Clark follows after her. "Maybe we should put our relationship ahead of work for tonight," he says. Aren't you the one who's usually romantically AWOL because of your job, doofus? Lois scoffs about how "traditional" Clark sounds. He takes hold of her shoulders and looks into her eyes. "What's wrong with that?" he asks. "I want us to have a more traditional relationship." Lois's eyes glitter and glow, which for some reason Clark doesn't notice. Some square-faced editor guy walks in and tells Lois he needs her story now, because there's a ribbon-cutting ceremony being held at the solar towers in two days. Clark's like, "Two days? Holy crap! I thought for sure I had till the season finale!" He makes some excuse about checking up on the building permits for Lois. "Anything for your career," she says in a daze. Clark gives her a quizzical look, then skedaddles. "Lane?" the editor says. Snapping out of her daze, she turns all her feminine ferocity on him. She's not going to stay here working when she could be home, taking care of her man! "I quit!" The music emphasizes her seriousness with a comical flourish. Somebody save gender equality!
Watchtower. As Chloe walks inside, there's a huge bouquet of red roses featured prominently in the shot. A little something from her new archery buddy? No sooner has Chloe put her purse down when Clark whooshes into the room behind her. Chloe teases that his Valentine's Day date with Lois must not have gone very well if he's here with her now. Forgoing pleasantries, Clark asks, "Do you have the passports and IDs ready?" She hands him an envelope, saying, "Everything you'd need to escape your old life and stat a new one." He calls her a lifesaver. Chloe says that, like the candy of the same name, she's feeling sweet on the outside and empty in the middle. I'm also noticing the roses are in an olive green vase. Hmm! Clark hears Chloe's bittersweet metaphor and understands she's not on board with him helping the Kandorians. Understandable, since one of them killed her in the future. Clark allows as to how he's overlooked some of their mistakes. He looks at Alia's new passport, which identifies her as one Sophia Lewis, age 37 from Temple, Texas. Chloe scoffs. "By 'mistakes' do you mean them building towers so they can give themselves powers to take over the world?" I wouldn't call that a "mistake" so much as an oft-overlooked story line. Clark gets a little huffy. He insists he's going to lead them to a better place. Chloe gets huffy right back at him. "We both know one of them killed your father." Clark flares his nostrils like a petulant bull. Chloe says, more calmly, that maybe it would be safer to just send the Kandorians to the Phantom Zone. "I know you're saying that because you want to protect people," Clark says, "but right now I want you to focus on watching my back." Chloe's eyes glow in response to Clark's wish. "Leave the rest of the planet to me," he says, heading for the door. Chloe calls after him, promising to protect him: "No matter what it takes."