Smallville (2001–2011): Season 8, Episode 12 - Bulletproof - full transcript

Clark discovers John Jones was shot while working as a police officer, so Clark dons the uniform and goes undercover to find the culprit. Meanwhile, Lana confronts Tess and tells her Lex isn't the man she thinks he is. Lana's shocking news forces Tess to reevaluate her position as the head of Luthorcorp.

Previously on Smallville:

You saved me.

But that was the last time.

JOHN: The burning sun may strengthen you,
but it has the opposite effect on me.

It stripped me of my powers.

Detective John Jones.

I wanted to be close by
in case you needed me.



Does Clark know about you?

I can safely say he knows
more of my secrets than yours.

You weren't planning on coming back,
were you?

TESS: Mr. Luthor is a firm believer
in truth and justice.

He's done more for this world
than you ever will.

He dedicated his life to making it
a safer place.

Dispatch, this is Detective Jones.

Please tell me you have a 20
on my suspect.

MAN [OVER RADIO]: Suspect reported
turning north on Riverside.

Black and white in pursuit.




You're under arrest
for three counts of murder.

Thanks for your assistance, officers.

Just doing our job, detective.




This isn't exactly what I had in mind
when I suggested coffee after work.

After work?

Lana, what time is it?

Relax. It gives me a chance to see
Clark Kent in his new element.

Shirt and tie.

You must be turning heads left and right.

I guess I've been too busy at work
to notice.

You know, with everything else going on.

Any leads on that thing that took Chloe?

A night watchman
and two ambulance drivers...

were murdered
the night of the ceremony.

Lana, I'm gonna find this thing
before it hurts anyone else.

I know you will.

You've become the man
that I've always known you could be.

I should probably leave you to it.

Next round's on you?

WOMAN [OVER SPEAKER]: Emergency staff
to the ER. Incoming trauma, Metropolis P.D.

MAN: All right,
let's go. Got a GSW.

GSW to the chest.

BP is critical.
He's lost a lot of blood.

He's alive, but we can't get a pulse.

EMIL: I'll take it from here.
No one in or out without my authorization.

Clearing the wound. BP's dropping.

We've gotta get the bullet out.

Charge the paddles.
We're losing him. Clear.

♪ Smallville: "Bulletproof" ♪
Season 8 Episode 12


Oliver? What are you doing here?

I was out on patrol.
I heard the call go out over my scanner.

Whoever that is,
he can't just operate on Jones.

Why, because he's Martian?

I get it. Clark, it's fine.
He's in good hands with Emil, trust me.

After I got poisoned,
I figured guys like us...

could probably use a specialist
on the payroll.

Since when did Jones become one of us?

He's gotten me out of a few
tight scrapes with the police.

He wanted to meet with me
after his shift to talk about something.

If he hadn't sacrificed his abilities
that bullet wouldn't have left a scratch.

Now you feel guilty, that's your thing,
and I get it. That's great.

But standing here doing nothing
is not gonna solve anything.

- Do you know what he was working on?
- No.

I think you should follow your leads.
And I'll follow mine.

Hey, let's face it, teamwork's
never really been our strong suit.


What is your focus?

True victory.

And what is true victory?

Victory over oneself.


First principle of aikido.

That will be all, Terrence.

The enigmatic Lana Lang...

in the flesh.

To what do I owe this honor?

I wanted to thank you.

There's been a startling lack of coverage
on my return in the Daily Planet.

I tend to keep my reporters
on a short leash.


Most of the time.

You have just as much presence
as Lex said you did.

You'd have to, to tame a Luthor.

High marks, coming from the woman
entrusted with the Luthor legacy.

He must have had a lot of faith in you.

It wasn't easy to earn.

I wonder how much of that trust
would remain...

if he knew how much
of his money...

you were siphoning
into a project called Prometheus.

Unless, of course...

there's still someone higher than you
calling the shots.

Lex is alive.

And you know where he is, don't you?


It seems that you've been wasting
a very gifted imagination, Miss Lang.

The Planet runs a fiction section
on Sundays, if you're interested.

I used to see that look in the mirror.

You'll do anything to defend Lex,
to protect him.

He has a way of turning
that kind of devotion against you.

Well, you don't know Lex like I do.

For your sake, I hope you're right.



Glad I caught you before you left.

I just need to be back at the hospital
before Jimmy wakes up.

- I wouldn't have asked but...
- Heroes don't take holidays.

So from what I can hack,
our favorite Martian...

has been pulling profiles from a handful
of officers from the 44th precinct.

You know, I gotta say, being at the mercy
of modern technology really sucks.

I know, I know.
I'm happy to be Brainiac-free.

But my evil upgrade
was really convenient.

