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Airdate: November 6, 2001
Written by: Mark Verheiden
Directed by: James Frawley
Transcript by: Kerrplop

ACT 1 TEASER

Lex enters Smallville Savings and Loan with a backpack. Day. A manager approaches.

Lex: I want to close all my accounts.

Manager: May I ask why?

Lex: Is there a problem?

Manager: No! No, no, no, of course not. Itís... itís just the Luthors have been banking here for 12 years. Itís quite a shock.

Lex: Iíd like it all in cash.

Manager: Weíll do our best. Can I get your signature?

Lex: Certainly.

Lex signs the form. The manager takes it back to a file cabinet, holds it next to another of Lexís signatures, and it doesnít match.

Manager: Mr. Luthor, may I see a driverís license, please?

Lex: Why?

Manager: This signature doesnít match our records. I-I just need to verify your I.D.

Lex: Iím standing right here in front of you. What more do you need?

Manager: Sorry, itís bank policy.

Lex: (Pulling a gun out of the backpack.) I need the money now. Fill the bag.

CUT TO Lex running out of the bank with the gun and the backpack as the alarm rings behind him. He runs into Clark who is walking up the sidewalk.

Clark: Lex, whatís going on?

Lex: Get out of the way.

He pushes Clark aside, sending him flying through a shop window. Clark looks at Lex from the floor of the shop and his vision changes. He gets a flash of Lexís skeleton and itís covered in green patches. His vision returns to normal as Lex runs away.

CUT TO a woman entering an antique shop, which is also her home, carrying the backpack. She runs up the stairs as her daughter comes out of the bathroom.

Mother: (Taking a stack of bills from the bag.) Tina, where did you get this?

Tina: Promised Iíd solve all of our problems.

Mother: Oh, please tell me you didnít rob the bank yesterday.

Tina: I didnít. (She morphs into Lex) Lex Luthor did. (Morphs back to herself)

Mother: Stop it! Stop it, Tina. You promised that you wouldnít do that anymore.

Tina: I did it for us.

Mother: Somebody could have gotten hurt.

Tina: Mom, Iím fine, and now we can afford the have the perfect life.

Mother: Tina, nobodyís life is perfect.

Tina: Lanaís is.

Mother: Stealing isnít the way to solve our problems. Iím taking it back. Iíll say I found it in a dumpster.

Tina: (Tries to take the bag) No, Mom, come on! We deserve to be happy! (They continue to struggle for the bag and it rips, sending Tinaís mom rolling down the stairs) Mom! Mom! (She runs to her mother and turns her onto her back) No.

Tina gets the phone and starts to dial.

Operator: 911 Emergency. (Tina sees herself in the mirror and doesnít answer.) Hello? Hello? Is anyone there? Hello? Hello, is anyone there?

Tina: Iím sorry. Itís nothing.

Tina hangs up the phone.

(opening credits)

Act 1 Scene 1

Clark, Jonathan, and Martha in the Kentsí kitchen. Day. Martha is reading a newspaper with the headline ďLex Luthor Robs Bank.Ē

Martha: This is incredible. Why would Lex Luthor need to rob a bank?

Jonathan: Iíve seen some strange things in my day, but this definitely takes the cake. (Looks at Clark) Well, almost.

Martha: He got away with 100,000 dollars.

Clark: I know Lex. It wasnít him.

Jonathan: Clark, I know that heís a friend of yours, but come on. You saw him with your own eyes.

Clark: I donít know what I saw.

Martha: There must be some kind of reasonable explanation for this. I hope.

Lex: (Through the screen door) Me too. I hate to think I have an evil twin.

Martha: Lex, we didnít hear you pull up.

Lex: (Enters) May I come in? I promise Iím not packing heat.

Clark: Lex, how come youíre not in jail?

Lex: Because I was hosting a reception for 200 fertilizer distributors in Metropolis at the time of the robbery.

Jonathan: Do the police have any leads?

Lex: None. Thatís why I wanted to talk to you, Clark. Your name was on the witness list. Did you actually see this person?

Clark: Yeah, he looked just like you.

Lex: Except his fingerprints and signature didnít match mine. You sure your eyes werenít playing tricks on you?

Clark: Whatís gonna happen now?

