Why does the damn lousy music have to be so loud? Am I too old already? My cat. Her eardrums. They're bleeding! "Okay, this is the big one, boys! Let's do it!" one of the three hooligans walking as they approach the front gate of Stately Luthor Manor. They're still pumped up, apparently. You can tell by the screechy music.
Back inside, Chloe wonders if Lex might be taking the call just to avoid her question. She walks up to a very nicely lit and expensive looking piece of pottery. She asks Clark if he thinks it's real. Well, if it says, "Made in Wisconsin," it's probably very very late-period Ming Dynasty. Clark peers at the vase more closely, and when he looks back for Chloe, she's left the mahogany room. Clark leaves the room looking for her, and we hear a whooshing sound as the three masked thugs suddenly appear in the room. One of them says that the vault is in the wall behind the bookcases. Another one asks how the first guy knows. The first guy says, "I've got my sources." Then he explains that he's "doing" one of the housekeepers. Manservant Enrique! Total shout-out. The head hooligan takes a deep breath and then walks through the wall. We see it from his point of view, so we see pipes and some sort of netting before we're suddenly in a treasure-filled room the likes of which haven't been seen since the days of Scrooge McDuck. (Trust me. Scrooge McDuck will come into play later.) The third thug comes out of the wall, as if it's made of cheap goo. Loud rock music returns as The Hooligan Gang starts taking expensive coins, knickknacks, watches, jewelry, and cash. Lex is really going to miss that pearl necklace. "One minute!" one of the guys yells. "I only got one arm," Prosthesis Thug mutters. Well, damn, maybe you shouldn't have come, then. Did you think about that? I don't think the Employees With Disabilities Act applies to burglars. One of the thugs finds what looks like a red Zip disk. "Time's up! Let's go!" another one yells. The curious thug pockets the disk.
Hallway. Clark and Chloe are snooping. Clark is uncomfortable with that. "Clark. It's a mansion. It's designed for snooping," Chloe says. At least that's what Architectural Snooping magazine says on the matter. Clark still doesn't like it. Chloe gives in and says they can go wait in the library for Lex to blow them off. Clark suddenly gets all aflutter. Clark starts to put the camera away and Chloe gets her bag. How do they know Lex isn't coming back? They give up awfully easily. Clark sees some bags on the floor and says, "Hey...what's going on?" Suddenly, he's being grabbed from behind by one of the hooligans, and shitty rock music is blaring in his ear. Clark is struggling, and I can't tell if it's from the choke hold or the P.O.D. music. (Fine. You win. I looked it up.)