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Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Season 2, Episode 5 (23 Oct. 1994): “Church of Metropolis”
by John McNamara, Robert Singer

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 5

Title: “Church of Metropolis”

Medium: television series episode

Original airdate: 23 Oct. 1994

Publisher: ABC
Written by: John McNamara
Directed by: Robert Singer


6 characters in this story:

Character
(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Religious
Affiliation
Team(s)
[Notes]
Pub. #
app.
Superman Superman (Clark Kent) hero
CBR Scale: S Methodist / Kryptonian religion
Kryptonians; Super Friends...  DC 13,409
Lois Lane Lois Lane supporting character
CBR Scale: I Catholic
Raleigh College
[Superman's girlfriend, then wife]
DC 3,859
Jimmy Olsen Jimmy Olsen supporting character hero
CBR Scale: I Lutheran
The Legion of Super-Heroes
[Superman's pal]
DC 1,896
Perry White Perry White supporting character clergy/religious leader
CBR Scale: S Baptist; Elvis worship (ordained)
[Superman's (Clark Kent's) boss; Daily Planet editor] DC 1,574
Jonathan Kent Jonathan Kent supporting character
CBR Scale: S Methodist
[Superman's adoptive father] DC 816
Martha Kent Martha Kent supporting character
CBR Scale: S Methodist
[Superman's adoptive mother] DC 827

BELOW: Ironically, this episode's religious-seeming title ('Church of Metropolis') actually refers to a very non-religious character: Bill Church, the head of the criminal organization Intergang.

Ironically, this episode's religious-seeming title ('Church of Metropolis') actually refers to a very non-religious character: Bill Church, the head of the criminal organization Intergang.

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 5 (23 Oct. 1994). Written by John McNamara. Directed by Robert Singer.

Timecode: 5 minutes, 22 seconds: Cut to new scene: The camera focuses on a large "Cost Mart" sign. The scene is a parking lot at a Cost Mart discount superstore in Metropolis. Balloons and streamers indicate something festive is taking place. The camera pans over to a podium and we see that it is Perry White who is speaking.

BELOW: Perry White announces a charity ball he and the 'Daily Planet' are co-sponsoring along with Bill Church, chairman of the world-spanning Cost Mart retail chain.

Perry White announces a charity ball he and the 'Daily Planet' are co-sponsoring along with Bill Church, chairman of the world-spanning Cost Mart retail chain. larger larger larger larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 5 (23 Oct. 1994). Written by John McNamara. Directed by Robert Singer.

Perry White: Good afternoon. May I have your attention, please. Good people of Metropolis, I'm Perry White, editor of the Daily Planet.

[An enthusiastic crows claps and cheers.]

Perry White: Thank you, thank you. And with me today is Mr. Bill Church, who's chairman of the Cost Mart discount chain.

[Perry White motions to a man sitting in a chair to his right and slightly behind him. An older, mostly bald man (played by actor Peter Boyle) acknowledges Perry White's introduction. This man, Bill Church, seems very humble and shy. Bill Church nervously looks over a set of notecards, apparently preparing to make a short speech.]

Perry White: He's asked me to make the announcement that, uh, his company and the Daily Planet are cosponsoring a charity ball for the Urban Redevelopment Fund. And, uh, now I think Bill has a few words to say to everybody. Come on up here, Bill.

BELOW: Cost Mart chairman Bill Church speaks to Metropolis:

Cost Mart chairman Bill Church speaks to Metropolis larger larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 5 (23 Oct. 1994). Written by John McNamara. Directed by Robert Singer.

[Bill Church stands up and nervously stands in front of the microphones at the podium. He reads from his notecards.]

Bill Church: Thank you, Perry. Uh . . . I just wanna say how glad I am to be part of this, uh, great city. Uh . . . We're not just here to do business. We're here to be part of your lives. Thank you.

[The crowd claps and cheers.]

Note: It is clear from this early scene that "Cost Mart" is intended to a fictional version of real-world retail franchise Walmart. There are also elements of Costco thrown in. Mr. Bill Church could be regarded as highly fictionalized version of Sam Walton. The degree to which "Bill Church" is based on Sam Walton, or is just intended as a fictional CEO of a major retail chain, can be debated. "Bill Church" is also based on longtime Superman comics supporting character and sometime villain Morgan Edge.

