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#214 : Quand l'audimat s'en mêle

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Diana Stride, célèbre journalilste, veut tout savoir sur les pouvoirs de Superman alors elle décide de mettre le feu au sommet d'un gratte-ciel et se jette en bas. Quand Superman la sauve, elle le marque pour le suivre à la trace.

Un homme d'InterGang est protégé car il doit témoigner contre un assassins qui tuent des personnes connues. La meurtrière est Diana Stride et elle doit tuer le témoin protégé. Loïs retrouve la trace du témoin en volant le téléavertisseur de Mayson mais Diana tire sur le témoins. Superman amène l'homme à l'hôpital.

Diana, très vexée de ce qu'a fait Superman, demande à son patron de la kryptonite qu'elle intègre à son rouge à lèvre. Elle invite Superman à souper et l'embrasse. Il tombe malade. En le suivant, elle voit Clark se changer en Superman.

Loïs amène Superman à l'hôpital mais pendant ce temps, Diana tourne un émission près des habits de Superman qui sont accorché dans l'appartement de Clark.
Superman guérit et Diana va à l'hôpital pour tuer le témoin. Loïs sauve le témoin et Mayson mais Diana prend s'enfuit.

L'émission passe à la télé et la véritable identité de Superman est révélée. Clark convoque une conférence de presse où Superman apparaît grâce au hologrammes de sa mère.

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LOIS & CLARK_

 

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN_

 

"Top Copy"

 

 

Written by  John McNamara

Directed by Randall Zisk

 

 

                            CAST

 

CLARK KENT/SUPERMAN

 

LOIS LANE

 

PERRY WHITE

 

JIMMY OLSEN

 

MARTHA KENT

 

JONATHAN KENT

 

DIANA STRIDE

 

ROLF

 

MAYSON DRAKE

 

DOCTOR

 

MR. DARRYL

 

SWAT MEMBER (Voice)

 

TV ANNOUNCER (Voice)

 

 

 

 

                         _LOCATIONS_

 

 

INTERIORS:                                     EXTERIORS:

 

Daily Planet                                   Skyscraper Terrace

    Pit

    Conference Room                            Woods

    Elevator                                      Safe House

    Back Hall                                     Pond

 

Clark's Apartment                              Clark's Apartment

                                                  Terrace

Diana Stride's Office                             Front Door

 

Hospital                                       Daily Planet

    Room                                          Building Window

    Corridor

    Ventilation Room                           Park

                                                  Park Cafe

Kent Work Shed

 

Nuclear Power Plant

 

 

 

 

 

TEASER

 

      FADE IN:

 

 

  1   EXT. A MIDTOWN METROPOLIS SKYSCRAPER - NIGHT #1                            1  

 

      one of the tallest in the city.  From inside its penthouse,

      the sudden WHOMPH of an EXPLOSION, then FLAMES flicker

      behind the windows.

 

 

  2   EXT. PENTHOUSE TERRACE - NIGHT                                             2  

 

      Through curtained French doors, we glimpse FLAME and smoke,

      spreading.  A WOMAN stands in the doorway, her curving back

      to us, holding a lit lighter.  A trendily smooth Euro-man

      named ROLF steps up behind her.  Neither seems at all

      concerned by the fire.

 

                                          ROLF

                      Nice work.

 

                                          WOMAN

                             (clicks off lighter)

                      Thanks.

 

                                          ROLF

                      How long till the flames engulf                             (X)

                      this floor?

 

                                          WOMAN

                      Six, maybe seven minutes.  How do I

                      look?

 

                                          ROLF

                      Fabulous. Naturally.

 

      She turns and steps into the light, a striking beauty with

      the soul of a born predator:  DIANA STRIDE.  Rolf opens a

      compact so she can inspect her face.

 

                                          DIANA

                      See him yet?                                                (X)

 

      Rolf studies the sky.                                                       (X)

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

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  3   OMITTED                                                                    3  

 

 

 3A   INT. DAILY PLANET - PIT - NIGHT                                           3A  

 

      LOIS and CLARK are at their desks, each intent on their                     (X)

      computer monitors.  Clark is just hanging up the phone.                     (X)

 

                                          CLARK

                      The fax from Iberia should be here                          (X)

                      in a few minutes and we can                                 (X)

                      finally get out of here.  Okay...                           (X)

                             (clicking his keys)                                  (X)

                      Queen to King one. Your move.                               (X)

 

      We see now they're playing computer chess on their                          (X)

      respective machines.                                                        (X)

 

                                          LOIS

                      I know. It's been my move for a

                      while.

 

                                          CLARK

                      What do you mean, I just -- ?                               (X)

 

                                          LOIS

                      I mean the date thing.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Oh.

 

                                          LOIS

                      So.  About the date thing...

 

                                          CLARK

                      Yes?

 

                                          LOIS

                      I know I've been kind of

                      avoiding the subject lately...

 

                                          CLARK

                      Yes.

 

                                          LOIS

                      ... but I've finally decided I

                      think we should --

 

      Clark SUPER-HEARS a WAILING of SIRENS, then picks up a

      POLICE VOICE:

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

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 3A   CONTINUED:                                                                3A  

 

                          VOICE                                 LOIS

                ... fire at the                     -- go ahead and

                Metropolitan                        do it, I mean, I

                Building,                           know there's a

                penthouse...                        lot to lose but

                can't get a                         we're both

                helicopter up                       adults, right?

                there, winds are                    And it's just a

                too strong...                       date, right?

                                                    Clark?

 

                                          CLARK

                      Lois, please, hold that thought,                            (X)

                      okay?

 

                                          LOIS

                      'Hold that thought?'  Did you just

                      say, 'Hold that thought?'

 

                                          CLARK

                      I'm sorry, uh, but I have to...

                             (suddenly grabs a

                              videotape up off his

                              desk)                                               (X)

                      ...return this video or I'm gonna

                      get triple-charged --

                             (out the door)

                      -- I'll be right back.

 

     He's gone.  She's alone.                                                     (X)

 

                                          LOIS

                      It's me, right?  I do this, I

                      make them insane.  No, no, it's

                      _them_ -- they're insane but they

                      hide it... ah-ha-ha, but I always

                      see it, because I'm too smart.

                      Smart... and alone... and talking                           (X)

                      to myself.                                                  (X)

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

  4  EXT. PENTHOUSE TERRACE - NIGHT                                              4  

 

     We're near the edge with Diana and Rolf.  The searing LIGHT

     of the off-screen fire plays across their faces as SMOKE

     drifts by.  Rolf is scanning the skies with a pair of

     high-tech binoculars.  Diana smears a GOLD CREAM on her                      (X)

     hands with a dispenser.  It gives a slight SPARKLE on her                    (X)

     fingers.                                                                     (X)

 

                                          DIANA

                      See the Big Red 'S' yet?                                    (X)

 

                                          ROLF

                      Heading right this way.

 

 

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  3A                  CONTINUED:                                                3A  

 

                          VOICE                                 LOIS

                ... fire at the                     -- go ahead and

                Metropolitan                        do it, I mean, I

                Building,                           know there's a

                penthouse...                        lot to lose but

                can't get a                         we're both

                helicopter up                       adults, right?

                there, winds are                    And it's just a

                too strong...                       date, right?

                                                    Clark?

 

                                          CLARK

                      Lois, please, hold that thought,                            (X)

                      okay?

 

                                          LOIS

                      'Hold that thought?'  Did you just

                      say, 'Hold that thought?'

 

                                          CLARK

                      I'm sorry, uh, but I have to...

                             (suddenly grabs a

                              videotape up off his

                              desk)                                               (X)

                      ...return this video or I'm gonna

                      get triple-charged --

                             (out the door)

                      -- I'll be right back.

 

     He's gone.  She's alone.                                                     (X)

 

                                          LOIS

                      It's me, right?  I do this, I

                      make them insane.  No, no, it's

                      _them_ -- they're insane but they

                      hide it... ah-ha-ha, but I always

                      see it, because I'm too smart.

                      Smart... and alone... and talking                           (X)

                      to a piece of plastic.                                      (X)

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

  4  EXT. PENTHOUSE TERRACE - NIGHT                                              4  

 

     We're near the edge with Diana and Rolf.  The searing LIGHT

     of the off-screen fire plays across their faces as SMOKE

     drifts by.  Rolf is scanning the skies with a pair of

     high-tech binoculars.  Diana smears a GOLD CREAM on her                      (X)

     hands with a dispenser.  It gives a slight SPARKLE on her                    (X)

     fingers.                                                                     (X)

 

                                          DIANA

                      See the Big Red 'S' yet?                                    (X)

 

                                          ROLF

                      Heading right this way.

 

 

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  5  THROUGH THE INFRA-RED BINOCS - ROLF SEES SUPERMAN                           5  

 

     streak toward them.

 

 

  6  BACK TO SCENE                                                               6  

 

     Diana hands the dispenser to Rolf, who tucks it away.

 

                                          ROLF

                      Oh.  Your charm?                                            (X)

 

     She reaches into her blouse and pulls out a distinctive

     looking _silver crescent moon pendant on a chain_.                           (X)

 

                                          DIANA

                      I always have my charm.                                     (X)

 

     She tucks the pendant back in; she and Rolf air-kiss, then                   (X)

     she steps up onto the ledge.

 

                                          DIANA (CONT'D)

                      You'll be all right up here?

 

                                          ROLF

                      As long as your plan works... and I

                      know it will.

 

                                          DIANA

                      Okay.  Show time.

 

     She turns, extends her arms like an Olympic diver and swan

     dives off the side of the building.

 

 

  7  DIANA STRIDE PLUMMETS TWENTY STORIES                                        7  

 

     face first, a blur of beauty.

 

                                                                FADE OUT.

 

                                 _END OF TEASE_

 

 

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                                ACT ONE

 

     FADE IN:

 

 

  8  EXT. METROPOLITAN BUILDING - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS                             8  

 

     The FIRE in the penthouse glows brightly against the night

     sky, the SMOKE an ever-growing plume.

