Metropolis skyline. Recycled helicopter/Daily Planet-flyover shot. As they walk down a hallway near the newsroom, Clark tells Chloe that he just spent half the night with Metropolis PD trying to find out who mugged his mom. "Half the night"? What time is it? Is this Alaska? Where's the daylight? Why is Chloe working at 4 AM? Chloe, in business-attire-with-Chloevage, says she has a mole at the precinct who's going to send her the police report. I hope he's benign. Chloe is impressed that MamaKent saw "The Vigilante." Chloe says that there've been rumors about BatChica for weeks for her exploits in Suicide Slums. "Now," Chloe says happily, "this has front-page news written all over it!" She shows Clark a light table with papers on it, including a rough sketch of BatChica. Pantaloons? Are those really necessary? Clark is mad that he let his mom go to Suicide Slums alone, and that Chloe is cashing in on it. Wow, Clark, I'll try to take a guess about which of those two things is worse. Chloe says she was just trying to help: "You don't have to bite my head off." But he could, you know. Superteeth. Clark is mad at himself for not accepting the watch in the first place: "Now all I can think about is getting it back." Yeah, it's not like you have much on your plate with all the farmwork, losing Lana, consoling your mom, or not finishing community college. Let's go get that watch!
Clark turns and runs into a girl in glasses, who drops a stack of papers. They still carry around papers from place to place in that newsroom? Clark and Office Girl get on all fours (times two) to pick up the papers together. The girl apologizes. Chloe looks at the two of them saucily, but I can't for the life of me figure out why. That seems to go against Chloe's feelings as a person and her friendship with Lana. Nice one. Office Girl hands Chloe "today's obits." The sketches of BatChica are lying on Chloe's desk. Office Girl notices them. And it's no major surprise that Office Girl is BatChica. Oh, did I ruin Christmas revealing that one? My bad. Clark hands BatChica-in-Disguise the rest of her papers, and she walks away, pushing her glasses up her nose as she goes. I bet she snorts when she laughs. That would make her a totally approachable and cool girl, according to all the TV and movies I've seen.
The Talon at night. Lex is wandering around the coffee bar after hours. He wipes his mouth nervously. He sees Lana, going over some papers at the bar. He says he saw her car out front. Lana explains that MamaKent asked her to close up for the night: "They're going through a lot right now." Keen insight. Lex tries to apologize again for the kiss. Lana tries to blow it off, but Lex says that this apology should mean more since he's not giving it while drunk. Lex says that Lana was upset with Clark that night. He asks if things are better now. Sure, Bo's dead. How's that for better? Lana busies herself cleaning stuff on tables as she says that it doesn't really matter now, because she's just trying to help Clark's family through a rough time. Lex asks how Clark's doing. Lana says that she and Lex both know what it's like to lose a parent. Now, I know about Lex losing a parent, but Lana? When? How? Lana says that Clark is devastated. Lex says he tried to get hold of Clark, but Clark doesn't want to see him. Meet him in the bushes! Lana says that they should just be there for Clark. Lex says, once again, that Clark is lucky to have Lana in his life. Lana looks like that remark physically pained her. Lex says that when the time comes for Lana to lean on someone, Lex is always there. Just call on him, brother, when you need a hand. Lana fake-smiles. Lex exits. Lana continues cleaning in the dark.