Smallville Season 9 Episode 17 Recap: "Upgrade"

An explosion rocks this week's episode of Smallville, setting off events that leave Clark ready to reveal his secrets. While investigating one of Tess' labs on Zod's orders, Lois is saved by John Corben, aka Metallo, from an explosion. Tess and Chloe then enlist Metallo's help to prevent Clark from spilling his secrets after he takes Zod to the Fortress of Solitude.

The episode opens in one of Tess' secret labs. A mad scientist plans to implant a red meteor rock heart into Metallo, but Lois happens to interrupt with her inquisitive ways. As she's being thrown out, a series of events leads to a huge explosion, giving Metallo the perfect chance to escape. Fortunately for Lois, he doesn't go too far, catching her at the bottom of an elevator shaft the explosion blew her into.

Lois wakes up in her own bed, having been tucked in by who she thought was the Blur (aka Zod masquerading as the Blur). Clark, who is in bed with her, prods where the last week has taken her, but she's clearly hiding the truth. Clark makes his leave when Lois receives an important phone call, unbeknownst to him that she's on the phone with faux-Blur. (Note: Why hasn't Clark figured this out by using super hearing?)

As Lois heads out to continue her investigation, she stumbles upon John Corbin, the man who actually rescued her from certain death, hanging out in the basement where Doomsday once held up. Though he's been poked and prodded by the scientists, his brain is actually back to normal, so no more crazy minus the little upgrade on the back of his neck that, when triggered, controls his every move. In order to survive, he needs to find more meteor rock.

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