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#321 : Epreuves de force

Zara, une kryptonienne, travaille au Daily Planet. Ching, un kryptonien se fait passer pour un agent immobilier et ils sont là pour tester Superman. La première épreuve est le test de la force en sauvant une station spatiale et la deuxième est le test de l'intelligence.

Il doit désamorcer une bombe et résoudre un problème, soit choisir entre la disparition de Jimmy et Perry ou tout Métropolis. Finalement, grâce à l'aidre de Loïs, Superman sauve les deux mais il doit passer dans de la kryptonite pour sauver Ching en mettant sa vie en danger.

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Titre VO
Through a Glass, Darkly - Part 1

Titre VF
Epreuves de force

Première diffusion
05.05.1996

Première diffusion en France
09.07.1996

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2ème partie - FR

2ème partie - FR

  

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3*21 - Through a Glass, Darkly

 

                          _LOIS & CLARK_

                 The New Adventures of Superman

                    "Through A Glass, Darkly"


 

 

Written by Chris Ruppenthal

Directed by Chris Long


 

 

                              _CAST_


CLARK KENT/SUPERMAN

LOIS LANE

JIMMY OLSEN

PERRY WHITE

MARTHA KENT

JONATHAN KENT

SARAH

CHING

DR. KLEIN

MRS. HOFAKER

LITTLE BOY

LITTLE GIRL

ANNOUNCER




                            _LOCATIONS_


_INTERIORS_:                         _EXTERIORS_:

Daily Planet                         Daily Planet
   Newsroom
   Conference Room                   Alley
   Lobby
                                     Natural History Museum
Star Labs
                                     Kents' Shed
Suite 106
                                     House on Charlotte Drive
Shadowy Void
                                     Barreto Brownstone

                                     Clark's Patio

                                     Space
 

 

 

 

 

                              TEASER

      FADE IN:

   1  INT. DAILY PLANET LOBBY - DAY #1                              1  

      LOIS and CLARK head for the cappuccino stand.  They're in
      mid-conversation.  As they arrive at the stand, Clark will
      signal for two with his fingers and pay for them.

                                      CLARK
                     Okay okay okay, barring any further
                     bouts of amnesia --

                                      LOIS
                     -- or shrinking --

                                      CLARK
                     -- or cloning, or Kryptonite, or
                     time travel, or voodoo, I say I'd
                     rather get married sooner rather
                     than later.
                           (to Cappuccino Guy)
                     Thanks.

      Clark takes his cappuccino and hands Lois hers.

                                      LOIS
                     Me, too.  I just want to give my
                     Mother long enough to recover from
                     our last wedding.

                                      CLARK
                     Lois, I'd like to get married
                     _this_ century, okay?

      Lois laughs and spits out a little cappuccino.

                                      LOIS
                     Don't do that when I'm drinking!

      She gives him a playful swat on the arm and Clark laughs.
      They head for the elevators.

                                      CLARK
                     Come on.

      CAMERA PANS with them and comes to REST on CHING, a man in
      his early Thirties who has been observing them from across
      the lobby.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
      "THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY"  (#21)   C. Ruppenthal  3/5/96   2.    


   1  CONTINUED:                                                    1  

      He pretends to read a paper and sip a cappuccino.  Ching
      continues to watch Lois and Clark as they enter the
      elevators; they haven't noticed him at all.  He wears what
      looks like a black, long-sleeved spandex body suit under his
      regular shirt and jeans.  There is something spooky about
      his calmness and focus.


   2  INT. DAILY PLANET - NEWSROOM - DAY                            2  

      DING.  Lois and Clark exit the elevator.  SARAH, about 30,
      exits the other elevator, her arms filled with files,
      clippings and books.  She falls in next to Lois and Clark as
      they walk towards their desks.  Sarah always wears long
      sleeves and skirts over colored tights.

                                      SARAH
                     Here's that research you wanted on
                     the subway project.

                                      LOIS
                     Really?  That was fast, I only
                     asked for it yesterday.

                                      SARAH
                     I, uh, stayed late.

                                      CLARK
                     For that you deserve a donut.

      Sarah is about to decline, but something about Clark's smile
      makes her accept.

                                      SARAH
                     Well, uh, okay.

      Clark grabs a donut from a passing JIMMY.  There's only one
      left in Jimmy's box now.

                                      JIMMY
                     Not the banana creme!  The Chief'll
                     kill me.

      Jimmy eyes Sarah as Clark puts back the donut; though she
      plays down her looks, she's a babe and he's smitten.

                                      JIMMY (CONT'D)
                           (to Sarah)
                     Here, take mine.

      Clark and Lois share a look and suppress their smiles.

                                      PERRY (O.S.)
                     Jimmy?!!!

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
      "THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY" (#21)   Pink Rev.   3/11/96      2.    


   1  CONTINUED:                                                    1  

      He pretends to read a paper and sip a cappuccino.  Ching
      continues to watch Lois and Clark as they enter the
      elevators; they haven't noticed him at all.  He wears a
      regular shirt and jeans.  There is something spooky about      (X)
      his calmness and focus.


  2   INT. DAILY PLANET - NEWSROOM - DAY                            2  

      DING.  Lois and Clark exit the elevator.  SARAH, about 30,
      exits the other elevator, her arms filled with files,
      clippings and books.  She falls in next to Lois and Clark as
      they walk towards their desks.                                 (X)

                                      SARAH
                     Here's that research you wanted on
                     the subway project.

                                      LOIS
                     Really?  That was fast, I only
                     asked for it yesterday.

                                      SARAH
                     I, uh, stayed late.

                                      CLARK
                     For that you deserve a donut.

      Sarah is about to decline, but something about Clark's smile
      makes her accept.

                                      SARAH
                     Well, uh, okay.

      Clark grabs a donut from a passing JIMMY.  There's only one
      left in Jimmy's box now.

                                      JIMMY
                     Not the banana creme!  The Chief'll
                     kill me.

      Jimmy eyes Sarah as Clark puts back the donut; though she
      plays down her looks, she's a babe and he's smitten.

                                      JIMMY (CONT'D)
                           (to Sarah)
                     Here, take mine.

      Clark and Lois share a look and suppress their smiles.

                                      PERRY (O.S.)
                     Jimmy?!!!

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
      "THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY"  (#21)   C. Ruppenthal  3/5/96   3.    


   2  CONTINUED:                                                    2  

                                      JIMMY
                     Gotta fly!

      He's gone.  Lois and Clark turn back to Sarah, who gives a
      sheepish smile, then screws up her courage and speaks to
      Clark.

                                      SARAH
                     Um, I know I'm sorta new here, I
                     mean, not _that_ new, I have been
                     here a month, but... do you guys
                     ever take suggestions for stories
                     from somebody else?

                                      LOIS
                           (friendly)
                     If it's a good idea.

                                      SARAH
                     Well, I was thinking; there's
                     always so much bad news, what if
                     you did a series on people who make
                     personal sacrifices for the _good_
                     of society?  Like astronauts --

                                      CLARK
                      -- or medical missionaries --

                                      LOIS
                     -- or Superman?

                                      SARAH
                     Exactly!  What really drives him...
                     or people like him?

                                      CLARK
                     I'd say it was --

      PERRY charges out of his office, heading for the TVs.

                                      PERRY
                     Turn those things up!  They're
                     about to christen the space
                     station!

      Everyone turns to the monitors as Jimmy grabs a remote and
      punches up the volume.


   3  ON THE MONITORS                                               3  

      We see an ANNOUNCER with a shot of a large space station
      against a black sky filled with stars next to him.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
      "THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY" (#21)   Gold Rev.   3/18/96      3.    


   2  CONTINUED:                                                    2  

                                      JIMMY
                     Gotta go!

      He's gone.  Lois and Clark turn back to Sarah, who gives a
      sheepish smile, then screws up her courage and speaks to
      Clark.

                                      SARAH
                     Um, I know I'm sorta new here, I
                     mean, not _that_ new, I have been
                     here a month, but... do you guys
                     ever take suggestions for stories
                     from somebody else?

                                      LOIS
                           (friendly)
                     If it's a good idea.

                                      SARAH
                     Well, I was thinking; there's
                     always so much bad news, what if
                     you did a series on people who make
                     personal sacrifices for the _good_
                     of society?  Like astronauts --

                                      CLARK
                      -- or medical missionaries --

                                      LOIS
                     -- or Superman?

                                      SARAH
                     Exactly!  What really drives him...
                     or people like him?

                                      CLARK
                     I'd say it was --

      PERRY.charges out of his office, heading for the TVs.  He
      wears a fly fishing hat studded with lures, plus a fishing     (X)
      vest over his shirt and tie.  He's got a fly rod in two        (X)
      pieces in his hand.                                            (X)

                                      PERRY
                     Turn those things up!  They're
                     about to christen the space
                     station!

      Everyone turns to the monitors as Jimmy grabs a remote and
      punches up the volume.

                            --page break--
      "THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY" (#21)   Gold Rev.   3/18/96     3A.    


   3  ON THE MONITORS                                               3  

      We see an ANNOUNCER on the screen.  As desired, we will
      DISSOLVE or CUT TO Full Frame shots of a large space station
      against a black sky filled with stars next to him.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
      "THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY"  (#21)   C. Ruppenthal  3/5/96   4.    


   3  CONTINUED:                                                    3  

                                      ANNOUNCER
                           (on TV)
                     ... and in just five minutes, at
                     nine o'clock Eastern Standard Time,
                     we'll take you live to the opening
                     ceremonies of the United Nations
                     Space Station.  Home to over one
                     hundred orbiting scientists and
                     astronauts...


   4  ANGLE ON LOIS AND CLARK                                       4  

      As they proudly watch with Perry, Jimmy and Sarah.

                                                         CUT TO:


   5  INT. DAILY PLANET LOBBY - DAY - CONTINUOUS                    5  

      Ching listens to the Announcer's voice coming from a radio
      at the cappuccino stand.  He raises a small, complex,
      sinister looking device in one hand.

                                      ANNOUNCER (V.O.)
                     ... lead by Commander Bob Razikis.
                     Razikis, by the way, is on his
                     eleventh...

      Ching presses a button on the device.

                                                         CUT TO:


   6  CLOSEUP - TV MONITOR                                          6  

      Huge thruster rockets fire on the station, pushing it out of
      orbit and down towards Earth.  (NOTE: AS DESIRED, WE COULD
      CUT BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN FULL FRAME PICTURES OF EITHER THE
      ANNOUNCER OR THE SPACE STATION.)

                                      ANNOUNCER
                           (on TV)
                     ... space -- just a moment...
                     I'm...

      He presses his hidden earphone; what he's just heard he
      knows is a huge disaster.  He's rocked.  He relays the news
      as it comes in to him over his earphone.

                                      ANNOUNCER (CONT'D)
                           (on TV)
                     Apparently, um, there has been some
                     kind of... technical difficulty.
                                      (MORE)

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
      "THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY" (#21)   Pink Rev.   3/11/96      4.    


   3  CONTINUED:  1                                                 3  

                                      ANNOUNCER
                           (on TV)
                     ... and in just five minutes, at
                     nine o'clock Eastern Standard Time,
                     we'll take you live to the opening
                     ceremonies of the United Nations
                     Space Station.  Home to over one
                     hundred orbiting scientists and
                     astronauts...


   4  ANGLE ON LOIS AND CLARK                                       4  

      As they proudly watch with Perry, Jimmy and Sarah.

                                                         CUT TO:


   5  INT. DAILY PLANET LOBBY - DAY - CONTINUOUS                    5  

      Ching listens to the Announcer's voice coming from a radio
      at the cappuccino stand.  He raises a small, complex,
      sinister looking device in one hand.

                                      ANNOUNCER (V.O.)
                     ... lead by Commander Bob Rozakis.
                     Rozakis, by the way, is on his                  (X)
                     eleventh...

      Ching presses a button on the device.

                                                         CUT TO:


   6  CLOSEUP - TV MONITOR                                          6  

      Huge thruster rockets fire on the station, pushing it out of
      orbit and down towards Earth. (NOTE: AS DESIRED, WE COULD
      CUT BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN FULL FRAME PICTURES OF EITHER THE
      ANNOUNCER OR THE SPACE STATION.)

                                      ANNOUNCER
                           (on TV)
                     ... space -- just a moment...
                     I'm...

      He presses his hidden earphone; what he's just heard he
      knows is a huge disaster.  He's rocked.  He relays the news
      as it comes in to him over his earphone.

                                      ANNOUNCER (CONT'D)
                           (on TV)
                     Apparently, um, there has been some
                     kind of... technical difficulty.
                                      (MORE)

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
      "THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY"  (#21)   C. Ruppenthal  3/5/96   5.    


   6  CONTINUED:                                                    6  

                                      ANNOUNCER (CONT'D)
                     The station's thrusters have...
                     misfired and are driving... the
                     station towards the Earth's
                     atmosphere.
                           (beat)
                     Where the astronauts will burn
                     up... if re-entry can't be
                     prevented.


   7  ANGLE ON CLARK, LOIS, PERRY, JIMMY, SARAH                     7  

      They're stunned.

                                      PERRY
                     Good Lord in Heaven.  Jurgens, get
                     me Binder in Houston!  Swan, I want
                     our stringer at the Cape right now!

      Jurgens and Swan run for their desks.

                                      PERRY (CONT'D)
                     Lois!  Clark!

      Lois shoots Clark a glance as she moves towards her desk.

                                      LOIS
                     I'm already writing!

                                      CLARK
                     And I'll try to... call my friend
                     at NASA.

      He dashes towards the rear hallway.  Sarah watches him go.
      Perry and Jimmy don't notice he's not headed for his desk.

                                      PERRY
                     Damn.  If only he had Superman's
                     number.

      As they intently watch the TVs, we...

                                                         FADE OUT.

                          _END OF TEASE_

                            --page break--
      "THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY" (#21)   Blue Blue   3/25/96      5.    

   6  CONTINUED:  6

                                      ANNOUNCER (CONT'D) (CONT'D)
                     The station's thrusters have...
                     misfired and are driving... the
                     station towards the Earth's
                     atmosphere.
                          (beat)
                     Where the space station will burn
                     up... if re-entry can't be
                     prevented.  Mission Control... is
                     in contact with the station... but              (X)
                     so far they are unable to                       (X)
                     ascertain the reasons for the                   (X)
                     station's thrusters firing.  For                (X)
                     those of you just tuning in, the                (X)
                     United Nations' Space Station's                 (X)
                     thrusters have inexplicably                     (X)
                     ignited and are driving the                     (X)
                     station towards the Earth's                     (X)
                     atmosphere...                                   (X)
                          (tense; listens to
                           earpiece)
                     So far, the crew has _not_ been                 (X)
                     able to shut down the engines.                  (X)
                     Mission Control now estimates that              (X)
                     the friction from the Earth's                   (X)
                     atmosphere will cause                           (X)
                     disintingration of the station to               (X)
                     commence in...                                  (X)
                          (stops; listens)
                     Just a minute... we've just                     (X)
                     received an unconfirmed report                  (X)
                     that Superman has arrived at the                (X)
                     Space Station!  We don't know yet               (X)
                     what he will attempt, but... he                 (X)
                     appears... to be trying to _stop_               (X)
                     the station's descent.                          (X)


   7  ANGLE ON CLARK, LOIS, PERRY, JIMMY, SARAH                     7  

      They're stunned.

                                      PERRY
                     Good Lord in Heaven.  Jurgens, get
                     me Binder in Houston!  Swan, I want
                     our stringer at the Cape right now!

      Jurgens and Swan run for their desks.

                                      PERRY (CONT'D)
                     Lois!  Clark!

      Lois shoots Clark a glance as she moves towards her desk.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
      "THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY" (#21)   Blue Blue   3/25/96     5A.    


   7  CONTINUED:                                                    7  

                                      LOIS
                     I'm already writing!

                                      CLARK
                     And I'll try to... call my friend
                     at NASA.

      He dashes towards the rear hallway.  Sarah watches him go.
      Perry and Jimmy don't notice he's not headed for his desk.

                                      PERRY
                     Damn.  If only we had Superman's
                     number.

      As they intently watch the TVs, we...

                                                         FADE OUT.

                          _END OF TEASE_

                            --page break--
      "THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY"  (#21)   C. Ruppenthal  3/5/96   6.    

                             _ACT ONE_

      FADE IN:


   8  EXT. SPACE - ETERNAL DAY                                      8  

      The space station rockets towards disaster.  SUPERMAN shoots
      up and grabs hold right next to the command center window.
      Inside, the crew can look out and see him as he struggles to
      stop the station and keep it from burning up in the
      atmosphere.


