Smallville Medical Center. Lex is staring into a mirror. He's already dressed. There's no hole on his forehead. Papa Luthor stands behind him. As Lex grabs his suit coat, Papa says that Lex had everybody worried. He asks how Lex is feeling. Lex says that's the problem: he feels fine. He asks what's going on. There's not even a scratch on him now, after all that. Papa Luthor reminds Lex of the healing technology that Lex's "Friend" Oliver Queen developed. Papa says he held onto a last dose of the serum, which he salvaged. Papa lies that he kept it for himself in case he'd ever need it. "But you gave it to me," Lex says. He can't believe it. "You sound surprised," Papa says, "you're my son. You think I'd stand there and watch you die?" Lex says he honestly doesn't know. Papa shakes his head and starts to walk out of the room. He stops himself. "Today, I realized when..." He takes a long pause. He says there was something he was afraid he'd never had a chance to tell Lex. "I love you, Lex," he finally says, "my son." Goosebumps, man. Lex walks to Papa Luthor. He gives him a cold stare and then walks past him, out of the room. Poor Lex.
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The Talon, daytime. In the upstairs apartment, a shaken Chloe is putting on some fuzzy slippers and getting out of bed. She looks like she's got a hangover. Clark, wearing a red T-shirt, hands her a little glass of water. Chloe asks if Lois saw her...you know...dead. Clark says Lois had to head back to The Daily Planet to write about what happened in Detroit. Headline: "I Did Stuff In Detroit And Wrote A First Person Account Of My Ordeal!" Chloe scoffs and says that Lex will kill that story in a heartbeat. Thank goodness. "Speaking of heartbeats," Clark says. He tells Chloe that she didn't have one for over eighteen hours. At what point did Clark think that maybe she wasn't going to revive herself? Chloe is surprised. Chloe doesn't want to talk about it and was hoping they could skip to dinner, because she's starving. Clark says that she was out fifteen hours longer than last time. "I've been sitting here, literally, trying to think about what to say at your funeral." I'm amazed Clark didn't cheer and hug Chloe when she woke up. Chloe says they should both be glad that she's alive, because she knows how much Clark hates giving speeches. Clark is not amused. Clark says that what Chloe did for him goes beyond friendship. But he says she can never do it again. Chloe says she has the power to bring people back to life. She wasn't expecting to bring Lex back from the brink, Chloe says, but she thinks it's her decision to make. Clark agrees. Reluctantly. Chloe says that Clark is right in a way. The power comes with a lot of consequences. Chloe, much more serious now, says that one of the responsibilities they both have is to each stay alive. Uh oh. I don't like where this is going. Foreshadowing? Chloe wonders if she's pushing her luck with this whole death thing. Profoundly, she says, "It is death, after all." Clark asks if she's never going to use her abilities again. Chloe says she's more confused now than ever. She asks why she was the one chosen to be in charge of such an amazing gift. Clark has no answer for that.
Stately Luthor Manor. Clark is in the Lair of Lex. He picks up an ornate box sitting on Lex's desk. Lex enters the room. Lex says it's like a reflex: "I see you and start defending myself." Hee. Clark, smugly, says that's what guilt does to a person. Oh, shut the fuck up, Clark. Clark asks what Lex was doing in Detroit with Kara. Lex says he was trying to help her. Clark says she ended up kidnapped. Lex says he volunteered to help when he found out she had amnesia. Clark asks why Lex didn't pick up the phone and call him. Lex says he did call. Twice. "Lana hung up on me before I could get a word out." Oops. Clark asks if Lex even knows when he's lying anymore. Lex says he's stopped caring whether Clark believes him anymore. He puts the box on the desk back into position. Clark says he does care. He says there's a side of Lex that knows what's right. Lex sarcastically asks what he'd do without Clark Kent, voice of reason. Clark says the voice isn't him; it's Lex. Clark tells Lex to let that voice lead him back to the good side. Lex jokes that he didn't know it would only take a brush with death to see Clark's softer side. Clark tells Lex that there's nothing that's lost that can't be found again. Lex watches Clark leave, surprised to hear his own words thrown back.