EXT. FIRST BANK OF METROPOLIS - NIGHT
Police cars fill the street outside the bank while OFFICERS
tape off the area and keep ONLOOKERS away from the scene.
The windows in the bank are covered by blinds which are
INT. FIRST BANK OF METROPOLIS - LOBBY - NIGHT
DERYLL LORNE is the gunman in the bank. He's a man in his mid
30's, wearing blue jeans and a red shirt. He also has a
yellow belt with the Superman logo on it.
Behind him are four bank employees. They are DONNA, MITCHELL,
KYLIE, and DAN. All well dressed professional types who are
huddled on the floor.
Deryll looks through the blinds.
It's getting kinda busy out there.
This'll probably be good press for
you guys, right? Having your bank
all over the news.
Good press would be us giving out
free MP3 players with every account
opening. A gunman holding us
hostage isn't gonna give people the
urge to make a deposit anytime
You don't even get it, do you? This
isn't about me or you or money.
That's not what people are going to
remember when tonight's over. What
they're going to remember is him.
The man who is going to swoop in to
Deryll squats down to be at eye level with the others. He's
Superman. He's coming. He always
comes to these things.
You're doing all of this to meet
Uh-huh. So don't worry. You're not
gonna die or anything like that.
He'd never let you die.
You know, before you said that, I
thought you were a loser who
thought he'd somehow get away with
this. Now I'm pretty sure you're
just really, really crazy.
Deryll stands up, aiming his gun at Kylie.
Don't call me that! Don't you dare
call me that.
Is it crazy to admire a man who can
melt things with his eyes, or fly
without an airplane? Is it crazy to
want to meet the man who has saved
so many lives?
Actually, the crazy part would be
the gun at my head.
I said he wouldn't let you die.
Deryll walks toward Kyle, eventually standing right over her,
with the gun nearly touching her head.
I never said I wouldn't try anyway.
Deryll squeezes the trigger. As the gun fires, everything in
the room slows down.
INSIDE THE GUN
The bullet begins to move through the barrel of the gun,
making its way toward Kylie's head.
As the bullet reaches the end of the barrel, it suddenly hits
The gun backfires, exploding out of Deryll's hand.
Normal speed resumes as Deryll clutched his wounded hand,
screaming in pain. Finally, he looks up and sees Superman
standing in front of him with his hand extended, having
blocked the barrel of the gun.
Would it kill my cool factor if I
said "Stop in the name of love"?
Despite his injuries, Deryll looks up at Superman with wide
eyes and a silly grin.
You're him. You're really him.
Superman ignores Deryll and turns toward the hostages.
You're free to go now. The police
are expecting you.
Thank you so much.
(then, to Deryll)
The hostages leave the bank. Superman turns toward Deryll.
I'd have that hand looked at if I
You came. Just like I knew you
This is... Thank you.
Superman is puzzled by this.
You did this just to get me here,
I knew you'd come.
The police rush into the bank and begin the process of
Superman simply stands there, not amused by the fact that
this crime had been committed in his honor.
INT. METROGRAND HOTEL - LOBBY/BAR - NIGHT
Lois stands in the lobby of the hotel, hidden behind a
pillar. She is watching General Lane and Lex Luthor having a
discussion in the hotel bar as Mercy stands just outside the
bar, keeping watch.
Aside from Luthor and the General, the bar is empty.
What are you doing here?
Lois' CELL PHONE RINGS. She quickly ducks behind the pillar
and presses the "ignore" button. She stays hidden behind the
pillar for a moment, hoping that nobody heard her cell phone.
After some time has passed, Lois peeks around the pillar to
take another look into the bar. However, her view is blocked
by Mercy, who is now standing directly in front of Lois.
You shouldn't be here.
I was invited. I could prove it if
Your invitation was to a party
being held forty stories above this
one. I suggest you get back to it.
I'm sorry. I didn't see a
"reserved" sign posted in the
Mercy takes a step toward Lois.
Do you really want to do this?
I just want to stand in the lobby
of this very lovely hotel. If you
want to have your arms broken,
that's entirely up to you, sister.
I'm not your sister.
Mercy is about to punch Lois in the face when a voice behind
her stops her in her tracks.
GENERAL LANE (O.S.)
(eyes on Mercy)
REVEAL Lex and General Lane, now standing behind Mercy.
We're done here.
Lex turns and starts to walk out of the hotel. Mercy gives
Lois an intimidating glare. Lois returns with a smile as
Mercy turns and follows Lex out of the hotel.
