Prison. Lex is coming to see his father, who is looking out a bright window. Lex heard that Papa Luthor helped to vindicate him. He's impressed with the influence Papa Luthor has, even behind bars. Papa Luthor says he just pointed Clark in the right direction. Lex doesn't think Papa Luthor had anything to do with this, but he thinks his father must want something in return. "Yes," Papa Luthor says, chuckling. "Yes, I do." Lex says he's not helping to loose Papa Luthor. Papa Luthor thinks he deserves to be in this, "terrible place." He blames no one but himself. Lex says he's in a generous mood. So what does Papa Luthor want? They both lean in close across the table. "I want to be your father, Lex," Papa Luthor says seriously, "if you'll let me." Lex looks down. "You've got your health, dad," Lex says coldly. "Don't expect another miracle." Papa Luthor looks supremely hurt. Lex gets up. Turns around. The two stare ate each other for a beat. Lex turns again and leaves his father at the table. Long, very nicely done moment of Papa Luthor letting that sink in, alone.
The Barnness of Epilogueitude. Clark is looking up at the stars. Lex comes up the stairs. Hey, that whole sex with women thing? Let's forget all about that, farmboy. The stars are out and so am I! Lex thanks Clark, and also apologizes. Clark keeps looking outside. He asks how long this is going to continue. That depends on your stamina and the strength of the headboard. Lex says he doesn't know. "What do you want me to tell you?" Lex asks. Clark says he doesn't want to hear anything; he wants Lex to change. The subtext...it's...choking me! Can't...breathe! Lex says he doesn't know if he can change. Clark calls Lex a selfish ass, basically. He says there's a whole side of Lex he doesn't know: "What else don't I know about you?" Lex, still staring outside, says that what Clark doesn't know is that Lex wakes up every day wondering why he goes on, wondering why he does the things he does. He gulps. He says that Murderous Red might have been crazy, but she was right about him: "I treated those women terribly, Clark," Lex says. "People died and I could have stopped it. I see that now." Clark says, "That's a start." It's so petulant, it's funny. Lex says that there was a moment the other night when the fire was coming toward him and he thought, "Good. Save the world a lot of grief." He says the fire went out, though, and the woman was lying on the floor. He had a second chance. "The last few days, Lex, I...I thought your father was being more honest with me than you were," Clark says, "and I hated that feeling." Extreme close-ups. Clark says he felt like he and Lex were enemies. "Don't give up on me yet," Lex says. Clark meets his gaze. It's very much the Second Gayest Look of the Episode. If you really want to make this scene work, you'll buy or download Solomon Burke's unbelievably fantastic song, "Don't Give Up on Me" and play it while you freeze-frame on those heated looks. I promise you won't be disappointed. Solomon Burke played the Austin City Limits festival this year. My brother and I watched him perform in a three-piece suit in almost-100-degree heat and he was just majestic. It was the only performance of the entire weekend (including the Pixies, Franz Ferdinand, Neko Case, and the Blind Boys of Alabama) where I got tears in my eyes hearing someone perform. Check him out, seriously.