 

 

  9  EXT. DIANA'S PLUMMET - CONTINUOUS                                           9  

 

     She tumbles as she picks up speed and --

 

 

 10  DIANA'S POV                                                                10  

 

     of the street rushing up at her and --

 

 

 11  HER FACE                                                                   11   

 

     betrays the sudden thought: maybe this wasn't such a hot

     idea and --

 

 

 12  DIANA                                                                      12  

 

     drops OUT OF FRAME with a SCREAM, then the SCREAM is cut                     (X)

     short and a beat later --                                                    (X)

 

 

 13  SUPERMAN                                                                   13  

 

     swoops up INTO FRAME, Diana in his arms.

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      It's all right, I've got you.

 

                                          DIANA

                             (beaming at him)

                      Yes... yes, you do.

 

     As she laces her hands around his neck --

 

 

 14  CLOSE ON THE HAND WITH THE GOLD CREAM ON IT                                14(X)

 

     as her fingers rub it into Superman's neck, wetting it.                      (X)

 

 

 15  BACK TO SCENE                                                              15  

 

     as they soar up, up and away.

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

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 16  EXT. PENTHOUSE TERRACE - NIGHT - LATER                                     16  

 

     No more flames, only residual smoke.  We hear O.S. BLASTS of

     SUPER-BREATH coming from inside.  Diana and Rolf wait out

     here.  He holds what looks like a hand-sized TV but is in

     actuality (we shall learn) a tracking device.

 

                                          ROLF

                      You're sure you tagged him?

 

                                          DIANA

                      On the neck.  Are you getting a

                      reading?

 

                                          ROLF

                      Not yet.

 

                                          DIANA

                      Here.  Adjust the calibrations to a

                      higher frequency --                                         (X)

 

     Superman steps out of the penthouse.  Rolf kneels and slips

     the tracker into a camera case at his feet, then hefts his                   (X)

     camera out, puts it on his shoulder.                                         (X)

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      It's all right, the fire's out.

 

     Rolf and Diana feign great relief.

 

                                          DIANA

                      Superman, thank you so much. I'm

                      Diana Stride.

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      Yes, Ms. Stride, I've seen your

                      news show.

 

     Rolf's camera light goes on.  He is now filming Diana and                    (X)

     Superman.                                                                    (X)

 

                                          DIANA

                      Really.  You watch TV?

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      Once in a while.

 

     He rubs his neck where Diana touched him.  Rolf and Diana

     glance at one another.

 

                                          DIANA

                      This is my cameraman.  Rolf.

 

                                          ROLF

                      Pleasure.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

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                                          SUPERMAN

                      What were you two doing up here,

                      anyway?

 

                                          ROLF

                      We came to get some vista shots for

                      a piece Diana's doing on urban

                      renewal.

 

     Superman scratches his neck now. Rolf has to hide a smile.

 

                                          DIANA

                      Then we just stumbled into an                               (X)

                      exclusive.  I can't imagine how                             (X)

                      this fire got started.  Can you,

                      Rolf?

 

                                          ROLF

                      I simply can't.

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      I checked the elevator, it's still

                      working.  You should be able to get

                      down okay.

 

                                          DIANA

                      Superman, if there's ever anything

                      I can do for you...

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      Take care, Ms. Stride.

                             (still scratching)

                      Nice to meet you, Rolf.

 

     ON THEIR FACES they watch him WHOOSH off.  Rolf lowers the                   (X)

     camera.                                                                      (X)

 

                                          ROLF

                      So good, so decent.  Don't you just

                      want to vomit?

 

                                          DIANA

                      Nice quads, though.                                         (X)

 

     Diana lifts the tracker. It BEEPS. She smiles.

 

                                          DIANA

                      It's working.  We can track him.

                             (the BEEPING stops)

                      Wait.  What's wrong?

 

                                          ROLF

                      He's so fast, he just flew out of

                      range.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

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                                          DIANA

                      We'll get him in range again.  And

                      then it's just a matter of time

                      before we have...

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

 17  INT. DIANA STRIDE'S OFFICE - DAY #2                                        17  

 

                                          DIANA

                      ... the story of the century.

 

     The walls covered with photos of Diana with various

     luminaries and on the cover of every magazine imaginable.

     She addresses a GROUP of five, including Rolf.  She crosses

     in front of a poster that reads DIANA STRIDE'S TOP COPY --

     SUNDAYS AT 8:00.

 

                                          DIANA (CONT'D)

                      Face it.  Our show has always been

                      uplifting and intellectually

                      challenging.  And that's why our                            (X)

                      ratings suck.  So I've decided --                           (X)

                      people want dirt, we'll give them

                      the _dirtiest_, starting with

                      Superman.  Everything the public                            (X)

                      is _dying_t o know.  What are his

                      weaknesses?  Who are the women in

                      his life?

 

                                          ROLF

                      I for one would love to meet those

                      girls.

 

     The group has no choice but to nod.

 

                                          DIANA

                      But most importantly... who is he

                      when he's out of uniform?.  Does he

                      have another life... a secret

                      identity?  If he does, we're going

                      to expose it on worldwide

                      television, it'll be sensational,                           (X)

                      it'll be...

 

 

 18  INT. DAILY PLANET - CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY                                  18  

 

                                          PERRY

                      ... the story of the century.

 

     Lois, Clark, JIMMY and PERRY in a closed door session. 

     Throughout the following, we glimpse some residual tension

     between hero and heroine.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

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 18  CONTINUED:                                                                 18  

 

     Scratching his still-itchy neck, he occasionally chances a

     warm glance her way, while she remains steadfastly arctic.

 

                                          PERRY (CONT'D)

                      A key member of Intergang's been

                      arrested, made a deal... and is

                      gonna testify.

 

                                          JIMMY

                      Who is it?

 

     Perry hits a remote on the TV.  A grainy video of a HOODED

     MAN being led out of a car by HEAVILY-ARMED COPS and into a

     government building.

 

                                          PERRY

                      We don't know.  The DA's calling

                      him Mr. X. Word is, Intergang's

                      been killing world leaders for

                      decades, making it look like

                      accidents, and _this_ fella's gonna

                      finger their number one assassin.

                      Now I want the story on this guy so

                      by the time he takes the stand, the

                      Planet has the headlines -- who he

                      is, where he came from, what he's

                      gonna say.  All right?  Go get him.

 

     They break.  Jimmy and Perry head for the doors.  Lois makes

     some notes.  Clark busies himself putting on his jacket.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Lois... about last night...

 

                                          LOIS

                      It's okay, Clark, we can finish the

                      chess game some other time.

 

                                          CLARK

                      I'm not talking about the chess

                      game.  I'm talking about us.  You

                      were trying to say something and

                      I... I...

 

                                          LOIS

                      ... had a sudden urge to return a

                      tape.  Perfectly understandable.  I

                      needed to express a deep, personal

                      feeling and you needed to save

                      three dollars.

 

                                          CLARK

                      You know, Lois, I really hope

                      someday you learn...

                                          (MORE)

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

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 18  CONTINUED:                                                                 18  

 

     Scratching his still-itchy neck, he occasionally chances a

     warm glance her way, while she remains steadfastly arctic.

 

                                          PERRY (CONT'D)

                      A key member of Intergang's been

                      arrested, made a deal... and is

                      gonna testify.

 

                                          JIMMY

                      Who is it?

 

     Perry hits a remote on the TV.  A grainy video of a HOODED

     MAN being led out of a car by HEAVILY-ARMED COPS and into a

     government building.

 

                                          PERRY

                      We don't know.  The DA's calling

                      him Mr. X. Word is, Intergang's

                      been killing world leaders for

                      decades, making it look like

                      accidents, and _this_ fella's gonna

                      finger their number one assassin.

                      Now I want the story on this guy so

                      by the time he takes the stand, the

                      Planet has the headlines -- who he

                      is, where he came from, what he's

                      gonna say.  All right?  Go get him.

 

     They break.  Jimmy and Perry head for the doors.                             (X)

 

                                          JIMMY

                      Hey, new specs?                                             (X)

 

                                          CLARK

                      Yeah.                                                       (X)

 

                                          JIMMY

                      Can I try 'em on?                                           (X)

 

                                          CLARK

                      No!  I mean, they're pretty                                 (X)

                      strong, I wouldn't want you to                              (X)

                      hurt your eyes.                                             (X)

 

                                          PERRY

                      C'mon, Jimmy, I want to see those                           (X)

                      proofs.                                                     (X)

 

     Jimmy and Perry exit.  Lois makes some notes.  Clark busies                  (X)

     himself putting on his jacket.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Lois... about last night...

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

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                                          LOIS

                      It's okay, Clark, we can finish the

                      chess game some other time.

 

                                          CLARK

                      I'm not talking about the chess

                      game.  I'm talking about us.  You

                      were trying to say something and

                      I... I...

 

                                          LOIS

                      ... had a sudden urge to return a

                      tape.  Perfectly understandable.  I

                      needed to express a deep, personal

                      feeling and you needed to save

                      three dollars.

 

                                          CLARK

                      You know, Lois, I really hope

                      someday you learn...

                                          (MORE)

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

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                                          CLARK (CONT'D)

                             (pause; she looks at

                              him, waiting)

                      why sometimes what it _seems_

                      like people are doing isn't what

                      they're really doing.

 

                                          LOIS

                      What are you, a fortune cookie?  If

                      you had some other reason for

                      leaving last night, say it.

 

                                          CLARK

                      I guess... I don't.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Then I guess that's it.

                             (heads for door)

                      Let's get to work.

 

 

 19  INT. DAILY PLANET - PIT - DAY - CONTINUOUS                                 19  

 

     Jimmy and Perry linger near the open door, pretending to go

     over some photos as Lois and Clark emerge.

 

                                          JIMMY

                      Man... you're looking at two very

                      tense people.

 

                                          PERRY

                      Norcross and Judd.

 

                                          JIMMY

                      Sorry?

 

                                          PERRY

                      Billy Norcross and Serena Judd.

                      Reporters before your time.  Almost

                      as good as these two.  They were an

                      inch from the Pulitzer when...

 

                                          JIMMY

                      ... they got involved?

                             (Perry nods)

                      And it didn't work out?

 

                                          PERRY

                      Son, it was such a disaster, they

                      shoulda filed for federal aid.  She

                      ended up teaching yoga to oil

                      workers in Anchorage.

                                          (MORE)

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

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                                          PERRY (CONT'D)

                      He emptied every bottle in the

                      Tri-State area, found God and

                      started his own cable TV ministry.

                             (watching L & C)

                      All 'cause they were partners, best

                      friends... and fell in love.

