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Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Season 1, Episode 18 (27 Feb. 1994): “The Rival”
by Tony Blake, Paul Jackson, Michael W. Watkins

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 18

Title: “The Rival”

Medium: television series episode

Original airdate: 27 Feb. 1994

Publisher: ABC
Written by: Tony Blake, Paul Jackson
Directed by: Michael W. Watkins


8 characters in this story:

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

Preston Carpenter, the new publisher of The Metropolis Star, a rival newspaper to the Daily Planet, has been planning major accidedents and tragedies such as fires in order to arrange for his reporters to be there first, so they can get "scoops" and sell more newspapers. Lois Lane's one-time college friend-turned rival Linda King is the new star reporter for The Metropolis Star. In this scene, we see Preston Carpenter have a conversation with his henchman Stark, a conversation that first firmly establishes these facts for the viewer to know. Timecode: 13 minutes, 47 seconds.

Stark: The afternoon edition.

[Stark enters the room holding up the latest edition of The Metropolis Star, showing Superman saving people from a near-fatal elevator accident that Carpenter ordered Stark to engineer.

Preston Carpenter: Well done, Stark. Don't you just love the news business?

Oddly enough, we can see that Stark is wearing a gold cross earring in his left ear. There is never anything else in the episode to insinuate that Stark is a Christian or that he wears the earring for religious purposes. He is, in fact, a stone cold killer. But why does he wear it? The earring actually becomes a major plot point in the episode, as Clark Kent uses it to recognize Stark as the one person who has been at multiple staged accidents in which people nearly died.

BELOW: Stark: Assassin who wears gold cross earring:

Stark: Assassin who wears gold cross earring

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 18 (27 Feb. 1994). Written by Tony Blake, Paul Jackson. Directed by Michael W. Watkins.

Stark This wasn't easy.

Preston Carpenter: It's not supposed to be easy. I wouldn't need your services if it was easy, would I?

Stark Yeah, well . . . How many more?

BELOW: Megalomaniac newspaper publisher Preston Carpenter wants to control what people think.

Megalomaniac newspaper publisher Preston Carpenter wants to control what people think. larger larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 18 (27 Feb. 1994). Written by Tony Blake, Paul Jackson. Directed by Michael W. Watkins.

Preston Carpenter: As many as it takes to kill the Daily Planet. Because then, Stark, I will control over 80% of what the American people read. And when you control what the read, you control what they think. And when you control what they think, then you can really begin to make it happen.

The ominous music that plays during this scene and the actor's nefarious portrayal of this character make it clear that Preston Carpenter is the principle villain of this episode. He is clearly a Machiavellian megalomaniac.

Timecode: 16 minutes, 15 seconds: Clark Kent looks at the front page of the latest Metropolis Star The photo on the front page shows Superman after his recent rescue of a woman and child who were trapped in a plummetting elevator. But Clark Kent, with his super-vision, notices something different: A man in the photo has a gold cross earring, an earring Clark has seen before.

BELOW: Clark Kent notices gold cross earring in Stark's ear:

Clark Kent notices gold cross earring in Stark's ear larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 18 (27 Feb. 1994). Written by Tony Blake, Paul Jackson. Directed by Michael W. Watkins.

Timecode: 18 minutes, 50 seconds: Preston Carpenter has dinner in an elegant restaurant with his star reporter, Linda King. Keep in mind that although Carpenter is engineering news-worthy "accidents" and arranging for Linda King to be nearby, the reporter herself is unaware of Carpenter's plotting and mechanations.

Preston Carpenter: Two page-one stories in as many days. You should be very proud of yourself.

BELOW: Machiavellian publisher Preston Carpenter dines with reporter Linda King:

Machiavellian publisher Preston Carpenter dines with reporter Linda King larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 18 (27 Feb. 1994). Written by Tony Blake, Paul Jackson. Directed by Michael W. Watkins.

Linda King: It's an unexpected start, I'll say that.

Preston Carpenter: To me it's not unexpected at all.

This line has particular significance. Linda is meant to interpret this line simply as a show of Carpenter's confidence in her. But the viewers of this episode know that these stories really are not unexpected at all. Carpenter planned them. He truly is a Machiavellian villain.

