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PRECIPICE
Airdate: April 22, 2003
Written by: Philip Levens
Directed by: Rick Rosenthal
Transcript by: Kerrplop

TEASER

ANDY CONNORS is drinking coffee with two other guys in the Talon. Night. They are pouring alcohol into their cups out of a flask and laughing loudly.

Guy: Okay, okay, here we go. Oh yeah.

They all continue to laugh. Lana walks up.

Lana: Sorry, guys, but the coffee here is strictly non-Irish.

Guy: Oh, come on, loosen up.

Guy #2: (Holding out the flask) Yeah, have a drink!

They laugh.

Lana: If thatís what I think it is, youíre gonna have to take it outside. Besides weíre closing.

She walks away and the guys laugh quietly. Lana picks up some dishes from another table and comes to a table where Helen is sitting alone.

Lana: Can I get you anything else?

Helen: Just a boyfriend who can keep a date.

Lana: Youíre definitely talking to the wrong person.

They both laugh and Helen looks at the table next to her where a man, PAUL HAYDEN, is reading a newspaper. They briefly make eye contact, and then he raises his paper, blocking his eyes. Helen and Lana hear Andy and his friends laughing loudly again and look in their direction. When Helen looks back at the table next to her, Paul is gone.

Lana: Dr. Bryce, are you sure youíre okay?

Helen: Yeah, I just thought I saw someone I knew. But itís late. I better be going. Thanks, Lana. (She stands)

Lana: No problem. Bye.

Helen leaves and Lana takes her dishes back to the bar. Andy and his friends get up and approach her.

Guy: Go get her.

Andy: Hey. We heard this place had the friendliest service in town.

Lana: Just leave.

Andy: Ah. Thatís no way to talk to a customer.

Lana looks around, realizing that the Talon is empty. She pushes a red button behind the bar. Andy notices.

Andy: Hey!

He grabs her by the arms and throws her into a dish rack, knocking the rack over and sending Lana to the floor.

Lana: Aaah!

Andy kneels down next to her and holds her chin.

Andy: Why donít we take this into the back and have a private party?

Clark enters.

Clark: Stop! Get away from her!

Andy: Isnít it past your bedtime?

Clark: Look, the police are on their way. Right now.

Andy: (To his friends) Come on. Letís go.

They leave and Clark kneels next to Lana, touching her shoulder.

Clark: Lana, are you okay?

Lana: (Shaken) Yeah.

CUT TO Andy and his friends coming down the stairs into the alley behind the Talon, laughing.

Andy: Did you see the stupid look on her face?

Guys: Yeah!

Clark is suddenly in front of them.

Andy: Check out Speedy Gonzalez.

Clark: I donít want to see any of you in the Talon again. Got it?

Andy: Listen, John Boy. Weíll do whatever the hell we want. As a matter of fact, we were thinking about stopping by tomorrow.

Clark: (Walking away) I wonít tell you again.

Andy: Oh, I get it. You got the hots for that bitch manager. (Clark turns around) Itís too bad sheís a real dirty slut.

Clark pushes him to the ground. The other two guys come at him and he throws them both across the alley at a chain link fence. Andy gets to his feet.

Andy: All right. You want to try it on, farm boy? Letís see what youíre made of.

He tries to punch Clark in the face, but Clark grabs his fist tightly, causing it to crackle and snap. Clark grabs him by the shirt with the other hand.

Clark: Get your coffee somewhere else.

Clark turns around and throws Andy down the alley just as a cop car is driving up. Andy lands on the car, cracking the windshield. The officer, SHERIFF ADAMS, gets out to see if Andy is okay. Adams is a small woman with short blond hair and a stern look in her eyes. Clark turns around to run away, but Lana is standing behind him, shocked. Sheriff Adams points her gun at Clark.

Adams: On your knees. Hands behind your head. Now. (Clark doesnít react) Now!

Clark puts his hands behind his head and kneels down.

[Opening credits]

Act 1 Scene 1

Clark, Lana, and Sheriff Adams are in the Talon. Night. Adams is writing in her notebook.

Clark: (After an awkward pause) So youíre the new sheriff in town.

Adams: You writing a book, Mr. Kent?

Clark: (Startled) No, maíam.

