Clark whooshes into the Kent farmhouse wearing his Blur outfit, then whooshes upstairs and down again, now dressed for work. He calls out to Lois. She's just coming in through the front door, arms overflowing with pro-hero posters and boxes of buttons. She's been going door to door, rallying support for the heroes. "I just singlehandedly swayed thirty more votes in our favor!" she beams. When Clark says he doesn't have time for politics, she reminds him that his mom has been campaigning across the country. Senator Kent has apparently won enough support to "force a national vote" to overturn the VRA. I knew politics in this show's universe were crazy but... what? Clark isn't hopeful about the vote tomorrow. Lois drags him over to the TV to show him the pro-hero rally. She says he lost sight of the fact that a lot of people still believe in the heroes. "They just need something to give them to courage to come out and fight," she says. If they need as many pep talks as Clark does, I think they're pretty much doomed.
Martha steps up the podium, surrounded by American flags. She encourages people to speak up for their heroes. "My father once said, 'Life only asks of you what you can handle,'" she says. So the platitudes weren't just on the Kent side. Then she says, "Sometimes we can't do it on our own, and that's why we need to join together in this crusade like a family, so that our united strength shines through the darkness like a beacon!" She's raises her arms and the crowds cheer. Argentina won't cry for you! "None of us is born to hate," she goes on. "We're taught to." She says that's what they need heroes for. She whips the crowd into a frenzy. Truth! Justice! Take a stand against fear and hate! And so on! She leads them in another round of chanting against the VRA, punching the air with every word. "See, there's still hope," Lois says. Clark smiles like he's starting to believe it. That's when the sound of gunfire rings out from the TV. Clark turns back toward the screen. The moment draws out in slow motion before Clark super-zips out of the living room. We are spared having to see Martha shot, which I wonder may have been an editing decision after the recent tragedy in Arizona.