In the next scene, it's the same office by day, but stuff is strewn everywhere. It's a mess! Alexander Graham Luthor, you clean up your room this instant! While frenzied rock music plays loudly, Lex is throwing books off shelves, dumping what looks like a wide gold urn (Uncle Jonas, no!), and clawing through some expensive artwork with a crowbar. He's wearing the same shirt he had on last night, so he either hasn't slept or is keeping a very consistent wardrobe. Clark walks in on this, looking confused. But all is clear when he sees Lex. Everything is always clear when Clark just looks into Lex's eyes. Mmmm... "Lex, what's going on?" Clark asks. Lex, his tongue hanging out, gives Clark the quiet finger and goes over to the stereo. Finally, Lex is having a Pavlovian reaction to the sight of Clark. Lex moves his hand toward one of those neat vertical-standing executive CD players that you see at The Sharper Image. Its glass doors open when Lex's finger goes toward it. He turns up the volume. "Big Brother is listening," Lex says over the music, "or should I say 'Big Daddy.'" The idea of Papa Luthor being called "Daddy" just strikes me as funny. Between this and next week's "Who Shot Lionel?" episode, this show is becoming more like Dallas all the time. Lex shows off some bugs he's found in the room. There are about four or five tiny gadget-looking bits that could have been made by the props department from paper clips and bits of Transformers toys. Lex says they're state-of-the-art. Yes, Hasbro toys usually are. Lex says he'll have to bring in experts to "sweep" the rest of the mansion. Clark asks if Lex is sure his dad did it. Lex says vehemently that he was underbid on a $150 million contract. "You do the math," Lex says. Damn. That's a sore spot with Clark. Clark tells Lex to calm down. "Don't tell me to calm down, Clark!" Lex says before Clark finishes his sentence. Clark looks like he's been spanked. And not in the good way. Lex, calming down, asks how Clark would feel if someone was listening in on his every private moment. Lex gets back to tearing the place apart while Clark has a look-see around the room. He does a cross-eyed squint at the CD player. We don't see the X-Ray vision or anything, just Clark making that face. Clark goes to Lex and says the devices could be anywhere -- the sofa cushions, the heating vents...Lex says he checked those. "What about your stereo?" Clark asks. Oh, you're good, Supermope. Very good. Lex and Clark exchange a look, but Lex keeps it a little longer, pausing to linger on Clark's ups and downs. It is, even this early, already the Gayest Look of the Episode! Lex goes to the stereo and leans in. We get a reverse shot of Lex looking at the stereo, fish-eye-lensed. In slow motion, Lex whips back with his artwork-cutting tool and slams it into the stereo. We cut back and forth from the Lex view and the stereo view and when it smashes, we see static. Cue opening credits.
Episode Report CardOmar G: A | 502 USERS: B-
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