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#203 : L'informateur

Titre en VO : The source


La Viologic a trafiqué des commutateurs pour créer un accident dans une foire. Loïs qui enquête sur ce phénomène reçoit des informations de Stuart Hofferman, un ingénieur travaillant dans cette entreprise, pour la dénoncer.

Eric Thorpe, un PDG, fait une conférence de presse et l'informateur de Loïs annonce les faits. Et il donne un rendez-vous à Loïs. Mais pendant qu'ils discutent, ils se font enfermer dans un baril et jetés dans la rivière. Superman les libère à temps.

Clark est obligé d'héberger l'informateur pour qu'il n'y ait pas une autre tentative de meurtre. Le Daily Planet reçoit une plainte contre Loïs, la Viologic demande 20 millions de dollars.
En revenant chez Clark, ils constatent que les parents de Clark sont endormis et que Stuart a disparu et il y a des taches de sang.

Loïs est renvoyée par Perry.

Loïs rentre chez elle, totalement perdue, mais elle reprend courage grâce à Superman et elle découvre que la disparition de Stuart est une mise en scène : en effet, Il est chez son meilleur ami et ils entrent à la Viologic pour découvrir que le PDG a vendu un commutateur à la ligne de métro.

Superman arrête le métro et ses parents, qui s'y trouvaient pour son voyage inaugural, sont sauvés. La vérité est dévoilée et Loïs retrouve son emploi.

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Titre VO
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L'informateur

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02.10.1994

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Guest Star - 203



 Tim Grimm  Eric Thorpe
 Peter Scolari  Stuart Hofferman
 Barry Livingstone  Sheldon Bender
 Jeffrey Joseph  Oliver
 Patrick Pankhurst  Daniel Hansen
 Anndie McAfee  Vanessa
 B.J. Jefferson  Secrétaire
 William Schalleri  Al
 Jon Van Ness  Wick
 Bernard Kuby  Le garde du DailyPlanet
 Stan Sellers  Le garde sécurité
 Marla Frees  Diane
 Nick LaTour  Ferris Wheel Operator
 Jim Maniaci  L'homme
 John C. Anders  L'officier de police
 Fort Atkinson  Gouverneur Witson
 Mark Patrick Leahy  Le passager
   

                              _LOIS & CLARK_

 

                     _THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN_

 

 

                             "_The Source_"

 

                                  _CAST_

 

CLARK KENT/SUPERMAN

 

LOIS LANE

 

PERRY WHITE

 

JIMMY OLSEN

 

MARTHA KENT

 

JONATHAN KENT

 

ERIC THORP

 

STUART HOFFERMAN

 

OLIVER

 

WICK

 

DANIEL HANSEN

 

SHELDON BENDER

 

SECRETARY

 

GOVERNOR WINSTON

 

OLDER MAN

 

VANESSA

 

WOMAN REPORTER

 

SECURITY GUARD   (AT VIOLOGIC)

 

GUARD   (AT DAILY PLANET)

 

POLICE OFFICER

 

PASSENGER

 

MAN (THORP'S THUG)

 

                               _LOCATIONS_

 

 

_INTERIORS_:                                    _EXTERIORS_:

 

Daily Planet                                    Daily-Planet

    Newsroom

    Lobby                                       Viologic Electronics

    Perry's office

                                                Metropolis Fun Pier

Clark's Apartment                                  Ferris Wheel

                                                   Overpass

Lois' Apartment

                                                Street

Viologic Electronics

    Stuart's Office

    Thorp's office

    Conference Room

    Lobby

    Corridor

    Staircase Landing

 

Oliver's Apartment

    Living Room

    Bathroom

 

Taxi

 

Metropolis Subway

    Subway Car

    Platform

 

 

 

                                  _TEASER_

 

      FADE IN:

 

 

 1    EXT. METROPOLIS HARBOR FUN PIER - (DAY #1)                                      1

 

      A banner draped across the entrance of a small Oceanside

      amusement park announces "Welcome Daily Planet & Their

      Families."  As staffers and kids enjoy the rides, CAMERA

      PANS TO CLARK and LOIS waiting their turn atop a huge, _four_

      _lane slide_.  They wave down to...

 

 

 2    JONATHAN AND MARTHA KENT                                                        2

 

      standing next to a nearby FERRIS WHEEL.  As they wave

      back...

 

 

 3    RESUME LOIS AND CLARK                                                           3

 

      A bratty 12 year old, VANESSA, cuts in front of Lois.

 

                                            LOIS

                              (annoyed)

                        Excuse me.  No cuts.

 

                                            VANESSA

                        Who are _you_?

 

                                            LOIS

                        I'm Lois Lane.  The reporter.

 

                                            VANESSA

                        Big deal.  My mom signs your

                        checks.

 

                                            LOIS

                              (gritting teeth)

                        That's no reason to be rude.

 

                                            VANESSA

                        Since when?  Hey, you wanna race?

                        Loser buys cotton candy.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Just cotton candy?

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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 3    CONTINUED:                                                                      3

 

                                            VANESSA

                        On what you make, that's probably

                        all you can afford.

 

      Lois fumes.

 

                                            CLARK

                        Lois, forget it.  She's just a kid.

 

                                            LOIS

                              (ignores Clark; to kid)

                        You're on.

 

      Clark just shakes his head as Lois and Vanessa get on

      their _burlap sacks_.

 

                                            LOIS (CONT'D)

                        Ready?  Go!

 

      As they take off, the lighter Vanessa takes a quick lead.  A

      determined Lois leans forward to cut the wind resistance,

      but it doesn't help.  As they approach the 3/4 mark, Vanessa

      turns back and shoots a superior smirk at Lois.

 

 

 4    ON CLARK                                                                        4

 

      He blows a quick SUPERBREATH at Lois' back.

 

 

 5    ON LOIS AND VANESSA                                                             5

 

      A surprised Lois suddenly blows past the kid.  She slides

      into the hay at the bottom, the clear winner.  As Clark

      comes sliding down behind them, Lois gets up and walks over

      to the disappointed Vanessa.

 

                                            LOIS

                        My favorite flavor is pink.

 

      SCREAMS from the Ferris Wheel interrupt the moment.

 

 

 6    EXT. FERRIS WHEEL - DAY - CONTINUOUS                                            6

 

      A SCREAMING crowd watches the Ferris Wheel, filled with

      riders, as it SPINS out of control.  Lois and Clark rush up

      to Jonathan and Martha as the wide-eyed OPERATOR comes

      through the crowd eyeing the ride.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Why don't you stop it?!

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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 6    CONTINUED:                                                                      6

 

                                            OPERATOR

                        It ain't me!  It's run by a

                        computer!

 

      Jonathan and Martha shoot a look to Clark who reaches for

      his glasses and ducks out of frame.  As the wheel spins out

      of control...

 

                                            VOICE IN CROWD

                        Look!  Superman!

 

      With a WHOOSH, Superman zooms down and lands at the base of

      the Ferris Wheel.  He grabs the outer rim with both hands

      and tightens his grip.  The friction creates a STREAM OF

      SMOKE as the ride brakes to a halt.

 

 

 7    ANGLE ON CROWD                                                                  7

 

      As they break into APPLAUSE, Lois makes her way back to

      Jonathan and Martha.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Where's Clark?

 

                                            MARTHA

                        He uh... said something about

                        phoning in the story...

 

      As Lois does a slow burn...

 

 

 8    ANGLE ON A NEARBY OVERPASS                                                      8

 

      Inside a limo, ERIC THORP, barely 30, smartly dressed,

      watches the Ferris Wheel scene placidly.  Next to him is his

      assistant, WICK, a man who'd make G. Gordon Liddy nervous.

 

                                            THORP

                              (pleased)

                        Well, except for Superman crashing

                        the party, the test went off just

                        as we planned.

 

                                            WICK

                        Yeah, but how do we know he won't

                        interfere with our next 'accident?'

 

                                            THORP

                        Because next time he won't be able

                        to hear the screams..

 

                                                                FADE OUT.

 

                             _END OF TEASER_

 

 

                            --page break--

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                                _ACT ONE_

 

      FADE IN:

 

 9    EXT. DAILY PLANET - (DAY #2)                                                    9

 

      STUART HOFFERMAN, a short, bookish, nervous little man,

      (think Woody Allen, but not as tough) approaches the

      entrance.  He slips inside, unaware he's being followed by

      Wick, who stops across the street, a grim look on his face.

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

10    INT. DAILY PLANET - DAY                                                        10

 

      The office crackles with activity.  Reporters pound out

      stories, editors rush to make deadlines.  Stuart exits the

      elevators, eyes the room tentatively.  JIMMY, crossing the

      news room, spots him and approaches.

 

                                            JIMMY

                        Looking for someone?

 

                                            STUART

                        Yes... um... Lois Lane?

 

                                            JIMMY

                              (indicates her desk)

                        She's around somewhere.  Go ahead

                        and wait at her desk.

 

      Stuart moves off.  Jimmy enters the elevator, the doors

      closing as Clark leads his parents in through a side

      entrance and down into the bullpen thru...

 

                                            CLARK

                        So... what do you think of the new

                        offices?

 

                                            MARTHA

                        They're beautiful... aren't they

                        Jonathan?

 

                                            JONATHAN

                              (distant)

                        Huh... yeah... it's nice... real

                        nice.

 

      Clark and Martha share a look of concern, then...

 

                                            CLARK

                        You know Dad, we have a reporter

                        here who covers trends in

                        agriculture.  Would you like to

                        meet him?

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

 

                            --page break--

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10    CONTINUED:                                                                     10

 

      Jonathan shrugs.  Clark spots Lois entering from,the

      opposite direction, unaware Stuart's at her desk.

 

                                            CLARK (CONT'D)

                        Lois, where's Roy?

 

                                            LOIS

                        I think he's in Idaho covering the

                        spud festival.  Why?

 

                                            CLARK

                              (deflated)

                        I thought dad might like talking to

                        him about farm issues.

 

                                            JONATHAN

                        It's okay, Clark.  You don't have

                        to entertain me all the time.

 

                                            LOIS

                        You want to meet someone who knows

                        a lot about manure, stick around.

                        Daniel Hansen's here.

 

                                            MARTHA

                        Who's that?

 

                                            LOIS

                        A state Senator who's running for

                        Governor.  He's in Perry's office

                        right now, trying to sucker the

                        Planet's endorsement.

 

                                            PERRY (O.S.)

                        Lois!  Clark!

