Smallville (2001–2011): Season 4, Episode 22 - Commencement - full transcript

When Lana (posessed by Isobel) kills Genevieve Teague by stabbing her with one of the Kryptonian Knowledge Crystals after she attempts to steal it, it triggers a cosmic event that not only severs Lana's link to the spirit Isobel, but sends meteorites from deep space toward Earth and Smallville. At the graduation ceremony for Smallville High, the military arrives to evacuate the town after news that another meteor shower is imminent. Fearing he has a link to the meteorites, Clark goes to talk to the spirit of Jor-El, who informs him that his only hope is to unite the knowledge crystals in the cave. With time running out, Clark sets about locating the final two crystals as meteorites reign down upon Smallville. Lana gives Clark the third stone they recovered from China, which was in her possession all this time, while the second stone is on Lionel's person, which activates. Lex offers to protect Lana and have her flown to New York City, but she gets caught in the meteor shower while riding in a helicopter. Lois manages to get out of Smallville in time, but Chloe stays behind to follow Clark who retrieves the final one from Lionel which hits them with a burst of energy driving him comatose. Chloe helps Clark retrieve the final stone from the Luthor mansion safe after he is immobilized by kryptonite, and helps him escape from Lex. Clark manages to unite all three stones, which transports him to the wild tundra of the frigid North Pole...

"Previously on Smallville"...

"I knew you would
return my son"

I felt as if something
was calling me home.

Everything we've been
trough with Jor-El...

I just wanted to close
that chapter in my life.

There is a darkness in me
that I can't always control.

Well, you've certainly
seen me at my worst.

And at your best.

Three relics...

hidden around the world...

by scientifically advanced
ancient cultures...

water... and that one
there means fire...

and the one up
there that air.

Put them together...

Where is it?

God help me.

By now you'd
know that Lana...

is nothing more than
my mothers pawn.

Martha, Clark still
feels responsible...

for my heart problems.

If you'd found
out something...

Something someone
didn't want you...

to know about them...

Would you tell them?

What did I do?

You trusted me.

I can't let you
walk out, not again...

That's why this
time it'll be different.

This time?

You are an amazing
young man, Clark,

you make life and death
decisions every day.

Trust your gut!

Greed will drive others
to hunt the Stones...

and will drive the
world to famine...

war and the earth's
ultimate destruction.

Where is the stone?

I gave it to Lana.

For she is the chosen one
and we all know that.

Clark's more connected
to this than any of us.

It's Clark, he's...

A man can't deny
his true nature.

It is time to fulfill my destiny.

I am the villain of the story.

And now Season
Finale of "Smallville".

I have to applaud
you, Lana.

I raised my son...

to have a willpower...

that couldn't be
broken by anything.

Except his love
for you, apparently.

What do you want from me?

The stone.

That one Lionel gave you.


He never gave me the...

I'm gonna find it whether
you help or not.


It's okay, it's just
a bad dream.

You scared the daylights
out of us yelling like that.


You kept yelling
"It's coming!" over and over.

Smallville: "Commencement"
Season 4 Episode 22

Original Airdate May 18, 2005

She was coming at me,
it happened so quickly.

I don't even
remember stabbing her.

Lana, I want you to take a
deep breath and try to relax.

Lex, a woman is
dead because of me.

I killed her.
No, no!

You had no choice.

You did what anyone would
do if their life was at stake.

I have to tell Jason.

She was his mother.

I'll deal with Jason.

Lex, there's a body
in my apartment.

I have to go the police.

I have to tell them
what happened.

Lana, I'm not sure
that's such a wise idea.

Genevieve Teague
was a powerful woman,

married to an extremely
powerful lawyer.

Even though it's
clearly self defense...

Edward Teague is
gonna make sure...

the jury sees otherwise.

What's gonna happen to me?

I'm gonna go to prison.


I'll hire one of the best
defense attorneys...

in the country.

And once he arrives
from New York,

we'll go to
the authorities.


Thank you.

You have to trust me.

Until the lawyer arrives,

I want you to stay here
and talk to no one.

My purse.

Where's my purse?

Don't worry.

It's still there.

I'd never take it from you.

Mr. Luthor.

We have a situation.

It's gonna be okay.

I can't help but feel this
is some kind of warning.

Clark, it was nothing
but a bad dream.

You used to have
nightmares all the time...

when you were
little, remember?

This time is different.

It felt so real.

And if it is a warning
I need to do something.

Yeah, what
you need to do...

is you need to get
some shuteye...

so that you're not
half asleep tomorrow...

when they hand
you that diploma.

Your dad's right,

Don't let a nightmare spoil
your high school graduation.