Lex: Hopefully, the money will turn up. In the meantime, the Metropolis tabloids will have a field day, and Iím sure certain peopleís opinions of me will be cemented in stone.

Jonathan: I gotta get to work.

Lex: (To Clark) Iím sorry you got thrown through that window. I promise Iím not a criminal mastermind.

Clark: I know. A criminal mastermind would have worn a mask.

He pauses and then smiles.

Act 1 Scene 2

Clark and Pete in gym class at school. Day. There are boys rope-climbing as the girls leave the gym.

Coach: Come on, move it! Thatís the stuff. Come on, you can do it. Hustle, hustle, hustle! Get on up there. Get on up there. You can do it. Thatís the stuff. Letís go, come on!

Clark watches Lana leave with the rest of the girls.

Pete: Keep your eyes in your head, man.

Clark suddenly squeezes his eyes shut and grabs his head.

Coach: Kent, are we boring you?

Clark: Iím sorry. Itís-- my head hurts.

Coach: Thatís because you need to get some blood pumping. Come on. You and Ross are next. Come on down, boys.

CUT TO Pete and Clark climbing ropes next to each other.

Coach: Come on, put a little muscle into it. If Ross beats you itís ten laps. Come on, Clark, letís go. Move it, move it!

Pete: (To Clark.) Looks like someoneís doing laps. (Clark looks at Pete and his vision flashes into x-ray. He sees the muscles in Peteís face) Clark, man, whatís wrong? Clark, man, whatís wrong? (Clark loses his grip on the rope and falls to the ground) Clark!

Coach: Whoa, Kent, are you all right? Kent, what happened up there.

Clark sits up and looks at the wall of the gym with a start. He sees through it and into the girlsí locker room. Lana walks into view wearing a towel. She turns her back to Clark and letís the towel drop. He smiles.

Act 1 Scene 3

Martha, Clark, and Jonathan in the Kentsí living room. Day.

Martha: So when you have these flashes, you can see through anything? People, objects?

Clark: Sometimes I can see through things, other times itís like an x-ray.

Jonathan: And thereís no warning? This just happens?

Clark: Well, I get a headache and then it hits me. I mean, the first time, I thought I was hallucinating and then it happened again.

Martha: Clark, Iím sure thereís some way to control this.

Clark: You guys, I can see through things. How do you control that?

Martha: You got to practice, Clark. Your eyes have muscles just like your legs.

Jonathan: Your mom is right, son. Look, all you have to do is you have to figure out a way to, uh, condition them so that you donít get these random flashes.

Clark: Oh, that sounds great. How am I gonna do that? (Leaves the room)

ACT 1 SCENE 4

Nell walks Tina to the garage where Lana is cleaning. Day.

Nell: Lana, you have a visitor.

Nell goes back to the house.

Tina: Hey, Lana.

Lana: Tina, I didnít see you at school today. Is everything okay?

Tina: Yeah. My momís not feeling well. But sheís better so... So you quit cheerleading and Nell banishes you to the garage?

Lana: Sheís got clutter issues. I'm trying to help resolve them.

Tina: Has she forgiven you for quitting the squad?

Lana: Not yet.

Tina: Well, at least now you have some more time for you unpopular friends.

Lana: Tina, youíre not unpopular. Besides, what happened to a girl who didnít care what people thought about her?

Tina: She went to high school.

Lana: At least your mom doesnít try to run your life.

Tina: You know, youíre lucky that Nell cares about you. I mean, if something were to happen to my mom, I donít know anybody that would take me in. Iíd probably be shipped off to a foster home or something.

Lana: Thanks for that burst of cheer.

Tina: Well, what do you want me to say? You have the perfect life.

Lana: You want it? You can have it.

Tina: Iíd settle for the outfit. Wouldnít it be cool if we were sisters? If anything happened to my mom, do you think that Nell would adopt me?

Lana: Tina, nothingís gonna happen to your mom.

ACT 1 SCENE 5

Clark walks down the sidewalk. Day. He grabs his head and starts seeing this in x-ray. He watches a womanís skeleton walk by. He sees another skeleton with green patches enter the antique shop and when his vision returns to normal, he sees that itís Tina.

