On the Kandorian border, 20 years before the destruction of Krypton, the forces of Black Zero close in on the city as a medic gives the soldiers tattoos of their family insignia. Major Zod arrives and demands to know why he's wasting time. The medic explains he has everyone's blood except for Zod's. As he takes it, Zod says that they need to win the war and get back to their families. Jor-El arrives to stop the medic, telling him that he's putting an end to the project as part of his personal redemption. Zod orders the medic to obey and then orders his soldiers to head out and defeat Black Zero. As they go, Zod warns Jor-El that the Ruling Council won't back his him, but Jor-El refuses to let his life's work be used as an atrocity. Suddenly Kandor is enveloped in a nuclear holocaust and Zod, Jor-El, and the others can only watch as their city is destroyed. Jor-El warns Zod that there's nothing he can do...Read the full recap
Zod: Jor-El... I'm guessing you're not here to cheer on the troops?
Jor-El: Call it a mission of redemption. I'll need all those blood samples, I can't let this project go on.
Medic: My orders come from the ruling council itself. You have no authority here.
Zod: Medic, when the most renowned scientist in Krypton tells you to stop, you stop! If the ruling council wants my blood, let them find it on the battlefield!
Zod: When we find this traitor, we will force him to give us what's rightfully ours. We will be gods on this planet and Kandor will rise again!
Chloe: If you raced here to see me, it must mean the I Love Lois show was preempted this week.
Clark: Come on, you know I always speed over when you call. Although I may be responsible for your cousin vanishing from prime time.
Chloe: I was wondering why she skipped town without saying goodbye. What's up?
Clark: I, uh... I kissed her.
Chloe: Oh, yeah, that would definitely send her packing! I mean, no offense to you, Clark, it's just Lois' typical response to intimacy is usually to blow outta town.
Clark: I just don't know what happened, I went over to talk to her and the next thing I know, I couldn't stop myself.
Chloe: Yeah, I'm not surprised, Clark. You've had feelings for Lois since, like, the 1930s!
Oliver: You know, Clark, if you wanna bury me in the desert for going on that date with Lois... you could've at least taken me to Nevada.
Clark: Oliver, let's not...
Oliver: I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm still gonna put up a fight. But maybe we could've hit the Strip before the main event, you know what I mean? Maybe a little Blue Man Group... maybe a little Carrot Top. You know what I'm getting you next year for Christmas is a sense of humor.
Jor-El: I, Zod, am in your debt.
Zod: Never forget that.
Tess: I don't expect you to believe me, but I had to take drastic measures to protect you, and Kal-El.
Jor-El: How can you protect anyone when your only concern is yourself?
Tess: Well, your Kryptonian instincts must be on the fritz, because I am not the enemy here.
Zod: This is my favorite discovery on your little planet. The wine cup is the little silver well where truth, if truth there be, doth dwell.
Tess: See, now I'm impressed. You've read your Shakespeare.
Zod: He's amusing, but I find the pleasure I get from wine much more satisfying. Every sip reveals a new riddle, a new truth. Just like you, Tess. Every time we're together, I discover something new. I can't wait to see what my next sip reveals.
Tess: The bitter truth, that I'm not interested. We're keeping this partnership strictly professional.
Zod: The lady doth protest too much.
Tess: Whether she doth or not, I can guarantee she won't be revealing anymore... tonight.
Tess: Clark... I have waited so long for you to admit your true Kryptonian heritage. I always hoped you'd tell me because you trusted me. But I'll take what I can get.
Clark: I'll never be able to live up to everything he accomplished.
Oliver: I don't think anyone wears that super-shield quite like you.