While Clark is still frozen in the Fortress, Bizarro takes over his life with Lana. Unaware she is with Bizarro, Lana enjoys the "new Clark" and shares information she's gathered on a serial killer who is draining his victims of all trace minerals. Lex is stunned at Lionel's reaction after Grant reveals he is a clone of Julian.
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It is morning on the Kent Farm, and Lana Lang is waking up in bed next to Bizarro. Bizarro talks about wanting to fly Lana to Paris, but Lana states that she's happy where she is and decides to make "Clark" a special dinner that night. As she gets out of bed and opens the curtains, Bizarro's skin immediately distorts from the sunlight. He jumps into a shady area and gets Lana to close the curtains and rejoin him in bed.
Grant Gabriel enters Lionel Luthor's office to talk about paternity. While Lionel looks through some documents Grant gave him, Grant explains his background and states that Lex Luthor warned him that he could be risking his life by seeing Lionel. However, Lionel doesn't seem to have a problem with Grant, and he decides to get to know him better.
At the Isis Foundation, Lana is going through police reports when Bizarro enters. In her secret surveillance room, she shows him a report on another dead homeless man that has been killed and drained of all trace metals, resembling what happened to Casey Brock. Seven homeless men have been killed in the past two weeks. Bizarro suggests that the Brainiac must be regenerating, and Lana triangulates the attacks to find his possible home base, Suicide Slums.
Several homeless men are crowded around open fires, one of them being Milton Fine, Brainiac's human form. A metallic extension from his finger drains the trace metals from a rat. Bizarro makes a mocking remark to Brainiac and Brainiac immediately recognizes him as the phantom. When asked where Clark is, Bizarro isn't sure, claiming that the Martian Manhunter took him prisoner and when he escaped, Clark was gone.
Bizarro proceeds to ask Brainiac about how he could prevent his skin turning to stone in direct sunlight, but Brainiac does not know. He redirects Bizarro to Dax-Ur, a Kryptonian scientist who came to Earth years ago. Brainiac explains that Dax-Ur, like any traveling Kryptonian, can be found with his beacon. Brainiac watches with a sinister grin on his face as Bizarro leaves to search for Dax-Ur's beacon.
Unable to find the beacon, Bizarro visits Chloe Sullivan at the Daily Planet, where many people are getting fired after Lex's recent acquisition of the place. He asks if he could search the Planet archives to see if anyone recently found the tracking device, but because of the chaotic situation at the Planet, she is swamped with work and asks him to wait. Getting impatient, Bizarro tells her he needs to find a shield, but Chloe realizes he already has one and has completely forgotten about it. Wary, she asks him to go home. Bizarro gets irritated and forcefully grabs her arm, demanding to know where it is. Suspicious that something is wrong with "Clark", Chloe doesn't tell Bizarro anything.
After seeing Grant's name on the LuthorCorp visitor log, Lex calls Lionel to meet him at the Luthor Mansion and warns him to keep his distance from Grant. Lionel states that Lex can't claim Grant as if he were a piece of property, but Lex infers that he knows Grant is a clone of Julian Luthor. Lionel is disgusted by Lex's actions.
Chloe visits Lana at the Kent's house regarding Clark's earlier visit to the Daily Planet and asks her if she's noticed anything weird about Clark. The only difference Lana sees about him is that he's opened up more, and she insists that Chloe doesn't know Clark as well as she thought she did. Chloe maintains that Clark's personality has completely changed. However, Lana just tells her that she needs to let Clark go. At this time, Bizarro returns home, telling Chloe that he and Lana are planning on moving to Paris soon. Chloe is visibly upset and after an awkward silence, she leaves immediately. Lana tells Bizarro about her conversation with Chloe, but Bizarro claims that he didn't forget about the shield; he just can't find it. Lana suggests that he go to the Fortress of Solitude to see if Kara took it there.