Adams: Then keep the chitter chatter to yourself. (She closes her notebook) Flying boys. Flying boys arenít something you see every day. That young man told me you attacked him and his friends, then you threw him 30 feet onto my car.

Clark: Thatís crazy.

Adams: Then how come the paramedics were all over them and thereís not a scratch on you, huh? (To Lana) What about you, Miss Lang? Whatíd you see? (Takes a drink of her coffee)

Lana: Nothing.

Adams: Youíre lying, you know.

Lana: Excuse me?

Adams: You said you made a good cappuccino. (Lanaís eyes widen slightly) This is a great cappuccino.

Lana smiles.

Clark: Looks like weíre done here.

Adams: No, Mr. Kent. Mnh-mnh. We are just getting started.

Act 1 Scene 2

Clark is sitting on the couch in his living room. Night. Martha and Jonathan are there talking to Adams.

Jonathan: Sheriff, we know our son and Clark would never deliberately hurt anybody. Iím sure whatever he did, he did it Ďcause he thought he had to.

Adams: By throwing another young man across my police car? I ran a complete check on your son, Mr. Kent. Heís been at more crime scenes than Eliot Ness.

Martha: If Clarkís been involved with police business, itís only because he was trying to help people.

Adams: Or maybe heís got some kind of hero complex? I mean, even heroes got to play by the rules. And that is why Iím charging him with misdemeanor battery.

Jonathan: What exactly does that mean?

Adams: Could be a $1500-dollar fine. Depends on the judge.

Clark: (Standing) Iím sorry, but we canít afford that.

Jonathan: Clark, sit down.

Clark sits.

Adams: (To Clark) Iíll make you a deal, Mr. Kent. I wonít charge you if you are willing to do the community service, and then you can keep the world save from roadside litter.

Jonathan: (Annoyed) Wait just a minute, how--

Martha touches his arm, stopping him.

Adams: Your former sheriff? He may have looked way the other way on these matters, but Iím here to tell you. Those good olí boy days are over.

She turns to go.

Adams: (On her way out the door) Nighty-night.

Act 1 Scene 3

Helen enters her office at the hospital. Day. She sees a vase of flowers on her desk and smiles, leaning over to smell them. Paul Hayden from the Talon comes up behind her, startling her.

Paul: Metropolis Flower Show, 1999. You couldnít take your eyes off of them.

Helen: Paul?

Paul: Dr. Bryce.

Helen: I thought I saw you last night.

Paul: You did. And I was gonna say hi, but it was really late and you didnít look like you wanted any company.

Helen: What are you doing in Smallville?

Paul: Iím here on business, and I read that you were getting married.

Paul picks up the picture of Lex from Helenís desk.

Helen: You shouldnít believe everything you read. Right now, Lex and I are married to our careers.

Lex: (Entering) At least thatís what we tell each other.

Helen: Lex. Iíd like you to meet an old friend of mine, Paul Hayden.

Lex: (To Paul) Hey. (They shake hands) I take it you two knew each other from Metropolis.

Paul: Well, we actually dated for a while in med school until we realized we werenít gonna live happily ever after. At least not with each other.

There is an awkward silence.

Helen: Well, Paul it was nice seeing you. Lex and I are just on our way out to lunch.

Lex: Actually, I stopped by to tell you I canít make it. Iím sorry.

Paul: Well, maybe I can fill in? You know, if itís okay with Lex.

Lex: Iím sure you two have a lot of catching up to do.

Helenís pager sounds.

Helen: Patient emergency. Iíll have to take a rain check on that lunch. Why donít you give Lex the number where youíre staying and weíll make a plan to get together?

Paul: Yeah, sounds great.

Helen kisses Lex and leaves.

Paul: Same old Helen. One minute sheís here, the next sheís gone. Hang on to her Lex... if you can.

Lex stares blankly at Paul.

Act 1 Scene 4

Chloe drives Clark and Pete up to the Talon. Day. They get out of the car.

Pete: Clark Kent, convict.

Chloe: Yeah, I know, when do you get fit for that orange jump suit? Or is it one size fits all?

Clark: Forty hours of community service is not funny. Itís an orange vest.

Chloe: Oh, no! Itís gonna clash with the plaid!

Pete: Welcome to Smallville, where you stop the crime, you do the time.