 

      They turn to see PERRY leading DANIEL HANSEN and TWO AIDES

      out of his office.  Hansen's striking, telegenic,

      controlled.

 

                                            PERRY (CONT'D)

                        Glad you're here.  Mr. Hansen was

                        just saying how much he wanted to

                        meet you.

 

                                            HANSEN

                              (to Lois and Clark)

                        I'm a big fan.  I've always enjoyed

                        your investigative articles.

 

      Lois politely shakes his hand behind a pasted on smile.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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10    CONTINUED:  2                                                                  10

 

                                            LOIS

                        Well, thank you.  I'm sure if

                        you're elected we'll have plenty to

                        write about.

 

      Hansen flashes Lois a cool professional smile, then turns to

      Jonathan and Martha.  As he heartily shakes their hands...

 

                                            HANSEN

                        Hi, Daniel Hansen, candidate for

                        Governor.  Where you folks from?

 

                                            JONATHAN

                        Smallville.

 

                                            HANSEN

                        Great community, just great.  And

                        if I'm elected, I'll work hard to

                        bring good jobs and quality

                        education to your town.

 

      As he walks off, glad-handing other employees...

 

                                            MARTHA

                        You might like to start with

                        geography!  We live in a different

                        State!

 

      But Hansen's out of earshot.  As he makes his way to the

      elevator...

 

                                            JONATHAN

                        We should go, Martha.  I'm sure

                        Clark has things to do.

 

                                            PERRY

                        You can't leave yet.  No VIP tour

                        of the Planet's complete without a

                        tour of the Managing Editor's

                        office.

 

      He leads the Kent's towards his office thru...

 

                                            PERRY (CONT'D)

                        You know, I haven't always been a

                        desk jockey.  There isn't a corner

                        of the world I haven't seen.  I

                        remember this one time...

 

      As the threesome disappear into Perry's office...

 

                                            LOIS

                        Is your dad all right?  He seems

                        kind of down.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

 

                            --page break--

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10    CONTINUED:  3                                                                  10

 

                                            CLARK

                        His best friend died of a heart

                        attack last month.  He's been in a

                        funk ever since.

 

                                            LOIS

                        I'm sorry.

 

                                            CLARK

                        I'm trying to keep him busy, but

                        I'm running out of ideas.

 

                                            LOIS

                        I have a friend who works at the

                        Transit Authority.  Maybe she can

                        get them tickets for the inaugural

                        ride on the new subway.

 

                                            CLARK

                        Anything would help.

                              (glances at Perry's

                               office)

                        Oh, no...

 

 

11    HIS POV                                                                        11

 

      Perry's holding a bronzed rattlesnake head.  He pantomimes

      an attack on his leg.  The Kents politely watch.

 

 

12    RESUME LOIS AND CLARK                                                          12

 

                                            CLARK

                        He's telling them the Cuban snake

                        story.

 

                                            LOIS

                        You better get in there before he

                        shows them where it finally bit

                        him.

 

      As Clark heads towards Perry's office we FOLLOW LOIS as she

      moves to her desk and discovers Stuart waiting for her.

 

                                            STUART

                        Miss Lane?  My name is Stuart

                        Hofferman.  May I speak to you for

                        a moment?

 

                                            LOIS

                        Sure.

 

      She sits across from Stuart, who fidgets.  He indicates a

      box of tissues on her desk.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

 

                            --page break--

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12    CONTINUED:                                                                     12

 

                                            STUART

                        May I?

 

      He takes a tissue.  As he cleans his glasses...

 

                                            STUART (CONT'D)

                        I have to admit I'm a little

                        nervous.  I've never done this

                        before.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Really?  You clean those glasses

                        like a pro.

 

                                            STUART

                        I meant talking to a reporter.

                              (then, realizing)

                        Oh, I see.  A little humor to take

                        the edge off.  That's very funny.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Mr. Hofferman, what can I do for

                        you?

 

      Stuart takes a beat as he carefully folds the tissue,

      then...

 

                                            STUART

                        What would you say if I told you

                        the accident at the Ferris Wheel

                        yesterday wasn't an accident?

 

                                            LOIS

                              (intrigued)

                        I'd say... go on.

 

                                            STUART

                        Before I do, I need your word that

                        if you write a story about this,

                        you'll protect me.

 

                                            LOIS

                        The Planet always shields its

                        sources.

 

      Stuart hesitates, fiddling with the tiqhtly folded tissue.

      Lois grabs her wastebasket and offers it to him.

 

                                            STUART

                        I don't like to dispose of them

                        until they're absolutely shredded.

                        You know... save the rain forest.

 

      He pockets the tissue, takes a deep breath, then...

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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12    CONTINUED:  2                                                                  12

 

                                            STUART (CONT'D)

                        Ms. Lane, I'm head of research for

                        Viologic electronics.  We made the

                        switches for the Ferris Wheel's

                        computer.  Those switches were

                        defective.  That's why the ride

                        went out of control.

 

                                            LOIS

                              (jotting notes)

                        Go on.

 

                                            STUART

                        What frightens me is I knew they

                        were defective before they were

                        shipped.  I sent a report about

                        then to Mr. Thorp, but it was

                        ignored.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Wait a minute.  Are you saying

                        Viologic deliberately endangered

                        people's lives?

 

                                            STUART

                        I... guess.

 

                                            LOIS

                        That doesn't make any sense.

                        Wouldn't they know the defective

                        switches would be traced back to

                        them?

 

                                            STUART

                        I would think so.

 

                                            LOIS

                        I don't get it.   Viologic's

                        considered one of the best managed

                        company's in its field.  There's

                        got to be more to this.

 

      Suddenly, Perry's door opens and Clark leads his folks past

      Lois' desk, Perry following.  Lois abruptly stops her

      interview.

 

                                            PERRY

                        Why don't you take the rest of the

                        day off and spend it with your

                        folks.  Nothing's happening we

                        can't handle.

 

                                            CLARK

                        Is that all right with you, Lois?

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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12    CONTINUED:  3                                                                  12

 

      Lois hesitates, looks at Stuart, back to Clark.  Then...

 

                                            LOIS

                        Um... sure.  It's a slow news day.

 

                                            PERRY

                              (to Kents)

                        Hey, you know what would be fun?

                        The Metropolis Archives...

 

      As he escorts them away, Lois turns back to Stuart...

 

                                            LOIS

                        Maybe we should talk somewhere more

                        private.

 

                                                                DISSOLVE TO:

 

13    INT. CLARK'S APARTMENT - EVENING (NIGHT #2)                                    13

 

      Jonathan and Clark are at a table near the window playing

      checkers.  Martha's making sandwiches.  Jonathan makes a

      move.  Clark counters, making a triple jump.  Clark smiles.

 

                                            CLARK

                        I guess you didn't see that coming.

 

                                            JONATHAN

                              (downbeat)

                        I've learned you don't see a lot of

                        things coming in life.  Like Henry.

                        We were supposed to go fishing this

                        week... suddenly he's dead and I'm

                        sitting here playing checkers with

                        you instead.

 

      Clark and Martha exchange a worried look.  As Jonathan

      contemplates his next move, Clark glances out the window.

      He notices a truck tossing a stack of the evening edition of

      the Planet onto the sidewalk.

 

      With his TELESCOPIC VISION Clark focuses on the banner

      headline.  "SCANDAL AT VIOLOGIC."  He then magnifies the

      byline.  "Exclusive by Lois Lane."  Clark's expression can't

      hide his annoyance.

 

                                            CLARK

                        I've got to go, Dad.  Something's

                        up at the Planet.

 

                                            MARTHA

                        Clark, I just made sandwiches.

 

      Clark grabs a sandwich and devours it at SUPER SPEED.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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13    CONTINUED:                                                                     13

 

                                            CLARK

                        It was great.  See you later.

 

      As he dashes out the door...

 

                                            MARTHA

                        I hate it when he inhales his food.

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

14    INT. DAILY PLANET - NIGHT                                                      14

 

      The bullpen is humming with staffers.  Clark strides off the

      elevators with a copy of the Planet and heads directly for

      Lois' desk.

 

                                            LOIS

                              (feigning innocence)

                        Clark, what are you doing here?

 

                                            CLARK

                        This is what I'm doing here.

 

      He holds up the paper with Lois' banner headline.

 

                                            LOIS

                              (still the innocent)

                        I know.  It's shocking.  This could

                        bring the country's largest

                        electronics company to its knees.

 

                                            CLARK

                              (frustration building)

                        I thought it was a slow news day.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Well, I, uh... I... didn't want to

                        bother you while your parents are

                        visiting.

 

                                            CLARK

                        Try again.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Okay, fine.  The truth is... my

                        source made me swear I'd protect

                        his anonymity.

 

                                            CLARK

                        I don't think so.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Really?  And just what do you

                        think?

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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14    CONTINUED:                                                                     14

 

                                            CLARK

                        I think you smelled a Pulitzer and

                        you didn't want to share it.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Oh, but it was okay for you to run

                        off and phone in the Ferris Wheel

                        story without me?

 

                                            CLARK

                        What?

 

                                            LOIS

                        Don't play innocent.  Your mother

                        told me that's where you went.

 

      Before Clark can come up with a response....

 

                                            PERRY (O.S.)

                        All right boys and girls, gather

                        around!

 

      Perry approaches the bullpen and addresses half a dozen

      staffers, including Lois, Clark and Jimmy.

 

                                            PERRY (CONT'D)

                        Viologic just called a press

                        conference.  Now... as I expected,

                        our story has really ruffled Eric

                        Thorp's feathers.  I guess he wants

                        his rebuttal on the eleven o'clock

                        news.

 

                                            JIMMY

                        Who's Eric Thorp?

 

                                            CLARK

                        A multi-millionaire who just took

                        over Viologic.

 

                                            PERRY

                              (to Jimmy)

                        He's a real whiz kid.  In fact, he

                        was a millionaire by the time he

                        was your age.

 

                                            JIMMY

                              (defensive)

                        Yeah, well... I had the mumps in

                        sixth grade.  It kind of slowed me

                        down.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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14    CONTINUED:  2                                                                  14

 

                                            PERRY

                        Lois, I want you and Clark at that

                        press conference.  Take Jimmy with

                        you.  Diane, you and Jerry work up

                        a background piece on Thorp.

 

      As the staff disperses, Perry pulls Lois aside.

 

                                            PERRY (CONT'D)

                        Lois.  Things around Viologic are

                        going to get pretty tense.  This

                        source of yours better be rock

                        solid.

