Smallville (2001–2011): Season 6, Episode 9 - Subterranean - full transcript

An illegal immigrant from the Mc Nally farm seeks Clark's help. He than uncovers a sinister secret in the farmer's cornfield which has been hidden during the last meteor shower.

Javier, if the boss catches you resting...

He's gonna do what? Fire me?

Francisco, the guy doesn't even pay us.

I didn't come to America to be a slave.

I came to be with my mom.

If we run fast enough, we can escape.

Everyone who's tried to run
has disappeared.

Francisco, you've known me your
whole life. Have I ever let you down?

Just gotta trust me.

Francisco. Are you okay?

Somebody call a doctor!

What's happening here?

Give him some water.

You two, come on, back to work.

Francisco, if you stay here, you're gonna
end up like that guy back there.

Let's go find my mom.

Hurry, Francisco.


Hurry up.

I'm coming. Slow down.

- Let's get out of here. Come on.
- I'm trying.

- What?
- I don't know. What was that?






♪ Smallville: "Subterranean" ♪
Season 6 Episode 9

Original Airdate Dec. 7, 2006

- You didn't get much sleep.
- Neither did you.

It's kind of become a pattern lately.

You mean, since you proposed?

Lana, I don't want you to give me
an answer until you're ready.

To be honest, I wish I could take it back.

I'm usually more calculated and strategic.

But with you,
you never make me see clearly.

I do everything out of impulse.

You're not the only one.

Things have just moved so fast.

Take as much time as you want.

Thank you.

Are you sure the board can't survive
without their boss for one more hour?

Believe me,
if I could stay with you, I would.

Look, just because
I'm stuck in an office all day...

doesn't mean
you can't be off having fun.

Three lost Vermeer paintings were
discovered last month.

You should go to the opening.

At the Metropolis Museum?

Actually, it's a bit farther.

At the Rijks museum.

In Amsterdam.
Lex, that's 4000 miles away.

And one of the most romantic cities
in the world...

where you'll feel very lonely
and realize how much you miss me.

Nice strategy, boss.

Only if it works.


Wait, hold on.

What happened to you? Are you all right?

You should get those cleaned up.
Why don't you come inside?

I promise, no one's gonna hurt you.

So I think we have milk,
orange juice, and lemonade.

I guess this would be easier
if I spoke Spanish.

Orange juice, please.

Orange juice.

Your English is perfect.

I watched a lot of American TV.

- Then what's your name?
- Javier.

I'm Clark.

So, Javier, why don't you tell me
how you got all scraped up...

and why you were hiding in our barn?

Please promise you won't call the police.

Why would I call the police?

Because I ran away
from that farm down the road.

What, Jed McNally's?

If I ever wanted to see my mom again,
I had to escape from that place.

You're talking about that farm
like it's a prison.

It is. No one was allowed to leave.

There was barely enough to eat.

My friend and I, Francisco,
tried to escape.

But when we started running,
there was a really loud rumble.

Then he was gone.

Well, look, I'm sorry.
I will have to call the sheriff.

No. You can't.

I'm here illegally.
They'll send me back to Mexico.

Mexico? That's a long way from Smallville.
How'd you get here?

Last week, a coyote smuggled 15 of us
across the border in the back of a truck.

I was supposed to be sent
to see my mom.

Instead, I ended up at that farm.

Where's your mom now?

She works at a laundry company
down in Granville.

When my dad died,
she moved up north...

and saved up money for two years
to get me here.

Your mom must really miss you.

Yeah. Do you see this?

She gave me this to keep me safe.

I should've given it to Francisco.

We did everything together.
He was like a brother to me.

Well, don't worry.
We're gonna find your friend.

- Hey there, Clark.
- Mr. McNally.

Well, it's been a long time.

Your farm looks great.

I thought your crops were nearly destroyed
during the last meteor shower.

It may sound strange, but I've come to
think of that meteor shower as a blessing.

It taught me with a little hard work,
anything's possible.

What'd the deputy want?

Looking for illegal aliens.

Better believe that
all my workers have their papers.

I'm sorry to hear about your father, Clark.
How's your mom holding up?

She's okay, thanks.

Our tractor, on the other hand...
We broke an axle.

I was hoping you might have
a spare pivot pin.

Pivot pin? You know, I just might.
Let me check the barn.

Excuse me. I'm looking for Francisco.

Do you know Francisco?

I'm sorry, I don't understand.

Found one.

You're in luck. Still in the wrapper.


- Give my best to the senator.
- Sure.

You know how I stand.

Our budget issues shouldn't get
in the way of one single classroom.

