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#120 : Les barbares

Titre en VO : Barbarians at The Planet
Diffusion US : 01/05/94
Diffusion FR : 26/06/94

Le Daily Planet est en train de couler à cause des problèmes avec les salaires, Jimmy et Jack sont renvoyés. Le manipulateur de tout ça : Lex Luthor qui veut forcer Lois à accepter sa demande en mariage.

Lex détruit les locaux en le faisant exploser. De plus, il prépare la destruction de Superman en trouvant de la kryptonite Lois se trouve un nouvel emploi à la télévision grâce à Lex. Elle dévoile à Clark la demande en mariage du multimilliardaire. Pour éviter cette erreur, Clark prend son courage à deux mains et avoue son amour à Lois. Malheureusement, elle le refuse.

Avant d’accepter la demande en mariage, Lois veut savoir si elle a une chance avec Superman. Finalement, elle accepte d’épouser Lex.

Note de l'épisode : 10/10

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Titre VO
Barbarians at The Planet

Titre VF
Les barbares

Première diffusion
01.05.1994

Première diffusion en France
26.06.1994

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                        _LOIS AND CLARK_

The New Adventures of Superman


                        "Barbarians at the Planet"

                               

Written by: Dan Levine & Deborah Joy LeVine



                              _CAST_


CLARK KENT/SUPERMAN

LOIS LANE

PERRY WHITE

JIMMY OLSEN

LEX LUTHOR

JONATHAN KENT

MARTHA KENT

JACK

MRS. COX

DEVANE

STEVEN SANCHEZ

CHIP PETERSON

SANDRA ELLIS

FIRE CHIEF

                           

                           _LOCATIONS_



_INTERIORS_:                                         _EXTERIORS_:

Daily Planet                                         Daily Planet
    The Pit                                             Street
    Perry's Office
    Lobby                                            Kent Farm
    Elevator Area
                                                     Park Outside LNN
Printing Plant
    Inkroom                                          Construction Site

Storeroom                                            Salome Restaurant

Main Cabin - Jet                                     Lp-x Tower

Lois Lane's Apartment                                Luthor's Balcony

Kent Kitchen                                         North Pole

                                                     Sky

Luthor's Penthouse                                   Outdoor Cafe

Luthor Network News                                  Outside Storeroom
    Studio
    Newsroom
    Lois' Office

Salome Restaurant
    Hallway
    Dining Area

Metropolis Youth Detention Center

Devane's Car




                             _TEASER_



     FADE IN:

1    INT.  STOREROOM - (DAY #1)                                                    1

     No light; stacks of crates and file cabinets loon out of
     the darkness.  Then, the heavy door is POUNDED from the
     outside.  It SPLINTERS, breaks.  Three men enter the room
     and, waving flashlights, begin to ransack it.  All
     cabinets, crates and files are stamped "Bureau 39."

     Cabinets are torn open and contents either dumped on the
     floor or stuffed into sacks.  The leader of the trio,
     DEVANE (mid-thirties, a CIA type with cold, hard
     features), crowbars open a crate.  Inside, carefully
     packed, are a variety of mineral and metal fragments.  He
     sorts through them until he comes to a leather pouch.  He
     opens the pouch and empties its contents into his hand.
     He holds a green-glowing chunk of crystal: _Kryptonite_.

                                                                                    *
                                                            CUT TO:

2    EXT. SKY OVER ATLANTIC OCEAN - SUNSET/DAY                                     2

     A private jet, setting sun glinting off the polished metal
     fuselage.


3    INT. JET - MAIN CABIN                                                         3

     Richly appointed.  LUTHOR pops the cork an a bottle of
     champagne and pours half a glass for LOIS.  In the
     background, a violinist PLAYS.

                                    LOIS
                   When you said Italian I had no idea
                   we were actually _going_.

                                    LUTHOR
                   My favorite restaurant in Milano.
                   Magnifico.

                                    LOIS
                          (fondly)
                   What am I going to do with you?

                                                            (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
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3    CONTINUED:                                                                    3

                                    LUTHOR
                   Spend the rest of your life... I
                   hope.

                                    LOIS
                          (embarrassed, assuming
                           he's kidding)
                   Lex.

                                    LUTHOR
                   I'm serious.

     Luthor smoothly drops to one knee and produces a large
     ring case.  He opens the case to display a tastefully
     enormous diamond ring, offers it to Lois.  Lois takes it,
     impressed with it's beauty, but more impressed with the
     importance of this moment in her young life.

                                    LUTHOR (Cont'd)
                   Lois Lane, will you marry me?

                                    LOIS
                          (stunned, after a pause)
                   I don't know what to say.

                                    LUTHOR
                   There are only three possible
                   choices:  Yes.  No. Maybe.

     Lois isn't prepared to opt for any of the above at the
     moment, but is obviously flattered.

                                    LOIS
                   It's not that simple.  What about                                *
                   my life at the Daily Planet?                                     *
                   Clark, Perry, and Jimmy are like
                   family.  I...

                                    LUTHOR
                   I believe in families.  Large ones.

                                    LOIS
                          (struggling to explain)
                   The past few weeks have been                                     *
                   wonderful, but... I hardly know                                  *
                   you.                                                             *

                                    LUTHOR
                          (With complete                                            *
                           sincerity)                                               *
                   The only thing you need to know                                  *
                   about me is that I love you.                                     *

     Lois can't meet his eyes.                                                      *

                                                            (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
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 3   CONTINUED:  2                                                                 3

                                    LUTHOR (Cont'd)
                   Is there something else? Some
                   other hesitation?

     She still doesn't answer.

                                    LUTHOR (Cont'd)
                          (gently)
                   Would it have anything to do with
                   Superman?

                                    LOIS
                          (evasive)
                   I... this is a lot to take in.

                                    LUTHOR
                   But you'll give it some thought?

                                    LOIS
                   Yes.

                                    LUTHOR
                   So, it's 'maybe', for now.

                                    LOIS
                   _Maybe_ 'maybe'.

     She hands back the ring.

                                    LOIS (Cont'd)
                   It _is_ beautiful.

                                    LUTHOR
                   Without you, it's just a chunk of
                   rock.  On your hand, it's priceless
                   to me, more important than any
                   other object in my life.

     The co-pilot approaches along the aisle, hands Luthor a
     mobile phone.

                                    LUTHOR (Cont'd)
                          (to Lois)
                   Excuse me.


3A   EXT.  STREET OUTSIDE STOREROOM - SUNSET - DAY                                3A

     Devane and his henchmen approach their car, get inside.


                            --page break--
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4    INT. CAR - SUNSET/DAY - INTERCUT                                              4

                                    DEVANE
                          (into cellular phone)
                   Your information was accurate,
                   Luthor.  I have the Kryptonite.

                                    LUTHOR
                   When can I expect delivery?

                                    DEVANE
                   I'll call you when I get back to
                   Metropolis.
                          (beat)
                   The price is five million.

                                    LUTHOR
                   Done.

     He hangs up, smiles at Lois

                                    LUTHOR (Cont'd)
                   Priceless.

     We go CLOSE on the ring.

                                                            FADE OUT.

                                _END OF TEASER_


                            --page break--
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                               _ACT ONE_

     FADE IN:


5    INT. DAILY PLANET - LOBBY - (DAY #2)                                          5

     Lois and CLARK, mid-conversation, enter the building and
     walk toward the elevators.

                                    LOIS
                          (frustrated)
                   How many is that?

                                    CLARK
                   Six.

                                    LOIS
                          (counting on her
                           fingers)
                   Dancer, Prancer, Comet, Blitzen,
                   Dasher, Cupid... Donner...

                                    CLARK
                   That's seven.
                          (singsong)
                   One more.

                                    LOIS
                   Donner...

                                    CLARK
                   You're stuck.

                                    LOIS
                   I am not stuck.
                          (thinking, then giving
                           up)
                   I'm stuck.

                                    CLARK
                   Five bucks.  'Bucks', get it?

                                    LOIS
                   Okay, okay.  Just tell me the name.

     Clark puts his arm around Lois.

                                    CLARK
                   Vixen.

     They've arrived at the elevators.  A Businessman is
     already waiting, standing beneath a 'No Smoking' sign.
     Oblivious, he begins to light up.  With a covert blast
     of _SUPER BREATH_, Clark blows out the lighter flame.  As
     they wait...

                                                            (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
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5    CONTINUED:                                                                    5

                                    LOIS
                   Double or nothing?

                                    CLARK
                   Okay.
                          (beat)
                   The Seven Dwarves.

                                    LOIS
                   You're on.  Piece of cake.

     The Businessman again tries to light his cigarette.  Clark
     _BLOWS_ it out.

                                    CLARK
                   Go.

                                    LOIS
                          (reciting)
                   Happy, Dopey, Doc, Sneezy, Sleepy,
                   Grumpy...

                                    CLARK
                   That's six.

                                    LOIS
                   Sleezy?
                          (Clark's shaking his
                           head)
                   Dippy, bippy, sloppy, wheezy...
                   Joe, Steve...

                                    CLARK
                   Time's up.  That's ten you owe me.

     The Businessman has been shaking his lighter.  Again he
     tries, again Clark _BLOWS_ it out.  Lois reaches into her
     purse and hands Clark a bill as the elevator arrives.

                                    LOIS
                   I hate this, I hate this.  Tell me.

                                    CLARK
                   It's so obvious.

     The Businessman cuts in front of Lois, heading for the
     elevator.  She snatches the cigarette out of his mouth,
     breaks it in half, dumps it in a trash bin.  He stops,
     astonished.