 

                                            LOIS

                        I'd stake my reputation on it.

 

      Off Perry's nod...

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

15    EXT. VIOLOGIC ELECTRONICS - NIGHT - ESTABLISHING                               15

 

 

16    INT. STUART'S OFFICE - NIGHT                                                   16

 

      A typical Head of Research office. Eric Thorp's at a desk,

      the nameplate reads "Stuart Hofferman".  Thorp reads off a

      computer.  Wick's on a sofa across the way.

 

                                            THORP

                              (re: computer)

                        Interesting report Hofferman's got

                        on his computer here.

                              (turns it off)

                        Too bad I never saw it.

 

                                            WICK

                        I'm sorry.  I didn't think it was

                        that important.

 

                                            THORP

                        Wick, where are your brains?  Our

                        whole cover is supposed to be that

                        Logar Electronics sabotaged our

                        equipment.  This little

                        techno-nerd's report could blow us

                        right out of the water.

 

      The door opens and Stuart and his assistant OLIVER enter,

      engrossed in the Daily Planet.  They spot Thorp.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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16    CONTINUED:                                                                     16

 

                                            STUART

                              (surprised)

                        Mr. Thorp.  What are you doing

                        here?

 

                                            THORP

                        Get out, Oliver.

 

                                            OLIVER

                        Yes sir. I'll.... check those

                        reports...  on that thing we.

                        tested...

 

      He exits hurriedly, the door closing behind him.  Thorp

      rises and gestures to Stuart's desk chair.

 

                                            THORP

                        Sit down, Stuart.

 

      As Stuart passes Thorp on his way to the chair, Thorp takes

      the newspaper from his hand

 

                                            THORP (CONT'D)

                              (re: paper)

                        Did they leave anything out?

 

                                            STUART

                        I don't understand...

 

      Stuart nervously sits as Thorp roams the office, idly

      picking up an autographed baseball resting an a shelf.  He

      tosses it lightly through...

 

                                            THORP

                        You know Stuart, I like to think of

                        my employees as family.  So when

                        someone betrays the family trust,

                        it hurts me.  We shouldn't air our

                        problems in public.  We should work

                        it out between ourselves.

 

                                            STUART

                        Mr. Thorp, sir, I had nothing to do

                        with...

 

                                            THORP

                        DON'T LIE TO ME!!

 

      Thorp suddenly hurls the baseball at Stuart's head.  It just

      misses and CRASHES into his computer, SHATTERING it.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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16    CONTINUED:  2                                                                  16

 

                                            THORP (CONT'D)

                              (regaining composure)

                        You know, maybe it's my fault.  You

                        spotted a problem and sent it to

                        management.  If we had done our job

                        we could have come to you and told

                        you we shipped those switches by

                        mistake.  You do believe it was a

                        mistake, don't you?

 

      Stuart nods.

 

                                            THORP (CONT'D)

                        You know, I've been working on

                        getting Viologic positioned to win

                        some big defense contracts.  But

                        that could all go away with a

                        liability suit.  So I've called a

                        press conference.  We're going to

                        deny the Planet's story.  And

                        you're going to back me up.  Is

                        that clear?

 

                                            STUART

                        Yes sir.

 

                                            THORP

                        Good. And just so you know that I

                        appreciate your concerns, I've

                        ordered all the defective switches

                        shipped to a dump.

                              (beat)

                        Now.  We're all one big happy

                        family again, right?

 

      Off Stuart's less than enthusiastic smile...

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

17    INT. VIOLOGIC CONFERENCE ROOM - NIGHT                                          17

 

      Lois, Clark and Jimmy wait near a podium along with various

      REPORTERS.  A side door opens and Thorp and Stuart approach

      the podium, flanked by a Viologic attorney, SHELDON BENDER.

 

                                            JIMMY

                        So that's the boy wonder.

                              (focusing his camera)

                        C'mon pal, make me happy.  Have

                        something stuck between your teeth.

 

      Lois eyes Stuart, but he ignores her.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

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17    CONTINUED:                                                                     17

 

                                            BENDER

                        Ladies and gentlemen, I'm Sheldon

                        Bender, counsel for Viologic.

                        We're here to respond to the

                        scurrilous and entirely false

                        accusations made by a local

                        newspaper regarding the quality and

                        workmanship of our products.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Excuse me!  Lois Lane, Daily

                        Planet.

 

                                            THORP

                              (smiles)

                        We know who you are, Miss Lane.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Mr. Thorp, your denial begs the

                        question...  If your switches

                        weren't defective, what caused them

                        to fail at the amusement park?

 

                                            THORP

                        Sabotage.

 

                                            CLARK

                        Sabotage?  By who?

 

                                            BENDER

                        That's still under investigation.

                        But we've received a tip from a

                        source that implicates one of our

                        competitors.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Could we speak with this 'alleged'

                        source?

 

                                            THORP

                              (charming)

                        I'll make you a deal, Miss Lane.

                        You show me your source, I'll show

                        you mine.

 

      The other reporters laugh.  Lois bristles.

 

                                            LOIS

                        There's an allegation that a report

                        was sent to you warning about the

                        defects in your switches.  How do

                        you respond?

 

      Thorp looks at Stuart, gestures him to approach the mic.

      Flashbulbs pop as Stuart nervously approaches the podium.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

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17    CONTINUED:  2                                                                  17

 

      He removes his glasses and wipes them with a tissue thru...

 

                                            STUART

                        Uh... In my position, I am

                        responsible for all reports

                        regarding quality.  And uh... I

                        would know if such a report

                        existed.  And it does not.

 

      As reporters murmur and make hurried notes, Stuart replaces

      his glasses, makes eye contact with Lois, then DELIBERATELY

      DROPS THE TISSUE into a wastebasket at the base of the

      podium.  As an intrigued look crosses her face...

 

                                            BENDER

                        That's all we're going to say at

                        this time.  A formal statement will

                        be handed to you on your way out.

 

      As reporters SHOUT questions at the departing men, Lois

      drifts to the wastebasket and fishes out the tissue.

 

 

18    INSERT - TISSUE                                                                18

 

      The words "MEET AT PIER" are scrawled on the tissue.

 

 

19    RESUME SCENE                                                                   19

 

      She palms the tissue then slips out.  Across the room, Clark

      finishes making a note on his pad.  Jimmy steps up to him,

      grinning.

 

                                            JIMMY

                        I got a great shot of Thorp looking

                        like he just smelled something

                        really bad.

 

      Clark raises an eyebrow, then...

 

                                            CLARK

                              (concerned)

                        Did you see where Lois went?

 

                                            JIMMY

                        No.  Look, I wanna get back and

                        develop this.  I'll see you at the

                        Planet.

 

      As Clark scans the room, troubled...

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

 

                            --page break--

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20    EXT. METROPOLIS HARBOR FUN PIER - NIGHT                                        20

 

      Closed.  The silhouettes of the rides cast eerie shadows in

      the moonlight.  Lois walks cautiously among the shadows,

      peering into the darkness.  Suddenly, a hand grabs her

      shoulder.  She GASPS as she's spun around to face a man in a

      dark trench coat and fedora.

 

                                            STUART

                        You betrayed me.

 

                                            LOIS

                              (recovering)

                        Stuart.

 

                                            STUART

                        By the time I got back to my

                        office, Eric Thorp knew I was the

                        leak.

 

                                            LOIS

                        What?  Not from _my_ article.  I

                        wrote it as vague as possible.

 

                                            STUART

                        I'm sorry I ever came to you.  And

                        as of now, you've never heard of

                        me!

 

      He turns to leave.  She starts after him.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Stuart, you can't renege on your

                        agreement!  I promised my boss you

                        were a rock solid source.  My

                        reputation's at stake here!

 

                                            STUART

                        My _life_ is at stake here!

 

      The imposing figure of a large MAN suddenly steps put in

      front of them.  They stop short, frightened.

 

                                            MAN

                        Maybe I can help settle this little

                        disagreement.

 

      Lois looks over her shoulder for an escape route.  Another

      IMPOSING MAN appears behind them.  Off Lois and Stuart's

      expressions...

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

 

                            --page break--

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21    INT. DAILY PLANET - NIGHT                                                      21

 

      Clark and Jimmy stride into the bullpen.  Clark eyes Lois' 

      empty desk, surprised she's not there.  He spots Perry.

 

                                            CLARK

                        Chief, have you seen Lois?

 

                                            PERRY

                        No.  Wasn't she with you?

 

      Clark checks his watch.

 

                                            CLARK

                        She should have been back by now.

                              (heading for elevators)

                        I'm going to look for her.

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

22    EXT. PIER NIGHT                                                                22

 

      At the end of the pier, a terrified Stuart and Lois each

      stand in an EMPTY 55 GALLON DRUM.

 

                                            MAN

                        Got down.

 

                                            LOIS

                              (to Stuart)

                        Don't do it!

 

      The man moves to Stuart and forces him down.  As his

      associate SLAMS THE LID ON, Lois knocks her drum over and

      tries crawling out, but the two men grab her and shove her

      back inside.  She starts SCREAMING, but the thug puts his

      hand over her mouth.  She bites it.

 

                                            MAN

                        OW!

 

      As the men force her into the drum...

 

                                            MAN (CONT'D)

                        I hate reporters.

 

      They slam the lid on.  Lois BANGS on the inside but to no

      avail as they push the drums onto their sides and roll them

      to the edge of the pier.

 

      They eye the murky black waters below, then give one last

      push.  The drums hit the water with a SPLASH, linger on the

      surface a moment, then disappear into the inky darkness.

 

                                                                FADE OUT.

 

                            _END OF ACT ONE_

 

 

                            --page break--

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                                _ACT TWO_

 

      FADE IN:

 

 

23    INT. 55 GALLON DRUM - CONTINUOUS                                               23

 

      Lois pounds on the lid as water, leaking in from rusted

      seals, rises above her waist.

 

                                            LOIS

                              (desperate)

                        Superman!

 

 

24    EXT. NIGHT SKY - (STOCK)                                                       24

 

      Superman soars above the city, looking for Lois.  His SUPER

      HEARING picks up Lois' CRY FOR HELP.

 

      INTERCUT:

 

 

25    IN LOIS' DRUM                                                                  25

 

      The water is up to her chin.

 

 

26    IN THE SKY                                                                     26

 

      Superman streaks out of the night toward the pier.

