First aired May 8, 2008
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[ Flames flickering ]
Milash: [ Russian accent ] Unbelievable. Immaculate. The gears, the complications
-- I-I have never seen anything quite like it.
Lex: What does it do?
Milash: Well, I am
sorry to say I don't know.
Lex: I didn't come to the most renowned expert in
antiquities in north America for more ambiguity.
Milash: Well, I just need more time.
I-I need to take it to my workshop and take it apart.
Lex: No. The cryptograph isn't leaving this room. It holds great sentimental value for me.
Milash: [ Exhales deeply ] Well, if there is no way to decipher the meaning, it seems
your priceless heirloom has no value at all.
Lex: I want a security detail on him
[ Sighs ]
[ Clattering ]
[ Door opens ]
Oh, my god. Mr. Luthor.
Security breach! Lock down the
mansion. Call an ambulance!
[ Monitor beeping ]
[ Groans ]
[ Sighs ]
[ Coughs ]
Sir, don't try to get up. I got everything taken care of.
Lex: Clearly that wasn't the case earlier this evening, was it?
Lex: What do
Nothing. I knew you wouldn't want us to cooperate. I have a
private team tracking your assailant, but we don't have many leads.
Lex: It was
the manager... from the bank in Zurich. He must have been stationed at the
bank, waiting for someone
open the -deposit box. Apparently I'm not the only one interested in its
contents. [ Groans ]
Lex: He was trying to kill me.
He was trying to do more than
that. Symbols. He knows. He's after the cryptograph.
Chloe: I'm not gonna
ask you where you've been or why you stood me up... ...as long as you picked
up some cheesecake to say "I'm sorry."
Jimmy: Oh, yeah. Well, the hospital
cafeteria isn't known for its dessert list.
you all right?
Jimmy: Me? Yeah, I'm -- I'm great. I'm making page two. Lex is the
one who's not doing so hot.
Chloe: What? Was there an accident?
Jimmy: Well, not unless tripping can cause multiple stab wounds. Look, I know it sounds sleazy, but it
turns out that ambulance-chasing pays off. I got a candid shot of Lex being
admitted to the hospital.
Chloe: I think I'll pass on an early peep show. But, um,
you know, jimmy, there are ways other than cheesecake that you can make up for
being late. As far as I could tell, Lex's security is not exactly cooperating
with the police in the "let's find out what happened" department.
Jimmy: Don't you
find this a little suspicious?
[ Chuckles ]
Chloe: given the large number of dead bodies rolling around
lately, I, uh, thought that Lex had eliminated all of his enemies. Why would
someone attack him?
Jimmy: Well, the why... isn't as interesting as the how. Along
with the stab wounds, the attacker chiseled a calling card into Lex's chest.
Chloe: Like a name?
Jimmy: No, it's like some freaky symbols.
Clark: Hey. Sorry I couldn't get here
faster, but, you know, I have to drive. You dragged me out of bed because
someone hurt Lex.
Chloe: They did more than just hurt, Clark. Jimmy snapped a photo.
That was carved onto Lex's chest. What does it say?
Clark: They're symbols -- one
for traveler and the other for savior.
only one group that appointed themselves the savior of the traveler. Veritas.
Clark: But Queen, Teague, Swann, Lionel -- all the members of
Veritas are dead.
who else could know about the traveler? Or, more importantly, how to control
him? I mean, Lionel said whoever had the two keys would find the device to
control you. Now, what if Lex was attacked because he has both keys and he
used them? While you were away, I tracked Lex and the keys to a
safety-deposit box in Zurich.
Clark: Then we're too late?
Chloe: Well, as far as I can
tell, you're still steering your own ship, which means that whatever was in
that box hasn't taken the wheel...yet.
Clark: Well, that's comforting.
Chloe: Well, maybe
it's because Lex doesn't know who you are.
Clark: There's only one way to find out.
Clark: Looks like your q&a will have to wait.
[ Thunder rumbles ]
[ Cellphone beeping ]
I found it.
[ Thunder rumbles ]
It can't be.
I should have seen that before.
Magnificent. Do you want to take a look?
I think I'll pass.
Do you want a
look? You are missing a treat, a real treat.
[ Breathing heavily ]
no, no, no, no. Here, take it. Take it, please. No.
[ Gunshot ]
[ Thunder rumbling ]
[ Click ]
Chloe: Savior. Traveler. I guess skywriting is passé.
[ Sighs ]
Clark: Chloe, the person who did this may have kidnapped Lex.
Chloe: If they did, they only did it to save you.
