Martha: Jonathan, what are you doing up there? Clark should be doing that!
Jonathan: Sweetheart, I'm fine. Would you stop worrying?
Martha: Jonathan, please be careful.
Jonathan: Martha, my father and I built this roof. I could walk this roof with my eyes
Martha: You know what the doctor said about taking it easy.
Jonathan: You know, the last time I checked, the doctor didn't have a farm to run.
[ Piercing noise ]
Jonathan: Aah! Martha! Aaaah!
Martha: Jonathan! Clark!
Clark: Dad, what are you doing, trying to fly? Are you all right?
Jonathan: It was just that noise -- where the hell did that come from?
Martha: I didn't hear anything.
Jonathan: It was probably nothing.
Clark: Um, dad, look, you don't have to --
Jonathan: Damn it, Kal-El, I can get it myself.
Clark: Why'd you call me that?
Jonathan: I don't know.
Clark: Dad, you said you heard a noise. What did it sound like?
Jonathan: Just a loud, high-pitched...
Clark: Hum? It was the key.
Jonathan: Clark, I slipped and fell off the roof, okay?
Clark: Are you sure this doesn't have anything to do with Jor-El?
Jonathan: I thought we agreed we were going to drop that.
[ Opera music playing ]
[ Cellphone ringing ]
[ Ringing continues ]
Lionel: What? He is? All right, have the chopper standing by.
Clark: Why did you have to bring him into this, Jor-El? Whatever promises my dad
made, I'll take them on. Come on! Come on, Jor-El, I'm the one you want!
Lionel: Who is that? Who's down here? Oh, clark, it's you. Don't let me
Clark:I just came down here to be alone.
Lionel: Yeah, I can understand that. Sometimes, when I'm... down here and I look at these walls, I feel as if it might
be possible to solve the mysteries of the universe. What do you think?
Clark: I think it's time for me to go.
Linel: Clark. How's your father? How's his, uh, recovery progressing?
Clark: He's better.
Lionel: I can only imagine how difficult it must be for you to see him so... so weak.
Clark: Weak, strong, healthy -- he's still my dad, and I love him.
Lionel: Of course you do. A son's love for a father -- there's nothing to compare it
to. After all, you only get one. Clark?
Lex: I'm having a strange case of déj vu. Why the sudden resurgence of interest in
Lionel: Lex... listen. Something truly extraordinary has happened. Do you remember
the, um, the octagonal hole, or the indentation, that was in one of the walls
of the cave?
Lex: I'm sorry, dad. That's your obsession, not mine.
Lionel: All right, but you remember the hole was sealed over. Yesterday, I found Clark Kent down there.
Lionel: Yes. And the hole was open. He'd opened it somehow.
Lex: You know, dad, they say mental illness is hereditary. I'm willing to accept
my break with reality. Are you?
Lionel: Oh, Lex, men of vision have so often been mocked. Galileo knew it was the earth that
orbited the sun, and he was sentenced to death for that discovery.
Lex: Where's the Inquisition when you need it?
Lionel: Oh, don't let your friendship with Clark Kent blind you, son. Don't forget it
was Clark who discovered the caves. Then one of the symbols from the caves
mysteriously appeared on his barn. The hole sealed itself up the same day that
explosion happened on his farm.
Lex: Probably coincidence.
[ Scoffs ]
Linel: Coinciden that's an explanation used by fools and liars. Lex... we
could accomplish so much if we work together. Don't pretend that this isn't an
obsession that you and I share. We both know that you have an entire archive
devoted to uncovering the mystery of Clark Kent. And if you won't help me, I'll
find someone else who will.
Jonathan: You said there'd be more time.
Clark: Who are you talking to?
Jonathan: I'm not talking to anybody, Clark. I'm just thinking out loud, that's all.
Clark: Were you talking to Jor-El?
Jonathan: Listen, son, not everything is about your real father, okay?
Clark: He's not my real father.
Jonathan: Yes, he is, Clark. He is. He's going to be around this place long after I'm
Clark: Dad, what's going on with you?
