Smallville (2001–2011): Season 4, Episode 15 - Sacred - full transcript

The Kryoptonian metallic disc is returned to Clark following the death of Virgil Swann. Placing the disc in the cave reveals a message from the spirit of Jor-El instructing Clark to find ...

Decisions, Clark.

They are on the top of my to do list.

With Lois out of town,
you don't have any excuses.

These college application deadlines
are coming up soon, Clark.

I know how hard it was giving up
those football scholarships,

but we have to start making
some decisions about your future.

I'll get it.

Clark Kent?


Sign here.

What is it?

It's from Dr. Swann.

Clark, Martha.

I think you should see this.

We have breaking news from New York.

Here is our correspondent Ron Florence.

Thank you, Carla.

We've just confirmed that Dr. Virgil
Swann passed away this morning.

No details are being released.

The reclusive billionaire
will be remembered as one of

the leading philanthropists
of his generation.

Along with starting the Virgil
Swann charitable foundation,

I don't understand.
I just talked to him last week.

I'm sorry, Clark.

I truly am.

We both are.

There was still so much I needed to
learn from him about Krypton and Jor-El.

We can be thankful for everything
he did pass on to you.

"Kal-El, I wish I could
continue this journey with you.

But now you must seek out your father.

If I sheltered you from him
for too long, forgive me.

Jor-El sent you here on a mission.

He's the only one
who can help you finish it.

I am returning something
that is rightfully yours.

I know it will lead you
to your destiny."

searching for intelligent
life in the universe.

The world will remember
his many contributions,

and man will benefit
from his gifts

for generations to come.

I knew you would return, my son.

Why did you send me to find this?

Because you may be the last
survivor of a great civilization.

A great civilization
that destroyed itself!

As will yours, if you continue
to refuse your mission.

The knowledge of our civilization
was encoded in three stones

brought to earth and hidden
at the far reaches of the world.

Greed will drive others
to hunt the stones.

But if the humans should
unite them before you,

they will not be able
to withstand the temptation

and will drive the world
to famine, war,

and the earth's
ultimate destruction.

You must find
the other two stones.

The fate of the world
lies in your hands...


♪ Smallville: "Sacred" ♪
Season 4 Episode 15

Original Airdate Feb. 23, 2005

- Hello?
- Hey, it's Jason.

Jason who?

Very funny.

Well, it doesn't sound like Kansas.
Where are you?

Uh, Metropolis.

I have to stay here for a few days,
oversee some things for Lex.

I didn't realize that your job
required any overseeing.

Yeah. Listen, I can't really talk right now.
I just stepped out of a meeting, but I...

wanted to call 'cause
I didn't get a chance to before I left.

Is Lex with you?

No, I'm solo.

Well, you'd better stay that way.

I know what happens to people
when they run off to Metropolis.

What was that?

Nothing. Um,

listen, I've gotta go. I'll call you
tomorrow, okay? Good night.

Good night.


If I didn't know better,
I'd think you skipped out on me.


Yeah, uh... I was going to call you. Something
came up. I had to leave work early.

To what, catch the next flight to Shanghai?


Why don't you turn around?

You didn't really think I'd
hire you, bring you into my life,

and not follow every
step you take, did you?


I know my father
gave you a map, Jason,

and I know you've figured out that
it leads to a temple just outside the city,

but if you think you're gonna find that
stone without me... you're mistaken.

Let's go.

I thought we agreed that you would
not go back down into the caves.

Dad, I couldn't just
ignore Swann's message.

I know that you trust him, but...

Clark he doesn't know Jor-El
the way we do.

Dad, it's not like I've forgotten
who we're dealing with here.

I'm just afraid of what's going to happen
if we continue to ignore him.

Listen, I realize that he's your
birth father, all right, but he...

he's never had your
best interests at heart.

Maybe, but he's never lied to me, either.
And the trials that he's put me through...

maybe they're not all random. Maybe he's
trying to prepare me to find these stones.

Are you really sure you want
to open all this up again?

The last few months, ever since
you walked away from Jor-El,

it's like we got the old Clark back.

Well, mom, as much as I like playing football
and trying to be normal, the truth is, I'm not.

We all know that.

Look, I've already let one of these
stones slip through my hands.