                                    LOIS
                   Can't you read?!

     She points to the 'No Smoking' sign.  She and Clark step
     into the elevator, the Businessman stays where he is.' As
     the doors begin to-close...

                                                            (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
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5    CONTINUED:  2                                                                 5

                                    CLARK
                   Bashful.

                                                            CUT TO:

6    INT. DAILY PLANET - PIT - DAY                                                  6

     Lois and Clark exit off the elevators to a rebellion in
     progress.  PERRY, tired and exasperated, faces a sea of
     nervous and angry faces, including JIMMY and STEVEN                            *
     SANCHEZ, a man in his late fifties.

                                    JIMMY
                   So when will we be paid?

                                    PERRY
                   They didn't say.  I guess when
                   there's money to pay you.

     He holds up his hands to quell the PROTESTS.

                                    PERRY (Cont'd)
                   I'm just the messenger, boys and
                   girls.  I can only repeat to you
                   what I've been told.  And that's
                   not much.

                                    SANCHEZ
                   What are we doing to resolve this?
                   I mean, what is the paper doing?

     Perry tries not to let-his personal bitterness show.

                                    PERRY
                   I have no idea.  They haven't asked
                   for my input.

     Lois and Clark have moved to Jimmy's side.

                                    LOIS
                   What's going on?

                                    JIMMY
                   Have you tried to cash your
                   paycheck?

                                    LOIS
                   I deposited it.

                                    JIMMY
                   Rubber.

                                    LOIS
                   Again?

                                                            (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
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6    CONTINUED:                                                                    6

                                    CLARK
                   They said last week's problem was a
                   clerical error.

                                    JIMMY
                   Yeah, like being broke.
                          (beat)
                   There's a rumor the paper's going
                   under.

                                    PERRY
                          (overhearing)
                   Jimmy, there's always a rumor.

                                    LOIS
                   And it's usually true.

                                    CLARK

                   Anything else, Chief?  Any _more_
                   surprises?

                                    PERRY
                          (reluctantly)
                   They talked about layoffs.

     The PROTESTS get so loud Perry has to again raise his
     hands for quiet.

                                    VARIOUS
                   That's not fair.  What about the
                   union?  They can't do that.

                                    PERRY
                   All I know is if we don't find                                   *
                   ways to save money around here,
                   we're gonna be out of business.

     The room quiets.

                                    LOIS
                   So they haven't been paid upstairs
                   either?

                                    PERRY
                   I'm not sure about that.

     Another groundswell of disapproval, DROWNING OUT
     everything.


7    INT. DAILY PLANET - PIT - LATER - DAY                                         7

     Lois, Clark, Jimmy and Jack drift toward Lois' desk.

                                                            (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
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7    CONTINUED:                                                                    7

                                    LOIS
                          (reading from a typed
                           list)

                   'No business lunches, no payments
                   for sources, no cabs...                                          *
                          (looking up)
                   We might as well hang up our word
                   processors..

                                    CLARK
                   We'll adjust.  Hopefully it's only
                   temporary.

                                    LOIS
                   Clark, we're newspaper people.
                   We're supposed to have the
                   resources to write the news _as_
                   _it_ _happens_.  Old news isn't
                   news, it's history.

                                    JIMMY
                   Well _I_ think it's a scan.  The
                   pinstriped pinheads upstairs only
                   _want_ us to think the Planet is
                   broke.

                                    JACK
                   Why would they do that?

                                    LOIS
                   I've seen this before.  Management
                   pretends there's this big crisis to
                   panic everyone into cutting costs.

                                    CLARK
                   I heard some people talking about a
                   strike.

                                    JIMMY
                   Strike?  No way, not me I feel
                   like I just walked _in_.

                                    JACK
                   Tell me about it.

                                    JIMMY
                   Besides, this is the Daily Planet.

     A messenger comes by and hands Jimmy and Jack envelopes.
     They tear them open as Jimmy continues.

                                                            (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
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 7   CONTINUED:  2                                                                 7

                                    JIMMY (Cont'd)
                   We may be down, but we're not out.
                   Things could be a lot worse.  At
                   least we're still...

     He and Jack pull out pink slips.

                                    JACK
                   Unemployed.

                                    JIMMY
                          (staring at the slip)                                     *
                   Amazing.  They really are pink.                                  *

                                                            CUT TO:

 8   EXT. LUTHOR'S PENTHOUSE BALCONY - DAY                                         8

     Luthor sits at his table, sets down a copy of Metropolis
     Business Magazine.


 9   CU - MAGAZINE COVER                                                           9

     A picture of the Daily Planet building.  Caption reads:
     Financial Woes Mount.


10   LUTHOR                                                                       10

     is joined by MRS. COX, a beautiful African-American woman
     in her mid-thirties.  She pushes a tea service cart.

                                    MRS. COX
                   Shall I pour?

                                    LUTHOR
                   Let me.

     He does the honors for both of them.  Mrs. Cox takes a
     chair, puts her feet up on the desk.

                                    MRS. COX
                          (re the magazine)
                   Should we begin to switch some of
                   the LexCorp advertising accounts to
                   other papers?

                                    LUTHOR
                          (happily)
                   Not yet.  We need to preserve the
                   _illusion_ of loyalty.
                          (beat, philosophically)
                   Metropolis won't be Metropolis
                   without the Daily Planet.

                                                            (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
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 10  CONTINUED:                                                                   10

                                    MRS. COX
                   How will this affect your proposal
                   to Lois Lane?

                                    LUTHOR
                   It's _designed_ to help.  If you
                   expect to utterly defeat a
                   battlefield opponent, you must
                   destroy their support system, their
                   allies, and any avenue of retreat.

                                    MRS. COX
                   Lois Lane?  'Battlefield Opponent?'

                                    LUTHOR
                   Figuratively speaking.

     A CHIME sounds.  Luthor and Mrs. Cox exchange a
     significant glance.  Both rise and move inside to Luthor's
     office.


10A  INT. LUTHOR'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS - DAY                                      10A

     On the desk is a two-way television monitor.  It lights up
     with the image of Devane.

                                    LUTHOR
                   Mr. Devane.

                                    DEVANE
                   I'm ready to make delivery.  Are
                   the funds available?

                                    LUTHOR
                   Have you authenticated the item?

                                    DEVANE
                          (cold smile)
                   It's genuine.
                          (beat)
                   Don't jerk me around, Luthor.  It'd
                   take me about ten seconds to find
                   an alternate buyer.

                                    LUTHOR
                   Aren't you forgetting whose sources
                   turned up the existence of the
                   stone in the first place?

                                    DEVANE
                   No, I'm not forgetting.  That and
                   five million dollars'll get you
                   your stone.
                          (beat)
                   Do you want it or not?

                                                            (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
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10A  CONTINUED:                                                                  10A

                                    LUTHOR
                   May I see it?

     Devane produces a lump of something wrapped in black
     velvet cloth.  He removes the cloth to reveal the
     Kryptonite.

                                    LUTHOR (Cont'd)
                          (wetting his lips)
                   I want it.


 11  INT. DAILY PLANET - PIT - DAY                                                11

     Lois and Clark are commiserating with Jack and Jimmy.

                                    CLARK
                   I could talk to Perry.

                                    LOIS
                   We both could.

                                    JIMMY
                   Nah.  It's not his fault.  He would
                   have prevented it if he could.  He
                   probably feels bad enough.

                                    JACK
                   I guess it's back to a life of
                   crime for me.

     Off their looks...

                                    JACK (Cont'd)
                   It's always nice to have something                               *
                   to fall back on.

                                    JIMMY
                   This could turn out to be a good
                   thing.

                                    LOIS
                   How?

                                    JIMMY
                   Remember my friend Buzz?  We've                                  *
                   been talking about going into                                    *
                   business together.                                               *

                                    CLARK
                   Buzz, your reform school roommate?                               *

                                    JIMMY
                   He got a bum rap, too.  The guy is                               *
                   a marketing genius.                                              *

                                                            (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
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11   CONTINUED:                                                                   11

                                    LOIS
                   He's a con man.                                                  *

                                    JIMMY
                   Same thing.                                                      *

                                    JACK
                   What kind of business?                                           *

                                    JIMMY
                   We had this great idea:  'A Day in                               *
                   the Life of... You.' Anyone can                                  *
                   do a wedding or a bar mitzvah, but                               *
                   _we_ go into your home and capture                               *
                   an ordinary day on video.  Kind of                               *
                   like your own personal 'Truth or                                 *
                   Dare.'                                                           *

                                    CLARK
                   Wouldn't that take equipment and                                 *
                   capital?

                                    JIMMY
                   I've got money saved.  Not that
                   much, but enough to get us started. 
                   Once it catches on, we'll be                                     *
                   rolling in it.                                                   *

                                    LOIS
                   That's what I'm afraid of.

                                    JIMMY
                          (waxing optimistic to
                           Jack)
                   Maybe you'll come work for me.

                                    JACK
                   A little breaking and entering?

                                    JIMMY
                   No. I'll make you a
                   vice-president.
                          (to Lois and Clark)
                   You, too.

     Sanchez, in a daze, walks by.

                                    CLARK
                   Steve, are you all right?

                                    SANCHEZ
                   I've just been laid off.  I've been
                   with the Planet twenty-five years.
                   Where am I going to go?

     Sanchez walks off.

                                                            (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
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11   CONTINUED:  2                                                                 11

                                    JACK
                   It's a massacre.