   9  SUPERMAN                                                      9  

      strains against the massive and ever increasing weight of
      the station, but it shoves him backward like he doesn't
      exist.  Superheated molecules of the atmosphere streak
      around him and the command center, glowing from the
      friction.  Superman looks over his shoulder, the Earth is
      getting closer.  The huge thrusters continue to thunder.  He
      grits his teeth and pushes himself to the limit... and
      beyond.  A sheet of burning atmosphere almost completely
      obscures him.  Finally, with the last bit of strength he
      has, he shoves and deflects the station.  It begins to head
      out of the atmosphere and the fiery burning disappears.
      Inside the command center, the crew screams in relief.  A
      second later, the thrusters cut off.  Superman gives a final
      tweek of correction, then wearily salutes the crew and turns
      for Earth.

                                                         CUT TO:


  10  INT. DAILY PLANET - NEWSROOM - DAY                           10  

      Clark drags himself back into the bullpen, where Lois gets
      up as soon as she sees him.  They join Jimmy, Perry and
      Sarah and the others who're still riveted to the monitors.

                                      CLARK
                           (exhausted)
                     Did I miss anything?  I heard
                     cheering.

                                      LOIS
                     Superman saved the space station.

                                      PERRY
                     Man, he was like a fly on the
                     windshield, 'cept this time the fly
                     stopped the car.  Whammo!
                           (chuckles; then)
                     Lois, Clark, I want everything
                     we've got on this story pronto.
                                      (MORE)

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
      "THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY"  (#21)   C. Ruppenthal  3/5/96   7.    


  10  CONTINUED:                                                   10  

                                      PERRY (CONT'D)
                     I want to know why a sixty-four
                     billion dollar space station tried
                     to turn itself into a charcoal
                     briquette.

      Perry suddenly glares at Sarah and Jimmy, who are just
      standing there, smiling.

                                      PERRY (CONT'D)
                     Hey, what is this, a rock garden?!

      He claps his hands twice and they scurry off.

                        JIMMY                        SARAH
                I think I'll go                  (to Clark)
                load some film.              See ya.

      Perry smiles and winks at Lois and Clark and jauntily heads
      back to his office.  Clark gratefully slumps on Lois's desk.

                                      LOIS
                           (sotto)
                     Are you okay?

      Clark rotates a shoulder and stretches his back as he tries
      to shake-off some pain.

                                      CLARK
                           (sotto)
                     That was the toughest thing I've
                     ever done.  I almost didn't stop
                     it.

                                      LOIS
                     But you did, and that's the
                     important thing.  So... Star Labs?

                                      CLARK
                     Absolutely.

      He heaves himself up and they're a bit surprised to come
      face to face with Sarah again.  She glances at Clark.

                                      SARAH
                     Hi.  I, uh, just wanted to say that
                     if you need any research for your
                     story, let me know.

                                      LOIS
                           (suppresses a smile)
                     Thanks, Sarah, we will.

      She bobs her head and shoves off.  Lois looks at Clark as
      they walk towards the elevator.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
      "THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY" (#21)   Gold Rev.   3/18/96      7.    


  10  CONTINUED:                                                   10  

                                      PERRY (CONT'D)
                     I want to know why a sixty-four
                     billion dollar space station tried
                     to turn itself into a charcoal
                     briquette.  And I want it by one,               (X)
                     'cause that's when I got a car                  (X)
                     taking me and Jimmy to the airport              (X)
                     and _nothing's_ coming between me               (X)
                     and this fishing trip!                          (X)
                     Understand?

      Perry suddenly glares at Sarah and Jimmy, who are just
      standing there, smiling.

                                      PERRY (CONT'D)
                     Now, what is this, a rock garden?!              (X)

      He claps his hands twice and they scurry off.

                        JIMMY                        SARAH
                I think I'll                     (to Clark)
                go... check my               See ya.
                flannel shirt                                        (X)
                supply.                                              (X)

      Perry smiles and winks at Lois and Clark and jauntily heads
      back to his office.  Clark gratefully slumps on Lois's desk.

                                      LOIS
                          (sotto)
                     Are you okay?

      Clark rotates a shoulder and stretches his back as he tries
      to shake off some pain.

                                      CLARK
                          (sotto)
                     That was one of the toughest things
                     I've ever done.  I almost didn't
                     stop it.

                                      LOIS
                     But you did, and that's the
                     important thing.  So... Star Labs?

                                      CLARK
                     Absolutely.

      He heaves himself up and they're a bit surprised to come
      face to face with Sarah again.  She glances at Clark.

                                      SARAH
                     Hi.  I, uh, just wanted to say that
                     if you need any research for your
                     story, let me know.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
      "THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY"  (#21)   C. Ruppenthal  3/5/96   8.    


  10  CONTINUED:  2                                                10  

                                      LOIS (CONT'D)
                     I think someone has a bit of a
                     crush on someone.

                                      CLARK
                     But I'm an engaged man.

                                      LOIS
                     All the more tempting.

                                      CLARK
                     Someone else isn't jealous, are
                     they?

                                      LOIS
                           (smiling)
                     Not in the least.

                                      CLARK
                     What a pity you lack
                     self-confidence.  We should work on
                     that.

                                      LOIS
                     Perhaps I need some private
                     instruction.

      They step into the open elevator.

                                      CLARK
                     It could be rigorous and intensive.

                                      LOIS
                           (pushing a button)
                     No pain, no gain.  How 'bout if we
                     start...
                           (smiles)
                     ... right now?

      And as the doors close, they go into a passionate kiss.

                                                         CUT TO:


  11  INT. STAR LABS - DAY                                         11  

      DR. KLEIN is in the midst of explaining things to Clark and
      Lois.  During the course of Klein's explanation, Lois
      becomes intrigued with an ongoing laser experiment on a
      nearby workbench.  We see a laser beam split into two
      separate beams as part of the setup.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
      "THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY" (#21)   Gold Rev.   3/18/96      8.    


  10  CONTINUED:  2                                                10  

                                      LOIS
                          (suppresses a smile)
                     Thanks, Sarah, we will.

      She bobs her head and shoves off.  Lois looks at Clark as
      they walk towards the elevator.

                                      LOIS (CONT'D)
                     I think someone has a bit of a
                     crush on someone.

                                      CLARK
                     But I'm an engaged man.

                                      LOIS
                     All the more tempting.

                                      CLARK
                     Someone else isn't jealous, are
                     they?

                                      LOIS
                           (smiling)
                     Not in the least.

                                      CLARK
                     What a pity you lack
                     self-confidence.  We should work on
                     that.

                                      LOIS
                     Perhaps I need some private
                     instruction.

      They step into the open elevator.

                                      CLARK
                     It could be rigorous and intensive.

                                      LOIS
                           (pushing a button)
                     No pain, no gain.  How 'bout if we
                     start...
                          (smiles)
                     ... right now?

      And as the doors close, they go into a passionate kiss.


 10A  SARAH                                                       10A  

      watching.

                                                         CUT TO:

                            --page break--
      "THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY" (#21)   Gold Rev.   3/18/96     8A.    


  11  INT. STAR LABS - DAY                                         11  

      DR. KLEIN is in the Midst of explaining things to Clark and
      Lois.  During the course of Klein's explanation, Lois
      becomes intrigued with an ongoing laser experiment on a
      nearby workbench.  We see a laser beam split into two
      separate beams as part of the setup.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
      "THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY"  (#21)   C. Ruppenthal  3/5/96   9.    


  11  CONTINUED:                                                   11  

                                      DR. KLEIN
                     Seconds before the main thrusters
                     ignited, the station received a
                     very brief, tight beam microwave
                     transmission.  It sent in a
                     computer code that overrode the
                     automatic controls and fired the
                     thrusters.

                                      CLARK
                     Do we know where the transmission
                     came from?

      Klein spots Lois about to touch some irresistible gizmo on
      the laser experiment.

                                      DR. KLEIN
                     Don't touch that!

      Lois jerks back.

                                      DR. KLEIN (CONT'D)
                     I'm measuring the electron flow
                     along the plasma wake as the laser
                     passes through two different gases!

                                      LOIS
                     Sorry.

      Klein stares intently at the laser; it's given him an idea.
      He snaps his fingers.

                                      DR. KLEIN
                     Plasma wake.  That's it!

      He zips over to a computer keyboard and starts typing madly.

                                      LOIS
                     Dr. Klein?

      He's so absorbed he ignores her.  Lois looks at Clark.

                                      CLARK
                           (sotto)
                     Caution.  Mad scientist at work.

                                      DR. KLEIN
                           (beat; still typing)
                     No matter how brief it was, the
                     microwave beam must have left a
                     trail of agitated molecules along
                     its path.


 

                                      LOIS
                           (re: Klein)
                     Well, I'd say something was
                     agitated.

                                      DR. KLEIN
                           (oblivious)
                     Agitation means heat.  Therefore,
                     by using the infrared detectors on
                     some low orbiting satellites, we
                     should be able to identify and
                     backtrack down the column of heated
                     molecules to its source.  Ha ha
                     gotcha!

      The computer screen is just columns of streaming numbers.

                                      CLARK
                     I don't see anything.

                                      DR. KLEIN
                     I'm switching to an N.I.A. spy
                     satellite.  We'll get real-time
                     photos now that I have a lock on
                     the molecules.

                                      LOIS
                     A spy satellite?  You can do that?

                                      DR. KLEIN
                           (a la James Bond)
                     The name's Klein.  Bernard Klein.

      He gives a suave smile.  The other lab assistants grin; they
      think Klein is cool.  Lois and Clark have blank looks on
      their face.  Klein deflates.

                                      DR. KLEIN (CONT'D)
                     You know, James Bond?

                                      CLARK
                           (covering)
                     Oh!  Yeah!

                                      LOIS
                     We were just teasing.  That was
                     really very good.

      Klein happily smiles and returns to work.  Lois and Clark
      look at each other.  Suddenly, a very high altitude shot of
      North America fills the computer screen.

                                      DR. KLEIN
                     Here we go!

                                                        

 
      The picture starts jumping in closer and closer until we can
      see a suburb; then a neighborhood; then a house with a
      satellite dish in its backyard.  The picture freezes there.
      coordinates spring up on the screen, plus an address.

                                      CLARK
                           (reading)
                     Thirty-Fifteen Charlotte Drive,
                     Metropolis.

                                      LOIS
                     Of course.  Where else would it be?
                     Every villain in the universe seems
                     to operate out of Metropolis!  For
                     once, I just wish we could have a
                     villain in Maui.  Or Aspen.
                           (enviously)
                     Or Monte Carlo.

                                      CLARK
                     How accurate is this?

                                      DR. KLEIN
                     Plus or minus six feet.

                                      CLARK
                     I'd say that's close enough.
                     Thanks.

      They dash out.

                                                         CUT TO:


  12  CLOSEUP - BRASS DOOR KNOCKER                                 12  

      Lois's hand reaches in and raps it a few times.


  13  EXT. 3015 CHARLOTTE DRIVE - DAY                              13  

      Lois and Clark stand on the front porch.  Lois's Jeep is
      parked by the curb.  There's a "For Sale" sign in the front
      yard from Century 22 Realty.  No one answers.  Lois knocks
      again.  Clark takes a moment to study the house.

                                      CLARK
                     Nice yard.

      Lois, focused on the task at hand, gives casually polite
      responses.

                                      LOIS
                     Yeah.  It's cute.




                                      CLARK
                     Nice fence.  Good driveway, too.

                                      LOIS
                     I know.  I like the little brick
                     accents.

      Clark is pleased and surprised by Lois's answers.  Lois
      attempts to look in a window.

                                      CLARK
                     And I've always liked this style of
                     house.

                                      LOIS
                     No, it's pretty great.

                                      CLARK
                     It's definitely the type of place I
                     could go for.

                                      LOIS
                           (distracted)
                     Me, too.

      She steps back from the window and heads off the porch.

                                      LOIS (CONT'D)
                     Let's try around back.


  14  EXT. BACKYARD - DAY                                          14  

      They round the corner and approach the TV satellite dish.
      Clark inspects it closely.

                                      CLARK
                     Okay, we know this sent the signal,
                     but where's the device the signal
                     came from?

                                      CHING (O.S.)
                     Can I help you?

      Lois and Clark spin around to see Ching exiting the rear of
      the house.  He's now dressed in dark slacks, shirt, tie, and
      a pale blue polyester Century 22 Realty sports coat.

                                      LOIS
                     Oh, yes, we were just looking at
                     the house.  We saw the sign and
                     thought we'd stop.

      Ching smiles and extends his hand.

      "THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY" (#21)   Green Rev.   3/14/96    12.    


                                      CLARK
                     Nice fence.  Good driveway, too.

                                      LOIS
                     I know.  I like the lattice work
                     around the porch.                               (X)

      Clark is pleased and surprised by Lois's answers.  Lois
      attempts to look in a window.

                                      CLARK
                     And I've always liked this style of
                     house.

                                      LOIS
                     No, it's pretty great.

                                      CLARK
                     It's definitely the type of place I
                     could go for.

                                      LOIS
                           (distracted)
                     Me, too.

      She steps back from the window and heads off the porch.

                                      LOIS (CONT'D)
                     Let's try around back.


  14  EXT. BACKYARD - DAY                                          14  

      They round the corner and approach the TV satellite dish.
      Clark inspects it closely.

                                      CLARK
                     Okay, we know this sent the signal,
                     but where's the device the signal
                     came from?

                                      CHING (O.S.)
                     Can I help you?

      Lois and Clark spin around to see Ching exiting the rear of
      the house.  He's now dressed in dark slacks, shirt, tie, and
      a pale blue polyester Century 22 Realty sports coat.

                                      LOIS
                     Oh, yes, we were just looking at
                     the house.  We saw the sign and
                     thought we'd stop.

      Ching smiles and extends his hand.


 

                                      CHING
                     Well, you found a good one.  Hi,
                     I'm Dave Miller.

                                      LOIS
                     Lois Lane.  And this is my fiance,
                     Clark Kent.

                                      CLARK
                     We knocked, but...

                                      CHING
                     I know, I heard.  I'm afraid I was
                     in the restroom.  Is this something
                     you'd be interested in?

      Lois decides to smooth talk this guy.

                                      LOIS
                           (very enthusiastic)
                     Oh, we love it.  It's just what
                     I've always dreamed of!

      Clark makes a note of this.

                                      LOIS (CONT'D)
                     And we love the neighborhood,
                     but... we drove by here at about
                     five of nine this morning and
                     thought we saw some...

      She looks at Clark, who catches on.

                                      CLARK
                     ... strange people...

                                      LOIS
                     ... hanging around.  You didn't
                     happen to see them, did you?

                                      CHING
                     No, I haven't seen anyone all
                     morning, except my clients; they're
                     an older couple in their sixties.
                           (smiles)
                     This _is_, of course, one of the
                     safest neighborhoods in Metropolis.
                     If you like, I'll give you the name
                     of the listing agent.

                                      CLARK
                     Oh, don't you handle this house?

                                                         

                                      CHING
                           (grins)
                     No.  I represent some buyers.
                     Janet Gardino is the agent for the
                     sellers.  She had another showing
                     and I said I'd close up for her.
                     We're old buds.  But I'd be happy
                     to show you some of my listings, if
                     you like.

                                      LOIS
                     Thanks, but, we're really just
                     starting.

                                      CHING
                     I understand.  Well, don't hesitate
                     to call.  At Century Twenty-Two,
                     'We bring your future, to you'.

      Ching's broad grin is punctuated by the muted screech of
      tires from a Star Labs van that pulls to a stop in the
      driveway.  An INVESTIGATIVE TEAM jumps out as a non-descript
      sedan with GOVERNMENT AGENTS also pulls up.

                                                         CUT TO:


  15  INT. DARK SHADOWY VOID - DAY                                 15  

      We can't tell where we are.  There are no windows.  No
      walls.  Just blackness.  Strange, foreboding music plays
      softly in the background.  Ching sits on a chair and loosens
      his tie and collar; we see a hint of his black spandex body
      suit underneath; he is assembling an exotic looking bomb.
      Half of it looks like a star, with angular, colored, pieces
      of lucite that glow.  It's about eight or nine inches
      across.  We'll call it the Star Bomb.  He whistles along to
      the disjointed tones of the music that plays softly in the
      background.  He checks his watch, then stops his work.  He
      closes his eyes and briefly frowns in concentration.

