I'm going to have to turn to norwich36 for help with Chloe this week. I found her motivation hard to interpret in several places. Perhaps she just wasn't thinking things through well? I thought initially she handled Clark poorly. Encouraging him to think that Lana was still in love with him seemed like a mistake. It's one thing to keep Lana's secret and not tell him she's pregnant, but she really let Clark believe there was a chance of them getting back together. Only at the last minute did she grab his arm and point out that it was more complicated now. (Aside: I loved Clark's 'what could be more complicated than living your life with regrets' line. So he's going to get back together with Lana to 'fix something'. Lana as the opportunity to right a wrong is interesting because that's essentially how Lex was drawn to Lana as well. The Clex friendship may be unrescuable, but they can still have Lana...)
On the other hand, I did like her line that it's unfair to throw attitude for keeping someone else's secret. And their hug was so sweet, plus the 'intergalactic traveller' versus 'alien from another planet' line was made of love.
But finally, I was confused by her reaction to the Clois kiss. First she's thrusting him into Lana's arms, then into Lois's? Or is she just playing around/thinking it funny? I was confused...
As far as Chloe's friendship with Lana goes, I'm a bit clearer. For some time now there has been the illusion (only) of intimacy between them. I thought it was telling that Chloe didn't even turn round to face Lana before asking if she'd accepted Lex's proposal. I also found it interesting that Chloe was so sure Lana was still in love with Clark. I think that's a simplication of the situation: she didn't make any attempt to really explore Lana's feelings for Lex. So their friendship is in an odd place. And it makes demands such as 'I thought the Lana Lang I knew' a little unfair.
And I do think Chloe should be careful about screaming out Clark's secret even in supposed privacy--not that she should be expected to assume there are water-meteor-freaks around, but what if Lois had come back suddenly?
The Secret Adventures of Lois and Jimmy
On to more squeeful fare... Lois meeting Jimmy in an alleyway in Metropolis to buy photos is made of love. And I love that Lois looked so desperate for the pics. That's our girl! And she totally canned Jimmy for getting pretty great shots. Heeee. *loves* Those two are interesting because they're both dating secret-keepers--yet in this episode we saw them sneaking off on their own pursuing their own ambitions, and I was grateful for that--it balances the scales in those relationships well.
Return of the Clex(ana)!
OMG, I died ten times over with those headlines!! And just when I thought they were as MAJOR as they could get, they'd take it one step further... 'Luthor proposal on hold for old flame' and an enormous picture of Clark! *rotfl* Clex GOLD. I also liked Clark's hurty face when Chloe told him that Lex had proposed to Lana. There was pain enough in the fact that Lex had asked even before learning whether or not Lana had accepted. And then, as if the headline wasn't enough, they did a close-up on 'when I was with Clark I would have said yes without hesitating' *dies* And I didn't even know at that stage that they were going to LITERALLY put those words in Lex's mouth. *flails* *dies* *dies again*
At a more meta-y level, we know that this is true of Lana--in Reckoning she did say yes very quickly, although not without expressing some hesitation to Lois. At a subtextual level, this is true of Lex too--he was far more open, unguarded and spontaneous in the Clex friendship. But around Lana he's wary, always trying to play his cards right.
Speaking of 'playing', I loved Lex bringing the paper to her over breakfast--what a sting in the tail of the breakfast in bed! Ana Lana seemed quite used to such manipulation. I also loved that he said 'the worst part of waiting was dwelling on all the reasons you might be stalling'. so he DID hate waiting. And when Clark tapped this nerve, Lex treated it as a challenge--you up the stakes, I up the stakes. His 'card' was the pregnancy and he used it with great effect.
I really enjoyed the mirroring of having Lex called away by Clark, Lana by Chloe... And while Lana sent Chloe to voicemail, Clark and Lex actually confront each other, which is an interesing commentary on the state of both relationships--while Chloe and Lana superficially have a continuing friendship, it lacks true depth. Lex and Clark are superficially enemies, but they still know each other soo well, and continue to connect over the big issues.
Boppy (momentarily) does running commentary: OMG, I am in LOOOOOOOVE with this episode!! It had yoga!porn! Please, please, please, I am begging someone to make an icon of Ollie supporting Lois in a backbend. OMG! They had a fight about yoga! *flails* 'Yoga is glorified stretching with chants'! Heee, oh, Lois! And Ollie got PISSY about that and challenged her. *loves*
More seriously, I really loved the plotting of this episode. I'm so glad Lois didn't confront Oliver straight away about the scratch. In karmic terms, it's fun to see Lois run out on Ollie for a change too. And I thought her reaction to discovering she's dating the Green Arrow was perfect. I love that she went to Clark for advice. OMG, CLARK accused LOIS of having 'no grey area'! Pot. Kettle. Dude.
And of course Clark fears/assumes Lois is talking about him to begin with. Yes, honey, you and Oliver are getting conflated a great deal right now. *pats* The unspoken part of this scene was Clark feeling conflicted about betraying Oliver, and I thought his solution was both hilarious and brilliant. Having both Lois AND Clark try to pull a 'set up' was really funny. And once I have more time, it will be interesting to discuss and compare how various characters deal with secret-keeping or revealing in this episode.
Lois was so damn cute - 'really? because I've been doing some thinking of my own and maybe I don't want to know...' She's doing a rethink on the Green Arrow because she loves Ollie!! I love that her reaction to discovering she's in love with Oliver is anger. Hee! (And wow, Clark was sucker punched again in this ep!) Lois's line 'I would find a way to dismiss it as an endearing quirk' was adorable and I really believed her--she's soo cutely Lois-y in this ep. And the 'I HATE that you know me like that' line followed by a little Clark smile, was Clois heaven, even before the kiss.
And just when I thought this episode couldn't deliver any more, we got mirrored little frowns from Clark and Ollie as Lois ran out on them--'think she suspects anything'? I should have known they'd milk that triangle even more. Unfortunately I was spoiled for the actual kiss. (grrr) But it was still fantastic when I finally saw it. Wow! They REALLY snogged each other. I loved Clark's little 'omg, I snogged Lois' face afterwards too.
As for Chloe's little set-up: OH DEAR GOD, let it stop with the innuendo! 'That Green Arrow, he could teach Ollie a thing or two' (yes pleeeease!) I couldn't believe how OT3ish this ep was. And it seems like Smallville is developing as the place where everyone loves two people and has to navigate that.
While I'm sure some people groaned about the Clana reprisal, I found it worked well. Their final loft scene replayed so many of their old interactions and confirmed to Lana that things were still the same. It was interesting that Clark referred to the 'baby' rather than 'pregnancy'. He's already leapt to thinking of this as 'Lex and Lana's child'.
And I was expecting the resolution of the episode to be Lana's acceptance of Lex's proposal--it was well set up. There were a few Lex gems in that scene though, including 'I go to bed praying that I don't get what I deserve'.
Arrgh. I have to go! More later.