The hospital. The doctor tells MamaKent and Clark that Bo has suffered an anaphylactic shock. Is that like when somebody does the hand buzzer trick on you? The doctor says that what Bo has would be unusual except that somebody came in with the same symptoms: James "Road Rage" Beales. And guess what? Beales just slipped into a coma. MamaKent starts to cry. Clark hugs her.
Outside at night on a back road. It's misty. Chloe and Lana get out of a sweet '50s-looking car, and suddenly, they're the two leads in Mulholland Falls with less cleavage and, in Lana's case, acting chops. Chloe explains to Lana (didn't she know before they went?) that they're there to find out what happened when Bo Duke met Road Rage Man. Sleuthing. Flashlights. Boredom. Serious music plays. Chloe takes photos. Lana finds the hula doll. She doesn't even seem happy to see it. Then Lana finds the big yellow flower. It rises up to meet her preternatural face. Sensing something as foreign to nature as itself, the flower rears back and spits at Lana. She covers her face. Instead of telling Chloe, Lana merely shows her the hula doll. As they leave, the flower has pressed itself flat on the ground again. Before they get in the car, Lana does a little turn and sneeze. Fakest sneeze ever. In the car, Lana sneezes again. "Gesundheit," Chloe tells her. You're welcome. Why not have some commercials?
The lab of Dr. Joe "Hamilton" Morton, bastard scientist we love to hate. He's got a bunch of those weird flowers growing in big glass chambers, as if they're aliens from Independence Day. Lex good-naturedly tells Hamilton that the good doctor hasn't been honest with him. Hamilton says it's all under control. Lex, who has heard the news of Bo's collapse, says that having two men in the hospital with an unknown condition ain't "under control." Word. Lex pulls out a paperback and says he's been doing his own research. Into romance novels? It's actually The Nicodemus Diaries, a tome that tells the sad tale of two hundred settlers dying overnight because of a strange plant. Aw, it's probably just a coincidence. Lex reads from the book, which refers to the bastard flower as a "thief in the temple" that changes people's personalities. Does Prince know about this flower? Love better come quick. Love better come in a hurry. Hamilton dismisses Lex's reading as folklore. Lex leans in against the glass of one of the flowers, mouth hanging open a little. "Pretty," he thinks. Lex moves to lift the cover of the flower and Hamilton stops him. Lex asks why Hamilton brought it back. He says that while the flower's dangerous, some believe it has other applications. You know, like a flower that comes with Quicken or Microsoft Word. Lex is pissed: he only wants to know about meteors. Hamilton says that this is something the meteors can do. Lex says that if Bo Duke dies, Hamilton is going to lose something a lot more valuable than his tenure. Clue: there are two of them and they hang down low when it's hot. Lex tells Hamilton to pack up a flower (awwww) so that he can have his scientists in Metropolis find a cure for Bo. Hey, Lex. You can't cure hick. After Lex leaves, Hamilton puts his finger against the glass. The red/orange flower leans toward the finger, just like in Little Shop of Horrors.