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#102 : Un homme étrange venu d'ailleurs

Titre en VO : Strange visitor



Un ex-agent du FBI, Jason Trask, s’introduit sous une fausse identité au Daily Planet et cherche à savoir pourquoi Lois et Clark connaissent Superman.

Lois découvre que le mandat d'interrogation est un faux. Les deux journalistes apprennent l’opinion de Trask : il est convaincu que Superman est un alien, prélude à une invasion de la Terre.

Ils découvrent également le « Bureau 39 », un entrepôt contenant le vaisseau dans lequel Superman est arrivé... Clark y déniche un globe représentant sa planète (Krypton) et la Terre.
 
Malheureusement, Lois et Clark sont piégés par Trask qui les emmènent dans un avion. Il veut les jeter par-dessus bord pour que Superman les sauve. Il en profitera pour détruire le superhéros avec un missile.

Lois tombe, mais Clark vient vite la chercher, pour ensuite détruire le missile. C’est le premier baiser entre les partenaires, un subterfuge pour Lois, mais un espoir bien vite déçu pour Clark.

Cet épisode nous permet d’en apprendre un peu plus sur l’origine de Superman.

Moments forts :
Loïs embrasse pour la première fois Clark
La première interview de Superman à un journaliste

Note de l'épisode : 8,5/10

Popularité


4 - 2 votes

Titre VO
Strange Visitor from Another Planet

Titre VF
Un homme étrange venu d'ailleurs

Première diffusion
26.09.1993

Première diffusion en France
26.04.1994

Vidéos

Premier baiser entre Lois et Clark

Premier baiser entre Lois et Clark

  

Plus de détails

Guest Star - 102

Elizabeth Barondes   Lucy Lane
Terence Knox   Jason Trask
Joseph Campanella   George Murdoch
Randall Boffman   Agent du gouvernement
Alex Wexo   SWAT
Steven E. Einspahr   Jonathan
Tom Dugan   Soldat
Jeff Austin   Soldat
David St. James   Technicien

Appelée sur les lieux, la police en arrive à la conclusion que Samuel Platt s’est suicidé, désespéré d’avoir été quitté par sa femme, qui est partie avec leur fille paralysée, et d’avoir perdu son travail.


Clark téléphone à ses parents et demande à sa mère si elle pourrait lui coudre un déguisement qui lui permette de sauver les gens sans que personne ne sache qu’il est Clark Kent. Loïs arrive à ce moment. Elle vient le chercher pour aller au travail. Au Daily Planet, ils reçoivent la visite de la femme et de la fille du docteur Platt qui leur explique qu’elles n’ont pas quitté Samuel Platt, que c’est lui qui leur a demandé de s’éloigner car il craignait pour sa vie après ses découvertes sur le sabotage de Messenger.


Les Nations Unies refusent la proposition de Lex Luthor de mettre sur orbite son propre laboratoire, et décident de continuer le projet Prométhéus quoi qu’il en coûte. Le milliardaire est furieux.


Pour fêter leur article qui prouve que Samuel Platt avait raison, Clark invite Loïs à dîner, mais elle le repousse car elle doit diner avec Lex Luthor. Les deux collègues se disputent, et Loïs dine avec Lex qui détourne toutes les questions qu’elle lui pose sans y répondre. Il tente de la séduire. Il la raccompagne chez elle et l’embrasse pour lui dire bonne nuit. Clark, qui était venu jusqu’à l’appartement de Loïs, assiste à la scène, jaoux, et écoute ensuite la conversation de Loïs et de sa sœur Lucy sur la vie amoureuse de sa collègue, qui est apparemment un désert affectif. Loïs ne croit pas au prince charmant, mais ne veut pas se contenter de moins. Elle est désespérément seule.

Le lendemain, Perry refuse de publier l’article de Loïs et Clark, qui prétend que quelqu’un veut couler le projet Prométhéus, et a assassiné Platt, car les deux journalistes n’ont pas de preuves de ce qu’ils avancent. Loïs décide alors d’aller en chercher, et part pour EPRAD avec Jimmy. Elle veut s’introduire par effraction dans le laboratoire et recueillir des preuves sur la carcasse explosée de Messenger que la fusée a bien explosé pour les raisons indiquées par Platt avant de mourir, et prouver ainsi qu’il y a bien eu sabotage.


Le docteur Baines les voit et en avertit Lex Luthor, qui lui ordonne de faire disparaître les preuves compromettantes. Les hommes de Baines attaquent alors Jimmy et Loïs et les font prisonnier dans le hangar. Au Planet, Clark, inquiet de voir Loïs et Jimmy absents de la réunion quotidienne, décide d’aller à leur recherche. Il arrive au hangar où Loïs est enchainée, et Jimmy inconscient, menacés par Baines et ses hommes, armés, mais il ne peut rien faire pour les sauver sans dévoiler ses pouvoirs, et se laissent donc faire prisonnier lui aussi.


Enchainé avec Loïs, celle-ci lui reproche toute la situation, avant de craquer sous la pression et de se révéler une femme fragile, romantique, désespérée par ses relations passées, bien loin de la lionne qu’elle se montre actuellement. Il fait de son mieux pour lui remonter le moral, mais Baines revient dans l’entrepot et décide de les tuer en faisant passer ça pour un accident. Une explosion accidentelle du hangar dûe à un mélange malencontreux de produits chimiques par des journalistes maladroits qui n’auraient pas du fouiner par là.


Clark utilise ses pouvoirs pour les sortir de là avant que le hangar n’explose, en faisant attention à ce que ni Jimmy, ni Loïs ne s’aperçoive de ses pouvoirs. L’hélicoptère qui emmenait le docteur Baines au loin explose à son tour en plein vol, selon les ordres de Luthor qui la trouvait trop encombrante.


Loïs et Clark signent l’article qui prouve le sabotage par Baines, et le meurtre de Platt. Encore un scoop exclusif pour le Planet, et il convient de fêter ça. Loïs menace alors Clark des pires choses s’il ose un jour répéter ne serait-ce qu’une partie de la confession qu’elle lui a faite dans le hangar lorsqu’elle croyait qu’ils allaient mourir. Pour une belle touche finale à l’article, Loïs aimerait faire partie du vol spatial de Prométhéus, mais Perry White refuse.


Clark retourne dans la ferme familiale où sa mère lui fait essayer toute une série de déguisements tous plus ridicules les uns que les autres, jusqu’à ce qu’ils mettent au point le fameux costume bleu et rouge de Superman. Ils regardent ensuite en famille le lancement de Prométhéus à la télévision.


Loïs, qui s’est introduit en douce à l’intérieur de Prométhéus, aperçoit une bombe. Pour empêcher le lancement qui les tuerait tous, elle doit débrancher une partie des circuits de la fusée. Clark voit les problèmes de Prométhéus à la télévision et s’envole pour sa première mission de sauvetage à visage découvert.

Il entre dans Prométhéus et se retrouve face à Loïs qui, à son grand soulagement, ne le reconnaît pas. Il avale la bombe, sauvant tout le monde, puis porte la fusée jusqu’à la station orbitale où elle devait s’amarrer. Loïs est très favorablement impressionnée par cet homme extraordinaire qui se dit être « un ami ».


Tous les journaux du monde s’empare de l’affaire. Vérité ou Canular ? Un homme qui vole, avec une force hors du commun, et qui peut manger des bombes sans indigestion fait couler beacoup d’encre. Au Daily Planet, Perry White est incrédule jusqu’au moment où Superman vole dans le batiment, en portant Loïs dans ses bras.


La jeune femme est tombée follement amoureuse du superhéro, elle a trouvé le prince charmant en qui elle ne croyait pas. Elle obtient la promesse d’une interview exclusive avant qu’il ne reparte. Subjuguée, elle le surnomme Superman dans son article.


Superman se rend ensuite chez Luthor pour le prévenir qu’il sait que c’est lui l’homme derrière le sabotage et les meurtres, qu’il voulait en fait se poser comme le sauveur de Prométhéus en mettant son propre laboratoire en orbite, et gagner au passage des milliards de dollars sur les remèdes qui y seront trouvés. Superman avertit Luthor qu’il n’aura pas de répit tant qu’il n’aura pas les preuves pour le jeter en prison. C’est le début du bras de fer mythique entre les deux adversaires de légende.


Clark retourne ensuite au Daily Planet où il retrouve Loïs toujours assez remontée contre lui, mais totalement extatique au nom de Superman. Elle ne fait plus qu’expliquer à quel point Superman est beau et parfait en tous points, au grand amusement de Clark.

                           LOIS & CLARK_
                     The New Adventures of Superman

                 STRANGE VISITOR (From Another Planet)

                              Episode #2

Written by: BRYCE ZABEL
Directed by:RANDY ZISK



INTERIORS:                                                EXTERIORS:

DAILY PLANET                                             GOVERNMENT BUILDING
  Pit
  Perry's Office                                            STRATOSPHERE
  Conference Room
  Outside Conference Room                          FURNITURE WAREHOUSE
  Lois's Desk
  Library                                                      KENT FARM

CAT'S APARTMENT                                       CRASH SITE                         
  Living Room
  Closet                                                      MILITARY JET

LOIS'S APARTMENT                                      ABOVE METROPOLIS

GOVERNMENT BUILDING OFFICE                     DAILY PLANET
                                                                 Rooftop
                                                                 Street Level
KENT HOME
  Dining Room

METROPOLIS HOME
  Private Den

FURNITURE WAREHOUSE       
  Back Room
  Bureau 39 Storage Room
  Floor

MILITARY JET

                                 



                               _LOIS & CLARK_

                             "_Strange Visitor_"

                                   _CAST_


CLARK KENT/SUPERMAN

LOIS

PERRY

JIMMY

CAT GRANT

JASON TRASK

TECHNICIAN

AGENT

LUCY

GEORGE THOMPSON

JONATHAN

MARTHA

BURTON NEWCOMB

SOLDIER #1

SOLDIER #2

SWAT LEADER

                                 



                                 _TEASER_

      FADE IN:

1     INT.  DAILY PLANET - PIT - DAY                               1

      CLARK bangs away at his word processor.  LOIS passes by,
      tries to sneak a casual glance.  Clark stops what he's doing.

                                   CLARK
                    Adopted kids looking for their
                    birth parents, if you have to know.

      Lois ticks off points on her fingers.

                                   LOIS
                    Search for roots.  Emotional
                    roller-coaster.  Unrealistic
                    expectations.  Tear-jerker
                    reconciliations.

                                   CLARK
                           (impressed)
                    Quick study.

                                   LOIS
                    Not really.  I did it three years
                    ago.

      Clark is not going to let Lois get to him.

                                   CLARK
                    There are no old stories, just
                    new angles.