BELOW: Villainous Preston Carpenter idolizes Charles Foster Kane:

Villainous Preston Carpenter idolizes Charles Foster Kane larger larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 18 (27 Feb. 1994). Written by Tony Blake, Paul Jackson. Directed by Michael W. Watkins.

Linda King: You're a man of vision. Isn't that what they say?

Preston Carpenter: I am a man of action. Do you remember Charles Foster Kane?

Linda King: Of course.

Preston Carpenter: My idol, even though he was only a movie character. I've devoted my time to becoming the genuine article.

Linda King: Aren't you already?

BELOW: Preston Carpenter wants to be like Citizen Kane and influence America:

Preston Carpenter wants to be like Citizen Kane and influence America larger larger larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 18 (27 Feb. 1994). Written by Tony Blake, Paul Jackson. Directed by Michael W. Watkins.

Preston Carpenter: Not quite. You see, Kane not only reported the news, he made it. You see, Kane not only reported the news, he made it. He set out an agenda for the entire country, and then he had his papers promote that agenda, and the country went along. And soon, I will have that kind of power. Does that excite you as much as it excites me?

Preston Carpenter reaches across the table and takes Linda's hand in his own. Clearly he is making a romantic overature.

Linda King: I don't think we should confuse our relationship.

Preston Carpenter: My dear, if there's one thing I am not, it's confused.

Linda King: I've got a deadline. I've got to get back to the office.

Linda King withdraws her hand. She stands up and politely leaves.

Linda King: Good night.

Preston Carpenter: Good night.

Timecode: 20 minutes, 53 seconds: Linda King and Lois Lane happen to be dining in the same place: The Metropolis Press Club. They meet in the restroom. Linda asks about Lois Lane's good-looking partner, Clark Kent. Linda seems attracted to Clark, but Lois warns her to stay away from him. Lois harbors great resentment toward Linda, whom she blames for stealing a boyfriend from her in college.

Lois Lane: Listen, Linda, I'm warning you, stay away from him.

Linda King: You said that about Superman. What is it with you?

Lois Lane: Clark's good-hearted and he's a little naive and I wouldn't wanna see him get hurt. And I know you'd just be using him to get back at me.

BELOW: Lois Lane: Clark Kent is good-hearted and naive:

Lois Lane: Clark Kent is good-hearted and naive larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 18 (27 Feb. 1994). Written by Tony Blake, Paul Jackson. Directed by Michael W. Watkins.

Timecode: 23 minutes, 12 seconds: Clark Kent wonders why Linda King bothers Lois Lane so much. Lois finally tells Clark the back story about her and Linda King. In this story, Lois explains how she had been dating a guy named Paul in college, but Linda stole him from her. Lois does not provide explicit detail, but with what she says and how she says it, it seems that Lois had not been sexually intimate with Paul, but Linda quite readily had sex with him. This same unspoken detail is suggested in a later scene in this episode. In both instances, Lois seems to judge Linda harshly because of her actions.

Lois revealed in the first episode of this series that she was not a virgin: She had a brief extramarital relationship with at least one man - a French news reporter. She has never "lived with" anybody (i.e., co-habitated). Lois is clearly not as chaste or sexually reserved as Clark Kent. But Lois has exhibited her own brand of high moral standards or sexual prudishness in the way she has exhibited strong disapproval of the promiscuous behavior of Cat Grant, as well as disapproval for the extramarital sexual behavior of both herself and her college friend Linda King.

Clark Kent: You are really letting this woman get to you, Lois--

Lois Lane: Get to me?

[Lois reacts with anger to Clark's words. But in doing so, she accidentally moves too fast and covers him with dust from the tile grout she is cleaning in her apartment. Recognizing that she has been acting a little crazy and that her actions must seem inexplicable to Clark, Lois decides to tell him about her past with Linda King.]

Lois Lane: All right. This doesn't go beyond this room, you understand?

Clark Kent: Okay.

BELOW: Lois Lane tells Clark about her and college rival Linda King:

Lois Lane tells Clark about her and college rival Linda King larger larger larger larger larger larger larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 18 (27 Feb. 1994). Written by Tony Blake, Paul Jackson. Directed by Michael W. Watkins.

