Lex: Dr. Marcus. What was so urgent you needed me here tonight?
Dr. Marcus: It's Dr. Walden. There's been a complete normalization of
his higher brain functions.
Lex: Considering the source of the trauma, nothing surprises me.
Dr. Marcus: You mean the Kawatche caves. How does a linguist go into a
coma deciphering a Native American language?
Lex: If you had that answer, Doctor, you'd be running the place.
Walden: The day is coming. The day is coming. The day is coming.
Clark: Lana. It's almost midnight.
Lana: Yeah, I took a chance you'd still be up. Are you getting a head
start on your term paper?
Clark: I've got to give the toast at Lex's rehearsal dinner. It makes
European history seem like a breeze. Am I supposed to guess what's in
Lana: No. You're supposed to close your eyes. Don't peek. Okay. I know,
uh, it's not your birthday for another seven minutes, but I wanted to
Clark: You did.
Lana: I get the feeling it's not in a good way.
Clark: It's just it's not really my birthday. It's just some date that
my parents picked off the calendar for the adoption papers.
Lana: Maybe some of us want to celebrate the day you came into our
Clark: I never thought of it that way.
Lana: Make a wish.
Clark: I've been wishing for the same thing ever since I was five.
Lana: And now?
Clark: And now I don't have to. She's standing right here in front of
Clark: Good morning, Mom.
Martha: How was your birthday party?
Clark: So you're the one who told Lana.
Martha: She knows we're not too big on birthdays, but wondered if she
could do something special.
Martha: I feel bad we never had parties when you were little, but we
were always so nervous.
Clark: It's okay, Mom, I understand.
Martha: I know, but what mother denies her son a birthday party? It's a
huge part of childhood.
Clark: I'll tell you what. All the mistakes you made with me, you can
correct with the baby. You wouldn't want to scar the little one too.
Martha: Thanks a lot. So, um, last night...
Clark: Are you prying?
Martha: Okay, never mind.
Jonathan: Hello. Look what the cat dragged in.
Martha: Oh, Lex. Have you had breakfast?
Lex: Uh, thanks, but I can't stay. I just wanted to ask you and Mr. Kent
for a favor. I know we've had our differences, so this might sound
strange, but it would mean a lot to me. It's customary for the, uh,
bride and groom to sit with their parents at the rehearsal dinner so...
since mine won't be there, I was wondering... would the two of you
consider standing in?
Jonathan: Lex, we would be honored.
Lex: Great. Uh, that just leaves one open seat at the table. Right next
to you, Clark. Any suggestions?
Chloe: Yes. The one name you won't find on the list for Smallville's
biggest event of the century. Don't worry. It's not like I'm holding out
for my fairy godmother to bring me my glass slippers.
Lana: It's okay. I'm still not convinced Lex won't have me in a headset
running around with ice buckets.
Chloe: Is this what you were doing until two o'clock in the morning last
Chloe: Well, look, uh, I can't vouch for my calligraphy skills, but if
you need any help just let me know.
Clark: Hey, guys. I'd like a double espresso please.
Chloe: Whoa. Were you burning the midnight oil last night too?
Clark: I was just working on a toast for Lex's dinner.
Pete: Chloe, ready to go? Everybody okay?
Pete: Just checking.
Chloe: Right. Well, we better get going. I have ashes to sweep and
wicked stepsisters to undermine.
Clark: You didn't...
Clark: Phew. I had a really good time last night. I was thinking maybe
we could go out after the rehearsal dinner tonight.
Clark: Lana, is everything okay? If this is about last night, we can
take it slow.
Lana: Clark, I think last night may have been a mistake. I'm really
busy. I'll call you later.
Helen: Here's a revised seating chart for the rehearsal dinner.
Lex: Who are the people marked in blue?
Helen: Relatives who still talk to each other.
Lex: How about the red?
Helen: Family feuds and people who haven't spoken in at least five
Lex: And the yellow ones scattered throughout?
Helen: Buffer zones. Relatives who have no particular allegiance and
whose conversation won't insight a riot.
Lex: If this medical career doesn't work out, you should consider the
Helen: I'm not done yet.
Lex: By the way, I put the Kents at our table. I asked them to sit with
us at the dinner to fill in for my parents.
Helen: Lex, I think it's great that you want to make them a big part of
Lex: But what?
Helen: Don't you think this might be the right moment to reach out to
Lex: Helen, I'm touched that you want us to reconcile, but it's not
gonna happen. Besides, the only family I need is you.
Helen: I don't believe this.
Lex: We should call the police. Is anything valuable missing?
Jonathan: Gosh, I'm sorry to hear that, Helen. Did they take anything
Helen: The vial of blood I drew from Clark.
Jonathan: Please tell me why you would even still have that.