                                      CHING (V.O.)
                           (whispery)
                     Are you alone?  Or are you having
                     another donut?

      Ching's lips don't move; he's speaking telepathically.


  16  INT. DAILY PLANET - NEWSROOM - DAY                           16  

      Sarah, climbing the stairs to shelves of books by the great
      window, pauses for a moment.  She looks around and spots
      Clark at his desk on the phone; he's slightly hunched over
      as if he doesn't want anyone to hear his conversation.

                                                        

 

 

                                      CHING
                           (grins)
                     No.  I represent some buyers.
                     Janet Gardino is the agent for the
                     sellers.  She had another showing
                     and I said I'd close up for her.
                     We're old buds.  But I'd be happy
                     to show you some of my listings, if
                     you like.

                                      LOIS
                     Thanks, but, we're really just
                     starting.

                                      CHING
                     I understand.  Well, don't hesitate
                     to call.  At Century Twenty-Two,
                     'We bring your future, to you'.

      Ching's broad grin is punctuated by the muted screech of
      tires from a Star Labs van that pulls to a stop in the
      driveway.  An INVESTIGATIVE TEAM jumps out as a non-descript
      sedan with GOVERNMENT AGENTS also pulls up.

                                                         CUT TO:


 14A  INT. CLARK'S APARTMENT - DAY                                14A  

      Clark dashes in as Lois just steps inside and waits;  she's    (X)
      finishing a conversation on her cell phone.  Throughout the    (X)
      following, Clark will search the living room/kitchen area      (X)
      for something, we don't know what.                             (X)

                                      CLARK
                     I'll just be a second.                          (X)

                                      LOIS
                           (nods; into phone)                        (X)
                     Right.  Okay.  Thanks.                          (X)
                           (hangs up;  urgent, to                    (X)
                            Clark)                                   (X)
                     The U.N. is in an uproar.  They                 (X)
                     cancelled their science conference              (X)
                     to deal with the space station.                 (X)
                     No terrorist group has claimed                  (X)
                     responsibility;  the N.I.A. thinks              (X)
                     it's a 'lone gunman.'                           (X)

                                      CLARK
                           (stops searching)                         (X)
                     Great.  Where's he strike next?                 (X)
                     The Eiffel Tower?  The Parthenon?               (X)
                                      (MORE)




                                      CLARK (CONT'D)
                          (shaking his head)
                     All it takes is a single lunatic to
                     bring something crashing down.

                                      LOIS
                          (looks off)
                     Yeah.  Not unlike our wedding.

                                      CLARK
                     No kidding.

                                      LOIS
                     You know, for our next wedding,
                     maybe we should try something
                     different.  I was thinking... we
                     could just elope.

                                      CLARK
                     Elope?!

                                      LOIS
                          (rambling)
                     It could be fun!  And spontaneous!
                     Intimate, less complicated... Spur
                     of the moment, romantic.  Just us,
                     a few friends, our parents.  An
                     amiable passerby.

      She catches Clark staring lovingly at her.

                                      LOIS (CONT'D)
                     What? What're you looking at?

                                      CLARK
                     You.  I was just thinking how
                     different my life would've been if
                     we'd never met.                                 (X)

                                      LOIS
                          (musing)                                   (X)
                     What if you'd never left
                     Smallville?                                     (X)

                                      CLARK
                     Smallville?  What if I'd never                  (X)
                     left Krypton?                                   (X)

                                      LOIS
                           (hugs him)
                     Yeah.  Your family there might
                     have had their hearts set on a
                     daughter-in-law from Jupiter?

                                      CLARK
                          (joking)
                     How'd you know about her?
                          (beat)                                     (X)
                     You know, I bet they would've                   (X)
                     really liked you.                               (X)
                          (off her)                                  (X)
                     Jor-El and Lara.                                (X)

                                      LOIS
                          (gently)                                   (X)
                     You think about them much?

                                      CLARK
                     Sometimes.  But that's behind me
                     now.  What's in front of me is US.              (X)

      They, kiss, then Lois pulls back smiling.

                                      LOIS
                     Okay, then let's find this fake                 (X)
                     bug on a hook and go.                           (X)

      Clark smiles and resumes searching.

                                      CLARK
                          (laughing)                                 (X)
                     Fake bug on a hook?  That's my                  (X)
                     lucky fly.  I told Jimmy since he,
                     was going on this fishing trip, I'd
                     I'd lend it to him... but I couldn't            (X)
                     find it this morning and now... oh,             (X)
                     here it is!

      He finds a tiny, old, crumpled up envelope folded in thirds.

 

 

 

                                      CLARK (CONT'D)
                     My dad gave this to me when I was               (X)
                     seven.  It never misses.                        (X)

      He opens the envelope and pulls out a tiny hook, with one      (X)
      or two moth eaten threads still wrapped around the shank.      (X)
      It's pathetic.                                                 (X)

                                      LOIS
                     Looks like the moths don't miss.                (X)
                     either.                                         (X)

                                      CLARK
                     Man, I loved this fly.                          (X)

      Lois starts tugging him towards the door.                      (X)

                                      LOIS
                     Come on, I'll buy you a new one on              (X)
                     our honeymoon.                                  (X)

      And with that, Clark puts down the fly and they leave.         (X)

                                                         CUT TO:


  15  INT. DARK SHADOWY VOID - DAY                                 15  

      We can't tell where we are.  There are no windows.  No
      walls.  Just blackness.  Strange, foreboding music plays
      softly in the background.  Ching sits on a chair and loosens
      his tie and collar; he is assembling an exotic looking bomb.
      Half of it looks like a star, with angular, colored, pieces
      of lucite that glow.  It's about eight or nine inches
      across.  We'll call it the Star Bomb.  He whistles along to
      the disjointed tones of the music that plays softly in the
      background.  He checks his watch, then stops his work.  He
      closes his eyes and briefly frowns in concentration.

                                      CHING (V.O.)
                           (whispery)
                     Are you alone?  Or are you having
                     another donut?

      Ching's lips don't move; he's speaking telepathically.


  16  INT. DAILY PLANET - NEWSROOM - DAY                           16   

      Sarah, climbing the stairs to shelves of books by the great
      window, pauses for a moment.  She looks around and spots
      Clark at his desk on the phone; he's slightly hunched over
      as if he doesn't want anyone to hear his conversation.

 

  

      She continues on her way to the shelves.

      Throughout the conversation she'll glance at Clark.

                                      SARAH (V.O.)
                           (annoyed;
                            telepathically)
                     I'm alone.  Did they find it?

      (NOTE: INTERCUT WITH CHING AS NECESSARY.  THE ENTIRE
      CONVERSATION IS TELEPATHIC; THE ACTORS NEVER ACTUALLY
      'SPEAK'.)

                                      CHING
                           (opening his eyes now)
                     No.  And it was 'super' obvious.  A
                     child of two could've discovered
                     it.  Perhaps we should've laid down
                     breadcrumbs, or a neon sign, or a
                     large --

                                      SARAH
                     Ching!  Don't start.

      Sarah glances down.


  17  SARAH'S POV - CLARK                                          17  

      Clark smiles, nods and hangs up the phone.  Lois appears out
      of the back hallway, returning from the restroom.  Clark
      slides a legal pad held been making notes on under some
      other papers on his desk and rises up to meet her.  Jimmy
      comes by with a new box of donuts.  Clark says something
      that makes everyone laugh.


  18  SARAH                                                        18  

      smiles.

                                      CHING
                     Why are you so protective?  Do I
                     detect... fondness?

                                      SARAH
                     Not at all!

      In spite of herself, she glances at Clark's butt.


      She continues on her way to the shelves.

      Throughout the conversation she'll glance at Clark.

                                      SARAH (V.O.)
                           (annoyed; telepathically)
                     I'm alone.  Did they find it?

      (NOTE: INTERCUT WITH CHING AS NECESSARY.  THE ENTIRE
      CONVERSATION IS TELEPATHIC; THE ACTORS NEVER ACTUALLY
      'SPEAK'.)

                                      CHING
                           (opening his eyes now)
                     No.  And it was 'super' obvious.  A
                     child of two could've discovered
                     it.  Perhaps we should've laid down
                     breadcrumbs, or a neon sign, or a
                     large --

                                      SARAH
                     Ching!  Don't start.

      Sarah glances down.


  17  SARAH'S POV - CLARK                                          17  

      Clark smiles, nods and hangs up the phone.  Lois appears out
      of the back hallway, returning from the restroom.  Clark
      slides a legal pad held been making notes on under some
      other papers on his desk and rises up to meet her.  Jimmy
      comes by with a pair of fishing waders, suntan lotion and a    (X)
      creel.  Clark says something that makes everyone laugh.        (X)


  18  SARAH                                                        18  

      smiles.

                                      CHING
                     Why are you so protective?  Do I
                     detect... admiration?

                                      SARAH
                     Not at all!

      In spite of herself, she glances at Clark's butt.


                                      CHING
                     Wait.  I sense...
                           (amazed)
                     You're attracted to how tight his
                     clothing is across the muscles in
                     his posterior?

                                      SARAH
                     No, I'm not!  I was thinking
                     about... Phase Two.

                                      CHING
                     Ah, is that what they call it here?
                     Good.  Then we'll continue as
                     planned.  It should be interesting
                     to see if he can survive that.

      Ching blinks as if breaking the connection.  He returns to
      working on the bomb.


  19  INT. DAILY PLANET - DAY                                      19  

      Sarah's face hardens at this.  She looks back to Clark, who
      is heading into the conference room behind Lois.

                                                         FADE OUT.

                         _END OF ACT ONE_

                                      CHING
                     Wait.  I sense...
                          (amazed)
                     You're attracted to how tight his
                     clothing is across the muscles in
                     his posterior?

                                      SARAH
                     No, I'm not!  I was thinking
                     about... Phase Two.

                                      CHING
                     Ah, is that what they call it here?
                     Good.  Then we'll continue as
                     planned.  It should be interesting
                     to see Superman try to survive
                     that.

      Ching blinks as if breaking the connection.  He returns to
      working on the bomb.


  19  INT. DAILY PLANET - DAY                                      19  

      Sarah's face hardens at this.  She looks back to Clark, who
      is heading into the conference room behind Lois.

                                                         FADE OUT.
     

      FADE IN:

  20  INT. DAILY PLANET - CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY                    20  

      Lois paces as Clark sits at the desk, shooting rubberbands
      at a paper cup across the room.  He _never_ misses, a point
      that will get on Lois's nerves fairly soon.  He's also
      secretly excited about something, but we don't know what.

                                      LOIS
                     So we've got the satellite dish,
                     but no transmitter...

                                      CLARK
                     ... and no suspects.  Off the lamp.

      Ba-ding.  The rubberband ricochets off a lamp into the cup.

                                      LOIS
                     Can't be Lame Brain, or the
                     Prankster, or Tempus...

                                      CLARK
                     ... because they're all in jail.
                     Off the door with a backflip.

      Zip-ding.  The rubberband hits the door and bounces
      backwards into the cup.

                                      LOIS
                     And Lex and Bad Brain are dead.

                                      CLARK
                     Also correct.  Combo; soda can to
                     coat rack to cup.

      Zing.  He fires and Lois snatches it out of the air in
      annoyance.

                                      LOIS
                     At least you could miss every once
                     in awhile!

      Jimmy pokes his head into the room.

                                      JIMMY
                     Guys, it's Dr. Klein on three.

      Sarah appears next to him, arms filled with folders.

                                      SARAH
                     Here's all I've been able to find
                     on companies involved in microwave
                     technology.


                                      LOIS
                     That was quick.

                                      SARAH
                     I, uh, knew it was important, so I
                     kinda jumped you to the head of the
                     list.

                                      CLARK
                     Thanks.

                                      JIMMY
                           (re: phone)
                     Guys...?

      Sarah leaves and Lois reaches for the phone.  Jimmy looks at
      the departing Sarah.

                                      JIMMY (CONT'D)
                     She seeing anybody?

                                      CLARK
                     We'd be the last to know.

                                      JIMMY
                     And you call yourselves reporters?

      He turns and drifts after her.  Lois punches the blinking
      light on the phone, plus the speaker phone button.

      (INTERCUT FOLLOWING WITH KLEIN IN HIS LAB AS NEEDED)


  21  INT. STAR LABS - DAY                                         21  

                                      LOIS
                     Sorry to keep you waiting, Dr.
                     Klein.

                                      DR. KLEIN
                     I just finished deciphering the
                     last of the computer code that was
                     sent to the space station.  It was
                     very interesting, actually, it's
                     encryption was based on multiples
                     of the wavelength of --

                                      CLARK
                     Dr. Klein?

                                      LOIS
                     That was quick.

                                      SARAH
                     I, uh, knew it was important, so I
                     kinda jumped you to the head of the
                     list.

                                      CLARK
                     Thanks.

                                      JIMMY
                           (re: phone)
                     Guys...?

      Sarah leaves and Lois reaches for the phone.  Jimmy looks at
      the departing Sarah.

                                      JIMMY (CONT'D)
                     She seeing anybody?

                                      CLARK
                     We'd be the last to know.

                                      JIMMY
                     And you call yourselves reporters?

                                      LOIS
                           (good naturedly)                          (X)
                     Don't you have a limo to catch?

                                      JIMMY
                     Hey, some things are more                       (X)
                     important than trout.                           (X)

      Jimmy grins and drifts after Sarah. Lois punches the           (X)
      blinking light on the phone, plus the speaker phone button.

      (INTERCUT FOLLOWING WITH KLEIN IN HIS LAB AS NEEDED)


  21  INT. STAR LABS - DAY                                         21  

                                      LOIS
                     Sorry to keep you waiting, Dr.
                     Klein.

                                      DR. KLEIN
                     I just finished deciphering the
                     last of the computer code that was
                     sent to the space station.  It was
                     very interesting, actually, it's
                     encryption was based on multiples
                     of the wavelength of --

 

                                      CLARK
                     Dr. Klein?

                                      DR. KLEIN
                     Right.  Okay.  To the point.  If
                     Superman hadn't been able to save
                     the space station, the main
                     thrusters were programmed to stop
                     and the altitude thrusters would've
                     fired anyway and the station
                     would've saved itself.

                                      LOIS
                     You mean, it was never in danger?

                                      DR. KLEIN
                     Exactly.

                                      CLARK
                     But why program it to put itself in
                     jeopardy and then rescue itself?

                                      DR. KLEIN
                     That's the sixty-four billion
                     dollar question.

                                      LOIS
                     Thanks, Dr. Klein.


  22  BACK TO SCENE                                                22  

      She hangs up.  Lois and Clark look at each other.

                                      LOIS
                     I think we better call that real
                     estate guy.
                           (trying to remember)
                     What's his name?

                                      CLARK
                     Dave Miller.

      Clark takes the phone from her and dials.

                                      CLARK (CONT'D)
                     Never let it be said that I don't
                     pull my weight in this marriage.
                           (into phone)
                     Yes.  I'd like to speak to Dave
                     Miller.
                           (beat)
                     Yes, he's one of your brokers.  I
                     saw him at a house today.
                           (beat)
                     Okay, thanks.

      He looks at Lois.

                                      DR. KLEIN
                     Right.  Okay.  To the point.  If
                     Superman hadn't been able to save
                     the space station, the main
                     thrusters were programmed to stop
                     and the altitude thrusters would've
                     fired anyway and the station
                     would've saved itself.

                                      LOIS
                     You mean, it was never in danger?

                                      DR. KLEIN
                     Exactly.

                                      CLARK
                     But why program it to put itself in
                     jeopardy and then rescue itself?

                                      DR. KLEIN
                     That's the sixty-four billion
                     dollar question.

                                      LOIS
                     Thanks, Dr. Klein.


  22  BACK TO SCENE                                                22  

      She hangs up.  Lois and Clark look at each other.

                                      LOIS
                     Maybe that real estate guy wasn't               (X)
                     telling us everything.                          (X)
                           (trying to remember)
                     What's his name?

                                      CLARK
                     Dave Miller.

      She starts to dial.  Clark takes the phone and dials.          (X)

                                      CLARK (CONT'D)
                     Never let it be said that I don't
                     pull my weight in this marriage.
                           (into phone)
                     Yes. I'd like to speak to Dave
                     Miller.
                           (beat)
                     Yes, he's one of your brokers.  I
                     saw him at a house today.
                           (beat)
                     Okay, thanks.

      He looks at Lois.
 

                                      LOIS
                     They don't have a broker named
                     'Dave Miller'?

