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Smallville: Finale

Clark and Lois attempt to make it to the altar, only to be plagued by doubts by each other's role in their lives. Meanwhile, the planet Apokolips approaches as Darkseid's prophets make Earth ready for his conquest of the planet, and Lionel abducts Tess as part of a scheme to bring back his son, Lex.

Episode Info

Episode number: 10x21
Production Number: 3X6021-3X6022
Airdate: Friday May 13th, 2011
Special Runtime: 120 Minutes

Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Oct 25, 2011


Special Guest Stars
John GloverJohn Glover
As Lionel Luthor
John SchneiderJohn Schneider
As Jonathan Kent
Annette OAnnette O'Toole
As Martha Kent
Aaron AshmoreAaron Ashmore
As Jimmy Olsen
Terence StampTerence Stamp
voiced Jor-El
Michael RosenbaumMichael Rosenbaum
As Lex Luthor

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

Co-Guest Stars
Laura MennellLaura Mennell
As Janet Dawson
Evan C. SchulteEvan C. Schulte
As Jeff Hage
Lee TichonLee Tichon
As Tess' Abductor
Desiree ZurowskiDesiree Zurowski
As Minister
Matthias LuersMatthias Luers
As Chloe's Son
Tom TasseTom Tasse
As Secret Service Agent
Sachin SahelSachin Sahel
As Flustered Reporter
Steve AdamsSteve Adams
As Military Officer
Elizabeth WeinsteinElizabeth Weinstein
As Presidential Advisor
Todd ThomsonTodd Thomson
As Secretary of Defense

Michael McKeanMichael McKean
voiced Perry White
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
Allison MackAllison Mack
As Chloe Sullivan


Seven years in the future, Chloe is reading a comic book about Smallville to her son...

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Episode Notes
Kevin Fair directed "Finale Part 1," which was written by Al Septien & Turi Meyer, and edited by Andi Armaganian. Greg Beeman directed "Finale Part 2," written by Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders, and edited by Ron Spang.

The closing executive producer credits are done in the same "streaking toward the camera" style as the credits in the 70s Superman movies.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
John Williams (3)Superman Marchend scenes
John Williams (3)Can You Ready My Mind? (Lois' Theme)end scenes
Sara BareillesBreathe AgainClark and Lois' wedding

Episode Quotes
Chloe: This is the story of an amazing boy, who grew up in the fields of Kansas. In a little town called Smallville. When he became a man, he believed the only way to seize his destiny was to turn his back on both his parents and refuse to see the darkness descending on Earth. But all that was about to change. He was about to face his greatest challenge.

Lois: You really don't see it, do you? You're a hero and that's how it should be. It's just that you've gotten so used to the fact that you know you're gonna be able to fix everything and make everything right, that you cut out any possibility that there are some things that you just... you can't fix.
Clark: We don't need fixing.
Lois: We don't. But we are in an impossible situation, one that you can't superspeed or superhear or superleap your way out of.

Lois: I'm just in your way.
Clark: You’re not in my way, Lois, you’re by my side.

Granny Goodness: I want to give your soul eternal life! Please, Lutessa, let me save you!
Tess: From what?
Granny Goodness: Darkseid's Apokolips. Evil in its purest form--the heart of human nature, obscured over time as something to be cast away rather than embraced. Hades, Kali-- even the word "Lucifer" is an old Latin phrase meaning "morning star," "bringer of light." I'm afraid the centuries and translations have twisted Darkseid's true gifts. But before the end of days, his rapture will be the only salvation.
Tess: I will never join you.
Granny Goodness: Farewell, my child. Bless your soul.
Tess: Wait. When? I mean, what you do mean, when? When is this hell coming?
Granny Goodness: It's not coming, Lutessa. It's upon us.

Lois: Clark can hear the world's cries for help, and he's duty-bound to answer the call. I am not gonna stand in his way.
Chloe: He can't listen all the time, Lois. He's not God. He can't be aware of every bird or blade of grass, okay? He's a man. And sometimes he needs to not listen. He needs to rest, to love, to laugh. And when he finally does decide to take to the skies, he's gonna need you to ground him.

Clark: I, Clark Kent, take you, Lois Lane, to be my companion...forever. With you by my side, I will never be alone. Though the world sees a strong and independent woman, I've never known someone with such gentle grace and more pure heart. When I've been lost, you've always been there to bring me back. So on this day, at this moment, I pledge the rest of my life to you. You've always believed in me, and I believe in you. And when you believe in someone, it's not for a minute or just for now. It's forever.

