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#204 : Le farceur





Loïs se trouve à une grande réception lorsqu'elle reçoit un cadeau d'un admirateur. C'est un clown chantant l'opéra qui produit un son très élevé, détruisant les vitrines des objets d'art exposés. Cela permet au Farceur de voler un diamant incognito.

Le lendemain, Loïs reçoit au Daily Planet une belle bague plongée dans un produit chimique qui provoque chez Loïs des démangeaisons horribles et douloureuses.

Clark décide de mener son enquête, aux côtés de sa partenaire. Ils découvrent ainsi l'identité de l'expéditeur de ces mystérieux présents.
Il s'agit de Kyle Griffin : il vient de sortir de prison après avoir été incarcéré 5 ans suite à un article de Loïs. Pour se venger, il veut la tuer mais en la détruisant lentement.

Alors que Loïs enquête sur lui, elle est enlevée et séquestrée par le Farceur et son complice.

Leur nouvelle cible ? Le Daily Planet ! Ils veulent le détruire à l'aide d'un gaz spécial.

C'est sans compter sur l'intervention de Superman qui les interrompt dans leur projet criminel.


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Titre VO
The Prankster

Titre VF
Le farceur

Première diffusion
09.10.1994

Première diffusion en France
29.04.1995

Plus de détails

 

 

                              _LOIS & CLARK_

 

                     _THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN_

 

                            

                            "THE PRANKSTER"

 

 

 

                             EPISODE FOUR

 

 

 

Written by Grant Rosenberg

 

 

                                 _CAST_

 

 

CLARK KENT/SUPERMAN

 

LOIS LANE

 

PERRY WHITE

 

JIMMY OLSEN

 

KYLE GRIFFIN

 

VICTOR

 

PETE

 

RANDALL LOOMIS

 

MRS. LOOMIS

 

NICK DARBY

 

EDWIN GRIFFIN

 

STORE OWNER

 

PLANT MANAGER

 

MESSENGER

 

MRS. LANE

 

FEMALE STAFFER

 

 

 

                              _LOCATIONS_

 

 

_INTERIORS_:                             _EXTERIORS_:

 

Daily Planet                             Industrial Park

  Newsroom

  Perry's Office                         Metropolis Street

 

Museum                                   Whitmore Labs

  Party Room

  Adjoining Room                         Run Down Hotel

 

Jewelry Store                            Processing Plant

 

Griffin's Warehouse                      Loomis House

 

Whitmore Labs                            Planet Car

 

Lois' Apartment

 

Clark's Apartment

 

Toy Store

 

Hotel Room

 

Processing Plant

 

Planet Car

 

Griffin's Van

 

Back of Truck

 

 

 

 

                                _TEASER_

 

     FADE IN:

 

 1   INT.  MUSEUM - NIGHT #1                                                        1

 

     A cocktail party is in progress in the "Painters of the 20th

     Century" Room.  A banner announces the opening of the new

     modern art wing.  Large modern paintings hang on the walls.

     Dozens of attractive women in gowns accompany man in

     tuxedos.  Waiters serve champagne off silver trays.

 

     LOIS, CLARK, PERRY and JIMMY are studying one of the more

     abstract paintings.  The brass plaque under the painting

     reads "Mother and Daughter."

 

                                          CLARK

                      I don't see a mother or a daughter.

 

                                          JIMMY

                      You ask me, it looks like he

                      dropped paint balloons off his

                      roof.

 

                                          LOIS

                      You have to use your imagination

                      when you look at modern art.  Open

                      your mind to the artist's inner

                      feelings.

 

     Clark, Jimmy and Perry stare at the painting a moment.

 

                                          PERRY

                      Hey, wait a minute.  If you squint

                      your eyes and tilt your head to the

                      right, you can make out Elvis'

                      profile.

 

     Jimmy tries it.

 

                                          JIMMY

                      Maybe the fat Elvis.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Why do I even try?  Great art to

                      you guys are those prints of poker

                      playing dogs.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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 1   CONTINUED:                                                                     1

 

                                          PERRY

                             (to Jimmy)

                      Say, I love those.  You ever seen

                      the one with the dogs in a bar

                      throwing darts?

 

     Lois rolls her eyes.  They're hopeless.  A MESSENGER enters

     with a beautifully wrapped box and approaches Lois.

 

                                          MESSENGER

                      Lois Lane?

 

                                          LOIS

                      Yes?

 

                                          MESSENGER

                      This is for you.

 

     Lois and the others are a mix of confusion and surprise. 

     She takes it from the messenger who exits.  Several nearby

     members of the party look on with interest.

 

                                          JIMMY

                      Who's it from?

 

                                          LOIS

                      I have no idea.

 

     As she opens the card, a WAITER in the background eyes Lois,

     a sly smile on his lips.

 

                                          CLARK

                      What does it say?

 

                                          LOIS

                             (reading with confusion)

                      'Dear Lois.  Please forgive me, but

                      my feelings for you run deep and

                      I'm too shy to tell you in person.'

 

     Clark, Perry and Jimmy exchange looks of surprise.

 

                                          LOIS (CONT'D)

                      'But I want the world to know that

                      whenever I think of you, my heart

                      sings.  Your secret admirer.'

 

     She looks at Clark questioning.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Don't look at me.  I know how much

                      you hate surprises.

 

                                          LOIS

                      This is embarrassing.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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 1   CONTINUED:                                                                     1

 

                                          JIMMY

                      C'mon, open it.

 

     A beat, then Lois tears off the wrapping paper to expose a

     large, colorfully painted WOODEN BOX.  There's a button on

     it that says "Push."

 

                                          LOIS

                      Wow.  It's beautiful.

 

                                          PERRY

                      Whoever he is, the fella's got

                      style.

 

     Push the button.

 

     Lois hesitates a moment, then places the box on a nearby

     table and pushes the button.  Suddenly, a large JACK-IN-THE-

     BOX springs out.  The face bears a strong resemblance to

     Pavarotti.  Our heroes and a group of onlookers are

     momentarily startled, then exhale a collective sigh,

     followed by a smattering of laughter.

 

                                          PERRY

                      That's the damndest thing I ever

                      saw.

 

     Just then, the eyes of the Jack open.  The crowd "ohs."  A

     moment later, the Jack's mouth opens and it begins to SING

     an operatic aria.  The crowd loves it.

 

                                          JIMMY

                      Hey, that's pretty cool.

 

 2   ON WAITER                                                                      2

 

     casually putting in a pair of EAR PLUGS.

 

 

 3   RESUME SCENE                                                                   3

 

     As the JACK-IN-THE-BOX comes to a dramatic crescendo in the

     aria, it hits a high note, and holds it.  The VOLUME gets

     LOUDER and the note gets higher in pitch until the sound is

     EAR PIERCING.  Everyone holds their ears.

 

                                          PERRY

                      What in the Sam Hill... ?!

 

     Suddenly, champagne glasses begin to SHATTER and security

     ALARMS go off, their WAILING adding to the assault of sound.

     The crowd begins retreating as the unbearable noise

     continues.  Clark's in no pain, but holds his ears for show.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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 3   CONTINUED:                                                                     3

 

                                          CLARK

                             (shouting to Lois)

                      Either it's broken or your admirer

                      has a warped sense of humor!

 

 

 4   ANGLE ON AN ADJOINING ROOM OF THE MUSEUM - CONTINUOUS                          4

 

     The noise wreaks havoc throughout the museum, as GLASS CASES

     everywhere start SHATTERING.  The waiter and the messenger

     stand in the shadows of the "Rare Gems" exhibit. After a

     Guard rushes by, the two men quickly move to a broken case.

     The messenger acts as lookout as the waiter reaches into the

     case and removes a large diamond.  He pulls an identical

     looking stone from his pocket and-places it in the case.

 

 

 5   RESUME PARTY ROOM                                                              5

 

     Bedlam.  Partygoers crowd around the exits trying to get out

     of the room.  Clark tips down his glasses and looks inside

     the Jack-in-the-Box with his X-RAY VISION.  A moment later,

     he activates his HEAT VISION and the Jack-in-the-Box's

     internal mechanism burns out.  As the Jack winds down...

 

 

 6   ON LOIS, CLARK, PERRY AND JIMMY                                                6

 

     as they uncover their ears, trying to shake the sound out of

     their heads.

 

                                          PERRY

                             (to Lois)

                      Well, your friend sure knows how to

                      clear a room.

 

                                          CLARK

                      I'd hate to think what this guy

                      would have sent if he _didn't_ like

                      you.

 

     As a very unhappy Lois looks over at the now silent Jack,

     who continues to taunt her with his smiling face, we...

 

                                                              FADE OUT.

 

                            _END OF TEASER_

 

 

                            --page break--

     THE PRANKSTER   (#4)  Rosenberg      8/24/94                              5.   

 

                                _ACT ONE_

 

     FADE IN:

 

 

 7   INT. DAILY PLANET - DAY #2                                                     7

 

     Lois exit the elevator.  As she heads for the ramp, a

     rumpled, middle aged sports reporter, PETE, stops her.

 

                                          PETE

                      Hey.  I heard about the Pavoratti

                      serenade.  Stuff like that makes me

                      glad I'm not single anymore.

 

                                          LOIS

                      I'm sure it was an accident.

                      Probably just something wrong with

                      the wiring.

 

                                          PETE

                      Y'know it reminds me of this

                      ballplayer I knew, met a girl on

                      the road.  She went nuts for him.

                      When he didn't return her calls,

                      she slipped a scorpion into his

                      catcher's mitt.  Never caught

                      another game.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Thanks Pete.  It's always a joy

                      talking to you.

 

     She turns and heads into the bullpen, where Clark meets her.

 

                                          LOIS (CONT'D)

                      Morning.  Did the lab call?

 

     As Jimmy approaches...

 

                                          CLARK

                      Yeah.  Unfortunately the wiring in

                      that box was so badly melted, they

                      couldn't tell anything.

 

                                          JIMMY

                      So you got any idea who Romeo is?

 

                                          LOIS

                      I can't think of anyone who likes

                      me enough to send... I mean...

                      uh... no.  I'm still working on it.

