I liked the spin on why Martha and Jonathan decided to become estranged from her father. That was a good hook. Otherwise, the youth-sucking cheerleader story wasn't all that developed or executed. I liked the new principal challenging Clark, and Clark does decide to go the journalism route from the challenge. I'm not at all enamored with the "Lana's real dad might be out there" subplot. That's just too soap operish. All in all, an okay episode. Next week's does appear to be a doozey.