                                    LOIS
                   It's all happening so fast.

                                    CLARK
                   Maybe not.  Maybe management's been
                   having serious money problems for
                   months.
                          (beat)
                   The employees are always the last
                   to know.

                                    LOIS
                   We've got to strike back.  I've
                   been polling: we have the people
                   from printing, maintenance,
                   distribution, administration, news
                   staffers, even accounting.

                                    JACK
                   Sounds like a party

                                    LOIS
                   Only drastic action will convince                                *
                   the Board we're not fooling around.

                                    CLARK
                   You're talking about a full-scale
                   walkout?

                                    LOIS
                   If that's what it takes.
                          (beat)
                   I, for one, refuse to accept these
                   indignities lying down.

     Jimmy knows a straight line when he hears one, but Lois
     cuts him off.

                                    LOIS (Cont'd)
                   Don't even think about it.

12   OMITTED                                                                      12


13   INT. DAILY PLANET - PIT - LATER - DAY                                        13

     People talk in whispers, drink coffee, try to cope with                        *
     the tension in the air.


                            --page break--
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14   LOIS AND CLARK                                                               14

                                    LOIS
                   Clark, do you think much about the
                   future?

                                    CLARK
                   All the time.  You?

                                    LOIS
                   A lot lately.  I mean, if the
                   Planet goes under, I'd be lost.

                                    CLARK
                          (a compliment)
                   Not you.  You'd be back on your
                   feet in no time.

                                    LOIS
                   Maybe.
                          (she hesitates, then
                           plunges)
                   Something happened recently.

                                    CLARK
                   What?  Something bad?

                                    LOIS
                   No. Something that made me think.
                   I've wanted to tell you, but...

                                    CLARK
                   Tell me now.

                                    LOIS
                   It's not something I can just blurt
                   out.  It requires... delicacy.

                                    CLARK
                   You're in trouble there.

                                    LOIS
                   Clark, you may find this hard to
                   believe, but in my life no one has
                   ever actually asked me to be his...

     Lois tails off as Perry approaches.

                                    CLARK
                   What's up?

                                    PERRY
                   Your guess is as good as mine.  I                                *
                   got a call from upstairs to expect                               *
                   an announcement right about... now.

     The elevator doors open.  Lex Luthor, leading several men
     in suits, emerges.  Mrs.

                                                            (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
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14   CONTINUED:                                                                    14

     Cox, smartly attired in a suit herself, is by his side.
     The room quiets.

                                    LOIS
                          (surprised)
                   Lex?

                                    LUTHOR
                   For those of you who don't know me,
                   my name is Lex Luthor.
                          (beat)
                   I, no less than you, have been
                   greatly distressed by the sea of
                   troubles that has mired Metropolis'
                   one great newspaper.  I don't know
                   why your advertisers have deserted
                   you and circulation is down.  I
                   don't know why the banks have shut
                   off your credit lines.  And I don't
                   know why you depleted your cash
                   reserves through unnecessary
                   expenditures.
                          (glares at the "suits"
                           with him)
                   Though I have my suspicions.
                          (beat)
                   I do know that the problems can be
                   solved with strong leadership and
                   fiscal responsibility.

                                    LUTHOR (Cont'd)
                   Therefore, I have taken the one                                  *
                   step that would guarantee the                                    *
                   future well-being of this                                        *
                   newspaper:  I bought it.                                         *
                          (beat)
                   I am the new owner of the Daily
                   Planet.

     CHEERS erupt.  Lois CLAPS wildly.  Clark looks sick.

                                                                                    *
                                    LUTHOR (Cont'd)
                   Today begins a new era.  I promise
                   you no interference, only a few
                   minor modifications, and _no_
                   layoffs.  Why tamper with
                   greatness?!

     CHEERS drown out everything.

                                    JIMMY
                   Happy days are here again!                                       *

                                                            (CONTINUED)


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14   CONTINUED:  2                                                                14

                                    LOIS
                          (to Clark)
                   Isn't it wonderful?

                                    CLARK
                   It's a disaster.

                                    LOIS
                   Clark, can't you give up this
                   ridiculous idea you have that Lex
                   Luthor is the root of all evil in
                   Metropolis?

                                    CLARK
                   Why should I give it up?  It's
                   true.

                                    LOIS
                   It's not true.  Give him some
                   credit.  Lex Luthor has just saved
                   our jobs, not to mention...

                                    CLARK
                   Not to mention what?

                                    LOIS
                   Not to mention... he's also asked
                   me to marry him.

     On Clark's stricken expression we...

                                                            FADE OUT.

                                 _END ACT ONE_


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                                    _ACT TWO_

     FADE IN:


15   INT. DAILY PLANET - PIT - (DAY #3)                                           15

     Business as usual, except someone is hanging a picture of
     Lex Luthor on the wall.


16   INT. PERRY'S OFFICE - SAME TIME - DAY                                        16

     Perry enters his office.  To his annoyance, Luthor is
     sitting behind his desk, speaking to someone whose back is
     to Perry.

                                    LUTHOR
                   'Morning, Perry. I hope you'll
                   forgive this intrusion, but my
                   office won't be ready until
                   tomorrow and I needed a quiet place
                   to make some calls.

                                    PERRY
                   Uh, well, no problem.  Now, if
                   you'll excuse me...

                                    LUTHOR
                   I don't believe you've met Chip
                   Peterson, have you?

     The man Luthor was facing turns around. CHIP PETERSON is
     an asp in yuppie's clothing.

                                    PERRY
                   No.

                                    CHIP
                   A pleasure to meet you, sir. I'm a
                   great admirer of your work.  You've
                   had such an illustrious career.

                                    PERRY
                   Thank you, I... 'Had?'

                                    LUTHOR
                   Chip is just out of Harvard
                   Business School.  Top of his class.
                   He's very interested in journalism.

                                    PERRY
                   Well, son, it's a fine profession.
                   'Course it takes a lot of hard work
                   and dedication.  It's not what
                   you'd call a fast track.

                                                            (CONTINUED)


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16   CONTINUED:                                                                   16

                                    LUTHOR
                   Chip is our new Supervising
                   Editor-in-Chief.

     Perry takes a moment to digest this.

                                    PERRY
                   Supervising... !?

                                    CHIP
                   Don't worry, Mr. White.  We'll make
                   the transition as smooth and
                   painless as possible.

     Perry puts his hand on Chip's shoulder.

                                    PERRY
                   Son, will you excuse us?

                                    CHIP
                   That won't be necessary.

                                    PERRY
                   I think it is.

     Perry hauls Chip out of the chair and propels him out the
     door.

                                    LUTHOR
                          (feigning shock)
                   Perry!

                                    PERRY
                   Did you or did you not just make
                   that featherbrained, snot-nosed,
                   pimply-faced, under-aged cow 'chip'
                   my boss?

                                    LUTHOR
                   That's one interpretation.

                                    PERRY
                   Here's another.  Get the hell out
                   of my office, and stay out!

     Luthor doesn't budge, instead settles back in Perry's
     chair.

                                    LUTHOR
                          (reasonably
                           conciliatory)
                   Perry, you're overreacting.  My
                   management style may not be exactly
                   what you and the Daily Planet are
                   used to, but give it time.
                                    (MORE)

                                                            (CONTINUED)


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16   CONTINUED:  2                                                                16

                                    LUTHOR (cont'd)
                   We'll _learn_ to adapt, compromise,
                   work together.  Maybe even to love
                   each other.  Think of this... as
                   our honeymoon period.

                                    PERRY
                   Think of this as our divorce.  Period.

     Perry SLAMS the door on his way out.  A moment later he
     re-enters, grabs his Elvis picture from the wall, exits
     with another SLAM.  Luthor sighs.


17   INT. DAILY PLANET - ELEVATORS - MOMENTS LATER                                17

     Lois, happily humming to herself, emerges to find Perry,
     picture in hand, face a thundercloud, waiting to leave.

                                    LOIS
                   Perry, are you going somewhere?

                                    PERRY
                          (grimly)
                   Home.

                                    LOIS
                          (concerned)
                   Are you sick?  Is everything all
                   right?

                                    PERRY
                   No, I am not sick, and no,
                   everything is not all right.

                                    LOIS
                   But...

                                    PERRY
                   If you have any problems, take 'em
                   up with our new owner and his new
                   Supervising Editor-!In-Chief.

     Perry steps onto the elevator, the doors close.

                                    LOIS
                   What?

     Jimmy passes carrying a full box.

                                    LOIS (Cont'd)
                   What are _you_ doing?

                                    JIMMY
                   Cleaning out my desk.

                                                            (CONTINUED)


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 17  CONTINUED:                                                                   17

                                    LOIS
                          (protesting)
                   But I thought you got your job
                   back.  Jack, too.

                                    JIMMY
                   We got jobs back.  But not the ones
                   we had.
                          (beat)
                   We report downstairs to the
                   printing plant tomorrow.
                          (sadly)
                   I'm having a tough time thinking of
                   this as a lateral career move.

     Jimmy continues on.  Lois, head spinning, sits down on one
     of the chairs.


17A  BY CLARK'S DESK - SAME TIME                                                 17A

     Luthor leans over the desk.  His manner is friendly, but
     firm.

                                    LUTHOR
                   Excellent piece of writing, Clark,
                   but I think we'll hold off on
                   running it.

                                    CLARK
                   Why?  This is a hot topic.

                                    LUTHOR
                   'Controversial' would be a better
                   word.

