Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 3, Episode 3
Medium: television series episode
Original airdate: 1 Oct. 1995Publisher:
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[Superman's girlfriend, then wife]
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|[Superman's (Clark Kent's) boss; Daily Planet editor]||1,574|
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Timecode: 2 minutes, 0 seconds: After working on a story, Lois Lane drives home alone late at night on a lonely forest road through a wooded area. Suddenly her vehicle stops. She is engulfed in a white light and mist. After the white light and mist dissipates, we see that Lois Lane has vanished. The vehicle is empty. It looks like an alien abduction! Roll opening credits.
BELOW: Alien abduction? A white light engulfs Lois Lane...
Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 3, Episode 3 (1 Oct. 1995). Written by Chris Ruppenthal. Directed by Daniel Attias.
Timecode: 3 minutes, 44 seconds: After opening credits, we see the outside of Lois Lane's apartment building. It is morning. A black woman ("Star," played by actress Olivia Brown) is moving in. She is bringing items from her vehicle into the apartment building. Lois Lane pulls up in her vehicle. She seems somewhat dazed. When Star sees Lois, she is very excited.
BELOW: Lois Lane meets her new neighbor Star - a New Age psychic counsellor:
Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 3, Episode 3 (1 Oct. 1995). Written by Chris Ruppenthal. Directed by Daniel Attias.
Star: Wow! [Rushes up to stand in front of Lois.] Don't tell me. You live here. This is so cool. Lois Lane, right? Daily Planet. Oh, that must be a great place to work. I don't have a subscription, but I really love that logo. Hi, I'm your new neighbor, Star.
[Star holds out her hand. Lois shakes it. Lois Lane smiles. She seems amused by this ebulant, very friendly neighbor.]
Lois Lane: Hi. Jeez, it's not often I meet people that recognize me.
Star: Oh, I didn't. No, I've never seen you before in my life. Not even in pictures. No, if you were a snake you could've bit me.
Lois Lane: So, what are you, psychic?
Star: Yeah. You too?
Lois Lane: No.
[Lois Lane has an annoyed, surprised look on her face. She was only joking when she asked if Star is psychic. Star surprised her by answering yes. Lois Lane is clearly very skeptical about psychics.]
Lois Lane: How did you know my name?
Star: I got it off your release.
[Star hands Lois her business card. Did Star say "release" or "lease" or something else? The word is not quite intelligible.]
BELOW: Lois Lane's New Age neighbor Star does psychic counselling, hypnosis, Tarot readings and crystal healings. Note the New Age healing crystal she always wears on her necklace:
Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 3, Episode 3 (1 Oct. 1995). Written by Chris Ruppenthal. Directed by Daniel Attias.
Star: I do psychic counselling and channelling. Don't worry, I'm really quiet. Occasionally I do hypnosis and tarot and crystal healings. Never any of the dark stuff. Too scary! I'm a Pisces - well, at least I am in this lifetime. Was a Taurus once. Whoa! Was that bad! Did you just come off a story or something, because you look really whipped.
[Lois starts walking up the stairs to the apartment building entrance. Lois is trying to politely but quickly get away from this strange self-proclaimed psychic. Lois clearly thinks that Star is completely nuts or a New Age religious fanatic.]
Lois Lane: Yeah. Just out on a story.
[Lois here does not want to tell Star where she really just came from. Lois believes she has just been abducted by aliens. Star follows Lois up a few steps and acts like she is receiving psychic vibrations from her.]
BELOW: Lois Lane's psychic neighbor Star is originally unsuccessful in trying to read her:
Star: Wait a minute. [Star closes her eyes and puts her fingers to her temples.] Wait a minute! [Star opens her eyes.] You really don't need to close your eyes, but most people expect it. [Closes her eyes again, concentrating.] I'm getting . . . I'm seeing something more than just a story happened to you tonight.
Lois Lane: No. No, just a-- Just a boring old story. I, uh, nothing to get your brain scanned over. I-- I like to keep my brain private.
Star: Oh, I'm not prying. I mean, your brain is practically shouting.
Lois Lane: It is?
[Lois Lane pauses. She looks concerned. Star is right, after all, something far more than a news story did happen to her tonight. Lois wonders if Star is really psychically picking up something from her brain.]
Star: Let me see. You were . . . [concentrating] buying groceries and . . . met Mel Gibson!
[Lois Lane's look indicates she thinks Star is completely wrong and completely ridiculous. Star sees Lois Lane's look and realize she was wrong.]
Star: No? That's not it. [concentrates again] You . . . You went for a drive . . . and stopped . . .
