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LIONEL LUTHOR
I believe that we're put on this Earth for a reason, Clark. Our task in life is to find out what that reason is. Sometimes we can't do that alone.
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LIONEL LUTHOR
[a brilliant flash of light wakes Clark and he rises from a pedestal of ice in the Fortress of Solitude and looks around, confused as to how and why he is there, until he looks up and sees Lionel standing above him in the distance] Hello Kal-El.
CLARK KENT
[Confused and amazed] Jor-El?
LIONEL LUTHOR
[Grasping the lapels of his overcoat] And I'm hoping the time has come when you will call me father.
CLARK KENT
[Perplexed]... I was... I was just in the hospital. How did you get me here?
LIONEL LUTHOR
The portal in the cave. When this body was activated it became an oracle of Kryptonian knowledge, a vessel for me to inhabit if ever you should need me. That time was now.
CLARK KENT
Am I dead?
LIONEL LUTHOR
Your mortal journey is over, yes, but your eminent destiny is far too important to be sacrificed. You will return with all of your natural gifts. [Steps forward] Unfortunately, this rectification does not come without a price. [Clark looks concerned] The life of someone close to you will be exchanged for yours.
CLARK KENT
[In shock] No. No I'd never ask for that.
LIONEL LUTHOR
You already did when you chose to relinquish your powers and disobey me. It was your choice.
CLARK KENT
[Angrily] Then just don't send me back!
LIONEL LUTHOR
It's too late. [Lionel steps forward to Clark to speak to him face to face] For everything in nature, there is a balance. [Stated with sorrow] The life force that has been returned to you will soon be taken from... from someone you love. [Grabs Clark's arms] You're about to face your darkest hour my son but, remember the lessons we learn from pain are the ones that make us the strongest. [He hugs Clark and a brilliant light emanates from Lionel's hand and he takes a step back] Always know that I love you. [a brilliant flash of light returns Clark to Smallville]
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LIONEL LUTHOR
The heart - it'll blind you, son. You want to be your own man. That's natural. But remember, Clark - I am your father and I alone raised you in my own image to become the man that you are today.
CLARK KENT
I must have lost perspective.
LIONEL LUTHOR
But that's why I'm here - to set you back on the right path. You could conquer the universe. The Man of Tomorrow - Clark Luthor! I sometimes shudder to think what would have happened to my little traveler if he had been discovered in that cornfield by the first ignorant farmer that came along. Where on earth would you be now?
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ZOR-EL
You're just as stubborn as my brother. Soon you could be just as dead. If you value your life, tell Kal-El to trust his uncle. You'll be better off in the end.
LIONEL LUTHOR
Kal-El is following his own destiny. I will do nothing to stop his course.
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LIONEL LUTHOR
You know perfectly well how I feel about you.
LEX LUTHOR
Hence, I'm at a crap factory in Smallville.
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LEX LUTHOR
I'm talking about Lana! I know we've had our differences, but my wi- She's the mother of your grandchildren.
LIONEL LUTHOR
How can I have grandchildren? I don't have a son.
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LIONEL LUTHOR
You remember, um, Lear, son? Shakespeare. King Lear. Wanted to abdicate, retire. Lear had three children. He tells them he will divide his kingdom between them, giving the largest portion to the one who loves him most. Two of the children declare their lavish devotion. The youngest, his favorite, is blunt and plainspoken. Stop me if you know where this is going.
CLARK KENT
Lear disowned the child who loved him all along.
LIONEL LUTHOR
Big mistake. So, it's just you and your sister now. There's certainly not getting Lex back. You saw to that.
CLARK KENT
I killed Lex.
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LIONEL LUTHOR
You know, you may want to use that, uh, box and escape from here, but the truth is that I'm the one who's been a prisoner here all this time.
CLARK KENT
Let me use the mirror box. I'll go away. You'll never have to worry about me again.
LIONEL LUTHOR
Not worry about you? That's all I've ever done - worry about you! I have sacrificed everything for your sake. I failed you, Clark. Because no true son of mine, no true Luthor would have let me live this long.
CLARK KENT
Not my choices.
LIONEL LUTHOR
You're right. I made you this way. And because I have failed you, Clark. It's got to be survival of the fittest! Whether you are on this earth or any other... I am the most fit! I will be the survivor!
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LIONEL LUTHOR
You stroll in here with this crackerjack kid... You trying to land me in the cooler?
CLARK KENT
Cool your jets, Mack. Jimmy's here just a little down on love. Ain't you, Jimmy?
LIONEL LUTHOR
Poor sucker. Man, dame's his poison.
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LIONEL LUTHOR
You're involved with Milton Fine. I know that he's been smuggling some of the deadliest viruses in the world into this country with your help.
LEX LUTHOR
Well, don't worry, Dad. I'm not gonna put them in any Halloween candy.