Just glad everything's back to normal.

So it would seem.

How are things
now that Lana's back in your orbit?

It's not like that.

I think.

Things always get messy...

when you start throwing around
the Clark-Lana triangle.

I'm speaking from experience when I say
that the third point always hurts.

I'm not trying to hurt anyone.

How about Lois?

Yeah, it's that obvious.

Whoa, Lois.

Lois is so...




But seeing Lana come back,
it's like she never left.

You can't just stop loving someone,
you know, just like that, right?

I understand the need for closure.

Just promise you're not gonna slam
my cousin in the door.

Ballistics says
it's a BG-49 armor-piercing bullet.

Which mysteriously vanished
from the evidence.

Clark, you said you returned that,
didn't you?

I did, Chloe.

You said Jones was looking into
the 44th.

Only someone from that system
could have stolen the evidence.

This could have been an inside job.

You think Jones was shot by a cop.

If that's the case, someone higher up
in the force needs to know about this.


And you think someone on the force
is just gonna open up to you, a reporter?

Clark, these guys protect their own.

Jones is fighting for his life.

I'm not gonna let who did this
hide behind their badge.

All right. If we're gonna sneak you
across this thin blue line...

you're gonna need something
more substantial than just a press pass.

Danny boy.

You all set for your new sidekick?

He was born ready.

Besides, who could resist
this handsome face?

Better than looking
at his ugly mug all day.

Give him hell, Danny.

Come on, let's go.

You the transfer from Coast City?

Joe, ready to save the world?


That's quite a sweet tooth you got there.


Got them for my kid last Halloween,
now I can't stop eating the things.

He loves banana.
Root beer's the only one worth the effort.

Help yourself.

What's the matter?
Don't they have squad cars in Coast City?

I guess I'm not used to riding
in one so nice.


Good to see you got a sense of humor.
You're gonna need that here.

Let's hope you live long enough
to catch that surf again.

There was a detective that got shot, right?
What's his name?


Yeah, well, that might be a headline
back where you come from.

But here, some detective getting plugged
is just another day in Metropolis.

Blood on a badge
is blood on a badge, right?

No matter what city you're in.

Wearing this badge is like putting
a bull's-eye right over your heart.

Meanwhile, we got these costumed idiots
running around...

getting in our way,
taking all the credit.

The Green Arrow, the Red-Blue Blur.

The Great Pumpkin.



You think they do more harm than good?

What I know is that cops got rules,
capes don't.

WOMAN [OVER RADIO]: Metro Adam 13,
10-30 in progress...

550 South Broad, respond,
code three.

10-4, Dispatch.

Junkie's hitting the pharmacy again.

Just someone I'm looking for.

All right, you ready to see
how we do it in the big city?


Make sure everyone's okay.

Metro P.D. Stop!


Stop right there.

Hold it!


You run track, Fordman?

A little here and there.

Guess I owe you one.

You have the right to remain silent.

Anything you say
can and will be used against you...


LANA: I'm uploading the files we
Wi-Fied from Tess' drives.

Transmitting data to you now.


BOY: Hello.
- Whoa.


Who are you, Warrior Angel?

No. I'm the Red-Blue Blur.

It's a losing battle.

Don't worry, Dad. He'll grow out of it.

You must be Joe.
I'm Danny's wife, Suzie.

Hi. It's nice to meet you in person.

In person?

You are not still carrying
that picture around?

He's had that thing since senior year.


You all right?

You want the ambulance?

Thanks for looking out for him today.

Losing his partner really tore him up.

It's good to know that
someone's still got his back out there.

- How long did they ride together?
- Since they graduated the academy.

One day they both went out,
and only Danny came home.

Mike always thought he was bulletproof.

Now every night I hold my breath
waiting for him to walk through that door.

We just need him more.

Hey, Fordman.

Rookie really earned his keep today.

And us.

We all made it home safe.

May we all be as lucky tomorrow.

Excuse me.

It's too bad all of us weren't so lucky.

You know, with what happened
with Jones.


Yeah, you know.

The damn shame is,
nobody knew the guy.

Ask anyone in his precinct.

Lone wolf like Jones, you know,
he stands out from the pack...

and that's not a good thing.

Safety in numbers?

Well, I wasn't making light
when I said we're all brothers.

Hard to stick your neck out
for a guy you don't know.

Isn't that what police officers
are supposed to do?


Can you believe the stones on this guy?

Good for you, Joe. Good for you.

Listen, you keep your eyes on the street.

And you leave the detective work
to the desk jockeys.

And don't be stupid like Jones.

Always wear your vest.



Fordman, we gotta go.


I guess I'm not as good
a judge of character as I thought.

