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Smallville: Kandor

While Clark and Oliver investigate the El insignia burned into the Turkish desert, Jor-El himself arrives at the Kent Farm and talks with Chloe. Meanwhile, Zod partners with Tess to find Jor-El... and Tess' soldiers find Jor-El and bring him to her.

Episode Info
Episode number: 9x7
Production Number: 3X5258
Airdate: Friday November 06th, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Jul 06, 2010

Special Guest Stars
Julian SandsJulian Sands
As Jor-El

Guest Stars
Adrian HolmesAdrian Holmes
As Basquat
Sharon TaylorSharon Taylor
As Faora
Monique GandertonMonique Ganderton
As Alia

Co-Guest Stars
Lee TichonLee Tichon
As Soldier
Ken KramerKen Kramer
As Council Member
Marilyn NorryMarilyn Norry
As Council Member
John TreleavenJohn Treleaven
As Council Member
John Gagne (1)John Gagne (1)
As Council Member
Main Cast
Tom WellingTom Welling
As Clark Kent / Kal-El
Cassidy FreemanCassidy Freeman
As Tess Mercer
Justin HartleyJustin Hartley
As Oliver Queen
Allison MackAllison Mack
As Chloe Sullivan
Callum BlueCallum Blue
As Major Zod


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...

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Episode Quotes
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.

(about Jor-El)
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.

Cultural References
Chloe: Yeah, I'm not surprised, Clark. You've had feelings for Lois since, like, the 1930s!

A nod to when Superman and Lois first met, in 1938.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperAlfred Gough  |  Miles Millar
Executive ProducerJoe Davola  |  Mike Tollin  |  Brian Robbins  |  Brian Peterson (1)  |  James Marshall (3)  |  Kelly Souders
Co-Executive ProducerTom Welling  |  Jae Marchant  |  Tim Scanlan
Supervising ProducerAl Septien  |  Jordan Hawley  |  Turi Meyer
ProducerAnne Cofell  |  Rob Maier (1)
Co-ProducerHolly Henderson  |  Scott Graham (3)  |  Don Whitehead  |  Tom Flores
Associate ProducerChristopher Petry  |  Cristina Verano
Production DesignerJames Philpott
EditorAndi Armaganian
CastingDeedee Bradley  |  Coreen Mayrs  |  Heike Brandstatter
First Assistant DirectorMairzee Almas
Second Assistant DirectorSteve Eathorne
MusicLouis Febre
Music EditorChris McGeary
Costume DesignerMelanie Williams
Set DecoratorAndrea French
Location ManagerDavid Halifax
Property MasterMark Black
Construction CoordinatorTom Hunt (2)
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
OtherJoe Shuster (Superman Created By)  |  Jerry Siegel (Superman Created By)
Director of PhotographyBarry Donlevy
Story EditorBryan Q. Miller
Stunt CoordinatorJacob Rupp
Production ManagerScott Graham (3)
Sound MixerRob Hanchar
Key Makeup ArtistTina Teoli
Main Title ThemeRemy Zero
Key HairstylistSarah Koppes
Special Effects SupervisorMike Walls
Rigging GafferTodd Lapp
Second Unit First Assistant DirectorIan Samoil
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