Jonathan: I don't expect you to understand any of this stuff, Clark, but I... I almost
died, and I look around here and I think, what in the hell did I really
accomplish, anyway? You're lucky, Clark. You won't ever have to face your
mortality. But if you did, you'd find yourself reevaluating your choices, too.
Clark: Like taking me in?
Jonathan: Clark, no, that's not -- I would never regret that. It's just there's so many
chances I never took. I have to live with my mistakes. Don't let my mistakes be
Clark: You're tired. Let's go inside. The last thing we want to do is call more
attention to this.
Lana: That looks a little heavy for psych 101.
Clark: I'm just trying to get a handle on what my dad's going through. You know, the surgery and everything.
Lana: When I was in the hospital, the doctors told me that depression's pretty
common after a major surgery.
Clark: He's just not the same dad I know. He keeps talking about all these
opportunities he missed in his life.
Lana: Clark, it's going to be okay. There isn't anything that you can't recover
Clark: What if you screw up something so badly you can never get it back?
Lana: I guess that depends on how determined you are.
Agent:So, what's with the cave obsession?
Lex: You listened to the conversation. It's one of my father's many
Agent: Along with Clark Kent?
Lex: Trust me, Clark has nothing to do with my father.
Agent: That's not what it sounded like to me. You know, when the Metropolis police
had that noose around your neck, you offered us full disclosure.
Lex: Look, don't try to hang this on me. Before I agreed to help, all you had on my father was some
creative book keeping. I'm giving you illegal cellular research, cloning, crimes
against humanity. So leave Clark out of this.
Agent: Hmm. You've got an entire archive devoted to unlocking "the
mystery of Clark Kent." That sounds to me like more than your average
kid from Podunk.
Lex: Maybe if I speak into the microphone, you'll hear it clearer. Clark Kent is
Agent #2: A nobody who's pals with Dr. Virgil swann?
Dr. Swann: Corporate titans don't
often show up at my doorstep unannounced.
[ Chuckles ]
Lionel: I, um, I apologize for surprising you like this, Dr. Swann, but,
uh, it's a matter of some urgency.
Dr. Swann: I've been wondering how long it would take for
you to finally walk through the door.
Lionel: Then you, uh, obviously know why I'm here.
Dr. Swann: I
think perhaps you've been reading my e-mails to Clark Kent. Am I correct?
transgression doesn't seem to upset you. I'm glad.
Dr. Swann: I'm a scientist. I find
curiosityto be a most admirable trait.
Lionel: Dr. Swann, I am the, uh, conservator of
the kawatche caves. If you can tell me what is written on the cave walls, I would
agree to hand over that conservancy to your foundation.
Dr. Swann: Well, thank you, but I'm
afraid I can't help you. The language remains a mystery to me.
Lionel: Are you aware that,
uh, at one time, there was an octagonal keyhole on the wall of the cave? It was
sealed for months. Then it reopened...suddenly, just after our young friend Clark
had been down there.
Dr. Swann: Oh then, you don't need me. You need a locksmith.
[ Chuckles ]
Lionel: All right, but, uh, the key to that lock was in my possession. But
it was stolen from my safe. Again, Clark had been present.
Dr. Swann: And so now you
believe that he has it.
Lionel: He trusts you. Would you be willing to talk to him? Such a
smarice to pay in exchange for the answers you've been searching for.
Dr. Swann: Yes, well,
I know what I'm after... but what do you expect to find? You're dying.
Lionel: How do you know that?
Dr. Swann: As I said, curiosity is an admirable
Lionel: Dr. Swann, I know that what can save my life is locked within the wall of
Dr. Swann: I believein the extraordinary -- in the possibilities it holds --
but... I prefer to follow my own path.
Lionel: All right. Thank youfor your time, doctor.
Dr. Swann: Even if you had the key, you have no idea what would happen if you put it into the
Lionel: I'd be willing to take that risk.
Dr. Swann: Mm-hmm. Then perhaps there is an
arrangement we might make.
Lionel: Clark. I'm afraid I've invaded your sanctuary.
Clark: What do you think you're
goingto find down here?
Lionel: Uh...you tell me. How'd you open it, Clark?
Clark: I don't know
what you're talking about.