 

 

 20  INT. DAILY PLANET - ELEVATOR - DAY                                         20  

 

     Diana and Rolf get in, alone. He pulls out the tracker. It

     BEEPS.

 

                                          ROLF

                      Superman is definitely in the

                      building.

 

                                          DIANA

                      Be still my beating heart.

 

 

 21  INT. DAILY PLANET - BACK HALL - DAY                                        21  

 

     Clark steps out of the men's room, wiping his neck with a

     wet towel.  Still itches.  Then, he SUPER-HEARS the

     tracker's BEEPING, getting louder as he ZEROES in on it

     through the BABBLE of the world around him and --

 

                                          DIANA (O.S.)

                      Get the camera ready.

 

 

 22  INT. DAILY PLANET - ELEVATOR - DAY                                         22  

 

                                          DIANA

                             (checking to see her

                              pendant is there)                                   (X)

                      Superman might be disguised as

                      anyone, so whoever the tracker says

                      we tagged --

 

 

 23 INT. DAILY PLANET - BACK HALL - DAY                                         23  

 

                                          DIANA

                             (V.O super-hearing)                                  (X)

                      -- get it on film.

 

     Clark's eyes widen.  Hol-eee shit.  He touches his neck.

 

 

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 24  INT. DAILY PLANET - PIT - DAY                                              24  

 

     The elevator doors snap open and Rolf, camera on shoulder,

     follows Diana as she gets off, holding the tracker.  People

     stop and stare at the sight of her.  She sweeps through the

     enormous room like royalty, following the tracker's BEEPS to

     the back hall as they come faster and louder.

 

     Lois looks up and sees her move past.  Perry is standing

     nearby.  All three exchange a confused look.

 

                                          PERRY

                      Is that who I think it is?

 

     Diana moves right past Lois, _her crescent moon pendant_

     _hanging outside her blouse for the rest of the scene_.                      (X)

 

                                          DIANA

                      Got him.  He's right --

 

     Superman steps around the corner.

 

                                          DIANA (CONT'D)

                      -- here.

                             (smiles)

                      Superman.  You didn't hear about my

                      story, did you?

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                             (tight)

                      Afraid so.

 

                                          DIANA

                      There goes my surprise.

                             (to the room, tucking

                              her pendant back in)                                (X)

                      Everyone -- I'm Diana Stride and

                      _Top Copy_ is doing a tribute to

                      Superman.

 

     APPLAUSE as she makes a grand gesture toward him.  He

     scratches his neck and looks annoyed.

 

                                          DIANA (CONT'D)

                      We know he has a lot of great

                      friends here at the Planet and I

                      want to interview all of you.  I

                      had hoped it would be a surprise

                      for him --

                             (slips her arm through

                              his)

                      -- but I guess there's no keeping

                      secrets from the Man of Steel.  So. 

                      Let's get started, shall we?  Who

                      wants to talk about Superman?

 

     She is practically mobbed by Staffers.

 

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                                          DIANA (CONT'D)

                      And Superman, I can count on you

                      for an interview soon?

 

     He glances down at the beeping tracker in her hand.

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      Careful, whatever you've got in

                      your hand there...

 

     A QUICK BLAST of heat vision from him and the tracker

     SMOKES.

 

                                          SUPERMAN (CONT'D)

                      ... has a short.  Let me take it,

                      before you get burned.

 

     They lock eyes -- predator and prey.  She smiles, conceding                  (X)

     this battle.                                                                 (X)

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

 25  INT. DIANA'S OFFICE - NIGHT #2                                             25  

 

     She sits with Rolf, having a drink, planning their next

     move.

 

                                          DIANA

                      Maybe he works there, as someone

                      else.

 

                                          ROLF

                      Ah.  Your secret identity theory.

 

     A lamp on her desk blinks on -- then off. Then on again.

 

                                          ROLF (CONT'D)

                      Must be the bulb.

 

                                          DIANA

                             (sharp)

                      I'll get it.  You go home.

 

                                          ROLF

                      But --

 

                                          DIANA

                      I want to be _alone_, Rolf.

 

     He nods and exits.  The TV switches on by itself.  ON                        (X)

     SCREEN, a MAN'S FACE appears.  This is MR. DARRYL.                           (X)

 

                                          MR. DARRYL                              (X)

                      Hello, Diana.  You're looking good.

 

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                                          DIANA

                      Cut the flattery... I retired.                              (X)

 

                                          MR. DARRYL                              (X)

                      A hiatus.  You don't retire when

                      you work for Intergang.

 

                                          DIANA

                      Whatever it is, I'm not interested.

 

                                          MR. DARRYL                              (X)

                      Ohhhhh, I think you will be.

 

     ON TV, his image is replaced by the grainy video of the

     Hooded Man being led out of the car by the cops -- the same

     film Perry showed.

 

                                          DIANA

                      Nice hood.  Couture?

 

                                          MR. DARRYL                              (X)

                      He's one of ours, turning state's.

                      The DA's calling him Mr. X but

                      _you_ know him...

 

     A new image ON SCREEN -- a photo of Diana and a gruffly

     handsome man in a suit.

 

                                          MR. DARRYL (CONT'D)                     (X)

                      ... as Michael Disanto. Your

                      former partner.

 

     Diana stares at the screen in shock.

 

                                          MR. DARRYL (CONT'D)                     (X)

                      In one week, he's going to tell the

                      Grand Jury everything he knows --

                      how we plucked you out of nowhere

                      and made you a world famous

                      journalist.  So you could meet the

                      rich, the powerful... and kill them

                      for us.

 

                                          DIANA

                      All right, where is he?                                     (X)

 

                                          MR. DARRYL                              (X)

                             (chuckles)

                      That's my girl.

 

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 26  EXT. PARK - NIGHT                                                          26(X)

 

     Lois and Clark walk down a shrub-lined path.

 

                                          CLARK

                      I'm not really comfortable with

                      this, Lois.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Why?  Mayson works in the DA's

                      office and she's a friend of yours,

                      so she might tell us something

                      about Mr. X. I don't see the

                      problem.

 

                                          CLARK

                      You don't.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Just because she's in love with

                      you?

                             (light laugh)

                      You don't think that _bothers_ me,

                      do you?

 

                                          CLARK

                             (rubs his head as she

                              walks on ahead)

                      God, help me make it through the

                      day...

 

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 27  EXT. PARK CAFE - NIGHT                                                     27(X)

 

     Lois reading notes.  Clark fidgeting.  MAYSON stirring her

     coffee.

 

                                          MAYSON

                      Sorry, guys, I can't give on this

                      one.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Look, we wouldn't be irresponsible

                      with the information.  We'd hold it

                      till the day he testified.

 

                                          MAYSON

                      This isn't a matter of trust.  I

                      have orders.  And these orders come

                      from way up.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

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     Lois and Clark walk down a shrub-lined path.

 

                                          CLARK

                      I'm not really comfortable with

                      this, Lois.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Why?  Mayson works in the DA'S

                      office and she's a friend of yours,

                      so she might tell us something

                      about Mr.  X. I don't see the

                      problem.

 

                                          CLARK

                      You don't.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Just because she's in love with

                      you?

                             (light laugh)

                      You don't think that bothers me,

                      do you?

 

                                          CLARK

                             (rubs his head as she

                              walks on ahead)

                      Help me make it through the                                 (X)

                      night...                                                    (X)

 

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 27  EXT. PARK CAFE - NIGHT                                                     27  

 

     Lois reading notes.  Clark fidgeting.  MAYSON stirring her

     coffee.

 

                                          MAYSON

                      Sorry, guys, I can't give on this

                      one.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Look, we wouldn't be irresponsible

                      with the information.  We'd hold it

                      till the day he testified.

 

                                          MAYSON

                      This isn't a matter of trust.  I

                      have orders.  And these orders come

                      from way up.

 

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                                          CLARK

                      We've heard the rumors about the

                      assassin Mr. X is going to ID...

                      there's nothing at all you can give

                      us?

 

     Mayson looks at Clark.  Melts more than a little.  Lois

     controls the urge to hurl and looks away as --

 

                                          MAYSON

                      Well.  All right, but I shouldn't

                      even be saying this.  Apparently,

                      the assassin is famous.

 

     Lois' eyes light on a beeper sitting in Mayson's bag.  She

     pretends to drop her pen, then pretends to bend to get it.

 

                                          MAYSON (CONT'D)

                             (to Clark, who is busy

                              scribbling)

                      Really famous.

 

     Lois reaches for the beeper.  Should she?

 

                                          MAYSON (CONT'D)

                      And if I say another word, I'll be

                      looking for a new career.

 

                                          CLARK

                      I appreciate this, Mayson.  Thanks.

                      Lois?

 

     Lois palms the beeper, straightens up and tries not to look

     guilty.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Yes!

 

                                          CLARK

                      We should get going.

 

                                          LOIS

                             (up and out like a shot)

                      We should!  Thanks, Mayson, bye!

 

     She heads off.

 

                                          CLARK

                             (to Mayson, moving to

                              catch up with Lois)

                      I'll uhhh... I'll call you.

 

                                          MAYSON

                      I'd like to talk.  Things got left

                      kind of up in the air between us...

 

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                                          CLARK

                      I know, I apologize, I will call.

 

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 28  EXT. WOODS - NIGHT                                                         28(X)

 

     Dressed in dark outdoor clothes, Jimmy, Lois and Clark skulk

     through the brush.

 

                                          CLARK

                      I still can't believe you stole her

                      beeper.

 

                                          LOIS

                      See, that's where you're wrong. I

                      hesitated because I _thought_ it

                      was stealing, then I realized I

                      could get the information I wanted

                      and mail it back anonymously.

                      Morally remaining on very solid

                      ground.

 

     Lois crouches and pulls out binoculars.

 

                                          JIMMY

                      You gotta admit, C.K., it was

                      pretty smart getting those phone

                      numbers then tracing them to the

                      addresses.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Yeah, brilliant.  We now know where

                      Mayson's maid lives, her secretary,

                      two lawyers, a judge --

 

                                          LOIS

                      -- and Mr. X.  I think we just

                      found the government safe house.

 

     She hands the binoculars to Jimmy.  Clark lowers his glasses

     and --

 

 

 29  SUPER-TELESCOPIC VISION                                                    29  

 

     reveals a PHALANX OF SWAT GUARDS around a small ranch house

     next to a pond.