[Lois is surprised. What Star is saying is actually correct.]
Lois Lane: Yes?
Star: At a tiny little diner and ordered the breakfast special, even though it was at night and Mel Gibson sat down next to you!
[Lois Lane's face once again looks skeptical and disbelieving. This supposed psychic was totaly wrong. Star can see on Lois Lane's face that she was wrong.]
Star: No. Okay, you can tell where my mind's at.
[By this, Star means that Lois can tell that she (Star) has Mel Gibson on her mind. Star apparently has some sort of celebrity crush on the movie star.]
BELOW: Amazingly, Lois Lane's New Age psychic neighbor Star perceives her thoughts about being abducted by alien:
Star: Gee, you are tough. I know. [Smiles, realizing she finally correctly received psychic information about Lois.] I know, you were abducted by aliens.
[Lois Lane is very surprised that Star was able to discern this. She now believes that Star is a genuine psychic.]
Lois Lane: Yes! That's amazing, how did you know that?
Star: I always know.
[Cut to inside Lois Lane's apartment. She and Star are drinking tea. Lois Lane has spent some time describing her experiences from the night before. Now she finishes up the story. Timecode: 6 minutes, 18 seconds:]
BELOW: Lois Lane recounts her frightening alien abduction experience:
Lois Lane: And then there was this blinding white light, and I had sort of a floaty feeling. And I have this vague, hazy memory of . . . creatures. And then it was six A.M. and I was back in my car and almost eleven hours had gone by.
Star: That must have been terrifying.
Lois Lane: That doesn't even begin to describe it.
Star: You don't have to talk about this if you don't want to.
Lois Lane: Oh, no, it feels really good to talk to somebody. It would just be too weird not to.
[Lois Lane puts down her empty tea cup. Star notices Lois Lane's cup is empty and points to it.]
Star: More tea. [Star stands up to go get more tea.]
BELOW: Lois Lane is impressed by her New Age neighbor Star after talking to her for a while, but doesn't necessarily share Star's belief in reincarnation:
Lois Lane: Thanks. I-- I have to admit that when I met you downstairs I thought you were a little flaky, you know, but you really are . . . I'm just touched by how understanding and down to Earth you are.
Star: Who knows . . . Maybe we're friends in an earlier life.
Lois Lane: Maybe.
[Lois Lane's face shows she doesn't believe in reincarnation. She doesn't want to say anything to Star in disagreement, however, because Star has been so helpful.]
Star: Do you remember anything else about the aliens?
Lois Lane: Um, no, not really, just that they had these really large heads, and slimy skin, and their hands looked like ours.
BELOW: Lois Lane's psychic neighbor Star recounts astrally visiting alien planets:
Star: Hmm. I thought you were gonna describe these guys I know from the Pleiades, but no, these guys sound different.
Lois Lane: The Pleiades?
Star: Or Cassiopians. I mean, those guys! Faster than light travel, cities that float, and no indoor plumbing. You gotta love it!
[Lois Lane looks very skeptical again. Hearing Star speak about aliens she has met before, Lois once again thinks Star is either crazy or a phony.]
Lois Lane: So . . . You've been to where they live?
Star: Not physically. Astrally? Dozens of times.
[Lois Lane looks at her watch and makes an lame excuse so she can leave and get away from this woman she thinks is crazy.]
Lois Lane: Gee. Look at the time. I hate to do this, but I really have to get dressed for work.
[Lois Lane stands up. She walks to her apartment door and opens it so Star can leave. Star follows her to the door, heading out.]
Star: No problem. I still got some moving to do.
[Before Star leaves, she stops and points to Lois as if she just psychically received another impression.]
BELOW: Lois Lane's psychic counsellor Star guesses (wrongly) Lois's astrological sign:
Star: Gemini, right?
Lois Lane: Libra.
Star: I knew it!
[Star gives a happy thumbs up sign and walks away. Lois Lane closes the door. As she turns we see her roll her eyes, clearly thinking that Star is crazy or fraud. Lois wonders to herself how she could have been so gullible as to ever think that Star has psychic abilities. End of scene.]
Timecode: 8 minutes, 18 seconds: Cut to the Daily Planet offices, after Lois has arrived at work.
Clark Kent: So, I see you made it home safely last night.
Lois Lane: Uh . . . Yeah.
Clark Kent: You want some Danish?
Lois Lane: Yeah.
Clark Kent: Lois, are you mad at me?
Lois Lane: No.
Clark Kent: 'Cause, look, I'm sorry. It's just, I worry about you. Even more than I used to.
