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.
A very official-looking institutional building. Chloe is walking up a set of stairs. She signs in at a security desk. We see patients in a mental health care facility. Some are painting. Others are being wheeled around. It's a very large, clean-looking room. Sad music plays. Chloe sees a woman standing by a window with her back to us. The camera faces Chloe as she walks toward us. Chloe walks past tables and approaches the woman, who has dirty-blonde hair and is wearing a long white robe. Chloe takes a deep breath. She walks around the woman to face her. "Mom?" she says quietly. The woman puts her hand on Chloe's cheek. Chloe closes her eyes and cries. She hugs her mom. Chloe sobs as the camera pulls back, never revealing Mom's face. We go to black. What a very nice ending to a very sucky episode.