 

 

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                                          CLARK

                      I don't see any Mr. X.

                             (off his friends' look)

                      I mean, I bet I wouldn't... if I

                      looked.

 

                                          LOIS

                      We need to get closer.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Lois, he's not being guarded by the

                      Three Stooges.

 

                                          VOICE

                      No.  He's not.

 

     They whip around and see THREE SWATTERS levelling rifles at

     them.

 

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 31  EXT. ANOTHER PART OF THE WOODS - NIGHT                                     31  

 

     Two SWATTERS patrol the forest.  They pass a tall tree and

     move OFF CAMERA.  A FIGURE IN BLACK drops silently out of

     the high branches, moves into the moonlight and we see it's

     Diana -- wearing a black commando jumpsuit, boots, gloves

     and an array of weaponry around a web belt.  She crouches,

     pulls out a mini-cannon, snaps open a stand and sets it

     down.  Then loads a small rocket into it, hits a button and

     moves off.  WE MOVE IN ON the cannon, seeing its

     computerized countdown.

 

 

 32  EXT. WOODS NEAR POND - NIGHT                                               32  

 

     Diana glides through the forest like a panther -- silent,

     deadly and utterly sure of herself.  She comes to the pond's

     edge pulls a black hood up over her hair and slips into the

     water, disappearing under the surface.

 

 

 33  EXT. SAFE HOUSE - NIGHT                                                    33  

 

     Lois, Jimmy and Clark, hands laced behind their heads, led

     by the three Swatters who nabbed them.

 

                                          JIMMY

                      I'm too young and boyish to go to

                      jail.

 

 

 34  EXT. WOODS - ON DIANA'S MINI-CANNON - NIGHT                                34  

 

     The countdown hits ZERO, the cannon FIRES and --

 

 

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     Clark hears the BLAST of the cannon and the O.S. WHISTLE of

     the incoming, grabs Lois and Jimmy.  A WINDOW on the safe

     house SHATTERS and suddenly spews WHITE SMOKE.  Pandemonium.

     Clark dives on Lois and Jimmy, protecting them.                              (X)

 

 

 36  EXT. SAFE HOUSE - BACK DOOR - NIGHT                                        36  

 

     MICHAEL DISANTO is run out the back door by TWO PLAINCLOTHES

     AGENTS.                                                                      (X)

 

 

36A  DIANA                                                                     36A  

 

     is flat on her belly in the brush, twenty feet away, aiming                  (X)

     a rifle with silencer and telescope. She squeezes off                        (X)

     three quick SHOTS.                                                           (X)

 

 

36B  DISANTO                                                                   36B  

 

     is hit and falls into the Agents.                                            (X)

 

 

36C  DIANA                                                                     36C  

 

     gets up and takes off, disappearing into the woods.                          (X)

 

 

36D  SUPERMAN                                                                  36D  

 

     LANDS near Disanto and the Agents; sees the felled Witness                   (X)

     moaning on the ground.  Alive.                                               (X)

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                             (to the agents).

                      I'm getting him to the hospital.

                      Meet me there.

 

     He picks Disanto up and FLIES OFF.

 

 

 37  EXT. SAFE HOUSE - NIGHT                                                    37  

 

     The gunfire has stopped.  Lois and Jimmy lift their heads

     and look around. No sign of --

 

                                          LOIS

                      Clark... ?

 

 

 38  EXT. BACK OF SAFE HOUSE - CONTINUOUS                                       38  

 

     Agents bark into walkie-talkies.  Swatters race out into the

     forest, looking for the assassin.  Lois and Jimmy appear.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

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                                          LOIS

                      Clark...

 

                                          JIMMY

                      C.K ... ?

 

     Lois looks for Clark -- then spies something gleaming in the

     mud next to the water's edge.  She bends and picks it up.

 

 

 39  OMITTED                                                                    39  

 

 

 40  EXT. BACK OF SAFE HOUSE - NIGHT                                            40  

 

     Lois picks up the gleaming object, which rests among                         (X)

     several muddy footprints.  Lois holds it to the light.                       (X)

     _It's Diana's crescent charm_.  Her eyes widen as she                        (X)

     recognizes it.

 

                                                                FADE OUT.

 

                            _END OF ACT ONE_

 

 

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                                 _ACT TWO_

 

     FADE IN:

 

 

 41  OMITTED                                                                    41  

 

 

 42  INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR - NIGHT                                             42  

 

     Superman walking with a DOCTOR.                                              (X)

 

                                          DOCTOR

                      One slug is still dangerously                               (X)

                      close to the heart.  I can't                                (X)

                      operate till he stabilizes.                                 (X)

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      This witness needs to be                                    (X)

                      protected... can he be moved?                               (X)

 

                                          DOCTOR

                      Only if you want to do the                                  (X)

                      assassin's job for him.                                     (X)

 

     Superman and the Doctor turn a corner and find it's --                       (X)

 

     Jammed with NEWS CREWS and REPORTERS.  COPS both uniformed

     and PLAINCLOTHES are trying to control the circus.  Then, a

     sudden hush as Supermen steps comes into the fray, grimly

     determined.

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      I'd like to make a statement.

 

     Cameras and lights all turn his way.

 

                                          SUPERMAN (CONT'D)

                      An attempt was made on the life of

                      a state's witness.  I want to say

                      to anyone out there thinking of

                      making a second attempt....

 

 

 43  INT. DIANA'S OFFICE - NIGHT                                                43  

 

     ON TV, Superman speaks:

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      ... don't.  I am now _personally_

                      protecting this witness...

 

     REVEAL Diana, an ice pack on her knee.  She looks at                         (X)

     Superman on TV with undisguised venom.

 

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                                          SUPERMAN (CONT'D)

                      ...  and if anything happens to him,

                      I will hunt his killers.

                      _Relentlessly_.

 

     Diana moves to the light on her desk.  Clicks it off, then

     on, then off again.  The TV switches to a black screen, then

     the image of MR. DARRYL comes up.                                            (X)

 

                                          DIANA

                      Did you watch the news?

 

                                          MR. DARRYL                              (X)

                      Not like you to bungle one, Diana.

                      And now you've turned Superman into

                      a bodyguard.  Tsk, tsk, tsk...

 

                                          DIANA

                      There's been a rumor about a

                      substance that can kill him... a

                      chunk of meteor Lex Luthor got

                      ahold of.  Can you get it?

 

                                          MR. DARRYL                              (X)

                      Are you telling me ... ?

 

                                          DIANA

                      I'll kill Superman.  For free.

                      Just get me the rock.  Then get me

                      in touch with the Science                                   (X)

                      Division.                                                   (X)

 

 

 44  INT. DAILY PLANET - PIT - DAY #3                                           44(X)

 

     Lois sits at her computer, utterly absorbed.  Clark hovers,

     holding the crescent pendant she found.                                      (X)

 

                                          CLARK

                      And you found this ... ?

 

                                          LOIS

                      Right after you disappeared.  And

                      what happened to you, anyway?

 

                                          CLARK

                      I thought I saw the assassin.

 

                                          LOIS

                             (turns to him)

                      _You_ went after a professional

                      killer?

                             (he nods)

                      By yourself?  Clark...

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

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                                          CLARK

                      Lois, come on, it wasn't that

                      danger --

                             (stops, moves close)

                      Well, no, I guess it was.  I guess

                      I could've been killed... and we

                      never would've settled things. 

                      Maybe this is fate handing us a

                      second chance.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Nice.  You rehearse that one?

 

                                          CLARK

                      Improvised on the spot.

 

                                          LOIS

                      'A' for effort.  'F' for fat

                      chance.

 

                                          CLARK

                             (nods, backs off)

                      Anyway, I lost him.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Well, I've got a real feeling it's

                      not a 'him.'  I think it's Diana

                      Stride.

 

                                          CLARK

                             (lifts pendant)                                      (X)

                      All because of this?

 

                                          LOIS

                      You know, you get this _tone_ in

                      your voice when you're humoring me

                      and you think I don't hear it, but

                      I do.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Sorry.  What have you got?

 

                                          LOIS

                      She was in the army.  The only

                      woman ever in Special Forces.

                      _Then_ she pops up in a TV station

                      in Omaha, starts a very fast rise

                      to legendary anchorwoman.

 

                                          CLARK

                      And ... ?

 

     She hits a button.  Clark studies the screen:  a tile                        (X)

     grouping of faces.                                                           (X)

 

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                                          CLARK

                      Lois, come on, it wasn't that

                      danger --

                             (stops, moves close)

                      Well, no, I guess it was.  I guess

                      I could've been killed... and we

                      never would've settled things. 

                      Maybe this is fate handing us a

                      second chance.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Nice.  You rehearse that one?

 

                                          CLARK

                      Improvised on the spot.

 

                                          LOIS

                      'A' for effort.  'F' for fat

                      chance.

 

                                          CLARK

                             (nods, backs off)

                      Anyway, I lost him.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Well, I've got a real feeling it's

                      not a 'him.'  I think it's Diana

                      Stride.

 

                                          CLARK

                             (lifts pendant)

                      All because of this?

 

                                          LOIS

                      You know, you get this _tone_ in

                      your voice when you're humoring me

                      and you think I don't hear it, but

                      I do.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Sorry.  What have you got?

 

                                          LOIS

                      She was in the army.  The only

                      woman ever in Special Forces.

                      _Then_ she pops up in a TV station

                      in Omaha, starts a very fast rise

                      to legendary anchorwoman.

 

                                          CLARK

                      And ... ?

 

     She hits a button.  Clark studies the screen:  a tile                        (X)

     grouping of faces.                                                           (X)

 

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                                          LOIS (CONT'D)

                      What do all these men have in

                      common?

 

                                          CLARK

                      They're famous...

 

                                          LOIS

                             ... powerful...

 

                                          CLARK

                      ...dead...

 

                                          LOIS

                      ... and were interviewed by Diana

                      Stride.

 

                                          CLARK

                             (extends his hand across

                              the desk)

                      Lois, what am I doing right now?

 

                                          LOIS

                      Reaching?

 

                                          CLARK

                      And I'm not the only one.

 

     Mayson walks up.

 

                                          MAYSON

                      Can I talk to you guys?