Martha: (Coming out of the flower shop) Did it happen again? (Clark nods) Letís go home.

Clark: No, Iím okay. Didnít you need to go to the antique store?

CUT TO Martha and Clark entering the shop.

Martha: Hello? (Tinaís mother enters)

Mother: Mrs. Kent. I-I mean Martha. How are you?

Martha: Good. Howís business?

Mother: Couldn't be better. Iím doing so many estate sales in Metropolis, Iím thinking of selling the place.

Martha: That would be a shame. I thought you loved the store.

Mother: Not really. I never wanted this life, it just kind of happened.

Clark: Is Tina around? I thought I saw her come in.

Mother: Uh, sheís at Lanaís. Theyíre inseparable these days.

Clark: Really? I could have sworn that--

Mother: You must be seeing things.

Clark: I need some air. Iím gonna go for a walk. (He exits)

Martha: I came by to pick up the lamp.

Mother: Lamp?

Martha: The one you were restoring for Jonathan?

Mother: Oh, yes. Silly me. Itís in the back.

She goes to the back room. Martha looks around. She goes to a dresser with an adjustable mirror and tilts the mirror downward slightly. In it, she sees a stack of bills sticking out from under a chest behind her. She picks it up as Tinaís mother reenters.

Mother: Itís not quite ready, its...

Martha: I found this under the chest.

Mother: Iím such an airhead. A client paid me in cash. Iíve been looking for this all day.

Martha: Thatís a lot of money. You should be careful.

Mother: Thanks. Why donít you stop by next week? Itíll be ready then. (Martha starts to go, leaving her purse on the counter. Tinaís mother takes the keys out of it) Uh, Mrs. Kent? You forgot your purse.

Martha: Oh. Looks like weíre both airheads today.

Martha leaves.

Mother: Bye.

She flips the closed sign on the door and she morphs back into Tina.

CUT TO Martha walking away from the shop. The truck, with Clark at the wheel, comes speeding onto the sidewalk straight at her.

Martha: Clark! Ah!

She jumps out of the way and the truck swerves around the corner. Clark runs to Martha from the other direction.

Clark: Mom, ware you all right?

Martha: Clark. (She hugs him)

Fade to black.

ACT 2 SCENE 1

Clark, Jonathan, and Martha in the Kentsí kitchen. Day.

Jonathan: The police found the truck. Abandoned out by the Stewartís farm.

Clark: Did anybody else see the driver?

Jonathan: No.

Martha: I could have sworn it was you, Clark.

Clark: I guess Iím not the only one with a vision problem.

Jonathan: Look, I donít understand. Whoever it was, how did they get your keys?

Martha: I have no idea. I only went into the antique...

Clark: What is it, Mom?

Martha: Nothing. Itís just that Rose Grier was acting very strange. I found 5,000 dollars in cash under a dresser. It had a Smallville Savings and Loan band on it. She said a customer paid her, but--

Clark: You think itís from the bank robbery?

Martha: It crossed my mind.

Jonathan: So wait a minute. Rose took your keys, turned into Clark, and then tried to run you down?

Martha: Youíre right. Itís crazy.

Clark: I donít think so.

Jonathan: What?

Clark: I saw a flash of Tina Grierís skeleton. It was weird and green. It didnít look human. You know, like the ones you see in anatomy books?

Martha: Thatís probably because Tina was born with a soft bone disease. They had that poor girl on all these experimental drugs. Doctors didnít believe sheíd live to see first grade.

Jonathan: She did get better right around her third birthday.

Clark: That was right after the meteor shower, wasnít it?

Jonathan: Yeah.

Martha: Clark, what do you think Tinaís doing?

Clark: I donít know. I saw the same weird skeleton flash just after the robbery, I think. I just wish I could control this.

Martha: What if you try focusing it, you know like a telescope.

Jonathan: Yeah, you could start with something small. (Reaches into his pocket and holds up his closed hand) Try to tell me what I have in my hand right now.

Clark: (Looks at it) Your pocket knife.

Jonathan: (Reveals his pocket knife) You could see through my hand.

Clark: No, you always carry your knife in that pocket. (Smiles)

ACT 2 SCENE 2

Lana in the garage. Day. She opens a dusty box. Inside are pom-poms, a snow globe, and old clothes. She finds a diary and starts reading through it.

