Opening credits. What will they do with these next season? I vote for a cartoony sequence like The Pink Panther, only make it a formerly pink squirrel.
Commercials. Oh yeah. That other Superman thing.
Kent farm. Former home of MechaCow. Lois is ranting to some poor airline customer service representative on the phone. She tells the person on the phone that there were airline reservations long before there were computers, and that there has to be a record of "us" on a flight despite a glitch. It's really sad when meth addicts get hold of a phone. In the background, MamaKent is looking up rehab centers. MamaKent pours tea, as Lois asks to talk to someone's supervisor's supervisor. A knock at the front door. MamaKent opens it and sees a dashing Papa Luthor wearing all black. He's Johnny Cashing In. "Lionel," MamaKent breathes. Papa Luthor says that he thought MamaKent would be on her way to Washington by now. That's why he stopped by. He was hoping to go through her drawers while she was gone. She invites him inside. MamaKent says that the airline canceled her flight. Papa Luthor offers the free LuthorCorp jet to take her. Is that really a kosher use of company resources? MamaKent makes a show of saying no, and says that she can't keep taking favors from Papa Luthor. He says that it's not personal; it's business. Papa Luthor says it's important that she get to Washington and that the private jet is the obvious solution. Isn't it always? MamaKent says that it's a National Education Convention with over 3,000 attendees. She whines that she'll be wearing her inexperience like a badge. Sure, if you wear the badge backward. MamaKent spills hot water for tea, as Papa Luthor grins and says that experience is overrated. He leans in very close as he helps her clean up the spilled water. He tells her inexperience is one of the rare qualities she possesses. I hope he doesn't mean she's lacking qualities. A tender moment. MamaKent tries very hard not to be totally turned on.
Daily Planet. Lana, wearing all black (and looking completely stunned), almost runs into a delivery person as she tries to navigate the newsroom. As she walks in a daze, Chloe, in a smart white top (hello, good vs. evil) says, "Hey!" Chloe pays more attention to the papers she's holding than to Lana, which makes her unique in this universe. "I was beginning to think I was living with a ghost," Chloe says, "not that it would be the first time." Lana continues to look freaked out, and says that she's so scared, and that she knew he was getting in too deep. But enough about Lana's sex life. Lana, back to scared little girl mode, says that "they" took Lex. Chloe pulls Lana aside to a chair and asks what happened. Lana says that she and Lex were in a field -- as if it was a picnic -- and then says there was a flash of light and that Lex was taken. "Into where?" Chloe asks. Lana says that it was the black ship from the meteor shower. "It's back," Lana says. Chloe asks whether Lana thinks SoFine had something to do with this. I don't remember Chloe and Lana having a conversation about SoFine before. Lana says that SoFine was there, and that he said that he was preparing Lex. Sans lube. Chloe says that Lana can't blame herself. Lana says she's the reason Lex got involved in the ship stuff in the first place. That's not really true. But far be it for Lana to think that things don't revolve around a man's worship of her. "What if he's dead?" she asks Chloe. What if his contract expires?
The Stable of Instability. Clark is leading a horse out of a stall and slaps it right on its horse ass. Seriously! The horse is like, "Ooh, boy, harder." Clark asks Chloe, who is standing nearby, "What do you mean taken?" Like, do you take us viewers as fools or was Clark was taken by Lex's lickable head? Chloe says that Lex was ripped from the earth and sucked into the sky. Clark feels like slapping the horse again. Chloe describes the symbol that was left behind, which she says sounds a lot like Zod's symbol. Neither she nor Clark bother to go check it out. Clark reminds us that Papa Luthor's drawings warned them that Zod is coming. He didn't read it all the way through, though, to find out upon whom Zod is coming. Chloe is confused. She thought Zod was trapped, "in that phantom other-dimension thing." Clark, standing in the foreground toward the camera, says woodenly, "Fine knows I would not release Zod willingly." You would not do that? What is it that you would do, then, willingly? Clark thinks that SoFine is changing strategies, and that Lana is right in the middle of it. It's the Lanaverse. We're all just tiny squirrels living in it, trying to get a nut. Chloe tries to convince Clark that things are different now that he and Lana are broken up and that it was Clark's choice. Clark whines that he doesn't feel like he's made any of the right choices lately. Like this jacket he's wearing. What the fuck? Clark is mad at himself for not heeding Jarnelle's warnings. Chloe reminds him that every time Clark does, something bad happens. Clark wonders whether Jarnelle isn't just trying to protect him: "What if he's trying to protect all of us?" He's doing a shit job, then.