The Barnness of Non-Nookietude. Clark asks what's up, since Lana is acting so mysterious all of a sudden. "Us, kinda," Lana says. She leads Clark up to the loft. She thanks Clark for, you know, saving her life. Actually, she's only thanking Clark for not thinking she's insane, and not for the whole Breath of Life thing. "You always believe in me," Lana says. Clark is giddy and alive with pleasure. Clark asks what the hell she's talking about. Lana says that she feels Clark has created a perfect picture of who she is. Um, that's not Clark -- that's Miles and Al. "That's what I see," Clark says. Ooh, wrong answer. Don't you want to look inside her soul? Lana says that this may sound silly (oh, try us), but that she has a fear that once Clark gets to know the real her, he'll be disappointed that she's not as strong or good as he thinks. Oh, like the rest of the world already figured out? Lana's worried that it'll change the way Clark thinks of her. Meanwhile, Avril Lavigne has just joined us with "I'm With You." Gee, thanks, WB. Clark goes to Lana, in time with the song. "Nothing could ever do that," he says. Lana turns to Clark. She looks at him, dewy-eyed. She walks slowly to him. She looks deep into his eyes. She takes his hand. She takes his other hand. "Maybe it's me [sic] that needs to start believing in you," she says quietly. Smiles. We pull back and watch the two of them standing like statues, holding hands. That's it. No kiss, no hug, nada. Even Rory's not this chaste anymore on Gilmore Girls.
God, glad that's over with. In a much more interesting part of town, sans Avril, Papa Luthor is staring through a window. "We'll do better next time," he says. We hear Janitor Dad ask whether that means he can continue the project. Papa Luthor says no. He says that Janitor Dad has already jeopardized the project once. Janitor Dad says that Papa Luthor wanted a prototype. Papa Luthor says that this phase has brought them closer to their goal, but adds, "I don't want you working on the project any longer." He says that Janitor Dad is too emotionally involved. "She's flawed," JD sputters (hey, Janitor Dad is "JD" the way J.D. is J.D. on Scrubs! Oh, the connections we can make when we try! ["And not only that, he did a bunch of voices on the late and very lamented Clone High." -- Wing Chun]), "but she's my daughter." I feel so bad for this guy. "She's not," Papa Luthor says. "She's a poor approximation." He says the "specimen" is "defective." Ouch. JD says that Papa Luthor can't take the girl away from him. Just then, we see what Papa Luthor was looking at. It's one-way glass into Creepy Little Crazy Girl's bedroom. She's being studied as she plays. "She's...my life," Janitor Dad says. He's about to cry, and man, this guy can seriously act. He touches the glass where the clone was just standing. "She's the property of Luthorcorp," Papa Luthor says. Janitor Dad grimaces.