Outside, Tool Boy -- wearing his white t-shirt -- checks his pager. Wait, did this scene come from 1994? Clark comes up behind him and says they need to talk. Tool Boy tries to blow Clark off and says he's busy. Clark says he knows Tool Boy is playing Lana and Chloe against each other. "Musta learned from the master," Tool Boy says, spilling marbles from his mouth as he does so. Clark doesn't know what that means. Tool Boy explains that Chloe told him about the Spring Formal and Lana said Clark gives off so many mixed signals he could scramble a radar. Ha! Clark looks down in shame. Tool Boy says maybe Lana and Chloe want to be with someone who's going places. When he gets his scholarship, he's leaving town. So they're going to leave with him after their sophomore years? Clark accuses Tool Boy of using the girls to get his scholarship. Tool Boy denies it. Tool Boy says the two girls like him instead of Clark and Clark's jealous. Yup. A Tool Boy is walking away, Clark says that's it's going to be hard to keep that 4.0 when the shop teacher gave Tool Boy a C. Tool Boy says he never saw any grades posted. Clark says it's a lucky break the teacher called in sick. "You trying to say something?" he asks Clark. I think it is Tool Boy who needs help saying stuff. He tells Clark to stay out of his life. I think that's advice we'll all be able to follow once this episode is over.
Shop class at night. Pete and Clark are doing their classic Lethal Weapon buddy investigation schtick. Except Pete's not too old for this shit and Clark is no mulletted Mel Gibson (yet). Pete says this is messed up. Clark says the shop teacher never called in sick; in fact, he didn't call at all. Clark says he wants to have a look around. Pete asks what they're going to find. He opens a closet door and makes a big show of looking around and finding nothing. He turns his back on the doorway and what should pop out but...a dead body! Did you see it coming? Yeah? Me too. The body knocks Pete over. Clark goes over to help. Suddenly, somebody lights some flammable liquid on the ground and there are flames everywhere. Were these the flames that would engulf the town that Lex was talking about last week? The fire spreads. Clark takes Pete away, protecting him. Through the flames, Clark sees Tool Boy for a moment. Then Tool Boy is gone. Shouldn't Clark have been using his powers at some point around here?
Clark walks into a house. Is it his house? No? Did he just let the school burn down? Where the fuck is the transition here? Clark walks, unannounced, into Chloe's house and finds her and Tool Boy swapping spit. "What are you doing here?" Clark asks. It's her fucking house. Jeez! The logic in this episode is excruciating. Clark tells Chloe that Tool Boy tried to kill him and Pete. He also guesses that the kid killed the teacher. Chloe asks when the deadly encounter occurred. Clark says it was twenty minutes ago. Chloe says that's impossible; Tool Boy has been there for three hours. It's a stumper! And they just left the dead body in the fire? And didn't call the police? And there was no murder investigation? Man alive! This sucks!