After the break, they're standing at the top of a windmill tower. Clark paces around one side of the platform. "I think I liked it better when I was showing you the ropes," he says. He stands as close to the edge as he can bear and clenches his eyes shut. He thinks flying must be easy for Kara. "It's not easy or hard," she says. "It just is." She just aims for the sky and lives for the moment. Clark thinks about this for a moment, but he keeps hearing the distant sounds of life in the city. "The more I try to clear my mind, the more I hear." Kara suggests he focus on a little butterfly that has stopped by to mock Clark with its natural flying abilities. "Look at me flapping my beautiful wings! I can fly, and I'm a mere insect! Envy me, foolish earthbound alien! HAHAHA!" Clark looks doubtful, but gives it a try. He hears the soft whoosh of the butterfly's wings, focuses on it, then with a heavenward look launches himself off the platform. Heroic music plays as he vaults into the sky. A few hundred feet up, he suddenly makes an "oh shit!" face and stops gaining altitude. He falls like a 200-pound sack of potatoes, right through the roof of the barn. Up in Heaven, Jonathan Kent is like, "Damn it! Now I got to go fix that, too!" Clark throws bits of wood off himself as Kara zips up to him. She tries to be encouraging, but Clark isn't having it. "It's not flying if it's mostly falling." At least you didn't land on a cow. Think about how much worse you'd feel, and how messy it would be. Kara thinks she shouldn't have gone against Jor-El's wishes by helping him. She turns to go but Clark calls her back. He wants another try. "You're doubting your powers!" she says. He refuses to stand by like a big, flightless emu. She lays it out for him: "That darkness? It came through a rip in the universe three weeks ago. You think it's just gonna wait around until you're ready?" I bet you it'll wait around until May 2011. Something about that three-week timeline sounds familiar to Clark.
He super-zips out of the barn, and Kara follows him. Even though it was sunny when they left Smallville, it's now pitch dark in Metropolis. Maybe they stopped off for dinner and a movie. They wind up on top of the building where Clark sent the Kandorians to their new home. He pulls a big stone block off the crystal console (at least he thought to cover it at some point) and shows it to Kara. He tells her about how he opened a portal using the Book of Rao. "If the darkness came through a gateway, maybe it can leave through one," he says. Kara takes off her bracelet, remembering that she used it once before to open a portal. But... "This dark force is like a disease," she says. "It can see your thoughts and feelings. It can find the one morsel of doubt that even the purest person doesn't realize they have inside of them." She says it can possess someone, unless that person is "pure of spirit" and has a "true clarity of purpose." Clark realizes that Jor-El thinks that the darkness will find some weakness inside him. Kara tells her cousin: "If this dark force possesses someone with abilities like yours, it could be the greatest weapon this planet has ever seen." Clark looks vaguely worried.