Dark skies over the Kent Farm. Clark is on the phone trying to reach Lex, but he keeps getting someone who is not as magnificent as Lex. "Well, tell him I called," Clark says. Clark has tried Lex at the office, the mansion, and on his cell phone, he tells MamaKent. Jeez, can he be any more obsessive? MamaKent, I think it's time you told your son about the dangers of loving a rich, fickle man. Not that she'd know anything about that, but still. MamaKent says that Bo is out supervising the cow removal. Clark says that Lex will pay for that. MamaKent counters that it's not just about money. It's about it being a possible health hazard. And Bo doesn't have anyone to yell at in the fields now that the cows are gone. Clark says it's not Lex's fault, and that it's all a set-up. Keep dreaming, buttercup. Clark shows MamaKent the Club Zero newspaper printout. MamaKent advises Clark not to hang out with Lex. Clark sticks up for Lex, and MamaKent points out that Lex's past is a little "shady." She says she grew up in Metropolis and knows the Luthor world. Uh oh. I smell a long-buried secret. "Body parts in boxes and poisoned cows...this isn't normal!" MamaKent says. Great, great line. Clark asks if she wants him to cut Lex out of his life. She tells him to "cool it down." Oh, yikes. We just went from subtext to bold-faced, 72-point text. Clark doesn't seem convinced.
The Fortress of Barnitude. Chloe walks in. Still pimpin'. She asks Clark if she can talk to him for a second. He doesn't say anything. She asks how he's doing. "That depends if it's on the record or not," he says. Damn, Clark. Quit being a bitch already. Chloe says she deserved that, and apologizes. Clark says she was just being a journalist. Chloe apologizes again, saying she'd much rather have a friend than a "subject." I'm a journalist, and we don't go around performing autopsies. They're called "sources," Chloe. Not "subjects." Clark accepts her apology. Chloe asks if she can ask something. Clark gives her a look. Chloe smiles, big-toothed, and says that it's off the record. She asks whether Clark ever wonders about his biological parents. "Every day of my life," he says. Chloe finds some Club Zero clippings lying around. She asks about the incident. Clark says it's something Lex asked him to stay out of. Chloe hands Clark some photo printouts from the cow incident. There's a close-up picture of Parker Lewis. "It's the same guy," Clark says, holding the picture next to one of the newspaper clippings. How did Parker let himself get photographed like that? And why didn't Chloe see what was happening to Lex? And what's that huge gaping plot logic vortex opening up above Clark! Noooooo! It's sucking up everything! Sweet, black nothingness!