CUT TO Lana entering the house with the diary.

Nell: Sweetie, whatís wrong?

Lana: You lied to me about my mother.

ACT 2 SCENE 3

Lex comes out of a coffee shop to see a man leaning on his car. Day.

Lex: May I help you?

Roger: Roger Nixon, Metropolis Inquisitor.

Lex: Get off my car.

Roger is holding up a copy of the Inquisitor with a picture of Lex at the robbery on the cover.

Roger: Thatís a hell of a picture, Lex. You know, it really boosted our sales. Lex: Iíve read comic books with less fiction than your rag. Roger: Well, how about this? Is this fiction? (Shows Lex a file) Itís your juvenile record. Fascinating reading. It must have taken a Brinkís truck of your dadís money to keep all those people quiet.

Lex: Those records are sealed.

Roger: I'm a resourceful guy. You know, I saw that picture yesterday, and it got me to think of a follow-up. ďLex Luthorís Wild Youth in Metropolis.Ē Does the name Club Zero ring a bell?

Lex: You print one word about that, Iíll sue.

Roger: Lawsuits take years. The genie will be out of the bottle and all the people will know that the new and improved Lex Luthor is nothing but a facade.

Lex: You know what I think, Rog? If you wanted to print that, it would already be in the paper. I think youíre looking for a payoff.

Roger: Itís a business proposition. 100,000 dollars and these records will disappear forever.

Lex: (Getting into his car) Iíd question your integrity, but youíre a journalist.

Roger: Your father really thinks he can hide you here forever? (Offers his card) You got 24 hours and thatís just the front page.

Lex takes the card and Roger speeds away.

Act 2 Scene 4

Lana comes home and Nell waits for her on the porch. Night.

Nell: Lana, I didnít lie to you. I told you your mother would have been proud of you and she would have. She loved you.

Lana: You told me a fairytale about a woman who led the perfect life. That life was a lie. You said she loved cheerleading. She hated it, but was afraid to quit. She didnít even want to stay in Smallville. She wanted to see the world.

Nell: What should I have told you? Your mother was unhappy?

Lana: I would have liked the truth.

Nell: I told you what I thought you could handle. Your mother was like any other teenager. She had her ups and her downs.

Lana: I feel like I spent my entire life trying to measure up to a Laura Lang who didnít exist.

Nell: Youíre reading a diary of a 17-year-old girl. Itís a snapshot. Itís one time in her life.

Lana: Itís like I wrote this myself.

Nell: The truth is, your mother was the brightest, most beautiful girl in her class. Do you know she was picked to give the graduation speech? I guess the diary ended before that happened. You should have heard the speech she gave that day.

Lana: What did she say?

Nell: Everything had been bubbling up inside her for 18 years. She said she felt suffocated in Smallville.

Lana: Do you have a copy?

Nell: No, but Iíll never forget the first line. ďI never made a difference here, but maybe my children can.Ē

ACT 2 SCENE 5

Clark watches Tina in the hall at school. Day. She is wearing the same sweater Lana had on the day before.

Chloe: Hello, Clark.

Pete: (Waves his hand in front of Clarkís face) Is everything okay?

Clark: Have you guys ever noticed anything strange about Tina Grier?

Chloe: Nothing that would require the intense concentration youíre exerting to look at her.

Pete: Unh-unh. The only thing weird about Tina is the amount of time she spends idolizing Lana.

Chloe: Yeah, sheís practically her clone. (To Pete) Come on, letís go.

Lana and Whitney come out of a class.

Tina: Lana!

Whitney: I swear thatís girlís got you lojacked.

Tina: How do you like the sweater?

Lana: Itís great. Iíve got one just like it.

Tina: I know. I got it at the same store. Iíve been going on this shopping spree. Hey, look. I even found this emerald necklace in the antique store.

Whitney: Why am I not surprised? (To Lana) See you at lunch.

Whitney turns and leaves.

Tina: Hey, are you okay? I stopped by your house earlier and Nell said you werenít in the best mood so...

Lana: Iím fine. Donít worry about it.