Even if you were to find the stones...
son, we have no idea what's gonna happen

- if you bring 'em all together.
- I know, dad.

But if I don't find them,
someone else will.

Miss Lang.

Please, don't be shy.

You are looking for your elusive
boyfriend, I assume.

Uh, yeah, I was hoping that Lex
could get in touch with him for me.

He sent him to go catch up on this project,
and I can't seem to reach him on his cell.

Well, I would imagine the reception
would be rather shoddy in China.

Lex is in Shanghai. If I had to guess, I would
say that your boyfriend is there with him.

I'm sorry, I thought Jason would've
told you what's happening...

considering you are the one
born right into the middle of all this.

You should know, miss Lang,
how thoroughly Lex and

Jason have been studying
Isabelle Theroux, your...

your rebellious ancestor.

Looks like they aren't the only ones.

Isabelle's arch rival was... a duchess

Gertrude who was...

obsessed with finding
three mythical stones.

She sent ships to the far ends
of the known earth, but all her agents

could discover

was this map...

somewhere in China.

Well, what does this treasure map
have to do with Isabelle?

The map never made it
into the hands of the duchess.

Isabelle stole the document and hid it.

Gertrude had the exquisite
young sorceress executed.

Isabelle's looking for them, too.

And she's working through you...

using you as a vessel.

I gave a copy of the map
to Jason, as well.

I'm not surprised
he didn't tell you about it.

Your kinship with...

Isabelle may not be a secret,
but are you aware

that Jason is a direct
descendant of the duchess...


Going somewhere?


China? Are you serious?

And freaked out and mad and just about
everything else you can possibly imagine.

Lana, what's going on?

Which part... the immaculate tattoo,

the fact that I seem to be
harboring a 16th-century witch,

or that Jason and Lex took off with a map
to uncover it all behind my back?

Why would they do that?

I don't know, but Jason said that we
were gonna figure this out together,

But it turns out he has a rather
limited definition of "we."

Well, maybe he has a good reason
why he's not being open with you.

Don't you think you owe him
a chance to explain?

Clark, you know that I don't give up
on someone that easily.

But I'm not gonna just
let him lie to me...

even if it is for a good reason.

So you're gonna take off and fly halfway
around the world just like that?

Lionel Luthor made all the arrangements,
and I'm taking the Luthorcorp jet.

And I know, Clark,
that I can't trust him.

But he gave me the name of this
professor that might be able to help.

Well, then I'm going with you.

I'm not gonna drag you into this.

I'm not letting you go alone.


you can't trust my father.

He gave you that map for a reason, and
now you're leading him right to the stone.

I'm not working for
your father or anyone else.

Then why does the stone
even matter to you?

'Cause until I find out,
Lana's not gonna be safe.

Safe from what?

From my mom,

from Lionel, from you.
I don't know, Lex. You tell me.

Look, unless you hired
your own Chinese security,

I think we've hit a bit of a snag.


What is this?

How did Lionel know
these symbols were about you?

There are two answers to that question.

And they're both three time zones way.

Clark, um, I'm sorry.
I feel like...

you're the only person
in my life right now

who doesn't have an agenda.

Lana, whatever their motives are,
I'm sure they still care about you.

That still doesn't change
the fact that everybody

seems to know more
about me than I do.

It must be scary to think
that someone out there has

a plan for you, but you
don't know what it is yet.

Ever since that tattoo appeared,
I feel like I've been

walking around with this huge secret.

Like, everybody only knows
what's on the surface, but

there's something inside of me
that's so much more powerful.

And you're afraid if people
know about that part of you,

they'll see you differently.

How could they not?

So, um,

what did your parents say
about coming to China?


I didn't tell them.
I left them a message.

It's funny...

the two people I ended up trusting are...

Lionel Luthor

and you.

Well, boss,

got any idea what we're doing here?

Well, since they took the map
and brought us to the temple,

I'm guessing they're after
the same thing we are.

You're pretty anxious to make me
your sidekick, aren't you?

Don't you think it's time we dropped
the stalemate of who knows what,

and do whatever we can
to get out of here?

If you want us to start
spilling our guts,

you go first.


We both know my father
had every inch of

this place scoured, and
he didn't find the stone.

Come on, Jason.

