Smallville (2001–2011): Season 9, Episode 2 - Metallo - full transcript

After being hit by a truck, John Corben becomes a human guinea pig when his heart is replaced by a machine powered by meteor rocks, which, in turn, gives him extraordinary strength, and he realizes he can use it to catch his prey...the Red & Blue Blur.


Anyone home sweet home?

Guess not.

Mrs. K wouldn't approve.

Shelby, hey.

Don't tell me Clark's ditched you too.

I know. Smallville isn't the same
without Smallville, is it?

So if he's still
on his whirlwind walkabout...

...who's been feeding you, huh?


Hey, beautiful.

- Are you still at the office?
- No, no.

Sitting behind a desk isn't the same
without those brown eyes of yours...

...I don't know, glaring at me.

Since you didn't wanna grab dinner,
I spent the time searching out news.

And you'll never guess what I found.

If I do,
would you take me off your speed dial?

Very funny. Your favorite freak's
been at it again and the story's mine.

Take it, sticky fingers.
Plenty of headlines to go around.

Oh, my goodness.

Never thought you'd be willing
to share the Blur, Lois.

We should celebrate over coffee.
Your place or mine?

Or neither.

I'm not exactly being generous.

The Blur catches more bad guys
before breakfast...

...than most cops do in a day.

Hell, that's the problem. He's not a cop.
He's a vigilante...

...with superpowers
and a thing for the letter S.

Well, then, he's done a super job
cleaning up Metropolis.

Thanks to him,
the city can sleep at night.

What if he screws up?

How do you hold him accountable?
No one's seen his face.

John, after everything the Blur's done,
how can you be such a cynic?

Well, apparently, I don't suffer...

...from the same soft-hearted
hero worship you do.

At least I have a heart.

You gotta lighten up, John.

Spend less time
on the dark side of the street.

There's another side to the Blur
and I'm gonna expose it.




Hush, little baby, don't say a word.

Mama's gonna buy you
A mockingbird.

And if that mockingbird don't...

Don't forget to zip up your jackets,

You got a letter from your son,
Mrs. O'Brien.

I've been waiting for that.

So will you marry me?

If you promise to love me forever.

Ventura-1-9, 211 in progress.

Hey, Shel.

Thanks for the wake-up call.

These dreams are like
midnight movie madness in my head.


At least I can rise and shine
to a better world, courtesy of the Blur.

Okay, Lois.

Uh, Lois? Why is Clark's dog
welcoming me home?

Oh. I dropped by the farm yesterday...

...and I found Shelby alone
with her Wheaties.

I thought Clark secretly came back
and didn't tell us.

So you decided to call him out
by dognapping his furry friend?

Lois, I'm sorry.

I'm the one that was on pooch patrol.
Clark still isn't back yet.

I know. I called Mrs. K...

...and she said he's visiting cousins
in Poughkeepsie.

I mean, how long can you stay
in Poughkeepsie?

Sounds like someone misses him.

Please. I don't miss Clark.

I just can't stand the new guy
that's at his desk.

He is a textbook hero-hater.

Oh, come on. Who hates the Blur?

Anyone who reads
can see how great he is.

It looks like he's spreading his wings,
doesn't it?

Yeah, I just hope
he's not spreading himself too thin.

I mean, he sounds a little lonely.
I can hear it in his voice.

His voice?

Did he call you again?

Well, I am his one and only contact
at the paper.

So it was work-related, then.

Not really. I mean...

...he calls when I'm at work
and he relates things to me.

But I think sometimes
he just calls to chat.

I think maybe I'm the only person
in his life that he can really turn to.

Wow, that's incredible.

I know, right?

can we table this tell-all until later?

I have to get ready. It's time to step
back into the ring with a certain CEO.

- Bye.
- Bye.



Hey, how you doing?

Lois stopped by and found Shelby here
alone with a dish full of food.

Don't worry, I covered for you.
But you should know...

...that you're now on her radar.

Thanks. I'll be more careful next time.

Dressed like that?

Clark, what if I was Lois?

She would take one look at you
and realize that Clark Kent is the Blur.

I told you there is no Clark Kent.

No disrespect
to your Kryptonian calling...

...but coming back to feed the dog
is about as human as it gets.

Are you still reaching out to Lois
as the Blur?

She told you?

You're supposed to be training
with Jor-El. Does he know?

- Jor-El doesn't need to know.
- So you're lying to him.

You said you're turning your back
on your attachments...

...but apparently,
only when it suits you.

You're taking this
all too personally, Chloe.

You're still angry about Jimmy...