                                      CLARK
                     Bingo.

                                      LOIS & CLARK
                     Jimmy!

      Jimmy materializes in the doorway.

                                      JIMMY
                     Good news.  She's single.

                                      CLARK
                     Great.  Call Det. Kuryama and see
                     if we can get some mug shots on
                     guys who might do real estate scams
                     and/or be an expert in microwave
                     technology.

                                      JIMMY
                           (sarcastic)
                     Oh, they're related.

                                      LOIS
                           (smiling)
                     Less sarcasm, more abject
                     servitude.

      Jimmy backs out bowing and scraping.

                                      JIMMY
                     We are not worthy.  We are not --

      Jimmy suddenly backs into Perry, who rushes in.

                                      PERRY
                     Clark!  Lois!  I just got an
                     anonymous call that there's a bomb
                     scheduled to go off across town in
                     front of the Metropolis Natural
                     History Museum in one minute.  It's
                     in a backpack by the lion.

                                      LOIS
                           (to Clark)
                     Clark, you get the Jeep!

      Clark bolts out of the room to change into Superman.  Lois
      gathers up her notepad and Clark's as she prepares to run
      out.  OFFSCREEN we HEAR the familiar WHOOSH of Superman.
 

 

                                      LOIS
                     They don't have a broker named
                     'Dave Miller"?

                                      CLARK
                     Bingo.

                                      LOIS & CLARK
                     Jimmy!

      Jimmy materializes in the doorway.  How he's wearing a         (X)
      goofy fly fishing hat peppered with lures.                     (X)

                                      JIMMY
                     Good news.  She's single.

                                      CLARK
                     Great.  Call Det. Kuramoto, and see
                     if we can Vet some mug shots on
                     guys who might do real estate scams
                     and/or be an expert in microwave
                     technology.

                                      JIMMY
                           (sarcastic)
                     Oh, they're related.

                                      LOIS
                           (smiling)
                     Less sarcasm, more abject
                     servitude.

      Jimmy backs out bowing and scraping.

                                      JIMMY
                     I'm not worthy.  I'm not --

      Jimmy suddenly backs into Perry, who rushes in.  Perry         (X)
      absent-mindedly carries a fly fishing reel with about          (X)
      twenty feet of line in loops hanging from his hand.            (X)

                                      PERRY
                     Clark!  Lois!  I just got an
                     anonymous call that there's a bomb
                     scheduled to go off across town in
                     front of the Metropolis Natural
                     History Museum in one minute.  It's
                     in a backpack by the lion.

                                      LOIS
                           (to Clark)
                     Clark, you get the car!
                                    LOIS (CONT'D)
                     Has anybody called the --

                                      PERRY
                     Cops have already been notified.

      From inside the conference room we watch as Perry shoots
      after Lois out into the bullpen.

                                      PERRY (CONT'D)
                     Jimmy, pull me what we got on the
                     museum!

      Jimmy dashes off.

                                      PERRY (CONT'D)
                           (shouting furiously)
                     Jane, yank Plastino off whatever
                     he's doing and get him up here!
                     Ricky, you and Dwyer head over to
                     the police station.  Come on,
                     people, move Move MOVE!  It's
                     called 'news' because we get it
                     before anybody else!

                                                         CUT TO:


  23  EXTREME CLOSEUP - THE STAR BOMB                              23  

      The Star Bomb silently counts down.  It's in a dark space.

                                                         CUT TO:


  24  EXT. METROPOLIS NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM - AFTERNOON           24  

      MRS. HOFAKER, a teacher in her 40's, sits on the steps on
      the museum with twenty kids from her 2nd Grade Class, having
      lunch.  They sit under one of the two statues positioned on
      the steps.  Every single kid seems to wear a backpack or
      have one near him.

      There's a WHOOSH and a swirling of lunch bags and napkins
      and Superman JUMPS IN to a landing.  The kids all oooh and
      ahhh excitedly.

                                      MRS. HOFAKER
                     Superman!

                                      SUPERMAN
                     You've got to leave immediately.
                     There may be a bomb.

      Clark bolts out of the room to change into Superman.  Lois
      gathers up her notepad and Clark's as she prepares to run
      out.  OFFSCREEN we HEAR the familiar WHOOSH of Superman.

                                      PERRY
                     Jenkins, call the police!

      From inside the conference room we watch as Perry shoots
      after Lois out into the bullpen.

                                      PERRY (CONT'D)
                     Jimmy, pull me what we got on the
                     museum!

      Jimmy dashes off.

                                      PERRY (CONT'D)
                          (shouting furiously)
                     Dwyer, yank Plastino off whatever               (X)
                     he's doing and get him up here!
                     Come on, people, move Move MOVE!                (X)
                     It's called 'news' because we get
                     it before anybody else!

                                                         CUT TO:


  23  EXTREME CLOSEUP - THE STAR BOMB                              23  

      The Star Bomb silently counts down.  It's in a dark space.

                                                         CUT TO:

  24  EXT. METROPOLIS NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM - AFTERNOON           24  

      MRS. HOFAKER, a teacher in her 40's, sits on the steps on
      the museum with twenty kids from her 2nd Grade Class, having
      lunch.  They sit under one of the two statues positioned on
      the steps.  Every single kid seems to wear a backpack or
      have one near him.

      There's a WHOOSH and a swirling of lunch bags and napkins
      and Superman JUMPS IN to a landing.  The kids all oooh and
      ahhh excitedly.

                                      MRS. HOFAKER
                     Superman!

                                      SUPERMAN
                     You've got to leave immediately.
                     There may be a bomb.

 

                                      LITTLE GIRL
                     Cool!

                                      LITTLE BOY
                     I want to stay!

      Superman quickly X-RAYS the area and finds the backpack with
      something suspicious in it.  He wades through the kids and
      rips it open.

                                      MRS. HOFAKER
                     Is that the bomb?!

      There's a jumble of electronic parts and another note.

                                      SUPERMAN
                     It's not here.

      Mrs. Hofaker sags in relief.  Superman reads the note.

                                      SUPERMAN (CONT'D)
                           (reading aloud)
                     'Superman, if you're reading this,
                     I assume you got my message.
                     Here's the location of the real
                     bomb.  It's on this micro-CD.
                     Unfortunately, you have to assemble
                     the player in time to play it.  One
                     more minute.  Good luck.'

      Sarah, who's exited the museum while Superman was reading
      the note, hurries up to him.

                                      SARAH
                     Superman, what's going on?

                                      SUPERMAN
                     A very dangerous riddle.  Now if
                     you'll excuse me, I've got to
                     concentrate.

      Sarah picks up the note that Superman drops as he kneels
      down on the steps and immediately tries to piece the parts
      together at SUPERSPEED.

                                      LITTLE BOY
                     Can we help?

                                      LITTLE GIRL
                     I can do my Four Times Table; wanna
                     hear?  Four times one is four.
                     Four times two is eight.  Four
                     times three is fourteen.

 

                                      LITTLE BOY
                     Twelve.

                                      LITTLE GIRL
                     No, it's not!

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Kids!

      They stop and look at Superman, who glances back at what
      he's just built.  It looks like a jumbled Walkman.

                                      LITTLE BOY
                           (re: the device)
                     That's stupid.

                                      MRS. HOFAKER
                     Shhh.  Stupid's not a nice word.

      Superman's hands BLUR again, rebuilding the device.

                                                         CUT TO


  25  SOMEWHERE DARK                                               25  

      The Star-Bomb continues counting down.  It seems stuck to
      the ceiling of someplace.

                                                         CUT TO:


  26  EXT. METROPOLIS MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY - DAY              26  

      This time it looks like a smashed mass of electronic
      spaghetti.  The micro-CD won't fit anywhere.

                                      SARAH
                     Oh, dear.

      She looks like she's about to say more, but then restrains
      herself.  Anxious, Superman takes a deep breath and starts
      again.  His hands BLUR and this time he produces something
      plausible.  He slips the micro-CD in and pushes a button.

                                      A VOICE
                     'Congratulations.  Hope it's not
                     too late.  Here's another puzzle:
                     Twice the square root of Holst is
                     where you start.  Cary Grant knew
                     the direction.  Patrick Henry.'

                                      MRS. HOFAKER
                     That's it?

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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  24  CONTINUED:  2                                                24  

                                      LITTLE BOY
                     Twelve.

                                      LITTLE GIRL
                     No, it's not!

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Kids!

      They stop and look at Superman, who glances back at what
      he's just built.  It looks like a jumbled Walkman.

                                      LITTLE BOY
                          (re: the device)
                     That's stupid.

                                      MRS. HOFAKER
                     Shhh.  Stupid's not a nice word.

      Superman's hands BLUR again, rebuilding the device.

                                                         CUT TO


  25  SOMEWHERE DARK                                               25  

      The Star Bomb continues counting down.  It seems stuck to
      the ceiling of someplace.

                                                         CUT TO:

  26  EXT. METROPOLIS MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY - DAY              26  

      This time it looks like a smashed mass of electronic
      spaghetti.  The micro-CD won't fit anywhere.

                                      SARAH
                     Oh, dear.

      She looks like she's about to say more, but then restrains
      herself.  Anxious, Superman takes a deep breath and starts
      again.  His hands BLUR and this time he produces something
      plausible.  He slips the micro-CD in and pushes a button.

                                      CHING (V.O.)
                           (slightly disguised)
                     'Congratulations.  But the bomb's               (X)
                     still ticking.  Here's another                  (X)
                     puzzle:  Twice the square root of
                     Holst is where you start.  Cary
                     Grant knew the direction.  Patrick
                     Henry.'

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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  26  CONTINUED:                                                   26  

                                      MRS. HOFAKER
                     That's it?

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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  26  CONTINUED:                                                   26  

      Superman glances at Sarah.

                                      SARAH
                     Don't look at me, I can't even do
                     crosswords.

                                      SUPERMAN
                           (thinking aloud)
                     Okay.  The only Holst I know of is
                     Gustav Holst, the composer.  He
                     wrote a symphony called 'The
                     Planets'.  There are nine planets,
                     so the square root of nine is
                     three.

                                      LITTLE BOY
                     I can do my Three Tables!  Three
                     times one is three!  Three times
                     two is -- !

                                      MRS. HOFAKER
                     Not now, Sammy.

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Twice three is six.

                                      LITTLE BOY
                     I knew that!

                                      SUPERMAN
                     But the sixth what?  Or six of
                     what?

                                      SARAH
                     It could be anything.

                                      SUPERMAN
                     But if it's based on the symphony
                     'The Planets', the sixth planet is
                     Saturn.

                                      LITTLE GIRL
                     Is that like the Moon?

                                      SUPERMAN
                     No, Saturn has rings around it.

      Superman suddenly notices the logo for the Daily Planet on a
      newspaper inside a newspaper vending machine on the
      sidewalk.  (Or, the Planet logo on the side of the vending
      machine).

                                      SUPERMAN (CONT'D)
                     Just like The Daily Planet logo!

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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  26  CONTINUED:  2                                                26  

      WHOOSH!  He jumps up out of frame. The kids all ooh and
      ahhh again.

                                                         CUT TO:


  27  THE STAR BOMB                                                27  

      It starts to pulse, as if agitated... or getting ready to
      explode.

                                                         CUT TO:


  28  EXT. DAILY PLANET - AFTERNOON                                28  

      Jimmy runs out of the Planet with Lois's cel phone as Lois
      zips around the corner in her Jeep.

                                      JIMMY
                     Lois, you forgot your...!

      Superman JUMPS into frame next to him.

                                      JIMMY (CONT'D)
                     Superman, there's a bomb at the
                     Natural History Museum!

                                      SUPERMAN
                     No, it's not, it's somewhere around
                     here.

                                      JIMMY
                     What?!  But Lois just --

                                      SUPERMAN
                     I'll explain later.
                           (shifting gears)
                     Cary Grant was in 'North by
                     Northwest', right?

                                      JIMMY
                     Yeah.

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Was he in any other movie with
                     compass headings in the title?  Or
                     was there a memorable scene where
                     he talked about some direction?

                                      JIMMY
                     Gee, I'm not a big Cary Grant fan.
                     I'm more of a _Jim_ Carrey kind
                     of...

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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  26  CONTINUED:  3                                                26  

      WHOOSH! He BLURS up out of frame.  The kids all ooh and
      ahhh again.

                                                         CUT TO:

  27  THE STAR BOMB                                                27  

      It starts to pulse, as if agitated... or getting ready to
      explode.

                                                         CUT TO:

  28  EXT. DAILY PLANET - AFTERNOON                                28  

      Jimmy, still wearing his hat, runs out of the Planet with      (X)
      Lois's cel phone as Lois zips around the corner in her Jeep.

                                      JIMMY
                     Lois, you forgot your...!

      Superman JUMPS into frame next to him.

                                      JIMMY (CONT'D)
                     Superman, there's a bomb at the
                     Natural History Museum!

                                      SUPERMAN
                     No, it's not, it's somewhere around
                     here.

                                      JIMMY
                     What?!  But Lois just --

                                      SUPERMAN
                     I'll explain later.
                           (shifting gears)
                     Cary Grant was in 'North by
                     Northwest', right?

                                      JIMMY
                     Yeah.

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Was he in any other movie with
                     compass headings in the title?  Or
                     was there a memorable scene where
                     he talked about some direction?

                                      JIMMY
                     Gee, I'm not a big Cary Grant fan.
                     I'm more of a _Jim_ Carrey kind
                     of...

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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  28  CONTINUED:                                                   28  

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Jimmy!

                                      JIMMY
                     Not that I know of!

      Superman positions himself under the Daily Planet sculpture
      and starts walking North.

                                      SUPERMAN
                     All right, north is this way.

      Jimmy trails along.

                                      SUPERMAN (CONT'D)
                     And Patrick Henry?  What?  A
                     patriot, the Revolutionary war...

                                      JIMMY
                     'Give me liberty or give me death.'

                                      SUPERMAN
                     And death is what'll happen if we
                     don't find that bomb.  So, what's
                     'liberty?'

                                      JIMMY
                     Freedom?  Escape?  Get Out of Jail
                     Free Card?

      Superman shoots him a quick glare.  He looks around,
      thinking aloud.

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Liberty.  Liberty.  Liberty.

      Suddenly, his eyesight zeroes in on something.  SUPERCLOSEUP
      a round, decorative concrete planter on the sidewalk.  (The
      type that's three feet across, small plants in the top,
      looks like it would weigh 500 hundred pounds).  Stamped near
      the base it reads "LIBERTY MFG."  Superman dashes over,
      lifts and turns over the planter as easily as if it were
      made of styrofoam... revealing the bomb attached inside its
      hollowed out center.  The timer is down to 2 seconds.  He
      flicks the planter straight up and it disappears in a BLUR.
      A second later, from high high up we hear a BOOM! and the
      echoes of the blast like distant thunder.

                                      JIMMY
                     Oh!  I just remembered!  Cary Grant
                     was also in 'Destination Tokyo'.

                                      SUPERMAN
                           (smiling)
                     Thanks, Jimmy.

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  28  CONTINUED:                                                   28  

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Jimmy!

                                      JIMMY
                     Not that I know of!

      Superman positions himself under the Daily Planet sculpture
      and starts walking North.

                                      SUPERMAN
                     All right, north is this way.

      Jimmy trails along.

                                      SUPERMAN (CONT'D)
                     And Patrick Henry?  What? A
                     patriot, the Revolutionary war...

                                      JIMMY
                     'Give me liberty or give me death.'

                                      SUPERMAN
                     And death is what'll happen if we
                     don't find that bomb.  So, what's
                     liberty'?

                                      JIMMY
                     Freedom?  Escape?  Get Out of Jail
                     Free Card?

      Superman shoots him a quick glare.  He looks around,
      thinking aloud.

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Liberty.  Liberty.  Liberty.

      Suddenly, his eyesight zeroes in on something.  SUPERCLOSEUP
      a round sewer cover.  Stamped on it are the words "LIBERTY
      MFG."  Superman dashes over, lifts up the cover as easily as
      if it were made of styrofoam... revealing the bomb attached
      underneath.  The timer is down to 2 seconds.  He plucks off
      the bomb and throws it straight up and it disappears in a
      BLUR.  A second later, from high high up we hear a BOOM! and
      the echoes of the blast like distant thunder.

                                      JIMMY
                     Oh!  I just remembered!  Cary Grant
                     was also in 'Destination Tokyo'.

