Clark takes Lois to the Fortress to get Jor-El's blessing for their marriage. Jor-El bestows a unique wedding gift on the couple – he gives Lois Clark's superpowers so she can see what it's like to be him for a day. Unfortunately, the Toyman has returned to Metropolis, so Lois must go up against the notorious villain instead of Clark. Meanwhile, Oliver searches for the Bow of Orion, which he believes will remove the Omega symbol from his skull, and runs into Kara, who is also on a mission to stop Darkseid.
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Clark arrives at Lois' new office at the Planet and takes off his glasses. Lois is busy with a story; a mysterious company known as Marionette Ventures is buying numerous companies/shops around Metropolis. Clark tells Lois that there is something they forgot to do, and takes Lois to the Fortress of Solitude. He informs her that Kara told him it's Kryptonian tradition that the groom's father approve all marriages. Jor-El welcomes Clark, who tells Jor-El he wants to marry Lois.
Jor-El asks Lois if she truly intends to spend the rest of her life with Clark. Lois says "I do." Jor-El says there is something they both need to understand. A huge pile of ice crystals falls on Lois, knocking her unconscious, but Clark is unable to lift them off her. Clark says he needs his powers back. Lois surprisingly wakes up with Clark's super powers, able to use all of them. Lois looks at Clark in surprise. Jor-El tells them her powers will last until sunset.
Oliver is traversing down an opening to an underground cave/mine. He turns on a flashlight and begins walking, stopping to look at walls with symbols on them. He hears a voice and begins to walk towards it, taking out his bow and aiming it. He sees Kara, surrounded by a ring of light. He asks her if she's Clark's cousin, she says yes. Oliver steps forward to release Kara, but she tells him to wait, throwing a stone at the barrier surrounding her. The stone disintegrates. Oliver sees some strange writing on the wall and asks her to translate. She does, speaking of the two symbols for light and dark, and how they must be in balance. He reasons that the dark symbol, Omega, should counteract the other and release her. He asks her permission to press on the symbol representing omega. She agrees, and it works, releasing her. They walk forward together.
Back in Lois' office, Clark attempts to follow Lois with his eyes while she super-speeds around doing multiple things while talking. Lois accidentally breaks the keyboard while typing. Clark checks how much time is left before sunset, and sees that sunset occurs at 6:58 pm. Lois then gets up on her desk, seeing something Clark can't see; she super-speeds, but returns to Clark, who puts on his glasses and goes with her. Clark is then seen in his disguise, looking at the street, when Lois super-speeds behind him. Clark notices a bullet hole in her jacket, and Lois then hands him a medium sized slice of cheese, a souvenir from Wisconsin, where she mentions having resolved a hostage situation. Clark starts teaching Lois how to use his powers, starting with super hearing, since she already mastered control of super-speed and super-strength. Lois hears too many noises, so Clark tells her to focus on one thing only, which she does, hearing screams for help. Clark asks her where is it coming from, she replies she doesn't know. Lois listens, then tells Clark it's a kitchen fire, and that they are calling 911. Lois tells Clark she can ignore it. Lois, using super hearing, hears someone attacking a woman. Lois rushes to the rescue of the hostage, arriving and throwing the robber into a wall, knocking him out. Clark arrives, stepping forward and taking the mask off the robber, revealing it to be none other than Courtney Whitmore.
Kara and Oliver are still searching for the Bow of Orion, seeing more symbols along the way, Kara translates them, they then enter a room which features several representations of the omega symbol and the bow of Orion. They deduce that they have to activate them simultaneously. Oliver gives his bow to Kara, then takes out another bow for himself, but before they can step inside to take the shot, Kara's beacon calls her. She hands the bow to Oliver and super-speeds off.
In the Fortress of Solitude, Kara asks Jor-El why he called her, annoyed that he interrupted her during her mission to protect Clark. Jor-El answers, saying that she should leave Clark and move on to her own destiny. Kara answers that Clark is her only family left.
Tess Mercer is looking at the device which allowed the Marionette Ventures to control Courtney Whitmore. They discover that the mastermind behind the device is none other than the Toyman. Lois super-speeds to where Toyman is jailed. Toyman threatens that if she doesn't do as he says, he won't call off his men who are on their way to kill Clark.
Lois checks how much time is left until Clark will have his powers back. Not wanting Clark to be harmed, Lois agrees to do Toyman's bidding. Toyman tells Lois to put on the mind-control device. She does, which places her under the control of Toyman, who then commands her to kill The Blur.