You wouldn't have lied to
Lana and come all the way

here unless you knew the
secret to reading that map.

No, I lied to Lana to protect her.

Oh, right...

I forgot. Lana's new
self-appointed hero.

She seems to have a way
of attracting them.

Yeah, it looks that way.

I don't believe you're that naïve.

You're either being used
by my father or your mother.

Who's ever pulling the strings...
don't think for a second

they wouldn't sacrifice Lana.

In the end, I have a feeling I may be
the one protecting Lana from you.

Okay, okay.

You can't do this.

Where are you taking me?

Where are you taking me?

It's hard to believe we were driving
by cornstalks this morning.

We are definitely
not in Kansas anymore.

So how are we supposed
to find this professor Sen?


Lionel said to just take this street, uh,

until we find a green rooster.

You know, Lana, I'm not sure
we should trust this woman.

Maybe we can do this on our own.

I'm sorry, I didn't realize
that you spoke fluent Mandarin

and knew your way around Shanghai.

Miss Lang, Mr. Kent.

I'm glad you guys made it here safely.

Do you have the map?

Oh, I never really believed this existed.

You have no idea how many fortune
hunter shave searched for this map.

The temple seems to be
located at the fork of a river.

That's odd. There's no river there.

But these symbols... they match
those on the temple walls.

So you know where it is.

I know the place well.
There's no mistaking that symbol.

Are you sure this is the only temple
with these kind of markings?

On this continent, anyway.

That's all part of the temple's mystique.

There's a myth that claimed
an all-powerful god

that came from another world
and hid a treasure there.

The god left some kind of map to it,

but the map was stolen centuries
ago by European bandits.

As far as we know,
they never found the treasure.

Can you take us to it?

Of course.

But don't show this to anyone.

As long as the stone is still out there,

there are fortune seekers
who are willing to kill for it.

We need to be careful.

Other people may know you are here.


No! Lex...

look, tell them whatever
they want to know!

This isn't worth dying over!

Just scare him.

Find out what he knows,
but don't hurt him.

I'm sorry, Mr. Luthor.

I can't make such a promise.

We had an agreement.

There are people who have
more money than you.

I never wanted anyone harmed!

During the cultural revolution,

the government destroyed
most of the ancient temples.

But for some reason,
they protected this one.

Maybe because it's always
been shrouded in superstition.

Villagers have refused
to cross the threshold,

fearful that the god will one
day return as he promised.

Clark, did you find something?

Just more symbols.

Why don't you two keep searching
around? I'll look more in here.

This way.

This is an other chamber in the east wing.

What was that?

Run, Lana!


Tell me...

where this leads to.

Do you really think your friend
will have such strong will?

Where is the stone?!

Where is the stone?!

Where is the stone?!

I hope your young friend
will have more sense than you.


No... don't.

- Don't!
- No, no, no!

No, I don't know anything!

She has nothing to do with this!

Maybe not.




Mitare me us animame.


Did you really think I would let any harm
come to this body I've possessed?

You two again.


You are a resilient lad, aren't you?

So earnest, and yet
so tragically doomed

to pay for the sins
of your ancestors.

Lana, if there's any part
of you in there...

and you, greedy boy...

I can only imagine what
mischief you would cause

were you to unite the
stones of knowledge.

Too bad that neither
of you could see

what was right in front
of you all along.

It was never a map.


You put up a better fight last time.

Clark, what are you doing here?

I could ask you the same thing.

How could you put Lana
in the middle of this?

I swear, Clark, if anything happens to her

she's here because you lied to her!

I get the feeling that Lana
can handle herself right now!

If Isabelle gets her
hand on that stone,

there's no telling what's
gonna happen to Lana.

Clark, if there's anything
you know that we don't...

I think I found something.

Clark, how did you just
stumble on this when my

father had this place
searched from top to bottom?

What do you want me to say, Lex?

It's obviously been here a long time.

Don't you want to look at this?

Hang on...

let me see the map.

Let me see it.


Guys, this isn't a map to the temple.

It's a drawing of the temple through the tree.

That's why no one could find the stone here.

But from this perspective...
the background

goes on for miles. It
could be anywhere.

What if it's not in the background?

Think about it. The artist would've
been standing right where you are.