 

     Lois plops down at her desk as an unhappy Perry approaches.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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 7   CONTINUED:                                                                     7

 

                                          PERRY

                      Lois, I just got off the phone with

                      the museum.  I told them the Planet

                      would cover the damages.  Now, I

                      think it's only fair if you kick in

                      a little...

 

     He trails off as he notices Lois' dark expression.

 

                                          PERRY (CONT'D)

                      What's wrong?

 

     She gestures to a note folded and taped to her computer.

     Someone has written 'FOR MY LOVE' on it.  Clark takes it,

     unfolds the note.

 

                                          CLARK

                      'Dear Lois.  Please accept the gift

                      in your desk as an apology for last

                      night.  I am itching to be yours.

                      Your secret admirer.'

 

     Puzzled, Lois opens her top desk drawer and pulls out a

     SMALL VELVET BOX.  She gingerly lays it on her desk.

 

                                          JIMMY

                      Aren't you gonna open it?

 

                                          LOIS

                      I don't know.

 

     Clark lowers his glasses and scans the box with his X-RAY

     VISION.  (No, we don't see what's inside the box).

 

                                          CLARK

                      You want me to open it?

 

                                          LOIS

                      No.  I'll... I'll do it.

 

     As she reaches to open it, Jimmy and Perry step back a few

     feet.  Lois shoots them a look, then carefully lifts the

     lid.  Inside is a sparkling DIAMOND RING.

 

                                          LOIS (CONT'D)

                      It's... it's beautiful.

 

     She lifts the ring and slips it on.  As she admires it...

 

                                          LOIS (CONT'D)

                      A little tight, but still...

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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 7   CONTINUED:  2                                                                  7

 

                                          JIMMY

                      Hey, this means your secret admirer

                      must work here.  Nobody else has

                      access to your desk.

 

                                          PERRY

                      Good investigative reasoning, son.

                             (Jimmy beams)

                      But you're wrong.

                             (Jimmy deflates)

                      First of all, lots of folks come

                      into this news room who don't work

                      here.  And second, I know what

                      everyone gets paid.  And no one

                      earns enough to buy a rock like

                      that.

 

     Lois rubs the ring, rolling it around on her finger thru...

 

                                          LOIS

                      This is the most romantic thing...

 

                                          CLARK

                      'I'm itching to be yours?' A

                      little corny, isn't it?

 

     Lois starts scratching her skin around the ring, increasing

     it thru...

 

                                          LOIS

                      Well... I'm sure it came from his

                      heart.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Amazing.  You went from being

                      afraid of opening the box to

                      thinking this guy's Longfellow in

                      thirty seconds.

 

     Now Lois is furiously scratching.

 

                                          LOIS

                      You just don't understand romance,

                      Clark.

 

                                          PERRY

                      Lois... are you okay?

 

                                          LOIS

                      I...I must be having some kind of

                      reaction to the platinum...

 

     She tries to take the ring off, can't.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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 7   CONTINUED:  3                                                                  7

 

                                          LOIS (CONT'D)

                      It's too tight.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Let me help.

 

     Clark takes Lois' hand in his and uses his SUPER STRENGTH to

     snap the band in two.

 

                                          CLARK (CONT'D)

                             (off everyone's

                              reaction)

                      Must be a cheap setting.

 

                                          PERRY

                      Looks like lover boy's batting oh

                      for two.

 

     As Lois' scratches her red and blotchy finger...

 

                                          CLARK

                             (eyeing band)

                      It's all discolored.  It's been

                      dipped in some kind of chemical.

                             (to Lois)

                      Yeah, he's a real romantic.

 

     Off Lois' look...

 

                                                              CUT TO:

 

 8   INT. JEWELRY STORE - DAY                                                       8

 

     Lois and Clark enter.  The store is empty.  They walk to a

     counter.  Lois impatiently hits a service bell four times.

 

                                          CLARK

                      I can see this is going to be a

                      long day.

 

                                          LOIS

                      What?  Because I'm a little edgy?

                      Well I'm sorry Clark, but I can't

                      get this image out of my head of

                      some weirdo sitting in his living

                      room snickering to his friends

                      about how he's going to get Lois

                      Lane to fall for him.

 

     She moves down the showcases looking at the jewelry.  He

     follows.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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 8   CONTINUED:                                                                     8

 

                                          CLARK

                      I guess that's one of the drawbacks

                      of being, beautiful, successful and

                      eligible.

 

                                          LOIS

                      What's that supposed to mean?!

 

                                          CLARK

                      Nothing.  I was paying you a

                      compliment.

 

                                          LOIS

                      No you weren't.  You were implying

                      that if I wasn't single I wouldn't

                      have this problem.

 

                                          CLARK

                      No I wasn't.

                             (beat)

                      But you probably _wouldn't_ have

                      this problem if you were married.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Oh, that's a good reason to get

                      married.  To avoid harassment.

 

     Clark sighs in frustration as the OWNER approaches.

 

                                          STORE OWNER

                      Can I help you?

 

     She pulls the ring from her purse and hands it to him thru...

 

                                          LOIS

                      Yes.  I was wondering.  Could you

                      tell by looking at this ring, where

                      it might have been made?

 

                                          STORE OWNER

                             (inspecting ring)

                      Let me get my loop.

 

     As he retreats to the back of the store, Clark and Lois

     shift their attention to the jewelry cases.  Lois is at one

     case, Clark at an adjoining one.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Gee, he has such beautiful things.

                      These cameos are gorgeous.

 

                                          CLARK

                      You ought to look at some of the

                      things in this case.  They're not.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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 8   CONTINUED:  2                                                                  8

 

                                          LOIS

                             (looking in his case)

                      Yuch.  They remind me of this

                      computer nerd I knew in college.

                      Randall Loomis.  He used to give me

                      the creeps.  He followed me around

                      for an entire year like an annoying

                      little gnat.  Then one day I found

                      a hideous looking pin in my locker

                      just like one of these with a note

                      saying...

                             (realization hits her)

                      ...'from your secret admirer!'

                      Clark!  That's it!  Randall Loomis!

 

     The owner of the store re-enters thru...

 

                                          LOIS (CONT'D)

                      I bet he's the one behind all this.

                      He still lives in Metropolis.

 

                                          STORE OWNER

                      I think I can get the information

                      you want but it would help if I

                      could hold onto this ring for a day

                      or so.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Fine.

                             (to Clark)

                      Let's go.

 

     As she hurries for the door, a perplexed Clark hands the man

     a business card and we...

 

                                                              CUT TO:

 

 9   EXT. INDUSTRIAL PARK - DAY - ESTABLISHING                                      9

 

 

10   INT. GRIFFIN'S WAREHOUSE - DAY                                                10

 

     A STREET SWEEPER marked METROPOLIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC

     WORKS is parked in the middle of this large facility that's

     part warehouse, part laboratory.  Someone is working under

     the sweeper, his sneakers poking out from under the back,

     twitching in rhythm to a song coming from a nearby radio.

 

 

                            --page break--

     THE PRANKSTER   (#4)  Rosenberg      8/24/94                             11.   

 

 

11   ANOTHER ANGLE - SHOOTING UNDER THE SWEEPER                                    11

 

     The workman is VICTOR, the "messenger" we saw in the museum.

     Lying on a mechanic's board, he happily HUMS ALONG to the

     radio as he finishes attaching a GALLON SIZED METAL

     CONTAINER to-the underside of the sweeper.

 

     WIDEN as a pair of BLACK COWBOY BOOTS slowly enter frame,

     stopping next to the sneakers.  A beat, then one boots comes

     up os brought down hard onto Victor's foot.

 

                                          VICTOR

                      Ow!

 

     Startled, he bumps his head hard on the undercarriage.

 

                                          VICTOR (CONT'D)

                      Ow!

                             (rubbing his head)

                      Oooh...

 

     Victor's suddenly slid out from underneath the sweeper by...

 

 

12   KYLE GRIFFIN                                                                  12

 

     the "waiter" at the museum, who stares at Victor, disgusted.

 

                                          VICTOR

                             (rubbing his foot)

                      What did you do that for?

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      You forgot to turn the security,

                      system on again.  I walked right in

                      through the front door.

 

     Victor rolls down his sock, massages his ankle thru...

 

                                          VICTOR

                      Aw, I can never figure out how that

                      stupid thing works.

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      You have a Masters in engineering

                      and you can't figure out how to

                      turn on the security system?

 

                                          VICTOR

                             (defensive)

                      Sometimes geniuses have trouble

                      with the simple things.  It's what

                      makes us colorful.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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12   CONTINUED:                                                                    12

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      Colorful.  Really?  How do you feel

                      about black and blue?

                             (off Victor's look)

                      Victor, I've got lots of goodies

                      planned for Lois Lane.  And I don't

                      want them ruined just because

                      you're too stupid to figure out how

                      to set a simple alarm.

 

                                          VICTOR

                      Okay, okay.  I'll rig it some way

                      so it's easy to operate.

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      I don't care if you 'clap' it on.

                      Just use it!

 

     As Griffin walks to a nearby table and hangs his coat on a

     chair...

 

                                          VICTOR

                      How did your meeting go with the

                      terrorists?

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      They prefer the term 'freedom

                      fighters.'  And they want a

                      demonstration before they'll

                      advance us any money.

 

                                          VICTOR

                      They don't trust us?

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      Victor, we're the kind of people

                      who deal with terrorists.  Why

                      would anybody trust us?

                             (re: sweeper)

                      Is this thing ready?

 

                                          VICTOR

                             (proudly)

                      I bypassed the manufacturers'

                      spraying system and installed a

                      modified flow control process that

                      will allow a denser...

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      B-o-r-rring!  Is it ready?

 

                                          VICTOR

                      Ready.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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12   CONTINUED:  2                                                                 12

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      Good.

 

     He tosses Victor a pair of yellow CITY WORKER'S OVERALLS.

 

                                          GRIFFIN (CONT'D)

                             (condescending)

                      Think you can figure out how to get

                      into these?

 

     As Victor studies the overalls...

 

                                                              CUT TO:

 

13   INT. PLANET STAFF CAR - DAY                                                   13

 

     Lois drives, Clark rides next to her.