In the Fortress, Bizarro calls for Jor-El, who says the phantom is not welcome. Thinking he will find the shield eventually, Bizarro leaves the Fortress and Jor-El releases Clark Kent to go after Bizarro.
Clark super speeds home and hugs Lana, relieved to find her unharmed. Lana is confused about why Clark is saying that he has been gone for weeks. She is in disbelief when Clark explains that it was actually the phantom. She tries to jog his memory, but eventually she realizes that she was in love with Bizarro. Bizarro uses his super hearing to hear Clark tell Lana that he needs to get her out of here.
Bizarro goes to Suicide Slums again, telling Brainiac that Kal-El is back and he needs to die. Since he drains green kryptonite of all its power, Bizarro can't kill Clark himself, so Brainiac agrees to help him kill Clark. He also criticizes Bizarro for falling in love with Lana, but he agrees to let Bizarro go after her once he diverts Clark's attention.
Clark visits Lionel to see if there is any way to defeat Bizarro for good. Lionel suggests that he use blue kryptonite, which will increase Bizarro's power exponentially so that his body won't be able to contain it. To find blue kryptonite, Clark must find Dax-Ur, who came to Earth a century ago and vanished. Not sure how to activate his beacon, Clark has Lionel explain that it is voice activated - he just has to say "Dax-Ur" and the shield will do the rest. After Clark leaves, "Lionel" gets into an elevator and morphs back into Milton Fine.
At the Daily Planet, Clark goes to see Chloe, who is upset about Clark and Lana's move. Clark explains that the "Clark" that visited her earlier was actually the phantom, but Chloe is apprehensive about believing him, especially since he is looking for the same shield the phantom was looking for. By walking into direct sunlight, Clark proves he is not the phantom. Relieved, Chloe hugs him, then reveals she took the shield because of his bizarre behavior earlier. Chloe warns him to be careful, then he activates the beacon which transports him to Dax-Ur's location.
As he is doing this, Brainiac wakes up and listens to the beacon, smiling. Clark finds himself transported to a rural area in Arizona where a man is fixing an antique car. At first, the man claims that he doesn't know who Dax-Ur is, but Clark seems to know that he is Dax-Ur and tosses him the beacon, introducing himself as Kal-El.
As Clark explains how he arrived on Earth, Dax-Ur's son and wife arrive with a bag lunch to share with Dax-Ur, who is now a mechanic. He wears a bracelet of blue kryptonite to remove his abilities so he can live as a human. Dax-Ur shares that he came to Earth as penitence after building Brainiac which he knew could be the destroyer of worlds. Clark is intrigued by Dax-Ur's choice to give up his powers and live as a human with a family, and Dax-Ur states that he has no regrets. Thinking Clark also wants to live as a human for love, Dax-Ur gives Clark blue kryptonite and Clark puts it in his lead box to shield him from the effects of the rock. He then super-speeds to Lana who is being trapped by Bizarro in Queen Tower.
Bizarro throws Clark against a wall and Lana picks up the blue kryptonite. Clark explains that it will destroy the phantom. Bizarro tries to convince Lana that he loves her more than Clark and will devote his life to her, something Clark will never do. Lana confesses her love for Bizarro to trick him and gave her his hand, then she puts the blue rock in it. The power overwhelms him and as he explodes, he tells Lana that he loves her.
Brainiac walks up to Dax-Ur and tells him that he needs his mind to fix himself. Dax-Ur refuses and tries to take off his blue kryptonite bracelet to restore his powers. Brainiac grabs him and drains his mind of the information he needs.
Lionel and Grant are just finishing a long and enjoyable steak dinner. Suddenly, they are approached by a mugger and even though they surrender their wallets, the mugger shoots Grant three times in the chest and once in the back. The assailant walks away, texting Lex the phrase "job done". Lex is calmly playing pool alone, but then drops his phone and walks onto the balcony during a thunderstorm, screaming in anguish as he is soaked by the rain.
