Luthor mansion. Tess has on a gorgeous charmeuse dressing gown that I would wear all the time if I owned it. Seriously, I'd wash my car and buy groceries in it. She sips whiskey and studies the 3D model of her solar tower for a moment before deactivating it. "You will respect me," she says, obviously recalling the events of earlier in the day. The way the expressions play out on her face make it easy to imagine she's been replaying her confrontation with Zod and imagining how else things could have gone. Behind her, the door opens and the Zane-style guard walks in. "Leave me alone," she commands him. "I'm afraid I can't do that," he says. "Excuse me?" she says, turning to face this impertinent peon. He closes the doors, shutting the two of them into the room together. He creepily starts undoing his tie and shirt collar, saying, "I had to wait until we were alone, so we wouldn't be interrupted." He advances and Tess takes a step back. Menace charges the air. He reaches into his shirt to show Tess his Kandorian soldier's dog tag. "I have a message from Major Zod: Tell me where the Blur is... or die." He smiles. Tess looks fearful, but says nothing.
Watchtower. Chloe has just made it trough firewall #99 when Clark comes in looking for an update. She thinks she's just about there, but when she makes it through the hundredth firewall, a video of Stuart pops up: "Greetings, estimable foe, whoever you are." He says he knows whoever's been trying to hack into the system must be tired, so he advises them to just give up. He also holds his hand right up to the camera and says, "Talk to the hand," because he thinks it's still 1999. The gesture also allows Chloe to get a snapshot of his hand and analyze his fingerprints. With the prints, she's able to pull up a file that identifies him as one Stuart Campbell, aged 20, with a Masters degree from MIT. He's also interested in electric guitar and snowboarding, but that's neither here nor there. Chloe is quite pleased with herself. "Nice work," Clark tells her. As Chloe reads his file, she becomes increasingly impressed with the databases Stuart has managed to hack into. "We could do a lot with this kind of leverage," she says. A smile steals across her face as she turns to Clark. "Or maybe even get him to join us." Clark thinks Stuart's an even match for Chloe but she doesn't think so: "Please, every time I'd get close, he'd show up and block me." This gives Clark the segue he needs to talk about his love life. "I know the feeling," he sighs. He tells Chloe and seeing Lois with Oliver, and how happy Oliver looked. Chloe thinks that Clark's ability to sacrifice his own happiness for others is a weakness. She basically tells him to go for what he wants. Seems like his doing that in the past has led to some problems, but whatever. Clark thinks about it really hard for a while, then nods.