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Clark Luthor uses his world's mirror box to come to Clark's world and trap his counterpart on the alternate world, where Clark is a pariah following the revelation of his identity and his weakness. While Clark-L attempts to turn Tess against his Lionel, Lois turns to Emil for help and Clark meets the alternate Jonathan Kent, a broken bitter man.


Episode Info


Episode number: 10x17
Production Number: 3X6018
Airdate: Friday April 15th, 2011


Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Sep 27, 2011

  • Currently 7.8/10
7.8/10 (9 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
John SchneiderJohn Schneider
As Jonathan Kent
Recurring

Guest Stars
Alessandro JulianiAlessandro Juliani
As Dr. Emil Hamilton
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Steve MakajSteve Makaj
As Contractor
Recurring
Ellie Harvie (1)Ellie Harvie (1)
As Marge Manners
Jim ShepardJim Shepard
As Minister
Main Cast
Tom WellingTom Welling
As Clark Kent / Kal-El
Erica DuranceErica Durance
As Lois Lane
Cassidy FreemanCassidy Freeman
As Tess Mercer

Recap

Lois is hard at work at 4:44 a.m. when Clark arrives with Chinese take-out. She says she's not sure if the promotion is worth it, but Clark says he's seen the future where she gets it. They talk about how they keep missing each other due to their work schedules, and Clark finds an envelope with an early wedding gift from Martha: the deed to the farm. Clark wonders if she wants them to start their married life there, or sell it...

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Episode Quotes
Lois: You want to help me out here?
Clark-L: You're kinda cute when you squirm.
Lois: Okay, bonus.

Tess: Don't worry, the weeds will grow up and take the place over. They are Luthor weeds, after all.
Clark-L: There's a life here, a family.
Tess: They lived here, but this was never a home.

Clark-L: Listen, Tess, I know better than anyone what it's like to walk around with a--a mark on you. It's lonely.
Tess: Being the world's greatest hero is just a little bit different than being Satan's child.
Clark-L: Angel or devil is in the eye of he who beholds it.
Tess: "He who beholds it"? What, have you been watching a little too much BBC lately?

Clark: Look, this may be hard for you to understand considering everything that's happened to you in this world. You taught me so much. You taught me to be fair and honest. You taught me the only person in control of your destiny...
Jonathan-L: Is you.
Clark: You were the man that I tried to live up to. You didn't have powers, and you didn't have a destiny to save the world, but you were my hero. And I lost you.

Jonathan-L: You don't even know me. I'm just an obsessed man hanging onto a place as if memories could make up a lifetime.
Clark: This place isn't your home. Martha is. It's not the place, it's the people in it. And Martha's still here. You still have a chance. It's better to risk everything than hold onto nothing.
Jonathan-L: Who told you that?
Clark: You did.

Clark: You made yourself the most hated man in your world. But there's still a chance of redemption for you.
Clark-L: Redemption? It's like the two of us have different preoccupations.
Clark: I'm sorry that you weren't found by Jonathan and Martha Kent. The thing is, you could have killed Tess in an instant. But something was holding you back. You can go to your world and show people what you can give them, change their minds.
Clark-L: Why would you ever believe in me?
Clark: Because I know you. And Lionel's not there anymore. You don't need to be defined by your past, you can choose a different future. So trust me.

Dr. Emil Hamilton: You looked tempted to me, by him. By his offer to make your father disappear for good. That's not the Tess I know.
Tess: Maybe I'm not the person you think I am.
Dr. Emil Hamilton: Maybe you are. Maybe you just don't believe it yet.

Lois: Admittedly I'm no Martha Kent, so instead of lemonade, you get the finest microbrew in Kansas.

Clark: Lois, I've been trying to hold onto things that used to protect me. This farm, my parents. I've known we should be moving to Metropolis for a while now. I guess I was afraid that I'd lose myself if I let it all go.
Lois: Clark, I would never let that happen.
Clark: I've been worried that if we didn't have this place to come home to, that we'd lose each other. This place grounds us. Maybe that was just an excuse for me not to, not to move on. It's not the place that makes the home.
Lois: Smallville is my home, Clark. Not this one, this Smallville, right here. You're all I'll ever need. And if you need to move to Metropolis because that's who the world needs you to be, then a studio apartment with rusty pipes is just fine for me. In fact, I think they invented an apple-pie air freshener.



Other Episode Crew

DeveloperAlfred Gough  |  Miles Millar
Executive ProducerTom Welling  |  Joe Davola  |  Mike Tollin  |  Brian Robbins  |  James Marshall (3)  |  Brian Peterson (1)  |  Kelly Souders
Co-Executive ProducerJae Marchant  |  Tim Scanlan  |  Al Septien  |  Turi Meyer  |  Rob Maier (1)
Supervising ProducerDon Whitehead  |  Anne Cofell  |  Holly Henderson
ProducerTom Flores
Co-ProducerScott Graham (3)
Associate ProducerCristina Verano  |  Christopher Petry
Production DesignerJames Philpott
EditorVikash Patel
CastingDeedee Bradley  |  Coreen Mayrs  |  Heike Brandstatter
First Assistant DirectorMorgan Beggs
Second Assistant DirectorSean Osmack
MusicLouis Febre
Music EditorChris McGeary
Costume DesignerMelanie Williams
Key GripJohn O'Neill (2)
Set DecoratorAndrea French
Property MasterAleya Naiman
Construction CoordinatorTom Hunt (2)
Assistant EditorCedric Nairn-Smith
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
OtherJerry Siegel (Superman Created By)  |  Joe Shuster (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
Digital Imaging TechnicianSimon Jori
 
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