Smallville (2001–2011): Season 8, Episode 13 - Power - full transcript

Clark and Chloe search for Lana, who has it in her head that things will be better between her and Clark if they were on "a more-even keel," and goes off on her own in search of a suit ...

Previously on Smallville:

- You are too late, Kal-El.
CLARK: Lana?

- Miss Lang had a full recovery.
- Where is she?

She's already checked out,
but she wanted me to give you this.

I knew that if I looked into your eyes,
I'd never be able to say this.

If I ever discover that someone withheld
information that could help me find Lex...

...I'd respond accordingly.

Nobody questions my loyalty.

I can't believe it.

Lana, you're back.

- Why are you staying?
- Leaving is harder than I thought.

You still haven't told him
the reasons why you disappeared.

Or what you plan on doing next.

Lex saved my life. I owe him everything.

This is how a Luthor rewards
that kind of loyalty.

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

I've done everything but not anymore.

Goodbye, Lex.

If the world
didn't have to come first?

- The world needs you, Clark.
- What about what we need?


Sir, it's not too late
to suspend the procedure.

Our orders are to move forward.

At what cost?

I know Mr. Luthor wants to get back
on his feet as soon as possible...

...but we are nowhere near ready
to attempt this on a human being.

The studies on mice
have barely even started.

Doesn't matter.

Mr. Luthor wants us to proceed
and that's what we're going to do.

Where are we
with the molecular transfusion?

- Prepared for absorption.
- The subject?

Vitals normal.

We're all set.

Begin the transdermal evisceration.

Stand by.



LANA [ON VIDEO]: We always thought
that we were meant to be together, Clark...

...but the truth is,
we were fooling ourselves.

I need you,
but the world needs you more.

And as long as I'm in your life,
I am holding you back.


Clark, you know you're bored...

...when you resort to watching
a repeat of your break-up.

I needed to remind myself
that Lana left for a reason.

Did something happen
that made you suddenly forget?

Last night we kind of kissed.

I know. It was a mistake.

I don't know what I was thinking.

Clark, you're acting like
you committed a crime.

Now, I'm not a lawyer...

...but I don't think a little trip
to first base is exactly a felony.

I'm digging up feelings from the past
that need to stay buried.

For both our sake.

You have abilities at your disposal...

...but suffocating feelings that
wanna come up for air isn't one of them.

Lana thought she was holding me back,
and she was right.

After she left,
I got off the farm, I got a job.

I started using my abilities
to help people when they needed it.

Did you do that because Lana left...

...or because you grew up and realized
what you wanted to do with your life?

Clark, maybe she isn't the liability
you're making her out to be.

How does she feel?

It's on that disc.
She doesn't wanna be together.

She made that disc seven months ago.
People change.

You certainly did.

Look, stop playing the guessing game
and talk to her.

She's probably at my apartment
right now.




I didn't know it was you.

I didn't realize that breaking and entering
was one of your hobbies.

The damage was done
when I got here.

Okay, I was worried about Lana
and I came to warn her...

...but I was obviously too late.

Warn her about what?

It seems that she's been poking around
some classified LuthorCorp technology.


The last time I checked,
you were in charge of LuthorCorp.

Everything but the nanotechnology
dedicated to sustaining Lex's life.

The bear may be hibernating...

...but that does not mean
that he's gonna let his honey get stolen.

You think Lex is behind
what happened to Lana?

I don't think, Clark, I know.

And I'm really concerned for her.

Since when did you and Lana
become close friends?

I will forever be grateful to her.

Lana's responsible for finally showing me
the monster that Lex really is.

- The least that I can do is repay the favor.
- I knew Lex was still alive.

I had no idea he was capable
of kidnapping Lana from a distance.

It wouldn't be the first time
he's abducted her from afar.

She didn't tell you.

Tell me what?

Do you remember that DVD
she made for you last spring?

Did you ever wonder how
Lana got her hands on a video camera...

...right after she awoke
from a deep coma?

As long as I'm in your life,
I'm holding you back.

Please, for both of us,
don't come looking for me.

I love you, Clark...

...more than you will ever know.

Now let me go.

- It's for your own protection, ma'am.
- Is that what Lex told you?

You've been in a coma
for the past three months.

We're here to make sure you stay safe.


Get her in the van.

I'll meet you at the compound.

That disc was a lie.
Lana never wanted to leave.

She left
because she was escaping from you.

- Clark.
- You're no better than Lex.

If I had known,
I would have never been part of it.

- Lex convinced us it was for her own good.
- How nice of him to kidnap her.

Lex also said she was in that asylum
because of you.

That your relationship was so dysfunctional,
you were constantly hurting her.

Where are you taking me?