We both sacrificed so you could become
the hero you're meant to be.

Now quit backpedaling, Clark.

Commit to what you started
before more people get hurt.

Oh, God, it hurts.
Oh, get it out of me, please.

- Okay. Cooler heads, people.

Let's get a trauma panel, UA,
type and cross for four.

More film on his chest and arms.

- I'm Dr. Hamilton. You are?
- I'm in a nightmare. Look at me.

All right. Who did this to you?

I don't know. I don't know.

I got hit by a truck and when I woke up,
this was in me.

What is it? What is all this?

My initial assessment...

...someone has surgically implanted
a bionic matrix in you.

It appears to be powered
by a fragment of meteor rock.

So you can you can take it out
of me, right?

I'm afraid not.

They removed your heart.

No. No.

This apparatus is the only thing
keeping you alive.

I gotta... I gotta go.

His epi levels are spiking.

- I need a sedative now!
- No! No sedatives!

No! No! No! Get off me!

Stay there.

Seriously. What is it with you
and physical violence?

The last time you and I
saw each other...

...things did get a little physical,
didn't they?

And then what happened, Tess?
Inquiring minds want to know.

You don't remember?

A three-week concussion
can do that to you.

But I think
that you bonked me on the head...

...and then held me somewhere.

Held you?

That's wishful thinking, Lane.

When I came to,
you were already gone.

We never did get to finish
what we started, though.

Little rematch?

I won't fight you, Tess.

I came to tell you
I'm not leaving the Daily Planet.

You were never leaving, Lois.
I fired you.

Well, I'm not gonna get into the whole
"she said, she said" thing with you.

But I do have friends
at the Inquisitor...

...and they would just love to run a story
about LuthorCorp's CEO...

...and her plans to launch
a hostile alien takeover of the world.

Except no one would ever believe you.


Maybe not.

But do you really want the attention?

I'll see you at the office.

Shouldn't you be in school?

She's got a little fire in her.

Stuart. What is it?

Um, it's about your missing Kryptonians

I extrapolated
a dozen potential destinations...

...and I think I know
where they pit-stopped in Metropolis.

I understand it took Chloe years
to get used to your entrances.

I heard what happened
on the police scanner. Meteor freak?

No. The man that did this
is something far more disturbing.

I'd loosely classify him as a cyborg.
Part man, part machine.

- Someone built him.
- Against his will.

I've seen this before.
Lex had similar projects.

Not like this.

Clark, they took his heart...

...evidently to make room for his
bionic body's new energy source...

...a meteorite fragment.

The synthesis between meteor
and machine increased his strength...

...but it also boosted his adrenaline,
intensifying his emotions.

I fear the longer that rock
powers his body...

...the more it'll poison his mind.

We have to do something to help him
or he could turn homicidal.

He already put one of my orderlies
in a coma.

I need to find him
before he hurts anyone else.

He didn't give me his name,
but he did leave this behind.

They must have dropped
out of his pocket.

These are given to every
employee at the Planet.

He must work at the paper.

Well, then, he won't be hard to find.
A green glow's hard to miss.

Emil, I need a favor.

Your favorite freak's been
at it again and this time the story's mine.

Well, then, he's done a super job
cleaning up Metropolis.

What if he screws up?

Thanks to him,
the city can sleep at night.

This apparatus is the only thing
keeping you alive.

No, no.

There's another side to the Blur
and I'm gonna expose it.


I don't know.

I don't know how this happened...

...Becca, and I don't know who did it...

...but I know why.

It's a gift. It's a gift.

I thought I just wanted
to unmask the Blur...

...but now I know what I've wanted
to do all along is kill him.

And now I can do it
with my own two hands.

I don't know how you did it, Lane,
but HR just made it official.

Welcome back. Where's Corben?
I got an assignment for him.

You mean God's gift to journalism?
Five bucks says he's stalking the Blur.

Keep it for cab fare.
Head down to the hospital.

Cover his story. Patient went
on a rampage, destroyed the ER.

- You're giving me Corben's leftovers?
Make a meal of it, Lane.

Daily Planet.
Lois Lane, your first choice in reporting.

I need some information.

It's you.

Something happened
at Metropolis General.

Yeah. I know all about it.
I'm covering the story.

- Got any leads?
- Not yet.

I don't know the man's identity,
but I do have his keys.

I think he works at the Daily Planet.

He works here?

Hey, do you want me to find out
who's missing their keys?

No. I...

I was just wondering
if you noticed anyone...

- I am so on it.
- No, Lois. Listen to me.

This man is dangerous.

He's some sort of superhuman cyborg.
I don't want you to get hurt.

