High school. Clark is sitting next to Chloe in the Torch office. She asks if he thinks Squinty Eyes Guy is more "Grand Theft Auto" than "Indy 500." She knows less about racing than I do! Clark asks why he'd have license plates and brand-new registrations to match. Chloe asks why Clark is so interested in this story. Clark says that once you get going on a good story, you can't stop until you get to the bottom of it. It must really suck to be Chloe and know how often Clark lies. Chloe gently brings up that she already knows about Pete "The Boss" Ross. Clark: Busted. Chloe says that Pete is her friend too, and that his life is at risk. Clark says that Pete asked him to keep it a secret. He did? When? Chloe reminds Clark that sometimes keeping a secret for a friend hurts more than it helps. Chloe says that Pete might listen to her, since Pete and Clark are like brothers. She says that, among siblings, it's sometimes hard to take advice. Chloe works on the computer and pulls up some of the VIN numbers Clark gave her. They all come up as "STOLEN." "He could be the poster boy for Lojack," Chloe says. Does she even know what she's talking about? I really do think she just carries an electronic word/phrase generator to make my life harder. Clark says it's all the evidence he needs: He's going to the sheriff. Chloe: "I guess I'll just...sit here then...shall I?...Right."
Boom box blaring bass beats and mixed with guitar rock. Squinty is welding at the auto barn. He's interrupted by the sheriff and some police busting in through the big barn door. The sheriff really wants somebody to "drop that drill now!" Guns are drawn. Squinty licks his lips.
Kent home. "Good work, Mr Kent," the Sheriff tells Clark when he answers the door. She says it only took eight deputies and four cruisers to discover that the barn was "as clean as [her] grandma's pantry." Her grandma is still alive? Medical miracles never cease! Clark says he saw those license plates. She says that the only plates in the barn were the ones in the kitchenette sink. You only get one more simile this week, sheriff. You're way past quota. She says that the VIN numbers Clark gave her didn't match the ones on the cars in the barn. Clark shakes his head and says that's impossible. "Your information is about as accurate as the local weatherman," the Sheriff tells Clark. We have reached SIMILE OVERLOAD! Please empty out your similes and hand them to our simile stormtroopers, who will gladly take them off your hands and donate them to struggling writers. The sheriff says she's going to cut Clark some slack because she's had her eye on Squinty for a while and "he is one slippery fish." Squinty, too. She warns Clark that the next time he says there's "a storm a-brewin'," she'd better see some rain. It must be nice to have all your dialogue written by Reader's Digest.