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The Daily Planet. Day.
Ms. Khan : Normally, I wouldn't waste my time on a college freshman graveling for an internship.
Chloe : Well, thank you, Ms. Khan.
Ms. Khan : Bitterman!
A young man enters.
Bitterman : Yeah, chief.
Ms. Khan : Where's that piece on Senator Jennings?
Bitterman : I'm typing it up.
Ms. Khan : I don't see your fingers moving. Twenty minutes or they'll be twiddling over the want ads.
Bitterman : Of course, chief.
Ms. Khan : Where was I?
Chloe : The internship.
Ms. Khan : Oh, right, right, right, right. You didn't get it.
Chloe : What? Well, then, why am I here?
Ms Khan : Curiosity: It's the backbone of any decent reporter. Have you got backbone, Miss Sullivan?
Chloe : Yeah.
Ms. Khan : You had a collum here a few years ago, didn't you?
Chloe : When I was in highschool.
Ms. Khan : That is quite an accomplishment to have your own byline when you were practically sitll in diapers. I mean, a list of reporters, real reporters, work for years, struggling before they can get that kind of chance. I just wanted to meet the kid who could pull that off.
Chloe : Thanks.
Ms. Khan : Oh, don't thank me. Thank Lionel Luthor. He's the one who arm-twisted the old editor to dropping your juvenile pablium to this paper.
Chloe : I didn't ask Lionel to do that.
Ms. Khan : Well, you didn't say no either, did you? Then you must've done something to piss Lionel off, 'cause he got you fired. I remember that day. I believe we had cake.
Chloe : Ms. Khan, I don't expect to be given a collum like last time. I'm ready to start and work my way up without any help or arm-twisting. All I want is the oppertunity to prove myself. Being part of this world, working at the Daily Planet, it's always been my dream.
Ms. Khan : Well, we all have to wake up sometime, don't we, Sullivan? By the way, we don't validate.
She puts on her glasses and starts working.
Chloe gets up to leave, but then turns around.
Chloe : You know what, Ms. Khan? I know you may be editor-in-chief now, but even you had to start somewhere and I'm not going to give up until I get that chance.
Ms. Khan : I started by being a damn good reporter. You want a break, bring me a story.
Chloe's V.O. : Okay, let's stop for a second. In case you can't tell, I was completely freaked out.
Cut to Chloe sitting in bed, typing on her laptop.
Chloe's V.O. : Pauline Khan had thrown down the gauntlet. The woman had two Pulitzers and I had a highschool service plaque and absolutely no idea where my next big story was going to come form. Little did I know, that ten blocks away, it was about to bite me in the ass.
Cut to Tri Psi sorority house. Night.
Chloe's V.O. : Well, more like the neck, but we'll get to that later. Welcome to the Tri Psi sorority house. I think that's Greek for bikinis, bimbos, and beer.
Delivery Boy : Pizza Pizza, delivered in twenty-eight minutes. Piping--
He sees the sorority sisters wearing bikinis.
Sorority girl 1 : We are so starving.
Sorority girl 2 : Let's hop in the jaccuzzi.
They usher him into the home.
In the hot tub, the girls are all over him.
Delivery Boy : I, uh, I have more stops.
Sorority girl 3 : Stay, just for a little bit.
Delivery Boy : Well, maybe just for a minute. What about your pizza?
Sorority girl 4 : You're so much better than pepperoni.
The girls bare their fangs and bite him, blood splattering everywhere.
Cut to the Talon. Day. Inside Lana's apartment, she is packing.
Clark knocks on the door.
Clark : Singing telegram.
Lana opens the door.
Clark : Hey.
Lana : Clark, hey.
Clark : I just wanted to...come by and surprise myself. What's all this?
Lana : This is me packing.
Clark : Packing for what?
Lana : For collage. I, uh, I got late acceptance to Met U.
Clark : Congratulations. Why didn't you tell me you applied to Met U?
