Stately Luthor Manor. There's a weird smiling mask thing on the wall. And there's a weird, grimacing, magnificent thing on the treadmill. It's Papa Luthor, and he's sweating up a storm. I have to check the color on TV to make sure he's actually that red. He tells Sheriff Ethan thanks for letting him know about Elder Dude. We pan back to reveal not only Ethan standing nearby wearing what he always wears and eying Papa Luthor in a most unsavory way, but also that Papa Luthor has little hand weights on his wrists. Ethan (Ethan!) leaves, saying hi to MamaKent as she walks in, asking why the police are still involved. Papa Luthor says the police aren't ready to rule the fire at the construction site an accident. He says Elder Dude has a record of civil disobedience. One time, he took too many napkins at McDonald's. MamaKent asks if it might be sabotage. Listen, yo, yo, it is sabotage! Papa Luthor wonders if he should have built his office plaza in Grandville. All right, I'm already sick of hearing about Grandville. MamaKent says her town needs the jobs. She helps Papa Luthor off the treadmill. He's quite the sweaty, lion-esque man. MamaKent says she sent flowers to the foreman's family. And a turkey, because they're probably also malnourished. She also arranged a "condolence call" for Papa Luthor. He says he doesn't want to be perceived as uncaring. MamaKent says she only did it because it's the right thing to do. She also booked an oatmeal-eating appointment. Papa Luthor says there are times when he's around MamaKent that he feels like he's talking to his wife. She doesn't look disgusted by the idea. "She was a lot like you," Papa Luthor says. He says they had unflinching honesty in common. "I miss that," he says. MamaKent looks touched. "Hope I'm not interrupting," Lex says, standing by the door. MamaKent stands and greets Lex. Papa Luthor remembers to hire a hit man to kill his son. Papa Luthor says it's always good to hear his son's voice. He takes a sip of some Ty Nant. Lex half-smiles as MamaKent collects her things to leave. Papa Luthor puts a towel over one shoulder and commends Lex on his hard work with the employee buyout of the Smallville plant. Didn't that happen at the end of last season? "Look at you," Papa Luthor says, walking to his son. He is so faking. He puts a hand on Lex's shoulder and says that Lex is building an empire on his own. He rubs Lex's shoulder with his thumb (ew) and says that their differences shouldn't keep them from working together when it's smart. Lex says he doesn't want to be an investor in the office park. Papa Luthor offers him a partnership in the project. He blames it on sentimentality. Lex counters that sentimentality is a sign of vulnerability. And dialogue desperation. Lex says Papa Luthor's on his own.
Episode Report CardOmar G: C- | 550 USERS: C+
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