Clark: That's the last thing I need -- someone
going around killing people in my name.
Chloe: That's probably how god felt about the
Clark: Why carve Kryptonian symbols into Lex's chest?
Chloe: Lex got himself into
Clark: Yeah, but I let him.
[ Whirring ]
Clark: Wait. Go back. Right there, where the symbols overlap. Chloe,
it creates a third symbol -- sanctuary.
Chloe: Like this?
[ Chiming ]
Clark: Yeah. There's no Kryptonian word that translates directly to
church. Sanctuary would be the closest match. And if you look at it that
way, then savior could be... angel or...saint. The patron saint of travelers
is... St. Christopher. Hand me your phone.
[ Beeping ]
Perfect. Everything you need at your fingertips. That'll take
you where you need to go.
Chloe: Okay, there's only one St. Christopher's cathedral
on this continent, and it's in Montréal.
[ Thunder rumbles ]
Milash: That man was going to kill me.
He was after the
Well, I guess I underestimated its value.
Milash: I am not surprised, considering what I found.
Lex: Go on.
Milash: Every artist leaves his mark --
his individual signature, if you like. This piece was designed by a renowned
German watchmaker named Dietrich Brauer.
Lex: A watchmaker?
Milash: Brauer catered to European noble families, making hundreds of timepieces. And then, one day, he
just went into seclusion.
swirled that an unknown patron had commissioned him to make not -- not a watch
but a magnificent clock. Brauer's standard --his masterpiece.
Lex: So, what does this masterpiece have to do with the cryptograph?
Milash: Only one sketch existed
of the clock after it disappeared during the second world war. The gears on
that sketch match this exactly.
Lex: So nobody knows where the clock is now?
Milash: It was
lost for decades. But recently, it resurfaced as a donation from a wealthy
Lex: What was the philanthropist's n
Milash: I believe the donor's name was dr. Swann. Virgil Swann. Swann posthumously
donated this standard to a church -- St. Christopher's cathedral in Montréal,
"Cast your eye beneath the surface."
It appears you've found what you
Edward: I've been expecting you. There are few who can read the
inscription and only one with ability to follow the instructions.
Clark: Who are
Edward: I'm Edward Teague, the last surviving member of Veritas.
waited a lifetime for this moment... to serve... the traveler.
Edward: Do you want to confess something, my son? I know what it feels like to be
Clark: I didn't ask to be worshipped. Putting me on a pedestal -- that was
something Veritas did, not me.
Edward: All the members of Veritas are dead. Lionel Luthor wanted you all to himself. He killed the queens,
Swann. I went into
hiding after I... lost my wife...my son.
Clark: They all died because of me.
Edward: No. They
died for you.
Clark: Why? They didn't even know me.
Edward: It was a sacrifice they were
happy to make. That the difference between believers and nonbelievers. We
believed you would be the next savior.
took an oath under Swann to protect you.
Clark: And your way of protecting me was
Edward: Lex is a nonbeliever. He cannot be trusted, and his intentions
are harmful. Once he'd reached the safety-deposit box in Zurich, I knew he
was too close.
Clark: Lionel said there was something out there that could control
me. What is it that Lex was so close to finding?
Edward: Swann kept that secret to
himself. He scattered clues around the world in the hopes that whatever
controls you wouldn't wind up in the wrong hands. One of those clues... is
here... in this church. I don't know where, but I was afraid Lex did.
Clark: So you
tried to kill him. But why carve my name into his chest?
Edward: Lionel kept your
identity hidden. It was my only chance.
hoped you ld se and come find me. I had to warn you. Please, you must
believe how evil Lex is.
Clark: I know who Lex is. I know what he's done.
Edward: Then...why? Why didn't you take care of him before? We have sacrificed
everything -- years of our lives, our families -- for you. You don't want to
fulfill your destiny. You don't even want to save yourself!
Clark: [ Groaning ]
Edward: People want to see you as their savior, but you can't be so
naive. For every beacon of light in the universe, there is a pit of darkness.
We must fight to keep that darkness from overwhelming us all. Lex Luthor
cannot be allowed to control you. No one can... ...no matter the cost.
Lex: We land
in three hours. I hope that gives you enough time.
Milash: Those guards are dead, I
was almost killed, and I have told you everything that I know. And still you
have practically abducted me. What have you got me into?
Lex: It's better you don't concern yourself with it.
Milash: You have put my life in danger, and now you
refuse to let me go. I have a right to know what is the truth, considering
there's a decent chance
you are going to kill me before I even get off of this plane.
Lex: He...why should
I help you? If you remember right, I saved your life back there.