 

 

27    ON THE PIER                                                                    27

 

      The two thugs jump into an unmarked Van.  At the wheel is

      Thorp's "associate," Wick.  He burns rubber and the van

      disappears into the night.  The men don't see...

 

 

28    SUPERMAN                                                                       28

 

      piercing the surface of the ocean behind them.

 

 

29    IN LOIS' DRUM                                                                  29

 

      With the water up to her nose, the drum is suddenly pulled

      upward and a glimmer of hope crosses her face.

 

 

30    EXT. PIER - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS                                                 30

 

      Superman flies out of the water holding both drums and lands

      on the pier, lying the drums on their sides.  He quickly

      wrenches the tops off and a drenched Lois and Stuart stumble

      out GASPING FOR AIR.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

 

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30    CONTINUED:                                                                     30

 

                                            SUPERMAN

                        Are you all right?

                              (off her nod)

                        Who did this?

 

                                            LOIS

                        Stuart, did you recognize those

                        men?

 

      Stuart, still recovering on his knees, shakes his head.

 

                                            LOIS (CONT'D)

                        They must be connected to Viologic.

 

                                            SUPERMAN

                        Lois, I read your story.  I think

                        the best thing now is to take this

                        man to the police and put him in

                        protective custody.

 

      Off Lois' dismayed reaction...

 

                                                                DISSOLVE TO:

 

 

31    INT. CLARK'S APARTMENT - NIGHT                                                 31

 

      Jonathan, still downcast, eats dinner in silence with Clark

      and Martha.  After a long sigh by Jonathan..

 

                                            CLARK

                              (upbeat)

                        Oh, I forgot to tell you.  I got

                        tickets for you for the inaugural

                        ride of the new subway.  It's fully

                        automated.

 

                                            MARTHA

                        Now that should be fun.

 

      Jonathan just shrugs.  Then a KNOCK on the door interrupts.

      Clark goes to answer.  He opens it to reveal Lois and

      Stuart, looking like drowned rats.  Stuart SNEEZES.

 

                                            CLARK

                              (surprised)

                        Lois, what are you doing here?

 

      Martha and Jonathan approach as Lois and Stuart enter.

 

                                            LOIS

                        They're on to Stuart.  Someone

                        tried to drown us.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

 

                            --page break--

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31    CONTINUED                                                                      31

 

                                            MARTHA

                        Oh my God... come in, we've got to

                        get you out of those wet clothes.

 

                                            STUART

                        If it wasn't for Superman...

                              (SNEEZES, then)

                        May I have a tissue?

 

      Jonathan goes for tissues as Martha helps Stuart off with

      his wet jacket.

 

                                            LOIS

                        I want you to keep Stuart here.

 

                                            CLARK

                        What?!  Lois, he should be in

                        protective custody!

 

                                            LOIS

                              (annoyed)

                        That's the last place he should be.

                        Right now, whoever tried to kill

                        him thinks he's dead.  Once the

                        police have him, every two bit hack

                        will know about it and there goes

                        our exclusive.

 

      Jonathan returns with tissues, towels and clothes thru...

 

                                            CLARK

                        Lois, I can't play baby sitter.

                        Besides, my folks are in town

                        and...

 

                                            MARTHA

                        Clark, we can take care of him.

 

                                            CLARK

                        Mom, this isn't a good...

 

                                            JONATHAN

                        Lois is right.  The man needs a

                        place to hide.

 

                                            MARTHA

                        And as long as they think he's

                        dead, he's not in any danger.

                              (to Lois)

                        He can stay here as long as you

                        need.  It's no trouble at all.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

 

                            --page break--

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31    CONTINUED: 2                                                                   31

 

                                            LOIS

                              (triumphant smile at

                               Clark)

                        Thank you, Mrs. Kent.

 

      As Clark sighs, Jonathan hands Lois a bath towel and Stuart

      some dry clothes thru...

 

                                            JONATHAN

                              (to Stuart)

                        You can put these on.  Bathroom's

                        through that door.

 

                                            MARTHA

                        Can I fix you something to eat?

 

                                            STUART

                        Well, a cheese omelet would be

                        nice.  Gouda, if you have it.

                              (to Lois)

                        Would it be all right if I called

                        Oliver and had him pick up some of

                        my personal items?

 

                                            LOIS

                        Of course not.  You can't trust

                        anyone, Stuart.

 

                                            STUART

                        Oliver's my best friend.  I'd trust

                        him with my life.

                              (and then)

                        I really need my razor and

                        toothbrush.

 

                                            LOIS

                        We'll _buy_ you a razor and

                        toothbrush, okay?

 

                                            STUART

                              (considers, then)

                        I use an electric razor... with the

                        floating heads?  And I prefer a

                        toothbrush with the little rubber

                        pick on the end, if you can find

                        it

 

      As Stuart and the Kents EXIT FRAME...

 

                                            CLARK

                        Oh yeah, he'll be no trouble at

                        all.

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

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32    EXT. VIOLOGIC ELECTRONICS DAY - TO RE-ESTABLISH (DAY #3)                       32

 

 

33    INT. VIOLOGIC LOBBY - DAY                                                      33

 

      Lois enters in a business suit, hair pulled up, wearing

      sunglasses and carrying a briefcase lettered "METRO COPIER

      REPAIR."  A photo ID card's pinned to her lapel.  A SECURITY

      GUARD sipping coffee behind a bank of monitors eyes her.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Copier repair.

 

      The Guard nods.  As she passes, Clark dashes into the lobby,

      carrying an unmarked briefcase.

 

                                            CLARK

                              (to Guard)

                        I'm with her.

 

      A surprised Lois turns as Clark approaches.

 

                                            CLARK (CONT'D)

                              (eyeing her ID card)

                        You forgot some replacement

                        parts... Miss Jefferson.

 

      Off Lois' annoyed expression.

 

 

34    INT. VIOLOGIC OFFICE CORRIDOR - DAY - MOVING - CONTINUOUS                      34

 

      Lois and Clark round a corner thru...

 

                                            LOIS

                        What are you doing here?!

 

                                            CLARK

                        Perry thought it might be smart for

                        you to have a little help.  You

                        _were_ almost killed last night.

 

                                            LOIS

                        But I got out of it!  I don't need

                        any help!

 

      An EMPLOYEE steps from a man's room, abruptly stopping their

      talk.  As soon as they're out of earshot...

 

                                            CLARK

                        Stop being so stubborn.  I thought

                        we were partners.

 

                                            LOIS

                        We are!  I'm going to handle the

                        investigation...

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

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34    CONTINUED:                                                                     34

 

                                            CLARK

                        And _I'm_ supposed to baby sit?

 

                                            LOIS

                        What?  Only women are supposed to

                        baby sit?

 

                                            CLARK

                              (exasperated)

                        Lois...

 

      They near a SECRETARY kneeling near a mid-sized copy

      machine.  Frustrated, she slams the lid down, then spots

      Lois and Clark.

 

                                            SECRETARY

                        That was fast.  I just called.

 

                                            LOIS

                        I beg your pardon?

 

                                            SECRETARY

                              (gesturing to copier)

                        I've tried everything.  It just

                        sits there and blinks.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Um... we were on our way to an

                        emergency call.  We'll come back.

 

                                            SECRETARY

                        The copies I need are for my boss.

                        Believe me, nothing's more

                        important than that.

 

      Lois and Clark exchange a look.  What can they do?  Lois

      lifts the lid and gazes at the complicated workings.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Hmm...

 

      As she fiddles with a switch, Clark peers over his glasses

      and uses his X-RAY VISION to probe deep inside the copier.

 

 

35    CLARK'S X-RAY POV                                                              35

 

      A frayed wire dangles from a circuit board.

 

 

36    RESUME CLARK                                                                   36

 

      He opens the panel, then using his HEAT VISION, SOLDERS the

      wire back together as Lois finishes her "expert inspection."

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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36    CONTINUED:                                                                     36

 

                                            LOIS

                        Well, it's obvious this machine

                        needs a new Thermo... Master...

                        connector.

                              (off the woman's doubtful

                               look)

                        That's the thing that connects the

                        Thermo to the Master.  We'll order

                        it today, be back tomorrow.

 

                                            SECRETARY

                              (suspicious)

                        Maybe you'd better explain the

                        problem to my boss.  I don't want

                        to lose anything in the

                        translation.

 

                                            LOIS

                        What's to lose?  It's broken and

                        we'll fix it tomorrow.

 

                                            CLARK

                        Uh, actually, I think all it needs

                        is a good kick.

 

                                            LOIS

                        A kick?  It needs a kick?!

                              (to secretary)

                        He's joking.  He's a trainee.  They

                        do that.

 

                                            CLARK

                        It can't hurt to try, 'Miss

                        Jefferson.'

 

      Lois shoots him a look, then kicks the machine.  Nothing.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Maybe I'm kicking the wrong thing.

 

      Clark pushes the start button and the copier springs to

      life.  The delighted secretary feeds in a copy as Lois

      stares amazed, then looks to Clark, who shrugs.

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

37    INT. STUART'S OFFICE - DAY - MOMENTS LATER                                     37

 

      The door opens and Lois and Clark slip into the darkened

      room, closing the door behind them.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Stuart said there's a copy of his

                        report in a file cabinet.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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37    CONTINUED:                                                                     37

 

      They approach two file cabinets near the desk.

 

                                            CLARK

                        Did he say which one?

 

      Lois shakes her head.  She takes one cabinet, Clark the

      other.  As Lois starts to inspect the contents of hers,

      Clark's SUPER HEARING picks up a murmur.  Using his X-RAY

      VISION, he peers through the wall into an adjoining room.

 

 

38    CLARK'S X-RAY POV                                                              38

 

      A worried Daniel Hansen sits in Thorp's up-scale office.

 

                                            HANSEN

                        I hope this Lane woman's crusade

                        doesn't reveal our connection.

 

                                            THORP 

                        Relax.  We've taken great care to

                        distance Vialogic's donations to

                        your campaign.  Speaking of

                        which... how's the war chest?

 

                                            HANSEN

                        We could always use more for TV.

 

                                            THORP

                        Would a hundred thousand help?

 

                                            HANSEN

                        Two would be a bigger help.

 

                                            THORP

                              (smiling)

                        Don't drain me.  We need to save

                        some for your Presidential

                        campaign.

 

                                            HANSEN

                        I'm not sure I'll be Governor, much

                        less President.

 

      Thorp puts a hand on Hansen's shoulder as he escorts him to

      the door.

 

                                            THORP

                        Daniel, stop worrying.  Trust me.