Morgan Edge has been overtly identified in published comics as Jewish, although for much of his history he has been villainous and has clearly not been practicing the religious and ethical edicts of Judaism.

There is nothing about the "Bill Church" character in this episode to indicate that he is Jewish. The real-life Sam Walton was a Presbyterian. Actor Peter Boyle, who portrays "Bill Church" in this episode was a Catholic. (Boyle was, in fact, once a member of the order of Brothers of the Christian Schools, a Catholic order.) Boyle famously portrayed a Catholic character in his long-running role as title character Ray Romano's father on the TV sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. In portraying the public face of "Bill Church," actor Peter Boyle seems to have a kind of rural "down home" demeanor, as if he were a Southern gentleman. But behind closed doors, Bill Church is an evil, ruthless businessman and outright criminal. Morgan Edge is, in fact, the head of Intergang, a globe-spanning criminal organization. Intergang, introduced here for the first time in the Lois & Clark TV series, has been a long-time important criminal organization in Superman comics as well as in other comic book series set in the DC Universe.

Should Bill Church be regarded as Jewish because he is partially based on Morgan Edge? Or should he be regarded as Presbyterian because he is partially based on Sam Walton? The most reasonable answer may be "neither," because neither source of inspiration for this character is overwhelmingly in evidence. We might regard Bill Church identifiably a lapsed Presbyterian or non-practicing Jew if he were clearly this episode's version of Morgan Edge or if he were more clearly a fictionalized version of Sam Walton. But this simply isn't the case.

So, with regards to the religious affiliation of Bill Church, the best we can conclude is that he is manifestly non-religious. Based on his name, demeanor, accent and long-time acquaintance with Perry White, Bill Church may have a Protestant background. But he has probably not actively participated in any church or organized religious activity in decades.

In DC Comics, many years after this episode of Lois & Clark appeared, Intergang embraced many overtly religious trappings, turning themselves into a dark, evil "religion" and claiming to worship out of the "Crime Bible." These stories were chronicled in a number of comic book series, including 52 (2007) and the Crime Bible miniseries. But in this episode of Lois & Clark, these overtly religious developments in Intergang are nowhere in evidence.

Timecode: 7 minutes, 40 seconds: In a darkened part of the back of a Cost Mart store, we see Mr. Bill Church use a key to enter open a secret elevator. The elevator takes him to a very secure secret headquarters. He sits comfortably in a chair and talks to some of his operatives throughout the world.

BELOW: We see for the first time that Bill Church is not only the chairman of Cost Mart. He is also secretly the head of the world-spanning criminal organization Intergang.

We see for the first time that Bill Church is not only the chairman of Cost Mart. He is also secretly the head of the world-spanning criminal organization Intergang. larger larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 5 (23 Oct. 1994). Written by John McNamara. Directed by Robert Singer.

Secretary or female-voiced computer: Overseas operatives are online and standing by, Mr. Church.

Bill Church: What's the latest on the election?

White, balding overseas operative: The minister wants five hundred thousand for the endorsement.

Bill Church: That's a lot of money for a speech and a handshake. What are his vulnerabilities?

White, balding overseas operative: A twelve-year-old daughter.

Bill Church: Offer him one-fifty [i.e.: $150,000, instead of the $500,000 he was asking for]. If he doesn't accept it, take a picture of his daughter walking to school. Show it to him. Then offer him nothing.

BELOW: Evil Intergang chief Bill Church orders an operative to threaten the life of a politician's child:

Evil Intergang chief Bill Church orders an operative to threaten the life of a politician's child larger larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 5 (23 Oct. 1994). Written by John McNamara. Directed by Robert Singer.

[Bill Church is here instructing his operative to offer the minister $150,000 for his endorsement. But if he does not agree, Bill Church is indicating that his operative should threaten to kill the minister's daughter. Given that the man Bill Church is talking to is an "overseas minister" who is involved in an "election," it is reasonable to assume that this "minister" is a highly placed government leader - perhaps an elected prime minister - and not a religious "minister", as in a pastor or priest.]

White, balding overseas operative: Done. How's the Metropolis franchise coming?

[The elevator door opens. An older gentleman wearing a business suit steps out and places his bag down on the table next to where Bill Church is sitting.]

