Smallville (2001–2011): Season 7, Episode 16 - Descent - full transcript

Now Lex is about to discover the secret of the Veritas society that Lionel Luthor and Oliver's father founded, Lionel implores him no to go and tells his son that the traveler is none other than Lex. Lex wrestles the locket (with the second key for the strongbox in Zurich) from Lionel's neck and pushes him down the Luthorcorp skyscraper to his death. Clark believed Lionel protected the secret for his Kryptonian sake, and finds confirmation. There are more murderers at work, notably Lex's assistant Gina who is specifically after the secret.


I'm sure there were moments...

...when King Arthur regretted pulling
the sword from the stone.

But he never gave up his quest.

So why did you?

Or have you already found the Traveler...

...that you and the less fortunate members
of Veritas were looking for?

The Traveler.

Why doesn't it surprise me that you've
fallen for Patricia Swann's vivid imaginings?

l didn't imagine the deaths of Virgil Swann
or Queen's parents.

You think l can control the fate
of individuaIs ? Oh, God.

You give me too much credit.

You certainly controlled mine.

It wasn't an accident we were in Smallville
the day of the meteor shower, was it?

The factory was just a cover.

You were really there to meet this Traveler
that Veritas wanted to protect.

-l remember everything, Dad.
-Those are the memories...

...of a small boy in shock trying to cope
with the trauma of a meteor shower.

A trauma brought on by my own father.

My life changed forever that day.

You sacrificed me for the Traveler.


Who is it, Dad?

Who is it?

Who is it?

What if l told you now...

...that you are the Traveler?

You're right.
Your life truly changed that day.

l told you in the helicopter that you
were destined for a great future.

That's why I've been so hard on you,
trained you so relentlessly.

Think, Lex. Think.

You have survived mortal injuries
so many times.

How eIse can you explain it?

Because l was trained
never to accept defeat.

When l get my hands on that box
in Zurich...

...l have a feeling all my questions
will be answered.


l know how strong it is,
the attraction of the dark power.

But it will destroy you.

l can't let you go down that terrible path.

You must not open that box.

l can't open it
because l need a second key.

Give it to me.


I've swept every possible place
you couldve hidden it...

...and l finally realized, there's only
one person you would trust it with.




Lex, if you open that box,
if you get hold of that secret...

...there will be no redemption for you.
No redemption.


l was raised in your shadow.

Now you're gonna die in mine.

No one will even remember your name.



CHLOE: I'm sorry, Clark. l traveled halfway
around the world via satellite.

There's no trace of Kara and Brainiac.

l can't let Lana sit in an asylum in pain.
The only way to help her is to find Brainiac.

I've tapped every radar screen
known to mankind.

There's no bogey
or blip unaccounted for.

It's like they just flew off the map.

What about Brainiac's power sources?

Check the electrical grid
for any power surges again.


Stay focused, Chloe.

Busy night out there.

MAN: l got--
MAN 2: Go and grab the kit.

WOMAN: It's all right.
MAN 3: Got it.

What's going on?

Someone at LuthorCorp jumped out
their window.

Rumor has it, it was Lionel Luthor.


Let's go.




l just talked to him.

You said you were working down the hall
from your father tonight?

l heard him yell.

Then he was gone.

l know how difficuIt this must be for you,
but l need a positive identification.

Whenever you're ready.


Thank you.

Mr. Luthor.


You killed him?

You killed Dad.

Sir, do you want to make any statement?


Can you give a statement?

Not that l wanna speak ill of the dead,
but Lionel left a lot of damage in his wake.

He locked you in a kryptonite box.

Lionel did a lot of things.
He'd never commit suicide.

l don't know about that. He was beyond
disturbed when he came to the Daily Planet.

It doesn't mean he'd take his own life.
He was rattled the last time l saw him.

He was desperate to give me something,
a locket.

What does a locket have to do with Lionel
falling 40 stories from his office window?

Mr. Luthor?

l just wanted to tell you how sorry l was
to hear about your father.

When l was a boy...

...we took a trip together
to Washington, D.C., just--

It was just the two of us.

l thought l was just tagging along
on another business trip...

...but he wanted to show me
the Air and Space Museum.

He knew l loved things that could fly.

We were looking up
at the Apollo 1 1 Command Module.

l couldn't believe it went to the moon.

My father held my hand...

...and he told me, "The right man...

...can make anything possible."


You have his locket.

How did you get him to--?


...Lionel was a cruel, sadistic man.

What are you suggesting?

No one will ever know, Lex.

l promise you.

Where's the key?

It was empty.

My father must have given it
to someone.

l asked you to keep an eye on him, Gina.


Lionel stopped by the Daily Planet
before going to LuthorCorp.

He was spotted in the basement.

Get the helicopter ready.

Of course.


You killed Dad for a necklace?

You're not real.

He was mean sometimes,
but he loved us, Lex.

Get out of my head.

Get out of my head!

You shouldn't have done it!

l had no choice!





"For Kal-El , in the event of my death."


LIONEL : In my lifetime, I've known
many famous and powerful men:

Presidents, sultans, kings...

...and I believed that I was superior
to them all.