                        This is just the beginning.  And

                        four years from now you _will_ be

                        president.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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38    CONTINUED:                                                                     38

 

                                            HANSEN

                        And you'll be appropriately

                        surprised when I award Vialogic

                        those big fat defense contracts?

 

      Thorp smiles as Lois, HAND comes into FRAME, blocking

      Clark's view.

 

                                            LOIS (O.S.)

                        Mothership to Clark...

 

 

39    RESUME CLARK AND LOIS                                                          39

 

      He snaps off his X-RAY VISION as Lois waves her hand in his

      face.  She looks at the bare wall he was staring at.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Just imagine how fascinating that

                        wall would be if there was actually

                        something on it.

 

                                            CLARK

                        Uh... sorry.  I was lost in

                        thought.

 

                                            LOIS

                        You mean space.  Find anything?

 

      He shakes his head.  Suddenly Stuart's door opens, bathing

      them in light from the hallway.  They turn to find Oliver

      staring at them.

 

                                            OLIVER

                        What are you two doing in here?

                              (advancing)

                        Hey... you're those reporters from

                        the press conference.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Now don't get excited, we're just

                        trying to help Stuart.

 

                                            OLIVER

                        Help him?!  You've ruined his

                        career!  He's so upset he's

                        disappeared!

 

                                            CLARK

                        Oliver, listen, you're his

                        friend.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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39    CONTINUED:                                                                     39

 

                                            OLIVER

                        That's right, I am!  And you've

                        hurt him enough.  Now get out!

                        Before I call security!

 

      Off Lois and clark's defeated looks...

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

40    INT.  VIALOGIC LOBBY - DAY - LATER                                             40

 

      As Clark and Lois exit past the security guard a man in a

      chair lowers his sunglasses and eyes Lois.  It's Wick.

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

41    INT. THORP'S OFFICE - DAY - MOMENTS LATER                                      41

 

      Thorp, in shirtsleaves, strums an acoustic guitar behind his

      desk.  Wick enters.

 

                                            THORP

                        Did you know you can play over

                        fifty songs with just three chords?

 

      Wick just watches silently.

 

                                            THORP (CONT'D)

                        Lighten up, Wick.

 

                                            WICK

                        I just saw Lois Lane leaving the

                        building.

 

                                            THORP

                              (unruffled)

                        Now how can that be, wick? You

                        told me you disposed of her.  Don't

                        tell me you screwed up again.

 

      Wick clenches his jaw.  Remains silent.

 

                                            THORP (CONT'D)

                        Well... if she's alive chances are

                        so is Stuart.  Now, do you think

                        you could find the little snitch

                        and do the job right?

 

                                            WICK

                        What about Lane?

 

      Off Thorp's enigmatic look...

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

                            --page break--

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42    DAILY PLANET - DAY - RE-ESTABLISHING (STOCK)                                   42

 

 

43    INT. DAILY PLANET LOBBY - DAY                                                  43

 

      The elevator doors open and Perry and Lois step off.

 

                                            PERRY

                        Lois, you're not gonna get some

                        pinhead in Washington to order a

                        recall without more proof.

 

      Sheldon Bender (Viologic's attorney), and an assistant march

      into the lobby.

 

                                            BENDER

                        Lois Lane?

 

                                            LOIS

                        Yes?

 

                                            BENDER

                        Sheldon Bender.  Attorney for

                        Viologic.  We've just filed a libel

                        suit against the Daily Planet and

                        you in the amount of twenty

                        million dollars.

                              (handing bar papers).

                        Consider yourself served.

 

                                            LOIS

                        What?!  Are you serious?!  Haven't

                        you ever heard of the first

                        amendment?!  You think the Planet's

                        going to roll over just because of

                        some bullying scare tactics!?

 

                                            BENDER

                        Listen, you're lucky we're not

                        prosecuting you for illegal

                        trespass.

 

      As Lois reacts, Bender and the assistant head for the exit.

 

                                            LOIS

                              (calling after him)

                        Yeah!?  Wait 'til you get our bill

                        for fixing your copy machine!

 

      She turns to Perry, who takes the legal papers and eyes

      them.

 

                                            LOIS (CONT'D)

                        Do you believe this?!  Let's

                        counter sue for harassment.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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43    CONTINUED:                                                                     43

 

                                            PERRY

                        Lois, listen to me.  I've been down

                        this road before.  And believe me,

                        it's a bumpy ride.

 

                                            LOIS

                        What are you saying!?  We're not

                        going to fight this?!

 

                                            PERRY

                        We'll fight.  But we're going to

                        need your source for ammunition.

 

                                            LOIS

                        What about the shield laws

                        protecting a reporters source?

 

                                            PERRY

                        They're great.  In theory.  But

                        there have been too many cases

                        where judges have thrown out the

                        shield law.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Perry, I'm not going to reveal my

                        source!

 

                                            PERRY

                        Lois, the bottom line is, lawyers

                        run this world and when push comes

                        to shove, they believe in cutting

                        their losses.  We can't take a

                        chance.  A twenty million dollar

                        hit would shut our doors.

                              (beat, then)

                        You've got to bring in your source.

 

      Off Lois' dismay...

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

44    INT. CLARK'S APARTMENT - (NIGHT #3) - ANGLE ON FRONT DOOR                      44

 

      As it swings open revealing Lois and Clark...

 

                                            CLARK

                        Look Lois, what choice does Perry

                        have?

 

      Lois GASPS at something O.S.

 

 

 

                            --page break--

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45    THEIR POV                                                                      45

 

      Martha and Jonathan slumped unconscious in their chairs at

      the dinner table, take out food containers and plates laid

      out in front of them.  Clark and Lois rush to the Kents.

      Clark lifts his dad up, Lois helps Martha.  The Kents are

      groggy but unhurt.

 

                                            CLARK

                        Dad?  Dad...

 

                                            JONATHAN

                        Oh... my head...

 

                                            LOIS

                        Mrs. Kent, are you okay?

 

      She shakes her head to clear the cobwebs.

 

                                            CLARK

                        Mom, what happened?

 

                                            MARTHA

                        I don't know... Stuart ordered some

                        take out from a deli... they

                        delivered... we ate... next thing I

                        know... you're here.

 

                                            LOIS

                              (glancing around)

                        Where _is_ Stuart?  Stuart!

 

                                            JONATHAN

                        He _was_ in the bedroom...

 

      Lois runs to the bedroom door and flings it open.  She

      stops, stunned.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Clark!!

 

      Jonathan waves Clark off, who runs to Lois' side.

 

 

46    THEIR POV                                                                      46

 

      Stuart's gone.  A crimson pool of blood stains the sheets

      that indicate Stuart was dragged off the bed.

 

 

47    RESUME SCENE                                                                   47

 

      Clark and Lois stare horrified.  HOLD ON THEM a beat, as

      we...

 

                                                                FADE OUT.

 

                            _END OF ACT TWO_

 

 

                            --page break--

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                               _ACT THREE_

 

      FADE IN:

 

 

48    INT. DAILY PLANET (DAY #4)                                                     48

 

      The news room hums with activity.  In stark contrast is

      Lois, in a daze, sitting at her desk.  On her desk is a copy

      of the METROPOLIS STAR.  The banner headline reads: "PLANET

      INFORMER MURDERED.  REPORTER LINKED." Clark approaches,

      glances at the paper, then tosses it in the trash.

 

                                            CLARK

                        I just spoke with the deli.

                        Somebody stopped the delivery boy

                        downstairs and paid him for the

                        food.  He couldn't give much of a

                        description.

                              (Lois doesn't respond)

                        Lois?  Are you all right?

 

                                            LOIS

                              (distant)

                        I wrote an article that got a man

                        killed.

 

                                            CLARK

                        You used every possible means to

                        protect his identity in that

                        article.  No one could have done it

                        better.

 

                                            LOIS

                              (not listening)

                        Because of my compulsive obsession

                        to always out do everybody, Stuart

                        Hofferman is dead.

 

      Jimmy enters with a file folder and hands it to Clark.

 

                                            JIMMY

                        Forensics just faxed this over.

                        The blood on the sheets is a

                        definite match with Stuart's.

                        There were also powder burns from a

                        small caliber weapon.

 

      As Clark grimly scans the report...

 

                                            JIMMY (CONT'D)

                        It would make my day if the trail

                        led right back to Eric Thorp.

 

      Clark eyes Jimmy.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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48    CONTINUED:                                                                     48

 

                                            JIMMY (CONT'D)

                        Okay, I'm jealous.  Guilty as

                        charged.

                              (he exits thru...)

                        Hopefully the boy wonder will be

                        too.

 

                                            CLARK

                        Lois, you can't just sit here.

                        We've got to focus on finding that

                        delivery man.  He's the key to

                        solving Stuart's murder.

 

      That thought finally stirs her.  She looks up at him.

 

                                            LOIS

                        You're right, Clark.  I owe him at

                        least that much.

 

      An agitated Perry sticks his head out of his office.

 

                                            PERRY

                        Lois.  Can I see you a minute?

 

 

49    INT. PERRY'S OFFICE - DAY - CONTINUOUS                                         49

 

      Lois enters.  A tired looking Perry closes the door behind

      her.  Lois notices his tight look.

 

                                            LOIS

                        What's wrong, Perry?

 

                                            PERRY

                              (sighs, then)

                        I just went head to head with the

                        publisher and five of the paper's

                        lawyers.  It felt like the Alamo

                        and I was on the wrong side.

                              (beat; he sighs)

                        Lois... I have to suspend you.

 

      The news is so shocking Lois can hardly speak.

 

                                            LOIS

                        What?  Perry...

 

                                            PERRY

                        I just spent the last two hours

                        fighting a six headed monster and

                        in the end... I lost.  I'm sorry.

 

                                            LOIS.

                              (dazed)

                        Why?

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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49    CONTINUED:                                                                     49

 

                                            PERRY

                        They're scared.  Viologic has deep

                        packets.  We don't.

 

                                            LOIS

                        But the Planet is my life.  What am

                        I going to do?  Can't you just move

                        me to a different bureau for

                        awhile?

 

                                            PERRY

                        I tried.  If it was just a case of

                        being unable to produce your source

                        I could have.  But now that you're

                        linked to his death... well, legal

                        feels that the Planet has to

                        distance itself from you.

                              (and then)

                        I swear to you Lois, I'll do

                        everything in my power to get you

                        back here as soon as possible.

 

      It's little consolation to Lois who can only stare

      bewildered then exits in a daze.