 

                                          LOIS

                      After years of pining for me,

                      Loomis has finally decided to act

                      on his sick little fantasies. I

                      can see him now, sitting in some

                      dark little room, dreaming up

                      annoying ways to get my attention.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Here it is.

 

 

14   EXT. STATELY HOUSE - DAY - CONTINUOUS                                         14

 

     The Planet Staff car stops at the curb.

 

                                          LOIS

                             (incredulous)

                      That's 516?

 

                                          CLARK

                      Yup. Looks like old Randall 'the

                      nerd' did all right for himself.

 

     They get out and walk to the front door thru...

 

                                          CLARK (CONT'D)

                      Have you thought about what you're

                      going to say if it turns out

                      Randall's not behind this?

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

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                                          LOIS

                             (patiently)

                      Clark, it makes perfect sense.  His

                      intense infatuation with me, his

                      mechanical abilities, and evidently

                      he's got the money to spend on the

                      elaborate gifts.

 

                                          CLARK

                      People can change, Lois.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Just because he stumbled into some

                      money doesn't mean he's not the

                      same pathetic little man.

 

     She rings the bell.  A seven part HARMONY CHIME echoes in

     the cavernous house.  A moment later, a voluptuous blonde in

     a bikini, MRS. LOOMIS, opens the door.

 

                                          MRS. LOOMIS

                      Yes?

 

                                          CLARK

                      Hi. Does Randall Loomis live here?

 

                                          MRS. LOOMIS

                      Yes.  I'm Mrs. Loomis.  Can I help

                      you?

 

     Lois is dumbfounded.  Clark's amused.

 

                                          CLARK

 

                      _Mrs._ Loomis of course.  I'm

                      Clark Kent

                             (indicating Lois)

                      ... and this is...

 

                                          LOIS

                             (still in shock)

                      Lois Lane.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Randall and Lois are old friends.

                      We were in the neighborhood and

                      Lois just wanted to say hello.

                             (to Lois)

                      Isn't that right Lois?

 

     The blonde checks out Lois who manages a wan smile.

 

                                          MRS. LOOMIS

                      Oh, I'm sure held be delighted.

                      I'll be right back.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

 

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     The blonde leaves.  Clark turns to Lois.

 

                                          LOIS

                             (hoping against hope)

                      Maybe it's a different Randall

                      Loomis.  It is a common name.

 

     Clark shoots her a glance that says 'Gimme a break.'  The

     blonde returns, her arm linked through the arm of a RANDALL

     LOOMIS, a bookworm-ish little man, about 30.

 

                                          LOOMIS

                      Hi.  You were looking for me?

 

                                          CLARK

                             (leading)

                      Lois....

 

                                          LOIS

                      Uh, hi Randall.

 

                                          LOOMIS

                      Do I know you from somewhere?

 

                                          LOIS

                             (embarrassed)

                      Lois Lane.  We went to college

                      together?

 

     Randall thinks for a moment, then...

 

                                          LOOMIS

                      Oh... right.  I didn't recognize

                      you.  You look so... mature.

 

     Lois is not sure how to take this left-handed compliment.

 

                                          LOIS

                      You look like you're... doing well.

 

                                          LOOMIS

                      Oh, yeah.  I sold my software

                      company last year and retired.

                      Joanna and I are going to travel

                      around the world and then settle

                      down in our place in Paris.

                             (beat)

                      Would you like to come in?

 

                                          LOIS

                             (quickly)

                      Oh, no.

                             (then)

                      I'm uh... on a deadline.

                             (MORE)

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

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                                          LOIS (CONT'D)

                      Aren't I Clark?

                             (to Loomis)

                      I'm a reporter... uh...

                      journalist... uh... senior

                      Journalist... for the Daily Planet.

                      I'm in charge of...

 

                                          CLARK

                      ... almost the whole newspaper.

 

     Lois shoots him a dirty look.

 

                                          LOOMIS

                      Well, it was nice of you to stop

                      by. I'm glad to see that you've

                      found yourself a good man.

 

     Lois reacts.  Loomis turns to Clark.

 

                                          LOOMIS

                      In college I seem to remember Lois

                      always on the prowl, but she never

                      could hook up with the right guy.

                      I hope it works out for you two.

 

                                          CLARK

                             (amused)

                      Thanks.

 

     Lois smiles tightly, then grabs Clark's arm and tugs hard.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Let's go, Clark.

 

     They turn and head down the walk a beat, then...

 

                                          CLARK

                      So you were on the prowl in

                      college?

 

                                          LOIS

                      He has a very faulty memory.  And

                      she dyes her hair.  Did you see

                      those roots?

 

                                          CLARK

                             (teasing)

                      I uh... wasn't really focusing on

                      her hair.

 

                                          LOIS

                      I'm glad you're having such a good

                      time.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

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                                          CLARK

                      Okay, I'm sorry. Look, maybe by

                      tomorrow that jeweler will have

                      some information on the ring.

 

                                                              CUT TO:

 

 

15   INT. STREET SWEEPER - DAY                                                     15

 

     As the SWEEPER IDLES, Victor sits behind the wheel curbside.

     Griffin sits next to him, street side, eyeing the sideview

     mirror.  Suddenly, a STANTON ELECTRONICS TRUCK appears.

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      There it is.  Let's go.

 

 

16   EXT. STREET - DAY                                                             16

 

     Very little traffic.  Several cars are parked at the curb. 

     The Sweeper pulls away from the curb and moves into the

     street well ahead of the Electronics Truck.  Suddenly, from

     the rear of the Sweeper, a BLACK SPRAY shoots out, covering

     the entire street.

 

 

17   ANOTHER ANGLE                                                                 17

 

     The Electronics truck comes RUMBLING down the street.  As

     soon as it hits the coated blacktop, it starts to slide out

     of control.  As the driver wrestles with the wheel, the

     turck slides toward the curb, jumps it and slams into a

     light pole, knocking the driver unconscious.

 

     People come to the aid of the truck driver.  As more run

     across the street they slip and fall on the icy blacktop,

     unable to get up.

 

     Two other cars coming down the street lose their traction

     and begin sliding out of control.  They both collide with

     parked cars.

 

 

18   ANGLE ON REAR OF TRUCK                                                        18

 

     Amidst the bedlam of people yelling and calling for help,

     Griffin and Victor appear from around the other side,

     wearing LARGE BOOTS.  Victor carries a large wire cutter.

     He clamps it across a padlock at the rear of the truck and

     cuts it.  Griffin opens the door and they jump inside.

 

 

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19   INT. REAR OF TRUCK - DAY - CONTINUOUS                                         19

 

     Filled with neatly labeled trays.  As Victor and Griffin

     check for two particular boxes...

 

                                          VICTOR

                      These boots worked great, didn't

                      they?  Did I tell you how I got the

                      rubber to adhere to the icy

                      surface?

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      Victor, shut up and find the chips.

 

     Victor locates one tray and slides it out of its rack.  The

     Tray is marked "Fort Truman."

 

                                          VICTOR

                      Here's one.

 

     He pulls out a leather pouch and pair of TWEEEZERS.  As he

     reaches for A COMPUTER CHIP with the tweezers...

 

     Griffin pulls a tray marked MUNICIPAL STADIUM from a rack.

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      Give me the tweezers.

 

     Griffin, behind Victor, holds out his hand.  Victor turns to

     Griffin with the tweezers and inadvertently stabs Griffin in

     the hand.  Griffin grimaces.

 

                                          VICTOR

                      Oops.  Sorry.

 

     Griffin grimaces then snatches the tweezers and pulls

     another CHIP from his tray thru...

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      Now... where's our little gift for

                      Lois Lane?

 

                                          VICTOR

                      Got it right here.

 

     He hands a third chip to Griffin who replaces the stolen

     chip with the one Victor handed him thru...

 

                                          VICTOR (CONT'D)

                      You know, I was thinking...

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                             (cutting him off)

                      That's a bad thing, Victor.  Let's

                      go.

 

 

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20   EXT. STREET - DAY - CONTINUOUS                                                20

 

     Several pedestrians pull the driver from the truck as the

     confusion on the street continues.  No one notices Victor

     and Griffin hop out the back of the truck and disappear.

 

 

21   INT. DAILY PLANET CAR - MOVING - DAY - CONTINUOUS                             21

 

     Lois drives.  Clark's next to her, smiling to himself.  A

     beat, then he chuckles.  Lois shoots him a dirty look.

 

                                          CLARK

                      I'm sorry... but you had to see the

                      look on your face when he told you

                      he sold his software company and

                      was going to settle down in Paris.

 

     Clark continues to chuckle as he relives the last scene.

 

                                          LOIS

                             (exasperated)

                      Oh, stop it.  You think I care what

                      Randall Loomis does with his life?

                      I've got a lot more important

                      things to deal with right now.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Oh, I know.  You're a... senior

                      journalist.

 

                                          LOIS

                             (turning on him)

                      Y'know, you could walk back...

 

                                          CLARK

                             (indicating street

                              ahead)

                      Look out!

 

     As Lois turns to look, her face registers shock.

 

 

22   HER POV                                                                       22

 

     They've headed straight into the icy slick street.  A car in

     front of them skids out of control, two others lie at odd

     angles, having already collided.  The Stanton Electronics

     Truck rests against the lightpole.  Pedestrians in the

     middle of the street are slipping and sliding, unable to get

     their footing.  And Lois is headed right for them.

 

 

23   RESUME SCENE                                                                  23

 

     Lois hits her breaks, throwing the car into a skid.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

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                                          LOIS

                      Clark!

 

                                          CLARK

                      Steer into the skid!

 

     She frantically spins the wheel but it doesn't help.

 

                                          LOIS

                      I am!  It's not working!

 

 

24   THEIR POV THRU WINDSHEILD                                                     24

 

     As their car slides at a 45 degree angle toward several

     helpless pedestrians, we...

 

                                                              FADE OUT.

 

                            _END OF ACT ONE_

 

 

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                                _ACT TWO_

 

 

25   INT. DAILY PLANET CAR - SKIDDING - DAY - CONTINUOUS                           25

 

     While Lois struggles with the out-of-control car, Clark

     opens his door and sticks out his foot.

