After the hubbub, Clark walks back into the kitchen and gets so mad he punches a support pole with his fist. If the house falls on Clark now, it's his own fault. "That's what you get for trying to be a hero, Clark," MeanCop says, suddenly appearing in the kitchen. He looks at the broken column disdainfully. MeanCop goes all James Woods on Clark, saying he's been doing this a looong time. "Did you really think you could double-cross me?" he asks, rhetorically. Clark asks who the dead man in the barn was. He's ignored. MeanCop annoyingly goes on about crack houses (in Metropolis?) and scenarios and how he's survived all this time. I wish one of those crackheads would bust a cap in this guy's ass. "You! Didn't leave me! With a lot of options!" MeanCop yells. Oh, goodness. What a loose cannon you are. I'm so frightened for Clark. Clark gets super-angry, grabs MeanCop, and slams him against another support column. He tells MeanCop to call and tell the local cops what he did. "You wanna kill me?" MeanCop asks. "I want him OUT!" Clark yells, his eyes angry, his mouth a snarl. It only took nine episodes, but Clark is finally showing a temper. MeanCop reminds Clark that he has a lot more to lose than an already busted rogue cop. Clark lets him go. MeanCop readjusts his suit jacket. He tells Clark he's going to let Clark stew in his own super-spicy juices. Then he leaves. "I'll be in touch," he says, pointing. Is that this guy's catchphrase? Clark looks at the broken support column, ashamed even to touch it.
The fiery, dramatic offices of The Torch. Lana is trying to get some piece of equipment to work by not-acting in front of it. Clark walks in, looking mopey. "I heard about your dad," she says. She's sure it isn't true. Half-heartedly, Clark says thanks and asks how she's doing. Which is great, because Lana is ready to talk about herself and her titanic struggle with the newspaper. Lana feels like she screwed up everything. "Guess that's what you get when you try to be a hero," she says. Lana's line readings are starting to give me hives. Clark agrees. He asks if Lana thinks her life would be easier if Nasty Nell hadn't adopted her. He feels like he just complicated his parents' lives. Lana relays a sob story: once, when she tried to run away to Metropolis, Nell told her that adopting Lana was the greatest thing she ever did. She was probably drunk on Rumple. Clark excuses himself. Lana stops him to tell him not to worry, and that it'll all work out. She obviously doesn't watch Oz.