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"Smallville" Checkmate (TV Episode 2010) Poster

(TV Series)

(2010)

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Tess Mercer: So it's you... parading around in green leather.

Oliver Queen: It was me.

Tess Mercer: I can't believe you wear tights.

Oliver Queen: They're *not* tights.

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Clark Kent: She's not wrong, you know? Waller.

John Jones: How so?

Clark Kent: When I saw the future, Zod and his people had already started World War III, and we weren't winning. Tess was right about being prepared. Because as much I want to believe that I've stopped that day from happening, it still might.

John Jones: You don't have to join her.

Clark Kent: No. But, like she said, eventually I'll have to choose sides.

John Jones: You can't. You are here for something far greater, Clark. You will be the ambassador who bridges all the sides together.

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Tess Mercer: You buried an arrow into my chest, Oliver.

Oliver Queen: Actually it was a Taser.

Tess Mercer: Well, it bruised.

Oliver Queen: Well, better bruised than dead.

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Tess Mercer: Tess Mercer: I didn't think you were gonna show.

Oliver Queen: Oliver Queen: Well, you know, I figure it's a public place. There's only so many weapons you can throw at me.

Tess Mercer: Tess Mercer: I'm sorry. For everything I've done that's destroyed your trust.

Oliver Queen: Oliver Queen: I don't think there's enough stationery for that, Tess.

Tess Mercer: Tess Mercer: I told you how to shut down The Castle's power grid. That's worth something, isn't it?

Oliver Queen: Oliver Queen: What am I supposed to do here? You want me to do, uh, handstands because you helped solve a problem that you created?

Tess Mercer: Tess Mercer: I never would have gone after you if I had known that you were the Green Arrow.

Oliver Queen: Oliver Queen: So it's back on me?

Tess Mercer: Tess Mercer: This might be the last time that I ever see you. When I joined Checkmate, I took an oath. An oath I wanna break. But there's only one way to leave Checkmate.

Oliver Queen: Oliver Queen:

[sighs]

Oliver Queen: What are you gonna do?

Tess Mercer: Tess Mercer:

[Clears throat]

Tess Mercer: I'm gonna go AWOL. I'm gonna go underground.

Oliver Queen: Oliver Queen: That's good. You know, I got to ask you a question, though. Did it hurt to do something moral for once, Tess? Did it hurt you?

Tess Mercer: Tess Mercer: Oliver, I'm taking a chance just being out here with you in the open.

Oliver Queen: Oliver Queen: Yeah, okay, I understand that. Okay, we've gotten that far. W-what is it that you want? You're asking me for something. What is it you want? What do you want?

Tess Mercer: Tess Mercer: Forgive me, Oliver. Oliver, I need your help. Please.

Oliver Queen: Oliver Queen: There are times when I wish I could go back, those Santorini sunsets, your freckles and your big dreams of changing the world. Back when I could trust you. Then you betrayed me, Tess. You, of all people. And if you ever come near me or my friends ever again, I will expose you to the world. Do you understand?

Tess Mercer: Tess Mercer:

[Breathes shakily, starts crying]

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John Jones: [Whooshing] John Jones: Your identity's safe, for now.

Clark Kent: Clark Kent: She's not wrong, you know? Waller.

John Jones: John Jones: How so?

Clark Kent: Clark Kent: When I saw the future, Zod and his people had already started World War III, and we weren't winning. She was right about being prepared. Because, as much as I want to believe that I've stopped that day from happening, it still might.

John Jones: John Jones: You don't have to join her.

Clark Kent: Clark Kent: No. But like she said, eventually, I'll have to choose sides.

John Jones: John Jones: You can't.

[sighs]

John Jones: You are here for something far greater, Clark. You will be the ambassador who bridges all the sides together.

Clark Kent: Clark Kent: What were you doing, John? Why not include the rest of us?

John Jones: John Jones: I would have told the team what was going on. But I wanted you and the rest of them to stay off Checkmate's radar.

Clark Kent: Clark Kent: But you're not in this alone. Who are you working for?

John Jones: John Jones: Let's just say that... there are more players on the board than you think. And when it comes to choosing sides, things aren't always black and white.

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Amanda Waller: Green Arrow, welcome to Checkmate.

Green Arrow: You got the wrong Green Arrow. I don't remember signing up for any chess club.

Amanda Waller: You're a guest of the U.S. government. And the time has come for you to do your patriotic duty.

Green Arrow: Yeah, well, I didn't know Uncle Sam was into drugs and bondage. Kind of gives a whole new meaning to the "I Want You" posters, doesn't it?

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Amanda Waller: [to Clark] I must say, I liked your colors better when they were more patriotic.

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Amanda Waller: I was hoping I would get the chance to enlist you. But I have the feeling somebody already has. Somebody with a very high level of Intel. You came for what's in there, didn't you?

John Jones: That doesn't belong to you.

Amanda Waller: That blood traveled light-years to get here. And it's foreshadowing a threat we will not take lightly.

John Jones: Your preparations for war are unnecessary. You're simply reacting out of fear.

Amanda Waller: Fear? Fear is what prompts us to protect ourselves. And studying fear gives us insight to others' phobias. A police detective who won't go near fire. Makes it hard to protect and serve, doesn't it?

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Amanda Waller: I have reason to believe there are aliens among us. They have designs much bigger than just getting green cards. I need your help.

Clark Kent: To do what? Chase down rumors and UFO stories?

Amanda Waller: What if I have proof? Actual alien blood. The keystone to World War III.

Clark Kent: Maybe these aliens aren't here to start a war.

Amanda Waller: If you don't stand with us, you stand against us. It's time for you to pick a side.

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