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#206 : Black-Out sur Métropolis

Titre en VO : Operation black out
Diffusion US : 30/10/94
Diffusion FR : 02/05/95

L'armée a créé une nouvelle arme, L'ATAS, mais un général est tué durant sa présentation. Le meurtrier est Ryan, un ancien soldat mort.

Loïs le connaît. Il était à l'université avec elle et il sortait avec sa meilleure amie. Loïs et Clark vont voir Molly, l'ancienne meilleure amie de Loïs, qui était dans l'informatique mais maitenant elle est dans la méditation.

Molly joue un double rôle car elle voit encore Ryan. Ryan veut en fait prendre le contrôle du satellite OCAIL. Il pourra de ce fait contrôler toutes les communications.
De ce fait, le Daily Planet est obligé de réutiliser les machines à écrire et toute l'électricité coupe.

Ryan, après cela, éloigne tous les soldats de la base pour la faire exploser et lancer le satellite. Il réussit mais Superman arrive à détourner le satellite.

Note : 9/10

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Titre VO
Operation Blackout

Titre VF
Black-Out sur Métropolis

Première diffusion
30.10.1994

Première diffusion en France
02.05.1995

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                              _LOIS & CLARK_

 

                     _THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN_

 

 

 

                          "OPERATION BLACKOUT"

 

                              EPISODE SIX

 

 

Written by Kate Boutilier

 

Directed by  Michael Watkins

 

 

 

                                 _CAST_

 

 

 

CLARK KENT/SUPERMAN

 

LOIS LANE

 

PERRY WHITE

 

JIMMY OLSEN

 

MOLLY FLYNN                     

 

RYAN WILEY

 

COL. CHARLES FANE               

 

GEN. RALPH MARSHALL             

 

ANDY TUCKER

 

2ND LIEUTENANT

 

CHANTER

 

MAN (WITH PREGNANT WIFE)

 

SOLDIER

 

TV REPORTER

 

 

                              _LOCATIONS_

 

      INTERIORS:                                     EXTERIORS:

 

      Daily Planet                                   Daily Planet

            Newsroom

                                                     Metropolis Street

      Greenhouse Bookstore

            Store                                    Greenhouse Bookstore

            Backroom

                                                     Fort Truman

      Lois' Apartment                                    Field

                                                         Platform

      Fort Truman                                        Grandstand

            Col. Zane's Reception                        Guard Gate

            Col. Zane's Office                           Zane's Building

            Stockade                                     Command Center

            Command Center                               Jeep

 

      Car     *                                      Lois's Building    

                                                         Flag pole

 

 

 

 

                                _TEASER_

 

      FADE IN:

 

 1    EXT. FORT TRUMAN - ARTILLERY PIT - DAY #1                                   1 

 

      Three targets at the end of the field.  Opposite is a

      grandstand where LOIS, CLARK, and JIMMY sit near the top,

      amidst Press, City Officials.  Down front is a small

      platform where several Officers flank COL. CHARLES FANE,                    (X)

      40's, a sycophant with a dark side and GEN. RALPH MARSHALL,                 (X)

      50's.

 

 

 2    ON LOIS, CLARK AND JIMMY                                                   2  

 

      sitting on benches. Lois shifts, trying to get comfortable.

 

                                           LOIS

                         They spend eighty million dollars

                         on a new weapon but we've got to

                         sit on hard wooden benches.

 

                                           CLARK

                         The army's not known for being big

                         on comfort.

 

                                           JIMMY

                               (squirming)

                         Tell me about it. I just got a

                         splinter in a very embarrassing

                         place.

 

 

 3    ON PLATFORM                                                                3  

 

                                           COL. FANE                              (X)

                               (into microphone)

                         It is now my great honor to

                         introduce the base commander of

                         Fort Truman, General Ralph

                         Marshall.                                                (X)

 

      Marshall stands to APPLAUSE. They shake hands, then                         (X)

      Marshall speaks into the microphone.                                        (X)

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

      OPERATION BLACKOUT  (#6)  Yellow Rev.       9/27/94      2.

 

 

 3    CONTINUED:                                                                 3  

 

                                           GEN. MARSHALL                          (X)

                         Thank you, Colonel Fane.                                 (X)

                               (to the crowd)

                         What you are about to witness is a

                         demonstration of the 'ATAS.'  The

                         first step toward taking the United

                         States Military into the twenty

                         first century.

 

      Marshall holds a small REMOTE CONTROL UNIT to his mouth.                    (X)

 

                                           GEN. MARSHALL (CONT'D)                 (X)

                         Forward, five yards.                                     (X)

 

      on his command, into frame comes a ROBOTIC WEAPON, moving on

      three wheels with a long neck and rotating head.

 

 

 4    ON LOIS, CLARK AND JIMMY                                                   4  

 

      Jimmy snaps a picture with a telephoto as Lois peers through

      binoculars.

 

                                           JIMMY

                         Check it out.  A killer robot.

 

                                           LOIS

                         Actually, the ATAS is an

                         'all-terrain automated soldier.'

 

                                           JIMMY

                         What's the difference?

 

                                           CLARK

                         About a hundred thousand taxpayer

                         dollars worth of P.R.

 

 

 5    ON THE ARTILLERY PIT                                                       5  

 

      The ATAS halts twenty-five feet from a target.  The

      amplified VOICE of the Colonel over:

 

                                           GEN. MARSHALL (O.S.)                   (X)

                         The ATAS has the ability to replace

                         the fire power of an entire

                         infantry platoon, with pin point

                         accuracy.

                               (into remote)

                         Center target, fire!  Lower left                         (X)

                         quadrant, fire!  Target three                            (X)

                         niner west, fire!                                        (X)

 

      The ATAS discharges, fragging a wooden target.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

      OPERATION BLACKOUT  (#6)  Yellow Rev.       9/27/94      3.

 

 

 5    CONTINUED:                                                                 5  

 

                                           GEN. MARSHALL (O.S.)                   (X)

                         Fire left!                                               (X)

 

      The ATAS swivels and fires upon a troop truck, exploding it

      in flames.

 

 

 6    ON LOIS, CLARK AND JIMMY                                                   6  

 

      Jimmy's snapping pictures.

 

                                           JIMMY

                         Remote voice-activated.  Cool.

 

      Lois lowers her binoculars.

 

                                         LOIS

                             (then, re: binoculars)

                       Want to try these?

 

                                         CLARK

                       Don't need 'em.

                             (off her look)

                       Uh... they're hard to use with my

                       glasses.

 

 7   ON THE FIELD                                                                7  

 

     A MAN in CIVILIAN CLOTHES, RYAN WILEY, 30-ish,

     inconspicuously stands near the corner of the bleachers

     holding a small black case open against his torso.  With one

     hand he punches some buttons on whatever's inside the case.

 

 

 8   ON FANE                                                                     8(X)

 

     as he surreptitiously exchanges a look with Wiley.  He turns

     and whispers something to General Marshall who nods, then                    (X)

     steps down from the podium as...

 

                                         GEN. MARSHALL                            (X)

                             (into microphone)

                       If the target is out of visual                             (X)

                       contact, the ATAS will                                     (X)

                       automatically reposition itself.

                             (into remote)

                       Target one zero, zero south, one

                       six zero east.  Fire.

 

 

 9   THE ROBOTIC WEAPON                                                          9  

 

     rolls down field ten yards, then suddenly spins and aims

     DIRECTLY AT THE CROWD of spectators!

 

 

                            --page break--

     OPERATION BLACKOUT  (#6)  Yellow Rev.       9/27/94      4.

 

 

 10  ON GRANDSTAND                                                              10  

 

     Before anyone can react, the ATAS FIRES on the podium area.

     People SCREAM and scatter in panic.  Lois and Jimmy hit the

     deck, Jimmy continuing to shoot pictures.  Clark jumps off

     the back of the bleachers and disappears.

 

 

 11  ON RYAN WILEY                                                              11  

 

     He turns and strides away from the grandstand.

 

 

 12  ON THE FIELD                                                               12  

 

     Superman lands in front of the ATAS.  The weapon RAPID-FIRES

     into Superman.  Bullets BOUNCE off his chest.  Superman

     SNAPS the head of the rapid fire gun off its base, BREAKS it

     in half.  The ATAS goes silent, bobbing up and down like a

     chicken with its head cut off.

 

 

 13  ON GRANDSTAND                                                              13  

 

     As a dazed Lois and the others slowly get to their feet,

     Superman approaches.  The crowd ad libs their thanks to the

     man of steel as...

 

                                         SUPERMAN

                             (to Lois)

                       Are you all right?

 

                                         LOIS

                       Yeah, I think so.  Thanks.

 

     A shaken Jimmy comes up from the podium area, camera in

     hand.

 

                                         LOIS (CONT'D)

                             (looking around)

                       Where's Clark?

 

                                         SUPERMAN

                       He... went to get an ambulance.

 

                                         JIMMY

                       Too late.  General Marshall's                              (X)

                       dead.

 

     off their concern...

 

 

 14  ON FANE AND WILEY                                                          14(X)

 

     in the shadows of a barracks.  Fane stares off at the                        (X)

     field,  worried.  Wiley's relaxed and confident.

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

     OPERATION BLACKOUT  (#6)  Green Rev.       9/27/94      5.

 

 

 14  CONTINUED:                                                                 14  

 

                                         RYAN

                       For a man who's about to become

                       base commander, you don't look too

                       happy.

 

                                         COL. FANE

                       For godsakes Ryan, we just killed                          (X)

                       a man.

                             (grim)

                       Sometimes I think you're as inhuman

                       as that robot out there.

 

                                         RYAN

                       That would be a good thing, Chuck.                         (X)

                       Because that's what it takes when

                       you're going to hold the entire                            (X)

                       world hostage.                                             (X)

 

                                                               FADE OUT

 

                            _END OF TEASER_

 

 

                            --page break--

     OPERATION BLACKOUT  (#6)  Yellow Rev.       9/27/94      6.

 

                               _ACT ONE_

 

     FADE IN:

 

 

 15  INT. DAILY PLANET - DAY - LATER                                            15  

 

     Lois and Clark at their desks, each on the phone, pencils at

     the ready.

 

                                         LOIS

                       Isn't there anyone at the Pentagon

                       who can say something besides 'no

                       comment?'

 

     A beat, then she stares at the dead receiver in her hand.

