Season 6 Episode 16


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 15, 2007 on The CW
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Clark has second thoughts about Lana marrying Lex, and Lana has the same concerns. Meanwhile, the doctor involved in the secret behind Lana's pregnancy threatens Lex with his knowledge.

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  • The end of things, the beginning of things. The end of Clark and Lana, the beginning of Lex and Lana. Inventive and progressive flash-backs and flash-forwards add to the suspense.

    As the church is being decorated for their wedding, Lana and Lex and Dr. Langston are at the physician's office, watching a sonogram of their baby. It's the end of things, and the beginning of things. No words are spoken in these scenes, only wistful music for what might have been, as Clark gazes at a photo of him and Lana, then flings it into the night from the barn.

    Another celestial gaffe is seen briefly; the Kent farm, seen from the southwest, now has the crescent moon in the northern sky - that never happens in the northern hemisphere, at least not on this planet. Still need an astronomical advisor for the show.

    Suddenly, at the chuch altar, at the wedding, Lex is murdered by the hand of Clark; Lana grabs the stiletto and stabs herself. Clark awakens from his nightmare.

    Chloe calls Clark from the Luthor mansion, locked in the wine cellar. Never too busy to help Chloe, he's there in a moment, and yanks the door right off the hinges, then has to heat-weld it back on. Chloe steps out of her usual role and berates Clark for not stepping in and saving Lana from marrying a monster and trapping herself in a loveless marriage. Letting go of Lana was the hardest thing he ever had to do, he tells her. Are we going to re-think this whole Clark-Lana thing again? It's getting pretty late in the game.

    Time is passing...Martha returns home and Clark's first question is how she knew Jonathan was the One, but she says "nothing was that simple." He's rethinking his protection of Lana and all his doubts. Her experience argues in favor of Clark intervening in the wedding. Should he do it?

    He appears at the mansion, surprising Lana, "I can't let you go through with this." He intends to tell her his secret, but she quashes that, tells Clark she's not marrying Lex and promising to meet him at the barn later. In the most bizarre scene of the episode, Lex is in a home theatre, watching a sonogram of the baby on a huge screen - it turns....into a monster - Lex awakes from this nightmare, back to wedding morning. Whatever you do Lex, the truth will be shown to you in your dreams. But he supresses all this, and greets Lana as if everythig is as planned. She leaves to tie up loose ends with Chloe, "See you at the church."

    "Busy day at the office?" Lionel asks Lex, who has come to Luthorcorp on that day. Lex wonders if Lana wiil some day see him for what he is? He's wondering what he will do if Lana skips out on the wedding...and Lionel begins to see that Lex might become unmanageable if he's jilted. Lex will do ANYTHING to keep Lana - Lionel promises him that she will be there, and overhears Lex get a call about some emergency.

    Wedding afternoon, 4:43 pm. At the church, Lex meets Dr. Langston in the cellar, with set decoration looking like a 14th-century gothic cathedral, and a crypt including unnecessary fog drifting on the floor. Langston mentions "the truth, about her condition," meaning the pregnancy. It's a threat, he demands$2 million or he'll tell Lana. Lex won't give in to blackmail and beats Dr. Langston senseless, then strikes his head, falling dead on the floor. Lex hides the body in a crypt.

    Chloe comes to him soon after, concern on her face, reporting that Lana is not at the church, and no one knows where she is. Flashing back to the morning, Lana, too, is having dreams, of one of Clark's many rescues of her - in the tornado, in her car. She arises to look at news clippings of that rescue (rather poorly written and not in real news style). And the morning scene with Lex is repeated. But this time we see she has made a decision. Then Aunt Nell comes, and seeing something is wrong, questions Lana. Lana wonders "Is it really wrong to bend the rules (to get the truth) just once?" Nell advises not going to the altar with anything unresolved. Wedding day 10:55 am. Lana is distracted, not even noticing Chloes "naked male jello wrestling" phrase, testing Lana's attention. Something is wrong, but deflecting that, Lana sends Chloe to the wine cellar for a gift she's hidden. As this scene is repeated, Chloe finds it, but now we see Lana closing the door and locking it - it's a trap - for whom? And now come the calls, but Lana won't answer, as she hides in the cellar, so Chloe calls Clark as we saw earlier. Now we see the scene from another angle, and Lana sees Clark rip the door off, and re-weld it...Lana knows! And she overhears the entire conversation between Chloe and Clark, man of steel, and sees his super-speed departure.

