Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton
Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor
Martha Clark Kent
This episode and subsequent ones takes place at what is meant to be a hydroelectric dam somewhere in Kansas, complete with large lake and rolling hills. Kansas is a plains state with only one working hydroelectric dam in the entire state. Bowersock Mills & Power was built in 1874 and is located on the Kansas River, not a lake, at Lawrence below the Massachusetts Street bridge. There can be times during the year when the river level is so low that the power plant doesn't generate any electricity at all.
The woman from the video says she's in Patagonia at the Iguazú falls. Even though the falls are in the northern part of the country while Patagonia is south.
When Clark and Lex started talking about their friendship, the gate that they had reached was locked. After the rubble falls on Clark, the gate miraculously was bent open.
When Chloe is explaining the situation to Clark, she refers to Lex's abductor as "G.I. Jane," but how did she know that Jodi was in the army? Lionel was the only other person to see her, and it's doubtful that he would have known her or been able to identify her to any great degree.
After Clark gets thrown back by the explosion there is clearly kryptonite right next to him. Yet he is able to get out from under the rubble caused by the explosion with the kryptonite still next to him. Clark not being able to use his powers for the majority of the episode because of the meteor rock dust in the air makes sense, but being next to solid piece of the rock like that he shouldn't have been able to move, let alone get out from under a pile of rubble.
Lana is shown placing Lex's metal briefcase on his glass desk. She then takes what looks like a 45 cal. handgun and fires twice point blank at the brief case without blowing the glass desktop into a thousand pieces. Firing a gun at close range in this manner would most likely cause a great amount of damage to the desk and the surrounding area, not to mention bullet holes in the floor.
Lex tells Clark that the bombs are set to go off in 14 minutes. Yet Lana is able to go from the hospital to the Luthor Mansion, study Lex's files, and go from the mansion to the exit of tunnels with the rescue crew in tow before the 14 minutes are up and the bombs detonate.
Lex: You were the last person I ever expected to be pulling shrapnel out of. I saw what happened when I stabbed you with that chisel, Clark. The thing accordioned like it hit solid rock. I don't know why I needed to believe that you were more than human.
Clark: Nothing's ever good enough for you, Lex.
Lex: Yeah, well, the truth would have been. You may be flesh and blood...but you've been hiding secrets from me since we met. You never trusted me.
Clark: Would it have mattered? What are you really doing down here anyway, Lex? Trying to find ways to exploit the people that have different abilities than you?
Lex: There is no gray area with you, is there? It's either all good or all evil. Did you ever try to see my humanity before you decided I had none?
Clark: I did, Lex. And look where we are.
Martha: Clark, what really happened down there?
Clark: When Lex pulled me out of that rubble, I saw a glimpse of something I hadn't seen in years. My friend.
Chloe: Exactly when did you learn how to pole-vault over Lex's firewall?
Lana: I figured that if Lex was gonna look over my shoulder, it was time for me to start looking over his.
Clark: I still don't understand how you thought to come out here. Lex said that no one knew about those tunnels, not even...
Clark: She led search and rescue out here?
Clark: (sighs) I guess I had it all wrong. This whole time I thought that Lex had forced her into that marriage but... (long pause) Now I don't think he did.
Chloe: Don't give up on your hunch just yet, Clark. Lana knew about the other entrance to those tunnels the whole time and it wasn't until she heard you were down there that she magically produced them.
Clark: Lana was gonna let Lex die down there?
Chloe: I think the Luther mansion has a lot more secrets than we realize.
Martha: (on standing by Lionel) But that doesn't mean I trust him. I wish I could. And even though I honestly believe he's made an effort, no one can completely change who they are.
Clark: At least you gave him that chance. Mom, what if part of who Lex is, is because of me? If I gave up on him too soon.
Martha: You'll never give up on anyone, Clark. Because your greatest strength might also be your greatest weakness. Your hope.
Lex: Don't worry, Dad. I still have plenty of land to conquer above sea level before I take on the underworld.
Clark: Lex could die if I don't go down there.
Chloe: Well, don't look to me for encouragement. After what he did to my mom, I don't mind the idea of him cohabitating with the rats for all of eternity.
Clark: Trust me, Chloe. Lately, I've had moments where I thought the world would be a better place without him, but...
Chloe: You don't get to choose who you're gonna save. Not if you're Clark Kent.
Lana: (to Lionel) I understand you're in a lot of pain. (pause) Good.
Lana: I wonder how Martha Kent would handle hearing that you used her son as a bargaining chip. Tell me what you know.
Lionel: Well I see you've embraced wholeheartedly what it means to be a Luthor.
Chloe: (on her cell phone) Hey, Clark, it's me again. Where are you? I feel like your stalker ex-girlfriend, even though I was never your girlfriend. It was just an analogy--a bad one. I'm sorry, this is awkward, okay, call me!
Clark: I saw Lana the day of the wedding and she was gonna leave you. What did you do to her?
Lex: I don't know. The answer must have gotten lost in that dark abyss we call my soul.
Clark: Were we ever really friends, Lex?
Lex: I don't know. I have nothing to compare it to. You're the only real friend I've ever had, Clark. And somewhere along the way, you saw me as your nemesis, turned your back on me.
Clark: Chloe, I've x-rayed these tunnels over a dozen times, and they all just seem to lead to Reeves Dam.
Chloe: Maybe so, but if Lex is willing to go up against Tomb Raider for them, I can't retire my reporter's notebook just yet.
Deleted Scene: Martha is hoping for Lionel to pull through. During which she tells him that he helped her through some hard times since Jonathan's death.
Original International Air Dates:
Norway: July 1, 2007 on TVNorge
Belgium: February 9, 2008 on KanaalTwee
Australia: February 21, 2008 on Ten
Czech Republic: May 28, 2008 on TV Nova
New Zealand: August 29, 2008 on TV2
Slovakia: August 30, 2009 on Markiza
Music: Tannhäuser (Richard Wagner)
Tahmoh Penikett previously appeared in the season 3 episode "Resurrection" as a different character. Here he receives an upfront guest credit despite the fact he has no dialogue.
The "Justice and Doom" segment shows Ezra Small discovering the Kewatchee caves in 1831, and then in the present a masked figure breaking into a LuthorCorp facility while a columnist, James Beppo, looks on and then leaves with the evidence, which he encodes. Later Lana goes to the sheriff's office to ask about the missing Beppo while Queen Industry operatives examine the car.
Erica Durance is credited but doesn't appear in this episode.
Near the end of the episode, Clark mentions Reeves Dam. Presumably it was named after the late Christopher Reeve, the actor who played Superman in the 70s and 80s, and guest-starred as Dr. Virgil Swan in seasons 2 and 3.
Chloe: If Lex was about to go up against Tomb Raider for them, I can't retire my reporter's notebook just yet.
Tomb Raider refers to a popular video game where the main character Lara Croft was a very adept at traversing underground structures to find mysterious treasures.
Jodi: Perfect timing, MacGyver.
Referencing the 1985-92 TV series MacGyver, starring Richard Dean Anderson as the thinking man's action hero, capable of improvising weapons and equipment out of everyday items.
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