Commercials. You guys probably don't get the truck commercials we do in Texas, but apparently it's Truck Month. The strange thing is that it's always truck month in Texas.
A hospital bed at Metropolis General. Yes, it's finally happened. Met Gen is being used now as often as Smallville Medical Center used to be. It's almost like they're using the same set! A man lying there has a big monitor attached to his left wrist. Clark and Chloe-Shoved-Into-Lois enter the room even though they are neither family nor friends. Clark says he'll handle this. "Do you speak English?" Clark asks. Ah, it's the guy from the fire escape. He wants to know who Clark is. Trust me, dude, you really don't. Chloe-Invading-Lois introduces herself as Lois Lane from The Planet and says they thought the guy might be under some kind of spell. In the doucheiest way possible, Clark undercuts his partner, saying, "Well, she did." "You know," the man says, but it almost sounded to me like he was starting a thought. "You know... this is a very uncomfortable bed. Might you adjust it for me?" Instead he's cut off and asked about the book and Zatanna and all that other less interesting stuff. He speaks rapidly, saying he never should have told her how to find the book. Very fast, he says, "I'mafraidshe'stooblindedbyhergrieftoseethedangershe'sin." Whoah, whoah, slow down, Latin Simone. Clark can't even understand what most people are saying when they speak at normal speed. This isn't a Matchbox Cars commercial, man. Clark asks about this whole "danger" thing. He's told that Zatanna will have to make a sacrifice to bring her father back. The man says the incantation requires the taking of a life to bring back a life. It's called the Life-Life-Win-Lose Ratio. In his creepiest voice, the man says, "A life for a life. A soul for a soul!" Yeah, we get it, Uncle Repertory Theatre Company. Clark, who is not supposed to believe in magic right now, still manages to look spooked.