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Martha: Decisions, Clark.
Clark: They're on the top of my to-do list.
Martha: With Lois out of town, you don't have any excuses. These
college application deadlines are coming up soon, Clark. I know how hard
it was giving up those football scholarships, but we have to start
making some decisions about your future.
[ Knock on door ]
Clark: I'll get it.
Man: Clark Kent?
Man: Sign here.
Martha: What is
Clark: It's from Dr. Swann.
Jonathan: Clark, Martha. I think you
should see this.
Woman on tv: We have breaking news from new york. Here
is our correspondent Tom Florence.
Tom: We've just confirmed that Dr.
Virgil Swann passed away this morning. No details are being released. The reclusive billionaire will be
remembered as one of the leading Philanthropists of his generation.
Along with starting the Virgil Swann Charitable Foundation, he
generously funded a wing at the Natural History Museum.
Clark: I don't
understand. I just talked to him last week.
Jonathan: I'm sorry, Clark. I truly
Martha: We both are.
Clark: There was still so much I needed to learn from him
about Krypton and Jor-El.
Martha: We can be thankful for everything he did pass
on to you.
Clark: "Kal-El, I wish I could continue this journey with you. But
now you must seek out your father. If I sheltered you from him for too
long, forgive me. Jor-El sent you here on a mission. He's the only
one who can help you finish it. I am returning something that is
rightfully yours. I know it will lead you to your
Tom: Searching for intelligent life in the universe. The world
will remember his many contributions. And man will benefit from his gifts
for generations to come.
Jor-El: I knew you would return, my
Clark: Why did you send me to find this?
Jor-El: Because you may be the last
survivor of a great civilization.
Clark: A great civilization that destroyed
Jor-El: As will yours, if you continue to refuse your mission. The
knowledge of our civilization was encoded in three stones brought to
earth and hidden at the far reaches of the world. Greed will drive
others to hunt the stones. But if the humans should unite them before
you, they will not be able to with stand the temptation and will drive
the world to famine, war, and the earth's ultimate
destruction. You must find the other two stones. The fate of the
world lies in your hands... Kal-El.
[ Cellular phone rings ]
Jason: Hey, it's Jason
Lana: Jason who?
Jason: Very funny
Lana: Well, it doesn't sound like Kansas. Where are you?
Jason: Uh, Metropolis. I have to stay here a few days, oversee some things for Lex.
Lana: I didn't realize that your job required any overseeing.
Jason: Yeah. Listen, I can't really talk right now. I just
stepped out of a meeting. But I, uh, I wanted to call 'cause I
didn't get a chance to before I left.
Lana: Is Lex with you?
Jason: No, I'm solo.
Lana: Well, you better stay that way. I know what happens to people when they run off Metropolis.
[Man yells something in Chinese]
Lana: What was that.Jason: Nothing. Um, listen, I gotta go. I'll call you tomorrow, okay? Good night.
[Cellular phone rings]
Lex: If I didn't know better, I'd think you skipped out on me.
Jason: Lex. Yeah, uh... I was going to call you.
Something came up. I had to leave work early.
Lex: To what, catch the next
flight to Shanghai?
Lex: Why don't you turn around? You didn't really
think I'd hire you, bring you into my life, and not follow every step
you take, did you?
Jason: Lex --
Lex: I know my father gave you a map, Jason, And I know you've figured out
that it leads to a temple just outside the city, but if you think
you're gonna find that stone without me you're' mistaken. Let's go.
thought we agreed that you would not go back down into the caves.
I couldn't just ignore Swann's message.
Jonathan: I know that you trust him, but, Clark... he doesn't know Jor-El the way we do.
Clark: Dad, it's not like I've
forgotten who we're dealing with here. I'm just afraid that's going to happen if we
continue to ignore him.
Jonathan: Listen, I realize that he's your birth father,
but he's never had your best interests at heart.
Clark: Maybe, but he's never
lied to me, either. And the trials that he's put me through -- maybe
they're not all random. Maybe he's trying to prepare me to find these
Martha: Are you really sure you want to open all this up again? The last
few months, ever since you walked away from Jor-El, it's like we got
the old Clark back.
Clark: Well, mom, as much as I like playing football and
trying to be normal, the truth is, I'm not. We all know that. Look, I've
already let one of these stones slip through my hands.
Jonathan: Even if you
were to find the stones, son, we have no idea what's gonna happen if
you bring 'em all together.
Clark: I know, Dad. But if I don't
find them, someone else will.
Lionel: Miss Lang. Please, don't be shy. You are
looking for your elusive boyfriend, I assume.