Tina: Good, Ďcause I need a favor. My mom is moving to Metropolis full-time but see, she doesnít want to pull me out of school. So I was thinking I can move in with you and Nell.

Lana: (Taken aback) For how long?

Tina: I donít know. A couple months. I mean, my mom would pay you guys. Trust me, money is not a problem. Just name your price. I could even get a horse. Uh, we could go riding together. I mean, wouldnít that be cool?

Lana: Yeah, uh, just give me some time to think about it. Are you sure your momís okay with this?

Tina: Of course. She knows that weíre best friends. It was her idea.

Lana: Well, just let me run it by Nell first. Sheís kind of particular.

Tina: Nell loves me. Look, I donít understand. I thought that youíd be happy. I mean, people even say that we look alike. We could be sisters.

Lana: Iím just not sure itís such a good idea.

Tina: Oh. Okay, I see, so it was all a lie? I mean, you were just pretending to like me and then when I come to you in my hour of need youíre just gonna blow me off?

Lana: Tina, calm down.

Tina: No, you should have said yes, Lana. It would have been perfect.

Tina walks away when she gets to her locker, she rips off the emerald necklace and throws it in the locker then leaves. Clark comes out of a nearby classroom and stares at the locker. He sees through to her backpack., then through that, seeing the money from the bank. Tina comes back.

Tina: Clark! Whatís your glitch, huh? Why do you keep staring at me?

Clark: Uh, I donít know. Sorry. (He walks away)

Act 2 Scene 6

Martha and Jonathan in the hayloft. Day. Clark enters.

Martha: Clark, what are you doing home so early?

Jonathan: More vision problems?

Clark: I controlled it. Once, sort of. I concentrated and it worked.

Martha: Thatís great.

Jonathan: Whatíd you concentrate on? v Clark: Tina Grierís locker.

Martha: What did you see?

Clark: The money from the bank robbery.

ACT 2 SCENE 7

Tina is in the antique shop, practicing Lanaís signature. Day. Two cops approach.

CUT TO Tinaís mother Rose coming outside.

Rose: Oh, I was just locking up, deputies. Uh, how can I help you?

Cop #1: Weíre looking for you daughter.

Rose: Well, she hasnít come home yet. Uh, whatís the problem?

Cop #1: The money stolen from the Smallville Savings and Loan was recovered in her school locker this afternoon.

Rose: Youíre kidding. My Tina? How could she be involved in this?

Cop #1: Well, thatís what weíd like to ask her. Would you bring her down to the station when she gets home?

Rose: Certainly. Weíll cooperate in any way we can. By the way, who told you the money was in her locker?

Cop #1: Some kid with an anonymous tip. (They leave)

Act 2 Scene 8

Clark in the loft looking at his football bank. Night. Lana enters.

Lana: Clark, what are you doing?

Clark: Iím just trying to figure out how much change I have inside.

Lana: You could always take it out and count it.

Clark: Where's the fun in that?

Lana: Did you hear about Tina? They found the money from the robbery in her locker.

Clark: Really? v Lana: She actually cornered me today and asked if she could come live with me and Nell.

Clark: Just what you need. A bank-robbing roommate.

Lana: I told her it wasnít such a good idea. Iíve got enough problems with Nell without adding more to the mix.

Clark: I always thought you and your aunt were really close.

Lana: She wants me to be something I'm not. Itís like having a dual identity. There's the person that everybody sees, and the person that you want to be.

Clark: I know the feeling.

Lana: Thatís why I came here. I think youíre the only person who sees me for who I truly am. I want to thank you for that.

Lana kisses him and he pulls away.

Clark: What about Whitney?

Lana: Forget Whitney. Iíve had my eye on you, just like youíve had your eye on me.

Lana kisses him again. When she pulls back, sheís Tina.

Tina: I donít know how you found out about that money, but you should have stayed out of my life, Clark.

Tina throws Clark through the wall of the loft.

Fade to black.

ACT 3 SCENE 1

Martha and Clark in the loft. Night. Jonathan enters with a flashlight.

Jonathan: Well, thereís no sign of Tina or Lana or...

Martha: Are you positive you saw her turn back into Tina?

Clark: I think the meteor shower did something to her bones.

Jonathan: So she can change appearance at will?

