Chloe and Lois end up on the porch. Chloe, displaying a trait that must run in their family, immediately starts blathering about how she already knows that Lois is going to tell her to cut her losses, given Oliver's track record with relationships. Lois faces her cousin, cutting her off. "Or I could say this is one for the 'win' column," she says. "I think it's great that you and Oliver are together!" Chloe is genuinely surprised by that. Lois is already looking forward to double-dating with them. Chloe tries to explain that she and Oliver are not a couple, but Lois isn't buying it. Chloe says they're just having fun and don't want to make things complicated. "I'm glad you've found someone that makes you happy," she says, "but we're not all cut out for coupledom." That's something she doesn't have to worry about with Ollie, she says. "We're no flowers, no presents, no pressure... and no strings." Lois starts to object, but Chloe holds up a silencing finger. "And with you, we're no comment." Lois struggles not to say anything but eventually acquiesces by making the little "my lips are sealed" gesture with her hands.
Back at the table, Clark and Oliver are still passing the time in awkward silence. Clark picks up a dainty teacup in his enormous paw and takes a sip, which Oliver seems to find as amusing to watch as I do. "So!" Oliver finally says. "You save any orphans recently? Old ladies, maybe?" Clark says he stopped a bank robbery, which elicits a few sounds of encouragement from Oliver. "How about you?" Clark asks. "Anything new?" Oliver answers in the negative first, but then remembers a new compound bow he's been trying out that seems promising. It's so funny that this is smalltalk for them and so frustrating that the show doesn't have characters talking like this more often. It makes them seem much more real and relatable and worth investing in. Plus, it's got to be tons more fun to write than the usual reams of exposition and ponderous monologues about power/destiny/darkness that usually bog the show down. Sigh. Clark tries to talk about something more serious: "I know it's not my place to say--" "Then don't say anything," Oliver cuts him off. Clark pauses, then keeps going: "But after everything Chloe's been through, I don't want to see her get hurt." Oliver chuckles lightly, but points out that Chloe's stronger than Clark thinks. Clark doesn't quite look at Oliver through this exchange, but he seems pretty passionate about making his case. One of Chloe's strengths, Clark says, is that she sacrifices what she wants in order to give others what they need. Oliver keeps his tone light, but the discussion is starting to bother him. "How do you know this isn't what she wants?" he asks. Clark finally glances at Oliver, telling him not to take Chloe for granted. Sounds like he's speaking from experience. Oliver fidgets and looks away.