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Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Season 2, Episode 4 (9 Oct. 1994): “The Prankster”
by Grant Rosenberg, James Hayman

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 4

Title: “The Prankster”

Medium: television series episode

Original airdate: 9 Oct. 1994

Publisher: ABC
Written by: Grant Rosenberg
Directed by: James Hayman


7 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
Prankster Prankster (Oswald Loomis) villain
  [gained slimmer body in deal with demon Lord Satanus] DC 77

Timecode: 0 minutes, 0 seconds: Lois Lane, Clark Kent, Jimmy Olsen and Perry White are at a fancy art gallery. A large banner reads "20th CENTURY ART: Retrospective: Metropolis Museum of Art."

BELOW: Jimmy Olsen, Perry White and Clark Kent don't think much of modern art defended by Lois Lane:

Jimmy Olsen, Perry White and Clark Kent don't think much of modern art defended by Lois Lane larger larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 4 (9 Oct. 1994). Written by Grant Rosenberg. Directed by James Hayman.

Jimmy Olsen: Um, I know this is supposed to be art, but, uh, to me it just looks like a big car wreck.

Clark Kent: I don't see a mother or a daughter. [Apparently speaking in reference to the title of the piece.]

Lois Lane: You guys don't get it. You have to open your mind to the artist's inner feelings.

BELOW: Elvis Presley worshipper Perry White thinks a modern art piece looks like Elvis:

Elvis Presley worshipper Perry White thinks a modern art piece looks like Elvis larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 4 (9 Oct. 1994). Written by Grant Rosenberg. Directed by James Hayman.

Perry White: Oh. Hey, wait a minute! You know, if you tilt your head to the right and squint your eyes a little bit, you can just about make out Elvis' profile.

BELOW: Perry White insists modern art piece looks like Elvis Presley, and explains how; Jimmy Olsen finally says maybe he sees it:

Perry White insists modern art piece looks like Elvis Presley, and explains how; Jimmy Olsen finally says maybe he sees it larger larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 4 (9 Oct. 1994). Written by Grant Rosenberg. Directed by James Hayman.

Jimmy Olsen: I don't see it, Chief.

Perry White: Oh, yeah, yeah, look. Between these two hubcaps here and that upside-down speedometer.

Jimmy Olsen: Oh, yeah.

Perry White: You see it?

Jimmy Olsen: Maybe the fat Elvis.

[Perry White gives Jimmy a look.]

Lois Lane: Why do I even try? Art to you guys is like prints of those poker-playing dogs.

Perry White: Oh, I love those! Did you ever see the one with the two dogs in the bar, throwing darts?

Timecode: 1 minute, 52 seconds: Still at the art museum, Lois is given a package. The card informs her that the package is from a secret admirer.

When Lois opens the gift-wrapped cube-shaped object, we see it is a large wooden box painted with Biblical scenes on each panel. These scenes have no apparent connection to the rest of the story. The intent was apparently just to have a colorful ornate box.

BELOW: Biblical imagery adorns the Luciano Pavarotti Jack-in-the-Box that Prankster sent to Lois Lane:

Biblical imagery adorns the Luciano Pavarotti Jack-in-the-Box that Prankster sent to Lois Lane larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 4 (9 Oct. 1994). Written by Grant Rosenberg. Directed by James Hayman.

Lois Lane: Oh, it's so beautiful!

Perry White: Well, whoever this guy is, he sure has a sense of style.

[Lois Lane lifts up the latch on the top of the box. A ventriloquist-like puppet of famed opera singer Luciano Pavarotti pops up like a Jack-in-the-Box.

Timecode: 26 minutes, 30 seconds: The Prankster is a devious criminal who has been using dangerous and destructive pranks to harrass Lois Lane. A tipster offered to sell Lois Lane and Clark Kent the identity of the Prankster. But before the tipster could provide a name to Lois and Clark, he receives a phone call. The phone then electrocutes him, killing him. The phone was rigged by the Prankster or the engineer he has working for him. Lois Lane and Clark Kent figure out that the tipster must have been one of the Prankster's cellmates in prison, so they look in computer records to see who the Prankster's cellmates were. Lois Lane is shocked when she sees the name of the tipster's cellmate, the name of the man she realizes is the Prankster: Kyle Griffin.