 

 

 45  INT. DAILY PLANET - CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY                                  45  

 

     Mayson looks at Lois and Clark.  Hard                                        (X)

 

                                          LOIS

                      Look, I told the police

                      everything...

 

                                          MAYSON

                      Well, now you're going to tell                              (X)

                      _me_.  How did you find him?

 

                                          LOIS

                      I don't think I like your tone.

 

                                          MAYSON

                      And I don't like my witness on life

                      support.                                                    (X)

 

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                                          LOIS

                      You can't force a reporter to

                      reveal sources.

 

                                          MAYSON

                      True.  But let me tell you what I

                      can do.  I can convene a Grand

                      Jury, put you on the stand and if

                      you refuse to answer, toss you in

                      jail till you do.

                             (eyes boring into Clark)

                      Both of you.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Mayson, hold it, we're on the same

                      side here, we all want to bring

                      down Intergang...

 

                                          MAYSON

                      Then tell me _how_ you found my

                      witness, and anything you know about

                      the assassin.

 

     Clark folds his arms.  He won't betray Lois.

 

                                          MAYSON (CONT'D)

                      I'll give you twenty-four hours.

                      If I don't get an answer by then,

                      I'll hit you both so hard you'll

                      think it was raining hammers.

 

     She exits.

 

                                          LOIS

                      She's watched a _little_ too much

                      Perry Mason.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Maybe we haven't watched enough.

 

 

 46  INT. DAILY PLANET - PIT - CONTINUOUS                                       46  

 

     Mayson strides out, Lois and Clark follow.

 

                                          LOIS

                      What does that mean?

 

                                          CLARK

                      It means maybe we stepped over the

                      line.

 

                                          LOIS

                      _We_ didn't, I did, is that what

                      you mean?

 

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                                          CLARK

                      Lois, whatever one of us does, the

                      other takes responsibility for.

                      That's what being partners is all

                      about.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Okay.  Well, we've got a little                             (X)

                      time here.  If we can ID who's

                      trying to kill her witness, that

                      might get her off our backs.

 

     Mayson moves up to the elevators as the doors slice open and

     out steps Perry and Jimmy with Diana, all three laughing and

     having a great time as Mayson gets on.

 

                                          LOIS (CONT'D)

                      Huh.  Speak of the devil.                                   (X)

 

     Lois gets a gleam in her eye.

 

                                          LOIS (CONT'D)

                      I've got an idea.

 

     She whispers in Clark's ear, then moves to her desk.  Diana,

     Perry and Jimmy cross the pit to Perry's office.

 

                                          DIANA

                             (as the laughter

                              subsides)

                      ... Perry, you've got to tell that

                      story on film...

 

                                          PERRY

                      Oh, I don't know, Diana, I'm kinda

                      shy...

 

                                          JIMMY

                      Yeah?  Compared to what?

                             (off Perry's glare)

                      Sir.

 

                                          DIANA

                             (to Jimmy)

                      And _you_.  You are just                                    (X)

                      delicious.  Mmmm, j'ador.                                   (X)

 

                                          JIMMY

                      Yeah, me too.                                               (X)

 

     She stops, seeing Clark for the first time.

 

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                                          PERRY

                      Diana, this is Clark Kent, the

                      fella I was telling you about.  Now

                      _he_ and Superman are real tight.

 

     A long look is held between Clark and Diana.  Then she holds

     out her hand.

 

                                          DIANA

                      It's hard to believe we haven't

                      met.  I've read everything you've

                      ever written.

 

                                          LOIS

                      I didn't think TV people had time

                      for newspapers.

 

                                          DIANA

                      Lois Lane.  This is a real honor.

                      I understand there's no one in the

                      world closer to Superman. I hope

                      we can spend some time together.

 

                                          CLARK

                             (pointedly)

                      That's a pretty _necklace_, Lois.

 

     He points to Diana's crescent in Lois' hand.                                 (X)

 

                                          LOIS

                      Oh, it's not mine, I found it...

 

     Diana's eyes light up as she sees it, then her eyes flick                    (X)

     to Lois' and she stops herself from speaking.                                (X)

 

                                          LOIS (CONT'D)

                      Is it yours?                                                (X)

 

     Lois and Diana hold a look.                                                  (X)

 

                                          DIANA

                      No.                                                         (X)

 

                                          LOIS

                      You sure?  I saw you wearing one                            (X)

                      just like it the other day...                               (X)

 

     Diana's eyes flick to the crescent.                                          (X)

 

                                          LOIS (CONT'D)

                      ... and I thought it was so                                 (X)

                      appropriate.  You know, Diana the                           (X)

                      Huntress, from Greek mythology,                             (X)

                      who stalked her prey by the                                 (X)

                      moonlight.  It's really not yours?                          (X)

 

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                                          DIANA

                      Mine's in a jewelry store, being                            (X)

                      cleaned.                                                    (X)

 

                                          LOIS

                      My mistake.  Well, I hope whoever                           (X)

                      lost this little charm finds it...                          (X)

                             (exchanges a look with                               (X)

                              Clark)                                              (X)

                      ... or they're in for some bad                              (X)

                      luck.                                                       (X)

 

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 47  INT. KENT WORK SHED - NIGHT #3                                             47(X)

 

     Clark is there with JONATHAN, who strains to lift a big

     metal box.  Clark picks it up with one hand and moves it

     across the room to MARTHA, dressed in greasy overalls,

     standing among a web of cables, a computer, a

     high-tech-looking video camera and two black boxes on

     tripods.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Lois is onto something.  Diana

                      Stride's not what she seems.

 

                                          MARTHA

                      Too bad.  Your father always had a

                      little crush on her.

 

                                          JONATHAN

                      That's not true, Martha, I've just

                      always thought she was very...

 

                                          MARTHA

                      Sizzling?  Vivacious?

 

                                          JONATHAN

                      ... trustworthy.

 

                                          CLARK

                      I don't know about that, Dad.  She

                      wants to find out Superman is Clark

                      Kent and tell the world.  And I'm

                      not sure I can stop her.

 

                                          MARTHA

                      But if you and Lois could prove

                      this theory about her being some

                      kind of assassin...

 

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                                          CLARK

                             (head shake)

                      It's all just pieces.  We don't

                      even have enough to tell Perry. 

                      And she's closing in.  Funny.  I've

                      never felt like this before.

 

                                          JONATHAN

                      Like what?

 

                                          CLARK

                      Like I was being... stalked.

 

     Martha hits a switch.  One of the tripod black boxes lights

     up and emits a laser beam.

 

                                          CLARK (CONT'D)

                      Mom... is that a laser?

 

                                          MARTHA

                             (adjusting some dials)

                      Uh-huh.

 

                                          CLARK

                      I thought this was an art project.

 

                                          MARTHA

                      It is.  My professor says it's the

                      sculpture of the future -- light.

 

     Clark and Jonathan just look at each other.

 

 

 48  INT. DIANA'S OFFICE - NIGHT                                                48  

 

     Diana stands before Mr. Darryl on TV.- She holds a small                     (X)

     vial in her hand.

 

                                          MR. DARRYL                              (X)

                      What our lab guys know about this

                      Kryptonite is still sketchy.

 

     Diana lifts the vial to the light.  Inside, a green GLOWING                  (X)

     paste.                                                                       (X)

 

                                          MR. DARRYL (CONT'D)                     (X)

                      But they ground it down to a                                (X)

                      paste, just like you asked.                                 (X)

 

     Diana studies the pastey Kryptonite.                                         (X)

 

                                          DIANA

                      And the device I sent you?

 

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                                          MR. DARRYL                              (X)

                      Should be modified by tomorrow.

 

     Diana just smiles, studying the vial.                                        (X)

 

 

 49  INT. CLARK'S APARTMENT - NIGHT                                             49  

 

     We hear an O.S. WHOOSH, then Superman enters.  He hits the                   (X)

     PLAY button on his phone machine.                                            (X)

 

                                          DIANA (V.O.)

                      Clark, this is Diana Stride. Could

                      you contact Superman for me?  I'd

                      really like to spend some time with

                      him.  Tonight.  One on one.

 

     Superman's face hardens.                                                     (X)

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      You got it.                                                 (X)

 

 

 50  INT. DIANA'S OFFICE - NIGHT                                                50  

 

     Shadowy.  An O.S. WHOOSH and Superman steps into frame.  A

     match is lit across the room, illuminating Rolf, who is

     bending to light the candles at an exquisitely set dinner

     table for two.

 

                                          ROLF

                      Hello, there.  Diana will be here

                      in just a moment.  Meanwhile, can I

                      get you some wine?  It's not a bad

                      Merlot.

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      No, thank you, Rolf.

 

                                          ROLF

                      You know, while I have you here,

                      there's something I've always

                      wanted to ask you.  When I wear my

                      very tightest ski pants, I always

                      get a bit... chafed.  Do you find

                      this happens to you?

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      No.  But it helps to be

                      invulnerable.

 

     Diana makes her entrance, dressed in a gown that would make

     grown men weep.

 

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                                          DIANA

                      Rolf, I'd like to be alone with

                      Superman.

 

                                          ROLF

                             (sighs, exiting)

                      Qui ne voudrais pas ca?                                     (X)

 

     SUBTITLE:  'What girl wouldn't?'

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                             (nods)

                      Ms. Stride --

 

                                          DIANA

                             (moving close)

                      Diana.

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                             (moving away)

                      -- I know your story isn't a

                      tribute, it's an attempt to expose

                      me.

 

                                          DIANA

                      Expose you?

                             (runs her fingers

                              lightly across 'S')

                      Do you have something to hide?

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      We all have something to hide. 

                      Some of us for the good of

                      others... and some of us for our

                      own gain.  I'm here to tell you,

                      Ms. Stride -- drop this story.

 

                                          DIANA

                      Superman...

 

     She suddenly turns away and crosses to the table, pours a

     drink.

 

                                          DIANA (CONT'D)

                      ... I can't...

 

     He looks at her.  Her back is to him.

 

                                          DIANA (CONT'D)

                      I'm going to lose my show...

                      and it's all I have.  When you want

                      so much from life, then get more

                      than you ever expected, the thought

                      of having it all taken away can

                      make you do things that you...

 

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     From Superman's POV he sees her set the drink down;

     shoulders shake and she lifts her hand to her face, crying.