Lana: Uh, yeah, I was hoping that Lex could get in touch with him for me. He sent him to go catch upon
this project, and I can't seem to reach him on his cell.
Lionel: Well, I would
imagine the reception would be rather shoddy in China. Lex is in
Shanghai. If I had to guess, I would say that your boyfriend is
with him. I'm sorry, I-I thought Jason would've told you what's
happening, considering you are the one born right into the middle of
all this. You should know, Miss Lang, how thoroughly Lex and
been studying Isobel Theroux, your rebellious ancestor.
Lana: Looks like they aren't the only
Lionel: Isobel's arch rival was, a duchess, Gertrude who was
obsessed with finding three mythical stones. She sent ships to the far
ends of the known earth, but all her agents could discover was this
map somewhere in China.
Lana: Well, what does this treasure map have to
do with Isobel?
Lionel: The map never made it into the hands of the duchess.
Isobel stole the document and hid it. Gertrude had the exquisite young
Lana: Isobel's looking for them, too.
Lionel: And she's working through you, using you as a vessel. I
gave a copy of the map to Jason, as
well. I'm not surprised he didn't tell you about it. Your kinship
with Isobel may not be a secret, but are you aware that Jason is a
descendant of the duchess, Gertrude?
Clark: Going somewhere?
Are you serious?
Lana: And freaked out and mad and just about everything
else you can possibly imagine.
Clark: Lana, what's going on?
Lana: Which part --the
immaculate tattoo, the fact that I seem to be harboring a 16th-century
witch, or that Jason and Lex took off with a map to uncover it all behind
Clark: Why would they do that?
Lana: I don't know, but Jason said that we
were gonna figure this out together, but it turns out he has a rather
limited definition of "we."
Clark: Well, maybe he has a good reason why he's not
being open with you. Don't you think you owe him a chance to explain?
Lana: Clark, you know that I don't give up on someone that easily. But I'm not
gonna just let him lie to me, even if it is for a good reason.
Clark: So you're gonna take off and fly
halfway around the world just like that?
Lana: Lionel Luthor made all the
arrangements, and I'm taking the Luthor Corp jet. And I know, Clark, that
I can't trust him. But he gave me the name of this professor that might be
able to help.
Clark: Well, then I'm going with you.
Lana: I'm not gonna drag you into
Clark: I'm not letting you go alone.
Lex: Jason, you can't trust my father.
He gave you that map for a reason, and now you're leading him right to
Jason: I'm not working for your father or anyone else.
Lex: Then why does
the stone even matter to you?
Jason: 'Cause until I find out, Lana's not gonna
Lex: Safe from what?
Jason: From my mom, from Lionel, from you. I don't
know, Lex, you tell me.
Lex: Look, unless you hired your own Chinese security,
I think we've hit a bit of a
Jason: What is this?
[ Shouting in chinese ]
Clark: How did Lionel know these symblos were about you?
There are two answers to that question, and they're both three time
zones away. Clark, um, I'm sorry. I-I feel like you're the
only person in my life right now who doesn't have an agenda.
Clark: Lana, whatever their
motives are, I'm sure they still care about you.
Lana: That still doesn't
change the fact that everybody seems to know more about me than I do.
must be scary to think that someone out there has a plan for you, but
you don't know what it is yet.
Lana: Ever since that tattoo appeared, I feel
like I've been walking around with this huge secret. Like, everybody only
knows what's on the surface, but there's something inside of me that's so
much more powerful.
Clark: And you're afraid if people know
about that part of you, they'll see you differently.
Lana: How could they
not? So, um, what did your parents say about coming to China?
Clark: Nothing. I
didn't tell them. I left them a message.
Lana: It's funny the two people I
ended up trusting are Lionel Luthor and you.
Jason: Well, boss, got any
idea what we're doing here?
Lex: Well, since they took the map and brought us
to the temple, I'm guessing they're after the same thing we are.
pretty anxious to make me your sidekick, aren't you?
Lex: Don't you think
it's time we dropped the stalemate of who knows what, and do whatever we
can to get out of here?
Jason: If you want us to start spilling our guts, you go
Lex: Okay. We
both know my father had
every inch of this place scoured, and he didn't find the stone.
Come on, Jason. You wouldn't have lied to Lana and come all the way
you knew the secret to reading that map.
Jason: No, I lied to Lana to protect
ex: Oh, right. I forgot. Lana's newself-appointed hero. She seems to
have a way of attracting them.
Jason: Yeah, it looks that way.
Lex: I don't
believe you're that naive. You're either being used by my father or your
mother. Who's ever pulling the strings don't think for a second they
wouldn't sacrifice Lana. In the end, I have a feeling I may be the one
protecting Lana from you. >
[ Shouts in chinese]
Lex: Where are you taking me.