                                    CLARK
                   Allegations of excessive rate hikes
                   at Metropolis Electric is
                   controversial?

                                    LUTHOR
                   That _necessary_ rate hikes are
                   'excessive' is _your_ opinion,
                   not the opinion of this paper.                                   *

                                    CLARK
                   This wouldn't have anything to do
                   with your being on the Board of
                   Metropolis Electric, would it?

                                    LUTHOR
                   That inference is insulting and
                   unprofessional.  I expected more
                   from you, Kent.'

                                                            (CONTINUED)


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17A  CONTINUED:                                                                  17A

     Jack passes, looks at Luthor, says something under his
     breath.

                                    LUTHOR
                   What was that, young man?

     Jack stops.

                                    JACK
                   I said: 'Who died and made you
                   king?'

     Jack continues on.  Luthor stares after him darkly.

                                    LUTHOR
                   That boy has courage.  I hope it
                   doesn't get him into _too_ much
                   trouble.

     Lois approaches, overhears the following.

                                    CLARK
                   Is this how it's going to be,
                   Luthor?  The 'free press' free only
                   to do your bidding?

                                    LUTHOR
                          (angrily)
                   If you don't feel 'free' enough
                   around here, Kent, you're 'free' to
                   leave.

     Luthor turns back toward Perry's office without seeing
     Lois or realizing she's overheard.  She crosses to stand
     by Clark's desk, looks after Luthor.

                                    CLARK
                          (bitterly)
                   'Why tamper with greatness?'

     Lois looks at him, then follows Luthor.


18   INT. DAILY PLANET - PERRY'S OFFICE - DAY                                     18

     Luthor is just about to sit when Lois enters.

                                    LUTHOR
                   Lois.  Just the woman I wanted to
                   See.

                                    LOIS
                   Lex, what's going on? Did you fire
                   Perry?

                                                            (CONTINUED)


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18   CONTINUED:                                                                   18

                                    LUTHOR
                          (astonished)
                   What?  No, of course not.  I just
                   hired another fellow to work with
                   him.  Take some of the load off.

                                    LOIS
                   But Perry wants the load.  He
                   won't accept this.  He'll quit.

                                    LUTHOR
                   I sincerely hope not.  It would be
                   a great loss to the paper.  If he
                   only weren't so resistant to
                   progress.
                          (pausing, worried)
                   If I've made a mistake, I better
                   talk to him.  I'll apologize.

                                    LOIS
                   And Jimmy and Jack?  And Clark?
                   What were you two arguing about?

                                    LUTHOR
                   I gave Jimmy and Jack jobs.  The
                   only ones available.  I'll have
                   then back up here as soon as
                   humanly possible.  I promise.
                          (beat)
                   As for Clark, he seems to have this
                   unreasonable hostility toward me. 
                   I don't know why.  I have nothing
                   but respect for him.
                          (beat)                                                    *
                   Lois, I'm working to save the                                    *
                   Planet.  Give me a chance.  Trust
                   me. Everything will turn out fine.

     Lois finally succumbs, smiles.


19   INT. DAILY PLANET - LOBBY - DAY                                              19

     Lois and Clark sit at the espresso counter, sipping cappucinos.

                                    LOIS
                   It's going to work out fine, Clark.
                   Just give it time.  Lex will turn
                   things around.

                                    CLARK
                   Incredible.

                                    LOIS
                   What?

                                                            (CONTINUED)


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19   CONTINUED:                                                                   19

                                    CLARK
                   You.  Prize winning investigative
                   journalist.

                                    LOIS
                   Is there a point?

                                    CLARK
                   How you can be so blind?  I mean,
                   you look right at the guy and you
                   don't have a clue who he really is.

                                    LOIS
                   Who?

                                    CLARK
                   _Luthor_.

                                    LOIS
                   Look, Clark, I'm not naive.  I know
                   Lex didn't reach his station in
                   life by being a nice guy.  But look
                   at the _good_ he's done.  Luthor
                   Hospital, Luthor Home for Children,
                   Luthor Foundation for the Arts.                                  *
                   Not to mention employing hundreds                                *
                   of thousands of people in
                   Metropolis and, most recently,
                   saving our jobs.

                                    CLARK
                   A cover.  It's all a cover.

                                    LOIS
                   Why?  If he's such a rotten human
                   being, why bother?

                                    CLARK
                   Because _that's_ the part he enjoys
                   most:  getting away with it.  He's
                   more than just evil.  He's a
                   _monster_.

                                    LOIS
                   I'm not going to listen to this
                   anymore.
                          (beat)
                   Especially not now.

                                    CLARK
                          (stunned)
                   You're not actually considering his
                   proposal?

                                                            (CONTINUED)


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19   CONTINUED:  2                                                                19

                                    LOIS
                   I don't know, Clark.  I'm thinking
                   about it.  That's all.  Just...
                   thinking about.it.

     Clark looks down, opens his palm: he's crushed the spoon
     he was holding to a lump of shapeless metal.

                                                            CUT TO:


20   EXT. KENT FARM - (NIGHT #3) (ESTABLISHING)                                   20


21   INT. KENT FARM - KITCHEN - NIGHT                                             21

     Clark and his folks.

                                    CLARK
                   I don't believe she'd actually do
                   it, but the fact that she's even
                   thinking about it...

     Jonathan and Martha exchange a glance.  They know he's in
     pain.

                                    MARTHA
                   You have to prevent it, Clark.
                   Knowing what you know about Luthor.

                                    CLARK
                   Maybe it's time to do more than
                   that.

     Clark is momentarily silent.

                                    JONATHAN
                   What is it, son?

                                    CLARK
                   Remember when you asked me what I
                   wanted, when I first moved to
                   Metropolis?

                                    JONATHAN
                   Yes, I do.

                                    CLARK
                   I said I wanted a normal                                         *
                   existence, to meet someone, raise                                *
                   a family, settle down.
                                    (MORE)

                                                            (CONTINUED)


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21   CONTINUED:                                                                   21

                                    CLARK (cont'd)
                          (beat)
                   I know now that Lois is the woman I
                   want to spend the rest of ray life
                   with.

                                    MARTHA
                          (amused)
                   And you just figured this out?  Dad
                   and I have known from the first
                   time you spoke about her.

                                    CLARK
                   Maybe I did too, but I couldn't let
                   myself...

                                    JONATHAN
                   You love her?

                                    CLARK
                   Yes.

                                    JONATHAN
                   Then tell her.

                                    CLARK
                   What?  That I'm Superman?

                                    JONATHAN
                   That's got to be up to you.

                                    MARTHA
                   At least tell her how you feel.  If
                   she feels the same, well...
                          (chuckling)
                   ... it shouldn't take her _too_
                   long to figure out you're no
                   ordinary man.

                                    JONATHAN
                   It's a chance.
                          (beat)
                   I took that same chance thirty
                   years ago.  Paid off.

     Clark looks at his mom and dad as we...

                                                            CUT TO:

22   INT. DAILY PLANET - PIT - (DAY #4)                                           22

     Clark enters, puts his coat down, takes a deep breath,
     heads straight for Lois, who is on the phone, and holds a
     catalogue.                                                                     *

                                                            (CONTINUED)


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22   CONTINUED:                                                                   22

                                    CLARK
                   Lois, I need to talk to you.

                                    LOIS
                   Give me a minute.  This is
                   important.                                                       *
                          (into phone)                                              *
                   Lane.  L... A... N... E... E, as                                 *
                   in 'edgy.' Catalogue number                                      *
                   B2C9141.  I.D. number 77466L.                                    *
                   Work number 217-555-9241.  Home                                  *
                   number 217-555-2364.  Yes.  Card                                 *
                   number 9236-7249-3820-6423.                                      *
                   Expiration 1-1-95.                                               *
                          (beat, looking at                                         *
                           Catalogue)                                               *
                   Item number L as in 'lame,' C as                                 *
                   in 'comatose,' 2, 4, D, as in                                    *
                   'dim-witted.' Color code: wheat.                                 *
                   Size: 6B.                                                        *
                          (beat)                                                    *
                   What do you mean 'discontinued?'                                 *
                   No I _don't_ have another                                        *
                   selection.  You mean I just told                                 *
                   you every intimate detail of my                                  *
                   life for nothing?!  Yes, I _would_                               *
                   like to speak to your supervisor.                                *

     Clark realizes it's going to be more than a minute.

                                    CLARK
                   I'll catch you later.

     Lois waves to acknowledge.

                                                            CUT TO:

23   INT. DAILY PLANET - PRINTING PLANT - DAY                                     23

     Jimmy and Jack, dressed in rough work clothes-and carrying
     lunch pails, are in line to punch in.  Neither is thrilled
     to be there.

                                    JIMMY
                   Where did they stick you?

     Jack refers to a slip of paper.

                                    JACK
                   Ink supply room.

                                    JIMMY
                   Beautiful.  I'm a 'utility person.'
                          (beat.)
                   Whatever that means.

     They punch in.  With a ROAR the presses start up.


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24   BEGIN MONTAGE                                                                24

     Over ROAR of the presses:


25   JIMMY                                                                        25

     vigorously plying a mop.


26   JACK                                                                         26

     refilling ink cartridges.  It's a messy job.


27   JACK'S LUNCH PAIL                                                            27

     set aside next to shelves full of ink containers.


28   JIMMY                                                                        28

     wiping his forehead, leaving ink stains there.


29   JACK                                                                         29

     glancing at the clock.