Lana : Because I didn't wanna get my hopes up. I applied so late, I didn't think I had any chance.
Clark : With your grades, they'd be crazy not to accept you.
Lana : Well, I got in just under the wire. There aren't any dorm rooms anymore.
Clark : Where are you giong to stay?
Lana : I can crash at Chloe's, but maybe I'll try sorority. I know how it sounds, but it's the only housing near campus I have any shot of getting into.
Clark : You know, Central Kansas University has plenty of housing still available and--
Lana :--and they have you, but they don't have any of the courses I'm really interested in, especially astronomy. It's not going to be that bad. We'll talk to each other on the phone all the time. Don't worry. Nothing's going to change between us.
Cut to the Tri Psi sorority house. The sisters are all assembled on the staircase.
Buffy Sanders, the president, is making a speech.
Buffy : Welcome to the most prestegious and exclusive sorority ever at Metropolis University. We are the richest. We are the prettiest. We are the best. Over the next few days, many of you will be disappointed, but if you are insanley cool and very, very lucky, you might just be chosen to be a Tri Psi and if that happens, it'll change your life forever.
Chloe's V.O. : Meet Buffy Sanders, president of the Tri Psi sorority. By the way, I changed the names to protect the vapid.
Cut to Central Kansas A & M.
Professor Fine : In the final days of the Roman Empire, wealth and power were the only thing the emporer coveted. What about the good citizens of Rome? What did they do? Did they rise up and burn their bras and their draft cards? No, they went to the colleseum. They stood idle while an evil man destoryed their world.In your lifetime each of you may be faced with a similiar situation. The question is: will you leave your footprints on the hisotry of time or let them be washed away by the tides of more powerful men?
We see that Lex has walked in.
Professor Fine : Mr. Kent, what about you?
Clark : Me? I, um...
Professor Fine : Luthor Corp. practically owns your hometown, Smallville. What if you found out that Lex Luthor, the emperor of the company, was a dangerous, unstable, meglomaniac, bent on destorying your world. Would you have the courage to try to stop him?
Clark : I, um...
The bell buzzes.
Professor Fine : Read chapter three for Monday. There will be a quiz on the material.
Clark and the other students gather their books and leave. Lex walks toward the professor, clapping.
Lex : Interesting lecture you've been giving, Professor.
Professor Fine : I hope you've been taking notes.
Lex : Well, just the highlights. You've been painting me as the poster child for corperate villainy. Some of the things you said come dangerously close to liable.
Professor Fine : It's only liable if it isn't true. Everything I say in this classroom is supported by my research.
Lex : And to me?
Professor Fine : You are a facinating subject.
Lex : You wanna know what facinates me, Professor? You lectures included speculations on certain Luthor Corp projects that arent' even public knowledge.
Professor Fine : I'm sorry. I never speculate. The study of history is built on meticulous research. Even before coming to obvious conclusions.
Lex : And would one of your research sources be Clark Kent? I know you hired him as your assistant.
Professor Fine : Why would a man of your stature be so concerned with the comings and goings of a freshman farmboy?
Lex : If you know so much about me, Professor, I'm sure you realize I donate a considerable amount of funding to this university that allows me an unusual amount of access to the dean and the acedemic review board.
Professor Fine : Yeah, I know. The buying of influence is part of my second semester.
Lex : If you have a second semester.
Tri Psi sorority house. Night.
Buffy : You should all be very proud! The four of you were amazing during rush week, like little diamonds in the rough just waiting to be polished. But, not everyone is Tri Psi material. It's sad, but it's a fact. Carol, Bobbie, Susan, please step forward. The three of you were really great! But, great isn't enough for a Tri Psi. A Tri Psi has to be excellent all over. Bye now. Buh bye.
Lana : What? Wait a minute. You mean, I'm in?
Buffy : Lana, come on. You're amazing. Of course we want you to be one of us.
Lana : Wow. Thank you.
Buffy : There is just this little initiation thing we have to do first.