                                   LOIS
                    Seems to me if your real parents
                    don't care enough to raise you,
                    then why give them a second
                    thought?

                                   CLARK
                    Because if they gave you away,
                    they must have had a reason.
                    And it's the not knowing that
                    kills you.

      The fact that Clark is really speaking from the heart
      about his own situation is lost on Lois.

                                   LOIS
                    Good.  You take the touchy-feely
                    stuff, I'll take Superman.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor" - Rev. 7/26/93 (Green)             2.

1     CONTINUED:                                                  1

      Clark watches Lois breeze off, turns back to his word
      processor.  JIMMY, who's been looking at a picture of Lois
      with her sister, Lucy, on her desk, catches up with Lois
      in mid-stride.

                                   JIMMY
                    Smooth outfit, Lois.  New?

                                   LOIS
                    What do you want, Olsen?

                                   JIMMY
                    I was just thinking -- since your
                    kid sister's new in town -- maybe                  *
                    she'd like somebody to ... you
                    know, show her around.

                                   LOIS
                    You want to ask Lucy out?

                                   JIMMY
                    Do I have a shot?

                                   LOIS
                    I'll need a complete financial
                    statement and the results of a
                    recent physical.

      Jimmy looks nonplussed.  Lois stops, smiles.

                                   LOIS (Cont'd)
                    I'm kidding, Jimmy.

                                   JIMMY
                    You don't think she'll laugh in
                    my face?

                                   LOIS
                           (shrugs)
                    Use the telephone.

      Suddenly, both elevators open simultaneously.  JASON TRASK,
      a man of ram-rod military bearing crossed with a maniacal
      sense of mission, bursts onto the floor, followed by about a
      dozen MEN-IN-BLACK.  They are frozen-faced, agent-types,
      dressed in off-the:-rack dark suits, plain ties and shirts.      *
      Trask holds an-official document over his head:

                                   TRASK
                    This is a warrant issued by
                    Federal Court.

      The agents spread throughout the room, securing the
      premises and exits.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
                                                                 3.

1     CONTINUED:  (2)                                             1

                                   TRASK
                    Everyone:  Step away from your
                    desks!

      PERRY bursts forth from his office, intercepts Trask.

                                   PERRY
                    Nobody comes busting into my
                    newsroom like this!

      Trask simply hands him the warrant.

                                   TRASK
                    Take it up with Washington.

                                   PERRY
                           (scanning)
                    Order to produce evidence ...
                    compel testimony ...
                           (shocked)
                    Lois Lane and Clark Kent!

      As if in answer, an agent begins searching Lois's desk.
      Lois goes ballistic, screaming at him, literally prying
      him away with her own hands.

                                   LOIS
                    Wait a minute!

      A second agent moves to pull her off the first.  Lois,
      however, is a handful and soon a third agent is involved.

                                   LOIS (Cont'd)
                    Get your hands off me!

      Clark moves to help, puts an arm on an agent's shoulder.
      Instinctively, the agent whirls around, producing a weapon.
      A moment of serious tension before Trask warns the
      agent:

                                   TRASK
                    Put it away.  He's just a reporter.

      The agent holsters his weapon.  Lois struggles free of the
      agent restraining her, confronts Trask.

                                   LOIS
                    Reporter.  As in, protected by
                    the Constitution.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor" - Rev. 7/14/93 (Blue)              4.

1     CONTINUED: (3)                                               1

                                   TRASK
                    Impressive document.
                           (holds up warrant)
                    It gives the courts the authority
                    to issue warrants like this one.
                    Which says I get what I want.

                                   CLARK
                    What _exactly_ is that?

                                   TRASK
                    Mister Kent, I presume?
                           (off his nod)
                    I want _Superman_.  And I'm not
                    leaving until you tell me where I
                    can find him.

      OFF Clark's reaction, we:

                                                         FADE OUT.




                                 _END OF TEASER_

                                 
                                                                  5

                                    _ACT ONE_

      FADE IN:

2     INT. DAILY PLANET - PERRY'S OFFICE - DAY                     2

      Clark nervously shoots paper wads into the waste basket.
      When one of them is about to miss, Clark uses his _SUPER-_
      _BREATH_ to maneuver it into place.  Lois peeks through the
      blinds, sees Trask and Perry arguing while the Men-in-Black
      continue their plunder.

                                   LOIS
                    Do they honestly think if we knew
                    where Superman was, we'd hang
                    around this place?

      Lois turns, sees one paper wad dropping from a floating
      position directly above the waste basket.  She looks at
      Clark funny, distracted by Perry entering, closing the
      door behind him.

                                   PERRY
                    Okay, here's the deal.  They want
                    the two of you to take a
                    polygraph --

                                   LOIS
                    -- _what_?! --

                                   PERRY
                    -- limited to national security
                    concerns about Superman --

                                   CLARK
                    -- _a lie detector_?! --

                                   PERRY
                    -- so I told them to stuff it.
                    Not _my_ reporters, no thank you.

                                   CLARK
                           (relieved)
                    Right.

                                   LOIS
                    Good for you.

                                   PERRY
                    I told them if they're bound and
                    determined to take your computers
                    and your notes to just get it over
                    with and get out of the office so
                    we can start suing their butts
                    into the next century.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor" - Rev. 7/27/93 (Gold)              6.

2     CONTINUED:                                                  2

                                   LOIS
                    Take my _computer_?

                                   PERRY
                    You talk, they walk.  You don't,
                    they're gonna confiscate the
                    whole shebang.

                                   LOIS
                    Perry, everything I've ever done,
                    or thought about doing is on that
                    computer.  All my contacts, all my
                    research... my _novel_!

      Clark reacts to the suggestion of a novel.  Lois shoots back
      a look that says don't ask.

                                   CLARK
                    Don't you back up onto floppy
                    disks?

                                   LOIS
                    Clark, this is no time to discuss
                    your compulsive behavior.                          *

                                   PERRY
                    So what are we going to do, folks?
                    I'm with you either way.

      Clark looks apoplectic.  Lois just shrugs.  The stakes
      have reversed for both of them.
                                                                       *
                                   CLARK
                           (frantic)
                    What about the First Amendment,
                    Lois?

                                   LOIS
                    Clark, they pulled a gun on you.
                    To these guys the First Amendment
                    is a pesky little detail.

                                   CLARK
                    I can't do this.  _We_ can't!

                                   LOIS
                    Clark, if we knew _anything_, I'd
                    agree.  But this is like taking
                    a polygraph about the ring-tailed
                    lemur.

      Perry nods.  Turns to Clark.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor" - Rev. 7/21/93 (Pink)              7.

2     CONTINUED: (2)                                               2

                                   PERRY
                    She's got a point. We don't know
                    enough about Superman to lie.
                           (seeing Clark's
                            nervousness)
                    Kent, you know something you
                    haven't told us?

      Perry and Lois look to Clark, now caught in the trap.

                                                         CUT TO:

3     INT. DAILY PLANET - CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY                    3

      Lois is hooked up to a polygraph machine. Trask asks the
      questions and a TECHNICIAN administers the machine.

                                   TRASK
                    You will answer 'yes' to these first
                    two questions. We use this to
                    calibrate the machine.
                           (beat)
                    Is your name Lois Lane?

                                   LOIS
                    That's what the by-line says. Yes.

                                   TRASK
                    Are you also President of the United
                    States?

                                   LOIS
                           (rolls eyes)
                    Yes.


4     INT. DAILY PLANET - OUTSIDE CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY           4

      Clark stands with his back to a couple of Men-in-Black.
      He has his eyes closed, fingers on his wrist.  We hear the
      AMPLIFIED SOUND OF a RAPID PULSEBEAT.

      After a few moments of concentration, the PULSE BEGINS TO
      SLOW.  Clark snaps out of his biofeedback loop, cocks his
      head toward the conference room.  We sense he is listening
      in.

                                 
                                                                 8.

5     INT. DAILY PLANET - CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY                    5

      Trask looks at Lois, exasperated.  Lois's answers drip
      with attitude and sarcasm.

                                   TRASK
                    Do you have any reason to believe
                    Superman is an agent of a foreign
                    power?

                                   LOIS
                    Yeah, and leprechauns are agents
                    of the I.R.A.

                                   TRASK
                    Is Superman from another planet?

                                   LOIS
                    If something looks like a duck,
                    walks like a duck and talks like
                    a duck, the chances are pretty good
                    it is a duck.
                           (beat)
                    He looks like a man to me.

                                   TRASK
                    During the time you two were
                    alone, did Superman discuss his
                    mission here on Earth?

                                   LOIS
                    Mission?  We flew.  We didn't talk.
                    We didn't have to.

                                   TRASK
                           (quietly; to
                            Technician)
                    Non-verbal communication.
                           (to Lois)
                    Does Superman have any telepathic
                    powers?

                                   LOIS
                    I hope not.

      Trask looks hard at Lois.  Obviously has no sense of
      humor.  And, he thinks he senses an opening.

                                   TRASK
                    Have you any romantic attachment to
                    this Superman?

      Lois laughs.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor" - Rev. 7/23/93 (Yellow)            9.

5     CONTINUED:                                                  5

                                   TRASK (Cont'd)
                    Yes or no?

                                   LOIS
                    No.

      The Technician notices a fluctuation, points it out to
      Trask.  They share a look, suspicions growing.  They turn
      their attention back to Lois who just shrugs.

                                                         CUT TO:


6     INT. DAILY PLANET - CONFERENCE ROOM - LATER                  6

      Clark is strapped in, his turn at bat, looking very, very
      concerned.

                                   TRASK
                    You will answer 'yes' to these
                    first two questions.  We use
                    this to calibrate the machine.
                           (beat)
                    Is your name Clark Kent?

                                   CLARK
                    Yes.

                                   TRASK
                    Are you also Superman?

                                   CLARK
                           (freaking)
                    Yes.

      Trask turns to the Technician.  He looks at the read-out
      which, in contrast to Lois's, seems to barely register.
      They speak confidentially.  Clark uses his SUPER-HEARING
      to eavesdrop.

                                   TRASK
                    Why isn't this reading as a lie?

      The Technician slams the polygraph machine on the side with
      his hand.

                                   TECHNICIAN
                    Either the machine's broken again
                    or this reporter's so mild-
                    mannered he hasn't got a pulse.
                    Ask him again.

      Trask turns back to Clark.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
                                                                10.

6     CONTINUED:                                                  6

                                   TRASK
                    Remember to answer 'yes' now.
                    Are you Superman?

      Clark looks toward the polygraph needle.

                                   CLARK
                    Yes.

      He aims a short burst of _SUPER-BREATH_ at the polygraph.
      The needle shoots up all the way.  The Technician turns
      to Trask.

                                   TECHNICIAN
                    Working.

