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.
Alt-Smallville. Jonathan has untied Clark and stashed his k-chunk in a small lead box. "I figure you got about five minutes before the cops show up out here." He can run to Bangkok and back in that time! (But not to Washington D.C.) As final proof of his identity, Clark goes straight to a shotgun Jonathan keeps above the door. Jonathan reacts by scampering away and opening the lead box. Clark explains, "This was Grandpa's. You kept it close when the coyotes came after the livestock." He puts the gun down. Jonathan looks even more confused than before, so Clark tells him about all the things his Jonathan taught him. Things like how important it is to be honest (ha!) and how to whip out a platitude for every possible situation. "You taught me the only person in control of your destiny..." "...is you," Jonathan finishes for him. This pierces through his alcoholic haze and he closes the box for good. Clark claps a hand on Jonathan's shoulder and says some more stuff about being a hero and destinies that we've heard no less than a thousand times in ten years. For an episode with an alternate universe and two super-powered aliens, there's just so much standing around and talking.