You really do care about me,
don't you?

- Lois.
- Okay.


I'll just keep my eyes open. I swear.

But if I do see anything, it's not
like I can call you from the bullpen.

Then I'll call you at our phone booth.

You think of it
as our phone booth too?

Just be there at 7.


I need to get into the archive room,
but forgetful Lois forgot her keys.

Can I borrow yours?

Make sure you return them.

I just remembered
where I stashed mine.

Hi. I'm doing a special interest piece.

They say you can tell a lot
about a person from their keys. May I?

- Is that a foot?
- For luck.

Superstitious and disgusting.

- Lo.

I was just checking my e-mail.

When I asked if we could table
our talk about you-know-who...

...I meant until I got home.

Actually, the only table I'm here about
is the kind they serve lunch on.

I was thinking maybe we could celebrate
you getting your job back.

I would love to,
but I'm kind of already on a job.

I'm working for you-know-who.

- Blur?
- Mm-hm.

- Doing what, exactly?
- Hunting down a real-life Terminator.

Lois, that sounds dangerous.
Why is he not doing that himself?

Oh. Sometimes heroes can't do it all
on their own, Chloe.

That's why they need sidekicks.
Rain check on lunch.

These were stolen from LuthorCorp
facilities over the last week.

Your visitors managed to hack
into the low-rent alarm system. Shocker.

Security didn't notice anything was gone
until this morning...

...but I tracked the container's GPS.

This technology was meant
for several unrelated projects.

What were they building?

Maybe Frankenstein's monster.

I scaled a few of the firewalls
over at Met Gen...

...and I found some pretty sick x-rays.

Not exactly your basic bypass surgery.

LuthorCorp has the best scientists
on Earth...

...and none ever thought
to put these pieces together.

It's impossible to put this much
turbocharged hardware into one person.

The equipment alone
requires a massive power source.

Why did he give someone a power-up
and then let him go?

Maybe it was a test
to see if it would work.

They could still be monitoring him.

Zod and his people are one step closer
to getting their powers.

Well, it looks like the night shift
finally clocked in.

What happened,
tried to shave in your sleep?

Why do the electronic records
in this place only go back a year?

Hello. Lois. Banter, banter, banter.

What happened?
Did your snappy patter set with the sun?

Where are the records?

Little less snap
and a little more patter, please.

Okay. It's a new system.
They haven't transferred it all over yet.

There's a copy of everything
in the archive room.

What are you looking for?

The Blur.

He didn't come out of nowhere, Lois.
There must be some kind of origin story.

Maintenance crew's already been
through there. Don't forget your keys.

I need to borrow yours.

You don't have your keys?

I must have lost mine.

Keep them.

I'll get them in the morning. It's late.

I should go.

Please call. Please call. Please call.


It's me.

Look, I know who he is.

The man from the hospital.
His name is John Corben.

- Lois, I asked you not to...
- Please be careful.

Corben has a supersized grudge
against you...

-...and if he's powerful as you say...
- I'll be fine.

Just promise me you're
headed home and not back to the office.





Chloe, Lois has been kidnapped.
I need your help.

Tell me this isn't because you let her
chase that cyborg all by herself.

I told her not to get involved.

Clark. What did you think
she was gonna do? This is Lois.

She was just referring to herself
as the Blur's sidekick.

I should have never called,
but I can't let anything happen to her.

Dr. Emil told me about this guy,
said he has a kryptonite heart.

You're not gonna be able
to get close enough to do anything.

He gave me this.
This is an EMP grenade.

It'll blast an electromagnetic pulse,
stop any electronic device...

...within 50 yards.

It'll stop him long enough
for me to get Lois to safety.

Yeah, well,
will it work against meteor rock?

It's a chance I'm willing to take.

The guy is John Corben,
he works at the Daily Planet.

I haven't been able
to find him anywhere.

I wish you had come to me.

Lois doesn't have any experience
dealing with these things.

Things have been easy
with Lois lately.

Talking to her just felt right.

Hey, sis, I got your care package.

It's funny, I always thought it sounded
ridiculous when people say it...

...but it's like having
a piece of home.

Saw the DVDs and the notes
that you sent me. Awesome. Um....

I miss you.

Oh, and you better
be practicing foosball also...

...because I'm taking my title
as soon as I get back there, all right?

Listen, do me a favor, okay?
Just be safe.

And be careful in the city, all right?
It's not like home. All right?

I love you.

I love you. Bye.

That's his sister, Rebecca Corben.

She was murdered in her apartment
in Metropolis three months ago...