 

                                         LOIS (CONT'D)

                       'Good-bye' wasn't exactly what I

                       had in mind.

 

     She hangs up, sighs, looks to Clark.

 

                                         LOIS (CONT'D)

                       Are you getting anywhere?

 

                                         CLARK

                             (re: the phone)

                       No.  But now I know all five verses

                       of 'Windy.'

                             (then, into phone)

                       Yes, this is Clark Kent with the

                       Daily Planet, and I'm trying to get

                       an official statement regarding the

                       death of General Marshall ...                              (X)

 

     He reacts as the other party LOUDLY HANGS UP.

 

                                         CLARK (CONT'D)

                       I see.  Would that be 'click' with

                       one exclamation point or two?

 

     As he hangs up Jimmy approaches, holding a stack of photos.

 

                                         JIMMY

                       Shots of the accident, just out of

                       the soup.

 

     As he hands them to Lois ...

 

                                         JIMMY (CONT'D)

                             (anxious)

                       What do you think?

 

     Clark approaches as Lois flips through the photos.

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

                            --page break--

     OPERATION BLACKOUT  (#6)  Yellow Rev.       9/27/94      7.

 

 

 15  CONTINUED:                                                                 15   

 

                                         LOIS

                       They're kind of blurry.  This one's

                       completely out of focus.  Jimmy, is

                       this the best we have?

 

                                         JIMMY

                       Sorry, but my finger froze on the

                       shutter.  That happens when I'm

                       getting shot at.

 

                                         LOIS

                       Is this a picture of your feet?

 

                                         JIMMY

                       Yeah, but you can see the killer

                       robot right between them.

 

                                         LOIS

                             (discarding photos)

                       No... no...

 

     Clark notices Jimmy's crestfallen look.

 

                                         CLARK

                       I'm sure we'll find something we

                       can use.

 

                                         LOIS

                       No... no...

                             (she stops, stares at a

                              photo)

                       Oh my God, this man's dead!

 

                                         JIMMY

                             (confused)

                       I know I'm still new at this, but I

                       thought that was kinda' obvious.

 

                                         LOIS

                       Not General Marshall.  This man!                           (X)

 

     Jimmy and Clark lean in and look over Lois, shoulder.

 

 

 16  INSERT - PHOTO                                                             16  

 

     A tilted photo shows the man we know as RYAN leaving the

     side of the bleachers, carrying the briefcase.

 

 

 17  RESUME SCENE                                                               17  

 

                                         CLARK

                       Lois.  Dead people rarely walk.

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

     OPERATION BLACKOUT  (#6)  FULL Blue Rev.    9/23/94      8.

 

 

 17  CONTINUED:                                                                 17  

 

                                         LOIS

                       Clark, it's Ryan Wiley!  I went to

                       college with him!  He was a

                       computer engineer at Fort Truman!

                             (for emphasis)

                       Where he died... a year ago!

 

                                         CLARK

                       Ohhhh, he's a ghost... Well, why

                       didn't you say that in the first

                       place?

 

                                         LOIS

                       Is that supposed to be sarcasm?

 

                                         CLARK

                       I wasn't clear enough?

 

                                         LOIS

                       He dated a very close friend of

                       mine in college.  They were engaged

                       to be married.  So I think I would

                       know what he looks like and I'm

                       telling you... this is Ryan!

 

     A now less doubtful Clark exchanges a look with Jimmy as

     Lois stares at the photo.  Off her look...

 

                                                               CUT TO:

 

 

 18  EXT. METROPOLIS STREET - DAY - LATER                                       18  

 

     Lois and Clark walk thru...

 

                                         CLARK

                       Did the military ever say how this

                       guy died?

 

                                         LOIS

                       Just that it was an accident.

                       There were rumors that it had

                       something to do with the Hawkeye

                       Strategic defense system.

 

                                         CLARK

                       What's that?

 

                                         LOIS

                       It's top secret and Molly couldn't

                       say too much but I think it's some

                       kind of killer defense satellite.

                       Whatever it is Ryan was dead and

                       that was that.

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

                            --page break--

     OPERATION BLACKOUT  (#6)  Yellow Rev.       9/27/94      9.

 

 

 18  CONTINUED:                                                                 18  

 

                                         CLARK

                             (doubtful)

                       But... he's alive now.

 

                                         LOIS

                       Pretty weird, huh?  What an I going

                       to say to her?  Your boyfriend's

                       back and we think he's starting

                       trouble, hey lah de lah?

 

                                         CLARK

                             (spots something OS)

                       There it is.

 

     He leads Lois across the street towards MOLLY'S GREENHOUSE

     BOOKSTORE, a small SoHo type hole in the wall.

 

                                         LOIS

                       This can't be right.

 

                                         CLARK

                             (checking piece of

                              paper)

                       It's the forwarding address her

                       mailman had for her.

 

                                         LOIS

                       But Molly's a computer engineer.

                       What's she doing running a flaky

                       place like this?

 

     They stop in front of the display window.  Inside, a dozen

     books titled "TECHNOLOGY IS KILLING US" by Molly Flynn are                   (X)

     prominently displayed.

 

                                         CLARK

                       'Technology is Killing Us,' by

                       Molly Flynn.                                               (X)

 

                                         LOIS

                       What?  When did she start writing

                       this junk?

 

                                         CLARK

                       Why do I get the feeling you and

                       Molly aren't exactly on the friends

                       and family program?

 

                                         LOIS

                             (defensive)

                       So we've drifted apart a little.

                       Have you stayed in touch with all

                       _your_ college friends?

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

     OPERATION BLACKOUT  (#6)  Goldenrod Rev.   9/28/94      10.

 

 

 18  CONTINUED:  2                                                               18 

 

                                         CLARK

                       Well... yeah.

 

                                         LOIS

                       Oh sure.  That's easy when you go

                       to Smallville U. with a graduating

                       class of ten farmers and a cow.

 

     As she heads into the store...

 

                                         CLARK

                       Just hate losing those arguments,

                       don't you?

 

                                                               CUT TO:

 

 

 19  INT. MOLLY'S GREENHOUSE BOOKSTORE/CAFE - DAY                                19 

 

     The new age look.  Several customers browse the racks.

     MOLLY FLYNN, late 20's, but all earth mother, dressed in

     Birkenstocks, granny skirt and wire-rimmed glasses, talks to

     a customer as Lois and Clark enter.

 

                                         MOLLY

                       You hang them in the corners of

                       your room and they act like a

                       spiritual air cleaner.

 

 

 20  ON LOIS AND CLARK                                                          20  

 

                                         CLARK

                       Is that her?

 

                                         LOIS

                       Just barely.  I don't believe it                           (X)

 

     The customer moves off and Molly turns to greet Lois

 

                                         MOLLY

                       Can I help you?

                             (then)

                       Lois?

 

                                         LOIS

                       Molly.

 

     They hug.  Then...

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

 

                            --page break--

     OPERATION BLACKOUT  (#6)  FULL Blue Rev.    9/23/94    11.

 

 

 20  CONTINUED:                                                                 20  

 

                                         MOLLY

                       You look wonderful.

 

                                         LOIS

                       Thanks.  And you're so... not

                       yourself.

 

                                         MOLLY

                             (beaming)

                       I know.

                             (gesturing around)

                       What do you think?

 

                                         LOIS

                             (smiling to cover)

                       Why it's... um... uh...

 

                                         CLARK

                             (baiting her)

                       You had a word for it out front.  I

                       think you said it was...

 

                                         LOIS

                             (interrupting)

                       Nice!  Very nice.

 

     As she shoots a bemused Clark a look...

 

                                                               TIME CUT TO:

 

 

 21  INT. BOOKSTORE/CAFE - LATER - DAY                                          21  

 

     The store is empty.  Molly, Lois and Clark are in an aisle.

     Molly holds several crystals in her hand.

 

                                         MOLLY

                       They have amazing healing

                       properties.  You can either wear

                       them or meditate with them by

                       putting them on your forehead.

 

                                         LOIS

                       Wouldn't they fall off?

 

                                         CLARK

                       You lie down when you do it.

 

                                         LOIS

                             (covering)

                       I knew that.  It's a little new age

                       humor.

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

     OPERATION BLACKOUT  (#6)  Goldenrod Rev.   9/28/94      12.

 

 

 21  CONTINUED:                                                                  21 

 

                                         MOLLY

                             (amused)

                       Same old Lois.  Still can't admit

                       you don't know everything.

 

                                         LOIS

                       That's not true.  Is it Clark?                             (X)

 

                                         CLARK

                       Uh... actually Lois, we didn't                             (X)

                       come here to talk about you.                               (X)

 

     Lois gives him a look as Clark quickly changes the subject.

 

                                         CLARK (CONT'D)

                             (to Molly)

                       Lois tells me you used to be a

                       computer engineer.

 

     Molly walks down an aisle.  They follow

 

                                         MOLLY

                       That's right.  I gave it up after

                       the Hawkeye project.  The machine                          (X)

                       that can kill from space.  It made                         (X)

                       me realize the horror technology                           (X)

                       has become.                                                (X)

 

     Clark picks up a copy of Molly's book off a shelf.  Unseen

     by Lois and Molly, he READS THE BOOK at SUPERSPEED

     through...

 

                                         LOIS

                       Are you serious?  Without

                       technology we'd be in the dark

                       ages.                                                      (X)

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

     OPERATION BLACKOUT  (#6)  Goldenrod Rev.   9/28/94      13.

 

 

 21  CONTINUED:  2                                                               21 

 

                                         MOLLY

                       Lois, it's killing us.  We've got                          (X)

                       to release its death grip and free                         (X)

                       the human spirit.                                          (X)

 

                                         LOIS

                       Gee, I feel like I'm supposed to

                       yell 'Amen.'

 

                                         MOLLY

                       Maybe it would help if you read my

                       book.

 

                                         LOIS

                       Sure.  Do you have it on tape?

 

     As Molly eyes her dubiously...

 

                                         CLARK

                       Ah Molly, I notice you mention your

                       boyfriend's death on the last page,

                       but there aren't any details.  Did

                       the Army ever tell you what

                       happened?

 

                                         MOLLY

                             (surprised)

                       You went to end of the book

                       first?

 

                                         CLARK

                       I uh... read a lot of mysteries.

                       It's a bad habit.