Lionel: I don't want to play games. You expect me to
believe your fascination with these caves started with a term-paper assignment?
Now do it again.
Clark: I don't think you want to start talking about unusual
obsessions, Mr. Luthor. Unless you want to explain why you blackmailed my friends
into spying on me.
Lionel: I believe that we're puton this earth for a reason, Clark.
Our task in life is to find outwhat that reason is. Sometimes,we can't do that
Clark: You're never going to find what you're looking for.
Lionel: I'm much closer than
Martha: What's going on here?
Tobin: You guys take the barn,and the rest follow me.
Martha: What are you doing?
Tobin: F.B.I -- Agent Tobin. We're going to search the
Martha: You can't do that.
Tobin: We can, and we will. Excuse me, ma'am. We need you
Clark: Hi, mom. You must be out looking for dad, too. I think I have an
idea where he is. I'll see you soon. Thanks for the phone.
Lana: Clark, what's going
Clark: My dad kinda went AWOL. He was halfway through unloading the feed run and just jumped in his truck and took off. I'm sorry, Lana. It's -- he's never done anything like this before.
Lana: Hey, you know what? It's
going to be okay.
Clark: I didn't mean to unload on you like that.
Lana: You never have to
apologize for opening up to me.
Lana: I know. This is a stressful time for you.
Clark: No. That's not what this is about. Lana, I don't want to look back like my dad and
wonder what my life could've been.
Lana: Clark... we've tried this once before.
said there's nothing you can't recover from.
Lana: No, I wasn't talking about us. Right
now think about your dad, okay? He's the one needs you.
Clark: Dad, are you okay? Mom and I
have beenworried sick about you. You can't just take off like that.
Jonathan: How'd you
know to find me out here?
Clark: When I'm searching for answers, I turn to my dad. I
guess it runs in the family.
Jonathan: Your grandfather was the stubbornest man I ever knew.
And, believe me, Clark, I wasn't nearly the son you are. My mother used to say
that... he and I were like watching two sides of the same coin... duking it out.
And I see the way you and Jor-El fight, and I wonder if maybe fathers and sons
were the same on krypton.
Clark: Except he's not my father. You are.
Jonathan: Yeah. I am your
father who turns his back on you when you need him the most. I am your father who forces you to run away. My father
never would've done that. I wish I had his strength and his wisdom.
Clark: Dad, you do.
Jonathan: Clark, I don't know how to protect you anymore.
Clark: It's not your job. Your job is to
teach me how to protect myself. But that doesn't mean I don't need you. Mom needs
you, too. Let's go home.
Lex: I realize paying the Talon's bills isn't the high
point of your month. I'm guessing something elseis going on.
Lana: No, no,everything's
Lex: Lana, you know you can talk to me about anything.
Lana: I want to believe that...
someone can change, but... but I'm starting to lose faith.
Lex: Are we talking about Clark?
Lana: You know, he, uh, he came by the Talon earlier. And he kissed me.
Lex: He kissed you.
Lex: Isn't that what you
Lana: I don't know.
Lex: Look... I'm afraid I'm a little jaded in the
romance department. The only thing I know about relationships is that someone
usually winds up getting hurt.
Lana: And you don't think I can trust Clark to not do
Lex: I don't think it's about trust. It's like the German poet Rilke said, "A
person isn't who they are during the last conversation you had with them. They're
who they've been through out your whole relationship." Clark: Mom!
Martha: Oh, thank god you're
Clark: What happened?
Martha: The F.B.I came. They tore through everything.
Clark: What did they want?
Martha: I don't know, but they had a search
warrant, and the only thing that's missing is the key.
Clark: I have to get that back.
If they find out whatthat key's really for...
Jonathan: It doesn't matter, Clark.
Clark: How can
you say that?
Jonathan: Because they didn't get what they came for.
[ Speaking german ]
Lex: Wir müssen die Kosten reduzieren. (We have to reduce the costs)
Lex: Clark, I'm in the middleof something. Can this wait?
Clark: The F.B.I just raided our farm.
