Original air date: August 10, 2021
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You are the Eradicator!
Become the Eradicator!
Our home was ruined!
Zeta-Rho made a vow.
His own son to become the Eradicator.
I can’t do this.
Stop your whining, boy. This is what I trained you for.
Please, Father. I’ll find another way.
My way is the only way!
I won’t survive.
But you will become something far greater.
Become the Eradicator.
By the mere touch of your hand, our people will be resurrected.
It’s just not safe with Edge still out there.
Jon and I still go to school. How is Sarah’s house any less safe?
Will her parents be home?
You guess or you know?
They’re having another open house. I’m sure there’ll be an adult somewhere.
Another open house. What?
I’m just asking ’cause you and Sarah have gotten pretty serious lately.
Mom, please. We don’t have to go over this for the billionth time.
We just wanna make sure you’re making responsible choices.
Which is why I think you should take your brother with you.
No, no, no, I’m gonna take a pass on being chaperone. And also, I need to, you know, work on the hammer with John Henry.
You’ve been spending a lot of time with John Henry lately.
Okay, yeah, well, he’s basically a genius that saved Dad’s life twice.
So, I mean, I think I could learn a lot from him, you know?
We’re just not that comfortable with you building those kinds of weapons.
Okay, well, I mean, you can’t have it both ways.
Either Edge is a threat or he’s not.
I just wanna be prepared for when he shows up again.
All right, you’re making too much sense. Come on. Let’s go. You’re excused.
Lana had an open house? When did that happen?
I don’t know. Why don’t you go talk to her? And can you also get light bulbs at the hardware store?
I can’t. Teague Family Hardware went out of business.
That’s the fourth local business in the last month.
I know. Smallville’s really hurting. It’s like Edge left this place worse than he found it.
Yeah, and it’s not helping that the DOD is still here.
Speaking of, it’s your dad.
Did he find Edge?
No. He seems upset.
He’s always upset.
“DOD holds Smallville hostage”?
You know about this?
Chrissy ran it by me last night.
Then why didn’t you kill a story?
Because she raises a lot of good questions.
She’s just doing her job.
By attacking the men and women trying to protect this town?
She called us an occupying force.
Yeah, that might be a little hyperbolic.
The DOD has been here for a month.
People wanna know when you’re gonna leave.
When I think it’s safe.
But I can’t say that ’cause it’ll cause a panic if people know that Morgan Edge is still out there.
I agreed to speak at the town hall today to try to calm people’s nerves.
Now that’s gonna be damn near impossible.
Then just be honest for once.
Too many of those questions lead back to our family and the very secrets that keep you safe.
Is that really what this is about?
Are you questioning my motives?
Which is it, Lois?
Am I protecting the world or protecting our family?
‘Cause I never seem to get it right with you.
Dad, I’m sorry.
Oh, hey, Clark. Jordan’s out back with Sarah.
Oh, no, actually, I’m just here for the open house.
I’m not too late, am I?
No, of course not. Come right in.
Oh, thanks. Thanks.
So what brings you to Smallville?
Oh, you know, I grew up here.
Oh, you did?
Yeah. Yeah. Loved it. Really.
You know, great town, better people.
Met my best friend here.
Well, he must be very lucky.
And believe me, I’m the lucky one.
Although it kinda feels like she’s been avoiding me lately.
I know. I’m sorry, Clark.
It’s just, every time I see you, I’m reminded of all that I’m losing.
Maybe it’s a sign you should stay.
Listen, when you left, I would’ve done anything to keep you here, but you needed a fresh start, and that’s what we need too.
I was a kid then, and you’ve been here your whole life.
And now that my mom’s gone, you’re the heart of Smallville.
But Smallville’s gone.
People around here used to look out for each other.
After what Edge did, that trust, gone.
So stay and help rebuild it.
I’m sorry, Clark.
I really am.
We’ve made up our minds.
