Superman and Lois (2021) s01e10 Episode Script

O Mother, Where Art Thou?

1 [Clark.]
Previously on Superman & Lois [Lois.]
Your mom wanted us to move to Smallville.
This family needs Smallville.
What happened on my world is already happening on this one.
It's very possible that Morgan Edge is building an army.
You're putting Kryptonian consciousnesses into people's bodies.
You are taking them over and giving them powers.
Something happened to me tonight.
I blacked out.
- I don't know what's going on.
- Did Morgan Edge make you an offer? [Edge.]
I think it's time you learned the truth about who I am, and where I'm really from, brother.
"Brother"? I know how unlikely it may seem.
But the two of us, we share the same Kryptonian blood.
You are not my brother.
I am, Kal-El.
[speaking Kryptonian.]
[in English.]
My real name is Tal-Rho.
I'm the son of Zeta-Rho and Lara Lor-Van.
That's not possible.
- My mother - Married Jor-El, your father.
Yes, I know.
Years after she'd been matched to my father.
Years after I was born.
It was when she first warned that Krypton was dying.
Very reason my father sent me here.
I was the first son of Krypton to leave.
I came here with one purpose To further our Kryptonian heritage.
My mother would never destroy innocent lives.
Humans are far from innocent.
Jacob! Oh, my God.
- It's a boy.
- [Jacob.]
Margaret, hold on.
Don't you move.
I said don't move! [Margaret screams.]
This world you protect deserves better than those who inhabit it.
It's not your decision to make.
It's already been made.
Don't you see, Kal? This is our chance to be with our own, to have a family again.
- A family? - The mines, the X-Kryptonite, the people in this town, they gave me the means.
Krypton will finally be resurrected.
The defense council will reign.
And we'll have our mother with us once again.
I know you long to see her, just as I do.
Help me do that, brother.
Not like this.
Time is almost come, Kal-El.
Our people will awaken soon.
And when that happens, I need you by my side.
Or you'll be eradicated, too.
[crickets chirping.]
You finally kick him out? Sarah, it's not what it looks like.
- He wasn't at the bars.
- Really? 'Cause this is how things normally go down.
Just as it seems like Dad's going to change, he decides getting drunk's more important than being with his family.
That's not what happened.
- Why do you always cover for him? - I'm not covering for him.
- Yes, you are.
- You know what, honey, I really can't do this right now.
Of course you can't, 'cause you just can't accept the reality that your husband is not the guy that you married anymore.
And you don't know what you're talking about.
And I don't need a teenager telling me what to do.
Teenager! What do you know? - I'm staying at Denise's.
- [Lana.]
Sarah! [Sarah.]
No! [door opens.]
Everything okay? Kyle, I really need you to tell me what happened.
Starting with when you first went to Edge.
[cell phone vibrating.]
Hi, you've reached Lana, leave a message.
Have a good day.
Lana, you have to call me back as soon as you can.
I am worried about you.
She's still not answering.
I'll send someone to her house.
[imperceptible chatter.]
Morgan Edge is your brother? There's no way, right? He knew things about Krypton no one could possibly know.
He spoke the language.
He had Kryptonian powers, like [sighs.]
I don't know.
What does he want? Kryptonians here.
And for me to join him.
That's why he's putting Kryptonian consciousness into people.
He wants Earth to become the next Krypton.
I don't get it though.
Why did he think that you'd join him? Because he can bring my Kryptonian mother back.
Our people.
Clark, before you go down the rabbit hole here, don't you think you should find out if this is even actually true? I'm not going to leave after Edge sent people to kill you and Jonathan.
Babe, half the DOD's on our front lawn.
They're moving into the town.
Edge is not coming here.
We'll call you if we need you.
[wind howling.]
- [Clark.]
Is it possible? - [Jor-El.]
It is possible, yes.
- How could you never tell me? - There wasn't the need.
"The need"? For me to know I've had a brother here my entire life? One who wants to restore Krypton using some technology created by my mother.
"There wasn't the need"? [Jor-El.]
I understand your frustration.
But restoring Krypton was never her intent.