The same thunderstorm is drenching the Kent Farm as Clark looks contemplatively out the window, avoiding Lana's looks. Finally she reaches out tentatively to touch his arm and he looks at her, while she looks at him with imploring eyes. They go to bed together, where Clark stays on his side of the bed as Lana crosses her arms on hers. They do not touch or speak to each other.
- Tom Welling as Clark Kent and Bizarro
- Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor
- Kristin Kreuk as Lana Lang
- Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan
- Erica Durance as Lois Lane (credit only)
- Aaron Ashmore as Jimmy Olsen (credit only)
- Laura Vandervoort as Kara Kent (credit only)
- John Glover as Lionel Luthor and Brainiac
Special Guest Star
- Howard Siegel as Homeless Man
- Connor Levins as Max
- Sharlene Martin as Grace
- Tyler Hazelwood as Mugger
- "Pioneer to the Falls" - Interpol
- Persona means "the mask or façade presented to satisfy the demands of the situation or the environment and not representing the inner personality of the individual; the public personality". It is often used in plays and novels.
- Bizarro is basically playing the role of Clark Kent. Brainiac also plays a role in the episode, pretending to be Lionel. Dax-Ur is also hiding his true identity, pretending to be a human on Earth.
- In a sense, Grant Gabriel is also playing the part of Julian Luthor, Lex's dead brother. After Lionel witnesses Grant's death, he mourns his death by calling him "Julian".
- Antagonist: Bizarro and Brainiac
- Braniac Abilities: Regeneration, Information Absorption
- Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, and Kara Kent do not appear in this episode.
- Marc McClure, who played Dax-Ur, played Jimmy Olsen in the Superman feature films. He is the eighth Superman alum to appear on Smallville and the third to appear in this season.
- This is the last appearance of Michael Cassidy as Grant Gabriel and Tom Welling as Bizarro.
- This is the 7th and final appearance of Grant Gabriel. He is tied with Dr. Harden, Adam Knight, Gina, Jeff Hage, and Faora's 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. Grant, Dr. Harden, Adam, Gina, Jeff, 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.
- Lana and Bizarro's morning scene contains parallels to Clark and Lana's wake-up scene in Hidden.
- When Bizarro goes to visit Braniac, Braniac refers to Clark as "boy scout", Clark's codename in Oliver Queen's Justice League in Season Six's Justice. This might hint that Braniac knows more about the Justice League than originally thought, or that it is another coincidence as played so many times in the series.
- There is a deleted scene for this episode that was apparently shot out of sequence, as it shows a more detailed scene of what happened at the end of Blue when Jor-El froze Clark and trapped him in the fortress. Jor-El had originally planned to keep Clark trapped in the fortress until all of his friends and family members died. His rationale was that Clark would stop disobeying him if he no longer had any living friends/family on earth to care about. Jor-El released him from the fortress early so that he could stop the last Phantom/Bizarro. The scene, however, is referenced in Sleeper, when Chloe tells Clark Jor-El wanted to "turn you into a popsicle so you would outlive everyone here on Earth".
- Up to this episode Clark and Lana have only had sex twice, once in season 5 episode Mortal and once in season 7 episode Wrath. Both of those times happened because Lana wasn't in danger of getting hurt (Clark had no powers in Mortal and Lana had powers in Wrath). Lana knew this and yet she didn't catch the first red flag that occurred when she and Bizarro Clark started having sex. The second red flag also occurred in this episode when Bizarro Clark said he would fly Lana to Paris for breakfast. She caught the part about him flying but couldn't put the mystery together. Pointing the fact that Lana did not know about Bizarro before this episode, and that she still had to recover from a difficult moment of her life, rather than attributing this to the fact Lana did not know Clark well, is more than anything else that Lana is a gullible character, helped by the fact as she says to Chloe that Clark never really opened to her, when Bizarro did she just wanted to believe that Clark "finally let her in".