                                   TRASK
                    All right, Mister Kent, let's
                    proceed.  Have you ever met
                    Superman?

      Clark's face is beginning to flush, bright red.

                                   CLARK
                    Met him?  I've seen him in
                    action if that's what you mean,
                    but we haven't actually had a
                    conversation...

      Trask focuses his gaze on Clark, who squirms uncomfortably.

                                   CLARK (Cont'd)
                    I guess you could say we've met,
                    Yes.

      Clark now begins to _LEVITATE_ out of his seat.  Pulls himself
      back down, grips hard on the chair arms.  There is a slight
      BREAKING SOUND.

                                   TRASK
                    Is he from this Earth?

                                   CLARK
                           (the truth)
                    I don't know.

                                   TRASK
                    Can you take us to Superman right
                    now?

                                   CLARK
                    Take you ... ?

                                   TRASK
                    Can you contact Superman?
                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor"   Rev. 7/16/93 (Green)            11.

6     CONTINUED:  (2)                                              6

      Clark's legs, nervously intertwined around the chair
      legs, tense, breaking the chair.  He supports himself
      without them.

                                   CLARK
                    Uh, you mean, by phone or
                    something?

                                   TRASK
                           (exasperated)
                    By any means possible.  Telepathy,
                    for example.  Can you contact
                    Superman?

                                   CLARK
                           (lying)
                    No.

      The AGENT with the headset interrupts.

                                   AGENT
                    Perimeter's been penetrated.

      Trask frowns, nods.  The Agent disappears outside the
      door and the Technician begins dismantling his set-up,
      pulling wires off Clark.  As they do, Trask turns to
      Clark:

                                   TRASK
                    Mister Kent, I don't need a
                    polygraph to tell me when I'm
                    being lied to.  I can see it in
                    the eyes.
                           (drilling Clark)                            *
                    We're not finished.                                *

      Trask takes off.  Clark sighs and stands.  As he does,
      the entire chair collapses.


7     INT. DAILY PLANET - PIT - CONTINUOUS ACTION - DAY           7

      Trask strides onto the floor, claps his hands.  Agentsimmediately cease what they are doing, follow after him
      toward the elevators.

                                   PERRY
                    What's going on?  I want an
                    explanation.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
                                                                12.

7     CONTINUED:                                                  7

      Trask doesn't answer.  Simply gets on the elevators with
      the rest of the agents.  As quickly as they came, Trask
      and company have gone.  As the elevator doors close, CAT,
      wearing another outrageous outfit, exclaims:

                                   CAT
                    It was horrible the way they
                    treated us.  That agent frisked
                    me _twice_!

      Perry begins barking orders to various staffers.

                                   PERRY
                    Biederman, let's get legal on
                    this right away.
                           (to Clark, Lois)
                    Lane, Kent, type up your notes
                    and give them to Valdes.  She's
                    writing this.
                           (claps hands
                            together)
                    Rest of you, get back to it.

      People snap back into action.  Perry heads back to his
      office, but he's intercepted by Lois and Clark.

                                   LOIS
                    What do you mean, 'type up
                    your notes'?  This is my story!

                                   CLARK
                    _Our_ story.

                                   LOIS
                    Seniority.

                                   PERRY
                    You two _are_ the story right
                    now.  In case those goons come
                    back with subpoenas, I want you
                    out of here A.S.A.P.

                                   CLARK
                    I guess I can work at home.

                                   PERRY
                    Home?!  _Anywhere_ but home.  Don't
                    be where they can serve you.  Wear
                    your beepers.  We'll call you.

      Perry storms off purposefully.  Lois and Clark look
      to their ransacked desks in frustration.  Cat approaches
      Clark.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor" - Rev. 7/23/93 (Yellow)           13.

7     CONTINUED: (2)                                               7

                                   CAT
                    Since you're a man in hiding, this
                    is the perfect time for you to have
                    dinner at my place.

                                   CLARK
                    You and me?

                                   CAT
                    Unless you think we'll need a
                    chaperon.

      Clark looks a little concerned, but feels trapped. Nods
      his agreement.


8     INT. CAT'S APARTMENT - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT                   8

      Cat steps inside first. Clark follows, warily. Cat
      shuts the door.

                                   CAT
                    I'm going to change into something
                    more comfortable.

      Cat disappears into the back room.  Clark gulps.  He takes
      a moment to look around.  Although certain pieces of art
      have an erotic theme, they are still tasteful.


8A    INT. CAT'S CLOSET - NIGHT                                  8A    *

      Featuring a wild profusion of outfits, many of the risque        *
      and outrageous variety.  Cat holds up one of these, con-
      siders it, puts it back.  Tries another, then another.
      Finally, she shakes her head, says to herself:

                                   CAT
                    Farm boy moves to the big city.
                    He's looking for a little piece of
                    home.

      Cat focuses on a particular choice, which we do not see.

                                   CAT (Cont'd)
                    And that's just what he's going
                    to get.


                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor" - Rev. 7/23/93 (Yellow)           14.

8B    INT. CAT'S APARTMENT - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT                 8B

      Clark's attention is now on a wall full of books and maga-
      zines.  Everything from famous biographies to works by
      Henry James and D.H. Lawrence.  Cat reappears wearing jeans
      and a sweatshirt.  Clark breathes a sigh of relief.

                                   CAT
                    I think a Pinot Noir would be nice.
                    I've got one chilling.

      Cat moves past Clark into the kitchen area, pulls a
      bottle out of the refrigerator and begins to pour them
      each a glass of wine.  Clark watches, speaks to her
      through the pass-through counter area.

                                   CLARK
                    You've got quite a library.

                                   CAT
                    I do read.

                                   CLARK
                    I know you do.  Maybe your place is
                    just different than I was expecting...

                                   CAT
                    You haven't seen the bedroom.
                           (off Clark's
                            reaction)
                    Relax.  I may never show it to you
                    either.

      Cat smiles, CLINKS her wine CLASS against Clark's.

                                   CLARK
                    You're full of surprises..

                                   CAT
                    You have no idea.

                                                         CUT TO:


9     INT. LOIS'S APARTMENT - NIGHT                               9

      LUCY sprawls on the sofa, thumbing a magazine when the door
      opens and Lois enters.  From the second she is in the apart-
      ment, Lois is in motion, grabbing items and throwing them
      into an overnight bag.

                                   LOIS
                    I'm not here -- and I'm not staying
                    if anybody calls, tell them I was
                    _never_ here don't even admit that
                    I live here --

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
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9     CONTINUED                                                    9

      Lucy gets off the couch, begins to follow Lois around the
      apartment, watching closely as the items go in the bag.

                                   LOIS (Cont'd)
                    if someone knocks, don't open the
                    door unless you know who they are --
                    don't sign anything -- don't accept
                    any deliveries -- I don't know where
                    I'm going -- don't call me, I'll call
                    you. You got all this?

      Lucy nods.

                                   LUCY
                    It's a man thing, right?

      The PHONE RINGS. Lois freezes.

                                                         (CONTINUED)   *

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor" - Rev. 7/26/93 (Green)           15A.

9     CONTINUED: (2)                                               9

                                   LUCY
                    Lois, chill. You're not here,
                    you don't exist, I don't know you,
                    we've never met.

      Lois nods. Lucy picks up the phone.

                                   LUCY (Cont'd)
                    Hello?.
                           (covers.phone;
                            to Lois)
                    Some Southern guy with a real
                    attitude. Says to turn on your
                    beeper or you're fired.

                                   LOIS
                           (taking phone)
                    Hi, Perry...

                                                         CUT TO:


10    INT. CAT'S APARTMENT - NIGHT                                 10

      Clark and Cat are sitting on the couch, eating from a tray
      of cheese and crackers, talking.  There's CLASSICAL MUSIC
      PLAYING in the b.g.

                                   CLARK
                    So what made you get into the
                    gossip business?

                                   CAT
                    Clark, we're all in the gossip
                    business.

                                   CLARK
                    Yeah, but you get paid for it.                     *

                                   CAT
                    I got the best stuff.  You'd be
                    surprised the kind of secrets
                    people carry around with them.
                           (smiles)
                    You have any secrets, Clark?

      Cat begins to run her finger up Clark's leg.  Clark's
      BEEPER GOES OFF.  He moves quickly away, begins to tap out a
      number on the telephone.

                                   CLARK
                    Must be the office.

      Cat points a zapper at her stereo.  Clark is surprised to
      hear the CLASSICAL MUSIC FADE, replaced by the sound of
      JUNGLE DRUMS.

                                 
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11    INTERCUT CAT'S APARTMENT/DAILY PLANET                      11

      Perry sits with Lois next to him in his conference room.
      He speaks into the phone.

                                   PERRY
                    Kent, there's a new development.
                    I'm sending Jimmy in the van to
                    pick you up.

                                   CLARK
                           (quickly)
                    I'll grab a taxi.

                                   PERRY
                    Where are you anyway?  My God,
                    Kent, it sounds like... _jungle_
                    _drums_...

                                   CLARK
                    Just a sec ...

      Lois motions for Perry to let her talk.

      Clark puts the phone down, indicates the zapper to lower
      the volume of the drums.  Cat grabs the phone.

      Lois shouts into the phone:

                                   LOIS
                    Quit playing games, Clark.  Where
                    are you?

      In response, Cat purrs back:

                                   CAT
                    Clark's busy, Lois.  Why don't
                    you give him a few minutes to
                    freshen up first?

      Clark looks aghast.  Jungle drums, now this.  Cat covers
      the phone, shrugs
                                                                       *
                                                         CUT TO:


12    INT. DAILY PLANET  CONFERENCE ROOM NIGHT                     12

      Clark arrives, finds Lois at the table with stacks of
      files spread out before her.

                                   LOIS
                    Look what the Cat dragged in.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor" Rev. 7/26/93 (Green)1           7/18.

12    CONTINUED:                                                 12

                                   CLARK
                    You got the wrong idea, Lois.

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

                                   CLARK
                           (frustrated)
                    Just tell me what's going on.

                                   LOIS
                    What's going on is that the warrant's
                    phony.

      That hits Clark like a sucker punch.  He sinks to a chair.

                                   CLARK
                    Phony?

      Perry enters with a computer print-out.

                                   PERRY
                    Phony as a lock of Elvis's hair
                    from a Memphis souvenir shop.  Our
                    lawyers called Justice, F.B.I.,
                    State, C.I.A. They even called
                    Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

                                   LOIS
                    Nobody in Washington wants to
                    claim those boys.

                                   CLARK
                    _So who are they_?

                                   LOIS
                    All we know is that they think
                    their job is to hunt down Superman.

                                   PERRY
                    Which makes it Your job, boys and
                    girls, to find them first.

      Clark knows Perry speaks a truth that goes beyond
      journalism into self-preservation, and we:

                                                         FADE OUT.


