Lana is alone at Isis. She's looking over some folders when the lights and computer monitors start to flicker. Lana walks deeper into her computer lair. She tries to get the computers back online, but they shut off. As they do, Lana can see in a monitor's reflection that Braniac is behind her. She turns. He knows her name. She tries to run, but he whooshes in front of her and grabs her shoulders. He raises a hand and turns it into a finger-pick. It pierces Lana's forehead. Little spikes come out of it and go in through Lana's eyes. All three points come back out. The hole in Lana's head disappears, but her eye is bleeding. Branaic is very proud of his work. Hey, so am I!
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Daily Planet. I sure hope we're about to see Jimmy and Lois returning their press badges in disgrace. Aw, no such luck. Instead, we see Clark picking up a copy of the paper. The bottom half of the front page (newspapers never design a front page in perfect halves, but whatever, show) is a story about Patricia Swann. Instead of a photo of the murder scene or mourners, we see a giant head shot of her. The ugly headline says, "Prominent Metropolis citizen dies a suspicious death." Was she really a Metropolis citizen? Hadn't she been in Europe for years and years? Can we get a name up in this headline to go with that ginormous mug shot? I have decided that everyone is just pretending The Daily Planet is a great newspaper and that outside its walls, everyone makes fun of it and wonders how they stay in business. Also, I wonder what news was so important that it took up the top half of the front page. Probably a giant coupon. Clark picks up the paper (it burnnnnns!) and asks Chloe about it just as she's walking in. Clark is allowed in the building when Chloe's not there? What the FUCK!? Clark asks why Chloe didn't tell him they found Patricia Swann the night before. She says she just walked through the door. Chloe glances at the paper and sighs. "Another member of the Veritas clan is silenced." Clark asks if she thinks Papa Luthor was behind the murder. Chloe says that he was trying to throw suspicion on Lex, but that she's found no link between Lex and Veritas other than his relation to Papa Luthor. She says all roads lead to Papa Luthor. "What if she died protecting me? Protecting my secret?" Clark asks. Well, she was in Metropolis because of you so...yeah. I'd say she died for you. Tough one, Clark. Chloe says they don't have time for guilt right now. Chloe says she's been sweet-talking a guy at the department of water and power to "Fast-track" her password so she can see if there are any unusual power grid surges. She sees surges in Brazil, Honduras, and Florida. She says Braniac really gets around. ¡Olé! Chloe spots something on the computer. It's a big power surge in Metropolis, right near the Isis Foundation. Ruh-oh! "Lana," Clark says. Oh yeah. Her.