Commercials. The Game. That show is still on? That must be a really good game.
Metropolis General Hospital. Just like the one in Smallville, but with a little less neon. Chloe sits in the waiting area. Waiting. Punky Bruiser, sporting a tattoo on her right upper arm, emerges. She tells Chloe she feels like she threw down with a carton of cloves. Ah. All right, then. Chloe hands her a Styrofoam container with some lunch, including curly fries. Punky, grateful, sits down for some chow. Chloe observes that Punky's parents aren't here. Punky, mid-bite, says that it's cool Chloe helped her and all, but she's not ready to reveal her life story. Chloe, stung, says she wasn't asking. Punky says she hasn't seen her parents in years and is "kind of in-between homes right now." She's a bum. With an attitude. Chloe offers to buy the girl a soda. As she goes to the vending machine, Davis ambles over, looking The Sexy. Chloe tells him that Punky got a clean bill of health, but unfortunately she's a "street kid." She plans to drop Punky off at the local shelter. Davis says the girl is 15. He wonders if she's really going to be safe at the Metropolis shelter. Did I misunderstand the meaning of the word "shelter?"
Davis says Chloe's not too street-wise. Chloe, her face never losing its adoring expression, says she was just trying to help. She asks Davis for some ideas. Davis goes to Punky and sits next to her. Davis says he heard she needs a place to stay. She gives him a "Fuck you" look and says, "Not really." Davis mentions a friend he has who runs a home for girls like her. Punky asks if he's a religious nut, because she doesn't "roll with the holy." Davis says the woman helps girls get skills and find a job. So Davis wants to put this 15-year-old to work? Davis offers to get her an application. In the meantime, Chloe offers to let Punky stay with her for the night. Punky says sarcastically that Chloe is like a Girl Scout, and she doesn't want to be her next merit badge. Chloe is like, "Fine, fuck this" and starts to leave. Punky asks if she'd still be a "free agent" if she stayed with Chloe. Huh? What 15-year-old talks like that? Chloe says she can stay if she promises to think about Davis's offer. Punky and Davis exchange a look. Punky grabs her meal and follows Chloe. Davis poses. We get it, dude. You're good looking. Now knock it off with the smoldering charm, all right?
Clark and Lois are walking back to the scene of the accident. Clark remarks on the new boss. Lois is jealous that Clark got to spend quality time with Tess and she didn't. Lois calls her "a pit bull in Prada" and says the woman doesn't roll out the welcome mat for a copyboy with a charming smile. All right, second big Sarah Palin reference in two weeks. What exactly is the show trying to tell us here? Oh, I have a joke for you: What's the difference between Lois and a pit bull? A pit bull can eventually be taught not to poop all over your favorite show. Clark gets cute: he asks if Lois really thinks he has a charming smile. Lois warns him that he'll lose a few teeth if he doesn't spill what he and Tess talked about. Clark says she sounds like a jealous girlfriend. "Me? Please," Lois tells him. She compares it to Willie Mays being jealous of a batboy. "Bat Boy?" Clark squints, completely not getting the reference. "Watch and learn," Lois says. She sees a policeman standing in front of a barricade. Lois saunters over with a smile. She asks to be shown around. "No press allowed," the cop says. Clark looks embarrassed for Lois. "Swing and a miss," he says. Lois retreats all the way to Clark only to walk back to the police officer. Journalism as comedy! Wokka wokka. Lois asks the cop if he likes baseball. She says she can get him a signed photo of any player if he'll just help her out. Please. Make it stop. This hurts my soul. Clark wanders off on his own. He moves his head sideways so he can use his directional superhearing. The camera swoops around him and everything goes overexposed. We zoom in on two men in white bomb gear (really, it looks like they work at a semiconductor factory) inside the bus wreckage. They conclude that there is no bomb residue or detonator to be found. It's a mystery! Lois tells "Smallville" to wake up. She gave up on the cop. Clark tells her he just heard there was no bomb. Lois is skeptical. Clark thinks they need to talk to some people who were on the bus. He remembers the homeless girl that Chloe was helping. He offers to find others while Lois talks to the girl. Lois says she's not so good with kids and says Clark can take her and she'll track down the others. Clark reluctantly agrees. Or rather, he just lets Lois do what she wants.