Adams: (Coming out of the Talon, friendly) Very pithy. Maybe I should use that as my campaign slogan, huh? (To Clark) Oh. Weíre gonna see you bright and early, Mr. Kent.

Clark: Iím looking forward to it.

Adams: Yeah. Tootle-oo.

Adams walks away and Chloe and Pete go inside.

Chloe: (Laughing) Good luck on the chain gang.

She passes Lana who is on her way out to put some flowers outside the window.

Chloe: Hey.

Lana: (Unhappy) Hey.

Clark: Hey, Lana. Whatís wrong?

Lana: According to the sheriff I donít have a case thatíll hold up in court. Itís all hearsay. At least you were there, Clark.

Clark: Yeah. Look where it got me.

Lana: Sorry. (Pause) So, howíd you do it, Clark? I mean, I know you can take care of yourself, but there were three of them.

Clark: They were drunk. And I was highly motivated. I mean, the thought of someone hurting you...

Lana: You canít keep your eye on my every second.

Clark: I can try.

Lana: Youíre always there to save me. I just wish for once I couldíve saved myself.

Lana goes inside.

Act 1 Scene 5

Lana is putting dishes away behind the bar in the Talon. Night. Someone walks up behind her and touches her shoulder, scaring her so bad she drops a plate that shatters on the floor. She turns around and sees Lex.

Lex: (Kneeling down to help her clean up) Sorry. I didnít mean to scare you.

Lana: No, itís okay. I guess Iím still a little jumpy.

Lex: Itís understandable. You had quite an ordeal.

Lana: I just feel so stupid. Itís not like I was even hurt.

Lex: No, no, this place has always been a safe haven for you. Now thatís been violated.

Lana: So now what? Become a shut-in?

Lex: Lana, I know what itís like to feel vulnerable.

Lana: (Smiling) You?

Lex: (Returning the smile) Trust me. Eccentric bald kids sit pretty low on the prep school totem pole. I was bullied for years, till one day I decided I had enough.

Lana: Whatíd you do?

Lex: One of my fatherís chauffeurs was an ex-Navy SEAL. I convinced him to teach me to fight. Letís just say the next time I was cornered the guy ended up needing serious dental work.

Lana: I could never hurt anybody.

Lex: Itís not about hurting people. Itís about reclaiming your sense of control over your life. Isnít that what you want?

Act 1 Scene 6

Clark is looking at a lawsuit from Andy Connors with Martha and Jonathan in the kitchen. Night. The paper says One Million Dollars.

Clark: One million dollars. The sheriff said he had a few cuts and bruises.

Jonathan: Now heís claiming to have severe neck injury.

Clark: (Reading) "Punitive damages, pain and suffering, loss of future earnings"?

Martha: Theyíre saying Andyís mobility may be permanently limited and theyíve hired the best personal injury attorney in the state.

Jonathan: You did throw him into that car, Clark.

Clark: Maybe this is where it all starts. Remember what it said in the spaceship? "Theyíre a flawed race. Rule them with strength."

Jonathan: Son, I got into a lot of fights when I was your age too, believe me. But, Clark, these are not alien feelings. What you have to remember under these circumstances is that there are consequences.

Martha: Your fatherís right. You donít make decisions in a split second you have to live with for the rest of your life.

Jonathan: Clark, itís true. We are a flawed race, sure. But weíre a flawed race that raised you. Youíre a lot more human than you think.

Act 1 Scene 7

Helen is trying to start her car in the hospital parking lot. Night. The car wonít start. She dials a number on her cell phone.

Helen: (On the phone) Lex, it still wonít start. How far way are you? (Pause) Okay. Iíll see you in a sec.

She hangs up the phone and leans back against the seat, closing her eyes.

Paul: (Suddenly at her window) You always had the worst luck with cars.

Helen: Paul. (She gets out of the car) What are you doing here?

Paul: It must be kismet. I dropped my cell phone, came back to get it, and here you were. How about I give you a ride home?

Helen: Lex is on his way.

Paul: Come on, Helen, why wait? (Helen doesnít answer) Same old Helen. Never wanted my help. Must be different with Lex, huh?

Helen: (Coldly) Yes, it is.

Lex drives up and gets out of his car.

Paul: Here comes Prince Charming now.

Lex: Helen, is everything all right?

Helen: Yeah, Iím fine.