                                  _END OF ACT ONE_

                                 
                                                                19.

                                      _ACT TWO_

                                                         FADE IN:

13    INT. DAILY PLANET LOIS'S DESK - DAY                        13

      Lois is at the keyboard with Clark sitting in a chair pulled
      up alongside, each fixated on the screen, not looking at
      each other.  Clark points.

                                   CLARK
                    That should read, 'A spokesperson
                    for the FBI.'

                                   LOIS
                    What?

                                   CLARK
                    Second 'graph.  You have it saying
                    'The FBI says it has no existing
                    operations concerning Superman.'
                    The FBI isn't a person.  It can't
                    speak.

                                   LOIS
                    Clark, that's why we have editors.

      Interrupted by the approach of Cat:

                                   CAT
                    Morning, Lois, Clark.  Sleep
                    tight?

      Cat kisses Clark on the cheek.

                                   CAT (Cont'd)
                    _I_ did.

      Cat takes off.  Lois turns to Clark, hands on hips.

                                   CLARK
                    _Nothing happened_.

                                   LOIS
                    Clark, you can do the horizontal
                    rhumba with the entire MetNet
                    cheerleading squad for all I care.

      Lois takes the story out of the printer and walks off.

                                   LOIS (Cont'd)
                    Just keep your hands off my copy.

      Frustrated, Clark puts his head in his hands.  A beat, then
      Jimmy approaches.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
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13    CONTINUED:                                                 13

                                   JIMMY
                    Hey, CK, it's all over the
                    newsroom.

      Clark looks up, confused.

                                   JIMMY (Cont'd)
                    You and the Catwoman.  I didn't
                    think anybody could come up with
                    something as juicy as yesterday's
                    raid, but you've done it.

                                   CLARK
                           (one more time)
                    I haven't done anything.

                                   JIMMY
                    Hey, this is me you're talking to.

      Jimmy takes a seat next to Clark, leans forward
      conspiratorially.

                                   JIMMY (Cont'd)
                    I'm going to need details,
                    specificity.  The who, what, where,
                    when, how and why.
                           (beat)
                    Actually, I've got the _who_ and _why_
                    already figured out.  But I'm
                    really curious about the _how_.

                                   CLARK
                    Forget it.

                                   JIMMY
                    To be honest, I never thought of
                    asking you for advice about...
                    women... until now.  But I'm
                    thinking about Lois's sister...
                           (whisper)
                    Ssshh.  Here she comes.
                           (loud voice)
                    Great piece of journalism there,
                    CK.

      Jimmy slaps Clark an the back, takes off, smiling at the
      approaching Lois.  Lois watches him go, turns to Clark.

                                   LOIS
                    Sorry to interrupt your male
                    bonding, but we have a break in
                    the story.

                                                         CUT TO:

                                 
                                                                21.

14    INT. GOVERNMENT BUILDING - OFFICE - DAY                    14

      GEORGE THOMPSON, a very highly placed member of the
      government power structure, is on the phone, livid.  A
      closed, locking, briefcase sits on the desk next to him.

                                   THOMPSON
                    I'll tell you why I'm in
                    Metropolis!  The Director himself
                    sent me here... To clean up the
                    mess you started with that raid on
                    _The Daily Planet_! ... No!  _I_ call
                    the shots on Bureau 39, not you.
                    Standby.
                           (INTERCOM BUZZES;
                            listens)
                    Send them in.
                           (punches button)
                    No. Stay where you are.  I'm coming
                    over as soon as I bury this story
                    with these reporters.  You hear me,
                    Trask?  Trask?!

      We hear a DIAL TONE.  Thompson fumes, hangs up.  Lois and
      Clark enter and he forces a smile as they AD-LIB
      introductions.

                                   CLARK
                    So you just flew in from
                    Washington?

                                   THOMPSON
                    Bullet train.  I'm not much for
                    flying.  You?

      Clark shakes his head.  Lois starts her small cassette tape
      recorder, places it on the desk.  Thompson eyes it
      suspiciously.

                                   LOIS
                    Who exactly do you work for?

                                   THOMPSON
                    I'm a kind of government ombudsman.
                    I go where the problems are.  Right
                    now my job is to get to the bottom
                    of this 'incident' at _The Planet_.

                                   LOIS
                    That's our job, too.  What can you
                    tell us?

                                   THOMPSON
                    Not much.  The first step in our
                    investigation process is to
                    gather all eyewitness accounts.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
                                                                22.

14    CONTINUED:                                                 14

                                   LOIS
                    _Your_ investigation?!  What about
                    _our_ investigation?

                                   THOMPSON
                    That's the other reason I'm here.
                    Understand that we do not take it
                    lightly when someone passes
                    themself off as an agent of the
                    U.S. government.  Can you give us
                    a physical description of any of
                    the people involved?

                                   LOIS
                           (ready to explode)
                    Let me get this straight.  You're
                    here to interview _us_?

                                   THOMPSON
                    Well, yes.  But also to advise you
                    to stay out of harm's way.
                    Anybody who would do this is a
                    danger...

      As Lois and Thompson continue to fence over who knows what,
      Clark makes use of his X-RAY VISION to see inside Thompson's
      attache case.  He sees a file that reads, "Incident Analysis:
      Eyes Only."

      Looking inside still further, Clark sees an itemization that
      includes Roswell, New Mexico, 1947 -- White Mountains,
      Arizona 1975 -- Gulf Breeze, Florida, 1986 -- Voronezh,
      USSR, 1989.  Most amazing of all, however, is one heading
      labeled: _Smallville, Kansas, 1966_!

      Clark is shaken to the core by what he sees.  As Thompson
      continues, we are with CLARK'S POV now, and all sound
      drains from the room.  We see Thompson moving his lips now,
      and Lois talking back to him, but we hear nothing.  Just the
      dead, numbing silence that Clark feels.  Clark is brought
      back by:

                                   LOIS
                    Come on, Clark.  Let's go.

      Clark sees Lois flip her reporter's notebook shut, reach to
      turn off the tape recorder.

                                   CLARK
                    Go?

                                   LOIS
                    It's obvious Mister Thompson here
                    doesn't know anything.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
                                                                23.

14    CONTINUED: (2)                                             14

      OFF Clark's reaction. He's not so sure.

                                                         CUT TO:


15    EXT. GOVERNMENT BUILDING - DAY                             15

      Lois and Clark walk down the steps.  Lois checks Clark out.
      He looks dazed.  Clark really wants to follow up the Small-
      ville connection.  Lois really wants to work the story by
      herself.  What they say is:

                                   CLARK
                    You know, Lois, I'm not feeling
                    that great.  Maybe I should go
                    home and lie down.

                                   LOIS
                           (overly sincere)
                    Sometimes you have to put yourself
                    above the story.

                                   CLARK
                    I don't want to leave you in the
                    lurch.

                                   LOIS
                    You're not.  It's not like we're
                    a team or anything.  Do you want
                    a ride?

                                   CLARK
                    I'll walk.  Maybe the fresh air
                    will help.

      Lois indicates a nearby phone booth.

                                   LOIS
                    I think I'll make some calls.

                                   CLARK
                    I'll meet you back at the paper.

                                   LOIS
                    Sure.  Feel better.

      Clark takes off.  Lois moves to the phone.  As soon as they
      think the other is no longer watching, they both walk faster.
      Lois gets to the phone booth, begins punching out a number.

                                   LOIS (Cont'd)
                    Jimmy?  Lois.  I want you to pull
                    everything on a George Thompson.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
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15    CONTINUED:                                                 15

      She notices Thompson exiting, going to a waiting sedan.
      Lois hangs up, moves into the street to hail a cab in
      order to follow. As she does, there's a growing commotion
      on the street and people point and shout.

                                   VARIOUS
                    Look! What is that? It's
                    Superman. You're kidding. It's
                    him all right.

      Lois looks up into the sky, sees the red and blue costume
      streaking across Metropolis. She says quietly:

                                   LOIS
                    Be careful up there.

                                                         CUT TO:


16    EXT. STRATOSPHERE - DAY                                      16

      SUPERMAN, in full costume, STREAKS ACROSS THE SKY. As we
      pick him up in flight, he's moving with the speed of a
      light plane.

      He's in a hurry, however, and he stretches his arms out fully
      in front of him, and begins to pick up speed... as fast as
      a commercial airline ... then a jet aircraft... and finally,
      he disappears into a point of light, arcing across the
      horizon.


17    EXT. FURNITURE WAREHOUSE - DAY                               17

      A sign on the building proclaims, "Bessolo Discount Used
      Office Furniture." The sedan stops in front of the building
      and Thompson exits.  A cab pulls up, drops Lois off.


18    INT. BUREAU 39 - STORAGE WAREHOUSE - DAY                     18

      We see only that this is a large concrete floor, full of
      pallets, file cabinets and, in the distance, what appears to
      be metal debris.  Thompson and Trask are in the middle of an
      argument, definitely in each other's faces.                      *

                                   TRASK
                           (cold menace)                               *
                    My mission is to identify alien
                    threats to the security of this
                    country.

                                   THOMPSON
                    Superman?!

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor" - Rev. 7/26/93 (Green)            25.

18    CONTINUED:                                                 18

                                   TRASK
                           (nods)
                    The advance guard.  If we don't
                    resist him, they send in the others.
                    All these years of waiting, and now
                    they're here.

                                   THOMPSON
                    So what's your plan?  You're going
                    to capture Superman and dissect him?

                                   TRASK
                    I don't want to study him.  I want
                    to kill him before he kills us.

                                   THOMPSON
                    Trask, your reckless freelancing
                    is jeopardizing the integrity of
                    the entire Bureau 39 operation.

                                   TRASK
                    You don't know anything about
                    Bureau 39!  You sit with those
                    gutless paper pushers in Washington
                    who are too stupid to know we're
                    even in a war, let alone know how
                    to fight it!

                                   THOMPSON
                    That's just more of your insane
                    paranoia.

                                   TRASK
                    Open your eyes!  They're coming
                    after us.  A few people will die
                    in the struggle, yes, but we
                    either draw the line or we
                    capitulate.  I will never submit.

      Thompson sighs, hands Trask a piece of paper.

                                   THOMPSON
                    This orders you to turn over
                    command and control of all your
                    military assets to civilian
                    authority.  Me.

                                   TRASK
                    You can't shut me down.

                                   THOMPSON
                    I can and I will.  I have the
                    authority.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor" - Rev. 7/26/93 (Green)            26.

18    CONTINUED: (2)                                               18

      Trask glares at Thompson then, without warning, he back-         *
      hands him across the face, knocking him to the ground. He        *
      stands over him.                                                 *
                                                                       *
                                   TRASK
                    You have no authority.

      Trask motions to a couple of nearby soldiers who approach,       *
      grab Thompson.

