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Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Season 1, Episode 3 (26 Sep. 1993): “Strange Visitor (From Another Planet)”
by Bryce Zabel, Randall Zisk

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 3

Title: “Strange Visitor (From Another Planet)”

Medium: television series episode

Original airdate: 26 Sep. 1993

Publisher: ABC
Written by: Bryce Zabel
Directed by: Randall Zisk


9 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
The Justice League; Kryptonians...  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
Lex Luthor Lex Luthor villain scientist
CBR Scale: S Episcopalian (lapsed); Nietzschean atheist
Secret Society of Super Villains; The Legion of Doom...  DC 1,508
Cat Grant Cat Grant supporting character
CBR Scale: M Catholic (lapsed); promiscuous hedonist
[Daily Planet gossip columnist; co-worker of Clark Kent] DC 140
Lucy Lane Lucy Lane supporting character
CBR Scale: U Catholic
[Lois Lane's sister] DC 226

A group of men barge into the offices of The Daily Planet claiming to be FBI agents looking for information about Superman. The "agents" specifically target Clark Kent and Lois Lane for questioning. Later Perry White learns that their "search warrant" was phony and that nobody from any federal agency knows who these men are. But originally Perry White thinks there really is an FBI investigation, and he tells Lois and Clark to go someplace where they can't be served with any more warrants or summons while his people look into this situation.

Timecode: 8 minutes, 35 seconds: Gossip columnist Cat Grant is in the newspaper offices, wearing a preposterously inappropriate skin-tight floral print body suit.

Cat Grant: Chief, it is horrible the way they're treating us. See that agent over there. He frisked me twice!

BELOW: Cat Grant in floral print body suit with Perry White:

Cat Grant in floral print body suit with Perry White

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 3 (26 Sep. 1993). Written by Bryce Zabel. Directed by Randall Zisk.

[Perry White instructs Lois Lane and Clark Kent to hide out, anywhere but home, but wear their beepers so the office can be in touch.]

Timecode: 9 minutes, 15 seconds

Cat Grant: Since you're now a man in hiding, I think this would be the purrr-fect night to have dinner at my place.

Clark Kent: Uh . . . You and me?

Cat Grant: Unless you think we need a . . . chaperone?

[Cut to interior of Cat Grant's apartment. Cat opens the door and leads Clark inside. Amorous music plays in the background during this entire scene.]

BELOW: Clark Kent with Cat Grant in her apartment: Gonna change into something more comfortable:

Clark Kent with Cat Grant in her apartment: Gonna change into something more comfortable

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 3 (26 Sep. 1993). Written by Bryce Zabel. Directed by Randall Zisk.

Cat Grant: I'm gonna change into something more comfortable.

[Cut to shot of Cat in her bedroom, looking in her amply-stocked clothing closet.]

Cat Grant: Farm boy moves to the big city. He's looking for a little piece of home. That's just what he's gonna get.

[Back in the main room of the apartment, we see Clark Kent perusing the books on Cat Grant's book shelf. Cat emerges from her bedroom, quite transformed. Gone is her trampy apparel. Now she is wearing blue jeans and a gray college sweatshirt emblazoned with the words "Metropolis University." Even Cat's manner of speech has changed, to sound less trampy and more "All-American girl." Clark looks relieved when he sees her.]

Cat Grant: I think a Pinot Noir would be nice. I have one chilling.

Clark Kent: You've got quite a library.

Cat Grant: I do read.

Clark Kent: I know you do. Maybe your place is just different than I expected.

BELOW: Cat Grant to Clark Kent: You haven't seen the bedroom:

Cat Grant to Clark Kent: You haven't seen the bedroom larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 3 (26 Sep. 1993). Written by Bryce Zabel. Directed by Randall Zisk.

Cat Grant: Well, you haven't . . . seen the bedroom.

[This is typical Cat Grant verbal seductiveness, but Clark looks uncomfortable, almost disgusted to hear Cat say this. Cat sees the face that Clark makes and instantly changes her tactic, speaking now in a "small-town girl" voice.]

Clark Kent: Uh--

Cat Grant: Oh, Clark, relax. I may never even show it to you.

[Cat Grant chuckles, as if talking about showing Clark her bedroom had simply been a joke. But, really, she is trying her best to be manipulative, switching tactics as she thinks best, in order to get Clark to compromise his standards. She seems more like a predator than a person of authenticity or character. Clark, a trusting sort, takes her at face value when she laughs off her previous innuendo.]

Clark Kent: You're full of surprises.

Cat Grant: You have no idea.

End of scene. Timecode: 10 minutes, 52 seconds.