 

                                         MOLLY

                       Oh.  Well, they said he was

                       installing the trigger system on

                       the satellite when it somehow

                       exploded.

                             (then)

                       They said the blast was so bad

                       there weren't even any remains.

 

                                         LOIS

                       I wonder what they'd say if they

                       knew he was at Fort Truman this

                       morning.

 

                                         MOLLY

                       What?!

 

     She hands the photo of Ryan to Molly who eyes it through...

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

     OPERATION BLACKOUT  (#6)  Goldenrod Rev.   9/28/94      14.

 

 

 21  CONTINUED:  3                                                               21 

 

                                         LOIS

                       This was taken during a weapons

                       demonstration.

 

                                         MOLLY

                             (dismissing)

                       This isn't Ryan.

 

                                         LOIS

                       What do you mean it's not Ryan?

 

                                         MOLLY

                             (irritated)

                       It's not Ryan.  It looks a little

                       like him, but then he had one of                           (X)

                       those faces.

 

     She hands the photo back to Lois and moves to a shelf with

     small dropper bottles.

 

                                         MOLLY (CONT'D)

                             (flirtatious)

                       Do you know much about Chinese

                       herbs, Clark?

 

     She picks up a bottle.

 

                                         CLARK

                       Well, actually, when I was in

                       China...

 

                                         LOIS

                       Molly, could we get back to Ryan?

 

                                         MOLLY

                       Lois, he's dead.  What more do you

                       want?

 

                                         LOIS

                             (getting exasperated)

                       A little more than the military's

                       official story would be...

 

                                         MOLLY

                       It's the only story I know.

                             (to Clark, charming, re:

                              herbs)

                       They say it's supposed to slow down

                       the aging process by calming all

                       the organs of the body.

                             (to Lois, pointed)

                       You might consider trying some,                            (X)

                       Lois.

 

                                                               SMASH CUT TO:

 

 

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 22  EXT. BOOKSTORE - DAY - MOMENTS LATER                                       22  

 

     As Lois and Clark exit and walk...

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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 22  CONTINUED:                                                                 22  

 

                                         CLARK

                       You two have a very interesting

                       friendship.

 

                                         LOIS

                       It's Ryan.  He's the only thing we

                       ever argued about.  He was a user

                       and she couldn't see it.

 

                                         CLARK

                             (needling her)

                       Let me guess.  And you tried

                       helping her see the light, but in

                       her love struck state, she mistook

                       your sound advice for meddling.

 

     Lois shoots him a look.

 

                                         LOIS

                       You think you're so smart.  She

                       never used the word meddle.

                             (beat, then)

                       But I'll tell you this.  I was

                       right about him then and I don't

                       believe her now.

 

 

 23  INT. BOOKSTORE - DAY - SIMULTANEOUS                                        23  

 

     Molly's at the window watching Lois and Clark as they walk

     off.  Behind her a man steps into frame and puts his arm

     around her.  It's Ryan.  Molly looks up at him, a look of

     concern an her face and we...

 

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

 

 

 24  INT. LOIS' APARTMENT - NIGHT #1                                            24  

 

     The door opens and Lois and Clark enter.

 

                                         LOIS

                       I can't believe you actually agree

                       with her!

 

                                         CLARK

                       I didn't say that.  All I said was

                       that she's not alone.  A lot of

                       people realize there are drawbacks

                       to technology.

 

     As Lois crosses into her kitchen...

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

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                                         LOIS

                       Really.  Well, tell me one

                       technological advancement that

                       you'd be willing to give up.

 

                                         CLARK

                       How about cable television?  Oh,

                       wait a minute.  You said

                       advancement.

 

                                         LOIS

                       What's wrong with cable?  Clark,

                       we're talking about five hundred

                       channels.  It opens up a whole new

                       world of possibilities.

 

                                         CLARK

                       Including the possibility that you

                       will never have to talk with

                       another human being again.

 

                                         LOIS

                       That's not true.  First of all,

                       there's always an operator standing

                       by somewhere.

 

     As she pours some left over coffee from the pot into a cup

     and sticks it in the microwave...

 

                                         LOIS (CONT'D)

                       And second, I've gotten to know my

                       cable repairman so well, we

                       exchanged gifts last Christmas.

 

                                         CLARK

                       You're missing the point.  Just

                       look at your trio back here.  You

                       got money from an ATM.  You paid

                       for your gas at the pump.  You used

                       a security card to get into your

                       underground parking... you didn't

                       interact with one other human being

                       the whole time.

 

     As the microwave dings and she removes her coffee ...

 

                                         LOIS

                       Sometimes that can be a good thing.

                       I'm going to fax an order over to

                       the pizza place.  You want

                       something?

 

                                         CLARK

                       How about a delivery boy who's

                       interested in my opinion?

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

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 24  CONTINUED:  2                                                              24  

 

     She shoots him a look, then, as she starts writing out her

     order, she suddenly stops and stares at her handwriting.

 

                                         LOIS

                       Hey, wait a minute.  Clark.  Do me

                       a favor?  My college yearbook's on

                       the top shelf of that closet.

                       Could you get it down for me?

 

                                         CLARK

                             (moving to closet)

                       Why?

 

                                         LOIS

                       Ryan signed it for me.

 

                                         CLARK

                             (opening closet)

                       So?

 

                                         LOIS

                       So.  Remember how everyone had to

                       sign in at Fort Truman's front

                       gate?  If we can get a copy of the

                       sign-in sheet, maybe we can find

                       the name Ryan signed in under and

                       compare the handwriting.

 

     Clark grabs the book, turns to her.

 

                                         CLARK

                       Which would prove he's alive.  Very

                       clever.

 

                                         LOIS

                       Don't sound so surprised.

 

     Clark opens the yearbook, starts to read the fly leaf.

 

                                         CLARK

                       'To Stretch:  No one swings like

                       you.  Love, Teddy.'  Stretch?

 

                                         LOIS

                       We were in gymnastics together,

                       okay?  He was just trying to be

                       cute.

 

                                         CLARK

                       'Stretch.' I kinda like it.

 

                                         LOIS

                       And that's the last time you'll use

                       it.

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

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     She grabs the yearbook from him and flips some pages.

 

                                         LOIS (CONT'D)

                       Here it is.

 

                                         CLARK

                       'Dear Lois.  Eye to eye we've never

                       seen, but friends we will remain.

                       Let's stay in touch, Rye.'

 

                                         LOIS

                       Yeah, right.  He didn't like me

                       anymore than I liked him.

                       Everything about this guy was

                       phony.

 

                                         CLARK

                       Even his death.

 

     Off her look...

 

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

 

 

 25  EXT. FORT TRUMAN - DAY - ESTABLISHING (DAY #2)                             25  

 

 

 26  INT. COL. FANE'S RECEPTION AREA - DAY                                      26(X)

 

     A uniformed 2ND LIEUTENANT stands next to a fax machine as

     it spits out a message.  The front door opens and Fane                       (X)

     enters.

 

                                         COL. FANE                                (X)

                       Morning. Any messages?

 

                                         2ND LIEUTENANT

                       On your desk, sir.

 

                                         COL. FANE                                (X)

                       Any more calls from that Planet

                       reporter?

 

                                         2ND LIEUTENANT

                       No sir.

                             (indicating machine)

                       But she's faxing over her request

                       to see yesterday's sign-in sheets,

                       as you ordered.

 

     The 2nd Lieutenant pulls the finished fax from the machine

     and hands it to Fane. He studies it a beat, then...                          (X)

 

                                         COL. FANE                                (X)

                       If she calls again...

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

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 26  CONTINUED:                                                                 26  

 

                                         2ND LIEUTENANT

                             (beleaguered)

                       You mean, _when_ she calls again,

                       sir.

 

                                         COL. FANE

                       Tell her we're having technical

                       problems, we never got this.

 

     He crumples the fax, drops it into a wastebasket.

 

                                         COL. FANE (CONT'D)

                       And she'll have to send her next

                       request by certified mail.

 

                                         2ND LIEUTENANT

                       Yes sir.

 

     Fane opens his office door and steps into...

 

 

 27  INT. FANE'S OFFICE - DAY - CONTINUOUS                                      27  

 

     He closes the door behind him, revealing a uniformed Ryan,

     without a name tag, concealing himself against the wall.

     Fane reacts, grimaces.

 

                                         COL. FANE

                       How did you get in here?

 

                                         RYAN

                       Pretending to be dead for a year is

                       a challenge, Chuck.  Breaking into                         (X)

                       your office isn't.

 

     Pane moves to the desk, lifts a nameplate reading GENERAL

     MARSHALL off the desk and drops it into a wastebasket

     thru...

 

                                         COL. FAKE

                       Well, next time, ask.  I'm in

                       charge here now and I expect to be

                       treated with...

 

                                         RYAN

                       You're not going to say respect,

                       are you?

 

     Ryan approaches the desk.  Fane visibly tightens.

 

                                         RYAN (CONT'D)

                       I'm the reason you're in charge.

                       And I'm the man who's gonna make

                       you rich.

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

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                                         RYAN (CONT'D)

                       So _I'm_ the one who deserves the

                       respect.  Don't forget it.

 

     Fane just stares at him.  Then... -

 

                                         RYAN (CONT'D)

                       Now, there's a sergeant, I think

                       his name is Cook.  Every time I'm

                       in the control room he hovers over

                       me. Reassign him.

 

                                         COL. FANE

                       Ryan I've already transferred

                       everyone who could possibly have

                       recognized you.  Cook's a satellite

                       engineer.  Where can I put him                             (X)

                       that wouldn't raise suspicions?

 

                                         RYAN

                       I don't care if he ends up peeling

                       potatoes, he's asking too many

                       questions.  I can't take control                           (X)

                       of the Hawkeye if he's hanging on

                       me like a bad suit.

 

                                         COL. FANE

                       All right, I'll move him.

                             (and then)

                       Speaking of questions, there's a

                       reporter from the Planet poking

                       around.

 

                                         RYAN

                       Lois Lane.

 

                                         COL. FANE

                             (surprised)

                       You know her?

 

                                         RYAN

                       She's one of my biggest fans.

                       Unfortunately, she thinks she saw

                       me on the testing grounds

                       yesterday.

 

                                         COL. FANE

                       She's trying to get a hold of the

                       sign-in sheets.

 

                                         RYAN

                       Probably to cross-check handwriting

                       samples.  She always was a little

                       too pushy for my taste.