                                      SUPERMAN
                           (smiling)
                     Thanks, Jimmy.  By the way, nice
                     hat.                                            (X)

      Jimmy rolls his eyes upwards and for the first time            (X)
      realizes he's still wearing his flyfishing hat.  He feels      (X)
      like a dope.

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  29  CHING'S POV - SUPERMAN AND JIMMY                             29  

      Talking on the street.


  30  EXT. ALLEY - AFTERNOON                                       30  

      Unseen by Superman, Ching watches from the mouth of the
      alley.  As he continues to watch, Sarah walks up behind him
      from inside the alley.

                                      CHING
                           (clinical)
                     He found it just in time.

                                      SARAH
                     We need to talk.

      Ching turns to look at her.


  31  EXT. DAILY PLANET - AFTERNOON                                31  

      Jimmy looks at Superman.

                                      JIMMY
                     Man, what kind of sick person does
                     something like that?

                                      SUPERMAN
                     I don't --

      Superman suddenly stops in mid-sentence.


  32  SUPERMAN'S POV - CHING                                       32  

      Just barely sticking out past the mouth of the alley.
      _Sarah cannot be seen_.  Ching realizes that he's been
      spotted and quickly ducks back.


  33  BACK TO SUPERMAN                                             33  

      Who BLURS out of frame.


  34  EXT. ALLEY - AFTERNOON                                       34  

      He BLURS to a stop at the mouth of the alley, but when he
      gets there, Ching and Sarah are gone.  Jimmy sprints up as
      Superman looks around the alley in surprise... where could
      Ching have gone.

                                      JIMMY
                     Superman, what'd you see?

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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  34  CONTINUED:                                                   34  

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Dave Miller.

                                      JIMMY
                     The real estate guy?  Where'd he
                     go?

                                      SUPERMAN
                           (beat)
                     I don't know.

                                                         FADE OUT.

                         _END OF ACT TWO_

                            --page break--
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  34  CONTINUED:                                                   34  

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Dave Miller.  A guy Clark told me
                     about.                                          (X)

                                      JIMMY
                     The real estate guy?  Where'd he
                     go?

                                      SUPERMAN
                           (beat)
                     I don't know.

                                                         FADE OUT.

                         _END OF ACT TWO_

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                               _ACT THREE_

      FADE IN:


  35  EXT. ALLEY - DAY                                             35  

      Superman and Jimmy stand in the mouth of the alley.

                                      JIMMY
                     Are you sure you saw him?

                                      SUPERMAN
                     I saw Dave Miller.  Look, beep
                     Lois and Clark and tell them to
                     meet me at the house they went to
                     this morning.  I want to see if
                     there're any clues they might've
                     overlooked.

                                      JIMMY
                     You got it.

      He starts to back away and there's an OFF SCREEN Whoosh and
      Jimmy enviously shakes his head as he watches Superman go.

                                      JIMMY (CONT'D)
                     Up, up and awayyyy.

      He turns and jogs towards the Planet.

                                                         CUT TO:


  36  INT. DARK, SPOOKY VOID - AFTERNOON (AS IF WE COULD TELL)     36  

      Sarah paces as Ching sits at the same table we saw when he
      was building the bomb.  The strange MUSIC plays in the
      background.  A small plate is before Ching, the remnants of
      a meager, ascetic meal on it.  A short, tubular glass of
      water is next to the plate.  Sarah's food and glass are
      untouched.

                                      SARAH
                     The bomb almost exploded.

                                      CHING
                     Correction.  It did explode, but
                     your able-bodied friend managed to
                     toss it into the ionosphere in
                     another modest display of strength.

                                      SARAH
                     He's not my 'friend'.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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                            _ACT THREE_

      FADE IN:

  35  EXT. ALLEY - DAY                                             35  

      Superman and Jimmy stand in the mouth of the alley.

                                      JIMMY
                     Are you sure you saw him?

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Absolutely.  Look, beep Lois and
                     Clark and tell them to meet me at
                     the house they went to this
                     morning.  I want to see if there're
                     any clues they or the guys from                 (X)
                     Star Labs might've overlooked.                  (X)

                                      JIMMY
                     You got it.

      He starts to back away and there's an OFF SCREEN Whoosh and
      Jimmy checks his watch.  He shakes his head and whistles.      (X)

                                      JIMMY (CONT'D)
                           (to himself)                              (X)
                     Time to rock.                                   (X)

      He turns and jogs towards the Planet.

                                                         CUT TO:


  36  INT. DARK, SPOOKY VOID - AFTERNOON (AS IF WE COULD TELL)     36  

      Sarah paces as Ching sits at the same table we saw when he
      was building the bomb.  The strange MUSIC plays in the
      background.  A small plate is before Ching, the remnants of
      a meager, ascetic meal on it.  A short, tubular glass of
      water is next to the plate.  Sarah's food and glass are
      untouched.

                                      SARAH
                     The bomb almost exploded.

                                      CHING
                     Correction.  It did explode, but
                     your able-bodied friend managed to
                     toss it into the ionosphere in
                     another modest display of strength.

                                      SARAH
                     He's not my 'friend'.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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  36  CONTINUED:                                                   36  

                                      CHING
                     No, no, you're right.  Perhaps
                     friend is too mild a word.  Perhaps
                     your feelings are stronger.  How
                     else could you explain that when he
                     tempts you with a donut you
                     succumb?

                                      SARAH
                     Who had a cappuccino?

                                      CHING
                           (stiffly)
                     I didn't enjoy that.

                                      SARAH
                     Ching, you're being ridiculous.
                     You know where my feelings lie.

      Ching points at her earrings.

                                      CHING
                     Really?  What about these... these
                     ear adornments!?  And these
                     clothes?  And...
                           (he sniffs, then
                            wrinkles his nose)
                     ... you're wearing chemical
                     compounds!

                                      SARAH
                     Everyone does.  It's harmless.  It
                     means nothing.

                                      CHING
                     What's next, liposuction?  It must
                     mean something otherwise _you_
                     wouldn't take the time to seek it
                     out and apply it.  I suppose _he_
                     likes it.

      Ching touches Sarah on the forearm as she was about to turn
      away.  She jerks it away.

                                      SARAH
                     You forget yourself.

                                      CHING
                           (pissed)
                     On the contrary, _you_ have
                     forgotten who _you_ are.  And why
                     we are here.  What about all those
                     who depend on us?
                                      (MORE)

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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  36  CONTINUED:                                                   36  

                                      CHING
                     No, no, you're right.  Maybe                    (X)
                     friend is too mild a word.  Maybe               (X)
                     your feelings are stronger.  How
                     else could you explain that when he
                     tempts you with a donut you give                (X)
                     in?

                                      SARAH
                     Who had a cappuccino?

                                      CHING
                           (stiffly)
                     I didn't enjoy that.

                                      SARAH
                     Ching, you're being ridiculous.
                     You know where my feelings lie.

      Ching points at her earrings.

                                      CHING
                     Really?  What about these... these
                     ear adornments!?  And these
                     clothes?  And...
                           (he sniffs, then
                            wrinkles his nose)
                     ... you're wearing chemical
                     compounds!

                                      SARAH
                     Everyone does.  It's harmless.  It
                     means nothing.

                                      CHING
                     What's next, liposuction?  It must
                     mean something otherwise _you_
                     wouldn't take the time to 'go                   (X)
                     shopping' and use it.  I suppose                (X)
                     he likes it.

      Ching touches Sarah on the forearm as she was about to turn
      away.  She jerks it away.

                                      SARAH
                     You forget yourself.

                                      CHING
                           (pissed)
                     On the contrary, _you've_                       (X)
                     forgotten who _you_ are. And why
                     we're here.                                     (X)
                                      (MORE)

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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  36  CONTINUED:  2                                                36  

                                      CHING (CONT'D)
                     While you've been indulging
                     yourself, I have been pushing ahead
                     to complete our plan.

                                      SARAH
                           (flaring)
                     And you're pushing too hard.

                                      CHING
                     _Life_ is _hard_.  _Our life is_
                     _hard_.  People may die, but
                     remember our goal.

      He stares at Sarah.  She meets his eyes.

                                      SARAH
                           (beat; a shade of
                            sadness)
                     I remember.

      There is a further beat of awkwardness between them, then
      Sarah slowly swims out of it.  She seems to steel herself
      for a hard task she must face.

                                      CHING
                     Good, then I suggest we should
                     proceed.

      Sarah nods slightly in agreement.

                                      CHING (CONT'D)
                     We know his strength and
                     intelligence, now we shall plumb
                     the depths of his soul.

      He picks up a small, thin glass and toasts.

                                      CHING (CONT'D)
                           (in a foreign language)
                     L'ete ve'me com emmeg.  Ozemo ta'me
                     com, l'ete.  Leo ze'me com ozemo.

      SUBTITLED ON SCREEN: "The Code before nation.  Nation before
      family.  Family before self."

      Sarah raises her glass.

                                      SARAH
                           (same foreign language)
                     Leo ze'me com ozemo.

      SUBTITLED ON SCREEN: "Family before self."

      They both drink.

                                                         CUT TO:

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  36  CONTINUED:  2                                                36  

                                      CHING (CONT'D)
                     While you've been indulging
                     yourself, I have been pushing ahead
                     to complete our plan.

                                      SARAH
                           (flaring)
                     And you're pushing too hard.

                                      CHING
                     _Life_ is _hard_.  _Our life is_
                     _hard_.  People may die, but
                     remember our goal.

      He stares at Sarah.  She meets his eyes.

                                      SARAH
                           (beat; a shade of
                            sadness)
                     I remember.

      There is a further beat of awkwardness between them, then
      Sarah slowly swims out of it.  She seems to steel herself
      for a hard task she must face.

                                      CHING
                     Good, then I suggest we should
                     proceed.

      Sarah nods slightly in agreement.

                                      CHING (CONT'D)
                     We know his strength and
                     intelligence, now we'll see where               (X)
                     his heart really lies.

      He picks up a small, thin glass and toasts.

                                      CHING (CONT'D)
                           (in a foreign language)
                     L'ete ve'me com emmeg.  Ozemo ta'me
                     com l'ete.  Leo ze'me com ozemo.

      SUBTITLED ON SCREEN: "The Code before nation.  Nation before
      family.  Family before self."

      Sarah raises her glass.

                                      SARAH
                           (same foreign language)
                     Leo ze'me com ozemo.

      SUBTITLED ON SCREEN: "Family before self."

      They both drink.

                                      CUT TO:

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      "THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY"  (#21)   C. Ruppenthal  3/5/96  32.    


  37  EXT. BACKYARD - 3015 CHARLOTTE DRIVE - AFTERNOON             37  

      Clark stands near the satellite dish as we hear a car door
      SLAM and Lois appears, striding around the corner.

                                      LOIS
                     So you think you saw Dave Miller in
                     the alley?

                                      CLARK
                     Yes, but when I got there, he was
                     gone.
                           (holds up a hand)
                     Don't ask me, he just was.

                                      LOIS
                     So what are we looking for?

                                      CLARK
                     Anything unusual, no matter how
                     unimportant it seems.

                                      LOIS
                     Roger...

      She starts hunting around the yard as Clark slowly
      approaches the satellite dish.  He quickly checks to make
      sure no neighbors are looking, then he X-RAYS the whole
      thing.  They talk throughout.

                                      LOIS (CONT'D)
                     ... but one thing's been bugging
                     me.  What's in it for Dave Miller?
                     Why would he do all this?  The
                     space station was a self-correcting
                     disaster.

                                      CLARK
                     But the bomb in the planter wasn't.

      Lois just shrugs; she doesn't have an answer for that.
      Clark finishes x-raying and shakes his head.

                                      CLARK (CONT'D)
                     El zippo.
                           (looks at Lois)
                     It's definitely strange.  For a
                     moment I thought they might've been
                     attempts to get me out of the way
                     so some other crimes could be
                     committed, but nothing's happened.

                                      LOIS
                     Or been reported.
                           (Clark nods)
                     It's almost like you're being
                     tested.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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  37  EXT. BACKYARD - 3015 CHARLOTTE DRIVE - AFTERNOON             37  

      Clark stands near the satellite dish as we hear a car door
      SLAM and Lois appears, striding around the corner.

                                      LOIS
                     Okay, I'll bite, why would Dave
                     Miller have been lurking in the
                     alley?

                                      CLARK
                     You've got me; but if he _is_
                     connected to the space station and
                     the bombing, he's either crazy, or
                     really smart.

                                      LOIS.
                     Or worse... a really smart madman.
                           (looks around)
                     So what are we looking for?

                                      CLARK
                     Anything unusual, no matter how
                     unimportant it seems.

      She starts hunting around the yard as Clark slowly
      approaches the satellite dish.

                                      LOIS
                           (thinking aloud)
                     All right, let's assume the worst
                     case scenario: he's a really smart
                     madman.  This has got to be
                     something big.  Here's a guy who
                     can out-think the space program...

                                      CLARK
                     ... and is willing to risk hundreds
                     of lives.

                                      LOIS
                     But why would he do all this?  The
                     space station was a bluff...

                                      CLARK
                     The bomb under that manhole cover               (X)
                     wasn't a bluff.

      Lois just shrugs; she doesn't have an answer for that.
      Clark X-RAYS the satellite dish, then shakes his head.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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  37  CONTINUED:                                                   37  
                                      CLARK
                     Or set up for something bigger.

                                      LOIS
                           (pointing)
                     Here's a dime.  We can use it
                     towards a downpayment.

      Clark decides this is the opportunity he's been waiting for
      to blurt out his happy secret.

                                      CLARK
                     Speaking of money, I made a deposit
                     on this house today.

                                      LOIS
                           (smiling)
                     Very funny.

                                      CLARK
                     No, I'm serious.

                                      LOIS
                     Clark, are you out of your mind?!

                                      CLARK
                           (defensive)
                     Wait a minute!  You're the one
                     who's always telling me to be
                     spontaneous!  You know, 'take a
                     chance!' Carpe diem!  Seize the
                     day!

                                      LOIS
                           (backpedaling)
                     Sure, but that's about little
                     things, like brown shoes with a
                     grey suit!  Or coleslaw on a
                     pastrami sandwich.  But not this!
                     This is huge!  This is colossal!
                     This is a life altering decision
                     that could have repercussions for
                     decades!

                                      CLARK
                     Are we talking about more than
                     buying a house here?

                                      LOIS
                     Yes!  You made a downpayment on the
                     assumption that --

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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  37  CONTINUED:                                                   37  

                                      CLARK
                     El zippo.
                           (looks at Lois)
                     It's definitely strange.  For a
                     moment I thought they might've been
                     attempts to get me out of the way
                     so some other crimes could be
                     committed, but nothing's happened.

                                      LOIS
                     It's... almost like you're being...
                     tested.

                                      CLARK
                     Or set up for something bigger.
                           (beat; mulls)
                     Yeah.  Definitely.  Something
                     bigger.

                                      LOIS
                           (pointing)
                     Here's a dime.  We can use it
                     towards a down payment.

      Clark decides this is the opportunity he's been waiting for
      to blurt out his happy secret.

                                      CLARK
                     Speaking of money, I was thinking               (X)
                     of making an offer on this house                (X)
                     today.

                                      LOIS
                           (smiling)
                     Very funny.

                                      CLARK
                     No, I'm serious.

                                      LOIS
                     What?

                                      CLARK
                     You're happy, right?  That's your
                     happy look, right?  _Surprised_,
                     but happy...

                                      LOIS
                     Clark, are you out of your mind?!

                                                                     (X)

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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  37  CONTINUED:  2                                                37  

                                      CLARK
                     Whoa whoa whoa, Lois.  It's just a
                     deposit, a couple thousand bucks to
                     hold the house for two weeks so we
                     can have some time to talk about
                     it.  We can always back out.

                                      LOIS
                     Great!  Fine!  But how do you know
                     I even want a house now?

                                      CLARK
                     Because when we came here this
                     morning you said you could
                     definitely go for a place like
                     this!

                                      LOIS
                     Hey, I like the Grand Canyon, but I
                     don't want to buy it!
                           (calming a bit)
                     Oh, Clark...
                           (gestures at backyard)
                     ... look at this.  It's like every
                     backyard I grew up in; I'm having
                     hot flashes just thinking about it.
                     The barbecue's over there, the
                     swing set's over here.  Mom's in
                     the lounge chair getting drunk,
                     Daddy's burning steaks trying to
                     explain why he was kissing Mrs.
                     Bellcanto in the kitchen and I'm in
                     _hell_.

      Clark comes over to comfort Lois.

                                      CLARK
                     Lois, we're talking about us.

