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While his father (John Schneider) is
awaiting surgery, Clark (Tom Welling) befriends a young boy, Garrett
(guest star James Kirk), whose brother Vince (guest star Tahmoh Penikett)
just died from liver failure. However, everyone is shocked when Vince
shows up at the hospital alive and seemingly well - until his liver
starts failing again. In a desperate attempt to keep his brother alive,
Garrett straps a Kryptonite bomb to himself and demands that Vince be
given Jonathan's liver or he will blow up the building.
Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, Sam Jones III, John
Glover and Annette O'Toole also star. Terrence O'Hara directed the
episode written by Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer.
Jonathan Kent (John Schneider)
is getting his heart checked out by his doctor, Dr. Scanlan. Martha Kent
(Annette O'Toole) is very
concerned. The doctor is recommending a triple bypass, and wants Jonathan
to have it immediately, because he feels that Jonathan could have another
heart attack anytime, and that the next one could be fatal. He also
informs Jonathan that the operation would only mean for him to be in
hospital for a few days. Jonathan wonders if open-heart surgery is the
only way to go, asking if the surgery could also be fatal. But Dr.
Scanlan reassures Jonathan that there is a greater risk in not having the
operation. Clark Kent (Tom Welling)
is waiting at the other end of the hallway, but uses his super-hearing to
eavesdrop on the doctor's diagnosis. However, he is interrupted by
Garrett Davis, who is also standing in the waiting room, and who is
loosing his temper over the vending machine not giving him his soft
drink. Clark helps him out, and they start talking. Garrett explains that
he's been in this waiting room regularly for two months now, waiting for
his brother Vince's condition to improve. But he explains that Vince
needs a new liver, and that he may not have long to live without one.
Garrett inquires about Jonathan and Clark tells him that Jonathan will
have to have open-heart surgery. Garrett tries to lighten the mood and
promises Clark that they will both laugh about this a year from now.
At that moment, the loudspeaker announces a Code Blue in Vince's room.
Both Clark and Garrett run to the room and stand at the door while Dr.
Yaeger and his team are desperately trying to revive Vince. Garrett is
screaming Vince's name, and the doctor urges Clark to get Garrett out of
the room. Clark tries holding Garrett back as the doctors continue to try
to resuscitate him. Vince flatlines. Dr. Yaeger calls the time of death
at 2:43pm. We see someone writing the time of death on a sheet, and just
above is a PDA with an email waiting to be sent with the message "Subject
is ready for pickup". As soon as the time of death is written, the person
sends the email.
Clark and Martha watch as a social worker counsels Garrett on his
loss. Clark explains that both Garrett's parents are dead and that his
closest living relative is an uncle in Germany who is going to take a few
days to get here. Martha feels very sorry for him and feels that he
should not be in foster care on a night like this, and tells Clark that
Garrett can stay at the farm with them. Clark tells his mother he
overheard Dr. Scanlan's diagnosis, and Martha tells Clark that Jonathan
is not sure whether he is actually going to have the surgery yet.
Jonathan is still in the hospital room, holding his chest, while he
reads over some of the material on open-hear surgery. Clark walks in.
Jonathan inquires about Garrett, and Clark explains that he is in shock,
which is what happens when the most important person in one's life dies.
Clark explains to his dad that he knows about the surgery. In a very
emotional moment, Clark begs his father to go ahead with the surgery,
explaining how Garrett is so lost without his brother and how Clark would
be just as devastated if something happened to Jonathan. They hug and
Jonathan agrees to go ahead and fill in the required paperwork. He also
reminds his son that he shouldn't worry, Jonathan's not going anywhere.
Vince's body is wheeled to a medical helicopter waiting on the roof of
the hospital and flown off.
Back at the farm, Garrett is thanking Martha for putting him up, and
Clark and him discuss the situation. Garrett explains how the liver
transplant would have changed everything, and how he can't believe this
is it, he expects to see Vince walking in at any moment. Martha comes
back to tell Garrett that the crematorium called, wondering where they
should send Vince's ashes. Garrett is shocked and confused, saying that
Vince is supposed to be buried next to his parents.
Vince's body arrives at Dr. Lia Teng's (Françoise Yip) secret lab, where she opens the
body bag, grabs a huge needle, and injects a serum right into his chest.
Suddenly, Vince wakes up and sits up. "Welcome back Vince", says Dr.