But I've come to know the truth, Kal-El.

My greatest accomplishment
is that I have dedicated myself... protecting your life and serving you.

For that, I am grateful.

But if you are reading this... means that I cannot protect you
any longer from a terrible truth.

Two lockets exist. Two.

Each one has its own key.

These keys, used together,
unlock the secret of controlling you.

You must find the keys, Kal-El...

...or your destiny will fall
into the hands of another man.

You must save yourself.

What is it with the Luthors? l swear, death
follows that family like a stray puppy.

-You'll not believe this--
-l wanted to search LuthorCorp tonight...

...for evidence
that Lex had Patricia Swann killed.

But you, no, genius that you are,
you wanted to stay here...

...and search through meaningless memos
in Lex's office.

-While we were here at the Daily Planet...

...photographing everything
but bottled water...

...the story of a lifetime was happening
across the street.

Lois, just take a look at the view.

One of tonight's shots from Lex's office.


The schoolboy crush is sweet...

...but you need to adjust your focus
in more ways.

This is serious.
Bodies are falling out of the sky.

And we have the picture to prove it.

-Lex's office looks out over LuthorCorp.


It's Lionel Luthor right before he died.


No way.


l can't believe you got this, Jimmy.

Well , it's gonna get creepier.


There's someone eIse in the room.

Lionel Luthor might have been pushed.

You think this blurry blob of pixeIs
is the killer? Come on.

Trust me.

This has Pulitzer written it all over it.

Yeah? What are you waiting for?
Sharpen the shot.

Well , it's not that easy.
My computer's not powerful enough.

Hey, what about that heavy-duty hardware
that Lana's stashed at the Isis Foundation?


l can upload this bad boy
to the foundation's server.

lf we're on Lana's system...

...we could probably use Chloe's mad skills
with a CPU.

Oh, that is,
if we can pry her away from Clark.

Chloe and l share the same DNA.

Trust me, Jimmy.
She's gonna wanna be in on this.




I'm so sorry about your father.

Thank you, Chloe.

He visited you here tonight.

Yeah, he really wasn't himself.

l fear, in his deluded state of mind... father disposed
of some valuable family heirlooms.

Did he give you anything?

CHLOE: Other than the feeling
that something was definitely off? No.

He was only here for a few minutes.
To be honest, l got scared so l- -

Have you checked your desk?

He didn't give me anything, Lex.
l swear he just came here to talk.

This was my father's.

I've never seen it before.

-Why were you hiding it from me?
-lf l knew it was yours, l wouldn't keep it.

Why would he even give it to you?

Do you know what this key is for?

Lex, Lionel wasn't in his right mind
when he was here.

l don't know why he left that.

You're fired.


Escort Miss Sullivan from the building.

CHLOE: Aren't you gonna give me a second
to clear out my private things?

Your personal items will be boxed up
and sent to your home.

Lex, your name may be on the building,
but that's my personal stuff. l have rights.

lf anything is missing, Lex, l swear to God,
you won't hear the end of it.

I'll pack up Miss Sullivan's belongings.

You go back to the mansion.

Get some sleep.

We did it, Lex.





Okay, that's it. I'm leaving.

l wanna start working on this picture...

...but we haven't heard from Chloe yet.
l think that we should wait.

News waits for no one, not even Chloe.

You texted her, you left her three voicemail
messages at the apartment.

She's not Helen Keller.
She'll get the message, meet us there.

It wouldn't kill us to wait a few...

...more minutes.

l agree with Mr. OIsen.


JIMMY: Why are we outside of the kitchen?
It's a little late for a snack, isn't it?

LOIS : I've seen you here before, haven't l?
You work for Lex.

Mr. Luthor has nothing to do with this.

I'm here about that photograph you took.

Which photograph would that be?
l take a whole lot of pictures.

Lionel in his office before he killed himself.
l want that photo destroyed.

His death was tragic enough without it
being sensationalized by the media.

You could have said that
before you broke out the artillery.

As soon as we saw it,
l jumped on the delete button.

This is all a big, big misunderstanding.

You're lying.

l deleted it.

After l saw your message...

...l went into the mainframe
and pulled it from your hard drive.

The transfer log shows you uploaded
the file to a second server...

...with a cloaked IP address.
l wanna know where you sent it.


-You shot me?
-You weren't cooperating.

-How about a warning?
-Tell me or she dies. Where's the server?

It's the Isis Foundation. It's 3rd
and Broadway. It's a 10 -minute drive.

I'll come back for you when I'm done.



You're really bleeding, Lois.


l guess trying to take on
one of Lex Luthor's fembots...

...doesn't make me the smartest icicle
in the freezer.

Don't worry.

I'm gonna get us out of here.

Hey, is anyone out there?


Is anyone in there?

Help !

Can anyone hear me?

-Hey. Jimmy and Lois here?

Not yet, but Jimmy's message said
he sent the files... l was about to get started.

l got a message that Lionel left for me
in his vauIt.

Chloe, l think l know why he was killed.

He was trying to protect me.

Lionel did say something terrible
was coming.

There's something on Earth
that can be used to control me.