I think your dad just crashed and burned.
So I guess there’s no way you’re staying, right?
No, we’re totally staying.
But your parents are selling your house.
People can’t leave this town fast enough.
No sane person’s moving to Smallville right now.
Not sure your mom sees it that way.
She seems pretty set about leaving.
How’d you hear that?
[sighs] Well, it doesn’t matter.
They’re being ridiculous.
They actually believe that moving somewhere else will, you know, give us a fresh start.
Even though they’ve only gotten one crappy offer on this place.
[laughs] That’s great.
Don’t let my dad hear you say that.
No, no, no, no, I just mean, like, it’s great that you guys are staying, that’s all.
I knew what you meant.
I’m telling Mom!
Shut up. Sophie, wait.
So how many volts is that?
More than you can handle.
I don’t know.
I’ve used it before with no problem.
Well, it would be a problem now.
So what other modifications are you making?
What did I say about asking questions?
Not to ask them.
So what’s… what’s the deal with this?
Ah, that was… that was Nat’s idea.
Right after we finished building the old suit.
Wait, she helped you build your war suit?
It’s not “awesome.”
She was 14 years old, and her mom had just been killed on live TV.
I’m… I’m sorry. That was stupid.
Her whole childhood was stolen in an instant.
Spent the last months of her life hiding in a bunker.
Then stop wasting my time.
You should… should be out with your friends being a normal kid, not in here playing war games.
I just… I wanted to learn from you, though.
Well, I don’t have anything else to teach you.
Go bother someone else.
I just got an earful from my dad.
You were right to publish that article.
People deserve to know why the DOD is still here.
Think we’ll get any answers at the town hall?
Maybe, maybe not, but there’s no one I trust more than you to ask the hard questions.
Wow, that’s so nice and makes what I have to tell you so much worse.
I got an offer to sell the “Gazette.”
To whom? Some billionaire?
More like a multinational conglomerate, actually.
That’s even worse. They don’t care about the news.
All they care about is the bottom line.
Chrissy, they will destroy everything we’ve built here.
I know, but what choice do I have?
We’re going broke.
After Edge, our tiny subscriber base got even tinier.
So we build a new one.
We’re a small-town paper in a town that’s literally disappearing.
Even having the world’s most famous reporter can’t keep the doors open.
If the “Gazette” folds, Edge wins.
Sometimes, there aren’t winners.
Lois, if I don’t take this offer, I’ll be underwater in a month.
I don’t have a choice.
[voices echoing] It is done.
A worthy sacrifice.
Let us begin.
[voices echoing] The time has come.
Krypton will be reborn.
Just doesn’t seem right, Smallville without Lana Lane.
She’s a part of this town.
Maybe she has a point though. Maybe that Smallville is gone.
I mean, Chrissy has worked at the “Gazette” her entire life just to have it vanish.
And there’s nothing you can do?
Unless Superman starts robbing banks, no.
She needs a miracle.
all: No more DOD! No more DOD!
She’s not the only one.
all: No more DOD! No more DOD! No more DOD!
Doesn’t sound good.
all: No more DOD! No more DOD!
No more DOD! No more DOD!
This is bad.
[crowd shouting and chanting]
We have to do something.
Please calm down and take your seats, and we can get started.
So I’m gonna swing by the station real quick and pack up my stuff.
Should be home in time to put the ribs on.
Do you think that we’re making a mistake?
What, eating baby backs?
I mean, do you think we’re giving up too easily?
Is that what Clark said?
I just… I don’t want us to rush into a decision that we’re gonna regret later.
I don’t think we have much of a choice.
Folks ’round here kind of forced our hand.
Not everybody’s out to get us, Kyle.
All right, look, I am very appreciative of everything that the Kents have done for us.
They’ve been solid, but Lana, their friendship ain’t gonna put food on the table.
[sighs] I know.
It’s just hard.
Yeah, I know.
