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Smallville: Abandoned

A figure from Tess' past returns to haunt her, and she and Clark investigate a mysterious orphanage that hides a deadly secret. Meanwhile, Lois receives a tape made by her mother, Ella Lane, and after watching it decides to try reconciling Clark and his father.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 10x8
Production Number: 3X6008
Airdate: Friday November 12th, 2010

Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Jul 26, 2011

Special Guest Stars
Julian SandsJulian Sands
As Jor-El
Helen SlaterHelen Slater
As Lara
Teri HatcherTeri Hatcher
As Ella Lane (Special Appearance by)

Guest Stars
Christine WillesChristine Willes
As Granny Goodness
Michael DaingerfieldMichael Daingerfield
As Gordon Godfrey
Steve ByersSteve Byers
As Desaad

Co-Guest Stars
Lindsay HartleyLindsay Hartley
As Harriet
Leigh BourqueLeigh Bourque
As Young Tess Mercer
Main Cast
Tom WellingTom Welling
As Clark Kent / Kal-El
Erica DuranceErica Durance
As Lois Lane
Cassidy FreemanCassidy Freeman
As Tess Mercer


Tess dreams of her childhood, when she was a young girl at an orphanage, listening to her music box at night in the ward where she's locked in. Once she is sure her guards have left, Young Tess removes a makeshift key from a floor panel where it's hidden and opens the door. She runs to the front door but discovers it's locked. She finally takes refuge in a cupboard, but a woman pulls her out and drags her away, leaving the music box behind...

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Episode Quotes
Clark: Does St. Louise's mean anything to you?
Tess: This might come as a surprise to you, Clark, but I've never really identified with any saints.

Ella Lane: Play the tapes. Think of me. Because losing a parent, it can create a hole in a person's heart. Someday you're going to meet someone special. Knowing you, I'm guessing tall, dark, and handsome. And you can't commit to that person fully if you think there's a love that you're missing from some old memory. Like me. You can't let someone leaving you stop your future with someone else. The thing about being a parent is... it doesn't end. Not with age, not with death. I will always be your mother, Lois. And I will always love you.

Clark: I'm here to help you.
Harriet: No one here needs saving... except you.

Granny Goodness: I lost your broken soul once. Trust me, I'm not going to let you go again. I have plans for you, Tess. You will be my most valuable soldier in the coming war. Whether you want to be... or not.

Granny Goodness: Don't fret, my child. I'm here to ease your pain.
Clark: I have no pain.
Granny Goodness: Oh, but you do. You are an abandoned soul. It's not your fault your parents didn't want you. Let me help push all that anger away.
Clark: No.
Granny Goodness: It's tempting though, isn't it?
Clark: No. Challenges are what makes us who we are. The people that I've lost, the things that I've learned. I wouldn't be the same without them.
Granny Goodness: We've all had moments that we regret, and people who let us down. I can take that all away. You just ask any of my girls. I'm the most compassionate one of all.

Lara: My son, I've only had the joy of knowing you a few weeks. I wish I could be with you always to guide you and protect you.
Jor-El: We don't have much time.
Lara: My dearest Kal-El, our love will always be with you. I can already see you carry within you your father's independent spirit.
Jor-El: But more importantly, your mother's never-ending bravery. And her compassion of heart.
Lara: Your father tells me the new world you're journeying to, Earth, is full of complicated beings capable of great emotion. My wish is for you to live a full and wonderful life, but I need you to know you were born of a great love. And your brilliant father has devised a way for you to carry on without us.
Jor-El: The ship I designed to carry you to your destiny can only hold one Kryptonian. One who has so much potential. So unlike your father. Your mother and I cannot come with you. To do so would be to burden your innocent soul with our frailties and failures. But you have within you the best of both of us. And I'm sending with you all of my knowledge, and none of my ego or regrets. They will die with me here on Krypton. Whatever trials I put you through, I will never lose faith in you.
Lara: Quickly, before it's too late. We may not be able to save our planet.
Jor-El: We are confident you will become Earth's greatest savior. And never doubt that just as you are a part of us, we will always be a part of you. Farewell, my son.
Lara: Farewell.

Gordon Godfrey: So I do have a higher purpose.
Desaad: Yes, Godfrey. Your golden voice is broadcast around the world.
Granny Goodness: Not impressed. And you, I see you're enjoying your clubs. They seem more popular than ever.
Desaad: Our unholy trinity is complete. I bind their bodies, Godfrey breaks their spirit, and you, my beloved friend, you clear their minds, preparing the way for Lord Darkseid.

Lois: Clark Kent and karaoke. Isn't that one of the signs of the Apocalypse?

Episode Goofs
When a photo of Ella Lane was shown in the Season 4 episode "Gone," she was a blonde and looked nothing like Teri Hatcher.

Cultural References
Lois: I'm Watson to his Holmes.

The fictional John H. Watson is a retired Army surgeon, and the partner of British consulting detective Sherlock Holmes.

Lois: Cher to his Sonny.

Sonny Bono and Cher are famous singing couple, who produced several hit songs and starred in two 70s variety series showcasing their talents.

Lois: Just like you're Scooby to his Shaggy.

Scooby Doo and Shaggy (dog and human, respectively) are the popular animated duo who starred in the Hanna-Barbera cartoons involving Scooby and the Scooby Gang. The other members are Fred, Velma, and Daphne, but Scobby and Shaggy typically end up partnered together.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperAlfred Gough  |  Miles Millar
Executive ProducerTom Welling  |  Mike Tollin  |  Brian Robbins  |  Joe Davola  |  Kelly Souders  |  Brian Peterson (1)  |  James Marshall (3)
Co-Executive ProducerAl Septien  |  Tim Scanlan  |  Jae Marchant  |  Turi Meyer
Supervising ProducerAnne Cofell  |  Jordan Hawley  |  Rob Maier (1)
ProducerDon Whitehead  |  Holly Henderson  |  Tom Flores
Co-ProducerScott Graham (3)
Associate ProducerCristina Verano  |  Christopher Petry
Production DesignerJames Philpott
EditorRon Spang
CastingDeedee Bradley  |  Coreen Mayrs  |  Heike Brandstatter
First Assistant DirectorMorgan Beggs
Second Assistant DirectorSean Osmack
MusicLouis Febre
Music EditorChris McGeary
Costume DesignerMelanie Williams
Set DecoratorAndrea French
Transportation CoordinatorJim Eaton
Property MasterAleya Naiman
Construction CoordinatorTom Hunt (2)
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerDan Hiland  |  Gary D. Rogers
OtherJoe Shuster (Superman Created By)  |  Jerry Siegel (Superman Created By)
Director of PhotographyGlen Winter
Story EditorJulia Swift (2)  |  Andrew Landis  |  Genevieve Sparling
Stunt CoordinatorJacob Rupp
Post Production CoordinatorJessica Newman
Production ManagerScott Graham (3)
Sound MixerRob Hanchar
Executive Story EditorBryan Q. Miller
Key Makeup ArtistTina Teoli
Main Title ThemeRemy Zero
Key HairstylistSarah Koppes
Special Effects SupervisorMike Walls
Created ByJack Kirby
Assistant Set DecoratorSandra Smolski
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