 

                                          DIANA (CONT'D)

                      ... never thought you were capable

                      of.

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      Don't cry.

 

     Now we are CLOSE on Diana's face as she pulls a lipstick                     (X)

     out of her pocket and uncaps it.  The lipstick has a GREEN                   (X)

     KRYPTONIE GLOW.  She dabs it onto her lips, which give off                   (X)

     a deadly little SPARKLE.                                                     (X)

 

                                          DIANA

                      That's what made me do this, or

                      maybe it's just because I'm no

                      good.

 

     Superman moves to her and puts a hand on her shoulder.

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      There's good in everyone.

 

     She turns and suddenly kisses him hard on the mouth.  He's

     startled and it takes a moment before he gently pries her

     off.

 

                                          DIANA

                             (with an evil smile)

                      Not everyone.

 

     He touches his lips and looks at her, getting woozy.  He

     drops to his knees in front of her.

 

                                          DIANA (CONT'D)

                      Please, Superman.  Not on a first

                      date.

 

     Superman shakes his head clear and gets up.

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      Ms. Stride, you don't want me for

                      an enemy.

 

                                          DIANA

                      But I've got you.

 

     Superman touches his lips again and exits with a WHOOSH.

     Diana sits back in her chair and wipes her lips.

 

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                                          DIANA (CONT'D)

                             (singing)

                      Yes, I've got you... under your

                      skin...

 

     And as she laughs to herself, studying the green smear on

     the tissue --

 

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 51  INT. DIANA'S OFFICE - DAY #4                                               51(X)

 

     Diana is talking to Mr. Darryl.                                              (X)

 

                                          DIANA

                      The Kryptonite is in his blood

                      stream.  He should die a slow and

                      painful death within a day or so.

 

                                          MR. DARRYL                              (X)

                      Diana... you are the _best_.

 

     She smiles and picks up the tracker.

 

                                          DIANA

                      Thank the lab boys for modifying

                      this so fast.

 

                                          MR. DARRYL                              (X)

                      You'd better hurry up and get that

                      story on Superman.  Doesn't sound

                      like he's going to be around much

                      longer.

 

                                          DIANA

                      Don't worry, I'll get my story.

                      And Disanto.

 

     She switches off the TV.  Rolf walks in.

 

                                          ROLF

                      So... we have a new way to track

                      Mr. Steely Pants?

 

     Diana hits a button on the tracker.  It starts to BEEP.

 

                                          DIANA

                      I made him swallow a radioactive

                      substance.

 

                                          ROLF

                             (grins)

                      I'll just bet you did.

 

                                          DIANA

                      And this time when we get close,

                      he'll probably be a little too

                      distracted to notice us.

 

     She dials down the noise of the BEEPER, silencing it.  Now a

     light just flashes.  The two share a nasty laugh.

 

 

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     Lois and Clark exit the elevator.  Across the room, Jimmy

     and Perry watch them.

 

                                          PERRY

                      What's your read on 'em, Jimmy?

 

                                          JIMMY

                      They seem like they're getting

                      along.

 

                                          PERRY

                      Very professional, doing their

                      jobs, no fuss, no muss?

 

                                          JIMMY

                      Exactly.

 

                                          PERRY

                             (shakes his head)

                      Norcross and Judd all over again.

 

                                          JIMMY

                      You really think it's that bad?

 

                                          PERRY

                      Son, they're a truckload of nitro

                      speedin' down a mountain, the

                      brakes are out and they don't even

                      know it.

 

     Lois and Clark walk up to her desk.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Well, we've hit a big wall on the

                      Diana front.  What next?

                             (studies him)

                      Hey.  You look kind of pale, you okay?

 

                                          CLARK

                      I'm fine.  Just a headache.

 

     Jimmy walks up with a message slip.

 

                                          JIMMY

                      Message from Mayson Drake.

                             (reads)

                      She says you've now got exactly one

                      hour to answer her question, or

                      else.

 

     Lois and Clark look at each other.

 

                                          LOIS

                      How do we play this?

 

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                                          CLARK

                      Your call.  Whatever you decide,

                      you're my partner and I'll back you

                      up.

 

     She looks at him, touched by his loyalty, when --

 

     Across the room, the elevator doors open and in comes Diana

     and Rolf-with-camera and

 

 

 53  SUPER-TELESCOPIC VISION REVEALS                                            53  

 

     the silent tracker in her hand and --

 

 

 54  CLARK                                                                      54  

 

     suddenly drops behind a desk to tie his shoe.

 

 

 55  DIANA AND ROLF                                                             55  

 

     stand on the rise near the elevators, scanning the room.

     She can't see Clark because he's crouched behind the desk

     but, using the tracker, moves in his direction.

 

 

 56  BACK TO SCENE                                                              56(X)

 

                                          CLARK

                      I'm gonna run out and get some

                      aspirin.

 

                                          LOIS

                      I think I've got some in my desk.

 

     As she turns away, Clark SHOOTS out of the room in a BLUR                    (X)

     of SUPER-SPEED.

 

     Diana sees only the wake of rustling papers he leaves.  She                  (X)

     checks the tracker.                                                          (X)

 

                                          DIANA

                      He left the building. Let's --

 

     Perry walks up, wearing his best suit.

 

                                          PERRY

                      Diana, I'm ready for our little...

                             (grins)

                      ... tete a tete.

 

     Diana and Rolf exchange a look of annoyance.  Diana plasters

     on a grin.

 

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                                          DIANA

                      Of course, Perry.

                             (straightens his tie)

                      Let's do it in your office.

 

 

 57  INT. CLARK'S APARTMENT - DAY                                               57  

 

     He drops onto the couch in a cold sweat, shivering.  Wipes

     his forehead, picks up the phone and dials.

 

 

 58  INTERCUT: KENT WORK SHED - DAY                                             58(X)

 

     Martha is aligning the lasers Clark helped her hook up.

     Jonathan is over on the work bench, sharpening some kitchen

     knives.  The phone RINGS.  Martha picks up.

 

                                          MARTHA

                      Hello?

 

                                          CLARK

                             (weak)

                      Mom...

 

                                          MARTHA

                      Clark?  What is it, you sound

                      awful.

 

                                          CLARK

                      I need you and Dad to come to

                      Metropolis...

 

                                          JONATHAN

                      What's the matter?

 

                                          MARTHA

                      He sounds sick.   Clark, are you

                      sick?

 

                                          JONATHAN

                             (picks up extension)

                      He doesn't get sick.

 

                                          MARTHA

                      Unless... Clark is it -- ?

 

                                          CLARK

                      Kryptonite.

 

                                          JONATHAN

                      Oh, no.

 

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                                          CLARK

                      I recognize the symptoms.  I

                      suddenly got so weak I couldn't

                      even fly home.

 

                                          MARTHA

                      Well, can't you get away from it?

 

                                          CLARK

                      No, it's inside me.

 

                                          MARTHA

                      What can we do?

 

                                          CLARK

                      Nothing but there's this other

                      problem

 

                                          JONATHAN

                      _Another_ problem?

 

                                          CLARK

                      Just one of those days, Dad... I

                      need you to get here fast... bring

                      that laser sculpture, Mom...

 

                                          MARTHA

                      You mean the hologram?  What for?

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 59  EXT. PARK - DAY                                                            59  

 

     Mayson sits, eating a bag of popcorn.  Lois appears.                         (X)

 

                                          LOIS

                      Thanks for meeting me.

 

                                          MAYSON

                      Sure.

 

                                          LOIS

                             (sits)

                      Look, I did something I shouldn't

                      have...

 

     She pulls Mayson's beeper out.

 

                                          MAYSON

                      You stole it.

 

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                                          LOIS

                      Yes.  And it's not that I haven't

                      bent the law for a story before but

                      this time I felt bad.  Because when

                      I got through rationalizing I

                      realized a big part of why I did

                      this is... I don't like you.

 

                                          MAYSON

                      Really?

                             (smiles)

                      Oh, God, that is such a relief -- I

                      don't like you either.

 

                                          LOIS

                             (smiles)

                      Really?

 

                                          MAYSON

                      Really.

 

                                          LOIS

                      That makes me feel so much better.

                      I couldn't stand the idea that I

                      was just jealous because of Clark,

                      it's so...

 

                                          MAYSON

                             (nods)

                      ... petty, I know, it feels much

                      better just to...

 

                                          LOIS

                      ... really dislike you because of

                      you.

 

     Mayson nods, tips the bag of popcorn toward her.  Lois takes

     a handful.  They munch.

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

 60  INT. CLARK'S APARTMENT - DAY                                               60  

 

     Clark still on the phone:

 

                                          CLARK

                      ... great, I'll be here at the

                      apartment.

 

 

 61  INTERCUT:  KENT WORK SHED - DAY                                            61  

 

     Jonathan and Martha on their phones:

 

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                                          JONATHAN

                      No, Clark, you get yourself to a

                      hospital.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Dad, they can't operate, I'd break

                      the scalpels.

 

                                          MARTHA

                      There's got to be something they

                      can do.

 

                                          CLARK

                      I guess you're right.  But I'd

                      better go as Superman...

 

     He starts to unbutton his shirt, getting weaker by the

     second.

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

 62  EXT. CLARK'S APARTMENT - TERRACE - CONTINUOUS                              62  

 

     Diana and Rolf come up the fire escape ladder and creep onto

     the terrace, following the map on the tracker.  They move to

     the big slanted window and through it --

 

 

 63  DIANA'S POV                                                                63  

 

     of a weakened Clark hanging up the phone and coming into

     view, unbuttoning his shirt and revealing the Big Red S.  He

     pulls off his glasses.

 

 

 64  DIANA AND ROLF                                                             64  

 

     drop down, not wanting to be seen as their eyes go wide.

 

                                          DIANA

                      Oh, my God. Clark Kent is Superman

                      and we've got it on _film_.

 

                                          ROLF

                      Woops.

 

                                          DIANA

                      Woops.  Did you just say...

                      _woops_?

 

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                                          ROLF

                             (nods)

                      My battery pack is dead.  The

                      camera won't work.  I have to get a

                      fresh --

 

     She grabs him by the throat.

 

                                          DIANA

                             (viciously)

                      Go.