BELOW: Lois Lane finds the real name of the Prankster: Kyle Griffin:

Lois Lane finds the real name of the Prankster: Kyle Griffin

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 4 (9 Oct. 1994). Written by Grant Rosenberg. Directed by James Hayman.

Other names on the screen are:

Darryl Levine
Laban Freeman
Fred Sanchez
Tony Esposito
Kyle Griffin
Jay Guerra
Corey Miller
Don Potts
Wayne Demore
Paul Conti
Jon Wolfe
John Rebber

Lois Lane: Oh, my God.

Clark Kent: Who's Kyle Griffin?

[Lois Lane and Perry White recall that Kyle Griffin was an engineer that who went to jail five years before because of a news story Lois wrote exposing illegal arms sales. Kyle Griffin, the Prankster, is now out of jail and he is using his prodigious technological expertise and engineering skill to get revenge on Lois Lane.]

Timecode: 31 minutes, 27 seconds: After the Prankster calls Lois Lane at her home, Lois is extremely frightened. The Prankster pointedly told Lois that he was going to make her life miserable and then kill her. Lois goes to Clark's house so she can feel safe, but she doesn't want Clark to know that she is afraid, so she lamely pretends that she came over just to have some buddy time with him. Lois carries with her two pizzas, a six-pack of Coke cans, and 3 videos.

Clark Kent: Lois, it's after eleven.

BELOW: A frightened Lois Lane seeks refuge at Clark Kent's apartment by offering pizza, Coke and Lethal Weapon movies:

A frightened Lois Lane seeks refuge at Clark Kent's apartment by offering pizza, Coke and Lethal Weapon movies larger larger larger larger

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 2, Episode 4 (9 Oct. 1994). Written by Grant Rosenberg. Directed by James Hayman.

Lois Lane: I know. I'm sorry. I know it's late, but I had this sudden urge for pizza and a Mel Gibson movie. I know how much you like pizza and Lethal Weapon, so here I am.

Clark Kent: Great. Come in.

Lois Lane: So, what shall we start with? Lethal Weapon 1 or Lethal Weapon 2 or there's 3. It's sort of stupid at the beginning, but it gets better.

Clark Kent: Lois, is something wrong?

Lois Lane: Does something have to be wrong for me to spend some time with a friend?

Clark Kent: No. No. Uh, it's all right. Uh, One would be great.

[Lois Lane puts the video in the VCR. She sits down on the couch next to Clark and they start watching together. Neither of them have their minds on the movie, however. Lois is still very frightened about the Prankster, and Clark is trying to figure out what she is up to. Finally, after he asks again, she informs him that Griffin (the Prankster) called her at home and threatened to kill her. Clark tells Lois he'd feel a lot better if she stayed there tonight. Of course, that's what she wanted. She feels afraid for her life, and she feels safer around Clark. Once it is settled that Lois will stay at Clark's apartment for the night, they start actually watching the movie. Only a minute after they start watching the movie in earnest, she falls asleep on Clark's couch.]

At the end of the episode, the Prankster attempts to destroy the Daily Planet building with a high-powered laser weapon he and his engineer assistant designed together. This act would kill all the people in the building, which would be a lot of people considering the fact that they tried to do this during the middle of business hours. Fortunately, Superman and Lois Lane thwart the Prankster's attempt and apprehend the Griffen and his assistant in the process.

The Prankster's engineer assistant was an interesting character. He was portrayed as a real technology geek. He was brilliant at engineer, but very unwise, often chided as being "stupid" by the the Prankster. This engineering assistant never really acted as if he was "evil", but he was quite willing to help the Prankster design his dangerous pranks and weapons, including the weapon that they planned to use to destroy the Daily Planet building, before selling it to terrorists. The engineering assistant was gleeful as he told Lois Lane that he helped design the weapon. The assistant was always eager to talk about the details of his technological and engineering feats. The obvious immorality associated with killing scores of people seemed to be of no interest to him. As long as he could work with advanced technology and show off his technological skills, he was content, regardless of who his boss was and what he was being asked to do.