While motor-crossing with Pete (Sam Jones III), Clark (Tom
Welling) falls into a cave and discovers two hidden treasures - ancient Indian
writings that hold the key to his identity, and a beautiful girl whom he
believes to be his soulmate. Desperate to preserve the writings, Clark pits
father against son as he enlists Lex's (Michael Rosenbaum) help to stop Lionel's
(John Glover) construction crew from demolishing the cave.
Kristin Kreuk, Allison Mack, Annette O'Toole and John Schneider also star.
Marita Grabiak directed the episode with story by Mark Warshaw and teleplay by
Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders.
By Danielle B.
At a construction site, a man who appears to be the
manager of the whole ordeal, is sending the rest of the workers home and
closing up for the evening. After locking up some tools, he turns around
only to come face to face with an old Aboriginal man. The manager tells the
man, such as he told him the last time he was there, that he is trespassing,
only to have the old man say that he canít be trespassing on the land that
his people owned for thousands of years. The manager tries to walk around
the old man when he grabs him by the shirt and tells him that he doesnít
understand the consequences of what he is doing. When the manager asks the
man if he is threatening him, the old man simply replies by asking him how
he could be threatening him if he is just an old man. The manager walks over
to the gate and unlocks it, telling the old man that he has to take his
problems up with the big guys. He then pushes the gate open, telling the old
man to get out, before closing it once again. He gives the man one last look
before turning around and walking over to a trailer.
Later that evening, the manager heads over to his truck
and begins filling it with gas when he hears some rustling in the bushes. He
goes to investigate, absently leaving the nozzle in the gas tank, when he
hears it again. He then runs towards his car and grabs a flare gun from the
front seat, but before he has a chance to put ammo in it, a white wolf jumps
on him, fangs out, barking furiously. Meanwhile, the gas tank begins to
overflow, spilling gas all over the ground. The man, seemingly panicked,
fires off the flare gun. The wolf, seeming to notice that the gas on the
ground was not going to mix well with the flare that had just been fired
off, runs away, leaving the man to notice the flare coming back down towards
him. The flare hits the ground, causing the entire truck to explode, clearly
killing the man. The wolf, who had watched the explosion from a distance,
turns and runs away, howling as he does.
Pete and Clark are racing on dirt bikes when they come to
the construction site that is now surrounded by police. The two stop to
investigate, Clark explaining that there was some sort of explosion the
night before. Pete replies by saying that maybe it will force Luthor Corp
out of town. The two then decide to race back, when all of a sudden, Clark
runs over a tree branch, causing his bike to flip and, in effect, sending
him flying. When he hits the ground, it gives way and he falls through,
falling a good hundred feet before hitting the ground hard. When he does, a
wall in another part of the cave he is now lying in crumbles and a girl with
a flashlight comes running to his aid. Clark, seemingly confused from his
fall, mistakes her for Lana. The girl tells him not to move and then pulls
out a knife and uses it to cut open his shirt only to find that he doesnít
have a single scratch on him. He tells her that heís just lucky before
asking her where she came from. She explains that she had been doing
research for her grandfather when the wall caved in before telling him her
name is Kyla. Clark stares at her for a second before getting up and
introducing himself, her saying that he is apparently invincible. The two
stare at each other before they hear Pete calling down to him asking him if
he can jump his way out. Clark tells him that he has company trying to cover
up what he had said by saying that Peteís a funny guy. Luckily, Kyla is two
mesmerized by one of the walls behind him. When Clark asks her what it is,
she explains that itís the legend of Numand, a story her ancestors had past
down for generations, one in which was supposedly written in the earth. But,
until then of course, nobody ever knew where it was. She thanks him,
explaining that her grandfather had been searching for that wall his whole
life. She then explains that it is prophecy the Numand would fall from the
skies in a rain of fire and that he will have the strength of ten men with
the ability to start fires with his eyes, her saying that it probably sounds
silly. Clark, seeming to realize that it sounds a lot like him, tells her
that he doesnít think that he doesnít think so. Kyla grabs Clarks helmet and
hands it to him, saying she has to tell her grandfather about it and that
she will show him the way out. Clark takes one last look at the paint before
turning to fallow her, noticing an octagonal indent in the wall as he does.
