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Kent barn at night. MamaKent walks in, looking for Clark. She spots a jacket belonging to Bo and sighs heavily. You can't tell me this is the same night. Jeez! She takes the jacket and holds it to her cheek. She sits down. Someone from an '80s rock video is standing to the side, backlit. MamaKent is startled. It's Papa Luthor. He apologizes for scaring her. She says it's fine. How long did it take him to get here? He guesses that these days are difficult to get through, and says he understands. He mentions his wife Lilian's death. "I thought I'd never be whole again," he says. "It takes a long time to let yourself heal." MamaKent says curtly that she's doing the best she can. Papa says he heard she talked to the governor about taking Bo Duke's senate seat. MamaKent turns slowly. Papa doesn't bother to ask about her nasty cheek cut. She says she hasn't even told Clark about that, and asks how Papa Luthor knows. He says he makes it a point to know things. MamaKent says she's not sure she'll take the offer. She hopes Papa didn't come to try to sway her one way or the other. He flatters her, telling her she's capable of making that decision on her own. He says he's sorry it's a burden to her with everything else she has to deal with. Papa steps forward. He says he knows Bo leveraged part of the farm to pay back his debt. "That was his decision," MamaKent says. "That was his pride," Papa replies. He says he can't accept it. He and Bo let politics and money come between them. "I don't want that to happen to us, Martha," Papa says, right up in MamaKent's face. She looks wounded and grateful at the same time. Papa starts to walk away. He says that if she needs anything, he's there for her always. "As a friend," he adds. Magnificent! Bastard!
Daily Planet, daytime. Did Clark never go home? He and Chloe stand near an empty desk. Chloe says she found Office Girls's desk like this when she showed up that morning. Chloe tried to call her home and cell, but got no answer. She figures BatChica pulled an Amelia Earhart. Clark guesses they'll never find her. Chloe asks Clark what happened out there. Clark says he should have listened to Chloe. He tells Chloe he had his hand around a guy's throat and almost killed him. "But you didn't," Chloe says. She asks what stopped him. Clark says it was his dad's voice. "I could hear him," Clark says. "He was always the one who kept me from going over the edge when I was too close." Chloe says she wishes BatChica could step back in time. Metropolis could use someone like her right now. Chloe squints at Clark. She asks if Clark could ever be a mild-mannered reporter by day and a crime reporter by night. "Honestly?" Clark asks. "I'm kind of hoping to find a way to not hide who I really am."