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Christine "Chrissy" Beppo is the co-owner and editor of the Smallville Gazette.

Season One

Chrissy was the sole employee of the Gazette and idolised famed reporter Lois Lane. When Lois and her family moved to Smallville, which was her husband's home town, Chrissy was too nervous to approach her hero directly and simply followed her around town. The two met at a city council meeting where Lois confronted Morgan Edge, an unscrupulous businessman seeking to acquire the defunct mines in Smallville. Later, Lois resigned from the Daily Planet, which had become a mouthpiece for Edge, and joined the Gazette.[2]

When a woman name Sharon Powell came to the Gazette offices to claim that Edge had her son Derek killed, Chrissy was initially sceptical. However, she soon realised that there was a deeper conspiracy at work and joined Lois in investigating Edge and his businesses.[3]

Lois prepared an expose on Edge just before the city council meeting where the townspeople would vote on whether to allow Edge the rights to the mines, but Edge threatened to sue both Lois and the newspaper if they published the article. As the Gazette did not have the resources to survive a long and costly lawsuit, Chrissy was forced to squash the story. The town voted to grant Edge the mining rights, however Chrissy did attend the meeting to act as a sole dissenting vote.[4]

Derek Powell suddenly reappeared, claiming to have suffered a head injury that rendered him amnesiac for months. Although neither Chrissy or Lois believed him, Sharon was so happy to have him back that she told them there was no story to write, despite the fact she had been attacked by a superpowered thug. When Derek mysteriously disappeared again, Chrissy used his mother's phone to track his. She followed him to a facility where she saw Edge's assistant Leslie Larr place him in a strange machine. She called Lois and Superman overheard and flew to her location, arriving just as Derek exited the chamber now equipped with a full range of Kryptonian superpowers.[5]

Through an ex-boyfriend who worked in the shipping department at the Shuster mines, Chrissy learned that a shipment was being sent from the mines. She called Lois, who cut her meeting with "Marcus Bridgewater" short to follow the shipment. Lois learned that "Marcus" was also going by the alias "Captain Luthor" and considered the possibility that he may have a connection to Lex Luthor. Chrissy contacted Luthor's biographer and learned that it was impossible for "Marcus" to be a Luthor.[6]

Along with Lois and Clark, Chrissy investigated Edge's plans and why his mining operations had lingered in Smallville when they had left other towns in a matter of months. Edge tried to place a recruitment ad in the Gazette but Christy rejected it. She looked into any possible links between the known superpowered people working for Edge and discovered that both Leslie Larr and Subjekt-11 were born in Smallville, and that Leslie's real name was Irma Sayres.[7]

Edge activated his army and attacked Superman, but Superman was able to depower them with the Eradicator.[8] Chrissy was eager to write the story but was stymied by the DoD's official silence. Lois assured them they could compensate by interviewing the Smallville citizens affected, but Chrissy realised Lois knew more than she was saying and asked her to leave. Lois later came back to the Gazette with what she claimed was an official statement from her father. She claimed that she had been concealing details Sam had told her in confidence and she could not be objective. She asked Chrissy to write the story as she could not.[9]

Over the next three weeks, Chrissy used the Gazette to protest the DoD's continued presence describing them as an occupying force. More and more people left Smallville, which was in an even worse shape after Edge Enercorp was shut down and eventually the Gazette's subscriber base became too small to be economically viable. Despite Lois assuring her they could find new readers Chrissy could see no way out and reluctantly accepted an offer to sell the Gazette to a multinational conglomerate.[10]

Sam Lane warned Chrissy and the Cushings that Edge would be coming back to Smallville and asked them to help evacuate the town. Chrissy put out a special edition of the Gazette warning people to leave but also encouraging them to have faith that the townspeople's strength would get them through the crisis. In the aftermath, Superman gave an exclusive interview to Chrissy, revealing that Morgan Edge was a Kryptonian.