To a place where you'll be protected.


Lex has been watching me, hasn't he?

Waiting for me to wake up
so he can kidnap me.

Mr. Luthor just wants to help you.

I'm not feeling very well.

You're dehydrated.
You should drink that.

I think I'm gonna throw up.



Wait. Wait a minute.

Just calm down.


Leave the keys in the ignition
and get out of the van.


The thugs that Lex used,
he could have used them again.

What are their names?

What are their names?

They're both dead.

The people Lex employs now are brand-new,
without any ties to his past.

What do you got there, Clark?

I'm not sure what it is.

Doesn't seem like Lana's taste.

It's not.

Have you seen this before?

My strategic adviser, Carter Bowfry,
it's his.


What did you do with Lana?

- Don't know who you're talking about.
- Don't lie to me.

I found your medallion in her apartment.

My medallion is right here.

Exactly the same.

- How do you know Lana?
- Son, I suggest you back down right now.

Lana has been kidnapped.

Look, if anything you know
may help me find her, please.

You can trust me.

You must be Clark.

How do you know my name?

I gave Lana that medallion
last spring in Edge City.

I don't know how she tracked me down.
But she did.

Money means nothing to me.

I'll pay you whatever you want.

I don't need your dollars, ma'am.

I'm just a retired teacher
living off his pension.

A teacher who trained Green Berets
and Navy SEALs... withstand extreme pain and torture.

I've done my homework.

I need your help.

What I have to teach,
you're not ready to learn.

You'd be surprised.

Just give me a chance.

You're not a soldier
and you're not a government agent.

So why are you here?

I want to be invincible.

Well, good for you.

Look, I'm all for girl power...

...but you're gonna have to go find yours
on your own, okay?

I'm not asking you. I'm telling you.

If you help me,
I promise you'll be helping the world.

You were barely under.

It's too cold.

You are weaker than I thought.

Yeah, life hasn't exactly been
a walk in the park lately.

Oh, poor, poor, pitiful you.

Now, how long you been feeling sorry
for yourself?

Let me guess, your entire life.

- You tortured her?
- I trained her.

- It's how she came back stronger.
- She's always been strong.

Now she's missing, because of you.

All I did was help her get over
the one thing that was holding her back.

- What are you waiting for?
- I'm just not used to scorching myself.

Get used to it.

No fear, no pain.

I can't.

It's not fear that's stopping you, is it?

You're holding onto something.

Or someone.

Do you see anyone else here?

Oh, I can feel them. So can you.

As long as you're trying
to be someone you're not... are gonna be vulnerable.

You're gonna feel the pain.

What's their name?

His name's Clark.

And if I had an ounce of his strength...

I am not training you
to be like someone else.

I'm training you to be Lana Lang.

To rise from the ashes
of your previous life...

...stronger, more powerful, fearless.

It's time to rise.


You don't look ready for class.

Carter, I have learned so much from you.

But what I need, I can't get it here.

What you need are skills, Lana.


I need power.

You'll have it.

But it just doesn't happen overnight.

No, I've had it before.

Skills and abilities
beyond what you can imagine.

But I wasn't ready for them.
Physically, mentally or emotionally.

And now, thanks to you, I am.

This thirst for power, Lana,
I've seen it before.

Most of the time,
it doesn't have a happy ending.


Before you fly off to change the world...

...I've got something for you.

I don't deserve it.

Take this so you'll always remember... you rise higher and higher,
never look down.

- After Edge City, where did she go?
- Metropolis.


She was so full of hope.

Wanted to imprint this stamp of positivity
on the world.

I couldn't let anything happen to her.

After all the death and destruction
I've been responsible for...

...Lana was my chance at redemption,
so I tracked her down.

- When you found her, what was she doing?
- Investigating LuthorCorp.

I told her to put it in the past,
but she wouldn't listen to me.

So I joined her cause.

To keep an eye on her.

And I got this job on the inside,
feeding Lana information...

...while I advised Tess Mercer
on defense-contract strategies.

Did Lana contact anyone else
when she was in Metropolis?

A blond woman.

They went to high school together
in Smallville.

- Chloe?
- Sullivan.

Sir, she's barely alive.

It's the only way to apply the nanites.

Begin the grafting.

Applying the Prometheus layer.

The cloak and dagger existence
suits you well, Regan.

So how's the new career?
Breaking and entering?

Did you find what you were looking for
in Lana Lang's apartment?

Still looking. Just like you.

Only I'm trying to find the technology
to keep Lex alive, not to destroy it.

The world already believes he's dead.
I'm just trying to make a fantasy a reality.

You actually believe you can declare Lex
Luthor dead and not end up dead yourself?