Lois Lane: Clark, last night--
[Perry White approaches and congratulates Lois Lane on nabbing the airport thieves. He tells her he wants the story on his desk in half an hour. After Perry walks away, Lois Lane is surprised when Star walks up to her, carrying a stack of books.]
Lois Lane: Star!
BELOW: Lois Lane's psychic neighbor Star brings her books to help her understand her alien abduction experience:
Star: I had a sudden flash after you left for work this morning, and I knew you left for work because I can see who comes and goes from one of the windows in my living room. Anyway, maybe you'd like to read these books. They're all about alien abduction. Maybe you can get a clue about the guys who took you last night. Oh, and if you only have time to read one, read this one. It's by Dr. Martin Solsvig. He's the world's leading authority on alien abductions. He lives right here in Metropolis.
[Star speaks very clearly and rather loudly. Clark Kent is standing right next to Lois and Star. Clark Kent, Perry White, Jimmy Olsen, and pretty much everybody else in the newsroom can hear Star talking about Lois Lane being abducted by aliens. Lois looks extremely embarrassed, but she was unable to stop Star from saying anything before everybody heard. Lois is speechless. Star turns her head to address Clark Kent, who is eating a pastry.]
Star: [to Clark] Sorry to interrupt. [Gets a whiff of the food that Clark is eating.] Cinnamon apple?
Clark Kent: Uh, yeah.
[Star touches her temple with her index finger, as if she just successfully used her psychic powers to discern what Clark is eating.]
Star: I knew it. I knew it.
[Star walks away. Lois stands, quiet and embarrassed in front of her co-workers. Lois hears people giggling and takling about her. Lois speaks loudly enough that everybody can hear.]
Lois Lane: If you want some entertainment, turn on the TV.
[The crowd disperses. People go back to doing their jobs. Clark speaks to Lois privately.]
BELOW: Lois Lane recounts being engulfed by a white light and being kidnapped by aliens:
Clark Kent: Lois, did something happen last night?
Lois Lane: No. Nothing. Sort of. No! Just-- My car stalled and a big white light engulfed me and I saw some aliens and I woke up in my front seat eleven hours later and it felt like two minutes. Did-- Did I mention floating?
BELOW: Lois Lane believes firmly that she saw aliens and that Superman's native Krypton is not the only other planet with intelligent life:
Clark Kent: [skeptical] You saw aliens?
Lois Lane: Krypton is not the only other planet in the universe with intelligent life.
Clark Kent: I didn't say that. I'm just saying that--
Perry White: [doing a lame impression of an alien] Ort! Klaatu barata nikto.
Jimmy Olsen: [doing a lame impression of William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk from Star Trek.] Scotty . . . stand by to beam me up.
[Jimmy Olsen and Perry White both laugh. Lois Lane smiles slightly. She doesn't seem mad, for she knows she too would be skeptical if somebody told her they were abducted by aliens.]
BELOW: Lois Lane knows her alien abduction experience seems ridiculous to others, but she knows it really happened:
Lois Lane: Go ahead, laugh, make fun of me. I'm not an idiot. You don't think I've asked myself a thousand times if this really happened? Well, it really did.
Perry White: Oh, uh, look, look, Lois, I, apologize. Obviously something has upset you. But I do know you, and I know you wouldn't lie . . . at least to me . . . most of the time. So, um, why don't we just forget about the airport story for now, huh? You can turn it in later. Now, whatever happened, I want you and Clark to get to the bottom of it. Now. Spend whatever you need.
Lois Lane: [surprised that Perry told them to spend whatever they need.] Are you feeling okay?
Perry White: Oh, well, I just gotta keep those boys over there in accounting on their toes. Hey, that's a nice hairdo, Tinkerbell. [chuckles] All right, you two. Get!
[Lois Lane and Clark Kent exchange a glance, resolving to go ahead and follow Perry's instructions to investigate this thing, whatever it is. End of scene.]
[Lois Lane and Clark Kent spend time investigating the alien abduction story. This includes an interview with Dr. Martin Solsvig. A few time during the day, Lois Lane goes into an inexplicable trance during which we see flashes of her memory of being in an alien craft. At one point, Lois Lane jumps out of a helicopter and must be rescued by Superman. Concerned, Clark Kent brings Lois to her apartment so she can get some rest. As they drive up to Lois Lane's building, she sees that Star has already put a big sign in her apartment window, advertising her services as a psychic. The sign reads: "PSYCHIC CHANNELING & ADVICE: STAR."]
Timecode: 20 minutes, 28 seconds:
Lois Lane: [upon seeing Star's sign] Unbelievable.