It seems that you stole
some sensitive information from me.

And I thought we were bonding.

Rain check on girls' night?

You know, it's nice to finally see
what Lex saw in you.

You're stunning...

and devious.

What Lex saw in me...

was an equal.

Someone that he couldn't control.


I guess I shouldn't send my condolences
about the miscarriage then.

It gave me the perspective I needed
to see Lex for who he really is.


I know he thought
that was the only way to keep you...

but he always loved you.

When you stole the data, you corrupted
our files and we've lost everything.

Prometheus is the one chance
Lex has at survival...

and I won't let you jeopardize that.

Got you a little present, Danny.

Looks who's surfaced.

Listen. I got acquitted, all right?

The judge let me off,
no strings attached, all right?

You got off on a technicality,
you piece of trash cop killer.

Do you have any idea
what you did to my partner's family?

And what you did to me?


We may not control the system,
but we control the streets.

Please stop.

I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

Danny, he killed your partner.

Don't hold back.

Justice must be served.

I'm sorry.

You just gonna stand there, Fordman?

Or you gonna man up
and give your partner a hand?


- What the hell are you doing here?
- You gotta get out of here. Now.

Were you this devoted
before or after your accident?

Someone's been doing her homework.

I don't know what you want.

Two years ago, your survey team
was in South America...

collecting disease samples
for LuthorCorp...

when an explosion
destroyed your camp.

And you were left for dead.

Lex saved my life.

I owe him everything.

This is how a Luthor rewards
that kind of loyalty.

What are you doing?

I'm opening your eyes.

There's a nano-transmitter
hardwired to your optic nerve.

You've been Lex's eyes and ears
for quite some time.

He's watching us right now.

Lex might have saved you...

but he never trusted you, Tess.

I'm sorry.

I'll let you know as soon
as Detective Jones wakes up.

He's strong,
but he's not out of the woods.

Thank you, doctor.


- Look, take it easy.
- Take it easy?

Come here.

I saw you chatting up your buddy
the Green Arrow.

He took down our squad
and you let him walk.

- I don't know what you think you saw...
- All you do is ask about some detective...

and then I find you checking up on him
in the hospital too?

Who are you, Joe? You fed, IAB?

I wanna take down the guy who shot him.
I know the shooter's a part of your squad.

They crossed the line, Danny.

This isn't first they've gone after
who slipped through the system.

- Well, someone has to.
- What about John Jones?

He was onto your lynch mob,
wasn't he?

Danny, someone shot him to cover it up.
Who are you protecting?

You don't roll over on a badge, not ever.

Why is it okay to shoot one?

Hey, these guys have my back,
which is more than I can say for you.

I do have your back, Danny,
and I might be the only one.

This is not justice.

Joe, I'm just one man.

I mean, what can one man do?

Ask yourself why you put that uniform on
in the first place.


Imagine my surprise when I stumbled
upon Metropolis' finest going gangland.

Thug's a good look
for you and your crew.

They're not all bad, Oliver.

Some of them are out there every day
risking their lives...

- trying to do the same thing we are.
- Yeah, I'm sure you're right.

I always forget, how many parolees
did we rough up last month?

Do you remember?

I thought you would understand
that this isn't black and white.

No matter how noble their intentions,
these people have gone too far.

And you never have?

Danny watched that guy kill his partner.

Tell me you've never been tempted
to look in the eyes of someone...

who committed so much pain and...

Kill them?

Kill them for the greater good? You're gonna
tell me that's what you believe?

I didn't think so.

What I'm saying is that saving someone,
truly saving them...

is not about knocking them out
and throwing them in a dark room.

It's about helping them find
their way back to the right side.

You know what, Clark?
Some people are beyond saving.

That's the suspect
that Jones tracked down.

He didn't find his way back to custody.

He did manage to find his way
to the bottom of a river.

These cops are taking the law
in their own hands.

How many have to die
before you do anything?

Look, I've narrowed it down
to Simmons and Talbert.

- Both have sniper training.
- Great.

You sit here and you play detective.

I'm gonna go make sure your boys
don't put another person in the hospital.


What's the matter?


There's something
you need to know about Joe.

I made a couple of calls.

He's not who he says he is.



SIMMONS: Should've called.
I would've had the wife set a place.

You're under arrest for the attempted
murder of Detective John Jones.


You set me up?

You're better than this.

You did the right thing.

There's one loose thread to tie up.

And your hands have been clean
for way too long, Danny boy.

Hey, smile.

You're gonna be the man who killed
the Green Arrow.

This is messed up.
You said you were transferring me.

I'm not gonna kill you.
You're just the bait.

You ready, Danny?


How do you know
the Arrow's gonna show?

He can't help himself.

