On Christmas Eve, Lex travels to a dangerous neighborhood in Granville, Kansas, dealing dirty means to cut Jonathan Kent of the race to the senate. He is shot twice in cold-blood when a ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lois Lane (credit only)
Drunk Santa
Dr. McCann
Dr. Litvack (as Adam J. Harrington)
Little Girl


On Christmas Eve, Lex travels to a dangerous neighborhood in Granville, Kansas, dealing dirty means to cut Jonathan Kent of the race to the senate. He is shot twice in cold-blood when a couple of junkies steal his car, and Lex has a near-death vision of having a possible middle class lifestyle with a pregnant Lana as his wife and their son Alexander. In his near death experience, Lex is a simple man beloved by the people of Smallville and best friend of Jonathan and Clark. Meanwhile in the real world, he is submitted to a life-threatening surgery ordered by Lionel to avoid becoming crippled. Also, Chloe asks Clark to deliver many Christmas gifts to poor children, and Clark meets a sad and disappointed Santa Claus contemplating suicide. In the end, Lex concludes that love is cursed, based on the fate of Julian, Lillian and Lana, and power and money are the most important values in his life... which leads to him finally starting down the path of the dark side beginning when he secretly ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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8 December 2005 (USA)  »

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This episode takes place on December 24, 2005 while Lex's dream takes place on December 24, 2012. See more »


(at around 45 mins) When Lex is lying in the hospital he is connected to a heart monitor which reports his heart rate as 60-61 beats per minute. This is the same monitor which is connected to Clark, Lana, and others during earlier episodes, and has the exact same 60-61 BMP variation regardless of the character connected to it. See more »


Lex Luthor: You know, my life hasn't turned out all the way I planned. And yet, I've never been happier.
Clark Kent: Lex, you have a wonderful life, and every reason to be happy. You have a beautiful wife, great son, a baby on the way.
Lex Luthor: Something I still can't quite believe. Me and Lana. Now, how the hell did that happen?
Clark Kent: Well... You became the kind of man she could love.
Lex Luthor: You mean the kind of man you've always been?
Clark Kent: And, Lex, you offered something I didn't.
Lex Luthor: What held you back, Clark? I mean, I know you love her. Loved ...
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References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »


That Spirit of Christmas
Performed by Ray Charles
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Get in Lex's Head in this Terrific Episode
1 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The audience gets to understand why Lex continues to follow down an increasingly darker path this season with "Lexmas," a fabulous holiday-themed episode that will make anybody who sees it contemplative, grateful, and intrigued by Lex's motives and psyche.

Lex is in the Granville, Kansas slums planning to ruin Jonathan Kent's candidacy for Senator when he gets shot. He is taken to the hospital, and his father Lionel is told that he will be paralyzed unless Lex undergoes a tremendously risky procedure to revive the nerves from the chest down. In his coma state during the procedure, Lex has dreams of what his life could be if he makes the right choices. His deceased mother Lillian helps him through the journey. Meanwhile, Clark needs to make a Santa Claus-like run to deliver gifts when he runs into the jolly red fellow himself.

This episode is wonderful because of the holiday theme and exploration of Lex's potential. A great episode, and one to display to anyone with curious interest in the series.

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