 

                                            PERRY (CONT'D)

                        Sometimes I hate this job.

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

50    INT. PLANET LOBBY - DAY - LATER                                                50

 

      Lois, visibly upset, comes through the lobby with Clark.

      They walk to the entrance thru...

 

                                            CLARK

                        Perry said it was only temporary

                        You'll be back before you know it..

 

                                            LOIS

                        Doing what?  Writing classifieds? 

                        It's over, Clark.  Stuart's dead

                        and so's my career.

 

      A GUARD approaches, holding a walkie talkie.

 

                                            GUARD

                        Miss Lane?  I have to ask for your

                        Press I.D.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Of course.  The final indignity.

 

      She removes her I.D. from her purse and hands it to him.  As

      they step through the entrance...

 

 

 

                            --page break--

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51    EXT. PLANET - DAY - CONTINUOUS                                                 51

 

      They walk out to the sidewalk thru...

 

                                            LOIS

                        You know... it's funny... I'm not

                        even sure where the Unemployment

                        Office is.

 

                                            CLARK

                              (incredulous)

                        I don't believe you!  Since when

                        does the best reporter on the

                        city's biggest newspaper fold up

                        her tent in the face of adversity?

                        Where's the woman who loves to roll

                        up her sleeves and jump into a good

                        fight?

 

                                            LOIS

                        I appreciate what you're trying to

                        do, Clark, but...

 

      A WOMAN REPORTER hurries out the front door.

 

                                            WOMAN REPORTER

                        Clark!  The Mayor just called a

                        press conference to announce the

                        new Chief of Police.  Perry wants

                        us to get over there right away.

                        Taxi!!

 

      A cab SCREECHES to a stop at the curb.  As the reporter

      jumps in...

 

                                            CLARK

                              (to Lois)

                        I'll call you later.

 

      She flashes a wan smile as Clark hurries into the waiting

      cab.  As it accelerates from the curb...

 

                                            LOIS

                        I'm going to miss you...  partner.

 

      HOLD ON LOIS, left standing alone.

 

                                                                DISSOLVE TO:

 

 

52    INT. LOIS' APARTMENT - (NIGHT #4)                                              52

 

      A tense, rumpled Lois, hair disheveled, paces her living

      room as she finishes punching numbers on her phone.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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52    CONTINUED:                                                                     52

 

                                            LOIS

                              (into phone)

                        Hey, Joey, it's Lois Lane.

                              (beat)

                        Joey wait... c'mon, I've always

                        protected you before... I've been

                        on the phone all night... You're

                        the only one left who can... Joey?

 

      The last straw. in a rage she HURLS THE PHONE to the floor,

      then goes to her desk, grabs her huge ROLODEX and HEAVES IT

      across the room.  It SPLATTERS against the wall in a shower

      of white cards.  Her tantrum grows as she SWEEPS EVERYTHING

      OFF HER DESK in one motion, then KICKS HER WASTEBASKET

      across the room, sending papers flying everywhere.  Her

      anger vented, she finally collapses onto her sofa and begins

      SOBBING.  After a beat...

 

                                            SUPERMAN (O.S.)

                        Maybe I should have called first.

 

 

53    ANOTHER ANGLE                                                                  53

 

      reveals Superman standing near the window.  Lois immediately

      tries pulling herself together.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Superman.  I... what a... if I'd

                        known you were coming...

 

      He eyes the remnants of her tantrum, curiously.

 

                                            LOIS (CONT'D)

                        Oh... I was just doing a little...

                        spring cleaning.

 

                                            SUPERMAN

                              (raises a dubious

                               eyebrow, then...)

                        I heard about your suspension.

 

      She takes a deep breath, then lets out a long sigh.

 

                                            SUPERMAN (CONT'D)

                        I just wanted to tell you, I think

                        you're the best reporter in

                        Metropolis.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Oh Superman, that's nice of you to

                        say, but...

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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53    CONTINUED:                                                                     53

 

                                            SUPERMAN

                        Lois, if anyone knows what it's

                        like to be on the outside, I do.

                        Sometimes it feels like I'm out

                        there fighting all alone.  And

                        sometimes, I think about giving up.

                        But then I remember that what I

                        stand for is more important than

                        anything else.

 

      She looks at him intently thru...

 

                                            SUPERMAN (CONT'D)

                        Your work is very important to the

                        people of Metropolis.  You're a

                        brilliant, passionate journalist

                        with a great head an her shoulders.

                        Adversity's never stopped you

                        before.  Don't let it start now.

 

                                            LOIS

                        That's funny.  Clark said the same

                        thing.

 

                                            SUPERMAN

                        I'm not surprised.  Clark Is a

                        pretty smart guy.

                              (a beat)

                        Would you like some help cleaning

                        up?

 

                                            LOIS

                        Uh... that's not necessary.

 

                                            SUPERMAN

                        It's no problem.

 

      Using SUPERSPEED, he puts the place back together,

      including the broken lamp.  He hands her the Rolodex.

 

                                            LOIS

                              (awed)

                        Gee.  You even alphabetized it.

 

      A beat as they stare into each other's eyes, then...

 

                                            SUPERMAN

                        Lois.  Don't stop believing in

                        yourself.  I haven't.

 

      If she could float, this would be the time.  He turns and

      heads for the open window.  A look back to her, then HE

      LEAPS and is gone.

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

                            --page break--

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54    INT. CLARK'S APARTMENT - DAWN - (DAY #5)                                       54

 

      Clark's asleep an his fold out couch.  Suddenly there's a

      POUNDING at the front door.  Clark stirs, flips on the

      light, squints at the clock.  Five A.M.  The POUNDING stops,

      replaced with the incessant RINGING of the doorbell.  As

      Clark goes to the door, Martha and Jonathan enter sleepily

      from the bedroom.

 

 

55    ON FRONT DOOR                                                                  55

 

      Clark opens it and literally has to jump out of the way or

      be steam rolled by a hyped Lois.

 

                                            LOIS. 

                        I know, I know! You're asleep.

                        I'm sorry, I really am, but this

                        couldn't wait!

                              (pinches Clark's cheek)

                        I know you hate me right now but in

                        a minute you're gonna love me!

 

                                            CLARK

                              (pulling free)

                        I doubt that.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Clark, it was the most amazing

                        thing!  It came to me like a bolt

                        out of the blue!  Well, not really,

                        since it's dark out and I just

                        thought of this an hour ago...

                              (to Kents)

                        Hi.

 

      They half wave.

 

                                            CLARK

                        Lois, it's past the babbling hour.

                        Can you get to the point?

 

                                            LOIS

                        Okay, okay... so I was sitting in

                        my apartment, right?  Wallowing in

                        so much disgusting self-pity even

                        _I_ couldn't stand myself anymore.

                        Lois Lane does not wallow.  So I

                        stopped acting like a victim and

                        started thinking like a reporter.

 

      She beams, proud of herself.

 

                                            MARTHA

                              (urging her along)

                        We're on the edge of our seats,

                        dear.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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55    CONTINUED:                                                                     55

 

                                            LOIS

                              (rapid fire)

                        Okay, now follow me.  Someone comes

                        in and drugs your folks and Stuart

                        so they can kill him and not have

                        any witnesses, right?

 

      Everyone nods, eager to help her get to the point.

 

                                            LOIS (CONT'D)

                              (coup d'grace)

                        But!  Why kill him here!?  When you

                        could take him somewhere else and

                        kill him without leaving all the

                        obvious signs of murder?!

 

                                            CLARK

                              (waiting for the other

                               shoe to drop)

                        Yeah...

 

      As she nears the bathroom...

 

                                            LOIS

                        So I called a friend at the police

                        lab.  I still have _some_ pull left

                        in this town.  She checked Stuart's

                        blood test for me.

                              (beat)

                        No sign of drugs.  Stuart never ate

                        the food!

 

      She quickly disappears into the bathroom.  Then Kents shoot

      a confused look at Clark, who's considering Lois' theory.

 

                                            LOIS (O.S.)

                        I was right!

 

      She reappears in the doorway.  Clark's figured it out.

 

                                            CLARK

                        His toothbrush is gone.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Yes!

 

                                            CLARK

                        And why would a dead man need a

                        toothbrush?

 

                                            LOIS

                        Exactly!  Stuart's not dead!  He

                        faked it so everyone would leave

                        him alone!

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

      THE SOURCE  (#3)      Blake & Jackson      8/8/94                           41. 

 

 

55    CONTINUED:  2                                                                  55

 

      As Martha and Jonathan react, relieved...

 

                                            CLARK

                        Nice work, Lois.

                              (and then)

                        You think he's with Oliver?

 

                                            LOIS

                        That's his best friend.  I had my

                        source at the police department fax

                        me Oliver's driver's license.

                              (pulling out fax)

                        As far as she knows, the address is

                        current.

 

      She hands Clark the fax of the license.  Martha and Jonathan

      peek over his shoulder and react.

 

                                            JONATHAN

                        Clark, that's him!  That's the

                        delivery boy!

 

      Off Lois and Clark's reaction...

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

56    INT. LANDING OUTSIDE LOIS APARTMENT - MORNING 56

 

      A copy of the Planet lies near the door.  Oliver steps out

      in a bathrobe, bends to pick it up.

 

 

57    HIS POV                                                                        57

 

      A banner headline reads "OLIVER BARTLETT JAILED FOR

      HARBORING FUGITIVE."

 

 

58    RESUME OLIVER                                                                  58

 

      He stares stunned at the headline.  Suddenly a HAND REACHES

      INTO FRAME and grabs his ear, pulling him up.

 

                                            OLIVER

                        Ow!

 

 

59    ANOTHER ANGLE REVEALS                                                          59

 

      Lois with a firm grip on Oliver, Clark next to her.

 

                                            LOIS

                        That's our next lead unless you

                        tell us where Stuart is!

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

      THE SOURCE  (#3)      Blake & Jackson      8/8/94                           42. 

 

 

59    CONTINUED:                                                                     59

 

                                            OLIVER

                        I don't fink on friends!

                              (she twists harder)

                        Ow!

 

                                            CLARK

                              (reaching for her)

                        Lois...

 

      She pulls away, stretching oliver's ear further.  He YELPS.

 

                                            LOIS

                        I get angry when I've been played

                        for a fool.

 

                                            OLIVER

                        Okay okay... he's washing up!

 

      Lois releases her grip, marches past him into the apartment.

      As Oliver rubs his ear...

 

                                            CLARK

                        She isn't a morning person.

