Smallville

Season 5 Episode 22

Vessel

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 11, 2006 on The CW
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Professor Fine has unleashed a virus that will kill millions. Clark must put a stop to him, while Lex wonders what will happen when he tells Lana his latest secret.

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Terence Stamp

Terence Stamp

Voice of Jor-El

Recurring Role

James Marsters

James Marsters

Professor Milton Fine

Recurring Role

Bud the Dog

Bud the Dog

Shelby

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  • TRIVIA (13)

    • When Lex was teleported to the Black Ship why was it so important for Fine to bring him to the field? He could just teleport him at any suitable moment from any place including inside the mansion.

    • According to Al Gough, Fine's abduction of Lex is intentional so that Clark becomes involved, gets the dagger from Jor-El, etc. But then why does Fine use Lana as his only witness, leave a black Zod mark, etc.? He knows that she isn't involved with Clark and is trying to avoid him. There are a hundred ways he could "leak" the info to Clark - why involve Lana who is probably the last person to talk to Clark about it?

    • When Clark sees the Phantom Zone ring, why doesn't he run or something instead of just looking at Zod?

    • When Clark hits and knocks Fine down in the Luthor mansion, Fine can be seen and heard breathing heavily. Since he is a machine he should not need to pant.

    • Where's the driver of the car that comes through the Daily Planet window? Or the people who pushed it through? Shouldn't they be around to notice Clark catching it?

    • Given the tendency for dangerous things to fall out of the sky and hit Smallville, why is Clark so unconcerned when the big black shadow goes over the Kent farm? He just kind of shrugs and goes back to his chores.

    • This is the first time we see horses in the Kent barn (at the beginning). in the past it's been a plot point that the Kents don't have horses.

    • Lex throws Lionel approximately 80-90 yards into a limo windshield in half a second. This adds up to about 350-400 miles per hour. Lionel hits the windshield face-first. Not only is Lionel not killed, but he seems to have minimal injuries and is in good enough shape to pull Chloe bodily into his limo at the end.

    • How did Lionel manage to get to the hospital? Lex abandons him and Lionel appears in no condition to drive.

    • If Fine wants Martha and Lois dead, why doesn't he just stab them through the heart, cut their throats, whatever, with his finger-knives? Instead he just veeerrrryyy slowly deprives them of oxygen.

    • Why does Jor-El give Clark a knife that can be used to open the portal? Not only does he give Clark such a weapon, but he doesn't even warn Clark that the knife can be used to create a link to the vessel if Clark uses it on Fine. Worse, Fine apparently knows that the knife used on him will create the link, as he goads Clark into throwing it at him. So how does Fine know this but Jor-El, the person who created the knife, doesn't?

    • Lana sees Lex disappear. So she drives three hours to Metropolis to tell Chloe instead of making a phone call. Then, Chloe drives three hours from Metropolis to Smallville (in the middle of the working day) to tell Clark. Then after visiting the Fortress, Clark goes to the Daily Planet where Chloe is back there after another three hour drive. Plus during Chloe's six hours of driving, where was Lana during all this time? She apparently waited for Chloe in Metropolis for six hours just to come in when Clark talks about killing Lex.

    • Last week's episode took place on or around May 4. This episode, which is happening days later, would be toward the middle of May. However, in all of the scenes shot outside as Lex and Lana run through the trees and into the open field, there are no leaves on any of the trees and both of them are wearing light coats. If it is springtime in Kansas, there should be new growth everywhere.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Lana: Lex. You know, part of me thought this was another one of your tests. You've been abandoned and betrayed so many times, how could you know that I wouldn't be next? Well, I'm not. I'm here. In spite of everything that's happening out there, I'm here. I don't know what it is you and I have, but I'm here because I wanna find out. Do you? (Zod in Lex's body begins kissing Lana)

    • Lionel: He wasn't raised like you, Clark. I taught him to survive at any cost, to be completely ruthless.
      Clark: Maybe that's what'll save him. There's still a part of Lex that can fight this.
      Lionel: You see that in him because you want to. There's always been a dark force at work inside him.

    • Lionel: (noticing the Kryptonian dagger) You know, Clark, in certain cultures, when a father presents his son with a knife, it represents a rite of passage.