Control you? As in "do my bidding,"
some sort of puppet?

l mean, what could possibly pull
your strings?

l don't know. But whatever it is,
it takes two keys to unlock.

Clark, when l went back
to the Daily Planet tonight...

...there was a key in my desk.

Lionel left it there for you.

Where is it?

Lex took it.

l was trying to hide it from him,
but then he fired me.

Which is fine because l wanted to get out
of that black hole anyway, but--

We don't have time
to talk about my 9-to-5.

So you think that that mystery man
was after the locket?

l don't think our mystery man
is much of a mystery at all...

...considering Lex went to the Daily Planet,
the same night that his father died...

...and fired you over that key.

How long till we get an ID
on this picture?

Jimmy said there isn't a lot of photo
in this photograph.

It'll take me at least a couple of hours.

Keep working on it.



My father just died
and you're already breaking and entering?

Lionel would never take his own life.

l thought you'd at least try
to offer some words of comfort.

Get out.

I'm not going anywhere.

You can still be good, Lex.

Tell Clark what you did.

He's our friend.

I'm not gonna debate
my father's mental state with you.

I'm grieving, Clark. l think you know
what it's like to lose a father.

Don't bring my father into this.

Why not?

Our fathers were a lot alike.

Smart, strong-willed
and both died prematurely.

You know, you're right, Lex.

Lionel did die too soon.

l wanna know the truth
about how he died.

The truth is...

...our dads were alike in another way.

See, they both feIt that you were
the kind of son a father could be proud of.

He would have feIt the same way
about you, Lex...

...if you would have tried.

What happened to you?

l did try, Clark.

In fact, when we first met... inspired me.

All l wanted was to be your friend...

...but you turned your back on me.

So you're the person you are today
because of me.

l tried to be your friend, Lex.

-But all you care about is power and control.
-This is Smallville!

Meteor freaks, alien ships,
cryptic symboIs.

These threats are real.

Someone had to take control.

Someone has to protect the world.

Listen to yourself , Lex.

You're so caught up in your own delusions,
you've lost track of reality.

Have l?

Then let's talk about something
you can't deny.

After years of pleading with my father
to show me some compassion...

...he turned to you...

...with open arms.

Now, what would a worldly billionaire
have in common...

...with a simple farm boy?

Maybe he just knew he could trust me.


Of course.

Everyone can trust Clark Kent.

You're the perfect son.

So-- So why did Jonathan Kent
always seem so stressed?

l mean, was raising the perfect son
really that much work?

l wonder how much of a strain
it put on his heart.

Are you blaming me
for my father's death?

Are you?

You're the guiIty one, Lex, not me.

And this time, you're gonna own up
to what you've done.

l know you killed Lionel.


-Who's delusional now?
-l have proof.




You really did it, Lex.




Chloe, you in here?

Chloe, what happened?

-You okay?
-Somebody hit me.


They destroyed the picture.

But you were right, Clark.

l saw the picture. It was Lex.

When l went to see Lex,
l found LioneI's locket.

But without that photograph,
we can't prove anything.

-What about the key?
-l x-rayed the mansion.

It's nowhere to be found.

-What happened to Jimmy and Lois?
-l don't know and I'm worried.

They were leaving the Daily Planet.

lf whoever attacked me
followed the photo from there to here--

He may have stopped Jimmy and Lois
from leaving the building. l gotta go.

Clark, if Lex has both of those keys,
not only will he discover your secret...

...but he'll have total
and complete power over you.

Now that's not just your worst nightmare,
it's everyone eIse's too.

Be careful.



I've got an exclusive for you.

When we get out of here...

...Lois Lane...

...and Jimmy OIsen
are gonna be world famous.

JIMMY: We really do make a good team,
you know?

I think there's gonna be plenty
of headlines ahead of us, I can see it now.

It's gonna be great, Lois.





Hi, Lex. It's Gina.

Please call me back.

l found who you've been searching for.

l know who the Traveler is.




After the funeral,
l plan on taking some time off.

Get the jet ready.



You can't run away, Lex.

No matter where you go,
I'll always be there.

You can't get rid of me.

You need my help.

There's still good inside you. l know it.

l don't want your help.

Don't go to Zurich.

I'm going.

l have to.

Dad was right.

lf you open the box, it will destroy you.

It's all l have left.

It's not true.

You still have me.


I'm done listening to you.


You make me weak.

Long night.

It's good to see the sun again.

It's too bad LioneI's not here to see it.

Lex closed the funeral
to any and all guests.

In other words,
Lex is the only one invited.

Lionel deserves better.

At least we know
how Lionel truly feIt about you.

l mean, he thought of you
as his second son.

Another person who treated me like a son
and died because of it.

-Jor-El died getting me on that ship.

My dad died of a heart attack
from the powers he took on protecting me.

And now LioneI's been murdered
for protecting my secret.

They did die for you, Clark.

But uItimately , they died for all of us.

There was a reason those men
were in your life.

Each of them added something
to the man that you are today.

How could Lex have done it?

How does a son...

...murder his own father?

Total absence of love.

Some say that's the definition of evil.

You have to get those keys away from Lex,
Clark, before he kills anyone eIse.

He's not gonna have the chance.

l won't let him.