 

 

60    INT. LOIS BATHROOM - MORNING - CONTINUOUS                                      60

 

      Stuart brushes his teeth rigorously at the sink.  He's

      startled to see Lois' reflection appear in the mirror.  He

      stares open mouthed, toothpaste dribbling from his lips.

 

                                            LOIS

                              (heavy attitude)

                        Hello, Stuart.

 

                                            STUART

                              (turning to her, garbled)

                        Please... Can't you just leave me

                        alone?

 

                                            LOIS

                        Put down the toothbrush and we'll

                        talk.

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

61    INT. OLIVER'S LIVING ROOM - DAY - MOMENTS LATER                                61

 

      Stuart slumps on a couch.  Lois sits across from him.  Clark

      stands behind her.  As Oliver enters, an ice pack on his

      ear...

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

      THE SOURCE  (#3)      Blake & Jackson      8/8/94                           43. 

 

 

61    CONTINUED:                                                                     61

 

                                            STUART

                        I told you, Thorp said it was just

                        a mistake.  He gave me his word the

                        rest of the defective switches were

                        shipped to a dump.  There's no

                        further threat.

 

                                            CLARK

                        If that were true, why did he try

                        to vacuum-pac you into a fifty-five

                        gallon drum?

 

      Stuart doesn't respond.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Stuart... I can't do this without

                        you.

 

      Stuart shakes his head, he's still resisting.  Lois leans

      forward, face to face with him.

 

                                            LOIS (CONT'D)

                              (gently)

                        Even though we don't know each

                        other that well, I think we have

                        something very important in common.

                        Our reputations.  You've worked too

                        hard for yours to just throw it all

                        away and run.  And I can't salvage

                        mine without you.

 

      Stuart looks at Oliver who remains silent.

 

                                            CLARK

                        Stuart.  If we found you, they'll

                        find you.

 

      A beat, then...

 

                                            STUART

                        Okay.  What do we do?

 

                                            CLARK

                        If we're right and Thorp tried to

                        kill you because he's still

                        shipping those switches, we need to

                        find proof.

 

                                            STUART

                        Distribution would have shipping

                        manifests.  Their central office is

                        upstairs from mine.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

      THE SOURCE  (#3)      Blake & Jackson      8/8/94                           44. 

 

 

61    CONTINUED:  2                                                                  61

 

                                            OLIVER

                              (to Lois, Clark)

                        Forget it.  Everything on that

                        level is under heavy security.

                        Even I don't have clearance to

                        that floor.

 

                                            STUART

                              (beat, then)

                        But I do.  They haven't had time to

                        take me out of the computer yet.

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

62    EXT. HANSEN CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS - DAY                                        62

 

      A banner laden storefront campaign office. Hansen exits the

      office, waves to a few passersby, then steps into limo.

 

 

63    INT. LIMO - DAY - CONTINUOUS                                                   63

 

      As he closes the door behind him, Hansen's plastic smile

      fades and he sinks into the seat, exhausted.  Thorp's

      waiting for him, Wick, wearing sunglasses, sits quietly next

      to Thorp.

 

                                            HANSEN

                              (sighing)

                        I just saw the latest polling

                        numbers.  It doesn't look good.

                        Maybe I should drop out before we

                        waste any more money.

 

                                            THORP

                        That's not the attitude that makes

                        a winner, Daniel.

 

                                            HANSEN

                        Eric, let's face it.  There's no

                        way to turn these polls around by

                        the election.

 

                                            THORP

                        You disappoint me.  You know, Wick

                        disappointed me.  I've been

                        spending my days cleaning up a mess

                        _he_ should have handled.  But

                        we've worked things out, haven't

                        we, Wick?

 

      He pats Wick on the back.  Wick falls forward onto the

      floor, obviously dead.  As Hansen reacts in horror...

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

      THE SOURCE  (#3)      Blake & Jackson      8/8/94                           45. 

 

 

63    CONTINUED:                                                                     63

 

                                            THORP (CONT'D)

                        Now let's get something straight.

                        I don't back losers.  The polls are

                        meaningless.  After today, you're

                        going to be the only candidate they

                        can vote for.

 

      HOLD ON Hansen's surprise for a beat, then....

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

64    EXT.  VIOLOGIC - MORNING RE-ESTABLISHING                                       64

 

 

65    EXT. BACK OF VIOLOGIC - MORNING                                                65

 

      Quiet a beat, then Lois, Clark and Stuart appear from around

      a corner and quickly make their way to a REAR SECURITY DOOR.

      Stuart punches a security coda into a small panel on the

      wall.  A BEEP, then he pulls the door open and they

      disappear,inside.

 

 

66   INT. VIOLOGIC STAIRCASE LANDING - MOMENTS LATER                                 66

 

      Our heroes come up a deserted rear staircase, stopping at a

      high tech GLASS SECURITY DOOR leading onto the floor.  A

      sign reads: "Authorized Personnel Only."  Mounted on an

      adjacent wall is a six inch square chrome panel with a

      hollow cylinder protruding from its center.  As Stuart moves

      to the panel...

 

                                            STUART

                        This reads the iris in my eye.

 

      Lois and Clark exchange an impressed look as Stuart puts his

      eye to the cylinder; a soft HUM as the security device

      activates, then a confirming quick DOUBLE BEEP.  The door

      unlocks electronically.

 

 

67    INT. CORRIDOR MOMENTS LATER                                                   67

 

      Lois, Clark and Stuart approach a closed office door.

      Stuart slips a key in the lack and opens it.  A SOFT BEEP

      comes from a small security panel with a small LED READOUT

      on an inside wall near the door.  As the readout starts to

      count down from 90...

 

                                            STUART

                        Uh-oh.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Uh-oh what?

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

      THE SOURCE  (#3)      Blake & Jackson      8/8/94                           46. 

 

 

67    CONTINUED:                                                                     67

 

                                            STUART

                              (re: security panel)

                        This office has its own independent

                        security system.  You have to punch

                        in a code within ninety seconds or

                        an alarm alerts security.

 

                                            CLARK

                              (wary)

                        And uh-oh means you don't know the

                        code?

 

      Stuart timidly nods.

 

                                            LOIS/CLARK

                              (to each other)

                        Uh-oh.

 

                                                                FADE OUT

 

                           _END OF ACT THREE_

 

 

                            --page break--

      THE SOURCE  (#3)      Blake & Jackson      8/8/94                           47. 

 

                               _ACT FOUR_

 

      FADE IN:

 

 

68    INT. DISTRIBUTION OFFICE - MoRNING - SECONDS LATER                             68

 

      Lois stands behind Clark and Stuart, splitting her attention

      between the LED READOUT and Clark and Stuart who are

      flipping through 11X17 computer printouts.  Lois eyes the

      READOUT.  Down to 50 seconds.  Then...

 

                                            STUART

                        Here it is!

 

      Lois turns her attention to Stuart

 

                                            STUART (CONT'D)

                        All these entries with batch mark

                        'four twenty' indicate the

                        defective XL-9 switches.

 

                                            LOIS

                        It only shows two buyers.  The

                        amusement park and the new

                        automated subway.

 

                                            STUART

                        We have the contract for the new

                        subway's main routing computer.

 

                                            CLARK

                        What does it do?

 

                                            STUART

                        Well, it controls the direction and

                        speed of the trains.  If the

                        switches fail...

 

                                            LOIS

                        Clark!  The inaugural run's just

                        about to start and the Governor's

                        going to be on it!

 

                                            CLARK

                              (pulling Lois to her

                               feet)

                        So are my folks!

 

      Suddenly the LED hits zero and the-BEEP turns to a STEADY

      TONE.  They all exchange a worried-look, then...

 

                                            CLARK (CONT'D)

                              Let's go.

 

 

 

                            --page break--

      THE SOURCE  (#3)      Blake & Jackson      8/8/94                           48. 

 

 

69    INT. VIOLOGIC HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS                                             69

 

      Clark comes dashing out of the distribution office, followed

      by Lois and Stuart.  As they head toward the glass security

      door...

 

                                            SECURITY GUARD (O.S.)

                        Hey!  Hold it!

 

      Our heroes turn to discover two SECURITY GUARDS at the other

      and of the corridor, their weapons trained an them.  As the

      guards slowly approach, Clark eyes a ROW OF FLUORESCENT

      LIGHTS in the ceiling.

 

      He lowers his glasses and activates his _HEAT VISION_,

      quickly scanning it across the row of lights.  As it hits

      each one, the LIGHTS POP AND SHORT OUT IN A CHAIN REACTION,

      quickly throwing the hallway into pitch blackness.

 

                                            SECURITY GUARD

                        Hey!  Turn the power back on!!

 

                                            CLARK

                              (sotto)

                        Lois.  Stuart.  Take my hands.

 

 

70    CLARK'S POV                                                                    70

 

      With his INFRA-RED VISION he sees the guards feeling the

      walls to guide them.  CAMERA PANS with Clark's POV as he

      turns and guides them back to the glass door.

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

71    EXT. BACK OF VIOLOGIC - DAY - MOMENTS LATER                                    71

 

      Clark leads Lois and Stuart outside.  As the humans squint

      in the blinding sun...

 

                                            LOIS

                        How were you able to see in the

                        dark?

 

      As they hurry from the building...

 

                                            CLARK

                        I uh... used to spend a lot of time

                        playing in caves back in Kansas.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Maybe I should start calling you

                        Batman.

 

      Off Clark's reaction...

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

                            --page break--

      THE SOURCE  (#3)      Blake & Jackson      8/8/94                           49. 

 

 

72    EXT. AERIAL VIEW - BUSY CITY STREET - DAY - TO ESTABLISH                       72

      (STOCK)

 

 

73    INT. TAXI CAB - DAY - MOVING                                                   73

 

      The cab weaves through traffic.  A very tense Clark, Lois

      and Stuart are in the back seat.

 

                                            STUART

                        Why would Thorp want to kill the

                        Governor?

 

                                            CLARK

                              (quickly)

                        Because he's got Daniel Hansen in

                        his hip pocket.  And winning this

                        election is just Thorp's first step

                        in getting Hansen into the White

                        House so Hansen can give Thorp huge

                        defense contracts.

 

                                            LOIS

                        How do you know that?

 

      He looks at Lois a beat, then....

 

                                            CLARK

                        You're not the only one with

                        sources.

 

      The cab comes to an abrupt stop at a police barrier in the

      street.  A HARRIED POLICE OFFICER leans in the driver's

      window.

