The CW's Official Description:
Under the influence of red kryptonite and living in
Metropolis, Clark (Tom Welling) gets involved with a crime lord named
Morgan Edge (guest star Rutger Hauer) who hires him to break into
LuthorCorp. Meanwhile, desperate to put his family back together,
Jonathan takes drastic measures to bring Clark home. At the mansion,
Lionel (John Glover) accuses Helen (Emmanuelle Vaugier) of killing Lex
Kristin Kreuk, Allison Mack, Sam Jones III and Annette
O'Toole also star. Greg Beeman directed the episode written by Al Gough &
"Exile" takes place three months after the end of
Downtown Metropolis, evening, outside the Daily Planet. Clark Kent (Tom
Welling) is walking down the street, wearing the red kryptonite class
ring, in his "bad boy" persona. He walks past a showroom with the latest
Ferrari in the window. He looks at it and obviously wants it.
Clark breaks into the ATM machines of the nearest bank, smashing the
glass and helping himself to all the cash. Holding the bag of cash, he
walks into the showroom and asks the salesperson how much the car is
worth. She tells him that it is worth $240,000 but that if he has to ask,
he probably can't afford it. She is shocked when Clark hands her a bag
full of $20 bills and informs that this should cover it.
We then see Clark taking the young lady to a Metropolis club in his new
car. As the wheels screech to a halt in from of the club, we see an old
newspaper lying on the ground with the headlines "RIP Lex" and a picture
of Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum).
The bouncer of the club immediately recognizes Clark and lets him and his
date in, and calls him "Kal". Kal is obviously the name of Clark's bad
boy persona. The bouncer admired Kal's new car, and Kal hands him the
keys, telling him "You like the car? Here. It's yours".
Clark is at the bar with his date, shaking hands with the barman which he
obviously knows well. As they are standing by the bar having a good time,
Kal's date notices the top of the "S" scar that was left on Clark's chest
3 months ago. She goes to touch it and ask him about it, he tells her
that it is a birthmark. She questions him further, noticing that it must
be a pretty large birthmark. Kal gets upset and violent, grabs her arm
and tells her never to touch the scar again. She gets upset and walks
off. As Kal stands alone at the bar, the barman asks him how come Kal
always arrives with the most beautiful women, but always leaves alone.
Kal responds, "What is the point of starting something, if it's gonna end
Later on that night, Kal is walking out of the club and down the street,
when suddenly he holds his chest, in pain. He makes it into a nearby
phone booth as his chest pains increase and he screams out in pain. He
tears his shirt open, and the "S" sign on his chest starts glowing and
the pain increases further. Clark falls to the ground in the box and
struggles to remove the red kryptonite ring from his finger. As soon as
the ring comes off, the pain subsides and the sign stops glowing. As
Clark is left breathless on the ground in the phone box, his real persona
returns for a few seconds. He stares at the phone, and a second later,
he's calling home. His mom, Martha Kent (Annette
O'Toole) picks up, but Clark remains on the phone without talking.
Martha realizes it is her son on the phone, and keeps repeating "Please
come home", "Please come home"...
A Metropolis bank is being robbed by men wearing clown masks. Kal
walks in wearing a dark mask and assaults one of the robbers, "Sorry
Krusty, I saw the bank first". The robbers try to shoot him, but, in a
terrific Matrix-like scene, Kal dodges some of the bullets and catches
the others. He crushes the bullets, throws them to the ground, grabs the
money bag and walks out of the bank to the street that is filled with
cops with their guns pointed at Kal. Kal keeps walking, as every single
policeman starts shooting at him. Kal keeps walking, unaffected by the
bullets. He focuses on one of the police cars and blows it up with his
heat vision. The diversion causes all the cops to take cover or look away
for a second, long enough for Kal to superspeed away to a back alley.
There, he removes his mask.
