Thank God night has finally fallen at the Luthor mansion because it means that horrible barf light is gone. Tess walks into the office, surprised to see that all the soldiers have left. One of her lackeys, heretofore unseen, enters the room and asks how she's feeling. She snarks that he should know, because he had a "front row ticket to the entire thing." She wants her video. Lackey reminds her she told them not to interfere when the soldiers took her hostage. She thinks Lackey enjoyed it. Stop hiring voyeurs, then. "Just tell me my plan paid off." She wants to know where the soldiers are. Lackey pulls out a tiny netbook and starts looking for the video feeds they recorded. Of course, they're all gone now, erased by Zod and his soldiers. Tess seems just mildly pissed off that she went through three weeks of torture for nothing.
Daily Planet building. Lois is trying to get into her old computer, but her password doesn't work anymore. She keeps at it anyway, growing increasingly frustrated. She hears someone at the desk opposite hers, and looks up hopefully. "Clark?" Nope, it's Brian Austin Green, who she still thinks is a cop who's stalking her. He finally clues her in that he's not a cop. So now she thinks he's a detective. He further clarifies that he doesn't work for the force. He says she jumped to conclusions, which he's heard she does a lot. Who the hell is he, then? He's a field reporter and Lois's new deskmate. Lois says Clark is coming back, but Brian heard Clark is on indefinite leave, and that Lois has been fired. He introduces himself as John Corben and shakes her hand. As he walks off, Lois sees Clark's nameplate in the trash. She doesn't have long to be sad, though, because the phone rings. She answers and it's Clark as his "Blur" persona. He's supposed to leave, he says, but he can't. He asks her to promise to keep "this" just between them. Yeah, Lois. Quit telling people what a confidante you are. She promises.