After the other night,
you can bet he's been watching us.

Help! Help!


Somebody help me!

That should do it. Let him have it.


MAN [OVER RADIO]: Target spotted
moving toward your position.

Showtime, kid.

We gotta stop meeting like this.

You're welcome.

Damn it, Turpin, move in.

Turn around. Show me your hands.

That's not bad.

It's not every day
someone gets the drop on me.

Is this all a joke to you?
That guy took a shot at me.

And you were gonna what,
put him in the ground?

SIMMONS [OVER EARWIG]: Damn it, Turpin,
you got the shot. Take it.

Joe's partner, right?

His name is Clark Kent.

This isn't about him, okay?

You got the shot, Danny.
Come on, take it.

It's not too late for you.
You don't have to do this.

Why don't you capes
just mind your own damn business, huh?

You don't know these guys like I do.

I got a family at home.

When your boy asks who you saved...

you tell him
you killed a man in cold blood.

It ain't like that.

I knew you were part of this,
but Clark actually trusted you.

He thinks you just lost your way.

Take the shot, Danny.

Man, if this is what you need to do
to find yourself, then...

Then do it.

You do it, you pull the trigger...

and you can prove Clark wrong.

Be a real hero.

Take the shot, Danny.


You should've pulled that trigger, kid.


Green Arrow spotted on 16th Avenue
assaulting an officer.

Requesting backup. Officer is down.

WOMAN [OVER RADIO]: All units, all units,
10-108 on 16th.

Officer under attack from Green Arrow.
Immediate backup requested.

How many times did I swear
Turpin wouldn't seal the deal?

Pay up.




Come on.


How did...?

It's like you said...

always wear a vest.



- Danny.
- You're under arrest.

Don't shoot.

I'm one of the good guys.

- Hey.

Uh, feels good
to be back on my feet again.


I don't know how many favors
you had to call in.

Thank you for getting me out of trouble
with the police.

It was the least I could do.

You could have used some backup
out there.

Why didn't you call me in sooner?

The same reason I've had to pull you
from the brink of death.

The same reason
you let your guard down last night.


After knowing what it's like
to truly feel powerful...

to have the ability to change fate...

it's hard to admit
when you can't do it alone.

Going solo's
really caught up with us lately, huh?

You know, for everything
Danny's crew did wrong, I have to say...

knowing there's always someone there
who has your back...

that brotherhood can make you
feel you could do anything.

When I thought my life was over,
you gave me a reason to keep going.

I wouldn't be who I am without you.

I trusted you.

Because I respected you.

I've done everything you've ever asked.

You've seen that...

with your own eyes,
and apparently with mine.

But not anymore.

I hope you watch with rapt attention...

as your bank accounts close...

as you lose all contact
with the outside world...

as your life disappears...

before your eyes.


Goodbye, Lex.

I loved you...

you son of a bitch.



I sure hope your s'mores
are worth the drive.

We wouldn't want you to spoil
your appetite.

We're going to dinner.

I'd like to discuss a merger.


A merger?

What kind of merger?

Any kind you want.

Don't keep me waiting.

Oh. All right, bud, p.j. time, okay?

Green Arrow?

No. Robin Hood.

You know, most people think
he's a bad guy, but he isn't.

That's what my kid tells me. Go figure.

Must be all those bright colors.

Danny, I'm sorry I couldn't tell you
I was a reporter.

Yeah, well,
I can't really be mad at you, Clark.

I wanna be, but you were just doing
what you felt was right.

Which is more than I can say for myself.

I just got all turned around.

I'm glad you found your way again.

Yeah, well, let's hold off on that
until the inquest next week.

But no matter what happens...

I know they can be proud of me
from now on.

Hey, Danny.

Is it hard to put them through
what you do every day?

You just can't lose sight of the people
you're trying to protect, you know?

It'd be harder not doing it.

I do what I do...

just to keep them safe.

Yeah, yeah.

What about you, Clark?

You got someone
who makes it all worth it?


If I squint just right,
it's like we're 14 again.

You say that like it's a good thing.

What's up?

I couldn't sleep.

So you came to a coffee shop?

Not your best plan, Mr. Kent.

Lana, I know you had reasons
for coming back.

Why are you staying?

Leaving's harder
than I thought it would be.

But like I said,
I don't know how long I'll be here, so...

Whether you leave in 10 years or tomorrow,
the important thing is you're here today.


We aren't 14 anymore.

The world will always be bigger
than the both of us.

Maybe it doesn't have to be
all or nothing.


For the last year...

all I've done is sacrifice myself
and everything that I loved...

for the greater good.


What if the rest of the world
didn't have to come first?

The world needs you, Clark.

What about what we need?