LuthorCorp building. Lex is walking to his car, which is all of twenty feet from the door.
Clark-view of the roads as he zips across them on his way to the big city. Close-up of Clark running, his hair flying back. His expression of determined running is hilarious.
Lex "whup whups" his car alarm and is about to get in the car. He pauses as if something's wrong. A sniper, off in a nearby building, is eying Lex.
Run, Clark, run! He does.
The sniper -- a Mr. Van McNulty (nothing beats a salty McNulty) -- loads his gun and aims. His crosshairs are on Lex's shoulder.
Now the red aiming dot is on the back of Lex's head. Dude, get in the car already! The bullet fires. It ripples time and space as it reaches toward that holiest of holies. Clark appears in the frame, in bullet time, and catches the slug in his hand. He grabs Lex by the shoulders and yells, "Lex! Get down!" Lex is about to do the Electric Slide, but Clark pulls him to the ground. Another shot shatters the driver's-side window of the sports car. A bunch of bodyguards come outside. Clark yells at them that somebody is trying to kill them. They rush Lex inside. Jittery camera work as Clark tries to spot the sniper. Clark drops the slug. Why can't Clark do x-ray and chase the mutha down? Oh, wait -- he does. McNulty tries to run down an alley, and Clark tackles him. Some meteor rocks fall out of McNulty's backpack and Clark gets woozy. He grunts. Badly. McNulty has figured out that Clark is "one of them." He asks if Clark is a bulletproof freak. Well, yes, but also an emotional freak if you get to know him. McNulty notices the meteor rock affecting Clark. He kicks Clark onto his back. "What's wrong?" he asks. He moves the rock over Clark like he's doing some New Age crystal work. Clark writhes. "How's that feel?" McNulty asks. He's definitely a Top. Just as McNulty is starting to get some McWood, some black cars round the corner in pursuit. McNulty leaves the rock on Clark's chest and runs off. The rock rolls off Clark as he continues to pant. Close-up of the word "FREAK" on the rock. We go to commercials.
Hey, a commercial for Lemon Pledge! Well, what do you know?
Big, bad LuthorCorp with the Darth Vader music playing. Inside, Lex is at the top of a set of stairs, surrounded by guys in suits. For one brief, hopeful moment I think he's going to sing "Material Girl" and get carried down the stairs in their arms. Clark is brought inside, and Lex tells the guards to let go of his beatific farmboy. As Clark and Lex walk down the stairs together (those guards are seriously doing the hands-cupped-at-the-crotch Secret Service stance in the background), Lex asks how Clark knew somebody was going to try to kill him. Doesn't that happen about every week? Even from Lex's wife? Clark only says that it's the same guy who shot Lana's swimfan. Lex asks what the guy wants with him. Clark says that this is gonna sound bizarre (try us), but Van McNulty thinks the meteor rocks altered certain people. Lex asks what Clark means by "altered." Clark says he thinks those people have abilities, and that he had a hunting hit list: "They found it in his cabin." "They" being you and Pete? You think Lex isn't gonna find that out? Lex says the only abilities he has are "playing the market and falling for the wrong women." Heh. That's a good line. Sexually misleading, but funny. "He's obviously crazy," Clark says. Yeah, he hasn't been reading the recaps. Lex says there must be some reason McNulty picked him. Maybe it's just a good old-fashioned crush.