By Sonia K.
Gabriel Duncan, the tech guy from The Torch, is
holding a guard at gunpoint inside a silo and yelling at him to grant
him access to the missiles. The first guard tries to stop the other
guard from doing what Gabriel wants but to no avail. When the guard
finally grants him access, Gabriel shoots both of the guards. He calls
Chloe just as she is packing to leave for Metropolis University, to tell
her that in one hour, Smallville will finally be gone forever.
Clark and Lana awake from their first night
together. They have overslept and while sneaking Lana out of the house,
they get caught by Mr. & Mrs. Kent. Mrs. Kent is surprised but Mr. Kent
is more upset with Clark. Lana leaves and Mr. Kent tries to warn Clark
of what he’s getting himself into. While Mrs. Kent is more concerned
about a slightly embarrassed Clark being “careful” in his new, mature
relationship with Lana.
Chloe shows up at an awkward moment but wastes no
time informing the Kents of the cryptic call from Gabriel. Mr. Kent
leaves to warn the sheriff and Chloe & Clark try to find Gabriel on
Lana arrives at her apartment to find Lex waiting
inside for her. Lana is immediately annoyed especially over Lex
snooping through her personal things including sketches of the two
beings from the spaceship (see: Episode 501-Arrival). Lex tells Lana
that he was only skeptical at first about her seeing a spaceship but
that he believes in what she says. He fails to mention that he has the
spaceship in his possession, but does try to find out who else she may
have told about the spaceship.
Mr. Kent finds that the sheriff is already aware of
the situation. Teams of officers are being sent in to a silo, guns
drawn. Inside, Gabriel is trying to re-route the missile coordinates to
Smallville. As they enter, the silo is completely empty. They realize
that there are over 15 silos similar to this one and that Gabriel could
be in any one.
Chloe & Clark go to Gabriel’s house and find that
he has his very own Wall of Weird, on a much larger scale however. They
find Gabriel’s father laying in a pool of blood in one of the rooms.
At LuthorCorp, Lex is arguing with one of his
researchers. He demands them to find a way into the spaceship he took
from out in the field. The researcher explains they have used all of
their resources and that the material is unknown to mankind. Lex
retorts that he can easily be replaced by another researcher.
Chloe & Clark come up with a plan. Chloe calls
Gabriel, saying that she has had an accident while trying to leave town
and that now she is stuck in a ditch.
Lex visits Lionel at the mental institution to
question him about the symbols he’s carved everywhere, still, Lionel has
no response for him.
Gabriel shows up to help Chloe, instead Clark
intervenes and tells Gabriel he has to stop, Gabriel reaches down, pulls
out a gun and shoots Clark. As his blood flows, Clark falls to the
ground. Chloe attacks Gabriel but he overpowers her and takes her with
him, leaving Clark wounded and alone.
Clark is rolled past Jonathan and Martha Kent as
they wheel him into the emergency room. They are told he has been
At the silo, Gabriel has Chloe tied up and is
carrying on with his plan. Chloe tries to talk him out of it by
mentioning his father. All Gabriel tells her is that both he and his
father were against meteor freaks and after the last shower, his father
became one. Gabriel’s father wanted Gabriel to help him to die rather
than to live with the aftereffects of the green meteor rocks.
Lana visits Clark at the hospital. She tells him
how she feels about him. He opens his eyes to look at her but in an
instant his eyes roll back and his heart stops. At that very moment,
Lionel awakens into some form of consciousness. He punches through the
glass where he is being held and with one glance, super-speeds away.
The doctor tries to revive Clark but it is too late. Official time of
death, 7:18 AM.
Devastated, Lana makes her way back towards the
lobby. Before she can speak, Mr. & Mrs. Kent see the pain in her face
and realize Clark is gone, in more ways than one. As the doctor
notifies them of Clark’s death, the nurse rushes out to inform them of a
bigger problem with the Kent boy, his body has disappeared.
As time winds down, Gabriel’s attention turns back
to the missile launch. With only a couple of minutes remaining, Chloe
manages to untie herself and strikes Gabriel with the guard’s baton,
knocking him out temporarily. She tries to override the program but it
seals the doors and denies her access. Horrified, Chloe can only watch
as the missile prepares for launch. As she watches, Gabriel wakes up
and recovers his gun and ends up in a tight struggle with Chloe. As
they both struggle to gain control, the gun goes off. Blood splatters
on the glass, Gabriel collapses, the missile launches, and somewhere
faraway in the ice fortress, Clark Kent awakens.
Lionel is also in the ice fortress, being that he
is the one responsible for taking Clark from the hospital. Lionel
informs Clark that he is Jor-El, his birth father and that since the
meteor shower, Lionel’s body was acting as a vessel for Jor-El in case
Clark ever needed him. He tells Clark that even though his mortal
journey on Earth has ended, his imminent destiny has not. He returns
all of Clark’s powers, but not without consequence. Clark learns that
by not following Jor-El’s earlier warnings, he has to pay the ultimate
price. Somebody he loves will die and there is nothing he can do to
With only moments to spare, our hero returns to
Smallville as the missile is leaving the ground. Clark launches himself
into the air and grabs on to the missile. He climbs towards the top of
the missile and begins taking it apart with his bare hands. As debris
flies off, he pulls off the head of the missile and launches it into
space, where it detonates, leaving Smallville completely unharmed.
As Chloe sheds tears for what she thinks she’s
lost, a resurrected Clark returns home to the Kent Farm. The Kents are
beyond elated that their son is alive and well. Clark allows them to
believe that Jor-El brought him & his powers back without wanting
anything in return.
A knock on the door distracts them from their
conversation. As a devastated Lana lays eyes on Clark, she runs to him
and they embrace.
Afterwards, Lana goes to speak with Lex. She shows
him Clark’s medical file from the hospital and tells him there is
nothing abnormal about Clark. Lex disagrees and instead tries to play
on Lana’s insecurities where she & Clark are concerned. As she leaves,
he reminds her that normal people don’t rise from the dead. At that
moment, Lionel returns. Lex asks him how he came out of his near
catatonic state, and why he was mentioning things such as Krypton and
Kal-El. He asks Lionel what the symbols carved into the ground meant.
Lionel simply responds by saying that he does not recall anything that
took place during nor after the meteor shower.
At the farm, Clark tells Chloe that he has no
choice but to accept his powers and his destiny. He is upset at the
realization that he is no longer human therefore having to deceive Lana
all over again or maybe even risk losing her by telling her the truth.
Chloe tries to advise him to share the truth with Lana. Clark seems to
disagree, believing that Lana may not have the same reaction as Chloe.
He regrets losing his powers and not following Jor-El’s orders. He
tells Chloe that he thinks he may have made a terrible mistake…