Smallville (2001–2011): Season 9, Episode 19 - Sacrifice - full transcript

Tess's latest intrusion, at Watchtower, and Chloe's excessive lockout mechanism, lock the pair up, likely to be killed while Checkmate breaks trough the last firewalls. Intrudening the Luthor mansion Oliver faces Zod, whose abusive side reemerges, now with superpowers. Clark must save his friends and hopes to do he same for the Kandorians, one of which carries unsuspecting Zod's unborn child, but the all-round secrecy exacts terrible prices.

Previously on Smallville:

There are aliens among us.

If you don't stand with us,
you stand against us.

It's time for you to pick a side.

There's only one way
to leave Checkmate.

I finished tracing the number
of our rogue Blur. It was Zod.

You lied about having powers.
How'd you get them?

From your blood.

Your father left the Book of Rao
on this Earth.

With all of this, there is no limit
to what we can achieve.

Don't act like there isn't some agenda
you're not telling me.

If it wasn't for Zod,
I wouldn't be alive today.

Let's just say I know him
better than you think.

A group of your people are looking
to a new leader. Clark.

The time has come
to share in your birthright.

I know what I have to do.

Hey. Don't tell me you forgot
about your favorite customer.

I thought you forgot about me.
You're late.

I'll have the usual, please.

All I got left is strong and burnt.

As long as it's hot.

You know, I've been meaning to ask.

What kind of job has a pretty young lady
working all night, every night?

Actually, I work
for a nonprofit organization.

We help people in need.

Trying to save the world, huh?

All night, every night.


Chloe Sullivan. Password: 051409.

Vocal and bio analysis confirmed.

Welcome to Watchtower, Miss Sullivan.

Ready to save the world from itself?

How did you find out my secret?

Oliver's voice wavered when I told him
that Watchtower had been kidnapped.

And I've seen the way he looks at you.

It's the little things a girl tends to notice.

And yet you somehow missed
an unloaded gun.

Watchtower safety compromised.

Initiating lockdown.

It's in your best interest
to get these doors open, now.

Security breach. Access denied.

We're not going anywhere.

Watchtower's in control now.

I let myself in.

Terrific. Did you, uh, hop up to the helipad
or just super-speed past security, Clark?

- I used the elevator.
- How human of you.

You're not on patrol tonight.
What's going on?

I need to find Zod.

You know Chloe?
She's got this big building...

...filled with stuff I paid a lot of money for.
She could probably help you out.

Last thing we need is to have a weapon
like Watchtower fall into the wrong hands.

I wanna keep Chloe out of the line of fire.
I figured you'd agree with that.

Keep Chloe out of the line of fire?
What's going on?


He went after Lois. He pretended
to be the Blur and he put her in danger.

It's time to take off the gloves.

I need you. I can't have you starting a fight
if I'm trying to keep the peace.

You like to see the goodness,
but you know what this guy's capable of.

I know what you're capable of.

I understand how you feel.

Don't think I'm not angry too.

I can't have you firing off the first shot,
threatening everything I've worked for.

These are my people
that we're talking about.

My first real chance to have
a Kryptonian family here on Earth.

And we need to find Zod
and confront him. My way.

- Yeah, all right, man, I got your back.
- Then suit up.

Check the mansion.

Before Tess went off the grid, she got close
to Zod. She may have left some intel.

I have another lead
I wanna run down on my own.

Hey, Clark.

You know, those Kandorians...

...they're not the only family
you have here.

In the event that I die of starvation
or, oh, say, a ricocheting bullet... you mind telling me
how you got in here?

You're sloppy, Chloe.

I've got thousands of samples of your DNA
from all the times you've spied on me.

It's called a DNA cloak.

Well, aren't you fancy?

You know, getting in doesn't really
seem to be our issue right now.

How the hell do we get out of here?

Short answer: it's impossible.
When Checkmate kidnapped me...

...I upgraded Watchtower's security
to contain intruders like you.