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

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                                         COL. FANE

                       I'm not sure how much longer I can                         (X)

                       keep ducking her before she gets

                       suspicious.                                                (X)

 

                                         RYAN

                             (eyes him, then)

                       How did you ever convince anybody

                       you were officer material?

 

     As Fane glowers, Ryan moves to a nearby computer.

 

                                         RYAN (CONT'D)

                       Relax Chuck. Once I start the                              (X)

                       chaos in Metropolis, Lois Lane's                           (X)

                       going to be too busy to think                              (X)

                       about us.                                                  (X)

 

     As he begins to tap in some commands...

 

                                                               CUT TO:

 

 28  EXT. DAILY PLANET - DAY                                                    28  

 

     Jimmy's across the street, walking, head down, reading a

     ROCK magazine. He comes to the intersection, stops at the

     curb.

 

 

 29  ON TRAFFIC LIGHT                                                           29  

 

     RED.  Drops to GREEN.

 

 

 30  ON INTERSECTION                                                            30  

 

     Two stopped cars get the GREEN LIGHT and accelerate.

 

 

 31  ON TRAFFIC LIGHT - OPPOSITE DIRECTION                                      31  

 

     STAYS GREEN.  Now all four sides are green!

 

 

 32  ON JIMMY                                                                   32  

 

     stepping off the curb, oblivious to a car racing to make the

     green light, headed right for him.

 

                                                               FADE OUT

 

                             _END OF ACT ONE_

 

 

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                                 _ACT TWO_

 

     FADE IN:

 

 33  EXT. STREET - DAY - CONTINUOUS                                             33  

 

     Clark approaches the Planet.  He glances across the street.

 

 

 34  HIS POV                                                                    34  

 

     The speeding car headed right for the unsuspecting Jimmy.

 

 

 35  ON CLARK                                                                   35  

 

     He dashes into an alley, then comes out as Superman.

 

 

 36  IN THE STREET                                                              36  

 

     The speeding car is only feet from Jimmy when Superman FLIES

     into frame, a blue blur, and whisks Jimmy off his feet out

     of harm's way.

 

 

 37  ANOTHER ANGLE                                                              37  

 

     Superman deposits the shaken Jimmy on the curb, then jumps

     out of frame.

 

 

 38  IN THE INTERSECTION                                                        38  

 

     Superman lands and SPINS AT SUPERSPEED, arms outstretched,

     and stops each of four other cars about to collide in the

     center of the intersection.

 

 

 39  AT THE CURB                                                                39  

 

     Jimmy wipes his arm across his brow. Superman approaches.

 

                                         SUPERMAN

                       Are you all right, Jimmy?

 

                                         JIMMY

                             (breathless)

                       I'd uh... feel better if my                                (X)

                       breakfast... stopped dancing.                              (X)

 

     Superman pats him on the back then flies off.

 

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

 

 

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 40  INT. DAILY PLANET - DAY - LATER                                            40  

 

     Lois, Perry, Jimmy and staffers watch a reporter on the TV

     screens.

 

                                         REPORTER

                       Metropolis Transit Authority

                       reports that all 10,400 traffic

                       lights are stuck on green.  There

                       have been several near disasters,

                       but thanks to Superman, no serious

                       injuries.

 

                                         JIMMY

                       You can say that again.

 

                                         REPORTER

                       All available police officers have

                       been put on traffic detail...

 

                                         PERRY

                       Jimmy, why are you standing here

                       watching pictures when you should

                       be out taking them?

 

                                         JIMMY

                       Right chief.  I'll get my camera.

 

                                         PERRY

                       That would help.

 

     Perry starts for his office as Jimmy exits and Clark

     approaches holding Molly's book.                                             (X)

 

                                         PERRY (CONT'D)

                       Clark, where have you been?

 

                                         CLARK

                       I was, uh... stuck in traffic.

 

                                         PERRY

                       Well now that you're here, see if

                       you can piece together a story on

                       this mess for the afternoon

                       edition.

 

     He exits to his office as Lois and Clark cross to her desk.

 

                                         CLARK

                       Any word on what caused this?

 

                                         LOIS

                       It sounds like sabotage.  The

                       Department of Traffic got an

                       anonymous note saying...

                                         (MORE)

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

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 40  CONTINUED:                                                                 40  

 

                                         LOIS (CONT'D)

                             (referring to a notepad)

                       'Cars are isolating us from each

                       other.  Walk among your fellow

                       man.'

 

                                         CLARK

                             (indicating book)                                    (X)

                       Lois, that's a direct quote from

                       Molly's book.  Do you think... ?

 

                                         LOIS

                       No.  Not Molly.  She's an activist

                       but she's the last person who                              (X)

                       would do something like this.  My                          (X)

                       guess is it's probably some nut who

                       read her book.

 

     Lois sits at her desk and taps keys on the computer.

 

                                         CLARK

                       Any luck getting information on

                       Ryan Wiley's death?

 

                                         LOIS

                       Zero.  Everything comes back

                       'classified, access denied.'  But I

                       wrote this follow up article on

                       the A.T.A.S...

 

     She SHRIEKS, taps her keyboard wildly.

 

                                         LOIS (CONT'D)

                       I just lost my story!

 

 

 41  ANOTHER ANGLE                                                              41  

 

     Perry comes charging out of his office.

 

                                         PERRY

                       Somebody get me M.I.S.!  My

                       computer just froze up.

 

                                         LOIS

                       So did mine.

 

                                         PERRY

                       We're a half-hour from deadline!

                       Somebody call the Systems Operator!

                       Never mind, I'll do it.

 

     He picks up Lois' phone, listens, hits another button, slams

     it down.

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

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                                         PERRY (CONT'D)

                       It's dead!

 

     Jimmy rushes in from the elevators with his camera and an

     8x10 piece of paper.

 

                                         JIMMY

                       Chief!

 

                                         PERRY

                       I thought I told you to get some

                       pictures!

 

                                         JIMMY

                       The guard downstairs found this

                       taped to the lobby door.

 

     He hands it to Perry.  Lois and Clark read over his

     shoulder.

 

                                         PERRY

                             (reading)

                       'The phones of Metropolis are mute,

                       its computers silenced.  We have

                       released the death grip of

                       technology and freed the human

                       spirit.'

 

     Lois opens a drawer in her desk and pulls out her yearbook,

     thru...

 

                                         PERRY (CONT'D)

                       What kind of sophomoric claptrap is

                       this?

 

                                         LOIS

                             (to Clark)

                       It's exactly the claptrap Molly was

                       ranting about yesterday.

 

                                         CLARK

                       Looks like Molly's graduated from

                       activist to terrorist.

 

                                         LOIS

                       I guess.  There's nothing Molly                            (X)

                       couldn't do with a computer system.

 

                                         PERRY

                             (re: note)

                       You know who wrote this?

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

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                                         LOIS

                       Yeah.  But not as well as I

                       thought.

 

                                         PERRY

                       Well what are you two standing here

                       for?  Get on it.

 

     As Clark and Lois exit...

 

                                         PERRY (CONT'D)

                       Okay everybody, listen up.  We may

                       have lost the battle, but not the

                       war.  We've still got a paper to

                       put out.

 

                                         JIMMY

                       But Chief, we're fully

                       computerized.

 

                                         PERRY

                       Olsen, you're young, so I'll excuse

                       that.  Believe it or not, there was

                       a Daily Planet before there were

                       computers.

 

                                         JIMMY

                       But there's no wire service, or

                       faxes...

 

                                         PERRY

                       So you pound the pavement, just

                       like the old days.  First rule of

                       journalism: publish or perish!

                             (to Staffers)

                       Kathy, rustle up some typewriters!

                       Virgil, see if that old linotype

                       machine down in the basement still

                       works!  And Jimmy... I want you to

                       stick with me like glue.  You're

                       about to learn what it's like to be

                       a real newspaper man.

 

     As an unsure Jimmy follows Perry into his office...

 

                                                               CUT TO:

 

 

 42  OMITTED                                                                    42  

 

 

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 43  INT. GREENHOUSE BOOKSTORE - DAY                                            43  

 

     Lois and Clark enter to discover SIX PEOPLE of various age

     and dress sit on the floor CHANTING, 'Om Mah-knee paad mee

     hun' to a tape playing on a small recorder on the floor.

     Lois looks skeptically at Clark.

 

                                          CLARK

                       Sounds like some kind of Buddhist

                       chant.

 

     What next?  She looks around.  No sign of Molly.  She leans

     down to one of the chanters.

 

                                          LOIS

                       Excuse me.  Is Molly here?

 

     She's ignored.  They all keep chanting.  She tries another

     chanter.

 

                                          LOIS (CONT'D)

                       Excuse me.  Have you seen Molly?

                             (she's ignored; tries

                              another)

                       Excuse me.  I'm looking for Molly

                       Flynn.                                                     (X)

 

     Again she's ignored.  Frustrated she hits the button on the

     tape player, stopping it.  They stop chanting.  A nervous

     CHANTER, tie askew and sleeves rolled up turns on her.

 

                                          CHANTER

                       Hey! What are you doing!?  We're

                       chanting here!

 

                                          LOIS

                       I just wondered if any of you have

                       seen Molly Flynn?                                          (X)

 

                                          CHANTER

                       No!  We haven't!

 

                                          LOIS

                       Who let you in?

 

                                          CHANTER

                       We have a key, okay!?

 

     As he sits back in the circle...

 

                                          LOIS

                       Um... just what is it you chant

                       for?

 

                                          CHANTER

                       Inner peace and brotherhood!  Now

                       go away!

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

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     He hits the tape and they all start again.  Lois and Clark

     walk off toward the back of the store.

 

                                          CLARK

                       He must be new to the group.

 

     They approach the door that leads into the area behind the

     store.  The sign says 'Private.'  Lois knocks, waits, no

     answer.  She looks to Clark then turns the knob.  It opens.

     They step inside.

 

 

 44  INT. ONE ROOM APARTMENT - DAY - CONTINUOUS                                 44  

 

     A small double bed, sink, tv, chair, dresser.  Lois and

     Clark enter and look around.  Lois eyes a small

     refrigerator.

 

                                          LOIS

                       I guess anti-technology stops at

                       giving up your refrigerator.

 

     Lois moves to a small closet as Clark lingers near the TV.

