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Smallville: What is your favorite Martha moment?
Michael McKean has let us know via Twitter that he and Annette O'Toole are in Vancouver right now, filming Hostage! First he posted these tweets:

And then he posted this pic!! *dies*

Click for original in full size.

Are you guys as excited as I am to see Martha and Perry back on Smallville?! With that in mind, I thought it might be fun to share both our favorite moments of the past with these two characters, and our hopes for what we'll see when they return. Post yours in the comments! Include a cap if you feel like it, or just tell us about your favorite scene, and also what you would most like to see in Hostage. I'll start!

My favorite Martha scene is in Solitude. Clark's battle with Brainiac is over (for the moment), and Martha has been brought back from the brink of death. Clark finds her in the barn, enjoying the simple pleasures of just being alive, and tries to tell her what she means to him.

Screen cap by acampbell.

Martha: Hey, you.
Clark: Mom, you okay?
Martha: Yeah. It's amazing how wonderful a rainstorm smells when you think you'll never smell one again.
Clark: I can't imagine what it would be like if you were gone.
Martha: The hardest thing in life is losing the people you love, but you'd learn to move on. We all do.
Clark: It wouldn't be easy. Dad's given me so much, I could never measure. But you're my heart, my soul.
Martha: Well, I... I don't plan on going anywhere for a long, long time.
Clark: Good.

What I want to see in Hostage is a heart-to-heart between mother and son, where Clark talks about all that he is facing at this moment in his life, the challenges he must overcome and the decisions he has to make, his role in the world and the destiny that lies before him, and Martha offers him comfort, support, and advice. If this turns out to be the last time we get to see Martha, I want her appearance to be about Clark, and I want it to be truly meaningful.

My favorite Perry scene is really difficult to choose. He was only in one episode, but every scene is a gem, and I could pick any one of them. But I have to go with the last scene of the episode, where he gives us a glimpse of Clark's iconic future. As he speaks those prophetic words and then departs, and Clark stands tall and beautiful in the sunlight, watching him go, I get chills. Every single time.

Screen cap by acampbell.

Perry: You really are kind of a freak, you know that?
Clark: Mr. White...
Perry: I'm serious. You try to help people, even fools like me, and you never ask for anything in return. When I saw your face up there after it was all over, I suddenly realized I was about to tear down a good person. I just couldn't believe there was actually anyone like you out there.
Clark: Trust me, Mr. White, I'm not that good.
Perry: Well, I'm just glad nobody got hurt. Chalk it up to hallucinations or the DTs. All I know is, I got a wake-up call. I am, uh, exactly seventeen hours and five minutes sober.
Clark: Well, I'm glad some good came out of all this. So what's next?
Perry: Well, if you found the guts to go over that cliff, maybe I can find the courage to finish the one story I let go.
Clark: Something tells me the world hasn't seen the last of Perry White.
Perry: Something tells me you're right. Rumor has it I still have a friend or two on the Daily Planet. Oh, uh, by the way, I, uh, I went over a couple more of your Torch stories.
Clark: And?
Perry: Well, they're rough, and half the time you bury the lead, but I see a glimmer of hope. If you ever make it to Metropolis, look me up. I owe you one.

What I want to see in Hostage is, of course, a reunion between Clark and Perry, and a callback to their first meeting. I want them to talk about Clark's future at the Daily Planet, and how he can make a difference as a reporter, with bonus points if we get a scene with Clark, Perry, and Lois together at the DP.

So what about you guys? Tell me the scenes you already love, and the ones that would make your dreams come true!

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jeannev From: jeannev Date: March 23rd, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
My favorite Clark/Martha scene is the end of Vengeance. There are no words between them. Martha is watching the home video, lost in her memories, and then she seems to sense her son behind her. She can see that he's crying. And she goes up to him, and takes his arm so gentlely and sees that he's wearing his fathers watch. Then she wraps her arms around him, and lets him cry like a baby to his mother. Its my favorite SV scene ever. Ever. And Tom and Annette made it so perfect and beautiful. And its made me cry. Over and over again. Whoever it was on the SV creative team who dreamed up that scene, kudos to them.

My 2nd favorite is the end of Memoria. "A mothers love never dies"

As for Perry, I don't think I can pick a favorite scene. I thought he was just great.
dawnybee From: dawnybee Date: March 23rd, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Memoria" was the best IMO episode for Martha/Clark interaction. I have alot of favorite Martha moments: "Crusade" where she's a lioness, trying to get through to Clark from Jor-El's influence. "Fever" where she's vulnerable and opens up about her fear that Clark would want to leave she and Jonathan to search about his origins. "Mercy" because Martha was just kick ass and Annette was a trooper in that episode. This wasn't just baking pies Martha.

And yearning!Martha.

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 24th, 2010 12:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I think people forget that Memoria wasn't just about Lex and his memories. That was a great episode for Clark, and for Martha. I loved how she didn't feel threatened by Lara at all, and only wanted Clark to understand how truly special she was.

All the moments you list are my favorites, and so many more. And no one could ever have brought this character to life the way Annette O'Toole has. She's perfect.

