I'm back with another edition of my Tom Top Ten! This is the sixth in a series of mini (just 10 pics each) picspams in celebration of Tom Welling, highlighting the wonderful performances he gives us, episode after episode. I call this one Family.
1) 1.09 - Rogue. Jonathan is in jail, framed by Sam Phelan in an attempt to blackmail Clark. Clark will do anything to protect his family, and is frightened by where his anger almost took him. Even behind glass, father and son reach out to one another, and Jonathan tells Clark that if he crosses that line he can never come back. Tom shows us Clark's fear, his desperation to keep his parents safe, and the resolve he gains from the strength of Jonathan's convictions.
2) 2.17 - Rosetta. The Kent family discusses what Clark should do next after receiving the email from Dr. Virgil Swann. Clark's parents want only to protect their son, but he is determined to pursue the truth about his origins. Tom perfectly portrays Clark's anguish about the mysteries that surround him, and a boy's first tentative steps toward adulthood as he makes a decision his parents never would.
3) 3.19 - Memoria. After his ordeal at Summerholt, Clark retreats to his loft to think. Martha seeks him out, worried, and offers to listen if he wants to talk. He reveals the memory he recovered of his birth mother, Lara, and Martha shares with him that her name was his first word. Clark tells Martha he wishes Lara could have met her, to see what a great mom she is, and they hug. It's a poignant moment, and Tom leaves us with no doubt about what both Martha and Lara mean to Clark.
4) 4.06 - Transference. In this episode it's a Luthor family moment that stands out because of Tom's acting. Clark and Lionel have switched bodies, and Lionel goes to confront Lex about his missing millions. Tom captures Lionel in every nuance and detail as father attacks son, showing us first contempt, then rage, and finally murderous intent. Fans and critics alike are blown away by his performance.
5) 4.07 - Jinx. Jonathan is dead set against Clark continuing to play football after he inexplicably trips during a game and injures another player. Clark knows he has to play, and he also knows he can control himself. When Jonathan confronts his son as he heads for the field, Clark stands firm, reminding his father that he can never truly understand what it means to be a Kryptonian in a human world. With the love and lessons his parents have given him, the boy is ready to become a man. Tom makes us realize how far Clark has come, and how far he will one day go.
6) 4.11 - Unsafe. Clark is back from his aborted Las Vegas honeymoon, and his parents are furious. As Martha rails at him in the Kent kitchen, Clark is in tears, devastated because Alicia used Red!K on him and shattered his hopes for a future with her, but even more so because his parents are bitterly disappointed in him, and will never understand how he feels when he's with her. Tom breaks our hearts with Clark's sorrow and loneliness.
7) 5.08 - Solitude. After almost losing Martha to Milton Fine's mysterious Kryptonian illness, Clark experiences the staggering epiphany all children have when they first face their parents' mortality. He tells his mother she is his heart, his soul, and holds her like he'll never let go. Tom makes us understand how important this woman, who opened her heart to a tiny boy from beyond the stars, will always be to the future Man of Steel.
8) 6.09 - Subterranean. When Martha discovers that Clark is harboring an undocumented immigrant boy, she is outraged. Clark is in turn dismayed by her attitude, and reminds her that he is the ultimate illegal alien, who understands Javier's plight all too well. Tom shows us that Clark has become a man of his own convictions, willing to stand in defiance of his mother's wishes when he believes he's right.
9) 7.02 - Kara. Clark's cousin Kara is new to Earth and the superpowers our yellow sun gives her. To help her find her missing ship, Clark teaches her how to use her newly enhanced hearing to focus in on its unique alarm frequency. It's a wonderful callback to S3's Whisper, when Clark's parents helped him gain control of his own superhearing, and Tom introduces us to a whole new side of Clark, who mentors Kara as she struggles to adjust to life on a different planet.
10) 8.08 - Bloodline. Trapped in the Phantom Zone, Kara has given up, and tells Clark to leave her behind. He refuses, and fiercely tells her what she means to him, finally breaking through her despair and bringing hope back to life. Tom gives us a scene of extraordinary emotion, heartfelt and moving in its intensity.
Screen caps courtesy of acampbell, astudyinpanic, KEakaCK, and Screencap Paradise, with my thanks!
And there you have my choices for Tom's Top Ten performances where he showed us just what Clark Kent's family means to him. Do you have a different Family favorite? If so, tell us about it in the comments. And look for another Tom Top Ten picspam soon!
Did you miss the previous Tom Top Tens? Click to see Dangerous, Broken, Happy, Pain and Kiss.