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Smallville: Luthor

Tess discovers that Lionel left his heir a mirror box. When Clark accidentally activates it, he is transported to a twisted parallel dimension where Clark was raised by Lionel Luthor, who is still alive. Meanwhile, Clark Luthor has been transported to Clark's world, where he plans to escape his dominating father and conquer Earth.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 10x10
Production Number: 3X6010
Airdate: Friday December 03rd, 2010

Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Aug 09, 2011

Special Guest Stars
John GloverJohn Glover
As Lionel Luthor

Co-Guest Stars
Joe MaffeiJoe Maffei
As Newstand Vendor
Linda KoLinda Ko
As Lawyer
Lini EvansLini Evans
As Reporter
Peter NewPeter New
As Coffee Shop Vendor
Jesse WheelerJesse Wheeler
As Coffee Shop Patron
Main Cast
Tom WellingTom Welling
As Clark Kent / Kal-El
Erica DuranceErica Durance
As Lois Lane
Cassidy FreemanCassidy Freeman
As Tess Mercer
Justin HartleyJustin Hartley
As Oliver Queen


At the Luthor manor, a lawyer visits Tess and tells her that Lionel left something in his will to his surviving heir, and it was found after Lex passed. After the lawyer leaves, Tess opens the box and finds a cloth-wrapped object inside. Before she can investigate it further, Clark calls to tell her that they have a leak, and that she should come to Cadmus Labs. Tess puts Lionel's item in her purse and goes to Cadmus, where Clark informs her that Emil has determined that Clone LX15 hasn't been accounted for. Tess insists that the lab is ancient history, but the files indicate that supplies are being sent there. She suggests that the clone should be given the benefit of the doubt, but Clark figures that it has Luthor blood, and must be evil. He detects a lead-lined blood, and Tess says she'll handle it. Clark stops her and goes in, and finds a room with a cot, a chessboard, supplies, and a book containing a thank you note to Tess from Alexander. Clark realizes that Tess knew about the clone's presence, and accuses her of betraying them. As she drops her bag in shock, Clark discovers a series of El symbols on the wall, crossed through. He notices the item in the bag, a mirror box that she says is a Kryptonian relic, and he wonders why she has it. As Clark picks it up, he notices a crack and twists it along the line.....

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Episode Quotes
Tess: But you're assuming that he's a threat just because he's a Luthor. Whatever happened to everyone deserving a second chance?
Clark: Luthor blood is Luthor blood. It's poison.

Lionel: Ah, now is the time for an apposite quote from one of my favorites, Marcus Aurelius. "When you arise in the morning, think what a privilege it is to be alive. To breathe, to enjoy, to love, to think."
Clark: Lionel?
Lionel: Dress yourself. We Luthor men must seize our day. You only live once... son.

Lionel: The heart... it'll blind you, son. You want to be your own man. That's natural. But remember, Clark, I am your father, and I alone raised you in my own image to become the man that you are today.

Tess: Lionel Luthor has been dead for years. Lex killed him.
Clark-L: I guess Lex did something right in this place. Gotta tell you, sis, this alternate Earth, it's a blast. Doesn't feel right, though. Not having blood on my hands before lunch.
Tess: Well, that's the great thing about us being on our own, now. So you can have lunch whenever you want.
Clark-L: And what if I was hungry now?

Tess-L: I love him. Like you never will.
Lionel: Of course you love him. It's no mystery. Clark is a god among men. Though how he could love you, a consummate disappointment, is beyond me. You're nothing but trouble, Tess. You're corrupting him.
Tess-L: You take a good long look in the mirror at the person who's responsible for corrupting Clark.
Lionel: I have worked too long and too hard to let you, a little half-bred tramp with a Magdalene complex, ruin everything. (Tess slaps him) You just made this a lot easier.

Tess-L: Why couldn't you ever love me the way that you loved Clark?
Lionel: Simply put, sweetheart, you're just not special enough.

Lionel: Do you remember Lear, son? Shakespeare, King Lear. Wanted to abdicate, retire. Lear had three children. He tells them he will divide his kingdom between them, giving the largest portion to the one who loves him most. Two of the children declare their lavish devotion. The youngest, his favorite, is blunt and plainspoken... stop me if you know where this is going.
Clark: He disowned the child who loved him all along.
Lionel: Big mistake. So, it's just you and your sister now. There's certainly no getting Lex back. You saw to that.
Clark: I killed Lex.

Clark: Lois. Where I'm from, Lois Lane, you and I, we're allies. You always have my back. How else would I know that you're brave and loyal, and a force of nature.
Lois-L: Anybody could have told you that about me.
Clark: Look, you misspell words. Simple words, at an alarmingly frequent basis. And you can never admit when I'm right, even when I call you on it.
Lois-L: Why would I?
Clark: And you can always tell when I'm lying. You can see right through me, straight to my soul. To my heart. Lois, there's got to be a part of you that knows that I'm telling the truth.
Lois-L: Who are you?
Clark: My name is Clark Kent, and I promise, Lois, I will never let this happen to us. I can't live in a world where you don't love me.

Oliver-L: So Clark Luthor is the mysterious Ultra-Man of Metropolis. That name sucks, by the way. Did it look good on paper?

Lionel: We are long, long overdue for a father-son talk.
Clark: I'm not your son.
Lionel: Well, you never were, were you? I made your destiny. Your future, our future, my whole preoccupation. For god's sake, Clark, I let you kill Lex. Your own brother. My son.
Clark: Wasn't me.
Lionel: I've been afraid of you, Clark. Of your power. You know, you may want to use that box and escape from here. But the truth is that I'm the one who has been a prisoner all this time.
Clark: Let me use the mirror box, I'll go away. You'll never have to worry about me again.
Lionel: Not worry about you? That's all I've ever done. Worry about you! I have sacrificed everything for your sake. I failed you, Clark, because no true son of mine, no true Luthor would have let me live so long.

Lois: I swear, the number of times I've signed one of those. Lucky for us, the Planet's got great coverage. Lucky for me, anyway. I bet your deductible's through the roof.
Clark: Something like that.
Lois: What are these for?
Clark: Nothing says "Sorry, my doppelganger from a parallel Earth tried to kill you" like flowers.
Lois: Think there's a card for that now.
Clark: Store was out.

Newstand Vendor: Uh, don't I know you from somewhere?
Lionel: I don't think so. I'm from out of town. Unexpected visit. But I guess I'm back in the nick of time. Wouldn't want to miss how it all turns out.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperAlfred Gough  |  Miles Millar
Executive ProducerTom Welling  |  Mike Tollin  |  Brian Robbins  |  Joe Davola  |  James Marshall (3)  |  Brian Peterson (1)  |  Kelly Souders
Co-Executive ProducerTim Scanlan  |  Al Septien  |  Jae Marchant  |  Turi Meyer
Supervising ProducerAnne Cofell  |  Rob Maier (1)  |  Jordan Hawley
ProducerDon Whitehead  |  Tom Flores  |  Holly Henderson
Co-ProducerScott Graham (3)
Associate ProducerCristina Verano  |  Christopher Petry
Production DesignerJames Philpott
EditorAndi Armaganian
CastingDeedee Bradley  |  Heike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
First Assistant DirectorMorgan Beggs
Second Assistant DirectorSean Osmack
MusicLouis Febre
Music EditorChris McGeary
Costume DesignerMelanie Williams
Set DecoratorAndrea French
Property MasterAleya Naiman
Construction CoordinatorTom Hunt (2)
Production CoordinatorBlair Hackman
Assistant EditorJessie Murray
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerDan Hiland  |  Gary D. Rogers
GafferRichard Buckmaster
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
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
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