 

                                          LOIS (CONT'D)

                       Her clothes are all gone.  Big

                       surprise.

 

     Clark opens the fridge.

 

                                          CLARK

                       Not much in here.  Yogurt, tofu,

                       and a couple of cans of Golden

                       Springs beer.                                              (X)

 

     Lois rushes to the fridge, knocking Clark aside, and pulls a

     can of beer from the fridge.

 

                                          CLARK

                       Gee, Lois, if you're thirsty you

                       could have just asked me.

 

                                          LOIS

                       Clark this isn't just any beer!

 

                                          CLARK

                       I know.  It goes with sun and good

                       times.

 

                                          LOIS

                             (beat)

                       No!  It was Ryan's favorite beer.                          (X)

                       You have to special order it.  And

                       Molly doesn't drink.

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

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 44  CONTINUED:                                                                  44 

 

                                          CLARK

                       You think she was hiding him here?                         (X)

 

                                          LOIS

                       And we scared the off.  I knew it                          (X)

                       was him in that photo!  They're

                       pulling these stunts together.

 

                                          CLARK

                       Yeah.  But what was he doing at

                       Fort Truman?                                               (X)

 

                                          LOIS

                       I don't know.  But let's get back

                       to the Planet and see if we can

                       find out who headed the

                       investigation of his death.  I

                       bet they'd make a very interesting

                       interview

 

     Clark's SUPERHEARING suddenly picks up..

 

                                          MAN'S VOICE (O.S.)

                       Somebody help!  My wife's having a

                       baby!

 

                                          CLARK

                       Uh... I'll catch up with you later.

                       I uh... want to talk to some of

                       these chanters.  They might know

                       something.

 

                                          LOIS

                       See if they know a chant for

                       missing persons.

 

                                                               CUT TO:

 

 

 45  EXT. FORT TRUMAN - DAY                                                     45  

 

     A worried Fane exits his office, starts across the bass when

     an anxious Ryan strides up to him.

 

                                          RYAN

                       Did you hear anything yet?

 

     Fane nervously glances at passing soldiers.

 

                                          COL. FANE

                       For God's sake, salute me.  I'm

                       your, superior officer.

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

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 45  CONTINUED:                                                                 45  

 

                                          RYAN

                       Chuck, there's nothing about you                           (X)

                       that's superior.

 

                                          COL. FANE

                       Ryan, please.  People will notice!

 

     A beat, then Ryan gives him a halfhearted salute.  Fane

     snaps a return.

 

                                          RYAN

                       So?

 

     Fane looks around then pulls Ryan behind a building.

 

                                          COL. FANE

                       I made the offer to the Mayor.

                       It's her call whether she wants our

                       troops or not.

 

                                          RYAN

                       Well, she'd better decide by noon

                       tomorrow.  That's when the Hawkeye

                       will be in range for me to override

                       its tracking systems.

 

                                          COL. FANE

                       Ryan, the Mayor's not going to ask

                       for troops unless the city's really

                       out of control!  And it's not yet!

 

                                          RYAN

                       Then tonight, we're just going to                          (X)

                       have to help it along.

 

                                                               CUT TO:

 

 

 46  EXT. CITY STREET - DAY                                                     46  

 

     A MAN, late 20's, dials a pay phone.  In the background, a

     crowd's gathered around a car parked haphazardly at the

     curb.  The man angrily slams the phone down.

 

 

 47  ANOTHER ANGLE                                                              47  

 

     The man rushes towards the car.  As he pushes his way

     through the crowd...

 

                                          MAN

                       The phone's are still dead!  I

                       can't get an ambulance...

 

     The man's stopped short by the sight of...

 

 

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 48  SUPERMAN                                                                   48  

 

     kneeling at the open rear passenger door.  We can just make

     out the form of a woman propped up in the back seat. 

     There's suddenly the SOUND of a BABY'S CRY and Superman

     slowly rises, holding a wrapped bundle in his arms.  The

     crowd APPLAUDS as Superman hands the baby to the man.

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                       Not how you planned it I'm sure,

                       but still the same result.

 

     As the man stares open mouthed at the newborn...

 

                                          SUPERMAN (CONT'D)

                       Take your daughter and get in the

                       car.  I'm gonna fly all of you to

                       the hospital.

 

 

48A  INT. CAR - DAY - CONTINUOUS                                               48A  

 

     The man gets in behind the wheel.  As he pulls the shoulder

     harness around his baby and himself...

 

                                          MAN

                       I can't believe it.  My daughter

                       was delivered by Superman...

 

                                          SUPERMAN (O.S.)

                       Everyone buckled in?

 

                                          MAN

                       Ready when you are, Superman.

 

     As he car is SLOWLY LIFTED OUT OF FRAME...

 

 

48B  EXT. STREET - DAY - CONTINUOUS                                            48B  

 

     As the crowd looks up and reacts to the shadow of the car

     passing over...

 

                                          MAN (O.S.)

                       Honey?  I just had this great idea

                       for a name...

 

                                          WOMAN'S VOICE (O.S.)

                       Don't even think it.

 

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

 

 49  OMITTED                                                                    49  

 

 

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 50  INT. DAILY PLANET - DAY                                                    50  

 

     A hotbed of activity except for the obvious absence of the

     sounds of technology.  NO PHONE RINGING, FAX BEEPING, etc.

     Perry steps out of his office, grabs a passing staffers

 

                                          PERRY

                       Tell the sports department I'm

                       going to need their copy two hours

                       sooner for paste up.

 

     The staffer nods, moves off.  As Perry moves across the

     bullpen...

 

                                          PERRY (CONT'D)

                             (loudly)

                       Type faster people.  I don't have a

                       computer to help me edit.

 

     He approaches Lois' desk.  She's typing at an old Underwood.

     As she applies whiteout to a mistake...

 

                                          PERRY (CONT'D)

                       Look at that.  I haven't seen

                       whiteout in I don't know how long.

                       Boy, that brings back a lot of

                       memories.  Mainly about mistakes.

 

     She shoots him a look.  As she unjams some stuck keys ...

 

                                          LOIS

                       Perry, it's hard enough to

                       re-create my story on this antique

                       without feeling like my teacher's

                       standing over my shoulder.

 

                                          PERRY

                             (sympathetically)

                       Goin' through technology

                       withdrawal, aren't you honey?

 

     As she nods and lets out a big sigh, Jimmy approaches,

     struggling with an old fashioned SHORT WAVE RADIO, complete

     with microphone and antenna.

 

                                          JIMMY

                       Where do you want this, chief?

                             (it starts to slip)

                       Hopefully somewhere close ...

 

                                          PERRY

                       My office.

 

     As Jimmy nods and heads O.S ....

 

                                          LOIS

                       Is that a short wave radio?

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

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 50  CONTINUED:                                                                 50  

 

                                          PERRY

                       Sure is.  Battery powered.  Used to

                       be a hobby of mine.  Until Alice

                       decided I was talking too much to

                       it and not enough to her.

 

                                          LOIS

                       Could you get Washington on that?

 

                                          PERRY

                       I could get Paris if I wanted to.

                       Unfortunately, I'd have to talk to

                       the French.

 

                                          LOIS

                       Perry, I need to find out who

                       investigated Ryan Wiley's supposed

                       death.  Do you know anyone in

                       Washington who could find that out?

 

                                          PERRY

                       Sure.  Stormin' Norman.

 

                                          LOIS

                       Schwarzkopf?

 

                                          PERRY

                       Haberstetzer.  Retired Admiral.

                       Stormin' Norman's his handle.

 

                                          LOIS

                       Do you think held mind looking into

                       it for me?

 

                                          PERRY

                       He'd love it.  Give him something

                       to do.  There's only so much

                       'Battleship' a man can play.

 

                                          ANDY (O.S.)

                             (loudly)

                       Perry!  That you?!

 

     Startled, Perry and Lois turn to see ANDY TUCKER, late

     sixties, burly, big and LOUD, immaculately dressed in suit

     and tie.

 

                                          PERRY

                       Andy?

                             (extends his hand)

                       Thanks for coming by.

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

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 50  CONTINUED:  2                                                              50  

 

                                          ANDY

                             (loudly)

                       Thanks for asking me!  I thought

                       just about everyone had forgotten

                       about old Andy!

 

     Lois casually sticks a finger in the ear closest to Andy,

     trying to save her hearing.

 

                                          PERRY

                       Oh, uh...

                             (loudly)

                       Andy Tucker, this is Lois Lane!

 

                                          ANDY

                       Of course!  You're one of the

                       fourteen pointers!

 

                                          LOIS

                       I beg your pardon?

 

                                          ANDY

                       What'd she say?!

 

                                          PERRY

                       In the old days, fourteen pointer

                       was slang for a reporter.  Andy's

                       the only pressman I could find who

                       knows how to run the old linotype.

 

     As Jimmy reappears...

 

                                          PERRY (CONT'D)

                       Olsen, this is Andy Tucker.  Take

                       him down to the press room, let him

                       take a look at the linotype.

 

                                          JIMMY

                       Sure.  Follow me.

 

                                          ANDY

                       What!?

 

                                          PERRY

                       You gotta talk loud son.  Twenty

                       years running linotype machines

                       affected his hearing.

 

                                          JIMMY

                       Follow me!

 

                                          ANDY

                             (to Lois)

                       Nice meeting you!

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

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 50  CONTINUED:  3                                                              50  

 

                                          LOIS

                       You too.

 

     As Jimmy leads him away...

 

                                          ANDY

                             (to Jimmy)

                       What'd she say?!

 

                                          JIMMY

                       You too!

 

                                          ANDY

                       Me too what?!

 

     As they disappear off screen Perry pulls her story from her

     typewriter.

 

                                          PERRY

                       Is this ready?

 

                                          LOIS

                       Let's just say it's not going to

                       get any better.

 

     Perry pulls out a red pen, starts to proof it right there. 

     Lois watches uncomfortably as Perry marks a word.

 

                                          LOIS (CONT'D)

                       I never realized how much I use

                       spell check before...

 

     Perry stops and looks at her.

 

                                          PERRY

                       Lois, you look tired.  Why don't                           (X)

                       you go on home and get some rest.

                       We're covered here.  If I get

                       through to Stormin' Normin, I'll

                       send a runner to your place.

 

                                          LOIS

                       Thanks, Perry.

