The Barnness of Sin. Clark is telling Lex that being at the mansion was like being in The Twilight Zone, especially the part where Clark hated people and only wanted to read books, but after World War III, he broke his glasses. Nooooooooo! Lex is putting on a shirt to cover the post-coital sweat on his bod. He tells Clark he didn't imagine getting shot at. Lex says they must have had "cleaners" there to cover the tracks. Clark shows Lex the shard -- a small, red piece of glass. Clark says he called Hootie's home; an answering machine said that the family is away visiting relatives. Lex speculates that Hootie is at the bottom of Crater Lake by now. I guess nobody on the side of the lake held his hand. Clark suggests that they call that U.S. Attorney. Lex, showing quite a lot of chest with those top shirt buttons undone, says that the attorney was already nervous about going after Papa Luthor. Lex says that piece of glass is pretty weak evidence. Didn't Lex make copies of those documents? Clark asks if anybody can corroborate any part of Lex's story. I'm impressed that Clark said "corroborate."
The offices of The Torch. Clark is questioning Chloe. She asks if Lex is all right. Clark says he's shaken up (all shook up, in fact), but alive. Clark asks how Chloe got involved. She stutters unconvincingly that she was writing a story about Papa Luthor and found out about the guy's tough childhood. Behind Chloe, a framed layout says, "ALIEN LOVE SLAVE!" Yes, Clark is. Chloe says she had no idea Lex would take her findings and run with that grandparent-murder theory. Clark warns Chloe that the people they're dealing with are dangerous. He suggests that she stay out of sight. Chloe counters that nobody's safe until these people are exposed. Naked Day! Clark says he's not going to leave Chloe alone. He tells her to grab her laptop and come with him.
Kent Farm. The Red Dodge Truck of Eventual Flipping and Exploding pulls up. Papa Luthor, MamaKent, and Bo are waiting as Clark and Chloe arrive. Papa Luthor pretends barely to know Chloe. He asks if Clark has seen Lex. Clark looks to his parents, and then lies that he hasn't seen him for a few days. Papa Luthor says that Lex is missing. Clark says he knows Lex "pretty well," and that if Lex wanted Papa Luthor to know where he was, "You probably would." Er, not a very neat sentence. Papa Luthor says that Lex is seriously ill. He be illin'. He needs help. Clark asks what Papa Luthor means by "ill." Papa Luthor's mouth moves around some in what seems like genuine concern. He says twice that Lex had a psychotic break. "That can't be right," Clark says. Papa Luthor says it happened on the island. Lex has had a relapse, paranoid delusions, hears voices, sees things that aren't there, the works. Papa Luthor says, "I want my son. I want him back. The way he used to be." That's funny, because Clark wants him, too. Papa Luthor says seriously that if Clark hears from Lex, Clark needs to tell them and help Lex get the care that he needs. We cut to a shot from the barn, where Lex is watching the conversation. He spies with his little eye.