Kent home. MamaKent is on the couch. She asks how the tractor's coming. Clark thinks he's got it working. He says he's not as handy with a set of tools as Bo Duke was. Nor with a platitude. Or the cows. They're all sexually frustrated and lonely now. "There's an awful lot of your father in you," MamaKent says. Yeah. Awful. "I hope so," Clark says. Clark sees some of the papers MamaKent is examining. He asks if she understands all that stuff. MamaKent reminds him that she was a "corporate animal" once. Rrowwwr. Clark says that's not hard to believe. He thinks she can do whatever she sets her mind to. Maybe he does have the gift of platitude! Clark tells MamaKent that she should take the senate seat. MamaKent shakes her head and says she can't. She worries that she can't run the farm and be in the senate. Clark says that he can take over the farm. He's just going to need some topseed. And...uh...grain hops. And what's that stuff you put in the ground? Cornmeal? Flax? Barleys? Don't you worry, Ma. Clark plays the Bo card, saying says it's what Bo would have wanted. "I never was one to disappoint a Kent boy," MamaKent says. I sure hope that that line didn't have any dirty implications because...ugh. Smiles all around. MamaKent looks excited all of a sudden. The senate! Woo!
Once again, the recycled Daily Planet helicopter flyover shot. A newspaper headline reads, "Smalllville serial killer commits suicide." Huh. I guess he sorta did. Chloe is holding the newspaper. She complains to Clark that Ted Bittleman wrote it, and that she can't even get a byline when she's in the story. Never mind that it would be wrong if she did. Clark says he's glad she's not part of the obits. "Or wearing a straitjacket at Belle Reve," Chloe adds. Clark says that he'd never let that happen. He gives Chloe a cheeky smile. Chloe confesses that she had a few moments when she really thought she was losing her mind. She wonders why Gretchen chose her to appear to. Clark thinks it's because Chloe cares more about other people than anyone else he knows. Chloe jokes that maybe it's because she's really like her mother after all. It's not that funny. Clark asks what exactly is wrong with Chloe's mother. Chloe looks sad as she thinks about it. "I don't know," she says, finally. She says that her mom left when she was twelve (wrong), and that it was before... "I don't know," Chloe says, interrupting herself. Clark asks if Chloe knows where her mother is. Chloe does. She looks like she's about to cry. Clark asks why Chloe hasn't gone to see her. Chloe says she's afraid to look into her mother's eyes and see herself. Clark says that if Chloe waits too long, she might not be able to look into her eyes at all. Chloe grimaces. Clark: "It's your mother. She always will be. That's not going to change no matter what." The platitude torch burns as brightly as the one at the Olympics. Chloe nods. She types something into her desk computer. Shakes her head. Clark thinks about orange rinds.