Season 2 Episode 15


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 11, 2003 on The CW
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Lex discovers his long-lost brother Lucas and uses him in a ploy to buy out his father's share of the company. But it soon becomes clear that Lucas isn't to be trusted, and Lex soon finds himself ousted from his own company.

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  • this was a good ep of smallville

    in this ep of smallville lex discovers that he knows were the location of his long lost brother lucas and he goes there to find out that lucas was introuble with a poker game and rescues him and brings him back and lex shows him to linoal lutehr his father and lional and lucas had a plan all of long to get lex out of the mansion the whole time and so lex would be out of the pictuer and lex was suppsoed to find him even though his dad knew were he was the whole time and he was going to pay lucas 10 million dollars to walk away it turns out that lucas is have second thoughts and lex goes to live with the kents and he starts to do farm choirs for them and he does not complain lex goes back to the manison and get tied up and lionel goes there he wants linonel to shoot him and clark goes there and is in the vent and shoots alit bit of fire on the gun to make it drop of his hand linel trys to shot but the whole time the gun was never loaded and lex and him were in on it. but lionel sees part of the vent melted and its falls melted sluged comes down but he looks up and no one is there. this was a good ep i thought.moreless
  • Lex finds his long-missing brother Lucas, but Lionel has plans to manipulate them both for more control by his company. Clark saves the day twice, but the second rescue isn't needed - it's only a staged murder.moreless

    This interesting and spartan episode revolves around the premise that Lex has a long-lost brother named Lucas, whom we first see trying to cheat at a high-stakes poker game. We could easily find fault with the depiction of Asians in the opener poker den scene, all sinister gangsters, but at least it's short. It's just a vehicle to show us that Lucas is a sleazy character, but as he attempts to escape down a darkened alley on a racing cycle, his big bro Lex comes to his aid.

    For once, the Smallville writers and producers avoid an overloaded plot, keeping this story on a few main characters, and minimizing the side plots. Even the Clark-Lana dialog is generally confined to the impact of Lucas on everyone in the cast. Double-dealing and double-crossing is featured as Lionel tries to manipulate Lucas to his side in a struggle for control of Lexcorp with Lex. For a few scenes, this even goes as far as Lionel dismissing Lex entirely; he winds up asking for lodging at the Kent farm. Even the hardheaded Jonathan allows him to stay, and Lex earns some respect by working hard for his few day's keep.

    There's a side story about Clark applying to work at the Talon, and Lana's reluctant decision to hire him, but that ends as we expect when Clark has to keep running out to save someone.

    Lex continues to warn Lucas that Lionel is not to be trusted, but it seems that Lucas eventually turns to the Lionel side, warming up to his father and his millions. But first, Lucas is observant enough to throw a billiard ball at Lionel, which he ducks. He can see! His recent blindness has been a ruse.

    In the climax, Lucas takes Lex in constraints to Lionel's office, threatening to kill Lex - after all, who needs Lex now that the "Prodigal" son has returned? But then he turns the gun on Lionel to force him to kill Lex. When Lionel tells Lucas to put down the gun, Lex suddenly realizes that Lionel can see. Ruse is ended. Lionel hesitates - he refuses to shoot Lex, and just as Lucas appears ready to pull the trigger on Lionel, Clark uses heat-vision from the ductwork above to burn the gun hand of Lucas, who drops his weapon. Lionel acts! He aims his gun at Lucas...and fires! A shocker - they both were loaded with blanks! It was all a scheme by Lex to prove to Lucas just how untrustworthy Lionel is. This is one of the best-staged scenes I can remember in Smallville - just the right dialog, manipulation, surprises, secret plots - good fun.

    Clark and Lex are still friends, and discuss their respective fathers and how they have been influenced by them. It's a calm and reflective scene in an story that's admirable in it's simplicity, yet still entertaining and impressive in the complexity of the business and financial manipulations of the Lionel-Lex-Lucas triad. "Prodigal" is just good quality Smallville, and I could see it a number of times. Re-run rating B.moreless
  • The Prodigal Son Returns...

