Lois: Well, big points for punctuality, Smallville. But... what's with the wardrobe malfunction? Clark: What? This is a nice shirt. Lois: Human Resources is gonna be down here any minute, and you do not want to meet them looking like... the Brawny lumberjack.
Chloe: Even a dress shirt can't hide the hero in you, huh, Clark? Heck of a first day at the office. Clark: Well, that's why I'm there... so I can be around to help more people. Working at the Daily Planet, I'll hear about every crisis as it happens. I just wish thatyou were there with me. You know, now that Lex isn't running things... Chloe: Yeah. I've spent almost my entire life praying to the gods of journalism. It might be kind of nice to try something new, you know? See how it feels. Clark: Now you're ready for a change?
Chloe: Actually, uh... there's pretty big changes.
Clark: Apparently the goddess of journalism is wondering where I am.
Lois: Well, you're gonna want to clean yourself up. Uh, rule number two: always make a good first impression and don't screw up with the boss. Clark: I think that's two rules. Lois: Whatever. Try not to get fired on your first day, okay?
見ている我々は知っているが、クラークはここで初めてボスがテスになったことを知る。 Clark: You're my boss? Tess: You weren't this shy when I was the damsel in distress, Kent. Don't tell me you're intimidated by a powerful woman. Clark: No, I just... I'm surprised to see you back at work so soon.
Clark: It's unusual, isn't it... for the new C.E.O. Of Luthorcorp to be taking the bus to work? Tess: I'm going green. You know, doing what I can to save the planet. But, for the sake of the shareholders, let's keep that between ourselves, hmm? Seems we were destined to meet.
Clark:She just wanted to welcome me aboard. Lois: Don't try to keep secrets from me, Clark. Tess Mercer is a pit bull in Prada. There's no way she'd roll out the welcome mat for a copyboy, no matter how charming his smile is.
Clark: Lois, you sound like a jealous girlfriend. Lois: Jealous. Of you? Please, that would be like Willie Mays being jealous of a batboy.
Clark: By "find," I'm assuming you mean "steal." Lois: Rule number three: do whatever it takes to get the story. You really should be writing these down. Clark: Lois, be careful. There's some lines you shouldn't cross. Lois: The only line I'm worried about is a byline. And so should you, Clark. We're in this together.
Lois: Don't be so squeamish. Most of us got started writing want ads. You know what. There was a time when I would have killed for an obit.
Davis: Well, Chloe, I grew up hearing a lot of four-letter words, and "love" wasn't exactly one of them. If you found it, real love, hold on to it. And if anyone tells you that's a cliché I'll personally kick their ass.
Clark: I just want to help you. Bette: After everything I've done, why would you want to help a monster like me? Clark: Because you're not a monster. You've just been led down the wrong path. Bette: Whenever people find out about me, they get afraid and they try to hurt me. So I have to lie. I have to hide what I am. Clark: You don't have to anymore. Not from me. We all have something we think we need to hide. It's hard. But it does get better.
Clark: Do you think if you knew her sooner, you could have helped her deal with her power? Chloe, sometimes people who need help the most are the ones who push it away the hardest. Chloe: Which is why someone should be talking to them from day one.
Clark: Is there anything you want to tell me? Chloe: I was... on my over here this morning to tell you, but... How did you find out? Did Jimmy call you? Clark: Well, it's rule number... 11: Always protect your source. But I would like the whole story. How long have you been engaged? Chloe: A week. I said "yes" the night I came back from Montana. Clark: You could've called... anytime. Chloe: It's just that... we've been friends for such a long time. Clark: We're more than just friends, Chloe. Chloe: When Jimmy and I get married, Things will probably change... Between us, I mean. And I don't know if I'm ready for that just yet. Are you? Clark: I know that your happiness is one of the most important things in the world to me and that you and Jimmy will have a wonderful life together. Don't worry about anything else.
Belle Reveに移送される途中のベットの元にテスが来た。一緒に来るように言ったが、「モンタナで実験台にされるよりBelle Reveで監禁された方がマシ」だと拒否した。しかし、テスの真意は違っていた。
Tess: I closed it down. I tried to tell you. Bette: If you shut down the Thunderdome, then why are you still coming after me?
Tess: I think once you meet everyone, you may finally feel like you fit in. I remember what it was like to be your age... alone... angry... trapped. The injustice of it all. I can help, Bette. Bette: A team is only as good as its weakest link. And look what happened to me on the bus. Why scout out somebody who's just gonna choke on their own smoke? Tess: Don't be so hard on yourself. We'll make a hero out of you yet.
Lois: Looking good, Smallville. Clothes make the man who helped me make the front page.
Clark: I'm glad you got your story, Lois, But it took a few more turns than I would have liked. Lois: So did you, Houdini. You're there one minute, gone the next. We were standing next to an elevator. I don't know why you had to take the stairs. Clark: Well, I'm sorry that you can't keep up.
Lois: You've got talent, Smallville. Clark: What? Lois: Look, when I first started out at the inquisitor, all I cared about was getting the best stories on the front page. Clark: Well, it seems like a dream come true. Lois: Sure, but sitting here now with you, I think I'm more proud that we uncovered the truth than I am over having a headline. Thanks for helping me break the story, Clark. Keep up the good work. You've got a long career ahead of you at the Daily Planet.