BELOW: Lois Lane's new neighbor Star has posted a sign noting her services as a New Age-style psychic counsellor:
[Lois Lane and Clark Kent stand outside the apartment building, looking up at Star's neon and painted sign. Then a man dressed in Colonial-era clothing emerges from the apartment building. The man seems very content. As he walks away from the building, Star calls down to him with a friendly wave goodbye.]
BELOW: Lois Lane thinks her psychic counsellor neighbor Star is good-hearted, but odd:
Star: [smiling and waving from her apartment window] See you next week, Mr. Schaffenberger.
Mr. Schaffenberger: Hm-hmm.
[Mr. Schaffenberger waves back to Star, smiling broadly, and continues walking away. Star speaks Lois and Clark.]
Star: That's Mr. Schaffenberger. Ever since he got hit by lightning he's thought he's Ben Franklin. I been helping him reach Thomas Jefferson. Been working on a revision of the Declaration of Independence. I'd love to chat, but I gotta get ready for my next appointment!
[Star ducks back inside her apartment. The look on Clark Kent's face shows he thinks Star seemed quite bizarre, but he was also amused by her. He gives Lois a questioning look: What is going on with your neighbor??]
Lois Lane: [to Clark] Maybe you're not the only alien on the planet.
Clark Kent: [chuckles] She seems good-hearted.
Lois Lane: Actually, she is. That's what's so odd.
[Lois Lane starts walking up the stairs to the entrance of her apartment building. Clark Kent follows her. Lois looks back, wondering what he is doing.]
Lois Lane: Where are you going?
Clark Kent: Well, I-- I thought with everything that's going on right now you wouldn't want to be alone.
Lois Lane: I appreciate your concern, but I'll be fine.
Clark Kent: [sighs] How do you know?
Lois Lane: I know. So go. You can't babysit me twenty-four hours a day. Other people need you to.
[Lois kisses Clark on the lips, trying to reassure him.]
Clark Kent: Okay.
[Clark starts walking away. End of scene.]
Timecode: 21 minutes, 28 seconds: Cut to inside Lois Lane's apartment. She is finishing off a carton of ice cream while intently reading Dr. Martin Solsvig's book about alien abduction. The book is titled The Alien Touch.
Lois Lane: [speaking to herself, but addressing a fish in her fish tank.] Get this. "Some abductees report an increase in their ability at psychic communication, either in reading thoughts or having their own thoughts read." [Thinking about how this might apply to herself.] Star. What if she found out about Clark? [Continues reading] "A few individuals stated that the only way they could prevent their thoughts from being perceived by others was to wear a skullcap of aluminum foil." [Addressing the fish.] Can you believe this?! What am I doing? I'm talking to fish. Hey! Hey, don't turn away from me like that!
[A knock is heard at the door, and Star's voice can be heard.]
Star: Lois, it's me, Star, I brought you some ice cream. It's choco-chocolate monster chips with jelly-beans.
Lois Lane: I'll be right there!
[Lois thinks that Star must surely be able to read her thoughts. She wants to prevent Star from reading her thoughts and learning that Clark Kent is really Superman. Lois rushes to her kitchen. She gets some aluminum foil and puts it on her head as a skullcap, like the book mentioned. With her head "protected" by aluminum foil, Lois Lane opens the door. Star hands her a cartoon of ice cream and enters the apartment.]
Star: You know, I just had the funniest feeling. A little voice said: "Lois wants ice cream. Fish ice cream." I didn't have any of that, so I brought this instead.
[Lois looks at the ice cream in amazement. Star really did pick up on Lois Lane's thoughts! Star's perception was a little bit scrambled, but she knew that Lois was thinking about wanting more ice cream and was thinking about fish.]
[Star sits down and then, noticing the tin foil on Lois Lane's head, asks about it.]
Star: What's that on your head?
BELOW: Lois Lane tries to use tinfoil to block her neighbor Star from picking up psychic emanations from her:
[Cut to a few moments later. Lois Lane is sitting at a table, eating the ice cream that Star brought. She is still wearing the tin foil on her head.]
Lois Lane: It's just that Clark's such a worry wart. He thinks I'm always putting myself in danger.
Star: Well . . . are you?
Lois Lane: No . . . Not all the time. You can't be a great reporter without taking some risks.
Star: And . . . that's the only thing that keeps the two of you apart.
[Lois touches her aluminum foil skull cap, wondering if Star is perceiving some of her thoughts. Lois Lane is clearly thinking about the fact that Clark is Superman, and she is worried that Star will be able to read her thoughts.]
Lois Lane: Yeah. Yeah, that and, uh, you know, one or two other things.