30   JACK'S LUNCH PAIL                                                            30

     A gloved hand switches it for a duplicate.


31   JIMMY                                                                        31

     dragging heavy, filled trash bags.


32   JACK                                                                         32

     being yelled at by a Supervisor. We can't hear them over
     the NOISE.


33   JACK'S LUNCH PAIL                                                            33

     explodes.

     END MONTAGE


34   INT. DAILY PLANET - PIT - DAY                                                34

     Clark hears the _EXPLOSION_.  The building is rocked,
     people start racing for exits.  Clark peers through the
     floor with _X-RAY VISION_.


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 35  CLARK'S POV                                                                  35

     Flames.


 36  CLARK                                                                        36

     looks at Lois.

                                    CLARK
                   Get everyone out!

     Lois nods, hurries toward the exit. Clark rushes toward
     the storeroom door.  Smoke is in the room.  He loosens his
     tie, removes his glasses, enters the storeroom.


 37  JIMMY                                                                        37

     has been knocked down by the force of the explosion.  He
     gets up.  ALARMS begin to sound.  People run past him.


37A  STAIRWELL                                                                   37A

     More EXPLOSIONS, flame, smoke everywhere.  One of the
     metal struts supporting the staircase snaps, but, before
     anyone falls, Superman is there to hold it together as the
     workers pass in safety.  When all have gone, Superman
     looks around to see...


 38  JACK                                                                         38

     On his hands and knees, he pushes through a door into the
     stairwell and begins to crawl toward the stairs, but it's
     too far and the smoke is too thick.  Then Superman is at
     his side, scooping him up in his arms.


 39  OMITTED                                                                      39


 40  EXT. STREET IN FRONT OF DAILY PLANET - DAY                                   40

     People gather on the street and watch smoke and flames
     curl around the building.  Fire trucks arrive and hurry
     into action.  Superman emerges from the building, sets
     Jack down next to Lois and Jimmy, begins CPR.  A tense
     moment, then Jack COUGHS, tries to sit up.

                                    SUPERMAN
                   He'll be okay.
                          (to Lois)
                   You'll watch him?

                                                            (CONTINUED)


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40   CONTINUED:                                                                   40

                                    LOIS
                          (Eyes shiny with love)
                   Of course.

     Superman now turns to the FIRE CHIEF.

                                    SUPERMAN
                   How's your water pressure?

                                    FIRE CHIEF
                   Good, but we'll never get our lines
                   in there.

                                    SUPERMAN
                   Yes you will.

     Superman grabs several hose ends, begins to _LEVITATE_ up
     out of sight.  A moment later...

                                    SUPERMAN (Cont'd)(O.S.)
                   Now!

     The Fire Chief signals and water is turned on.  The
     firemen APPLAUD, Jimmy and Lois join in.

                                    JIMMY

                          (leaning into Lois)
                   Incredible.  How many times has he                               *
                   just stepped in and saved our
                   lives?  What a guy.                                              *

     On Lois, we...

                                                            DISSOLVE TO:


41   EXT. DAILY PLANET BUILDING - LATE DAY                                        41

     A soggy, fire-blackened ruin, but the blaze is out.                            *
     Lois, Clark, Perry, Jimmy, and Jack stare at the ruins.                        *
     They're in shock, none more than Perry.                                        *

                                    PERRY
                   Gone.  All... gone.

                                    LOIS
                          (firmly)
                   We'll rebuild.

                                    JIMMY
                          (not quite believing it)
                   Sure we will.

                                                                                    *

                                                            (CONTINUED)


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41   CONTINUED:                                                                   41

                                    PERRY
                   This is about the worst thing I can
                   imagine.

                                    LUTHOR (V.0.)
                   _Not_ the worst.

     They turn to see him approaching.  He's accompanied by
     several police officers and the Fire Chief.

                                    LUTHOR (Cont'd)
                          (grimly)
                   The worst would be that one of our                               *
                   own employees set this fire                                      *
                   deliberately.                                                    *
                          (points to Jack, to
                           Cops)
                   That's him.

                                    JACK
                          (horrified)
                   No.

     He takes a step backward, but is grabbed by the cops.

                                    JACK (Cont'd)
                   No! Let me go.  I didn't do
                   _anything_.

                                    CLARK
                   Luthor, this is a mistake.

                                    LOIS
                          (pleading)
                   Lex...

                                    LUTHOR
                   No mistake.  The incendiary device
                   that did this was in _his_ lunch
                   pail, and the police found the
                   explosives he used to make it
                   hidden in his room.
                          (beat)
                   We're all familiar with his
                   criminal past.

     Luthor motions and the police haul him off, still
     protesting his innocence.

                                    LUTHOR (Cont'd)
                   A sad day for all of us.

                                                            (CONTINUED)


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41   CONTINUED:  2                                                               41.

                                    PERRY
                   A historic day.  Tomorrow, for the
                   first time in two hundred nineteen
                   years, there will be no edition of
                   the Daily Planet.

     On their expressions we...

                                                            FADE OUT.
                              _END OF ACT TWO_


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                                _ACT THREE_

     FADE IN:


42   EXT. DAILY PLANET - (DAY #5)                                                 42

     Lois, Clark, Jimmy, and Perry are gathered on the street
     to watch the famous Daily Planet globe come down and the
     building inspectors post notices that the building is
     condemned.

     Perry is trying not to get emotional, but tears form in
     his eyes.  Lois hugs him.

                                    LOIS
                   It's okay, Chief. We'll bounce
                   back.

                                    PERRY
                   I'm afraid the Planet and I are all
                   bounced out.  'Will not-reopen in
                   the foreseeable future' was the
                   phrase Luthor used at the press
                   conference.

                                    JIMMY
                   Come on.  I'll buy you guys a cup
                   of coffee.
                          (beat, sadly)
                   I always wanted to be a reporter
                   for the Daily Planet.  Now I guess                               *
                   I'll just have to be satisfied with
                   being a video tycoon.  That's the                                *
                   way it goes sometimes.

                                                            CUT TO:

43   EXT. SIDEWALK CAFE - DAY                                                     43

     Lois, Clark, Jimmy and Perry sit over steaming cups of
     coffee.  Perry drains his, gets up to grab the pot and
     freshen all of theirs.  A waitress moves toward him, but
     he waves her off.

                                    PERRY
                   I got it, Candy.
                          (as he pours)
                   I was only seventeen years old when
                   I came here.  I had an interview
                   with Krebbs -- assistant copy
                   boy -- and I was already late. But
                   I stood under that globe and just
                   stared at it.  I knew that my
                   future was in that building.

                                                            (CONTINUED)


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                                    CLARK
                   It was barely a year ago that I
                   interviewed with you.
                          (beat)
                   Thanks for giving me the best year
                   of my life.

                                    JIMMY
                   And for giving me a chance to work                               *
                   with you, Chief.

     They all look to Lois.  _Her_ turn.

                                    LOIS
                   I refuse to sit here and cry in my
                   cafe au lait, or deliver
                   testimonials to my wonderful but
                   short-lived career at the Planet.
                          (beat)
                   That life is _not_ over.  We'll be
                   back.  All of us.  Together.

     The rest of the group isn't so sure.

                                    JIMMY
                   Anybody seen Cat?

                                    PERRY
                   She had an interview with Newstime
                   Magazine.

                                    LOIS
                   She's supposed to _catch_ rats, not
                   desert the sinking ship with them.

                                    CLARK
                   She's entitled to look for another
                   job, Lois.  We may all have to.

                                    PERRY
                   Not me.  I don't want another job.
                   Alice and I were up all night
                   talking.
                          (beat)
                   I'm going to take early retirement.

                                    LOIS
                   You?

                                    JIMMY
                   I give it a month.  No. I give it
                   a week.

                                    CLARK
                   Chief, you're too young to think
                   about retiring.

                                                            (CONTINUED)


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                                    PERRY
                   Maybe, but I'm also too old to
                   start interviewing with runny-nosed
                   kids with more diplomas than good
                   sense.
                          (beat)
                   I'll fish.  I'll read.  I'll
                   travel.  I'll collect stamps.  Life
                   will be...

                                    JIMMY
                   Dull?

                                    PERRY
                   Relaxing.
                          (beat)
                   I've got to go.  I'm meeting Alice
                   at the realtors.

                                    LOIS
                   Chief...

                                    PERRY
                   Whatever happens, I want you people
                   to know you're the best I've ever
                   worked with.

     Perry leaves.  The others wait with Jimmy as he pays at
     the register.

                                    JIMMY
                   I've never seen him like this.  We
                   have to do something.

                                    LOIS
                   Only one thing _to_ do.  He saved
                   the Planet once.  He'll do it
                   again.

                                    CLARK
                   Luthor?

                                    LOIS
                   Don't start, Clark.  It's worth a
                   try.  I do have a certain influence
                   with him, you know.

                                    JIMMY
                   What about Jack?  Is he going to
                   help him?

     Lois remembers, turns snidely to Clark.

                                                            (CONTINUED)


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                                    LOIS
                   _Perfect_ example.  Lex is
                   convinced that Jack set the fire,
                   but because I asked him to, he's
                   gotten an excellent lawyer to
                   defend him.

                                    CLARK
                   Yeah, _perfect_.  With Luthor's
                   help I'm sure Jack will never again
                   see the light of day.

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44   INT. LUTHOR'S PENTHOUSE - DAY                                                44

     Lois enters his study.  Luthor is breakfasting in a
     high-back chair with a tray.  Mrs. Cox is at his side. 
     Lex stands as Lois comes in, gives her a kiss.