                                   TRASK (Cont'd)
                    Have you ever seen Metropolis
                    Bridge by moonlight? Over five
                    hundred men gave fifteen years of
                    their lives to build it. But you,
                    George, you can experience the
                    majesty of that bridge in seconds.
                    I'm sure it'll be a thrill. Too
                    bad you won't be able to tell me
                    about it.

      Trask turns on his heel and walks away. His FOOTSTEPS ECHO
      ON the CONCRETE. Thompson protests, but is hustled away by
      the men-in-black, as we:

                                                         CUT TO:



19    OMITTED                                                      19


19A   INT. KENT HOME - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT                         19A

      The CAMERA MOVES SLOWLY OVER a collection of family photos.
      We see Clark as a young boy, growing up in Smallville,
      seemingly normal, even in a football uniform. As the CAMERA
      MOVES ON PAST the window, we see Superman making a landing on
      the porch.


20    INT. KENT HOME - DINING ROOM - NIGHT                         20

      Now dressed in his civvies, Clark eats a candlelight dinner
      with his parents, JONATHAN and MARTHA.  Clark picks at his
      main course.  Martha notices.

                                   MARTHA
                    You don't like vegetarian, do you?

      Clark doesn't answer.  His mind is far away.

                                   JONATHAN
                    He's confused.  He probably doesn't
                    know whether to plant it or _eat_ it!

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor" Rev. 7/26/93 (Green)               26A/27.

20    CONTINUED:                                                 20

      Clark snaps out of it, hearing his father say "eat it." He
      begins to do so at _SUPER-SPEED_.  In mere seconds, his plate
      is clean and his glass is empty.  As Clark wipes with a
      napkin, he's a little amazed at himself, too.  Martha and
      Jonathan trade glances.  What's going on?

                                   JONATHAN (Cont'd)
                    Looks like he's missed your cooking.

                                   MARTHA
                    Clark, honey, you just inhaled that.
                    Something's on your mind, isn't it?

      After a moment, Clark realizes he has to come clean.

                                   CLARK
                    I want to hear everything you know
                    about how you found me.
                    _Everything_.

                                   JONATHAN
                           (carefully)
                    It was May 17th, 1966.  We were
                    driving past Simpson Quarry, just
                    due west of the Elbow River.

                                   MARTHA
                    We saw this thing in the sky.  At
                    first we thought it was one of
                    those I.C.B.M.'s.

                                   JONATHAN
                    But that ship came streaking
                    across the sky in front of us.                     *
                    It was hard to ignore.                             *

                                   MARTHA
                    We found you and took you home.
                    Your eyes were so big and wide,
                    and that diaper-thing they had you
                    in made you look so cute --

                                   JONATHAN
                    Martha!  There were some men who
                    were around town a few days later,
                    asking questions.                                  *

                                   CLARK
                    What kind of men?

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor" - Rev. 7/14/93 (Blue)             28.

20    CONTINUED: (2)                                               20

                                   MARTHA,
                    They said they were with the space
                    program.  Said they thought some
                    debris from a Russian satellite
                    came down around here.  Wanted to
                    know if we knew anything about it.

                                   CLARK
                    What'd you tell them?

                                   JONATHAN
                           (firmly)
                    Nothing.

                                   MARTHA
                    There was something about them.
                    Something scary.

                                   JONATHAN
                    We didn't want people who'd shoot
                    you into space to get their hands
                    on you.  We figured even if you
                    were a Russian, you were only a
                    Russian baby.

                                   CLARK
                    Is that what you think I am?  A
                    Russian _experiment_?

                                   MARTHA
                    Honey, we don't care if you're a
                    Russian or a Martian.  And we didn't
                    care then.  You were ours.  That's
                    all we knew and we weren't giving
                    you to anybody.
                           (beat)
                    That's why your father went back to
                    where we found you.

                                                         DISSOLVE TO:

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor" Rev. 7/26/93 (Green)              29.

21    _FLASHBACK_ - CRASH SITE NIGHT                               21

      Under a moonlit sky, a young Jonathan stands before the
      indistinct remains of a spaceship.

                                   JONATHAN (V.O.)
                    We figured that spaceship had to
                    be destroyed so nobody'd ever have
                    any evidence how you got here.

      Jonathan empties a five gallon container of gasoline on the
      spaceship.

                                   JONATHAN (V.0.) (Cont'd)
                    I planned to burn it good, then
                    haul it to the dump.

      With trembling hands, he produces a book of matches. He
      removes a match. It stands ready on the striker. The match
      is lit and lights a torch.

      Jonathan looks up in the sky, toward the moon, through the
      burning flame.

                                                         DISSOLVE TO:

22    ANOTHER FLAME                                                22

      A candle burning. We are in:


23    INT. KENT FARM - DINING ROOM - NIGHT                         23

      Jonathan looks stricken. He puts his fork down. He can't
      eat and, seemingly, he can't speak.

                                   CLARK
                    Dad, it's okay. Destroying it was
                    probably the right thing to do.

                                   JONATHAN
                    Probably was.
                           (confessing)
                    But I didn't.

                                   MARTHA
                           (shocked)
                    Jonathan! Why didn't you tell me?

                                   JONATHAN
                    I couldn't, Martha.
                           (to Clark)
                    It was part of you, son. I just
                    couldn't.

                                                         CUT TO:

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor" - Rev. 7/26/93 (Green)            30.

24    EXT. CRASH SITE - NIGHT                                      24

      Under the light of the full moon, Clark, Jonathan and
      Martha stand at the crash site. Jonathan paces from a tree
      with a pioneer wagon wheel leaned up against it, putting
      one foot after another in front of him.

                                   JONATHAN
                    68 paces due north.  Thirteen
                    paces West.

      Clark and Martha stand together, watching.

                                   MARTHA
                    Are you sure this is the right
                    place?

                                   JONATHAN
                    That's the wagon wheel.  Hasn't
                    moved in over twenty-five years.

      Martha sees Clark's worried face.

                                   MARTHA
                    Are you okay, son?  I know this
                    must be hard on you.

                                   CLARK
                    What's hard is not knowing.  My                    *
                    parents had to give me up.  Why?                   *
                    Where are they?                                    *

      Martha looks away, hurt in her eyes.  Clark tries to cover.

                                   CLARK (Cont'd)
                    You and Dad are my parents.  You
                    know that.  Nobody will ever
                    replace you.

                                   MARTHA
                    Oh, we know, Clark.  You wouldn't
                    be human if you didn't have
                    questions.

                                   CLARK
                    Mom, what if I'm _not_ human?

                                   MARTHA
                    Maybe we shouldn't have told you
                    about being adopted.

                                   CLARK
                    That would've been hard after I
                    started bench pressing cars.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
      L&C "Strange Visitor" - Rev. 7/26/93 (Green)              31.

24    CONTINUED:                                                 24

      Clark smiles at Martha and she smiles back.  Jonathan
      finishes the last few steps.  Points at the ground.

                                   JONATHAN
                    Six feet down.

      Clark takes off his jacket, hands it to Martha.  He moves
      to where Jonathan stands, indicates his father should step
      back.  Clark begins to _SPIN LIKE A TOP_, faster and faster.
      As he does, the dirt flies away and a hole is quickly formed.
      From the bottom, we hear:

                                   CLARK      
                    Dad, you sure about this?

                                   JONATHAN
                    Hundred percent.  Right there.

      Clark _LEVITATES_ out of the hole.  Clark, Martha and Jonathan
      stare over the edge into the deep hole.  Completely empty.

                                   JONATHAN (Cont'd)
                    You don't forget something like
                    this.  It was here!

      Clark lowers his glasses and scans the area with his x-ray
      vision.

                                   CLARK
                    Not anymore.

      And, off the eerie realization that the spacecraft has been
      stolen, we:

                                                         FADE OUT.




                                 _END OF ACT TWO_

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor" - Rev. 7/27/93 (Gold)             32.

                                   _ACT THREE_

      FADE IN:

25    INT. DAILY PLANET - LIBRARY - DAY (DAY 3)                    25

      Clark peers into a hood device, searching records on a
      microfilm machine. Finally, he settles on a photo of
      several Air Force officers at a news conference from the
      1960's. The headline reads: "UFO Sighting Really Swamp
      Gas." Clark lowers his glasses, sees:


26    CLARK'S TELESCOPIC VISION - PHOTOGRAPH                       26

      ZOOMING IN, PAST the f.g., to isolate the man in b.g. The
      image PIXELLATES, then resolves INTO FOCUS. It is none
      other than Trask as a young man.


27    BACK TO SCENE                                                27

      Clark sits back in his chair, amazed at his discovery. Lois
      enters and manages to startle him out of his focus with:

                                   LOIS
                    Feeling better?

                                   CLARK
                    What? Oh, sure. How'd it go
                    yesterday?

                                   LOIS
                    Well, I tailed our man Thompson
                    into a furniture warehouse on
                    Bessolo Boulevard. I waited                        *
                    around a while, but I lost him.                    *

                                   CLARK
                    Maybe he went out the back entrance.

                                   LOIS
                    Definitely weird, but he works for
                    the government.
                           (beat)
                    What'd you dig up?

                                   CLARK
                    Nothing.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor" - Rev. 7/23/93 (Yellow)           33.

27    CONTINUED:                                                 27

                                   LOIS
                    So what are you looking at?

      Lois scoots Clark aside, pears into the microfilm machine.       *
      Shakes her head.

                                   LOIS (Cont'd)
                    Project Blue Book? Clark, the
                    Air Force got out of the U.F.O.
                    business in 1969. This is old
                    news. Way old.

      Clark wants to keep the bombshell to himself.

                                   CLARK
                    You're right. It was just a
                    bunch. Didn't pan out.

      Lois pulls away from the machine, then leans back.  Clark        *
      starts to protest, but Lois waves him off.

                                   LOIS
                    Just a hunch.

      Lois studies the picture a long moment, then pulls away
      again.

                                   LOIS (Cont'd)
                    The airman in the background.  He's
                    the piece-of-work who raided the
                    Planet, isn't he?

                                   CLARK
                    Maybe.  I don't know.
                           (indicates glasses)
                    My eyes aren't that great.

                                   LOIS
                    Well, I have perfect vision.
                    Superman doesn't see like _I_ do.
                           (reading)
                    Jason Trask.  That's our man.

      Lois leans back from the machine.  Can't resist:

                                   LOIS (Cont'd)
                    Almost missed that one, rookie.

                                                         CUT TO:

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor" - Rev. 7/14/93 (Blue)              34

28    INT. DAILY PLANET - PIT - DAY                                28

      Clark and Lois stand before Perry who's in the throes of
      a full-bore journalism rush.

                                   PERRY
                    So we know Trask was in the Air
                    Force, right?