[ Speaking german ]
<>Lex: Meine Herren, es ist spät, wir sprechen
morgen weiter. (Gentlemen, it's late, we'll talk tomorrow)
Lex: Any idea why?
Clark: They didn't say,but for some reason, I
think your dad's involved.
Lex: Clark, I can't imagine my father's on the F.B.I's must
trusted list, but... I'm curious why you think he'd be interested in the farm.
talked to him today. He was saying all sorts of crazy things. He thinks I can
give him answersabout the caves.
Lex: Can you? My father's methods are often
questionable, but usually there is a germ of truth in his madness.
Clark: Your father's
so obsessed about those caves that he's imagining things that don't exist.
I'm glad you told me about this. It means a lot that you trust me enough to let me
Clark: Is there something you're not telling me?
Lex: And what would that be, Clark?
I'll check into it. Lex: What the hell were you doing barging into the Kent farm?
quiet. You're bound and determined to blow our cover, aren't you? Get in here. If
I want to take a serious look at Clark Kent, you won't have much to say about it.
Lex: Those weren't your men?
Agent: We don't make it a habit of storming farm houses. What is
it about this kid you're trying to protect? Look, Luthor, this is my show. Do I
need to remind you you came to us?
Lex: Like I had a choice.
Agent: You know the deal. The F.B.I is not interested in some farm boy. We're interested in your father. Now get
out of here so we can do our work.
Clark: Your father's not the one working with the F.B.I.
Lex: Clark, you have to trust me.
Clark: I did.I guess it was a bad mistake.
you've got it all wrong! Look, it's not about you! We're going after my father! He
tried to pin the murders at Metron labs on me, so I went to the feds and I cut a
deal. Look, over and over, I've given him the chanceto show me who he really is.
And I now realize he already has. He deserveswhat's coming to him.
Clark: And you don't
care whose privacy gets invaded in the process.
Lex: Clark, it wasn't the F.B.I who
raided the farm. My father could've had his own men impersonate the feds. The
question is, why?
Clark: Maybe he's onto you. Maybe he's warning you to back off.
if that's the case, I'm sorry he got you involved. But I think you already were.
Clark: What's that supposed to mean?
Lex: How well do you know a Dr. Virgil Swann?
Clark: What makes you think I know
him at all?
Lex: Well, according to the F.B.I,my father's been talking to him, and he
found Dr. Swann through you. Apparently you two have been e-mailing each other?
Clark: He's been studying the cave paintings.
Lex: Look, Clark, I don't know how you stumbled
into this, but somehow you've got two billionaires keenly interested in you and
those caves. They're your enemies, not me. Clark: You betrayed me!
Dr. Swann: Hello, Kal-El.
name is Clark.
Dr. Swann: You think I betrayed you because I met with Lionel Luthor?
Clark: You did
more than meet with him. You agreed to help him.
Dr. Swann: I didn't betray you, Kal-El. I
promised you your secret would never leave this building, and it hasn't. And my
involvement with Lionel Luthor is in your best interest.
Clark: That man has done
nothing but cause my family pain.
Dr. Swann: Was he the one who caused the explosion on the farm? Did he
make you run wild in Metropolis? I opened the door to your heritage because I
thought that you were ready. Your actions over the past year have proven me wrong.
Clark: You don't understand. There was another message in the ship... from my biological
father. And it said I was sent here to conquer. Do you know if that's true?
Dr. Swann: I
don't have all the answers. I'm still on the same journey as you are, Kal-El.
Clark: Pleas, don't call me that. I don't even know who that is.
Dr. Swann: Fathers often want
futures that their sons reject. That struggle is as oldas the human race.
Dr. Swann: Humanity is not only about biology.
Clark: Look, you don't know Jor-El.
Everything that he said has come to pass. My father made a deal with him to save
me, and now it's killing him.
Dr. Swann: But the more you pursue this
course, the greater the risk that you'll expose your secret, not only to the Luthors, but to the world.
Clark: I can't let my father die for my mistakes.
Dr. Swann: Well, if
that's your decision, then there's something else I have to show you. Activate
Clark: It says, "I am waiting." It must be from Jor-El.
