Pete is in the Torch office, arguing with someone on the phone. Chloe walks in and overhears the end of the conversation, and makes a joke about forwarding all telemarketing calls to Pete. Totally not picking up on the fact that Pete is pissed off, Chloe continues to barrage him with questions about what the phone call was about, and why he's wearing the same clothes he was yesterday. Pete says that he was "laundry-impaired" this morning. Chloe asks if he wants to cover the gymnastics tryouts. Pete says she should find someone else. Chloe can't believe Pete is "passing up the opportunity to ogle Smallville High's women in spandex." Yeah, Pete! You're a big ol' perv, and everyone knows it! And Chloe is your perv enabler. Pete says he can't do it, and the bell rings, so he leaves for class. Chloe asks him to hang on so they can walk together, but when she looks up, Pete is gone. Why is it on television that no one actually leaves for class until the bell rings? In my high school, there was one bell that meant "Class is over!" and one bell that meant "Class begins" and you did your traveling in between those two bells ringing. If you waited for the bell to ring, you were already late. Then again, I was one of those nerds who was really nervous about being late for class.
Papa Luthor is at the Smallville Medical Center, getting his injuries checked out. First of all, I refuse to believe that Papa Luthor wouldn't have his own personal physician to come to his house for just such occasions. And second, that is the darkest exam room I've ever seen. You could show a movie in there. Is that really medically acceptable? Anyway, Lex walks in and says that he came as soon as he heard about Papa Luthor's "accident." Also, Papa Luthor is super-buff, and I think he might shave his chest. Just some trivia for you. Papa Luthor says he has some bruised ribs, but that he'll be fine. Lex says that there are rumors going around that the guy who attacked Papa Luthor had an artifact that gave him superpowers. Papa Luthor scoffs at such rumors. Scoff! Who is spreading these rumors? It has to be the lackeys. They need to be fired for committing such a security breach. Lex says that he doesn't live in the past anymore, and that maybe his father should follow his own advice on that matter. Lex offers to use his relationship with the cops to track down Jeremiah. Papa Luthor says that he's both touched and surprised by Lex's concern. Lex responds that despite their differences, he will always care about his father's well-being. Papa Luthor says that his ego got more bruised than his ribs; he wants to let the matter drop and avoid any more publicity. Lex looks sad that he has once again reached out to his father, and been rebuffed. I think I'm developing a huge crush on Lex. I know I'm hardly the first to feel that way, but it's a new and odd feeling for me.