...while he was overseas.

Wait a minute. He bought the building
just a few weeks ago.

Maybe that's where he took Lois.

- Thanks, Chloe.
- Wait. Clark.

Be careful.

Look, I know you're new
at the Planet, John...

...but I'm pretty sure HR
frowns on this kind of thing.

I heard you.

Lois, I heard you talking to him.

So just tell me who the Blur is...

...and I'll let you go. I promise.
I'll let you go.

I already told you, I don't know.

Since when did you become
a living Lite-Brite?

What happened to you, John? Huh?

I'll show you.

Okay, take it easy there, Chippendale.
I think I want the shirt back on.

Who is he?

Lois, who is he?

I don't know.

Who is he?

Get away from her!

It's you.

The Blur.

I don't wanna hurt you, John.

You already have.

My sister's dead because of you.

A prison bus crashed.

The men inside would have died,
but you saved them.

And in the confusion,
a cold-blooded killer escaped.

And he murdered your sister?

What gives you the right... interfere with our lives...

...and to change our fates?

I'm sorry about your loss, John.
What happened to your sister was tragic.

But you need to control yourself.
The rock is causing an adrenaline rush.

- You're not thinking straight.
- Control myself?

That's easy for you to say.

It doesn't take much to stay in control
when you watch from the shadows.

You stand apart from the world...

...while the rest of us live in it.

Even when it breaks your heart.


I'm gonna show you what it feels like
to lose somebody you love.



What's the matter, Blur?

A little meteor rock got you down?

Who knew the mighty Goliath...

...could be taken down
with a simple stone?

John, no!

You're safe now, Lois.

I'm here.

It's you.

You saved me.

After all our phone calls...

...I finally have you in front of me
and I don't know what to say to you.

Please let me see your face.

Lois, I'm just glad you're okay.
I'm coming home right now.

Okay. I'll see you soon.


This view
really puts things in perspective.

Jimmy knew exactly what he was doing
when he bought this place.

I really miss him.

I took the easy way out, Chloe.

I should have been there
when you needed me.

I'm sorry.

Clark, there's nothing easy about
burying everyone you love in your past.

I'm afraid I haven't even done
a very good job of that.

I've been trying to fill the void
by hanging out on rooftops...

...eavesdropping on people.

People who are connecting and living.

what's the point of protecting life...

...if you've lost your sense
on how to live it?

Maybe I can't do this, Chloe.

Maybe I can't completely stay away.

Stay away from her, you mean.

Lois means something to you,
something more.

So does this mean that Clark Kent
is coming back for an encore?

I don't know.

But I can't let that life interfere
with my training again.

Clark, lurking around building edges
at midnight...

...pining after the life you gave up...

...isn't exactly amping
your hero performance either.

You know?

Maybe I was naive to think that you
could turn a corner and never look back.

But either way, Kal-El needs
his human disguise now more than ever.

Why do you say that?

I went to the Planet
to look at Lois' computer...

...and found that Tess
had loaded it up...

- ...with serious spyware.
- She didn't hire Lois...

- ...out of the goodness of her heart?
- She wanted to find where Lois has been.

- If she figures out...
- She was in the future...

...and brought a Kryptonian
who says I'll end the world.

Tess already knows way too much
about you.

We can't let her get to Lois' memories
before you do.

Heartless bastard.

I'm gonna be needing that.

Clark Kent. You're back.

I was beginning to think
your family lived on some distant planet.

Must have really missed me.

Um, only because the guy
who sat in your desk...

...was a certifiable psychopath.

Otherwise, I've been so busy,
I didn't even notice you were gone.

Missed you too, Lois.

Anything exciting happen
while I was gone?

Well, you'll never believe it...

...but I helped the Blur
stop a homicidal maniac.


You know,
I would love to hear about it.


Well, it all started
when this guy showed up...

...with this major grudge
against the Blur.

He also happens
to have these bionic arms...

...and a big, glowing rock for a heart,
but that's way later on in the story.

To think such a small rock
could give someone so much power.

Can he be revived?

The subject's operation
has left him more machine than man.

His vital signs
have simply gone offline.

You have the coolest stuff. Wha...?

- What?

You work for me now, which means
you knock before you enter.

Did you find the Kandorians?

Check it.


These symbols appeared
all over the world...

...the same night that Zod arrived.

Now, I don't have a definitive translation
for them yet...

...but the design shares similarities
to Kryptonian words...

...for blood, nobility and family.

Like a family crest.

There are more of his people
out there.

- How many of these did you find?
- Hundreds.

And I think you might recognize this one.

But there's more. Look.