Oliver has entered the room containing the Bow of Orion. He steps forward to take it and banish Darkseid from Earth, which will in turn release him from the Omega Symbol. But as he puts out a hand to take it, Granny Goodness arrives and telepathically pulls the bow towards her, grabs it and destroys the bow while Oliver yells "No!". Granny Goodness then starts teasing Oliver. Swearing he will find a way to destroy her, she telepathically forces Green Arrow to kneel. Granny Goodness then begins preparing Oliver to become a minion of Darkseid, making the darkness inside Oliver corrupt him.
Back at Watchtower, Clark wants to go look for Lois, who super-speeds in. He realizes she is wearing the mind-control device, and attempts to get her to resist, to no avail. Lois then throws him. Stepping forward, Lois strangles Clark. Tess tells Clark to hold on for 20 seconds longer. Lois snaps out of the mind-control when Clark tells her he loves her. She turns around, screaming in pain as she is once again placed under the control of Toyman. Clark gets his powers back just in time, stops Lois' fist and grabs her as she struggles to regain control of herself. Lois faints and Clark attempts to wake her up.
Toyman is on the phone talking to members of his gang when Clark suddenly arrives, surprising Toyman and crushing his phone. In response, Toyman threatens to tell the whole world who Clark really is, to which Clark says that if he wanted, Toyman would have already done it. Clark then tells Toyman that he will always be there to stop him, after which Clark super-speeds off.
Clark returns to the Fortress of Solitude for the last time. He tells Jor-El that no matter whether he's Jor-El's son or Jonathan Kent's son, there will be a time when neither of them will be able to guide him any more, and that time is now. Stepping to the console, Clark turns off the Fortress of Solitude. Clark then says a last goodbye and super-speeds out. The Superman costume is shown.
Lois is shown starting to take her engagement ring off when Clark arrives wondering if she is all right. They embrace. Kara secretly watches from outside Watchtower. She then dons her Legion ring, wishes Clark well, and travels to the future.
Lois tells Clark that she let Winslow control her to save him, because he's her greatest weakness. She worries that she might be his greatest weakness, but Clark assures Lois that she's his greatest strength, and Jor-El is part of his past now. Before they leave to join the others for dinner, Lois emotionally tells Clark she can't marry him because she believes herself to be stealing time when people need to be saved. Clark refuses to accept this as he tenderly embraces her.
- Tom Welling as Clark Kent
- Erica Durance as Lois Lane
- Cassidy Freeman as Tess Mercer
- Justin Hartley as Oliver Queen
Special Guest Star
- Chris Gauthier as Winslow Schott
- Britt Irvin as Courtney Whitmore
- Christine Willes as Granny Goodness
- Nicola Anderson as Department Store Owner
- Dominic Downer as Metallo
- John DeSantis as Solomon Grundy
- Unknown Actor as Vordigan
- Unknown Actress as Roulette
- Unknown Actor as Black Manta
- Unknown Actor as Captain Cold
- The word "prophecy" refers to the future told in advance, usually by means of communicating with a divine source. It can also be defined as a foretelling of one's destiny.
- Several character's "prophecies" are mentioned in the episode:
- In the comics, it was foretold that Darkseid would meet his final defeat at the hands of his son Orion.
- Antagonists: Winslow Schott, Marionette Ventures, and Granny Goodness.
- Lois uses the following abilities: Super-Strength, Invulnerability, Super-Speed, Super-Hearing, Arctic breath (off screen).
- Jor-El and Kara's talk resembles the uneasy alliance they have in the comics.
- This episode marks the final appearance of Kara on the show.
- This episode marks the final appearance of Courtney Whitmore on the show.
- Lana Lang is mentioned in this episode by the Toyman
- The Bow of Orion featured in this episode is connected to the DC Comics New God, Orion, who is Darkseid's son that was traded in the treaty with New Genesis.
- Kara reveals to Oliver that Darkseid is Apokoliptan.
- Surprisingly enough, Kara does not share any scenes with her cousin Clark in her final appearance on the series.
- Kara and Oliver finally meet for the first time.
- This is the first episode in which Lois and Kara have been shown to interact with Jor-El.
- Toyman's star shaped mind control devices are most likely a nod to the DC Comics villain, Starro. Starro was an intelligent alien lifeform resembling a giant starfish with a central eye and prehensile extremities which, upon its first appearance, came to Earth and placed the residents of Happy Harbor and Rhode Island under its mental control.
