Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 3, Episode 9
Title: “Super Mann”
Medium: television series episode
Original airdate: 26 Nov. 1995Publisher:
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[Superman's girlfriend, then wife]
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Timecode: 0 minutes, 0 seconds: Words on the screen tell us we are seeing a scene from "two years ago," which a newspaper front page makes clear is in 1993. The camera pans from street level in Metropolis to deep undergound. We see a long-lost cavern in which World War II-era technological equipment is hidden. A mechanical clock device clicks over one more day. Suddenly, three black coffin-like containers open. In them are three Aryan-seeming individuals - two men and one woman - all apparently wearing no clothes. They sit up and look around after their decades of slumber. The camera pans further and we see the ominous symbol of the Third Reich - the Nazis!
BELOW: In a secret underground location beneath Metropolis, Nazis awaken into the modern world:
Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 3, Episode 9 (26 Nov. 1995). Written by Chris Ruppenthal. Directed by James Bagdonas.
Timecode: 1 minute, 34 seconds: The three Nazis who were in suspended animation emerge, now clothed in contemporary attire, from a building whose sign identifies it as "Metropolis United Fuel." The three Nazis stretch their muscles. One points to something.
Blonde Male Nazi: You see.
[All three take further steps into downtown Metropolis. They look around.]
Blonde Female Nazi: We made it.
Blonde Male Nazi: But is it our world, or theirs?
[Using their enhanced strength, the Nazis easily steal newspapers from a simple newspaper stand. They look at the headline: "Democrats & Republicans Deadlocked Over Budget." All three look disappointed.]
Blonde Female Nazi: We lost.
Blonde Male Nazi: And America won.
BELOW: The three 'Master Race' Nazis are disappointed when the read a newspaper and learn that their side lost World War II:
Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 3, Episode 9 (26 Nov. 1995). Written by Chris Ruppenthal. Directed by James Bagdonas.
Brunette Male Nazi: We will . . . correct this. There is nothing that can stop us.
[All three Nazis speak with heavy German accents.]
[Suddenly, a billboard which is being lifted by a crane shakes as one of the cables holding it up snaps. Women and children below begin screaming and running away. A little girl drops her teddy bear. She runs back to get it. The remaining cable snaps and the sign starts to fall onto the little girl. Superman rushes into the scene and catches the sign with one hand, saving the girl. The three Nazis watch this happen.]
BELOW: Upon seeing Superman in action, surprised Nazis exclaim Gott en Himmel! (God in Heaven!):
Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 3, Episode 9 (26 Nov. 1995). Written by Chris Ruppenthal. Directed by James Bagdonas.
Brunette Male Nazi: Gott en Himmel! Superman!
[The Nazi's words mean "God in Heaven! Superman!"]
Blonde Male Nazi: Shhh. Speak English.
Brunette Male Nazi: A super man!
Blonde Male Nazi: What if there are more like him in America?
Brunette Male Nazi: Then that is simply another obstacle we must overcome.
[An expensive chauffeur-driven automobile pulls up to the curb next to the three Nazis. An older gentleman wearing a business suit steps out of the car.
BELOW: 'Hail the New Reich' (U.S. Senator Truman Black is secretly a Nazi):
Senator Truman Black: Hail the New Reich.
[The three Nazis look at him. They don't recognize him.]
Senator Truman Black: I'm Senator Truman Black. We've been waiting a long time. [motioning to the car] Won't you please get in?
[The three Nazis look at each other and nod. The elderly gentleman with the car seems friendly to their cause. They get in the car. End of scene. Roll opening credits.]
Timecode: 4 minutes, 55 seconds: After opening credits, we see Lois Lane and Clark Kent walking out of a movie theater together. It is the middle of the day. They are wearing business attire. They walk by a bridal store - a store that sells wedding gowns. Lois stops to look through the window. Clark reads a newspaper.
BELOW: Planning her wedding to Clark Kent, Lois Lane looks at wedding dresses:
Lois Lane: Oh, look. Oh, well, these are sort of . . . interesting. Jeez, I don't think I'm gonna look good in one of these.
[Lois Lane shows she isn't very pleased with what she sees in the window. Maybe she doesn't like the dresses, or maybe she is having a hard time picturing herself wearing a wedding gown.]
Clark Kent: [reading the newspaper, not really paying attention to what Lois is saying.] That's nice. Yep. I bet they're not too happy with us over at the N.I.A. right about now. Probably a little ticked.
BELOW: Lois Lane (planning her wedding to Clark): 'we should be booking a church':
Lois Lane: You know, we should be booking a church now. If-- If you wanna get married in a church. Or-- Or we could do something non-traditional. You know, as-- As long as it's not too weird, 'cause I don't really think that that's me. Un-- Unless that's you?
BELOW: Lois Lane and Clark Kent plan their wedding:
Clark Kent: No, no, no. Either way. I was actually just thinking about invitations.
Lois Lane: Catering.
Clark Kent: The band.