The only problem is
I was supposed to be on the outside.


The lockdown prevents any signals
from getting in or out.

Threat confirmation still active.

Wait a minute. Watchtower didn't react
because you attacked me.

We're on lockdown because
some hacking transmitter was detected.

Initial signal managed to pirate data
before my firewall blocked it.

The thing is alive.

It's trying to break through another firewall,
give away our location.

- What did you bring in here?
- Nothing.

I wanted to erase any info you had
on the Kandorians, not re-route it.

I knew you were the Kandorians' lapdog,
but I didn't realize you were Zod's bitch.

All right, look. If you're not behind this...

...there's only one other group I can think of
that wants Watchtower this badly.

The signal's scrambled. Watchtower threw
up some kind of halo of interference... soon as the tracker went live.

Waller's coming online.

We're trying to sort out the data
we siphoned...

...before they blocked us.
What is your status?

We've narrowed the location
within a 20-block radius.

Good. We can't afford to make a mistake
with the Red Queen so close.

Don't make me regret putting
my little white knight back in play.

There's no need to worry.

We're gonna have Watchtower
in Checkmate's hands by dawn.

Godspeed, Agent Campbell.

Waller out.

You heard the Wall, gentlemen.

Let's show Mercer how we feel
about a little thing called treason.

Okay, if I was hiding
a transmitting tracking device...

...I would wanna make it
as unassuming as possible.

Which means
I can probably count this out.

"Fever" colored lipstick? Really?

Well, I was gonna go with plain Jane,
but you seem to have that market cornered.

How much could have been leaked?

Watchtower downloads what amounts to
the Library of Congress every 3 seconds.

Which means in half that time, Checkmate
could have attained my entire database.

And all of your files on the Kandorians.

Firewall breach.

Cluster 4458.

If it wasn't planted in your things,
it must be on you.

Firewall 3110.
- What?

Chloe, this is ridiculous, okay?

It's in your body, Tess.
Just beneath your skin.

- Get it out of me, now.
Firewall 2081.

Oh, my God.

- It moved.
Firewall 1579.

When it feels threatened,
it burrows deeper into the host.

We'll never get it out now.

How did you know that?

It's a Checkmate device.

A mechanical parasite powered
by the host's biorhythms.

Firewall 1209.

You know what they say:

"You lie down with dogs,
you end up with fleas."

Laugh it up, Chloe. But when Checkmate
finds us, we'll both be dead.

I'm glad you've found a way
to preserve our culture here on Earth.

I wish everyone saw it that way.

Zod disappeared and took
the rest of our people with him.

I don't understand.

I thought all of you had found a new life
here on Earth.

We were wrong to follow you, Kal-El.

We did what you asked, tried to assimilate
with the humans, we were left behind.

We're gathered here, waiting
for Zod's return, to ask his forgiveness.

I'm sorry.
I never meant to divide our people.

But you cannot realign with Zod.

You've never trusted him, Kal-El.

All Zod wanted was to give us powers
so we could protect ourselves.

Zod already has powers.

He's had them for weeks.

Faora, there's something
you need to see.

You are unmistakably
the one they call Green Arrow.

A rebel with many causes.

Glad to know my reputation
still proceeds me. You must be Zod.

The soldier with no army.


I see my reputation precedes me too.

Guessing by the looks of him,
we're not the only ones waiting for Tess.

Oh, yeah, him.

I find it disgusting how quickly you humans
can betray your own.

Now, that one, he gave up all sorts
of useful information before he died.

About something your government
called Checkmate.

And about who they're after.

Not long ago, a gift-wrapped me
was top of that wish list.

And now Tess is.

Checkmate is using her to get to us.

Hunting us to the death.

Having been on the receiving end
of their terrorist schemes...

...why don't you join me...

...against our common enemy?

Well, I'm flattered, but if I let you go
after Checkmate, you'll start World War III.

That's not an option.

Your conviction is admirable...

...but you can't possibly think
you're faster than me.