- The alien starfish makes a cameo appearance in Olympus.
- Lois receiving Kryptonian powers for a day is similar to the All-Star Superman comic book, in which Superman gives Lois a special gift for her birthday in which she gets his Kryptonian powers for an entire day and uses them as Superwoman.
- Also, in the '90s TV series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, a villain creates a weapon that transfers the target's (Superman's) powers to another person (Lois). During this time, Superman had no powers, while Lois, under the alias Ultrawoman, had the powers instead.
- Preceding the 2016 DC Comics event DC Rebirth, the New 52 version of Superman died and both Lois Lane and Lana Lang were stricken by energy released from his body. As a consequence, the two women acquired powers and both assumed the mantle of Superwoman.
- Toyman returns for the third and final time. His previous two appearances were in Season Eight's Requiem and Season Nine's Echo.
- Lois is the second love interest of Clark to get Kryptonian powers; Lana being the first in Season Five's Thirst and a second time in Season Seven's Wrath.
- This is the only appearance of Black Manta, Solomon Grundy, and Captain Cold in the series.
- This is the final episode that introduces DC Comics characters. Black Manta, Solomon Grundy, and Captain Cold make for a final grand total of 98 DC Comics characters that were adapted into the series.
- If Tess' coordinates for the Bow of Orion are correct, 55°14'27 N -6°30'42 W, this places the bow's location in Feigh Mountain, Ireland.
- This is the first of John Corben's four appearances (Savior, Metallo and Upgrade) in which he is actually referred to as "Metallo".
- When the front of John Corben is shown, in Upgrade Lois gives him a red kryptonite heart, but in this episode he has a green heart again. The reason for this is explained in Valkyrie.
- Lois calls off her wedding with Clark in this episode after seeing how hard it is for him to have to monitor every single person in the world. Lois also broke off her engagement for different reasons in the comics, as well as in the TV series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
- This is the eighth time the Legion ring has been used to send someone either to the past or the future. The other times happen in Legion, Infamous, Doomsday, Savior, Pandora, Homecoming, and Booster.
- This is the fifth time Clark's powers has been transferred to a human. The previous times happened back in Leech, Asylum, Wrath, and Injustice.
- This is the first appearance of gold kryptonite in the series. It had been mentioned in both Luthor and Kent.
- The Bow Of Orion is destroyed by Granny Goodness.
- Kara uses a Legion ring and travels to the future to avoid interfering with Clark's destiny. In the comics, Supergirl is transported to the 31st century, and interacts with the Legion (Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes). In Justice League Unlimited, Kara falls in love with Brainiac 5 of the Legion of Super-Heroes.
- Clark shuts down the Fortress of Solitude using the control console.
- Oliver is corrupted by Darkseid in this episode.
- This is the fifth episode that features one of Darkseid's prophets. The others were Salvation, Supergirl, Abandoned, and Masquerade.
- This is the second episode with Kara wearing her Supergirl uniform.
- Images of Arthur Curry, Dinah Lance and Bart Allen as well as regular, Oliver Queen, are shown in the case study folders that Toyman is giving to his criminal cohorts in his teleconference from jail.
- The shot of the Superman costume in the Fortress is the same shot from Lazarus.
- This is the last episode in the series in which Lois has the most screentime in.
- Laura Vandervoort and Terence Stamp are billed as "Special Guest Stars."
- Oliver doesn't share scenes with Clark, Lois and Tess in this episode.
- Each of the villains shown were given files to help them defeat their respective enemies in the comics.
- This episode marks the fifth time an episode has no scenes set in the town of Smallville.
- Kara was last seen in Supergirl.
- Victoria Sinclair was last seen in Season Nine's Roulette.
- Vordigan was last seen in Season Nine's Disciple.
- John Corben was last seen in Season Nine's Upgrade.
- Courtney Whitmore was last seen in Season Ten's Icarus.
- Granny Goodness was last seen in Season Ten's Abandoned.
- Jor-El was last heard in Lazarus and his Earth-2 counterpart was heard in Kent.
- Toyman was last seen in Season Nine's Echo.
- Lois's last visit to the Fortress took place in Abandoned.
- This is the fifth time in the final season Clark loses his powers, after the previous episode Dominion, and the second time they are taken by his companion.
- The Superman costume reappears in this episode at the fortress which was last seen at the end of Lazarus.
