Luthor mansion. Tess, having stopped off for a clean change of clothes, makes the wine cellar her next destination. She removes the Book of Rao from its hiding place in the false bottom of a wine bottle. Not long after she has the octagonal disk in her hot little hands, she notices a shiny red chess piece and picks it up. A gun clicks behind her. "The Red Queen, I presume." Her Majesty emerges from the shadows. Holy crap, it's Martha Kent! How very shocking! Never, ever saw that coming! Man, show, you really know how to hold the suspense. Tess starts to look over her shoulder, but Martha commands her not to turn around. "Slowly set the disk on the floor and slide it back to me." Tess does as she's told. Martha picks up the disk in her red-gloved hand. Also, I cannot get over how fabulous her shoes are. They're not just ruby-hued patent leather, but faintly metallic, as well. Utterly impractical for skulking around, but fabulous. "Sorry I sent your mind-reader packing," Tess says. "Don't be," Martha tells her. "I'm not a fan of his tactics, but he got the job done." Tess realizes that the Red Queen meant for her to escape. Martha, who has also put on a full face of makeup since that ill-fated dinner, calls Tess "predictable," which is how she knew to follow her here. Tess protests that the Queen knows anything about her. Martha proves her wrong: "You say you're saving the planet, but you really only care about yourself. You figured out Maxwell's charade because you knew Oliver's declaration of love was a lie." Tess's eyes fill with tears. "You can't comprehend what it truly means to protect someone you love," Martha says. She finishes with a threat, telling her to stay away from Clark. "If you're not careful, you'll end up on the wrong side of the coming apocalypse." A tear rolls down Tess's cheek. When she turns around an instant later, she finds herself alone in the wine cellar. Damn, Martha's fast. And quiet.
Episode Report CardTippi Blevins: C+ | 1259 USERS: B-
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