Torch. Chloe is rebuilding her computer desktop and getting stuff set up in the newsroom. Clark comes in. "New computers?" he asks. Chloe says they're the old computers; Lex returned them with no strings attached. She says he probably felt guilty for firing her dad. Clark says that at least she's up and running. "Sans cyberstalker," Chloe says. "Your soul is still intact," Clark says, apropos of nothing. Chloe changes the subject. She says that all this stuff with Lisa Loeb has made her think that maybe she deserves it. She thinks it's penance. Ah, a Catholic. Clark says she can't take all the blame. He says she went to Papa Luthor because Clark pushed her away. Clark says that's one of his hidden talents lately. "It's not so hidden," Chloe says. She says she never set out to investigate Clark. She says it was flattering that someone like Papa Luthor would be interested in her work. She says that her dream was laid out in front of her, and that she gave in to her worst instincts. Chloe's eyes well up with tears. Clark says she was having a weak moment. Clark says he had his in Metropolis, and Chloe didn't turn her back on him. He says he owes her the same second chance. Damn skippy! It only took him six months to figure it out. (What time of year is it, anyway?) Chloe says she'd like that second chance. She asks what they'll do now. Forget about what happened? Clark says that there are some things about him that'll never add up. Like numbers in his brain. Clark asks if Chloe is willing to stop digging. She says she is. She figures Clark will tell her when it's right. I hope it's before she's killed off the show. Clark says he'll see her tomorrow. Close-up on Chloe. I like that girl. I like that we're not ending the episode on Lana even more.
Summerholt, exterior, night. Lex is standing by his parked car. Evil Doc emerges from the building and says that when he saw Clark earlier, he should have known that Lex "wouldn't be far behind." Oh, man, you don't even know how close behind Lex usually is. It requires protection. Lex says dangerously -- without even looking at the guy -- that any more attempts on Chloe's life would be "ill-advised." Evil Doc says that Lisa Loeb seems to have vanished into thin air. Well, she's still putting out albums, but nobody's really buying them. Evil Doc asks if Lex knows anything about that. Lex says she's in the hands of people who can help her, not exploit her. The Lone Gunmen? Evil Doc says that Lex is a smart man; he says the line has to be bent to make progress. Lex says that there's a difference between "bent" and "broken." A painful one. Evil Doc asks if Lex has ever been so close to a discovery that he'd do anything to see it through. Evil Doc says that his work could change the way people view intelligence and thought. Lex says that the research isn't worth the cost of innocent lives. Evil Doc doesn't have time for a morality lesson. He starts to walk away. Lex says that Chloe's article is a real page-turner. He holds up the yellow floppy disc. He says that the story is almost worth killing over. Evil Doc stops. He asks what Lex wants. Lex says he needs help. He wants back the seven weeks that were wiped from his memory in shock treatment. Thunder booms. We go to black.