"Finale, Part 1" is the twenty-first episode in the tenth season of Smallville, and the two hundred-seventeenth episode overall. It aired on May 13, 2011 as part of the two-part finale event Smallville: Finale.
Lois and Clark continue to struggle with the decision of getting married, Oliver plans to take away Clark's powers forever at his wedding, Chloe returns to Smallville, Clark and Lois' wedding is interrupted by a dangerous evil, and Tess discovers Apokolips is heading for Earth.
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Seven years earlier
At the Daily Planet, Lois and Clark go back and forth about their upcoming wedding; Lois trying to convince Clark that they are going to call it off and Clark doing the opposite, taking her list of guests and her phone to stop her from calling everyone. Eventually, Clark tells her that she is not in his way, but by his side. He declares that if she really wants to call off the wedding, she will have to leave him standing at the altar.
At the wedding chapel, Oliver and Chloe are decorating the aisle while reminiscing about the missing memories that was their wedding night. They tell each other that they would have gone through with it even if they hadn’t been under Zatanna’s spell. Oliver tells Chloe that she needs to make sure Lois is on time, as she is still adamant that the world needs Clark more. She is bound and determined to let him go so the world can have him and fully intends to not go through with the wedding.
At the Luthor Mansion, Tess is reviewing plans for the mansion's rebuilding when she is confronted by Granny Goodness. Granny offers her one final chance to join Darkseid's forces, so that her soul could be spared during the coming destruction. Granny explains that the coming Apokolips has been called many names in the past; Hades being one of them, hell being another. She tells Tess that even Lucifer, the one everyone says watches over hell, even means light bringer. Tess adamantly refuses the offer, declaring that just because she was born into darkness, her fate is not sealed. As Granny leaves, Tess asks when the apocalypse that she's talking about is beginning. Granny replies that it has already begun.
At the Kent Farm, Martha looks around in shock at all of the boxes that she sees. She looks into a family picture and Jonathan’s reflection is seen. Clark arrives and she tells him that he misunderstood her message when she gave him the farm. She tells Clark that he needs to remember his past and what made him who he is. Clark refutes what she is saying and says that they have to move on and forget what they have lost to progress in their lives. As he leaves after declaring that he has left his past, Jonathan is seen to be crying.
Chloe appears at the Daily Planet and in order to convince Lois, who is insistent that she and Clark should not get married, gives her Clark’s vows. Once Lois reads them, she realizes the mistake she was about to make and runs out of the Daily Planet to prepare for the wedding.
At Watchtower, after hearing Granny's warning, Tess is desperately trying to access all of Queen Industries satellites, only to find out they have all been disabled. She tells Watchtower to bring them online and it tells her that she doesn't have clearnace to do so. She orders Watchtower to access security footage which reveals Oliver as the person who disabled the satellites. Tess asks if the new satellite system has been brought up yet, and Watchtower tells it has. She thanks the Martian Manhunter under her breath and tells Watchtower to bring up the new satellite footage which reveals a massive fireball planet descending towards Earth.
Granny, Desaad, and Gordon Godfrey meet at their lair. Oliver comes in and tells them of his accomplished mission. They are pleased and then assign him his next task: to remove Clark's powers using a gold kryptonite wedding ring.
At Smallville's cemetery, Clark kneels at Jonathan’s grave and expresses his concerns. Jonathan, still unseen by Clark, talks to Clark as he expresses his doubts. Jonathan counters what Clark is saying and does his best to give his unheard advice; Clark says that he has to go beyond that and Oliver appears. Oliver tells Clark that he has to remember his past, and not hide away from everything that has made him who he is. He tells Clark that he has been down this road, and that Clark is the one who saved him.
Clark, adamant on letting go of everything, visits Lois at their apartment. She surprises him by telling him that the wedding is on. She admits that she read his vows and gives him hers in exchange. After discussing what they should do, Clark reads her vows and tells her after moments of silence that he will meet her at the chapel.