I've always been taught
to favor accuracy over speed.


Air supply terminated.

Firewall 12.

We got three minutes of air left.

You think Checkmate will find us
before then?

Asphyxiation or firing squad.

Heh. Damned if we do,
damned if we don't.

Firewall 11.

Just damned.

- I just wanted to save the world.
- Heh.

That's funny.

Last time I checked, you were just trying
to get rid of everyone in it.

Firewall nine.

Paint my ideals however you want...

...but you and yours don't trust people
any more than I do.

This entire building was programmed to
prevent anyone from getting close to you.

Firewall seven.

Yeah, I guess I lost my faith in people
a long time ago too.

It's why you won't let Oliver
get close to you.

And why I can't blame him
when he eventually leaves.

He's not gonna leave you.

With you, he has a purpose.

I wish I could have given him that.

- And it kills me.
Firewall three.

Because you have everything
right in front of you...

...and you can't even see it.

Firewall two.

Final breach imminent.

They broke through the final firewall.

Checkmate's gonna be here any minute.

As long as they torture us with the a.c. on,
I'll die happy.


Okay. Watchtower's cooling system uses
a special mix of liquid helium and nitrogen.

Cold enough to shatter steel.

What are you waiting for?

If I pull these tanks,
then the mainframe melts.

All my work. Watchtower is gone.

If you don't, we die.

Critical oxygen level.

Warning. Temperature variation detected.


System failure imminent.

System failure imminent.

System failure imminent.

System failure imminent.

System failure imminent.

System failure imminent....

They're back on the grid.

Safeties off, gentlemen.

Shoot to kill.


He destroyed Krypton.

My father sent those messages
here to Earth... help me stop history
from repeating itself.

I trusted Zod too. That's why
I didn't tell you any of this sooner.

Look, the circumstances may be different,
but Zod cannot be trusted.

On Krypton, he destroyed the planet
to prove a point.

We can't let him do the same thing here.

I'd hoped what Zod had given me
would reunite our people.

What he gave you?

At the ceremony,
your sister was protecting you.

You're pregnant.

And Zod's the father?

This baby is proof
that you can still have a life here...

...apart from Zod. Without powers.


...Krypton lives on through you.

Why don't you just murder me now?

Isn?t that what your race does?

And I would love to, believe me.

But although inconvenient
and a lot less fun...


...I made a commitment to Clark
to help save the world peacefully.

Now, with that said,
if you bulldoze me again...

...I might have a change of heart.

Zod's been looking for something
ever since we arrived.

The Book of Rao.

Zod said the Book of Rao
was some sort of Kryptonian Bible.

It's so much more than that.
It wields great power.

And if Zod were to get his hands on it...

...then who knows what he would do?

Oliver, what's wrong?

I found what we're looking for. I'll give you
a hint. He's bigger than a breadbox.

- Zod?

I'll be right there.

Well, you take your sweet time
because I have everything under...






- Change of plans, Agent Campbell.
Change of plans?

We just made contact
with Mercer's tracker.

I don't care about Mercer or Watchtower.
We decrypted the data.

We found the aliens.

Checkmate is going to stop this war
before it gets started.

Waller out.

We've got her 20.
Now lock her down, I'm not losing her.

Sir, you heard Waller.
We have our orders.

I just spent the last five months in recovery
from what Mercer did to me.

Now, this op is over when I say it's over,

I don't get it. You're in the clear.

We escaped before Checkmate
got a hit on Watchtower's address.

Doesn't make you less of a liability.

You still know the secret identities
of all my most valuable players.

There's no sense
in both of us getting captured.

I'm not letting you out of my sight
until we get rid of your little friend.

I know how much I'm asking of you
in standing against Zod.

I will not let my child be raised
under a tyrant's rule.

We cannot let our future be guided
by a tyrant's hand.

Our past ended in war.

Let our future begin with peace.

There they are!

You, go.

- Enough.
You heard her.

Enough's enough.

