Season 2 Episode 19

Super Men

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 12, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A man dressed in a superhero costume is found dead in an alley, after saving a man being mugged. Mac, Stella, and Dr. Hawkes find his clothes in a nearby phone booth. Danny and Lindsay investigate the murder of an NFL first-round draft pick, known as Superman.moreless

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  • I enjoyed the show because of the way it kept viewers interested. The episode allowed Clark to prove that he could do something good for people. I enjoyed the way this episode kept the team wondering if there were actually going to solve the case.moreless

    I liked this episode because it kept viewers interested in both cases. This episode also gave the chance for people to understand why Clark idolized Superman and show that he could do good deeds just like Superman.

    This episode also shows just how far athletes will go to see in the game. The sports manager made me angry in this episode because he didn't seem to care about the health and well being of his client.

    The last part of this episode was also my favorite because Mack Taylor tries to get Steve Clark's brother to understand that he didn't do anything wrong.

  • This was a great episode. Both cases were great additions to the series. There was some great acting in this episode as well. Both by the brother and the father. And of course, our super men (and women). Spoiler beware.moreless


    This proves to be a very great episode from the beginning. We have TWO count them TWO Supermen. We have the one football player, and the second who actually thinks he is Superman. And we see the empty clothes in phone booth. And glasses. Greaaaaat. I love their expressions when they see it. I love how this series inserts humor into everything.


    There was the first superman, who saved the one guy's life. Actually, as it turns out, he has saved a lot of people's lives. Awww. He is such a sweetie. And it's touching to see how he had an affect on everyone's lives. I loved how as Mac pointed out, it seems he wasn't fit to take care of himself, hence being in the special needs home, but when he put his everything to it, he could take care of others. It was a very sweet comment (I love Mac!)

    This case was increasingly interesting (both cases were actually). I loved the bit with the Kryptonite. My response immediately was "What? Noo waaaay. It can't be." I didn't like how Mac calls him a vigilante, I loved how Stella stood up for him. I also loved Stella's reaction the kryptonite, "that explains everything." The writers on this series are geniuses at times. I swear. I loved his name Clark Kranen. Really, so much like Clark Kent. Then we find out why he "is how he is" as Mac puts it. Clark fell out of a building when trying to be like Superman.

    Sup's getting his money from his brother. The krypton was from the fluorescent lighting he broke. Then we meet Clark's older brother and we really feel for him. I loved how Mac talked to him and how he says he believes Clark saved the money because he knew his brother would need it some day. So sweet. At first I thought the brother was a jerk but then I fell for him. The poor guy was just down on his luck. The other mental ward patients looking at them and watching them was great. They have super hero names too. They were friends with Clark and said how Clark knew there was something up in the hospital and Justice would be served. Then we have the jerk of an orderly who actually killed him. Ugh that made me so angry. I hate it when people make fun of others after "playing nice."

    Then there was the case with the football superman. I loved the bits with Danny and Lindsay, they did great on this case. There were also twists here. Lindsay was right, Victor did not bleed out: air was forced into the blood stream. The number on his chest was a bit creepy. I understood the chick did it cause she thought oooo sexy. No. That's creepy. Stalker creepy. Weirdo.

    This one was great if only for the DL scenes. Hahah no. it was so sad to see the father in the very end. I loved how Danny didn't yell at him. He just said, I'm sorry for your daughter. Very sweet. It's sweet that while he knows yeah he killed a man, I mean well the football star did basically kill his girl and just left her there. And then he didn't even get punished, just some community service because they didn't want to ruin his chances. Too bad they didn't know about his knee. GOD. That upset me.


    First definitely had to be the bit with Danny and Lindsay where Lindsay is reciting facts of the dead football hero and Danny is shocked she likes football. Then he tells her it's dangerous since he might ask her to marry him. So cute!!

    Then there was the ending with the super men. Mac gets the call after talking to the brother, Flack is in an awesome chase scene (I love his expressions in those!), Lindsay is working with ballistics and shooting guns to get test shots, Hawkes is working with some cool X-RAY thing. MWAHAH he is awesome. Danny is giving footballs from the superman football player to kids, (AWW!) And then end with Stella and Mac on another case... and they are ducking under crime scene tape… (That sent shivers down my spine! I love them!!)


    What is up with Danny constantly asking Lindsay for food? An obvious sign of affection. He constantly wants to go have lunch with her. AND WHY does she always say NO?!


    This was a great episode. Both cases were great additions to the series. Both cases displayed a vital fact of society. I loved both cases because they let you feel for the people. There was some great acting in this episode as well. Both by the brother and the father. And of course, our super men (and women).moreless
  • One Superman, One Super Ego.