But hey, as long as I got you, doesn’t matter where we live.
Okay, so you and me, we… we can make any place home, all right?
Welcome to the new Smallville.
It’s the same as the old one.
Just more pathetic.
Where you been hiding, QB 2?
Hey, just… you know how it goes.
Just catching up on some school work.
Uh, our town’s under siege, and you’re hiding at home to study?
Dude, wrong answer.
Time to get off the bench, bro.
Jimmy’s parents are out of town.
He’s got the whole place to himself.
Wellnitz is picking up a keg as we speak.
Totally crafty. ABVs are super high.
All right, I’m in. [all cheering]
You should come too, Shortstack.
All right, we’re gonna go pick up Denise and Kaitlin.
See you boys there, yeah?
See you later, man.
How much more passive-aggressive could Sean get?
I don’t know, I mean, maybe it’s just weird ’cause you, like, dated?
It wasn’t a problem before.
Now that my parents are all scarlet letter, it’s like I’m Hester Prynne by association.
We don’t have to go.
No. It’s been, like, forever since you guys have hung out, and it’ll be fun brother bonding time.
Plus the beer’s, like, so crafty.
I had promised Soph to do Princess Hair Salon, you know, ’cause of earlier. [both laugh]
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Just call me when you get home?
Yeah. All right.
Wellnitz better keep his shirt on this time.
You see what kind of hornets’ nest your little paper stirred up?
Then let me help.
I was hoping you’d say that.
All right, everyone. Call to order.
General Lane is here to answer any concerns you may have about the continuing presence of the DOD in Smallville.
Thank you, Mayor Dean.
When are your soldiers gonna leave our town?
crowd: Yeah! [cheers and applause]
I promise you the DOD is working as fast as we can.
Once all hazardous materials have been removed from the mines, you can expect a precipitous drop in troop numbers.
Those troops are scaring away the businesses here on Main Street.
I mean, why can’t they all be stationed over at the mines?
Yeah, and what’s in those mines that’s so dangerous anyways?
I’m not at liberty to discuss the exact nature of the substance, but…
Well, you’ll take it from under our noses no problem.
Look, everyone, I’m sure they have a good reason for removing it.
Yeah, it’s probably worth a hell of a lot of money.
I can assure you no one is profiting from this.
We’re merely acting in the public’s best interest.
General Lane, can you tell us where Morgan Edge is right now?
I’m not able to comment publicly on that at this time.
Why not? People are afraid, and they wanna know that they’re safe.
Ms. Beppo, I think you’ve caused enough panic for one day.
Can you at least tell us if Edge is in custody?
No, he’s not.
They deserve to know.
Edge managed to escape a holding facility a few weeks ago.
Now, since then, Superman and the DOD have been working diligently to try to track him down.
But as of right now, his whereabouts are still unknown.
Should we be worried that he’s gonna come back here?
I’m afraid until Morgan Edge is apprehended, there’s reason for concern.
But let me assure you, the DOD is doing everything we can to keep the people of Smallville safe.
Don’t anyone trust a word that man says.
Is that Derek Powell’s mother?
The DOD has been lying for months.
Ever since my son died.
And I have proof.
Thought that might be you.
I figured now is as good a time as any to clear out.
Especially since most of the guys are at the town hall right now.
I got a call from the chief in Bristol asking about you.
Just putting some feelers out is all.
Yeah? ‘Cause the “for sale” sign in your front lawn seems to suggest otherwise.
What do you want me to do, Tamera?
It wasn’t easy when I signed up, Chief.
All the looks from the other guys thinking a woman had no place at the station, never mind a Black woman.
But you, you always had my back.
‘Cause I knew they were dead wrong about you.
And I was hoping we can prove ’em wrong again.
I want you to know I told the chief in Bristol he’d be lucky to have you.
Good luck, boss. I’m rooting for you.
What the hell?
Oh, my God!
Oh, my God!