So that's what all this
commotion is about?


You know, if it makes
you feel any better...

I have 'em all the time.

I had this one last week...

really scary!

This, uh...

guy wearing a red cape.

Oh, that sounds
horrible, Lois.


There's something I wanted
to tell all you guys,

I just didn't know when to,

so I guess 2 A.M.
in the morning...

is good as time as any.
What is it, Lois?

Oh, The general
recruited me...

on a recon mission
to track down my sister,

the grifter, in Europe.

So, we are headed
for Heidelberg tomorrow.

Oh, I'm sorry to hear that.

Clark, I know how
devastated you must be...

but if you could just...

keep your tears to a
minimum, I'd appreciate it.

I'll try.


Mr. and Mrs. Kent,

I just wanted to say
thanks for everything.

You guys are...

like the mom and dad I've
always wanted to have.

Lois, we want you
to know that...

you are welcome
back here any time.

We'll all miss you, Lois.

I'll miss you all, too.


not so much.

I'd thought I do
Miss Lang a favor and...

tidy up the place a bit.

She left a quite
a mess, quite a mess.

What are you
looking for, dad?

The good housekeeping
seal of approval?

You know, for a
woman without a heart...

Genevieve Teague certainly
did have a lot of blood.

You didn't come here
to do a postmortem...

on Genevieve Teague.

What is it you want?

I'd like to offer a trade.

Lana Lang's freedom...

in exchange for the, hmm,

artifact she has
in her possession.

Dad, don't you
think your search...

for these three
ancient stones...

is starting to border
on the fanatical?

Let me remind you, Lex,

it was you who looted
the ruins of Egypt...

to get your hands on
one of those stones.

Trust me, Lana Lang has
nothing to do with this.

Oh, so chivalrous of you.

You are the gallant
hero trying...

to protect the
damsel in distress.

I'm warning you.

Leave her alone!

But all your life
you've had a, uh,

a tendency
to let the damsel...

lead you straight into
the mouth of the dragon.

Your feelings for Miss Lang,

don't let them cripple
your common sense, son.

I expect to see that
stone by noon tomorrow.

It would be a shame if,
um, Genevieve's corpse...

were delivered
to the sheriff...

with Lana Lang's
DNA as postage.


you better take a look
at the right ascension.

How long has
there been activity?

There was not anything
there 10 seconds ago.

It just came out
of nowhere.

My God,

it's headed
straight for Earth!

I realize hand-eye

isn't one of your
best qualities.


let me help you with that.

Lois, I'm not sure what
I'm gonna do without you.

Ah, come on, Clark,

your future is laid out
right in front of you.

You're gonna go
to community college,

major in agriculture, probably
minor in law enforcement.

And then you
and Lana gonna have...

a nice little
church wedding.

Excuse me?

It's written in the
stars and you know it.

It's only a
matter of time...

before you join
the bowling league...

and take over the family
farm, and then, well,

you and Lana can bring little
Clark Jr. into the world.

I think you're

No. Hallucinating
would be imagining...

Clark Kent going
off to the...

big city to make his
mark in the world.

I'm just being realistic.


what are your big
plans after Europe,

you're gonna go
back to school?

Maybe actually stay
a little while?

I have a feeling that if I'm
gonna get an education,

it's gonna be
in the real world.

And I took this career
test in some magazine.

It said that my perfect
job would be, uh,

radio disc jockey.

That makes sense,
you talk enough,

there won't be
any dead air.

You mock me now Smallville,
but you just wait and see.


do you ever thought
about that?

You wrote some
half decent articles...

in your short lived
career at the Torch.

Naw, kill me first.

Even if I could spell,

the last thing
I'd wanna do...

is spent my time
in a newsroom.

With my luck I'd probably
end up across the desk...

from the most bumbling
reporter on the masthead.

You know what?

You actually look
handsome for a change.

I'll take that
as a compliment.

Look, I know we've had our
disagreements in the past.

And I will be the
first to admit...

that I've made
own little hobby...

to bust your chops.

Gotten used to it.

Besides, I know I haven't
been the most gracious host.

Look, I just want
you to know, Clark,

that when I'm sitting in
the audience today...

at your graduation...

and you stand up
on that stage...

in front of all
those people...

I wanna be looking up at
you and thinking one thing.

What's that?

Please, god,
don't let him trip!

See you.

Garon Cooper.

Caroline Creese.

Cody Davis.

Erica Feldman.

Lauren Feldman.

Did you see Lana yet?

Still no sign.

I'm starting to get worried.

Lana's never so much
as had a tardy day.

She's not gonna miss her
high school graduation.