 

 

26   EXT. DAILY PLANET CAR - DAY - CONTINUOUS - ON CLARK'S FOOT                    26

 

     pressed to the ground with SUPER STRENGTH, braking the car.

 

 

27   ANOTHER ANGLE                                                                 27

 

     The car comes to a stop inches away from several terrifed

     and helpless pedestrians.  Clark pulls his foot back in.

 

 

28   INT. DAILY PLANET CAR - STOPPED - DAY - CONTINUOUS                            28

 

                                          CLARK

                      That was close.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Too close.

                             (annoyed)

                      And what did you open the door for?

 

                                          CLARK

                      I don't know. I guess for a moment

                      I thought maybe...

 

                                          LOIS

                      What? You were going to drag your

                      feet on the ground and stop us?

 

     He shrugs innocently, indicating maybe it was a silly idea.

 

                                          LOIS (CONT'D)

                      I think you've been watching too

                      many Flintstone's cartoons.

 

 

29   EXT. STREET - DAY - CONTINUOUS                                                29

 

     Clark gets out of the car.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Stay here.  I'll call for help.

 

     As he carefully moves off, Lois gets out of the car...

 

                                          LOIS

                      I'm not going to stay here while

                      you...

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

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     But she immediately slips and falls.  As she struggles to

     get to her feet she looks up and sees a Mini-Van skidding

     straight toward her.  As.it comes dangerously close

 

 

30   SUPERMAN                                                                      30

 

     lands in front of her and stops the Mini-van.  He go

     Lois and picks her up in his arms.

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      Are you all right?

 

     Lois is a mix of relief and delight to be in Superman's

     arms.  As he carries her to the sidewalk...

 

                                          LOIS

                             (nods)

                      For someone who just saw their life

                      flash in front of their eyes.  What

                      caused this?

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      It must be some kind of chemical

                      reaction.

 

     He lowers her safely onto the sidewalk, then turns back to

     the street and kneels to touch the surface.  After a beat he

     uses his HEAT VISION to evaporate the slick sheen.  As it

     turns to steam and disappears...

 

                                          LOIS

                      Promise someday you'll tell me how

                      you do that.

 

     Superman smiles at her as we...

 

                                                              CUT TO:

 

31   INT. GRIFFIN'S WAREHOUSE - NIGHT #2                                           31

 

     Griffin and Victor hover over a BAZOOKA-LIKE WEAPON lying

     unassembled on a table as Victor withdraws one of the stolen

     chips from the leather pouch.

 

                                          VICTOR

                      Here's the little dickens.

 

     As he turns to transfer it to the weapon, he drops it.

 

                                          VICTOR

                      Ooops.  Don't move!

 

     Griffin freezes, bent at the waist inspecting some parts.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

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                                          GRIFFIN

                             (patiently)

                      Why?

 

                                          VICTOR

                             (worried)

                      I dropped the chip.

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      You dropped the chip.  Do you see

                      it?

 

                                          VICTOR

                             (child like)

                      No.

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                             (bending down to look)

                      Victor, that chip is worth over a

                      hundred thousand dollars.  It's

                      irreplaceable.  Unlike you.  Now,

                      look again.

 

     Victor looks around, then...

 

                                          VICTOR

                      Oh oh oh!  Here it is! on the

                      table!

 

     Victor picks it up with the tweezers, blows some dust off it

     and lays it into the bazooka as Griffin slowly straightens

     up, arching his back.

 

                                          VICTOR (CONT'D)

                      Lucky.  No damage done.

 

     Griffin puts his arm around Victor's shoulder.  As he leads

     Victor away from the table...

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      Did I ever tell you how long I was

                      in prison?

 

                                          VICTOR

                      I think you said it was five years.

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      Right.  And I never got a day off

                      for good behavior.  Know why?

 

     Victor shakes his head.

 

                                          GRIFFIN (CONT'D)

                      Because I'm not a nice guy.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

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     And with that, Griffin reaches up and TWISTS Victor's bow

     tie tighter and tighter.  Victor GASPS, his eyes going wide

     thru...

 

                                          GRIFFIN (CONT'D)

                      It's important you realize just how

                      much this project means to me.

 

                                          VICTOR

                             (gurgling)

                      I realize... I realize... it won't

                      happen again.

 

     Griffin releases Victor's tie.  As Victor quickly loosens it

     and gulps in air...

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      Good.  Now, we've had a long day.

                      How about I take you out to the old

                      ball game?

 

     Griffin walks off, leaving Victor to rub his neck and

     consider a new career.

 

                                                              CUT TO:

 

 

32  INT. DAILY PLANET - MORNING (DAY #3)                                           32

 

     Lois exits the elevator, scanning the front page of the

     Planet.  As she heads down the ramp, a few STAFFERS spot her

     and start singing "Take Me Out To The Ball Game."  Lois eyes

     them warily as she reaches her desk, where Jimmy is waiting.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Someone want to let me in on the

                      joke?

 

                                          JIMMY

                      Did you read the sports section

                      yet?

 

                                          LOIS

                      I never read the sports section.

 

                                          JIMMY

                      Might want to look at it this

                      morning.  You're the action shot of

                      the day.

 

     Lois flips to the sports section, eyes the front page.

 

 

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33   INSERT - PHOTO ON SPORTS PAGE                                                 33

 

     A color photo shows the scoreboard at Metropolis Stadium.

     Across the scoreboard in huge letters is "LOIS LANE ... LET ME

     BE YOUR DESIGNATED HITTER ... YOUR SECRET ADMIRER."

 

 

34   RESUME SCENE                                                                  34

 

                                          JIMMY

                      It's kinda' cool how he tied in a

                      baseball theme...

                             (Lois stares at him)

                      You know, the whole designated

                      hitter thing...

                             (off Lois' cold look)

                      I sure wish somebody would yell

                      'copy boy' right about now...

 

     Jimmy's bailed out when Pete approaches.

 

                                          PETE

                      You know Lois, a lot of people

                      think I'm too old to be a romantic.

                      And they're right.

                             (gestures to paper)

                      Do me a favor, would ya? Tell

                      lover boy to send a candygram next

                      time.

 

                                          LOIS

                             (tentative)

                      Was this message up on the board

                      very long?

 

                                          PETE

                      Long?  The game was postponed for

                      two hours!  The fans were going

                      nuts.

 

                                          LOIS

                             (hopeful)

                      Nuts in a good way... ?

 

     Pete's scowl answers the question, then...

 

                                          PETE

                      The boys in the press box decided

                      to dub him the 'prankster.' Just

                      so you know where I stand, I

                      suggested a different name.

 

     Pete exits.  Lois eyes the paper again.

 

                                          LOIS

                      How did he manage to do this?

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

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                                          CLARK (O.S.)

                      With a stolen computer chip.

 

     Lois and Jimmy turn as Clark approaches Lois' desk.

 

                                          CLARK (CONT'D)

                      I talked with the manager of the

                      stadium this morning.  He told me

                      the scoreboard is programmed by

                      Stanton Electronics.  Ring a bell?

 

                                          LOIS

                      One of their trucks caught up in

                      that mess on the street yesterday.

 

                                          CLARK

                             (nods, then)

                      Turns out two computer chips were

                      stolen and replaced with altered

                      chips after the accident.  One ran

                      the scoreboard.  The other was

                      headed to a military lab.

 

                                          JIMMY

                      So yesterday's slip 'n slide wasn't

                      an accident, it was a diversion.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Don't tell me.  The museum was a

                      diversion too.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Yup.  The Regent Diamond is missing

                      from their collection.  Fifty

                      karats.

 

                                          LOIS

                             (dreading it)

                      A diamond?  Let me guess.  A piece

                      of it was in the ring I got.

 

                                          CLARK

                      The jeweler says it was cut from

                      the same stone.

 

                                          LOIS

                             (sighs, then)

                      You know, it's true what they say.

                      Love stinks.

 

                                          JIMMY

                      I don't get it.  The guy stole a

                      diamond ring and a computer chip.

                      What's the connection?

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

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34   CONTINUED:  2                                                                 34

 

     As our heroes consider this, Perry leans out of his office.

 

                                          PERRY

                      Lois! Clark! Get in here. You'll

                      want to see this.

 

                                                              CUT TO:

 

 

35   INT. PERRY'S OFFICE - SECONDS LATER                                           35

 

     Lois and Clark enter, find Perry watching a TV screen.

 

                                          PERRY

                      I was watching the all news channel

                      when this cut in.

 

 

36   THEIR POV - ON SCREEN                                                         36

 

     The screen is filled with the image of a bomb; four thick

     blocks of a greenish-gray clay like material are connected

     to a digital timer by several wires. The timer reads

     "01:57."

 

 

37   RESUME SCENE - INTERCUT AS NEEDED                                             37

 

                                          LOIS

                      Where is this coming from?

 

     Perry shrugs, he has no idea.  Suddenly...

 

                                          MAN'S VOICE (O.S.)

                             (on TV)

                      Good Morning Metropolis.  Sorry for

                      interrupting the news, but

                      nothing's more important than what

                      I have to say.

 

     The timer now reads "01.45."  INTERCUT WITH:

 

 

38   EXT. WHITMORE LABS - DAY - CONTINUOUS                                         38

 

     Griffin and Victor are in a van parked in an alley,

     affording themselves a view of both the front and side

     entrances of Whitmore Labs.  Griffin wears a wireless

     microphone around his throat as he eyes a portable TV on the

     van's dash.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

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38   CONTINUED:                                                                    38

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      The bomb you see is planted in the

                      basement of one of our city's

                      scientific laboratories.  And just

                      so everyone's not inconvenienced, I

                      don't mind telling you the lab is

                      located somewhere in the Riverfront

                      Industrial District.

 

 

39   AT PERRY'S OFFICE                                                             39

 

                                          PERRY

                      Somebody get on this...

 

                                          CLARK

                      I'll go.  Lois, why don't you stay

                      and find out ... uh... how he

                      managed to tap into the

                      broadcast?

 

     Lois' eyes are riveted on the screen.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Okay.  Fine.

 

     As Clark hurries out...

 

 

40   IN THE VAN                                                                    40

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      As you can see the bomb will

                      detonate in exactly one minute and

                      fifteen seconds. If you're in that

                      area you might want to hot foot it

                      out.