Helen: I thought I might need it someday in case he got sick again. It
Jonathan: Then why would anybody want to steal it?
Helen: Looks like somebody just broke open the refrigerator and took
whatever was inside. The police think it may have been junkies looking
for drugs. Or maybe somebody who wanted to make it look that way.
Jonathan: Wait a minute. Are you saying you think that I staged this?
Helen: You and I are the only ones who knew about Clark's blood.
Jonathan: And you never told anybody else?
Helen: Of course not.
Jonathan: Not even the man you're about to marry?
Helen: Mr. Kent, Lex is not the man you think he is.
Jonathan: Considering the fact that you are about to spend the rest of
your life with that man and what you know about my family, you had
better be right.
Clark: I don't think it's a good idea that you seat Lana next to me.
Lex: What happened?
Clark: I wish I knew.
Lex: Clark. None of us really understand the fairer sex. That's why
we're so captivated by them.
Clark: I went for it last night.
Lex: Don't tell me she shot you down.
Clark: No. It was the opposite. It was like this perfect moment and then
Lex: She wanted to pretend it never happened? You've upped the stakes,
Clark, and she's scared. She figures if she folds now she'll cut her
Clark: But we're meant to be together. I've never been so sure about
anything in my life.
Lex: Yeah, well, don't tell me, Clark. Tell her.
Lana: Come on.
Clark: Look, Lana, last night was a big deal for me.
Clark: Look, you don't have to avoid calling me if you don't feel the
Lana: No, it meant a lot to me too. Everything seemed so clear, but
today it just feels a lot more complicated.
Clark: Is this about Chloe?
Lana: I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried about her, but there are
three friendships at stake here and I don't want to risk losing ours.
Clark: Well, the friendship isn't gonna go anywhere. It'll just become
Lana: And what happens down the road if... things don't work out? Will
our friendship survive that?
Clark: I don't know. Lana, I've wanted this for so long, I think it's
worth taking the chance.
Voice: The day is coming.
Lana: Clark? Are you all right?
Voice: They day is coming.
Lana: Clark, what is it?
Clark: I'm sorry, I have to go.
Walden: The day is coming. The day is coming. The day is coming.
Lex: What do you think it means?
Dr. Marcus: It's probably just delusional rambling.
Walden: The day is coming. The day is coming.
Lex: Your scans say his brain activity is normal again.
Walden: The day... is coming.
Dr. Marcus: Does that look normal to you?
Walden: The day is coming. The day is coming. The day is coming.
Lex: The cataracts. They're gone.
Dr. Marcus: They faded during the course of the day.
Lex: How do you explain that?
Dr. Marcus: I can't. Mr. Luthor, I know you want to see if he says
anything else, but for his own safety, I need to sedate him.
Walden: The day is coming. The day is com-- The day is coming.
Lex: I think it says "The day is coming."
Clark: You learned how to read the symbols.
Lex: No. Just an educated guess. That's what Walden kept saying before
Clark: I wonder how he wrote it.
Lex: Apparently he's developed the ability to emit some kind of energy
from his hands. I think maybe it has something to do with whatever
happened to him in the cave that day.
Clark: Why are you telling me all this?
Lex: You found him, Clark. Just wondering if you could shed any more
light on the situation.
Clark: I've already told you everything I know.
Lex: These symbols. They look like the one on your barn.
Clark: Lex, I told you, I don't know how to read this language.
Lex: I believe you, Clark.
Clark: Then what am I doing here?
Lex: I thought based on our mutual interest in the cave, we could solve
this mystery together.
Clark: I'm sorry, Lex. I'm as mystified as you are.
Walden: I know who you are.
Lana: Hey, Helen. Are you planning a rehearsal dinner or a peace summit?
Helen: This whole wedding is starting to feel just as political. It's
hard to know what side everybody's on.
Lana: You're not having second thoughts are you?
Helen: Sorry, I... It's all gotten very complicated.
Lana: Sounds kind of familiar.
Helen: You wouldn't be talking about a tall, dark, handsome best man,
Lana: If you knew that Lex was keeping secrets from you, but he was
being truthful about the important things like, um, like the way he
feels about you... would that be enough?
Helen: I guess you have to decide. Is the part of themselves that
they're willing to share with you better than not having them in your
life at all?
Lionel: You don't really think he's hidden it in here, do you?
Helen: I don't know what you're talking about.
Lionel: I'm talking about the valuable object Lex stole from your
Helen: Lex would never steal from me.
Lionel: Hmm. If you believe that, what are you doing rummaging around in
here while he's out?
Helen: How do I know it wasn't you who broke into my office?
Lionel: Oh my. Seems I've antagonized the lady of the house. Please,
would you tell my son I dropped by to offer my best wishes? Oh, no. That
would be difficult, wouldn't it? Because then we'd have to explain that
we ran into each other when we were in here and I caught you snooping
and, oh... Oh that could get really messy. Especially with your wedding
day almost upon us.