You're a pretty pathetic guard dog.

Loyal to a master
that can't even feed himself.

Why don't you come
and work for me, hm?


I'll give you more milk bones
than Lex ever did.

I think I'd rather shovel cow dung.

Oh, you see, it's not really a choice.

Once you discover
the Prometheus technology...

...I want you to bring it to me.

I'm afraid that you're gonna be waiting
a long, long time.

Find me the Prometheus technology...

...or I'll have to take it by force.

Generation complete, Dr. Groll.

Pull her out and get her quarantined.

Engage containment procedures.

Bio and HAZMAT team standing by.
Full suit.


Clark, no more super-scares, please.

- I'm this close to a cardiac arrest.
- Why didn't you tell me?

- So now I'm keeping secrets I didn't know.
- Lana.

How could you not tell me
you spoke to her?

Because she asked me not to.

I have to respect that.

Well, now it looks like your respect
may have gotten her kidnapped.


If I had known, I could have stopped her
before she got hurt.

I wasn't about to betray her trust,
like I'd never betray yours.

- You of all people should understand that.
- This is different, Chloe.

I have abilities.
I can take care of myself, Lana can't.

Chloe, all that matters now is finding her.

Please, you have to tell me
everything she said to you.

Okay, first of all, just so you know,
she didn't come back to see me.

She was on a mission.

Am I hallucinating...

...or is that the long-lost Lana Lang
in front of me?

- Hi, Chloe.
- Hi.

My God, I thought I'd never see you again.
Now you're back.

Actually, I'm only here for a short stay.

I am so impressed
with what you've done with Isis, Chloe.

You've turned my dinky little operation
into a place that really helps people.

I'm just carrying on the torch you lit.

In other late-breaking news,
I'm getting married next month.

Wow. That is a huge headline.

I am so happy for you.

You two make a perfect couple.

Speaking of which, does your short stay
include a pit stop at the Planet to see Clark?

Not this time.

But I read about the red-blue blur
saving the citizens of Metropolis.

I've gotta say that when I saw that article,
it brought tears to my eyes.

I am so proud of him.

Lana, I know that you miss all of us...

...but something tells me
there's more to your trip back home...

...than simply checking in
with the old gang.

I actually came back here
to find out more about Project Ares.

Project Ares.

Wasn't that Lex's scheme
to genetically enhance injured soldiers?

Using alien DNA.

This is all in the past.
Lex is out of your life now.

Why don't you just put this behind you
and move on?

- I am moving on.
- Really?

It seems to me
you're not just playing with fire...'re stepping into a raging inferno.

Clark should know about this.

I plan on telling Clark
when the time is right.


Chloe, I want you to promise me
that you won't say a word.

I can take care of myself now.

All I did was honor my friend's secret,
and now I feel like this is all my fault.

Must have been the way she wanted it.

So she could do what she had to do
without anyone getting in her way.

Especially me.

Did you check on Project Ares?

Yeah, turns out the project was mothballed
even before Lex went missing.

Tess told me Lana's been looking
into technology that'd keep Lex alive.

She thinks Lex abducted her.

Since when are you trusting
the first lady of LuthorCorp?

Since she came clean with me.

She told me when Lana made that disc...

...she was being held at gunpoint
by Lex's men.

Wait, Clark.

If Lana didn't make that disc on her own,
why didn't she come home to you?

She was too busy
planning her revenge on Lex.

Chloe, I need to find Lana
before she does something she'll regret.

It's a ballsy move,
sitting in the boss's chair.

Either you have good news for me or you
like to live dangerously close to the edge.

I guess it's the latter.

He did have good news for you.
The address of the Prometheus lab.

Unfortunately, he told me first.

So working for Lex gives you carte blanche
to kill innocent people?



He worked for you, Tess.

Give a mid-level bureaucrat
a bit of power...

...and it goes straight to his head.

You're the expert.

You know,
I actually used to be envious of you.

Of course, that was before I found out
Lex was using you as his eyes and ears.

I happen to have
my own eyes and ears...

...hidden in the security cameras
in this office.

Not only did they record your illuminating
conversation with my security guard...

...but also his tragic murder.


But that footage is nothing
compared to the memorable moments I saw.

Lex was nice enough
to let me catch some of your highlights.

I'll make sure a few of them
make it into your obituary.



There's a classified LuthorCorp project
called Prometheus.

But now that I'm Brainiac-free,
I couldn't even begin to hack the firewall.

You said the first time you saw Lana,
she was standing in front of this radiator.

Yeah, I think so.

But I don't know what the building's
heating system has to do with any of this.


Looks like
Lana's got her very own secret stash.

She obviously didn't wanna leave
any of the good stuff on my gigabytes.

