Cut to Lex, kidnapped for the umpteenth time. He's tied to a chair. He wakes up, groggy. He struggles against the ropes. He sees Papa Luthor sitting across from him. Lex says he should have trusted his instincts. He thinks that Papa is working with Jason. Papa Luthor, next to a flaming fireplace, says that his hands recently went to sleep, and that Lex has a funny definition of the word "collaboration." Lex sees that Papa Luthor is bloodied up and also tied to a chair. Just then, Jane Seymour and her son Jason walk in. She's wearing an extravagant white mink coat. Papa makes a crack about the flourishing of their Oedipal bond. Lex smiles at that. Heh. It's pretty funny. Jane slaps Papa Luthor across the mouth. Don't Oedipal me! She warns that this search for the Gay Stones of Knowledge might be a hobby for Papa, but that she didn't come all this way to reach a stalemate. Lex warns Jason that he's making a mistake, and that Jane won't hesitate to turn on him. Papa gives Lex a sly look. "Trust me on this one," Lex says. Jason snarks that Lex doesn't understand family loyalty, given where he's from. Jason says that Papa Luthor stole a stone from them. Jane says he still has it. Everyone stares at Lex. Lex asks what they want from him. Jane says that Papa Luthor won't talk, so that's where Lex comes in. Lex isn't convinced that Papa Luthor would give a damn if he's tortured or killed. "I hope for your sake you're wrong," says Jane Seymour.
The Talon. Oh. Lois. She's at the coffee counter, where the bean business is booming. She's struggling to catch up with orders doing that weird thing where she talks under her breath with every order. Clark comes to the counter, which magically clears for him. Lois says she didn't expect to see Clark skipping school. "I'm on lunch break," he says. Totally convincing, given we've only seen him in a classroom once in four years. Lois snarks that it's the last day of school, and that Clark's abnormal for not skipping. She says that even her best employee, Haley, skipped her morning shift. Clark asks if Lois has seen Chloe. Lois says she delivered a coffee to Chloe the night before for her deadline, so she thinks Chloe's crashed out somewhere. It's tough to be a one-person staff. Clark thinks something's going on. A blonde girl comes up and asks Clark to sign her yearbook. Lois rolls her eyes. Clark's picture says he's "Most Likely to Be Drafted to the NFL." Clark points to the girl in one of the other photos. "Most Likely to be a Sharks Cheerleader." He asks if that's the girl who missed her shift. Clark has figured out that several people on that two-page spread of photos are missing. Clark asks whether Lois noticed anything weird the night before. Lois says that Chloe was digging through photos the photographer gave her. Even for Smallville, these leaps of logic are a huge stretch. Clark looks thoughtful. It's not easy.