GRANVILLE, KANSAS CHRISTMAS
[ Car alarm activates ]
ho, ho, Lex.
Lex: Any reason we couldn't have met at the mansion?
Griff: I don't make house calls. You want to utilize my skills, you come to me. That is,
if you really want to bring down Jonathan Kent.
Lex: And I'm assuming you have
some kind of grenade to launch at him.
Griff: [ Chuckles ] Not yet... but I will. I'll either find it or create it.
It's the pitfall of being in the public eye. See, what's printed about a
man is gospel. Doesn't matter if it's fact or not.
Lex: Give me 24 hours.
old man wouldn't hesitate.
Lex: Before I go down the path you're proposing, I
want to consider all of my options.
Griff: What's the matter, Lex -- holiday
spirit got you all sentimental?
Lex: My father gets wind that we met, you're
not gonna make it to New Year's, Griff.
Man: I told you two, get the hell
out of here. Don't come back.
Kid: Well, well. Looks like Santa Claus came to
town after all.
Lex: I'm not looking for trouble.
Kid: Come on, man, I ain't
me your keys!
Lex: All right, take it easy, take it --
Kid: Now! And the watch!
[ Gunshot ]
[ Woman breathing heavily ]
Lex: Lana. Aah!
Lex: Whoa! Who are you?
Lana: Honey, you did promise him. [ Chuckles ]
Lex: Whoa, I-I-I don't remember. What happened?
Alex: Come on,
Dad. Let's go!
Lana: Pancakes. You promised Alex pancakes, and then you're gonna go shopping for a
Lex: L-listen, I -- no, don't.
Lana: Don't complain.
Alex: Let's go. Come on, Dad!
Lana: You're the
one who always wants to wait until Christmas Eve to get it.
Lex: Lana, you're
come on, honey, let's get you dressed.
Lex: What the --
Alex: Me and Dad are gonna get the
best tree there.
Lana: "Dad and I."
Lex: What happened? Where am I?
[ Pill bottle drops ]
Lillian: Hello, Lex.
Lex: Mom? But you're... am I dead?
Lillian: No, Lex. You're still very much alive.
Lex: Then how is... I'm dreaming.
[ Water turns on. ]
Lillian: it's no dream, Lex. This is your life.
Lex: But I don't
understand. This -- this can't be. This isn't real.
Lillian: It is real, Lex -- as
real as you want it to be. All of this can be yours if you make the right
Lex: All of this? What do you mean? What are you talking about?
[ Thunder rumbles ]
Martha: Serves you right. These are for the party.
Besides, we have enough politicians with their hands in the cookie jar.
Jonathan: Martha...Look, I know you're not sold on the WHOLE idea of me running foe
Martha: "Not sold" would be an
Jonathan: But it is Christmas EVe. See? [ Chuckles ] Can we please not talk about that?
[ Martha sighs ]
Jonathan: Please? Come on, please? Please?
Martha: Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey!
Jonathan: Just one.
Martha: You cheater.
Lana: There. She's perfect.
Clark: Yes, she is.
Lois: It's usually
just me and Mel at Christmas,
of tinsel, and an artificial tree. Thank you, Clark, for saving me from
another plastic, store-bought holiday.
Clark: You're welcome.
[ Cellphone rings to tune of "Jingle Bells" ]
[ Both laugh ]
Lana: Tell her "Merry Christmas, Chloe".
Clark: Hi, Chloe.
Chloe: Clark, I've got a
problem. Meet me at the planet. I need your help.
Paramedic: Multiple gunshot wounds. Shoulder,
mid-abdomen, no apparent exit wound.
Scanlon: Mr. Luthor, can you hear me?
Paramedic: Code 120.
Dr. Scanlon: Mr. Luthor, squeeze my
hand if you can hear me.
[ Dr. Scanlon clears throat ]
Lana: Alexander, hey! Hey, wait for your father.
Lana: Try and be back by 6:00 so we can make it to the Kents' party.
Lana: [ Chuckles ] And this year, try and remember that we're on a budget.
W-we have a budget?
Lana: Lex, it's been seven years since your father cut
up your platinum card. I think it's time to embrace the middle-class
Alex: Daddy, Daddy, let's go, let's go.
Lex: Seven years? Wha-- I just-- Seven years?
