Outside the door, it's windy. Clark is waiting with his back to the door, wearing the always unfashionable blue shirt/red jacket combo. Jocko closes the door behind him and says, "What do you want now, Kent?" As foreboding music plays, Clark says that they've had their differences, but before Jocko left, he thought they had "an understanding." The "don't ask/don't tell" understanding, or a different one? Clark says he's worried. "Worried about what?" Jocko says. Clark mentions Lex's post-traumatic stress doctor, but Jocko heads him off at the pass. He says that if this is Clark's way of breaking up him and Lana, it's not gonna work. Jocko says that Clark's always had a thing for Lana, and that it's one of Clark's many secrets. Clark looks down and says this has nothing to do with Lana. That's why you care so much about taking care of her boyfriend, right? Yes, folks, Superman is hella selfish. Clark says that Jocko needs help. "What I need," Jocko says menacingly, and pointing a finger, "is for you to stay out of my life." He pushes Clark with one hand and sends him flying down the porch. Jocko twitches his nose, and I notice a faint but reasonable resemblance to Elizabeth Montgomery of Bewitched. Clark moves his eyebrows around to activate his x-ray vision. Inside the house, he sees Jocko's skeleton, but what's this? He's got a skunk-tail-like green stripe running down his body. Now where have I seen that stripe before...? Hmmm...Don't tell me. Well, it's not for me to know, I guess.
Inside the house, Jocko walks back to Ma Jocko. She's still cowering. He squints and then suddenly morphs into Shapeshifta' Girl, from way back in "X-Ray." Hey, welcome back Shapeshifta'! As Ma Jocko yelps, Shapeshifta' says simply, "Shut up!" And it's a brilliant line reading.
The offices of The Torch. We cut to an iMac screen of a front-page Torch layout. It says, "Smallville's Favorite Son Returns." It shows Jocko in uniform against a flag background with a picture of a flag next to it. Jingoism much, Chloe? The real Chloe would never stand for this. Clark walks in on Pete and Chloe at work. Clark says this may sound crazy (when has that ever stopped him?), but Jocko may not be Jocko. Chloe asks if he's getting existential or if this is Wall of Weird material. And where is the Wall of Weird these days? Clark says he thinks Jocko is Shapeshifta' Girl. "The Mighty Morphin' Power Girl?" Chloe asks. Clever, yes, but also about a reference about six years past its prime. Clark says she was the girl who was "Lex, then Lana, then locked up." Nice summation. Pete says it's impossible. Clark says she was obsessed with Lana, which puts her in the majority of Smallville's population. Chloe says there's no way Shapeshifta' could have pulled of a "Martin Guerre." I had to look this one up: he was some sixteenth-century French dude who took someone else's identity on the battlefield. It was made into a musical and a Gerard Depardieu movie, which is about all you need to know about that. Chloe says that Shapeshifta' committed suicide the week before. She was going to run a story about it on page two. Chloe says she went to the art therapy room of her psychiatric ward, doused herself in paint thinner, and lit a match. They give Psych patients matches and paint thinner? "Now that's nasty," Pete says. Thanks Pete, for weighing in on that. Chloe says Shapeshifta' wrote that she didn't know who she was anymore and couldn't take it. Zoom in on Clark. He asks if they IDed her dental records.