Lex Luthor rescues his gambler, estranged, half-brother Lucas from a dangerous situation involving Chinese triad gangsters, and brings him to Smallville to help him in a commercial dispute ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Lucas Luthor (as Paul Wasilewski)
Card Player
Darryl Quon ...
Security Guard #1
Randy Lee ...
Security Guard #2
Vannessa Zwez ...
Talon Waitress


Lex Luthor rescues his gambler, estranged, half-brother Lucas from a dangerous situation involving Chinese triad gangsters, and brings him to Smallville to help him in a commercial dispute against their father, Lionel. However, Lucas stays side by side with Lionel in his plans of getting his hands on all of Lex's money to feed his gambling habit. The homeless Lex is lodged by Jonathan and his family, while Clark Kent tries to fix the situation with the crafty Lucas before he can carry out his plan to rip off the Luther fortune. But who is playing who? Meanwhile, Clark asks Chloe to put a good word for him to get a job at The Talon which is then bought by Lucas, and Lional reveals that he has regained his eyesight but does not inform anyone. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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11 February 2003 (USA)  »

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As established earlier in the season, Lucas is supposed to be roughly the same age as Clark, and therefore six years younger than Lex. In real life, Paul Wesley is five years younger than Tom Welling and ten years younger than Michael Rosenbaum. See more »


When Lucas returns Lionel's Samurai Sword to the rack, he doesn't place it correctly causing it to almost fall off. However, when Lucas leaves the room, you can see the Samurai Sword is placed correctly on the rack. See more »


Lionel Luthor: Do you remember the fable of the frog and the scorpion, Lex?
Lex Luthor: Yeah, dad. The, uh, frog helped the scorpion across the river. The scorpion repaid his kindness by stinging the frog.
Lionel Luthor: "Why did you do it?", the dying frog asked him. And the scorpion replied "Because it is my nature." Believe me, Lex, your brother will never change. I've watched him over the years. The boy's a sociopath.
Lex Luthor: And I wonder which side of the family tree he got that from.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Gentle Healing (Trust)
Written by Aine Belton, Elliot Morgan Jones and Nick Woolfson
Performed by Sounds from the Ground
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The Prodigal Son has Returned
19 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The great appeal of this episode is the revelation, after a few episodes that explore that Lex either had a brother or could have possibly had a half-brother, that Lex does indeed have a true, full-blooded, alive brother, in the form of Lucas, who is addicted to gambling.

Lex discovers this long-lost brother after getting Lucas out of a sticky situation in the city. However, Lucas does not return the favor to Lex. Due to his father's favoritism in him, Lucas causes Lex to be forced out of the mansion, forcing him to beg to stay in the Kent home, much to Jonathan's chagrin. For a while, Lucas pretends to assist his father in searching Lex's recent dealings before blackmailing Lionel with Lex. However, after this occurs, Lex still rightfully regards Lucas as a traitor who is wrong to betray someone yet still expect them to forgive and respect you as if nothing ever happened.

This episode was interesting in extending Lex's family, giving both him and Lionel additional depth as characters. It was also a little humorous as well in seeing Lex get shoved off his pedestal and onto a farm.

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