    We return to the scene where Lana writes the goodbye note to Lex, and her confession of love to Clark. The editors use flashback repeats very effectively, each one revealing more about how things came to be. And this time, just as Clark leaves, Lionel enters, spotting her note, "Dear Lex, I'm so sorry, but I can't go through with this..." "This will destroy Lex," he says. And he guesses that Lana has learned Clark's secret - but here the writers should have shown Lana even more shocked to realize that Lionel knew also. Lionel tells her that Clark has a weakness, he knows what it is, and tells her if she does not honor the promise she made to Lex, "I will kill Clark Kent." Lionel seems the epitome of evil, but wait - he knows what Lex could loose on the world if Lana rejected him, and that Clark would survive her loss without such a threat to humanity. It's a tradeoff - Lionel would never harm Clark. He leaves, and Lana must re-think her life and the fate of Lex and Clark once again. She is horribly trapped.

    Lex and Chloe enter the church, marvelously decorated, all the extras well-dressed, dramatic lighting and floral arrangements. The pastor reassures Lex about Lana's lateness.

    Clark is practicing a marriage proposal to Lana, but Bud the dog is confused. He awaits Lana at the barn. Lex awaits Lana at the altar. What is her decision? She enters the church, a beautiful bride, in a scene of superb photography. Clark realizes something is wrong - he speeds to the church. As Lex and Lana exchange vows, Clark, at the back of the sanctuary, seeing his life changing, crushed by the loss of his first love. Lana sees Clark, a tear falls from her eye, as she says, "I do." This is her ultimate act of protecting Clark. And this is done by one fine acting and directing crew.

    Lex is happy, but not quite sensitive enough to see that Lana is in distress, trying to disguise her agony and regrets. Clark comes, hoping for understanding, as she forces out the words, "I want to be with Lex." He doesn't accept her words, he offers to tell her his secret, but she leaves with the words, "I love Lex."

    Lionel sees Lex at the church, surprising us and Lex with a vicous slap to his face - berating him for forcing Lionel to come to his rescue on his wedding day, "You are pathetic." Lionel has discovered the body of Dr. Langston (how?), telling Lex that his death might result in someone learning the truth about Lana's pregnancy. Lex gives in, offering Lionel anything he wants, as Lana enters. They all have huge secrets from each other, yet they continue going through the motions of their lives, trapped in deception and protection of others.

    As Lana and Lex leave the church in a black Bentley, license "LL," Lana turns for one last look at Clark, and the perfectly-timed refrain of "Heavenly Day," ends, as does this day.

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  • Wedding Haze

    Promise-Clark has second thoughts about Lana marrying Lex, and Lana has the same concerns. Meanwhile, the doctor involved in the secret behind Lana's pregnancy threatens Lex with his knowledge.

    Okay, so the Clark-Lex-Lana triangle has been more of an annoyance than a privilege to watch this season, but "Promise" is such a well crafted episode is hard to not find this hour of television moving, even stunning. "Promise" isn't like any other episode that Smallville has ever done and it's a truly refreshing change from the usual way Smallville episodes are paced. The episode is split into 3 perspectives: Clark, Lana and Lex, who all 3 go through much inner struggle throughout this hour as Lex and Lana prepare to get married. There are also wedding invitations during the episode to show the time lapse that each character is in and does a beautiful job of connecting the events of the episode until it's overwhelming conclusion.

    First, there's Clark's perspectiove of Lex and Lane's wedding day. The dream sequence of Clark killing Lex at the wedding only for Lana to kill him in return is well done. Tom Welling does a fine job throughout as Clark is confused about what do as his about to lose the woman his loved his whole life. I loved how Chloe pushes Clark to go after Lana and that Lana will be destoryed if she marries Lex. Then there's the scene of Martha giving Clark some advice about going after the one you love like how she went afetr Jonathan when she fell in love with him. My only problem with that scene is that Martha has been convincing Clark to leave Lana alone for past episodes now she practically tells Clark to steal Lana away from Lex? Anyway, Clark going to Lana to declare his love was well acted by both actors and one of the few touching Clana moments.