The girls bare their fangs. Lana tries to run, but they seize her.
Lana : What the hell are you?
Buffy : We're Tri Psis, the hottest vampires ever.
With her sharp finger nail, Buffy cuts her own tongue. It bleeds. She moves towards Lana and the camera phocuses on the wall behind them where we see their shadows kissing. Then the camera paints back to them.
Buffy : Welcome to the sisterhood.
Luthor Mansion. Day. Lex is playing pool in his study; Professor Fine enters.
Professor Fine : Nice shot.
Lex : You just have to know the angles.
Professor Fine : That's why you've been digging into my past.
Lex : Come on, Professor. You're not the only one interested in history, are you?
Professor Fine : You don't strike me as that much of a academic type.
Lex : What's this?
Professor Fine : I know you are a busy man. I thought I would save you some time. That's my whole life in there. Every record, every achievement, every failure, all the way back to the day I was born.
Lex : And I'm supposed to just swallow all of this?
Lex throws him the pool cue and he takes the folder. Professor Fine starts playing pool.
Professor Fine : You wouldn't be the great Lex Luthor if you did. You'll spend a fortune checking and rechecking, convinced what you believe must be true.
Lex : And, uh, what is it I believe, Professor?
Professor Fine : That everyone is hiding secrets as dark as your's.
Lex : How did you get this?
Professor Fine : Just used my brain. It's an interesting document, isn't it? It seems to indicate you are using funding to the university to conduct questionable Luthor Corp. experiments on campus, but off the corperate books. I wonder what the dean would think about that. Never start a game you can't win, Mr. Luthor.
Professor Fine shoves the pool cue back at Lex and then leaves.
Lex, to his security guard : Follow him.
Security Guard : With pleasure, sir.
Cut to Chloe's dorm. Day. We see the wall of weird and Chloe's roommate, Karen, taking it down.
Chloe : What're you doing?
Karen : I'm redecorating.
Chloe : Karen, this is my side of the room.
Karen : I gotta look at it, okay? I did not spend four years of highschool misery, dreaming of coming to Met U, for this!
Chloe : No, I--
Karen : No, and while we're on the subject of roommate etiqutte, can you please tell (she says something in Spanish in regards to a passed-out Lana that I can't make out) over here that this isn't the Betty Ford Clinic. I'm going to go now.
Chloe : I'd rather be roomies with a two-headed monkey. Alright, Lana. Rise and shine, sleeping beauty. Up and at 'em.
Chloe's V.O. : Okay, for someone with a keen weird-ar, I can't believe I did not see the signs, but I defy anyone to tell the difference between a nacient vampire and a freshman girl with a hangover.
Chloe, to Lana : Didn't you have class this morning?
Lana : I must've overslept.
Chloe : Wow, first official day on campus and you're already hungover. Maybe you really are sorority material.
Lana covers her face back up and Chloe stands up.
Clark knocks on the open door.
Clark : Is Lana here?
Chloe : Hey! Yeah, what's left of her. Pledge party. Higher learning at it's best. See if you can breathe some life into her. I'll be at the library, researching ways to kill my roommate.
Clark walks over to the bed and pulls the covers off of Lana.
Clark : Rough night last night?
Lana : I guess. It's all a little fuzzy.
Clark : It must've been some party. I, uh, tried to call you a few times last night and again this morning. Did you get any of my messages?
Clark : Lana, you okay?
Lana takes a sip of coffee and looks disgusted buy it.
Lana : Uh huh. I'm just feeling a bit dead.
She sniffs the air and then turns to look at Clark.
Lana : God, you smell amazing. Is that new aftershave?
Clark : No, it's just the usual.
She kisses his neck.
Lana : Maybe we should try something unusual.
Clark : Lana, I--
She shoves him against the wall.
Lana : Shut up, Clark. You talk too much.
She kisses him.
Clark : Lana, Lana. Lana, stop.
He pulls away.
Lana : We're not in highschool anymore, Clark. Things change.