Meanwhile, Tess tries her best to alert the team that Apokolips is really a planet inbound for Earth. Before she can finish her warning however, she is ambushed by a group of armed men and taken captive.
Martha is seated at the wedding, while Oliver and Chloe take their positions as the best man and maid of honor. Lois arrives in the doorway and looks around nervous because Clark is not at the altar, until Clark takes her by the hand. and they walk down the aisle together. Clark is looking around at everyone when he finally sees Johnathan for the first time. He's smiling at Clark and Lois and Clark smiles back. They begin the wedding and Clark and Lois' vows are said again. Near the final moments of the wedding, Oliver opens the ring box for Lois to take out Clark's ring. Chloe notices that it sparkles weird. When the ring gets close to Clark's hand, she sees it start to glow and reaches forward, knocking it as far away from Clark as possible. She asks Oliver what's going on, and he turns to her with his eyes black. Clark realizes what has happened and tells her to get everyone out of there. She rushes everyone out without hesitating.
Oliver demands that Clark surrender to the dark side, his voice overrun with Darkseid timbe, but Clark refuses, telling him "Never." Oliver throws him out of the stained glass window in front of the alter. He then turns around and throws Lois backwards. Clark super-speeds in and grabs her before she can hit the back wall and get injured. He takes her to safety and returns to confront Oliver.
After they fight briefly, they both see the gold Kryptonite ring on the floor. Oliver grabs it and he and Clark circle one another. Clark tells Oliver that he's not going to give up on him. He says that Oliver has a good heart, he just needs to let it guide him. He tells Oliver he needs him to be a hero so they can save the world together. He reminds Oliver that he knows gold Kryptonite will take his powers away forever, but he believes in him. Oliver holds the ring up and then curls his hand around it, trying to crush it. He overcomes the power of Darkseid and the Omega symbol fades from his skull as his eyes bleed black. Clark tells him that everything is all right at that point, but a shadow crosses over the sun. Oliver tells him that the world needs its heroes sooner than they thought as he and Clark see Apokolips moving in front of the sun.
Lois listens to Tess’ voicemail as everyone gathers at the Kent farm. Martha tells them that none of the government officials are saying anything until the President speaks. Chloe states that she needs to access her database in Star City and Oliver says he's going with her. She tells him he needs to stay with Clark since his powers are better suited to help him. Chloe looks at Clark, rushes towards him and hugs him, telling him "I'll see you in the funny pages." Oliver follows her out and asks her if he can at least drive her, and she flat out says "No." Oliver grabs her and they kiss under the volcanic solar eclipse now occurring. As Chloe walks away, her smile fades.
Inside the house, a sudden flare of red light encompasses the sky. While Martha and Lois watch the impending doom, Clark sees Jonathan standing outside the backdoor and follows him to the loft. Jonathan tells Clark that he knew he would see him again when he was ready. Clark says that he thought he had to leave everything behind, but then admits that everyone he cares about is what makes saving the world worthwhile. Clark admits that he's scared to face Apokolips since he failed when he faced him before. He almost lost and let himself get taken over.
Johnathon tells Clark that Darkseid has never face the man in front of him, the man he has finally become. He says that as much as him and Martha tried to protect him from his origins and what challenges he was going to have, their guidance isn't enough anymore. He needs to return to Jor-El and let him guide him from now on. Clark states that he can't because he turned his back on him like he did with Jonathon. Jonathon smiles and states that Jor-El is his father and he'll understand, since all fathers do. Martha walks up the stairs and tells Clark not to doubt himself because this has been coming for a long time. She tells him how before he found them in the field, they wanted a child so badly. He was their miracle. However, now the whole world needs the miracle that is him. Clark hugs her, while Jonathon hugs them both. There is another bright flare of red and they all pull away. Jonathon tells him it's time. He thanks them and speeds away as Jonathan and Martha gaze at Apokolips.