Lex: Yeah? Hey. (He kisses her) Hello, Paul. I didnít expect to see you here.

Paul: I happened to be in the neighborhood.

Lex: Twice in one day. Three times if you count last night. (Only half joking) Careful. I might start to think youíre stalking my girlfriend.

Helen: Come on, letís go.

Paul: Why would I want to do that?

Lex: Youíre not over her.

Paul: I was just trying to be a good Samaritan.

Lex: So when my mechanic looks over this car, heís not gonna find missing spark plugs or sugar in the gas tank?

Helen: (Trying to keep it light) Lex, enough.

Paul: (Whistles) You really are paranoid.

Lex: No. (Steps closer to Paul) No, Iím just a frighteningly good judge of character. I strongly suggest you stay away from Helen.

Lex and Helen start toward the car.

Paul: Whoa. Is that a threat?

Lex: You seem like a simple guy, Paul. Iíd hate for your life to get complicated.

Act 1 Scene 8

Paul drives up to a run down motel and parks outside the door. Night. He gets out of the car and goes inside the motel, not noticing the man, MEACHAM, in another car watching him. Meacham dials a number on his cell phone.

Meacham: Heís back at the motel, Mr. Luthor. (Hangs up the phone)

CUT TO the inside of Paulís room. He is standing with his back to a mirror on the wall.

Paul: You know I love you, Helen.

He turns to the mirror and says the following lines to his own reflection.

Paul: And you know that I would do anything to be with you. I do mean anything.

He suddenly bashes his head into the mirror, shattering it. He turns around and we see blood running down his face. He smiles.

CUT TO Helen walking quickly through the hospital hallway. She turns a corner and opens some curtains, revealing Paul in the hospital bed, his forehead cut and bruised.

Helen: (Shocked) Paul.

Paul: Helen...

Helen: What happened to you?

Paul: Lex. Lex did this to me.

Fade to black.

Act 2 Scene 1

Lex is looking in the window of Paulís hospital room as Sheriff Adams questions Paul. Night. Helen walks up to Lex.

Helen: Lex, we need to talk.

Lex follows Helen into her office. She closes the door.

Lex: Whatís going on?

Helen: Paul claims you had him beaten up.

Lex: And from the tone of your voice, it sounds like you believe him.

Helen: For two weeks now youíve been ignoring me. Suddenly Paul shows up and your jealous.

Lex: Iím not jealous. Iím concerned. Especially about someone whoís unhinged enough to do that to himself. Helen, heís clearly stalking you.

Helen: You know, I donít understand it. I mean, we were never that serious. It was a relationship of convenience. There was no heavy emotional involvement.

Lex: Couldíve fooled him. Who broke it off?

Helen: I did. One of his ex-girlfriends warned me to stay away from him. She claimed that he beat her up.

Lex: Did she ever report him to the police?

Helen: No. But I wasnít gonna wait around to see if history repeated itself. So I broke it off and we never spoke after that. Three months later he dropped out of school.

Sheriff Adams knocks on the door and enters.

Adams: Mr. Luthor. Youíre just the man I was looking for.

CUT TO Lex and Adams walking through the hall together.

Lex: I didnít have Paul Hayden beaten up.

Adams: You know, I usually like to ask the questions before I get the answers. Kind of the natural flow of things. Where were you earlier this evening?

Lex: At home. A fact my staff can confirm.

Adams: Uh-huh, so you did not threaten Paul Hayden in the medical center parking lot?

Lex: Heís stalking my girlfriend.

Adams: Well, according to him, he offered her some flowers, a ride home. Thatís not exactly criminal behavior.

Lex: Listen, Sheriff, if you want to play Letter of the Law, you go right ahead. I just hope your professional instincts lead you back in the right direction.

Adams: Oh, donít worry. They always do, Mr. Luthor. Iíll stay in touch.

She walks away. A nurse walks by, pushing Paul in a wheelchair. He and Lex make eye contact and Paul smiles slightly. Lex watches him pass and then walks away.

Act 2 Scene 2

Clark is picking up litter outside the Talon in his orange vest. Day. Lex comes out of the Talon with two cups of coffee.

Lex: Good morning, Clark.

Clark: Look, donít even start. Iíve had half of Smallville High out here already giving me a hard time.