Lois Lane: Oh, we're so far behind.
Clark Kent: Lois, we haven't even set a date yet.
Lois Lane: I know. We're late on that, too.
Clark Kent: Heh heh.
[They both smile. This is a very warm, good-natured conversation.]
[Jimmy Olsen shows Perry White a picture of a super model that Perry had asked for. The name of the super model is Lisa Rockford. This is probably not her real name. She is the female Nazi we saw in the opening scene. The world at large does not know that this famous super-model is a Nazi. Also, one of the male Nazis has in the two years since emerging become a famous football player. He is known as "Steve Law" and his team is heading to the Super Bowl. Jimmy Olsen is a big fan of Steve Law. The other male Nazi is known as the famous, chart-topping country singer "Hank West," who sings very patriotic songs about America. In the earlier scene, before looking at wedding gowns, Lois Lane noticed a Hank West poster in a store window and mentioned that she likes his music.
Timecode: 10 minutes, 20 seconds: Clark Kent accidentally mentioned Perry White's estranged wife Alice. Once Clark realizes what he has done he feels terrible, but Perry ties to put him at ease.
Perry White: Oh, that's all right, Clark. You know, things between me and Alice aren't so hot right now. Particularly since I got my first call from her divorce lawyer last night! [calms down] All right. Well, you know when we were first engaged there was, uh, there was a time where I couldn't remember a story I wrote. My feet didn't touch the ground for six months. But you-- You two . . . You'll do fine.
[Perry turns and walks away. Lois looks at Clark.]
Lois Lane: Sweet, huh?
Clark Kent: Yeah.
Timecode: 11 minutes, 19 seconds: In a secret underground lair, we see the three Nazis. The two male Nazis both wear Nazi military caps and red Nazi armbands with traditional swastikas. They both wear military uniforms. The Nazi now known as "Hank West" sits in front of a bay of TV monitors while strumming a guitar. Another man, heretofore unseen, walks by in full Nazi military dress. The Nazi known as Lisa Rockford wears a sexy outfit and leans against a table. A large red, white and black Nazi flag is hung prominently from a flagpole next to the TV monitors. Another Nazi flag hangs on a wall. The TV monitors show a variety of scenes of interest to the Nazis, such as Steve Law's recent TV appearance on a major sports show, as well as scenes of Superman in action.
Lisa Rockford: [Disdainfully quoting Steve Law from the sports show.] "Clean their socks." Clean their socks?! [Pointing to a TV screen showing Superman.] He is a superman! You are a super idiot!
Steve Law: They barely noticed.
[The correct English idiomatic expression is "clean their clocks." The Nazi known as "Lisa Rockford" is chiding the Nazi now known as "Steve Law" for using this English phrase incorrectly. She does not want anybody in America to suspect that the three of them are really Nazis. They are currently working to infiltrate American society and want to seem like typical, all-American celebrities.]
BELOW: Nazis have a fifty-year plan to infiltrate and take over the United States:
Hank West: He's right. It's just a sportscaster and fifty million other Americans.
Steve Law: What does it matter? In two days we can drop this ridiculous pretense!
Lisa Rockford: How can you be so dense? For two years we've been recruiting new members from all across the country. Fifty years ago, one thousand of the chosen youth were sent here from the Father Land. Today they are captains of industry! Men and women of power and influence! They have spent years preparing and planning backgrounds for us. They have smoothed the way for us to become an overnight success and lead this country to the New Reich!
Steve Law: Hmm. Hmm. As I recall, Stockdale was a member of this chosen youth. And look how he wound up. A pathetic old man who loved this country more than he loved the Father Land! And he was spreading the word about the bomb we placed in the Trade Tower! Until I found out and had him stopped. And I suggest the two of you don't forget that.
Hank West: Enough! I'll take Voss and talk to Lane and Kent. See if Stockdale told them anything else before the ambulance came. Sometimes folks are a little more open around celebrities. No more slip-ups. Smile for the cameras.
[Beeps are heard, signalling an incoming video conference session. "Hank West" presses a button on the control console. The three celebrity Nazis (along with a fourth young Nazi recruit who has entered the room) turn to face the bank of video screens. On four screens we see four important older Nazi leaders. Each is known to the public as a loyal American of power and influence. One of them is a military general. One of them is a woman wearing business attire. One of them is U.S. Senator Truman Black.
BELOW: The Nazis plan to take over the whole world:
Hank West: Guten tag, mein freunden.
[In German, this means, "Good day, my friends."]
Senator Truman Black: Where are we in regard to the Superman situation?
Hank West: Since all reported attempts to kill him the past have failed, I've decidd to go with our alternate plan. Instead of trying to assassinate him, we will simply banish him. Forever.
Senator Truman Black: Good! Once he's gone, the government and the banks will fall into line. And where the banks go, everyone else follows. Then Canada. Then Latin America will be next. They're both weak.
BELOW: A news executive for LNN (based on CNN) look forward to being part of Nazis taking over the world:
Steve Law: Then Europe.
