How About This for an Idea
Clark's increasingly losing touch - this year has been a nightmare for the one with the self declared sure footed and winning touch. Everything she touches is turning to stone.
I think she is losing control - Cullen and Mallard are leaving her hanging out there. Their schadenfreude is poorly disguised. Clark is hanging herself and the cheers from the white light (ie before the prism turns it all rainbow) of her party are stilted for now. At long last the rainbow fruitcakes are getting it where it hurts. Right in the mouche. Look for a broken prism someone.
The turnaround has been quick and for Clark bewildering.