Clark: It's hard to believe we were driving by
cornstalks this morning.
Lana: We are definitely not in Kansas anymore.
Clark: So how
are we supposed to find this professor?
Lana: Um, Lionel said to just
take this street, uh, until we find a green rooster.
Clark: You know, Lana, I'm
not sure we should trust this woman. Maybe we can do this on our own.
sorry, I didn't realize that you spoke fluent Mandarin and knew your
way around Shanghai.
Woman: Miss Lang, Mr. Kent. I'm glad you guys made it here
safely. Do you have the map?
Clark: Yeah, we've got it.
Woman: Oh, I never really
believed this existed. You have no idea how many fortune hunters have
searched for this map.
Clark: The temple seems to be located at the fork of a
Woman: That's odd. There's no river
there. But these symbols, they match those on the temple walls.
you know where it is.
Woman: I know the place well. There's no mistaking that
Clark: Are you sure this is the only temple with these kind of markings?
Woman: On this continent, anyway. That's all part of the temple's mystique.
There's a myth that claimed an a
ll-powerful god that came from another
world and hid a treasure there. The god left some kind of map to it, but
the map was stolen centuries ago by european bandits. As far as we
know, they never found the treasure.
Lana: Can you take us to it?
Woman: Of course.
But don't show this to anyone. As long as the stone is still out there,
there are fortune seekers who are willing to kill for it. We need to be
careful. Other people may know you're here.
Jason: Lex. No!Lex...
Lex: Look, tell
them whatever they want to know! This isn't worth dying over! Just scare
him. Find out what he knows, but don't hurt him.
Guard: I'm sorry, Mr. Luthor.
I can't make such a promise.
Lex: We had an agreement.
Guard: There are people who
have more money than you.
Lex: I never wanted anyone harmed! Let go of me!
During the cultural revolution, the government destroyed most of the
ancient temples. But for some reason, they protected this
one. Maybe because it's always been shrouded in
superstition. Villages have refused to cross the threshole,
fearful that the god will one day return as he promised.
Lana: Clark, did you find something? Clark: Just more symblos. Why don't you two keep searching around? I'll look more in here.
Woman: This way. There’s another chamber
in the east wing.
Lana: What was that?
Woman: Run, Lana
[ Silencer gunshots ]
[ Speaks chinese ]
[ Shouts in chinese ]
[ Electricity crackling ]
Guard: Enough! Tell me, where this leads
to. Do you really think your friend will have such strong will? >
[ Shouts in chinese ]
[ Electricity crack ]
Guard: Where is the stone?! Where is the stone?!
[ Electricity crackling ]
[ Shouts in chinese ]
Guard: I hope your young friend will have more sense
[ Shouts in chinese ]
Jason: No Lana.
Lex: No! Leave her alone!
Jason: Lana! No!
Lana: No, I don't know anything!
Lex: She has nothing to do with this!
Guard: Maybe not.
>Lex: Leave her alone. Lana!
Jason: No! >
[ Electricity crackling]
[ Speaking latin ]
Lana: Mitere meus animam. Liberare! Did you really think I would let any harm come to this
body I've possessed? You two again.
Lana: You are a resilient
lad, aren't you? So earnest, and yet so tragically doomed to pay for the
sins of your ancestors.
Lex: Lana, if there's any part of you in there...
you, greedy boy, I can only imagine what mischief you would cause were
you to unite the stones of knowledge. Too bad that neither of you could
see what was right in front of you all along. It was never a map.
put up a better fight last time.
Lex: Clark, what are you doing here?
Clark: I could ask you the same thing.
Jason: How could you put Lana in the middle of this? I swear, Clark, if anything happens to her
Clark She's here because you lied to her! Lex: I get the feeling that Lana can handle herself
Jason: If Isobel gets her hands on that stone, there's no telling
what's gonna happen to Lana.
Lex: Clark, if there's anything you know that we
Clark: I think I found something.
Lex: Clark, how did you just stumble on
this when my father had this place searched from top to bottom?
Clark: What do
you want me to say, Lex? It's obviously been here a long time.
Lex: Don't you
want to look at this?
Jason: Hang on, let me see the map.
Let me see it.
Jason: Guys, this isn't a map to the temple. It's a
drawing of the temple through the tree.
Lex: That's why no one could find the
stone here. But from this perspective, the background goes on for
miles. It could be anywhere.
Clark: What if it's not in the background? Think
about it. The artist would've been standing right where you are. What if
it's located there at the base of the tree?