The leader comes with me.

We have a few things to discuss.

Dispose of the rest.

I'll have Dr. Hamilton check in with you
once we get him and assess the damage.


...Checkmate's after the Kandorians.

Only you can save your people.

Please. Our people have done nothing.
Where are you taking us?

- Vala, where's your sister?
- They took her.

Atropine? What the hell
are you gonna do with that?

There's no time. Look, if you're right...

...and that transmitter is powered
by your biorhythms...

...then the only way that I can turn it off
is to stop your heart.

I have to kill you, Tess.

And this is the only way
I'm gonna bring you back.

You're asking for a pretty big
leap of faith here.

You're gonna have to trust me.

You ready?

Do it.

Signal just went dead.

Let's move.

Keep looking.

Establish a perimeter.

I want this whole area locked down.

Son of a bitch.

Whoa, whoa.

I really... I really didn't think you'd do it.

Bring me back.

Neither did I.

For the record, I saved your ass.

You say anything about me or mine
to anyone... time you won't wake up.

You understand?

Guess you'll have to trust me.

Our field offices were just leveled
by the one you call Zod.

We knew nothing about this.
Zod is acting alone.

We stand apart. We only want peace.

Dozens of my agents are dead.

We are way past peace.

Then we will help you stop him.

Defecting means betraying
your own kind.

I'm only betraying one.

Checkmate's actions demand justice.

Murder isn't justice.

Seems like a lifetime ago...

...when I pulled you out of that rubble,
doesn't it?

The Siege of Argo.

There were many losses that day.

Not for me...

...because I found a young...

...and beautiful cadet
who would become my trusted right hand.

Oh, you were so brave
in the face of death.

I knew then that you would be
a true partner.

I've trusted you...

...for so very long.

Depended on you...

...across time and space.

But in your eyes, I just see contempt.

I see betrayal.

Now, why would you turn your back
on me?

I shared my bed with you.

I didn't turn my back on you.

You turned your back on us...

...when our only crime was trying to forge
a life for ourselves on this planet.

If I ever learned that insurrection
had spread across my ranks...

...if I had ever discovered that my men
had aligned themselves against me...

...I would raze this planet.

I would burn it to the ground...

...until the last ember went cold
beneath my boot.

Now only I will lead us to the next age.

All will follow Zod.

You already sacrificed one world
for your ego.

You know nothing of sacrifice.

I know more than you ever will.



I found a way to prioritize our satellites... get a location on Mercer
once she left the hospital.

Zod destroyed the Metropolis field office
and six more went dark.

The Black King is still missing.
We're at war.

Contact the U.N. We have to regroup
before they strike again.


Tell me you found that Z-branding bastard
so we can slap him across the universe.

Zod's on the move. And there's no sign
of Faora or the Kandorians.

Maybe if I can reach the others,
I can talk some sense into them.

We may be too late for that.

That's the Castle.


Zod's attacked Checkmate.

Oliver was personal.

With this, Zod just declared war.

You're not gonna like
where he's gathering his troops.

My eye in the sky above the Fortress
is picking up movement.

What was to be the first son
of Kandor is no more.

Now we, the last sons
and daughters of Krypton...

...have no choice
but to preserve our birthright.

The humans killed the mother
of my unborn child...

...the mother of your future.

That's a lie.

The last time that I saw Faora,
she was alive.

And she was alone...

...with Zod.

Why should they believe you?

And this traitor...

...saved the life of the woman
who held you hostage.

The woman who wanted to dissect you.

Who wanted to torture you.

Murder you.

Vala, if there's anyone who really knows
what your sister wanted, it's you.

It was peace, Vala. She wanted peace.


Zod's right.

The humans will never allow Kandor

They will hunt us to the last man...

...but they will fail...

...for we shall never be defeated.

We will follow General Zod
to the ends of this Earth.

Krypton will rise again.

And all humankind will kneel before Zod.

I'll never let that happen.

You won't be able to stop us.