Smallville: Season 6, Episode 16

Promise (15 Mar. 2007)

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Clark has second thoughts about Lana marrying Lex, Lana starts to have the same concerns. Meanwhile... the doctor involved in the secret behind Lana's pregnancy threatens Lex with his knowledge.



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In this episode set on the day of Lex and Lana's wedding, the day is viewed three different times from three different perspectives: Clark's, Lex's, and Lana's. Lex receives a call from Dr. Langston who demands $2 million or he will tell Lana the truth about her baby which leads to a fatal showdown in a crypt. Meanwhile, Lana begins to have second thoughts about marrying Lex, and Clark comes to his own realization that he can't let Lana marry Lex and decides to tell her about his secret. But Lana finally discovers Clark's secret when she secretly witnesses him save Chloe from a locked wine cellar. However, no one is prepared for what happens next when Lionel Luthor steps in and tells Lana that he also knows Clark's secret abilities and he threatens to kill Clark unless Lana goes through with her marriage to Lex. Written by Anonymous

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Lana's wedding dress was designed by Monique Lhuillier and is from her Fall 2006 bridal collection. See more »


The course of this episode is shown from the perspective of three characters: Clark, Lex, and Lana. And since the events are all the same, but from different perspectives, the dialogue must also be the same. However, when Chloe and Clark in the wine cellar, part of Clark's dialogue is different. In the first scene, Clark says, "Letting Lana go is the hardest thing I've ever had to do, Chloe. If you don't know that, then you don't know me as well as I thought you did." In the second scene, Clark says, "Giving up Lana is the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life, and if you don't know that, then you don't know me very well." See more »


Clark Kent: If Lana didn't wanna marry Lex, she wouldn't.
Chloe Sullivan: Yeah, but Lana's not my hero, Clark - *you* are. And this whole idea that you haven't told her who you really are, that you are giving up the one person that you totally love...
Clark Kent: I'm protecting her.
Chloe Sullivan: Good job. She's marrying a monster and trapping herself into a loveless life.
Clark Kent: Oh, you think this is easy for me?
Chloe Sullivan: I think it's easier than getting hurt. Clark, you don't hesitate to run into a burning building or jump in front of a bullet because nothing ...
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Climactic Points of the Season
10 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode features huge climactic moments that have threaded not only through this season, but through the entire "Smallville" series.

The main story in this episode is the marriage of Lex Luthor and Lana Lang. However, many key moments happen that same day that culminate at the altar. Lex gets threatened by his and Lana's physician, Dr. Langston, to reveal the truth behind Lana's pregnancy. In return, Lex does something that most would regret. Lana has second- make that fourth or fifth- thoughts about marrying Lex, and in a huge revelation is finally convinced to back out before another menacing figure comes into play.

This episode was written so interestingly, telling the episode three times through the three main characters- Clark, Lex and Lana's- perspectives, following each person's experiences of the day from their individual point of view. The main question following this episode is: why did the "menacing figure" do what he did to Lana? This scene alone will need to be answered before the season concludes. Tom Welling did not act his part as well as he usually does; he seemed restricted because he had to portray a side of Clark (aka Lana-obsessed) that was the exact same five years earlier. Despite this, the storyline and revelations overcome any very minor discrepancies and sets a full table for the rest of the season.

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