Clark: Yeah, and it gives her strength. Thatís how she threw me out of the loft.

Martha: What should we tell the police?

Clark: Nothing. Tina can turn into whoever she wants and Iím the only one who can tell the difference.

ACT 3 SCENE 2

Chloe at the Torch. Day. She is working at the computer and hears someone enter.

Chloe: Pete, you throw that rubber spider again, and Iím going for my staple gun.

Lana: Mind if I come in?

Chloe: The girl who writes for ďThe Pom-pom ParadeĒ is, no surprise, out with mono.

Lana: This weekís editorial?

Chloe: My semiannual ďWhere Are Our PrioritiesĒ rant.

Lana: For what itís worth, I really like what youíve done with the paper this year.

Chloe: Well, that puts you in the majority of one. Iím sorry about the pom-pom crack. Once I hit ďtake no prisonersĒ mode, itís kind of hard for me to shut it off.

Lana: Actually, I admire it. You know who you are and you go for it.

Chloe: Well, I appreciate the compliment. However, I know you havenít come down to this hole to give me a pep talk.

Lana: The Torch prints the graduation speech every year, right?

Chloe: Having transcribed last yearís snore-fest, thatís an unfortunate yes. What year?

Lana: 1977.

Chloe: Thatís P.C.

Lana: P.C.?

Chloe: Pre-computer, when disco ruled the earth. Anything we have before thenís gonna be H.C.

Lana: Hard copy.

Chloe: You catch on fast. (Goes to the file cabinet) Uh, letís see. Ď77, here we go. (Pulls out the issue) ďSaturday Night FeverĒ was their prom theme. Styx won ďGroup of the CenturyĒ, and... wow. Someone got in the administrationís collective face.

Lana: (Reading.) ďDue to the controversial nature of this yearís graduation address, the editors have elected not to run the text in this issue of the Torch.Ē

Chloe: Meaning, ironically, itís probably the only one worth reading. You know, maybe I could track something down for you. Do you know who gave the speech?

Lana: Yeah. My mother.

ACT 3 SCENE 3

Lex in one of his sitting rooms having a drink. Day. There are stacks of money on the table next to him. Roger enters.

Lex: Can I fix you a drink?

Roger: If itís all the same to you, Iíd just as soon get my money and get out.

Lex: Of course.

Roger: I assume I donít have to count it.

Lex: Iíve even supplied the bag. (Throws a bag to Roger who starts filling it with the money) Youíre feeling pretty good about yourself right now, arenít you? Youíd think with all the money my fatherís spent, he could make things disappear.

Roger: Maybe heís not as smart as he thinks. (Drops a file on the table) The original. Have a nice life.

Lex: If you walk out that door, I will make you disappear.

Roger: What are you gonna do? You gonna have me killed?

Lex: No. You'll be very much alive. But there wonít be any evidence of your existence.

Roger: What are you talking about?

Lex: Driverís license, passport, social security number, bank account will all be erased. With one call, I can ensure that there will be no record that you actually walked this earth.

Roger: Youíre bluffing.

Lex: Call your bank. See if your account still exists. (Roger pulls out his phone) That is, if your cell phone hasnít already been disconnected.

Canít get the phone to work.

Roger: What did you do?

Lex: Donít worry, Roger. Iím going to give you a new identity. One thatís a little less upstanding. Maybe a murderer. Maybe a drug dealer. Either way, youíll lose your job, your house, and your family.

Roger: Look, Iíll give the money back. Then weíll be even.

Lex: No, we wonít. Because I also know your brother works for juvenile court. Whatíd you tell him? ďSteal the records and you can make some quick cashĒ? He could do time for that.

Roger: Leave him out of this.

Lex: I didnít get him involved, Roger. You did. You came into my life thinking you could shake me down because I was some spoiled rich brat who needed his daddy's protection. Trust me. When I make things disappear, they stay buried.

Roger: What do you want from me?

Lex: Your help. My father's obsessed with the Daily Planet. But I know the Inquisitor is read by the people. Theyíre the ones Iím interested in. I will feed you stories and you will print them. Any negative stories about me you will kill. Youíll be at my disposal 24/7. Follow me.

They enter a room with Lexís battered Porsche.