Down in the cellar, Clark and Jonathan are looking at the
octagonal indent in the spacecraft, Clark explaining to his father about
what had happened earlier that day. Jonathan tells him that the drawing
could mean anything. Clark then proceeds to pull out the octagonal shaped
metal object in which Jonathan had pulled out of the spacecraft before it
closed, and explaining to him that they are the same symbols that are drawn
in the cave. He then goes on to tell him about how Kylaís grandfather may be
able to read the inscriptions. Clark goes to leave when Jonathan stops him
by warning him to be careful not to tell them too much, considering they
donít actually know them. Clark had clearly already realized this since he
had gone ahead and invited the two of them to dinner.
At dinner that evening, Kylaís grandfather, who happens to
be the same old man who had been giving the manager at the construction site
grief, is explaining the legend of Numand, saying that Numand was supposed
to one day return, that having been said five hundred years ago, making
Numand, in his words a ďlittle lateĒ. Clark and Kyla smile at each other
from across the table before her grandfather asks Clark if heís from around
there, Martha explaining that Clark was adopted. Clark, changing the
subject, asks him if the symbols make up some sort of alphabet, Kylaís
grandfather explaining that there is no actual pattern to the symbols.
Clark, seemingly disappointed, asks him if that means that he doesnít know
what they mean. Kyla jumps in, saying that he will be able to figure out
with some time, that is, if Luthor Corp doesnít get at them before they do.
Clark then asks his mother if she could talk to Lionel Luthor, explaining to
Kyla and her grandfather that she is his executive assistant. Martha tells
him that sheíll do what she can but it isnít that simple due to the fact
that that complex will create a thousand desperately needed jobs. Clark then
asks her if she thinks that that is more important than the caves, a
question in which causes an awkward silence to fill the room. Jonathan,
seeming to try and lighten the mood, asks them if they would like coffee
with their pie.
Out in the barn, Clark is looking through his telescope when he asks Kyla if
she wants to have a look, her explaining that she would rather see it with
her own eyes as she walks towards the window. Clark walks up behind her
asking her if she if she believes that this legend is like all the other
myths. She tells him that just because something is a myth doesnít make it
not true. She then proceeds to grab his hand in hers; using it to point out
the star that Numand supposedly came from before nonchalantly resting his
hand the windowsill and wrapping her hands around it. Clark smiles down at
her, but trying to act casual, asks her what happened to the star. She turns
and stares up at him, telling him that he should tell her since heís the one
who fell from the sky. The two stare at each other for what seems like
forever before Clark turns only to see Lana standing there. She explains
that his message sounded urgent so she just came over and that she didnít
realize that he had company, posting a seemingly fake smile as she does.
Clark introduces her to Kyla, Lana asking him how they met. Clark explains
the story and then tells her that he was hoping that she could ask Henry
Small if he could help them out in trying to protect the caves. Lana,
somewhat reluctantly, tells him sheíll try.
Over at the Luthor manor, Lionel is talking to the sheriff
while on a treadmill when Martha arrives. She asks Lionel why the sheriff
was there when the police where supposed to be done their investigation.
Lionel explains to her that they werenít ready to call it an accident and
that Joseph Willowbrook, Kylaís grandfather, who was spearheading the
protest had a history of civil disobedience meaning they believe it may have
been sabotage. Lionel steps off the treadmill and the two have seat while
Martha explains that she had arranged for him to do a condolence call the
fallowing afternoon. He tells her that there are times when they are
together that he would swear that he was talking to his wife, saying that
she was a lot like her. Lex then appears, interrupting their conversation.
Martha, somewhat surprised, stands up and turns to face him, before grabbing
her purse explaining that she needed to be home early and heading out the
door. After Martha was gone, Lionel walks towards Lex telling him that he
knows how hard he had been working, what with the employee buyout he had
engineered. He then goes on to say that just because he is successful,
doesnít been they canít be partners on the project. Lex then tells him that
he is on his own.
Down in the caves, Kyla is climbing along the walls taking
pictures, while Cark holds the flashlight for her. She explains to him that
the pictures promise that one day, Numand will protect the entire world. All
of a sudden the caves begin to rumble. When they stop, Kyla explains that
itís the fault of the Luthorís bulldozers. She then tells him to come up
there and see the painting sheís looking at. Doing as she says, Clark looks
at one of the pictures on the wall and asks her who itís of. She explains
that itís the women that Numand is destined to be with. Smiling, Clark looks
at the picture, when he notices the same symbol on the bracelet Kyla is
wearing. She explains that it was handed down through her family. It seems
as though she seemed to put two and two together as well. The two smile at
each other, when all of a sudden the caves start to shake again. Kyla, not
holding on to the walls, falls backwards. Clark calls after her before
jumping to the ground and catching her. At that moment, a huge boulder
begins tumbling towards them. Clark lays Kyla on the ground and lies on top
of her, the boulder landing on him and smashing into millions of pieces.