    Again another play on words in the title of our episode. But we have one true "superman" in Clark who makes every attempt within his power to see that justice is done. Just like Mac & Stella when it comes to finding his killer. Then we have a football "star" with an overinflated ego who from the looks of it has never been held responsible for any of his actions other than on the football field. Well, Elaine's father, in a fit of rage that Elaine's memory was forgotten and brushed aside, took matters into his own hands. Terrell Mann is dead but that didn't bring Elaine back and now her faither is on his way to jail. The one thing I did appreciate was Danny's voice of sympathy to Elaine's father at the loss of his daughter. It shows the need to get the job done but having compassion at the same time.moreless
  • Clark's alter ego is unleashed in NY. One of my favorite episodes.

    So there's this guy named Clark, who changes in a phone booth and goes around saving people while wearing a cape... No, you're not watching the wrong series. This episode is one of my favorites. Stella and Mac investigate the death of a quasi-vigilante turned out to be psychiatric patient who believes he is Superman, and was convinced that there were enemies within the institution. Unfortunately, he was right. It was a cleverly plotted storyline, and the tone of it was done nicely.

    As for the other dead guy (hehe), I felt sorry for the girl's father. He tried doing a good thing, but he just wasn't able to hold himself back when provoked.moreless
  • Superman is no man of steel

    I liked this episode alot. There was great banter between Stella and Mac when Stella asks Mac if he ever pretended to be a super hero. I thought it was cute.:).

    Stella and Mac work a case about a man who believes he's superman. The man goes around attempting to save people, but this time it ends fatally. I didn't expect it to be the orderly that took care of him.

    Lindsay and Danny work on a case of a murdered sports professional. The killer was unexpected as well. For some reason I liked how the food cart tied into it all, by how it made a crese in the rug to soak up more blood.

    I also loved how it showed the whole team working with the superman music playing in the background at the end.moreless
Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Kevontay Jackson

Kevontay Jackson

Tyrell Mann

Guest Star

David Aaron Baker

David Aaron Baker

Steve Kranen

Guest Star

Scott Alan Smith

Scott Alan Smith

Matthew Palmer

Guest Star

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Danny says to Lindsay that her knowing about football is dangerous because he might ask her to marry him. This is ironic as much later on in the series he does ask her to marry him and she eventually accepts.

    • Goof: Danny remarks about the heavy blood stain on the carpet padding, that indicates the presence of the cart. When he initially examines the padding, at the beginning of the episode, there is no such stain. The blood is uniform.

    • Editing Error: During the autopsy on the football player Lindsay Monroe figures out that the numbers on his chest spell out a telephone number. She says that the number might lead them to mystery woman number one. At this point they had not identified that there was a second mystery woman.

    • Editing Error: Mac and Stella discuss Carter buying a prescription. However a few scenes later Flack identifies Carter on a survelliance video as the unknown ATM robber. The scene with Mac and Stella should have been after the identification.

    • Goof: At the beginning of the episode, the victim's (Clark's) clothes are found in a freestanding outdoor phone booth that according to the subway station sign in the background is on 65th St. First of all, there is no 65th St. subway station in Manhattan. Second, there are only 4 remaining outdoor phone booths on the island. They are all on West End Ave at 66th, 90th, 100th, and 101st Sts. And third of all, the remaining NYC payphones do not say TELEPHONE at the top. They say the name of the local telephone company, Verizon.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Mac: A guy in a cape. Clothes left inside a phone booth.
      Stella: Come on, Mac. No way.

    • Stella: When you were a kid, you ever tie a towel around your neck and pretend to be a super hero? Little Mac-Man maybe?
      Mac: Sergeant Rock. You couldn't get me out of fatigues when I was a kid.

    • Mac: (identifying a chemical compound) Shoe polish.
      Stella: You're good.
      Mac: Black dye number 49 and I go way back. In the Marines, your shoes had to shine as much as your brass.

    • Flack: Officer Nelson will show your to you room.
      Carter England: Oh come on Flack! I thought we were supposed to be like brothers man!
      Flack: Yeah well, sometimes, brothers fight.

    • Adam: The glass that Dr. Hawkes pulled from our John Doe... it tested positive for Krypton.
      Mac: Krypton?
      Adam: Kryptonite was Superman's only weakness.
      Stella: Well, that explains everything.

    • Danny: Don't tell me you know a little something about football, please.
      Lindsay: Why? Is that so hard to believe?
      Danny: No, just dangerous. (Lindsay looks up at him) I might ask you to marry me.

    • Stella: Hey it's a bird, it's a plane, it's...
      Flack: ...Matthew Palmer.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Clark's fellow patients at the hospital call themselves Flash, Thor and Aquaman. The Flash and Aquaman are characters from DC Comics. Thor is from Marvel Comics.

    • The episode title, Super Men, is an obvious allusion to the comic book hero Superman.

      The hero, who has dark hair and wears glasses, takes off his normal street clothes and reveals a bright suit and a yellow cape underneath, vaguely similar to that worn by Superman.

      The hero punches a mugger at an ATM machine who is pointing a gun at someone. When the guy runs off, the hero chases after him.

      When they discover the element krypton on the body of the heroic victim, the technician is ebullient because he feels this strengthens the connection between the heroic victim and Superman.

      Also both are called Clark.