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Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton
Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor
At the conclusion of the Clark-Bizarro battle, Clark is ejected from the face of the dam, causing a breach. But everyone in the previous scenes--Clark and Bizarro, Chloe and Lois, Lionel and Lex, and the entire lab crew were located in the power station, which is a separate structure below the dam.
Trivia: Near the end of the episode, when the phantom leaves the boy and heads for Clark, the second he touches him, the Superman symbol can be see in black zooming in.
When Lois called Chloe she was able to say only one word and then she dropped the phone, so Chloe didn't know in what condition Lois was. Still Chloe took her time to track the location and drive there by herself and not just call Clark as she usually does.
Chloe is leaning directly over Lois, as she has to so the tear falls on her cousin. But when Lois wakes up Chloe is several feet back with no indication of any kind of force present to throw her back (and why would healing powers cause a force capable of moving a grown woman?).
How does Chloe find Lois? Lois deliberately hid the information of where she was going from Choe and even told her she was dropping the matter. However, she calls Chloe (from relatively far underground), simply says Chloe's name, and Chloe manages to track her down in record time.
If Wes wanted to tell Lois where Reeves Dam is in the previous episode (as revealed here)... why didn't he just say "Reeves Dam"? instead he gives latitude and longitude, without even mentioning hours/minutes.
Lois finds the secret lab at Reeves Dam from the numbers she got from Wes. The coordinates are in Kansas (close to Richland), although since it should have been -95 to be in Kansas, the real location is somewhere in China. While there is no water at those coordinates, there are some small streams in the area, and a little further away there is Clinton Lake--which does have an earth-filled dam.
Lois has often mentioned her military training as a general's daughter. However, when she's stabbed with the knife the first thing she does is pull it out. That is not basic first aid technique taught by the military, or anyone else.
After the wraith duplicates Clark, it claims it did so using a bit of his DNA. Fair enough... but where did it get the snazzy black version of Clark's clothing? And why would it bother?
Near the beginning of the episode, after John punched the possessed man, you can see some blood on the camera for a moment.
When the scientist takes the blood from the child, he puts on gloves to check it for the alien peptides. After this the phantom awakens and Lex runs out of the room and locks the door. The child who is possessed by the phantom drags the scientist's body towards the door. The child then proceeds to use the scientist's thumb to open the door and the thumb part of the glove is gone. However after the child drops the hand, it is shown that the glove is now intact.
Clark: She was your wife, Lex. Why did you do it?
Lex: Now is not the time to lecture me about my marriage, Clark.
Clark: Why'd you do it? Just tell me!
Lex: Get your hands off me!
Clark: You afraid she was gonna bring you down, or was it just too humiliating for you that she was gonna leave you? Why'd you have to kill her? Why?
Lex: What are you talking about?
Clark: You already know. Lana is dead.
Lex: (genuinely shocked) No.
Clark: No. You don't to need act so surprised. You're the one who killed her. You put a bomb in her car. You're the one who killed her!
Lex: (after he slaps Lana) You really think I could just let you walk away?
Lana: What are you going to do Lex, kill me? Because that's the only way you're going to keep me in this marriage.
Bizarro: Thanks for sharing, I feel a lot better now.
Clark: What just happened?
Bizarro: I took a little piece of your DNA. (chokes Clark) Now I'm going to take your life.
Chloe: Look, Lois, take it from someone who's gone up against the Lex Luthor army more than once. Not only will victory remain elusive, but you're almost certain to step on a land mine in the process.
Lois: I'm the general's daughter, remember? I live for battle.
Chloe: (to Lois) Hey! Is that the look of a reporter on the trail of a hot story or someone trying to pick good lottery numbers?
Lex: Lana, everything I've ever done is because I love you.
Lana: You aren't capable of love, Lex. You never were.
Clark: Wait. Lana, I can't lose you again. Not without telling you the truth about me.
Lana: Clark, I already know about your powers.