But I can't do the Mionel, sorry. I can barely watch that scene! :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 24th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Valerie, YES. That was such an amazing scene, and I think sometimes Vengeance is overlooked in comparison to Reckoning, when for me it is even more powerful emotionally. Certainly it's one of the best performances Tom has given on the show. That moment is the culmination of all the sadness and pain both Clark and Martha went through in the episode, and one of the most intimate moments between mother and son we've ever been privileged to see. Thank you for sharing it.

I love the cap you chose. It's beautiful.
theclexfactor From: theclexfactor Date: March 23rd, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
One of my favorite Martha scenes is at the end of Memoria when she tells Clark that his first word was Lara. That scene makes me cry every time. I'm sure a lot of things went through Martha's head as an adoptive mother, but she handled that scene with grace and was still there for Clark.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 24th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC) (Link)
That scene really shows what a great mother Martha is, that her first thought is always for Clark and his happiness. Her unconditional and endless love have so much to do with the hero Clark becomes. And the song in that scene was perfect. I cry every time, too.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 24th, 2010 02:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I know! It's so nice of him to tweet us these treats! :)

Both of those scenes make me cry, too, even after countless viewings. I also like Martha's funny moments, like when she was possessed by Dawn in Spirit. Annette rocked that scene, in more ways than one! :D
christina_kat From: christina_kat Date: March 23rd, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the tweets and the beautiful pic of Tom and Annette. I'm pretty sure their reunion will make me squee a lot, I hope they will make me cry, too! :)

My favorite Martha/Clark scenes are the ones you and Valerie mentioned. Both of these episodes made me cry actually. And one of the most amazing Martha moments were the one from the episode crusade where she says to Clark that he is capable of anything and Clark replies: "No, that's you mom"

Edited at 2010-03-23 11:40 pm (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 24th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Awww, that's a wonderful moment! And it's so true, Martha has so much strength, and has endured so much, but is still always there for her son. I can't even express how much I've missed her.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 24th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Isn't it just the best pic ever? I love the way Annette fits so perfectly there, snuggled up to Tom. ♥

That scene is hilarious, it is totally one of my favorites! And your cap is perfect! :D I like how earthy Martha is sometimes, she has a healthy, realistic attitude about things. She's not as uptight or conservative as Jonathan, and I think that's been important in helping Clark find a balance.
gildinwen From: gildinwen Date: March 24th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC) (Link)
My Martha moment is in Crusade when she fought so hard to get her son back. She was so powerful and human. In many ways her and Lois remind me a LOT of each other.

I said this in Jeannev's journal, but how sweet is it that they actually look like a mother and son. Tom looks so young and innocent! And Annette just looks like a proud mother. * sighs*

SV screws this I might have to throw something lol
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 24th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I loved Martha in Crusade. She saved Clark! And you make a good point about Lois. On Smallville, she does remind me of Martha in a lot of ways. They've always shared a special relationship on the show, and I've missed that, too.

It's as wonderful to see Tom and Annette together again as it is to see Clark and Martha! How I wish she could come back for more than just this one episode!
silverscreengal From: silverscreengal Date: March 24th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh my, so many people have included my favorite scenes with Clark and his mama.

I have to agree with dawnybee and say "Memoria" came to my mind first and foremost. There is something so moving about how she says she can't imagine Clark's mother (Lara) sending him across the stars. I felt like Martha conveyed how terribly difficult it would be for her to do the same.

Another heart wrenching moment is in "Crusade" right before Clark flies. When Martha screams, "Give me my son back, I want my son!" I feel like I am in her skin, feeling her desperation!!

Just to add something new, I just recently watched "Commencement". Clark tells his mom and dad he has to stay as they are loading the truck to get away from the meteor shower. Jonathan has asked Clark to get in the truck and he informs them that he has to stay to unite the crystals. Jonathan tells Clark "You do this son. You make us proud." I die everytime Martha says to Jonathan as Clark walks away, "Those meteors can kill him, Jonathan." They both give each other that knowing look that they have been dreading their whole lives. The look that says, "It's time." UG! How can any parent do that? It gets me everytime!! I get all verklempt.

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 24th, 2010 10:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I really liked how much Martha could empathize with Lara in Memoria. It showed that she thought of Clark as her own, from the very first moment she scooped him up into her arms, her boy from beyond the stars. I have so missed seeing that kind of love in his life.

Martha is so brave in Crusade, and so strong! And AOT's performance was amazing.

Commencement really was Clark's graduation day, wasn't it? He went from boy to hero right before our eyes. I know a lot of people don't like S4, but it is one of my favorite seasons, full of episodes I watch again and again (Crusade, Transference, Jinx, Unsafe, Recruit, Onyx, Spirit, Blank, Commencement), and it has a glorious finale.