Lois Lane: Linda and I were best friends. We were very competitive. I know you may not believe this, but there was a time when I had to be the best at everything. Anyway, I was dating this guy, Paul. He was an editor and he was a senior and I had a really big crush on him. Things were happening and I got this story about these football players at our school that wern't taking their own exams. I thought, "This is it." This is the story that's gonna make him feel about me the way I feel about him.

Clark Kent: Did it?

Lois Lane: No. It didn't. Because somehow Linda stole my name and wrote it under her name. Of course, Paul fell for her and dumped me, and she continued to please him in ways I won't go into.

Clark Kent: So she stole a story and she stole a guy, and now she's trying to do it again?

Lois Lane: Don't flatter yourself.

Clark Kent: Well, hey, don't take this out on me, Lois.

Timecode: 28 minutes, 49 seconds: At a press conference attended by Clark Kent, Lois Lane and Linda King, we once again see the trademark ethnic and religious outfits that pop up so often in this series. We see Muslim Arabs as well as people who may be Hindus.

Secretary of State Wallace: [at podium] Ladies and gentlemen. The Ambassador and myself will be happy to answer a few questions before the unveiling.

The visit to Metropolis by the ambassador from the (fictional) Muslim Middle Eastern nation of "Omir" is a major plot point of this episode. Preston Carpenter attempts to have the ambassador assassinated (by Stark) in order to create world conflict that will sell more newspapers. It is interesting that the assassin Stark prominently wears a gold cross earring in one ear. Is this simply a coincidence, or is this a subtle comment on conflict between Christians and Muslims on the world stage? Actually, although at this point it seems like Carpenter may want the ambassador from Omir assassinated, it may be Secretary of State Wallace, the American man conducting the meeting, that is Carpenter's intended target. Later in the episode, Carpenter is clearly planning to have Secretary of State Wallace killed, not an ambassador.

BELOW: Muslims from Omer (or Omir) at press conference:

Muslims from Omer (or Omir) at press conference larger larger larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 18 (27 Feb. 1994). Written by Tony Blake, Paul Jackson. Directed by Michael W. Watkins.

The American man at the podium (Secretary of State Wallace) has a number of lines during this scene, but the scene is mostly about a major verbal fight that Lois Lane gets into with Linda King, in front of everybody assembles. The American moderator is forced to call the barely begun question-and-answer period of this event to a halt. The clearly Muslim men (and one woman) from Omir who stand behind him never say anything.

Secretary of State Wallace: Ladies, please! Please! No questions, that's it. Let's get to the real reason we're here: the ceremonial exchange from the Kingdom of Omer to the United States. Ladies and gentlemen, the gift from the Ambassador of Omer . . . the Irani jewels.

BELOW: Muslim and U.S. Secretary of State Wallace present Irani jewels:

Muslim and U.S. Secretary of State Wallace present Irani jewels larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 18 (27 Feb. 1994). Written by Tony Blake, Paul Jackson. Directed by Michael W. Watkins.

Note that the words on the face of the podium read "Omir Embassy." But the subtitles spell the name of this country "Omer." The speaker seems to pronounce the word "Omir", with an "i."

The American man conducting this meeting lifts a blue cloth off a table, revealing an ornate diamond necklace with inlaid onyx. Clark Kent, with is X-ray vision, notices a group of assassins on the other side of the wall. He uses a well-placed super breath to blow over a large vase and block their entrance into this room and then he tells security about the assassins, thus thwarting this assassination attempt. Later, Preston Carpenter has Stark try againt to kill the ambassador from Omir (or Omer).

Timecode: 30 minutes, 58 seconds: Lois Lane goes to Clark Kent's apartment, thinking that she will find Linda Clark there. She searches all over the apartment, eventually finding not Linda, but their boss Perry White, hiding in a closet. Unbeknownst to Lois, Clark has gone undercover, pretending to defect from the Daily Planet to work at the Metropolis Star so he can learn the secret behind Preston Carpenter's plans. When Lois first sees Perry in the closet at Clark's apartment, there is an awkward moment in which Lois wonders if these two men are having a secret LGBT-style romantic relationship. Both Perry and Clark are far too conservative to want Lois to think this is even a remote possibility. They quickly and emphatically assure her this is not the case. In fact, they immediately come clean with their plans, explaining everything to Lois rather than letting her think they might be gay.