 

     Victor and Griffin look out the van at the lab.

 

 

41   THEIR POV                                                                     41

 

     A security guard hurries employees of the lab out the front

     door. As they scatter for safety...

 

 

42   RESUME GRIFFIN                                                                42

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      If anyone is wondering why I'm

                      doing this, let's just say I'm a

                      hopeless romantic who wants to show

                      the world the explosive nature of

                      my love for Lois Lane.

 

 

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43   IN PERRY'S OFFICE                                                             43

 

     Lois reacts. Perry turns to look at her.  All she can do is

     shake her head helplessly.

 

 

44   ON THE SCREEN                                                                 44

 

     The timer is down to 01:00.

 

 

45   IN VAN                                                                        45

 

     Griffin and Victor wait until the security guard finishes

     ushering people out, then they head for a side entrance.

 

 

46   ON SUPERMAN                                                                   46

 

     as he FLIES over the city.  As he nears the industrial

     district, he banks and heads down.

 

 

47   INT. WHITMORE LABS - DAY - SIMULTANEOUS                                       47

 

     Deserted, except for Griffin and Victor. As Griffin slips a

     METAL CONTAINER from a lab table into his leather bag,

     Victor takes a framed copy of the "All I Need to Know I

     Learned in Kindergarten" poster off a nearby wall.

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      What are you doing?

 

                                          VICTOR

                      I always wanted a copy of this

                      poster.

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      You're supposed to be looking for

                      titanium!

 

                                          VICTOR

                      Okay, okay. I just thought as long

                      as I was here...

 

 

48   ON SUPERMAN                                                                   48

 

     Hovering over a street.  Using his X-RAY VISION, he spots

     the explosives under a tall, modern building marked MYLER

     CHEMICALS. As the last few employees rush from the

     building, Superman flies for the entrance.

 

 

49   IN PERRY'S OFFICE                                                             49

 

     The timer on the TV screen now reads "00:07" and counting.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

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49   CONTINUED:                                                                    49

 

                                          LOIS

                      Oh my God...

 

 

50   INT. BUILDING BASEMENT - DAY - SIMULTANEOUS                                   50

 

     Suddenly Superman bursts through the basement wall and into

     the scene on the TV set. He dives for the timer.

 

 

51   IN PERRY'S OFFICE                                                             51

 

     on the TV, Superman's hand enters frame just as the timer

     runs out.  Lois and Perry grimace, but the expected

     explosion doesn't come.  Instead, a SMALL FLAG pops out with

     the word "BOOM!" on it.  As Perry and Lois breathe a sigh of

     relief...

 

 

52   IN VAN                                                                        52

 

     Griffin watches the end of the drama on TV as Victor

     finishes closing the van's doors.

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                             (into his mike)

                      Bravo, Superman.  You were _very_

                      close.  Unfortunately, next time

                      close will have very deadly

                      results.

 

 

53   IN PERRY'S OFFICE                                                             53

 

     The picture of the screen is suddenly scrambled, then the

     regular news channel comes back on.  Perry clicks the set

     off, turns to Lois, who stares at the blank screen, stunned.

 

                                          PERRY

                      Did you recognize his voice?

 

     Lois shakes her head.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Why is he doing this to me?

 

     Perry puts a comforting arm around her shoulder.  A beat,

     then Jimmy enters the office.

 

                                          JIMMY

                             (tentative)

                      Lois?  Uh, sorry to interrupt, but

                      some guy just called for you.  Said

                      he had information about who your

                      'secret admirer' is.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

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53   CONTINUED:                                                                    53

 

     He extends a phone slip to her.  As Lois takes it, eyeing it

     curiously...

 

                                                              CUT TO:

 

 

54   EXT. RUN DOWN HOTEL - DAY - ESTABLISHING                                      54

 

     A crummy looking hotel in a crummy part of town.  As Lois

     and Clark approach...

 

                                          LOIS

                             (eyeing building)

                      Well, I think we've finally found

                      the absolute bottom of Metropolis.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Why is it that guys who call in

                      with tips always live in the worst

                      part of town?

 

                                          LOIS

                      What do you think the ads for this

                      place say?  Alley view?  Roaches on

                      your pillow?

 

                                                              CUT TO:

 

 

55   INT. HOTEL ROOM - DAY - CONTINUOUS                                            55

 

     Small, dimly lit, with one sagging bed, a cigarette scarred

     dresser and a small, very old TV.  A KNOCK on the door and

     a thin, very nervous ex-con named NICK DARBY moves into

     frame.  All of his movements are accompanied by a series of

     TICS and TWITCHES.  He opens the door revealing Lois and

     Clark.

 

                                          DARBY

                      You Lane?

 

                                          LOIS

                      Yes.  This is my partner, Clark

                      Kent.

 

     Darby eyes Clark, his face goes through a series of

     twitches, then lets them in.  He motions to the bed.

 

                                          DARBY

                      Wanna sit down?

 

                                          LOIS

                      That's okay.  I like to stand.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

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55   CONTINUED:                                                                    55

 

                                          DARBY

                      Let's see the money.

 

     Lois and Clark share a look.

 

                                          CLARK

                      What money?

 

                                          DARBY

                      I told the kid on the phone.  You

                      wanna find out who's doing these

                      things to you, it's gonna cost.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Mr. Darby, The Daily Planet has a

                      standing policy that we don't pay

                      for information.

 

                                          DARBY

                      Then you came here for nothing.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Let's not be hasty.  How much money

                      are we talking about?

 

                                          DARBY

                      Ten grand.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Ten thousand dollars?!  You've got

                      to be joking.

 

                                          DARBY

                             (threatening)

                      Does this look like a face that

                      makes jokes.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Uh... no... definitely not jokes.

 

                                          DARBY

                      Look.  I know this guy.  I spent a

                      lot of time with him.  You want him

                      or not?

 

                                          CLARK

                      How do you know him?

 

                                          DARBY

                      What?  You see a sign on my

                      forehead that says 'stupid?'

 

     Our heroes exchange a look as A ROTARY DIAL PHONE RINGS.

     Darby picks it up.  Intercut Darby on the phone with Lois

     and Clark.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

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55   CONTINUED:  2                                                                 55

 

                                          DARBY (CONT'D)

                      Yeah?

 

     Lois grabs Clark by the arm and takes him into a corner,

     about three steps away.  They speak in HUSHED TONES.

 

                                          LOIS

                      I'm sure we can get the information

                      for less.  These things are

                      negotiable.

 

                                          DARBY

                      This is Nick Darby.  Who's this?

 

                                          CLARK

                             (facetious)

                      Fine.  See if you can get him down

                      to twenty dollars.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Clark, don't be ridiculous.  Look,

                      we're talking about my life here.

 

     Suddenly Darby's eyes fly wide open.  His twitch gets even

     more pronounced.

 

                                          LOIS (CONT'D)

                      Maybe we could offer him a couple

                      of nights at a nicer place.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Sure.  And let's throw in a harbor

                      cruise.

 

                                          LOTS

                      Will you get serious!?

                             (beat, then)

                      Let's offer him a thousand dollars.

                      He'll take it.  Just look at him.

                      He's so pathetic.

 

     Lois looks over at him and smiles.  Just then, Darby drops

     the phone and falls out of his chair.  Clark moves to him

     and feels his neck.

 

                                          CLARK

                      He's beyond pathetic.  He's dead.

 

     Off Lois' reaction.

 

                                                              FADE OUT.

 

                             _END ACT TWO_

 

 

                            --page break--

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                              _ACT THREE_

 

     FADE IN:

 

 

56   INT. DAILY PLANET - NIGHT #3                                                  56

 

     Lois is at her desk, working on her computer.  Clark is

     looking over her shoulder.  Perry enters from the elevators.

 

                                          PERRY

                      I just heard.  How exactly did this

                      Darby fellow die?

 

                                          CLARK

                      He was electrocuted.

 

                                          PERRY

                      Over the phone?  How do you rig up

                      something like that?

 

                                          CLARK

                      This 'Prankster' seems to be a man

                      of many talents.

 

                                          PERRY

                      I'm not sure talent's the word I'd

                      use.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Just because Nick Darby didn't talk

                      doesn't mean he didn't give us a lead.

                             (referring to computer)

                      Look.  He did eighteen years in San

                      Quentin.  He got out a month ago.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Darby said he spent a lot of time

                      with this guy.  It's gotta be

                      someone he knew prison.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Maybe one of his cellmates.

 

     Lois punches in several more key as she eyes screen.  After

     a beat, her mouth falls open.

 

                                          LOIS (O.S.)

                             (whispering)

                      Oh my god...

 

 

57   CLOSE ON COMPUTER SCREEN                                                      57

 

     A list of names and parole dates.  One is highlighted.  'KYLE

     GRIFFIN.'

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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57   CONTINUED:                                                                    57

 

                                          CLARK (O.S.)

                      Who's Kyle Griffin?

 

 

58   BACK TO SCENE                                                                 58

                                          PERRY

                      Wasn't he arrested about five years

                      ago for selling high tech weapons

                      to the third world?

 

                                          LOIS

                      His firm did the selling.  He did

                      the designing.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Why would he be after you?

 

                                          LOIS

                      My first big story was an expose on

                      the arms business.  It lead to the

                      FBI arresting a dozen people for

                      treason Kyle Griffin was at the

                      top of the list.

 

                                          CLARK

                      And now he's out and looking for

                      revenge?

 

                                          LOIS

                      But why steal a diamond and a

                      computer chip?

 

                                          PERRY

                      Just a guess, but they _are_

                      components used in high tech

                      weaponry.

 

     Jimmy enters all jazzed.

 

                                          JIMMY

                      Hey, listen to this.  One of the

                      buildings that emptied out during

                      the phony bomb scare this morning

                      was Whitmore Scientific Labs...

 

                                          LOIS

                      And they just found out something

                      was stolen.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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58   CONTINUED:                                                                    58

 

                                          JIMMY

                             (deflated)

                      Yeah.  Four pounds of titanium

                      alloy and something called...

                             (checks his notes)

                      Cesium.  How'd you know?

 

     Lois, Clark and Perry exchange a look.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Look, at this hour all we can do

                      is leave a message for his parole

                      officer.