Helen: Get out.
Lionel: Can I ask you a question, Helen? Why are you marrying Lex?
Helen: Because I love him.
Clark: Dr. Walden? It's me, Clark Kent. Dr. Walden. Are you down here?
Lionel: Interesting, isn't it?
Clark: Mr. Luthor.
Lionel: That octagonal recess in the wall... I once had, um, what you
might call a keepsake that matched this. Exactly. Just disappeared from
my office. It was that same day you rescued your mother and me.
Clark: What are you doing down here?
Lionel: I have taken over conservatorship of the caves. Didn't Lex tell
Clark: No, he didn't.
Lionel: Oh, he just doesn't want to admit defeat, and he's still
fighting me on this. I ran into some of his security people down here.
They were looking for that doctor, Doctor, um, Dr. Walden?
Clark: Dr. Walden was obsessed with these caves.
Lionel: Well, I can understand why. Look at this. These symbols... Wait
a minute, wait a minute. Are-- are they arranged in a different order
than they were before? That's strange. Don't you think, Clark?
Clark: It's all Kawatche to me. If you see Dr. Walden, be careful. He
could be dangerous.
Jonathan: I don't get it. First refined kryptonite, and now the caves.
What does Luthor want, anyway?
Clark: I don't know, but I think we have a bigger problem. Dr. Walden
can read the Krypton language. He wrote it on the ceiling at the
Martha: Do you think he's figured out your secret?
Jonathan: Is that why you're so worried right now?
Clark: I'm not sure, but there's something else going on in that cave.
The symbols have changed.
Jonathan: What does it say now, son?
Clark: "The day is coming when the last son will begin his quest to rule
the third planet."
Clark: Don't you see? I'm the last son.
Lex: Why humiliate yourself like this, Dad? When are you going to accept
the fact that you're not invited?
Lionel: You know, Lex, I'm not here to grovel for a place at your, uh,
table. I wanted to tell you that, uh, your restraining order to keep me
out of the Kawatche caves has been, uh, rejected, flat out.
Lex: And you couldn't have had your lawyers tell my lawyers that on the
Lionel: It's curious how your, um, renewed interest seems to come right
on the heels of Dr. Walden's escape. And, uh, Clark Kent seems to share
you opinion. He was down there too, looking for your linguist.
Walden: Lex! I did it, Lex.
Lex: Dr. Walden.
Walden: I finally read the wall. I know what is says.
Lex: And we'll talk all about it, but first we need to get you some
Lionel: Not now, Lex. Let the man tell us what he knows.
Lex: Stay out of this.
Lionel: The wall, Doctor. What does it say?
Walden: "The last son will rule the planet." Don't you see? It's Clark
Lex: I think that's a pretty big leap.
Walden: No! I've never seen more clearly in my life. I know exactly what
has to be done.
Lionel: What is that, Doctor?
Walden: We have to kill Clark Kent... before he destroys us all.
Lex: Dr. Walden, you're confused.
Clark: Dear guests... No, there's got to be something else. Um...
Friends and family.
Chloe: The first line's always the hardest.
Clark: Hey, Chloe. What's up?
Chloe: Big news. Your friend Dr. Walden woke up.
Clark: I wouldn't exactly call him a friend of mine.
Chloe: Well, anyway, I was just wondering if you wanted to come out of
retirement and do the story with me.
Clark: Hey, I appreciate the offer, but now really isn't a good time.
Chloe: I didn't mean right this second, Clark. I wish things could be
like they were.
Clark: Yeah, me too.
Chloe: I just feel like there's this huge rift between us and no matter
how hard I try, I can't get back to you.
Clark: We'll get there, Chloe. It's just gonna take a little bit of
Chloe: Well, whatever happens, let's just promise to be honest with each
other. I mean, you're a big boy, I'm a big girl. I think we can handle
it. As long as we tell the truth. Okay, well, I'd better get going. You
have your rehearsal dinner and I have the Torch. So... Break a leg,
Lex: Sorry I'm late.
Helen: Where have you been?
Lex: Business crisis. Don't worry I'm all yours now. I just need a quick
moment with the best man.
Lex: Hello, Mrs. Kent.
Martha: Everything is beautiful.
Lex: Thank you, thank you very much. Mr. Kent.
Jonathan: Hello, Lex.
Lex: Hey. Mind if I have a word with your son?
Jonathan: No, go right ahead.
Clark: Is everything all right?
Lex: Dr. Walden paid me a visit. Nobody was hurt. He's on his way back
to the hospital.
Clark: Well, that's good news.
Lex: Clark, he was ranting about you.
Clark: What'd he say?