[One of the other older Nazi leaders speaks up. He is an executive who is one of the leaders of the LNN news network. "LNN" officially stands for "Lex News Network," but the logo of the network is transparently patterned after CNN.]
LNN TV news executive: What about Russia?
Senator Truman Black: We will crush them, just like we started to in 1942! And then, we will assume our rightful place as world leader!
[The four TV screens blank out. The celebrity Nazis turn and walk away, each heading out to fulfill their roles in bringing about the New Reich.]
Timecode: 14 minutes, 2 seconds: A man dressed in a business uniform, the type a police detective would wear, comes to the Daily Planet newsroom with country music singer Hank West. We recognize the "police detective" from the previous scene. He was the fourth Nazi in the room with the three celebrity Nazis. They approach Lois Lane and Clark Kent.
Detective Carter: Miss Lane. Mr. Kent. Hi, I'm Detective Carter. This is--
Lois Lane: Hank West! [shakes Hank West's hand] I'm a big fan!
Hank West: Ma'am. Mr. Kent. Hope you don't mind me taggin' along. Some Hollywood folk got some idea about puttin' me in a detective movie and I'm just kinda checkin' things out.
Clark Kent: No, it's no problem at all.
Detective Carter: I wonder if I might have a word with you about the accident that you witnessed this morning.
Clark Kent: Uh, yeah, sure. Who was that guy anyway?
Detective Carter: His name is William Stockdale. Age seventy. Did Mr. Stockdale mention anything to you other than the location of the alleged bomb? I mean, anything that might indicate that somebody other than himself was involved?
Clark Kent: No, he really didn't say much at all.
Lois Lane: He seemed extremely worried. Actually, almost terrified.
Hank West: Well, you know, if I was playing a role like that in a movie I mighta played terrified, too. Babbled my head off. Maybe thrown a cuss word here and there. Then I woulda let slip that one important vital clue. Like they always do.
Lois Lane: Oh, I hate when they do that!
[Lois Lane giggles. She is quite star struck by her meeting with Hank West, whom she obviously adores. Clark looks at her.]
Lois Lane: Um, anyway, he didn't say anything else.
Clark Kent: Yeah, but why would he talk about a bomb in the first place?
Detective Carter: Oh, let me tell you, you get shot, your mind's a world of confusion. Well, thanks for your time. Uh, sorry to bother you but we gotta go through the motions, huh?
["Detective Carter" and "Hank West" turn to leave. But Clark is uneasy about something.]
Clark Kent: Detective Carter. How did Mr. Stockdale happen to get himself shot, anyway?
Detective Carter: Carjacking attempt.
Hank West: [tipping his hat] Ma'am. Mr. Kent.
[The two Nazis - Detective Carter and Hank West - start leaving. Clark is still feeling uneasy about something.]
Lois Lane: Uh, Mr. West. You probably heard this before but I just wanted to tell you that I . . . have this cousin who, um, who was sort of depressed and, well, when she heard your song "The First Person You Can Count on Is Yourself", it really turned her life around. So . . . thanks.
Hank West: You're welcome ma'am.
[Hank West pats Lois Lane's shoulders. She smiles broadly as he leaves, touching her shoulder where he touched her.]
Lois Lane: [to Clark] Well, he's kind of handsome. Taller than I thought.
Clark Kent: He wears lifts in his boots.
[Clark knows this because he used his x-ray vision on Hank West.]
Clark Kent: They said Stockdale was shot in the back. That's not likely if you're sitting in your car.
[Lois Lane and Clark Kent investigate further. They call the hospital to talk to William Stockdale. But the hospital said he never arrived. The truth is, the ambulance was manned by Nazis.]
Timecode: 17 minutes, 25 seconds: Nazis Hank West and Steve Law get into an argument. In the background, we see many other Nazis making preparations. These other Nazis are the American recruits, gathered during the previous two years.
Hank West: Do I have to order you?!
BELOW: The celebrity Nazis believe they are the masters of a new Master Race - the true 'supermen':
Steve Law: You don't order me. We were chosen for this. We were bred for this! We are the masters of the Master Race. The true supermen. And not just you.
Lisa Rockford: Stop it!
[Steve Law walks a few steps away. Lisa asks Hank West, who has dropped his fake country accent now while among fellow Nazis, about how things went with Lane and Kent.]
Lisa Rockford: What happened with Lane and Kent?
Hank West: They know nothing. But they're inquisitive, as are all good reporters.
BELOW: Celebrity Nazis Hank West and Steve Law argue about the moral bankruptcy of America:
Steve Law: We should kill them. Why take a chance?
Hank West: And draw more attention to us? Why not just take out an ad?
Steve Law: What would you have us do? Forget about our plan to eliminate Superman? Dismantle the organization? [using a faux country accent, mimicking Hank West's public persona.] Settle down like some good Americans and get a mortgage and some cable TV? You really believe those pathetic songs you sing!