 

     Lois waves her thanks.  As she grabs her purse...

 

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

 

 51  INT. LOIS' APARTMENT - NIGHT #2                                            51  

 

     The door opens and Lois enters, her purse slung over her

     shoulder, carrying two bags of groceries.  She flips on the

     light, closes the door, then notices an OPEN WINDOW across

     the room.  A look of confusion crosses her face and she lays

     the grocery bags down.

 

 

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 52  ANOTHER ANGLE                                                               52 

 

     As she nears the open window, the LIGHTS suddenly GO OUT

     across the city.  Everything's in darkness.  The only

     illumination is the moonlight coming in through the open

     window.  As a cacophony of protests start filtering up from

     the street, Lois slowly moves to the window and looks out.

 

     Suddenly a FIGURE in a DRESS rushes her from the blackness

     of the apartment and grabs her.  Lois struggles with the

     figure an instant before she's shoved out the window.

 

                                          LOIS

                       Noooo!

 

 

 53  EXT. NIGHT SKY - ON LOIS                                                   53  

 

     falling, flailing by the light of the moon, her purse still

     hanging from her shoulder.

 

                                                               FADE OUT

 

                                _END OF ACT TWO_

 

 

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                               _ACT THREE_

 

     FADE IN:

 

 54  EXT. NIGHT SKY -  CONTINUOUS                                                54 

 

     Lois falls a few floors, then yanks her purse from her

     shoulder and SNAGS a flagpole jutting from the building with

     the strap.  Lois quickly wraps her legs around the pole and

     holds on for dear life, breathing heavily.

 

                                          LOIS

                       Uh... hello... anybody?

 

     She tries pulling herself up on the pole, but it bends under

     her weight.  Suddenly Superman floats into frame beside her.

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                       I know you probably have everything

                       under control, but since I'm

                       here...

 

                                          LOIS

                       Well... I guess... if you're not

                       doing anything...

 

     He gently untangles Lois from the pole and floats upwards

     with her.

 

 

 55  INT. LOIS' APARTMENT - NIGHT - MOMENTS LATER                                55 

 

     Superman floats in through the open window with Lois.  As he

     sets her gently down on the floor...

 

                                          LOIS

                       Thanks.

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                       Want to tell me what happened?

 

                                          LOIS

                       Somebody pushed me out the window.

 

     She indicates her open apartment door.

 

                                          LOIS (CONT'D)

                       But it looks like they're gone.

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                       Stay here.

 

     He SUPERSPEEDS out of the apartment.  A beat, then Lois

     notices something on the floor reflecting the moonlight.

     She reaches down and lifts a CHARM off the carpet.  As she

     studies it with dismay, Superman SUPERSPEEDS back in.

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

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 55  CONTINUED:                                                                  55 

 

                                          SUPERMAN (CONT'D)

                       I didn't see anyone.

 

                                          LOIS

                       Doesn't matter.  I know who it was.

 

     She shows the charm to Superman.

 

                                          LOIS (CONT'D)

                       I gave this charm to an old college

                       friend.

                             (then)

                       I guess we're not friends anymore.

 

                                          WOMAN'S VOICE (O.S.)

                       Somebody help!  They're stealing my car!

 

                                          LOIS

                       Go ahead.

                             (then)

                       I'll be fine.  Really.

 

     Superman nods, moves off screen toward her window.  Lois

     watches him leave.  We hear the WHOOSH, then HOLD ON her

     pensive look as we...

 

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

 

 

 56  INT. DAILY PLANET - NIGHT                                                   56 

 

     The news room is lit by COLEMAN LANTERNS.  Staffers carry

     flashlights.  Perry-stands near a desk, reading a paste-up,

     wearing a CONSTRUCTION HELMET WITH A FLASHLIGHT taped around

     it.  He looks up as Lois enters from THE STAIRWELL, carrying

     a bag of groceries.

 

                                          PERRY

                       Lois!  I thought you went home for

                       the night.

 

     She puts the bag down as Jimmy approaches.

 

                                          LOIS

                       I figured you'd be pulling an all

                       nighter, so I thought I'd bring

                       some goodies.

 

                                          JIMMY

                             (rummaging through bags)

                       Chocolate chip cookies, corn chips,

                       licorice... no double fudge crunch

                       bars?

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

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 56  CONTINUED:                                                                  56 

 

                                          LOIS

                       I'm hoarding those for myself.

 

     Jimmy shrugs, takes out a cookie bag thru...

 

                                          PERRY

                       What's the city like out there?

 

                                          LOIS

                       It's eerie.  Every soldier from

                       Fort Truman must be on the street.                         (X)

                       It's like we're under siege.  Do we

                       know what caused the blackout?

 

                                          PERRY

                       Looks like your friend again.

                       Power Company got a note that said

                       something about electricity being

                       the evil handmaiden of technology.

 

     Clark enters, looking tired.

 

                                          PERRY (CONT'D)

                       Kent!  Where have you been?

 

                                          CLARK

                             (yawning)

                       I was uh... covering Superman,

                       chief.  He's been out all night

                       saving the day.

 

     There's a beat as Lois, Perry and Jimmy eye him, then Andy

     approaches, hands and arms covered in ink, smudges on his

     forehead.  He carries a tabloid sized newspaper and hands it

     to Perry.

 

                                          ANDY

                             (loudly)

                       Here's the first copy, Perry!  Hot

                       off the press!

 

 

 57  INSERT - NEWSPAPER                                                          57 

 

     A smaller, TABLOID STYLE, black and white version of the

     Planet.  A headline reads "Havoc in the City."

 

 

 58  RESUME - SCENE                                                              58 

 

                                          CLARK

                       You pulled off a miracle, chief.

 

                                          PERRY

                       Well, I couldn't do it alone.

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

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 58  CONTINUED:                                                                  58 

 

                                          LOIS

                             (modestly)

                       Aw, chief...

 

                                          PERRY

                             (patting Andy's back)

                       Andy, you're the best.

 

                                          ANDY

                       It's okay!  I don't need a rest!

 

                                          JIMMY

                             (eyeing the paper)

                       I don't know.  Kinda looks like one

                       of those papers that say stuff like

                       'I had Elvis' Alien Love Child.'

 

                                          PERRY

                             (to Jimmy)

                       Remember son... what looks like a                          (X)

                       plow horse might run like a                                (X)

                       thoroughbred.                                              (X)

 

                                          ANDY

                       What'd you say?!                                           (X)

 

                                          PERRY

                       Looks great, Andy!                                         (X)

 

                                          ANDY

                       I know it's late!  You wanna run                           (X)

                       it?!                                                       (X)

 

                                          VOICE (O.S)

                       Chief?  Someone's calling for you

                       on the short wave.

 

     Perry hands the paper to Andy.

 

                                          PERRY

                       Get down to the pressroom and                              (X)

                       print like hell!  Sun-up's around

                       the corner!  Jimmy, go with him.

                       He's gonna need a lot of help.

 

                                          JIMMY

                             (right in Andy's ear)                                (X)

                       C'mon!  I'll give you a hand!                              (X)

 

     As Andy and Jimmy exit.. .

 

                                          ANDY

                       What are you yelling for?!                                 (X)

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

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 58  CONTINUED:  2                                                               58 

 

                                          PERRY

                       By God, we're going to be the only

                       paper in this town to have a

                       morning edition!

 

     As Perry exits toward his office...

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

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 58  CONTINUED:  2                                                               58 

 

                                          CLARK

                             (to Lois)

                       Superman told me what happened at

                       your apartment.  Are you okay?

 

                                          LOIS

                             (shrugging it off)

                       I'm fine.  So an old friend tried

                       to kill me.  These things happen.

                             (off his look)

                       okay, so they happen to me.

                             (and then)

                       I can't believe Molly's behind

                       this.  She's just not capable of

                       terrorism and murder.

 

                                          CLARK

                       People can have two sides to their

                       personalities.

                             (to himself)

                       Believe me, I know.

 

     Perry enters, jazzed.

 

                                          PERRY

                       Lois!  The calvary came through.

                       That was Stormin' Norman on the

                       shortwave.

 

                                          CLARK

                       Swartzkopf?

 

                                          LOIS

                       Haberstetzer.  I'll explain later.

 

                                          PERRY

                       He got the name of the officer who

                       investigated Ryan Wiley's alleged

                       death.

                             (pointed)

                       One Colonel Charles Fane.                                  (X)

 

                                          LOIS

                       Fane?!                                                     (X)

 

                                          CLARK

                       No wonder he's been ducking us.

                       It'd be hard to explain how a man

                       you swore was dead is walking

                       around your base!

 

                                          LOIS

                       I wonder if they're all in this

                       together.

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

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 58  CONTINUED:  3                                                               58 

 

                                          CLARK

                       But why paralyze the city?

 

                                          PERRY

                       Unless... y'know it's hard to spot

                       a storm someplace else when there's

                       trouble brewin' at home.

 

     Lois and Clark exchange a look.

 

                                          CLARK

                       Are you saying that everything

                       that's going on in Metropolis is

                       just a diversion?

 

                                          PERRY

                       I don't know.  But my gut says

                       there's something pretty

                       coincidental about a man takin'

                       over a base and then emptyin' it

                       out twenty four hours later.

 

                                          CLARK

                       A man who only took over because

                       General Marshall was killed.                               (X)

 

                                          LOIS

                       There's one way to find out what's

                       going on.  We've got to get on that

                       base.

 

                                          CLARK

                       Lois, if Fane emptied Fort Truman                          (X)

                       for a reason they're not just going

                       to let us drive on with a smile.

 

     A look crosses Lois' face, then...

 

                                          LOIS

                       Meet me out front in ten minutes.

 

     As she hurries for the exit...

 

                                          PERRY

                       I worry when she gets that look in

                       her eye.

 

                                                               CUT TO:

 

 

 59  EXT. DAILY PLANET - NIGHT                                                   59 

 

     Soldiers and several military vehicles are in evidence as

     Clark comes out the revolving doors and walks to the curb.

     He looks around, then hears the sound of SQUEALING TIRES.

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

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 59  CONTINUED:                                                                  59 

 

     An army jeep comes barreling around the corner and SCREECHES

     to a stop in front of him.  Lois, wearing a fatigue hat, is

     behind the wheel.

 

                                          LOIS

                       Hurry up!  Get in!