    Next, we have Lex's perspective of his wedding day. Lex's dream sequence has to be one of the scariest scenes Smallville has ever done. It's starts out with Lex watching a big screen version of Lana's sonogram in a large dark room by himself. Suddenly, the unborn baby turns into a freakish creature and Lex wakes up. A fine directing job by Rick Rosenthal! The best part about Lex's storyline is how he kills Dr. Langston, Lana's pregnancy doctor. It's a sick and twisted scene as Lex beats him to death and puts his body is a coffin under the church where his about to marry. Micheal Rosenbaum is exceptional throughout and the scene of Lex washing the blood off his clothes shows how dark the character continues to become. Also, Lex's scene with Lionel was powerful as father and son butt heads once again on his wedding day. The way Lionel said he had to clean up Lex's mess and slapped him was flawless acting by John Glover once again.

    Lastly, there's Lana's perspective of her wedding day. Lana's dream sequence is the weakest of the bunch but it's nice how the writers brought back the day Clark saved Lana from the twister back in "Vortex". Kristin Kruek gives an impressive performance as Lana still struggles through her decision to marry Lex. I loved her scene with her Aunt Nell, who returns after her depature after Season 2. It's a beautiful scene between both women as they take about the sacrifices and decisions they've faced in their lives. The most significant aspect of Lana's storyline is that she finds out Clark's secret. Finally, after 6 years of back and forth complaining and confusion, Lana gets what she's wanted from Clark for so long. But an unforseen twist is Lionel's contfrontation with Lana before she marries Lex. It's glad to see Lionel's old evil self again yet him blackmailing Lana about killing Clark if she doesn't marry Lex comes out of now. The mystery behind Lionel's intentions isn't revealed in this episode but it leaves a lot to be answered for in future episodes. The end of the episode is one of the saddest moments of Smallville as Clark loses Lana for good. Just the way both characters look at each other for one last time as they are world apart is slighty heartbreaking. "Promise" is one of Smallville's most creative episodes and it pays off at the end creating more promising storylines for the rest of the season.moreless
  • Lana reluctantly marries Lex to protect Clark

    I was literally in tears when I watched this episode. I was so happy that finally Lana found out Clark's secret and Clark and Lana finally were going to be together and Lana will escape Lex's evil doings. Then here comes Lionel and now we see that he hasn't changed a bit. Pretending to be Clark's buddy when really and truly he wanted to exploit him. A tear fell from my eyes when Clark sadly watched Lana marry Lex. What was even sadder was that Lana lied to Clark saying that she loves Lex and wants to be with him. All the times Clark protected Lana, Lana returned the favor by protecting Clark for a change. Hope the truth comes out and the producers don't drag this storyline to the dust.moreless
  • Sacrifice were made and Tears were shed. Lex showing his true colours murders someone in the very church he's getting married in, Lionel being an ass screws everything up, Clark decides to finally tell the truth, and Lana saves Clark...and marries...LEX!?moreless

    This is my favorite episode! As much as we all love Clark and Lana, I thought I was a great episode! Always being the one saved, lana finally decides to saves clark!(her heart was in th right place, though she didn't have to, it shows character). My eyes watered when Lana said I do, and tears welled up when clark shows up. The final look Lana and Clark shared, did it, it broke my heart and sent tears streaming down. Sure I would of loved her to have eloped with Clark, and thats how it ended, but somehow making it sadder was worked, showing how strong thier love really was! It was beautiful! but I guess we all know that it was never meant to be. Even now that they are together, we know that it's not meant to last, because it's not lana, it's lois and clark. :'(moreless
  • Great Episode

    Lana begins having second thoughts about her marriage to Lex, and finally decides to find out the truth about Clark. After learning the truth, by way of deception, Lana promises Clark that she isn't going to marry Lex. Lionel realizes what is going on and forces Lana to walk down the aisle. Clark, unaware that Lana knows the truth, is stunned when she marries Lex. The episode is told from three perspectives, Lana's, Clark's, and Lex's. In Lex's thread, his secret crimes against Lana come to a head when the good doctor shows up to sell his silence. Lex isn't buying, and instead accidentally kills the doc.moreless
Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk

Lana Lang

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

John Glover

John Glover

Lionel Luthor

Annette O'Toole

Annette O'Toole

Martha Clark Kent

Fred Henderson

Fred Henderson

Dr. Langston

Guest Star

Keith Martin Gordey

Keith Martin Gordey


Guest Star

Sarah-Jane Redmond

Sarah-Jane Redmond

Aunt Nell

Recurring Role

Bud the Dog

Bud the Dog

Shelby the Dog (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • Trivia: The phone Lana uses is a Samsung MM-A-920.

    • As Lana is talking to Clark in the Luthor mansion, the camera cuts between them. At one point, the background behind Lana changes from the dark wooden wall to the bright stained-glass window, without any change of position by Lana herself.

