Commercials. The gingerbread man from Shrek is doing Wal-Mart commercials. I say we boycott gingerbread.
Smallville Medical Center. Dammit! That one caught me by surprise. Clark is visiting KentFan. If she'd been around in an earlier season, she surely would have been killed off. In fact, didn't Clark lose a girlfriend to a gunshot wound before? Clark asks how KentFan's feeling. "Like I just teleported in front of a bullet," she says. And, cutely: "Ha ha...ow." Clark says they might release her today. Wow, that's fast. She asks about the doctor. Clark says they're holding him at Belle Reve for trying to kill one of his patients. KentFan apologizes again. She says she didn't want to lose the one good thing in her life. Clark smiles. He's a good thing! Clark says that drugging him wasn't the best way to do it. They watch each other. Clark takes her hand. He tells her he wanted her with or without the rock. "Past tense noted," she says. See? Was that so hard? Why does Lana have to be so dense when this girl picks up on subtlety? Oh, I know why. Because Lana's stupidity is supposed to be virtuous somehow. And why do I even care? Damn you, Smallville! You got me all riled up again! Clark tells KentFan to get some rest. She clings to Clark's hand as he pulls it back. As he's about to go, KentFan calls his name. "I really am sorry," she says, "You know that, right?" Clark says he does. He turns to go. He places her broken lead bracelet on the tray by the bed.
The Lair of Lex. Papa Luthor enters. Clark is sitting by the fireplace. Papa Luthor says there's nothing like a warm fire on a cold night. One more for the road: foreground/background! One episode and I'm already tired of it! It's this year's "star wipe." Lex says he knows that Papa Luthor is busy saving the world, and thanks him for coming by. Papa Luthor says he thought Lex's phone call was an olive branch, but obviously he was wrong. He starts to go. Lex asks where he's going: "The motel by the interstate?" Papa Luthor smiles. Lex goes further toward cruelty. He says his dad might still be able to make it to the mission for his evening bowl of soup. Papa Luthor says the motel serves a surprisingly tasty Salisbury steak. Lex points his poker at Papa Luthor and smiles. He hands it to Papa Luthor for throwing himself into his new role. Papa Luthor says it's not an act. He says Lex should know that, since Lex has had Papa Luthor followed ever since he was released. Papa says he's not playing an elaborate game. He's making the best of being penniless. He says, with a bit of the old Papa, that it is about time for his evening bowl of soup. Papa gets up to leave. Lex stops to tell him that he can stay in the guest house. "Thanks," Papa Luthor says. He tells Lex it'll be a lot easier to keep an eye on him. "Goodnight, Dad," Lex says. Papa Luthor acknowledges it, and then leaves. Given that there wasn't a single male-male scene (or really woman-woman since I don't count Lana), there will be no Gayest Look of the Episode this week. There were fathers and sons, true, but I don't play that.