 

                                            POLICE OFFICER

                        Emergency vehicles only!

 

                                            LOIS

                        Officer, we've got to get to the

                        subway!

 

                                            POLICE OFFICER

                        Forget it!  The new subway's out of

                        control!  They're afraid it's gonna

                        crash at Centennial Park station.

 

      Lois, Clark and Stuart react.

 

                                            CLARK

                        Get over to Centennial Park!  It's

                        only a few more blocks!  I'm going

                        to call main dispatch and tell them

                        about the switches!

                              (as he opens the door)

                        Maybe they can be short circuited!

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

                            --page break--

      THE SOURCE  (#3)      Blake & Jackson      8/8/94                           50. 

 

 

74    EXT. STREET - DAY                                                              74

 

      Clark comes running around a corner, ripping off his glasses

      as he heads straight for a subway entrance signs at the

      top of the stairs say "Caution: Under Construction."  He

      vaults the sign and darts down the stairs, tearing open his

      shirt, revealing the Big Red "S."

 

 

75    INT. METROPOLIS SUBWAY STATION #1 - DAY                                        75

 

      A high-tech, shiny new automated train traveling at high

      speed whizzes past a platform dotted with passengers.

 

 

76    INT - SUBWAY CAR - DAY - CONTINUOUS                                            76

 

      Filled with dignitaries and special guests, including the

      Kents.  Everyone holds onto overhead straps for support.  A

      wide-eyed OLDER MAN standing next to the Kents stares out a

      window as the train flies past the platform

 

                                            OLDER MAN

                        That's the third station we passed

                        without stopping!

 

      He focuses on GOVERNOR WINSTON and other dignitaries near

      the front of the car.

 

                                            OLDER MAN (CONT'D)

                        Why don't they stop the train?!

 

                                            GOVERNOR WINSTON

                              (unconvincing)

                        I'm sure the authorities are

                        taking appropriate measures to deal

                        with this situation.  We just need

                        to remain calm.

 

      The older man gestures to a MAP of the subway system posted

      on a wall near a sliding door.

 

                                            OLDER MAN

                              (agitated)

                        _You_ stay calm! I'm gonna worry

                        about what happens when we run out

                        of track and smash into a wall!

 

      The man suddenly GASPS, reaches for his chest and collapses

      to the floor.  Jonathan kneels, feels for his pulse.

 

                                            JONATHAN

                        I think he's having a heart attack!

 

 

                            --page break--

      THE SOURCE  (#3)      Blake & Jackson      8/8/94                           51. 

 

 

77    INT. SUBWAY PLATFORM #2 - DAY                                                  77

 

      PASSENGERS mill about, waiting.  Suddenly, they react to a

      WHOOSHING SOUND.  As they peer down the tunnel...

 

                                            PASSENGER

                        Is that the train?

 

      Nope... it's SUPERMAN.  He flies out of the darkness and

      WHIZZES by the platform, the WIND FROM HIS WAKE almost

      blowing over the passengers.

 

 

78    VARIOUS ANGLES                                                                 78

 

      of Superman winging through-the subway tunnels at high

      speed.

 

 

79    INT. CENTENNIAL PARK SUBWAY PLATFORM - DAY                                     79

 

      An imposing concrete wall just a short distance beyond the

      platform marks the end of the line.  Lois and Stuart push

      past a crowd gathered behind a yellow police tape and

      discover Jimmy waiting with his camera.  A few feet away,

      concerned officials huddle on what to do.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Have they stopped it yet?!

 

                                            JIMMY

                        No! It's gonna be here any second.

 

      As Lois joins the others in craning their necks to peer into

      the tunnel, the CAMERA PANS down the platform to Thorp

      standing unnoticed in the background, watching placidly.

 

 

80    INT. SUBWAY CAR - DAY                                                          80

 

      Governor Winston and the others look on as Jonathan loosens

      the stricken man's tie.  As he starts CPR...

 

 

81    INT. CENTENNIAL PARK SUBWAY PLATFORM - DAY                                     81

 

      The assembled officials and reporters react to the SOUND of

      the approaching subway train.

 

                                            JIMMY

                        Here it comes!

 

      As Lois stares horrified into the tunnel...  Down the track,

      the runaway train hurtles towards disaster.  Suddenly a BLUE

      BLUR overtakes the train and rockets past it.

 

 

 

                            --page break--

      THE SOURCE  (#3)      Blake & Jackson      8/8/94                           52. 

 

 

82    ON TRACKS IN FRONT OF PLATFORM                                                 82

 

      The blur lands. It's...

 

                                            LOIS

                              (a whisper)

                        Superman...

 

      As the onlookers gape, Superman braces his feet on the

      tracks and raises his hands chest high as...

 

 

83    THE RUNAWAY TRAIN                                                              83

 

      plows into him.  Superman leans against the train with all

      his strength, grimacing against the massive force as he

      desperately tries to stop it.

 

 

84    ANGLE ON HIS FEET                                                              84

 

      SPARKS FLY as his feet slide backwards along the rails.  The

      SQUEAL of braking metal is ear piercing.

 

 

85    ANOTHER ANGLE                                                                  85

 

      Superman glances over his shoulder... the concrete wall

      looms up... he leans in harder until...

 

      ...inches before he's slammed into the wall, the train

      grinds to a halt.

 

      Silence except for the sound of HISSING from the idling

      train.  Superman rushes to the doors of the first car and

      forces them open.

 

 

86    INT. SUBWAY CAR - DAY - CONTINUOUS                                             86

 

      Jonathan's still doing CPR on the older man.

 

                                            SUPERMAN

                        Do you need help?

 

      Jonathan puts his ear to the man's chest.  A beat, then he

      looks up at Superman.

 

                                            JONATHAN

                        He's going to be okay, Clar...

                        Superman.

 

      As father and son share a smile...

 

 

87    INT. CENTENNIAL PARK SUBWAY PLATFORM - DAY - CONTINUOUS                        87

 

      Photographers and reporters surge against the police line,

      trying to see in the windows of the subway car.

 

 

 

                            --page break--

      THE SOURCE  (#3)      Blake & Jackson      8/8/94                           53. 

 

 

88    ANOTHER ANGLE                                                                  88

 

      As Thorp heads for the exit, Lois cuts them off.

 

                                            LOIS

                        No comment for the press?

 

      Thorp tries shoving her out of the way but Lois grabs him by

      the wrist and somersaults him onto his back with a painful

      THUD.  As Thorp tries to rise, Jimmy and Stuart rush up. 

      Stuart places his foot squarely on his boss' chest.

 

                                            STUART

                        You can't leave before we get a

                        family portrait.

 

      He smiles wide for Jimmy, who raises his camera to his eye.

 

                                            JIMMY

                              (to Thorp)

                        Oh... your Mom's going to be so

                        proud.

 

      CLICK!

 

                                                                DISSOLVE TO:

 

89    THE BLACK & WHITE NEWS PHOTO                                                   89

 

      of Stuart, Lois and Thorp on the subway platform.

 

                                            JIMMY (O.S.)

                        It's kind of a welcome back present

                        for Lois.

 

      WIDEN TO REVEAL WE'RE

 

 

90    INT. DAILY PLANET - (DAY #6)                                                   90

 

      Clark and Jimmy look at a 24X36 blow-up of the Planet's

      front page laying across Lois' desk.  The headline reads:

      "FINANCIER TIED TO ATTEMPT ON GOVERNOR'S LIFE." The byline

      reads: "by Lois Lane and Clark Kent."

 

                                            JIMMY

                        Think she'll like it?

 

                                            CLARK

                        It'll make her day. 

 

                                            JIMMY

                        I think what made her day was

                        finding out that Thorp was already

                        on to Stuart before her article

                        came out.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

      THE SOURCE  (#3)      Blake & Jackson      8/8/94                           54. 

 

 

90    CONTINUED:                                                                     90

 

      Perry, Martha and a very upbeat Jonathan exit Perry's office

      and approach, laughing, thru...

 

                                            PERRY

                        But that's a story for another

                        time.

 

                                            JONATHAN

 

                        Clark, we've got to go.  I want to

                        get to the hospital.

 

                                            CLARK

                        Who's in the hospital?

 

                                            MARTHA

                        The man whose life Jonathan saved.

                        It turns out he's originally from

                        Kansas.

 

                                            JONATHAN

                              (enthusiastic)

                        You wouldn't believe how much we

                        have in common.  After talking with

                        him for an hour I felt like I've

                        known him all my life.

 

                                            MARTHA

                        I think we'll be visiting

                        Metropolis a lot more often.

 

                                            PERRY

                        Has Lois come in yet?

 

      At that moment the elevator doors open and Lois steps out.

      As she comes down the stairs the staff breaks into APPLAUSE.

      Lois approaches Perry, Clark et al.

 

                                            PERRY (CONT'D)

                        Lois, I've never been one for

                        speeches.  But I have to say...

                              (handing her back her

                               press pass)

                        We're glad you're back.

 

                                            LOIS

                        Thanks, Perry.

 

      They share a smile, then Perry notices the staff watching.

 

                                            PERRY

                        Alright people, there's nothin'

                        here you can sell for a quarter.

                        Everyone back to work.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

      THE SOURCE  (#3)      Blake & Jackson      8/8/94                           55. 

 

 

90    CONTINUED:  2                                                                  90

 

      The Kent's ad-lib goodbye to Clark and Lois and drift away

      with the staff, leaving our heroes alone.  As Lois eyes

      Jimmy's photo on her desk...

 

                                            LOIS

                        'By Lois Lane and Clark Kent.'

                        That's going to look good on a

                        Pulitzer someday.

 

                                            CLARK

                        Yeah.  But whose name's going to go

                        first?

 

                                            LOIS

                        Mine, of course.

 

                                            CLARK

                        It's good to have you back,

                        partner.

 

      They share a smile as Lois' PHONE RINGS.

 

                                            LOIS

                              (answering phone)

                        Lois Lane...

                              (concerned)

                        What?

 

      Clark eyes her.  She protectively cups the phone.

 

                                            LOIS (CONT'D)

                              (low)

                        The trap is set? ...hundreds will

                        die? ... poison gas?!  Does anyone

                        else know about this?

 

                                            CLARK

                              (suspicious)

                        Lois...

 

      She turns back to him grinning, then...

 

                                            LOIS

                        Relax Clark.  It's only my

                        exterminator.

 

      Off his bemused smile...

 

                                                                FADE OUT.

 

                                _THE END_

 

 

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