Lois: Well here's the thing about that. I can be loud. And at times I'm a little bossy. So someone might wonder why a person of your godlike caliber would be with a woman who is so imperfect. Well don't take this the wrong way, but you come with some baggage of your own. And it's made me a better person. Just like being with me will make you a greater man... and a superhero, I hope.

Lois: I wanted these vows to be perfect, but perfection's a hard thing to get your hands on. But life is meant to be a little messy. And when it comes to love, I think it's like my dad always said about the Army. "You only sign up if it's the only thing you could ever imagine doing." And, Clark, I can not imagine spending a moment of my life without you. So I promise that I will always have your back, as you will always have mine. You're my best friend, you're my home, and you're my true love. And I am yours and will be forever.

Clark: I'm not giving up on you, Oliver. You've a good heart, let it guide you. You and I, we have to save the world together. I need you to be a hero. I know you'll make the right choice. You know gold kryptonite will take away my powers forever. Listen, I believe in you.

Clark: Dad.
Jonathan: I knew you'd see me again. When you were ready.
Clark: I made a mistake, Dad. I thought I had to leave you behind. But it's you and Mom, everyone that I care about, that make this world worth saving.
Jonathan: But you're worried you're going to fail this time. I know you're scared, Son.
Clark: I faced Darkseid before. He knows my weakness. He almost defeated me. I need your help.
Jonathan: But Son, he never saw the man who's standing before me now.

Martha: Don't doubt yourself, Clark. This has been coming for a long time. Before you arrived, we wanted a child so badly. The day you found us in that field, you were the miracle we prayed for. Now the world needs that same miracle.

Clark: Lois, no matter what happens...
Lois: A person that I greatly admire once told me that when you believe in someone, it's not for a few minutes or some times, but just for now, but for forever. Now go save the world.

Lex Luthor: Hello, Clark. Can't say I love what you done with the place.
Clark: Lex.
Lex Luthor: You still say it the same way--astonishment mixed with a hint of dread, yet... with a hopeful finish.
Clark: You're alive.
Lex Luthor: Seems my father had a... a change of heart. And I got a second chance of life.

Clark: Where's Tess? What have you done with her?!
Lex Luthor: She's fine. I wouldn't worry so much about my dear little sister. You know, I used to think it was our families who made us who we are. Then I hoped it was our friends. But if you look at history, the great men and women of the world have always been defined by their enemies.
Clark: You have a second chance. You can change all that.
Lex Luthor: But that's the thing about memories--you can't forget them. Like how you're always one step ahead of me, Clark. No matter how meticulously I prepared, no matter how strategic I was. If only I'd known I stood a chance.
Clark: It wasn't a competition.
Lex Luthor: Of course it wasn't. You were born to be the chosen one. You're simply better than us.
Clark: And that always killed you.
Lex Luthor: No. No, what killed me is that you didn't even want it. You fought it--you hid from it! I would have taken it and relished it, embraced it.
Clark: My destiny wasn't yours to take!
Lex Luthor: I get that now. Which is why I finally embraced my own. You and I... we will both be great men. Because of each other. We have a destiny together, Clark... only on different sides.
Clark: And I'll always be there to stop you. Always.
Lex Luthor: Oh, I'm counting on it.

Lex Luthor: Our story hasn't been written yet, Kal-El. And every villain is only as great as his hero. But, you see, that all relies on you saving us from the coming Apocalypse.
Clark: You know about Darkseid?
Lex Luthor: You really think I just read the Cliff Notes of the Veritas journals? They foretold of a chosen savior--the light that will inspire this world out of darkness. You are the light, Clark. Only you hold the power within you.
Clark: I'm not so sure that Clark Kent can save the entire world on his own.
Lex Luthor: He can't. But we both know who can.
Clark: I'm sorry I couldn't save you, Lex.

Granny Goodness: The mark has been lifted.
Gordon Godfrey: That's impossible.
Green Arrow: I've got this friend, cool leather jacket, blurs faster than a speeding bullet. He's pretty good at impossible.

Darkseid: The lost son of Jor-El.
Clark: Darkseid. My father sent me here to protect this planet. And I will fight you to my last breath.
Darkseid: There must be a part of you that's disgusted by how easily your people fell to me.
Clark: They may not be perfect, but I believe even in the darkest soul, there's always hope. People want to believe in something greater, and it may be easier to hate, but it's stronger to love.
Darkseid: Is it? Eons have passed since I came face-to-face with a force that could possibly tip the balance to the light. You are the light! You cast out the darkness from Oliver Queen, and you will obliterate my darkness from the rest of the world if you are not stopped! You will surrender to me. You will lose your soul. I will annihilate you!

