Dark hospital room. "Leeeeex," we hear Papa Luthor whisper from his bed. Lex gets up from a chair and turns on some funky blue lights that look like they came from Spencer Gifts. Lex asks how Papa is doing. He says the doctors won't tell him anything. "I know. I wanted to tell you myself," our laid-up, yet magnificent bastard says. Haltingly, and over a thick neck brace, Papa says there's a good chance he'll get back full use of his legs. Lex says that's great. Papa says, as Lex looks on, that if he acted ruthlessly, it's because he knew his opponents would do the same. He's looking right at Lex, by the way. Papa says that even though Lex has always seen him as an opponent, when it counted, Lex saved his life. "And I thank you, son," he says. They grip hands together. Papa Luthor reminds Lex that he gave the go-ahead to do the optical surgery right away. Lex says he thought it was best to take immediate action. "I would have done the same. And we both..." Papa says, taking a dramatic pause, "would've been wrong." He hisses that part out, scarily. Papa opens his eyes fully. "I'm blind," he says. You were just looking at Lex, you old fool! He's so faking. "The operation failed. And that's not going to change. It wouldn't been better if you had not helped me. If you'd let me...die." Oh, like being blind is the worst thing that could ever happen to you. Tell that to Stevie Wonder and Ronnie Milsap and the Blind Boys of Alabama. Jeez. Lex backs away in horror. Papa calls Lex's name. Lex turns away, toward the door.
The barn. Clark is just sitting around when Lana comes to visit. She says that Clark looks like he's hiding. He says he wants things to go back to normal. On this show? "It won't," Lana says. Lana says that Nell said that after the meteor attack: that these events change you and wipe your illusions away. And where is Nell these days? I miss her lisp. Clark asks what Lana discovered about herself. She says she always thought she'd die young. Hey, it's not too late! She had survivor's guilt about her...oh gawd, her parents again. Lana says that during the tornado, she thought fate had finally found her. People always ask me why she always whispers her lines, by the way. Lana says that Clark put his arms around her and told her she was safe, and she knew everything was going to be all right. And that it reminded her of all the other times Clark saved her ass. She says she thought maybe there's more to Clark Kent than meets the eye. The speech is actually delivered quite nicely. Take a little waifish, whispery bow, KK. Clark blows a huge chance and says there's not anything more. Dude, even guys without superpowers would say there's more to them than meets the eye. Even The Transformers would say there's more to them than meets the eye. Clark calls her crazy, along the way. "Clark," Lana says, just as that wonderful new Coldplay song, "In My Place," plays. Go get their new album. For once, I'm endorsing a closing song on this show. "You know you can tell me anything," Lana says. Clark says he knows, but that he wasn't in that truck. Why lie now? Is she actually going to have to die for Clark to reveal his secret? I'm just not feeling Clark right now. Lana says it makes no sense. Clark lamely says that maybe she wasn't meant to die young. "Just remember," Lana says, "you can't hide out here forever." She sounds rightfully pissed. This song rules. Man. Lana walks downstairs as the song says, "Yeah, how long must you wait for him...Yeah, how long must you pay for him...." There's a nice shot of Lana, downstairs, looking disappointed and Clark, upstairs, being aloof. We leave the scene on a little guitar break.