                                   CLARK
                    No military service record.
                    Disappeared into thin air in 1969.

                                   PERRY
                    Keep looking.

                                   LOIS
                    I got just the place.  The other
                    guy in the photo?  General Burton
                    Newcomb.  Retired.  Lives in
                    Metropolis.

                                   PERRY
                    What are you waiting for?  Get
                    packed and get going.

      Lois and Clark move to their desks, quickly begin to get
      their things.  Perry frowns when he sees Cat approach
      Clark, run her fingers through his hair.

                                   CAT
                    You wanted to talk?

                                   CLARK
                    I can't now, but ...
                           (what-the-hell)
                    Look, Cat, somehow everybody thinks
                    we were swinging from chandeliers
                    wearing black leather the other night.

                                   CAT
                    Well, we _were_ interrupted.

                                   CLARK
                    I've got to go, but I'd appreciate
                    it if you'd put a stop to this.

      Clark takes off.  Cat watches him, says to herself.

                                   CAT
                    What?  And ruin my reputation?

      As Clark is on the move, Perry intercepts him.

                                   PERRY
                    Kent, give me a minute in my
                    office, will you?
                                                         CUT TO:

                                 
                                                                35.

29    INT. DAILY PLANET - PERRY'S OFFICE - DAY                     29

      Perry closes the door, leans on his desk, goes eye-to-eye
      with Clark.

                                   PERRY
                    You ever hear of Anita Wood?

                                   CLARK
                    I guess I haven't.

                                   PERRY
                    Memphis D.J., beautiful girl, won
                    a beauty contest.  Did you know
                    that Elvis almost married her?

                                   CLARK
                    I missed that.

                                   PERRY
                    Right after he was drafted in '58.
                    He and Anita were talking marriage,
                    but Colonel Parker knew it would
                    hurt Elvis's career, and he put a
                    stop to it.  If the Colonel hadn't,
                    Elvis might not be the King.  You
                    know what I'm talking about?

                                   CLARK
                    She was the wrong woman for him?

                                   PERRY
                    Fools rush in, son.  Fools rush in.

                                   CLARK
                    Chief, I think people have the
                    wrong idea.

                                   PERRY
                    Really?

                                   CLARK
                    It's definitely not what you're
                    thinking.

                                   PERRY
                    What _I'm_ thinking, Kent, is when
                    it comes to women, if you want to
                    be the King, you gotta listen to
                    the Colonel.

      An awkward moment until Clark stands.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
      L&C- "Strange Visitor" - Rev.  7/26/93 (Green)            36.

29    CONTINUED:                                                 29

                                   CLARK
                    Thanks.  I'll remember that.
                           (beat)
                    Colonel.

      Perry allows himself the trace of a smile.  Lois knocks,
      enters without waiting.

                                   LOIS
                    It's Thompson.

                                   PERRY
                    The guy you lost on the tail?

                                   LOIS
                    He's found.  Metropolis Harbor.
                    Coroner's got him.

      Perry, Lois and Clark trade looks.  Stakes are raised, and
      we:

                                                         CUT TO:


30    INT. METROPOLIS HOME - PRIVATE DEN - DAY                     30

      Lois and Clark sit on a couch interviewing retired Air
      Force General BURTON NEWCOMB -- the "other guy" in the
      photo with Trask.  The room is full of military memorabilia,
      including a substantial gun collection.  Lois's small tape
      recorder sits on the table next to some unshelled walnuts.

                                   CLARK
                    Yesterday a man named George
                    Thompson came to Metropolis.
                    Today he's dead.

                                   NEWCOMB
                    Regrettable.  What's that have to
                    do with me?

      Lois hands Newcomb a photostat of the newspaper photo.

                                   LOIS
                    He was investigating your old
                    friend Jason Trask.

      Newcomb stands, looks out the window.

                                   NEWCOMB
                    Have either of you ever had to
                    keep a secret?  A huge secret?

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
      L&C- "Strange Visitor" - Rev. 7/26/93 (Green)             37.

30    CONTINUED:                                                 30

                                   CLARK
                    Sure.

                                   LOIS
                           (to Clark)
                    Like what?

                                   CLARK
                           (quickly; to Lois)
                    I'm a reporter.  You know,
                    protecting sources.

                                   NEWCOMB
                    Keeping a secret eats away at
                    you.  It's Just a nibble at a
                    time, but it adds up.  And one
                    day, you wake up and realize
                    it's consumed everything inside
                    you.

      Newcomb turns back from the window, picks up Lois's tape
      recorder, turns it off.  Newcomb ejects the cassette, takes
      the nutcracker to crunch the tape into oblivion.

                                   NEWCOMB (Cont'd)
                    We were just a small group when
                    we started, but we all took
                    special oaths on the same day.
                    August the second, nineteen-
                    forty-seven.  I was about your
                    age.

                                   LOIS
                    You didn't take an oath to protect
                    people like Trask, did you?

      Newcomb takes a moment, thinking about Thompson.  Then:

                                   NEWCOMB
                    You don't need me to find Trask.
                    He's probably hiding in plain
                    sight.

                                   LOIS
                    Like a used office furniture
                    warehouse on Bessolo Boulevard?

      Newcomb arches his eyebrow at the Bessolo Boulevard
      reference.

                                   NEWCOMB
                    Getting to him, though, that's
                    another matter.  A man like Trask
                    would no doubt be protected by an
                    impenetrable security system.
                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor"  Rev. 7/27/93 (Gold)              38.

30    CONTINUED: (2)                                               30

                                   LOIS
                    Every system has a flaw.

      Newcomb removes a credit-card sized card with a magnetic
      stripe from his drawer and surreptitiously places it on the
      corner of the desk.  It has two numbers on it: "3-9."

                                   NEWCOMB
                    Not this one I designed it
                    myself.  You d need someone on the
                    inside, or someone who'd been on
                    the inside, to help you out.  Now,
                    assuming you could find such a
                    person, you'd have to hope that
                    person found a man like _Trask_ so
                    _repugnant_ and his methods so
                    _un-American_, that he would choose
                    to help you.  That's a tall order.

      Newcomb moves to his collection of military rifles,
      mounted on the wall, and removes one of them.

                                   NEWCOMB (Cont'd)
                    I'm going to count to three.
                    When I turn around, I expect you
                    to be gone.  One...

      Lois and Clark look at each other.  A trap?

                                   NEWCOMB (Cont'd)
                    Two ...

      No. An opportunity. Lois takes the security card from the
      desk.

                                   NEWCOMB (Cont'd)
                    Three ...

      Followed by an escape. Lois and Clark disappear.

                                                         CUT TO:

31    OMITTED                                                    31
thru                                                           thru
33                                                               33


34    EXT. FURNITURE WAREHOUSE - DAY                             34    *

      Lois and Clark stand before a door with a magnetic security
      system, holding the card taken from Newcomb's home.

                                                         (CONTINUED)
                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor"Rev. 7/27/93 (Gold)                39.

34    CONTINUED:                                                 34

      Lois stripes the card.The door unlocks.

                                   LOIS
                    And the General thought this was
                    going to be hard.

      Lois steps inside, followed by Clark, into:


35    INT. FURNITURE WAREHOUSE - BACK ROOM - CONTINUOUS          35
      ACTION - DAY

      Actually, an anteroom.  Small, empty.  The DOOR immediately
      CLANGS shut behind them, however, and they realize they have
      entered a secure chamber.  They look ahead.  The door in
      front of them has a huge security tumbler.  But no place to
      swipe a magnetic stripe.

                                   CLARK
                    They must have added this since
                    his day.

                                   LOIS
                    This is no time to get smug.

      A digital read-out indicates they have 45 seconds.  Lois
      and Clark trade glances.  Clark steps forward, begins to
      spin the dial.

                                   LOIS
                    Don't tell me.  Safecracker?

      Clark doesn't answer.  By using his _SUPER-HEARING_, the minute
      clicks become huge CA-CHUNKS.  The tumblers fall into place
      one by one.  Momentarily, the door is open.  Lois is stunned.

                                   CLARK
                    The General said August 2, 1947.
                    Eight right, two left, forty-seven
                    right.

                                   LOIS
                    You are so weird.  But it works for
                    you.

      Lois shakes her head,, pushes through into:


36    OMITTED                                                      36

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor"  Rev. 7/23/93 (Yellow)            40.

37    BUREAU 39 STORAGE ROOM                                       37

      The same expanse where Trask and Thompson fought previously.
      Now dimly lit and eerily deserted.

      Visible still, large tarped areas in the back and a
      collection of file cabinets in the f.g.  Clark and Lois
      move toward the cabinets.

                                   CLARK
                           (suspicious)
                    I don't know about this, Lois.
                    Where is everybody?

                                   LOIS
                    Clark, the thing about luck is,
                    don't question it.

      Lois begins to randomly pull folders and examine them.
      File after file with clear UFO photos and reports.  Lois
      holds up one photo of a Spielbergian light-ship.

                                   LOIS (Cont'd)
                    Give me a break.  I've seen this
                    movie.

                                   CLARK
                    Lois, these look like the
                    genuine article.

                                   LOIS
                    They're too good.  It's got to
                    be a set-up.

                                   CLARK
                           (thinking of self)
                    What if it's not?  What if people
                    actually travelled in these?
                    People from far away...

                                   LOIS
                    There's a story here, Clark, but
                    I don't know if it's UFO's.

                                   CLARK
                    I thought you were the one who
                    said if it walks like a duck --

                                   LOIS
                    Don't quote me to myself, Clark.
                           (beat)
                    How did you ... ?

      Clark sees a file labelled, "Smallville Incident, 1966." He
      slams the drawer shut.  He grabs Lois by the arm and begins      *
      to lead her away.                                                *

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor" - Rev. 7/26/93 (Green)            41.

38    STORAGE AREA - CONTINUOUS ACTION                             38

      As Clark leads Lois toward the tarped area behind them:

                                   LOIS
                    What are you doing?

                                   CLARK
                    You don't like their pictures,
                    let's see what else they have.

      They notice that each item is tagged and marked by date and
      location.

                                   LOIS
                    I suppose you think we're going
                    to pull one of these off and find
                    a U.F.O.?

                                   CLARK
                           (freaked)
                    I don't know what we're going to
                    find.

                                   LOIS
                    Eeny, meeny, miney, mo ...

      Lois removes one of the tarps, revealing a collection of
      twisted metal and beams.

                                   LOIS (Cont'd)
                    This is just an Unidentified
                    Salvage Yard.                                      *

      Clark removes another tarp. Underneath is a clearly
      identifiable spaceship with the look and feel of reality.

                                   CLARK
                    This doesn't look like any scrap
                    metal I ever saw.

      Clark moves along, awed by what he is seeing. Lois stays
      behind, examining the ship.

