Ace of Clubs. Clark Luthor steps out of the elevator all gussied up in a three-piece suit. Tess is waiting for him at the bar and she's wearing the dress he gifted her. She looks so awesome that I only briefly notice her unfortunate choice of hairstyle. She's excited to see him but tries not to look it. "Now this fits you perfectly," he says, cozying up to her. She smiles and her mouth moves around a bit before any words finally come out. "I'm not sure what to say," she admits. He flirtatiously insults her by saying talking has never been her strong suit. Instead of calling him a jerk, she lets him move very close to her and even tilts her chin up as if for a kiss. He bypasses her lips and instead kisses her neck. Then, playing it cool, he walks away from her. Somehow she manages to follow him despite the fact that her loins have just burst into flames.
You'd think that bit of foreplay was leading to the boudoir, but the sibs have retired to their table. "Why did you out yourself to me?" Tess asks. "You would have figured it out," Luthor says. "Then I would have known." He points out that she gets flustered around him. It's that whole "horny cannibal" thing you have going on, dude. But the point is that she wouldn't be nervous around Clark Kent. "You'd be in control," he says. When she protests that she's still in control, Luthor accuses her of lying to herself. Before she can respond to that, a waiter brings their food. Tess waits till he's gone, then says, "I'm not the Tess you knew in your world." "Not entirely," he agrees, "but I am looking forward to discovering the differences." The conversation turns again to Clark Kent, or Tess's "country crush" as Clark Luthor calls him. Clark doesn't appreciate Tess as a woman, he says suggestively. Tess's bullshit meter finally kicks in and makes her demand to know just what this hot alien visitor from another reality wants. His answer? "You... and Dad. For different reasons, of course." Damn.
Tess seems disappointed to realize he's using her to get to get to Lionel. She says she won't be the one to help him kill Lionel. But Luthor thinks otherwise. He thinks Tess is waiting for him to save her. He gives her a long, intense stare, guesses she has nightmares of abandonment and dreams of defeating Lionel. She looks away. "I can give you that," he says. He promises her a life together, then asks for a second chance. Where he's from, everyone knows how to kill him. He wants a new start here, where he won't be dumb enough to reveal his identity to everyone. He calls it a "kill or be killed" situation and drives home the point by cutting into the grossest, gristliest steak I've ever seen. Maybe it came from a mutant cow. Tess realizes if she doesn't help him, he'll kill her, too. And then he'll tenderize her and broil her with garlic butter.