Clark and Kyla are inches from each otherís face, staring
at each other, before Clark gets up, helping her up as he does. When she
asks him how he did that, he tells her that itís probably just adrenaline.
She, sarcastically, asks him he shoots fire out his eyes too. Clark, not
taking this comment as a joke, turns away from her. She fallows him, telling
him that she was just joking, before saying that heís Numand. He tells her
that he doesnít know who he is. He is however somewhat taken aback as to why
she isnít really freaked out. She tells him that she knows what itís like to
be different as she takes a step towards him. He explains to her that there
are a lot of things about himself that he canít explain. She tells him that
thatís okay, putting her arms around his neck as she does. He then leans in
and kisses her.
Over at the Talon, Lana is thanking for Mr. Small for his
help. He tells her that heís glad she called, saying that they needed to
talk and gesturing for her to sit down as he does. He then explains to her
that he got the test results back. It seems the two of them share the same
DNA. She stares at him, completely awestricken, before saying that he really
is her father. He tells her that he hasnít earned that place in her life,
although that he one day hopes to.
Over at the construction site, huge protest of people have
gathered around in hopes of saving the caves. Martha makes her way towards
the group, pulling Joseph aside and telling him that Lionel would like to
sit down with him to discuss the issue at hand. Martha, after Joseph gives
her a rather skeptical remark, explains her hopes that him and Luthor Corp
might be able to coexist peacefully. He begins to explain his skepticism
when Henry Small arrives telling him that he has a way to get him into
court, handing a cease and desist order to Martha meaning all construction
must be halted. At that moment, the Sheriff arrives and places him under
arrest for the murder of Dan Hammen. It appears that someone had placed a
towel with the victimís blood on it in Josephís trash in attempt to frame
him, an incident in which Joseph believes is at the fault of Lionel.
At the Luthorís manner, Lex is on the phone when Clark
arrives. Telling the person on the phone that he will call them back, he
turns to Clark to ask him whatís wrong. Clark explains his beliefs that
Joseph is being set up by Luthor Corp and that he is looking to raise money
to bail him out. Lex, seemingly taken back by this accusation, tells him
that going head to head with his father is nothing short of stupid. He then
explains that it is more than likely that it is a losing battle before
asking him if his little cultural stand has anything to do with a certain
girl named Kyla. Clark looks away before asking him if he as wondered
whether someone is destined to be with someone, Lex responded by saying that
he has been fighting his destiny his entire life. He then expresses his
surprise in how quickly he moved on from Lana, Clark explaining to him that
he got tired of waiting before asking him to help out with bail money. Lex,
replying somewhat apologetically, tells him that he doesnít bail out alleged
murders. Clark, making one last feeble attempt, tells him that he knows
something that may change his mind.
Over at the Talon, Lana is busy her save the caves
campaign when Chloe arrives. The two begin to discuss how passionate seems
about the cause, Lana, rather spitefully, says that she thinks it has
something to do with Kyla. As they walk around, Lana handing out pins, Chloe
asks exactly what it is about her that makes Clark go so crazy, Lana telling
her that she doesnít know that and that maybe he was just waiting for the
right person to let in. Bringing up a new topic, Chloe asks her if this has
anything to do with a letter Lana had written to Whitney, Lana explaining
that the two of them have been writing every week since he left although
lately he hadnít been responding much. The two come to a decision that they
needed to stop falling for guys who were trying to save the world.
Down in the caves, Clark is giving Lex the grand tour. Lex
seemingly impressed, asks Clark why heís working so hard to protect the
caves, Clark explaining that he believes itís important to inform people of
the past. As the two of them look around, Lex becomes fixated on the
octagonal shape in the wall before telling Clark that he thinks the caves
are more important than anything they can imagine.
Over at the Talon, Joseph and Kyla are reuniting, Kyla expressing her deep
gratitude and surprise to Clark for getting him out of jail. Joseph thanks
him as well, although somewhat upset that it was Luthor money that got him
out. He then asks Clark why he is doing all of that, Clark telling him that
itís for a good cause, but not before giving Kyla a smile. Clark then turns
to see Martha walking towards them to express her apologies to Joseph for
getting caught up in the murder investigation, Joseph, somewhat resentfully
saying he wasnít caught up, he was set up. Him and Kyla then leave, Kyla
giving Clark one last longing glance before heading out the door.