[ Speaking latin ]
[ Piercing noise ]
[ Piercing noise continues ]
Lana: Nobody has sacrificed as much as I have
for these stones.
Clark: They don't belong to you.
Lana: And you think they were
meant for you? They were left for nobody. The god of this temple hid
them for his return.
[ Speaking latin ]
Lana: How'd we get away from the guards?
Clark: It was Isobel.
Lana: What'd I do? Did you find the stone?
Clark: It's gone.
Lana: Kinda hard to take a college application essay
seriously after the last couple of days, isn't it?
Clark: I was just trying to
figure out if hidden temples and body-snatching witches fits under
"community service" or "extracurricular."
Lana: Did I come at a bad time? You
seemed kind of startled when you saw me.
Clark: No, I just, um, I thought
maybe you were my parents. I've been avoiding them ever since we got
Lana: And the real reason would be?
Clark: Seeing you speak latin and throw
those guys around the room like tooth picks is kind of weird. And even
when Isobel's gone, sometimes I look at you, and
there's a part of you that I don't recognize anymore. What?
sorry. It's just that...Do you know how funny that sounds coming from
you? Somehow, I think that the only way that I'm going to put Isobel and all of -- all of this other stuff behind me is if I find all
three of those stones.
Clark: I'm sure they'll end up in the right hands.
Lana: I hope
so... because right now I kinda feel like some random piece of a puzzle
I'll never understand.
Clark: Well, maybe we're not supposed to understand it
just yet. I get the feeling that our lives are a lot less random than we
Lana: Maybe. Good night, Clark.
Lionel: How was China?
Lex: Full of surprises.
Lionel: Lex, what happened?
Lex: Even though getting pistol-whipped wasn't exactly my idea of fun, I have
to admit, it's good to have the old dad back.
Lionel: No, I had nothing to do
with what happened to you in China, son. I have abandoned my search for
Lex: Come on, dad, you stole copies of my map and gave them to Lana and Jason. You used them.
Lionel: No, Lex. It was you who was using them.
And you'll do far worse to find those stones. You have a ferocious desire
to find all the answers, son, but don't let your search for those stones
turn into your personal tower of babel.
Lex: I'm not trying to get closer to
god, dad. I'm trying to solve the riddles he's laid out for me.
Lionel: Did you ever think there might be
a reason why we weren't given the answers?
Lex: To challenge us?
Lionel: Or maybe to
humble us. Knowledge comes from finding the answers, yes, but
understanding what the answers mean is what brings wisdom. Men who
didn't understand the difference have been the ruin of some of the
world's greatest civilizations.
Lex: Is that why you stopped looking for the
[ Chuckles ]
Lex: Because you're afraid?
Lionel: No. No, I stopped because I realized
that even if I find the three stones, I'm not gonna find what I'm really
looking for. Neither will you.
Jason: Can I at least come in? I guess I don't
have to ask why I haven't heard from you since we got back from Shanghai.
I'm sorry I lied to you.
Lana: I don't even know which lie you're apologizing
for. That you said you were in Metropolis when you really were in China,
or that you've been working with your mom all along?
Jason: I wasn't honest about
going to China because I didn't want to put you into danger. If you
remember a certain torture chair, I'd say that's pretty decent foresight.
You have to believe me.
Lana: Give me one good reason.
Jason: Okay. Is that good enough?
Lana: Jason, how did you.
Jason: I got there right before Lex. I saw you and Clark knocked
out. And there it was right in front of me. I didn't
want Lex or Clark to know about it, so I mailed it to myself from
Lana: Did you tell your mom?
Jason: I got it for you. All I care about is protecting
you, okay? You're the only one in my life that matters to me. Blink
twice if you can understand me.
Jonathan: Well, I do hope you brought us a
Clark: I know that going to China is grounds for a serious
lecture, but I didn't have a choice.
Jonathan: All right, Clark. At least please
tell us that the stone is safe in the cave with the other one.
Clark: Look, even
though there was kryptonite guarding the original map, I got the stone in
my hand. But I lost it.
Martha: Clark, I don't
understand. If these stones were intended for you to find, why would
they be surrounded by kryptonite?
Clark: That makes me wonder if they really
were meant for me. But right now we have another problem. Before he
died, Dr. Swann sent me one last e-mail. He said he'd been searching for
the stones for years, and even with the vast resources at his disposal,
it was futile. I was his last hope. And that's why he asked Bridgette Crosby to give me the one stone he did find.
Martha: Which stone?
Clark: That's the
thing. I called her numbers. They were all disconnected. No one even
claims to have known her. It's like she never existed.
Dr. Swann's voice:
Kal-El, you must write your own destiny.
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