Lois turns and starts to walk away. The General follows her.
What do you think you're doing?
Attending a very swanky theme
You know damn well that's not what
I'm talking about, Lois.
As Lois reaches the elevator, the General steps in front of
I saw my father. I thought I'd say
hi, since I know he'd never be the
one to approach me. I didn't know
you'd be having a secret meeting
with Lex Luthor in a hotel bar.
Don't be dramatic.
What were you talking about?
You know I'm not going to tell you
Then it looks like we don't have
anything else to say. Goodnight,
Lois pushes past the General and presses the elevator button.
The General doesn't move away from the elevators.
If you're going up, you can catch
the next ride.
The elevator doors open, revealing an empty elevator.
This one's full.
Lois steps into the elevator and presses the button to close
INT. METROGRAND HOTEL - BALLROOM - NIGHT
Lois walks into the ballroom, obviously distracted, and heads
for the bar. When she gets there, she finds Clark and Jimmy
with drinks in hand, leaning on the bar.
Clark seems as distracted as Lois.
Give me a scotch and I swear, if I
so much as see an ice cube near my
drink I will hurt you.
Lois turns to Clark and Jimmy as Clark takes a sip.
Is that root beer?
You can take the boy out of
Alcohol doesn't do anything for me.
Lois takes her drink from the bartender. She leans on the bar
next to Clark and Jimmy.
You two look like someone killed
Or puppy. People don't usually mope
about goldfish, I guess.
It's been a long day.
We're at a party.
It's a fundraiser.
With music and dancing. Where I
come from, that's a party.
Clark puts his glass down.
Which I think I've about finished.
So, if you'll excuse me...
Clark starts to walk off. Lois gulps down her scotch (without
any girly wincing afterward) and rushes to catch up.
Jimmy stands at the bar by himself. He watches them go, then
looks to his drink and finally to the dance floor.
Well, I'm staying.
He takes a sip.
EXT. METROGRAND HOTEL/STREET - NIGHT
Clark and Lois walk out of the hotel together. They start
walking down the street.
He knows I hate the guy. He knows
what I think of the man. Does that
stop him from buddying up to him?
Do you know what they were talking
No. Lex's own private Amazon
threatened to throw down before I
could get any intel.
Lex has an Amazon?
Actually, I think she's from
Metropolis. But if Amazons existed
today, she'd totally be one of
Maybe there's a reason for your
father to be meeting with Lex.
I didn't see handcuffs or drawn
firearms, so what good reason could
I really couldn't tell you.
They continue to walk for a moment without talking.
Eventually, Lois looks to Clark.
So what's with you? Why are you so
down all of the sudden?
Anything I can help with?
Clark does want to talk to Lois about it, but holds back.
They walk in silence once again. Clark keeps his eyes on the
sidewalk. Lois looks over to him with a concerned look in her
INT. LOIS' APARTMENT - NIGHT
Lois walks into her apartment, locking the door behind her.
She drops her keys on a nearby table and presses the button
on her answering machine on her way to the couch where she
The ANSWERING MACHINE BEEPS.
ANSWERING MACHINE (V.O.)
You have one new message. First
GENERAL LANE (V.O.)
Lois, it's your father...
There's a long pause. Lois looks toward the machine, waiting
for whatever comes next.
The MACHINE BEEPS. Lois doesn't know quite what to make of
ANSWERING MACHINE (V.O.)
End of messages.
Lois puts her head back.
EXT. DESERT - NIGHT
Superman is resting on a mound of sand, looking up at the
stars. Next to him is PETE ROSS, dressed in desert fatigues.
He has a rifle in his arms and is also looking up at the
Clark's big, man. I'm not going to
lie to you.
I don't know... Big. And fast.
He likes to crawl around on the
floor. Looks like he's doing the
army crawl. Lana almost cries every
time he does it.
And he can talk. He's actually very
Lana told me that she was out at
the store last week and they saw a
picture of Superman. Clark kept
screaming "Uncle Clark" at the top
of his lungs and grabbing for the
Pete starts laughing.
It's not funny! Lana had to get him
out of the store before anyone knew
what he was screaming about.
That's what you get for telling him
I didn't tell him. Nobody did. He
just figured it out.
My kid's smarter than everyone in
Must take after Lana.
Pete punches Superman in the arm.
Should I pretend I felt that?
If you could.
Pete looks over at Superman.
Still nobody coming?
Superman takes a quick look around.
Pete nods and looks back to the stars.
So, umm-- As much as I love these
late night chats, I have to ask.