Clark: There's more. I'm from another planet. It's called Krypton. It's light years away. My parents sent me here to save me. They sent me to Earth just before Krypton was destroyed. (long silence) Please say something.
Lana: (kisses Clark) You're still the same Clark Kent to me.
Lex: Ever since the day I've put on this wedding ring, you seem to have an uncanny knack for being one step ahead of me.
Lionel: I don't have time for this. I have things to do.
Lex: Like have a private screening of that DVD? You know the documentary--that Lana stole from me and gave to you.
Lionel: Oh, dear. I'd hoped married life had lessened some of your paranoia.
Clark: You know, I was thinking, if you're half the senator that you are a mom, this country's in really good hands.
Martha: I always thought you'd be the one to leave the farm first.
Clark: Well, Washington, D.C. is no different than Topeka. It's only a few seconds more away for me.
Lionel: Clark, if Lana's spoken to you, I know what you must be thinking, but you've got to listen to me.
Clark: I've listened to you for too long!
Lionel: Lex is tracking a wraith from the Phantom Zone. I had to force Lana to marry him. It was the only way she could get close to him to get the information I needed to help you.
Clark: No. I never asked for your help. And I never will.
Lionel: You're not a murderer. You're Kal-El.
Clark: Don't call me by that name.
Clark: Where's the phantom?
John: If you were to get infected, it could kill you.
Clark: People are being killed everyday. If anyone's going to stop this phantom, it's going to be me.
Chloe: So, Lex is tracking a wraith from the Phantom Zone, and Lionel Luthor is your new father figure? This is a lot of excitement for one day.
Clark: Chloe, I told Lana my secret. She knows everything. She knows that I'm… an alien.
Chloe: Wow. So, I guess we have a new charter member of the Clark Kent Secret-Keeping Club.. What did she say?
Clark: She kissed me.
Chloe: That's fantastic. You've been wanting this forever. You just… you must be on cloud 99.
Clark: I will be as soon as I deal with this phantom.
Clark: What the hell are you?
Wraith-Clark: I'm you, only a little more bizarre.
Lex: Hope is not in my vocabulary, Doctor, I need results.
This episode marks Annette O'Toole's last appearance in the show as a series regular.
This episode introduces a version of Bizarro, a long-standing Superman villain. Bizarro first appeared in Superboy #68 (1958) and was created by George Papp and Otto Binder. The original pre-Crisis Bizarro was created by a faulty duplicator ray. He originally had all the powers of Superman but later some of them were reversed (heat-breath, freeze-vision, the ability to make things larger by looking at them). Bizarro also spoke backward, for instance saying "Hello" when he means "Goodbye." Post-Crisis, Bizarro has returned twice, as an imperfect clone created by Lex Luthor from Superman's DNA and later as a backward duplicate created by Emperor Joker. On TV he has been a member of the Legion of Doom (fighting the SuperFriends) and Lex Luthor's Secret Society in Justice League Unlimited.
Quinn Lord was nominated for the 2008 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actor for playing the possessed boy in this episode.
This episode was nominated for a 2008 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television: Short Form - Sound Effects and Foley. This episode was nominated for two 2008 Leo Awards for Best Direction in a Dramatic Series and Best Cinematography in a Dramatic Series.
Deleted Scene: Lana has decided to leave Lex. Lionel insists that she remain with him longer as she will not only save Clark, but possibly the world.
This is the first time that the last shot of the season has not had Clark in it (although it did have Tom Welling in it).
In the "Justice and Doom" segment, the saga of Clark's life is related. In Utah, Green Arrow and his team recover from the explosion that destroyed the super-soldier. Chloe arrives at the Kent's farm to tell Clark of Oliver's success. Clark and the other heroes prepare to rise to meet new challenges while Martha takes her place as Senator in Washington D.C., and Clark arrives at Reeves Dam.
Norway: July 22, 2007 on TVNorge
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Australia: March 13, 2008 on Ten
Czech Republic: June 2, 2008 on TV Nova
New Zealand: September 19, 2008 on TV2
Slovakia: September 13, 2009 on Markiza
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