One other moment I especially loved was when Martha welcomed Clark home at the beginning of Phoenix. The depth of her emotion, that incredible hug, the way she keeps touching him, as if she can't quite believe he's real. It only lasts a few seconds, but it's so powerful.
theclexfactor From: theclexfactor Date: March 24th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I also loved Season 4. I joined fandom right after I finished watching it and couldn't believe how many people didn't like it.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 26th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was my experience exactly. I first found Smallville during the summer between S4 and S5. I devoured S1-3 over a couple of weeks, and then S4 as soon as the DVDs came out. When S5 started, I watched live for the first time, and started lurking on TWoP. I was really taken aback by how much hatred and ridicule for the season I found there. I've always been notoriously easy when it comes to this show, but I still think it's a great season.
theclexfactor From: theclexfactor Date: March 26th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was the same. I'd just got into DC comics hardcore and then in the summer between 4 and 5 I devoured all four seasons and watched season 5 live and have been watching ever since. I'd actually started by looking for "philosophical" analysis on Smallville (because that's my degree and also how I got involved in Buffy and Angel fandoms). I'd found some great meta that led me to one about The nature of the relationship between Clark and Lex. Ahoy! I discovered slash, which led me to SV fanfic, vids, and ultimately livejournal. That's my fandom biography in a nutshell.

I think a lot of the venom really has to do with Lana's contrived inclusion into the plot withthe stones and being a witch and all that. But aside from that, I liked that these stones of knowledge were what led to the formation of the Fortress (and that they were able to turn the Teagues, Luthors, Swans, and Queens involvements into a secret society, thereby combining elements of Season 1, 2, and 4 into this slightly more cohesive continuity made S7 much more tolerable). Plus there were so many great episodes that came out of that season with Crusade, Transference, Unsafe, etc. (I just realized those were all great Clark/Tom episodes, lol. Shows where my priorities lie.)
silverscreengal From: silverscreengal Date: March 25th, 2010 01:04 am (UTC) (Link)

That was a great moment in "Phoenix". Martha was good at letting Clark be when Pa Kent was more in his grill. They made such a nice team and balanced each other out so well.

I think that all the seasons, after distance and reflection, have something to offer we didn't see when it first aired. Kinda like reading a book and then 3 years later reading it again. You can get something totally different out of it you never saw before. I found season 4 to be frustrating at times at the time, because Clark and Lex were turning away from each other.

People don't like change and especially in the fandom!! I agree with you though, season 4 is one of the seasons I turn to most often. I love the initial snark of the Clois and Clark saying goodbye to his high school years. I liked that it got a little more levity after season 3 being so dark. Clark smiling and finding humor is a beautiful thing.

Transference!!! One of the best eps EVER. 'nough said.

jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: March 24th, 2010 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
When I saw the title of your post, the first scene I thought of was the one you picked from Solitude, followed by the one jeannev picked from Vengeance, followed by Memoria, which features on other lists as well. Another favorite of mine is the kitchen scene in Heat, where they're trying to figure out what set off the heat vision. Martha's interactions with Jonathan are priceless.

I'll also give honourable mention to the Spirit scene - no, it wasn't Martha, but Clark thought it was, which is what makes it so very, very funny. I do know that the Martha scene I disliked the most by a country mile was Unsafe, when she makes Clark cry. I don't understand how she could have come down on him that way for something he had no control over. Yikes!

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 24th, 2010 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
That scene from Heat is great! AOT always finds the humor in very real moments, so she's funny without being silly or over-the-top. Unless she's supposed to be, like in Spirit. :) And I love those early episodes where Clark faces the same awkward moments as any teenager, but with that special Smallville twist because of his superpowers.

The caps you chose are wonderful. Not only because they capture the scene so perfectly, but also just because they're sunny and warm. I miss those days, and the Kent family moments that went with them.

I couldn't agree more about Unsafe! I thought Martha's behavior was wildly OOC, and it bewilders me to this day. Tom was amazing in that scene, and beyond beautiful as well, but I wish the cause of Clark's tears had been something else besides his mother berating him unfairly, and with no apparent concern for the pain he was already suffering.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: March 24th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know Tom is pretty but NO DIE!!! ;)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 26th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
But just look at the cuteness!!
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: March 29th, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know it'd be hard, but still NO DIE!
tasabian From: tasabian Date: March 25th, 2010 01:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I love Martha's reaction in "Rush" when Jonathan wants to ground Clark, who has just made a date with Lana. There's a flurry of whispering, Jonathan folds and Clark says "Thanks, Mom!"

For Perry, I love when he makes fun of Clark's gym mats story: "I know I was riveted!"
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 26th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, the really fun part of this post has been going back and watching each of the scenes mentioned again. I just watched this one, and AOT is wonderful. Clark keeps shifting his eyes pleadingly to his mom as he argues with his dad, and Martha is completely determined as soon as she finds out he's talking about a real date with Lana. The whispering is too cute, and when she knows she's won, we see that big smile because she delights in making her son happy. Plus AOT and JS make it an intimate moment between Martha and Jonathan as well. I love this family! But the best part of all is when Jonathan says okay, and just as you say, Clark thanks his mom! LOL!

Michael McKean's dry delivery as Perry was priceless. I can't wait to see what he does with the role in Hostage!
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