Luthor mansion. Tess is studying John's now-defunct kryptonite heart. She asks a well-dressed minion, "Can he be revived?" "The subject's operation has left him more machine than man," says the minion. A trumpet blast in the soundtrack at this point is supposed to sound dramatic but I swear it sounds exactly like an indignant elephant. "His vital signs have simply gone offline." Tess just smiles. Stuart walks in just as the well-dressed minion is packing up the krypto-heart. "You have the coolest stuff!" Stuart gushes. Tess lashes out at him about him needing to knock before he enters. Stuart looks like he just pooped himself a little but manages to nod. Tess asks him if he's found the Kandorians. He hands her his computer pad and shows her symbols that showed up all over the world the night Zod and soldiers arrived. They look similar to Kryptonian symbols for blood, nobility, and family. Tess glances over at the Veritas symbol in the stained glass window. "Like a family crest," she says. She thinks it means more of Zod's people are out there. "How many of these did you find?" Stuart says there are hundreds of the symbols, one of which Tess might recognize. He touches the pad and pulls up an image of the Superman S logo burned into a desertous-looking landscape. But wait, there's more! A close-up of the image reveals a man's twisted body at its center. He looks naked and sort of skeletonized. Doomsday? Jor-El? Lex? Jimmy Hoffa! Tess looks stunned, whoever it is.
Next week: Zombieland comes to Smallville.
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