Pete Ross (Sam Jones III), Martha
and Jonathan Kent (John Schneider)
are at the Kent house, discussing the news they have read in the paper
about the bank robberies in Metropolis. They are all convinced that this
is Clark's doing. Jonathan wants to go to Metropolis to bring Clark back.
Martha convinces him not to, explaining that they did everything they
could to get him back, but that Clark can take the ring off anytime he
wants to, and that the fact is, that Clark does not want to be found.
"He'll come home when he's ready", she concludes, and Jonathan agrees to
Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack)
comes to visit Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk)
who is working at the Talon. Chloe wants to go for lunch, but Lana is too
busy. She explains that, now that Lex is gone, it is a bunch of LexCorp
accountants that are in charge of The Talon and who only care about the
bottom line. Therefore, there is so much work to do that she does not
have time to go for lunch. The two girls begin talking about Clark. Lana
wants to go to Metropolis and stay at her Aunt Nell's (Sarah-Jane
Redmond) place in order to look around and search for Clark. She
feels that Clark is just waiting for the right person to find him. Chloe
does not feel the same. She seems angry and says that he is the one who
abandoned his friends and family, and that even the Kent Farm is in
financial trouble and will have to be sold. She feels that Clark just
does not want to be found and has turned his back on everything and
everyone that mattered.
Kal is sleeping in his Metropolis apartment, when two gunmen silently
walk into his room, point their machine guns at him and shoot him many
times. As feathers fly, the gunmen approach the bed to make sure Kal is
really dead, but Kal jumps up, grabs them both and knocks them out. A man
named Morgan Edge (Rutger Hauer) walks in and introduces himself.
Since Kal has just woken up, he is standing there shirtless, and Edge
inquires about the scar on Kal's chest. Kal blames his father. Edge
explains why he is here, saying that first, Kal regularly shows up at his
clubs, then interrupts his robberies, and Edge is just curious about who
this "Kal" is. He wants to know if he is a man or a myth. He then offers
Kal a job, reasoning that Kal is just a kid and that he, Edge,
Metropolis' crimelord, and that, when Kal is tired of playing in the little
league, he should come and work for Edge.
Chloe is walking through the caves in Smallville, to meet up with
Lionel Luthor (John Glover). She
tells him she is surprised to find him here wanting to discuss business,
since tomorrow is Lex's funeral. He tells her that business goes on. He
asks Chloe if she remembers the octagonal keyhole that was in the wall of
the caves, because it disappeared the day of the inexplicable explosion
on the Kent Farm and when Clark left Smallville. He wonders if Chloe has
seen Clark. She says no. He compliments her on her writing, and quotes
her, "The worst sin of age is to forget the trials of youth", but he is
disappointed in the reports she has given him on Clark, especially after
the enthusiasm of their first meeting. She explains that it is difficult
to report on someone who has disappeared. He encourages her and even
threatens her to keep looking.
A desert island. Lex is lying there, unconscious. He suddenly wakes
up. A man named Louis Leery Jr. (Ryan Robbins) is by his side, telling
him to calm down. When Lex wonders where he is, Louis tells him that he
is in the same place he has been for the past three months. Louis tells
him is still has malaria and is still hallucinating. Louis knows Lex's
story well and still thinks that it is Dr. Helen Bryce (Emmanuelle
Vaugier) or his father Lionel who set him up. Lex shouts at him
asking why Louis hasn't been working on building the raft, but Louis
argues that it would be useless, that Lex would just get lost at sea,
that he should just forget about his old life and stay on the island. Lex
wants to leave and get back to his life to find out what happened.
In Metropolis, it is the day of Lex's funeral. Lana, Martha and
Jonathan Kent are all there. Lionel is making his speech, saying that his
son was filled with potential and that he has so many unanswered
questions. Lana looks around, and spots Clark standing in a phone booth
close by. She runs through the crowd to find him, but it's too late, he's
gone. Lionel continues his speech stating that he will be searching for
his son forever. "So will I", says Helen who has just arrived. Lionel is
upset to see her there and asks her if she is there as a publicity stunt
for the paparazzi. She tells him she wishes to pay her last respects to
her husband, and he responds, "Then, Mrs. Luthor, allow me to leave,
before the hypocrisy begins", and Lionel walks off.