Lana: Okay, here. You know what? Let me do that, Lex. Come here.[
Laughs ] Come on. One of these days, you're gonna figure out how to do
this, and hopefully it's before your new little girl arrives. Alex, in
you go. I'm sorry about the whole budget thing. I know that you only
overspend because you want the best for us, and that's part of why I love
you so much. Have fun. [ Laughs ]
[ Car door closes ]
[ Alex burps and chuckles ]
Lex: Wow is right. Lana said -- your mom said --
Clark? Hey. Oh, you have no idea how happy I am to see the two of you.
Chloe: Are you a father again?
Lex: Uh... no. Not yet. I was just --
Alex: Uncle Clark,
Uncle Clark, make me fly!
Clark: Hey! Hey, I missed you, little guy. Come
on. Whoosh! I'm sorry I haven't been around lately. Things have been
crazy at the Planet.
don't let his "things have been crazy" line fool you. He's been promoted.
Clark: Yeah, now I'm a full-fledged reporter.
Chloe: I've got some pretty big news, too.
Chloe: My book's being published in January.
Lex: Wow. That's-- that's great.
Chloe: Yeah, they love the idea of a Luthorcorp exposé,
complete with an anonymous tell-all source. Thank you so much. I couldn't
have done it without you, Lex.
Clark: All right, Miss "Did I Mention That My Book Is About to
Be Published?" Let's get your tree and get out of here.
Clark: Bye, Alex.
Chloe: Allright. Bye, Alex. Bye, Lex.
Clark: See ya, Lex. See you tonight.
Lex: Yeah. See ya.
Alex: Dad! This one's
[ Monitor beeping ]
Lionel: What happened? What's wrong with my son?
Just a minute.
Lionel: Where's the doctor?
Dr. Scanlon: Mr. Luthor, I'm Dr. Scanlon.
Lionel: What's happening, doctor?
Dr. Scanlon: Your son's been shot.
Dr. Scanlon: Fortunately, his life is no
longer in danger. I'm afraid Lex is going to be permanently paralyzed
from the chest down. Your son's internal bleeding created a blood clot
that's slowly compressing his spinal cord. If we could relieve the
pressure, we might --
Lionel: if? No. No, we are going to do it, Doctor... now.
Dr. Scanlon: Mr. Luthor, Lex hasn't stabilized yet. An operation
at this stage could kill him.
son is going to walk, doctor. Get me Dr. Litvack.
Chloe: So, then they put me in
charge, and I've actually gotten a really great response. I mean, I have
doubled the number of Toys For Tots the Planet collected last year.
Clark: Okay, so what's the problem?
Chloe: Well, the presents need to be delivered tonight and the teamsters are on strike on
Clark: So, instead of calling FedEx, you called me?
Chloe: I realize it's a lot to ask, but, I mean, you do run faster than a speeding
bullet and I know you don't want to disappoint all those
underprivileged children, do you?
Clark: Chloe, you didn't have to go there.
Chloe: Well, you know it's true. I mean, you'd be helping out a really great
cause, not to mention saving my career.
Clark: It's just, I promised Lana that I would --
Chloe: I'm sure she'll understand.
at least she'll understand whatever it is that you make up to tell her. Please?
Clark: I'll deliver a few on my way to the party.
Chloe: You're my hero. I
knew you'd come through.
Clark: Chloe, this isn't Toys for Tots. It's Toys
"R" Us. How many are there?
Chloe: Uh, a couple thousand, give or take. Now, I
Mapquested these addresses and the sooner you can get started, the
better. Here comes Santa Claus. [ Laughs ]
Boy: You're not Santa Claus.
Clark: Yes, I am. I'm, uh... ...I'm the
new, improved model.
Boy: Liar. You can't be Santa. He is.
Clark: You all right? You're a little close to the edge, aren't you?
Santa: Makes it easier to jump.
Clark: Yeah, I
guess it does, doesn't it? Mind if I sit?
Santa: It's a free whatever. You want
Clark: No, thanks. I'm good. W-why don't you ha- have a seat? You can always
Santa: Yeah, I guess you're right. After all... it's not like I've
got somewhere to be.
Clark: Listen, I don't want to be nosy, but... ...I was
just wondering, Santa... what are you doing up here? I mean, why are you
Santa: Give me one good reason why I shouldn't. You can't, can you?