Thank you. You won't regret it. Bye.

Mom, you're home early from Topeka.

The vote was postponed, which isn't so
bad. It gives me time to shore up support.

Is everything all right?

Good afternoon, senator.

Hello. Is there a problem?

Well, a motorist saw
a Latino boy running across Highway 54.

He might be an undocumented worker.
Seen anyone?

I just got home. Clark?

It seems an awful lot of trouble
to catch one person.

Well, not if he's in the country illegally.

- Do you mind if I look at your barn?
- Go ahead.

Do you really have to search
our property?

Clark, it's fine.
We don't have anything to hide.

Then I'll go with you.

No one seems to be here.

It's best to be thorough.
You'd be surprised where people can hide.

You know, this kid isn't hurting anyone.
Why not just let him be?

I'm just doing my job, Clark.

If you wanna get into the country,
you do it the legal way, like my parents did.

If you see anything, give us a call.

Will do, deputy.

You can come out now. He's gone.

How'd you know I was in there?

I used to play a lot of hide-and-seek
when I was a kid.

Why didn't you tell the police?

Because I know what it feels like
to be out of place.

- Besides, I'm not from around here either.
- Where are you from?

Someplace a lot further than Mexico.

Listen, Javier, I need your help.

All the workers are too scared to talk,
but one of them said this to me.

Can you translate it for me?

"Big tree five."

There's a huge willow tree at the farm.

I'll go check it out.
You just stay here, all right?

You're not going anywhere, Clark.

We have no choice.
We have to call Immigration.

I told Javier he'd be safe here
and I meant it.

I wanna help this boy as much as you do,
but I took an oath to uphold the law.

- All he's trying to do is find his mom.
- I know.

But we have to go through
proper legal channels.

Was it legal when you forged
my adoption papers?

I'm an illegal immigrant, Mom.
You've harboring me for over 17 years.

Your situation was entirely different.
We had to protect you.

And I need to protect Javier.

- If I don't defend him, who will?
- Clark...

There's a mother out there
who hasn't seen her son in over two years.

Do you really wanna
stand in the way of that?

I thought you of all people
would understand.

I'll take him to Chloe's, okay?

Just give me 24 hours
before you call the deputy.

I gotta go. I have to meet someone.

Are you Francisco?

Do you know where I can find him?

I'm sorry, I don't understand.

He says the ground swallowed him,
like all the others.

There are three laundry services
in Granville.

- Your mom must be at one of them.
- Right.

As soon as Clark finds Francisco,
we can go find her.

One second.
Write those addresses down.

- Hi.
- Brace yourself for the date of a lifetime.

Start with a fancy dinner...

complete with a snobby waiter,
extra forks, inappropriate footsie.

- Jimmy...
- Then a moonlit stroll down Main Street.

Hand-holding optional, of course.

And then we conclude the evening
here with dessert.


Who's your friend?

Javier, meet Jimmy.
Javier is Clark's friend from Mexico.

He's only been in the country
for a couple of weeks.

We're hanging out until Clark gets back.

I'm sorry.

Well, let's get this party started.

you have not experienced America...

until you've experienced
pepperoni pizza.

Isn't pizza from Italy?

Well, that's a common misconception.
We came up with the cheese angle.

- I'm gonna go order.
- Good, yeah.

Is that your boyfriend?

Yeah, I'd like to order one pepperoni pizza,
please. Yeah, a large.

Define "boyfriend."

- Hey.
- Clark.

Did you find Francisco?

I'm still working on that.

- Chloe, can I talk to you for a second?
- Just a sec.

Clark, what's going on?

Chloe, that place is a graveyard.
There's bodies buried everywhere.

I called the sheriff.
He's on the way to McNally's farm.

I took a look at
the farm's property records.

Guess which Fortune 500 company
graciously came in...

and purchased the land after it had been
pummeled during the last meteor shower?


Would you watch Javier?
I'll be right back.

Of course.

I thought I told you, you're no longer
a welcome guest at the mansion.

Trust me, Lex,
I don't wanna be here either.

- But after what you've done...
- And exactly what did I do?

Did I swat at a fly with too much force?

I know you want to make money, Lex,
at any cost.

But exploiting
and murdering migrant workers?

Is that really worth the bottom line?

If you're gonna accuse me of murder, you
might wanna have the facts to back it up.

Last year,
LuthorCorp bought Jed McNally's farm.

Any illegal immigrant who didn't
wanna be used as forced labor...

was buried in a cornfield.

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

But then, I could quote you the Farmers'
Almanac and you'd still call me a liar.