Kal returns to his apartment in Metropolis to find Chloe waiting for
him. We realize that she knew where he was the whole time, but she
promises him that no one knows he's here. Kal yells at her, telling her
that she should have never come back. Chloe tries to tell him about the
Kent Farm being sold, and wonders how he is going to explain his long
absence and lack of caring to his family and friends. He tells her that
he has erased Smallville from his past. She tells him that someone else
could find him like she did. He threatens her and tells her never to tell
anyone where he is, or he will run even further away where no one will
ever find him. At that moment, his chest pains return, and he pushes her
out, telling her to leave him alone. She leaves, and he tears his shirt
open again, as the "S" sign begins to glow. The pain is so intense that
he is forced to remove the ring for the pain to subside.
Helen is at the Luthor Mansion where she runs into Lionel. He tells
her he is surprised that she has finally decided to make her first public
appearance. She has no time for him and tells him she wants him out of
her house. Lionel reminds her that this is not her house yet. She wonders
why he is still here, and that, surely, he was not waiting to offer her
his condolences. Lionel sarcastically reminds her that he does not offer
condolences to murders. She tells him that she is not a murder, and then,
sarcastically, he remembers the story she gave him, that the plane was
crashing, and that the pilot jumped out with a parachute, leaving her and
Lex with only one parachute between them. She claims that Lex selflessly
gave her the parachute and she jumped out to safety as Lex crashes with
the plane. Lionel doesn't buy her story and tells her he won't rest until
he has brought her duplicity to light. As he walks off, he tells her,
"You know, Helen, black widows may be powerful predators, but every
predator is somebody else's prey".
Lex is trying to survive on ants and maggots. As he is eating, he sees
a plane flying overhead. He runs back to the shore, wondering why Louis
hasn't made a fire to attract their attention. It's too late now, the
plane has gone. Both men start fighting, and Louis tells Lex that he
thinks that in his heart, Lex really wants to stay on the island.
Kal is in the Kent barn, looking at pictures. His parents walk into
the barn, but remain below, not noticing Kal listening to their
conversation. The Kents start packing boxes, and they are discussing
selling the farm. Martha is crying. She is sad that the farm has been in
their family for so long, 4 generations counting Clark, and now they have
to sell it. Jonathan reminds Martha about the happy days they had and
promises her to have happy days again. As Clark superspeeds away, one of
the picture frames drops. The Kents run up the stairs, realizing that
Clark was there, only to find the broken picture frame.
Chloe finds Lana at The Talon and apologizes for their last
conversation. Lana doesn't want to give up on Clark. She wishes she had
left Smallville with him when he first asked her, thinking that she could
have convinced him to return. She tells Chloe that she saw Clark at Lex's
funeral for a split second. Chloe finally admits to Lana that she knows
where Clark is and has known all along. Lana is furious, shocked and hurt
that Chloe would have lied to her and to his family for so long, even
when she knew the pain they were all going through. Chloe explained that
Clark threatened to disappear for good if she told anyone. She gives Lana
his address and wants to go with her, but Lana refuses.
Kal is returning home on his bike and finds Lana standing there
waiting for him. Lana begs him to come home. She stands in front of his
bike and tells him she will not let him disappear from her life again.