At least not the way Zeta-Rho wished to enact it.
Lara's invention was a means of preservation, to save our people by retaining and transferring their minds.
Just as my own mind has been retained here.
It was Zeta-Rho who sought to colonize other worlds and enslave their inhabitants as hosts.
I can't let this happen.
I have to bring back everyone Edge's implanted with Kryptonian consciousness.
Just tell me what to do, and I'll do it.
The Eradicator is well beyond my understanding.
It's your mother's invention.
She developed this technology.
I'm sorry, my son.
I cannot help you.
[keypad clicking.]
How come every time it seems like things are going to get better, something happens, and it's all just crazier than before? You okay? Yeah, I saw footage of what happened to Dad on John Henry's planet.
He killed Mom.
I mean, her or a doppelgänger or whatever.
So? So, what if the Edge from that planet was also that Superman's brother? What if he brought back their mom, and then he gave him a Kryptonian family, and that's why he turned on humanity.
What if that's what happened there and it's happening here, too.
It wouldn't change anything.
Look, all I'm saying is going your whole life thinking that you're the only one left in your family, and then finding out that you had a brother that you never knew about and that you could see your mom? - That would affect anyone.
- [Lois.]
Yeah, it would.
But the difference between Edge and your dad is that he has a family.
The three of us, right here.
We're his family.
And no matter what happens, we always will be.
[door opens.]
[door closes.]
We found Kyle Cushing.
Where? [Lana.]
Why didn't you tell me you were going to see Edge? Because you lied to me, Lana About the executive program.
I mean, clearly, you didn't think I had what it took - Kyle - No, Lana, it's fine.
I just got sick and tired of messing up.
With you, with our girls So, yeah, I went to see him the other morning.
And he made you an offer? He said I could go through this process, change my life, make me better and it did.
And what was this process, exactly? First step was we went into this machine.
And where was that? Where did Edge take you? [knocking on door.]
Hey, Lois.
Everything okay? Everything's fine.
Just stopped by to check in.
Yes On me.
[Kyle grunts.]
You all are so weak.
Not all of us.
Go, go, go! [grunting.]
Good job.
- You okay? - No.
Not really.
How are the girls? [Lana.]
Sophie's at my folks', she doesn't know anything.
Sarah stormed out last night.
She thinks I'm covering for Kyle.
She won't answer my calls or texts.
We'll have the boys reach out.
You know, it has been so long since anything strange happened in this town.
I thought we were done with this kind of stuff.
And then this happens to my husband.
Lana, we're going to save him, I promise.
How? Best place to start is by finding where Edge hides his Eradicator.
And that's the thing that he used on Kyle? [Clark.]
Yeah, wherever it is, it stands to reason that location has been receiving shipments of X-K from the Shuster mines.
- What's X-K? - [Lois.]
It's what Edge has been mining for.
It's what gives people these powers.
The theory is, powers only hold with Smallville natives.
People who have had prolonged exposure.
Like Kyle and Emily.
And basically everyone I recruited for the executive program.
Dozens upon dozens of what he calls Subjekts.
His own private army.
And these people, you know their identity? It's our murderer's row of suspects.
Info I pulled from employee files, first-hand encounters, the names you offered, anyone Edge could have interacted with.
It's a pretty big list that, unfortunately, doesn't get us closer to the big picture.
I don't have a big picture, either.
Well, except, I do see one thing odd.
Doctor Dabney Donovan.
Listed as Edge's personal physician.
He was the one who conducted all the health exams for everyone in the executive program.
This guy left a tenure track position at MIT to work for Edge? It's a pretty big salary to walk away from.
Dual PhDs in genetics and molecular neuro-chemistry.
Knowledge that would come in handy if you want to swap one person for another.
Do you know where these health exams took place? No, that was top secret.
I tried to get Kyle to tell me before I think we need to try again.
[imperceptible chatter on PA.]
Put out the APB.
Entire tristate area.
Local, state, FBI, I want the cub scouts after this guy.
I figure it can't hurt to ask.
At least, it can't hurt me.
Where is this man? Do you even realize the threat you now face? Of what my people will do to you and your family when the attack begins? That's a real shame.
