Lex proposes to Lois who is surprised and asks him some time to answer. Lex, to force Lois accept his proposal, buys the Daily Planet to "save" it from closing but things do not get better. When Lex hires a young man named Chip to be Perry's boss, Perry leaves the newspaper. Later on, a planted bomb by Lex that seems to be detonated by Jack (Chris Demetral), destroys the newspaper completely and Jack ends ups in jail as a scapegoat who was framed by Lex and Mrs Cox. Lex claims that is impossible to rebuild the newspaper and offers Lois a job on television which she accepts. Perry decides to retire while Clark and Jimmy have no jobs. In the meantime, Lois tells Clark about Lex's proposal, something that makes him furious especially since Lois is thinking about it and did not say no to him. Clark, in an attempt to stop Lois from marrying Lex, confesses his love to her and tries to make her see that Lex is not who he seems to be. Lois tells him that she loves him too but as a friend and later on confesses her love to Superman. When Superman makes it clear that the two of them will never be together, Lois accepts Lex's proposal.