                                      LOIS
                           (twisting away)
                     It's not just that.

                                      CLARK
                     What?  Are you afraid of... putting
                     down roots?

                                      LOIS
                           (beat)
                     What if I am?  It's just that, your
                     memories of growing up are so
                     different from mine.  Your family
                     life was so _good_ and _nice_.  I
                     don't know if I can give you what
                     you want.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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  37  CONTINUED:  2                                                37  

                                      CLARK
                           (defensive)
                     You're the one who's always                     (X)
                     telling me to be spontaneous!  You
                     know, 'take a chance!'  Carpe diem!
                     Seize the day!

                                      LOIS
                           (backpedaling)
                     Sure, but that's about little
                     things, like brown shoes with a
                     grey suit!  Or coleslaw on a
                     pastrami sandwich.  But not this!
                     This is huge!  This is colossal!
                     This is a life altering decision
                     that could have repercussions for
                     decades!
                                      CLARK
                     Whoa whoa whoa, Lois.  I haven't
                     done anything yet.                              (X)

                                      LOIS
                     How do you know I even want a                   (X)
                     house?

                                      CLARK
                     This morning you said you really
                     liked this place.

                                      LOIS
                     I really like the Grand Canyon, but
                     I don't want to buy it!
                           (calming a bit)
                     Oh, Clark...
                           (beat)
                     It's just such a big step.  You
                     know?

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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  37  CONTINUED:  3                                                37  

      Clark pulls Lois close and this time she doesn't pull away.

                                      CLARK
                     Lois, you've already given me what
                     I want.  You.  I don't care if we
                     live in a yurt, as long as we're
                     together.

      Lois wraps her arms around Clark's neck and they kiss.  She
      suddenly pulls back, her mind still partially spinning over
      the whole idea of buying this house.

                                      LOIS
                     And besides, do you really want to
                     buy this house?  A place from
                     where some bad guy nearly crashed
                     the space station?  What's next, we
                     find out it's built over an Indian
                     graveyard?!

      Clark smiles and holds up his hands in mock surrender.

                                      CLARK
                     All right.  I apologize.  Maybe I
                     was a little hasty.  So let's drop
                     it for now and get back to work.

                                      LOIS
                     And that money's definitely
                     refundable?

                                      CLARK
                     Lois...

                                      LOIS
                     Just checking.

      Her mind still on money, she stoops to pick up the dime she
      saw earlier, but when she does, she frowns in surprise.

                                      LOIS (CONT'D)
                     Clark, look.  It's not a dime at
                     all.

                                      CLARK
                     It's a micro-transmitter.

                                      LOIS
                     Then this is what Dr. Klein homed
                     in on.  The satellite dish was a
                     decoy.

                                      CLARK
                     He did say plus or minus six feet.
                     Let me see.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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  37  CONTINUED:  4                                                37  

                                      CLARK
                     I just... thought, after we got                 (X)
                     married, we'd wanna put down                    (X)
                     roots.                                          (X)
                           (off her nervous look)                    (X)
                     Lois...?

                                      LOIS
                     I just don't know... if I'm gonna
                     be very good at that.                           (X)

      He watches her, puzzled by her reaction.  She recovers,
      leans down to pick up the "dime."

                                      LOIS (CONT'D)
                     We'd better get back to work.  So
                     far my search has turned up one...              (X)
                           (stares at it)                            (X)
                     Clark, look.  It's not a dime at
                     all.

                                      CLARK
                     It's a micro-transmitter.

                                      LOIS
                     Then this is what Dr. Klein homed
                     in on.  The satellite dish was a
                     decoy.

                                      CLARK
                     He did say plus or minus six feet.
                     Let me see.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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  37  CONTINUED:  4                                                37  

      Lois drops the micro-transmitter into Clark's hand.  As soon
      as it touches him, a hologram of the black body-suited
      Ching springs up.  Both Clark and Lois jump back in
      surprise.

                                      CHING HOLOGRAM
                     Finally, it's about time you found
                     this, Superman.  Or should I say
                     Super-slow-man?  Wait, don't
                     answer.  I just wanted to say
                     'Hello' and tell you that you'll be
                     seeing a lot more of me soon.  The
                     best... and worst... are yet to
                     come.  Farewell.

      The hologram snaps out of existence.  Lois and Clark look at
      each other.

                                                         CUT TO:


  38  EXT. KENTS' UTILITY SHED - SMALLVILLE - AFTERNOON            38  

      JONATHAN and MARTHA emerge from the shed, carrying old,
      empty milking cans, two long fluorescent tubes, and some
      electrical wire.  They both turn back as Jonathan locks the
      door.

                                      MARTHA
                     These'll be perfect for my modern
                     sculpture class.

                                      JONATHAN
                     But how're you going to light up
                     both of them?

                                      MARTHA
                           (smiling)
                     I haven't figured that part out
                     yet.

      They turn around and suddenly there is a person standing
      there who hadn't been there a moment before: it's Ching.  He
      wears jeans and a flannel shirt over his black body suit.

                                      CHING
                           (smiling)
                     Mr. and Mrs. Kent?

                                      JONATHAN
                     Yes?

      Ching holds out his hand.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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  37  CONTINUED:  4                                                37  

      Lois drops the micro-transmitter into Clark's hand.  As soon
      as it touches him, a _hologram_ of Ching's face and head
      springs up.  Both Clark and Lois jump back in surprise.

                                      CHING HOLOGRAM
                     Finally, it's about time you found
                     this, Superman.  Or should I say
                     Super-slow-man?  Wait, don't
                     answer. I  just wanted to say
                     'Hello' and tell you that you'll be
                     seeing a lot more of me soon.  The
                     best... and worst... are yet to
                     come.  Farewell.

      The hologram snaps out of existence.  Lois and Clark look at
      each other.

                                                         CUT TO:

  38  OMITTED                                                      38  


 38A  EXT. SMALL FISHING CABIN - AFTERNOON                        38A  

      Perry and Jimmy, in full flyfishing gear, emerge from the      (X)
      cabin with their rods and creels.  Perry shows Jimmy a fly.    (X)

                                      PERRY
                     Now this here is a wooly coachman,              (X)
                     also known as a goopie worm.                    (X)

                                      JIMMY
                     And fish actually eat these?                    (X)

      Perry turns to lock the door.  Jimmy turns with him.           (X)

                                      PERRY
                     Faster than you can say 'trout                  (X)
                     almondine'.

      They turn back around and suddenly there is a person           (X)
      standing there who hadn't been there a moment before: it's
      Ching.  He wears jeans and a flannel shirt.

                                      CHING
                           (smiling)
                     Mr. White?  Mr. Olsen?                          (X)

                                      PERRY
                     Yes?                                            (X)

      Ching holds out his hand.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
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  38  CONTINUED:                                                   38  

                                      CHING
                     I'm Dave Miller.

      As they all shake, Ching's eyes go hard.

                                                         CUT TO:


  39  INT. STAR LABS - DAY                                         39  

      Dr. Klein stands in front of a computer keyboard and monitor
      hooked up to a sophisticated microscope.  Lois and Clark
      watch from behind him.

                                      DR. KLEIN
                     I've gotta tell you it's like
                     nothing I've ever seen.

      We see the interior of the micro-transmitter on the computer
      monitor.  The magnification of the circuitry is so great
      we're almost down to the atomic level, and yet still we see
      wiring.

                                      DR. KLEIN (CONT'D)
                     Whoever built this is a genius.
                     I'm down to almost the atomic-level
                     and there's still circuitry.  Oh...
                     hold on... there seems to be some
                     lettering here...

      On the monitor screen, as Klein works the mouse and the
      picture seems to pan across the circuitry, we slowly reveal
      the words "CHING CO."

                                      CLARK
                           (reading)
                     'Ching Co.'

      Lois quickly dials a phone.

                                      LOIS
                           (into phone)
                     Jimmy!  We need the address of a
                     company called 'Ching Co.', two
                     words, last's an abbreviation.


  40  INT. DAILY PLANET - AFTERNOON                                40  

      Jimmy's on the phone at his desk, his hands already flying
      over the keyboard of his computer.

                                      JIMMY
                     If you hold a sec, I'll try to find
                     it now.

                            --page break--
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 38A  CONTINUED:                                                  38A  

                                      CHING
                     I'm Dave Miller.

      As they all shake, Ching's eyes go hard.

                                                         CUT TO:

  39  INT. STAR LABS - DAY                                         39  

      Dr. Klein stands in front of a computer keyboard and monitor
      hooked up to a sophisticated microscope.  Lois and Clark
      watch from behind him.

                                      DR. KLEIN
                     I've gotta tell you it's like
                     nothing I've ever seen.

      We see the interior of the micro-transmitter on the computer
      monitor.  The magnification of the circuitry is so great
      we're almost down to the atomic level, and yet still we see
      wiring.

                                      DR. KLEIN (CONT'D)
                     Whoever built this is a genius.
                     I'm down to almost the atomic level
                     and there's still circuitry.  Oh...
                     hold on... there seems to be some
                     lettering here...

      On the monitor screen, as Klein works the mouse and the
      picture seems to pan across the circuitry, we slowly reveal
      the words "CHING LTD."

                                      CLARK
                           (reading)
                     'Ching Limited.'

      Lois quickly dials a phone.

                                      LOIS
                           (into phone)
                     Hello, Roberta?  We need the                    (X)
                     address of a company called 'Ching
                     Limited', two words, last's an
                     abbreviation.
                           (beat)
                     Sure, I'll hold.                                (X)

                                      CLARK
                     Dr. Klein, is there anything else?

                                      DR. KLEIN
                     No, but if I find more, I'll call.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
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  41  BACK TO LOIS                                                 41  

                                      LOIS
                     Go for it.

                                      CLARK
                     Dr. Klein, is there anything else?

                                      DR. KLEIN
                     No, but if I find more, I'll call.

                                      CLARK
                     Thanks.

                                      JIMMY
                     Ask and ye shall receive!  Ching
                     Co. is at Four-seventy-three
                     Barreto.  Suite One-Oh-Six.

                                      LOIS
                     Got it!
                           (to Clark)
                     Let's go pay'em a visit.

      They dash out.

                                                         CUT TO:


  42  EXT. 473 BARRETO - A BROWNSTONE - DAY                        42  

      Lois and Clark pull up in Lois's Jeep and jump out.  They
      take the steps two at a time.


  43  INT. SUITE 106 - DAY                                         43  

      Ching, in his black body suit, sits alone on a metal folding
      chair in the middle of an empty apartment.  He watches two
      television sets; their sound is turned off.  We CAN'T see
      what's on them.  The doorbell rings.

                                      CHING
                           (without looking)
                     It's open.

      Lois and Clark cautiously enter.

                                      CHING (CONT'D)
                     Good.  You're here.  Now the real
                     fun begins.

                                      LOIS
                     Listen, Miller, or whoever you are,
                     if we don't get some answers,
                     Superman's going to come through
                     that door in about two seconds.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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  39  CONTINUED:                                                   39  

                                      CLARK
                     Thanks.

                                      LOIS
                           (listens to phone)                        (X)
                     Yes!
                           (grabs pen, writes)                       (X)
                     Four-seventy-three Barreto.  Suite
                     One-Oh-Six.  Got it!  Thanks!                   (X)
                           (to Clark)
                     Let's go pay'em a visit.

      They dash out.

                                                         CUT TO:

  40                                                               40  
THRU  OMITTED                                                    THRU  
  41                                                               41  


  42  EXT. 473 BARRETO - A BROWNSTONE - DAY                        42  

      Lois and Clark pull up in Lois's Jeep and jump out.  They
      take the steps two at a time.


  43  INT. SUITE 106 - DAY                                         43  

      Ching, in a black commando-type outfit, sits alone on a
      metal folding chair in the middle of an empty apartment.  He
      watches two television sets; their sound is turned off.  We
      CAN'T see what's on them.  The doorbell rings.

                                      CHING
                           (without looking)
                     It's open.

      Lois and Clark cautiously enter.

                                      CHING (CONT'D)
                     Good.  You're here.  Now the real
                     fun begins.

                                      LOIS
                     Listen, Miller, or whoever you are,
                     if we don't get some answers,
                     Superman's going to come through
                     that door in about two seconds.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
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  43  CONTINUED:                                                   43  

                                      CHING
                     Oh, really?  One.  Two.

      Nothing happens.

                                      CHING (CONT'D)
                     Oops, did I miss him?  Or perhaps
                     you were exaggerating a bit?  I
                     guess we'll have to go on without
                     him then.

      He gestures at the TVs.  For the first time, Lois and Clark
      notice what's on the screens.


  44  CLARK'S POV -  THE TWO TV SCREENS                            44  

      on one we see Jonathan and Martha tied up outside their
      utility shed, a larger, more sophisticated Star Bomb next to
      them than the one we saw Superman dispose of earlier.  On
      the second screen, another Star Bomb that is the twin to the
      one next to the Kents.  This one on the patio outside
      Clark's apartment.


  45  BACK TO SCENE                                                45  

                                      CLARK
                     No!

                                      CHING
                     Now here's the interesting dilemma:
                     the two bombs are electronically
                     linked.  Stop one, the other one
                     goes off.  Separate them, say by
                     throwing one into space, the other
                     one goes off.  So... do you save
                     Metropolis, or your parents?  What
                     do you say, Clark... or should I
                     say, Superman?

      Clark grabs Ching by the neck, but Ching remains completely
      relaxed.

                                      CLARK
                     Why are you doing this?!

                                      SARAH (O.S.)
                     Because we need to know.

      Lois and Clark turn to see Sarah in a black body suit
      identical to Ching's; she's been hiding it under her regular
      clothes all along.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
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  43  CONTINUED:                                                   43  

                                      CHING
                     Oh, really?  One.  Two.

      Nothing happens.

                                      CHING (CONT'D)
                     Oops, did I miss him?  Or perhaps
                     you were exaggerating a bit?  I
                     guess we'll have to go on without
                     him then.

      He gestures at the TVs.  For the first time, Lois and Clark
      notice what's on the screens.


  44  CLARK'S POV - THE TWO TV SCREENS                             44  

      On one we see Perry and Jimmy tied up outside their cabin,     (X)
      a larger, more sophisticated Star Bomb next to them than the
      one we saw Superman dispose of earlier.  On the second
      screen, another Star Bomb that is the twin to the one at the
      cabin.  This one on the patio outside Clark's apartment.       (X)


  45  BACK TO SCENE                                                45  

                                      CLARK
                     No!

                                      CHING
                     Now here's an interesting problem:
                     the two bombs are electronically
                     linked.  Stop one, the other one
                     goes off.  Separate them, say by
                     throwing the one at your apartment
                     into space, the other one goes off.
                     So... do you save Metropolis, or
                     White and Olsen?  What do you say,              (X)
                     Clark... or should I say, Superman?

      Lois reacts and looks at Clark, but Clark's surprise is
      quickly overshadowed by his anger.  Clark grabs Ching by the
      neck, but Ching remains completely relaxed.

                                      CLARK
                     Why are you doing this?!

                                      SARAH (O.S.)
                     Because we need to know.

      Lois and Clark turn to see Sarah.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
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  45  CONTINUED:                                                   45  

                                      LOIS
                     Sarah!  What're you doing here?
                     What do you need to know?

                                      CHING
                           (to Clark)
                     Thirty seconds.  Now is not the
                     time to really dawdle.  Do you save
                     two people you love dearly, or a
                     million strangers?

                                      LOIS
                     It's not fair!  You can't make him
                     choose!

      Ching glances at Sarah and then turns his gaze back to
      Clark.

                                      CHING
                     People have to make choices all the
                     time.  Low-fat or regular?  Calvin
                     Klein or Versace?
                           (to Clark)
                     Life, or death?  What'll it be?

                                      CLARK
                     Stop the bombs!

                                      CHING
                     Did you just think of that?  That's
                     good, but, I can't.

                                      LOIS
                     Nobody can be in two places at
                     once, held have to split himself in
                     two!

      Clark suddenly looks at Lois, she's given him an idea.
      WHOOSH!  He blurs out of the apartment.


  46  EXT. CLARK'S PATIO - DAY                                     46  

      Superman leaps in and inspects the Star Bomb.  It's exactly
      as Ching said.


  47  TV MONITOR - IN SUITE 106                                    47  

      We see Superman leap out.

                            --page break--
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  45  CONTINUED:                                                   45  

                                      LOIS
                     Sarah!  What're you doing here?
                     What do you need to know?