Lex: That the writing on the cave wall says... you are going to rule the
Clark: I'm gonna rule the world? He's obviously nuts.
Lex: Of course he is. Unfortunately my father was there. He heard the
Clark: But he didn't believe him, did he?
Lex: He quoted one of his favorite Elizabethan poets. "'Twixt truth and
madness lies but a sliver of a stream." He's not just gonna let this
drop. I thought I'd warn you.
Lionel: I certainly do admire your work ethic, Miss Sullivan. Late at
night, here you are, still at it.
Chloe: Yeah. Well, I wasn't invited to the rehearsal dinner, so...
Lionel: Yes, we have a lot in common. I spoke to the, uh, managing
editor at the Daily Planet. It's all set. A weekly column on current
affairs from the, uh, young person's perspective.
Chloe: I don't know how to thank you.
Lionel: Nurturing a promising young talent is a reward in itself. And
I've, uh, I've got your first assignment. A complete investigative
profile of Clark Kent.
Chloe: What possible interest could the Daily Planet have in a farm boy
Lionel: This isn't for the Daily Planet. I'm sure they'll be in touch
with you. No, this is for me. Just, uh, combine it with, uh, any
research about his family you already have.
Chloe: Wow. I blew off my journalistic skepticism and allowed myself to
actually believe that you were interested in just helping me.
Lionel: You're playing in the real world now, Miss Sullivan. You have to
give to get.
Chloe: Mr. Luthor. I don't know what your interest is in Clark, but you
can take the job offer and shove it down your thousand dollar pants.
Lionel: Clark's very lucky to have a friend like you. All that
integrity. I-I wonder, though, if he had to make a choice, would he
sacrifice his dream out of loyalty to you?
Dr. Marcus: Any change?
Paramedic: No, he'll be out for hours.
Clark: Can I have everyone's attention, please? I think Lex picked me to
be the best man because he knew how... comfortable I was speaking in
front of people. I've been looking through every book from Socrates to
Shakespeare, trying to find someone who could put into words the way Lex
and Helen feel about each other. But what I realized is, there are no
words for it. And when you have it you trust it, and you believe in it.
Take a chance on it. And you're willing to sacrifice anything to keep it
no matter what the cost. To Helen and Lex.
Everybody: To Helen and Lex.
Lex: That was a good speech.
Lex: Clark, are you all right?
Clark: Yeah, I, um, I just gotta get some air.
Jonathan: Son, what's the matter?
Clark: It's the key. There's something wrong at home. I have to go.
Walden: I came looking for you. And I found the proof. You are the one.
Clark: Dr. Walden, listen to me. You need help.
Walden: No. You need to die.
Clark: Dr. Walden. Dr. Walden, no! Doctor, you're making a mistake.
Walden: No, I'm not. I'm doing this for mankind.
Lex: With the exception of Clark's migraine, I thought the evening was
mercifully uneventful. What's wrong?
Lex: Helen, if we're gonna spend our lives together, we need to be
completely honest with each other. You're always saying that.
Helen: I found a file on Mrs. Kent in your bookshelf. It contained
confidential medical records. From my office.
Lex: I got that from one of the disease control agents who was
investigating Mrs. Kent's case.
Helen: You mean you bribed someone for it?
Lex: I've told you. The Kents are very important to me. I was concerned
about Martha's health. What were you looking for anyway?
Helen: Something that was stolen from my office.
Lex: Do you think I was involved in the break in?
Helen: Please tell me you weren't.
Lex: If you really believe I'm capable of that kind of deceit, maybe you
shouldn't be marrying me.
Helen: Maybe you're right.
Clark: I had to pry it from his hand.
Martha: It wasn't your fault, Clark. The man tried to kill you. He was
Jonathan: Even the sheriff agreed, son. Walden was responsible for his
Clark: What if he was right? What if I am some sort of threat to
Martha: I'll never believe that. And neither should you.
Clark: Then what does it mean? The day is coming when I'll begin my
quest to rule?
Jonathan: We don't know, son. But when and if that day does come, your
mother and I both know that you will do the right thing.
Coroner: His entire body's been burnt beyond recognition.
Coroner: But look. Whatever he was holding here, it completely protected
the skin it was covering.
Coroner: I've never seen anything like this.
Lionel: Send it to me.
Coroner: Send you what?
Lionel: The hand.
Clark: I never got a chance to tell you how beautiful you looked
Lana: Clark, you scared me.
Clark: You surprised me.
Lana: I just wanted to see you. You kind of ran out on dinner. I thought
your toast was really beautiful.
Clark: I had a lot of inspiration.
Lana: Sorry I've been so confused about us. It's just, um, I'm scared.
Clark: So am I.
Lana: You have so many secrets in your life.
Clark: I know. I just don't want my feelings for you to be one of them.
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