When Edge was defeated Lois approached her with an offer to buy half of the Gazette so she would not have to sell to the conglomerate, which Chrissy enthusiastically accepted.[11]

Season Two

Over the next three months Chrissy attempted to hire new reporters for the Gazette but could not find anyone who was both affordable and met Lois' standards.[12]

Chrissy received a call from a podcaster who was investigating one of Lois's old stories, in which she accused a self-help group called the Inverse Society of being a cult. One of her sources had recanted their claims and alleged that Lois coerced them into making false statements. Lois insisted that all her sources were legitimate but admitted that one anonymous source was her sister Lucy, who had attempted suicide under the group's influence.[13]

Lucy appeared on the podcast and claimed that Lois was a liar and had a vendetta against Ally Allston, the group's leader. Since Lois' article, the Inverse Society had been forced off legitimate online platforms, but Chrissy was able to find details of a Society meeting being advertised on the dark web. She and Lois went to the meeting in New Carthage, Chrissy infiltrated it using the alias "Penelope Collins" while Lois confronted Lucy. During the meeting Ally revealed she knew who Chrissy was and showed her the feed from a hidden camera filming Lois and Lucy argue, where Lois admitted that she hated Ally and had left out part of Lucy's story that appeared to corroborate the Society's teachings. Chrissy was shocked by this apparent breach in journalistic ethics and they drove home in silence. That night Chrissy called Ally and asked her for "the truth" about Lois.[14]

With her trust in Lois damaged and feeling like Lois did not respect her as an equal, Chrissy met with Ally and asked her to explain the Inverse Society's beliefs, promising to remain objective. Ally told Chrissy that her family knew a secret truth- that there was a mirror dimension where everybody has a shadow self, and the purpose of the Inverse Society was to help people make contact with their other halves. Ally secretly drugged Chrissy and caused her to overdose, and she was clinically dead for several minutes. Chrissy saw the shadow dimension, and saw her counterpart and her father's. She learned that everyone in the shadow dimension feared Ally, who had taken over the world. Shortly after she woke up, Lois arrived with Superman and told Ally that she was in danger. They were attacked by Superman's shadow self but managed to escape. That night Chrissy told Lois what she saw, and agreed that while Ally may not be a liar, she was dangerous and needed to be stopped.[15]

Ally trusted Chrissy enough to bring her along with a select number of her followers to the Shuster Mines, planning to cross through a portal into the inverse world. However, most of the Society members were painfully disintegrated by the portal. Superman arrived to save them, but was only able to rescue Ally, Chrissy and one other person.[16]

A month later Chrissy had a chance encounter with the newly elected Mayor Lang, who believed that Clark Kent had been out of town for a month on an assignment for the Gazette, which Chrissy knew nothing about. When she confronted Lois about this, Lois claimed that Clark had been working on a freelance article in the hopes of getting a job with the Gazette. Before they could discuss it further, Sam Lane arrived and told them that he had tracked the Inverse Society to a lodge in the woods. He planned to go in with Lois to extract Lucy before calling in the troops and Chrissy insisted on coming along. However, when they arrived Sam refused to let her accompany them into the house and made her stay outside as a lookout. While she was waiting Superman flew overhead towards the lodge, so Chrissy got out and chased after him. She saw Ally Allston draining Superman's life force and called the DoD for help.[17]

Chrissy planned to publish a report of what happened, despite Lois' advice not to create panic. Chrissy's computer glitched and suddenly all the text on it was reversed, and they realised that the merge was in progress. They went outside and saw the other world's red, cube-shaped sun appear in the sky. Chrissy set up a meeting with Mayor Lang to tell her what was happening and Lois, despite her father's orders to stop the truth getting out, went with her. They told Lana about Ally and the merging worlds, and that Superman could not help them. They told Lana that it was up to her to decide if she would reveal the truth to the townspeople or keep it secret to avoid panic.

Lana held a town hall meeting and told the people of Smallville everything. Superman even made a personal appearance and confirmed that he had lost his powers. Lana told everyone to go home and be with their families, but Chrissy returned to the Gazette. As the worlds merged, it changed into its counterpart from the inverse world.[18] Chrissy put a video on the internet warning the world of what was coming and that Superman could not save them. However, Superman was able to regain his powers and save the world.