What do you think Lana would do
if she found out about this?

Well, we could ask her, except she's
on her way to Amsterdam on my jet.

I wasn't able to clear my schedule.

You should know,
I've told the sheriff about this.

So you can save your lies
about LuthorCorp for him.

C.K. Missed a mean stuffed crust.

So where'd he run off to?

Clark just had some stuff...

Look, you don't have to cover for him,
Chloe. I know why he left.

He doesn't like me and I get it.

You're my girl and the poor guy's
madly in love with you.

I mean, you really can't blame him.

Clark and I are just friends. Trust me.
That ship is anchored firmly at bay.

And as far as him not liking you,
that's impossible, Jimmy.

Because you make me so happy.

We have company, remember?

Oh, no.




Clark, you gotta come quick.
I'm at the apartment, okay?

Just get here as soon as you can.

Where's Javier?

- Oh, Clark, I am so sorry.
- What happened?

He was sitting on the couch, eating pizza,
and then he disappeared.

Jimmy's outside looking for him now.

- Chloe, all I did was ask you to watch him.
- I know.

And I plead guilty to child negligence
in the 3rd degree.

Look, he just jumped onto a truck
and disappeared.

Clark, if something happens to him...

- Any luck?
- I've been looking all night.

I haven't found Javier.

Do you think any of those guys
are his buddy, Francisco?

Deputy Morales.

Have you identified
any of the bodies yet?

They appear to be
undocumented laborers.

All their papers were forged.

When the others found out they were
missing, they were too scared to report it.

What's gonna happen to the others?

They'll be detained
and sent back to their country of origin.

The good news is, though, thanks to your
tip, Clark, McNally can't hurt anyone else.

Are you sure there's no other field
we should check, McNally?

It would be in your best interest, sir,
to tell us now.

That boy who got away,
he got to you, didn't he?

Mr. McNally, why'd you do it?

Desperate times
call for desperate measures.

This farm is my livelihood.

So you brought in slave labor and
then killed them when they tried to leave?

Well, I wasn't about to let
a couple of lazy potato pickers turn me in.

I guess I did that for them.

Well, then you and that boy
will pay for it.

Get him out of here.

When I told you to keep me informed
of Jed McNally's activities...

I thought you might include
such trifling details as mass murder.

Sir, I had no idea
that he was killing his workers.

You might wanna get a stronger
prescription for those glasses, Dr. Bauer.

They found corpses on that farm.

All that I knew was that
the meteors gave him the ability...

to displace minerals
and burrow through earth.

I didn't spend millions on research
for the test subject to end up in jail.

Find McNally before the authorities do.

Mr. Luthor, you and I both know
the man could be anywhere.

Then I suggest you start digging.

I want him back.

- Clark, what happened?
- Javier's not the only one who escaped.

The police had McNally in custody.
He disappeared into the ground.

That makes sense, seeing as Jed McNally
is 100-percent-certified meteor freak.

I checked into the Planet's archives...

and it looks like our farmer friend was
buried under a mountain of Kryptonite.

That's why he went missing
for three days.

And it may explain his ability
to move underground.

Being a human rototiller
definitely helps with the harvest.

In the last year and a half,
his farm has tripled in productivity.

It sounds like he was being
his own personal border patrol.

If anyone ever tried to leave, he made sure
they wouldn't live to tell the authorities.

I can't believe the same Jed who used to
go fishing with my dad is now a murderer.

Clark, if anything could turn a law-abiding
citizen into a card-carrying serial killer...

it's Kryptonite.

Unit 12, possible stowaway
on bus headed towards Granville.

- Suspect is Hispanic, early teens, no ID...
- Javier.

I've been monitoring
the police scanner in Granville.

That absolutely could be...

Hurry, Clark.

Let's go. We don't want to be late.

Come on, son.

Come on, the police are coming.
Let's do this the easy way.

No. I'm just trying to get to my mom.

Leave him alone.

- Mind your own business, kid.
- He is my business.

What the...?

How'd you do that?

Javier, promise me
you won't tell anybody about this.

Don't worry.
I've become an expert at keeping secrets.

All right, get in the truck.

Let's get you home.

So I'm assuming that
a behind-the-scenes tour of a laundry...

wasn't exactly
on your dream-date itinerary.

I wouldn't rule it out.

Stack of towels
could be awfully cushiony.

Excuse me.
Hi, I'm just looking for Esperanza Ramirez.

- Are you Esperanza?
- We know your son, Javier.

- Javier? He is in America?
- Yeah, and he's looking for you.

- Where is he?
- At our friend's house.

- We can take you there if you want.
- Yes.

