Kent Farm. Clark drives up in the red truck. Bo asks if practice ran late. Clark apologizes for disappointing his dad. He says he's staying on the team: "I'm tired of living my life on the sidelines." Bo, tossing hay, says that Clark is a senior, and that he's going to be making some of his own decisions. Clark didn't know that, apparently. Bo says that Clark is going to have to start acting like an adult around the house. No more ice cream in bed. Do your own laundry, dammit! Why do you keep taking such long showers? Are you treating your body like an amusement park? Clark just nods. Bo says that adults in this family don't just go do things without discussing them first. Especially if you're a woman. Bo tosses his gloves onto a bale of hay. Clark asks Bo a question: "You gonna let some assistant couch from Metropolis teach your boy how to play football?" It's actually kinda sweet. Nice moment here. Clark offers Bo the football. Bo takes it. "Go deep," Bo says. I laugh for, like, ten minutes. That should have been what they called this episode in the promos, not "Kryp/Tuck." Clark runs, normal speed. Bo tosses him the football. Clark catches it. Then he...WHAT!? He dunks the ball into the basketball goal. "Oh, shit," Bo thinks, "this is gonna be a lot harder to teach than I thought." Still, Bo raises his arms and yells, "Yeah!" Touchdown! And, uh, two-point dunk! Clark lines up for a free throw and Bo just shakes his head.
Smallville High. Lots of foliage outside! Somebody's reading The Torch. "SKIN DEEP," the headline blares. "Behind the Mark of the High School Façade." And it has a photo of Lois Lane in lieu of a simple byline. Is this an exposé or a personal column? And the photo's black and white on a color front. Journalism, people! Lois is reading the paper in the middle of the hallway, trying not to look too ecstatic. Chloe comes over with her stylish new hair. "It had a typo!" Lois bitches, trying to play it off. "Oh, nice try," Chloe says. She gives us exposition on Scabrous: she snarks that MamaScab is going to play "mirror, mirror" on the Psych ward wall for a while now. But she wasn't crazy. Just ambitious and murderous! Lois asks if Scabrous will be all right. "Yeah, she'll be back next week," Chloe says. So...the fuck!? She's going to be all right? She's back next week? No counseling? No "Kisses off-limits" rules? Smallville, I tip my hat to thee. You've reached a new level or incompetence in wrapping up a storyline. Chloe changes the subject to Lois's first pep rally. That's much more interesting! Lois, who looks ten years older than everyone else here, says it's not exactly her dream Friday night. Chloe calls Lois the town's newest "celeb." Chloe gives Lois a stack of fan mail from readers. Lois says she never expected anyone to read the story, much less to have a "life-changing experience" as a result of it. Lois is taken aback. Chloe is loving this: "Welcome to the bullpen, Miss Lane!" She leaves her cousin amused and inspired. Chloe says (in another weird dialogue loop) that she's going to go watch Clark Kent in a wet t-shirt. She asks Lois to join her. "Like I've never seen that before," Lois responds, again in weird voice-over.