School. Jocko is looking at a bunch of his trophies in the school trophy case. He tells Lana -- who's standing next to him, bored out of her pretty skull -- that he always thought his whole life was in that case. Now it seems trivial. Dude, it is trivial. They won't even let you take the trophies home. Lana says they should get him to the bus station. He says he's got an hour. He pulls Lana close. Uh oh. Goodbye sex? "Why don't we check out the gym?" he asks. Goodbye sex on the gymnastics horse?
The gym. Lana opens the doors and it's dark. But everything is decorated. Which is crap, because surely people would be in there setting up drinks and killing stray possums that wandered in and the like. But, no, it's all deserted. They turn on the lights and there are balloons, disco lights, lit arches, and castle towers. Lana says it's beautiful. Jocko asks where everyone is. Lana explains that an hour before the dance, the setup committee goes home to get ready. What about the chaperones and teachers? I smell a plot contrivance. And it smells funky, y'all. Jocko pops a CD into a little bookshelf CD system that happens to be there. It's a song they played earlier in the season to show Clark's longing for Lana -- a strummy crap rock song that sounds unbearably desperate. Jocko says that she's missing the spring formal for him, but there's still time for one more dance. Jocko goes to Lana. They slow dance. I rest my typing hands as they do. Jocko apologizes for not telling Lana he was enlisting. "You're very brave," Lana says. So are lemmings who jump off cliffs. Jocko says it's sudden and he doesn't know how Lana feels about their relationship. "Let's just dance," Lana tells him. Thanks, Lana. My weary twenty-one- recaps-in-a-row hands thank you, too. They dance all the way to commercials.
Kent Farm. A '50s red car pulls up. Clark walks out to greet it in his big, strapping tux. He's holding a corsage. Awww! "Hi!" Chloe calls out as she gets out of the car. Oh. Chloe. That dress. Um. Yikes. It's pink. Chloe is very pretty. Let me just say that. She asks Clark if it's too pink. "No," he says, hesitating a little. "You look beautiful." Notice he said she looks beautiful, not the dress. Nice sidestep, there. Chloe says Clark cleans up nicely too. She asks what happened to the red tie. He says that instinct told him it was the wrong way to go. Clark puts the pink plastic-looking corsage on Chloe's wrist. She's so happy! She puts a white flower on Clark's lapel and seems to prick herself. "Did I get you?" she asks. Not unless she heard something prick a tin can. They exchange a long look. Chloe breaks it, saying they should go. Clark gets the car door for her. "In?" he calls. "In," she says, before he closes the door. I have no idea why, but I thought that was the cutest moment in that scene. Chloe says a storm's coming.