Hank West: Not everything here is worth destroying!
Steve Law: America is morally and culturally bankrupt!
Hank West: You don't know what you're talking about.
Steve Law: Oh, don't I? You've turned. Just like Stockdale.
[Lisa Rockford pushes the two squabbling Nazis apart.]
Lisa Rockford: Shut up, both of you! We're here to fight the Americans, not each other.
[Hank West and Steve Law both look chastised by Lisa Rockford's words.]
Hank West: Well, if we're going to kill them, we should blame the deaths of Lane and Kent on someone else. Say, one of those overseas terrorist cells.
Steve Law: Why waste a perfectly good opportunity? Why not blame the National Intelligence Agency? I mean, after all, they must hate Lane and Kent after that last series of articles. Kill three birds with one stone. Oh, uh, did I saw that correctly, Hank?
Lisa Rockford: He's right, though. They need to be eliminated. And since you two seem to enjoy bickering so much, I'll take care of it myself.
[End of scene.]
Timecode: 19 minutes, 13 seconds: Lois Lane and Clark Kent arrive at Lois Lane's apartment, still talking about the story they are investigating - the man who mentioned a bomb - a man who is now missing.
Lois Lane: It's so frustrating.
Clark Kent: Well, Lois, we can call the hospitals again tomorow and ask them, but--
Lois Lane: No, not that. Our wedding. It's a disaster.
Clark Kent: Lois, come on. It will all work out.
Lois Lane: [sighs] How? Are you gonna help?
Clark Kent: Of course.
Lois Lane: Well, good. Because I just happen to have this list here of things to do. You take this page and I'll take this one.
[Clark Kent stares at the page in shock.]
Clark Kent: All this? Lois, this is a wedding, not a coronation.
Lois Lane: You're backpeddling.
Clark Kent: I'm not backpeddling. I'm just saying that this is an awful lot of stuff for one wedding. I mean, I may not even be here to do all this stuff all the time. Who knows--
Lois Lane: Clark.
[Jimmy Olsen knocks on the door.]
Jimmy Olsen: Lois, it's me, Jimmy!
[Lois Lane kisses Clark on the cheek.]
Lois Lane: We'll finish this later.
Timecode: 21 minutes, 0 seconds: Super-model Nazi Lisa Rockford fires a rocket-propelled grenade from a shoulder-held grenade launcher into Lois Lane's apartment. Clark Kent catches the grenade so that it doesn't explode. He turns into Superman, flies out the window, and intercepts Lisa Rockford's van before she can drive away.
Superman: Lose something? [Recognizing her.] Miss Rockford? Would you mind stepping out of the van, please, Miss Rockford?
[Lisa Rockford bites down on a cyanide pill, committing instant suicide. Superman checks her pulse. Lois Lane walks up.]
Superman: [to Lois] She's dead.
Lois Lane: What happened?
[Superman uses his super sense of smell.]
[Lois Lane and Superman look at the beautiful, world-famous woman, confused about what is going on. End of scene.]
Timecode: 22 minutes, 19 seconds: Police are on the scene, investigating the crime scene.
Lois Lane: It's just so bizarre. I mean, she was a super-model. Why would she be trying to kill us?
Superman: She must be pretty terrified to take that cyanide.
Lois Lane: Or dedicated.
[Superman takes Lois Lane back up to her apartment.]
Lois Lane: Clark . . .
Superman: Lois, I know. It's okay.
BELOW: A brush with death prompts an amorous moment for Lois Lane and her fiance, Superman:
Lois Lane: No. It's not that. I-- I mean, it is. But it isn't. It's . . . It's just all these brushes with death. You know, who knows what's gonna happen next? I mean, we think that life goes on and on and on, but . . . maybe it doesn't. Do you know what I'm saying?
[Superman leans closer and kisses Lois Lane passionately. They collapse together onto the floor, kissing and making out passionately. They are out of frame, so we can't see exactly what they are doing. Camera focues on the apartment door as knocks are heard.]
Jimmy Olsen: Lois, are you okay?! I just heard what happened!
[Lois Lane pops up into the frame. Her hair and clothing look disheveled, as if her jacket was for some reason half-way off.]
BELOW: With Jimmy Olsen at her door, Lois Lane composes herself after starting to make out with Superman:
Lois Lane: Um, just a minute!
[Superman's hand reaches up and pulls Lois Lane's head down back out of the frame. Superman apparently wants to kiss Lois Lane more.]
Jimmy Olsen: I was on my way back to tell you something I just remembered, and then I saw all those cops and stuff and-- Am I interrupting something?
[Los Lane stands up. She frantically tucks her shirt back into her skirt and tries to straighten her clothing.]
BELOW: Jimmy Olsen finally realizes what Lois and Clark were up to:
Lois Lane: Uh, no, no. Not at all. Is he Clark?
[Lois Lane starts moving to the door so she can open it for Jimmy. Lois gives Clark a look that tells him to make himself presentable.]
