Suddenly, he finds himself standing in darkness, surrounded by a beam of blue light and those Kryptonian hula hoops that move of their own accord. "You have always had the power within you," Jor-El's voice intones. Is he hallucinating? Did Jor-El zap his mind to the Fortress despite being deactivated? Who knows? The hula hoops vanish. Large crystals thrust up into view. Via images on their surfaces, he's treated to flashbacks of all the many super moments of his life, starting with the day Lex ran over him on the bridge. Other memories include saving Lana from that ridiculous tornado at the end of the first season, saving Perry White's life, winning a football game at super-speed, super-leaping to catch a missile, stopping many bullets from killing people, flying with Lois, and so on. Clark's ego gets wood from being stroked so hard. "These were my trials," Clark realizes. "Your final trial is upon you," Jor-El says. "You are ready. Seize your destiny!" Clark comes to and finds himself levitating in the barn. He clenches his fists, concentrates, then flies through Darkseid. Lionel's body turns to smoke and red light. Flaming crows fly out of the smoke. I don't even have snark for that.
LuthorCorp. Tess walks into her office for a reunion with her brother. She finds out he knew she was his sister all along. I bet they dated anyway. Tess says all she wanted was redemption, but knows she'll never get it. Lex caresses her cheek, then pulls her into a hug. "I love you, sis," he says, then stabs her in the gut. "You know I'm actually saving you." She falls against him and he lowers her gently to the floor. "From what?" she asks, gasping for breath. "From turning into me," he says. She reaches up and touches his cheek with a gloved hand. She wipes something black onto his skin. "It's the neurotoxin you started at Summerholt," she exposits. It will seep through his skin and wipe away all his memories in thirty seconds. "The world before this moment won't exist to you," she says. Then why explain it to him? He's not going to remember it anyway! Tess gasps and dies for no reason at all. Her big brother has a series of flashbacks as his memories are wiped from his mind. Gone are memories of losing his hair in the meteor shower, of being an abused misfit of a child, of his epic and sometimes sexy friendship with Clark, of killing his father and marrying Lana Lang and trying to kill Clark and himself in the Fortress. In other words, having the character of Lex Luthor on this show for seven years has just been rendered completely pointless. Everything that went into making this Lex is gone. All that's left is Patches the Amnesiac Clone. Patches wanders over to the window and stares out at the scene of interplanetary destruction before him.