Season 5 Episode 9


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Dec 08, 2005 on The CW



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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