Kent house. Clark finds Shardy with her knees curled up to her chin on the sofa. He asks what happened. Clark pulls up a chair, and asks whether she broke those lightbulbs. Because they're not cheap and the Kents aren't rich, kid. Clark gives her the speech about how she has powers other kids can't even dream about. Shardy is crying a little. Clark says it's all right, and tells her she can tell him the truth. Shardy thinks about it. She says that ever since she was little, she could break glass. Wow. How out of nowhere was that? When she's upset, she can't control it. Clark asks if she was upset with Foster Mom. Shardy looks surprised: "You think I killed her?" We don't think you didn't kill her. How about that? Clark tiptoes around it, but Shardy tells him that she wasn't in the same room and that she can't use her power through walls. Well, what good is that? There goes my new idea for winning the war in Iraq. Shardy says that she liked Foster Mom and would never hurt her. Lois comes in, and asks if she can talk to Clark. Clark gives Shardy a reassuring smile.
Out in the hallway, Lois tells Clark that she's calling the sheriff before they get "sliced, diced, and puréed." Charming. Clark defends Shardy. Lois asks if some other glass-manipulating person killed Foster Mom. Clark says that just because the girl has an ability doesn't make her a killer. Lois calls Clark naïve, and says that the girl is one-step short of the demon seed. Well, what are you, then, Lois? You're not even the demon seed! You're like...demon pre-seed! Clark asks Lois to give him an hour to dig up some information before they call the police. Lois is not thrilled about having to babysit: "Does my life mean nothing to you?" Uhhh... Clark says that he doesn't think the girl is dangerous, and that if Lois is scared, he can always call Chloe. Lois isn't scared, she says. Clark takes off. Shardy watches from the corner.
Commercials. Is there a Visine that will assist my eyes in watching this show?
Daily Planet, daytime. Chloe has dug up some information for Clark that she found in Shardy's very private CPS files. Lots of references to broken glass, she says. She introduces the information by saying, "I hate to break it to you," which is kinda cute. The little AOL yellow guy runs across my screen and says, "Join Lex's hunt for Dr. Fine. Go to aol.com/Smallville." There are three short blog entries and a video when I last looked at it. Impressive, giant AOL Time Warner conglomerate. A ten-year-old with a MySpace page posts more than that in an afternoon. Chloe says that the girl is disaster-prone. Clark says that doesn't make her a killer. He says that if his parents hadn't found him in the field, he could have been in the foster care system, accused of crimes he didn't commit. Chloe says that one of Clark's powers is his faith in people, but she thinks the jury is in: the little girl is guilty. Chloe shows Clark a newspaper article: it wasn't just a car accident, it was a freak car accident. She had a head-on collision with a bunch of freaks! Chloe says that witnesses claimed the front windshield shattered before the crash. Clark asks whether Chloe thinks the girl killed her own mother. Chloe reminds Clark that the girl has a hard time controlling her powers. Clark glares at the air. Stupid air!