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Kent Farm. Those cows aren't going to just film themselves at magic hour. Inside, Bo is reading The Daily Planet, which says that Lex has been acquitted of a double homicide. Is it a double homicide when the murders took place at completely different times and places? Isn't that just a string of murders? Bo is glad things are resolved, but can't help criticizing his dunderheaded son for not letting his parents know he was getting involved. Dad, you really don't want to know the details. They're too hot. Clark says he wanted to help, and had to figure out if he could trust Lex. "What did you decide?" MamaKent asks, as she brings Bo his honey and bovine coffee cup. God, Bo cracks my shit up sometimes. If that cup is ever auctioned off on eBay, promise me you'll all take up a collection to get it for me, all right? Clark says he hasn't decided. "The way he treated those women," Clark says grimly. Like pleasure sprockets? Clark is so, so bitter. He says it showed him a side of Lex he hadn't seen before. A straighter one. "How can you not care that you just hurt someone?" Clark asks. You mean like beating the shit out of or crushing a Kryptovillain and then pretending it didn't even happen later on? Yeah, that sucks, dude. Bo says that Lex was just following what he's learned. Clark drops the bombshell: he went to see Papa Luthor. Clark gives Papa Luthor mad props for helping solve the case. Bo wishes he could beat his son, just once. He tells Clark that Papa Luthor is dangerous. Clark knows that, but he thinks Papa Luthor has changed. And his liver's healed. MamaKent thought it was terminal. Clark says he thinks something in him healed Papa Luthor. Not his superpowers; his fantastic cheekbones. They're the cure for what ails desperate men in prison. Bo asks if Papa Luthor knows about this. Clark says Papa Luthor thinks it was a miracle. "It is," MamaKent says with wonder. Clark says he could see in Papa Luthor's eyes that he's changed. All hail Magnificent Acting! Bo doesn't think that either of the Luthors will ever change. MamaKent looks hurt at that, as if she doesn't quite believe it.
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.