Roger: What happened to your car?

Lex: I drove it off a bridge at 60 miles an hour.

Roger: How are you still alive?

Lex: Thatís the mystery I need your help solving.

ACT 3 SCENE 4

Clark sits on his porch looking at the lead box. Night. Lana approaches.

Lana: Clark, whatís wrong? Why are you looking at me like that?

Clark: Sorry, itís nothing. I wasnít sure it was you.

Lana: This is a bad time.

Clark: No.

Lana: I was out jogging, didnít want to go home, kinda ended up here.

Clark: You and Nell are still fighting.

Lana: How'd you know?

Clark: Iím just perceptive, I guess.

Lana: I found my motherís diary. Discovered that a lot of the things Iíve been feeling she felt too.

Clark: Thatís great. Isnít it?

Lana: Itís great and it frustrating and itís scary. Itís like she could see right through me. Do you ever feel like that?

Clark: More than you know.

Lana: When I was reading her words, it was like she was talking to me. And then she was gone.

Clark: Youíre lucky... youíre lucky you got at least that.

Lana: Have you ever tried to find your parents? Your biological parents, I mean.

Clark: Not really. I figure theyíre a million years away from my life now.

Lana: If you could ask them a question, what would you ask?

Clark: What happened? Whyíd they let me go? How do I make sense of all the strangeness in my life?

Lana: I guess neither of us will ever get a straight answer.

Clark: I hope you find what youíre looking for.

ACT 3 SCENE 5

Whitney joins Lana in the hall at school. Day.

Whitney: Hey. I thought you were working on a project.

Lana: I finished early. I thought Iíd spend some time with the best boyfriend in the world.

Whitney: Iíd love to but Iíve got that trig test tomorrow, remember?

Lana: Right. I forgot. Thatís okay. Weíve got the rest of our lives. (She kisses him)

Whitney: Whatís gotten into you?

Lana: Itís the new me. You like?

Whitney: I definitely could get used to it. Do you need a ride home?

Lana: Iím covered. Could I borrow your jacket? Itís a little cold.

Whitney: Yeah. Yeah, sure. (He gives her his lettermanís jacket) Iíll see you tomorrow.

Lana puts on the jacket and when she turns around, sheís Tina.

Act 3 Scene 6

Pete and Clark walk down the sidewalk. Day.

Pete: So youíre telling me Tina Grier can bend her bones like a contortionist and become anybody she wants?

Clark: I saw it with my own eyes.

Pete: Iím sorry, this is usually Chloeís territory. I cover girls, football, and general guy stuff. She does the tails of the unexplained. So why donít you give her a call?

Clark: I did. She said she was busy with something else.

Pete: You realize that's like getting turned down by the National Enquirer.

Clark: Tell me again why weíre friends?

Pete: Because even when I think youíre whacked, I show up ready to rumble. (Clark looks in the window of the antique shop) Great, itís closed. Clark, man, havenít you ever watched ďCopsĒ? The last place Tinaís gonna be hiding out is in her momís store. (Clark flashes into x-ray vision and sees a skeleton in a closet) Earth to Clark. Is everything okay?

Clark: I need to get in here.

Pete: Why?

Clark: Just... itís a hunch.

They go in through the back.

Pete: Hey, Clark. What are we looking for?

Clark opens the closet and Roseís body falls out.

Pete: Whoa. Whoís that?

Clark: Itís Tinaís mom.

Pete: Damn. Howíd you know she was in there?

Clark: Because I can see right through the door, Pete.

Pete: Very funny, Sherlock. How do you think she died?

Clark: Broken neck... Iím guessing.

Pete: My call, Tinaís already on a bus to Metropolis.

Clark: I donít think so.

They find the papers with Lanaís name all over them.

Pete: Whyís she writing Lanaís signature?

Clark: You said Tina was obsessed with her. Sheís gonna take it to the next level.

Pete: She wants to kill Lana?

Clark: Worse. She wants to become Lana.

ACT 3 SCENE 7

Lana at her parentsí graves. Night.

Lana: I found your journal, Mom. The one you kept in high school? Suddenly all these conversations donít seem so one-sided. I tried to find your graduation speech, but they didnít print it. Every time I get closer to you, something pulls me away.