Why are you here? Why fly to the
other side of the world for some
You make it sound like I sat for
twelve hours on a plane. I'll be
back in Metropolis in time for
Or "On The Clock"? I saw your girl
on the show earlier.
Yeah? What'd you think?
I think she's scary. Don't cross
that girl, man. With or without
Not what I meant.
That other stuff? You know what I
think of it. It's a bunch of bull.
You don't cause these things to
happen. You don't ask for them. You
stop them. You're the good guy.
Don't let these people make you
doubt yourself. You're making the
world a safer place. You're
fighting the bad guys. Don't listen
to the crap they put on GBS.
I stopped a guy holding people
hostage in a bank tonight.
Has Lex Luthor found a way to blame
you for it yet?
The guy in the bank didn't want
money. He was holding people
hostage so that I'd show up. So I'd
stop him. He was a fan.
Pete looks to Superman, a little creeped out.
Did he have your haircut? 'Cause I
saw a movie once--
I'm serious, Pete. That guy
wouldn't have put lives in danger
if it weren't for me.
I know you like to brood and beat
yourself up, man, but this wasn't
really about you. The guy was
obviously playing in "red ring of
death" mode. With or without you,
he was going back to the factory.
You saved lives tonight. You're the
Silence falls once again. The two men continue to look up at
INT. DAILY PLANET - CITY ROOM - DAY
Lois throws her bag down on her desk and sits down. She looks
over to Clark's desk, seeing him staring at a pencil in his
Slow news day?
Lois wheels her way over to Clark's desk.
You know, if you need someone to
talk to, I do have ears.
It's just a funk.
Clark drops the pencil onto his desk and looks at Lois.
Lois is just about to say something when Perry and Jimmy walk
up to her desk.
Lois. My office.
Perry walks off, toward his office.
I shall return.
Lois gets up and walks to Perry's office. Jimmy sits down in
her chair, facing Clark.
Working on anything interesting?
Same here. Mr. White has me headed
to a youth center in the Slums for
a story that Rick's writing. Rick,
who won't even go down to the place
himself. He's doing his interviews
over the phone.
That's some hard-core reporting
Tell me about it.
Wanna grab a burger later?
INT. DAILY PLANET - PERRY'S OFFICE - DAY
Lois walks into Perry's office just as he's sitting down.
I had a phone call from Morgan Edge
this morning. About you.
Morgan Edge wanted to talk about
Seems you made quite the impression
on his network yesterday.
I know I might have come across as
a little... harsh...
He wants to have a talk with you in
person. I told him you'd be at his
office in an hour.
In person? Sir, what's this about?
He'll tell you when you get there.
Lois hesitates before finally heading for the door.
Lois stops and turns.
I want you to know, I agree with
Edge on this matter.
Lois has absolutely no idea what to make of this. She simply
nods and walks out of the office.
INT. DAILY PLANET - CITY ROOM - DAY
Lois walks back to her desk. Jimmy is still in her seat,
talking to Clark.
Jimmy, out of my chair.
Jimmy gets out of the chair.
Sorry, Ms. Lane.
What did Perry want to talk about?
I haven't the slightest idea. All I
know is that Morgan Edge wants to
see me, and I only have an hour to
get down to Glenmorgan Square and
traffic's backed up to Cain Street.
There's a roar of thunder.
Sounds like it might rain.
Of course it's going to rain.
Otherwise I might be able to get a
Lois grabs her bag.
She walks off.
Once Lois is gone, Clark looks at his watch.
I should go. I have an appointment
with a jewelry store manager.
Shopping for a necklace that'll
bring out your eyes?
Shopping for a story.
Clark gets up.
See you in a little while.
EXT. DAILY PLANET - DAY
Lois walks out of the Daily Planet building, and heads for
the curb in order to hail a cab. As she gets to the curb,
there is another roar of thunder.
She continues to wave her arm, hoping that a cab will stop.
Need a lift?
Do you even own a car, Small--
She turns around and sees Superman standing behind her. Other
PEOPLE passing by are staring in their direction.
Not small. I thought you were
So, about that lift.
Right. Actually, I could use one.
If you're not busy holding up a
high-rise or something.
It's not in the day planner.
Okay. Then, yes. Sure. I'd love a
ride... A lift.
She clears her throat and looks away awkwardly. Superman
can't help but find this amusing. He holds out a hand.
Glenmorgan Square. The GBS
She takes his hand, and Superman scoops her into his arms.
Then, as people continue to watch them, Superman rises into