At a celebration afterwards, Lois confessed to Chrissy that Clark was Superman, telling her she was tired of lying to her. Chrissy couldn't stop staring at Clark, shocked that he was Superman.[19]

Season Three

Twenty-six days after Ally was defeated, Clark joined the Gazette as a reporter. Chrissy attended Jonathan and Jordan Kent's sixteenth birthday party at the Kent Farm, where she embarrassed herself by acting overly enthusiastic and attempting to appear cool to the teenagers in attendance. She went into the farmhouse to hide where she met Kyle Cushing, who was avoiding his ex-wife Mayor Lang. The two bonded and ended up spending the night together. Chrissy tried to sneak away the next morning but Kyle woke up before she could leave. They agreed that it was a one-time thing and they would never speak of it again. The awkwardness was only heightened when Lana came to Kyle's apartment to drop off their final divorce papers, although fortunately she did not see Chrissy. Chrissy was unable to say anything and left after a long, uncomfortable silence.[20]

Henry Miller, a terrorist and early enemy of Superman, was released from prison on medical grounds and launched an attack on Metropolis, now possessing powers like Superman. When Lois confronted the judge who freed him, she learned that she had been coerced into doing so by Bruno Mannheim, a crimelord and the head of Intergang who Lois had been investigating and trying to bring down for years.[21]

Lois revealed to her friends and family that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Shortly after this Lois met with Chrissy at the Gazette, ostensibly to hand over all her research into Mannheim so she could take over the investigation. The judge who had released Miller had only granted compassionate release to one other inmate, and Chrissy noticed that a doctor named Aleister Hook, who Lois had previously investigated due to allegations that Hook was providing off-the-books treatment to criminals working for Mannheim, had diagnosed that inmate as having only weeks to live. They found that Hook was now working for a chain of clinics and so they went to one of their locations in Metropolis to investigate. They found it empty, having been hastily cleared out, with spots of fresh blood on the wall. While Lois was collecting a sample of the blood, Chrissy received a text from Clark looking for Lois, as she had missed her first chemotherapy appointment. Chrissy was furious with Lois for being so reckless with her health and forced her to reschedule the appointment in front of her.

The next day, while Chrissy was staking out another clinic, she received a text from Lois looking for an update. As Lois was supposed to be receiving chemo, Chrissy claimed she hadn't found anything but Lois tracked her down anyway, skipping another appointment. Chrissy told Lois that something was clearly going on that she wasn't willing to face, but Lois wouldn't listen and insisted on going into the abandoned clinic. While they were searching armed Intergang thugs returned to the warehouse and they hid in an industrial freezer, which turned out to contain dozens of bags of blood. Lois tried to summon Clark with a signalling device, but it turned out to be soundproofed so the signal could not penetrate.

Chrissy was terrified, and when Lois tried to assure her that they would be alright, Chrissy confronted her over her refusal to go to chemo; telling her that she was using the investigation as an excuse because she was afraid of getting treatment. When the thugs eventually opened the freezer to clear it out, Lois distracted them long enough for Chrissy to send the signal. Clark saved them but was himself attacked by a goon armed with Kryptonite weapons. John Henry Irons saved Clark and the goon attempted to kill them with a suicide bomb but they both survived unscathed.

They returned to Smallville and; emotionally drained and seeking companionship, Chrissy sought out Kyle Cushing. She shared her frustrations with Lois's refusal to take her cancer treatment seriously, and Kyle confided in her how his father had died of untreated liver cancer. Chrissy invited Kyle to her apartment, the clear subtext being that they would have sex again. He initially agreed, but then turned her down when his daughter came into the diner, crying and looking for him.[22]

Three weeks later, Chrissy interviewed Lana about the delays to the construction of Smallville's new town hall and during the interview Lana complained that the recently murdered previous mayor George Dean's son had confronted her and accused her of trying to erase his father's legacy. Chrissy told her that, as the truth about Dean's corruption had not been revealed, there was still a lot of affection for him among the townspeople and a lot of them were upset at Lana's muted response to his death. She offered to publish proof of Dean's embezzlement.

