Season 4 Episode 17


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 13, 2005 on The CW



  • Trivia

    • The good Lex has been chained to a post for at least 24 hours, yet he never seemed to be desperate enough to go to the bathroom.

    • In the first episode, Lex said that while his father had the entire manor shipped over and reassembled brick by brick in Smallville, he never had any intention of living there and had never stepped in the front door. Here Lex says his dad never let him play in the basement, as if he was there as a child and his father lived with him.

    • Lana acts all taken back that Alexander has let himself into her apartment with the air of "how dare he." Yet she's walked into his mansion without knocking dozens of times. Later on in this same episode, she's sitting in Clark's barn, just waiting for him.

    • Why is everyone so shocked regarding Lex's alter ego. Just about everybody in the town of Smallville has had their evil/immoral alter ego show up at one time or another, sometimes more than once. For instance, they don't come down on Lana when she turns into a witch and tries to kill people.

    • When Alexander and Lex are rejoined at the end of the show, Alexander is wearing a jacket. What happened to the jacket that he was wearing? Shouldn't Lex have had a jacket on after being rejoined?

    • When Clark and the two Lexes are fighting in the cellar at the end of the episode, evil-Lex goes against Clark with a sword. Then good-Lex comes from the back with a chain making the evil-Lex choke. When they change the scene, suddenly the sword is gone and he is trying to remove the chain.

    • The number 257 can clearly be seen on the door of Dr. Sinclair's hospital room. Yet when the staff responds to the emergency we can hear someone saying "Code Blue in room 213!"

    • How exactly did Clark put Lex back together again? The original experiment involved using heat to split Lex in two. Sinclair claimed he could reverse the procedure from his notes, but died. Clark (apparently) read the notes but they wouldn't have said how to reverse the procedure. All Clark did do (and could do) was replicate the original experiment. But the original experiment split Lex, so shouldn't there be four Lexes rather then one at the end?

    • Clark eats one of Lex's kryptonite-irradiated apples...and is just fine. Shouldn't it affect him in some manner, given that kryptonite has totally altered the fruit's chemical structure so that it "tastes" bad but is not actually rotten?

    • When Lex starts dueling with his father he is wearing one glove on his left hand. During the course of this fight, the glove disappears and reappears several times.

    • Lex's sword is a right-handed epee, while he is left-handed.

    • When the green-k goes into "overload" or whatever, Lex moves from the glass panel to run around the table and join Dr. Sinclair behind the computer. He shoves Sinclair away and then turns to run and the camera cuts to a medium shot, and the computer has disappeared. After the explosion the computer and the table it's on are back.

    • Alexander shoots Jonathan in the leg, but right before they cut to commercial Jonathan gets up and squats on the same knee. Ouch!

    • Lex's practice sword is clearly a non-edged weapon (watch the close-ups), and wouldn't let someone inflict a scar.

    • Several times Rosenbaum and Glover mispronounce Luth-OR as Luth-ER.

    • It's common in such s.f. plots of this sort, but...where did the mass for two Lex Luthors come from? Unless Black-K is converting energy to matter and back again on a massive scale with incredible control, each Lex should weigh half as much. In several instances there is clear indication that either Lex weighs...well, what Lex normally weighs or very close to it - certainly not half.

    • are they going to explain this one to the authorities? Alexander killed Sinclair, and he's...well, Lex Luthor. There's little or no evidence to show there were two Lexes, and no evidence to show how Lex was split in two. There's also a video tape showing Lex leaving the scene of Sinclair's murder, and an air bubble would show up in the autopsy. Either the murder will go unsolved, or Lex should get carted away to jail for homicide. (He also shot Jonathan, and gunshot wounds, particularly from pistols, have to be reported.)

    • When Alexander left Lex in the cellar wearing the iron mask, he did not lock it on. He simply fastens the claps. Once Lex sat back down, there was enough slack in the chain to remove the mask himself. Yet he was still wearing it when Clark found him.

    • When Alexander confronts Clark in the barn, Clark super-zips up behind him. And then for some reason starts denying he has superpowers and he "was lucky" in the lab. Wouldn't it make more sense to say that before super-speeding?

    • In the barn facing Clark and the Kents, Clark is on the ground and starts to lunge at Alexander...who turns his hand and shows him the ring. The kryptonite isn't any closer to Clark then it was before Alexander turned his hand but as is often the case, the kryptonite doesn't affect Clark until he sees it.

  • Quotes

    • Alexander: The hero comes to the rescue. How predictable is that?

    • Martha: What do you want?
      Alexander: The world, Mrs. Kent.

    • Alexander: (to Martha) Now talk some sense into (Clark) before something unfortunate happens! (shoots Jonathan) Like that.

    • Alexander: Its like that Dumas novel we used to read as a boy. King Louis imprisoned his brother in an iron mask. Everyone one thought it was so no one would know his identity but we know better. it was because he couldn't bear to see such a weak reflection of his own greatness. (Alexander places the mask over Lex's head) It's good to be the king.

    • Alexander : You can't kill me. I'm what drives you. I'm what gives your life meaning. I'm your soul, you weak pathetic little man. I'm the real Lex Luthor!

    • Clark: Where's Lex?
      Alexander: He's standing right in front of you
      Clark: No, you're not him. The real Lex would never try to kill me or Chloe.
      Alexander: No, you're probably right. But he's thought about it! All the times you've meddled in his plans, derailed his ambitions. He's thought about killing all of you - he just never had the guts to go through with it.

    • Chloe: People have a lot of different sides, and sometimes they keep those sides hidden, even from the ones that they love.
      Clark: Sometimes you have to, even if that's not what you want.
      Chloe: Yeah, but sooner or later you have to trust someone with what's in your heart. Otherwise you're gonna end up going through life alone.

    • Alexander: We'll walk as gods among men!
      Clark: You're not a god! I'm not even sure you're human!
      Alexander: Are you?

    • Clark: Chloe, what are you doing?
      Chloe: Snooping where I don't belong. I'm thinking of making a career out of it.

    • Alexander: What's inside you, Dad? Is it really just puppies and hugs now or is something else twisting in your gut, squirming to be free again?

    • Lionel: A man can't deny his true destiny, Lex – no, we're Luthors. We're Luthors.

    • Lex: As far as awkward moments go, this is definitely memorable.

    • Lex: Did the accident create an evil Lex . . . or is that really what's inside of me?

    • Lex: Leave (Clark) alone!
      Alexander: I'm starting to hate the sound of my own voice.

    • Alexander: You were right about me all along, Mr. Kent – I am the villain of the story.

    • Alexander: All those times you were in the right place at the right time. Almost as if you possessed powers and abilities beyond mortal men.

    • Clark: What are you?
      Alexander: I was just about to ask you the same question.

    • Chloe: It looks like our favorite billionaire has one hell of a split personality.

    • Alexander: Lana – you can live like a queen at my side, or get tossed out with the rest of the garbage. Think about it.

    • Lionel: That's very generous of you.
      Lex: You must be rubbing off on me.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Lex's Ring
      During the loft scene, Lex is wearing a kryptonite ring. In the most recent Superman history (as of when this episode aired), we learn that he lost a hand due to the exposure to the green K of this ring.

    • Alexander: All those times you were in the right place at the right time. Almost as if you possessed powers and abilities beyond mortal men.
      This phrase is used to describe Superman in the later years.

    • Alexander: King Louis imprisoned his brother in the Bastille...
      Although not mentioned by name, the literary work in question is The Man in the Iron Mask, which has been made into a movie several times.