Over at the Torch, Chloe is working when Clark appears
asking about news on Josephís case. After establishing that heís a little
obsessed, she explains that the coroner found teeth marks in the victimís
bones, belonging to a wolf making Joseph not guilty, although on the
stranger side of things extremely peculiar considering wolfs had been
extinct in Smallville for years. She then goes on to say that Kylaís tribe
name translates into skinwalkers; a Native American myth where humans
transform into animals, which is, as Clark like to put it, Chloeís wall of
weird explanation for it.
Over at Luthor Corp, Martha is walking towards her car, of
course when it happens to be nighttime, when she hears some strange noises.
She begins walking a little faster, getting into the car, in a somewhat
nervous manner. Sheís fumbling to get the keys in the ignition, when a white
wolf jumps on the hood of her car, growling profusely and causing her to
drop her keys on the ground. Trembling and seemingly terrorized, she somehow
manages to get the keys in the ignition, however when she looks up, the dog
Clark returns home to find his dad in the kitchen doing
paper work, telling him that Kyla called for him twice and saying how
serious the two of them seem to be getting. Clark tells him that he loves
that he be himself with her and that he believes they are destined to be
together. Noticing that somethingís bothering him, Jonathan asks him to take
a seat and tell him whatís wrong. Clark, doing as he says explains that he
doesnít believe that Kyla is being completely honest with him and that he
thinks you has more knowledge on the Formanís death than sheís letting on.
At that moment Martha appears looking rather distraught, explaining that a
wolf tried to attack her.
Over at the Luthor manner, Lex is on his laptop when his
father arrives asking him why he bailed a man who allegedly killed his
Forman, out of jail, Lex asking him calmly why he is so afraid of an old
man. It seems that Lionelís concern is giving the protesters something
against him. Lex, against Lionelís hopes, tells him that he wants to take
the project of his hands, saying he wants to preserve a local treasure.
Lionel, knowing Lex better than that, asks him why he really wants the
project. Lex, choosing not to answer this, turns and walks away.
In the barn, Clark is working on something when Kyla comes
up behind him and kisses him, saying they were supposed to meet later at the
Talon. Clark explains that he trusts her and that heís been really honest
with her. Hesitating a moment, he asks her what she knows about Skinwalkers.
She explains that the visitor from the stars brought green stones that
supposedly had strange affects on the people. Clark then asks her if thereís
a possibility that Joseph might be a Skinwalker. Kyla, seemingly upset by
this accusation storms out in tears, but not before telling him that theyíre
Over at the Luthor manner, Lionel is making his way to the
library, when he hears a noise. Somewhat confused by this noise, he enters
his study and shuts the door. Sitting down in front of a roaring fire, he
pours himself some whiskey, when he hears another noise thatís quite at
first. Then, it comes again, this time louder and sounding like someone or
something banging and scratching at the door. Somewhat frightened, Lionel
stands up and asks whoís there. All of a sudden he hears the howling of
several wolfs and he turns around to see a wolf on the stare case barking
furiously at him. He tries to walk away but when he turns around the wolf is
there in front of him. He stands there frozen in fear until the wolf reaches
out and scratches him on the face causing him to take a step backwards,
screaming. He drops his walking stick and falls backwards onto the couch,
seemingly unaware of what to do. Clark comes running into the room calling
out to Joseph telling him to stop. The wolf and him stare at each other,
Clark seeming to notice something peculiar about said wolf. All of a sudden
the police come barging in behind him with guns causing the wolf to run and
jump out the window, yelping when he does. Clark runs to the window and
notices some blood on the broken glass.
Running through woods, Clark is calling out to Joseph,
when he comes to the wolf, lying on the ground with a huge cut on his
stomach and not looking to well. All of a sudden the wolf turns into not
Joseph but none other then Kyla. Clark, seemingly bemused, rushes towards
her taking of his coat and then wraps it around her. He asks her why she
didnít tell him it was her, her telling him with what seems to be the little
strength she has left, that she saw the look in his eye when he thought it
was her grandfather. She then tells him that she knew she could trust him.