There is a brief scene showing Lois Lane hurridly going to her apartment to collect some things and talking to her sister Lucy while there. Then we cut back to Cat Grant's apartment, where she sits on the couch next to Clark Kent. Timecode: 11 minutes, 48 seconds.

Clark Kent: So, what made you get into the gossip business?

Cat Grant: Oh, Clark, we're all in the gossip business.

Clark Kent: Yeah, but . . . you get paid for it.

Cat Grant: I get the best stuff. You wouldn't believe some of the secrets people carry around with them . . . You have any, uh, secrets, Clark?

[Cat Grant is progressively positioning herself closer to Clark. It looks like she has begin to fondle his knee or something. Clark is uncomfortable and relieved when he hears his beeper go off. He instantly jumps up off the couch, as if he was caught doing something he shouldn't be doing.]

Clark Kent: Ah ha ha, uh . . . Must be the office. May I?

[Cat Grant motions for him to go ahead and use her phone. She then picks up a remote control and turns on the televisions. Jungle drums can be heard from the TV. Clark calls his office and reaches Perry White, who explains that the "federal agents" were fake. The newspaper's legal people contacted every applicable Washington agency they could think of. Nobody claims these "agents" and nobody has issued a search warrant. Perry asks Clark where he is, so that Jimmy can go pick him up. Clark does NOT want to admit to Perry that he is at Cat Grant's apartment.]

Perry White: I'm sending Jimmy with a van to come pick you up.

Clark Kent: I'll grab a taxi.

Perry White: Where are you, anyway? My God. Sounds like jungle drums.

Clark Kent: Just a sec.

[Lois Lane grabs the phone from Perry White while Cat Grant grabs her phone from Clark.]

Lois Lane: Clark, quit playing games! Where are you?

Cat Grant: Lois, Clark is busy right now. Why don't you give him a few minutes to freshen up first?

[Cat is here trying to make Lois Lane believe that she (Cat) has been sexually intimate with Clark Kent. Clark grimaces and looks exasperated when he sees Cat do this. Cat laughs to herself.]

Timecode: 12 minutes 57 seconds: Clark has arrived at The Daily Planet offices. He steels himself before entering the room wherein Lois Lane sits reading. He takes a deep breath and opens the door.

BELOW: Lois Lane criticizes Cat Grant for being promiscuous:

Lois Lane criticizes Cat Grant for being promiscuous larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 3 (26 Sep. 1993). Written by Bryce Zabel. Directed by Randall Zisk.

Lois Lane: Well, look what the cat dragged in.

Clark Kent: You've got the wrong idea, Lois.

Lois Lane: Cat Grant's bedroom has more comings and goings than Metro Station. You're just another commuter

Clark Kent is annoyed by what Cat Grant did and he is annoyed that Lois Lane seems to think he was doing something immoral and sexual with Cat Grant, but rather than pursue any of this he asks what is going on with regards tot he "FBI agents."

Timecode: 14 minutes, 15 seconds: The next morning, Clark Kent and Lois Lane are sitting next to each other at their desks, working on their story. Cat Grant, now wearing a faux leopard skin coat, enters the room and very visibly gives Clark Kent a kiss on the cheek. Cat means to give the impression that she and Clark have been sexually intimate.

BELOW: Cat Grant kisses Clark Kent but Clark says he didn't do anything with her:

Cat Grant kisses Clark Kent but Clark says he didn't do anything with her larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 3 (26 Sep. 1993). Written by Bryce Zabel. Directed by Randall Zisk.

Cat Grant: Good morning, Lois. Clark. [Kisses Clark on the cheek.]

[Lois Lane looks disgusted when she sees this. Cat walks to her nearby desk.]

Cat Grant: Sleep tight? I did. [Makes a kissing motion in Clark's direction.]

Clark Kent: [Speaking only so Lois can here.] Nothing happened.

Lois Lane: Clark, you can do the horizontal rumba with with the entire Met-Net cheerleading squad for all I care. Just keep your hands off my copy.

Jimmy Olsen: Hey, CK. It is all over the newsroom. You and the Cat Woman. [Jimmy puts his hands together in a suggestive motion that means "Clark and Cat had slept together." Lois Lane looks even more annoyed than before upon seeing this and hearing Jimmy's words. She gets up and walks away.] I didn't think anybody could come up with anything as juicy as yesterday's raid, but you've done it.

Clark Kent: I haven't done anything.

Jimmy Olsen: Hey, this is me you're talking to. I'm gonna need details. Specificity. The who, what, where, when, how, and why. Actually, I've got the who and why already figured out. But, I am really curious about the how.