That evening, Chrissy chaperoned Smallville High's Valentine's dance and spent most of the evening talking with Kyle. He invited her to dance with him, and after a moment's hesitation she agreed. They slept together again that night, and in the morning Lana texted her, asking to see her. Lana told Chrissy she didn't want to go public with Dean's corruption, and had decided to name the new town hall after him to give the town closure for his death.[23]

Chrissy's work required her to regularly interact with Lana while she secretly kept up a relationship with Kyle. This made her incredibly nervous and she wanted to be open with their relationship, but Kyle was unwilling to do so so soon after the divorce. About a month after the dance, Lana asked Kyle to look after the girls over the weekend as she was busy, but Kyle had already made plans with Chrissy and so left them alone to be with her. His younger daughter Sophie left his apartment and wandered off into the town unnoticed. Lana went out looking for Sophie and bumped into Kyle and Chrissy together, learning about their relationship and what Kyle had done. Kyle left Chrissy to look for Sophie and Chrissy ignored his texts and calls for the rest of the day. After he found Sophie, Kyle came to the Gazette to speak to Chrissy, he expected him to break up with her but he instead agreed to make their relationship public now that Lana had found out.[24]

Kyle's daughter Sarah was hostile to Chrissy. Kyle suggested that she come along with him and Sarah to the movies in the hopes of getting to know her. Sarah initially refused to go with her, and Chrissy told her that she knew it was hard for a girl to see her father dating, but that didn't give her the right to treat Chrissy the way she had. Kyle cancelled at the last minute and Sarah agreed to go with Chrissy alone, feeling guilty for how she had acted. Sarah and Chrissy went to the movies, and the ice was broken when Sarah discovered marijuana edibles in Chrissy's purse from her annual visit to Coachella. They enjoyed themselves and began to bond.[25]

Lois and Clark learned that Bruno Mannheim had a wife and son who he had managed to keep a secret from the press despite making himself the public face of Hob's Bay. Chrissy produced an in-depth investigative report of Mannheim's wife Peia, but Lois refused to let her publish it, as she had befriended Peia while they were both undergoing chemotherapy and wanted to keep her personal life private. She eventually agreed to let them continue to investigate her but asked to be left out of it. Clark flew them to Metropolis to interview another cancer patient who had known Peia for years. When she realised that they were trying to find out if Peia had ties to Intergang she asked them to leave. They returned to the gazette, where Lois was going through a stack of files on Mannehim. She told them that she had realised Mannheim needed to be stopped and that the next day they would publish Chrissy's story.

The three of them looked over the crime scene photos of Boss Moxie, the previous leader of Intergang, and other high-ranking members of the syndicate who had supposedly been murdered by Lex Luthor. Clark realised that they may have been murdered by a metahuman working for Mannheim who had sonic powers. They also listened to a recording of Luthor supposedly admitting to killing Mannheim on a wiretapped phoneline, but Clark heard a buzzing sound in the background which he had heard every time he had fought the sonic metahuman before. They realised that it was not really Luthor's voice and he had been framed.[26]

The Governor of Kansas came to Smallville to meet Lana after Superman and John Henry Irons fought the supervillain Atom-Man on main street. Chrissy agreed to trail them and report on the meeting, but she and Lana both agreed to not discuss the details of their relationship. That morning, Kyle told her that at least two fires in town had been mysteriously extinguished with ice left at the scene, and he suspected there was a metahuman in Smallville. He suggested that the Gazette do a story on it but, realising he was talking about the Kents; she claimed that there was not enough evidence to support his theory and he couldn't publish it. When she met Lana, who also knew Clark's secret, later she tried to warn her that Kyle was onto them; but Lana assumed she simply wanted relationship advice and refused to talk with her about it.[27]

Clark revealed to Kyle that he was Superman and that Chrissy already knew. Kyle took the truth in stride from Clark but was hurt that Chrissy had lied to him. That evening he came to the Gazette and apologised, saying that he was trying to be a better person but sometimes fell short, and admitted that he had overreacted.[28]

About a month later, Chrissy realised she was pregnant. She was concerned about her Kyle would react but he told her the child was the best thing to happen to them. That night, Kyle and Chrissy went to a public viewing for a meteor shower where he proposed to her in front of the whole town and she said yes.[29]


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  • Chrissy Beppo is an interpretation of the character Christopher Beppo, a character that was created and appeared exclusively in Smallville tie-in comics. The character was, himself, originally a reference to Beppo, Superman's pet Kryptonian monkey from the Silver Age.

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