Inside, Clark yells to MeanCop that he's nobody's patsy. He tells MeanCop that his fingerprints are all over the plate. "You may be strong, but you're not bulletproof!" MeanCop yells. He whips out a gun and shoots at Clark. I thought Clark was bulletproof. Well, he must not know that because instead of taking the hit, Clark dodges in Bullet-Time. Gun fires. Bullet spins toward Clark. This is the slowest, lamest, longest Bullet-Time shot ever. If this were The Matrix, five guys would have already gotten their asses kicked and we'd be at the closing credits. It's not even real Bullet-Time. It's just slow-motion with a CGI bullet in the air. Clark spins and actually crosses the air-trail of the bullet after it passes. The bullet smashes into another glass display. Thus endeth the great non-Bullet-Time sequence.
MeanCop spins around, trying to find Clark, but Clark is playing speed-tag. "What...are you?!" MeanCop growls. Lex and the guards rush in. MeanCop shoots at them. One of the cops manages to hit MeanCop in the chest. They all rush over to where he's lying. "Where's Clark? I know he came with you," Lex asks, quietly so nobody but MeanCop can hear. "Just tell me what you had on him," Lex commands. "Guh -- go to hell, Luthor," MeanCop finally says. Then he presumably dies, buggy eyes still open. Oh, so sorry, Lex.
Kent kitchen. Bo Duke walks in on Clark and MamaKent, saying that all the charges have been dropped. Couldn't they have met him at the jail, or at least strung up a banner that says, "Welcome home from the pokey, Daddy!" Bo says he received profuse apologies from the fuzz. MamaKent gives him a chaste kiss on the cheek and says it's finally over. Bo pisses on the parade and says there's more than one MeanCop out there. Clark asks what they'll do next time. Bo says they'll just have to deal with it when the time comes. What kind of pissant plan is that? Clark offers to stop using his gifts. Except x-ray vision during gym class. Bo says he should just use some caution. Everybody smiles. "Are you sure nobody saw you last night?" MamaKent asks. Clark says he's positive.
The Torch. Lana rushes around with pigtails in her hair (is it pigtails when they run down each side? ["Yes." -- Wing Chun]), looking busy. Principal So Far From Smooth That The Light From Smooth Takes A Million Years To Reach Him walks in holding a copy of the newspaper. He's wearing some weird vest that makes it look like he's got on a priest's collar. He's trying to channel B.D. Wong from Oz. The headline on the paper reads, "Kwan crushes freedom of speech." That's not, like, editorializing, or anything. Lana says it's a news story. She wouldn't know a news story if it came and bit some acting skills into her. Principal Wishes He At Least Could Drink a Smoothie says it's unacceptable. He asks if she did this so he would reinstate Chloe. Lana says it was the right thing to do, and that Chloe was born for the job. What a sad birth. He says that while Chloe has passion, she lacks accuracy. Chloe, standing behind them, says she can work on that. Principal So Not The Smooth caves like he's in the Taliban and gives Chloe her job back. Chloe's hair, I just noticed, has been not-so-flippy. That must happen when she's sad. Principal leaves. Lana congratulates Chloe. Chloe apologizes for flipping out. She says the paper is the only thing she and Clark do together (except walking to school, eating lunch, going to parties, and practically everything else). Lana asks if Chloe thought she was trying to cut Clark out of her life. Extreme, extreme close-ups here. I can see the inside of their pores. Lana says she wants to be friends with Chloe, but she doesn't want to stand in the way of Chloe and Clark. Chloe, who looks like she's about to cry again, says there's nothing between them and that they're just good friends. Lana, looking evasive, echoes the sentiment. "Good," Chloe says, behind almost-tears. Now that they've got that out of the way, Chloe says she's going to see what Lana's messed up since Chloe's been gone. She actually says that.