Clark Kent: Uh, no, no. Not at all!
[A rush of wind and sound is heard as Superman changes back into his Clark Kent civilian attire at super speed. He stands up, buttonning his sleeves. His collar is still loose and his Superman uniform is showing beneath his shirt. Lois motions for him to do up his tie. He does so, and his Superman costume is no longer visible. Lois Lane opens the door.]
Lois Lane: We were just discussing those papers that you left with us.
Jimmy Olsen: Oh, that's what I wanted to talk to you about. There was one thing I noticed. About two years ago, I think there was a string of burglaries and attempted burglaries where the guys spoke German. They never caught 'em, though. Weird, huh?
Clark Kent: I'd say that qualifies.
[Jimmy looks at Clark Kent, who is still straightening his shirt and tie a bit. Jimmy realizes that he interrupted making out. But he doesn't say anything as he turns and leaves. End of scene.]
Timecode: 24 minutes, 41 seconds: At the Daily Planet, Lois Lane and Clark Kent are explaining what happened to Perry White. This includes the fact that they traced the serial number of the grenade launcher to the N.I.A. (National Intelligence Agency).
Perry White: Uh huh. Wait. Lisa Rockford is a spy for the N.I.A.? Who's next? Madonna? No, no, no. This whole thing stinks. For starters, the N.I.A. would never leave serial numbers on anything. Sounds to me like somebody's trying to frame 'em.
[Lois and Clark continue investigating the nebulous background of Lisa Rockford.]
Timecode: 26 minutes, 0 seconds: Lead Nazis Hank West and Steve Law talk in their secret lair, which is festooned with Nazi flags and other Nazi decor.
BELOW: Steve Law accuses fellow Nazi Hank West of turning his back on the Father Land and their Nazi beliefs:
Steve Law: She knew what she was doing.
Hank West: We have to postpone.
Steve Law: We are an army waiting to strike! An army doesn't stop because one soldier dies!
Hank West: She wasn't just a soldier! She was one of us! We have been weakened. We must be strong again before we can strike.
Steve Law: The truth is, you don't want to strike. That'd mean an end to all your adoring... fans. See, you've turned your back against the Father Land. All you want to do is stay on tour and rake in your millions. [mockingly] That's the American way.
[Hank West grabs Steve Law's shirt aggressively.]
BELOW: Hank West, who is supposed to be one of the leaders of the new Nazi movement, has realized that their Nazi ideas died long ago:
Hank West: The Father Land is gone! The war is gone! Don't you see?! All we are is the last echoing death throes of an idea buried fifty years ago.
BELOW: Steve Law murders fellow Nazi leader Hank West after disagreeing about the direction of their Nazi cause:
Steve Law: No. We can still win. The idea still lives!
Hank West: No!!
[Steve Law pulls his pistol from his holster. He cocks it and points it at Hank West. He shoots Hank West, who crumples to the floor.]
Steve Law: And I say yes.
[Steve Law re-holsters his pistol. He puts his Nazi military cap on his head. Two assistant Nazis walk up and look at the fallen body of their now-dead former leader, Hank West. Steve Law addresses them firmly.]
Steve Law: Remove that traitor.
[Steve Law walks into next room, the room with the bay of video conferencing screens. He presses a button and the four screens light up, showing the four older Nazi leaders. Senator Truman Black asks (apparently in German) about where Hank West is.]
Steve Law: He's been executed. For treason.
Senator Truman Black: On whose authority?
Steve Law: Mine. He wanted to dismantle the organization. Any further questions?
BELOW: Steve Law leads his Nazi followers in praising the New Reich:
Senator Truman Black: No. All dissenters must be dealt with in this way, if necessary.
Steve Law: Good. The time has come. You'll broadcast your phony news story in thirty minutes.
[The LNN TV news executive nods his head yes. Steve Law puts his hand into the air with his arm straight: a Nazi salute.]
Steve Law: To the New Reich!
[The Nazis behind him echo his shout.]
Nazis: [in unison] To the New Reich!
Timecode: 27 minutes, 45 seconds: Daily Planet office. Lois Lane is at her desk, using the Metropolis Link Database to pull up information on Lisa Rockford based on the woman's fingerprint. The screen fills with Cyrillic text.
BELOW: Lois and Clark investigate the background of super-model Lisa Rockford, who is secretly a Nazi and part of Operation Gotterdammerung (named for an aspect of Norse/Teutonic pagan religion, 'Twilight of the Gods'):
Lois Lane: Got it! It's all in Russian.
Clark Kent: Here, let me see.
Lois Lane: Is there any languages you don't know?
Clark Kent: [smiling sweetly, joking] Well, sometimes I have trouble understanding you. Heh heh. This is some kind of declassified Russian military document. Let's see. Her name is Liesel Schuman. Born in Hamburg, Germany, October 17th, 1921.
Lois Lane: What?! She looks great for a seventy-four-year-old.