    • Jor-El: Hello, my son.
      Clark: I had no other choice but to come here.
      Jor-El: I know you are still angered by the loss of Jonathan Kent.
      Clark: He was my father.
      Jor-El: I am your father. Pain is part of life, Kal-El. But you cannot let it blind you.

    • Clark: I don't feel like I've made any of the right choices. I've been so angry with Jor-El, I didn't listen to his warnings.
      Chloe: It seems every time you turn to Jor-El, something bad happens.

    • Martha: It's a national education summit. There will be over 3,000 people there. I'll be wearing my inexperience like a badge.
      Lionel: Well, experience is often overrated, especially in Washington. You... You've got integrity, Martha. It's one of the rare qualities you possess.

    • Lois: (on the phone with the airline company) People have been buying airline tickets long before computers. So glitch or no glitch, there has to be some record of us being on this flight. Can I talk to your supervisor? Actually, let me talk to your supervisor's supervisor.

    • Chloe: Okay, I've heard of fathers demanding a lot of their sons, but asking you to commit a murder? That goes way beyond domineering dad.

    • Lex: Ever since that day on the bridge, you've always seen yourself as my savior--the one thing that would pull me off the dark path I'd started. See, that's why you cling to the idea that there's still some good in me. You don't want to face the fact that you might have failed.
      Clark: Or maybe I just can't believe that someone would have so little willpower.
      Lex: It's a little hard to compete with the iron willpower it takes to kill one of your best friends.

    • Clark: If you thought this friendship was so doomed from the beginning, then why did you fight so hard to keep it?
      Lex: Because I wanted everything you had--the family, the inconspicuous life, the loyal girlfriend. Well at least I walked away with the part you love the most.

    • Lex: You tried to warn me about Fine but I didn't listen.
      Lionel: You never have. No matter what I've given you, the things you've always wanted were beyond your grasp. This time you've overreached yourself.
      Lex: Did you come out here to lecture me or to help me?
      Lionel: It's too late to do either, isn't it? You made a deal with the devil. He always comes to collect.

    • Lionel: Clark, the real test of a hero is knowing when the greater good will be served by an evil act. To save the Earth, the cost of one life is the price that must be paid.

    • Clark: All Jor-El told me was that Zod's spirit would possess a human being
      Chloe: And this is the same Zod whose hobbies include mass destruction and world domination.

    • Chloe: (to Lana) Hey. I was beginning to think I was living with a ghost. Not that it would be the first time.

    • Chloe: The entire city is shutting down. I mean, it's like Y2K on acid.

    • Lex/Zod : You have your father's eyes. Hello, Kal-El.
      Clark: Where's Lex?
      Lex/Zod : Lex is dead.
      Clark: Why are you here?
      Lex/Zod : For the same reason as anyone who'd been imprisoned like a beast--revenge.

  • NOTES (9)

    • Jor-El calls Professor Milton Fine a Brain InterActive Construct, or "BrainIAC." Brainiac is the name of Professor Milton's Fine alter ego in the Superman comics.

    • Deleted Scene: Lois' computer is malfuntioning while she and Martha are preparing for their flight to DC. Martha thanks Lois for her help, with Lois mention that she enjoys having a motherly figure in her life. Though she states that she could do without her surrogate step brother (Clark). Shortly after, the computer functions again, only to state that their flight is delayed. Meanwhile, Lex is being prepared by Brainiac to become Zod's Vessel.

    • The Phantom Zone crystal which imprisoned Clark was also featured in the Superman and Supergirl movies.

    • Al Gough revealed in an interview for TV Guide that in "Solitude" when Clark impaled Fine on the Fortress console, Fine infected the console. Fine modified the dagger within the console to make a portal out of the dagger. This was cut from the episode.

    • When Clark was floating away in the Phantom Zone at the end of the episode bits of the Krypton and Superman themes (slightly modified) from the Superman Christopher Reeve movies.

    • In the commercials for this episode, there was a clip featuring what looked like Lex emerging naked from a cocoon of some type. This scene must have been cut from the episode for some reason. It is included on the Smallville Season 5 DVD's Cut Scenes extra.

    • When you see "New York," it's actually the producers using footage of Paris during the suburb riots in November 2005.

    • Although credited (presumably for the last time), John Schneider does not appear in this episode.

    • Terence Stamp and James Marsters are billed as Special Guest Stars.

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