Dr. Swann: That message didn't
comefrom the stars. It originated right here on earth. But I believe... that it
wasn't meant for you, Kal-El. ><>Clark: Dad? Mom, Where's dad?
Martha: He left again, Clark. Don't be too hard on him. Your
father can't do what he used to around here.
Clark: Mom, I don't think it's that simple.
I just went to see Dr. Swann. He thinks Jor-El is trying to contact someone. Mom,
it's not me. But I think the way dad's been acting -- I think he's been
getting messages through the key.
Martha: What would Jor-El want with your father?
Clark: I don't
know, but he said Jor-El was waiting for something. Do you know where dad went?
Lionel: You searched every inch of that farm?
Tobin: Yes, sir.
Lionel: You're certain?
Tobin: Yes, sir, I
assure you. It's not there.
Jonathan: Get out of here. Get out, go on. Right now! Get out of
here! Get outta here! I said, everybody get out of here! Go on,
Lionel: What the..
Jonathan: You have no right to be down here.
Lionel: Yeah, well,the State Park Service
might disagree with you.
Jonathan: You want something that doesn't belong to you. I'm not
going to let you take it.
Lionel: There exists in this world somethings that are too
valuable to be the sole possession of any one person.
Jonathan: I am sick and tired of
talking to you. This is your last warning. Stay away from my son.
Lionel: If you'd raised
your son the way I raised mine, maybe you wouldn't have to protect him. You know,
weakness isn't something you're born with. You learn it. And Clark learned
his from you.
Clark: Dad! Dad! What are you doing? You're not thinking!
Jonathan: It's the only
way that I know you're safe. Unless you want to explain to the police why you illegally
raided my farm, you had better let me walk out of here.
Lionel: Back off.
>Technician: <>Sir... you
better take a look at this.
Lionel: The key is in the wall. It must be.
Jonathan: Where is it, Clark?
Clark: I don't have it. Clark: Hi.
Lana: Yeah, um... I know you got a lot going on right now.
Just --I think we left things in kind of a weird place.
Clark: I know the way I've been
acting is kind of hard to understand, but, Lana, my feelings for you have never
Lana: I guess a part of me knows that. But, you know, it's like Lex says, a
person isn't who they say they are in any one moment. They're who they've always been.
What does he have to do with this?
Lana: I trust him. I trust his advice. He only wants
what's best for us.
Clark: Look, Lana, how many times have we been standing here
avoiding what we both want?
Lana: That's because every time you've let me get close, it
hurts that much more when you leave. You can't keep changing the rules.
Clark: I'm sorry, Lana. I never meant to hurt you. But I promise, I'm not going to leave this time.
Lana: Maybe I am. You know what your dad said about looking back on his life and
feeling as though he'd missed something? Clark, I have been so focused on you,
waiting to see if we could ever get back together, that maybe I'm missing out on
Clark: Like seeing other people.
Lana: No. No, I mean everything. And
until I figure that out, I can't keep doing this. It's not fair to either of us.
<>[ Engine turns over ]
Jonathan: Clark. Lana sure didn't stay very long.
Jonathan: You all
Clark: Yeah. Dad, we're going to have to talk about what happened down in
Jonathan: I know.
Clark: You always tell me to be so careful around Lionel Luthor, and
then you just -- why did you go down there with the key?
Jonathan: I'm not sure. I was just
drawn to it. It's the only way I can explain it.
Clark: Dad, I know it's the deal you
made with Jor-El. And all this time, I thought that you had sacrificed your
health to bring me home, but it's more than that, isn't it?
Jonathan: I've done a lot of
things the last few days that I'm not particularly proud of, but it wasn't Jor-El who
did them. It was me.
Clark: What's Jor-El waiting for?
Jonathan: How do you know about that?
Swann. Dad, what did you promise him?
Jonathan: That's none of your concern, Clark.
Clark: Dad, if
it wasn't for me, you never would've gotten involved with Jor-El. Come on,
why don't youlet me help?
Jonathan: Clark, I've always told you to take
responsibility for your own decisions. Now, why don't you let me take
responsibility for mine?
Clark: Because now we're both in Lionel's sights. And what are
we going to do when he gets that key out of the wall?
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