Clark Kent: Forget it.

Jimmy Olsen: To be honest, I never thought about asking you for advice about women until now, but I've been thinking about Lois's sister and . . .[Jimmy interrupts his line of questioning as he sees Lois come back to her desk.]

Timecode: 20 minutes, 33 seconds: Clark Kent is eating dinner at his Smallville home with his parents. He has a lot on his mind, apparently thinking about how a government investigation (real or otherwise) has suddenly been started up within days of his debut as Superman. Clark's mother, however, is unaware of all this, and she thinks that perhaps he doesn't want to eat dinner because she made a vegetarian meal.

Martha Kent: You don't like vegetarian, do you?

Jonathan Kent: He's confused. He probably doesn't know whether to plant it or eat it.

BELOW: Clark Kent doesn't like vegetarian food?

Clark Kent doesn't like vegetarian food? larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 3 (26 Sep. 1993). Written by Bryce Zabel. Directed by Randall Zisk.

[Clark quickly finishes his meal, eating his dinner at super speed.]

Timecode: 26 minutes, 24 seconds: Clark Kent approaches his desk and finds a scantily clad Cat Grant sitting there.

BELOW: Clark Kent asks Cat Grant to stop spreading rumors about them being sexually immoral with each other:

Clark Kent asks Cat Grant to stop spreading rumors about them being sexually immoral with each other larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 3 (26 Sep. 1993). Written by Bryce Zabel. Directed by Randall Zisk.

Cat Grant: Oh. You wanted to talk?

Clark Kent: Ah, I can' t now, but . . . Look. Somehow everybody thikns we were hanging from the chandeliers wearing black leather the other night.

Cat Grant: [Cat makes an approving sound upon hearing about "black leather"] Well, we were interrupted.

Clark Kent: I have to go. But I would appreciate it if you would put a stop to this.

Cat Grant: Umm... And ruin my reputation?

[By this, Cat means that she has a "reputation" for being incredibly promiscuous. Perry White looks on from across the room as Clark talks to Cat. Cat is clearly acting flirtatiously with Clark and Perry has clearly heard the rumors that have spread through the office about Clark and Cat (rumors that were probably spread by Cat herself). Perry decides to intervene. He tells Clark Kent a parable from the only "religion" that Perry follows in this TV series: Elvis worship.]

Perry White: Uh, Kent. Could I, uh, see you in my office, please?

[Clark and Perry White go into Perry's office for a private chat.]

BELOW: Perry White preaches to Clark Kent from the religion of Elvis Presley:

Perry White preaches to Clark Kent from the religion of Elvis Presley larger larger larger larger larger larger larger larger larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 3 (26 Sep. 1993). Written by Bryce Zabel. Directed by Randall Zisk.

Perry White: Kent, you ever hear of Anita Wood?

Clark Kent: I guess I haven't.

Perry White: Memphis D.J. Beautiful girl, won a beauty contest. Do you know she and Elvis almost got married?

Clark Kent: I missed that.

Perry White: Oh, yeah. Right after he was drafted. 1958. He and Anita were talking marriage. But Colonel Parker knew it would hurt Elvis's career, so he put a stop to it. Now, if the Colonel hadn't gotten wind of it, Elvis might not be the King. Do you understand what I'm saying here?

Clark Kent: She was the wrong girl for him.

Perry White: Fools rush in, son. Fools rush in.

[Here Perry quotes lyrics from a famous Elvis Presley song as if the words were scripture.]

Clark Kent: Chief, I think people have the wrong idea.

Perry White: Really?

Clark Kent: Well, it's definitely not what you're thinking.

Perry White: What I'm thinking is when it comes to women, if you wanna be the King, you'd better listen to the Colonel.

Clark Kent: Thank you. I'll remember that, Colonel.

Clark Kent and Lois Lane have been captured by soldiers/federal agents who work for the top secret government agency Bureau 39, which is tasked with investigating and defending against possible alien threats. Lois Lane has just told Clark Kent her big secret, that the novel she has been working in her spare time is a romance novel. Timecode: 36 minutes, 23 seconds:

Lois Lane: Okay, I told you. Now you tell me.

Clark Kent: Tell you what?

Lois Lane: What really happened between you and Cat the other night? Not that I care. It's just probably the best secret you've got going. If we get out of this, you have got to raise your standards.

BELOW: Lois Lane tells Clark Kent to raise his dating standards:

Lois Lane tells Clark Kent to raise his dating standards larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 3 (26 Sep. 1993). Written by Bryce Zabel. Directed by Randall Zisk.