All I wanted was some good conversation.
[Kyle groaning.]
[General Lane.]
One more time.
Where do I find this man? I will melt the flesh from your skull.
Not today.
Where is he? I knew my dad was a disaster.
I guess I just didn't want to admit the extent of it.
Sarah, I'm so sorry.
Why should you be sorry? I'm not sorry.
It's better to know, right? Even if my mom's in total denial.
Maybe you should go a little easier on your mom.
Why? Nothing's going to change if my mom doesn't do something.
My dad's a disaster, and all my mom is doing is getting her black belt in passive aggressive texting.
You're right.
- Jon - Sarah, the truth about your dad is that he is really messed up.
Yeah, Jon.
I know.
No, not from drinking.
Morgan Edge did something to him.
This is going to sound nuts, but, he's basically been body-snatched.
" Look, these military guys showing up, they're from the DOD.
It's a threat reduction agency headed by our grandpa to keep Earth safe from aliens.
And the scientists there, they are looking at your dad right now, trying to help him.
But, honestly, I don't even think that they're totally clear on what's going on.
Right, so it's It's not their fault.
It's not his fault.
Sarah, it's definitely not your mom's fault.
Maybe you should go see for yourself.
Lana's really beating herself up.
Hard not to.
Clark, why would Edge give Superman time to make a decision? What do you mean? Edge is a ruthless corporate shark, he never gives anyone anything.
Why give Superman time? The only reason that makes sense is that he needs it.
Maybe the subjects aren't finished resurrecting or transforming or whatever the process is because they're not done.
And Edge knows that if he's going to defeat Superman, he needs everyone.
[distant voices.]
They found Donovan.
- I guess I'll - Go out the back? Go out the back, yeah.
You're coming with us.
We need to reverse what this machine's been doing to people.
- Reverse it? - Yeah.
Turn everyone back into the human they should be.
- I can't do that.
- You'll do what I say.
Look, I barely understand how this technology even works.
If you want to reverse this process, you're going to have to find whoever it is that invented this thing.
Who the hell's that? My mother.
All of this for Morgan Edge.
It's gonna get a whole lot worse if we don't stop him.
He's here.
Everything okay? Uh I know you're used to all this, but it's a little surreal to see Superman in real life.
I'm so used to watching him on TV.
Yeah, it can be a little weird.
Come on.
Follow me.
Is there any way to communicate with the consciousness inside the Eradicator? The Kryptonian minds inside aren't actually alive.
Once a consciousness is chosen, they need a host in order to become activated.
So the only way this works is to place the consciousness of Lara Lor-Van into someone from Smallville.
That's my understanding.
Get this machine ready.
This doesn't feel right.
- We don't have any other choices.
- And we're running out of time.
- We need to find a volunteer fast.
- I'll do it.
Uh, I'm sorry, but that's not possible.
Why not? I'm from Smallville.
Makes me the ideal candidate.
You don't have to look for anyone.
- She does have a point.
- Dad! Can everyone just please give us a moment alone? - This isn't your responsibility.
- Then whose is it? I'm the one who stood by while Kyle rallied the town to Edge's side.
It was me who signed up my own friends to Edge's executive program.
- Lana - This is my town.
And at every critical juncture, I failed it.
So don't tell me this isn't my responsibility.
Not when I stand here, about to lose everything.
I appreciate what you're trying to do, but you have a family.
Yeah, and my husband is one of them, who is going to become some alien psychopath if I don't do something.
I have to save Kyle, Lois.
If there's a chance that he's still alive, I have to do it.
What about Sarah and Sophie? They mean the world to me, you know that.
- It's why I can't let you do this.
- No, it's why you have to.
I have to fix this.
For them.
For me.
For everybody here.
There's no guarantee this will even work.
This is alien science.
Well, it's good thing I'm just a local loan officer who doesn't know any better.
You are not authorized to go in.
This is his daughter.
How much authorization do you need? We've been through this already.
- I need you to vacate the premises.
- Or what? What are you gonna do? You gonna shoot us? Guys, maybe we should just try again later.