She'll be here.

Michael Hall.

Holy Harold.

Tanya Hart.

Kate Horton.

Michael Hoover.

Hannah Jacobs.

Michelle Jewel.

Oh, there's Clark.

Clark Kent.

Lana Lang.

Have you seen her?

Lana Lang.


Stay calm!

By order of the Federal
Emergency Decree:

All non-essential personnel
should evacuate...

the area within a
50 miles radius.

In approximately 3 hours,

a meteor shower is
predicted in Smallville.

Oh, My God.

Not again.

Please stay calm.

There's no need to panic.

Please seal your home and
carry only necessary items.

Hey, Clark.

Can you believe it?

Twice in 16 years,

I mean, this is just crazy!

Smallville's gotta
have some sort...

of extraterrestrial
bulls eye!

That's pretty weird, eh?

There's gotta be some kind
of connection in the cosmos.

I mean this is not
just a coincidence.

Yeah, I'm sure there is
some sort of explanation.

Well, there's just
something in Smallville...

that is screaming
for celestial attention.

I mean, lightening not strike
twice in the same place...

without some kind
of lightning rod, right?

I just wonder what that is.

I-I'm not sure, but we
don't much time,

we need to find Lana.

You're right, and if
anyone can find her...

with moments to
spare, it's you, Clark.

Why did you say that?

I don't know, because
you have a way...

of getting things
done in half the time...

a normal person
gets anything done.

And I'm not normal?

No, of course you
are normal, Clark.

You're as normal
as they come.

Now, let's hurry
and to find Lana.

Looks, I'm sure she's
already out of town.

They've evacuated
half of the county.

They probably saw
her running in late...

and told her to leave town.

That's exactly you two
need to do, right now.

Thanks for the tip.
Now listen to me, Smallville,

If there's one thing that the
General has taught me...

is that you cannot panic...

in times of crisis.
Do you hear me?

Okay, whatever happens,

you have to stay calm.
You cannot panic.

Because if you
lose your cool...

Lois! What?
You're panicking.


Clark, where the
hell have you been?

We gotta pack up.

I've been looking for
Lana everywhere.

I can't find her.

Sweetheart, she's probably
already been evacuated.

I want you to go up to
your room and pack...

everything that's

Your mom and I will take
care of everything down here.

No, I gotta
do something first.

Don't think for a
second this is your fault.

I came to Smallville
in a meteor shower.

Now it's happening again
and it's all because of me.

Clark, there is
absolutely nothing you...

could have done
to prevent this.

We don't know that.

There's gotta be
something I can do.

Clark, you don't have time.

I don't have a choice.

Lex, what are
you doing here?

I wanted to offer to
you and your parents...

a safe passage out of
here in a LuthorCorp jet.

The roads will be
pretty ugly soon.

Thanks, but I think
we'll be okay.

Clark, why take the risk?

The first meteor
shower caused me...

irrevocable damage.
Trust me,

you don't want to be near
here when the next one hits.

Thanks, Lex, but
I think my dad's...

gonna wanna
pack up the truck...

with as much
as we can take.

I understand.

Some things simply
can't be replaced.

Clark, my scientists
have identified...

what seems to be
an inner chamber...

inside the cave wall.


I was wondering if your
research into the cave...

might have turned up
anything similar.

No. Lex, why are
you so interested...

in the caves
when there's...

a natural disaster
headed our way?

Clark, if anything in this
town is irreplaceable...

it's those caves.

They've been around
for thousands of years...

and they can very well be
destroyed in the next...

Well, let's hope
they're not.

I really need to get to help
my parents. Good luck, Lex.

Thanks, Clark, but
I don't believe in luck.

It's our wits and our
fortitude to keep us safe.

And I'm sure you have
more than enough of both.

Stay safe.

You're my father.

Talk to me.

Tell me what you've done!

"It was you who brought
this upon yourself, Kal-El. "

What did I do?

"I sent you here to
unite the 3 elements. "

The stones? They have
nothing to do with me!

"But they do, Kal-El.
For the knowledge...

of the universe is
meant for you only. "

"Yet you chose
to deny your heritage. "

"Today, you will witness
the consequences. "

Then you send
the meteor shower?

"I have done nothing, Kal-El."

"Human blood has
stained one of the elements..."

"and awakened a great danger..."

"from the darkness of the space."

What can I do to stop it?

"There is nothing you can do..."

"to prevent what is
already in motion."

"But the meteor shower
is just beginning, Kal-El. "

"I warned you that the
elements could not fall"

"into the hands of a human.
The three must become one."

