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 ... See full summary »

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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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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 »

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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 »

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Jor-El: Put him inside, Lara. Our time has passed. The hourglass is empty.
Lara: What if they don't love him?
Jor-El: Lara, his destiny is set, as is ours.
Lara: Good-bye, my sweet, Kal-El.
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Featured in Smallville: Blank (2005) See more »

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My Immortal
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Performed by Evanescence
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Lex's character expands
4 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A very pivotal piece of the history of Lex Luthor is revealed in this fabulous episode.

Lex is attending sessions at Summerhold Institute to try and regain the memories he lost when his father put him through electroshock therapy at Belle Reeve Sanatorium. However, he is suffering psychotic breaks from these treatment sessions. One of these breaks causes him to relive the birth and death of his baby brother Julian when he is twelve years old. Not only does he witness the event, he also sees who was really behind the tragic death of his brother, stirring additional anger towards his deceitful father.

This episode is fabulous. It is always interesting to see events that witness toward an antihero's decline, and this episode definitely contributes to that downward path.


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