                                    LUTHOR
                   Lois!  What a surprise.
                          (beat)
                   I don't believe you two are
                   acquainted.  Lois Lane, Mrs. Cox.

                                    MRS. COX
                   So pleased to meet you.

     She lays a hand lightly, possessively on Luthor's
     shoulder.  Lois looks at it.

                                    LUTHOR
                   Mrs. Cox is my personal assistant.

                                    LOIS
                   And what, exactly, does a personal
                   assistant do?

                                    MRS. COX
                   Whatever's necessary.

     Mrs. Cox leaves.  Lois turns back to business.

                                    LOIS
                   Lex... I need your help.

                                    LUTHOR
                   With what?

                                    LOIS
                   With rebuilding the Daily Planet.

                                                            (CONTINUED)

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                                    LUTHOR
                   Lois, there isn't an advertiser in
                   this city that I could count on for
                   revenue.  Besides, the Planet was
                   pitifully under-insured.
                   Rebuilding makes no economic sense.
                          (beat)
                   I'd like to, but I can't.  I have
                   the other stockholders to think of.

                                    LOIS
                   But everyone's so lost... No one
                   knows where or if they'll find
                   another job... Perry's threatening
                   an early retirement.

                                    LUTHOR
                   Is that all bad?  Perry deserves
                   retirement.  He's worked too hard
                   for too many years.  Let him enjoy
                   life for a change.

                                    LOIS
                   His life was the Planet.  Mine,
                   too.

                                    LUTHOR
                   Lois, I know you called the Planet
                   home.  But I can make another home
                   for you.

                                    LOIS
                   Lex, I couldn't just sit around
                   organizing dinner parties.  I need
                   to work.

                                    LUTHOR
                   I know that, my darling.  That's
                   why I have a job for you.  At
                   Luthor News Network.

                                    LOIS
                   Television?

                                    LUTHOR
                   The on-ramp to the information
                   highway.  The future is five
                   hundred interactive channels of
                   television viewing.  Let me show
                   you around this afternoon.

                                    LOIS
                   I guess it won't do any harm to
                   take a look.

                                                            (CONTINUED)


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                                    LUTHOR
                          (beat)
                   That's my girl.  Speaking of
                   which...

     Luthor removes the ring box from his pocket and sets it on
     the desk.

                                    LUTHOR (Cont'd)
                   Have you reached a decision?

                                    LOIS
                   Not... quite yet.  Soon.  There's
                   something I have to settle first.
                          (beat)
                   I'll give you my answer tomorrow.

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45   INT. LUTHOR NETWORK NEWS (LNN) - DAY                                         45

     Luthor News Network is a high-tech maelstrom.  On the live
     monitor: a correspondent (SANDRA ELLIS, attractive, early
     30's) is speaking.

                                    SANDRA
                   According to the latest Kelsey
                   Survey only three per cent of
                   American women have ever
                   experienced...

     Lois stands with a group of people in the sparkling clean
     and bustling newsroom.  Clark gets off the elevator.  Lois
     spots him, waves him over.

                                    LOIS
                   Clark!  Thanks for coming.

                                    CLARK
                   What's going on?

                                    LOIS
                   Plenty.  I've been here all                                      *
                   afternoon.                                                       *

                                    CLARK
                   Lois, what am _I_ doing here,                                    *
                   exactly?

                                    LOIS
                   I'm going to work here.  I want                                  *
                   you to come work here, too.  We can
                   still be partners.

                                                            (CONTINUED)


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                                    CLARK
                   I'm a _newspaper_ reporter.

                                    LOIS
                   You'd _still_ be writing the news.                               *
                   Copy for our reporters.  Or, you
                   could be a correspondent.  Look
                   around you: it's so _modern_.

                                    CLARK
                   Sterile.

                                    LOIS
                   Efficient.

                                    CLARK
                   Soulless.

                                    LOIS
                   Fast-paced.

                                    CLARK
                   Superficial.

                                    LOIS
                          (exhasperated)
                   Clark, where's your open mind?
                                                                                    *
                                    CLARK

                   I can't believe you've given up so
                   soon... on the Planet.  Did it mean
                   that little to you?

                                    LOIS
                   The Planet meant as much or more                                 *
                   to me as it did to you.  But it's
                   gone.  Even Lex can't put it back
                   together again.
                          (beat)
                   This is good, exciting work.

                                    CLARK
                   I will never work for Lex Luthor.

                                    LOIS
                   What about us?  What about
                   'partners?'

                                    CLARK
                          (looking around)
                   Is there someplace we can talk,
                   alone?


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46   EXT. PARK OUTSIDE LUTHOR NEWS NETWORK - DAY                                  46

     Lois and Clark walk in silence through the park.  Clark
     spies an empty bench and they sit.  It's hard for him to
     say what he must.

                                    LOIS
                   What is it, Clark?

                                    CLARK
                   Lois, when I thought about losing
                   my job at the Planet, saying
                   goodbye to Perry, Jimmy,
                   everyone... I realized something.
                   I realized I could lose all that
                   and still go on.  I realized there                               *
                   was only one thing I didn't want                                 *
                   to live without... and that was
                   you.  Seeing you every morning,
                   working with you, being with you.

                                    LOIS
                   That's why you should...

                                    CLARK

                   No.  Lois, listen to me.  I'm not
                   talking about the partnership.  I'm
                   talking about us.
                          (beat)
                   I've been in love with you for a
                   long time.

     Lois looks into Clark's eyes.

                                    CLARK (Cont'd)
                   You must have known.

                                    LOIS
                   I knew... well I knew that you
                   liked me, were attracted to me,
                   but... I'm sorry.  I don't think
                   about you in that way...
                   romantically.
                          (beat)
                   Clark, you're my best friend, the
                   only partner I could ever stand to
                   work with.  I admire you, respect
                   you, and I do love you, but only
                   as a friend.

     Clark is crestfallen..

                                    CLARK
                   And Luthor?  Do you love him?

                                                            (CONTINUED)

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                                    LOIS
                   I don't know.  I do have feelings
                   for him.
                          (beat)
                   I haven't said yes, yet.  And I
                   won't, until I've talked it over
                   with someone else.

                                    CLARK
                   Who?

                                    LOIS
                   I think you know.  If you see him,
                   will you tell him I'm looking for
                   him?

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47   EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - (NIGHT #5)                                          47

     A sign reads: Future Site of Lex Tower XVI.  The Lex Limo
     slowly CRUNCHES along the dirt path and comes to a stop.
     Headlights switch off.  The remaining light is from a
     single bulb attached to a construction trailer.  Devane
     steps from the trailer.  He carries a small case.

     The door to the limo opens and Luthor emerges carrying a
     thick attache case.  He and Devane approach until they're
     five feet apart.

                                    DEVANE
                   You have the money?

                                    LUTHOR
                   Five million dollars.
                          (beat)
                   The stone?

     Devane taps his case.

                                    LUTHOR (Cont'd)
                   My information suggested the stone
                   had been tested extensively by a
                   University laboratory.  Who else
                   knows about its properties?

                                    DEVANE
                   There were some loose ends... but
                   they've been trimmed.  Bureau 39
                   was thorough that way.

                                    LUTHOR
                   And the research?

                                                            (CONTINUED)


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                                    DEVANE
                   Destroyed.

                                    LUTHOR
                   Then I'll have to take your word
                   for what it's capable of.

                                    DEVANE
                          (sneering)
                   You want a money back guarantee.

                                    LUTHOR
                   Yes, I do.

     Luthor opens his otherwise empty attache case and takes
     out a .45 automatic.  He motions with it and Devane raises
     his hands.

                                    LUTHOR (Cont'd)
                   Put the case down and walk away.
                   If it works, I'll pay you your
                   money, with a bonus.

                                    DEVANE
                   You double-crossing...

                                    LUTHOR
                   Uh, uh... careful.

     Devane puts the case down, turns, begins to move away.
     Luthor bends to retrieve the case, opens it to find... an
     ordinary rock inside.  Devane darts behind the trailer.

                                    DEVANE
                          (yelling)
                   Now!

     Two men appear and begin firing at Luthor with handguns.
     Luthor, firing back, retreats toward the limo.  The limo
     driver leaps out to cover his retreat with a machine gun.
     Bullets PING off the limo, but it's armored and doesn't
     even dent.  One of Devane's men vanishes, then the other.                      *
     Devane, trying to escape, is hit, but before he falls he
     shoots Luthor.  Luthor crumples, Devane too.  Suddenly,
     it's eerily quiet.  The limo driver takes off his/her cap.
     It's Mrs. Cox.

     The other door of the limo opens and a man emerges, moves
     to the fallen body of Luthor. The man shines a flashlight
     on Luthor's face, then rips off the latex mask covering
     the face:  it's not Luthor.  The man holding the
     flashlight _is_.  Mrs. Cox joins him.

                                                            (CONTINUED)


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                                    LUTHOR
                          (re: his ex-double)
                   The voice wasn't bad, but I never
                   felt he got the mannerisms down.

                                    MRS. COX
                   It's not easy playing you.

                                    LUTHOR
                   Nonsense.  I do it all the time.

     They move to Devane's body.  He's still breathing, trying
     to crawl away.

                                    LUTHOR
                          (leaning over him)
                   Is that Kryptonite in your pocket,
                   or are you just glad to see me?

     Luthor quickly frisks him, finds the leather pouch.
     Inside is the stone.