"It is the only way to save
Earth from total annihilation. "

I don't know where they are!
I don't have time to find them!

"If you don't unite them
at once, you, my son,"

"will be seared by a fire from the sky"

"even you can't survive.
The future of mankind"

"rests in your hands, Kal-El. "

Please.. help me!
I can't do this alone!

I can't believe
I almost forgot this!

That's great, sweetheart,

I almost have the
truck all loaded up.


Shelby, load up.

Clark, great. Would you
help me secure the truck?

You have to go without me.


Do I have to
remind you, Clark,

that the last time we
had a meteor shower,

was full of Kryptonite.

If the same happens
today it could kill you.

You have to come with us.

I spoke to Jor-El.

He told me I have to find the
other two stones right now.

And unite them with
the one in the cave.

You are my son.

You're not gonna go on
some kind of suicide mission.

Clark, you might be
stronger than steel,

but you're not invincible.

I know, dad. But I'm the
only one who can do this.

All right.

But I want you to listen
to me right now.

All the years that
your mother and I...

spent raising
you from that...

wide-eyed tattler running
around on this farm...

to the man who is standing
in front of me right now...

was for this moment.

You do this, son.
You make us proud.

Those meteors can
kill him, Jonathan.

I know that, sweetheart.

But we have
faith in our son,

then we can't let
that faith waver now.

Lana, I thought you
already evacuated.

Are you okay?

I'm scared.

Lana, I know this
meteor shower...

must bring up some
painful memories for you...

but this time is different.

We have warning
and we'll be safe.

No, I'm not so sure.

Clark, I don't know what's
going to happen to me.

I want you to have this.

Where did you get this?

In China.

Whatever it is,
whatever it means, I...

I somehow know
that it's meant for you.

Is this blood?

Remembers all those
times that I asked you...

for an explanation, but you
said you couldn't me one.

That I had to trust you?

Well, this time
I need you to trust me.

Lana, my parents are
about to leave right now.

Go with them.
You'll be safe.

I can't.
You have to.

Clark, I need you to know...

that whatever happens,
I will never forget you.

Lana, you're talking like
we never gonna see...

each other again.

I love you.

I love you, too.


Chloe, even though you
won't hear from me for a while,

I want you to know
that I'm okay.

I thought we'd agreed you
wouldn't talk to anyone.

I have to let my friends
know that I'm all right.

Lana, I understand you
not want anyone to worry,

but you have to trust me.

Now, I assume the
stone is still safe.

As safe as can be.

Well, let's keep it this way.
I'll put it in my vault.


A chopper is being fueled to
evacuate you to Metropolis,

where you'll stay at a hotel
until your lawyer arrives.

It's probably best not to travel
with the murder weapon.

I understand that, Lex,
but I'd rather hold on to it.

Lana, that object is what
prosecutors fondly refer to...

as the smoking gun.

Now, I'll do anything
I can to protect you...

including supporting

story of self-defense
you want to run with.

It's not a story, Lex.

I would never
murder somebody.

Of course not.

Lana, I trust you.

Now you have to trust
me with that stone.

Sorry, Lex,
but I can't do that.



Shelby, no.

I'm having what you
could call a rough day.

Why don't you just
calm down, son?

Where is Clark?

He's not here.

Look, why don't you
put down the shotgun,

and we'll talk about it?

Tell me where he is!

Why would Lana be
at the Lex's mansion...

when she's suppose
to evacuate?

I don't know,
but it could swear...

that was Lex's voice
in the background.

She sounds like
she's in trouble, Lois.

I can't abandon
her, I mean,

the mansion is
just around that bend.

Unless you have a
jet pack in your purse...

we're not going anywhere.

Emergency vehicles only.

Turn the car
around immediately.

Well, our friend could
be trapped inside.

We just gonna go grab her
and then come right back.

I'm sorry, mam.
Nobody gets trough.

We're way too
close to turn away.

Hey, soldier!

Is this a road block or...

a lemonade stand
you got here?

Wait a second,
I recognize you.

You're the...

Daughter of General Lane.
You might have heard of him.

He talks really loud,
smokes a stogy.


Hey, this barricade...

it should be
perpendicular to the road.

Those channelizers
should be further apart...

and, unless I need glasses,

there should be
reflectors on those cones.

Yes, mam, I understand,
but I can't let you trough.

You're a cub scout
out here soldier.

Where's your den mother?
Baking brownies?

What happened to your
survival instincts, dad?

Fire and brimstone are
about to rain down...

from the sky and you're
sipping a cocktail...

like it's Sunday
at the country club.

I am aware of the
imminent danger, Lex,

but I'm not
about to leave...

without knowing that
my son is all right...

