Lex and a pitchfork in the barn. This show just went from a cool breeze to a smoldering volcano. Lex is pitching some hay into the wheelbarrow. He's still way too well-dressed for a farmer. Clark comes in and says he was going to give Lex some advice, but it looks like the former billionaire has it under control. Lex says that his family used to have a farm in Montana. He'd go there in the summer with his mom. Lex says they would work alongside the ranch hands and everyone did his fair share. He says it was the only time he felt normal. Clark asks if Lex ever goes back. Turns out the property was sold after Lex's mom died. Lex says his dad was never really a man of the people. Clark offers some help with a hay bale, but Lex says he wants to prove to Bo once and for all that some Luthors pull their own weight. Lex -- sweaty, breathless and with his tongue hanging out a bit -- smiles at Clark. Clark smiles back, tight-lipped, and the moment is so electric that if it was harnessed, it could light up Las Vegas for a month. It's a two-way, mega-kilowatt Gayest Look of the Episode.
Luthor mansion. Inside, Lucas is playing some hack-and-slash dungeon game on a huge, flat-panel, widescreen TV. I nearly short out my laptop with all this consumer electronics covetous drool. Papa Luthor enters the room. The game music is really loud. "We've got to talk," Papa Luthor says, and clumsily bumps into a corner of the TV set. Papa Luthor, holding a contract, complains that Lucas hasn't signed over his LuthorCorp shares yet. Lucas keeps playing and says nothing. Papa Luthor asks him to turn that dad-gum racket off. Lucas examines the situation. He says he tricked Lex and went along with Papa Luthor's plan and is going to be offered $10 million to walk away. Papa Luthor chuckles and says it's a little more lucrative than Lucas's card scams. Lucas says that the deal sounded really good until he found out what a Luthor is worth these days. He pulls a purple folder off a desk and says he went through the company financials and figured he's worth five times what he's being paid, and that's only taking into account what Papa Luthor reports to the IRS. "Don't be getting delusions of grandeur, m'boy," Papa Luthor purrs. Lucas asks why Papa Luthor didn't try to find him before he was twelve. That throws Papa for a loop, but he gets back on track quickly. "Because your mother lied to me," he lies. He says he was told Lucas died as a baby. "But I'm still not worth your time," Lucas says. It doesn't come across as self-pitying the way it does when Lex tells these stories. Papa Luthor says that he took care of Lucas the best way he knew how. Lucas says that's at arm's length, with a checkbook.