    Prodigal-Lex recovers his long-lost brother Lucas and uses him in a ploy to buy out his father's share of the company. But it soon becomes clear that Lucas isn't to be trusted, and Lex soon finds himself ousted from his own company.

    In "Lineage", we learned that Lex had a little brother yet Lionel said he died at 12. Being the Magnificent Bastard he is, Lionel lied and Lex's brother in fact is alive. "Prodigal" sees Lucas Luthor reuniting with his family and quickly following in Daddy Luther's footsteps. Paul Wesley gives a youthful and fine performance as the newest son Luthor. I loved the way Lionel used Lucas as a weapon against Lex. The dynamic between those 2 has always been amazing and the addition for Lucas really brings more tension to that dynamic. I also liked how Clark was jealous and the basketball confrontation was pretty hilarious.

    The episodes end with a tense confrontation between the Luthors and the twist that Lucas was with Lex all along was well executed. The downside is that Lucas is never brought up again after this episode, almost like he never existed which is sad since the writers could have done a lot more with the character. All and All, a great episode that brings a great dynamic to the Luthors.moreless
  • Great Episode

    Lex discovers that his brother, Lucas, is still alive. Lionel has been looking after Lucas, and uses him to steal away Lex's inheritance, so he cannot buy-out LuthorCorp. Penniless, Lex moves in with the Kents. Lucas, dissatisfied with Lionel's plans for him, discovers that Lionel has been faking blindness for a while. An elaborate scheme with Lex reveals Lionel's lie, and Lex secures his inheritance back into place. "Prodigal" is one of the best episodes of "Smallville". The story has many revelations, twists and surprises, and unfortunately I can not comment without spoilers. Therefore, do not miss this great episode to check my opinion.moreless
  • Very very good

    Lex recovers his long-lost brother Lucas (mentioned in "Lineage") from a situation with Asian criminals and brings him to Smallville as a ploy to buy out his father. Lucas switches sides with Lionel (who set the whole thing up), kicking out Lex who moves in with the Kents. But Lucas has plans of his own and figures out Lionel can see (as does Lex later). Lex figures things out while some of Lucas' gambling "partners" show up to make things rough for him. Lionel taunts Lucas into going after Lex, and Lucas decides to go with homicide and force Lionel to shoot him. It turns out Lionel set up everything to play the two against each other but when Lucas threatens to kill Lex, Lionel gets the gun (with some secret help from Clark) and shoots Lucas . . . but the gun has blanks – Lex and Lucas teamed up to play Lionel. Lionel gives back Lex control of the company in return for his silence in the matter and Lex keeps Lucas under his protection.

    Meanwhile, Clark applies for a job at the Talon but the situation becomes hazy when Lucas butts in as Lana's new partner. He ends up losing the job to go rescue Lionel and Lex, who don't need it anyway - leaving the Clark/Lana relationship up in the air once more.moreless
Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk

Lana Lang

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Sam Jones III

Sam Jones III

'Pete' Ross

John Glover

John Glover

Lionel Luthor

Paul Wesley

Paul Wesley

Lucas Luthor

Guest Star

Zen Shane Lim

Zen Shane Lim

Derek (Lucas' Partner)

Guest Star

Darryl Quon

Darryl Quon


Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • Inconsistently, the limousine that Lex picks Lucas up in doesn't have a customised Lex plate, like all of Lex's other vehicles. It just has a generic plate.

    • When Lucas is taking the tape from around Lex's wrists he forgets to take them off his ankles, which we saw from a previous shot. But, Lex gets up and walks away normally, without his legs bound in any way

    • When Clark tells his parents about his date with Lana, the line "... with Lana" is added later. Clark doesn't say anything and it sounds different as well, like a voice over. Plus, isn't it odd Martha and Jonathan don't ever mention a name about who he is dating, especilly after his history with Lana?

    • In the scene where Lucas throws the eight-ball after Lionel it is interesting that he just picks it up without stretching himself, as the ball is on the other side af the pool table.