This is a letter from the Department of Defense signed by that man right there, and in it, he says that my son’s death is under investigation.
That’s true, Mrs. Powell. We’re still in the process of gathering facts about how Derek died.
He died because of what Morgan Edge did.
That is how he died! You have known for months, and you didn’t bother saying anything to me.
Sharon, I know how difficult this has been for you.
You have no idea what it’s like to lose a child.
The guilt a mother feels the thinking over and over again what I could have done differently.
I’m so sorry.
Please, tell me what Morgan Edge did to my son.
I need to know the truth.
My team just got a hit on Edge.
He just attacked the facility where Larr’s being held.
We need to go.
Sorry, folks, but there’s a situation that needs our immediate attention.
No, no, no, no!
Where are you going?
Lady deserves an answer!
We want answers!
Tell us the truth! We want answers!
all: We want answers! We want answers!
We want answers! We want answers!
We have to get back in there.
That’s not an option.
Smallville is tearing itself apart.
If we don’t do something…
Did you not hear me?
Edge is out, and he’s got Larr with him.
Then we need to warn the town.
He doesn’t seem to be anywhere near Smallville.
That’s ’cause they got a different target.
My tracker picked them up after they left the DOD.
They’re in Metropolis.
Just like on your Earth.
You two need to go now.
Wait, on your Earth, Superman didn’t act alone.
He had an entire army.
Does Edge really think that he and Larr can take an entire city?
After what we saw him do when he escaped the DOD, maybe he can.
Or maybe he just wants to hurt me.
He saw my memories.
He knows how much history we have in Metropolis.
Yeah, but if he just wanted to hurt you, why wouldn’t he come straight to Smallville?
There is a bigger picture we’re not seeing.
I should go with you. Can you keep the boys safe?
I’ll reach out, make sure they get back to the farm.
Do you have a location for Edge?
Looks like he’s still in Centennial Park.
Please do not move the barriers.
Everyone, please stand back.
Please tell me that’s not Morgan Edge floating up there.
You need to get everyone back.
It isn’t safe here.
Lois, do you know what’s going on here?
We think Morgan Edge is about to attack Metropolis.
Is it just the two of them?
As far as I could tell.
Do we have to worry about more of them?
I don’t think that’s Morgan Edge anymore.
Then who is it?
[upbeat music over speakers]
Hey, hurry up and grab a drink.
We’ve got Flip Cup out back.
All right, right behind you. Right behind you.
What if something’s up?
Then he’ll call back.
I don’t know. He never calls.
Just be a normal kid for, like, an hour.
Okay? I got the ELT.
If anything serious happens, I’ll call Dad.
Since when did you become Mr. Party Guy?
Shouldn’t you be building rocket launchers with John Henry or something?
It’s a missile launcher, and I want to beat Wellnitz at Flip Cup.
Come on. Come on.
Oh, if it’s for Wellnitz…
Hey, John. Can we talk?
How did it go at the station?
Well, I was… I was talking to Tamera, and she got me thinking that, I don’t know, maybe you’re right.
You know, maybe… maybe this isn’t the right call.
I mean, we’ve built so much here.
It’s scary to think of walking away from all this.
Yeah. [phone ringing]
This is Kyle.
Sophie, stay still.
Sophie. [knock at door]
So, girls, we have some news.
Your dad just got a job offer.
Still fighting fires, just… just in a different city.
The job’s in Bristol County.
That’s, like, two hours away.
Which is why we’re gonna have to move to make it work.
But I thought you said that the offer on the house was super low.
It was, but look, Sarah, this… this is a great opportunity.
Their fire chief is getting ready to retire, which means I can just step right on in and… and help with the transition.
Do you even hear yourself?
After all you said about people abandoning Smallville, the minute it gets hard, you guys are gonna run?
Come on, Sarah. That’s not fair.
You’re so full of crap.
Honey, is this about Jordan?
It’s about the fact that my parents are lying hypocrites.