Lex: Would it be, uh, violating your parole to take a coffee break? (Hands Clark a cup)

Clark: Itíd be the least of my problems. That kid who harassed Lana is suing us. He could literally take the farm. Itís hard to believe someone could come into your life and just screw it up. Lanaís a wreck, Iím picking up trash, and this guyís walking around free.

Lex: I wouldnít worry too much about Lana.

Clark: Whyís that?

Lex: Letís just say the crouching tigress is about to find her hidden dragon.

Clark raises his eyebrows.

Act 2 Scene 3

Lana is hitting a punching bag in Lexís mansion. Day. Lex is watching her.

Lana: I canít even get the bag to move. I donít see how Iím supposed to take on a guy whoís twice my size.

Lex: Lana, getting the upper hand isnít about size. Itís about decisiveness and speed. You have to commit.

He gets behind her and puts her arms back into a fighting stance.

Lex: Look, right now youíre only putting part of yourself into it. If you want to effective, you have to put your whole body into it. Okay?

Lana: Okay.

Lana hits the bag.

Lex: There you go. Thatís it. Now channel all your anger.

Lana: Some of us arenít as angry as you are, Lex.

Lex: Of course not. I mean, whatís to be angry about? Hmm? Itís not like a bunch of frat boys came into your own place and harassed you.

Lana hits the bag again.

Lex: Itís not like you felt helpless when that guy shoved you.

She hits the bag twice, angrier.

Lex: And I know it doesnít make you mad that you needed Clark Kent to save you again.

Furious, Lana hits the bag three times and kicks it.

Lex: Better.

Act 2 Scene 4

Clark is still picking up litter, obviously unhappy about it. Day. He sees Andy come out of a restaurant across the street, wearing a neck brace and walking with a cane. Clark crosses the street to talk to him.

Clark: Andy.

Andy: Whoa, whoa. Restraining order says you canít come within 500 feet of me, Kent.

Clark: I just want to talk.

Andy: Anything you got to say, you can say to my lawyer.

Clark: Well, let me apologize.

Andy: Itís too late! (Clark stands in front of him so he canít pass) What?

Clark: Look, we both made mistakes the other night. And I understand that youíre mad at me, but this lawsuit could ruin my family. Just leave them out of it.

Andyís ride drives up across the street and honks the horn.

Andy: Iíll see you in court, and if you break this restraining order again, Iíll have the sheriff all over your ass!

Andy crosses the street and gets into the back seat of the car where one of his friends is waiting.

Guy: (Joking) Man, donít hurt yourself.

He and Andy laugh. Andy closes the door and Clark uses his x-ray vision to look through the tinted window. He sees Andy take off his neck brace.

Act 2 Scene 5

Clark is researching neck injuries in the loft. Day. Chloe enters.

Chloe: Whatís up?

Clark: Andy Connors is faking his injuries.

Chloe: Well, thatís an intriguing claim, but as the defendant, I doubt your case holds much water.

Clark: Well, I... I followed him home. I saw him take his neck brace off. I was trying to gather some evidence on him so I could nail him.

Chloe: Well, you know Iím always up for a good conspiracy.

Clark: Thanks, Chloe.

Chloe: Or if all else fails, we could send Lana out to beat the confession out of him. (Clark looks away) It was a joke, Clark. Why do I get the feeling that youíre not impressed with Lana turning all Charlieís Angels on us?

Clark: I know Lexís intentions are good. But what if she gets overconfident and finds herself in a situation she canít handle?

Chloe: Clark, as a 6-foot-whatever guy, you have no idea what it feels like to have to cross the street at night when you hear footsteps behind you. If getting a little girl power makes Lana feel like less of a victim, then you should be all for it.

Clark: I guess.

Chloe: Or is it that youíre secretly worried that if Lana learns to defend herself, she wonít need a knight in shining armor to rescue her anymore?

Clark looks at Chloe in mock annoyance. She doesnít back down.

Act 2 Scene 6

Helen is walking through a dark hallway at the hospital. Night. She stops at the pathology lab and goes inside. She flips the light switch, but the lights donít come on. She walks slowly into the lab and looks around.

Helen: Doctor?

She turns around and Paul is standing there.

Helen: (Startled) Paul. What are you doing here?

Paul: I had to see you alone.

Helen: All right, well, why donít we go upstairs and we can talk about it over coffee?