Bill Church: [speaking to the white, balding overseas operative via their teleconferencing system.] I'll let you know. We'll pick this up in ten minutes.

Secretary or female-voiced computer: Overseas conference call terminated.

Bill Church: Hello, Martin.

Martin Snell: Mr. Church. I know. You're upset about Baby Rage.

["Baby Rage" is a black gang member, a member of the "Skins," who tried to light a restaurant on fire in this episode's opening scene. The restaurant belongs to Mike Lane, the uncle of Lois Lane. Clark Kent was there at the restaurant, eating with Lois, when Baby Rage attacked. Clark changed into Superman, put out the fire, and apprehended Baby Rage. Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and Uncle Mike turned Baby Rage into the police.]

Bill Church: You see this pill? High blood pressure. The doctor says, "Get it under control. Less stress in your life. Delegate." I am delegating. And my blood pressure is not going down. [Angrily] What were they--!? [Bill Church stops himself and thinks about his blood pressure. He continues, this time speaking more calmly.] What were they doing setting fires in the middle of the day? With witnesses around?

Martin Snell: I'll be honest. He and the Skins are a little difficult to control.

Bill Church: Of all the humanity on this planet, you pick them. You make it work, or cut them loose. Don't walk in here with excuses that are going to upset my doctor.

Martin Snell: Yes, sir.

Bill Church: I don't need to tell you that we're at a very crucial point in the Metropolis franchise. We can't afford to be out in the open until Superman is taken care of.

Martin Snell: I've got good news on that front. The plan's just gone online. You say go, and everything's in play.

Bill Church: So . . . go already.

Martin Snell: Ah. [Nods his head yes and hurries to put the plan into play.]

[In the next scene, reporters Lois Lane and Clark Kent meet with a "Deep Throat"-type informant character. He keeps to the shadows, but he tells the reporters that something big is happening on the South Side, which is why somebody tried to burn down Uncle Mike's restaurant and why police officers have intentionally been slow to react to crime in the area. Some organziation is trying to drive people out of the area, so they can purchase land there for very low prices.]

Timecode: 11 minutes 32 seconds: Back at the offices of the Daily Planet, Lois Lane puts the floppy disk she was given into her computer. She reads information from the disk.

BELOW: The powerful, world-spanning criminal organization Intergang is mentioned by name for the first time in this TV series:

The powerful, world-spanning criminal organization Intergang is mentioned by name for the first time in this TV series larger larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 5 (23 Oct. 1994). Written by John McNamara. Directed by Robert Singer.

Lois Lane: He wasn't kidding when he said this was big. If these reports are true, half the major cities in the world might have been infiltrated by this organization.

Clark Kent: The Australian press even nicknamed it. "Intergang."

Lois Lane: Look what happened to the reporter. Fatal car accident . . . Police investigated. . . . Oh, here's a shock . . . No evidence of foul play . . . This is incredible. Europe, Asia, South America . . . Why hasn't anyone ever gone after these guys?

[While Lois Lane reads about Intergang and speaks out loud to them, Clark isn't really listening closely to her. His super-hearing is picking up a message relayed to him on a supersonic frequency that only he "and a few bats" can hear. The message, delivered by Martin Snell, a lawyer who works for Intergang, tells him to meat at the arboretum, or "someone will die."]

Timecode: 16 minutes, 38 seconds: Scene, the steps to the court house. Superman exits the building, walking alongside assistant district attorney Mayson Drake (whose name has also been spelled "Mayson Drake"). Ms. Drake was introduced earlier in the episode, when Lois Lane and Clark Kent helped turn Baby Rage over to the police. Ms. Drake seemed romantically attracted to Clark Kent, but she was clearly not a fan of Superman. Now Superman has come to the court house to give his statement to her about Baby Rage's attempt to burn down Mike Lane's restaurant. Ms. Drake's demeanor during this conversation make sit clear to Superman that she doesn't like him very much.

BELOW: Assistant District Attorney Mayson Drake treats Superman coldly and doesn't want his assistance:

Assistant District Attorney Mayson Drake treats Superman coldly and doesn't want his assistance larger larger larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 5 (23 Oct. 1994). Written by John McNamara. Directed by Robert Singer.