No, we're going in whether GI Jerknuts here wants us to or not.
The hell's going on here? I'm in the middle of a national emergency, only to get word my own grandsons are down here causing problems.
We're just trying to get in so she could see her dad.
[General Lane.]
Not an option.
We already told her what happened to him, okay? She deserves to see it for herself.
- Why would you do that? - I don't know.
Maybe because I'm done with your BS secrets.
- Those secrets save lives.
- Really? Because you keep saying that and it keeps proving not to be true.
Is this about what happened with your brother? No, it's about everything, okay? You keep acting like you're doing the right thing.
And then it keeps proving to be the exact opposite.
Come on, can't you just act like a real person for once and not a soldier? Let 'em in.
Thanks, Grandpa.
Dad? I don't get it, you said that there would be some kind of You.
- You think your little toys can stop us? - Dad! "Dad"? Oh, Daddy doesn't exist anymore.
He's a screaming corpse.
Ashes on the pyre.
Hey, Sarah, let's just get out of here.
Hey, hey, hey.
Come on, come on.
When I get out of here, I'm gonna kill you first.
- I don't like this.
- I don't like it either, but it's her choice and we have to respect it.
I know, but it's Lana, she's one of my closest friends.
Which is why you should say something, even if it's as you, it'll mean a lot.
I want to thank you.
It's very brave.
I wouldn't be so sure.
My heart is racing a million miles an hour.
Yeah, I know.
You know, you don't have to do this.
There's always another way.
I don't think you really believe that.
Also, did Superman just lie to me? It's not lying.
I'm just an optimist.
I guess that's what makes you a hero.
You're the hero right now, Lana.
It's time.
We'll be right here.
[machine whirring.]
Did it work? Is she okay? [gasps.]
Kal-El? Mother? I know this must be a lot to process.
[Lana as Lara Lor-Van.]
Resurrection was my life's work.
As a way to ensure our civilization was not lost forever.
It was never meant to be used as a way to supplant another race.
Kryptonians are peaceful people.
At least the majority of us.
I don't understand.
Zeta-Rho, my brother You had another family? We were genetically matched.
That's how unions were formed for thousands of years on Krypton.
And then I met your father.
We fell in love and ended my relationship with Zeta-Rho.
Jor-El and I shared a vision for a better world.
I gave birth to you and then your father and I When we decided to send you to Earth, we hoped you would live that vision.
I think I have.
The sunstone crystal, in my pod.
Why only Father's? Why not yours as well? It was stolen by Zeta-Rho.
Revenge for leaving him.
My biggest fear in letting you go was that you would be without a mother.
I had a mother here.
Her name was Martha.
And she loved me very much.
You have no idea how much that means to me, Kal-El.
This world, it welcomed you.
It has.
And you found someone.
I can tell by how you look at her.
She's the love of my life.
It's all I ever wanted for you.
To find a new home, someone to love, create a family of your own.
We have two sons.
Tell me all about them.
What are we going to do? "We"? Look at her.
She's upset.
I think she wants to talk to you.
Yeah, why is she so upset? 'Cause you had to tell her what's going on.
Hey, look, I'm not going to apologize for telling the truth, okay? Ever.
And I wish things weren't the way that they are.
And what happened to her dad It really sucks, all right? But I think all you can do now is be there for her.
- I'm so sorry.
- I had to see him.
I had to understand, but now it's like I don't even know what that was.
I think a lot of really smart people are trying to figure that out right now.
Last night That was my dad.
I know that was my dad.
I was awful to him.
Is that going to be the last time I ever see my dad? Is calling my dad a drunk going to be the last thing I ever say to him? I need him back.
We're just going to have to hold on to hope.
I'll find them.
- There's no need.
- They have the Eradicator I said there's no need! - Leave.
Prepare for our arrival.
- Now? Kal-El made his decision.
He chose humanity over us.
There's no saving my brother now.
How does this thing work? Same principle as a computer.
In this case, instead of a computer, it's a brain, and the information being uploaded is a person's consciousness.
The Eradicator holds and transfers this information.
A new consciousness into a person.