Paul: (Irate) No, we canít go and have coffee, THANK YOU VERY MUCH! (He starts to back her into the wall) When you broke up with me, I thought that it was because you knew I was never gonna be a great doctor. You were right. Thatís why I quit. If you canít be great, why bother at all? Thatís what you always used to say, right?

Helen: Paul...

Paul: (Yelling) I was working on becoming successful so that I could have you back! Then I found out that you were with Luthor and I knew that I had to save you from that fraud.

Helen: I donít want you to save me. Look, I broke up with you because you beat your ex-girlfriend.

Paul: Oh, oh, oh, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. She was so beneath me. Thatís not the case with you and I. You and I were meant for each other.

He touches her face and her lips.

Helen: I love Lex.

Paul: No. You donít. You love me. You just donít know it yet.

He leans in to kiss her and she runs past him to the door.

Helen: Get away from me, Paul!

He runs to the door and gets there before Helen does, blocking her way. Helenís cell phone rings. She answers it.

Helen: Hello?

Lex: (In his car) Helen, itís me. Look, youíre right, Iíve been distant the last few weeks, but thatís gonna change. Iím on my way over so we can talk. (Paul glares at Helen) Helen?

Helen: Iím busy with a patient... in the pathology lab.

Paul punches Helen in the face and she drops the phone.

Lex: Helen?

Paul: That was him, wasnít it? It was him. Wasnít it?! (Helen reaches slowly for a glass beaker on the table) He doesnít love you! Canít you see that?

Helen breaks the beaker over Paulís head.

Lex: Helen, whatís going on?

Helen goes for the door. Paul grabs her and throws her at the counter. She slides across it and falls onto the ground.

Paul: Get up here. Get up here, come on!

Lex: Helen?!

Paul drags her across the room and grabs a scalpel.

Helen: Paul, no! No! Aah!

Lex speeds up.

Paul slams Helen onto the counter and then onto the ground.

CUT TO Lex running into the hallway at the hospital with another doctor and a nurse.

Lex: Helen! Helen! Helen!

They stop outside the pathology lab and see bloody footprints on the floor. Lex runs inside.

Lex: Helen!

He finds Helen unconscious on the floor, blood on her face. He touches her chest and looks at the blood on his hand.

Doctor: (To the nurse) Get her to ER! I need to 2 cc EPI and an IV push. Stat! (The nurse doesnít react) Stat!

The nurse runs out.

Fade to black.

Act 3 Scene 1

Clark walks into the Talon wearing his orange vest. Night. Lana is working.

Clark: Smallville is officially litter free.

Lana: (Laughs) You must be exhausted.

Clark: Well, frustrated and humiliated, yes. Exhausted, no. Hey, I can stick around for a little while if you want.

Lana: Iím fine, Clark.

Clark: I know. I just thought you might want some company. (Picking up a pamphlet from the bar) Karate class? I take it the meeting with Lex went well.

Lana: Lex has a way of bringing out a side of me thatís both scary and liberating at the same time.

Clark: Well, you know the first rule of self defense is to avoid conflict.

Lana: Relax, Clark, Iím not about to go prowling the night fighting crime. Iíll leave that to the expert.

Clark: Well, you can trust me, thereís no future in fighting crime unless you enjoy being sued. You know what the worst part is? I know that heís faking. I just donít have proof. I was gonna follow him with a camera, but Iíd be violating the restraining order.

Lana: Well, what about me?

Clark: What about you?

Lana: I want to see him go down as badly as you do. Let me help.

Clark: No, thatíd be too dangerous.

Lana: Clark, the lawís not on our side. Whatís are we supposed to do?

Clark doesnít answer.

Act 3 Scene 2

Lex is talking on his cell phone in the hospital. Night.

Lex: Meacham, where the hell are you? I need to know where Hayden is now!

Sheriff Adams comes up behind him and he hangs up his phone.

Adams: Mr. Luthor? I am sorry about Dr. Bryce, but I hope you are not planning to take the law into your own hands.

Lex: The woman I love is fighting for her life, Sheriff, so youíll have to forgive my lack of faith in Smallvilleís finest.

Adams: I have roadblocks up across every major highway. I have deputies canvassing the area, and I am waiting for a warrant on his motel room.

Lex: How long will that take?