- In the episode Bizarro, when Lois and Bizarro first meet, Bizarro ended the talk "maybe next time"
- . "Bizarro Clark" and Lois never meet again in this and the previous (Gemini) episode.
- The theme of Bizarro taking Clark's place is a lot like the story of Martin Guerre, a 16th-century man whose place was taken by a man who looked like him and who ended up living with Guerre's wife for three years. Guerre was referenced by Chloe in Season Two's Visage.
- When Bizarro tells Brainiac that Clark is back, Brainiac remarks that "the prodigal son of Krypton has returned". Lex says something similar about Lucas Luthor in Prodigal. It is also used in Superman: The Animated Series by Darkseid as he taunts Superman for being brainwashed into thinking he is Darkseid's son and has returned for revenge.
- Bizarro is able to successfully have sex with Lana without injuring her, a feat Clark had never attempted, while fully powered, out of fear. This hints that Clark may be capable of having sex without inflicting harm to his partner. This is later proven accurate as Clark has honed that particular skill by Season Nine's Escape and finally puts it to use with Lois in Season Ten's Harvest.
In Other Media
- Dax-Ur's name is very similar the name of Jax-Ur. Jax-Ur in The Animated Superman series was a similar character to Zod. Unlike Dax-Ur, Jax-Ur was a soldier and later a General like Zod, and not a scientist.
- Chloe mentions the time when Clark and Kara found the shield together, which was during the Miss Sweet Corn pageant in Fierce.
- This is the first appearance of Brainiac in his human form since the Season Five finale Vessel.
- Jor-El was last heard in Blue.
- Grant sarcastically asks Lex "How many times have you been married now?" This is a reference to the many previous marriages Lex has had (Desirée in Heat, Helen in Exodus, and Lana in Promise), the longest of which lasted only a few months. All ended poorly.
- When Grant and Lionel are talking about paternity, Lionel says that he's "dealt with nuisances like this before." This may be a reference to Lucas Luthor in Prodigal.
- When Bizarro goes to see Brainiac, he said "I'm the new and improved version" similar to what Clark said to a little girl in Lexmas when she asked him if he was Santa Claus.
- When Lana opens the curtains at the beginning of the episode, causing the sun to shine through, Bizarro Clark's face appears the way it has in the previous episodes he's been exposed to sunlight in (Phantom, Bizarro and Gemini), (looks like shards of steel cut into certain shapes stuck onto his head), however, his shoulders look more like the comics Bizarro (with no cuts or cracks in it). However, in Bizarro, when he is punching Clark, before being sent skyward with Clark's uppercut, his hand looks more like his face than his shoulders do in this episode.
- This episode marks the 66th appearance of Clark's red jacket & blue shirt outfit, which he wears frequently throughout the series.
- When Clark confronts Bizarro and Lana, he tells Lana that when he's "around blue kryptonite" that he loses his powers. However, he had already twice held it in his hand without any visible impact--once as he leaves Dax-Ur's garage and again as he attempts to place it on Bizarro. If merely being around it weakens him, one wonders how he held it and yet super sped away from the garage and withstood Bizarro's punch.
- Bizarro: Are you telling me the truth?
- Brainiac: Lying to you would be like lying to a mollusk. There's no point.
- Bizarro: (laughs sarcastically) If this doesn't check out, I'll shove you back into the test tube myself.
- Lionel: Do you believe you have the right to recycle your dead brother as if he were a part of some sick vanity project?
- Lex: Well, I only did what you never had the guts to do.
- Lionel: What you've done is depraved. You disgust me.
- Lex: You're telling me you wouldn't want to see Julian again? To look in the eyes of the son you lost?
- Lionel: It's you I've lost... it's you I've lost.
- Chloe: Lana, I've been a part of Clark's inner circle for a while now. I know when he's not himself.
- Lana: Chloe, maybe it's time for you to let go of him a little.
- Chloe: I'm not hanging on. There's something wrong with him.