- This episode marks the 10th and final appearance of Clark's red leather jacket/blue t-shirt Blur outfit. It was previously seen in Shield, Homecoming, Ambush, Patriot, Icarus, Beacon, Masquerade, Scion, & Booster.
- Gold kryptonite was mentioned in Kent.
- Lana was mentioned by Toyman. She was last mentioned in Icarus by Lois and Chloe.
- Oliver was branded with the Omega Symbol in Masquerade.
- The Legion ring made its final appearance in this episode. It was last seen in Booster.
- General Sam Lane was mentioned by Clark. He was last seen in Ambush.
- John Jones was mentioned by Courtney. He was last seen in Icarus attending Carter's funeral.
Homage To Previous Seasons
- Lois: Wow. So, how does one ask for permission to marry on Krypton?
- Clark: The last time that Kara was in town, she told me, in Kryptonian culture, the head of the house has to approve all life unions.
- Lois: "Life unions"? Will you stop being so romantic?
- Jor-El: Kal-El, my son, you have returned.
- Clark: Jor-El, I come here today as a Kryptonian, as a member of your house, and your son. In honor of our home, I'm here to declare my desire to start a life bond with this woman...Lois Lane.
- Jor-El: Lois Lane, do you truly intend to initiate a life union with my son?
- Lois: I do.
- Jor-El: Your pledge is observed. If your lives are to be joined, then you must both understand.
- Oliver: I'm starting to regret not packing my intergalactic dictionary about now. No way these are Celtic.
- Kara: No. They're Apokolyptian.
- Oliver: (sees Kara trapped in a ray beam) You're Clark's cousin, Kara, right?
- Kara: Yeah.
- Oliver: How long have you been down here? I got to get you out.
- Kara: No, wait. It'll kill you. (throws a rock at the ray beam, rock disintegrates)
- Oliver: Right. Okay. There's got to be some way to turn off this death ray from hell.
- Kara: How did Watchtower find me? I haven't checked in for weeks.
- Oliver: Well, I hate to break it to you, but I'm part of a search party. I just came here to f... Find...
- Kara: The Bow of Orion.
- Oliver: Yeah. What do you know about it?
- Kara: You're looking for it, without Clark?
- Oliver: So are you, apparently.
- Kara: I have my reasons.
- Oliver: So do I.
- Kara: Mine have to do with protecting Clark. Who are you here to save?
- Oliver: Right now, you're topping my list. You say you can read this stuff?
- Kara: It's a prophecy about the return of Darkseid written by the hunter himself. When I touched Orion's symbol, this trap was sprung.
- Oliver: You say this is a prophecy.
- Kara: Yes. One that heralds the end of the world.
- Oliver: Naturally. What's the rest of it say? Can you read anything else?
- Kara: That a balance must exist between light and darkness, and to wield the bow's power and save the world, hands must first right the scales' two sides.
- Oliver: "Hands must first right the scales' two sides." If this guy Orion was so concerned about balancing everything out, maybe we just need to add one side of the scale.
- Kara: No. I'd consider that, but the Omega is the symbol of darkness, of the enemy.
- Oliver: So I've heard. I'm just thinking that if I touch it, maybe a balance will be struck. Or we could be stuck down here for centuries. Your call.
- Kara: Clark trusts you. I suppose that's enough for me.
- Clark: Lois, I don't think Jor-El did what he did for you to get ahead at the office.
- Lois: Clark, we were able to cover our deadline for the wedding day, the day after the wedding day, and the day after the day after the wedding day. Look, I know it's hard go all four-alarm fire on this thing, but Jor-El's intentions might have been good.
- Clark: You can't honestly believe that. By taking away my powers, he's made me vulnerable, and you...
- Lois: Like 800% more awesome then yesterday? (types super fast on her computer, the keyboard snaps in half) Okay, maybe 700% more. Maybe Jor-El wanted me to know what it felt like to be you.
- Clark: I'm not so sure, Lois. In his own warped way, I think he's trying to tell us something about our relationship.
- Lois: We're as bulletproof as your -- my skin.
- Lois: Maybe Jor-El wanted to teach us a little something about patience.
- Clark: Well, if he did, you're about to fail. I'm driving.
- Lois: Also, I have a whole new appreciation for your jacket-and-boots thing. The number of heels I have broken super-stretching my legs today is out of control.
- Clark: I'm happy that you have a new found appreciation for my wardrobe, but today of all days, I need you to be more careful.