Clark: These were my trials.
Jor-El: The final trial is upon you, my son. You are ready. Seize your destiny.

Tess: Something told me that I'd find you here. I combed the lab, and I saw what happened.
Lex Luthor: Long time, Sis.
Tess: Did you always know?
Lex Luthor: Why do you think I recruited you and treated you as my own flesh and blood.
Tess: You used me.
Lex Luthor: Semantics. I'd say dear old Dad did most of the abusing. Wouldn't you? I guess the bullet in his chest answers that question, huh?
Tess: He wanted nothing more then to have you back again.
Lex Luthor: And what did you want, Tess?
Tess: Something I'll never have.
Lex Luthor: Clark?
Tess: Redemption.

Jor-El: Your journey has come to an end, Kal-El.
Clark: I shouldn't have tried to push away my Kryptonian side. My strength is accepting it--accepting you.
Jor-El: You honor me. A father's pride cannot be measured in words, but know that I am proud of you, Son.
Clark: You have no idea how long I've waited to hear you say that.
Jor-El: We have been down our long road, Kal-El--one paved with difficult trials. Those trials are behind you now. Any father can only hope that he is one day humbled by the feats of his son. But it is your soul, Kal-El, of which I am most proud. You--and you alone--possess the courage, the determination, and the compassion that will be required of you to lift the darkness from the Earth. (returns the suit to Clark) I ask you to remember one thing. Your abilities may be of my blood, but it is your time in Smallville, with Jonathan and Martha Kent and all the people there, that made you a hero, Kal-El.
Jonathan: Always hold onto Smallville.

Chloe: "And that was the day the boy turned into Superman."
Chloe's Son: Wow. Read again, please.
Chloe: Oh. There will always be more adventures for another day.

Lois: How many "Great Caesar's ghosts"?
Jimmy Olsen: Four, before his coffee. But...did you get my shots?
Lois: Love the framing, love the colors. Where's the drama?
Jimmy Olsen: Um... Um, did you see the one with the elephant?
Lois: The Man of Steel deserves something better than a circus incident and a fender-bender. I want pecs, I want cape, I want pearly whites.
Jimmy Olsen: Yes, Miss Lane.
Lois: Great. Your brother left big shoes for you to fill, Olsen. I know you're up to the task.

Episode Goofs
When Chloe reads the comic to her son, she refers to "both his parents." The comic reads "both his fathers."

There are numerous differences between the note that Lois holds in her hand, and the voiceover of Clark reading it. (see Quotes)

There are several differences between the note that Clark holds in his hand, and the voiceover of Lois reading it. (see Quotes)

Lex is elected to the Presidency in 2018, but elections occur every 4 years, on years in a multiple of four. Thus he would have had to be elected in 2016 or 2020.

Cultural References
Lois: Your Copperfield act's impressive.

David Copperfield is a stage magician best known for his highly-publicized feats of magic featuring landmarks such as making the Statue of Liberty temporarily disappear, and walking through the Great Wall of China.

Tess: Thank God for our favorite Martian.

My Favorite Martian is a 60s CBS comedy about a Martian who finds himself stranded on Earth.

Oliver: Clark, I don't think taking a scalpel to your past is going to turn you into the caped Skywalker of your future.

Luke Skywalker is one of the main characters in the first Star Wars trilogy, while his father Anakin features in the second trilogy.

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 ProducerTim Scanlan  |  Turi Meyer  |  Al Septien  |  Rob Maier (1)  |  Jae Marchant
Supervising ProducerDon Whitehead  |  Holly Henderson  |  Jordan Hawley  |  Anne Cofell
ProducerTom Flores  |  Scott Graham (3)
Associate ProducerChristopher Petry  |  Cristina Verano
Production DesignerJames Philpott
EditorAndi Armaganian  |  Ron Spang
CastingDeedee Bradley  |  Coreen Mayrs  |  Heike Brandstatter
First Assistant DirectorMorgan Beggs
Second Assistant DirectorSean Osmack
MusicLouis Febre
Music EditorChris McGeary
Costume DesignerMelanie Williams
Camera OperatorJohn Davidson (4)
Set DecoratorAndrea French
Property MasterAleya Naiman
Construction CoordinatorTom Hunt (2)
Assistant EditorJessie Murray  |  James Pickel
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
Production ManagementShalla Edl
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
IllustratorGary Frank (2)
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