Clark : I can see that.
Lana : We're in college now. Live a little. I plan to.
Clark : What does that mean?
Lana : It means exactly what I said. If you are going to be all needy and insecure, then maybe we need to reevaluate this relationship.
She puts on sunglasses and walks out of the room.
Luthor Corp. Day. Inside, we see the spaceship. Professor Fine walks to it, running his hand along it.
The security guard that was following him points his gun at him.
Security Guard : You shouldn't be touching things that aren't your's, Professor.
Professor Fine : Actually, it is mine.
Sword-type things extend from his hand, stabbing the security guard. He falls down dead.
Chloe's V.O. : I Googled vampires. Their historic traints include an oversion to sunlight, elongated canines, insasiable hunger for human blood, and immortality. Poor Lana was about to find out about the last one the hard way.
Cut to the Tri Psi sorority house. Lana and the girls are drinking. Lana howls, as do the other girls.
Buffy : Looks like we picked a winner!
Lana : This is so much better than sitting around, listening to my boyfrined whine about his feelings.
Buffy : You are a Tri Psi now, Lana. We eat boyfriends for breakfast.
Lana : Well, then, to breakfast!
They toast and down their glasses. Lana stands up, dizzy.
Lana : Whoa, maybe I should slow down a little bit.
Sorority sister : Where is the fun in that?
Buffy : You are not one of the normal, boring people now, Lana.
Sorority sister : You're one of us now.
Buffy : And we do things a little more exciting.
Lana : Like what?
Buffy : Like this.
She slaps Lana, knocking her over the banister and down the stairs. When Lana lands on the ground, we see that her neck is broken. The girls giggle and run down the stairs to her.
Sorority sister : Oh my God! Did you see her face?
Other Sorority sister : She was so like--
They all put on stupid faces and make high-pitched mocking screams.
Lana begins to blink and rigidly stands up. Using her hands, she twists her head back on right.
Buffy : Oh, didn't we tell you? You get to live forever.
Lana smiles, baring her fangs.
Lana : Cool.
Chloe's dorm. Day.
Chloe : I don't know what's going on with Lana, but I went over to the sorority house today to say hi and one of the pretty plastic people told me she was still asleep, at three o'clock in the afternoon.
Clark is on the phone with her, at the farm.
Clark : Yeah, I tried calling her at two, but she won't pick up. Maybe she needs a little space.
Chloe : Or some serious deprogramming.
Clark : What do you mean?
Chloe : Well, I'm pulling up some information for a story I'm working on and I think there's a lot more going on at that house than just peticures and pillowfights. And--
Clark superspeeds into her dorm, startling her.
Clark : Hey.
Chloe : Clark.
Clark : What do you got?
Chloe : Besides a heart attack? Okay, six years ago, Tri Psi was just your regular sorority and then their new president took over.
Clark : Buffy Sanders.
Chloe : Yeah, after that, it became the most exclusive sorority at Met U. They get more pedges than every other Greek sorority every year, yet they only choose one girl to be a part of Tri Psi.
Clark : Lana.
Chloe : Yeah. Now, it looks like she's a member for life. According to this, ever since Buffy Sanders took over, not one Tri Psi has left the sisterhood.
Clark : Think that has something to do with the way Lana's been acting?
Chloe : I think that there's only one way we can be sure.
She hands him a flyer for the Tri Psi Halloween Bash.
Clark : A costume party?
Chloe : It's the perfect cover for us to get in there and poke around.
Clark : I hate costumes.
Cut to the party. One of the sisters walks to the door, opening it to find Clark and Chloe, dressed as a Catholic schoolgril and Zorro.
Sorority sister : Invitation?
Chloe : RIght. Invitation. I had one when I was at the nail salon and then, thne of course, I went to get waxed, then the tanning bed, and I--Carlos, do you remember where I put it? Carlos?
Clark : No. No, I don't.
