Outside the Kent barn on an overcast day, Clark and Pete are shooting hoops. Pete asks if Clark could be any more obvious about his Lana Lust by trying to work at The Talon. Clark asks about Pete's Rule of Proximity. Clark says you have to get on the court to play the game. Pete counters that Lana will take out all her frustrations over Clark's flakiness out on him as his boss. "You're not gonna be on the court; you're gonna be in the locker room cleaning the toilets." For once, Pete has a point. Clark and Pete both sink some nice baskets. Clark says he's not gonna get the job anyway. Just then, Lex and Lucas pull up in a stunning gray convertible. Lex introduces his brother Lucas to the hoop dreamers. "'Sup guys," Lucas says, as a greeting. Pete asks if Lucas wants to shoot some hoops. He does. Pete and Lucas play while Clark and Lex talk. Clark says he thought Lucas was...you know, dead and stuff. Lex says he wasn't dead, and that he'd been looking for Lucas for the past few months. Clark asks why Lex didn't say so before. Lex makes a bullshit excuse about not knowing what he'd find out. His phone rings, and Lex looks at the display. He says he has to fix something with the bank. Clark asks if Lucas wants to stick around with the farm boys while Lex takes care of bidness. Lucas agrees.
"So, uh, you and Lex seem close," Lucas says as the three of them take turns shooting the basketball. Uh oh. He knows! "What, are you kidding? They're like brothers," Pete says, inappropriately. Pete sure has stashed away his hostility toward Lex. At Clark's questioning, Lucas says he grew up all over the place. He doesn't bemoan the fact that he didn't have a mom and dad. Lucas says that parents try to make you little versions of themselves. Without them, you can become your own person. Clark says that theory may be on sale, but he's not buying it. Lucas uses Lex and Clark as an example: if they were raised by each others' parents, Lucas says, "you'd be rich and miserable, and he'd be wearing flannel." Ha! This guy should be recapping. He asks Clark how he'd have turned out if he'd been abandoned by his parents. "Not sure," Clark says, tersely. Lucas asks if they're gonna chit-chat all day or play some ball. Play some ball, play some ball! All cocky, Lucas wants to see what Clark's got. Why doesn't he just ask Lex?
Basketball time. Clark asks Lucas to "check it up." Throbbing rock music plays as Clark takes his first shot...and misses. Lucas walks past Clark and gives him a shoulder. Ow. Clark gives Pete a look like, "Can you believe this shit I gotta put up with?" Lucas gets one past Clark and acts like he's hot shit. Lucas goes for another shot, and Clark leaps high to block it against the backboard. Clark, grinning and with his mouth open, dribbles. He jumps and does a windmill slam dunk over Lucas. Pete rolls his eyes. He smells danger. "Rocket man," Pete says, "we don't want anyone to get hurt." Clark takes the ball back. He rushes down the lane and Lucas tries to give him a sharp elbow. Instead, Lucas holds his elbow in pain. He winces. Lucas says no hard feelings and that it's just a game, right? Clark says yeah. He inhales loudly. Lucas says it feels like Clark has a steel plate in there or something. He asks for a ride back to the mansion.