Smallville

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All That Glitters

Jaime runs to catch up to the bully brigade, but finds himself alone in an alley. He hears an otherworldly whispering and scratches the back of his neck. The scarab beetle burns its way out of his backpack and crawls under his shirt collar. Blue light blasts out the back of Jaime's neck. He screams and the light fades. "What's happening to me?" he wonders. You just gotten bitten by a plot device, that's what!

Watchtower. Booster's gone and made himself a website complete with video. Clark watches as rockin' music plays and cheerleaders gyrate about on stage. Booster and his blue leather codpiece give the audience a sales pitch: "Have you or a loved one felt like you needed help from someone who really cares? Are you sick of all those masked men 'blurring' their way in and out without so much as a hello or goodbye?" This is all accompanied by pointing and posturing. When he smiles into the camera, his teeth sparkle with an audible ting! Also, because he's determined to make me hate him, he spells his name with a dollar sign. Clark stops the video playback as Lois walks in, her arms laden with long-stemmed yellow roses. She chides him for sending them, because the new Clark is supposed to be allergic to them. That... makes no sense. Nothing about any of this makes sense! Allergies don't preclude romance! Brain... throbbing... increasing. Moving on. Clark proclaims his innocence and reads the card that came with the flowers like any marginally sensible person would have done before flying off the handle. Anyway, they're from Booster. Lois goes "ew" and throws the flowers down like they're crawling with cooties.

Lois notices the computer screen over Clark's shoulder. Clark: "Did you know that in the last 24 hours, Booster Gold has made it to every major accident and crime scene in the city?" That bastard! Lois quite sensibly wonders what's so bad about having another hero in town. Clark is at a loss to come up with an answer. Lois gently teases him for being jealous of Booster. Clark's all, "Jealous? Me?" It's sort of funny if you imagine him saying it in Miss Piggy's most indignant voice. "Jealous? MOI?!" In actuality, it's just annoying that his ego is still this fragile this close to the end of the series. Clark complains that Booster seems to know when and where these things are going to happen. You know, to an outsider it probably seems the same way when it comes to the Blur. But Clark's upset that Booster doesn't prevent anything. "He just sweeps in at the last second, he makes the save and he gets the photo op." Really not selling the "not jealous" angle, Clark. He goes on to say that if people realize that Booster's in it for the fame, they'll lose faith in the heroes again. Here's where I briefly had a glimmer of hope that Darkseid would tie into things, but nope.

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