The opening strains of Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" from their fantastic new album plays. Maybe I'm just a cynic, but I took the song to be pretty ironic on the album, landing where it does on the track list, so the idea of using it as background music as Superman gears up to play football seemed a little...cheesy at best. But whatever. It's a good song. Outside, we get a shot of some PA speakers announcing the start of the championship game. Clark sits alone in the locker room. There's not even a towel boy there. Clark is bathed in sunlight from outside, and he's got his head down. The song vocals begin as Clark looks all determined, yet brooding. I'll bet Billie Joe Armstrong was watching TV the other night and he spat out his beer and said, "What the fuck is this shit?" Clark puts on his shoulder pads. He gets it right this time: They're on his shoulders. Clark laces up. Stands. In his locker sits a bar of Old Spice: Red Zone. There's product placement, and then there's this. Billie Joe just trashed his living room. What does it say about Clark that he's super, but he still needs deodorant? Clark laces up his shoes as the song talks about Clark walking alone. Clark puts on his #8 jersey. He walks alone, he walks alone. Clark makes a "Hulk...ANGRY!" face.
In the hallway, Bo gets a little Green Day time, too. He watches some dorks goofing around as he waits for Clark. Clark emerges, fully uniformed. "What are you doing?" Bo asks. Clark tells Bo that Sir Mxyz-A-Lot is going to hurt Clark's teammates if Clark doesn't go out there. Bo platitudes from the great Bo Platitude Playbook that it's one thing to get hit by a 250-pound player; it's another thing to get hit by freight-train Clark. This platitude brought to you by Old Spice: Red Zone. Get your grandpa-approved platitudes in every box. Clark says he thinks he and Chloe found a way to mess with Mxyz's plan. Why doesn't Bo just go kick the kid's ass? Bo tells Clark that "thinking isn't good enough." Wow, Bo should totally run for president. Clark suddenly goes all motivational-speaker on our asses. He says that having responsibility sometimes means having faith in yourself to make the hard choices. Bo says that also means accepting the consequences. Clark boo hoos that with every handshake, pat, tackle and, yes, extreme wedgie, he makes a conscious decision to subdue his powers so that nobody else gets hurt. "No matter how hard you try, you can't understand that," Clark tells his father. Way to rub your powers in your dad's face. Clark says that's why it's his decision, not Bo's. Bo sighs and says that Clark is starting to sound more and more like his father. Jor-El? Clark smiles. He says he hopes so. Bo's sour ass finally smiles, too. Clark heads for the field.