High-school time. In the hallway, Cheekbones finds Chloe and asks her whether Bug Boy is still science reporter for The Torch, which sounds like the campus newspaper. Their high school has a science reporter? I work for a big metro newspaper and we barely have a science reporter. Chloe says, in her obnoxious way, that Bug Boy hasn't been to the newspaper in over a week. So they...what, fire him? From his non-paying job? "What's your interest in Greg?" Chloe asks. "Coming out of the entomology closet?" I swear I did not make that line up. "I'll catch up with you later," Cheekbones says, and starts walking off. "I hate it when you do that," Chloe says suddenly, interrupting his stride. He asks what. Chloe replies, "You shut me out. It's like one minute you're here and then the next, you're gone. You're not outgrowing me as a friend, are you?" Cheekbones says he could never outgrow Chloe except vertically. Aw. What a sweetie. Chloe admits that he's got the Kent Charm working. What, did she date his dad at some point? She smiles at 'Bones like she's got a love message written on her teeth. Then she asks him what he wanted to know about Bug Boy.
Chloe's Wall of Weird. I hate, hate, hate this part of the show. Where, all of a sudden, they're super crime-fighting puzzle solvers. These are people who can't even figure out how to get to the bus on time in the morning. Chloe babbles on about Amazonian rain forests and people who take on the traits of insects. Gee, thanks, Mulder. Cheekbones, meanwhile, has used his super computer skills to figure out that Bug Boy didn't live in Smallville until after the meteor blast. Chloe postulates that, with all the meteor fragments all over town, there could have been bugs exposed that bit Greg and turned him into Bug Boy. I'm starting to suspect that Chloe herself is writing these episode scripts. Chloe has also figured out that it needs to be a swarm of insects attacking to cause the mutation. Chloe also hopes that if Bug Boy "has gone all Kafka," he's not in the mating phase. Nice.
At the Smallville House of Buggin', Pete (with a camera around his neck, Jimmy Olsen-style), Chloe, and Cheekbones are looking into the home and seeing that it's a mess, which Pete notices is strange because Mama Bug is a neat freak. Exposition Street: After seventh grade, Bug Boy's parents got divorced, and Bug Boy stopped calling 'Bones to come out and play with him. Ah, so supervillainy starts with divorce. We also learn that Cheekbones was afraid of Bug Boy's tree house. "I didn't think it was structurally sound," he whines. Chloe opens up a window, breaking-and-entering style, and they all enter the steamy house.