Sorority sister : I'm not supposed to let you in without an inviatation, but I won't tell if you dont tell, Carlos.
Chloe : Great, okay. Well--
She enters the party. She turns to see that Clark is still at the door, being charmed by the girl. She takes his hand.
Chloe : Let's go, Carlos.
Clark : So, um, Carlos, huh?
Chloe : It starts with a C. Don't you think the cape is a little much?
Clark : I kinda like it. It's not too bad. The mask slides around...I can hardly see anything sometimes.
Chloe sees Lana grinding with a cowboy.
Chloe : Why don't you go look upstairs? See if you can find anything. I'll scope things out down here.
Clark : If you see Lana--
Chloe :--I'll let her know that you're here.
Lana bares her hangs and moves to bite the cowboys neck. Chloe sees this and runs to her.
Chloe : Lana!
Chloe pulls her away from him.
Chloe : Lana! Don't!
Cowboy : Hey!
Chloe : Go play with your sixshooter. Me and the kittycat need to have a talk.
Upstairs, Clark is looking through a diary. He pulls a newspaper clipping out of it. The headline reads: "High School Senior Survives Bat Attack in Cave". Buffy's picture is on it. Clark takes the clipping and Buffy walks in.
Buffy : What are you doing here?
Clark : I was looking for the bathroom.
People run in.
Guy : Woo!! Hot tub!
They leave, after distracting Buffy long enough for Clark to make his escape.
Chloe drags Lana away from the party area of the house.
Chloe : Lana, what is wrong with you?!
Lana : I'm having fun. YOu should try it sometime.
Chloe : What if Clark saw you with that guy? You remember Clark, right? Your boyfriend, the one who cares about you more than anything.
Lana : You sure know how to ruin a party, don't you?
Chloe : Lana, I don't know what is going on, but it isn't you. You wouldn't hurt Clark like this.
Lana : I'm--I'm sorry, Chloe, but you shouldn't have come here.
She bares her fangs and Chloe holds up a cross. Lana laughs.
Lana : Oh, sweety. This isn't a movie.
Lana bites her.
Chloe's V.O .: Never confront a vamprie when they are hungry--even if they are your best friend.
Downstairs, Clark can hear Chloe calling for him.
Chloe : Oh! Oh! Clark! Please help me.
He superspeeds to save her. He finds Lana feeding on her.
Clark : Lana?
She pushes Chloe into his arms and leaves through the open window.
Cut to the hospital. Chloe is lying on a bed, unconcious. Her bite wound has been bandaged.
Doctor : Frankly, I don't know what else to try. We've given her a transfusion, but there's been no improvement.
Clark : What's wrong with her?
Doctor : Well, as near as we can tell, she's been infected with some rabies like virus. It was probably transmitted by whatever animal bit her. It's attacking her red bloodcells, preventing them from regenerating.
Clark : Is there anything we can do?
Doctor : We can keep up the transfusions and hope she stabilizes. I'm sorry.
The doctor leaves.
Clark : You have to fight it, Chloe. YOu ahve to fight it.
Professor Fine enters.
Professor Fine : Is she alright?
Clark : Professor, what're you doing here?
Professor Fine : Visiting a sick collegue, but he seems to be doing better than your friend. What happened to her?
Clark : She was bitten.
Professor Fine : By what?
Clark : I know how this is going to sound, but I think she was attacked by a vampire.
Professor Fine : Clark, there's no such thing as vampires.
Clark : I know what I saw, Professor. She's lost a lot of blood and the transfusions didn't work because she's infected with some weird strain of rabies.
Professor Fine : Rabies?
He picks up her chart and looks at it.
Professor Fine : You might wanna have a word with your buddy Lex Luthor.
Clark : Lex?
Professor Fine : Ask him about project 1138.
Clark : You got that just from looking at Chloe's chart?
Professor Fine : I recognize the symptoms from my research at Luthor Corp. Now, do you wanna stand around here playing twenty questions or do you wanna save your friend's life?
