Smallville (2001–2011): Season 7, Episode 15 - Veritas - full transcript

When Brainiac ends up in a confrontation with Clark after trying to coerce Kara into joining him, he takes it out on Lana.



Quiet morning.

It's cold. Still.


Almost reminds you of Krypton,
doesn't it?

Who are you?

The answer to many
of your unanswered questions.

l seriously think
you have the wrong farmhouse.

I'd have expected a girl raised
by such a stoic race to be a better liar.

But you're just as transparent as Kal-El.

-How do you know Kal-El ?
-I've been watching.

l don't know what you want,
but that life is in my past.

Only because you have no option to return,
but you would , wouldn't you?

You have to miss the way things
used to be.

Getting your memory back
must have been...

...a disappointment.

llike my life here.

And l think you should leave.

That's a valiant effort.

But it's not the truth.

What if l told you...

...that there was a way to go back?

To save everyone you loved?

I'd say you weren't the first Kryptonian
to use those memories against me.

And it won't work.

That's unfortunate...

...because l need you.

Sorry. That's not my problem.

Well , at least you can't say
l didn't ask nicely.

Just remember.

lf we'd have done this my way... one wouldve gotten hurt.

Why didn't you tell me there
was another Kryptonian?

You were halfway across the country
with no memory. He's not a guy.

He's a machine. He's a--

He's a computer.


The last time l went up
against this thing...

...he wanted me to release Zod.

But you destroyed Zod, right?

What is he after now?


Your father.

He made bad choices toward the end.

Is it possible that he and Zod were allies?


lf there's one thing that our fathers
agreed on, it was their hatred for Zod.

Then why has he turned his attention
toward you?

l don't know.

But when we go up against him... would be helpful
if we were all in the same playing field.

Or should l say sky?


Aren't articles supposed to have words?

Oh, l just start with the best part
and work backwards.


My photo card has an equally
big blank spot that's dying to be filled...

...and l was just wondering if....

lf you need eye candy to complement
those prose, but it looks like--

-Don't they put you guys on assignment?
-Yeah, yeah. The little stuff.

But now that the news is brought to you
by the LutherCorp...

...l need something really, really big
to stay off the gallows.

Don't worry. Lex couldn't hate you
more than he hates me.

So why not give him
a double whammy?

Lois Lane and Jimmy OIsen
in their big debut.

What about Chloe?

This will shock you, but Clark called...

...and Chloe ran off
on some big secret project.


Okay, better make sure that camera's
loaded with ammo...

...because l got tomorrow's headline.

"Daughter of Nobel-Winning Astronomer

That Swann woman that they fished out
of the lake last night?


l thought that she drowned.

More like sank.

Kind of hard to swim
after you've been shot.

All the tracks have been covered,
Mr. Luthor.

No one will ever be able to trace
the locket back to you.

-l don't need to remind you--
-Absolute secrecy.

After this many years, trust me,
l understand the magnitude of this moment.

It's funny.

All those global treasure hunts
and cave excavations...

...and the secret of Veritas
was so much closer than l thought.

l suppose it's poetic in a way.

Most things we spend our lives
searching for...

...usually are right in front of us.

There is one thing
l don't quite understand.

You say you've been searching
your whole life...

...but l thought you didn't learn
about Veritas until recently.

I've always known my father
was covering a secret.

A secret of cryptic symboIs
and mystic stones.

l just didn't know it had a name.

And what was it? The final piece?

My own memory.

After the first meteor shower,
there were years l blocked out.

But ever since l was shot in Detroit...

...l keep having flashes of things
that I've forgotten.

And that's how you remembered that.

-Come on, Patty. It's your turn.
-But l just went.

-Okay, okay, I'll go.

Ten, nine, eight, seven, six...

...five, four, three...

...two, one.

Ready or not, here l come.

MAN 1 : Dr. Swann has been very open
about the Traveler.

MAN 2: Has he? l feel like I'm trying
to solve a puzzle with only a few pieces.

-He's keeping things from us.
MAN 1 : Lionel, he's being cautious.

From the mutiny you're suggesting,
he should be...

...but Swann only tells us what we need
to know. It's safer that way.

MAN 2: l understand,
but suppose it's all been a trick. A ruse.

l mean, if we don't open that envelope...

...Dr. Swann's conclusions could be
as mythical as the gods of Mount Olympus.

VirgiI's gonna be here any minute.

l suggest you don't
refer to his life's work as mythology.


It's the greatest secret
the world will ever know.

We formed this group
to protect that secret, not expose it.

Is that Robert Queen talking
or is that Virgil Swann?

You're sounding more like him every day.

Yes, Dr. Swann
made the discovery alone.

That does not give him the right
to keep it to himself.

Give me the envelope, please.

We promised
we would meet the Traveler...

...before we decided to pursue a way
to control him.

Don't talk to me about promises.

You've been working in secret
with Dr. Swann.

