Despite this, Lionel transfers Lex to the Davis Clinic in Metropolis for immediate but extremely risky surgery.In the alternate reality, Lex and Lana Luthor go to the party at the Kents’ house. He says that Lex is the best man he knows and announces that Lex will receive the Kansas Humanitarian Award. He marvels that he’s never been happier and she tells him that he could have this happiness in reality if he makes the right choice. Lex tells her that he doesn’t want this alternate reality because everyone he’s ever loved has died.
In Metropolis, Clark meets Chloe at the Planet, and she explains that her Teamsters went on strike, and the thousands of presents they collected for Toys for Tots will be undelivered unless he helps her out. While zipping through the city, he sees a man dressed in a Santa Claus costume about to jump off a building with a liquor bottle in his hand.
He says he was going to jump because the Christmas spirit is dead.
Frightened, Lois looks around the basement of the Daily Planet for men on phones.
She spots a suspicious-looking delivery man and follows him into a secluded room, then attacks him.
Chloe has been covering for him in his absence, explaining that he is in Minnesota, but she is starting to get worried.