    • When Lex kills Dr. Langston in the church crypt, blood is spilled from the doctor's head and onto the ground. When Lex puts the corpse in the tomb, there is no blood on the ground anymore.

    • The "Local Girl Survives Tornado" article that Lana looks at is completely and totally wrong. Lana was on her way home after dropping Whitney off at the bus station, while everyone else was at prom, but the article says that she was on the way to a school fund raiser picnic. It then says that people at the picnic hurried to her rescue and took her to the hospital. But in that episode, Clark was the only one who knew where she was and he alone took her to the hospital.

    • The first time Clark sees Lana in this episode and she tells him to meet at the barn, she says "at 5", but the second time in the episode, she says "at 5 o'clock".

    • We see Lana getting strapped into a corset before her wedding. Although she's not noticeably showing that she's pregnant, this still wouldn't be very healthy for the baby.

    • Trivia: The first frame of the episode is a close-up of Lex and Lana's invitations, in which it reads: "The Marriage Ceremony uniting Ms. Lana Lang and Mr. Alexander Luthor".

    • Trivia: In the other episodes, Lex's car usually starts with LEX. In this episode, we see LL as the plate number.

    • Why would there be fog on the floor in the crypt of a church?

    • In the first version of the Chloe/Clark conversation in the cellar, Clark ends it with "If you don't know that, then you don't know me as well as I thought you did." In the second version, the one in which we know Lana is eavesdropping, Clark ends by saying, "If you don't know that, then you don't know me very well."

    • Trivia: The second time that Clark leaves Chloe in the basement as Lana looks on, there is no "whoosh" sound dubbed in. Also, the blur effect isn't added. Clark simply disappears. This is presumably to simulate how Clark normally appears when superspeeding away, as opposed to presenting it from the audience's omniscient point of view.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Lex: And today is the day you hold the most leverage?
      Dr. Langston: Wire two million dollars to this account or Miss Lang will know everything.
      Lex: I don't give into blackmail.
      Dr. Langston: Oh, I think you will. No man sinks as low as you have if he isn't driven by desperation.

    • Aunt Nell: This may be the most important day of your life. What's wrong?
      Lana: It's just... if there was something that you had to put past you to get on with your life, and you tried every way that was fair and honest to do that and nothing worked... is it really wrong to bend the rules just once?

    • Lionel: Congratulations, son
      Lex: Thanks, Dad. And why do I get the feeling that's not all you came to say.
      Lionel: Good to see the euphoria of your wedding day hasn't tempered your cynicism.

    • Lionel: You know Clark's secret, don't you? I've been watching you since you've started seeing my son, and you've been getting closer and closer to finding out the shocking truth about Clark Kent. What a surprise it must have been to realize that Clark has kept up the deception for so long, right under your nose.
      Lana: He was trying to protect me. And he's not going to let you threaten me now.
      Lionel: You think Clark's invincible. Not so. Like every hero, he has an Achilles' heel, a weakness. I know what it is. And I know that it could kill him.
      Lana: No. You could never hurt him.
      Lionel: Would you bet... Clark's life on that? I give you my word, Miss Lang, if you don't honor the promise that you made to my son or I find out that you have told anyone about this conversation, I will kill Clark Kent.

    • Lionel: Do you remember, when you were just a little boy, I'd bring you up here to the office?
      Lex: I used to pretend it was all mine to control, like I could just reach down and move all the cars, as if they were toys... pull all the strings and make people do what I wanted.

    • Clark: I better go.
      Chloe: That's it? You filled in your damsel-in-distress quota for the day, and you're just...gonna walk away?
      Clark: What am I supposed to do?
      Chloe: I guess I always just figured that you'd sweep in and save the day, but you're not gonna do that, are you?
      Clark: If Lana didn't wanna marry Lex, she wouldn't.
      Chloe: Yeah, but Lana's not my hero, Clark -- you are. And this whole idea that you haven't told her who you really are, that you are giving up the one person that you totally love...
      Clark: I'm protecting her.
      Chloe: Good job. She's marrying a monster and trapping herself into a loveless life.
      Clark: Oh, you think this is easy for me?
      Chloe: I think it's easier than getting hurt. Clark, you don't hesitate to run into a burning building or jump in front of a bullet because nothing can penetrate that iron flesh of yours. But the one time saving Lana means putting your heart on the line, the man of steel is nowhere to be found.

    • Clark: (to Chloe) If you want a bottle of wine at 11:00 in the morning, go for a red.

  • NOTES (7)