- Tom Welling as Clark Kent
- Erica Durance as Lois Lane
- Cassidy Freeman as Tess Mercer
- Justin Hartley as Oliver Queen
- Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan
Special Guest Stars
- Johann Pachelbel - "Canon in D"
- Sara Bareilles - "Breathe Again"
- A "finale" refers to the last piece or end of a work.
- The title refers to this episode being the first part of the last episode of Smallville.
- The title mirrors the title of the first episode of the series: Pilot.
- Antagonist: Granny Goodness, Desaad, and Gordon Godfrey
- Kevin Fair directed the first half of the finale.
- Lois and Clark reconcile their issues with being married and make it down the altar; however, the ceremony is interrupted by Oliver, who's revealed to have been corrupted to the darkness by Darkseid.
- John Schneider makes his 100th appearance as Jonathan Kent in this episode. He joins Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Kristin Kreuk, Allison Mack, Annette O'Toole and Erica Durance as the only seven actors to make it to at least 100 episodes of the series.
- The first part of the finale is Martha Kent's 127th appearance. This is also Martha's first appearance in a finale since Season Six's Phantom.
- Lois and Clark's wedding in the first part of the finale marks the series' seventh and final wedding:
- Lex married Desirée in Season Two's Heat.
- Lex married Helen in Season Two's Exodus.
- Clark married Alicia (although not legally) in Season Four's Unsafe.
- Lex married Lana in Season Six's Promise.
- Jimmy married Chloe in Season Eight's Bride.
- Oliver and Chloe discovered they were married in Season Ten's Fortune.
- Oliver is freed by Clark from Darkseid's corruption.
- When Granny Goodness talks to Tess about Darkseid's coming, she refers to Lucifer being a name for him in Earth legend. Just as beguiling and seducing as the Devil, Granny Goodness articulates false doctrine in order to win Tess over to her agenda. According to Biblical teachings, Lucifer - meaning "light-bearer" in Latin - by his own pride and rebellion, had been reduced to a "fallen" angel, subsequently becoming the Devil, now known as Satan. The paralleling morality elements of good versus evil also compare or liken Superman to Jesus Christ.
- While moving towards the Earth, Apokolips passes by and knocks into the rings of Saturn. In the comics, Saturn was home to a race of Martian clones, calling themselves Saturnians. Saturn's moon, Titan, is where Saturn Girl is from.
- The comic that Chloe is reading has a picture of one of the first days in Smallville High School with Clark, Lana, Pete and Chloe talking.
- Granny Goodness explains that Tess was born in darkness which is proven by being Lionel's heir, raised by Granny Goodness and abusive parents, and being Lex's sister.
- Perry White did not attend Clark and Lois' wedding even though he was shown dating Martha in Season Nine's Hostage.
- While Clark interacted with his mom in Season Nine's Hostage and Season Ten's Beacon and with his dad in Season Ten's Lazarus and Kent, all three interacted with each other for the first since Season Five's Reckoning.
- The first part of the finale is Jeff Hage's 7th and final episode. He's tied with Dr. Harden, Adam Knight, Grant Gabriel, Gina, and Faora (clone) as the 10th most frequently seen recurring characters in the series after Jor-El, Nancy Adams, Brainiac, Emil Hamilton, Ethan Miller, John Jones, Nell Potter, George, and Helen Bryce. Jeff, Dr. Harden, Adam, Grant, Gina, and Faora are the most frequently seen recurring characters in the series who are tied with each other in the number of episodes they appeared in. Despite this, Jeff's actor, Evan C. Schulte, never received "Guest Starring" billing that appeares after the opening credits in any of his episodes.
- Clark's marriage proposal to Lois occurred in Icarus.
- Chloe was last seen in Fortune.
- Jonathan's spirit was last seen in Lazarus.
- Martha was last seen in Beacon.