                                   LOIS
                    Clark, do you really think... ?

      But Clark doesn't hear. He has come upon what appears to
      be a fifteen foot entry vehicle. It does not look familiar
      in an earthly sense.


39    OMITTED                                                      39

                                 
      L&C- "Strange Visitor" - Rev. 7/23/93 (Yellow)              42/43.

40    CLARK                                                        40

      Gingerly runs his fingertips down one metal beam.  On it are
      a row of mysterious hieroglyphics.  At the end of the row:
      the familiar "S" insignia he has begun to wear on his
      Superman costume.  It's a moment of epiphany causing even
      Clark's superpowered knees to buckle.

      Next to the wreckage is a bagged artifact, labelled,
      "Smallville, Exhibit A." Inside is what appears to be a
      small ball.  Clark takes it out of its bag, and as his
      fingers make contact, it begins to &low from the inside.

      It is a three-dimensional globe with mountain peaks and
      valleys.  It's Earth.  Clark's face shows the effect the
      moment is having on him.  When we see the globe again, it
      is different.  Peaks and valleys, reddish tint, huge ice
      caps.  It is another planet.  Clark, stunned, says to him-
      self in a soft whisper of recognition of a world long for-
      gotten and a memory long suppressed:

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
                                                                44.

40    CONTINUED:                                                 40

                                   CLARK
                    Krypton.

      All of this is our version of Rosebud, and Clark is nearly
      overwhelmed by emotion.  Snapped out of it by:

                                   LOIS
                    Clark!

      Clark quickly pulls the tarp back over the spacecraft.
      Lois can't see this.  Clark stuffs the ball in his
      pocket.

                                   LOIS (Cont'd)
                    Somebody's coming.

      Too late.  There is no way to escape.  Trask and his
      agents are everywhere, guns are drawn.

                                   TRASK
                    And how did you two get in?

                                   LOIS
                    That's your problem.

                                   TRASK
                    That's correct.  Getting _out_
                    however, that's your problem.

                                   CLARK
                    People know where we are.

                                   LOIS
                           (vamping)
                    Like... Superman.  He's going to
                    come looking for us.

                                   TRASK
                    Oh, I hope so.  In fact, I'm
                    counting on it.

      Situation critical, as we:

                                                         FADE OUT.


                                 _END OF ACT THREE_

                                 
                                                                45.

                                  _ACT FOUR_

      FADE IN:

41    INT. LOIS'S APARTMENT - DAY                                41

      Lucy goes through an aerobics routine.  The MUSIC is at
      HIGH VOLUME.  As the workout continues, we realize that
      somewhere in the beat is the sound of an insistent DOORBELL.
      Lucy goes to the door and opens it.  Jimmy's standing in
      the doorway.

                                   JIMMY
                           (shouting)
                    I'm Jimmy!

                                   LUCY
                           (shouting)
                    What?!

                                   JIMMY
                           (shouting)
                    Jimmy!  I'm Jimmy Olsen!  From
                    the Planet!

      Lucy gets the drift, motions Jimmy inside, turns DOWN the
      MUSIC.  Jimmy gets a good look at Lucy in her jog-bra and
      bike shorts.

                                   LUCY
                    I don't think you can get the
                    total effect unless you hear the
                    music on a cellular level.  Now
                    who are you again?

                                   JIMMY
                    Jimmy Olsen.
                           (hopefully)
                    I thought Lois might have
                    mentioned me?

                                   LUCY
                    Jimmy?  I don't think so.  I'd
                    remember a guy named Jimmy.

                                   JIMMY
                    I've been thinking about going
                    with James.

                                   LUCY
                    Did you come here to ask my
                    opinion about your name?

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor"  Rev. 7/22/93 (Gold)              46.

41    CONTINUED:                                                 41

                                   JIMMY
                    No. It's your sister.  She
                    hasn't checked in and she doesn't
                    answer her pager.  Do you know
                    where she is?

                                   LUCY
                    Nope.  She made a big deal the
                    other day about making herself
                    scarce.

                                   JIMMY
                    Then what hampered?

                                   LUCY
                    Then she made herself scarce.

                                   JIMMY
                    Well, she can usually take care
                    of herself.

                                   LUCY
                    She's probably okay.

      A beat.  Jimmy takes a deep breath.

                                   JIMMY
                    You want to, maybe, go out,
                    sometime?  See a movie, or
                    something?

                                   LUCY
                    Wait a minute.  You come here
                    with some story that my sister
                    might be in danger and then you
                    ask me out?  Is that right?

                                   JIMMY
                           (grimaces)
                    That's pretty much it.

                                   LUCY
                           (beat)
                    Okay.

      Jimmy breaks into a big smile.  So does Lucy.

                                                         CUT TO:

42    EXT. MILITARY JET - DAY (STOCK)                            42

      In flight to parts unknown.

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor" - Rev. 7/26/93 (Green)            47.

43    INT. MILITARY JET - DAY                                      43

      Lois and Clark are seated across from Trask and a couple of
      SOLDIERS.  They're not speaking, but their eyes say they
      know they are in trouble.  Finally:

                                   LOIS
                    It's a romance novel.

                                   CLARK
                    What?

                                   LOIS
                    My novel.  It's about a woman who
                    dies without ever finding her true
                    love.

                                   CLARK
                    That's not going to happen to
                    you, Lois.

                                   LOIS
                    Yeah?  Check it out, Clark.
                    These guys look serious.

      Lois nods across the cabin toward Trask and a handful of
      soldiers, huddled around an electronic command station.
      They _do_ look serious.

                                   LOIS (Cont'd)
                    So, I told you, now you tell me.

                                   CLARK
                    Tell you what?

                                   LOIS
                    What really happened between you
                    and Cat?  Not that I care, but
                    it's probably the best secret you
                    got going.

      Clark shakes his head.  This again.

                                   LOIS (Cont'd)
                    If we get out of this, Clark, you
                    have to raise your standards.
                                                                       *
      The two Soldiers move to the main door and begin to unlatch      *
      it. Lois eyes this warily.  Trask approaches.                    *

                                   TRASK
                    I assume the two of you are
                    familiar with the scientific
                    method.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor"  Rev. 7/26/93 (Green)             48.

43    CONTINUED:                                                 43

                                   CLARK
                    Advance a theory, submit it to a
                    test.

                                   TRASK
                    My theory is that at least one of
                    you knows how to contact this
                    alien creature Superman, probably
                    through some form of telepathic
                    communication.

                                   LOIS
                    And how do you plan to test it?

                                   TRASK
                    If you suddenly become airborne
                    at twenty thousand feet, _without_
                    _a parachute_, I have to assume you
                    will focus all your energies toward
                    contacting this Superman.

                                   CLARK
                    What if this theory of yours is
                    wrong?

                                   TRASK
                    Pushing back the frontiers of
                    science is not without risk.

      The two soldiers throw the door open.  A blast of air enters
      the cabin.
                                                                       *
                                   LOIS                                *
                    And what happens if Superman does
                    show up?

                                   TRASK
                    Does the worm need to know if the
                    fish is going to be fried or
                    charbroiled?

      Trask nods to the two soldiers.  They approach.

                                   CLARK
                    Leave Lois alone.  Just use me.

                                   LOIS
                           (hatching a plan)
                    No. I'll go.

                                   CLARK
                    Lois!
                           (desperate)
                    You don't understand!

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
      L&C- "Strange Visitor" - Rev. 7/26/93 (Green)             49.

43    CONTINUED: (2)                                               43

      Lois stands. When Clark tries to stand, one of the soldiers
      pushes him back into his seat.


44    ANGLE - CLARK                                                44

      Rising anger. He's not going to let this happen. Even if
      it means giving up his secret.


45    LOIS                                                         45

      Turns to Trask.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
                                                                50.

45    CONTINUED:                                                 45

                                   LOIS
                    I ought to at least get a last
                    request.

                                   TRASK
                    Within reason.

                                   LOIS
                    I want to kiss Clark good-bye.


46    CLARK                                                        46

      His determination replaced by shock and surprise.


47    KISS                                                         47

      Our first screen kiss.  Maybe our last.  Lois leans forward
      to Clark and kisses him full.  Clark feels a serious spark
      of electricity here.

                                   CLARK
                    Lois, I ...

      As Lois pulls away, she whispers in his ear.

                                   LOIS
                    Take the one on the right.

      Lois comes up quickly, throwing elbows and kicks at
      Trask...

      Clark immediately stands, pins the first soldier against the
      wall, but gets a gun trained on him by the second soldier.
      Clark pauses a second ...

      Lois struggles.with Trask.  She is almost out the door...

      Clark ignores the soldier, moves to help.  The GUN GOES OFF.
      A bullet literally slams into Clark and _BOUNCES AWAY_.

                                   LOIS (Cont'd)
                    Clark!

      In the confusion, Trask gains the upper hand.  Lois goes out
      the door...

                                   CLARK
                    Lois!

      Clark ignores everyone else, dives out after Lois.

                                                         CUT TO:

                                 
      L&C "Strange Visitor" - Rev. 7/26/93 (Green)              51.

48    EXT. ABOVE METROPOLIS - LOIS - DAY                           48

      In free fall. Her face is scrunched up in telepathic
      concentration.

                                   LOIS
                           (muttering).
                    Superman, if you can hear me,
                    drop everything and get over
                    here.
                           (then)
                    Superman!!!! Help!!!


40    CLARK                                                        49

      Also in free fall. Clark, however, has more maneuver-
      ability. He angles himself toward a dense cloud bank.

                                                         CUT TO:


50    INT. MILITARY JET - DAY                                      50

      Trask's man secure the door. He checks an oscilloscope,
      featuring two moving flashing lights.

                                   TRASK
                    Tracking. We've got both of
                    them.

                                   SOLDIER #1
                    The guy's hurt. I shot him.

                                   SOLDIER #2
                    Guess again.

      Soldier #2 picks up a flattened bullet, holds it up for
      Trask to inspect.

                                   TRASK
                    No trace of blood.

                                   SOLDIER #1
                           (stunned)
                    I shot him. I saw it.

                                   TRASK
                    You missed.

                                                         CUT TO:


51    EXT. ABOVE METROPOLIS - CLARK - DAY                        51

      As he zooms into the dense cloud bank. For a long moment,
      he disappears.

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor" - Rev. 7/23/93 (Yellow)           52.

52    LOIS                                                         52

      Below Clark, continuing to hurtle earthward.


53    SUPERMAN!!                                                   53

      Suddenly appearing from the other side of the cloud bank!
      Pauses momentarily in midflight to get his bearings, sees
      Lois, and zooms toward her.