You found her. Great, thanks.

That was Chloe.

Your mom's on her way
to my house right now.

Oh, I can't believe it.
After two years, I finally get to see her.

You never told me about Francisco,

Just tell me. Please.

Javier, I'm sorry. He's dead.

The sheriff ID'd his body.

I know it's tough.
I've lost people close to me too.

- Stop the car.
- But, Javier, I...

Please, just stop the car.


Javier, I gotta get you out of here.

I never should have brought
Francisco with me.

Why didn't I give this to Francisco?

If we hadn't tried to escape...

It's not your fault, Javier.

Come on. Let's go see your mom.



Clark, you're all right.



- Are you okay? What happened?
- Clark saved me.

Javier should get to a hospital
and be checked.

No. We can't. No hospitals.

Hopefully you won't have to worry
about that anymore.

I'm doing everything in my power...

to get your family legal status.

- Mom, you can do that?
- I'm working on it.

I've been talking to Esperanza.

Javier seems like an amazing boy...

a boy I'd be proud to see
as a citizen someday.

What about your position on the Senate?

Sometimes, when you're
dealing with extraordinary people...

you need to take a risk.

That's a lesson I learned from my son.

- Hey.
- Hi.

How was your trip?

Well, a small-town girl from Kansas
in the presidential suite...

with a stretch limousine
at her beck and call.

It was definitely a change.

I'm sorry if you felt uncomfortable.

Not at all.
Actually, I thought it was amazing.

Yeah, it's easy to get used to, isn't it?

Lex, there were 2000 people in line
for that art exhibit...

and suddenly the ocean parted
and I was escorted past everyone.

I realized that
money isn't just luxury, Lex.

It's power.

And that power can be yours too, now.

Think of all the good
we can do in the world.

And I know exactly
where I want to start.

Huge one-bedroom, DSL ready,
sprawling views of downtown.

If that doesn't scream "Chloe Sullivan"...

Jimmy, I'm not screaming
for anyplace to live.

Okay, well,
this one's well-lit, secure parking...

Jimmy, I have an apartment.

And, yes, my roommate might blast Metallica
in the bathroom, but I'm happy there.

Chloe, it's in Smallville.

Look, I just don't feel too comfortable...

with my girlfriend living in
a town surrounded by murderous freaks.

You know, a chick who sprouts vines,
a serial-killer farmer with a dirt fetish.

I mean, who knows what's next?

Jimmy, your girlfriend has been living
in Smallville for the past 10 years.

And believe it or not, she's still standing.

You must have
one dedicated guardian angel.

Jimmy, look, Smallville got me stories.

And those stories got me hired at
one of the best newspapers in the world.

Are you sure your looks had
nothing to do with it?

Aren't you two still on the clock?

C.K. Just the man that I wanted to see.

Look, I'm a straight shooter, so we should
probably just get this out in the open.

I know that you got your issues with me.

What do you mean?

The whole Chloe-and-me thing.
And, hey, you know what? I get it.

But what I'm about is working through it.

So do you play hoops?

Great. Cool. Then we will, you know,
go play a little one-on-one.

We'll just leave it out on the court.

Because, you know,
I'm your bro, not your foe.

Ring that bell, dude.

There it is.

don't ask any follow-up questions.

- Well, nice byline.
- Hey, thanks.

Yeah, it wouldn't have a happy ending
if it wasn't for you, though.

Come on, Clark.

You put a psycho killer away
and you reunited a mother with her son.

I mean, there are only
so many hours in a day.

Well, see, that's the thing.

No matter how many people I save,
I can't solve the world's problems.

I don't know anyone else
who does more for this world than you.


- I thought you were in Amsterdam.
- I'm back.

- Is your mom around?
- No, she's in Topeka.

Well, I brought by some paperwork for her.
Should I leave it in the house?

That's all right, I'll take it.

I'll make sure she gets it.

This must be pretty important
if you're hand-delivering it yourself.

LuthorCorp wants to sponsor the residency
of the workers on your neighbor's farm.

They'll all be given jobs at the plant.

You realize the only reason Lex
is doing this is to wash his hands of it.

Lex had no idea
what was going on at that farm.

Lana, you don't believe that.

Unlike some people I know,
Lex doesn't lie to me.

Or he just wants his name clear
of murder and slavery...

so he sends a messenger
to do his cleanup work.

I'm not Lex's messenger, Clark.

This was my idea.

I resent that you think
I'm some puppet he can manipulate.

- No, I didn't mean it like that.
- That's exactly what you meant.

McNally remains in a low-level coma.

Put him with the others.