Lair of Lex. Using his laptop. Lex logs in to LuthorCorp. On the "LuthorCorp Security Login," Lex types his username (Lex Luthor) and password (ELEMENTS). Squeee! Where's Stac(e)y when you need her? It says "Accessing LuthorCorp Intranet." Lex rubs a finger against his lip to see what he smells. Papa Luthor walks in. Lex closes the laptop, looking annoyed. Papa Luthor is really rockin' the casual wear these days. He asks Lex how China was. "Full of surprises," Lex says. Papa Luthor notices with concern that Lex was beaten up a bit. Lex says that while getting pistol-whipped wasn't fun, it's good to have the old dad back. Papa Luthor says he had nothing to do with what happened. He goes to Lex and tries to touch the busted lip, but Lex bats his hand back. Papa Luthor says he's given up the search for the stones. Lex doesn't believe him. Lex says that Papa gave copies of the map to Lana and Jason and was using them. Papa says it was Lex who was using them. He says that Lex'll do far worse to get the stones. Papa follows Lex around the desk and tells him he has a "ferocious desire" (I'll say!) to find all the answers. Papa Luthor gets a little too preachy in advising Lex not to let the stones turn into his Tower of Babel. Lex says he's not trying to get closer to God. He's trying to solve the riddles He lay out for Lex. Like the riddle of sexual preference? Papa Luthor takes off his glasses dramatically and asks whether Lex ever considered that there's a reason they aren't given the answers. Papa says it may be to humble them. "Knowledge comes from finding the answers, yes," Papa says, "but understanding what the answers mean is what brings wisdom." Papa says that men who didn't understand the distinction have been the ruin of some of the world's greatest civilizations. Now, how hard is this? This is way more interesting than some teen girly's Chinese tattoo. Lex asks if that's why Papa Luthor stopped looking for the stones -- because he's afraid? Papa chuckles. "I stopped because I realized even if I find the three stones, I'm not going to really find what I'm looking for. Neither will you," he tells Lex. Lex's mouth twitches. And not in the good way.
The Talon at night. Jason is at Lana's apartment door. She's still pissed. He asks if he can come in. Lana leaves the door open and walks away. Lana pours some tea. Chinese, please? Jason apologizes for lying. Lana says she doesn't know which lie he's apologizing for. Lana sips her tea. Jason tells Lana he didn't tell her about China because he didn't want to endanger her. Jason reminds Lana of the torture chair as a justification. He says, "You have to believe me." "Give me one good reason," Lana says. He agrees. He lays out a red piece of cloth and displays the missing stone on her table. "Is that good enough?" he asks. Bling bling! Lana's eyes light up. Jason says he saw it while Lana and Clark were knocked out. He mailed it to himself. (Way to trust the postal service with one of the world's most precious artifacts, ass.) Lana asks if he told his mom. "I got it for you," he says. Jason says he only cares about protecting Lana. He didn't directly answer the question, though. Lana just stares at the stone. "Blink twice if you can understand me," he says. Lana turns to him. She blinks twice. They both smile. Lana was never going to be happy unless somebody gave her a shiny rock. And that tells you everything you need to know about Lana.