Silly transition: We go from the Warrior Angel mask to a dissolve right onto Clark's face. He's looking dreamily off into space. Luka wakes up in a hospital bed. Clark asks how his head's doing. It still hurts. Clark hands Luka a comic book. It's the newest issue, featuring a Sealab-looking station. Clark asks what's up with the floating balloon. Luka says it's the Aerodrome, a floating fortress where Warrior Angel can get away from his troubles. Clark says it sounds like everyone should have one of those. Oh, I didn't know they had Luka hooked up to a melted cheese drip. Clark says he's not sure about the floating part. He's afraid of flying. Oh. Gawd. This episode just went from bad to ugh. Luka says he didn't think Clark was afraid of anything. Clark says there are lots of things he's afraid off. Poppers. Outing. Other members of the Gay Mafia. Clark says he puts on a brave face. Luka says he does, too, only his brave face isn't as pretty. Clark says the doctors are going to run some more tests. Luka already knows what's wrong since he read Evil Doc's mind. Well, you couldn't save the Kents a few thousand dollars in medical bills by letting them know ahead of time? Luka says there's a tumor in his head. It's in the Annoyal Region. Luka says the tumor, she is getting bigger. "I'll tell the doctors!" Clark says helpfully and gets up to go give them the news. Luka says they already know. Sad cancer music plays. Luka starts to tear up. "I'm dying, Clark," he says, and it's the one time in the episode I can stand him. Clark doesn't really react. It sounds like he's been told Luka's got a bad Charley Horse. "And no one can save me," Luka says. Oh yeah? We've still got another set of commercials to go! Luka half-cries. Clark fails to react in any meaningful way.
Kent Farm. Clark is on the fence about this whole cancer thing. No, seriously, he's leaning up against the fence, reading a comic book. Bo comes up behind him with a fresh list of cancer-specific platitudes. Um, let's see...take each day as it comes. Dance like no one can see you. Don't let chemo kill your dream-o. Bo says he and MamaKent are going to the hospital. Clark asks if there's any news. Bo puts his hand on Clark's and rubs it with bad-news anticipation. Bo says the tumor is growing. It's like a fungus, among us. Bo says the doctors think it's from the experiments done at the lab. How would they know what experiments were done and how they would have affected the tumor? They're psionic doctors, now? Clark looks at the comic book like it's a mission statement, and says that Luka thinks he's the hero. Bo says Clark has helped lots of people. Clark says he can't help Luka: "What kind of hero is that?" Clark asks. I feel a Chad Kroeger song coming on. Bo pulls out a bottle of Extra-Strength 12-Hour Platitudes. He says this beyond even Clark's abilities. He says they have to pray for the best. Clark asks what he's supposed to do -- sit around and watch Luka die? Uh...yep. Clark says he's not gonna give up. No he won't back down. You can stand him up at the gates of Hell, but he won't. Back down. Clark walks off and Bo looks heavenward.