Cut to the sorority house. Lana is with the other girls.
Buffy : How could you be so stupid? You never leave anyone alive, you have to finish them off.
Sorority sister : Or turn them by making them drink your blood. Oh, that guy Carlos saw you.
Lana : His name's Clark.
Buffy : Oh, whatever. He saw you feeding and he was sneaking around my room. That's two strikes. I'm not waiting further.
Lana : He's my boyfriend.
Buffy : So? Lana, you're going to live forever now; he's going to get old and withered and sag in places you don't want to see sagging. You're special; he's not--deal.
Lana : What're you going to do to him?
Buffy : Oh, me? Oh, honey. This is your freshman mess. Find Clark and bring him back here with just enough life in him for all of us to have a taste, or you're the one who we're feeding off of tonight.
Cut to Luthor Mansion. Lex is walking down the hallway.
Clark : Lex! Project 1138. What is it?
Lex : I never heard of it.
Clark : Don't lie to me. I know it has something to do with the rabies virus. Chloe's in the hospital dying from it right now and I think Lana's been infected too.
Lex : Lana?
Clark : No more games. If you know anything about what's going on, you gotta tell me right now, before it's too late.
They walk in Lex's study.
Lex : Six years ago, a girl named Buffy Sanders was trapped in a cave inside Smallville for several days.
Clark : I know, Lex. I've read the newspaper aritcal.
Lex : Well, there were certain facts that never made it into the press.
Clark : Like what?
Lex : Luthor Corp aided in her rescue. After she was transported to the hospital, the site was discovered to possess unusual characteristics.
Clark : Lex, quit dancing around. What did Luthor Corp. fine?
Lex : Meteor rocks. They had soaked in the water table creating infected stalagtites which in turn infected the indiginous animal life, dismodis rotundis, vampire bats.
Clark : So, we are dealing with vampires.
Lex : There's nothing mystical about this, Clark. It's just a very unusual disease. One of the Luthor Corp. researchers was accidently bitten and quickly developed superhuman strength, an aversion to bright light, and adaptive canine teeth. They seemed to help with the cannibalistic tendancies.
Clark : What happened to him, Lex?
Lex : He retired to Salsaledo, after we cured him. We were able to create a serum that reverses the infection. The stalagtite keeps the serum active. Now, it needs to be administered directly into the heart, in order to be carried into the bloodstream effectively. Clark, are you alright?
Lana comes in through the skylight, shattering glass everywhere. She jumps up on the banister and bares her teeth.
Lex : Lana.
She jumps down, knocking him unconcious and Clark on the ground. Lana kneels down by Clark, who has been weakened by the Kryptonite stalagtite.
Lana : I'm sorry it had to be this way, Clark. But we don't always get to choose who we are. Sometimes, our destiny leads us to places that we don't want to go, and there's nothing we can do about it.
Clark : Lana, no.
Lana : I love you, Clark; I always will.
She bares her fangs and sinks them into his neck. When she removes them she lets out a scream. She sees herself in the mirror and blasts it with heat vision.
Lana : Buffy was wrong about you, Clark. You are special, aren't you?
Cut to the sorority house. Lana lays him on a bed. He's unconcious.
Buffy : Nice work. He's quite a catch. One-hundred percent corn-fed Kansas beef. Let's eat.
Lana : Wait. Is there something else we can do with him?
Buffy : Like what? Barbeque.
Lana : No, like convert him into one of us.
The girls laugh at her.
Sorority sister : We're a sorority, not a fraternity.
Other Sorority sister : No boys allowed.
Lana : You don't understand. He's special.
Buffy : Not to me. Get out of the way!
She tries to pass Lana and get to Clark, but Lana grabs her by the elbow.
Lana : No!
Buffy : Excuse me!
Lana : He's mine. You're not touching him!
Buffy : Oh?
She smacks Lana across the room. The girls laugh. Buffy and Lana both bare their teeth.
Buffy : I'm really disappointed in you, Lana. Looks like you're not Tri Psi material after all.
