Lab. Tess comes to under the harsh glare of an overhead light. Lionel's face looms into view. "It's good to have you back," he says. He pets her hair. She tries to sit up, but he puts his hand right between her boobs. He moves on to holding her face, touching her lower lip. Bad touch! VERY BAD TOUCH! She heaves herself up off the autopsy table on which she'd been lying. Tess wants badly to get to Clark but Lionel says Clark doesn't need her. "Time to embrace your lineage," he tells her. "Time to become the Luthor you were destined to be." He starts waxing loony about all the different Lex clones and how Lex managed to put the best pieces of them together. Here he goes over to a wall of specimen jars filled with various fleshy blobs and goos. The only piece that Frankenstein's monster needs now is a heart, which is where Tess comes in. Tess tries to get away, but a guard stands in her way. Lionel rubs her shoulders and chest from behind. "Before the day is done, I will see the Luthor name resurrected, more powerful than ever." He kisses Tess's hair and looks again at the wall of specimen jars. The camera pushes through, allowing us a look at patchwork Lex. He's hooked up to all manner of tubes and a mask. Ragged scars show where all the bits went into making up the whole. Everything looks pretty good except for the right hand, which appears to be made of overcooked pizza rolls.
Clark zips over to the road where Tess was abducted. With a bit of X-ray vision, he finds her phone tucked under the seat of her car.
Back to the lab. Lionel's minions slam Tess onto the table. The guard straps down her hands while two men in surgical scrubs tie her feet. Lionel gets handsy with her tummy as he explains he would have preferred to use Conner's heart, but Tess hid the kid all too well. Or maybe Lionel just didn't look that hard. Oh, now he's getting familiar with her chest again. He leans forward to press a kiss to her cheek. He then makes the mistake of walking away. Tess manages to move her foot just enough to kick the instrument tray out of one guy's hands. She catches a scalpel when it goes flying. She slices through the strap on her right wrist, elbows the nearest guy, cuts the straps on her right leg and kicks another guy. When the guard approaches, she slams his arm to the table, pins him down with her thigh, then cuts through the final strap and takes the gun from the guard's hand. This was the best fight scene in the finale and nobody super was involved. She shoots Lionel through the chest. He looks genuinely surprised as the blood bubbles out of his mouth. Tess makes a hasty retreat as Lionel struggles toward a button that opens the specimen wall. As Lionel drags himself toward Patches, an eerie fog begins to fill the room. The fog coalesces into a semisolid Darkseid. "You refused me once," he says. "But this may be the moment when you reconsider my offer." How does he win people over to the dark side with dialog like that? Lionel begs Darkseid to save his son. I don't really see Lionel being selfless enough to not beg for his own life instead, but whatever. Darkseid grabs Lionel with a gassy arm and rips out his still-beating heart. Lionel's eyes glow red. Some time later, Patches begins to stir. His pretty blue eyes flutter open and he reaches up with his pizza hand to rip the mask off his face. He looks fairly surprised at this turn of events, as one might expect.