"Then get on", he tells her, and Lana gets onto the bike, and they drive
Lex is looking at the compass that Jonathan gave him the day of his
wedding. He is crouching by the river, drinking water from a stream, when
suddenly he sees a necklace pendant shining in the river. He goes to pick
it up, but it is actually tied around the neck of skeleton that appears
from the bottom of the river. The skeleton has a huge wound across the
top of its head. Louis shows up, and Lex realizes that Louis killed his
own father. Louis admits to it, saying that his father was rich and
powerful, always critical of him, and that Louis felt like he was never
good enough. His father kept chipping away at Louis until there was
nothing left. He tells Lex that their stories are similar and that
thought he had found a kindred spirit in Lex. But now he realizes that,
because of Lex's insistence to leave the island, that they are not
actually alike. Louis starts waiving his sword around and runs after Lex,
trying to kill him.
Kal takes Lana to the club. The bouncer greets him as Kal once again,
and Lana inquires about this. Clark explains that here, "Kal" is his
secret identity. Lana is shocked at the way he is behaving and at his
lifestyle. Clark mocks her and tells her to relax. She realizes she's not
getting anywhere this way, and agrees to relax. She smiles and tells him
that she wants to go freshen up. Kal grabs her and kisses her
passionately and tells her that he's glad she's here. As she goes to
freshen up, she calls the Kents from her cell phone. She tells them she
found Clark in Metropolis, but Kal shows up and grabs the phone from her.
He speaks to his father on the phone, telling him that Jonathan must be
glad that Clark left, that he is not their son and that they are not his
parents, that they never were. He smashes the phone on the ground and
yells at Lana. Lana tells him that she loves him, but he just answers,
"Do you always betray the people you love?".
Back at the Kent Farm, Jonathan is more determined than ever to go get
Clark. Martha tries to remind him that he is not strong enough and cannot
stop Clark. But Jonathan doesn't listen. He goes to the barn, opens a
drawer and pulls out the octagonal key.
Kal shows up at Edge's club after closing time. Morgan wonders why
Clark changed his mind, and Kal explains that his past is catching up
with his present and he needs to disappear. Edge shows him the bank
balance of an account waiting for Kal in a Grand Cayman's account. Kal is
impressed. He is told that the job is to break into a titanium-reinforced
steel safe located in the office on the 60th floor of LuthorCorp. "It's
not a job for a mere mortal", Edge tells Clark. When Kal realized that he
has to break into Lionel Luthor's office, Edge wonders if that will be a
problem. "No" answers Kal. "It will be my pleasure".
Louis is running after Lex with his sword. They fight. Lex throws
Louis to the ground, and starts hitting him over and over again. A man
shows up. Lex turns around to the man, repeating, "I had to kill him", "I
had to kill him". "Kill who?" asks the man. Lex turns back and looks at
the ground where he had just beat up Lewis. There's no one there. Louis
had just been a hallucination. The man tells Lex that he is lucky his
captain saw Lex's fire.
Jonathan is walking through the caves, looking for the whole for the
octagonal key. He can't find it. He gets upset and starts shouting to
whomever will listen that Clark wasn't ready, that they had to keep
pushing. He wonders what kind of race they are and warns then that they
destroyed themselves. He drops the key. At that moment the key lights up
and floats towards the cave wall, locks in to the keyhole that just
appeared. As Jonathan stares at what is happening, the wall and it's
inscriptions light up, and the key opens up. Out of the wall comes these
blinding beams of light and energy that encircle and go through Jonathan.
Jor-El's (Terence Stamp) voice is heard, introducing himself as Kal-El's
true father. Jonathan shouts back that his name is Clark Kent and that he
is Clark's true father, that he raised him. Jor-El tells Jonathan that he
has fulfilled his function in Kal-El's destiny. Jonathan replies that
Clark's destiny is whatever he chooses to make of it. Jor-El tells him
that Kal-El's destiny is too great for Jonathan to comprehend. He says
that this phase of Kal-El's journey is almost over and that it will be of
no consequence whether Kal-El returns to Jonathan or not. "You'll bring
him home?" asks Jonathan. "If you want him, you must retrieve him
yourself", Jor-El replies. "He's too powerful", Jonathan says. "Are you
willing to sacrifice anything", asks Jor-El. "Yes, for my son, I'll do
anything". The light and energy beams empower Jonathan.