 

     She throws him back.  He scurries over the wall and down the

     ladder.  Diana watches as Clark pulls off his pants and

     stumbles into the living room, heading for the door.

 

 

 65  INT. CLARK'S LIVING ROOM - DAY                                             65  

 

     He moves up the stairs to the door, so weak he can barely

     walk.  He stumbles and drops to his knees.

 

 

 66  EXT. CLARK'S FRONT DOOR - DAY                                              66  

 

     Lois walks up and knocks.  Peers through the glass and sees

     Superman on his knees, collapsed.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Superman!

 

     He doesn't respond.  She pulls her coat off, balls it around

     her fist and SMASHES it through the glass, unlocks the door

     and yanks it open.

 

 

 67  INT. CLARK'S APARTMENT - LANDING - DAY                                     67  

 

     Lois kneels.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Superman, what are you doing -- ?

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      Gotta get... gotta get to a

                      hospital...                                                 (X)

 

 

 68  EXT. CLARK'S TERRACE - DAY                                                 68  

 

     Breathless, Rolf scurries up the ladder.  Diana glares at

     him icily.

 

                                          ROLF

                      I'm sorry, I'm so sor --

 

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                                          DIANA

                      Idiot!

 

     She BACKHANDS him.  He reels, then --

 

                                          ROLF

                      I deserved that.  You can do it

                      again if you like.

 

                                          DIANA

                             (moving to back door)

                      There'll be plenty of time for that

                      later.

 

 

 69  EXT. CLARK'S APARTMENT - FRONT DOOR - DAY                                  69  

 

     As Lois helps Superman down the steps, TWO AMBULANCE

     ATTENDANTS race up.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Hurry, please, he's dying!

 

     As Lois and the Attendants help Superman, WE SEE Diana and                   (X)

     Rolf in Clark's apartment.                                                   (X)

 

 

 70  INT. CLARK'S APARTMENT - DAY                                               70  

 

     Rolf films, Diana searches, tapping walls. She finds the

     hollow behind the false wall of the secret closet in his

     living room, slides it open and --

 

     -- there are Superman's spare uniforms.

 

                                          DIANA

                      Well, well.

                             (touches hair, stands

                              next to uniforms)

                      I'm ready for my close up, Mr. De

                      Mille.

 

     As Rolf aims the camera at her and the super-uniforms, she

     lifts the mic to her lips.

 

                                                                FADE OUT.

 

                                _END OF ACT THREE_

 

 

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     FADE IN:

 

 

 71  INT. DIANA'S OFFICE - NIGHT #4                                             71(X)

 

     Diana bursts in with Rolf, followed by a Cadre of

     Assistants. She hands them the tape.

 

                                          DIANA

                      I want this spliced into the

                      interviews with Superman's friends.

                      Then get on the phone with the

                      network -- we broadcast tonight.

                             (checks watch)

                      I've got to get going.

 

                                          ROLF

                      Where?

 

                                          DIANA

                      Doctor's appointment.

 

 

 72 INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - NIGHT                                                  72  

 

     The Doctor who attended to Disanto examines the

     ever-weakening Superman, who lies on a bed under covers,                     (X)

     bare-chested, hooked up to heart monintors and EKG'S.                        (X)

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      The witness...                                              (X)

 

                                          LOIS

                      Disanto?                                                    (X)

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      In danger... She did this... Diana                          (X)

                      did this...

 

                                          LOIS

                      Why?

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      To get to him... I've got to... got

                      to...

 

     He tries to get up but he can't.

 

                                          DOCTOR

                      Easy, Superman, easy.  There are

                      over a hundred police officers

                      protecting that witness.  Let them

                      handle it.

 

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 73  INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR - NIGHT                                             73  

 

     A UNIFORMED POLICEWOMAN comes around a corner.  She is

     suddenly snatched into a shadowy alcove.

 

 

 74  INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - NIGHT                                                 74  

 

     Superman lies back, his breathing ragged. Lois and the

     Doctor confer.                                                               (X)

 

                                          DOCTOR

                      I'm not going to lie to you, miss

                      Lane, I don't know what to do.

                      This Kryptonite you told me about

                      has invaded his system.  It's

                      spreading, almost like a cancer...

 

                                          LOIS

                      Wait.  If it _were_ cancer...

 

                                          DOCTOR

                      We'd try to kill it, with chemo

                      or...

 

                                          LOIS

                      Superman, did you hear that?

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      I heard.

 

                                          LOIS

                      If there was some way to... to burn

                      it out of you... a heat or...

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      Radiation.

 

                                          DOCTOR

                      We have facilities here.

 

                                          LOIS

                      I think we need something bigger.

 

     Superman reaches for his uniform.                                            (X)

 

 

 75  INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR - NIGHT                                             75  

 

     Diana comes around the corner, dressed in the policewoman's

     hat and uniform, along with a pair of mirrored aviator

     glasses.  She passes TWO UNIFORMED COPS in the hall.  They

     exchange nods.  She moves around the corner, to --

 

     A checkpoint.  TWO MORE COPS and Mayson Drake.  She stops.

 

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                                          MAYSON

                      You are ... ?

 

                                          DIANA

                      Rourke.

 

     Mayson and Cop 1 check the list.  Cop 2 checks her badge

     number against the list.

 

                                          MAYSON

                      You're early, Officer Rourke.

 

                                          DIANA

                      Wanted to get some coffee.

 

     Mayson nods.  They let Diana through.

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 76  OMITTED                                                                    76  

 

 

76A  INT. INDUSTRIAL ROOM - NIGHT                                              76A  

 

     we sense piping, steel walls, but thick radioactive gas                      (X)

     obscures almost everything.  We glimpse Superman moving                      (X)

     through.  He crosses to another steel door.  This is the                     (X)

     reactor.  He unlocks it, pulls it open and --                                (X)

 

     SEARING WHITE LIGHT BLASTS out at him.  He shields his eyes                  (X)

     and moves inside the reactor, shutting the door behind him.                  (X)

     WE PUSH IN ON the door and see the words METROPOLIS NUCLEAR                  (X)

     POWER PLANT.                                                                 (X)

 

 

 77  INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR NEAR DISANTO'S ROOM - NIGHT                         77  

 

     Thick with Cops and Swatters.  A NURSE is searched with a

     metal detector at Disanto's door.  Diana moves past the cops

     and around the corner to --                                                  (X)

 

 

 78  INT. HOSPITAL VENTILATION ROOM - CONTINUOUS                                78  

 

     Diana closes the door behind her and moves to the main

     heating and cooling juncture; pries open the vent.  Then,

     from her jacket, takes two items: one, a gas mask; the

     other, a metal canister.  She slips the gas mask on, then

     pulls a pin on the canister.  A jet of gas hisses out of the

     canister.  She sets it inside the juncture, closes the vent

     and looks at her watch.

 

 

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     Lois walks up.  A Cop is about to detain her but --

 

                                          MAYSON

                      It's all right. What is it, Lois?

 

                                          LOIS

                      Your witness is in a lot more

                      danger than you think...

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

 80  OMITTED                                                                    80  

 

 

 81  INT. VENTILATION UNIT - NIGHT                                              81  

 

     Diana's canister of gas HISSING.

 

 

 82  INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR NEAR DISANTO'S ROOM - NIGHT                         82  

 

     TIGHT ON the air vent near the ceiling.  We see just a whisp

     Diana's gas escape, then evaporate.  TILT DOWN to all the

     Cops and Swatters around Disanto's door -- on the floor,                     (X)

     unconscious.                                                                 (X)

 

 

 83  INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR - MAYSON'S CHECKPOINT - NIGHT                       83  

 

     Lois and Mayson conferring at the far end of the hall.                       (X)

 

                                          MAYSON

                      ... wait, you're telling me that

                      Diana _Stride_ is a professional

                      assassin?

 

                                          LOIS

                      Look, I know it's hard to believe

                      but --

 

     Lois hears a THUNK, turns and sees all the Cops in the hall                  (X)

     passed out.  Mayson moves to the cops and suddenly gets                      (X)

     woozy herself.  Lois sniffs the air.                                         (X)

 

                                          LOIS (CONT'D)

                      Mayson, it's gas, get  back!

 

     Too late. Mayson keels over next to the cops. Lois

     stumbles, about to succumb, then grabs an oxygen mask off a                  (X)

     gurney.  Cranks the oxygen on the tank and breathes.                         (X)

 

 

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     Diana looks at her watch again, takes off her gas mask.                      (X)

     Then, a la Clark's change to Superman, Diana grasps her

     cop's shirt and tears it open, revealing a white nursers

     uniform underneath.

 

 

 85  INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR NEAR DISANTO'S ROOM - NIGHT                         85  

 

     Dressed in nurses's white, Diana walks over the sleeping                     (X)

     cops and enters Disanto's room.                                              (X)

 

 

 86  INT. DISANTO'S ROOM - NIGHT                                                86  

 

     Disanto is on his bed, unconscious, hooked up to life

     support. Diana creeps in, then extracts a syringe from her

     pocket and --

 

                                          DIANA

                      Hello, Michael.

 

     His eyes flutter open.  Then widen in horror.

 

                                          DIANA (CONT'D)

                      Good-bye, Michael.

 

     She lays the needle against his arm, as the window flies

     open and Lois leaps in from the ledge and launches herself

     at Diana.  Diana shoves Lois off.  Her movements are                         (X)

     assured and deadly as she circles Lois.                                      (X)

 

                                          DIANA (CONT'D)

                      You're in way over your head, Lois.

 

                                          LOIS

                      I've only got one thing to say to

                      you, honey --

 

     Diana goes for the kill but --

 

                                          LOIS (CONT'D)

                             (blocks the blow)                                    (X)

                      -- keep your lips off Superman!

 

     Lois finishes with a roundhouse wallop.  Diana drops back,

     pulls up her white dress and we see a commando knife

     strapped to her thigh.  She pulls it and smiles.

 

                                          COP VOICES

                             (various)

                      In here!  This way! Come on!

 

     Diana hears the running footsteps approach.  She deftly

     flips the knife, catching the blade in her fingertips as she

     brings it up behind her head

 

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     Lois dives and grabs a tray off a table --

 

     Diana throws the knife --

 

     Lois brings the tray up and the knife THWACKS into it, its

     blade sticking out the other side, an inch from Lois' throat

     as --

 

     Diana leaps out the window, onto the ledge and is gone.