                                      CHING
                           (to Clark)
                     Thirty seconds.  Now is not the
                     time to really dawdle.  Do you save
                     two people you care about a great
                     deal, or a million strangers?                   (X)

                                      LOIS
                     It's not fair!  You can't make him
                     choose!

      Ching glances at Sarah and then turns his gaze back to
      Clark.

                                      CHING
                     People have to make choices all the
                     time.  Low-fat or regular?  Calvin
                     Klein or Versace?
                           (to Clark)
                     Life, or death?  What'll it be?

                                      CLARK
                     Stop the bombs!

                                      CHING
                     Did you just think of that?  That's
                     good, but, I can't.

                                      LOIS
                     Nobody can be in two places at
                     once, he'd have to split himself in
                     two!

      Clark suddenly looks at Lois, she's given him an idea.
      WHOOSH!  He blurs out of the apartment.


  46  EXT. CLARK'S PATIO - DAY                                     46  

      Superman leaps in and inspects the Star Bomb. It's exactly
      as Ching said.


  47  TV MONITOR - IN SUITE 106                                    47  

      We see Superman leap out.

                            --page break--
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  48  INT. STAR LABS - DAY                                         48  

      Dr. Klein putters on the laser beam splitting experiment.
      WHOOSH! there's a blue and red BLUR and suddenly the beam
      splitter is gone and Dr. Klein is staring at a note suddenly
      taped before him.

                                      DR. KLEIN
                           (startled, reads note)
                     'Sorry, I need to borrow this.
                     Superman.'
                           (beat)
                     'P.S.  Thank you.'


  49  INT. SUITE 106 - DAY                                         49  

      Lois is frantic.

                                      LOIS
                     Why are you doing this?!  It's
                     insane!

                                      CHING
                     No, it's a test.  And one I'm
                     deadly serious about.

                                      SARAH
                     And now we know the answer!  He's
                     trying to save Metropolis.  We can
                     stop.

      She reaches behind one of the TV's and pulls out a small
      transmitter.  Ching suddenly grabs it from her and crushes
      it, he throws the pieces to the floor.

                                      CHING
                     No!  We need to see it through!  We
                     have to know, _absolutely_.


  50  EXT. SKY - DAY                                               50  

      Superman streaks upwards, carrying the laser beam splitter.
      He suddenly stops, looks down to his left and right, and
      then positions the beam splitter in front of and slightly
      below his face.  With all his strength he beams his HEAT
      VISION into it.  It emerges from the other end split in two,
      angling off to the left and right, lancing towards the
      ground.


  51  EXT. CLARK'S PATIO - DAY                                     51  

      One beam of Superman's HEAT VISION hits the timer just as
      it's about to hit 0:00 on the Star Bomb, shorting it out and
      stopping it.  While at the same time...

                            --page break--
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  48  INT. STAR LABS - DAY                                         48  

      Dr. Klein putters on the laser beam splitting experiment.
      WHOOSH! there's a blue and red BLUR and suddenly the beam
      splitter is gone and Dr. Klein is staring at a note suddenly
      taped before him.

                                      DR. KLEIN
                           (startled, reads note)
                     'Sorry, I need to borrow this.
                     Superman.'
                           (beat)
                     'P.S.  Thank you.'


  49  INT. SUITE 106 - DAY                                         49  

      Lois is frantic.

                                      LOIS
                     Why are you doing this?!  It's
                     insane!

                                      CHING
                     No, it's a test.  And one I'm
                     deadly serious about.

                                      SARAH
                     And now we know the answer!  He's
                     trying to save Metropolis.  We can
                     stop.

      She reaches into a drawer and pulls out a small                (X)
      transmitter.  Ching suddenly grabs it from her and crushes
      it, he throws the pieces to the floor.

                                      CHING
                     No!  We need to see it through!  We
                     have to know, _absolutely_.


  50  EXT. SKY - DAY                                               50  

      Superman streaks upwards, carrying the laser beam splitter.
      He suddenly stops, looks down to his left and right, and
      then positions the beam splitter in front of and slightly
      below his face.  With all his strength he beams his HEAT
      VISION into it.  It emerges from the other end split in two,
      angling off to the left and right, lancing towards the
      ground.


  51  EXT. CLARK'S PATIO - DAY                                     51  

      One beam of Superman's HEAT VISION hits the timer just as
      it's about to hit 0:00 on the Star Bomb, shorting it out and
      stopping it.  While at the same time...

                            --page break--
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  52  EXT. KENTS' UTILITY SHED - DAY                               52  

      The other beam of Superman's HEAT VISION has done the same
      exact thing to the timer on the Star Bomb next to the Kents.
      When they hear the fizz of the timer shorting, they
      flinch... and then relax.


  53  INT. SUITE 106 - DAY                                         53  

      Lois sees both bombs defuse.

                                      LOIS
                     Yes!

      Sarah beams in spite of herself.

                                      SARAH
                     He did it!

      Ching glares at her.


  54  EXT. KENTS' UTILITY SHED - DAY                               54  

      Superman JUMPS into the frame, still carrying the beam
      splitter.  He quickly unties, his parents.

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Mom, Dad, are you guys okay?

                                      JONATHAN
                     Now we are.  But that was a little
                     more excitement than I think we'd
                     normally care for.

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Don't worry, you're not the only
                     ones in for some excitement.  Mom,
                     can you hold this for a second?

      He jumps out of frame.  Martha studies the beam splitter.

                                      MARTHA
                     Hmmph, I think I can use this in my
                     class.


  55  INT. SUITE 106 - DAY                                         55  

      Lois looks at Sarah.

                                      LOIS
                     Sarah, I don't understand.  Why'd
                     you do this?  What's going on?

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
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  52  EXT. SMALL FISHING CABIN - DAY                               52(X)

      The other beam of Superman's HEAT VISION has done the same
      exact thing to the timer on the Star Bomb next to Perry and
      Jimmy.  When they hear the fizz of the timer shorting, they    (X)
      flinch... and then relax.


  53  INT. SUITE 106 - DAY                                         53  

      Lois sees both bombs defuse.

                                      LOIS
                     Yes!

      Sarah beams in spite of herself.

                                      SARAH
                     He did it!

      Ching glares at her.


  54  EXT. SMALL FISHING CABIN - DAY                               54(X)

      Superman JUMPS into the frame, still carrying the beam
      splitter.  He quickly unties Perry and Jimmy.                  (X)

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Jimmy, Perry are you guys okay?                 (X)

                                      PERRY
                     We are now.  But that was a little              (X)
                     more excitement than I normally                 (X)
                     have on a fishing trip.                         (X)

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Don't worry, you're not the only
                     ones in for some excitement.
                     Jimmy, can you hold this for a                  (X)
                     second?  Gotta fly!                             (X)

      He jumps out of frame.  Jimmy studies the beam splitter.       (X)

                                      JIMMY
                           (hopeful)                                 (X)
                     Maybe we better cancel, huh?                    (X)

                                      PERRY
                     Nonsense!  There's a steelhead out              (X)
                     there with your name on it!  Come               (X)
                     on!

      As they head off, we...

                                                         CUT TO:

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  55  CONTINUED:                                                   55  

                                      SARAH
                     I... I can't explain now.

      Ching suddenly wheels on Lois.

                                      CHING
                     You!   You gave him the idea!  He
                     would've failed if you hadn't been
                     here!
                           (to Sarah)
                     Come on.  We've got to leave.  Now!

      Lois grabs him by the arm.

                                      LOIS
                     Wait a minute!

      Ching casually flicks his arm out like he was shaking off
      raindrops.  Lois flies back and slams against the wall,
      hard.  She slumps over onto the floor, dazed.

                                      CHING
                     As another block of muscle once
                     said, 'Hasta la vista, baby.'

      Ching chuckles and he and Sarah dash out of frame.

                                                         FADE OUT.

                        _END OF ACT THREE_

                            --page break--
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  55  INT. SUITE 106 - DAY                                         55  

      Ching suddenly wheels on Lois.

                                      CHING
                     You!  You gave him the idea!  He
                     would've failed if you hadn't been
                     here!
                           (to Sarah)
                     Come on.  We've got to leave.  Now!

      Lois grabs him by the arm.

                                      LOIS
                     Wait a minute!

      Ching casually flicks his arm out like he was shaking off
      raindrops.  Lois flies back and slams against the wall,
      hard.  She slumps over onto the floor, dazed.

                                      CHING
                     As another block of muscle once
                     said, 'Hasta la vista, baby.'

      Then he and Sarah dash out of frame.                           (X)

                                                         FADE OUT.

                        _END OF ACT THREE_

                            --page break--
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                                _ACT FOUR_

      FADE IN:


  56  INT. SUITE 106 - CLOSEUP - LOIS - AFTERNOON                  56  

      Lois lies limp on the floor, her face pressing into the
      carpet.  There's a WHOOSH offscreen and Superman bends down
      next to her.

                                      SUPERMAN
                           (alarmed)
                     Lois?
                           (beat)
                     Lois, can you hear me?

      Lois murmurs and rolls over.  Superman helps her sit up.

                                      SUPERMAN (CONT'D)
                     Lois, are you okay?  What happened?

      Lois rubs her head.

                                      LOIS
                     He threw me away.  Like he was
                     flinging spaghetti against the wall
                     to see if it would stick.
                           (beat)
                     It was weird.

                                      SUPERMAN
                     If he's that strong, he's even more
                     dangerous than we thought.

                                      LOIS
                     No, it's not that.  When I was
                     lying here, I had this... dream.  I
                     was standing in the backyard of a
                     house, wearing an apron and a
                     chef's hat, barbecuing hamburgers,
                     my legs growing into the ground,
                     and all I kept saying was 'I am not
                     an oak; I am a free man!'

      Superman looks at her a beat.

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Maybe you better lie back down.

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  57  INT. DARK, SPOOKY VOID - AFTERNOON                           57  

      Ching and Sarah are arguing.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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  56  INT. SUITE 106 - CLOSEUP - LOIS - AFTERNOON                  56  

      Lois lies limp on the floor, her face pressing into the
      carpet.  There's a WHOOSH offscreen and Superman bends down
      next to her.

                                      SUPERMAN
                           (alarmed)
                     Lois?
                           (beat)
                     Lois, can you hear me?

      Lois murmurs and rolls over.  Superman helps her sit up.

                                      SUPERMAN (CONT'D)
                     Lois, are you okay?

      Lois rubs her head.

                                      LOIS
                     He knew you were Superman.

                                      SUPERMAN
                     I know, but don't ask me how.  And
                     what's _Sarah_ have to do with
                     this?                                           (X)
                           (concerned)
                     What happened after I left?

                                      LOIS
                     He threw me away.  Like he was
                     flinging spaghetti against the wall
                     to see if it would stick.
                           (beat)
                     It was weird.

                                      SUPERMAN
                     If he's that strong, he's even more
                     dangerous than we thought.

                                      LOIS
                           (still fuzzy)                             (X)
                     No, it's not that.  When I was
                     lying here, I had this... dream.  I
                     was standing in the backyard of a
                     house, wearing a chef's hat,
                     barbecuing burgers, my legs turning
                     into roots and growing into the
                     ground... And I kept yelling 'I am
                     not an oak; I am free!'

      Superman looks at her a beat.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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                                      SUPERMAN
                     Maybe you better lie back down.

                                                         CUT TO:

  57  INT. DARK, SPOOKY VOID - AFTERNOON                           57  

      Ching and Sarah are arguing.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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                                      SARAH
                     _Now_ are you satisfied?!

                                      CHING
                     He would've failed without Lane's
                     help!  No doubt he would put that
                     ridiculous suit of his on backwards
                     if she wasn't around!

                                      SARAH
                     Why do you keep denying what we've
                     both seen?!

                                      CHING
                     And what was that?!  Someone who
                     dashes about like a...
                           (searches for the word)
                     ... hummingbird?  Who goes from
                     disaster to disaster with no
                     principle other than to be of help?
                     What kind of code is that?  A worm
                     eats dirt because that's all it
                     knows how to do.  Yes, I admit he
                     has ability, but look at him!
                     Skulking around, wearing glasses,
                     when I know for a fact they are
                     completely unnecessary!  And his
                     modest style of living and dress!
                     For whom is he pretending?  Why
                     pretend at all?!  He could rule
                     this world if he wanted to, and
                     enforce what he knew to be a better
                     way, and yet he refuses to.

                                      SARAH
                     Perhaps there is a higher lesson
                     there.

      Ching whirls on her, bitter.  He hears the death of his
      dreams in her tone of voice.

                                      CHING
                     I know one lesson that I have
                     learned from this.

                                      SARAH
                           (conciliatory)
                     Ching...

      She reaches out to touch him.

                                      CHING
                     No!

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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                                      SARAH
                     _Now_ are you satisfied?!

                                      CHING
                     He would've failed without Lane's
                     help!  No doubt he would put that
                     ridiculous suit of his on backwards
                     if she wasn't around!

                                      SARAH
                     Why do you keep denying what we've
                     both seen?!

                                      CHING
                     Because you find him worthy and I               (X)
                     find him wanting!                               (X)
                           (searches for the word)
                     Yes, I admit he has ability, but                (X)
                     look at him!  Skulking around,
                     wearing glasses, when I know for a
                     fact they're completely
                     unnecessary! And why pretend at                 (X)
                     all?! He could rule this world if
                     he wanted to, and enforce what he
                     knew to be a better way, and yet he
                     refuses to.

                                      SARAH
                     Perhaps there is a higher lesson
                     there.

      Ching whirls on her, bitter.  He hears the death of his
      dreams in her tone of voice.

                                      CHING
                     I know one lesson I've learned from
                     this.

                                      SARAH
                           (conciliatory)
                     Ching...

      She reaches out to touch him.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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                                      SARAH
                     Now what?

                                      CHING
                     You know _exactly_ what.  Or do you
                     need Lois Lane to come here and
                     help you figure it out?
                           (contemptuous)
                     This kaleidoscope of virtues, this
                     hyperpituitary 'Boy Scout', this
                     'superman', doesn't deserve what's
                     been handed to him!  One more test,
                     and I'll prove it, and then you'll
                     see.

      He looks her square in the eyes.

                                      CHING (CONT'D)
                     And then you'll see.

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  58  INT. SUITE 106 - AFTERNOON                                   58  

      The light outside is fading as dusk approaches.  Lois sits
      in the chair Ching once used, recovering.  Superman has
      spread out on top of one of the TVs the crushed pieces of
      the transmitter that Ching and Sarah left behind.  He
      studies them intently.

                                      LOIS
                     Obviously I have ambivalent
                     feelings about owning a house and
                     all that that means.

                                      SUPERMAN
                           (more to himself than
                            Lois)
                     Maybe if I can reassemble this,
                     we'll have a way to locate Sarah
                     and Ching.

                                      LOIS
                     I mean, you don't have to be Carl
                     Jung to see that in my dream.

                                      SUPERMAN
                           (still working on the
                            gizmo)
                     There, that piece fits.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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                                      CHING
                     No!                                             (X)
                           (contemptuous)
                     This kaleidoscope of virtues, this              (X)
                     'superman', doesn't deserve what's
                     been handed to him!
                           (beat)                                    (X)
                     And I'll prove it.                              (X)

      Ching looks her square in the eyes.                            (X)

                                                         CUT TO:

  58  INT. SUITE 106 - AFTERNOON  58

      The light outside is fading as dusk approaches. Lois sits
      in the chair Ching once used, recovering.  Superman has
      spread out on top of one of the TVs the crushed pieces of
      the transmitter that Ching and Sarah left behind.  He
      studies them intently.

                                      LOIS
                     Obviously I have ambivalent
                     feelings about owning a house and
                     all that that means.

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Obviously.
                           (staring at pieces)
                     Maybe if I can reassemble this,
                     we'll have a way to locate Sarah
                     and Ching.

                                      LOIS
                           (pacing)
                     ... I mean I move from place to
                     place, take assignments all over
                     the world... It's like I
                     deliberately _run_ from putting
                     down roots... Like that was a _bad_
                     thing...

                                      SUPERMAN
                     There... That piece fits...

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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                                      LOIS
                     But it doesn't mean I love you any
                     less, just because I don't want a
                     house.
                           (beat)
                     Does it?

                                      SUPERMAN
                           (about gizmo)
                     No...

                                      LOIS
                           (misunderstanding)
                     Good.

                                      SUPERMAN
                     ... that's not right.

                                      LOIS
                     Clark, I'm talking about something
                     important here.

                                      SUPERMAN
                           (looking up)
                     What?  Oh.  Honey, I was...

      He gestures lamely towards the broken pieces.