Have you had a good look at the world lately? It's all take, take,
take, bitch, bitch, bitch. What happened to Christmas? Peace
on earth? Good will to men? I'll tell you something. The spirit of
Christmas is dead. [ Sniffles ] And it's gonna
take a lot more than Santa Claus to revive
Doctor Scanlon: [ Beeping ] Increase his liquids and, uh, give him 8 milligrams of
Lionel: The only thing you have to give my son, Dr. Scanlon, is
whatever is medically necessary to have him moved. I am having Lex
airlifted to the Davis Clinic in Metropolis for immediate surgery. Their
neurosurgeon is standing by.
Dr. Scanlon: Mr. Luthor, I can't condone this.
Lionel: Luckily, doctor, you don't have to. Listen to me. You are going to walk, son.
[ Lex grunts ]
Alex: Mommy, come see. It's a beauty, isn't it, Dad?
Lex: I know what
Lana: That you've given into your son again, that you're
Lex: Exactly. And I can certainly understand how you reach that
conclusion, but...the thing is... ...this tree is for me. I don't know if
I ever told you this, but after my mother died... my father didn't allow
Christmas to be celebrated in our house. It was a very bleak, very lonely
time for me. And when I saw this tree and it was exactly like the ones I
dreamed about all the years I couldn't have one, somehow it
represented all the Christmases I missed. Can you understand that?
course I can, honey. It's the same thing that you tell me every year.
right, let me get something to put on the floor before you get
Lex: Come on, muscles. Do I have to do this all myself?
[ Alex aughs ]
Lex: Hey. What's this?
[ Lana chuckles ]
Lana: Your father's secretary never does forget us.
this is a corporate gift, not something from my father. I don't
Lana: Lex, you know that
Christmas is just another opportunity for
your father to ignore you. It's his way of reminding you just how
disappointed he is in you for turning your back on what he thinks it
means to be a Luthor. But as far as I'm concerned... ...getting shot was
the best thing that ever happened to you. Coming that close to dying made
you realize the things in your life that are important, made
you the man that you are today... the man I married.
Man: Medevac standing by.
Man #2: Roger
that. Please proceed with patient. Over and out.
Santa: Now, let me get this straight. You gave up your first
Christmas with the girl you have loved since you spied on her through your
telescope to deliver these...gifts?
Clark: Yeah. I mean, well, I wasn't spying
on her. Look, I wasn't the only one. My friend Chloe, she gave up her
plans, too. I mean, someone had to do it. Otherwise those kids
wouldn't have gotten their presents. They're the ones who really need
Santa: So, the two of you decided to try and play Santa Claus?
[ Clark chuckles ]
Santa: I guess I was wrong. The spirit of
Christmas isn't dead,
after all. [ Chuckles ]
Clark: You sure you're all right?
Santa: I am now. Whoa! Ho, ho, holy
Clark: Merry Christmas.
Dr. Litvak: We'll
begin by collapsing the left lung, followed by a left-sided thoracotomy. Merry Christmas, everyone. Now, kill the carols. I'm about to perform a
Clark: The party can officially begin. The Luthors are here. Merry Christmas, Lana.
Lana: Merry Christmas, Clark.
Clark: Lex, merry Christmas.
Lex: Hey. Merry Christmas.
Just the man I've been waiting for. Lana, you look beautiful.
Lana: Thank you.
Jonathan: And just about due, I might add.
Lana: Only a few more weeks now, Senator.
Chloe: Hi, Lex. Merry Christmas.
Lex: Hi. Nice to see you.
Martha: Merry Christmas, Lana.
Lana: Thank you.
Martha: You look so beautiful.
Chloe: Come on, Lana. [ Chuckles ] Let's go get
Martha: Lex, Merry
Jonathan: Look, I probably shouldn't be showing you this,
being a state senator does have its advantages, like a little advance
notice from the governor. Lex, I never actually thought I'd say this. I
couldn't be prouder of you if you were my own son.
Lex: Mr. Kent --Jonathan --
I don't know-- I don't know what to say.
Jonathan: Let's tell everybody, shall we? Hmm? Come on.
Everybody, grab a drink. Come on, grab a glass. Listen up. Here, here,
please. Thank you.