[Star's face shows she knows Lois is hiding something.]
Lois Lane: Some of which might be my problems. The biggest of which is that it scares me, the idea of committing to a relationship . . . for life.
Star: Don't you think he's scared too?
Lois Lane: Yeah.
BELOW: Lois Lane's neighbor Star recalls her former boyfriend, who left her to join a religious sect in Brazil that worships a giant butterfly named Fred:
Star: But you two love each other. I mean, it's not like you think you're gonna wake up one morning and find out that he shaved his head and tattooed the entire third act of Henry IV on it and then just gone off to live in some commune in Brazil where they all worship a giant butterfly named Fred. And then two years later he sends you a note and says he can't come back 'cause he's allergic to psychics, is it?
[Lois Lane looks at Star. Lois realizes that Star was just recounting her own personal story, events relating to Star's prior romantic relationship, which Star feels hurt about.]
Star: Oops. Sorry. But you two love each other, right?
Lois Lane: Yeah. My parents loved each other, but they got divorced.
Star: Well, you're not your parents any more than they're you. Lois, what you want is a guaranteed, risk-free happy-ever-after relationship, but there just is no such thing.
Lois Lane: Scary.
BELOW: Star asks Lois Lane: if you're willing to risk your life for work, why not risk your life for love?
Star: Lois, if you're willing to risk your life for work, why not risk your life for love?
[Lois Lane ponders this in her heart. End of scene.]
Timecode: 24 minute, 35 seconds: Night time in Lois Lane's apartment. Lois is in bed, dreaming. She dreams of the previous night and her "alien abduction" experience. She is strapped to a strange reclining bed. Aliens with probing equipment stand around her. A man and a woman are similarly situated on either side of her. An alien instrument with a long needle starts coming toward her. She wakes up startled.
Timecode: 26 minutes, 8 seconds: Clark Kent has just called his parents in the middle of the night, waking them.
Martha Kent: Is everything all right?
Clark Kent: Yeah, fine. I had to stop a mud slide in Chile, you know . . .
Jonathan Kent: Oh. How's Lois?
Clark Kent: Well, that's . . . actually the reason I'm calling.
Martha Kent: Uh, is this a father-son talk? You want butt out of this?
Clark Kent: No, Mom, it's not that kind of conversation at all. It's . . . Sometimes I feel like . . . maybe Lois and I shouldn't even be together.
Martha Kent: Clark! Did you two have a fight?
Clark Kent: No, it's just-- It's Lois. I'm worried that-- I'm worried that I'm a jinx.
Jonathan Kent: A jinx?
Clark Kent: Well, yeah, let's face it. Ever since she's known me she's been kidnapped, pushed off buildings, poisoned, almost buried alive . . . who know's what else! It's all basically because of me.
Martha Kent: Have you talked to Lois about this?
Clark Kent: Sort of. It's just . . . kind of uncomfortable. We never seem to get very far.
Martha Kent: Well, honey, loving a person means having the courage to talk about something even when it is uncomfortable. You've got to talk to her some more about this. Communication is key.
Clark Kent: I guess.
Jonathan Kent: No matter how much you love someone, there's no way you can protect them from all the evil in the world. Even if you are Superman.
[Marthan Kent nods her head yes in agreement (although Clark can't see her doing so).]
Martha Kent: And don't forget, honey, Lois knows what it means to be involved with you. It's her choice too. She's not a six-year-old.
[A knock and then a voice is heard at Clark's apartment door.]
Lois Lane: Clark! Clark, wake up! It's me!
Clark Kent: [to his parents on the phone] And she's here. Uh, I'll talk to you guys later. I love you bye. [Hangs up.]
Lois Lane: Clark!
[Clark Kent opens the door. Lois Lane comes in. She is still wearing her pajamas.]
Lois Lane: Clark, I remember. I was kidnapped by aliens. I had a flashback. That had these big bulging heads. And they'd snatched these other people and they had these big thingamajigs over their mouth and then--
Clark Kent: [grabbing her shoulders, trying to calm her down.] It's okay, Lois, it's okay. You're here. It's okay--
Lois Lane: And they had this big mechanical arm and it came over me and it had a big needle and it was sticking in my neck and I was screaming and I was screaming and I was screaming and you weren't there!
[Lois Lane is weeping profusely by this point, as she recounts her dream and her recollections of the night she was kidnapped. She collapses into Clark Kent's comforting arms as she continues crying.]
Clark Kent: I should have never let you go home alone that night.
Lois Lane: No, it's not your fault.
Clark Kent: But I feel responsible.
