Luthor mansion. Tess is enjoying a nice bubble bath and a glass of bubbly. Unbeknownst to her, Zod is playing the voyeur through a slit in the bathroom door. After a few moments, he invites himself inside. Tess sits bolt upright and calls for security. Don't you know by now your security sucks? Zod agrees with me: "I'm afraid they're otherwise engaged." He probably confounded them with Chinese finger traps. A guard is out in the hall, going, "I just don't understand! The more I try to free myself, the more entrapped I become!" Tess reaches for her robe, but Zod raises a warning finger, stilling her. "I like you just where you are," he says. Raising an eyebrow, she settles back into the tub and invites him to join her. He runs a finger along her glistening, wet leg and murmurs, "You're already in bed with someone else: Kal-El." He clucks his tongue and scolds: "Wrong choice of bedfellows." He avails himself of Tess's champagne glass and announces he's just moments away from completing the solar towers. She reminds him that he needs the Book of Rao to finish it. He shrugs and says they found another way. He just waited for the writers to get tired of coming up with things for him to do. Now, thanks to the fingerprints he just stole off Tess's champagne glass, he'll be able to access all the satellite networks without her. She tells him he's digging his own grave. "Then you better make sure there's room enough in there for both of us," he says. You're the one digging it, Zod; figure out the proportions your own damn self! He reaches into his coat pocket and pulls out Faora's new passport, identifying her as Victoria Lewis, who has been reborn as a remarkably young-looking 39-year-old. Zod's pissed that Tess didn't tell him about Clark supplying his people with new identities. Tess rises from her bath, making sure Zod gets an eyeful of her soapy goodies, and says, "They're no more your people than they are his." Eventually, he'll be their leader. But... you just said they're not his people! This dialogue! Ugh! Sigh. Zod tells her not to underestimate their loyalty to him. Now wearing a satin robe, Tess tells him that they'll see Clark as their savior, whereas Zod is a reminder of their bloody past. Zod finds this all very humorous. "It's what you've always wanted, isn't it?" he asks her. "Help give my people their powers so they can save your doomed planet." Oh, my God, so very much talking. Stop talking! And yet they go on: Zod supposes that he'll be gotten rid of once Clark takes over. Tess isn't averse to that plan. She says they need the Kandorians' knowledge to save Earth, or as she puts it, "to show mercy to this planet." She had to get that out there, just in case you forgot that she's also known as Mercy. Zod scoffs. He promises that when he gets his powers, Tess will be the one who needs mercy. They stare at each other for a while before Zod leaves, blissfully without uttering another word.