Luthor Mansion. The place is burning like Atlanta. Lionel is just waking up and looking around in confusion, like, "This fire doesn't belong here!" Clark is slo-mo running through the blazing hallway toward the study. He grabs his mother and zips her outside. He sets her down on her feet in front of the mansion. He watches the place burn for a while, then sees Martha's pleading expression. She doesn't want Lionel to die in the fire. She probably wants to kill him herself, although she's going to have to get in line. Clark nods once, then whooshes back into the building. The next thing we see, he's throwing Lionel down the steps like a 16-pound Brunswick. Lionel rolls to a stop with a grunt. Clark stands over him. "This isn't over," he says. He zips away with Martha, leaving Lionel to watch as the mansion burns. A Luthor's home is his castle, and his castle is a smoking heap of rubble.
Daily Planet. Lois is again trying to cheer up Clark. He may have won against Lionel tonight, but he feels they're going to lose the vote tomorrow. He's surprised to see Chloe waiting at his desk. "You might want to take a look at this," she says. She shows him a website on her laptop: "A Beacon of Hope Shining Light on the Truth." It's what the guerrilla girls have been working on. What follows are short videos from fans of the Blur, all voicing their support for their favorite hero. The videos are from actual fans of the show, which is pretty sweet. I won't transcribe them, but the fans seem to come from many age groups and ethnic backgrounds. Especially touching is a video from a soldier. Clark is touched, too. "I can't believe they'd risk coming out to defend me," he says. "You have no idea how much you mean to people, Clark Kent," Chloe says. Clark kind of ruins the moment by moping that a couple hundred people won't be enough to change to vote. His self-esteem... it is like a hot air balloon that constantly needs refilling to stay afloat. He's up for a minute, then he starts to sink again, so someone has to fire up the burner to get him aloft once more. So Chloe tells him that hundreds of thousands of people have stepped forward to support him. "You're an American hero, Clark," Lois says. She and Chloe beam at him, but he just barely manages to smile back. Is there a color of kryptonite that could deactivate his bummer powers?