Mayson Drake: Thanks for the statement. We'll be in touch if we need you.

Superman: I just want you to know that whatever I can do to help the DA's office--

Mayson Drake: Like I said, we'll be in touch.

Superman: Uh, I'd be more than willling to testify against Baby Rage.

Mayson Drake: I don't think so.

Superman: Have I done something to offend you?

BELOW: Assistant D.A. Mayson Drake chastizes Superman for operating without legal sanction and without divulging his identity:

Assistant D.A. Mayson Drake chastizes Superman for operating without legal sanction and without divulging his identity larger larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 5 (23 Oct. 1994). Written by John McNamara. Directed by Robert Singer.

Mayson Drake: Do you have a license to chase criminals? Do you ever read them their rights? If you hurt someone, are you insured? Where do you live? Do you work? Who are you?

Superman: I can't tell you that.

Mayson Drake: Exactly.

Mayson Drake's male assistant: [interrupting their conversation] Hey, big guy! [To Mayson Drake] Can I talk to you for a second?

Superman: [speaking to himself] This is just not my day.

Lois Lane: [just now arriving on the scene, Lois enthusiastically waves to Superman, a man she very much adores] Superman, hi!

Superman: Hi, Lois.

[Superman flies away.]

Mayson Drake: [to Lois] Funny. He's a lot shorter in person than you'd think. [Referring dismissively to Superman.]

Lois Lane: You know, I don't know what your problem is--

[Before Lois can say anything more or chide Mayson Drake for her anti-Superman attitude, Clark Kent arrives on the scene. Mayson Drake welcomes Clark warmly.]

Mayson Drake: Clark, hi!

Clark Kent: Hi! Sorry I'm late.

Mayson Drake: You're not late, but I'm afraid that I just got called in on a double homicide downtown. So we're gonna have to postpone our deposition. Can I call you and reschedule?

Clark Kent: Sure, yeah.

Lois Lane: Well, if you can spare a few seconds, we would like to talk to you about something else we found out.

Mayson Drake: Let's walk.

BELOW: Intergang acquires companies, and even governments, running them secretly from a distance. They funded the Skins, a criminal gang in Metropolis:

Intergang acquires companies, and even governments, running them secretly from a distance. They funded the Skins, a criminal gang in Metropolis larger larger larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 5 (23 Oct. 1994). Written by John McNamara. Directed by Robert Singer.

Lois Lane: We have a pretty good lead on what's really happening in the Southside. Ever heard of Intergant?

Mayson Drake: Tell me what you've learned.

Lois Lane: It seems they just acquire companies, other criminal operations, even governments. They just swallow them whole and start running them. Always from a distance, hidden.

Clark Kent: [to Mayson Drake] You think they're funding the Skins, don't you?

Mayson Drake: Yes, I do.

Lois Lane: Our source thinks they've infilitrated the police, but he won't give us names.

Mayson Drake: If I can think of anything that will help you or your uncle, I will be in touch. [Touches Clark on the shoulder and addresses him specifically] Talk soon?

Clark Kent: Yeah.

[Mayson Drake walks away.]

Lois Lane: I don't know about her. And what is her problem with Superman?

[Lois Lane seems genuinely shocked that a seemingly intelligent woman might dislike Superman.]

[Before leaving the outside of the courthouse, Lois and Clark see Baby Rage being brought there by police for an arraignment. They also see Martin Snell, who is defending Baby Rage. Clark tells Lois something he knows because of his previous encounter (as Superman) with Snell: Snell is an attorney working for Intergang. This prompts Lois to look up information about Snell when she gets back to her office.]

Timecode: 20 minutes, 1 second:

Lois Lane: Hey, look at this.

Clark Kent: What?

Lois Lane: Checking public records on Martin Snell. Five years ago he was staff counsel for Bill Church.

Clark Kent: The Cost Mart guy?

Lois Lane: Worked in corporate acquisitions. Responsible for buying overseas companies. I wonder . . . [types some commands onto a her computer, which is running a mapping program] Oh, now, this is interesting. Cross-graph what we know about the spread of Intergang with the spread of Cost Marts around the world. Everywhere Intergang has gotten a foothold, there's a Cost Mart.

