Lex is desperate to help.
But isn’t he always?
Lionel takes advantage of the moment both to blackmail his son and to offer him some fatherly advice, one supervillain to another.
LEX: “Trust me, Lana Lang has nothing to do with this.”
LIONEL: “Oh, that’s so chivalrous of you. You are the gallant hero trying to protect the damsel in distress.”
LEX: “I’m warning you, leave her alone.”
LIONEL: “All your life you’ve had a tendency to let the damsel lead you straight into the mouth of the dragon. Your feelings for Miss Lang, don’t let them cripple your common sense, son.”