    • In the opening scene, Lana seems quite happy to see Clark and greets him warmly. Except, of course, that she was so mad she could barely look at him at the end of the previous episode. Judging from the clearly still-fresh rose in her garbage can, not much time could have passed. So what's up with Lana's extreme mood swing?

    • If Lex and Lucas are really working together as is revealed at the end of the episode, why was it necessary for Lucas to pistolwhip Jonathan? For that matter, why is it necessary for Lucas to be pretending to abduct Lex? Why can't they just go together peaceably? (editor's note: maybe they cut the deal after Lucas knocked out Jonathan? Some also thought that there was no deal and Lex just adapted quickly to the revelation Lucas had blanks in the gun.)

    • Not really a goof but poor use of sound. In the scene where Lana lets Clark go from the Talon, the lyrics start with a few seconds left in the scene. Then the cut to the next scene happens not only in the middle of a word, let alone in the middle of a line.

    • Thanks to the cruddy sense of seasonal timing on this show, it's difficult to tell if Lionel witnessed Clark's superpowers in "Insurgence" a few episodes (and real-life weeks) ago. "Insurgence" and "Suspect" seem to have occurred within a day of each other, and "Prodigal" takes place the day after the preceeding "Rush". It's hard to tell if "a few weeks" passed between "Suspect" and "Prodigal."

    • Lionel says that Lucas just turned eighteen. So why did Rachel think that Clark was Lucas in "Lineage"? Isn't Clark supposed to be sixteen or so? (editor's note: there were some discrepancies in "Legacy" with the age thing as well as the hair color, too, but Rachel didn't seem to be the sanest person in the world either...)

    • It seems difficult to believe that Lex doesn't have a single bank account not affiliated with LexCorp, or that he doesn't have enough cash on him to get a hotel room considering the car he arrived in.

    • Apparently Lucas doesn't believe in castle security either - Lex strolls right in despite the fact Lucas and Lionel pretty definitely made him persona non grata there. Later Clark comes in, surprising Lionel.

  • QUOTES (17)

  • NOTES (5)

    • Deleted Scene: Lex brings Lucas to the mansion for the first time and informs him on the whereabouts of his birth mother (from "Lineage").

    • Music: "Burn Baby Burn" by Ash, "Home Sweet Alabama" by Lizzie, "Like A Dream" by Morphic Field ,"China" by Mystica, "Gentle Healing" by Sounds From the Ground, "Don't Tempt Me" by The Contes, and "Fight Test" by The Flaming Lips.

    • The WB in Dallas spotlight the series again after this episode was aired. It featured clips from the previous two epiosdes and more on Clark & Lana's relationship.

    • After much speculation, it is finally revealed that Lionel has been faking blindness.

    • Edge City (mentioned in "Stray") gets another reference here.


    • Lex: Come on, Dad. This is exactly what you wanted. You pitted us against each other and we played into your Cain and Abel fantasy just like you knew we would.
      in the Bible in Genesis 4:1 through Genesis 4:16, Cain and Abel were the first two sons of Adam and Eve. Cain and Abel both made offerings to God, and where Abel gave the best of what he had, Cain only offered up a meager portion. When God rejected Cain's offering, he killed his younger brother out of jealousy.

    • Lionel: Where do you think you are - Walton Mountain?
      Alluding to the popular TV series about a Depression-era Virginia family that ran nine years on CBS, spawned six TV movies/sequels, and is a part of the American TV viewers' consciousness, representing good clean wholesome values and family caring and loyalty. The latter (and the lack thereof) is what Lionel is alluding to in his own household.

    • Title
      The title of this episode refers, presumably, to the biblical story of the Prodigal Son. This parable relates the tale of a young man who leaves his father's home and then squanders his inheritance. Destitute and alone, he eventually returns home to beg for forgiveness, and his father rejoices and welcomes him back with a great feast. The story represents redemption and God's forgiveness. Contrary to popular usage (and that implied here), the word "prodigal" means overly extravagant or wasteful, particularly with regards to money. Outside of the story of the Prodigal Son, "prodigal" has absolutely nothing to do with leaving, returning, or forgiveness.