On videotape, Chloe is doing her Jocko Whitney greeting. "So remember, keep your head down," she advises him. Whoa. Just don't ask, or tell. She and Lana make jokes about the newspaper. Lana asks about Chloe's summer in Metropolis. Chloe says that it gave her perspective on her mistakes. Lana says that going to the spring formal with Clark wasn't a mistake. Chloe says that she indulged her feelings and got hurt. Lana admires the risk. Chloe calls herself "Cupid's cannon fodder." Chloe says that after three months, she thought she'd be over things, but when she saw Clark, all her feelings came back. She says she made up a story about a cute guy to get a rise out of Clark. I just noticed that Chloe's hair is flippy again. Must be the snark returning. Lana says that Clark still really cares about Chloe. "I know. But he cares about you more," Chloe says. Lana says she doesn't want Clark to interfere with their friendship. Aw. I wanted a catfight. Chloe asks what they're going to do about that. Lana suggests that they define themselves by who they are, not whom they date. Or don't date. Ya Ya! Or something. Lex comes in and interrupts them, saying he needs to speak to Lana. Chloe leaves.
Lana goes to Lex with some insurance papers to sign for the fire repairs. Lex hands Lana some papers. He says he's buying her out. The papers give Lana twenty-four hours to vacate. Given her immobile acting, it would take her at least forty-eight to walk out quietly. Lex says he's reassessing his business relationships, and the Talon is no longer a good fit. He's in Junior Magnificent Bastard mode. Lana says that the Talon has carried its own weight. Lex says that breaking even isn't a good business model. Lex busts Lana for causing thousands of dollars in damages while entertaining after hours. "I was here with Clark," Lana says. Lex twitches. He says that his faith in Clark evaporated along with his enthusiasm for the coffee-shop business. Da-yum.
Hallway. Clark sees Lana angrily shutting her locker. Lana explains her predicament. She says that people warned her about Lex. Lana whines that she thought Lex had changed after the incident at the plant. Clark says that the Talon meant everything to her. "Then this proves it was never really mine," she says. As Lana walks off, Clark sees Desiree putting up a flyer on the bulletin board. She's selling Impostor Fragrances. Clark goes over and says he thinks she was part of the decision to close the Talon. "You're right," she says. "We made the decision as a couple." She says she wanted to prove a point to Clark. As she circles Clark, she says she wants him to know she can control the people in his life. She asks what would happen if she turned Lex against the town and Clark's friends, or even the Kents. "I won't let you do that," Clark says. Pheromona tells Clark to stay out of their lives. He says he won't back off. Or down, if he were a Tom Petty fan. Clark says he'll find a way to get through to Lex. Might I suggest skywriting?