Title card: "12 Years Later." That girl actress is now someone else. She sure didn't turn into Chloe Sullivan. Lex is in a fancy silver sports car, driving. He's not thrilled with the radio stations that he's scanning through. I refuse to believe Lex Luthor, who drives $100,000 cars, doesn't have an iPod or satellite radio in his car. He's listening to testicular radio? Whatever. Get a real budget, Smallville. Lex switches past a hip-hop station and some alt-crap. On 105.7, there's some classical music that the Magnificent Bastard himself would favor. Nice little moment here. Lex decides to keep listening. Lex's cell phone rings. He answers. Lex drives toward a dangerous-looking intersection. A truck is coming toward Lex's car. Lex is annoyed by its headlights. Lex is talking to a doctor and tells him to keep pressing the woman they're experimenting on. He says she wouldn't be the first freak who refused to show her colors. Because of the vagueness of the title card and a scene referenced in the "Previouslies," I thought this was the same night that Chloe was kidnapped by Lex's people. You can bet that kept me confused for the first few minutes of this episode. The truck barrels toward Lex with its bright lights shining. "I want answers!" Lex says before hanging up the phone. Oh, while Lex is getting that satellite radio installed, could he also get a Bluetooth hands-free car kit? I mean, he's only a billionaire, right? Why's he still messing with his phone while driving? Lex finally notices the truck, grimaces, and swerves left. He sails off the road. His car, already muddy on the side, skims across the dirt. Fast and the Furious: Vancouver Drift! The car comes to a stop. Lex's heart is racing. He takes some deep breaths once he's safe. For some reason, Lex's car won't start. Someone approaches the driver's-side door. A flashlight shines at Lex. The person breaks the window. The thing shatters easily. Lex asks what the person wants. He gets smacked in the face for that. Such insolence! The person pats Lex's chest down and finds a small box. The camera moves up to reveal that it's Chloe. All grow'd up. "Thanks, Lex," she says.
Opening credits. Commercials. Spider-Man 3. Now there's a conflicted superhero!
Chloe is in bed, sleeping beneath orange sheets as soft music plays. Oh yeah. That's how I like to start a scene. She's in the apartment above The Talon and I'm pleased to see that, given her shit commute to Metropolis, she's not still sleeping on the couch. Chloe slowly gets out of bed. Well, they aren't the most flattering pajamas in the world, I'm sorry to say. But we don't get to dwell on that, because Chloe finds a pair of muddy work boots on the floor. She's sleep-day-laboring! NOOOO! Clark knocks and opens the front door in the same movement. First, Chloe: lock your door. Second: tell Clark to stop trying to walk in on you naked. If he wants to see that, he should just use his x-ray vision. Clark says that they were supposed to meet for coffee that morning. She says she overslept. We see a trail of mud coming in from outside the door. Clark asks if she went jogging in the mud. Chloe only remembers doing her dishes in the apartment, then waking up in bed. Do you see now why I thought this might be a flashback to her abduction? Same M.O., different day.