Metropolis, daytime. A helicopter is landing on a big open parking lot from which we can see much of the city. An expensive town car pulls into the lot. Papa Luthor emerges from the chopper to meet the car. Hey, it's Gina Holden from Flash Gordon. She's got her hair pulled back and is holding an umbrella. She watches Papa Luthor approach and doesn't seem happy about it. Papa Luthor, not so scared anymore, says, "Who would have guessed that skinny little Patty Swann" was the author of those "alarmingly cryptic messages." The woman says her name is "Patricia" and lies that it's nice to see him, too. Papa reminisces about how the last time he saw her, she and Lex were kids swimming at the lake. He reminds her that her dad loved the outdoors. Papa wonders aloud why Swann would have wanted to lock himself up in a musty planetarium. Patricia says the family get-togethers weren't about the outdoors. She tells Papa that she's received her father's research after a long probate. That's like a rebate, but more professional. As the camera zooms in on her face tightly, Patricia says that her father was obsessed with a traveler from another galaxy. She says The Traveler came to Smallville in the meteor shower. Papa, smiling, says her dad had a vivid imagination. Not moving her umbrella hand a millimeter, she says that he wasn't the only one who believed in The Traveler. AAA, for instance, built their whole business around him. She says four powerful families used to meet every summer to discuss this being: the Queens, the Teagues, the Swanns and Papa Luthor. Why didn't Papa bring his wife along? Papa doesn't change his expression. She says that they were a secret society called "Veritas." Trying to keep it light, he says, "That's right, Veritas, our astronomy club!" Ha. Nice. We were so bored sometimes we just spent all night trying to find Uranus. Ha! It's funny because it's true! Patricia, not one for humor, says that they had planned to welcome The Traveler and protect him once he arrived. So it was gonna be a galactic rich-people hostel/bed-and-breakfast? "But everyone died," she says. Papa turns away. "Except you," she adds. Papa asks where she's going with this. "You killed Edward Teague. And Robert and Laura Teague. And I am sure that you had a hand in my father's death," she says. Papa, not liking the accusation, says, "Pity his brilliance was lost on you." He starts to walk away, back toward the helicopter. The blades stopped spinning awfully quickly. Patricia calls out that she has proof. She says her father kept evidence in his journals. "You wanted The Traveler all to yourself," she says. You have to admit, it would be been the ultimate Christmas gift for Lex. She says he wanted The Traveler for his own personal gain. She tells him to turn over "The son of Krypton" or she'll expose the evidence of the murders. Papa chuckles. "A traveler from another galaxy? A clandestine cabal, a series of murders. That's quite a story!" he says. He warns her to be careful. "Don't test me, Lionel," she replies. She tells him to take her to The Traveler right now. Papa says she's still the same bossy little girl she used to be. "But this time, Patty," he says, inching in menacingly, "you're swimming way out of your depth." Papa goes back to the helicopter. The blades are starting to turn slowly. She watches him go.
Episode Report CardOmar G: A- | 664 USERS: C+
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