Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton
Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor
Martha Clark Kent
At 4:13 Pete grabs the poem from Lana and hands it to Clark, but when the shot changes back to Lana, she shifts in her seat and the poem is visible back in her hand.
When Lionel is "playing" the piano, you can see he isn't atually playing, as none of the piano hammers appear to be striking. This is apparent when Lionel resumes "playing" after Lex exits the scene.
In the scene in the Torch after Chloe prints the death certificate, the green iMac she uses is clearly empty (not filled with computer innards).
When Jonathan, Clark, Lana and the sheriff went to Byron's home, why didn't Clark scan the house with his x-ray vision? (some contributors thought that he might have a difficult time explaining how he found what he found, but Pete always seemed to buy those "hunch" hints last year in episodes like "X-Ray". Also, the whole house plus the ground around the basement would have to be lead to thwart Clark's x-ray vision!)
Lana says Byron's poem is "personal" when Lex picks it up. From the counter where she laid it. Where it's laying all nice and out in the open. Which she says other people have been giving her a hard time about.
Lana says she hasn't got any love letters since third grade. Including the ones Whitney sent her earlier this season...? Or did he really not send her anything resembling a love letter?
What prevents Byron from covering his whole body in a white material so sunlight doesn't hit his skin? White will reflect the light better than other colors. And also, the problem with sight if he is completely covered. Well, sunglasses would work, or something similar to that. He can have some light, as otherwise he wouldn't have been able to see in the basement.
Since when is it okay for Byron to have a good side and a bad side, but when Clark does (as seen in "Red") he gets heavily criticized by Lana. (editor's note: Lana's issue with Clark seem to be the secretiveness of his "good" side rather than what he did when he was "bad". Plus Byron had a chemical excuse and Clark doesn't seem to have bothered to try to explain how the red rock altered his behavior.)
Byron comments that Lana inspired his poem writings. How can this be when he's been locked in his basement for eight years, hunted by his dad when he leaves? Alternately, if he's so good at getting out of the basement to spy on her, why does he managed to get captured twice in the course of this episode?
The helicopter should have pulled Byron off the ground, not the other way around. He got stronger, not heavier.
When Byron throws Pete into the car, the roof is dented, presumably by his head. Given the force with which he was thrown and the trajectory of the rest of his body, how is it even remotely possible he did not break his neck?
Byron: How can you let him do this to me?
Mrs. Moore: You have put your father through enough, just be glad that things are back to normal.
Byron: Normal kids aren't hunted by their fathers.
Lana: You pulled one of your trademark disappearing acts last night.
Clark: Well I figured uh, you could use some time alone with Byron.
Lana: Why do you leave me these poems?
Byron: Because you inspire me.
Clark: Don't you think it's weird? This guy's sneaking around watching you?
Lana: Come on, Clark, tell me you've never watched somebody from afar.
Chloe: I'd love to help you but Pete just sent an SOS for his Playstation 2.
Clark: It doesn't bother you that he's so..
Lana: Different? If you really like someone, you accept every part of them, but you can't do that until they're willing to share every part with you.
(talking about Byron)
Lana: At least someone has some artistic culture.
Lex: Certainly raises the bar for any other contestants, doesn't it, Clark?
Lionel: Just get me an assistant who meets my criteria.
Lex: I don't think I would fit your criteria.
Lionel: Probably not. But nobody's perfect.
Lex: If your agenda contains plans to harm the Kents in any way, this amiable father and son detente will come to an abrupt end.
Lionel: Lex? I can feel your smirk from here.
Clark: My family doesn't fly much.
Lex: Trust me – that's about to change.
Lex: My father's the poster boy for family strife.
Chloe: I think I know why our prospective Shakespeare went all pro-wrestler.
Pete: This place is like the NRA petting zoo.
Pete: Being part of this family should come with a group health plan.
Lex: (to Lionel) I'm glad to see your condition hasn't softened your paternal side.
Tad: Are you letting me go?
Lionel: Never lose that grasp of the obvious, Tad. It's one of your strongest attributes.
Tad: (to Lionel) So as you can see, sir... well, you can't actually see.
Lana: I almost forgot – Clark Kent, the man of steel.
Another one of Superman's nicknames is used to describe Clark when Lana calls him the "Man of Steel." Of course here she was referring to his lack of sensitivity rather than his super-strength.
Although Clark doesn't know it yet, he (presumably) gets his great strength and other powers from the same source as Byron -- Earth's yellow sun.
Music: "Crazy Richie" by Cactus Groove, "Underneath It All" by No Doubt, "Don't Ask Me" by OK Go, OK Go , and "Love Song" by Sheila Nicholls.
Pete: You're a regular Dr. Dolittle.
Hugh Lofting wrote a series of books about Dr. Dolittle, a doctor who could speak to animals. The most recent film version featured Eddie Murphy.
Pete: You should come with an instruction manual.
On the TV series Greatest American Hero the protagonist had a suit that gave him superpowers but lost the instruction manual that gave him Superman-like powers.
Lex: Take me to you, imprison me, for I never shall be free, Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.
This is an excerpt from Donne's Holy Sonnet XIV, slightly misquoted.
Chloe: Metron Pharameuticals
In the DC universe Metron is one of the "New Gods", created by Jack Kirby and a "god" of knowledge for the sake of knowledge.
Byron: If I could write the beauty of your eyes, And number all your graces, The age to come would say 'This poet lies; Such heavenly touches ne'er touched earthly faces.'
This is an excerpt from Sonnet XVII, slightly misquoted.
Lana: Like the poet?
Lana is referring to the English Romantic poet Lord Byron.
Byron: He writes about pain and suffering, and people being buried alive.
The writings of Poe dealing with pain and suffering are too numerous to list. In The Cask of Amontillado, a man is chained and then bricked up in a catacomb, similar to Byron's situation.
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