The Talon. Jimmy Olsen walks out through the back looking a bit shifty-eyed. He skulks by the dumpster and sees a woman. "ScoopGirl?" Jimmy asks. "Hotshot485?" the girl replies. It's Lois. Oh, jeez. Who forgot to put the trashy girl in the Dumpster? (Hey, Tom Welling directed this episode. Congrats, dude.) Lois's smile fades when she sees Jimmy. "You've gotta be kidding me!" she says, tactfully. Jimmy, bemused, says that he's not the one trolling the internet all night for Green Arrow pics. Indeed. "Don't you have a boyfriend?" he asks. Lois gives him a dirty look and asks if he's got the photos. He asks if she has the cash. Where's Lois getting disposable income? Lois exchanges cash for an envelope, asking how Jimmy was the one photographer in Metropolis to get photos of the "merry archer." Jimmy says that he has his connections. "No, really," Lois insists. Jimmy says that he hung out in Suicide Slums for a long time, with his pepper spray and his doors locked. Lois isn't impressed with the photos: "A bunch of arms and legs? Nice work, hotshot!" She gets mad at Jimmy for not managing to capture a single face shot. The least he could have done was take a picture of Green Arrow getting out of his car with his vagina flashing. Lois says all these photos tell her is that Green Arrow needs a Band-Aid; one of the pictures shows a nasty gash on Green Arrow's left arm, near the shoulder. Jimmy shrugs.
Chloe, wearing sweats, is in the Talon dining area. She picks up a section of The Daily Planet. Tori's Linda Lake page features a headline that reads, "Luthor proposal on hold for ex-flame." A picture of Clark is featured between Lex and Lana, with a big broken heart split in two. The crazy fonts! My eyes! "Hey, Chloe," says Clark, walking over. Chloe puts down the paper, asking whether Clark has seen it. He says no. Chloe says that she can't let Clark find out from the newspaper: "Lex proposed to Lana." Clark's good morning is ruined. His smile fades. Chloe says that Lana hasn't given Lex an answer. Clark glances down at the paper. A subhead reads, "...when I was with Clark I would have said yes without hesitating." No actual quote marks appear. Clark half-smiles when he tells Chloe the article says that Lana's hesitation is because of him; he asks whether that's true. Chloe's not as amused. "If I knew better..." Clark starts hopefully. Then he shakes his head, concluding, "I know better." Then he thinks again and talks about how he tried so hard to let Lana go. Chloe just bites her lip. "If she marries Lex, there's no going back," says Clark. What is this, the seventeenth century? Ever heard of divorce? Clark asks if it's true. Chloe says she'd double-down on the fact that Lana is still in love with Clark. Even though Lana never said she was still in love with Clark, so I'm not sure why Chloe would make that leap. Clark says he can't let Lana do this, and starts to walk off. Chloe stops him and says that things are all complicated now. He asks what could be more complicated than living your life with regrets. These are some really tight close-ups. Easy, Welling. We know you got a nice face, but bring it down a notch, all right? Some of us are on heart medication. Chloe, sensing doom, watches Clark go.