                             (checking watch)

                      With any luck he'll get back to us

                      first thing in the morning.

 

     Lois gathers her things to leave.

 

                                          PERRY

                      Lois, you want to stay with Alice

                      and me tonight?

 

                                          LOIS

                      Oh, no thanks, Chief.  I'll be

                      fine.  It's obvious Griffin's only

                      interested in annoying me while he

                      collects pieces for his next toy.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Want me to take you home?

 

                                          LOIS

                      I'll be fine.  I promise.  I'll see

                      you all in the morning.

 

     As she walks out, they watch concerned and we...

 

                                                              DISSOLVE TO:

 

 

59   INT. LOIS' APARTMENT - NIGHT                                                  59

 

     The front door opens and Lois cautiously enters.  She scans

     the room a beat, then turns and shuts the door, triple

     locking it.  She moves into the living room, drops her

     belongings on the sofa and picks up the TV remote control.

 

 

60   EXTREMELY CLOSE ON REMOTE CONTROL                                             60

 

     Lois' thumb rests on the "power" button, and hesitates.

 

 

                            --page break--

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61   BACK TO SCENE                                                                 61

 

     as she has a change of mind, and sets the remote control

     down, _very gently_.  She slowly backs away from the TV and

     heads into the kitchen.

 

                                          LOIS

                             (like a mantra)

                      Everything is fine. Everything is

                      fine.

 

     As she moves into the kitchen, she grabs the refrigerator

     door.

 

 

62   EXTREMELY CLOSE ON LOIS' HAND ON THE DOOR                                     62

 

     as she begins to open it, then freezes.

 

 

63   BACK TO SCENE                                                                 63

 

     Lois slowly takes her hand away from the door.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Get a grip, girl.

 

     She puts her hand back on the door and closes her eyes

     tight.  She suddenly yanks the door open and flinches at the

     same time.  Nothing.  She lets out a massive sigh, then

     smiles.

 

     She grabs a carton of milk and shuts the refrigerator door.

     She's finally calming down.  She reaches over and opens a

     cabinet.  As she does, a drinking glass falls out, CRASHING

     to the floor.  Lois SCREAMS and jumps backwards.  The milk

     carton flies from her hand and hits the counter where it

     bursts open, sending milk cascading all over the kitchen.

     She hyperventilates as she stands back and surveys the

     damage.

 

                                          LOIS

                             (quickly)

                      It's okay, it's okay. I'm in

                      control.

 

     Her breathing slows as she wipes up the spill. Suddenly,

     the PHONE RINGS. Lois spins around and stares at it.

 

     She wants to answer it, but she remembers what happened to

     Darby and it scares the living hell out of her.

 

     After SEVERAL RINGS the phone finally stops. Lois sighs. A

     moment later, it starts again. Lois' fear now mixes with

     anger and frustration.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

                            --page break--

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63   CONTINUED:                                                                    63

 

                                          LOIS

                      Oh, I hate this.

 

     She looks around the kitchen, grabs a broom and crosses to

     the phone.  Using the broom handle, she pushes the receiver

     out of the cradle.  It falls onto the floor.  She kneels

     near the receiver, keeping her ear at least a foot away.

 

                                          WOMAN'S VOICE

                             (from phone)

                      Lois?  Is that you?  Lois?

 

     She puts the receiver to her ear.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Mom?

 

 

64   SPLIT SCREEN                                                                  64

 

     Lois on one side.  We're close on her MOTHER on the other.

 

                                          MRS. LANE

                      Are you all right, honey?

 

                                          LOIS

                             (brave front)

                      Sure, Mom.  I'm fine.

 

                                          MRS. LANE

                      People have been talking about you.

                      Most of them are not saying very

                      nice things.

 

                                          LOIS

                      I know, but it'll all be over soon.

                      We've got a strong lead on the guy.

 

                                          MRS. LANE

                      I hope so because...

 

     Suddenly, the line goes dead and MRS. LANE disappears with

     the SPLIT SCREEN.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Mom?

 

     Lois looks at the dead receiver and replaces it in its

     cradle.  A second later, the PHONE RINGS.  She picks it up

     immediately.

 

                                          LOIS (CONT'D)

                      Hi.  We were cut off.

 

 

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65   SPLIT SCREEN                                                                  65

 

     This time we're close on Kyle Griffin.

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      I know.  I did the cutting.

 

                                          LOIS

                             (horrified)

                      Griffin.

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      Oooh, you figured it out.  And to

                      think I went to all the bother of

                      killing poor Darby.

 

                                          LOIS

                      What do you want?

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      Oh, not much.  Just for the world

                      to hate you.  Like you made them

                      hate me.  And then, when your

                      reputation is ruined, and your life

                      is sufficiently wretched, I'm going

                      to put you out of your misery.

 

     Lois, eyes widen in terror as she SLAMS down the phone and

     Griffin's face disappears.

 

                                                              CUT TO:

 

 

66   INT. CLARK'S APARTMENT - NIGHT                                                66

 

     Clark's in a torn t-shirt and shorts, lying on his sofa,

     watching a baseball game on TV.  Soda cans and fast food

     containers are strewn around the floor.

 

     There's a LOUD KNOCK at the door.  Clark tips his glasses

     and uses his X-RAY VISION to see Lois on the other side,

     carrying a pizza box, a six pack of soda and a stack of

     videos.  He leaps up from the chair and uses a burst of

     SUPER SPEED to clean the place up.  A moment later, he opens

     the door.  Lois barrels past him and heads to the sofa

     thru...

 

                                          LOIS

                      Hi. I had this sudden urge for

                      pizza and a Woody Allen movie and I

                      know how much you like pizza and

                      Woody Allen too, well, at least his

                      early work, so here I am.

 

                                          CLARK

                             (closing door)

                      Great.  Come in.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

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     She puts the pizza and soda on the coffee table.

 

                                          LOIS

                      So.  What do you want to start

                      with?  BANANAS?  SLEEPER?

                      EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW

                      ABOUT... nah... how about ANNIE

                      HALL?  It was always one of my

                      favorites.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Lois, is something wrong?

 

                                          LOIS

                             (false bravado)

                      Does something have to be wrong for

                      me to want to spend some time with

                      a friend?

 

                                          CLARK

                      Sorry.  ANNIE HALL would be fine.

 

     Lois pops the cassette in Clark's VCR and turns it on.  She

     crosses back over to the.sofa and sits.  Clark settles next

     to her.  With the volume LOW...

 

                                          LOIS

                             (smiling)

                      This is great.  We should do this

                      more often.  What are you doing

                      tomorrow night?

 

                                          CLARK

                             (knows something's up)

                      Lois...

 

     Suddenly, the phone RINGS.  Lois nearly jumps off the sofa.

     As Clark picks it up...

 

                                          LOIS

                      Clark, don't!

 

     Too late.  He already has the phone.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Hello?

                             (shrugs and hangs up)

                      No one there.  Must have been a

                      wrong number.

 

                                          LOIS

                             (forced smile)

                      Wrong number.  No problem.  Happens

                      all the time in a big city like

                      this.  Right?

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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66   CONTINUED:  2                                                                 66

 

                                          CLARK

                             (a beat, then)

                      You want to tell me what happened?

 

                                          LOIS

                      Nothing happened.

                             (off his look)

                      Well, nothing that important.

                      Griffin called me.

 

                                          CLARK

                             (surprised)

                      What?  What did he say?

 

                                          LOIS

                             (down playing it)

                      Oh, you know, the usual.  Hi, how

                      are you, long time no see, I'm

                      gonna kill you...

 

                                          CLARK

                      Kill you?  Have you called the

                      police?

 

                                          LOIS

                      Clark, I'm a professional reporter.

                      This isn't the first threat I've

                      ever received.

                             (unconvincing)

                      They... never pan out.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Maybe, but I'd feel better if you

                      stayed here tonight.

 

                                          LOIS

                             (still covering)

                      Oh, I think you're overreacting,

                      but if you insist...

 

     As she settles back down into the sofa cushions...

 

                                          CLARK

                      Gee I'm sorry I had to twist your

                      arm.

 

     Clark smiles as Lois pretends to ignore him.

 

                                          LOIS

                             (eyes on screen)

                      I love this movie.

 

     She snuggles up against Clark's shoulder.  A beat, then he

     slips his arm around her.  She smiles.

 

 

                            --page break--

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67   CLOSE ON CLARK                                                                67

 

     He watches the screen a beat, then...

 

                                          CLARK

                      I love this part where he visits

                      her family.  It reminds me of a

                      blind date I had once...

 

     He looks at Lois.  CAMERA WIDENS to show that's she's fallen

     asleep.  Clark carefully maneuvers her so she's lying down

     on the couch.  He grabs a nearby blanket and covers her. 

     Clark smiles down at her, then grabs a throw pillow and

     settles in on the floor.

 

                                                              DISSOLVE TO:

 

 

68   INT. CLARK'S APARTMENT - EARLY MORNING - DAY #4                               68

 

     Lois is on the sofa just waking up.  Clark's on the phone

     talking softly.

 

                                          CLARK

                      What did he say?

                             (beat)

                      Okay, I'll get right on it.

                      Thanks.

 

     Clark hangs up-and moves into the kitchen as Lois looks

     around, at first disoriented, then remembers where she is,

     finally focuses on Clark.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Who was that?

 

                                          CLARK

                      Jimmy.  Griffins's parole officer

                      called.  The only address he has

                      for him is his father's toy store.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Toy store?  His father used to be a

                      nuclear physicist.  Griffin

                      followed in his father's footsteps.

 

     He returns with a cup of coffee and hands it to her thru...

 

                                          CLARK

                      Apparently he retired and went into

                      the toy business.  It's not far

                      from here.  How'd you sleep?

 

                                          LOIS

                      I had really weird dreams.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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68   CONTINUED:                                                                    68

 

     He smiles as she grabs a piece of cold pizza.  As she's

     about to bite in...

 

                                          CLARK

                      Maybe it was the pizza.

 

                                          LOIS

                      I doubt it.  In one of them I was a

                      cocktail waitress and Griffin was

                      my bartender.  And all of a sudden

                      he's trying to stick me in a

                      blender and I'm yelling we don't

                      make blender drinks in this bar.