Adams: It will take a little while, but I have rung every judgeís bell in Lowell County.

Lex: Well, Iím certainly glad youíre doing everything humanly possible. (Lex starts to walk away)

Adams: Mr. Luthor, where are you going? If I find you have tampered with this investigation--

Lex: Youíll what?! Youíll arrest me and make me pick up trash?

Adams: You are not above the law, Mr. Luthor.

Lex: Thank you for that bracing insight. Am I free to go now?

Lex walks away, dialing his phone.

Lex: Meacham!

CUT TO Lexís car speeding away from the hospital, passing Clark.

Clark: Lex?

Sheriff Adams comes outside.

Clark: Sheriff, I heard about Dr. Bryce. Is she okay?

Adams: Itís still touch and go.

Clark: Was it Paul Hayden?

Adams: Mr. Kent, do I have to remind you about involving yourself in police business? (Another officer walks up) Where do we stand on that warrant for Haydenís room at the Heartland?

Officer: Twenty minutes. We have cars standing by.

Adams and the officer walk away.

CUT TO Clark super speeding up to the hotel. He uses his x-ray vision to look into a room and sees someone sneaking in through the window.

Inside the room, Lex is looking around with a flashlight. He turns around and Clark is there.

Lex: Clark, how did you get--

Clark: The same way you did. What are you doing here, Lex?

Lex: Look, stay out of this.

Clark: I know you want to nail this guy.

Lex: But what? I should leave it to the pros? Haydenís car is still here, okay? (Lex dials his phone) I had a guy on him. Now heís no--

They hear a cell phone ringing in the next room. Lex shines his flashlight across the room and they see the bloody, shattered mirror. They open the door to the bathroom where the ringing is coming from. Lex pulls back the shower curtain and they find Meachamís body in the tub, his throat cut.

Lex: Son of a bitch, heís got Meachamís car.

They hear a car pull up outside.

Clark: Lex, we got company.

Clark leaves the bathroom and Lex grabs Meachamís gun. Sheriff Adams and two other officers burst into the motel room and look around. Itís empty.

CUT TO Lex and Clark walking outside the train station.

Lex: Lojack system said the car was here.

Clark: I thought only the police had access to Lojack.

Lex: Letís split up.

Clark: No, I think we should wait for Sheriff Adams.

Lex: You wait. Iím gonna go look around.

Lex walks away. Clark starts to argue, but decides not to. Lex walks along side a stopped train, looking in the windows and at all the people around him. He sees a man walking ahead of him slowly. The man turns around and itís Paul. Paul runs away and Lex follows.

Paul gets to goes between two train cars and comes out the other side. He starts to run, but Lex comes out in front of him, pointing the gun.

Paul: (Holding up his hands) If you pull that trigger, youíre going to be the one going to prison.

Lex pulls out a handkerchief and uses it to take Meachamís gun out of his waistband. He tosses the gun to Paul, who catches it.

Lex: Not if itís self defense.

Fade to black.

Act 4 Scene 1

Lex and Paul are standing between two trains. Night. Lex is pointing the gun at Paul and Paul is still holding the other gun. Suddenly, Paul points the gun at Lex and pulls the trigger. Nothing happens.

Lex: I guess I forgot to load it.

Paul: Youíre just full of surprises today, arenít you?

Paul kicks Lex in the chest, sending him to the ground. Paul runs away and goes into an empty train car.

CUT TO Clark still waiting where Lex left him. He looks around for a moment, and then finally runs to the trains.

CUT TO Lex running to the train Paul got into. He stops outside the door, and climbs in slowly.

We see Clark, still looking for him.

On the train, Lex looks around with his gun raised.

Again, we see Clark searching outside.

Lex creeps up to the window of the dining car. He opens the door and it appears to be empty. He walks in and crouches down to look under the tables.

Outside, Clark runs out onto the tracks to look at the empty trains.

Lex turns a corner into the trainís kitchen, which also appears to be empty. He makes his way through the narrow room very slowly. Paul suddenly stands up behind him and hits him in the back of the head with a frying pan. From the ground, Lex kicks Paul in the stomach, causing him to drop the pan. Lex stands up and punches him in the face. Paul grabs Lex, slams him into a cupboard, and tries to hit him again. But Lex elbows him in the stomach and attempts to punch him in the face. Paul blocks the punch and Lex knocks his own head into Paulís. Paul punches him in the face and kicks him in the stomach, sending him to the floor again.