Milash: That was because you still needed me. And I -- and I think you are still needing me
now. Mr. Luthor, in antiquities, providence is everything. The history of an
object, the reason why it was made -- that is its true value. There was a
rumor that Brauer was commissioned to make the clock by a secret society of
wealthy patrons. You wouldn't know anything about that, would you?
Lex: [ Scoffs ] My father was one of them. My father was -- was fixated.
Everything he did, every act he made, was all aimed at one goal... ...finding
the truth, no matter what the cost. My father's obsession... made me an
orphan long before he died. I've always wondered why. That cryptograph --
that cryptograph is gonna give me the answer.
Chloe: Hey, Clark, it's me. So, the
LuthorCorp jet just left Smallville for Montréal, so what ever you can find up
there, I suggest you find it fast.
[ Beep ]
Jimmy: what I found.
Chloe: Uh, I take it you're over the whole sleep thing.
Jimmy: The symbols like the one hacked into Lex have been appearing around
years, uh, on cave walls, burned into barn doors, even drawn in the
fields like crop circles. It's incredible.
Chloe: No, jimmy, it's a hoax, just like
those crop circles in England.
Jimmy: Well, hey, the jury's still out. Those crop
circles could have been made by aliens.
Chloe: People have been playing with the Kawatche cave paintings for years, just trying to get on the 6:00 news.
Get a little competition in the story department and suddenly you go all
Scully on me.
Chloe: It's not that. It's just I don't think Smallville is destined
to be the next Stonehenge.
Jimmy: Even if it turns out it's a site of ritualistic
pulled this from some research on the cave. It's an exact match to the carving
on Lex's chest. And it's above a drawing.
Chloe: Yeah, I've seen this before. It
just looks like a guy in a doorway to me.
Jimmy: Well, sure, it looks that way. But
according to the number-one website on primitive pictography, it's actually a
Chloe: Oh, my god.
Clark: [ Groans ] Why are you doing this? I thought you were supposed to protect
Edward: Because it is my duty. You let the secret of Veritas fall into the wrong
hands. This is the only way to guarantee you don't come under someone else's
Clark: It won't happen. I can stop it.
Edward: I will now bestow upon you... an
ancient Kryptonian ritual. Before your race were a people of science...
were warriors. This ceremony was a sign of respect for the mightiest of their
Clark: You don't know anything about krypton!
Edward: I was Swann's disciple. He
taught me everything.
Clark: He must have taught you that I was good -- that I'm not
a threat. He wouldn't want you to kill me.
Edward: Swann was an idealist. He said you
would rule us with strength. But for every passage Swann quoted of the
traveler coming to save earth, there was another interpretation that cast
you... as our destroyer. If Lex takes control of you, that's exact what will
happen... ...something your father
Edward: Couldn't have foreseen.
Clark: What does this have to do with Jor-el?
Edward: He had
high hopes for you when he sent you to this planet. But your father understood
the risk of setting a god among men. If you were ever to turn against
humanity, we wouldn't stand a chance. That's why he sent the device.
Clark: He never
would have sent something to control me.
Edward: His only other option would have been
to destroy you, but he couldn't bear the thought of his son's death. I pray
that you find peace in this act of selflessness.
Clark: [ Groans ] Aah! [ Groaning ]
[ Bell tolling ]
[ Ticking ]
[ Ticking continues ]
[ Ticking stops ]
[ Ticking resumes ]
[ Ticking stops ]
Edward: You're too late. So strange to see you without those warrior-angel figurines clutched in your little hands.
Lex: Mr. Teague.
and well... no thanks to your father.
Lex: Seems we all have a score to settle
Edward: I believe you already have.
Lex: I'm just sorry to see that you've inherited your father's obsession.
the one who did this.
Lex: You tried to kill me. Why?
Edward: The prophecies state that
the traveler would have a powerful adversary. I could never have foreseen that
it would be little Alexander.
Lex: You know who he is.
Edward: The traveler's identity is
no longer relevant.
Lex: Maybe not to you, but it's everything to me. You have no
idea what it's like to live every day of your life feeling like an
afterthought. I've sacrificed too much.
Edward: No. Your sacrifice has just begun. The
world can exist only in balance. If there is no traveler, there can be no
Chloe: He Clark. Oh, my god, Clark.
Clark: [ Grunts ] Chloe. How did you --
Chloe: Oliver's jet --fringe benefit of being a
Aah! How'd you do that?
Priest: Oh, my goodness.
What happened here?
I assume Mliash is safely back on U.S. Soil.