And you, Edward, you and Genevieve
gallivanting around the world.

You've been searching
for those magical stones.

Lionel, this is bigger than the Queens
or the Teagues or the Luthors.

Long before our families united,
men died protecting the secret of Veritas.

lf Edward's ancestors are right...

...they've been sacrificing themselves
to protect it for centuries.

lf Dr. Swann's prediction is correct,
the Traveler's coming now.

We can't wait.

That envelope and the secret inside it
will give us uItimate power.

You're afraid.

-You don't trust yourself with that, do you?
TEA GUE: This--

There isn't one among us
who could resist that temptation.

We agreed
we would not open that envelope...

...unless the Traveler proved
to be a threat.

That's why Swann and l
are flying to Zurich.

To make sure that the secret
is kept locked safely away...

...and uItimate power
is left in the hands of the gods.



Find the bank this key belongs to.

-Sir, that could take months.
-Try 24 hours.

It's in Zurich.

Mr. Luthor, do you have any comment
on the death of Patricia Swann?

Put that camera down. Put it down.

Put it down.

Very resourceful.

l realize that an appointment
or a press conference...

...would be too conventional for you,
Miss Lane, but--

Come on. You wouldn't take
an interview with me...

...if your life depended on it.

So, what makes you think
I'll respond to an ambush?

-Your chance to tell the truth.
-The truth?

-Before you're hauled away for murder.
-Ha. l can't decide.

Is it boundless courage you have,
or is it incorrigible stupidity?

Potato, potato.

You were the last person to speak
with Swann...

...before the poor woman ended up
sucking pond water.

All right.

This clever conversation is now over.

Suit yourself , but I'm not gonna be
the only one asking questions.

According to records, you had five calls
in one day from a woman...

...who was previously sequestered.
It happened to be the day...

-...she ended up dead.

Evidence of a business transaction,
which it was.

Oh, l don't doubt that.

Look, every photo ever taken
of Patricia Swann...

...shows her wearing this family locket.

Now, not only was this locket missing
when we fished her out of the lake...

...but there was a burn...

...right here on her neck,
where the chain was forcibly removed.

Very sad.

My heart goes out to her family.

-Mr. Luthor--
-Now, if that is all from the dynamic duo... will be very happy
to help you find your way out.


Easy as pie.

Clark, l know you sent Lana off to Isis
so she wouldn't see your maiden voyage.

When are you gonna stop stalling?

Not helping.

I'm sorry. No, I'm not-- It --

But it's just really easy.

Just up, up and away.

l don't have time for this.

You saw Brainiac fly away.
How do you plan on catching him?

It won't matter if we don't find him first.

Instead we're wasting time
with abilities that l don't have yet.

Fine, you cover the lands
and I'll cover the sky.

l wish it were that easy.

Chloe's been working overtime
trying to help me locate Brainiac.

Then he just shows up with no warning.

There's gotta be some way to track him.


Everyone needs to be fueled
by something.

He's not affected by the sun like we are.

So, what does he run on?

Maybe energy.

He is a computer.

Hello, Lana.

Let me go.

Chloe, why didn't you tell me
they found her last night?

l just walked through the door.

Another member
of the Veritas clan silenced.

Chloe, do you think LioneI's behind this?

He was throwing suspicion on Lex
when you were captured...

...but nothing l dug up reveaIs any links
between Lex and the Veritas clan...

...other than his father.

Looks like all roads lead to Lionel.

What if she died protecting me, Chloe?

Protecting my secret?

Clark, we don't have time for guiIt
right now.

l spent the morning
sweet-talking the centurion... Department of Water and Power,
and he finally agreed... fast track
my password approval... that we could scan the power grids
for any unusual surges.

Brazil, Honduras, Florida.

God, Brainiac really gets around.

Oh, my God.

What is it?

A massive power surge flared up
in Metropolis right near the Isis Foundation.


-Clark. l- -
-Save it for the police.

-No, please. l came to see Lana.

I'd hoped she could talk some sense into
you, but we're running out of time, son.

You must listen to me.

CLARK: You destroyed the life of one son.
You don't get a second chance.

The only real son you have hates you
just as much as l do.

That-- That doesn't matter,
but you've gotta listen to me. Please.

It doesn't, because you're just gonna
wash your hands of it, aren't you?

Just like you did when you murdered
Dr. Swann and the Queens?

You haven't changed.
Patricia told me and you killed her for it.

No. Clark, no. I'd never--

All right, but it's not important
what you think of me, but l- - Oh, God.

There are some things
that you should know.

l have kept your secret hidden longer
than you imagine.

l should have listened to my father.

l was stupid to think you could care
about anyone other than yourself.

You're less human than l am.

Clark, there's-- There's something l- -
l must give you.

Here, take this. Please.

There's nothing you have that l want.
Now, where's Lana?

l don't know. The receptionist said
she had a visitor and then she left.




