Season 3 Episode 19


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 28, 2004 on The CW



  • Trivia

    • When Lex goes to the laboratory well after it was destroyed, he finds Clark on the stretcher, lying on his side. When he speaks to Clark, he is now lying on his back. As the shot fades out, Clark is once again lying on his side.

    • When Clark is reliving his earliest memory of his parents, he starts off the flashback in the first-person perspective (seeing out of his own eyes). So why during the same flashback does the perception switch to a third-person perspective (an outsider looking in). Shouldn't the whole sceen have been seen through his own eyes? Meaning, if this is Clark's flashback and we're seeing it from his point of view, there's no reason we should know what Clark looks like as a baby since Clark didn't see himself as a baby.

    • Trivia: When baby Kal-El (Clark Kent) is placed inside of the ship, there are Kryptonian letters spinning around. The message reads On this third planet from this star Sol, you will be a god among men. They are a flawed race. Rule them with strength, my son. That is where your greatness lies. (This was translated using the "official" Kryptonian character set, released in 2000 by DC Comics. This is also the standard that the Superman comic books use when incoporating Kryptonese into their stories.)

    • As many times as kryptonite in various forms has negatively affected him, Clark doesn't even hesitate to get near a big tub full of Kryptonite-green liquid.

    • The box seen here is probably the same one Lex gave Clark early in the series, which means it's made at least mostly of lead. So how could it be made from St. George's armor? Lead is too soft and too heavy to make useful armor and melts at a relatively low temperature, which would provide little protection from a (presumably fire-breathing) dragon. That's assuming, of course, that we take Lionel's story at face value.

    • There seems to be some confusion about the difference in age between when Clark/Kal-El is placed in the spaceship as a baby, and his emergence as an older 3-year old (or so) boy. However, this is reflected in the Superman movie (1978) and given there are still numerous details about Clark being sent to Earth that we haven't been informed of, a conclusion that Clark aged very slowly over a very long trip, or that the trip took 2-3 years and he aged normally within the ship, is not unreasonable.

    • Does Lana really haul the payroll out to stately Lex Manor on a weekly/biweekly/monthly basis? If nothing else, given the crime rate in Smallville it seems a really dangerous habit.

    • When young Lex is looking through the slightly open door, you notice some hair on his forehead - obviously the young actor's hair. But Lex doesn't have hair as a kid, and when the door is open you see Lex without any hair.

    • Wayne Dalglish, playing Lex at age 12 here, looks nothing like Matthew Munn who played Lex at age 9 in previous episodes.

    • Yet again, Clark doesn't get weakened by kryptonite (or even seem to notice it) until several seconds after he's standing right next to it.

    • Lex must not be very safety-cautious, considering he shatters a tank full of krypto-water in a trashed-up room of wires and sparks.

    • When Lana pulls Lex off the ledge he hits his head pretty hard but it has no effect on him.

  • Quotes

    • Clark: Because of Jor-El, I always thought that my biological parents were monsters. But she wasn't...I just can't believe I forgot about her.
      Martha: You didn't, Clark...your first word was "Lara."

    • Lionel: She loved (Julian)!
      Lex: Loved him so much she couldn't bear the thought of subjecting him to your particular brand of parenting.

    • Lex: I knew you wouldn't let anything happen to me, but Mom? She would be the lamb to the slaughter.

    • Clark: I wish she (Lara) could've met you, to see what a great mom I have.
      Martha: She knows, Clark. A mother's love never dies.

    • Lionel: If I'd known . . . if . . . if I'd seen . . .
      Lex: What?
      Lionel: Things would have been so . . . so different between us.
      Lex: Yes, dad - you might have actually loved me.

    • Lionel: I will not let you inflict psychological scars on my children.
      Lillian: That's why they have you, Lionel.

    • Lex: What brings you to Smallville, Dad? To find more evidence of little green men in the Kiwatche caves?

    • Lionel: You know, Clark, I always thought that your parents' corn-fed hokum made you weak, but clearly I have underestimated your dark side.

  • Notes

    • The following scenes didn't make it into the episode:

      - (Flashback) The headmaster of the Excelsior Academy informs Lionel of Lex's behavior stating and that he chose not to involve the authorities.
      - Lana finishes talking to someone who's repairing The Talon's phoneline and receives a letter from the Paris School of Arts to find that she is accepted.
      - (Flashback) Lex blows out his birthday candles with the wish that he won't have to return to boarding school. Lionel tells him that he won't, only to be surprised when Lex hugs him.
      - Clark talks to Martha about Lex's attempt to retrieve his lost memories and how his concern is more for Lex's well being than his secret being uncovered. Martha fears that Lex will become as ruthless as Lionel the more he pursues his memory recovery.
      - Lana discovers that the person who claimed to have repaired the phoneline is working for Agent Loder. Loder mentions suspicion that Lex is using The Talon to laundering money.
      - Lana tells Lex of the phone bugging, with Lex offering to do her a favor as an apology. Lana's request is for Lex to buyout her share of The Talon.

    • This episode was nominated for a Leo Award for Dramatic Series: Best Production Design and Dramatic Series: Best Cinematography.

    • In the scene where Jor-El and Lara place infant Clark/Kal-El inside the spaceship, Jor-El is seen wearing red, Lara is wearing blue, and baby Clark/Kal-El is wrapped in a yellow blanket -- once again, these are the same colors that comprise Superman's costume.

    • As Lex has the flashback to when his father discovered Julian dead, Superman's colors red, blue, and yellow alternately flash on adult Lex's face.

    • Music: "My Immortal" by Evanescence.

    • Terence Stamp is billed as "Special Appearance by"

    • Samuel L. Jones, Allison Mack, and John Schneider don't appear in this episode.

  • Allusions