Lois Lane: You shouldn't.
Clark Kent: Yes, sure I should, Lois. I love you and-- and that's what makes it so difficult. Every time I'm off catching some bad guy I can't help but think: Is Lois okay or is she slowly being boiled in oil?
Lois Lane: Really?
Clark Kent: And what I cannot stand is the idea that [sigh] the closer we get, the more at risk you are.
Lois Lane: That's not true.
Clark Kent: Okay, okay. Let's just say, for argument's sake, that you were kidnapped by aliens. It's probably a lucky thing, because what if it had been any ordinary Earth-bound criminal and when you were drugged you let it slip that Clark Kent is Superman. Everybody knows that you and I are an item. And to get to Superman, they would do anything to you.
Lois Lane: That's worst-case scenario.
Clark Kent: Who could've predicted that you'd be kidnapped by aliens?
Lois Lane: What do you want me to do? Pretend I don't know you?
Clark Kent: No, Lois, what I'm saying is just-- It's hard. It's just hard. It's harder than I ever thought it'd be.
Lois Lane: We can make it work. I know we can. In fact, I came over here to tell you . . . I think I'm ready to say--
[Lois Lane is about to finally say "yes" to Clark Kent's earlier marriage proposal. But before she can tell him this, he notices something on her neck and he interrupts her.]
Clark Kent: Wait, Lois . . . [pointing to a spot on her neck] What is this?
Lois Lane: What? [Lois can't see what Clark is looking at.] What??
Clark Kent: It looks like a puncture mark.
[Clark Kent stares at Lois with great concern. Perhaps he had not really believed her story of alien abduction before now. He may still be unsure about exactly what happened to her, but he is facing physical evidence that something happened, and he is worried. He realizes this could be connected to Lois Lane's strange recent behavior, such as when she earlier jumped out of a helicopter high in the air.]
[End of scene.]
[At the Daily Planet office, Lois Lane and Clark Kent realize that at the exact time Lois Lane went into a trance and jumped out of a helicopter yesterday, there was a robbery at a high-tech firm. Superman saved Lois from dying, but then forgot about the robbery because of Lois Lane's peril. Then Lois had another trance episode at 3:00 p.m. later the same day. What if the trances that Lois Lane experience were timed in order to distract Superman and allow for thefts at high-tech firms. Lois Lane and Clark Kent ask Jimmy to go check to see if there was a robbery (particularly a high-tech one) at 3:00 p.m. yesterday. He leaves, and comes back shortly, impressed at what they had gussed or figured out. Timecode: 31 minutes, 6 seconds:]
Jimmy Olsen: Man, are you guys psychic or what!
Lois Lane: Don't use that word.
[Lois Lane is thinking about her new neighbor Star, a self-described psychic.]
Jimmy Olsen: Well, this just came over the FAX. At exactly 3 o'clock yesterday, some guys broke into Quantum Post Industries. They're a top contractor for the Department of Defense. They stole the prototype of the "Advanced Post Amplifier." The figure it wasn inside job, just like the one at Zenith Chip. In both cases they've already got some suspects arrested . . . Here, they even sent over their mug shots.
[Jimmy hands Lois Lane some papers: FAXed warning/help wanted posters showing the faces of a man and a woman that Lois recognizes. They were in her dream, in which they were confined to strange reclining beds in what appeared to be the inside of an alien space ship.]
BELOW: Lois Lane recognizes criminals in mug photos as people she saw in her alien abduction dream:
Lois Lane: Clark, I know these people. They were both in my dream!
[Clark Kent and Lois Lane look at each other, trying to figure out what it all means. End of scene.]
Timecode: 31 minutes, 40 seconds: Cut to closeup on a spinning wheel the likes of which is traditionally used to help put people into a hypnotic state. Star is trying to hypnotize Lois Lane so they can recover Lois Lane's memories about the "alien abduction."
Star: Now, I'm gonna ask you a few simple questions, just to put you at ease.
Lois Lane: [in a hypnotic state] Lois Lane.
Star: And where do you live?
Lois Lane: 1058 Carter Avenue.
Star: And . . . if you could be an animal, what type of animal would it be, excluding invertebrates, viruses and certain classes of photoplankton?
[Clark Kent motions to Star to get on with it and ask about her alien abduction dream. Star work with Lois in her hypnotic state to help Lois remember that had happend while she was "kidnapped" and held in the alien's ship. Finally Lois recalls seeing the reflection of somebody other than the aliens. Star helps her focs on the memory. Lois remembers seeing a tiny reflection in a reflective surface of the mechanical arm that had the needle. Finally Lois recalls who she saw: it is the main villain of this episode, a man that Lois has never met, but who was featured in a few scenes earlier in the episode.]