I put him on
the first commercial flight to metropolis.
I take it we won't be needing him
Lex: Not if you did your homework.
The library only had one book on St.
Kilda, but I think you'll be pleased. You mind if I ask what's so compelling
about a small island off the west coast of Scotland?
Lex: The clock.
played a melody from an old Scottish folk song -- "Birks of St. Kilda." When
I was learning to play the piano, my father made me play it over and over. "Birks"
Well, there might be birches, but that's about it. The
island's a bird sanctuary now.
Lex: According to the literature, there was a small town built up around a castle, until some wealthy
American bought the
castle... hauled it back to the U.S. My father brought that castle to
Smallville, stone by stone, but obviously never found what he was looking
for. It must still be there. Tell the pilot to change course. We're not going
to Scotland. We're going home.
Chloe: [ Chuckles ] Wow.
[ Door closes ]
Chloe: D I was only gone for 24 hours. Remind me to stay away for a
week next time.
Jimmy: Well, I'm actually sort of celebrating myself. I just sold my
Chloe: That's fantastic, jimmy! How?
Jimmy: Look, I know that you said that
the symbols in the Kawatche caves are old news, but I kept digging anyways.
And it turns out that I'm not the only one interested.
[ Cork pops ]
Jimmy: Phew. Apparently Lex is pretty taken with the symbols, too
-- not surprisingly, since he's wearing one on his chest.
Chloe: So, tell me exactly what the article is about.
Jimmy: Well, it's all very Joseph Campbell --
hero's journey and all that.
Jimmy: See, most of the stories on the
cave walls are about good versus evil.
tel naman, the savior of the people, warring against Sageeth, the bringer of
Chloe: Yeah, the story sounds familiar. I think Clark wrote a paper about
it in high school.
Jimmy: Well, in the beginning, Naman and Sageeth each have their
own distinct symbol.
Chloe: Well, then, why does this one look like a combination of
Jimmy: Well, I was wondering that myself, so I called the professor at met
U. Who specializes in hieroglyphics. And according to him, the symbol of good
versus evil is common in primitive cultures. It embodies the -- the push, the
pull of the two sides --
Chloe: a yin and yang. The hero-anti hero conflict.
But here's what got Lex all jazzed -- this particular image portrays a
resolution of that conflict.
Chloe: Remind me how you resolve a conflict that
has existed since the beginning of mankind.
Jimmy: Well, in the Kawatche legend, the
hero's journey ends in a final battle.
Chloe: So, according to your professor, who's
supposed to win?
Chloe: Hmm. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, Clark, but the
writing is literally on the wall.
Clark: [ Scoffs ] You're buying into this whole Naman-Sageeth mythology?
seeing you strapped down exactly like the human sacrifice in the cave
drawings? In a word -- yes.
Clark: It wasn't a myth that tried to kill me, Chloe. It
was a man.
Chloe: And thanks to you saving him, that man is still out there.
Clark: when Teague was performing t ritual, I realized that on some twisted level,
he actually thought he was doing the right thing. He thought he was protecting
everyone... from me.
Chloe: [ Scoffs ] Last time I checked, the world was doing just fine with you in
Clark: As long as there's something out there that can control me, I'm still a
threat. And Teague reminded me how dangerous my abilities are. In the wrong
hands, Chloe, they could destroy everything.
Chloe: Which is a really good reason why
you can't let Lex just walk away.
Clark: It's not about Lex, Chloe. I x-rayed him. He
didn't him anything on him. He didn't even find what he was looking for.
Chloe: Maybe not this time, Clark, but every battle has its victor. I know you don't
want to take Lex out,
Lex will not hesitate to destroy you when he gets the chance.
Clark: What do you
want me to do, Chloe? Kill him? If I do that, I'd just be turning into him
Chloe: Whether you like being on this pedestal or not, you were put in this
position. And someday, you're gonna have to play god.
Lex: It's been almost 24 hours. Why haven't they found anything?
It takes time to cover a structure
this size inch by inch, Mr. Luthor. I got every available body working on the
job. And it's only been20 hours.
Lex: I don't want excuses. I want results.
Yes, sir. I understand. I'll bring in more men, increase the shifts.
Lex: You do that.
On the shores of St. Kilda, the birks sway in the wind from the left to the
right again. You said the castle was in the west coast of St. Kilda?
Lex: Facing west?
No. The castle itself faced south.
Lex: So if I'm facing
south... to see the shore, I turn right. Above the heart of home shines the
north star. Of course. Get out. Everyone out now! Everybody out. Let's go.
[ Whirring ]
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