Clark Kent: I know it seems impossible, but that's what it says. Member of the Nazi Party. And part of Operation Gotterdammerung . . . Which was a secret Nazi experiment in suspended animation.
Lois Lane: Well, I'd say it worked. How many people did they do this to?
Timecode: 28 minutes, 40 seconds: Lois Lane's conversation with Clark Kent about Lisa Rockford's true identity is interrupted as Perry White tells everybody to pay attention to an incoming news broadcast.
LNN News Anchor: This word just in: Five mining engineers are believed to be trapped in the bottom of an abandoned coal mine...
[This news story is a ruse, part of the Nazis' scheme to eliminate Superman. When Superman arrive at the mine nobody is there. He removes some rubble, thinking there might be miners trapped under it, only to find a massive bomb, which goes off immediately. Even many miles away, in Metropolis, people can feel the tremor from the explosion. In the Daily Planet newsroom, Lois Lane wonders if it was an earthquake.]
Lois Lane: Felt like an earthquake.
Perry White: Lois, heh, there hasn't been an earthquake in Metropolis in forty years.
[Suddenly, every TV set in the newsroom shows the same image: An American flag. Patriotic march music plays. Everybody in the newsroom turns to watch what is on the many screens.]
BELOW: Celebrity football player Steve Law (secretly a Nazi) interrupts all American TV broadcasts with a message about the future of the country:
Jimmy Olsen: Hey, look! It's on every channel.
[In front of the flag, we see about 6 people start walking forward. They are dressed in very normal contemporary American casual clothing. They convey a very "All-American" image.]
Perry White: Jimmy, get me one of those stations pronto.
[With the focus on just one TV set, we can now see that except for the lead person, the people in front of the American flag are all children. One adult man wearing khaki pants and a blue cotton shirt leads 6 children by the hand.]
Lois Lane: That's Steve Law.
Steve Law: [on TV] Hi. How 'ya doin'? For those of you who don't know me, I'm Steve Law, and I'm the quarterback for the Metropolis Tigers. But I'm not here to talk about football today. I'm actually here to talk about something much, much more important. The future of our country.
Jimmy Olsen: Chief! They don't know where it's coming from and they can't stop it.
Perry White: All right. Shhh, shhh, shhh.
BELOW: Football celebrity (and secret Nazi) Steve Law talks about problems America has been facing:
Steve Law: [on TV] You know, I love this country. But like a lot of you, I've become increasingly worried over the past couple of years. Everything seems to be suffering from the same growing neglect. You know, it's kind of like one of the lines from the song my good friend Hank West sings. "Now, we can work it out, and last forever. But it's not gonna be easy. It's gonna take a lot of sacrifice and a lot of hard work. But together, we can make it happen."
[The TV screen has been filled with the image of Steve Law, speaking in front of the American flag. Now a different camera shot is used, showing Steve, flanked by six children of varying ages.]
Steve Law: And that's why I invite you to join me...
[The background image of the United States flag fades and is replaced by the traditional German Nazi party flag. All of this is accompanied by stirring patriotic march music.]
Steve Law: ...and the National Society for a Better America.
BELOW: Steve Law's broadcast reveals who he represents - Nazis:
[As the Nazi flag becomes visible, there are audible gasps from the crowd in the newsroom. "Oh my goodness!" one man can be heard saying. There is naturally much shock.]
BELOW: Steve Law and his new Nazi Party make their move to take over America:
Lois Lane: What is this? Some kind of sick joke?
[The broadcast focuses once again only on Steve Law, but now his face is in front of the Nazi swastika.]
Steve Law: Sure, I know what you're wondering. Is this a joke?
Lois Lane: He's a Nazi!
Steve Law: We've asked the government to relinquish its authority to the NSBA. And if it doesn't, well . . . Well, it's kind of like when you're in school. Sometimes you have to be taught a lesson. Nuclear warheads have been hidden in Metropolis, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. And they're set to detonate in twelve hours, which is nine P.M. Eastern Standard Time, should the President and Congress fail to comply. Also, all major corporations are expected to turn over their authority to authorized NSBA agents.
["NSBA" is an acronym that stands for the "National Society for a Better America."]
[The scene changes again, once again showing Steve flanked by six children, all in front of the Nazi flag. Steve crouches down to put his arms lovingly around the shoulders of the two littlest children.]
BELOW: Steve Law finishes his 'inspirational' message of hope for America coming his Nazi Party:
Steve Law: The choice is yours. Remember: Together, we can work it out, and last forever.
BELOW: Nazi leader Steve Law tells America that Superman won't be able to help them:
Jimmy Olsen: Man! Superman's gonna kick some Nazi butt from here to Pluto!
Steve Law: For those of you wondering about Superman . . . Well, I'm afraid he's been eliminated.
Lois Lane: What?
[Steve Law does a "Sieg Heil" Nazi salute.]
Steve Law: To the National Society.
[The broadcast cuts out, living nothing but white noise on the screen.]