 

     Clarks runs to the passenger side and hops in thru...

 

                                          CLARK

                       You stole a jeep?!

 

                                          LOIS

                       I didn't steal it.  I'm returning

                       it to the base for them.

 

     Three soldiers come running down the street behind them.

 

                                          SOLDIER'S VOICE

                       Hey!  Bring that jeep back!

 

                                          LOIS

                             (pulling away)

                       Here.  Put these on.

 

     She tosses him a set of dress khaki's.  As the jeep

     jack-rabbits down the street...

 

                                          CLARK

                             (eyeing uniforms)

                       Where did you get?... never mind.

                       I don't want to know.

 

                                                               CUT TO:

 

 

 60  FORT TRUMAN - GUARD GATE - DAWN - DAY #3                                    60 

 

     Lois and Clark, in uniforms, drive to the GUARD GATE.  Lois

     salutes with her left hand as the Guard waves them through.

 

 

 61  ON GUARD                                                                    61 

 

     A suspicious look crosses his face, reaches for a phone ...

 

 

 62  IN JEEP - DAY - MOVING                                                      62 

 

                                          CLARK

                       You just saluted with the wrong

                       hand.

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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 62  CONTINUED:                                                                  62 

 

                                          LOIS

                       With everything that's going on I

                       doubt he noticed.

                                          (looking around)

                       Boy, there's hardly a soldier in

                       sight.

 

 

 63  INT. COL. FANE'S OFFICE - DAY - MINUTES LATER                              63(X)

 

     Deserted.  The outer door opens.  Lois and Clark enter and

     approach the empty front desk.

 

                                          CLARK

                             (disappointed)

                       Great.  No one's here.

 

                                          LOIS

                       Fane must be around somewhere.                             (X)

                       The soldiers outside the Planet

                       said he stayed on the base.

 

                                          CLARK

                             (eyeing lights)

                       They must have their own

                       generators.

 

                                          LOIS

                             (near fax machine)

                       Look at this.  They said their fax

                       machine wasn't working.

                             (stroking the machine)

                       It's true.  You don't know what

                       you've got til it's gone.

 

     She eyes a letter in the machine waiting to be faxed.  Her

     eyes go wide, then she abruptly yanks it from the machine.

 

                                          LOIS (CONT'D)

                       Clark!  Look at this!

 

                                          CLARK

                             (reading)

                       To the Joint Chiefs.  Fort Truman

                       has just been destroyed.  The

                       Hawkeye Satellite is now under our

                       control.  Like my book says. 

                       'Technology is killing us. 

                       Literally.'  When's this set to be

                       sent?

 

                                          LOIS

                             (eyeing fax machine)

                       The timer's set for nine a.m.

                       That's fifteen minutes from now.

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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 63  CONTINUED:                                                                  63 

 

                                          CLARK

                       Perry was right.  Metropolis is

                       just a diversion.  They killed

                       General Marshall so they could                             (X)

                       empty the base and hi-jack the

                       satellite without interference.

 

                                          LOIS

                       Clark, there are hundreds of

                       dependents on this base.  They'll

                       never get out in time.

 

                                          CLARK

                       Let's get to the command center.

                       Maybe there's somebody who could

                       jam their transmissions.

 

 

 64  EXT. COL. FANE'S OFFICE BUILDING - DAY - CONTINUOUS                        64(X)

 

     Lois and Clark come running outside, then stop.

 

                                          CLARK

                       Any idea where that command

                       center's located?

 

                                          LOIS

                       No.  And there's never a soldier

                       around when you need one.  Try

                       those buildings over there.  I'll

                       go this way.

 

     As Lois disappears around the building, Clark starts to

     loosen his tie (to change into Superman) when a MILITARY

     SIDEARM comes into frame and pokes into his back. Clark

     freezes.

 

 

 65  ANOTHER ANGLE REVEALS                                                       65 

 

     Fane holding the gun.  Two armed soldiers flank him.                         (X)

 

                                          COL. FANE                               (X)

                       I guess you didn't know trespassing

                       on a military facility is a federal

                       offense.

                             (to soldiers)

                       Put him in the stockade.

 

     As the soldiers unshoulder their rifles we...

 

                                                               FADE OUT

 

                           _END OF ACT THREE_

 

 

                            --page break--

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                               _ACT FOUR_

 

     FADE IN:

 

 

 66  INT. STOCKADE - DAY                                                         66 

 

     The soldiers march Clark toward a holding cell, rifles

     trained on him

 

                                          CLARK

                       Guys, you're making a big mistake.

                       Colonel Fane's planning to blow up

                       the entire base.

 

                                          SOLDIER

                       Is that the best you can do?  Get

                       in.

 

                                          CLARK

                       Look, my name is Clark Kent.  I'm a

                       reporter for the Daily Planet.

 

                                          SOLDIER

                       So?  In case you hadn't heard, the

                       military and the media aren't

                       exactly best of friends.

 

                                                               CUT TO

 

 67  EXT. HAWKEYE COMMAND CENTER - DAY                                           67 

 

     Lois rushes up to a door.  Over it is a sign reading

     'Hawkeye Command Center.'  She pulls open a heavy security

     door and rushes inside/

 

 

 68  INT. HAWKEYE COMMAND CENTER ROOM - DAY - CONTINUOUS                         68 

 

     A high-tech command center.  Deserted except for Molly,

     sitting in a swivel chair, her arms behind her.  Off Lois'

     stunned expression...

 

                                          MOLLY

                       Lois!

 

                                          LOIS

                       Surprised to see me alive?

 

                                          MOLLY

                       What are you doing in that uniform?

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

 

                            --page break--

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 68  CONTINUED:                                                                  68 

 

                                          LOIS

                       Why'd _you_ try to kill me last

                       night?

 

                                          MOLLY

                       Kill you?!

 

                                          LOIS

                       Where's your psycho boyfriend?                             (X)

 

                                          MOLLY

                       I have no idea.  He kidnaped me!

 

     She swivels in her chair revealing her hands are bound.

 

                                          MOLLY (CONT'D)

                       I've been locked in here the past

                       twenty four hours!

 

                                          LOIS

                             (rushing to untie her)

                       Oh my God, Molly

 

                                          MOLLY

                       He's going to hi-jack the Hawkeye

 

                                          LOIS

                       I know.  I thought you were                                (X)

                       working with him.

 

                                          MOLLY

                       Nice to know you think so much of

                       me.

 

                                          LOIS

                       Well, you lied to me about him

                       being dead.  How do you explain

                       that?

 

                                          MOLLY

                       I thought he _was_ dead!  Until                            (X)

                       he showed up at my door and told                           (X)

                       me he faked his death.  He said                            (X)

                       he'd stumbled onto military                                (X)

                       secrets and the Army was out to                            (X)

                       kill him.                                                  (X)

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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 68  CONTINUED:  2                                                               68 

 

 

     As she finishes untying Molly...

 

                                          LOIS

                       And you fell for that?

 

                                          MOLLY

                       Don't start with me, Lois!

 

     The door opens, revealing Ryan and Fane.  Ryan carries a

     briefcase.

 

                                          RYAN

                       Well, isn't this a surprising

                       reunion?  I thought you fell out a

                       window. Lois.

 

                                          LOIS

                       You mean pushed out... by a man who

                       likes to dress up like his

                       girlfriend.

 

     Lois charges at Ryan but Fane pulls his sidearm stopping

     her.

 

                                          COL. FANE

                       Don't... don't make me use this.

 

                                          RYAN

                             (needling)

                       Ooh, Chuck.  That sounded so                               (X)

                       menacing

                             (heads to bank of                                    (X)

                              computers)

                       I'd love to stay and chat Lois,                            (X)

                       but I've got a satellite to hijack.

 

                                          LOIS

                       Death must have affected your brain

                       cells.  How are you going to get

                       all this equipment out of here in

                       ten minutes?

 

     He begins to remove a motherboard from a computer.

 

                                          RYAN

                       Don't have to.  I'm using the

                       mobile remote system.  You remember

                       that, don't you, Mol?

 

                                          MOLLY

                       I'm sorry I ever designed it.

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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 68  CONTINUED:  3                                                               68 

 

                                          RYAN

                       Spoken like a true anti-technology

                       queen.

 

                                          LOIS

                       It's people like you she's against.

                       Not technology.

 

                                          MOLLY

                       Actually, Lois, I am against

                       technology.

 

                                          LOIS

                       Molly, don't be ridiculous...

 

     As he slips the motherboard into his briefcase...

 

                                          RYAN

                       Ladies, ladies.  You've got ten

                       minutes to live.  Don't waste it

                       arguing.

 

                                          LOIS

                       What are you going to do?  Use the                         (X)

                       satellite to blackmail governments                         (X)

                       so you can feel like the big man                           (X)

                       you never were?

 

                                          RYAN

                             (calmly charming)

                       Oh, we're getting catty.  But

                       you're right.  All done in the name

                       of the great anti-tech author Molly

                       Flynn.

 

                                          LOIS

                       And you think that's going to                              (X)

                       work?

 

                                          RYAN

                       Of course.  They'll be looking for                         (X)

                       Molly but she... and you... are

                       about to disappear without a trace.

                       And they'll never look for me,

                       because I'm already dead.

 

     As he and Fane had for the door...

 

                                          MOLLY

                             (venomous)

                       You can't leave us here!

 

                                                               CONTINUED: 

 

 

                            --page break--

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 68  CONTINUED:  5                                                               68 

 

                                          RYAN

                       You can watch it all happen on                             (X)

                       that computer screen. When the                             (X)

                       cross hairs are directly over this                         (X)

                       command center... poof.  Don't                             (X)

                       worry.  You'll never know what hit

                       you.

 

     They exit, locking the big steel security door behind them.

     Lois runs to the door.  It's sealed shut.  As Molly hurries

     to the computer bank...

 

                                          LOIS

                       Can you stop it?!

 

                                          MOLLY

                       I don't know.

 

     As Molly starts to disassemble another computer...

 

                                                               CUT TO:

 

 

 69  INT. STOCKADE - DAY                                                         69 

 

     As the guards push Clark into a cell...

 

                                          SOLDIER

                       Get in.

 

                                          CLARK

                       I'm telling you, Fane's hijacking

                       the Hawkeye satellite.  There's not

                       a lot of time before this base is

                       destroyed.