                                    LUTHOR (Cont'd)
                   Pay him his bonus, will you,.Mrs.
                   Cox?

     We FOLLOW Luthor as he moves away, admiring his
     acquisition.  From near Devane's body, a burst-of GUNFIRE.


48   INT. LOIS LANE'S APARTMENT - NIGHT                                           48

     Lois, in her nightgown, is curled up on the sofa watching
     TV.  She bears a WHOOSH by her window, turns to see
     Superman standing by it.

                                    LOIS
                   Superman!

                                    SUPERMAN
                   I heard you wanted to see me.

                                    LOIS
                   Yes.  Please, come in.  I'll just
                   put on a robe.

                                    SUPERMAN
                   Unless it's lead-lined, Lois, it's
                   a waste of time.

                                    LOIS
                          (red-faced)
                   I guess so.  Anyway, I'm just
                   trying to figure out...
                                    (MORE)

                                                            (CONTINUED)


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                                    LOIS (cont'd)
                   well, there've been a lot of
                   changes going on in my life and I'm
                   trying to make the right, decisions,
                   but I can't until I know... how you
                   feel.

     Lois walks up to Superman, puts her hand on his chest.

                                    LOIS (Cont'd)
                   Superman, is there any hope for us?
                   You and me?  I'm so completely in
                   love with you that I can't do
                   anything else without knowing.

                                    SUPERMAN
                          (shaking his head)
                   Lois, I do care for you.  But...
                   there are things about me you don't
                   know, that you may never know.

                                    LOIS
                   It doesn't matter.  I know _you_.
                   And I don't mean you the celebrity                               *
                   or you the 'superhero.'  If you                                  *
                   had _no_ powers, if you were just
                   an ordinary man leading an ordinary
                   life, I'd love you just the same.
                   Can't you believe that?

                                    SUPERMAN
                          (heartsick)
                   I wish I could, Lois.  But, under
                   the circumstances, I don't see how
                   I can.

     Lois stares at him, tears forming in her eyes, then turns
     away.  When she turns around again...

                                    LOIS
                   Superman...

     He's gone.  Only the flutter of the curtains remains.  As
     the tears come freely now down Lois' cheeks we...

                                                            FADE OUT.

                              _END ACT THREE_

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                               _ACT FOUR_

     FADE IN:


49   INT. INN - LOIS' OFFICE - (DAY #6)                                           49

     The room is large, modern, sterile. Lois is finishing
     unpacking a box of her personal items.  She removes her
     dead plant, places it on her desk.  She takes out a photo
     album, sits in her chair.  It's a scrapbook of all the
     articles/pictures of her and Superman together.


50   CU - PICTURE                                                                 50

     Lois and Superman arm in arm.


51   LOIS                                                                         51

     Sadly closes the book, puts it in her bottom drawer.  She
     leans back in her chair, then sits forward to rearrange
     her pencil cup.  Then, she hears a COMMOTION outside her
     office, gets up and exits into the...


52   LNN NEWSROOM - SAME TIME                                                     52

     A group of news staffers are huddled around a desk.
     They're excited, frustrated, talking a mile a minute.  The
     center of the group is SANDRA ELLIS.                                           *

                                    LOIS
                   What's going on?

                                    SANDRA ELLIS
                   Sources inside the courthouse tell
                   us the Grand Jury may be about to
                   come back with indictments against
                   two City Councilmen.

                                    LOIS
                   The Redevelopment Fund scandal?

                                    SANDRA ELLIS
                          (nodding)
                   Yep.  We have a camera crew there,
                   but they've been denied access.
                          (beat)
                   We don't know which two were named,
                   or even if our information is
                   accurate.

                                    LOIS
                   Until you know that, there's no
                   story.

                                                            (CONTINUED)


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                                    SANDRA ELLIS
                   But we also hear CNN's about to go
                   with it.  So...

                                    LOIS
                   So they know something we don't
                   know.
                          (beat, thinking fast)
                   Let me make a few calls.  I know
                   some of the bailiffs.

                                    SANDRA ELLIS
                   I'm on the air in four minutes.

                                    LOIS
                   Not unless you've got something to
                   report.

     Lois picks up the phone, dials quickly.  All eyes on her,
     waiting as we...

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53   INT. LNN NEWS STATION - STUDIO - DAY                                         53

     Sandra is now at her console as she gets the signal from
     the director and the broadcast starts.

                                    SANDRA ELLIS
                   The Grand Jury today handed down                                 *
                   indictments calling for the arrests
                   of Metropolis City Councilmen
                   Ferdig and Montang.

     Behind her, on the screen, is footage of the councilmen
     trying to hide their faces from the camera.  Grinning
     bailiffs are not as shy.

                                    SANDRA ELLIS (Cont'd)
                   As you can see from this exclusive
                   tape taken outside the courthouse,                               *
                   the councilmen have already been
                   remanded into custody and we'll be
                   covering their arraignment later
                   this afternoon.  For now, this is
                   Sandra Ellis for LNN News.

     The Director signals and they sign off.  The newsroom
     erupts in applause, turns to...


54   LOIS                                                                         54

     She accepts the applause graciously, bows and smiles as
     we...

                                                            CUT TO:


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55   INT. METROPOLIS YOUTH DETENTION CENTER - DAY                                 55

     Clark is already seated in the visiting room when Jack,
     wearing "prison" coveralls, is led in, sits across from
     him at a long table.

                                    CLARK
                   How are you?

                                    JACK
                   Swell.  The room's small and
                   drafty, company's not much to speak
                   of, but, on the other hand, the
                   food stinks.

                                    CLARK
                   Jack, I want to hear it from you.
                   The truth.  No matter what it is.

                                    JACK
                   I had nothing to do with it.  I
                   swear to you.  I mean, why would                                 *
                   I? I had a good job, people who                                  *
                   trusted me... it was all going
                   great.                                                           *
                          (beat)                                                    *
                   You believe me?

                                    CLARK
                   Yes.  I believe you.  Don't worry,
                   we'll get you out.

                                    JACK
                   I don't like that lawyer Luthor
                   hired for me.  He doesn't listen to
                   me.  He just says we should cop a
                   plea.

                                    CLARK
                   I'll get you another lawyer.

                                    JACK
                   Any chance you could ask Superman                                *
                   to bust me out of here?

                                    CLARK
                   No.

                                    JACK
                   I didn't think so.
                          (changing the subject)
                   What's going on?  Everybody else
                   all right?

                                    CLARK
                   Everyone's fine.  Don't worry about
                   us. Just hang in there.                                          *

                                                            (CONTINUED)


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                                    JACK
                   I'm cool.  Another week and I'll be
                   running this place.

     Clark and Jack share a smile.  As it fades we...

                                                            CUT TO:


56   EXT. RESTAURANT SALOME - (NIGHT #6) (ESTABLISHING)                           56

     Middle Eastern music comes from within.


57   INT. RESTAURANT HALLWAY - PUBLIC PHONE - NIGHT                               57

     Jimmy drops in some coins, waits for an answer, is
     relieved to hear Buzz's voice.

                                    JIMMY
                   Buzz?  Where've you been?  I've
                   been trying to get you all day.
                   Yeah.  Yeah.
                          (beat)
                   What do you mean, 'The deal's off?'
                   You said it was a sure thing. I
                   thought we had commitments!
                          (angry)
                   Well, what about my money?  What
                   about those loans I took out?  Wait
                   a minute, Buzz, you can't leave me
                   like this.  That was everything I
                   had.  Buzz? Buzz?


     Jimmy hangs up on the DIAL TONE, turns and looks back
     toward the party, putting,on his best face.  We follow him
     into a large room where, seated on the floor, around the
     "table," are Perry, Lois, Clark and several other
     Planeteers.  They're all sipping champagne, Perry slightly
     more than sipping.  On the wall is a banner that says
     "Happy Retirement, Mr. White!" A belly dancer, CLANGING
     finger cymbals, gyrates wildly around the room.

                                    PERRY
                          (making a toast)
                   Here's to the Daily Planet!  It's                                *
                   gonna be hard to live without her.                               *
                   But, you know, at one point Elvis                                *
                   went thirteen years between Las                                  *
                   Vegas appearances.  If you're not                                *
                   careful, time'll sneak up on you.                                *

                                    CLARK
                   Now there's time for everything.                                 *

                                    (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
     BARBARIANS AT THE PLANET         Gold Rev.    3/7/94                      49.  


57   CONTINUED:                                                                   57

                                    JIMMY
                   No more deadlines.                                               *

                                    LOIS
                   Just think, Chief.  Maybe now you                                *
                   can plan that trip to Graceland                                  *
                   and actually _go_.                                               *

                                    PERRY
                          (lifting his glass)                                       *
                   Ah, Graceland.  Didja know Elvis                                 *
                   had a twin brother?  Yep.  Jesse                                 *
                   Garon Presley.  Delivered                                        *
                   thirty-five minutes before The                                   *
                   King, dead at birth.                                             *
                          (beat)
                   So sad.  So sad.                                                 *

     Perry begins crying.  He starts singing "Lonely                                *
     Teardrops" and then jumps to his feet.                                         *

                                    PERRY (Cont'd)
                   Jackie Wilson took ill while                                     *
                   singing 'Lonely Teardrops' at the                                *
                   Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New                                 *
                   Jersey.  Elvis sent Jackie's wife                                *
                   a check for thirty thousand                                      *
                   dollars.  That's The King...                                     *
                   that's The King.                                                 *

     The Belly dancer moves in front of Perry, who dances                           *
     after her.                                                                     *

                                    LOIS
                   So much for the Chief not having a                               *
                   good time.                                                       *

     The group stares after Perry for a moment, then turns                          *
     back to each other.

