Back in the dark lab, Lana convulses on the slab, knocking stuff over. Pusher Guy tries to hold Lana down as Pusher Girl tells Lana that she must chill. Dude! You must chill! "Back among the living," she tells Lana. Pusher Guy says that they almost didn't bring her back. Lana, puffy-eyed, says, "It wasn't long enough. I have to go back." Pusher Guy tries very hard not to emote. He succeeds brilliantly. Lana is desperate.
Opening credits. Commercials. If the mob ever got hold of my Cingular phone, I'd like to think they would be impressed with my cat photos. "Madon'! This cat is fucking cute!"
"Crawford Hall," a structure on the Metropolis University campus. It's Chloe and Lana's dorm building. Inside are pictures of dusty roads and huts tacked up on a bulletin board. Chloe is at her computer, reading a news story online: "¡Epidemia en Honduras!" Apparently something's going on Honduras. Would that we had the Spanish-language skills to know what "epidemia" translates to. Chloe zooms in on a photo of guys in Hazmat suits. Apparently, this is some sort of special news service, because a regular web page with a normal-sized photo wouldn't let you zoom in at that resolution. Hiding in the bushes is Professor SoFine. Sneaky man! SoFine is Kryptonian -- he wouldn't know how to avoid a camera?
Chloe uses her sweet Treo phone to call Clark: "Clark, we've got a problem." Not two seconds later, Clark is knocking on door 222. Chloe answers it with an amused look: "Fast. But oddly formal." Chloe says that usually when she says it's urgent, Clark rips in without any regard to her privacy. Oh, you know you enjoy that, Chloe. Clark, looking mopier than usual, stiffly says, "I didn't want to disturb you." Chloe tells Clark to relax; Lana isn't around. She says, in fact, that Lana didn't come home at all the night before. Chloe assures Clark that Lana's not with another dude; she's been hanging out with weird med students and they keep "wicked hours." They're porn stars? Chloe tells Clark that eventually Lana will find someone else. "She deserves to be happy," Clark says, totally not believing it. Clark asks about the crisis. Chloe tells him that there's mass destruction in Central America, and that Professor SoFine may be involved. Clark thinks he's dead. Chloe says that they can't be sure that's true, and that all they know is that he disappeared with the ship. Chloe prints out a copy of the zoomed-in photo of SoFine. I just figured it out: he was taking a dump in the jungle. Clark asks where Chloe got it. "A source tipped me off," she says. She's not sharing her sources with Clark?