[ Clears throat ] Now, uh... ladies and gentlemen, I have it on very good
authority that this year's Kansas Humanitarian Award is going to be
given to our very own Lex Luthor. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Lex
Luthor, the finest man I know.
Everyone: Cheers! Cheers! Cheers! Cheers! [ Applause ]
Lex: I can't remember ever being this happy. This has
been the best day of my life. Thank you.
Lillian: It doesn't have to end, Lex.
Every day can be this wonderful. I told you this is the life you could
have, the life you can have, Lex.
Lex: This is what I want. What do I have to
Lillian: You just have to make the right decision, Lex. Follow your heart, not
Lex: What decision? What are you talking about?
you talking to?
Lex: No one...or possibly myself. I really don't know anymore. I guess I'm just feeling contemplative this evening.
well, the, uh, holidays will do that to you.
Lex: [ Chuckles ] You know, my life hasn't turned out at all the way I
planned. And yet, I've never been happier.
Clark: Lex, you have a wonderful life
and every reason to be happy. You have a beautiful wife, great son, a baby
on the way.
Lex: Something I still can't quite believe -- me and Lana. Now,
how the hell did that happen?
Clark: [ Chuckles ] Well... you became the kind of man she could
Lex: You mean the kind of man you've always been?
Clark: And, Lex, you offered
her something I didn't.
Lex: What held you back, Clark? I mean, I know you love
Clark: I don't know. I guess I just wasn't ready,
Lex. Maybe I
never will be. But I am glad that you and Lana ended up together and
we've been able to remain such good friends.
Lex: Thank you.
Martha: Lex, come quickly. It's Lana.
Litvak: Suction. Yeah, I need more suction.
Nurse: Yes, sir.
Dr. Litvak: And give me some
Nurse: Right away. O2's at 75. He's in defib.
[ Beeping, flatl]
Dr. Litvak: We're losing him. Come on, people, get it together.
Nurse: I'll grab a cart.
[ Baby crying ]
Lex: Okay? You were great.
Doctor: Merry Christmas. You're the parents of
a beautiful baby girl.
Lex: Wow. She's perfect. What an amazing Christmas
gift, Lana. Thank you.
Lana: Well, you did a little bit.
[ Chuckles ] Hi. Hi, little girl. You're so beautiful.
Lex: Wow. We did
[ Lana gasping ]
Lex: Lana, are you okay? Nurse? Nurse?
Doctor: Hemorrhaging. We need to start
Lex: What's happening?
Doctor: Someone get him out of here.
Lex: What's wrong?
Doctor: I'm sorry, sir, you'll have to leave.
Doctor: Nurse, start an IV push. Type and cross three
units. Let's get her into
the O.R. now.
[ Backround chatter ]
Doctor: Mr. Luthor?
Lex: How is she?
Doctor: I'm sorry, but your wife has lost a lot of blood. We're trying to control it, but --
got to be something you can do.
Lex: [ Door opens ] Dad, I --I, uh, need your help.
Lionel: I don't doubt it. Why
else would you be here Christmas Eve?
Lex: It's Lana, Dad. They started
transfusions, but we've got to get her to a specialist. There's a surgeon
in Metropolis at the Davis Clinic.
Lionel: [ Exhales sharply ] Oh, Lex, what a sorry situation you have
gotten yourself into.
Lex: I don't think you understand. My wife is dying, and
I need the helijet to save her.
Lionel: I understand you perfectly. You turned
your back on me seven years ago, but now you need my help. So, now you
have no problem banging on my door, begging for favors in the name of
Lex: I'm talking about Lana! I know we've had our differences, but my
wife -- she's the mother of your grandchildren.
Lionel: How could I have
grandchildren? I don't have a son.
Lex: You bastard! You can save her.
Lionel: No, Lex. I'm not gonna do that. Don't you understand that every decision
brought you to this very moment, beginning that day seven years ago in the
hospital when you decided to forfeit the state senate race to Jonathan
Kent? I told you this would happen. I warned you, but you chose to give up
your family. And when you made that decision, you gave up the money and
the power that would've enabled you to save your wife. [ Scoffs ] Pathetic. You said you didn't want to be a
Luthor, that you
wanted instead to be free to live happily ever after. Go on, then, Lex.
You better get back to it.
[ Monitor beeping ]
Lex: Lana...please. Don't give up. Don't leave me.
