Back at the barn, Lois's phone lies on the ground beside her. Linda is admiring the Legion ring and going off on how she thought rings would bring her happiness, but there's no such thing as true happiness. Clark, still suffering from Kryptonite exposure, says, "Not when you only see the bad in people." Linda crouches down beside him and muses on how quickly people turn on you. But she doesn't care, because she has the ring, which is better than the Blur. Clark warns her it's dangerous. She has a different opinion: "This ring is every journalist's dream. I'll know stories before break. The entire world will know me." At hearing the last, Lois gathers herself up off the floor and charges her, knocking her over a work table piled high with odds and ends. Linda fights back with a huge wrench, but Lois ducks and kicks her in the gut. She punches until Linda falls back onto the stairs, eyes closed. That really is a lot of eyeshadow. Lois rushes over to help Clark, who tells her to get rid of the rock. She tosses it across the barn, and Clark gets up. Finally, Lois is able to hear Chloe's voicemail. She goes to tell Clark: "You're not going to believe this, but Davis--" But by this point, Clark has found the ring and puts it on, so he doesn't hear the rest as he disappears in a flash of bright pink light.
Clark rematerializes in the barn two days earlier. I wish at this point he had gone to find himself and tell himself what a dolt he is. Instead, he superzips over to wherever it is that Linda's writing her "Truth About Clark Kent" article. It looks like some kind of low-rent office, with some electrical wire things and a fuse box in plain sight. "I know what you're planning," he announces. She turns, not seeming surprised to see him. He says she's not going to run his story. He shows her his own article (when did he write that?) about all the murders she's committed. She takes it and looks it over. I thought upon first viewing that he was working out a deal with her where they each kept quiet about the other. How sad is it that I didn't even pause to think maybe the future Superman wouldn't make such a deal with a murderer? He says her word will mean nothing and everyone will know who she really is. "You're going to jail," he says. She doesn't think so. But then he pulls out the electrical wires in a hail of sparks and jabs her in the belly with them. He pushes her against a window and she erupts into water, but as he continues to shock her, she resolidifies. She stays in her human form, damp but whole, and he pulls the wires away. Her eyes close and she collapses to the floor as frantic music plays. Clark says, rather eerily, "No one can ever know my name."