He tries to take her to the hospital but she just tells him to stay there
with her. She then tells him that sheís sorry, and with that she closes her
eyes. Crying, Clark pulls her head into his chest, trying to make her wake
A black truck pulls up at the construction site and Martha
gets out, helping Lionel out as she does. The construction workers tell them
that they shut down due to some kid, who just so happens to be Clark, whoís
in the way. Lionel tells Martha that she was supposed to talk to Clark about
this, and Martha, handing his arm to another man standing next to them,
tells him that she agrees with Clark. Lionel then asks her if sheís willing
to loose her job over this, Martha replying rather simply, that itís up to
him before joining her son. All of a sudden a bunch of cars appear, and
Clark goes over to greet them. Joseph then thanks him and tells him that
Kyla was right to believe in him. Clark, seemingly upset, tells him that he
didnít save her, Joseph telling him that he did what he could before pulling
out the bracelet Kyla had once owned and telling him that itís for the true
women in his life, no matter his destiny. Lex arrives and walks over to
Lionel telling him that the State has decided to buy him out for the land.
Lionel then walks away, but not before whispering to Lex that he will find
whatever the valuable thing is that he has found in the caves.
Down in the caves, Lex is walking along with a flashlight and stops at the
octagonal shape in the wall. He then pulls out a handkerchief and uses it to
wipe away some dust on the wall.
In the barn, Clark is looking out the window, when he
turns around to see Lana there. She expresses her remorse for Kyla, Clark
telling her that he wishes she had had a chance to get to know her better.
They both turn to face the window and Clark tells her about the star that
Kyla had told him about. Lana tells him, with tears dwelling up in her eyes,
that itís amazing how quickly a light can go out. Clark, taking a step
closer to her notices that sheís shaking and asks her if sheís okay. She
tells him that she isnít and that it hasnít sunk in yet. Her turns her
towards him, and Lana who is know in full blown tears, tells him that
Whitneyís mother had just called her saying that heís missing in action.
Clark pulls her into to him, stroking her head as she cries.
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More Smallville/Roswell similarities: Roswell also had an
episode in which the "hero" encountered a Native American who revealed
cave drawings to him, drawings that could reveal the truth about his
past. There was also a "Dead Zone" episode on the same theme as well.
"Miller's Bend": Possible in-joke reference to Frank
Miller, famed comic book artist who did "The Dark Knight" and "The Dark
Knight Returns" for DC Comics and features an older, darker version of
On the WB repeat airing of this episode on 3/25/03, the
network ran an exclusive extended X-Men 2 promo. The ad featured
Iceman/Bobby Drake heavily - he's played by Shawn Ashmore, who appeared
in the Smallville episode "Leech".
In the scene where Clark and Kyla go stargazing in his
loft, she points out a star which is now missing. Possible reference to
Clark's home planet Krypton, which blew up while he was a baby.
In one of Lex Luthor's last scenes where he's talking
with Lionel they show his sunglasses on and then from the side they're
Whitney has been in the Marine Corps for six months or
so. Already he is MIA. Although it's a bit tight, they could have shipped
him off in a minimum of four months - the rushed training might be while
When Clark bursts into the Luthor mansion, he sees Lionel
on the ground and the white wolf standing over him. He very clearly says,
"Joseph - no, don't!" and Lionel turns his head. Lionel never gives this
piece of evidence to the police apparently, because we see Joseph later
on, free as a bird. From Clark's comment wouldn't Lionel think Joseph was
present, possibly siccing an attack wolf on him?
Lionel specifically commends Lex on the employee buyout
Lex engineered of the fertilizer plant. That was late last season - in "Tempest". Why is Lionel mentioning it
now, and why only the buyout? (this episode may have been filmed earlier
in the season).
Kyla says she didn't want to hurt the foreman and Clark's
mom, but Kyla in wolf form mauls the foreman pretty badly ("teeth marks
in the foreman's bone," according to the report Chloe mentions later).
Does Kyla not think entirely rationally when she's in wolf form?
How come Clark wasn't concerned at all with the cave
painting saying that someone like a brother to him will turn and become
his enemy? Even if he didn't think of Lex, he could've thought of Pete.
He was too wrapped up with Kyla being his soulmate to even think about
the other painting!!
The report Chloe mentions says the foreman was badly
mauled ("teeth marks in the foreman's bone"). From what we see on screen,
the foreman gets scratched on the face and the wolf's mouth almost
touches him a couple of times but there's no indication that he's badly
hurt and his clothes are pretty much intact.
When Lionel pours himself a drink before the wolf attacks
him, it looks like he doesn't use his finger to determine how much he's
pouring - this is the same thing that Lucas catches him out on in "Prodigal", but Lionel's pretty clearly still
blind in this episode.
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