Lois Lane: Is she in there?

Lois Lane notices a closed closet door. She rushes to it and opens it before Clark can stop her. Inside the closet she finds Perry White. There is a long, painful silence.

Lois Lane: This is either not what I thought I thought or . . .

Perry White: Oh. Oh, no. No, no.

Clark Kent: No.

Perry White: No. See, uh, Clark's working undercover at the Star.

BELOW: Lois Lane finds Perry White in the closet of Clark Kent, but is relieved they're not gay:

Lois Lane finds Perry White in the closet of Clark Kent, but is relieved they're not gay larger larger larger larger larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 18 (27 Feb. 1994). Written by Tony Blake, Paul Jackson. Directed by Michael W. Watkins.

They all smile and chuckle uncomfortably. Lois is relieved to know there is a professional, non-sexual explanation for why she found Perry White in Clark Kent's closet.

Timecode: 36 minutes, 25 seconds: Note the large Buddha statue that sits along the wall next to evil publisher Preston Carpenter's desk in his office. Is Preston Carpenter a Buddhist? There is no indication in this episode that he in any way identifies himself as a Buddhist. This Buddha statue is probably just intended to give his office an air of international sophistication. Preston Carpenter's Machiavellian ways and willingness to murder innocents would seem to be in direct contradiction to core Buddhist teachings.

BELOW: Buddha statue in office of villain Preston Carpenter:

Buddha statue in office of villain Preston Carpenter larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 18 (27 Feb. 1994). Written by Tony Blake, Paul Jackson. Directed by Michael W. Watkins.

The Buddha statue is not the only decor in Preston Carpenter's office. A black and white photo protrait also hangs on the wall next to the office door. The portrait shows a balding man wearing a suit and tie. A journalist perhaps? The man does not appear to be Charles Foster Kane from the movie Citizen Kane, who is the man that Carpenter identified in an earlier scene as his "idol."

Timecode: 37 minutes, 0 seconds: Linda King, now working directly with Lois Lane and Clark Kent in an attempt to discover Preston Carpenter's secret plans, has lunch with Carpenter. King is doing this so she can lure Carpenter out of his office long enough for Lois and Clark to sneak in and look on Carpenter's computer to find out what "accident" or tragic event he is planning next.

BELOW: Preston Carpenter wants to rule world:

Preston Carpenter wants to rule world larger larger larger larger larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 18 (27 Feb. 1994). Written by Tony Blake, Paul Jackson. Directed by Michael W. Watkins.

Linda King: So tell me. What's next for Preston Carpenter? Running for President?

Preston Carpenter: Perhaps. But only as an interim step.

Linda King: Interim to what?

Preston Carpenter: My next goal is to convince the governments of the world that we need an international federation. A United Nations with real teeth. A government to govern all governments.

Linda King: And who could possibly head such a body?

Cut to the interior of Preston Carpenter's office. Lois Land sits at Carpenter's computer while Clark Kent stands next to her.

BELOW: Rosebud: Lois Lane, Clark Kent guess Preston Carpenter's password due to his Citizen Kane fixation:

Rosebud: Lois Lane, Clark Kent guess Preston Carpenter's password due to his Citizen Kane fixation larger larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 18 (27 Feb. 1994). Written by Tony Blake, Paul Jackson. Directed by Michael W. Watkins.

Lois Lane: I'm betting this is his subdirectory. It might be it, but we need a password to get in.

Clark Kent: Try Kane. K-A-N-E. Linda says he has a Citizen Kane fixation.

Lois Lane types in KANE, but this is not the correct password.

Lois Lane: That's not it. What else could it be?

Lois Lane and Clark Kent: [simultaneously] Rosebud.

Lois tries this is the password and it is correct. She is able to read Preston Carpenter's files.

Lois and Clark read Preston Carpenter's recent editorials, editorials they saw him publish simultaneously with news stories about tragedies or near-tragedies that the editorials relate to. They find an editorial about the assassination of Secretary of State Wallace, a man who is still alive. Preston Carpenter's "eye for an eye" take on the event evinces a decidedly non-Buddhist viewpoint.