- It's the first time since Season Five's Reckoning that Martha and Jonathan have appeared in an episode together.
- Desaad was last seen in Masquerade.
- Godfrey was last seen in Abandoned.
- Granny Goodness was last seen in the previous episode Prophecy.
- This is the second episode (after Abandoned) featuring Darkseid's Unholy Trinity.
- This is the second time this season that Clark Kent fights Oliver Queen. The first was Dominion, when they staged a fight for Zod in the Phantom Zone.
- Oliver references the time he burned his Green Arrow suit in Season Nine's Rabid.
- Gold kryptonite was last seen in Prophecy but mentioned in Luthor and Kent.
- The planet Apokolips makes its appearance in this episode. It was first mentioned in Season Nine by Amanda Waller in Absolute Justice, Part 2 and Martha (as the Red Queen) in Hostage.
- Oliver mentions to Clark that he graduated from Excelsior Academy. In Reunion, he and Lex went to the academy with Lois and Lana for the alumni gathering.
- General Sam Lane was mentioned by Lois. He was last seen in Ambush.
- Watchtower's voice is heard again in this episode. It was first heard in Sacrifice.
- Zatanna was mentioned by Oliver. She was last seen in Icarus attending Carter's funeral.
- This is the final episode to have any kind of kryptonite as part of the plot.
Homage To Previous Seasons
- Lois reconsiders marrying Clark but ultimately goes through with their marriage, which parallels Lana's decision to marry Lex in Season Six's Promise.
- Clark helping Oliver break free from Darkseid's control parallels how Lois helped Wes Keenan break free from Lex's control in Season Six's Prototype.
- Lois asking "Everything ok, Smallville?" and he replies with "Perfect. It's perfect." parallels Lana asking him the same question (saying his name "Clark" rather than "Smallville") and him replying in the same manner after their imaginary dance in Season One's Pilot.
- Chloe prevented Clark from putting on the gold kryptonite ring that would have probably taken away his powers permanently. This ironically alludes to Chloe's advice towards Clark to keep off any kind of ring until his wedding day when a blue kryptonite ring temporarily suppressed Clark's powers in Blue three and a half years ago, which itself is a reference to his issues with red kryptonite rings.
- Chloe: "This is the story of an amazing boy who grew up in the fields of Kansas in a little town called Smallville. When he became a man, he believed the only way to seize his destiny was to turn his back on both his parents and refused to see the darkness descending on Earth. But all that was about to change. He was about to face his greatest challenge."
- Granny Goodness: I want to give your soul eternal life! Please, Lutessa, let me save you!
- Tess: From what?
- Granny Goodness: Darkseid's Apokolips. Evil in its purest form -- the heart of human nature, obscured over time as something to be cast away rather than embraced. Hades, Kali -- even the word "Lucifer" is an old Latin phrase meaning "morning star," "bringer of light." I'm afraid the centuries and translations have twisted Darkseid's true gifts. But before the end of days, his rapture will be the only salvation.
- Tess: I will never join you.
- Granny Goodness: Farewell, my child. Bless your soul.
- Tess: Wait. When? I mean, what do you mean? When? When is this hell coming?
- Granny Goodness: It's not coming, Lutessa. It's upon us.
- Martha: No matter where I am or who I'm choosing to bring in my life, your father is always with me. And he's with you, if you just allow yourself to - to see him.
- Clark: I did. Last year. I thought I was talking to him. But then I realized it was just an excuse for me not to face my future - just I was waiting for Jor-El to show me the way. I had to move on.
- Watchtower: Manhunter has put the new space station online, per your request..
- Tess: Thank God for our favorite Martian.
- Lois: There's no Chloe quip that's gonna change my mind. Clark can hear the world's cries for help, and he's duty-bound to answer the call. I'm not gonna stand in his way.