Thank God you weren't at Isis.

l was afraid Brainiac had gone there
to find you.



Lana, your hand.


No. Lana?

So much for teamwork.

Why'd you disappear on me?

l thought you were gonna check in with me
when you and Chloe found Brainiac.

Clark, what's wrong?

What happened?

It's Brainiac. He's done something.

It was supposed to be me.

"Deliver Kara."

"Daily Planet."

Lana. Lana.


Lana, please.

Well , it kind of takes the intrigue
out of breaking and entering.

So why do you think that LioneI's sharing
his deep, dark murderous secrets with Lana?

He left his office and came straight here.
Just look around.


-I'm sorry, but this is really--


No way.

Who is that?

Patricia Swann's driver-slash-suspected-
killer who's vanished.


And that's significant because...?

"Lana, I'm innocent,
you have to believe me.

l need your help. Lionel. "

The guy who killed Patricia Swann
wasn't hired by Lionel.

He was working for Lex.

They're preparing the jet.

l hope you found the bank.

Sir, we traced the key
to the National Depository of Switzerland...

...but we hit a roadblock.

When we're this close,
l think it's fair to say...

...that persuading a glorified teller
should be the least of our worries.

lf someone's holding out,
pay them whatever they're asking.

Sir, this bank held off the Third Reich,
the Sicilian Mafia and al Qaeda.

With all due respect,
I'm fairly certain they won't bow to you.

l don't understand. lf they're
requiring authorization, that's not an issue.

-We have the key.
-We have one key.

Each safety deposit box
in the high security vauIt requires two.


We've already started trying to track down
the other, but we don't have any leads.

Hold on. Hold on a minute, will you?

The divers.
Did they find anyone who survived?

No, sir.
The Queens have been confirmed dead.

LIONEL : And their son, Oliver?
MAN: Away at boarding school.

Their key. Do you have the key?

The helicopter's waiting, sir.

Thank you.

I've got it.

No, well , we just need Dr. Swann's.

No, all right. Listen to me one more time.

The Traveler is useless to us
unless we can control him.

Well , the answer to that... sitting in a safety deposit box
in Zurich.

Look, we'll talk later, all right?


You ready for an adventure, son?

Where's your tie?

Okay. Here we go.

We are gonna fly in a helicopter... a friendly little town just--
Just outside the city called Smallville.

Okay. Let's go.

I'm not sure we need to look that far
for the key.


Like you said...

...most things we're searching for
are closer than we realize.



l can't let you do this.

What happened to Lana, it's my fauIt.

Brainiac wants me.

But we don't know what for.

-And l won't lose you and Lana.
MIL TON FINE: You won't have to.

What did you do to Lana?

Alittle adjustment
to her central nervous system.

Absolutely irreversible
by any human standards...

...completely reversible by me.

Whatever you want me to do...

...just don't let Lana suffer.

I'm afraid that she is suffering.

There's part of Lana that's completely
aware of what's happening around her...

...but she has no control over her body.

Motor skills, her speech,
every breath she takes is controlled by me.

Leave her out of this.

Did l mention that Lana
is in excruciating pain?

She just can't express it.

But you can end this.

Just come with me.

Kara? Kara, no. It's a trap.

You can't trust him.

It's the only way to save Lana.

Miss Sullivan, you must talk to Clark.
l need you to talk to Clark.

Alittle late to mend that fence.

Amazing how a couple of cold -blooded
murders can come between people.

No. No, l have taken moral responsibility
for every atrocity l committed in the past.

The past? Try last week.
Maybe even today. Who knows with you?

l did not-- Did not kill Patricia Swann.

After you knocked off her father
and the rest of the Veritas coven of yours...

...I'm supposed to believe you why?

Because l was given a gift.

l was chosen by Jor-El to serve him,
to be his vessel, his emissary.

And that changed me.

That made me a different man.

We're not stupid.

You preyed on Clark's inherent need
to find good in all people...

...and his constant willingness
for forgiveness...

...but now you have cried wolf
one too many times.

Miss Sullivan, please.

I'm begging you to listen.

Clark won't talk to me.

He's turned away from Jor-El ,
and now he is vuInerable.

He is in terrible danger.

-lf he's in any danger, it's only from you.
-l repented.

That's right,
you're an intensely spiritual man.

You amassed all the power a human could
until you found out about Clark.

Befriending him is the closest thing
you'll ever get to seeing God.

Protecting him is the only way l found
to pay for my sins.

And isn't that what we all want?

To repent? And be forgiven?

But none of that matters.

Because what's coming is so terrible.

-Another faIse warning.

-You need to come up with a new line.


How is she?

Clark, I'm so sorry.

l really need to find Brainiac.
Please tell me that you've got a lead.

l wish l did, but it's like Kara and Brainiac
vanished off the map.


You can see her now.

I'll wait here for you.


It's me, Clark.



You're too late, Kal-El.