Hey, this isn’t easy for anyone.
Look, we’re just simply trying to do what’s best for our family.
Maybe you’re not qualified to make that decision.
I mean, it was you who kissed Morgan Edge’s ass to come here in the first place.
Hey, do not blame your father for any of this.
I blame you too!
You guys are so freaking stupid.
Your friend has no part in this, Kal-El.
Why are you here?
We thought it poetic that the city you championed be the first to fall.
We’re not giving up the city, and you know you can’t take it alone.
The Eradicator is gone. Your subjects are gone.
Tal-Rho, no one else needs to get hurt.
There is no Tal-Rho anymore.
John, picking up four new Kryptonian signatures in the park.
We got company.
I thought the Eradicator machine was destroyed.
It was. This is something else.
Keep an eye on Edge.
Beware of Leslie Larr.
Telling me after doesn’t help.
Everyone, you need to get inside and take cover.
Metropolis is under attack. Go!
Any chance you got a camera we can go live with?
It’s back at GBS with Janet. She went up to the roof to get a clear shot of the action.
I’ve got eyes on two in the business district.
That area is heavily populated.
You need to get there before we have mass casualties.
We got one down. Send a team to Jurgens and 4th.
No, trust me, you just sell at 42 and leave the rest of the board holding the bag.
Defense is at 63%. 59%. 55%.
Enough of this crap.
The kinetic hammer is offline.
Get it back on.
Reconnecting in 90 seconds.
[upbeat music over speakers]
So I feel like maybe you got the wrong impression of me out by the water tower.
No, I don’t… I don’t really think I did, to be honest.
Okay, okay. You know what?
I was fishing for answers, which sucks, and I’m really sorry, but I actually did want to hang out with you.
Those things don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
Right, because when I asked you out before, I mean, you made it pretty clear that I was just a charity case.
You know, somehow, I’ve become the queen of mixed messages.
Yeah. Yeah, I mean, I was kind of warned about you.
Of course you were.
You know, ever since I moved here, people act like I think I’m better than this place.
Wait, you moved here? From where?
Central City, two years ago.
well, he was sort of sent to prison.
My mom and I decided we needed a fresh start.
I didn’t know that.
It’s not really something I tell most people.
But then people make assumptions, think I’m, like, some sort of standoffish bitch.
Well, I’m… I’m sorry about that.
I know it’s not easy coming to a new place and starting over, you know?
That’s kind of why I was smiling at you all the time.
I felt like I could relate to what you were going through.
I guess that makes sense.
So if that means we’re cool, then how about you let me show you around, new guy?
Yeah, okay, but maybe skip the water tower this time?
‘Cause, you know, that’s really it.
There really isn’t much to see around here.
Yo, Sarah. Sarah, hey.
Sarah, what’s going on? Sarah?
Excuse me. Jordan, I need to talk to you.
Yo, show some etiquette, Cushing.
Shut up, Corey.
What are you looking at, huh?
Hey, hey, hey, Sarah. What’s going on?
My dad got a job offer in Bristol.
I think we’re gonna have to move.
I thought you said that wasn’t possible.
Hey, hey, everyone, quiet down.
Something’s happening in Metropolis.
This footage was taken in Centennial Park just before the fighting broke out.
As you can see, Superman arrived on the scene…
Whoa, whoa, is that Morgan Edge?
Some sort of armored war suit.
Lois, do you have any idea what this is all about?
Yeah: short version,
Morgan Edge is taking over people’s bodies and using them to destroy Metropolis.
Well, that’s incredibly terrifying.
Janet, we need to tell people what’s going on.
Okay, and it’s probably best coming from you.
There’s a mic in my press kit.
This is Lois Lane reporting live from Metropolis where Morgan Edge has begun an attack on the city.
How we doing on time?
Reconnecting in 15 seconds.
Where the hell is she going?