So, during this transfer process, does the old consciousness exist? It does until the transfer is complete.
And then the new consciousness fully takes over.
- How long does that take? - Days.
Depends how willing the host is to accept this new life, if at all.
But the Kryptonian part that's developing, that person could just emerge at any time? If prompted, yes.
The Kryptonian consciousness will remain in the Eradicator and their powers will dissipate over time.
And how do we stop this? Prevent the transfer from completing so only the old consciousness remains.
- Can we do that? - We can.
We just need to get the people who were affected to go through the eradication process again.
- Bring 'em here, all of them? - Yes.
- And run them through the machine.
- Yes.
We don't know how many people have gone through this.
There has to be another way to do it all at once.
That would require too much energy.
How much? We would need something that rivals this planet's sun.
[rumbling, whirring.]
It's Edge.
Figure out a way to do everyone at once.
I'll hold him off as long as I can.
How the hell are you going to do that? Appeal to him the same way he did to you.
As a brother.
Go, my son, be the hero I knew you would be.
Hello again, Superman.
Why do you love them? There must be a reason.
Did they take you in when you first arrived? They treat you like you were one of them? 'Cause they did no such thing for me.
I landed in the British countryside where I was not greeted.
- [all shouting.]
- [guns firing.]
I was hunted.
Kept hidden from the world for years.
A piece of alien meat, an experiment for them to learn why I had abilities.
Brother, I am sorry that happened to you.
But not everyone here is like that.
Only when they're afraid.
And believe me I made them afraid.
No! And I'm going to again Without you, brother.
[electronic beeping.]
Tell me What is it like being with my son? Most of the time it's easy.
But sometimes it's very difficult.
Most of the time I feel very secure and then I've also had some of the most terrifying days in my entire life.
But there's always love and respect.
- A partnership? - Very much so.
On Krypton, I had all the hopes and dreams one could ever have, and I lived them all.
And then one day, those hopes and dreams were for the son I'd just had.
Thank you, Lois, for making them come true.
He's this world's first and greatest hero.
But I want you to know that he's an even better man.
About last night and the performance.
I'm so sorry I didn't make it.
It was because of this, wasn't it? Yeah.
I feel like such a jerk, Jordan.
All this weirdness with you and now it makes sense.
I mean, you knew about all of this and you had to keep it a secret.
Now, I'm actually really glad that your dad was there instead of me.
You guys got to have that together.
That's a great memory to hold on to.
Here you go.
Something's going on.
The hell? Yes, humans are flawed, and, yes, some more than others.
But they don't deserve what you're trying to do.
You will defend them over your own kind.
They don't deserve to lose their lives.
They are inferior to us, Kal.
No, they're not.
They're just different.
I was sent here with a mission.
- To resurrect my people.
- No.
- To save Krypton.
- Stop.
- And I will not fail.
- Yes, you will.
The thing is, Kal, this is the only planet you've ever known.
So you don't know the pain of losing one.
But I do.
And I am not going to let that happen again.
And neither are they.
That's your family coming, Kal.
Your real people.
Your real heritage.
Make a choice, us or them? There is no us or them.
Sam, we're out of time.
Is it ready? Ready? - We are.
- It is.
Except for that energy source part.
We don't have anything strong enough here.
- [Superman.]
Yes, we do.
- What? I'll release all my energy at once.
Create a solar flare.
It'll be enough.
And you'll be out of commission for days.
I can't let you do this.
- We don't have a choice.
- Superman.
Sam, we're out of time.
Get everyone out, I'm coming in.
- And so are they.
- Everyone out! Go, now! Go, out! Now! Go, go, go! Boys! Boys, please come now! - Where's Sarah? - I don't know.
[Kyle grunting.]
Boys, right now! Come on.
Come on, come on.
Stop! [screaming.]
Sarah? Dad? Dad? What happened? [groans.]
[all clamoring.]
Lana? [as Lana.]
[chuckles softly.]
Sir, no sign of Morgan Edge.
Search the globe until you find him.
- There's no sign of Dad either.
- Where is he? [panting.]
- Just us? - For now.
But all is not lost.

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