Come on, who's kidding who?

You're not about to leave
without the element.

I hate to disappoint you,

but I haven't even
seen Lana Lang.

She's probably on the run...

halfway to
Costa Rica by now.

Oh, a face like Lana
Lang's isn't easy to hide.

It's just a matter
of time before...

she catches the attention
of some customs official.

All right.

Agree to leave her alone,

and I'll give you something
you desperately need.

I am a blessed man, Lex,
I need very little in life.

I wonder,

what good is a key if you
don't know where the lock is?

Wise observation,

why do you think any
of this applies to me?

You have one of
the elements, dad.

That much is clear.

What you don't have is the
knowledge of where it belongs.

I can help you, take
you there right now.

I wish I'd were true, Lex,
but I don't have the stone.

Mr. Luthor,
what happened?

Get J.D and take
my father upstairs.

Mr. Luthor we're evacuating...
Do it!

Can you hear me, dad?

Before you leave this
earth, I want you to know...

You did create the
son you always wanted.

Come on, hurry up!

Jason, why don't
you let Martha go?

She doesn't know
anything about any of this.

Oh, a mother always knows
her sons deep, dark secrets.

Now, where does
he keeps the stones?

Why would Clark
know anything...

about ancient stones?

All right.

Let's see, when I ran into your
son in Shanghai,

I decided to do a little
homework on my own.

And the more I dogged the
more Clark Kent's name...

just got popping up.

Sit down!
Was it coincidence...

that the symbols were
burned into your field?

I don't know what
you're talking.


What about Clark's connection
with Bridgette Crosby?

I don't know.
I don't know.

She had one
of the artifacts!

I suppose that was
just a coincidence, too.

None of that makes
any difference now.

You know, when my
mother came to Smallville...

she thought the Luthors
would lead her to the stones...

But she was wrong.
It was a farm boy.

The one who has no
record of ever been born.

He's more connected to
those stones than any of us.

There is a meteor shower
about to tear this town apart!

You need to get to your
mother, get her to safety!

Don't you think I know that?
I can't find her anywhere!

But I'll tell you one thing.
When I do find my mother,

I finally be able to give
her the one thing...

she's been searching
for all these years.

Now tell me where
the stones are!

I'll meet you in Metropolis.
What? You're not coming?

I have a pressing
matter to take care of.

Now, Lana,
for your own safety:

I need that stone.

Look, we all have a need
to cling on to things,

but eventually...

you have to
loosen your grip.

It's too dangerous to you.

I don't have it!

Lies don't become you.

It's the truth, Lex.
I don't have it.

Trust me it's safe,
I promise!

Where is it?

That was never about
my safety, was it?

This is about you getting
your hands on that stone!

Lana... your safety is more
important than any of this.

You mean a lot more
to me than you know.

We can't wait any
longer, Mr. Luthor.

We got to go!


Oh my God, Clark.

Lex, I was
looking for Lana.

She's already left.
What happened?

I don't know,
I just walked in.

You know more than
you're telling me, Chloe.

Who did this?

Lex, honestly, I just
came to find Lana.

Your curiosity seems
to always have a way...

of landing you in
precarious conditions.

Only this time you are on
a very narrow ledge...

with only one-way back!

Now, who took the element?

Lex, I swear it, I don't know
what you're talking about.

But I think we need to
get out of Smallville...

before the meteor
shower hits.

We'll find that
stone, Chloe,

even if that means dodging
a few meteors in the process.

You're coming with me.

I don't...
Let's go!

Lex, I don't know what
you're talking about.

I swear to God,

if you don't start talking
I'm gonna blow her brains out.

Sweetheart, it's no good.

Go ahead, tell him
what he wants to know.

Tell him where
the stones are.

Tell me what
I want to know.

Go upstairs to
Clark's room.

Oh my God.

You're not my daddy.

Come here, come here.

Go! Go!

Thank you.
Thank you!

Why do I get the feeling we're
not in this cave for cover?

You know as well as do.
It's the epicenter.

Of what?
Come on, Chloe!

You're the town purvey
of all things unexplained!

You know damn well about
this cave and the stones.

Lex, what's wrong with you?

If you didn't break into my
library, you know who did?

Who are you
trying to protect?

No one.
Is it Clark?

Of course not.

What does Clark have
to do with any of this?

You tell me.

You know Clark a lot
longer than I have.

In fact, you might know
him better than anyone.

You are right, Lex, I do.
And the Clark Kent I know...

would be the last
person to go super thief...

on your library for some
stupid piece of rock.

What is that?

Lex, be careful.
It might be dangerous.