Teary-eyed, Lex tells Lana to please pull the trigger. Fucking weak, man. Come on, Lex! Stop this right now! You poor, pathetic sap! You're supposed to be the evil glue that holds this show together! You're not even, like, a pastel-colored elementary school glue stick! Pull it together, dude! Lex puts his hand over Lana's trembling one. He promises her the world will be a better place if she kills him. She can't, of course. "Kill me," Lex whispers. Her finger twitches. Dramatic music rises. Lex looks disappointed. He takes the gun. This scene was just pathetic. For all of us. Poor us. Lex tells Lana that if she wants to come back to Smallville (Nooooooo!), she'll be safe and can do whatever she wants. He tells her that Papa Luthor is missing, presumed dead, probably on Broadway. He tells Lana he'll never, ever hurt her again. Because he sucks. "I'm sorry, Lana," he says. He walks out slowly as Lana cries. He puts the gun down on his way out. He's not really Lex Luthor so much anymore, huh? Thank God it's over.
Commercials. I would almost be willing to watch a Fantastic Four movie on DVD just to get away from that last scene. Almost.
New establishing shot of people walking in and out of the entrance to The Daily Planet. Lois and Chloe are walking down the stairs. Lois is complaining that all that spaceship got her was two concussions and a "fried green camcorder." Your camcorder was green? Lois says she should have never chased that story. She works at The Inquisitor and she should have ignored a spaceship she saw with her own eyes? Let me just take a second to say that the reason I don't like Lois as a character on this show is because she says stupid shit like that all the time. She doesn't have motivation; she has reactions to things that happen to her from moment to moment. In short (because it's late and I'm tired), she doesn't act like a real person and she doesn't act like Lois Lane, so we're stuck with a character who is nothing but the result of necessary plot points and winks to the future. And it gets really exhausting watching her do stupid shit and say stupid shit and be in stupid shit situations. What's wrong with Lois on this show certainly isn't the actress; it's the writing.
Lois puts an arm around Chloe as they walk and laughs off the notion that she could have worked at the paper. "I am no Chloe Sullivan and never will be." Which seems like a pretty direct slap in the face directed at those invested in the Chlois theory, but whatever. Boy Editor appears, suspenders at the ready, telling Lois that her story is "ridiculous." Not just her story. Chloe tries to stick up for her and say that it was just her first draft. "It's absurd how good it is," he finishes. He says her prose leaps off the page like a Bengal tiger. Rrrowwwr! Maybe she could do into TV news and take on Darcelle Jones. Team Tiger! Lois asks if that means her story will run. "Absolutely not. It's unprintable," Boy Editor says. Smack! He tells Lois that he can't run a story about a kid from outer space without a photo. He tells Lois that she needs to always carry a backup camera. Like the one in the back of SUVs? Chloe tells him that she's just starting out and asks him to give her another chance. With his hand on the water cooler, he asks if Lois likes water. It's, you know...all right, I guess. He tells her he's giving her a waterfront view, right next to Cousin Chloe. "Excuse me?" Chloe asks. Boy Editor says that maybe some of the passion from Lois will rub off on Chloe. Ew. He says maybe it'll put some fire in the torch Chloe let burn out after high school. Ouch, ouch, ouch. This is not a good day for Chloe. Lois asks if she just got offered a job. Boy Editor welcomes her to the paper and says that if she plays her cards right, she'll get out of the basement quicker than Chloe. I guess I didn't realize that Chloe was still stuck in the basement. He thinks a little family rivalry will keep the bullpen hopping. Lois is kinda happy. Chloe is destroyed. Not like we didn't see this coming.
Kent Farm at sunset. Clark and the still-as-yet-unnamed Kara are hanging out at the loft. She looks sad. She can't believe she ate the whole ship. Clark asks if she's all right. She asks how it happened...Krypton. Clark says he doesn't know. He wasn't really there. She says she'd heard whispers of a Doomsday Scenario (you mean Season Eight?), but she never thought they'd do it. She says Krypton was supposed to be the most civilized culture in the galaxy. Clark says evil exists in all cultures, no matter how advanced. They stand against the fake CGI sunset. She wonders if she could have helped back home. Clark says she did a lot of good here today. She says it's different for Clark, because he has no memory of Krypton. Clark asks her to be his memory and to tell him about his family. She averts her eyes and avoids the question, saying her memory is hazy from the ship. She does remember Clark's mother, Lora. She says Clark's mom was very cool to her and that the day she found out she was pregnant, she was happier than Kara had ever seen her. "You were so cute. You were her miracle baby," she says. It's awfully sweet. Kara says that now Lora and her family and the entire House of El is gone. She's bummed that she'll never see them again. Clark wants to hug her, but it would be weird. He says they're family now. He offers to let her stay at the farm for as long as she wants. He says the humans aren't as bad as she thinks. She thanks Kal-El...er, Clark. He smiles. She still feels like a failure. Clark lectures her about not having to do everything your father expects. She says she was supposed to guard a crystal from the ship, but now it's gone. It had all her directives in it. Also, all her winter clothes. She says the crystal could be bad news if it falls into the wrong hands. Clark thinks it was destroyed with the ship. She says the explosion wouldn't scratch the crystal and that only a Kryptonian could destroy it. She says it's gone. Drama!