- Lois: Well, I'm almost 50% certain that the Burgundy Blur pulled it all off without a hitch.
- Clark: This is when I would use my super-hearing -- to listen in on the Marionette boys to see how they operate.
- Lois: Right, and a big part of that is the squinty head tilt, yes?
- Clark: Apparently.
- Oliver: So let me get this straight -- whoever wields the Bow of Orion can use it to vanquish darkness. Is that what you're saying?
- Kara: According to the prophecy, yeah.
- Oliver: Well, that's me. Think about it -- a bow, right? The medium is the message.
- Kara: You never told me why you were seeking it.
- Oliver: Well, promise you won't tell anyone, but I'm trying to change my fate. The Bow of Orion is the key. It worked for him, right?
- Kara: Only after he found the strength to turn away from the darkness, even though that meant turning away from his father.
- Oliver: Orion is Darkseid's son.
- Kara: Yes. He was raised by someone who believes in spreading the light instead of the darkness his birthfather created. And eventually he swore to serve that light instead.
- Jor-El: There are two paths laid before you, Kara. You can leave Earth now and allow Kal-El to embrace his destiny, or you can stay and help him, risking the future of this planet.
- Kara: Kal-El and I have fought Darkseid before.
- Jor-El: You involved Kal-El against my wishes. He was too weak then, and he was almost overcome by darkness. You have grown strong. Your will is no longer at the mercy of my command. You will need that strength to forge your own path. It is in your hands to choose.
- Kara: You want me to just walk away?
- Jor-El: Kara, your own destiny is written. It is in another place and time. But this is Kal-El's battle, and he must fight it alone. Even though the time will come when he turns away from me, in the end, he will make the right decision. He is ready. This is his time.
- Kara: He's the only family I have left. I have to at least warn him.
- Jor-El: Sometimes the greatest sacrifice a person can make is to give up what they hold most dear.
- Oliver: (reading off the Bow of Orion) "The only true power comes from within."
- Granny Goodness: How deliciously selfish of you to want the bow just so you could remove the stain we put on your soul. (destroys the bow)
- Oliver: No!
- Granny Goodness: Thank you. You see, those traps we designed to keep the prophets out. Orion's bow was a light like the world will never see again. It's been the one power that Darkseid could not defeat.
- Oliver: I will find a way somehow to defeat you.
- Granny Goodness: From the moment you were marked, you've been serving him. But you're not like the rest of your brethren. You've got real potential, and we've got bigger plans for you. Don't worry, dear. You won't remember any of this.
- Toyman: What's to say I just don't tell the whole world who you really are?
- Clark: Something tells me if you really wanted to, you already would have. But then, we wouldn't be able to play anymore, would we? No matter how many of you band together, what games you decide to play, I'll always be there to stop you.
- Jor-El: Kal-El, I trust you found my gift to the both of you illuminating.
- Clark: It wasn't a gift. It was a trial. And it wasn't about Lois appreciating what it was like to have my abilities or me realizing what it was like to be human. It was about control.
- Jor-El: Your trials are not a riddle, Kal-El. They are stepping stones on a long path.
- Clark: A path that I have blindly walked forever, but I understand now. This whole time, it's been up to me to decide when to take control of my own destiny. The trials end when I'm ready for them to end.
- Jor-El: Your journey is far from over.
- Clark: But I can only be what the world needs when I can finally admit that I am no longer just the son of Jor-El or Jonathan Kent. And you knew the time would come when neither of you can guide me anymore, and that time...is now. Goodbye, Jor-El.
- Lois: I was so weak, Clark. You know, the very moment that Toyman threatened you, I put on that diode, and I let him control me...because you're my greatest weakness. And I'm afraid that I will be yours.
- Clark: You're not my weakness. You're my strength. Okay? And I'm sorry that Jor-El dragged you into one of my trials, but it's over. Jor-El is as much a part of my past as the farm. My destiny is marrying you and for us to create our own future together. Come on, everyone's waiting.
- Lois: Clark, I'm sorry. After today, I realized that us being together makes you vulnerable. And I -- I can't just sit and watch a movie and eat ice cream, when at that very moment you could be saving five people. Clark, every moment of your life that I take for myself, I am stealing from people that need to be saved.
- Clark: Lois, what are you saying?
- Lois: (takes off ring) I'm s--
- Clark: What is this?
- Lois: (crying) I'm sorry, Clark.
- Clark: No.
- Lois: I can't marry you.
- Fortress of Solitude
Finale, Part 1
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