Lois Lane: Yes . . . it's [suddenly snapping out of her hypnotic state] Bob Fences!
BELOW: Lois Lane's neighbor Star (a psychic counsellor) hypnotizes Lois to help her recover memories of her 'alien abduction', which she realizes was overseen by software mogul Bob Fences (i.e., Bill Gates):
[Star looks surprised.]
["Bob Fences" is this episode's version of Bill Gates. Bob Fences, the juvenile-acting multibillionaire C.E.O. of the world's largest computer software company, is this villain's principle villain.]
Lois Lane: He was right there talking to them.
Clark Kent: To the aliens?
Lois Lane: No! No, there weren't any aliens. Don't you get it? The-- The whole thing was staged. The must have drugged me and given me those, um . . .
Clark Kent: A post-hypnotic suggestion.
Lois Lane: Exactly! They know I'm friends with Superman--
Clark Kent: So they kidnap you--
Lois Lane: And brainwash me--
Clark Kent: To put yourself in jeopardy every single time they want to rob somebody.
Lois Lane: And presto-chango, Superman misses the robberies because he's too busy saving me.
Clark Kent: But what would Fences want with computer chips and a post amplifier?
[These were the items that were stolen during Lois Lane's Superman-distracting trance episodes.]
Lois Lane: That's where Solsvig comes in.
[The phone rings. Lois reaches to pick it up. Star stops her.]
Star: Wait! [moves her fingers to her foreheard to better pick up psychic vibrations.] It's for you.
[Lois smiles and picks up the phone. Star is sincere and Lois likes the woman, but Lois isn't necessarily impressed that Star figured out a ringing phone in her own apartment was a call for her.]
[The phone call Lois receives is from Perry White at the Daily Planet. Perry informs Lois that he just got a call from the police: Dr. Martin Solsvig has been killed.]
Timecode: 34 minutes, 36 seconds: Once again, as in previous scenes featuring the character, we see Bob Fences (i.e., Bill Gates) at his desk, playing with Star Wars-style action figures like a little boy. Bob Fences' obsession with science fiction aliens helps explain why he staged an alien abduction as part of his villainous scheme in this episode. Bob Fences' secretary enters his office and informs him that his dangerous secret death ray machine is almost ready (the machine he was stealing parts to assemble). She tells him that reporters Lois Lane and Clark are there to see him, and then shows them in.
BELOW: Bob Fences (this episode's murderous version of Bill Gates) is obsessed with aliens and is always seen playing with science fiction action figures:
Bob Fences: Miss Lane. Mr. Kent.
Lois Lane: Mr. Fences, I'll get straight to the point. You kidnapped me, you drugged me and you brainwashed me.
Bob Fences: Nice to see you, too. Anything else?
Lois Lane: You killed Martin Solsvig.
Bob Fences: Uh, nope to both of those. Next?
Clark Kent: Mr. Fences, Lois saw you in the white room.
Bob Fences: [pretending not to know what they're talking about.] What Room? Was it padded.
[Bob Fences' secretary chuckles at her boss's joke.]
Lois Lane: I know what I saw.
Bob Fences: And . . . where did you "see" this?
Lois Lane: In my dream.
Bob Fences: [smiling broadly, he dismisses them now that he knows they have no proof of his wrongdoings.] Thank you for stopping by. Don't let the door hit you on your way out.
Lois Lane: I have a witness who can connect you to my kidnapping.
Bob Fences: Miss Lane, I didn't do anything. And as far as your witness . . . Well, they were just dreaming, like yourself. Now if you'll excuse me, I have some work to do.
[The secretary shows them out of the office. After Lois and Clark leave, Bob Fences sits in his chair, thinking about what to do about the reporters. Clark Kent uses his x-ray vision to spy on Bob Fences. But Fences turns off his computer before Clark can see what Fences was looking at. Clark can't hear anything worthwhile either.]
Lois Lane: So much for spooking him into giving himself away.
Clark Kent: Maybe you were too subtle at the beginning.
Lois Lane: I tried something different. So sue me.
Timecode: 37 minutes, 1 second: Cut to the Daily Planet office. Lois Lane and Clark Kent sit at a large table which is covered with dozens of books, print-outs, articles, etc. They are doing research about Bob Fences.
BELOW: Bob Fences (this episode's villainous version of Bill Gates) is obsessed with aliens:
Lois Lane: Here's another article on Fences' personal fascination with aliens.
Clark Kent: And another one on him railing against trade barriers.