Why do I feel
like I'm cracking open her diary?

It might be the only way
we can save her, Clark.

- Who's this guy?
- Edward Groll.

He's been with LuthorCorp
since the first meteor shower.

If they gave out PhD's in all things alien,
this guy would definitely have one.

I know you were involved with
Project Ares...

...but more importantly,
I found out you designed Prometheus.

I want to commend you.

That is an amazing achievement.

You must be mistaken, Mrs. Luthor.

It's Miss Lang, that will never change.

I promise, doctor...

...I don't intend on destroying
your technology.

I wanna put it to good use.

I'm an academic.

I hold a chair in biophysics
at Metropolis University.

Where you've designed and built
a metadermal skin graft...

...that will not only sustain Lex's health,
but will give him superhuman abilities.

Superhuman abilities.

Have you taken up reading comic books?

For someone intelligent enough... harness alien DNA
into the ultimate power suit... are dangerously naive.

What good will your technology do
in the hands of a madman?

You and I both know
that Lex is too dangerous to wear it.

But I can.

I'm sorry,
I don't have time to discuss fictitious...

If Lex ever puts on that suit,
he will corrupt its power.

He will become a god among men,
and the world will never recover.

Do you want your legacy... be allowing Lex Luthor
to become the ultimate weapon?

Or do you wanna be remembered
for saving people's lives?

For improving the human condition
all over the world?

I have the space in East Metropolis.

In a warehouse on 95th and Bristol.
You can set up your lab.

It's not just me.

I work with a lab full of researchers.

They'd never allow it.

Tell them it was on Lex's orders.

That he wanted me to be the guinea pig.

It's not so far-fetched, is it?

I don't think she was kidnapped, Clark.

Lana doesn't wanna destroy
the technology.

She wants to use it on herself.

Thank God. Her blood pressure's rising.

For now.

The machines
are what's keeping her alive.

She's going to be fine.

She has to be.

Where's the Prometheus suit?

Stop. Don't enter that chamber.

Any contaminant could kill her.


- Lana.
- It was Lex's orders.

Prometheus must be destroyed.

It's too late.

You can't destroy the suit
without murdering her.

Lana Lang was born to be a martyr.



You will never be able
to help Lex Luthor again.

You find her before she finds me.

This woman is lethal.


Lana, you gotta believe me.
I didn't know you were in there.

Yes, you did.

I'm not here to hurt you, Tess.

I'm here as your friend.

My BFF who tears open my safe
with her bare hands...

...and burns all of my research?

I think that you're stretching the definition
of friendship just a little bit.

I don't want you
to make the same mistake I did.

I know how much
you wanna get revenge on Lex...

...and who can blame you?

I have felt that exact same rage.

He didn't implant a microchip
into your brain.

All that anger
will lead you down a long tunnel...

...that you will never find
your way out of.

Yeah, that's a really easy position to take
when you're clad in an invincible suit.

I didn't put the suit on for protection.

I did it so that I could actually do
some good in the world.

You are an amazing woman, Tess.

But it's hard to see when you're stuck
in the dark shadow of an even darker man.

Why do you think I want Lex gone?

You may have gotten rid
of the microchip...

...but every second
that you are consumed by hate... another second
Lex is still in control of you.

Don't be a victim anymore.


Kent, what are you doing
rising before the roosters?

Couldn't sleep.


Meet me up on the roof.


I've been looking all over for you.
Are you okay?

I've never felt better, Clark.

It's because you're wearing that suit,

You have powers.

And the last time that happened,
it didn't end well.

I'm different now.

This time I've prepared myself.

Why didn't you tell me
what you were doing?

You would have never let me
go through with it.

Because it's dangerous, Lana.

It's never been tested on humans.

Give Lex credit where credit is due.

When it comes to all things scientific...

...he's pulled off the impossible
on more than one occasion.

Clark, you don't
have to protect me anymore.

You don't have to worry about me.

How can you say that, Lana?

- We have no idea what's gonna happen.
- Exactly.

And that's why it's so important
to live in the present.

Whatever happened in the past,
and whatever happens in the future... doesn't matter.

It does matter, Lana.
It matters if you get hurt.

I know how much you care about me.

You always have.

That's why when I came back
for Chloe's wedding...

...I didn't think we could be together.

Clark, the last thing I wanted
was to be some distraction in your life.

You're not a distraction.

You never were.

I'm not anymore.

Clark, nothing can hurt me anymore.

You and I are equals now.

And together...

...we can help make the world
a better place.

- Unless that's not what you want.
- No, Lana, it's exactly what I want.

But it's a dream, Lana.

We both know
dreams normally don't come true.

There's never been anything normal
about us.