Outside Clark stops, thinking he hears something. He begins to turn away, but when Paul kicks Lex in the stomach again, Clark whips around. Inside the train Paul sees a fire ax hanging on the wall. He grabs it and Clark looks into the train with his x-ray vision, seeing Paul raising the ax over Lex. He pulls it back to swing, Clark super speeds to the side of the train, and rams his shoulder into it, knocking Paul off balance.

Paul tries to get back up, but Lex gets up first, pointing his gun at Paulís face.

Lex: Goodbye, Paul.

His fingers tightens on the trigger. Lex grimaces as Paul looks up at him in fear. Finally, Lex punches Paul across the face, knocking him unconscious. Clark runs onto the train.

Clark: Lex!

Sheriff Adams and her officers enter and point their guns.

Adams: Hands up! (Clark raises his hands. To Lex) Get rid of that gun, and put that gun on the table right now. (Lex doesnít move) Put it on the table now!

Lex puts the gun on the table and Adams grabs it.

Lex: Last time I checked, citizenís arrests are still legal in Kansas.

Adams laughs sardonically.

Adams: Oh, man. Iím telling you, if I catch you meddling in a police investigation again, I swear... heaven help you.

Lex looks at Clark who looks down at Paul and then back at Lex.

Act 4 Scene 2

Andy enters the Talon where Lana is working. Day. He is still using the neck brace and cane.

Lana: Thanks for coming.

Andy: Well, this better be good to get me out of bed so early.

Lana: Listen, Andy, um, Iím really sorry about what happened the other night, but I think this has gotten a little out of hand. The lawsuit?

Andy: Donít worry about it. Itís Kentís problem.

Lana: I know youíre faking your injuries. I think you should drop the suit before you get caught.

Andy: (Looks around, then tosses his cane away) You didnít call me here to talk about no lawsuit, did you.

He reaches for her and she slaps his hand away.

Lana: Touch me again, and youíll have some real soft-tissue injury.

Andy: (Laughs) You can play hard to get, but we both know you want me. So why donít we take this into the back.

He reaches for her with both arms. Lana knocks him in the chest and twists his arm backwards. He gasps and she kicks him in the stomach, bending him over. She spins around and kicks him again, sending him flying into a table and onto the ground, where a trickle of blood escapes his lips. Lana looks at him, a small smile forming on her lips.

Act 4 Scene 3

Clark is looking out the window of the loft with his telescope. Night. Lana enters.

Lana: Hi, Clark.

Clark: I just got a phone call saying that Andy dropped the lawsuit. Any idea what couldíve made him do that?

Lana: Maybe he just realized that you were trying to help a friend.

Clark: The sheriff told me you have quite a spin kick. Iím sorry I missed it.

Lana: So you heard about that.

Clark: Lana...

Lana: Clark, I know what youíre gonna say. I shouldnít have gotten involved, but--

Clark: I just wanted to say thank you.

Lana: Oh. Well, youíve been there for me so many times. I wanted to repay you. Besides, itís not every day that Lana Lang gets a chance to save Clark Kent.

Clark smiles and Lana laughs.

Clark: Yeah.

They hold eye contact for a few moments.

Act 4 Scene 4

Helen is sitting in front of the fire at Lexís mansion. Night. Lex enters.

Helen: I thought you had a board meeting.

Lex: I canceled it for personal reasons.

Helen: Thatís a first.

Lex walks to the chair across from Helen and sits down.

Lex: My lawyer told me that Paul is pleading temporary insanity.

Helen: Lex, I donít want--

Lex: I told him not to fight the plea. Paul needs help. (Lex takes her hand) I wanted to kill him, Helen. I wanted to kill him for what he did to you. I probably couldíve gotten away with it in everyoneís eyes, but one person wouldíve known the truth.

Helen: Clark?

Lex: You. Clark didnít save me in that moment, Helen. You did. And thatís when I knew.

Lex reaches into his pocket and pulls out a small box. He gives it to Helen and she opens it, revealing a ring.

Lex: So what do you say, Dr. Bryce? Will you marry me?

Helen smiles and touches his face. Then she leans in and they share a long and slow kiss.

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