You have to be strong, Lex, for Alexander...for Lily.
...I love you. Maybe I tell you that all the time -- I don't know -- but
please listen to me. I mean it. I love you. I have always loved you.
love you, too, Lex Luthor. You're a good man. Don't ever change.
[ Flatlining ]
Lex: [ Crying ] What did you do to her? Why didn't you stop this? I thought
you were showing me a better life.
Lillian: I was, Lex. I am.
Lex: A life where my wife
dies? A life full of pain?
Lillian: No, Lex, a life full of love.
Lex: Love? Everyone
I've ever loved has died. First Julian and then you... and now Lana's
dead. And I couldn't do anything to stop it.
[ Lex gasps ]
Lionel: Lex? Son
Lionel: ...I'm here. You're in Metropolis, Lex, at
the Davis Clinic. You've been shot. But you're gonna be all right.
[ Lex breathing heavily ]
[ Bell rings ]
Santa: Merry Christmas, Chloe.
Santa: Suit gave me away,
huh? [ Chuckles ]
Chloe: [ Chuckles nervously ] Uh, what, uh, what --what do you want?
Santa: I met a
friend of yours-- young Clark Kent. He told me what you two were doing,
how you were giving up your respective Christmas Eves. I figured you
could use a little help.
Chloe: Shouldn't you be, you know, standing on a street
corner with a bell?
Santa: [ Laughs ] Come on, let me give you two a hand, take a little bit of
the pressure off. I am familiar with the job, you know.
[ Chuckles ]
Chloe: I don't know.
Santa: Give me a chance. Worst-case scenario -- I
make off with a few free squirt guns.
Chloe: Well, we definitely could use all
the help we can get.
Chloe: And at least no one's gonna accuse you of being a
scab in a Santa outfit.
Chloe: All right, um, I've organized the addresses from
East to West, so if you just...
Lionel: Lex, you wanted to talk to me? [ Scoffs ] Whatever
it is, son, it can wait till you're stronger.
Lex: You're right. I should probably be resting. After all, I did just undergo a life-threatening
[ Lionel chuckles ]
Lex: Dr. Litvack told me the odds of survival I had going into
surgery. Pretty reckless roll of the dice, don't you think?
Lionel: On the
contrary, son, I-- What I did may appear callous, but opting for my son to
have surgery was a deliberate decision.
Lex: But it wasn't your decision to
make, was it? You went against the doctors' advice not because you wanted
to save me, but because you couldn't bear having a cripple for a son.
may hate me for taking the risk, but I had to make a choice. And you're
alive... and you can walk. I had to give you that chance.
Lex: And what if I hadn't
made it? How would you have justified your decision then? How dare you
play God with my life.
Jonathan: Hey, hey, no!
On, come on. Outside. Mel. The dog.
Chloe: So, then I turn back around
and your tubby, little miscreant is gone along with all the toys.
right. The same guy, the drunk Santa, the guy who I just talked off the
roof of a building.
Chloe: Yes, honestly, Clark. I mean, I'm sure that I was tired
enough to have imagined Santa, but there is no way I could've dreamed away
all of those Wiffle balls and Game Boys. Maybe he really is...
Chloe: Come on, Clark, there's a chance.
Martha: Look, everybody, it's
[ Laughs ] Oh, we are gonna have a white Christmas.
[ Everyone laughing ]
Clark: Merry Christmas, Lana.
Lana: Merry first Christmas
together, Clark -- first of many. [ Chuckles ]
[ Door opens ]
Lex: I thought you didn't make house calls.
Griff: Given the circumstances, I made an exception.
Lex: Oh, not to worry, Griff. We Luthors
are made of pretty tough and definitely expensive material.
Griff: You sure your
morphine drip isn't turned up too high?
Lex: Well, it's not every day that one has a
near-death experience. And it's true. Much like Ebenezer Scrooge, I
realized that what I want more than anything... is to live happily ever
after. And do you know what the secret
living happily ever after is? Power. Money and power. See, once you
have those two things, you can secure everything else... and keep it that
Griff: So, what am I doing here, Lex?
Lex: I want you to pull the pin on that
grenade. Find it, fake it... do whatever it takes to knock Jonathan Kent out of the race. I want to be senator. I want it all.
Griff: Consider it
done. Merry Christmas.
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