Up on high, Clark is crawling through the vents.
Back down below, Lucas is pointing his gun at Papa Luthor's head, ready for Papa to kill Lex. Papa points the gun at Lex. Lex must be used to being tied up so many times. He's probably developed some sort of naked farmboy counting system for staving off boredom. Papa Luthor struggles, and finally says, "No. I can't do it." He says he won't kill his son. Clark, looking on, sends some mini heat ejaculates through the grating and makes the gun go hot in Lucas's hand. Lucas drops his gun. Papa Luthor takes the opportunity to give Lucas a backhand and yells, "Psychotic little bastard!" He shoots at Lucas twice. Lex winces. Lucas smiles. "It must be in the genes," he says, from the floor. Lex smiles. Stunned, Papa Luthor says, "Blanks?" Lucas takes the clip out of his own gun and shows off his own set of non-bullets. "Checkmate," Lex says. Boy, they sure fooled the old man, huh? Lucas unties Lex and helps him up. They both walk out together, leaving Papa Luthor to wallow in his own magnificent crapulence. He notices some bits of melted metal dropping onto the floor. Papa Luthor looks up and sees the hole in the metal grating that Clark's hot eyes caused.
Talon. Lana's closing up shop. She locks one door, and as she's about to lock another, Clark walks through it. He says he needs to explain. Lana says she understands. Um, understands what? Clark notes that she's not mad. Lana says that when Clark lets people down, he makes it really hard for them to stay mad at him. By mutual agreement, Clark's out of a job. He says it's the shortest career in the history of the coffee business. Lana reminds him of her one-day stint at The Beanery. Clark says he hopes this doesn't change things between them. I thought things had already changed from the night before when things were a total disaster. Just wait an episode, Clark, and things will go all Bizarro again. Lana looks straight at Clark and says, "I don't see how things are ever gonna change between us, Clark." Da-yum. Not feeling so super now, are you, Clark? We pull back as Lana puts chairs up on tabletops.
Stately Luthor Manor. (Formerly the Castle of Lucas.) Lex is at his desk reading the newspaper. Some guys are taking stuff out of the office. "That can stay," Lex says, referring to the dreamy widescreen TV. I know that wasn't a shout-out, but I'm going to pretend Lex knows that I'm TV shopping and that I want that damn set. And then I'm going to pretend that Lex knows when my birthday is coming and that my parents won't tell me not to take gifts from rich strangers. Papa Luthor walks in as some furniture is carried out. Lex points out Papa Luthor's "fascinating piece of fiction" in The Daily Planet. A headline reads, "Luthor regains sight." Lex notes that LuthorCorp stock also jumped five points. Papa Luthor laughs, evilly. Lex asks how long he's been able to see. Papa Luthor shrugs. "Few weeks," he answers. Lex says that playing the handicap card is a low, even for his dad. Papa Luthor says he saw more clearly than ever. He says it's amazing what people try to get away with right in front of your eyes. "I can only imagine," Lex says, unsympathetically. Papa Luthor asks how they're going to repair this rift between them. Lex asks if he means how they're going to keep the Lucas affair quiet. Papa says he was thinking of giving Lex back his company -- majority stake, no strings attached. Lex agrees to be silent, but Lucas will be under his protection. Papa Luthor agrees with a small nod. As Lex is walking out, Papa Luthor reminds him of the fable of the frog and the scorpion. This is totally stolen from The Crying Game, by the way. The frog helped the scorpion across the river. Once there, the scorpion stung the frog. The frog asked why he did it and the scorpion said, "Because it is my nature." Papa Luthor says Lucas will never change. He's watched him over the years and he's a sociopath. Lex wonders aloud what side of the family tree he got that from. Lex exits, promising to give Lucas Papa Luthor's love.