                                      LOIS
                     But doesn't buying a house scare
                     you?

      Torn, Superman decides he had better handle this crisis
      first.

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Lois, maybe this house is not the
                     right house, but, no, I'm not
                     afraid.

                                      LOIS
                     Sure, you say that, but how can you
                     know?  Right now we only see each
                     other when we want to, but what
                     about when we don't?  Are we each
                     going to have our own space?  What
                     if you're in a bad mood, assuming
                     that's possible, should I go stay
                     in Missouri for awhile?

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Lois, it's like marriage, I'm sure
                     there'll be hard times, but we'll
                     work it out.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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                                      LOIS
                     Clark, I'm talking about something
                     important here.

                                      SUPERMAN
                           (looking up)
                     What?  Oh.  Honey, I was

                                      LOIS
                     When I saw that house today,  it                (X)
                     was suddenly really clear to me                 (X)
                     what you want.   And I don't know               (X)
                     if I can give you that.                         (X)

      He puts his arms around her.                                   (X)

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Lois, you've already given me what              (X)
                     I want.  You.  I don't care if we               (X)
                     live in a house, a boxcar or a                  (X)
                     yurt, as long as we're together.                (X)

                                      LOIS
                     But a house is important to
                     you...                                          (X)

                                      SUPERMAN
                     When I was a kid, my home meant                 (X)
                     permanence... a place to be
                     safe.  My life's so chaotic...                  (X)
                     Going from one disaster to the                  (X)
                     next.. I've always dreamed of a                 (X)
                     real... Home.                                   (X)

      She's touched; presses a hand to his cheek.

                                      LOIS
                     And see, when _I_ was a kid, home
                     was where Mother sat in the lounge
                     chair, getting drunk, while Daddy               (X)
                     burned steaks at the barbecue                   (X)
                     trying to explain why he was                    (X)
                     kissing Mrs. Bellcanto in the                   (X)
                     church parking lot...                           (X)
                           (beat)
                     Permanence... wasn't so permanent               (X)
                     at my house.                                    (X)

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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                                      LOIS
                     A house is just such a giant step;
                     it brings up all sorts of issues.

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Lois, I'm sorry your childhood
                     wasn't all you wanted it to be, but
                     committing to buying a house
                     doesn't commit you to that kind of
                     life.

                                      LOIS
                     But I'm afraid that's exactly
                     what'll happen.
                           (remembering her
                            childhood)
                     We'll always plan vacations, but
                     then cancel them at the last minute
                     because of some emergency... or
                     I'll get bitter because if we buy a
                     house now, we'll never live
                     overseas and work in the Paris
                     Bureau, or interview rebels in the
                     mountains of --

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Lois.  No one knows the future...

      Then he remembers their experiences with Tempus.

                                      SUPERMAN (CONT'D)
                     ... at least, we don't know our
                     near future, but I do know I love
                     you.  And you love me.  And if
                     we're ever going to have a home,
                     and build a life there, that's the
                     best, and strongest, foundation we
                     can have.

      He looks into her eyes.

                                      SUPERMAN (CONT'D)
                     And I don't care if that house is
                     in Paris, or Sydney, or Kowloon,
                     but I would like to have a house
                     with you.

                                      LOIS
                           (beat)
                     And I'd like to have one with you.

      They kiss again.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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                                      SUPERMAN
                     Lois.  You and I are gonna be as                (X)
                     permanent as it gets.                           (X)

                                      LOIS
                     So I guess I might as well stop                 (X)
                     running.                                        (X)

                                      SUPERMAN
                     I won't burn the steaks, I swear.               (X)

                                      LOIS
                     Forget the steaks, just don't be
                     kissing Mrs. Bellcanto.                         (X)

      Another kiss.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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                                      LOIS (CONT'D)
                     But let's look around a little
                     more, okay?

      He smiles back.

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Okay.

      Suddenly, we hear Ching's WHISPERY voice again... he's
      speaking telepathically.

                                      CHING (V.O.)
                     Superman...

      Superman cocks his head, surprised.

                                      LOIS
                     What?

      Superman gestures for quiet.

                                      CHING (V.O.)
                     Yes, it's me... I'm here... at your
                     apartment.  Don't keep me waiting.

      Then his presence is gone.

                                      LOIS
                     What'd you hear?

                                      SUPERMAN
                           (disturbed)
                     A voice... in my head.  He's at my
                     apartment.

                                      LOIS
                           (beat)
                     Then we have to go.

      Superman looks at Lois for a moment.

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  59  EXT. CLARK'S PATIO - NIGHT #1                                59  

      Ching and Sarah wait at the end near the door.  We hear a
      WHOOSH offscreen and Superman and Lois walk float down onto
      the other end.

                                      SUPERMAN
                     I'm going to put you away for the
                     rest of your life.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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                                      LOIS (CONT'D)
                     But we can look around a little
                     more, first... right?

      He smiles back.

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Sure.

      Suddenly, we hear Ching's WHISPERY voice again... he's
      speaking telepathically.

                                      CHING (V.O.)
                     Superman...

      Superman cocks his head, surprised.

                                      LOIS
                     What?

      Superman gestures for quiet.

                                      CHING (V.O.)
                     Yes, it's me... I'm here... at your
                     apartment.  Don't keep me waiting.

      Then his presence is gone.

                                      LOIS
                     What'd you hear?

                                      SUPERMAN
                           (disturbed)
                     A voice... in my head.  He's at my
                     apartment.

                                      LOIS.
                           (beat)
                     Then we have to go.

      Superman looks at Lois for a moment.

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  59  EXT. CLARK'S PATIO - NIGHT #1                                59  

      Ching and Sarah wait at the end near the door.  They both
      wear sleek black outfits.  We hear a WHOOSH offscreen and      (X)
      Superman and Lois float down onto the other end.               (X)

                                      SUPERMAN
                     I'm going to put you away for the
                     rest of your life.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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                                      CHING
                     That would be an extremely long
                     time.  But before you can attempt
                     that, you'll have to pass one last
                     test.  How much are you willing to
                     sacrifice to personally 'put me
                     away.'?

                                      SUPERMAN
                           (hard)
                     Plenty.

      Sarah approaches Superman and Lois, but Ching hangs back.

                                      CHING
                     Bravo! That's the attitude.  Then
                     by all means, come and get me.

      Superman starts forward and BZZZZZ!  A force field of
      Kryptonite light springs up between Ching and Superman.  A
      glowing green line along the bricks and cement delineates
      the large cube-shape of the forcefield around Ching. (Some
      of the lines extend out of frame suggesting the huge size of
      the cube).  Superman recoils in pain.

                                      CHING
                     Two guesses as to what this is; it
                     rhymes with 'Kryptonite.'  Lois, no
                     helping.

                                      LOIS
                     Turn it off!

                                      CHING
                           (to Superman)
                     Okay, it's Kryptonite.  Actually, a
                     Kryptonite force field.  What's the
                     matter, Superman?  Don't you still
                     want me?

                                      LOIS
                     I'll take a piece of you.

      She starts forward but Sarah restrains her.

                                      LOIS (CONT'D)
                     Let go.

      But she can't pull her arm free.

                                      SARAH
                     He must do this alone.

      Superman backs up to reduce his pain.  He and Ching are
      about the same distance from the force field.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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                                      CHING
                     Really?  How much are you willing               (X)
                     to sacrifice to personally 'put me
                     away'?

                                      SUPERMAN
                           (hard)
                     Plenty.

      Sarah approaches Superman and Lois, but Ching hangs back.

                                      CHING
                     Bravo!  That's the attitude.  Then
                     by all means, come and get me.

      Superman starts forward and BZZZZZ!  A force field of
      Kryptonite light springs up between Ching and Superman.  A
      glowing green line along the bricks and cement delineates
      the large cube-shape of the forcefield around Ching. (Some
      of the lines extend out of frame suggesting the huge size of
      the cube).  Superman recoils in pain.

                                      CHING
                     Two guesses as to what this is; it
                     rhymes with 'Kryptonite.'  Lois, no
                     helping.

                                                         LOIS
                     Turn it off!

                                      CHING
                           (to Superman)
                     Okay, it's Kryptonite.  Actually, a
                     Kryptonite force field.  What's the
                     matter, Superman?  Don't you still
                     want me?

                                      LOIS
                     I'll take a piece of you.

      She starts forward but Sarah restrains her.

                                      LOIS (CONT'D)
                     Let go.

      But she can't pull her arm free.

                                      SARAH
                     He must do this alone.

      Superman backs up to reduce his pain.  He and Ching are
      about the same distance from the force field.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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                                      CHING
                     Good idea.  Better yet, why don't
                     you just run away.
                           (to Sarah)
                     See?  I told you.

                                      SUPERMAN
                           (backing away further)
                     You can't hide in there forever.

                                      CHING
                     I don't intend to.

      He takes a step forward and seems to pinch an invisible
      something from the thin silver metal cuff on the left sleeve
      of his bodysuit.  He rolls his hand over, palm up.

                                      CHING (CONT'D)
                     Expand.

      FFFFFT!  Faster than the eye can see, a sleek, futuristic
      handgun seemingly pops into existence in his hand.

                                      SARAH
                           (alarmed)
                     Ching!  What're you doing?!

      Ching begins to sweat.  Is it nerves?  Or is he trying to
      hide some pain?  Or both?

                                      CHING
                     Simple.  Testing the Man of Steel.
                     I intend to shoot myself.  Now of
                     course, you can try to stop me, but
                     to do that you'll have to pass
                     through the force field, which, as
                     you can tell, is lethal.

                                      SARAH
                     Ching!  I order you to stop this
                     now!

                                      CHING
                     But I'm beyond orders.
                           (to Superman)
                     So, you can either let me die, the
                     man who tried to kill your parents,
                     plus a million or so other people,
                     or you can kill yourself trying to
                     save me.  It's quite, how do you
                     say? ...the Gordian Knot.

                                      LOIS
                     You're bluffing!

                                                         (CONTINUED)

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                                      CHING
                     Good idea.  Better yet, why don't
                     you just run away.
                           (to Sarah)
                     See?  I told you.

                                      SUPERMAN
                           (backing away further)
                     You can't hide in there forever.

                                      CHING
                     I don't intend to.

      He takes a step forward and seems to pinch an invisible
      something from the thin blue-metal cuff on the left sleeve
      of his bodysuit.  He rolls his hand over, palm up.

                                      CHING (CONT'D)
                     Expand.

      FFFFFT!  Faster than the eye can see, a sleek, futuristic
      handgun seemingly pops into existence in his hand.

                                      SARAH
                           (alarmed)
                     Ching!  What're you doing?!

      Ching begins to sweat.  Is it nerves?  Or is he trying to
      hide some pain?  Or both?

                                      CHING
                     Simple.  Testing the Man of Steel.
                     I intend to shoot myself.  Now of
                     course, you can try to stop me, but
                     to do that you'll have to pass
                     through the force field, which, as
                     you can tell, is lethal.

                                      SARAH
                     Ching!  I order you to stop this
                     now!

                                      CHING
                     But I'm beyond orders.
                           (to Superman)
                     So, you can either let me die, the
                     man who tried to kill Olsen and                 (X)
                     White, plus a million or so other               (X)
                     people, or you can kill yourself
                     trying to save me.  It's quite, how
                     do you say? ...the Gordian Knot.

                                      LOIS
                     You're bluffing!

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
      "THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY"  (#21)   C. Ruppenthal  3/5/96  52.    


  59  CONTINUED:  3                                                59  

                                      CHING
                     I wasn't bluffing with those bombs,
                     was I?

      He cocks the gun.  Superman takes a few steps forward, but
      he grunts in pain and stumbles back.

                                      CHING (CONT'D)
                     Five...

                                      SARAH
                           (almost crying)
                     Ching, don't do it!

                                      CHING
                     It's the only way I can prove it,
                     don't you see?!  Four.

      He starts to raise the gun.

                                      SARAH
                     I believe you!

                                      CHING
                           (steeling himself)
                     No, you don't!  Three.

      The gun goes higher.

                                      LOIS
                     What's killing yourself going to
                     prove?

                                      CHING
                     That I'm right, and he's not!
                           (beat)
                     Two.

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Ching, whatever it is, it can't be
                     worth dying for.

                                      CHING
                     Oh, yes it is.

      As Ching starts to pronounce the word "One", a look of
      resolve and determination crosses Superman's face.

                        CHING                    SARAH
                One.                         Nooooooo!

      Superman dashes forward in SUPERSPEED as Ching pulls the
      trigger.  The barrier FLASHES bright green as Superman
      crosses through it and we hear his scream of pain.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
      "THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY" (#21)   Yellow Rev.   3/14/96   52.    


  59  CONTINUED:  3                                                59  

                                      CHING
                     I wasn't bluffing with those bombs,
                     was I?

      He cocks the gun.  Superman takes a few steps forward, but
      he grunts it pain and stumbles back.

                                      CHING (CONT'D)
                     Five...

                                      SARAH
                           (almost crying)
                     Ching, don't do it!

                                      CHING
                     it's the only way I can prove to
                     you I'm right about him!!  Four.                (X)

      He starts to raise the gun.

                                      SARAH
                     I believe you!

                                      CHING
                           (steeling himself)
                     No, you don't!  Three.

      The gun goes higher.

                                      LOIS
                     What's killing yourself going to
                     prove?

                                      CHING
                     That I'm right, and he's not!
                           (beat)
                     Two.

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Ching, whatever it is, it can't be
                     worth dying for.

                                      CHING
                     Oh, yes it is.

      As Ching starts to pronounce the word "One", a look of
      resolve and determination crosses Superman's face.

                        CHING                    SARAH
                One.                         Nooooooo!

      EVERYTHING GOES TO SLOW MOTION: Superman dashes forward as
      Ching pulls the trigger.  The barrier FLASHES bright green
      as Superman crosses through it and we hear his scream of
      pain.

                                                         (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
      "THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY"  (#21)   C. Ruppenthal  3/5/96  53.    


  59  CONTINUED:  4                                                59  

      Superman deflects the gun as it fires an invisible charge
      that blows a chunk of brick off the wall.  He knocks Ching
      aside as he crashes to the ground, grievously injured.

                                      LOIS
                     Superman!

      Sarah lets go as Lois rushes forward.  Ching rolls to a
      sitting position, surprised to be alive.  He touches the
      silver band on his wrist and the Kryptonite barrier
      disappears.  Superman is in terrible pain.

                                      LOIS (CONT'D)
                           (to Ching)
                     Why did you do this?

      Surprisingly, Ching appears equally anguished at Superman's
      fate.

                                      CHING
                           (faltering)
                     I... I...
                           (to Sarah)
                     What have I done?  He _is_ the one.

      Sarah leans down and places her hand on the "S" on
      Superman's chest.  She remains that way for a beat, then
      straightens.

                                      SARAH
                     He's going to make it.  Come, we
                     must tell the others.

      Ching stands and then together, they both float up and BLUR
      UP and into the sky.  Lois's mouth falls open.  A beat
      later, the pain subsides enough for Superman to open his
      eyes.

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Did I save him?  Lois?  Where'd
                     they go?

      But Lois can only turn with widened eyes towards Superman,

                                                         FADE OUT.


      Superman deflects the gun as it fires an invisible charge
      that shatters a potted plant.  He knocks Ching aside as he     (X)
      crashes to the ground, grievously injured.  THE SLOW MOTION
      ENDS HERE.

                                      LOIS
                     Superman!

      Sarah lets go as Lois rushes forward.  Ching rolls to a
      sitting position, surprised to be alive.  He touches the
      silver band on his wrist and the Kryptonite barrier
      disappears.  Superman is in terrible pain.

                                      LOIS (CONT'D)
                           (to Ching)
                     Why did you do this?

      Surprisingly, Ching appears equally anguished at Superman's
      fate.

                                      CHING
                           (faltering)
                     I... I...
                           (to Sarah)
                     What have I done?  He _is_ the one.

      Sarah leans down and places her hand on the "S" on
      Superman's chest.  She remains that way for a beat, then
      straightens.

                                      SARAH
                     He's going to make it.  Come, we
                     must tell the others.

      Ching stands and then together, they both float up and BLUR
      UP and into the sky.  Lois's mouth falls open.  A beat
      later, the pain subsides enough for Superman to open his
      eyes.

                                      SUPERMAN
                     Did I save him?  Lois?  Where'd
                     they go?

      But Lois can only turn with widened eyes towards Superman.

                                                  

       FADE OUT.
 

                   

 

TO BE CONTINUED...
 

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