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Lois investigates a hidden lab where Tess' scientists are conducting experiments with red kryptonite. She inadvertently starts an explosion, and when Clark later investigates, he becomes infected. His worse self is unleashed and he joins forces with Zod against the humans, forcing Tess and Chloe to team up to stop them both.


Episode Info


Episode number: 9x17
Production Number: 3X5268
Airdate: Friday April 16th, 2010


Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Sep 14, 2010

  • Currently 8.4/10
8.4/10 (18 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Brian Austin GreenBrian Austin Green
As John Corben
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Dean RedmanDean Redman
As Lab Security Guard
Recurring
Paul JarrettPaul Jarrett
As Scientist
Alex Stevens (2)Alex Stevens (2)
As Female Agent on Bus
Guy ChristieGuy Christie
As Male Agent on Bus
Main Cast
Tom WellingTom Welling
As Clark Kent / Kal-El
Erica DuranceErica Durance
As Lois Lane
Cassidy FreemanCassidy Freeman
As Tess Mercer
Allison MackAllison Mack
As Chloe Sullivan
Callum BlueCallum Blue
As Major Zod

Recap

At Tess' secret laboratory, a scientist perfects a cybernetic self-sustaining heart powered by red kryptonite. They take it to their test subject, unaware that Lois has infiltrated the lab and is recording her activities. A security guard spots her and realizes she has a fake badge. Lois tries to bluff her way past but the head scientist tells the guard to call the boss and get rid of Lois. As they struggle, the scientist realizes their test subject has escaped. Meanwhile, Lois knocks the guard into a tank of flammable gas. As she runs, the gas ignites, blasting her down an elevator shaft. A man catches her: John Corben, his green kryptonite heart glowing...

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Episode Quotes
Chloe: Clark Kent at the keyboard? Have I been downsized in the bureaucratic world of superheroes?

Zod: Religion is science. Not some… mystical questioning of it.

Lois: By the way, this is the least-secret secret lab I've ever been in… twice.

Clark: This is my lucky day to be saved.
John Corben: Kal-El… take it from someone whose been there. We don't always know when we need saving.

Lois: God, do you take lessons in how to do that?
John Corben: Okay. Isn't the appropriate response "Thank God you're still alive. Too bad you're wearing clothes this time."?
Lois: Yes, that's it. The first part.



Other Episode Crew

DeveloperAlfred Gough  |  Miles Millar
Executive ProducerJoe Davola  |  Mike Tollin  |  Brian Robbins  |  Kelly Souders  |  James Marshall (3)  |  Brian Peterson (1)
Co-Executive ProducerTom Welling  |  Tim Scanlan  |  Jae Marchant
Supervising ProducerTuri Meyer  |  Al Septien  |  Jordan Hawley
ProducerAnne Cofell  |  Tom Flores  |  Rob Maier (1)
Co-ProducerDon Whitehead  |  Scott Graham (3)  |  Holly Henderson
Associate ProducerChristopher Petry  |  Cristina Verano
Production DesignerJames Philpott
EditorVikash Patel
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 ManagerMichael Hauka
Construction CoordinatorTom Hunt (2)
Re-Recording MixerDan Hiland  |  Gary D. Rogers
OtherJerry Siegel (Superman Created By)  |  Joe Shuster (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
Camera AssistantPaul Brebner
Key HairstylistSarah Koppes
Special Effects SupervisorMike Walls
Assistant Costume DesignerMelissa Woods
 
Warning: Smallville season 9 episode 17 guide may contain spoilers
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