Clark and Garrett have gone to the hospital to try and figure out what
happened. The doctor explains that Vince's body was first transferred to
Metropolis General for an organ donation, and they are the ones who sent
the body for cremation. She says, however, that there is no error, that
this seems to have been Vince's wish, she shows Garrett the forms with
Vince's signature. Garrett refuses to believe it, saying that his brother
always told him that he wanted to be buried, and is shocked when the
doctor suggests that maybe Vince may have been hiding this from Garrett.
Garrett is hysterical, and is convinced that the documents have been
Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum)
is on his cell phone in his office, upset with an embassy official,
stating "Well, I think your embassy would keep tabs on North Koreans
who've recently been deported", and then hangs up. Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) walks in, and he informs
her that it seems that Dr. Teng has disappeared. Chloe tells Lex that she
found out that the reason Dr. Teng is in this country is because she
married a LuthorCorp employee in an arranged marriage to get her Green
Card and stay in the US. Chloe also tracked down her husband, who is a
security guard at the old Metrom pharmaceutical building, a building
owned by LuthorCorp, that Lionel Luthor (John Glover) has been refusing to sell
for years. Chloe explains that she thought it was strange that she would
notice a delivery truck pulling up to the building, since she also
thought the company was shut down. Lex wonders about this, explaining
that everyone had advised Lionel to sell off the property, but that
Lionel insisted the neighborhood was about to be revitalized. "The only
thing being revitalized in that neighborhood is the graffiti", answers
Clark and Garrett are back in the barn, discussing the situation, when
suddenly, Vince walks in. Garrett runs to his brother to hug him, but
Clark is confused, and asks for an explanation, since Vince had been
pronounced dead. Vince explains they were wrong, and that all he knows
what that he woke up in a lab with a woman doctor standing over him with
a needle "the size of Kansas". Vince wants to leave, but Clark thinks he
should get himself checked out. Vince explains they have to disappear,
and then, suddenly, he starts feeling pain in his eyes. He manages to
tell Clark that the lab is somewhere in Metropolis, before he begins to
bleed from his eyes, and then falls to the ground and passes out.
Vince is brought back to the hospital, where Dr. Yaeger is shocked and
unable to explain the situation. However, he does explain that whatever
was done to Vince was only temporary, and that Vince's liver is rapidly
deteriorating, and won't last much longer. Garrett wants the doctor to
just contact the lab and get more of the cure they gave him, but Dr.
Yaeger has no idea what lab it could be. He assures Garrett that they are
doing everything they can, but that this is the first time he's ever had
a patient come back to life and no one is quite sure how to proceed from
here. Garrett tells Clark that he won't be able to bear loosing him a
Clark goes to visit his father in his hospital room. Clark wants to
stay while Jonathan is having his surgery, but both Jonathan and Martha
agree that Garrett needs Clark right now, and that Clark should go and
try and find the lab, and that his time is better spent doing that than
waiting for Jonathan's surgery to be over. Jonathan gives Clark his
blessing to leave his bedside.
On his way out, Clark bumps into Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk), who is coming to offer
moral support to Martha. They talk about Garrett, and Clark tells her
everything that's happened. Lana tells him that she's seen this before.
She explains that she found an obituary for Adam Knight from five months
ago that said that he had died from a rare liver disease, just like
Vince, and that she had also seen Adam bleed from his eyes. She explains
she never told anyone because Adam threatened her. She now has no idea
where Adam is, he seems to have disappeared for more than a week. She
also remembers seeing Adam taking a certain serum that must have been
keeping him alive.
Garrett is talking to his brother, when Dr. Yaeger informs Garrett
that there is nothing more they can do, that they are just making Vince
comfortable. He suggests that maybe it was time Garrett started saying
his goodbyes, but Garrett walks off, shocked, repeating that he is not
going to let Vince die.
Jonathan is ready for his surgery, and Martha and him are sharing a
moment before they wheel him to the operating room. He reminds her that
there is a chance the surgery may not be successful. He reminds her of
their promise about Clark, "When he's ready, you have to let him go".
Martha gets all chocked up, and answers, "When that day comes, you'll be
standing right beside me"... A very touching moment...
Clark is at The Torch with Chloe, explaining that he would rather keep
busy than wait around on a surgery when there's nothing he can do to
help. He wants to find out what brought Vince back to life. Chloe's
source at Metropolis General informed her that the only two organ donors
that arrived yesterday were both females. Clark realizes that that means
that the chopper must have taken Vince's body directly somewhere else.
