Maybe all the Lex and Tess barking and threatening and unreasonable demands is how it's like writing for Smallville. "What the hell is with this two-part story arc? Give Lois a concussion here and Jimmy a concussion there and you can wrap it up in one episode! And you better find a spot to play that song or else I'll send you back to writing Depends commercials! This is the CW -- not some Mickey Mouse operation!"