 

                                          CLARK

                             (smiles)

                      Let's hope it was the pizza.

 

     He takes the rest of the leftover pizza and heads into the

     kitchen thru...

 

                                          LOIS

                      Hey.  That's my breakfast.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Get dressed.  I'll buy you a donut

                      on the way to see Griffin's father.

 

     She'd rather have the pizza and off her reaction we....

 

                                                              CUT TO:

 

 

69.  INT. TOY STORE - DAY                                                          69

 

     We're close on what looks like a lucite, spiral shaped lava

     lamp with day-glow orange "lava" floating inside.

 

                                          MAN'S VOICE

                      This is my favorite.

 

     The CAMERA pulls back to reveal we're in a unique Toy Store.

     A cross between "Sharper Image" and "Imaginarium."  Numerous

     worthless but expensive "toys" of all sizes are on display

     with much empty space in between.  EDWIN GRIFFIN, Kyle's

     father, mid-60's and somewhat disheveled, hands the Lucite

     Spiral to Lois.

 

                                          MR. GRIFFIN

                      If you look through one end you'll

                      see the skyline of Metropolis.

 

                                          LOIS

                             (looking thru the end)

                      I can't see it.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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69   CONTINUED:                                                                    69

 

                                          MR. GRIFFIN

                      Well, it's abstract.  You have to

                      use your imagination.

 

     Lois shoots a doubtful look at Clark then eyes the price.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Eight hundred dollars?  Do you sell

                      a lot of these?

 

                                          MR. GRIFFIN

                      Well, I haven't sold any yet.  But

                      in this business it's all about

                      location.  And... in hindsight, I'm

                      not sure being between a funeral

                      parlor and a beauty salon was such

                      a good idea.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Mr. Griffin, we'd like to talk to

                      you about Kyle.  We have reason to

                      believe he may be developing a new

                      weapon with stolen high tech parts.

 

                                          MR. GRIFFIN

                      Mr. Kent, Kyle is a good boy.  He

                      would never do anything to hurt

                      anyone.

 

     He moves to a toy Tennis Game, the size of a board game with

     mechanical players on a red clay surface.

 

                                          MR. GRIFFIN (CONT'D)

                             (gleeful)

                      Look.  You can't find _this_

                      anywhere else.  I make them.  And

                      this is real red clay.  Hard to

                      come by in these parts.  I dig it

                      up myself over near Lunar

                      Industrial Park.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Mr. Griffin, when was the last time

                      you heard from Kyle?

 

                                          MR. GRIFFIN

                             (crossing to another item)

                      I haven't seen him since he got out

                      of prison.  He was a brilliant boy

                      who just got caught up with the

                      wrong crowd.  How about this?

 

     He points to a big black lucite box.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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69   CONTINUED:  2                                                                 69

 

                                          CLARK

                      If I were to tell you I had

                      titanium, cesium, a diamond and a

                      computer chip, what might I be

                      making with that?

 

                                          MR. GRIFFIN

                      Well... I suppose any number of

                      things.

                             (re: box)

                      It looks like an ordinary box but

                      when you sit on it, it makes the

                      sound of an erupting volcano.  The

                      ultimate Whoopee Cushion.

 

     Lois and Clark react dubiously, then...

 

                                          LOIS

                      Mr. Griffin.  Could I be making a

                      weapon with those items?

 

                                          MR. GRIFFIN

                      Well, you could, but you'd be

                      missing a power source.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Such as...

 

                                          MR. GRIFFIN

                      Well, if it were a nuclear type

                      device, a piece of plutonium.

 

                                          CLARK

                      The only place to get plutonium in

                      this city is at the toxic depository.

 

                                          MR. GRIFFIN

                      Uh-uh-uhh... that's not entirely

                      correct Mr. Kent.  There _is_

                      another place.  It's a heavy metals

                      processing plant on Highway Nine.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Let's split up.  I'll take the

                      processing plant.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Thanks, you've been a great help.

 

     As our heroes dash out, Griffin pulls a cellular phone from

     his pocket and dials.  His quirky demeanor suddenly turns

     ominous.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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69   CONTINUED:  3                                                                 69

 

                                          MR. GRIFFIN

                      You were right.  They were just

                      here.  In about fifteen minutes

                      she's going to walk right into your

                      arms.

 

                                                              CUT TO:

 

 

70   EXT. BACK OF PROCESSING PLANT - DAY - SIMULTANEOUS                            70

 

     Griffin smiles, hangs up a cellular phone, then turns to REVEAL...

 

 

71   ANOTHER ANGLE                                                                 71

 

     He and Victor, wearing coveralls with "Metropolis Air

     Conditioning" lettered on their backs, are kneeling next to

     a large industrial air conditioner at the back of the plant.

     As Victor screws a large canister onto a thick pipe...

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      How long will this take?

 

                                          VICTOR

                      The interior dimension of the plant

                      is approximately 65,000 square

                      feet.  With an accelerated

                      dispersion flow, the nitrous

                      oxide...

 

     He sees Griffin glaring at him.

 

                                          VICTOR (CONT'D)

                             (meekly)

                      Fifteen minutes.

 

     He flips the unit to "High".

 

                                                              DISSOLVE TO:

 

72   EXT. FRONT OF PROCESSING PLANT - DAY                                          72

 

     Lois pulls up and dashes into the plant.

 

 

73   INT. PROCESSING PLANT - CONTINUOUS                                            73

 

     Lois enters and finds half a dozen MEN laughing wildly.

     Some are on the floor, holding their sides and crying with

     laughter.  Lois is confused.  She tries speaking to one man

     but it's hopeless.  After a moment, she too starts

     chuckling.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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73   CONTINUED:                                                                    73

 

     Some of the men begin to hit the second stage of nitrous

     oxide exposure, which is unconsciousness.  Lois sees a burly

     man keel over, and tries to help him, but she can't stop

     laughing long enough to do anything.  As she falls to her

     knees..

 

                                          GRIFFIN (O.S.)

                             (thru gas mask)

                      Hello Lois.  Having a good time?

 

     Lois turns to see...

 

 

74  ANOTHER ANGLE                                                                  74

 

     Griffin and Victor approach in gas masks.  Victor carries a

     small box marked 'DANGER HAZARDOUS MATERIALS.'  Realizing

     who's behind the mask, a look of terror briefly crosses her

     face, then despite herself, she starts laughing again. 

     Griffin and Victor lift her up like a rag doll.

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      I'm so glad you saved the last

                      laugh for me.

 

     As they carry her out, Lois laughs uncontrollably and we...

 

                                                              FADE OUT.

 

                           _END OF ACT THREE_

 

 

                            --page break--

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                               _ACT FOUR_

 

     FADE IN:

 

 

75   INT. DAILY PLANET - DAY                                                       75

 

     Clark enters, heads down the ramp.  Perry approaches.

 

                                          PERRY

                      Clark, the A-1 meeting for the

                      afternoon edition starts in thirty

                      minutes.  You going to have

                      something for me or not?

 

                                          CLARK

                      I doubt it, Chief.

 

                                          PERRY

                      I thought you'd have somthing on

                      this Prankster character.

 

                                          CLARK

                      We think Griffin's making some kind

                      of nuclear weapon.  But we don't

                      have the proof yet.

 

                                          PERRY

                      Nuclear?  Where would he get the

                      plutonium to pull off something

                      like that?

 

                                          CLARK

                      Well, not at the city depository, I

                      know that much.  They haven't had

                      any in their possession for months.

                             (sees her empty desk)

                      Have you heard from Lois?

 

                                          PERRY

                      Not since she was with you.

 

     Jimmy rushes in with a camera.

 

                                          JIMMY

                      Chief!  We just picked up this

                      really weird call on the police

                      scanner.  Something about a gas

                      attack at a processing plant on

                      Highway Nine.  You want some pix?

 

                                          CLARK

                      That's where Lois went!

 

     Clark turns and rushes for the door, Jimmy following.

 

                                                              CUT TO:

 

 

                            --page break--

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76   INT. GRIFFIN'S WAREHOUSE - DAY                                                76

 

     Lois sits on a couch, watched over by Victor, who holds a

     SMALL GUN.  The bazooka-looking weapon's just across from

     her, resting on a tripod, pointed out a large window.  The

     weapon's attached to a video monitor and a computer

     terminal.  Griffin stands at the computer, tapping in

     commands as he talks on a cellular phone.

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      So we're agreed.  If the test meets

                      with your approval, the selling

                      price is twenty-five million dollars.

                             (beat)

                      If you want a front row seat, park

                      west of the Daily Planet.  And take

                      along some popcorn.

 

     As he hangs up the phone...

 

 

77   ANGLE ON LOIS AND VICTOR                                                      77

 

     Victor eyes Lois' legs.  Annoyed, she tugs her skirt down a

     little.

 

                                          VICTOR

                             (shyly)

                      If you don't mind my saying, I

                      think you have great legs.

 

     She ignores him.

 

                                          VICTOR (CONT'D)

                      I read somewhere that intelligent

                      men are leg men.  Only boobs are

                      interested in... well, you know...

                      anyway, your legs are very shapely. 

                      Like two perfectly formed...

                      carrots.

 

                                          LOIS

                             (facetious)

                      Stop.  You're embarrassing me.

 

                                                              CUT TO:

 

78   INT. PROCESSING PLANT - DAY                                                   78

 

     Cops take statements, a medic checks one man's pulse as

     Clark interviews the PLANT MANAGER.  Jimmy takes photos of

     the area thru...

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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78   CONTINUED:                                                                    78

 

                                          MANAGER

                      The police found a canister of

                      nitrous oxide hooked up to our air

                      conditioning.  Came right through

                      the vents.

 

                                          JIMMY

                      Did they take anything?

 

                                          MANAGER

                      Yeah, some of our uranium.  I tried

                      to stop them but I was laughing too

                      hard.

 

                                          CLARK

                      And you're sure they took Lois with

                      them?

 

                                          MANAGER

                             (nods)

                      Sorry.  That gas stopped us from

                      being much help.

 

                                          CLARK

                             (grim)

                      It's okay.  Thanks.