Clark returns to the hospital and find the pilot who took Vince's body
into the chopper. The pilot doesn't seem to want to cooperate, but Clark
threatens to get him arrested for these illegal operations, so pilot
agrees to fly Clark to where he flew Vince the previous day. The pilot
drops Clark off on the roof of the building in Metropolis. As he stands
there, he overhears a conversation from below. Lex is standing in the
lab, he has obviously just walked in, and is telling Dr. Teng how
surprised he is to see her. She is obviously not happy to see Lex. He
tells her he is aware of her immigration status. He recognizes the vial
of serum, but she warms him not to touch it, it is delicate. "If you
don't leave at once, I'm notifying your father.", threatens Dr. Teng.
"Can't you just send me to the principal instead?", responds Lex
sarcastically. He wants to know the origin of the blood platelet serum,
and threatens to have her deported back to North Korea. Clark is outside
the door, trying to figure out what to do. Just as Lex finishes his
sentence, a blast of wind runs through the lab, and suddenly, the serum
vial has disappeared. Both Lex and Dr. Teng are freaked out and unable to
explain where it went.
We see Dr. Scanlan start to perform Jonathan's surgery as planned.
Martha is waiting with Lana who is reassuring her. Pete Ross (Sam Jones III) shows up to wait with
them, and Martha is so happy to see him. At that moment, Garrett comes
charging in, demanding to see Dr. Yaeger. When the doctor shows up,
Garrett demands that Vince get a liver transplant immediately. Garrett
opens his jacket to show that he is strapped into a kryptonite bomb, and
figures that way, the doctor will comply with his request. Martha remains
calm and tries to talk to Garrett, but he just warns her to back off.
Everyone is petrified.
Outside, the police arrives and blocks off the entrance to the
hospital. Clark shows up, and tries to speak to Sheriff Adams (Camille Mitchell). He
tells her that his parents are in the hospital, and so she lets him
through and updates him on the situation. He explains that he knows
Garrett, and that he has a serum that can save Vince. The Sheriff is
reluctant, but realizes this may be her only hope.
Back inside the hospital, Pete explains to Martha that there is no way
that Clark can help they here, since the bomb is made of kryptonite, that
Garrett must have gotten from his parent's business, a demolition firm
that uses meteor rock to destroy buildings. Martha tries to reason with
Garrett, but Garrett explains that he has to do this, even if he ends up
in jail for it. At that moment, the phone rings, and Garrett picks it up.
Clark tells Garrett about the serum, while the sheriff listens in on the
conversation. Garrett agrees, as long as only Clark comes in, but Sheriff
Adams refuses to take that risk. But Garrett will not agree to a deputy
bringing the serum. Clark negotiates with Garrett, that he will come in
if Garrett releases the hostages. Garrett complies.
Meanwhile, Jonathan's operation is still continuing as planned.
All the hostages are evacuated, as Clark is entering the hospital. He
meets his mom, Pete and Lana as they are being evacuated. Martha warms
Clark that Garrett's bomb is made with kryptonite and begs him to be
Outside, the sheriff orders her deputy to find a good vantage point,
and to try and get a clean shot and take Garrett out.
In the hospital, Clark shows Garrett the vial, and puts it down on the
ground for Garrett to come and pick up, claiming he doesn't want to get
close to Garrett while that bomb is on him. As Garrett picks up the vial
of blood platelets, it seems like the liquid begins to boil, due to its
proximity to the meteor rocks in the bomb. Clark recognizes that it is
the same effect that his own blood has when exposed to the rocks. Garrett
asks Clark whether it is supposed to do that. Clark doesn't know. Garrett
calls Dr. Yaeger and gives him the vial and tells him to inject it into
Vince's chest. The doctor wants to know what it is, but Garrett doesn't
want to waste time. The doctor injects it into Vince, but nothing seems
to be happening. Garrett thinks that Clark lied to him. Garrett orders
the doctor to get Vince a new liver, but the doctor doesn't have one.
Garrett disagrees, reminding him that he currently has a patient in the
OR, and that they should use his liver. Clark warns Garrett that he is
not touching Jonathan. But Clark has to keep his distance, and Garrett
explains that he doesn't have another choice, that Vince is all he has,
and that at least Clark will still have his mother. The doctor also tries
to reason with Garrett, saying that the chances of success are very slim.
Clark begs the doctor not to do this, and the doctor agrees that he
can't, but that there are 20 other patients in the building and is
doesn't know what else to do.
The police deputy is on the roof of the building across the road, and
is aiming at Garrett through the window. He waits, and gets a good shot.
He shoots. It hits Garrett. Garrett begins to fall backwards onto the
ground in slow motion, but has enough time to detonate the bomb. As the
bomb detonates, Clark superspeeds into the radiology lab down the hall,
grabs a lead-lined blanket, runs back to Garrett, grabs the bomb with the
blanket, tears it off Garrett and wraps it up, and superspeeds out of the
hospital to a respectable distance and throws the bomb far away from him.