                                                         CUT TO:

54    INT. MILITARY JET - DAY                                      54

      Trask observes Soldier #1, scanning the equipment on the         *
      electronic battle station.                                       *

                                   SOLDIER #1
                    Target acquisition. Zero-niner-
                    five.                                              *
                                                                       *
                                   TRASK
                    Execute.

                                   SOLDIER #1                          *
                    Missile lock in five, four,                        *
                    three, two, one.                                   *
                           (triggering)
                    Executing.                                         *

55    EXT. MILITARY JET - DAY (STOCK)                              55

      A guided missile fires off from the jet. Target: Superman.

                                                         CUT TO:

56    EXT. ABOVE METROPOLIS - DAY                                  56

      Lois continues to hurtle earthward.

                                   LOIS
                    Superman... Superman... Superman
                    ... Superman... Superman...

      In the distance, she sees Superman, closing fast.
      Intersects her and scoops her in his arms.

                                   LOIS (Cont'd)
                    You do read minds.

                                   SUPERMAN
                    Not really. But I do have pretty
                    good hearing.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
                                                                 53

56    CONTINUED:                                                   56

                                   LOIS
                    Clark. They've still got him. He
                    may be hurt.

                                   SUPERMAN
                    Don't worry. I'll go back for him.

                                                         CUT TO:


57    EXT. DAILY PLANET BUILDING - ROOFTOP - DAY                   57

      Superman deposits Lois on the rooftop. She looks shell-
      shocked.

                                   SUPERMAN
                    You'll be all right?

      Lois can't speak, but her eyes are wide-wide.

                                   SUPERMAN (Cont'd)
                    Lois?

      Lois can't speak, just points skyward. Superman turns
      around and sees:


58    GUIDED MISSILE                                               58

      Currently being guided after Superman, who's on the roof of
      the Planet.


59    SUPERMAN                                                     59

      Superman shoots off the roof, toward an intersection with
      the missile.

                                                         CUT TO:

60    EXT. DAILY PLANET - STREET LEVEL - DAY                       60

      A crowd of onlookers all have their eyes on the sky, AD
      LIBBING expressions of concern. Jimmy is on his way in,
      stops and looks up to:

                                   JIMMY
                    Superman...

                                                         CUT TO:

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor" - Rev. 7/26/93 (Green)            54.

61    EXT ABOVE METROPOLIS- DAY                                    61

      Superman intercepts the MISSILE, begins to muscle it
      skyward.  There is a brilliant EXPLOSION.  Superman is
      hurtled backward.

                                                         CUT TO:


62    EXT. DAILY PLANET - ROOFTOP - DAY                            62

      Lois watches this.  Closes her eyes.  She knows nothing of
      invulnerability and auras.  All she knows is a man she has
      begun to care about, a man who saved her life, a good man,
      may be gone.

                                                         CUT TO:


63    INT. MILITARY JET - DAY                                      63

      Trask and his men have visual and radar confirmation of the
      hit.

                                   TRASK
                    Let's get out of here.

                                                         CUT TO:


64    INT. DAILY PLANET - LOIS'S DESK - DAY                        64

      The Planet is in an uproar.  Lois enters off the elevator,
      completely dazed.  Perry rushes to her.

                                   PERRY
                    Lois, what happened!?

                                   LOIS
                    Before or after we got thrown out
                    of the plane?
                           (snapping out
                            of it)
                    Superman!  Is he all right?

                                   PERRY
                    We don't know.  We're running
                    down some witnesses.
                           (beat)
                    You know what happened to...

                                   LOIS
                           (looks O.S.)
                    Clark!

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor" Rev. 7/26/93 (Green)              55.

64    CONTINUED:                                                 64

      Clark enters from the elevator.  He moves straight through
      the newsroom.  Cat begins to approach him, but he doesn't
      even see her.  He moves straight to Lois, who's moving
      toward him at the same time.

                                   LOIS (Cont'd)
                    You're alive.

                                   CLARK
                    Seems so.

                                   LOIS
                    Oh, Clark...

      Lois hugs Clark.  She cares.  Lois turns around to the others.

                                   LOIS (Cont'd)
                    Hey, everybody, if Clark's alive,
                    that means Superman saved him and
                    _he's_ alive!

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
                                                                 56

64    CONTINUED: (2)                                               64

      Clark's face falls. Lois turns back to him.

                                   LOIS (Cont'd)
                    What are we waiting for? We got a
                    story getting bigger every second.

                                                         SMASH CUT TO:


65    INT. WAREHOUSE FLOOR - DAY                                   65

      As, on the cut, an entire, armed-to-the-teeth SWAT TEAM
      enters, spreads out.  Which is easy to do.  It's nothing
      more than a huge, empty concrete floor.

                                   SWAT LEADER
                    All clear!

      Now Perry, Lois, Clark and Jimmy with a camera enter. Take
      it all in.

                                   LOIS
                    It was all here, Perry.
                           (to Clark)
                    Tell him.

                                   CLARK
                    She's right.

                                   LOIS
                    U.F.O.'s, Perry.  Unidentified
                    flying objects.  Only they're all
                    identified.  Bagged, tagged and
                    processed.  Right here.

                                   PERRY
                           (skeptically)
                    U.F.O.'s?

                                   LOIS
                    Yes!  Don't you see?  Coverup.
                    Big-time.  That's what's going on.

                                   PERRY
                    Okay.

                                   CLARK
                    This story might be bigger than
                    Superman.

                                   LOIS
                    We got cosmic Watergate here, Perry.
                    I've got to get back and start
                    writing.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor" - Rev. 7/21/93 (Pink)             57.

65    CONTINUED:                                                 65

                                   PERRY
                    Well, now, here's where I gotta get
                    off the bus you're driving.

                                   LOIS
                    We know what we saw!

                                   PERRY
                    You two are the best.  You tell me
                    something, I believe you.
                           (beat)
                    Can't let you write it, though.

                                   LOIS
                    Sure you can.  Clark and I can
                    corroborate each other.

                                   PERRY
                    Not when you're talking U.F.O.'s.
                           (gestures)
                    Lois, your physical evidence is
                    gone.  Trask is missing.  Thompson's
                    dead.  Your General Newcomb says he
                    never heard of you.
                           (beat)
                    We run with this thing, we look
                    like the _National Whisper_.  You'll               *
                    kiss your own careers good-bye and
                    take the paper with you.  Can't
                    let that happen.  Sorry.

      Lois moves away, bitterly disappointed; Clark follows.

                                   CLARK
                    Lois ...

                                   LOIS
                    You realize what we've lost here,
                    Clark?

      Clark looks around the empty warehouse.  A place where the
      lifeline to his past existed only a day before.

                                   CLARK
                    Yeah.  I do.

                                                         CUT TO:

66    INT. DAILY PLANET THE PIT - NIGHT                            66

      Lois is alone, buttons unbuttoned, hair down, feet on the
      desk.  She's popping malt balls in the air, catching them
      with her mouth.  There's a WHOOSH of AIR, a shadow, and a
      familiar voice.
                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
      L&C - "Strange Visitor" Rev. 7/26/93 (Green)              58.

66    CONTINUED:                                                   66

                                   SUPERMAN      
                    I hear you've been looking for me.

      Without turning around, she knows.  Answers, to herself, in      *
      a whisper:

                                   LOIS
                    All my life.

      Lois closes her eyes, takes a deep breath, trying to compose
      herself.  When she turns to face him, she's business.

                                   LOIS (Cont'd)
                    _Everybody's_ looking for you.

                                   SUPERMAN
                    I know.  And I know you almost
                    died because of that.

                                   LOIS
                    Well, it did make that bungee jump
                    I did last year seem pretty tame.

                                   SUPERMAN
                           (serious)
                    I'm going to find that man and
                    stop him.  That's a promise, Lois.

      "Lois."  Like magic.  Lois loses it, just a moment, then
      she's back.

                                   LOIS
                    You know my name, but I don't
                    know yours.

                                   SUPERMAN
                    Superman seems to have caught on.

                                   LOIS
                    Where are you from?  I mean,
                    you're not from Kansas, that's
                    for sure.

                                   SUPERMAN
                    I'm from another planet.  A place
                    called Krypton.
                           (beat)
                    Sorry.

                                   LOIS
                           (quickly)
                    No. Don't be.
                           (beat)
                    Would you mind if I wrote some of
                    this down?
                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
                                                                 59

66    CONTINUED:--(2)                                              66

      Superman shakes his-head.  Lois flips open her reporter's
      notebook and grabs a pen.

                                   LOIS (Cont'd)
                           (looks him over)
                    You seem to have all the ... the
                    parts ... of a man.

                                   SUPERMAN
                    I am a man, Lois.  Just like
                    you're a woman..

      An intoxicating thought.  Lois is about to submerge again,
      but rallies.

                                   LOIS
                    I'm glad you're here, but _why_ are
                    you here?

                                   SUPERMAN
                    To help.

                                   LOIS
                    I need more of a quote, you know?
                    Like 'I have not yet begun to
                    fight.' Or 'Damn the torpedoes.'
                    If you said you were here to
                    fight for truth or justice or the
                    American way, something like
                    that, that would be a quote.

                                   SUPERMAN
                    Can I get back to you?

                                   LOIS
                    I'm a reporter.  I have
                    deadlines.  I have an editor.
                    Don't they have newspapers on
                    Krypton?

                                   SUPERMAN
                    Probably not like yours.

                                   LOIS
                    Yeah, well, _nobody_ has an editor
                    like mine.  If you're here to
                    help, this would be a good place
                    to start.

                                   SUPERMAN
                           (considers it)
                    Truth and justice sound good.
                    You can use that.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                                 
                                                                60.

66 CONTINUED: (3)                                                  66

      As Lois writes, Superman cocks his head, as if he's listen-
      ing.  Lois doesn't hear anything.

                                   LOIS
                    What is it?

                                   SUPERMAN
                    Someone's in trouble.

                                   LOIS
                           (sees it coming)
                    This is a job for Superman,
                    right?

                                   SUPERMAN
                           (nods)
                    Be seeing you?

      With that, he begins to _LEVITATE_ toward the window.

                                   LOIS
                    Hope so.

      Lois watches him go, then turns back to her word processor
      and begins pounding away.  She pauses a moment, looks out
      the window thinking about this strange visitor who just got
      a little less strange, and we:

                                                         FADE OUT.




                                    _THE END_

                                 



















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schumi  (18.07.2019 à 16:29)

Pas mal du tout cet épisode! Je me disais bien que le gouvernement n'allait pas rester sans rien dire ou faire face à l'arrivée de Superman mais un peu surprise par le dénouement! Ce qui n'est pas désagréable!

Je trouve les parents de Clark très touchants et attendrissants, je les adore!

Et Loîs a eu chaud une fois de plus lol.

Bon par contre il faut avouer que les effets spéciaux piquent un peu les yeux tant ils sont rétros lol!

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