 

                                          SOLDIER

                       Sure pal.  Next you're gonna tell

                       me you're Superman and you have to

                       save the day.

 

     The soldiers laugh as they slam the doors on him then walk

     off.  Now alone, Clark floats up to the small barred window

     at the top of the cell.  He grabs the bars and spreads them

     apart, then rips open his shirt.

 

                                                               CUT TO:

 

 

 70  INT. HAWKEYE COMPUTER COMMAND CENTER - DAY                                  70 

 

     As Molly withdraws the motherboard from the computer...

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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 70  CONTINUED:                                                                  70 

 

                                          LOIS

                       What are you doing?

 

                                          MOLLY

                       Replacing the motherboard he took

                       with this one.  Pray it's                                  (X)

                       compatible.

 

                                          LOIS

                       If it is, can you stop it?                                 (X)

 

                                          MOLLY

                       Who knows!?  But I don't know what

                       else to try!

 

                                          LOIS

                       Hey, there's no reason to get

                       snippy at me.  _I_ wasn't the one

                       who dated the psycho.

 

     As she hurries to install it in the computer Ryan

     cannibalized...

 

                                          MOLLY

                       Lois.  In what may be our last

                       minutes together on earth, is this

                       really what you want to talk

                       about?!

 

                                          LOIS

                       Well... just once I'd like for you

                       to agree with me about Ryan.

 

                                          MOLLY

                       Look, he was cute, we had a lot in

                       common, we fell in love.  How'd I                          (X)

                       know he'd turn out to be a psycho?!

 

     She starts typing in commands.

 

                                          LOIS

                       So you admit it!

 

                                          MOLLY

                       Okay, I admit it!  And we're still

                       going to die so what good does it

                       do!!?

 

                                          LOIS

                       Well, _I_ feel a little better.

 

                                          MOLLY

                             (facetious)

                       Great.

 

     Lois has no comeback as Molly continues to bang the

     keyboard, then checks the screen.

 

 

                            --page break--

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 71  CLOSE ON SCREEN                                                             71 

 

     A graphic depiction of the base with high tech cross hairs

     moving over it.  The edge of the base appears on the right

     side of the screen.

 

                                          LOIS (O.S.)

                       There's the base!

 

 

 72  RESUME SCENE                                                                72 

 

                                          MOLLY

                       I can see that!

                             (then)

                       You know what bugs _me_?

 

                                          LOIS

                             (innocent)

                       About me?

 

                                          MOLLY

                       Yes about you!  It bugged me when

                       my best friend dropped out of my

                       life over my boyfriend.

 

                                          LOIS

                       What was I supposed to do?  I hated

                       him, you ignored me and that was

                       that.

 

                                          MOLLY

                       A real friend would have respected

                       my feelings and kept our

                       relationship alive.  But I guess

                       that would require someone who's

                       not judgmental and self-absorbed.                          (X)

 

     On Lois' exasperated expression...

 

                                                               CUT TO:

 

 

 73  EXT. SUPERMAN - DAY - FLYING                                                73 

 

     over the Army base.  He spots something and dips out of

     frame.

 

                                                               CUT TO:

 

 74  CLOSE ON - COMPUTER SCREEN                                                  74 

 

     The graphic image of the command center is approaching dead

     center in the cross hairs.

 

 

                            --page break--

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 75  PULL BACK TO REVEAL                                                         75 

 

     Molly feverishly working at the computer.  She suddenly

     stops.

 

                                          LOIS

                       Why are you stopping!?

 

                                          MOLLY

                             (defeated)

                       Ryan made the file read-only.

 

                                          LOIS

                       Read-only?  So you can't override

                       it? So we're basically... so this

                       is...

 

                                          MOLLY

                       it.

 

     They look at each other a beat.  As they start to hug... a

     loud Crash interrupts and the security door is RIPPED FROM

     IT'S HINGES.  Superman appears.

 

                                          LOIS

                       Superman!  The Hawkeye's going to                          (X)

                       blow up the base!  We can't stop it

                       from here!                                                 (X)

 

     He turns and rushes out.

 

                                                               CUT TO:

 

 

 76  EXT. COMMAND CENTER                                                         76 

 

     Superman darts out into the daylight and looks into the sky.

 

 

 77  HIS SUPERVISION POV                                                         77 

 

     The Hawkeye Satellite floats ominously in space.

 

 

 78  ON SUPERMAN                                                                 78 

 

     A leap and he's... out of frame.

 

                                                               CUT TO:

 

 

 79  EXT. SPACE                                                                  79 

 

     Out of the blackness a blue streak slows as Superman appears

     and approaches the edge of the huge dish-like Hawkeye.  He

     grabs it by the rim and struggles to change its rotation.

 

 

                            --page break--

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 80  INT. COMMAND CENTER                                                         80 

 

     Lois and Molly watch the computer screen.  The cross hairs

     are a fraction of an inch from dead center on their

     building.

 

 

 81  EXT. SPACE                                                                  81 

 

     Using al his strength, Superman finally gets the satellite

     to rotate just as a BLUE BEAM SHOOTS from its center, firing

     harmlessly off into space.

 

 

 82  INT. COMPUTER BUILDING                                                      82 

 

     Lois and Molly watch the computer screen, the cross hairs

     now focused on the Milky Way.  They collapse against the

     control table in relief.

 

                                          MOLLY

                       Lois, I'm sorry.

 

                                          LOIS                                    (X)

                       Me too.  Life threatening                                  (X)

                       situations don't always bring out                          (X)

                       the best in me.                                            (X)

 

                                          MOLLY                                   (X)

                       I've missed you.                                           (X)

 

                                          LOIS                                    (X)

                       I've missed _you._  I can't believe                        (X)

                       we let a man come between us.                              (X)

 

                                          MOLLY

                       Me neither.  I haven't met the man

                       yet who was worth giving up a good

                       friend for.

 

     They break the hug.  They return to the screen.

 

                                          MOLLY (CONT'D)

                       Then again, I've never met

                       Superman.  I wonder what he's be

                       like on a date?

 

                                          LOIS

                       You and me both.

 

     Molly notices Lois' dreamy look, and smiles.

 

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

 

 

                            --page break--

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 83  EXT. MILITARY JEEP - DAY - SECONDS LATER                                    83 

 

     Fane drives, Ryan stares down at the remote control unit on

     his lap.  Concern crosses his face.

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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 83  CONTINUED:                                                                  83 

 

                                          RYAN

                       Something's wrong...

                             (tapping keys)

                       The Hawkeye's facing the wrong way!

 

     Suddenly...

 

 

 84  ANOTHER ANGLE INCLUDES SUPERMAN                                             84 

 

     pulling up alongside the moving jeep in a SITTING POSITION,

     as if he were behind the wheel of a car.

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                       Let's see... satellite hijacking,

                       attempted murder, terrorism and

                       speeding... I'm going to have to

                       ask you to pull over.

 

     As Ryan and Fane stare open mouthed...                                       (X)

 

                                          SUPERMAN (CONT'D)

                             (to Fane)                                            (X)

                       This is _not_ going to look good at

                       promotion time.

 

     As the defeated men react...

 

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

 

 

 85  INT. DAILY PLANET - DAY                                                     85 

 

     Lois and Clark, still in uniform, enter from the stairwell.

 

                                          LOIS

                       Clark, do you think I'm judgmental?

 

                                          CLARK

                       No... not really.

 

                                          LOIS

                       Am I self-absorbed?

 

                                          CLARK

                       No... not often.

 

     They start down the ramp...

 

                                          LOIS

                       Do you think I always have to be

                       right?

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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 85  CONTINUED:                                                                  85 

 

                                          CLARK

                       Well... not always.  Lois, what's

                       this all about?

 

                                          LOIS

                       It's just something Molly said...

                             (and then)

                       Do you think I'm a good friend?

 

                                          CLARK

                       I think you're a great friend.

 

                                          LOIS

                             (beaming)

                       Thank you.

 

                                          CLARK

                       Although you do have your quirks.

 

     As they reach her desk...

 

                                          LOIS

                             (defensive)

                       I like my quirks.  They make me

                       unique.

 

                                          CLARK

                       Oh, you're unique all right.

 

     She shoots him a look as Perry approaches.

 

                                          PERRY

                       Hey, I just got off the shortwave

                       with Stormin' Norman.  I hear you

                       two held down the fort.  Nice work.

 

                                          LOIS

                       Thanks Perry.

 

                                          PERRY

                       How's your old friend?

 

                                          LOIS

                       Molly?  She has a lot to work

                       through, but she'll be fine.  I told

                       her we'd talk in a few days...

                             (to Clark)

                       ...in person.

 

     Clark smiles at her, then...

 

                                          CLARK

                       Where's Jimmy?

 

     Perry turns and indicates his office.

 

 

                            --page break--

     OPERATION BLACKOUT  (#6)  Goldenrod Rev.   9/28/94      55.

 

 

 86  THEIR POV                                                                   86 

 

     Jimmy's fast asleep on Perry's couch.

 

 

 87  RESUME SCENE                                                                87 

 

                                          PERRY

                       He's got the heart to be a real

                       newsman, just lacks the stamina.

 

     Suddenly the power surges back on.  As the light and

     computers flicker on...

 

                                          PERRY (CONT'D)

                       All right!  Looks like we'll be

                       able to run an Extra edition!

                             (to Lois and Clark)

                       And we're leading with your story.

                             (looks toward his

                              office, then)

                       I hate to do this.

                             (exiting to office)

                       Jimmy!  Wake up!

 

     As Lois flops in her chair.

 

                                          LOIS

                       I guess it'll take more than a few                         (X)

                       terrorists to bring down this

                       paper.

 

                                          CLARK

                             (sits on her desk)

                       With Perry and Jimmy on board?

                       Definitely.

 

                                          LOIS

                       And you too.

 

                                          CLARK

                       Thanks.

 

     Clark heads to his desk...

 

                                          LOIS

                       Notice I didn't say anything about

                       myself?

 

                                          CLARK

                       I did.

 

                                          LOIS

                       But _you_ could say something.

 

                                                               (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

     OPERATION BLACKOUT  (#6)  FULL Blue Rev.    9/23/94    58.

 

 

 87  CONTINUED:                                                                  87 

 

                                          CLARK

                       I could.

 

     Clark's impish smile says it all and we...

 

                                                               FADE OUT

 

                               _THE END_

 

 

 

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