Luthor manor. Lex walks in as Papa Luthor is sitting on a leather recliner nursing an arm in a sling. So everybody hurt their arms this week? Lex says he just heard what happened. Wasn't he there the whole time? He hadn't left for work yet when the helicopter thing happened. Papa Luthor says he was relatively unscathed. Papa Luthor says he was helped by Clark, who is "an extraordinary young man." The smiling, devilish look as he says that is, for lack of better material, the Gayest Look of the Episode. MamaKent walks in on that moment and says that some funds can be transferred into a new account. Lex jokes that she's already laundering money for his father. Turns out the money is to fund research into Byron's (enough already!) condition. Papa Luthor is treated to a cooling pad on the shoulder and moans appreciatively when she puts it on. Lex says that the company's not in the charity business. MamaKent says that they'll spend less on treating the boy than on advertising to restore consumer confidence in Luthorcorp. That makes no sense whatsoever. MamaKent says that the papers will be there to sign in the morning. Papa Luthor smiles and makes little happy sounds. After she leaves, Lex smiles. "Lex," Papa Luthor says, turning toward him, "I can feel your smirk from here." Okay, that was funny, too. Lex warns Papa Luthor to be careful, or his executive assistant is going to make him rearrange all of his priorities. Starting at the pants level.
Kent farm. Mooooo! Lana walks up as Clark is throwing some hay bales around. She says that Clark did another one of his disappearing acts the night before. Clark says she needed time alone with her poet. Lana grabs a thin paperback out of Clark's back pocket. "Sonnets?" she asks. Lana says it's not his usual reading. Clark says maybe he could learn something. She asks what he thought of them. "They really weren't for me," he says. All those, you know, words. "An honest answer. I like that," Lana says. Clark apologizes for not being "straight" with Lana from the beginning. Now, that, that was intentional. I rest my subtext case. Lana says that when she was getting thrown around in the woods by Edgar Allen Pulverizer in the woods, she thought of Clark. She thought that if he were there, he'd know what to do. She says she thought she could save the guy, but she just made things worse. Clark says she was trying to help a friend. Clark asks if it doesn't bother her that he's so... "Different?" she finishes. She says that if you really like someone, you accept every part of them, but you can't do that until they're willing to share every part with you. What if they want to have hideous moles removed and then share those with you? Does that apply? Clark says that people like Byron (no more!) keep parts of themselves hidden so they don't scare people away. Like the beastly, supermutant side? Yeah, I can see that. Lana -- her nose red and looking like she's going to weep -- says you have to take that risk to get close to someone. "What if the risk is too big to take?" Clark asks. As strummy chick-rock starts to play, Lana says, "Then you might miss out on something pretty amazing." She's really not bad in this scene. What is bad is that we end on that, the camera craning up into the sky as Lana and Clark watch the cows from the back of the hay truck. I'm getting really tired of these Lana/Clark episodes. This episode stole a year from my life.