Cloudy day at the Kent farm. Chloe's little red convertible VW bug pulls up to the barn. Clark, inside, hears the car approach. Chloe comes to Clark and puts a hand on his arm. She says she likes to avoid clichés, but if there's anything she can do.... Clark --bravely, I might add -- says, "I'll manage!" He adds, "You didn't come all the way out here to check out the blind guy." I can't even put into words how lame and offensive all of this is. Chloe asks if Clark has seen Pete. "Sorry," Chloe says when she realizes her gaffe. She says that they were supposed to meet that morning and double team on her Daily Planet column. "The column [Papa] Luthor helped you land?" Clark says, bitterly. As if he's on All My Children, Clark says, "I may have lost my sight, but things are becoming much clearer now." He asks how long Chloe and Papa Luthor have been investigating him. Chloe, stricken, says it's been happening since last spring, the day after Lex's wedding. "When you saw me and Lana together," Clark says, "is that why you did this?" Chloe says nothing. "Your silence is deafening!" Clark tells her. Oh. Man. This scene is soooo bad. It's like they tore up dialogue from a bad mystery novel and sewed it into the script. Clark asks what Chloe told Papa Luthor. She says it was nothing he didn't already know. Clark asks what Papa Luthor is sharing with her. Chloe says that, believe it or not, she was trying to help Clark. "Oh, by spying on me?" Chloe says she was trying to figure out why Papa Luthor was so intrigued by Clark. Two words: cheek bones. Clark accuses Chloe of happily taking new computers for The Torch and using him to make a name for herself at a big paper. "For all the times you accused me of keeping secrets, how could you do this to me?" Clark demands. I think it's kind of a two-way street, buddy. Chloe, near tears, says that Papa Luthor caught her at an especially bad time. She caved. She says she's tried to get out of it ever since, but people like Papa Luthor don't let people like her go. She says she thought Clark, of all people, would understand making a stupid decision in a moment of weakness. Clark doesn't understand, unless it's Lana who made the mistake. Chloe, upset, leaves the barn. Clark listens to the engine as she goes. Note, however, that he doesn't pay attention to whether she's crying as she leaves.
Episode Report CardOmar G: C | 471 USERS: C+
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