griff – we Luthors are made of pretty tough and definitely expensive material.

    • Lex: (Lana's) the mother of your grandchildren.
      Fantasy Lionel: How could I have grandchildren – I don't have a son.

    • Clark: It's just I promised Lana…
      Chloe: I'm sure Lana'll understand…or at least she'll understand whatever you make up to tell her.

    • Santa Claus Man: (after Clark saves him from a plunge) Ho Ho Holy Cow!
      Clark: Merry Christmas...

    • Little Girl: You're not Santa!
      Clark: Yes... I am... I'm the new improved model!

  • NOTES (7)


    • Chloe: You're faster than a speeding bullet!
      This quote is a reference to the classic introduction to Superman from The Adventures of Superman, saying he is faster then a speeding bullet.

    • Lex: Much like Ebenezer Scrooge, I realized that what I want more than anything is to live happily ever after.
      Ebenezer Scrooge was 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.

    • Clark: (to Lex) You have a wonderful life...
      An in-joke/allusion to Jimmy Stewart movie called, It's a Wonderful Life where lead character George Bailey is shown what life would be like if he had never been born. There are other similarities: at the end of the episode when Lana is dying on Christmas Eve, Lex visits his father for help to save Lana, much like George Bailey did when he visited his nemisis Mr. Potter to ask for a last-minute loan to get him out of a crisis. Both men were found at their desks working on Christmas Eve. And both Lionel Luthor and Mr. Potter (played by Lionel Barrymore) refused any help whatsoever.

    • Clark: I am now officially a full-fledged news reporter.
      Superman's mild-mannered secret alias of Clark Kent was a reporter for the The Daily Planet.

    • Milk and Cookies
      Clark eats the cookies and drinks the milk from the house of one kid. This is the same thing that Santa is supposed to do when he enters a house and leaves presents.

    • Alexander: (to Clark) Uncle Clark! Uncle Clark! Make me fly!
      An obvious reference to the well-known fact that Superman can fly.