- Chloe: He can't listen all the time, Lois. He's not God. He can't be aware of every bird or blade of grass, okay? He's a man. And sometimes he needs to not listen. He needs to rest, to love, to laugh. And when he finally does to decide to take to the skies, he's gonna need you to ground him.
- Lois: Well, that's what I'm afraid of. I'm grounding him, keeping him from soaring to new heights.
- Chloe: Oh, Lois...that is so not what he thinks. But since you're not gonna meet him at the altar...(gives Clark's vows to her)...you should hear that from his own words.
- Clark: (at his father's grave, Jonathan's spirit watches him) I never wanted to say goodbye.
- Jonathan: Then don't.
- Clark: I thought I had it all figured out - how to move on... how to bury my guilt, my insecurities, my questions. I'm so close. I know who I'll become. I've seen it. Lois thinks I should let her go. Mom says I should hold on to you.
- Jonathan: You don't need to hold on to someone, Clark, if they're already in your heart.
- Clark: I just keep leaning on you, on Jor-El. I need to stand alone. It's better that way.
- Jonathan: You mean it's easier that way.
- Clark: It's just I've missed you so much.
- Jonathan: Then let me be there for you, Clark. A-and don't - don't push your mother away. We're part of you.
- Clark: It's like I'm on a cliff standing on the edge, and where I'm looking is beyond where you've been before, it's beyond than Jor-El has ever been before. And much as I value everything you've given me, I need to go beyond where either of you can guide me anymore, to be the hero the world needs me to be.
- Oliver: Clark, I don't think taking a scalpel to your past is gonna turn you into the caped Skywalker of your future.
- Oliver: I've done what you asked. They won't know Apokolips is coming.
- Granny Goodness: Our dark lord will be pleased.
- Gordon Godfrey: Now he asks one final mission of you -- to protect the souls we have saved.
- Desaad: (gives Oliver gold kryptonite ring) This will disarm the bringer of light, the one who threatens to vanquish the darkness.
- Lois: (wedding vows to Clark) I wanted these vows to be perfect, but perfection's a hard thing to get your hands on. But life is meant to be a little messy. And when it comes to love, I think it's like my dad always said about the army. You only sign up if it's the only thing you can ever imagine doing. And Clark, I cannot imagine spending a moment of my life without you. So I promise that I will always have your back as you will always have mine. You're my best friend, you're my home, and you are my true love, and I am yours and will be forever.
- Clark: (wedding vows to Lois) I Clark Kent take you Lois Lane to be my companion, forever. And with you by my side I will never be alone. Though the world sees a strong and independent woman, I've never known someone with such gentle grace and more pure heart. When I've been lost you've always been there to bring me back, so on this day, at this moment, I pledge the rest of my life to you. You've always believed in me, and I believe in you. And when you believe in someone it's not for a minute, or just for now, it's forever.
- Clark: Everything's okay now.
- Oliver: No, it's not. (sees Apokolips approaching in the sky) Looks like the world's gonna needs its heroes sooner than we thought.
- Jonathan: I knew you'd see me again when you were ready.
- Clark: I made a mistake, Dad. I thought I had to leave you behind. But it's you and Mom and everyone that I care about that makes this world worth saving.
- Jonathan: But you're worried you're gonna fail this time. I know you're scared, son.
- Clark: I faced Darkseid before. He knows my weakness. He almost defeated me. I need your help.
- Jonathan: But, son, he never saw the man standing before me now. Clark Kent, as much as your mother and I tried to protect you from your origins, tried to prepare you to face any challenge... I'm sorry, son, but our guidance just isn't enough anymore. You're gonna have to let Jor-El guide you from here on out.
- Clark: I can't, Dad. I turned my back on him like I did you.
- Jonathan: He's your father. He'll understand.
- Martha: Don't doubt yourself, Clark. This has been coming for a long time. Before you arrived, we wanted a child so badly. The day you found us in that field, you were the miracle we prayed for. Now the world needs that same miracle.
Finale, Part 2
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