The saga on ‘Smallville’ continued this week and with it brought new twists and turns. Keep reading if you missed out on last night’s episode. Be warned that I’ll be talking about it in depth which means spoilers are ahead.

The Vigilante Registration Act has come across so much opposition that the issue has been brought forth for a national vote. One day before the vote, Clark shows disappointment and believes it will fail to be repealed. In an attempt to encourage him, Lois turns on the television and they watch his mother, a U.S. senator, speak at a rally on behalf of heroes. During her speech, Senator Kent is shot and rushed to the hospital but only sustained minor injuries due to her wearing a bullet-proof vest.

After investigating the scene of the shooting, Clark and Oliver come to the conclusion that kryponite bullets were used; thus making the shooter’s motivation more personal than political. The shooter wanted Clark to rush in front of her and save her, thus killing him.

Meanwhile, Lionel Luther reappears in Smallville and reclaims LuthorCorp from Tess and Oliver. This isn’t the Lionel that everyone saw drop 40 stories to his death; he followed Clark through from the alternate universe and is ready to start wreaking havoc in Smallville.

Lionel finds the young and considerably ill “Lex clone” and befriends him, promising to care for him and protect him once he realizes his young son was the shooter. But when Alexander accesses memories of the original Lex Luthor, his father’s past betrayal is something he cannot accept. So when Martha Kent comes to the Luthor mansion to demand Lionel leave her son alone, Alexander knocks them unconscious and sets the mansion on fire with them in it.

Alexander then confronts Clark with a kryptonite-loaded gun, telling him what he did to his mother and Lionel. But Tess is able to help him turn away from the darkness that’s consuming him, grabs the gun which allows Clark to rush to the mansion, saving both Martha and Lionel.

Afterward, Lois and Chloe decide to cheer Clark up by showing him videos from thousands of vigilante supporters professing their support for The Blur. Videos were created and submitted by actual “Smallville” fans. Later they find out that the vote has passed and the V.R.A. would be repealed, at which point Martha talks to her son about stepping up and making himself known to the public while using his real identity as a disguise.

You won’t want to miss next week’s episode. In “Masquerade,” Chloe and Oliver are mistaken for FBI agents investigating Desaad’s recent string of murders and the pair are kidnapped by Desaad’s minions. Desaad tries to infect Chloe with the darkness. Meanwhile, Lois tells Clark he needs to be more careful with his identity and suggests a disguise.