What if it's located there
at the base of the tree?

Spectaculum lapis.

Nobody has sacrificed as
much as I have for these stones.

They don't belong to you.

And you think they were meant for you?

They were left for nobody.

The god of this temple
hid them for his return.

Penetrare eims corpus.

How'd we get away from the guards?

It was Isabelle.

What'd I do?

Did you find the stone?

It's gone.

Kinda hard to take a
college application essay

seriously after the last
couple of days, isn't it?

I was just trying to figure out if hidden
temples and body-snatching witches

fits under "community service"
or "extracurriculars."

Did I come at a bad time? You seemed
kind of startled when you saw me.

No, I just, um...

I thought maybe you
were my parents.

I've been avoiding them
ever since we got back.

And the real reason would be?

Seeing you speak Latin and throw
those guys around the room like

toothpicks is kind of weird.

And even when Isabelle's gone,

sometimes I look at
you, and there's a part

of you that I don't
recognize anymore.


I'm sorry. It's just that...

do you know how funny
that sounds coming from you?

Somehow, I think that the only way
that I'm going to put Isabelle and

all of this other stuff behind me
is if I find all three of those stones.

I'm sure they'll end up in the right hands.

I hope so...

because right now I kinda feel like some random
piece of a puzzle I'll never understand.

Well, maybe we're not supposed
to understand it just yet.

I get the feeling that our lives
are a lot less random than we think.


Good night, Clark.

How was China?

Full of surprises.

Lex, what happened?

Even though getting pistol-whipped
wasn't exactly my idea of fun,

I have to admit, it's good
to have the old dad back.

No, I had nothing to do with
what happened to you in China, son.

I have abandoned my search for the stones.

Come on, dad,

you stole copies of my map and gave
them to Lana and jason. You used them.

No, Lex. It was you who was using them.

And you'll do far worse to find those stones.

You have a ferocious desire to find
all the answers, son, but don't...

let your search for those stones
turn into your personal tower of babel.

I'm not trying to get closer to god, dad.

I'm trying to solve the
riddles he's laid out for me.

Did you ever think there might be a reason
why we weren't given the answers?

To challenge us?

Or maybe to humble us.

Knowledge comes from finding the answers,

yes, but understanding
what the answers mean...

is what brings wisdom.

Men who didn't understand the
difference have been the ruin of...

some of the world's greatest civilizations.

Is that why you stopped
looking for the stones?

Because you're afraid?

No. No, I stopped because I realized
that even if I find the three stones,

I'm not gonna find
what I'm really looking for.

Neither will you.

Can I at least come in?

I guess I don't have to ask why I haven't heard
from you since we got back from Shanghai.

I'm sorry I lied to you.

I don't even know which lie
you're apologizing for.

That you said you were in Metropolis
when you really were in China,

or that you've been working
with your mom all along?

I wasn't honest about going to China because
I didn't want to put you into danger.

If you remember a certain torture chair,
I'd say that's pretty decent foresight.

You have to believe me.

Give me one good reason.


Is that good enough?

Jason, how did you...

I got there right before Lex.
I saw you and Clark knocked out.

And there it was... right in front of me.

I didn't want Lex or
Clark to know about it,

so I mailed it to
myself from China.

Did you tell your mom?

I got it for you.

All I care about is
protecting you, okay?

You're the only one in my
life that matters to me.

Blink twice if you can understand me.


I do hope you brought us a souvenir.

I know that going
to China is grounds

for a serious lecture, but
I didn't have a choice.

All right, Clark.

At least please tell us that the stone
is safe in the cave with the other one.

Look, even though there
was Kryptonite guarding

the original map, I got
the stone in my hand.

But I lost it.

Clark, I don't understand.

If these stones were
intended for you to find,

why would they be
surrounded by Kryptonite?

That makes me wonder if
they really were meant for me.

But right now we have another problem.

Before he died,
Dr. Swann sent me one last e-mail.

He said he'd been searching
for the stones for years,

and even with the vast resources at his disposal,

it was futile. I was his last hope.

And that's why he asked Bridgette Crosby
to give me the one stone he did find.

Which stone?

That's the thing.

I called her numbers.
They were all disconnected.

No one even claims to have known her.

It's like she never existed.


You must write your own destiny...