The shack of Marshall Mouthers. Clark just walks in like it's totally fine and calls out for Marshall. Instead, he finds Lex there. Those two seem to always be after the same guys. Lex is sitting down at a computer. He says he's always wanted to meet an alien. Lex says that when he heard about Lana's horse, he figured Marshall must be the friend Clark mentioned. Clark should tell Lex to butt out here, but Lex would just get excited at the word "butt." Clark says he thought Lex didn't believe all this. Lex says that after the cave paintings and stuff, he tries to keep an open mind. Lex hands a spiral notebook over to Clark. It's got drawings of the meteor shower. Lex confesses that he's always thought the meteor shower would have been the perfect cover for the landing of an alien ship. Lex offers Clark a ride. Clark says he'll stay and wait. Lex tells Clark he'd like to buy Marshall a latte some time. Does it seem like Marshall needs any more coffee? Lex leaves. Clark starts flipping through the notebook. Marshall walks in just then, I guess barely missing Lex or having hidden from him. "I don't trust your friend," he says. Clark counters, "I know you faked the fire." Marshall says he doesn't deny it, but that those "intelligence-challenged" bullies have been harassing him since he got to town. Clark asks why he didn't use his powers. Marshall says he only has the power to heal. But earlier, he asked if Clark wanted to know about his "other" powers. Guess he was just frontin'. Clark asks if he healed that horse. "Believe what you want," Marshall says. Clark asks about a drawing in the notebook. It looks a little like Clark's ship, sailing down among meteors. Marshall says he dreams about his parents. Clark says he believes Marshall. Marshall's lip trembles a little. Clark's the first person who doesn't think he's crazy. Or who doesn't think he belongs in Detroit.
Suddenly, we're outside on a cool, cloudy Vancouver...ahem, "Kansas" afternoon. There's some kind of huge Rube Goldberg-looking contraption that towers about the short trees next to it. It looks like the world's deadliest water slide. "Wow, you built this?" we hear Clark marvel. Marshall says it's his transmission tower. It's made of tubing and toilet seats, wire and scaffolding. Marshall says the way it works is, see, he stands on it, right? And then his parents come. And then they take him home, ya know? YAY! It's so obvious! Why didn't Clark build one of these? Marshall frets that he's supposed to send a signal tomorrow night, but he's got no transmitter. Well what's this tower-looking thing, then? Marshall says the transmitter was confiscated by Principal Asskick. Asskick desperately wants to return to his home planet, Asskickayoo. Marshall says that there's no time to build another and the "conditions" for his departure occur only every two hundred years. Like getting a good direct flight on Southwest Airlines. Marshall says that if he doesn't get the contraption back, he'll never get home. He asks Clark for help. Because Clark is so great with the electronics. Hope your parents know how to decode transmissions sent in orange.