Lois Lane: Oh, my God!
[End of scene.]
Timecode: 32 minutes, 48 seconds: Lois Lane arrives at S.T.A.R. Labs, which called him. Superman is there. The bomb that the Nazis set off in the bomb was a dirty nuclear bomb. Superman feels fine, but he is highly radioactive, and will be for another 30 thousand years, according to S.T.A.R. Labs estimates. There are tiny radioactive particles lodged in the microscopic pores of body. Lois Lane talks to Superman through the window of a radiation-proof room.
Superman: Without this shielding, anyone who comes near me would die instantly.
Lois Lane: What!? How long are you gonna be this way? ... How long?
Superman: Thirty thousand years.
[Lois Lane gasps and looks quite distressed.]
Superman: Don't worry, we'll get through this. Just like every other problem that we've gotten through. Just think of it as one more of those annoying little wedding details that we have to figure out.
Lois Lane: It's not funny.
BELOW: Superman vows to marry Lois Lane no matter what it takes, even if he must move Heaven and Earth:
Superman: Lois . . . Nothing can stop me from marrying you. I will move Heaven and Earth if I have to. I love you.
Lois Lane: I love you.
Superman: Lois, the NSBA . . . You've gotta figure out where their base is, before this becomes the Fourth Reich.
Lois Lane: [sighs] This is a nightmare.
Superman: Just remember: I will get out of this.
[Lois Lane leaves. End of scene.]
[Using clues gathered thus far, Lois Lane is able to figure out the location of the NSBA's secret lair. She starts to leave the Daily Planet to go there. But the elevator door opens, revealing about six men dressed in Nazi uniforms. The leader of this group is Skip, a disgruntled low-level Daily Planet employee introduced in a number of scenes earlier in this episode.]
Timecode: 35 minutes, 29 seconds:
BELOW: Perry White punches his former employee Skip, who has become a Nazi officer:
Skip: Going somewhere, Lois?
Lois Lane: Skip?
Skip: Overloit Newt Wallace, if you please.
[These words, which may not be spelled correctly here, are apparantly a German or Nazi office title, along with Skip's actual last name. Skip seems quite pleased with his new role. Skip steps forward and addresses hs former boss, Perry White.]
Skip: I'm here to inform you that for now on you will be reporting to me.
Perry White: I wouldn't count on it.
[Suddenly, Perry White slugs Skip in the face. Skip stumbles to the floor. One of the Nazis flanking him draws a pistol. Another Nazi grabs Perry. Skip stands, holding his jaw, and pushes down the arm of the Nazi with the gun.]
Perry White: Go ahead. Shoot, you little weasel.
Skip: I don't think you appreciate the gravity of this situation, Perry. We are in control now, and despite your great personal magnitism, we will struggle on without you, if we have to.
[With Jimmy Olsen's brave assistance, Lois Lane escapes. The Nazis still hold guns on Perry, Jimmy, and the other employees.]
BELOW: Nazi officer Skip wants to rename the Daily Planet, calling it 'The Daily Reich':
Skip: Oh, and by the way, from now on the paper will be called the Daily Reich. Catchy, huh?
[Perry doesn't say anything. End of scene.]
Timecode: 36 minutes, 42 seconds: Outside, Nazi soldiers set up Nazi flags all over the city. A van with speakers drives through the streets, issuing forth Nazi directives.
BELOW: Nazis take over Metropolis:
Voice on van loudspeaker: All citizens will report to their closest Re-education Center. Attention, people of Metropolis, rejoice together and celebrate our new future. All citizens will report to their closest Re-Education Center. Attention, people of Metropolis, rejoice together and celebrate our new future...
[We see Nazis arresting anybody who does not comply with Nazi demands.]
Timecode: 37 minutes, 22 seconds: At S.T.A.R. Labs, Dr. Klein and another scientist sadly listen to the radio.
BELOW: Dr. Klein listens to Nazi propaganda on radio: 'There's a new tomorrow with the New Reich':
Nazi on radio: And join me, and millions of your friends and neighbors in the National Society for a Better America. There's a new tomorrow with the New Reich.
[Lois Lane rushes into the room.]
Superman: [from behind protective glass] Lois, did you find them?
Lois Lane: Maybe. But there's a bunch of Nazis at the Planet right now. A couple of them tried to follow me, but I think I lost them. I better be quick. I was thinking. Those little pieces of radioactivity that are inside you? It's like you were shot with shotgun pellets, and if we could get a big enough magnet, we could suck them all out of you.
Dr. Klein: But shotgun pellets are lead. They're non-magnetic.
Lois Lane: [To Dr. Klein] Go with me, here. Steel shotgun pellets. [To Superman] And gravity is kind of like magnetism. Right?
Lois Lane: So what we need is a bigger gravity magnet than the Earth to suck all the radioactivity out of you. We could use the sun.
Dr. Klein: [nods] Hmm.
Superman: Lois, it could take me hours to get there and back.