                                    JIMMY
                   So, how's the new job, Lois?

                                    LOIS
                   Great.  Broadcasting is a whole new
                   world.  It's so exciting.

                                    CLARK
                          (sharply)
                   Not like life at the Planet, dull
                   and boring?

                                                            (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
     BARBARIANS AT THE PLANET         Gold Rev.    3/7/94                     49A.  


57   CONTINUED:  2                                                                57

                                    LOIS
                   You know what I mean.  Nothing
                   could ever replace the Planet, but
                   I, for one, am not sitting around
                   obsessing about it.

                                    CLARK
                   I'm _trying_ to figure out how the
                   paper failed.  What we know is only
                   the tip of the iceberg.

                                                            (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
     BARBARIANS AT THE PLANET       Full Green Rev.  2/28/94                   50.  


57   CONTINUED:  2                                                                57

                                    LOIS
                   Clark, can I have a word with you,
                   in private?

     The rest of the table quiets as Clark and Lois get up and
     retreat to the other side of the restaurant.

                                    LOIS (Cont'd)
                          (accusatory)
                   You're ruining Perry's retirement
                   dinner.

                                    CLARK
                   Me?  I'm not the one gloating over
                   my new job.

                                    LOIS
                   Gloating?

                                    CLARK
                   All you can talk about is your new
                   life at LNN with Lex Luthor.

                                    LOIS
                   And all you can do is sit around
                   whining in your beer.

     Clark shakes his head in disgust.

                                    LOIS
                   What?

                                    CLARK
                   You're afraid.

                                    LOIS
                   I'm not afraid of anything.

                                    CLARK
                   Yes, you are.  You're afraid of the
                   truth.  And the truth is that Lex
                   Luthor may be hiding from you what
                   really happened at the Planet.
                   I've been doing some digging and...

                                    LOIS
                          (interrupting)
                   I know why you're doing this.

                                    CLARK
                   You do, huh?

                                    LOIS
                   Yes.  You told me your feelings and
                   you were hurt.
                                    (MORE)

                                                            (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
     BARBARIANS AT THE PLANET       Full Green Rev.  2/28/94                   51.  


57   CONTINUED:  3                                                                57

                                    LOIS (cont'd)
                   I'm sorry about that, Clark.. But
                   all this is just sour grapes.

                                    CLARK
                   Lois, what if I find evidence...

                                    LOIS
                   Clark, you're talking about a man I
                   trust and admire, who's always been
                   completely truthful with me.                                     *
                          (beat)
                   If you really cared about me, you'd
                   let me... _help_ me be happy.  I've
                   gotten a good job and found someone
                   who wants to spend the rest of his
                   life with me.  What's wrong with
                   that?

                                    CLARK
                          (very frustrated and
                           angry)
                   Okay.  If that's what you want,
                   then... fine.  Get in bed with the
                   devil.

                                    LOIS
                          (equally angry)
                   Fine.

                                    CLARK
                   Let's get back to the party.

                                    LOIS
                   And have a _really_ _good_ _time_.

     The duo head back toward the table only to see Perry now
     gyrating with the belly dancer as the others CLAP out the
     rhythm.

                                                            CUT TO:

58   EXT.  RESTAURANT SALOME - NIGHT                                              58

     Perry, Jimmy, Lois and Clark exit.  Perry, still                               *
     singing "Lonely Teardrops," is being helped along by                           *
     Jimmy.  They file into the waiting Lex Limo.  Before Jimmy
     gets inside, he leans into Lois...

                                    JIMMY
                   Must be nice.  Having a free car
                   and driver at your beck and call.

                                                            (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
     BARBARIANS AT THE PLANET       Full Green Rev.  2/28/94                   52.  


58   CONTINUED:                                                                   58

                                    CLARK
                   The word 'free' is not in Luthor's
                   vocabulary.  With him, you always
                   pay.

                                    LOIS
                   Will you stop?
                          (as he walks away)
                   Aren't you coming?

                                    CLARK
                   I'd rather walk.

                                    LOIS
                   Suit yourself.

     Lois watches him walk away, then turns to gaze at...


59   EXT. LEX TOWER - LOIS' POV - NIGHT                                           59

     The huge building dominates the Metropolis skyline.


60   LOIS                                                                         60

     climbs into the limo as we...

                                                            CUT TO:

61   INT. LUTHOR'S PENTHOUSE - NIGHT                                              61*

     Lois enters Luthor's study. He stands to greet her with
     open arms.

                                    LUTHOR
                   So... how was the retirement
                   dinner?

                                    LOIS
                   Painful.

                                    LUTHOR
                   I'm sorry.  I wish there was
                   something I could do to help.

     Luthor takes Lois into his arms and she stares up at him.

                                    LUTHOR (Cont'd)
                   What is it?

                                    LOIS
                   Nothing.  It's just... do I really
                   know you?  Know enough about you?

                                                            (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
     BARBARIANS AT THE PLANET       Full Green Rev.  2/28/94                   53.  


61   CONTINUED:                                                                   61

                                    LUTHOR
                   My life is an open book.  Shall I
                   read it to you?

                                    LOIS
                   Only the parts you wouldn't want
                   anyone else to know.

                                    LUTHOR
                   Okay.
                          (beat)
                   I started with nothing... orphaned
                   at age thirteen.

                                    LOIS
                   It must have been terrible.

                                    LUTHOR
                   Yes.  But it made me strong.
                          (beat)
                   I'm no saint, Lois. I've done
                   questionable things in pursuing
                   success.  Unfortunately, that's the
                   nature of big business.


62   INT. LUTHOR'S PENTHOUSE - NIGHT - LUTHOR REMEMBERS                           62

     Luthor meets with the "suits" who accompanied him to
     announce he had bought the Planet.

                                    LUTHOR
                   Don't worry about the advertisers
                   and the banks.  They'll do what I
                   tell them to do.  The Board's
                   decision to sell the Daily Planet
                   to me must be immediate and
                   unanimous.  Naturally, your loyalty
                   will be rewarded, or should I say
                   'compensated.'


63   INT. LUTHOR'S PENTHOUSE - SCENE CONTINUES - NIGHT                            63

                                    LUTHOR
                   Sometimes, out of jealousy or
                   frustration, I've over-reacted.


64   INT. LUTHOR'S PENTHOUSE - DAY - LUTHOR REMEMBERS                             64

     Luthor sets the timer on an explosive incendiary device,
     puts it in a lunch pail (identical to Jack's), hands it to
     the gloved Mrs. Cox.


                            --page break--
     BARBARIANS AT THE PLANET       Full Green Rev.  2/28/94                   54.  


65   INT. LUTHOR'S PENTHOUSE - SCENE CONTINUES - NIGHT                            65

                                    LUTHOR
                   I've been ruthless toward my
                   enemies.


66   INT. LIMO - NIGHT - LUTHOR REMEMBERS                                         66

     Luthor loads a full clip into his 45 automatic and places
     it inside the attache case.


67   INT. LUTHOR'S PENTHOUSE - SCENE CONTINUES - NIGHT                            67

                                    LUTHOR
                   But, as God is my witness, I swear
                   to you, from this moment on, I will
                   change.  I no longer want to hurt
                   anyone.


68   ANGLE ON LOCKED CABINET                                                      68

     We can see flickers of a deadly green glow slipping
     through the cracks.


69   BACK TO LUTHOR                                                               69

     He walks over to his desk, takes out the box with the
     engagement ring in it, brings it back to Lois.

                                    LUTHOR
                   Lois, I'm ready to devote my life
                   to you, to commit to you utterly
                   and eternally.

     Luthor is down on one knee again.

                                    LUTHOR (Cont'd)
                   Will you marry me?

     Lois stares at him a moment.  She thinks back to:


70   INT. LOIS' APARTMENT - NIGHT - LOIS REMEMBERS                                70

                                    LOIS
                   Superman, is there any hope for us?

     Superman shakes his head "no."


71   INT. LUTHOR'S PENTHOUSE - SCENE CONTINUES - NIGHT                            71

                                    LOIS
                   Yes, Lex.  I will marry you.

     Luthor pulls Lois toward him and they kiss, passionately.


                            --page break--
     BARBARIANS AT THE PLANET       Full Green Rev.  2/28/94                   55.  


72   EXT. LEX LUTHOR'S BALCONY - SAME TIME                                        72

     Superman HOVERS, out of sight, but close enough to hear,
     and to see. He throws back his head in anguish and flies
     straight up.


73   EXT. THE NORTH POLE                                                          73

     Superman lands on the frozen tundra.  Here, in the dark
     icy stillness he SCREAMS at the top of his lungs.  The
     echo of his pain is so loud that a massive glacier breaks
     off into the sea.

                                                            CUT TO:

74   INT. LUTHOR'S PENTHOUSE - SAME TIME                                           74

     Lois momentarily parts from Luthor.  Has she heard
     something?  Maybe not.  After a moment, Luthor pulls her
     back and they kiss again.


75   EXT. THE NORTH POLE - FROM HIGH                                               75

     On Superman, now a speck upon the ice, his continuing ROAR
     of torment echoing, we see these words appear on the
     screen:

                              TO BE CONTINUED

     and then...

                                                            FADE OUT.

                               _END ACT FOUR_


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