Season 5 Episode 21


Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 04, 2006 on The CW



  • Trivia

    • If Clark could read "Zod is Coming" when shown those two characters together, why did he claim to be unable to decipher the characters when he saw them in Lionel's writings?

    • Why does Fine need Lex to collect the viruses and comes up with a cure? Fine is programmed with all of the knowledge of Krypton, with super-computers and artificial intelligences that can store the sum personality of a man, and spaceships, and Phantom Zone projectors. Fine has all of the powers of Clark and a few more beside like the ablity to replicate himself, and has the sum knowledge of humanity as well. So why doesn't he just make whatever viruses and vaccines he wants?

    • Why does Fine need Lex to take him to the laboratory? Fine seems to know pretty much everything, including that Lionel was responsible for Jonathan's death. So with all of his Kryptonian powers and more, why couldn't Fine locate the laboratory himself?

    • Lois is still living at the Talon, but here Lana (correctly) notes that Lex still owns the place. There's no reason Lex would let the campaign manager of the person who defeated him for office stay there, and every reason he'd kick her out.

    • Kryptonite only (apparently) glows green in the presence of Kryptonians. But when Lex takes it out of the lead box there's no Kryptonians around. Even Fine notes it means nothing to him.

    • In the past Kryptonian has been shown to be a letter-based written language. But here it is hieroglyphic, since "Zod is coming" is now represented by three symbols.

    • If Fine wants Lionel dead, why doesn't he kill him personally? Even if he can't touch Lionel, he can drop a tractor on him. Or steal a bunch of money and hire dozens of assassins to kill Lionel. Instead he relies on an iffy psychological attack to convince Clark to kill Lionel, which seems needlessly complicated even if he wants to somehow turn Clark to the "dark side." Lionel can and does pose too much of a risk to Fine's plans for him to mess around with making him dead.

    • Chloe claims she can't afford a present for Clark because she's on an intern budget. a) you typically can't get into an intern program until your fourth year of college, and b) she is able to afford a 6-hour drive to Metropolis often once or twice an episode (figure an episode is roughly a week), at current gas prices.

    • Trivia: This episode takes place starting on Wednesday, May 3, 2006, as established by Lionel's appointment calendar. The episode originally aired on Thursday, May 4, 2006. This makes Clark's "birthday" (and presumably his arrival) as May 3, 1987, since he's turning 19. His arrival has been stated as occurring in 1989 and he was approximately 2 at the time.

    • When Clark is at his father's grave, he places the two tickets on the ground. It looks as if snowflakes are falling on the tickets. Later in the episode, Chloe is looking at Lionel's calendar. He has an appointment "tomorrow" on "May 5th". That would make the date they are looking at the calender May 4th, which was also the same date as the original airing of the episode. Snow doesn't fall in Kansas in May.

  • Quotes

    • Fine: Impressive. Looks like I underestimated your willingness to tackle a nonprofit venture.
      Lex: Well, LutherCorp doesn't take the threat of an alien Armageddon lightly. You were never gonna create a vaccine for humans, were you?
      Fine: Is that what you think?
      Lex: It was gonna be your way of protecting your extraterrestrial guests when they arrive and unleash some horrible disease on us.
      Fine: So you went behind my back and mass-produced the vaccine for mankind.
      Lex: I wanted to give my people a fighting chance before you got your dirty hands on them. Fine: I applaud your noble efforts to protect your species. Unfortunately, it's all based on faulty assumptions. I never intended to mass produce the vaccine. One dose is all I ever needed.
      (he grabs Lex by his arm and injects him with the vaccine)
      Fine: Let the rest of the world find its own cure.

    • Lex: One more thing, Clark. Lana called me. I don't want to hear you rifling through her stuff like a crazy roomate again. If you want something from me, don't go running to Lana to find it. You really crossed the line.
      Clark: All those years we were friends, were you just waiting for me to step aside so you could swoop in and make your move?
      Lex: I don't know, Clark. All those years you told Lana you loved her, were you just waiting to walk away and break her heart? Look, there's a natural tendency to blame the person who's replaced you. I get that. But I didn't take Lana from you. You lost her all by yourself.

    • Chloe: Look, and Lois even made her world-famous rum cake for you.
      Lois: From scratch.
      Clark: Wow, I never would have guessed.
      Chloe: You should have seen her first two.

    • Lex: My helicopter is waiting, Dad. What is so important?
      Lionel: Obviously something you've got cooking in Honduras, although I doubt it's the banana daiquiri.
      Lex: Challenging upper management often leads to a bout of unemployment.
      Lionel: The welfare of your workers is the least of my concerns.

    • Lex: You're the one who taught me – keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
      Lionel: This is one enemy you don't know. And not knowing who you're in bed with can make for a very uncomfortable awakening.

    • Clark: Look for anything my dad might be warning me about.
      Chloe: I can't exactly search for a file named "My Evil Scheme."

    • Lois: Please, Smallville, I've had three ex-es put under military surveillance. I'm hardly qualified to deal out post-relationship tact.

    • Clark: There are times when I think you don't know me at all, and others where I think you know me better than anyone.
      Lois: That's what I'm here for, Smallville – one save at a time.

    • Lionel: You're involved with Milton Fine. I know that he's been smuggling some of the deadliest viruses in the world into this country with your help.
      Lex: Well, don't worry, Dad. We're not going to put them in any Halloween candy.

    • Fine: Some say the toast came about by a man who feared that his drink had been poisoned. But he was a quick-witted man. He joyfully clanked his mug with the mugs of his mates, sloshing his lethal beverage into everyone's drink with cheer. A simple tap, then, must be a sign of trust.
      (Lex declines to drink)
      Lex: I'm not really thirsty.

    • Lex: I'm hoping this will help me get a few answers.
      (Lex pulls out kryptonite)
      Fine: Close...but I'm not one of them. I was only made by them.

    • Chloe: So Hell freezes over and no one even bothers to tell me?
      Clark: Chloe, listen, Mr. Luthor has been writing these. It's some sort of warning, but I can't decipher it.
      Chloe: Well, unfortunately, my Kryptonian's a little rusty. What about...
      Lionel: I don't know what any of this means, Miss Sullivan. I am simply the Oracle. I believe the answers could be found with a visit to your Fortress.
      Clark: The last time someone talked me into taking him to the Fortress, was a trick. To release General Zod.
      Chloe: Yeah, I have plans this weekend, so if we could protect Smallville from the wrath of Krypton's deadliest villain, that would be great.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Chloe: You'll have to promise you'll keep a cool head and backburn those American Psycho instincts.
      American Psycho is a controversial novel by Bret Easton Ellis concerning a wealthy young investment banker from Manhattan who is a self-proclaimed sadist and serial killer.

    • Lex: You're the one who taught me – keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
      The origin of this quotation has been attributed to the Chinese General Sun Tzu who wrote the book, The Art of War. Lionel gave Lex a copy of this book on one of his birthdays. He keeps it on a display stand in his office.

    • Chloe: All right, hand me a cloak and call me Horatio.
      In Shakespeare's play Hamlet, Horatio originally does not believe that Hamlet's father appeared as a ghost. After seeing the apparition, he becomes one of Hamlet's most stalwart supporters.