BELOW: Lois and Clark uncover Preston Carpenter's plot to kill Secretary of State:

Lois and Clark uncover Preston Carpenter's plot to kill Secretary of State larger larger larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 18 (27 Feb. 1994). Written by Tony Blake, Paul Jackson. Directed by Michael W. Watkins.

Lois Lane: Wait a minute. "An eye for an eye is the only course this country can take after today's brutal assassination of Secretary Wallace at his hotel by Omer extremists." Secretary Wallace isn't dead.

Clark Kent: Not yet.

Lois Lane: Carpenter is willing to kill a member of the Cabinet to sell a few papers?

Clark Kent: To drag us into a war.

In his editorial, Preston Carpenter blames the assassination of the Secretary of State on radical Muslim extremists (known variously as "Jihadists" or Muslim fundamentalists). Of course, it is really Carpenter himself who plans to have Wallace killed.

Timecode: 40 minutes, 22 seconds: Stark, the assassin with the gold cross earring, plans the assassination of Secretary of State Wallace. His gold earring is clearly visible, dangling from his ear. He gives orders to other henchmen who work under him.

BELOW: Stark, assassin with gold cross earring:

Stark, assassin with gold cross earring

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 18 (27 Feb. 1994). Written by Tony Blake, Paul Jackson. Directed by Michael W. Watkins.

Timecode: 41 minutes, 19 seconds: Preston Carpenter and Stark caught Lois Lane and Linda King spying on them. They and their henchmen captured Lois Lane and Linda King and tied them up in a walk-in meat freezer in the back of a restaurant in the hotel where Secretary of Wallace is currently staying during his visit to Metropolis. Stark uses his gun to shoot a hole in a freon pipe. Gas begins leaking out, rapidly filling the room.

Stark: Breathe deeply, girls. The freon's better than freezing to death.

Stark then shuts the door, locking Lois and Linda in the freezer.

By this previous line, Stark means that the captive, tied-up women should try to breathe in the freon so that they die quickly, which would be better than slowly freezing to death within this freezer.

Los Lane and Linda King are tied up back to back. They struggle against their bonds, but the knots and ropes are too tight. They can't go anywhere.

BELOW: Lois Lane waxes philosophical:

Lois Lane waxes philosophical larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 18 (27 Feb. 1994). Written by Tony Blake, Paul Jackson. Directed by Michael W. Watkins.

Lois Lane: Life is cruel.

Linda King: Don't get philosophical. It was never your strength.

Lois Lane: Well, don't you find it ironic that you and I have to die together?

BELOW: Lois Lane, about to die, thinks about what she'll be asked in the afterlife:

Lois Lane, about to die, thinks about what she'll be asked in the afterlife larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 18 (27 Feb. 1994). Written by Tony Blake, Paul Jackson. Directed by Michael W. Watkins.

Linda King: We were best friends.

Lois Lane: Were.

Linda King: Okay. Let's clear this up once and for all.

Lois Lane: Let's not. If there is someone on the other side that asks, we'll just say we did.

In her reference to "the other side," Lois Lane means that if, in the afterlife, they are asked by God or St. Peter or angels or anybody else about whether or not she and Linda patched things up between them before they died, they should just say they did. Lois here knows that Linda wants to clear the air between them about a few things before they die. But Lois would rather not have that conversation with Linda, even if it might be something that she will be asked about later by Heavenly beings as part of an evaluation of her worthiness.

BELOW: Lois Lane tied up to Linda King think back on their college rivalry:

Lois Lane tied up to Linda King think back on their college rivalry larger larger larger larger larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 18 (27 Feb. 1994). Written by Tony Blake, Paul Jackson. Directed by Michael W. Watkins.

Linda King: You think I stole Paul Bender from you. I didn't. You weren't even dating him.

Lois Lane: I was dating him.

The difference in opinion here may stem from the fact that Lois really only had a crush on Paul Bender and had seem him in relatively casual social circumstances a few times, but was not sexually intimate with him. Linda King, on the other hand, had a far more "serious" relationship with Paul Bender and was sexually intimate with him, which (to her) constituted "dating" him.