Whitney: (From behind her) Lana.

Lana: Whitney, what are you doing here?

Whitney: Youíre aunt said you went riding. I just followed the path.

Lana: Just talking to my parents.

Whitney: Theyíre dead, Lana. You have this great life and you canít even see it. You have no right be unhappy. Theyíre not coming back, Lana. Deal with it.

Lana: What are you saying?

Whitney: Iím saying you donít deserve your life.

Whitney morphs into Tina. Tina reaches out and takes Lanaís necklace.

Tina: I do.

Tina grabs Lanaís neck and starts choking her. When Lana loses consciousness, Tina takes her necklace.)

Fade to black.

ACT 4 SCENE 1

Lana wakes up in a concrete coffin inside a tomb. Night. She starts to scream and pound on the lid. Clark runs into the cemetery.

Whitney: Clark, what are you doing here?

Clark: I was gonna ask you the same thing. Whereís Lana?

Whitney: I donít know. Nell said she came out here, but I canít find her. (Whitney is holding the necklace and Clark backs away) Whatís the matter, Clark? Not feeling well?

Clark doubles over and Whitney hits him with a pipe.

Clark: Tina, whereís Lana?

Whitney: Tina doesnít exist any more!

Whitney hits Clark again sending him flying into a tombstone.

Clark: I know whatí itís like to live with a secret. I know what happened to your mother.

Whitney: That was a lifetime ago. And donít worry about Lana. Youíll be joining her very soon. (Whitney takes off the lettermanís jacket and throws it aside, the necklace with it) I thought I killed you once. Iím not gonna make the same mistake twice.

Whitney swings the pipe at Clark, but Clark runs out of the way with super speed and ends up behind Whitney.

Clark: Whereís Lana?

Whitney swings again. Clark ducks and grabs Whitney, slamming him against a tombstone.

Whitney: Who are you?

Whitney pushes Clark against another tombstone and Clark throws him to the ground.

Clark: Where is she?!

Whitney: Sheís dead.

(He picks up the pipe and swings. Clark grabs it and throws him at a tree. When he lands, he morphs back into Tina.

Clark: Lana!

Clark looks around with x-ray vision and sees Lana inside the tomb. He runs inside and punches a hole in the lid. When he pulls it off, Lana is unconscious. Clark picks her up and carries her out.

ACT 4 SCENE 2

Clark stands outside Lanaís house. Night. There are police taking statements and Lana stands near the fence in the background. Chloe arrives.

Chloe: Hey, I heard what happened.

Clark: Did you come by to see if I was okay?

Chloe: Actually, as concerned as I always am bout your personal well-being, Iím not here to see you. (She walks to Lana) Lana, um, I did some digging.

Chloe gives Lana a tape that says ďGraduation Address 1977.Ē

Lana: Oh, my God. How did you find this?

Chloe: If I told you, Iíd have to kill you, and it looks like youíve had enough trauma for one night.

Lana: Chloe, thank you.

Chloe: No problem.

Clark: (To Martha and Jonathan) Howís Tina?

Martha: She wonít be able to hurt anyone else.

Jonathan: I still donít understand why a girl would do all that.

Clark: I do. You go through life with a gift you have to keep a secret. When you see everyone around you being normal, you get jealous. You just want to be somebody else.

Clark watches as Whitney runs to Lana and hugs her.

Martha: You really like her, donít you?

Lana and Whitney go inside and with his x-ray vision, Clark sees them kiss.

Clark: Mom, if you could see anything, what would you do?

Martha: Learn to close my eyes.

ACT 3 SCENE 3

Lana sits in a truck outside her house in the rain. Night. She puts the tape in the player.

Manís voice: As principal of Smallville High, I would like to introduce the valedictorian of the class of 1977, Miss Laura Potter.

Lauraís voice: Ladies and gentlemen, graduating seniors, good evening. These familiar words open every graduation address at Smallville High, and I use them deliberately, because the rest of my speech will not be for reassurance. (Lanaís eyes tear up and she takes off her necklace to hold it in her hands) I never made a difference here. But maybe my children can. When I first came to Smallville High, I was full of hope. I thought the world was going to be different for me. But, of course, it wasnít.

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