Metropolis. Grungy, smoky, inner-city slum. MeanCop and Clark get out of the MeanMobile. MeanCop explains that his biggest obstacle is The System. The System is holding this poor white man down, and it's up to Clark to steal some internal affairs documents to make life better for everyone. Clark is asked to break into the home of an internal affairs agent and steal some files the man took home with him. "I'm not going to hurt anyone!" Clark cries, and leaves the car. But then, he's talked into doing it anyway. MeanCop promises not to bother Clark again if he does this one thing. Clark says he doesn't believe him because Lex told him not to. MeanCop hints that Lex has his own dark secrets and past.
So Clark breaks in. He pops the top lock in, presumably with his superfinger. He sneaks in to the tastefully decorated apartment. With his x-ray vision, he finds a safe. Clark smiles, mischievously.
Outside. MeanCop is waiting. Behind him, his car sits innocently. Oops! This must be a Wile E. Coyote cartoon, because a safe just fell on MeanCop's car from the sky. MeanCop's eyes do a Bernie Mac as he looks physically pained. Clark calls from upstairs. Wouldn't the IA agent have heard all this? Clark then does his fast-motion run, flashing downstairs to face MeanCop. We can hear sirens approaching. "Want your file? It's all yours," Clark says, and hands MeanCop his document. MeanCop asks if Clark called the police. Too late. Clark zips away just as the police cruiser arrives. "You're making a big mistake, kid!" MeanCop yells. Overhead shot of the police getting ready to bust him.
Several commercials later, Clark is back in the kitchen, where nothing ever seems to be cooking. "Morning, guys!" Clark says. He thinks he's still at the YMCA, hanging out with all the boys. MamaKent, leaning over the counter with Bo, asks when Clark got in. "Late," he says. He lies that he was working with Lana at the newspaper. Bo asks whether MeanCop has been around. "Don't worry, Dad. I think he's out of our lives forever," Clark says. Before he can explain, there's a knock at the door. It's two Smallville cops, Bob and Ethan. Those are so not cop names. They say they have a warrant to search the property. Uh oh. They're gonna find themselves a spaceship! MamaKent comes to the screen door and stares vacantly, looking like a blow-up doll, almost. They say they got a tip from Metropolis P.D. Just then, another cop comes in and says, "I think you'd better take a look at this." Whenever a cop says that in a TV show or movie, it's never good. It never turns out to be a bucket of gold, or a pretty sunset.