Lex believes that he needs his memories back,but Clark can't take the risk of his secret being exposed.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lana Lang
Pete Ross (credit only)
Chloe Sullivan (credit only)
Jonathan Kent (credit only)
Jor-El (voice)
Dr. Lawrence Garner
Lillian Luthor
Mr. Woodruff


Lex is trying to recover his missing memory of the past few months by going to Summerholt, which results in him having flashbacks from his childhood. When Lana finds Lex out on a balcony screaming the name "Julian", she tells Clark. Clark finds out Lex has been going to Summerholt and tries convince him to stop, knowing his secret will be revealed if Lex recovers his recent lost memory. Clark goes to Lionel out of concern for Lex, but the evil Lionel decides to set a trap for Clark when he goes to rescue Lex. Dr. Garner subjects Clark to his memory device, which requires the subject lying in a solution containing Kryptonite. Clark recalls his earliest memory: being put in the spaceship by his mother Lara and her concern as to whether he would be loved or not. Ultimately Clark's body reacts to the solution causing a massive explosion killing Garner and destroying the machine, but Lionel escapes yet again. Lex remembers the truth about his infant brother Julian's death that has a ... Written by Mark Taylor, South San Francisco, CA

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28 April 2004 (USA)  »

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At the beginning of the episode, young Lex is seen at the Excelsior Academy. "Excelsior" is a noted phrase (and possibly a nod) to comic legend Stan Lee (from Marvel Comics). See more »


When Lionel Luthor shows Clark the video clip of Belle Reve from "Asylum" (3.09), Lex says "I know your secret Clark". However, in "Asylum" he simply states "I know your secret". See more »


Clark Kent: Lara. It was my biological mother's real name.
Martha Kent: How did you know that?
Clark Kent: When I was in the tank, I saw my earliest memory. She was putting me in the ship. Her only fear was that no one would love me.
Martha Kent: I can't imagine the agony of putting my son in a lifeboat and sending him across the stars.
Clark Kent: Because of Jor-El, I always thought that my biological parents were monsters, but she wasn't. I just can't believe I forgot about her.
Martha Kent: You didn't, Clark. Your first word was "Lara". Your father and I could ...
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3x19 - Rewatch (Lex-centric)
21 July 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am beginning to see that every Lex-centric episode this season has the highest ratings. So, it is obvious that I need more of Lex's story in my life.

"Memoria" begins with a flashback to Lex as a child babbling about baby Julian & continues to show him as an adult on the edge of his balcony screaming Julian's name. Righteous Lana shows up in the nick of time to pull him down from the ledge & the nightmare he was having.

We get a look into Lex's past life & it is very intriguing & sad. You can tell all Lex wants is to be loved & to have friends.

I am getting tired of my best friend lying to me. Really Clark? You are talking about Lex lying to you. Clark has to stop this holier than art act that he pulls with Lex because, in this episode, he was the definition of a hypocrite. His hypocrisy was at its peak when his dark side came out (as Lionel Luthor said... yeah I agree with him) when he went running to Lionel Luthor for help about Lex regaining his memories. Who would have ever thought I would side with Lionel? The fact that Lex was still willing to help Clark when he was in trouble makes me feel so sorry for Lex that no one trusts him. My heart hurts for him. Then, he took the fall for his mother. Man... give The Luthor's an Oscar for this emotional episode.

In other news, Clark finds out his earliest memories & that his mother's name was Lara. Also, he realizes that his biological parents were not monsters.


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