It seems Edge has the ability to give people powers and take over their minds…
Lana, are you seeing this?
For everyone in Metropolis to find a safe place to take cover until Edge is either apprehended or taken out.
Superman is working to stop Edge and all of the people he has infected.
This is how she died.
Lois, behind you!
Connecting in three, two, one.
Larr’s down, and I got another one.
I’ll never miss.
Are you still rolling?
I may have blacked out for that last part, but yes.
As you can see, Superman is not alone in this fight, but since we don’t know how many citizens have been infected, it’s very important to keep your eyes open for any suspicious activity.
I’m Lois Lane reporting live from Metropolis.
Your mom is awesome.
Just Chuckles over there.
Let’s finish this.
What the hell just happened?
I don’t know.
I’ve never seen anything like that.
We didn’t even touch him.
Sir, our men are at the Kent farm now.
Boys aren’t there.
Please. We can make this work.
We can talk about this later, maybe when your mom didn’t almost just get killed?
No, that makes this more important.
Look, I… I don’t want to lose you.
I don’t either.
I just don’t know how we’re going to make it work.
We’d never see each other.
We can call. We… we can text. We can video chat.
That’s what your brother did with Eliza.
The second that he moved, she totally bailed.
But they’re not us.
Yeah, and I like us, but I’m just scared if we do distance, we’ll start to hate us, okay?
Where the hell are my grandsons?
We were… I was just about to call you.
Both of you, in the car, now.
Hey, come on.
Can you, like, tell us what’s happening with Morgan Edge?
Do I look like someone who gives classified intel to drunk teenagers?
Grandpa, we’re really sorry.
I don’t wanna hear it. Let’s go.
Can we at least take Sarah home?
We’ve had a really long night.
Of course. Come on.
[laughter and whispering]
I’ll see you.
How was Edge able to use the Eradicator?
Always one step behind, Kal-El.
When Edge was speaking earlier, it sounded like…
A whole bunch of voices.
Maybe that’s why you never found the Eradicator.
Because what, Edge somehow made himself the Eradicator?
I mean, is that even possible?
It would explain his new powers.
And the four new subjects.
Okay, so let’s say Edge can make subjects.
Where would he go next?
Isn’t it obvious?
To make more.
So how’d you find us?
I run the DOD.
You think I can’t track down my own grandsons?
What the hell?
[all breathing heavily]
The car hit Edge, and he didn’t even move.
Jon, do you have your ELT?
It got knocked out of my hand when we crashed.
What are you guys talking about?
There’s a pistol in the glove compartment loaded with kryptonite.
I need one of you boys to come up here and get it.
Jon, your arm.
My left is just as good.
Now I need you to take the shot.
Do you have any experience shooting?
A little, with John Henry.
I want you to get Edge in your sights.
Cock the gun.
He’s just standing there.
Okay. Try to keep your hand steady.
You’re only gonna get one shot at this.
Once you got him, pull the trigger.
Did you get him? You get him?
I don’t know. He just… he flew away.
Flew away where?
I love you.
Sarah. Sarah, let me out.
Edge took him.
There was nothing that he could do.
We need to help him. He… he needs somebody…
Look at me. Look at me! You need to go home.
Find your dad. Get your dad.
Now! Go! Go!
Grandpa. Grandpa, are you okay?
Worry about me later. Find that ELT.
Get her out of here.
What is it?
Jonathan, what happened?
Are you okay?
Edge took Jordan.
You need to find him! Go!
What do you want from me?
[groaning in pain]
[bells ringing] [sirens wailing]
[people shouting] [horns honking]
What happened? Where are the boys?
Where are the boys?
Edge took Jordan.
I tried following him. It was too late.
No, go find him.
Lois, Lois, I looked everywhere.
He’s gone. He’s gone.
What are we gonna do?
I don’t know.
I don’t know.
[groaning in pain]
[as Zeta-Rho] Well done, my son.
Now, let’s begin.