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

Main Characters in this Episode


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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

Clark Kent: Jor-El died getting me on that ship. My dad died of a heart attack from the powers he took on protecting me. And now Lionel's been murdered protecting my secret.
Chloe Sullivan: They did die for you, Clark. But ultimately, they died for all of us. There was a reason those men were in your life - each of them added something to the man that you are today.
Clark Kent: How could Lex have done it? How does a son murder his own father?
Chloe Sullivan: Total absence of love. Some say that's the definition of evil.
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?
Jimmy Olsen: I got an exclusive for you. When we get out of here, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen are going to be world famous.

Trivia

  • 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 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.
  • 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 locket key Lionel gave to Chloe that was seen in Veritas was also the one Lionel stole from Robert Queen.
  • Lex fires Chloe from the Daily Planet. Previously, he also fired Chloe's father from the Smallville Fertilizer Plant in Whisper.
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