BELOW: The spread of the criminal organization Intergang overlaps the spread of the retail chain Cost Mart (an amalgamation of WalMart and Costco). Both are run by Bill Church.

The spread of the criminal organization Intergang overlaps the spread of the retail chain Cost Mart (an amalgamation of WalMart and Costco). Both are run by Bill Church. larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 5 (23 Oct. 1994). Written by John McNamara. Directed by Robert Singer.

Clark Kent: Okay, let's pull up the police files on Bill Church.

[Lois Lane does so. Clark looks at the computer screen.]

Clark Kent: See, nothing. Not even a parking ticket.

Lois Lane: So he's never been caught. Neither was Lex Luthor till the end.

Clark Kent: Well, you may be on to something, but I really think Martin Snell is the guy to nail here.

[Perry White walks up and gives Lois Clark and Lois Lane tickets to the upcoming charity ball, an event which he (Perry) is organizing along with his old friend, Bill Church.]

Timecode: 23 minutes, 24 seconds: Martin Snell meets with Bill Church in Church's secret headquarters:

Bill Church: So, Martin, what's the latest on the Southside?

[Snell displays a map of the Southside on the electronic map sceen built into the table.]

Martin Snell: My silent partners have acquired everything highlighted in green. [Geen covers MOST of the map.] The yellow areas are in negotiation.

Bill Church: And that red dot there?

Martin Snell: That restaurant owner, Mike Lane. Here's everything we got on him.

[Snell opens his brief case and hands a dossier to Bill Church.]

Bill Church: [reading] Hmm... Closest family, a niece, Lois. Hmm... Small world.

[Church has already ordered that Lois Lane be threatened with death in order to blackmail Superman into staying out of the Southside, in an an attempt to prevent Superman from interfering with Intergang's operations there.]

BELOW: Intergang leader Bill Church plans to build gambling casinos, hotels and restaurants in Metropolis' Southside waterfront district, for the purpose of laundering money from his criminal enterprises:

Intergang leader Bill Church plans to build gambling casinos, hotels and restaurants in Metropolis' Southside waterfront district, for the purpose of laundering money from his criminal enterprises larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 5 (23 Oct. 1994). Written by John McNamara. Directed by Robert Singer.

Bill Church: [Referring to Mike Lane] An ex-marine lieutenant trying to establish a beachhead. Well . . . If he only knew that in a year from now the city council's going to be passing legislation on offshore gambling. And we'll have hotels . . . casinos . . . and restaurants. Cash businesses to hide all the taxes I can't pay. You think if he knew that, that he'd still be trying to hold on to that little cafe?

[Martin Snell smiles broadly, as if he heard Bill Church tell a joke.]

Bill Church: You think so? [chuckles, then his face turns serious] Do him. Have the Skins do him. Don't let it trail back to us. Make it look like a gang vendetta. Big, messy, loud. Do him.

BELOW: Intergang chief Bill Church orders the execution of Lois Lane's uncle, Mike Lane:

Intergang chief Bill Church orders the execution of Lois Lane's uncle, Mike Lane larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 5 (23 Oct. 1994). Written by John McNamara. Directed by Robert Singer.

[Bill Church has just ordered Martin Snell to have Lois Lane's uncle, Mike Lane, murdered.]

Timecode: 26 minutes, 45 seconds: Lois Lane arrives at the apartment of Clark Kent. After he opens the door to let her in, she starts to tell him about her investigation of Bill Church is going. When she says she "found something else about Church" she is not at all speaking about "church" in the religious sense. Church here is just a name, but the line is interesting and perhaps amusing when taken out of context. It also begs the question, just why was criminal mastermind Bill Church given the name he was given? Was it just so the writers could make a pun out of his name?

Lois Lane: [to Clark] I dug a little deeper and found something else out about Church.

BELOW: Lois Lane dug deeper and found something else out about Church:

Lois Lane dug deeper and found something else out about Church

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 5 (23 Oct. 1994). Written by John McNamara. Directed by Robert Singer.

Later, at the Daily Planet office, Lois Lane and Clark Kent argue about whether or not Mayson Drake, who previously worked for Bill Church, is involved with Intergang. Lois accuses Clark of being blind to what is really going on because Mayson is (in Lois Lane's words) Clark's "girlfriend." Clark contends that she is not his girlfriend and that it is Lois who is blind. Clark storms off leaving Lois to wonder what he meant by that. Even Clark isn't sure what he meant.