Clark breaks into the LuthorCorp building and office, and then into
the safe. There he finds a small metal box. As he is about to walk out,
Jonathan is standing there. Jonathan tells him that his biological father
helped him find Clark. Clark says that he didn't listen to Jor-El then,
and he's not about to listen to Jonathan now. Jonathan asks him nicely to
come back with him. Clark grabs his father and throws him against the
wall. Jonathan falls to the ground, but Clark is surprised to see that
his father gets up without any injuries. "Son, you're coming home with
me. NOW!". Jonathan superspeeds towards Clark, and pushes him out of the
LuthorCorp 60th Floor office. They both start falling to the ground...
...TO BE CONTINUED...
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To pump up the Season 3 premiere, the WB and Verizon
Wireless presented a series of short scenes starring Maggie Sawyer
(Jill Teed) and Daily Planet Editor Max Taylor. The two are tracking
down Clark who has been dubbed "The Urban Legend," and has been
terrorizing the city throughout the summer.
Replacing the EasyView encores of Smallville, Smallville: Beginnings,
which are encores of Smallville episodes from past seasons, began the
weekend after the premiere of this episode.
Rutger Hauer is billed as "Special Appearance by."
Good Charlotte's hit song, "Boys and Girls," was used in the opening
scene of this episode. It fit in very well because it made a reference
to cars, and Clark was looking at the car he wanted to buy.
The word "exile" was used by both Lionel and Chloe in this episode.
When the clowns are shooting at Clark in the bank, he only catches one
bullet, but when he stands behind one of the clowns, he is holding a
whole bunch. Did he stop to pick them up?
Why is Clark still riding Jonathan's old motorcycle? Isn't he trying to
forget Smallville? Besides, wouldn't he want to use his money to buy a
shiny new one?
Why isn't Clark wearing a mask when he breaks into the ATMs?
Undoubtedly at least one of them caught him on camera. Not that the
police could do anything about it, of course.
On Lana's cell phone address list, the Kent family is listed as
"Kent's." It should say "Kents" -- with no
apostrophe after the "t."
In the preceding episode, Exodus, it was mentioned that Lionel stepped
up security at the cave. There seems no reason for him to have
discontinued security, heavy or otherwise, three months later. Just
because the keyhole disappeared doesn't mean there isn't still stuff in
the walls. And yet Jonathan strolls right into the cave.
Initially it seems reasonable that the Kents want Clark to return on
his own - he chose to put on the red kryptonite ring so bringing him
back against his will using green kryptonite wouldn't make much sense
or solve things in the long run. But once Jonathan does decide to bring
Clark back against his will, why doesn't Jonathan just use green
kryptonite (as they did in Red?) instead of going to the cave? They've
never had trouble sneaking up on Clark before, and Lana is able to get
away for a couple of minutes from him, so it's not like Clark is on
guard against it or anything.
Is Lionel just not trying
to find Lex? Since it seems he had nothing to do with the crash, and with
his huge amounts of money, he would have searched every island in the
area (if not the world). And yet he doesn't find Lex, who seems to keep a
huge fire burning.
How many people just walk into a car
shop and toss in a bag full of cash? Doesn't that seem a "bit"
suspicious? Even if we assume the saleswoman figured it was stolen and
just wanted the money, you'd think she'd say something to the police
after he hurt her.
When Clark looks out of the window of
his Metropolis apartment in Kansas, you can see fairly mountains in the
background. Kansas is not known for its mountains.
Lionel and Chloe meet in the cave? There are plenty of hiding places
where anyone could listen in on them, there's no security, and it's hard
to imagine either one of them, both nicely dressed, somehow secretly
getting there (one imagines Lionel's chauffeur sitting outside with the
limo trying to be inconspicuous :) ).
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