Linda King: He came on to me.

Lois Lane: Well, you had no will power, huh?

Linda King: None. I would've done anything for Paul.

Lois Lane: Just like you had no will power when you stole my story.

Linda King: Okay. Okay, so I was weak. That doesn't mean I wasn't a good friend. It just means that I wasn't as strong as you.

Linda King here recognizes that she was not as morally strong as Lois Lane was when they were in college. Linda King exhibited two moral weaknesses: First, she caved in to the temptation to steal Lois Lane's news story. Second, she was morally weak when she "stole" Lois Lane's boyfriend and had gave in to the man's desire for extramarital sex with her.

Lois Lane: Wait a minute. Just wait a minute. You're backing into an apology by arguing that you stole my guy and my story because you were under the influence of your hormones? And because I was your best girlfriend, I was supposed to forgive you then? And I'm not supposed to make a big deal of it now? Is that what you're saying?

Linda King: Right.

Lois Lane: Okay, I forgive you.

BELOW: Lois Lane forgives Linda King:

Lois Lane forgives Linda King larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 18 (27 Feb. 1994). Written by Tony Blake, Paul Jackson. Directed by Michael W. Watkins.

This ready forgiveness from Lois seems uncharacteristic, especially given the fact that she has spent this entire episode (and many years) hating Linda King. It may be that now, as she starts to cough from the effects of the freon gas, she is considering her mortality and, thinking herself close to death, forgives Linda rather than face eternal consequences for not doing so. Or perhaps she simply really does love her old college friend and now that Linda has admitted what happened all those years ago, Lois feels she can forgive Linda for being admittedly weaker than she (Lois) was.

Later in this episode, Lois tells Linda that the reason she forgave her was because she wanted a "clean slate" before she died. So her reasons to appear to have been religious and based on her belief in the afterlife, or at least this is what she says.

Timecode: 43 minutes, 22 seconds: We see the barrel of a sniper rifle. The camera pans to show the face of Stark. We clearly see his gold cross earring. Hmm... In this shot, it almost looks as if the "cross" could be a "plus" sign. Stark is preparing to shoot Secretary of State Wallace.

Moments later, Stark smiles broadly, chuckles to himself, and from his sniper position atop a neighboring building, attempts to shoot Secretary of State Wallace as the intended victim walks out of his hotel to get into a waiting car. The close-up on Stark really does let us get a close look at his gold cross (or plus sign) earring. Superman arrives in time to stop the bullet and stop Stark's nearby henchmen from shooting Wallace either.

BELOW: Stark: assassin wearing gold earring:

Stark: assassin wearing gold earring larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 18 (27 Feb. 1994). Written by Tony Blake, Paul Jackson. Directed by Michael W. Watkins.

Timecode: 44 minutes, 57 seconds: After all the excitement is over, the bad guys are in jail, and the story has been published in the newspaper, Linda King meets Lois Lane and Clark Kent one last time before she leaves to move to Los Angeles.

Linda King: Lois, I want to say something to you.

Lois Lane: Don't.

Linda King: When you accepted my apology, it meant a lot to me.

BELOW: Lois Lane wanted a clean state (morally) before she died:

Lois Lane wanted a clean state (morally) before she died larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 18 (27 Feb. 1994). Written by Tony Blake, Paul Jackson. Directed by Michael W. Watkins.

Lois Lane: Not to me. I thought I was dying. I wanted a clean slate.

Clark Kent: Oh, you don't mean that. She doesn't mean that.

Lois Lane gives Clark Kent a look that clearly says she meant what she said. Lois slightly nods her head "Yes."

Clark Kent: Okay, she means it.

BELOW: Clark Kent to Lois Lane: You don't mean that:

Clark Kent to Lois Lane: You don't mean that larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1, Episode 18 (27 Feb. 1994). Written by Tony Blake, Paul Jackson. Directed by Michael W. Watkins.

Linda King: Look at it this way. Maybe you're the reporter you are because of the competition you felt with me.

Lois Lane: Not only am I supposed to accept your lame apology, but I'm supposed to thank you?