In the next scene, Clark talks to his parents about his argument with Lois.

BELOW: Clark Kent admits to his parents that he doesn't know why he said what he did when he argued with Lois Lane and said SHE is blind, not him:

Clark Kent admits to his parents that he doesn't know why he said what he did when he argued with Lois Lane and said SHE is blind, not him larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 5 (23 Oct. 1994). Written by John McNamara. Directed by Robert Singer.

Jonathan Kent: What did it mean?

Clark Kent: I don't even know. It's just one of those things that sounded good at the time, but . . . once I got into the elevator, I couldn't figure out what it meant.

BELOW: Having studied some psychology (or perhaps 'pseudopsychology'), Martha Kent cites conflicting Freudian and Jungian theories about Clark Kent's recent behavior:

Having studied some psychology (or perhaps 'pseudopsychology'), Martha Kent cites conflicting Freudian and Jungian theories about Clark Kent's recent behavior larger larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 5 (23 Oct. 1994). Written by John McNamara. Directed by Robert Singer.

Martha Kent: Freud would say, "It's a subconscious desire in search of a context." And Jung would dismiss it as an anger-induced synaptic anomaly.

[Both Clark and his father stare at Martha Kent, somewhat baffled by what she is talking about.]

Jonathan Kent: Adult education. It's a beautiful thing.

[Martha Kent rolls her eyes at her husband's statement.]

Martha can see that neither her son nor her husband take Freud or Jung seriously. Most contemporary psychologists don't take Freud or Jung too seriously either, although they credit the writings of Freud and Jung with prompting worthwhile discussion and thought about real-world psychological phenomena.

Evidently Martha Kent has been taking adult education courses in which she has been learning about Freud and Jung and the schools of thought they founded: Freudianism and Jungianism. Both Freudianism and Jungianism can be classified as religions, although they are more commonly spoken of as schools of thought in psychology. Unlike traditionally recognized sciences, Jungianism and Freudianism are largely devoid of empirically-testable or mathematically replicable assertions, but are, instead, based on the pronouncements and writings of their founders.

Martha Kent: The real question is: Who is this woman, and are you interested in her?

BELOW: Mayson Drake is unusual in that she likes Clark Kent, but hates Superman, which is sort of opposite of Lois Lane, who loves Superman but merely likes Clark:

Mayson Drake is unusual in that she likes Clark Kent, but hates Superman, which is sort of opposite of Lois Lane, who loves Superman but merely likes Clark larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 5 (23 Oct. 1994). Written by John McNamara. Directed by Robert Singer.

Clark Kent: Yeah, I think so. That's the other weird pard. Mayson likes me, or Clark, but she hates Superman. Which is kind of confusing, because Lois loves Superman, but only likes Clark. Mayson likes Clark, but in a different way than Lois. And Mayson hates Superman in a way that's different from anybody.

Martha Kent: Oh, Clark. I was afraid something like this was gonna happen.

Clark Kent: What?

Martha Kent: You're beginning to talk about yourself in the third person. It's all this pressure. That's why I started taking the psych class, and not a moment too soon.

Jonathan Kent: Martha, the boy has two gorgeous women running after him. This does not rate high on the list of world problems.

Clark Kent: That's true. But let's not forget that Mayson may be an agent of Intergang.

Jonathan Kent: Well, nobody's perfect, son. How about a piece of pie?

Timecode: 30 minutes, 47 seconds: Perry White sits down in his office to have a serious discussion with Lois Lane about her recent argument with Clark Kent. Notice the framed picture of Elvis Presley that we see over Perry White's left shoulder as he sits at his desk. Perry White is an Elvis Presley worshipper, and his photos of Elvis and other Elvis memorabilia have a prominent - even religious - place in his office and in his life.

BELOW: Elvis-worshipper Perry White's framed photo of Elvis Presley can clearly be seen behind his desk:

Elvis-worshipper Perry White's framed photo of Elvis Presley can clearly be seen behind his desk

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 5 (23 Oct. 1994). Written by John McNamara. Directed by Robert Singer.