Dr. Klein: And once you're in the sun's gravitational pull, you think you'll be able to escape?
Superman: There's only one way to find out. Meanwhile, Lois, don't do anything 'til I get back.
[Superman flies the entire radiation containment room through the roof of the building. Lois leaves to check out the ambulance company that she believes was run by the Nazis. She thinks this may lead her to their base. She is correct. Inside the secret Nazi lair, Steve Law observes Lois Lane approaching on a video screen. He tells his soldiers to have her brought to him. Meanwhile, Superman flies to the sun. Lois Lane's plan works. The sun pulls the radiation out of Superman. Superman heads back to Earth.]
Timecode: 40 minutes, 11 seconds: At the Daily Planet, Skip waits patiently while his Nazi subordinates hold guns on Perry White, Jimmy Olsen and other newspaper employees.
Perry White: Deadline's almost up. Looks like your tenure might be a little short, Skip.
Skip: Shut up.
Perry White: I only hired you because your mother went to college with Alice.
Skip: Shut up! Shut up!! SHUT UP!!
Jimmy Olsen: You know what else? You belong in Classifieds.
[This refers to the low-level staff position held by Skip when he worked for the newspaper.]
Skip: I do not! I'll make you pay for that.
[End of scene.]
Timecode: 40 minutes, 32 seconds: Lois Lane is held captive in the Nazi base. Steve Law watches monitors and news. There is no indication yet that the President will acquiesce to his demands. Steve Law pounds the console in frustration.
Steve Law: [to Lois] What is your President waiting for?
[Steve Law shakes his head. He looks at the clock. It is only one minute before the deadline.]
Steve Law: [to another Nazi] Arm the bombs.
Lois Lane: What about your people above ground?
BELOW: Steve Law will detonate nuclear bombs in American cities. He believes his fellow Nazis who will be killed by the bombs will be martyrs to the cause:
Steve Law: They will become . . . martyrs to the cause. [to his Nazi assistant] On my signal. [short pause] Now.
[The Nazi starts flipping switches, arming the bombs. Suddenly, Superman bursts through a wall. Superman uses his heat vision to destroy the console. The Nazis start to run away, but, at super-speed, Superman ties them up with one of their own flags.]
Lois Lane: Welcome back.
Superman: It's good to be back.
[Lois Lane leaps into Superman's arms. Superman laughs at this action.]
Superman: Come on.
[Superman flies away. He flies with Lois to the Daily Planet, where he prevents the escape of the Nazis who are there. Superman picks up Skip by the neck.]
Superman: Say good-bye, Skippy.
[Superman uses his heat vision to burn the big Nazi flag in the office. He puts Skip into a law enforcement vehicle.]
Timecode: 42 minutes, 16 seconds: The next day, at the Daily Planet.
Jimmy Olsen: Man, you should have seen Skip! He took out of here so fast, he left half his uniform behind!
Lois Lane: Well, I imagine most of his Nazi buddies will be in custody soon, thanks to Superman and those computer files he got from the Reich's headquarters.
Clark Kent: Well, Superman had a little help.
[Clark here is referring to the help provided by Lois Lane.]
[Lois, Clark, and Jimmy enter Perry White's office. Perry looks very somber, sitting at his desk in front of the framed photo of his idol, Elvis Presley.]
BELOW: Perry White cites Scripture: Lucifer was the brightest star in Heaven:
Lois Lane: Perry? Are you all right?
Perry White: [looks up] Oh, uh, yeah. You know, I was just thinking . . . They say that Lucifer was the brightest star in the Heaven. That's what makes evil so seductive.
Clark Kent: You mean the NSBA?
Perry White: Yeah. On the outside, they seem so good. On the inside, they were evil.
BELOW: Perry White quotes Thomas Jefferson: 'Eternal vigilence is the price of liberty':
Jimmy Olsen: Well, hey, but they're gone, right? We kicked butt! [Lois and Clark don't say anything.] Superman kicked butt.
Perry White: Yeah, well, for now, they're gone. But, you know . . . ideas don't die. I mean, we thought we got rid of the Nazis once. And here they are back again. That's why I always like to say it, uh . . . Eternal vigilence is the price of liberty.
Lois Lane: That's a great line.
Perry White: Well, Thomas Jefferson said it first.
[Perry looks down, saddened as he things about his friend, Senator Truman Black.]
BELOW: Perry White is deeply saddened by the revelation that his close friend, Senator Truman Black, was a Nazi leader:
Perry White: They picked up Truman Black a few minutes ago.
Jimmy Olsen: Senator Black?! He's a Nazi?
Perry White: Apparently he was one of their high muckamucks. I've known him since I was Jimmy's age. So, if you all will excuse me I, uh . . . I think I'm gonna take the rest of the day off.
Lois Lane: I wonder how many more are out there.
[Perry White starts to walk sadly away.]
Clark Kent: Who knows.
[Shakes his head in disgust and sadness. End of scene. End of episode.]