Type
Scripted
Premiered
Oct. 16, 2001
Status
Completed/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
The CW TV Network

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Smallville » Season 7
Smallville - 07x16 Descent

7x16 Descent

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4.8/5 (5 votes)
First Aired: Apr. 17, 2008 on The CW
Summary: Lex seeks the key in Lionel's locket so that he can uncover the secret of Veritas that will give him control of the Traveler. In his quest, he takes the last final step to evil by killing someone close to Clark.

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Guest Stars

Gina played by Anna Galvin
Young Lex Luthor played by Connor Stanhope
Detective Maggie Sawyer played by Jill Teed
Mysterious Attacker played by Don Broach
Lex's Henchman played by Shaw Madson

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Episode Quotes

Lex Luthor: It wasn't an accident we were in Smallville the day the meteor shower, was it? The factory was just a cover. You were really there to meet this Traveler that Veritas wanted to protect. I remember everything, Dad.
Lionel Luthor: Those are the memories of a small boy trying to cope with the trauma of a meteor shower.
Lex Luthor: A trauma brought on by his own father. My life changed forever that day. You sacrificed me for the Traveler. Why? Who is it, Dad? Who is it? Who is it?
Lionel Luthor: What if I told you now that you were the Traveler? You're right. Your life truly changed that day. I told you in the helicopter that you were destined for a great future. That's why I've been so hard on you, trained you so relentlessly. Think, Lex. Think. You have survived so many mortal injuries so many times. How else can you explain it?
Lex Luthor: Because I was trained never to accept defeat. When I get my hands on that box in Zurich, I have a feeling all my questions will be answered.
Lionel Luthor: Lex? I know how strong it is, the attraction of the dark power. But it will destroy you. I can't let you go down that terrible path. You must not open that box.
Lex Luthor: I can't open it because I need a second key. Give it to me.

Lex Luthor: I've swept every possible place you could've hidden it and I finally realized, there's only one person you would trust it with. Yourself.

Lionel Luthor: Lex? Lex, if you open that box, if you get hold of that secret, there will be no redemption for you, no redemption. Ever.
Lex Luthor: I was raised in your shadow. Now, you're gonna die in mine. No one will even remember your name.
Lois Lane: You shot me?
Gina: You weren't cooperating.
Jimmy Olsen: How about a warning?
Clark Kent: I tried to be your friend, Lex. But all you care about is power and control.
Lex Luthor: This is Smallville! Meteor freaks, alien ships, cryptic symbols! These threats are real. Someone had to take control. Someone has to protect the world.
Clark Kent: Listen to yourself, Lex. You're so caught up in your own delusions, you've lost track of reality.
Lex Luthor: Have I? Then let's talk about something you can't deny. After years of pleading with my father, showed me some compassion, he turned to you with open arms. Now what would a worldly-billionaire have in common with a simple farm boy?
Clark Kent: Maybe he just knew he could trust me.
Lex Luthor: Of course. Everyone can trust Clark Kent. You're the perfect son. So... so why did Jonathan Kent always seem so stressed? I mean, was raising the perfect son really that much work? I wonder how much of a strain it put on his heart?
Clark Kent: Are you blaming me for my father's death? Are you? You're the guilty one, Lex, not me. And this time you're going to own up to what you've done. I know you killed Lionel.
Lex Luthor: [scoffs] Who's delusional now?

Trivia

  • Clark finds a message from Lionel in his LuthorCorp safe. There is a Kryptonian message on it that Clark translates out loud as, "For Kal-El in the event of my death." The actual written message in Kryptonian translates as, "For The Tarveler" (presumably, a misspelling of "Traveler").
  • Clark sees an original copy of Friedrich Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil in Lionel's safe. This is the third appearance of Nietzsche in the series. Clark was holding "The Portable Nietzsche" in Pilot, shortly before Lana asks him, "So what are you: Man or Superman?". In Suspect, Lionel is shown reading the same copy of Beyond Good and Evil.
  • The locket key Lionel gave to Chloe that was seen in Veritas was also the one Lionel stole from Robert Queen.
  • Lex completes the cycle of patricide by killing his own father Lionel who killed his father in order to collect the insurance money years ago.
  • The last words of Lex for Lionel were: "No one will remember your name." This is perhaps a reference of the comics where Lex's father doesn't play a important role and is only occasionally seen or mentioned.
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