All in the time it takes Garrett to fall the ground.
Meanwhile, in the operating room, Dr. Scanlan and his team feel the
tremors of the bomb blast as things start shaking in the room. They stop
for a few seconds until everything is stabilized, checks with his team
that everything is ok, and give the order to continue with the operation.
Back at the Metropolis lab, Dr. Teng takes Lex down to the lower
floors to show him where Adam Knight is. She explains that Lionel told
her Adam was no longer a participant in the research, and to stop giving
him the serum, but Dr. Teng couldn't do that, as that would just kill
Adam. But she now has a problem and can't keep giving Adam the
medication, because the blood platelets are in extremely rare supply. She
is hiding Adam in the lab. Lex wants to know where the blood platelets
come from, but Dr. Teng explains she doesn't know. She assures him she is
telling him the truth, that she wouldn't lie to him, since he is her only
way out from under Lionel's grip. She just knows that it has the
remarkable ability to revivify new tissue (just like Clark is able to
do). She shows him where Adam is hidden, in a cell at the back of the
lab. He is shaking. She tells him that he is deteriorating fast, because
she doesn't have enough of the serum, and that Lionel won't send her any
Back at The Talon, Lana is in Adam's old apartment desperately trying
to clean up the place. Lex walks in and asks her if she knows where Adam
is. He asks her if she is being completely honest with him. She assures
him she is, and doesn't tell him about her conversation with Clark and
the relevance to Garrett's case. Lex gets close to Lana, and tells her
that if ever she feels like talking about Adam, he's always there. He
explains he just wants to make sure that Adam is out of her life for
good, just like she asked him to.
A few days later, and Jonathan is walking out of the hospital. As
Martha and Clark walk him out, Jonathan realizes that something is still
bothering Clark. Clark explains that he thinks Lionel is behind all of
this, and tells them about hearing Lex talking to Dr. Teng. He explains
that the serum acted in the exact same way as his own blood does when in
close contact with meteor rocks. He explains that he thinks that Lionel
has found a way to use him blood to bring people back to life. This makes
Clark wonder if he shouldn't come forward, since his blood may be able to
save lives. He is thinking that maybe there is something inside his blood
that could repair Jonathan's heart permanently. Jonathan explains
to Clark that he will, later, save a lot of lives, but Clark states that
the only life he is interested in saving is Jonathan's. "You do", replies
Jonathan, "you save my life everyday that you're with us, and we wouldn't
trade that for a single moment without you".
Clark comes to see Lana at The Talon. She is glad to know Jonathan is
alright. Lana feels guilty, and that she should have said something about
Adam sooner. She's upset with herself for having been threatened into
silence. Clark tells her that he understand about keeping secrets in
order not to put other people in danger. Clark reminds her that she can
always tell him anything, and she reminds him that that goes both ways.
She then asks him what he thought was in the serum, and he replies, "I
have no idea", and walks off.
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Adam appears, sort of, but
Ian Somerhalder isn't credited and it's
unlikely that he even played Adam for the brief glimpse we see of him in
John Glover does not appear in this episode.
Bruce Harwood of X-Files/Lone Gunmen fame has a brief role as the
MedVac pilot, but for some reason he isn't credited.
Jonathan's doctor's name seems to have changed from MacIntyre (see "Vortex") to Scanlan. He's played by
the same actor (Julian Christopher) in both instances, so presumably it's
supposed to be the same character.
Clark managed to head on into the radiology lab, find a lead-lined
suit, grab the bomb and take it a good 500m away from the hospital in the
time it takes a radio wave to propagate roughly 8 cm. Hence he traveled
at over 60 times the speed of light (or 19 billion meters/second). So why
when anyone goes missing, can't he find them? He could cover every square
meter on the planet (including ocean) in 0.02 seconds.
How did Vince know Garrett and Clark were at Clark's barn?
How did Clark explain how he got rid of the bomb after Garrett was
shot and the bomb exploded outside of the hospital? Or how the bomb just
disappeared and/or blew up miles away?
Usually when someone has bypass surgery they would need to stay in the
hospital more than a few days.
The sniper waited until Clark moved a bit out of the way, then took
the shot on Garrett. So...what did he see Clark do? To his point of view,
Clark would have literally vanished. Even if Clark returned (which isn't
shown), unless he assumed the exact same precise position the sniper
would have noted a major continuity "jump" in Clark's position.
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