     Lois gets to her feet and --

 

     THREE SWATTERS IN GAS MASKS burst in and level guns at her.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Wrong reporter.

 

     She points out the window.

 

 

 87  INT. NUCLEAR GAS TREATMENT CENTER - NIGHT                                  87  

 

     We hear a SUPER-SCREAM, then the door flies open, light

     SEARS through the gas and Superman stumbles out, face

     contorted in pain, the SCREAM dying down.  He drops to his

     knees.

 

     He rises slowly.  Takes a step.  Then another.  Each more

     assured than the last.

 

 

 88  INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR - NIGHT                                             88  

 

     Near the nursers station.  Woozy Cops and Hospital Staff                     (X)

     are coming to.  Superman and Lois in mid-embrace.                            (X)

 

                                          LOIS

                      I'm so glad you're all right.

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      She didn't hurt you...?

 

                                          LOIS

                      I'm fine... I'll be a little achy

                      in the morning but --

 

     Mayson walks up, still groggy.                                               (X)

 

                                          MAYSON

                      Diana made a clean getaway, we

                      can't find her.

                             (to Superman)

                      Maybe _you_ could, ohhh, I don't

                      know... help out with the search?

 

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                                          SUPERMAN

                      I'll be glad to, Ms. Drake.

 

                                          MAYSON

                      And Lois, I just wanted to say...

                      thanks.  I owe you an awful lot.

                      Keep this up and we may have to                             (X)

                      like each other.                                            (X)

 

                                          LOIS

                             (smiles)

                      Oh, no, anything but _that_.                                (X)

 

     Their attention is caught by the TV and --

 

 

 89  ON TV - SHOT                                                               89  

 

     of Superman, then --

                                          TV ANNOUNCER

                      Tonight on _Top Copy_!  Diana

                      Stride and the secrets of Superman!

 

     SHOT of Diana:

 

                                          DIANA

                      Does the Man of Steel lead a secret

                      life?  Find out -- tonight, only on

                      _Top Copy_.

 

 

 90  MAYSON AND LOIS                                                            90  

 

     both look at Superman.  He tries to be casual.

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      Boy, those people'll do anything

                      for ratings, huh?

 

     He moves off. Lois and Mayson look at each other.

 

 

 91  INT. DAILY PLANET - NIGHT                                                  91  

 

     Perry, Jimmy, Lois and STAFFERS are gathered around the

     TV's, watching, their mouths as agape.

 

 

 92  ON TV - DIANA                                                              92  

 

     opens Clark's closet, revealing Superman's uniforms.

 

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                                          DIANA

                      ... and here in this apartment, we

                      find the final piece of the puzzle

                      which tells us that Superman is

                      Clark Kent.

 

 

 93  BACK TO SCENE                                                              93  

 

     as our Planeteers stare in utter shock.

 

                                          JIMMY

                      I don't believe it.

 

                                          PERRY

                      I don't either.

 

                                          JIMMY

                      They always kinda looked alike,

                      though.

 

                                          PERRY

                      Hey, I've been told I look a little

                      like Nixon but I've never been to

                      the White House.  Lois?  You buying

                      this?

 

                                          LOIS

                      I...

                             (words won't come)

                      I...

 

     She makes a head shake, then a shrug, lets out a pained sigh

     and sits, in a state of shock.

 

     The elevators PING open.  Everyone turns. Clark steps off.

     Everyone stares.  Silence, then --

 

                                          CLARK

                             (innocent as a lamb)

                      Hi.                                                         (X)

 

 

 94  EXT. DAILY PLANET - NIGHT                                                  94  

 

     REPORTERS clog the street and sidewalk, grouped around a

     podium on a dais.  Lois, Jimmy, Perry and some Staffers are

     led out of the lobby by Clark.

 

                                          LOIS

                      Clark, what is going on here?

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

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                                          CLARK

                      I decided the easiest way to settle

                      all this would be a press

                      conference.

 

     He gestures for his fellow staffers to move among the

     reporters as he steps up behind the podium and speaks into

     the mic:

 

                                          CLARK (CONT'D)

                      My name is Clark Kent.  I'm sure

                      you all saw the story on TV tonight

                      and I'd just like to say --

 

     There is an O.S. WHOOSH, everyone looks up and --

 

 

 95  SUPERMAN                                                                   95  

 

     has just landed on the ledge in front of the Planet Globe.

 

 

 96  THE REPORTERS                                                              96  

 

     are stunned now at the sight of --

 

 

 97  SUPERMAN AND CLARK                                                         97  

 

     together, the Man of Steel standing only a few feet over the

     head of the mild-mannered reporter.

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      Clark, I don't mean to interrupt

                      but maybe it'd be easier if I

                      explained.  Diana Stride is now a

                      wanted fugitive.

 

 

 98  EXT. WINDOW OF A BUILDING ACROSS THE STREET - NIGHT                        98  

 

     Where we spy Martha and Jonathan Kent, each manning a                        (X)

     laser, activated and aimed down at the Planet Globe.                         (X)

 

                                          MARTHA

                      Jonathan, we're getting a blip in

                      the hologram...

 

 99  EXT. PLANET - ON SUPERMAN - NIGHT                                          99  

 

     TIGHT ON a tiny speaker stuck to one of the beams holding up

     the Globe.  This is where his VOICE is coming from.                          (X)

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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 99  CONTINUED:                                                                 99  

 

     REVEAL Superman and SEE that indeed, there's just a faint

     electronic WARBLE visible around the edge of his cape, near                  (X)

     the shoulder.                                                                (X)

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      Her contention that I'm Clark Kent

                      is an attempt to deflect the fact

                      that she's long been using her

                      celebrity as a cover -- so she

                      could operate freely as an assassin

                      for Intergang.

 

     The WARBLE is corrected. The image is perfect.

 

 

100 EXT. WINDOW - NIGHT                                                        100(X)

 

     The Kents.                                                                   (X)

 

                                          JONATHAN

                      What am I doing playing with                                (X)

                      lasers?  I'm a farmer.

 

                                          MARTHA

                      We're helping our son.  Now get

                      your telemetry straight.

 

 

101  EXT. PLANET - NIGHT                                                       101  

 

     As Clark and everyone else watch, Superman finishes his

     statement.

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      Clark Kent is a friend.  My

                      uniforms were in his closet because

                      he's nice enough to clean them for

                      me.

                             (shrugs)

                      I don't have a washing machine...

                      or a place to hang my spare capes.

                      Now if you'll excuse me, I've got

                      to go pick somebody up.

 

     He SOARS over the Crowd and out of sight.  Clark looks at

     the assembled Reporters, then zeroes in on Lois:

 

                                          CLARK

                      Any questions?

 

     The ROAR of VOICES is deafening.

 

 

                            --page break--

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102  EXT. WINDOW - NIGHT                                                       102(X)

 

     She switches off the lasers and lets out a long sigh,

     looking at Jonathan.                                                         (X)

 

                                          MARTHA

                      Kids.

 

                                                                CUT TO:

 

 

103  INT. DARK HALLWAY - NIGHT                                                 103  

 

     Diana and Rolf skulk out of a passport office.                               (X)

 

                                          ROLF

                      I don't understand why we have to

                      leave the country... Diana, what's

                      going on?

 

     An O.S. WHOOSH, they turn and there's --

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      The police'll be glad to answer

                      that.

 

                                          ROLF

                      Ohhh, am I in trouble? Are you

                      going to... to punish me?

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      No, Rolf.

 

     Rolf's disappointment is palpable.

 

                                          DIANA

                      Superman...

                             (moving very close)

                      ... isn't there something we can

                      work out here?

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      I don't think so.

 

                                          DIANA

                      Then how about a kiss good-bye?

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      Diana, you ought to come with a

                      Surgeon General's warning.

 

                                          DIANA

                             (with an evil chuckle)

                      Who says I don't... Clark?                                  (X)

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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103  CONTINUED:                                                                103  

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      I'm afraid I've got some bad news                           (X)

                      on that front, too.                                         (X)

 

     He picks up a copy of THE PLANET lying in front of a door                    (X)

     and hands it to her.  She and Rolf see the headline:  DIANA                  (X)

     STRIDE'S SUPERMAN HOAX EXPOSED!                                              (X)

 

                                          ROLF

                      But that's... but...                                        (X)

 

                                          DIANA

                      I don't care what this says.  We                            (X)

                      know what we saw.                                           (X)

 

                                          SUPERMAN

                      I tried to tell you, Diana -- you                           (X)

                      don't want me as an enemy.  Come                            (X)

                      on.                                                         (X)

 

 

104 EXT. PLANET - NIGHT                                                        104  

 

     Lois comes out onto the deserted street alone, stifling a

     yawn.  Clark appears.  She stops.  They look at each other.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Working late?

 

                                          LOIS

                      Big news night.  Where've you been?

 

                                          CLARK

                      Superman caught Diana. I got us

                      the exclusive.

 

                                          LOIS

                             (smiles, moves to him)

                      You are some partner.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Is that all I am, Lois?

 

     She looks at him.

 

                                          LOIS

                      I don't know.  I know how I feel...

                      but I also know what I think.  And

                      they're two very different things.

 

                                          CLARK

                      Can I make a suggestion?

 

                                          LOIS

                      Please.

 

                                                                (CONTINUED)

 

 

                            --page break--

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104  CONTINUED:                                                                104  

 

                                          CLARK

                      Let's finish what we started.

                             (off her look)

                      The chess game, remember?  Then...

                      take it from there.

 

     They move back into the Planet as Jimmy and Perry come out.                  (X)

 

                                          PERRY

                      You two going back to work?                                 (X)

 

                                          LOIS

                      Nope.  We're going back to play.                            (X)

 

     They move into the lobby.  Perry just shakes his head in                     (X)

     dread.                                                                       (X)

 

                                          PERRY

                      Jimmy, I've got a bad feeling in                            (X)

                      the pit of my stomach.                                      (X)

 

                                          JIMMY

                      Must be the chili dog you had for                           (X)

                      lunch.  'Cause I think they're                              (X)

                      kind of cute.                                               (X)

 

                                          PERRY

                             (head shake)

                      Ah, youth.                                                  (X)

 

                                                                FINAL FADE OUT.

 

                                 

_THE END_

 

 

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