[Lois and Clark find an article about the military abandoning work on a powerful microwave transmitter machine. They realize that Bob Fences is trying to finish work on the machine and turn it into a super-powerful microwave transmitter that could be used to remotely kill people anywhere on Earth. This is what Bob Fences is up to in this episode: building a super weapon which he can use against people who oppose him. Lois and Clark realize that if he completes work on this weapon, Fences would be able to blackmail countries for billions.]
[Lois and Clark have no evidence against Bob Fences. They get Star to help. Star hypnotizes Clark Kent, and Clark is able to remember what was on the computer screen on Bob Fences' computer screen for just a second before he turned it off. Bob Fences was sending a ransom demand to another country, threatening to destroy five of their cities unless they pay him a huge sum of money. Superman rushes to where Bob Fences has built his death machine. Superman stops Fences and the machine before they can kill hundreds of thousands of people with.]
[Superman uses his heat vision to destroy Bob Fences' death machine just moments before he can fire it at a helpless foreign city. Unfortunately, the machine explodes. Superman tries to get Lois out of the way, but she is hit by shrapnel from the machine and is knocked unconscious with a concussion.]
Timecode: 42 minutes, 23 seconds: Star, Perry White, and Jimmy Olsen visit Lois Lane in her apartment, where she rests after Superman took her to the hospital after the explosion.
Star: And then, because she'd had two trances already, we checked for other hypnotic suggestions, and I removed them. And let me tell you, it was tougher than teaching two parrots [?] to tango.
[Jimmy Olsen and Perry White chuckle.]
Jimmy Olsen: That's amazing.
BELOW: Perry White once again invokes the name of Elvis Presley:
Perry White: Star, I want you to tell Lois that I don't want to see her for at least a week. Now, she's had a bad concussion and if it wasn't for that thick skull of hers she'd probably have a fracture. So I don't are if Elvis Presley himself walks through the door. I don't want that girl out of that bed.
Star: Don't worry. I'll tell her!
[Superman flies in through a window and asks for a moment to speak with Lois alone. Jimmy, Perry and Star all head to the door to leave. Before they leave, Perry turns to Star and asks him a question which is very serious for him.]
BELOW: Elvis-worshipper Perry White asks Star (a psychic) if she has talked to the deceased spirit of his idol Elvis Presley:
Perry White: Oh, Star. Have you by any chance talked to the King lately?
[By this, Perry White is asking if Star, using her psychic abilities, has talked with or perhaps channeled the deceased spirit of Perry's idol, Elvis Presley ("the King"). Star puts her arm around Perry White's shoulder as they walk out the door. Star evidently does have things she can tell Perry about Elvis.]
Timecode: 42 minutes, 25 seconds: Superman enters Lois Lane's bedroom, where she is resting in bed.
Superman: Lois, I-- I feel horrible about this.
Lois Lane: It's not your fault. You saved my life.
Superman: No. I got careless. Maybe over-confident. No matter how bad a situation is, I always think that I'm strong enough and fast enough to fix it.
Lois Lane: And you are. You saved a city full of people from being microwaved like popcorn.
Superman: But you still got hurt. I'm used to saving people, Lois, not getting them injured.
Lois Lane: You can't protect everybody all the time. It's impossible.
Superman: I know. That's what my dad said.
Lois Lane: And we can handle this.
[Lois Lane reaches out her hand in a comforting gesture. Superman takes her hand in his. Superman sits on the edge of Lois Lane's bed.]
Lois Lane: I realize now that you and I together can handle this. I want to tell you something--
[Lois starts to tell Superman that she wants to accept his marriage proposal. But he interrupts her.]
Superman: Lois, I need to tell you something, too.
Lois Lane: Well, I know it's not the best time or the most romantic--
BELOW: Superman (Clark Kent) tells Lois Lane they must break up because he loves her so much he can't stand to see her in danger because she is close to him:
Superman: Lois . . . I love you . . . I love you way too much to ever let something like this happen to you again. I know I can't control everything. But I can control people not using you to get to me. And so that's why I came . . . to tell you . . .
Lois Lane: To tell me what?
Superman: To tell you . . . To say . . . [sigh] We-- We just can't . . . be together . . . any more, Lois.
[Lois Lane, realizing what he is saying to her, starts to shed tears. She looks like her heart is breaking.]
Superman: I'm sorry.
[Superman looks away for a moment. Perhaps he hears a cry for help. Or perhaps he just wants to remove himself from this uncomfortable situation.]
Superman: I have to go.
[Superman stands up and rushes away.]
Lois Lane: Clark!
[End of episode.]