She tries to pounce on Lana, but Lana disintergrates her with her new heat vision.
Lana : Looks like I'm making the rules now. Anybody got a problem with that?
The girls all tell her no.
Lana : Get out. Get out!
The girls run away.
Lana goes back to Clark's side.
Lana : Clark, it's okay. I'm here.
Clark : Listen to me. You're sick.
Lana : No, no. I'm not. I've never felt better. Clark, I know what's inside of you. I felt your strength and now I want you to feel mine.
Clark : No. No, it's not who you are.
Lana : But, maybe it is. Maybe I've been hiding it from you all along, just like you were hiding who you really are from me.
Clark : No, please.
Lana : Don't fight it. We were meant to be together. You know that in your heart and this way we can be. Forever. All it takes is one drop of blood.
Clark : Lana, no.
With her fingernail, she cuts her tongue and moves into kiss him, but he stabs her in the heart with the serum. She screams, then faints.
Chloe's V.O. : So, the Tri Psis got booted off campus and all the infected girls were treated by Luthor Corp. The upside is that my roommate was so freaked out, she transferred to NYU and Lana and I are once again under the same roof. As for Clark and Lana, they seem to be able to survive anything.
Cut to Clark and Lana.
Clark : How much of what happened do you remember?
Lana : Bits and pieces; nothing coherant, thank God. But there was one thing that stuck with me, something I felt when I bit you.
Clark : What was that?
Lana : Warmth and love and an overwhelming feeling of strength. I think that for a moment, I felt what was inside your heart and I've never felt closer to someone in my entire life. I miss being with you, Clark.
She kisses him.
Luthor mansion. Day. Lex is pouring himself a drink.
Lex : How's Lana?
Clark : She's back to normal; same as Chloe. Look, I know things haven't been great between us, but I just wanna say, I appreciate your help.
Lex : That means a lot to me, Clark. There is something I'm still curious about. How did you know about project 1138?
Clark : Does it matter?
Lex : Only if it came from Professor Fine.
Clark : What do you have against him, Lex?
Lex : Clark, he's the one who's been attacking me.
Clark : Is that why you stopped by his lecture? To force him to stop looking at Luthor Corp.?
Lex : He's doing a lot more than looking. He's obtaining highly classified proprietary documents.
Clark : He's only after the truth.
Lex : I think he's after more than that. Look, just be careful. I don't believe Fine is the friend that you really think he is.
Cut to Chloe at her printer.
Chloe's V.O. : The most exciting part about completing a story is not finishing it, but having someone else read it.
Cut to Ms. Khan reading the artical.
Ms. Khan : Hmm.
Chloe : Is that a good "hmm" or a bad "hmm"?
Ms. Khan : Oh, it's a good hmm, if we printed tabliod nonsense like the Inquisitor does, but we're the Daily Planet and tall tales about slaying Buffy the vampire don't make it into the pages of a real newspaper.
Chloe : Ms. Khan, I didn't make this up. They weren't vampires of the mythical sense, they were victims of an unusual disease. Look, here, it's all researched. Interviews, eyewitness accounts, the CDC report--everything.
Ms. Khan : Hmm.
Chloe : Was that a good mm or a bad--
Ms. Khan : Shut up. Here's the thing: your writing shows you aren't completley without talent.
Chloe : Thank you.
Ms. Khan : But, you're not a real reporter either yet. Everyone has to start somewhere. Welcome to the Daily Planet, kid.
Chloe : Oh my God! Thank you so much! Where do I start?
Ms. Khan : Same place I did: at the bottom.
Cut to Chloe entering the basement of the Daily Planet.
Chloe's V.O. : She never did print the artical, but I don't care. I got in on the ground floor of my dream. Okay, so it's actually the basement. But, it's Daily Planet! The paper of record for kings, presidents and prime ministers; not to mention future super heros. The way I look at it, I had no place to go, but up, up, and away.
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