The camera pans down the bed and we transition to Ethan getting in to Papa Luthor's limo. "Sheriff," he greets. Ethan has brought some documents. "These are all good people. They just happened to have made a few mistakes," Ethan says. Papa Luthor says we're all only human. Papa Luthor says these "good people" sit on the board of his son's company and need a little incentive to sell their shares to him. Ooh! Evil! Ethan says goodbye. Papa Luthor hopes it'll be the beginning of a long relationship. Ethan says it's just for this one time. Papa asks if that proviso came before or after he asked for cash in advance. This is so evil. Ethan says he was strapped. "But don't think you own me," he says. Ethan says he's kept track of Papa Luthor's backdoor shenanigans (boy, howdy!), and that he'll make a phone call if he has to. "Would that be to your attorney?" Papa Luthor asks. Because the attorney passed along Ethan's documented evidence. So this is what it's like to crush a tiny man. Ethan is worried. Papa Luthor says that his reputation in Smallville is not important, but for Ethan it's his "lifeblood." "Sheriff. That's an elected position, isn't it?" he asks. Oh man. Ethan tells Papa Luthor not to threaten him and calls him a son of a bitch. Papa chuckles. "Good evening, Sheriff," he responds. Ethan angrily gets out of the limo.
Back in the hospital. "So you took an honest man and destroyed him. And by proxy, almost ruined Jonathan Kent. How does it feel, Dad, knowing you brought this on yourself?" Lex says. Papa Luthor says he didn't. Lex brought it on with his "ill-advised company coup." Lex just stares down. Lex asks whether Papa Luthor actually believes that. Papa says he forgives Lex. "Now it's time to look to the future," Papa Luthor says, "together." Lex gulps. He turns away and leaves. We pan closer to Papa Luthor in bed. He taps his chest in an evil way. The end.
Holy crap! Eeeeeevil!
Next week: Bad Clark, bad Chloe, and bad Pete! Another flying car! Chloe licks a lollipop! Folks, I cannot wait.