Oliver's office. Now we come to the "Shirtless Justin Hartley" portion of the program. To that, I say: yay. He walks out of the bathroom, all freshly showered and toweling off his bare torso. Holy crap, his office is decorated with a folding screen that has dozens of green arrows on it. How does no one figure out his superhero identity? Are they blind? Are they just dim? He finds Tess sitting at his desk. "Judging by the grim look on your face," he says by way of greeting, "I'd say you're not here for the peepshow." No, that would be why I'm here. Goodness knows it's not for the writing. "Who died?" he asks. "My billion-dollar dream for an energy-efficient solar tower," Tess replies. She wonders why Oliver's not more upset, considering all the money their company spent. The more pertinent question is why in the hell did he let his money go to building this doomsday device in the first place? Oliver blahs about wanting a project that's more fiscally responsible. Tess thinks maybe he's happy the towers were destroyed. "I hope you're not pointing any fingers at me," he says. He also says the investigators determined it was a "freak accident." Seriously? Were these investigators too busy making macaroni art in kindergarten class to come up with a better explanation? Tess walks over to him and tries to guilt him into telling her the truth. He doesn't flinch. Horrifically, she tosses him a shirt and he puts it on. They finally get around to the real reason Tess is there: Someone at one of Oliver's subsidiaries is embezzling funds. She shows him computer printouts and tells him to fix it. He looks over the numbers with a frown.
Bookstore. Clark shows up to find Zod already there. Zod says, without looking up, that Clark is too late. "I've made sure the police know nothing about this," he says, "and I've cleared up before the owner arrives." You might want to "clear up" the big honking Kandorian symbol that's been spray-painted onto the counter, then. He finally turns to face Clark and tells him to go back to saving humans, saying the word like it tastes bad. Clark says he wants to find Vala, but Zod doesn't want his help. He blames Clark for making them assimilate, which put them in danger. So... Clark is like the Borg? Zod also accuses him of trying to drive a wedge between him and his "peephole." I think he means "people." Now Vala and two other soldiers have been taken. The latter is news to Clark. He goes over to look at the painted symbol. Zod's facial expression as Clark passes him is one of utter disgust. "Someone is hunting us," Zod spits. "We can't defend ourselves because you won't give us our powers." Clark insists he can't just give them powers. Zod explodes in a rage, accusing Clark of burning down the solar towers. He throws a punch, but Clark catches his fist. Zod looks like he's going to cry. Clark looks like his face is made of stone. After a moment, he releases Zod's hand. Zod forces himself to calm down. He wants Clark to at least admit what he's done. "What I did was right," Clark says. Zod threatens to tell the soldiers, but Clark thinks Zod won't do that, because he doesn't know which of them are still loyal to him. Clark then pours some salt and lemon juice into the wound: "And the fact that that tower is down leaves you weaker than ever." Zod says, very quietly, that their people's blood is on his hands. He sniffs at Clark like he smells of assholes. He leaves Clark to stare at the symbol some more.