 

     The manager nods, walks off.  As Jimmy raises his camera to

     take some more photos, Clark lowers his glasses and scans

     the room.  Something catches his eye and he magnifies it

     using his MICROSCOPIC VISION.

 

 

79   HIS POV                                                                       79

 

     Particles of REDDISH DUST on the floor.

 

 

80   RESUME SCENE                                                                  80

 

     He walks over to the spot and kneels, wetting his finger and

     picking some up. As he examines it...

 

                                          JIMMY

                      What is it?

 

                                          CLARK

                      Looks like bits of reddish clay.

 

                                          JIMMY

                      How could you see that from over

                      there?

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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80   CONTINUED:                                                                    80

 

                                          CLARK

                             (re: glasses)

                      I uh... have a really strong

                      prescription.

 

                                          JIMMY

                             (re: clay)

                      Is it important?  Anybody could

                      have tracked that in here.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Not anybody.

 

     He gestures to a passing worker, indicating the hospital

     type BOOTIES covering his shoes.

 

                                          CLARK (CONT'D)

                      They wear those so traces of

                      uranium don't stick to their shoes

                      and get outside.

 

                                          JIMMY

                      So this stuff had to come from the

                      guys who broke in!

                             (off Clark's nod)

                      But where do you find red clay in

                      Metropolis?

 

     A look crosses Clark's face, then he rises.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Jimmy, get as many shots of this

                      place as you can!  I'll go back and

                      get a jump on the copy.

 

     As Clark hurries for a door...

 

                                                              CUT TO:

 

 

81   INT. GRIFFIN'S WAREHOUSE - LAB - DAY                                          81

 

     As Griffin makes some last minute adjustments on the computer...

 

                                          LOIS

                      What's the Daily Planet got to do

                      with this, Griffin?

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      My buyers want a demonstration. 

                      What better building to destroy

                      than the paper that sent me to

                      prison?

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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81   CONTINUED:                                                                    81

 

                                          VICTOR

                      It's really nifty!  The weapon

                      shoots out a laser beam of pure

                      energy that vaporizes whatever it

                      hits!

                             (and then, modestly)

                      I helped Kyle design it.

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      Give it up, Victor.  There's no

                      future with her.  It's hard to have

                      a really meaningful relationship

                      with a dead woman.

 

     As Lois reacts...

 

                                          VICTOR

                             (eyeing her legs)

                      What a waste.

 

                                                              CUT TO,

 

82   EXT. METROPOLIS STREET - DAY                                                  82

 

     A Limo pulls up down the block from the Daily Planet. The

     rear door opens and TWO BUSINESSMEN step out and check their

     watches.

 

83   INT. GRIFFIN'S WAREHOUSE - DAY                                                83

 

     Griffin checks his watch, then positions his finger over the

     "delete" key of the computer keyboard.

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      You know, it's disappointing the

                      people at the Planet won't enjoy

                      this prank as much as I will.

 

     He's about to depress the key when the warehouse doors are

     RIPPED FROM THEIR HINGES and Superman appears.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Superman!  He's going to destroy

                      the Daily Planet!

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      Griffin, don't!

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      Sorry.  I have an investment to

                      cover.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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83   CONTINUED:                                                                    83

 

     He presses the delete key.  A WHITE BEAM of LIGHT explodes

     from the weapon.  Superman's gone in an instant.

 

                                          VICTOR

                             (to Griffin)

                      I'm not putting that door back on.

 

 

84   EXT. METROPOLIS SKYLINE - DAY                                                 84

 

     The beam of light streaks towards the Planet, followed by a

     STREAK OF BLUE.

 

 

85   INT. GRIFFIN'S WAREHOUSE - DAY                                                85

 

     Griffin eyes his monitor, showing the exterior of the Daily

     Planet.

 

 

86   EXT. DAILY PLANET - DAY                                                       86

 

     The STREAK OF BLUE overtakes the white light and Superman

     lands on the globe outside the Planet, cutting off the beam

     an instant before impact.  Using his body as a shield,

     Superman absorbs the concentrated light, the intensity

     blending him.  Superman's chest glows red, then suddenly the

     beam deflects off him and down the street.

 

 

87   EXT. METROPOLIS STREET - DAY                                                  87

 

     The deflected beam hits the limo down the street, its light

     enveloping the car as the two "businessmen" stumble away.  A

     second later there's a WHITE FLASH... and the limo is gone.

 

 

88   EXT. PLANET - DAY                                                             88

 

     The beam ceases.  Superman's suit is seared and he's

     drained... but unhurt.

 

 

89   INT. GRIFFIN WAREHOUSE - DAY                                                  89

 

     Victor, still holding the gun on Lois, his eyes riveted to

     the screen, can't believe what he just saw.

 

                                          VICTOR

                      Nothing!  All that power and

                      nothing happened!

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      Just the first salvo, Victor.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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89   CONTINUED:                                                                    89

 

     Griffin reaches for a knob on the weapon.

 

                                          GRIFFIN (CONT'D)

                      Even steel melts if it gets hot enough.

 

                                          LOIS

                      No!

 

     Taking advantage of Victor's pre-occupation, Lois leaps from

     the sofa and knocks the gun from his grasp.  A sharp elbow

     to his stomach and Victor's down on his knees, GROANING.

 

 

90   ANOTHER ANGLE                                                                 90

 

     Lois rushes to Griffin and leaps on his back, pulling him

     away from the weapon before he can fire it again.  They

     zigzag crazily across the room before collapsing onto the

     sofa.  Griffin pins Lois down with his body, grabs one of

     the sofa's pillows.  As he raises it over her head...

 

                                          GRIFFIN

                      I think it's time for the old

                      pillow gag...

 

     He presses the pillow over Lois' face.  She struggles to

     push the pillow off, but Griffin holds firm.  She suddenly

     jerks her knee upward right into... well, you know.  Griffin

     GASPS, slowly rolls off.

 

     As he collapses onto the floor, GROANING, Lois sprints to the

     gun and holds it on the two disabled men.

 

                                          LOIS

                      You're right Victor.  I do have

                      great legs.

 

     A WHOOSH O.S. and Lois turns to see Superman at the door of

     the warehouse.  He surveys the scene.

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      Well, I guess you don't need me.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Not this time, but don't leave

                      town.

 

     As they share a smile...

 

                                                              CUT TO:

 

 

                            --page break--

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91   INT. DAILY PLANET - DAY #5                                                    91

 

     Lois is at her desk staring at the electronic Planet News

     Link.  It reads "Lois Lane Helps Catch Illegal Weapons

     Dealer."  As the story starts to pass across the screen,

     Clark approaches from behind.

 

                                          CLARK

                      So, how does it feel to see your

                      name in lights?

 

                                          LOIS

                             (caught off guard)

                      Huh?  Oh, I wasn't reading that.  I

                      was... thinking about my next

                      story.

 

     Clark shoots her a knowing look as Perry approaches with Jimmy.

 

                                          PERRY

                      You two should hear this.  Jimmy's

                      got a theory he's been working on.

                             (to Jimmy)

                      Go ahead, son.

 

                                          JIMMY

                             (hesitates, then)

                      Well, I've been thinking about what

                      happened, and I couldn't figure out

                      how the Prankster knew Lois would

                      be at that processing plant.

 

     Lois and Clark exchange a look, intrigued.

 

                                          JIMMY (CONT'D)

                      Till it hit me.  His father was the

                      only other person who knew Lois

                      would be there.  He has to be in on

                      it.

 

     He waits anxiously, then Lois and Clark smile.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Nice work, Jimmy.

 

     As Clark pats him on the back...

 

                                          PERRY

                      Proud of you son.  I'm even gonna

                      let you call the police.

 

     As a beaming Jimmy exits with-Perry, a FEMALE STAFFER

     approaches carrying a bouquet of yellow roses.

 

                                          FEMALE STAFFER

                      Lois, these just came for you.

 

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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91   CONTINUED:                                                                    91

 

                                          LOIS

                      Ooh.  Kathy, what do yellow roses

                      mean?

 

                                          FEMALE STAFFER

                      Who knows?  The only thing men ever

                      send me is directions to their

                      house.

 

     As she exits...

 

                                          CLARK

                      Yellow means friendship.

 

     Lois ad libs an "Oh" as she opens the card.  Her face

     clouds.

 

                                          LOIS

                      'From a special friend.'  One final

                      sick prank from Kyle Griffin.

 

     She quickly dumps the flowers into her trash can.

 

                                          CLARK

                      No, wait!

 

     As she empties her cup of coffee on them...

 

                                          CLARK

                             (crestfallen)

                      Those flowers cost me fifty bucks.

 

     As Lois reacts, we FREEZE and...

 

                                                              FADE OUT.

 

                               _THE END_

 

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Dean Cain en France!
C'est quand même l'acteur principal de la série! Dean Cain, l'interprète de Superman dans Loïs and...

Teri Hatcher à la télévision

Teri Hatcher à la télévision
Si vous avez zapé ce soir sur la chaîne RTL9, vous avez pu reconnaître Teri Hatcher dans le film...

Calendrier de Juin

Calendrier de Juin
Une jeune actrice nous accompagnera en Juin : Denise Richards. N'hésitez pas à donner votre avis sur...

Triste nouvelle ...

Triste nouvelle ...
Nous apprenons avec regret la disparition de Margot Kidder, dimanche dernier à son domicile, qui a...

Calendrier Mai 2018

Calendrier Mai 2018
Avec un peu d'avance, je vous présente le calendrier du mois de Mai ! Et ce mois ci, nous serons...

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grims, Avant-hier à 06:30

Aujourd'hui venez poster votre photo préférée d'Ivar sur le quartier Vikings !!!

Luna25, Avant-hier à 13:21

Nouveau mois sur le quartier Legends of Tomorrow : jeux, sondage, et... Nouveau Design !!

grims, Hier à 08:33

Aujourd'hui venez poster votre photo préférée d'Alex Høgh Andersen sur le quartier Vikings !!!

noemie3, Hier à 20:40

N'hésitez pas à venir voter au nouveau sondage sur Wildfire ! Merciii

lolhawaii, Hier à 21:32

Nouveau thème pour la photo du mois sur le quartier Hawaii Five-0 !

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