[Mayson Drake comes to the Daily Planet and offers to let Lois Lane and Clark Kent read all of her office's files on Intergang and Martin Snell if they will work with her and tell her what shey have found out in their investigation. While they talk, the buzz of a fly or mosquito is heard. Clark Kent moves his hand around his head to shoo the insect away. Three or four times previously in this episode we have heard insects buzzing around the main characters. Timecode: 36 minutes, 12 seconds:]

Lois Lane: Careful. Sounds like the bug that bit me. Still hurts.

[Listening to the sound of the "insect", Clark realizes something. He suspects that what he is hearing isn't a real insect at all, but a device. He uses his super senses to lock onto the insect and then he reaches out and grabs it without damaging it. Clark brings his hand closer to his eyes so he can look at what he caught. Lois Lane and Mayson Drake both stare at Clark for a moment, surprised at how he was able to catch an insect with his bare hands.]

BELOW: Clark Kent catches an electronic device that was masquerading as a mosquito:

Clark Kent catches an electronic device that was masquerading as a mosquito larger larger larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 5 (23 Oct. 1994). Written by John McNamara. Directed by Robert Singer.

Lois Lane: Nice get!

BELOW: Lois Lane asks Clark Kent if he has suddenly become a Buddhist:

Lois Lane asks Clark Kent if he has suddenly become a Buddhist larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 5 (23 Oct. 1994). Written by John McNamara. Directed by Robert Singer.

Clark Kent: Uh, I'm gonna go let it out the window.

Lois Lane: What, the sudden you're a Buddhist?

[Cut to another room: A secret lair of Intergang, in which a group of criminal technicians man computers and sophisticated electronic equipment to monitor the electronic "insect" drone that they sent to do something to Clark Kent.]

Criminal technician: We broke another needle on this guy Kent.

BELOW: Clark Kent uses his super microscopic vision to examine an electronic device that masqueraded as an insect:

Clark Kent uses his super microscopic vision to examine an electronic device that masqueraded as an insect larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 5 (23 Oct. 1994). Written by John McNamara. Directed by Robert Singer.

[Cut back to the offices of the Daily Planet. Clark Kent uses his super vision to get a microscopic look at the "insect" that he caught. As soon as he looks at it closely, he can see that it is a mechanical device built to look like a tiny flying insect. Intergang was using the drones to tag people with radioisotopes - radioactive isotopes that were used by Intergang to target the bullet-sized guided missiles that they were using to threaten Superman's known friends and loved ones.]

[Cut back to the Intergang lair.]

Criminal technician: Now I can't get the probe to fly.

By the end of the episode, thanks to Lois Lane's plan and Mayson Drake's help in setting up a sting, Martin Snell has been exposed as an attorney conspiring in criminal activities for Intergang. Snell is arrested. But Lois Lane and Clark Kent have been unable to prove any connection between Bill Church and Intergang. Viewers know that Bill Church is the head of Intergang, but Lois and Clark do not know this. Mayson Drake pointedly asks Bill Church (her old boss from when she worked for Cost Mart) if he has had any dealings with Martin Snell, and she believes him when he lies to her and says no. Publically, Bill Church really does seem like a nice man. Lois Lane's own uncle, Mike Lane, even says that Bill Church must be the nicest billionaire in the world.

At the end of the episode, Bill Church hosts a charity ball. Lois Lane, Perry White, Mayson Drake and Clark Kent all attend, and they all have a wonderful time.

Timecode: 43 minutes, 25 seconds: Outside the charity ball, Bill Church opens up a small electronic device. It allows him to see and hear what is happening inside the police interrogation room wherein his now-arrested operative Martin Snell is being questioned. Snell is about to tell police who the head of Intergang is. Before Snell can do so, however, Bill Church presses a few buttons on his device and remotely triggers a bomb which kills Snell. The explosion sounds loud and dangerous. It probably killed or seriously injured the questioning police detectives as well.

BELOW: Intergang chief Bill Church smiles after remotely detonating a bomb that kills his employee, attorney Martin Snell:

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Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 5 (23 Oct. 1994). Written by John McNamara. Directed by Robert Singer.

At the end of the episode, Bill Church (the titular "Church of Metropolis") remains a free man. He is clearly evil, although all of Metropolis - including Mike Lane, Perry White, and Mayson Drake - believe he is a nice, humble philanthropist.