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Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

Season 2 Episode 22

And the Answer Is...

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 21, 1995 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Jace, a blackmailer, with Tempus' diary, finds out about Clark's identity and forces him to steal and do everything more that he wants...and one thing more (by Nigel's suggestion) kill Lois, or he kills Martha and Jonathan. Lois tells Clark the only way to save his parents is to freeze her, then she will look like a dead person, and he tells her this can be very dangerous to her life, but, even so, she tells him to freeze her. Superman gives Lois (appearly dead) to Jace and Nigel, then they lock Superman in the same place where his parents are locked in. Jace kills Nigel. After Superman finally saved his parents and himself, Lois still did not open her eyes, then, he begins to beg to her life and she finally opens it, slowly. After Clark realizes he almost lost Lois, he proposes to her.moreless

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  • Who's asking Clark ... or Superman?

    The entire show to date has been building to this episode; all the tension finally reaches a head. Its hilarious as Clark attempts to tell Lois that he is actually Superman but can never quite find the word. In the end actions speak louder then words and it’s a simple touch that revels his true identity. Its most defiantly a cliffhanger and had me eagerly awaiting season 3. It good to see the love between Lois and Clark grow, they are the perfect couple and make a formidable team, loyal viewers everywhere were waiting for this moment, when Lois would finally realize (I mean the only difference was the glasses how dumb can a smart woman be) that the love of her life is the man of her dreams as well.moreless
  • Reveal All

    This episode is where Clark and his relationship with Lois is truely tested. Loosely inspired by both the famous reveal all issue in the 70's and rewritten in the John Bryne comic series around the 80's and 90's. Clark is having the hardest time finally telling her the truth about who he is, because not just is he getting interupted by little things but worse he has to do the biding of the younger brother of the intergang family who knows Clark's secret due to a diery written by Tempus who was stuck in the 1800's. Clark is blackmailed into robbing jewels in exchange for the blackmailers silence and parients held hostage. But then terms start to get raised up when Clark is forced to kill Lois. Clark's feelings for Lois are raised to new heights as we see how much he truely loves her but also a question on how far he would go to protect the ones he cares about most. But also seeing Lois's feelings in return and the lengths she goes, also it's sweet that she has finally caught on to suspecting Clark is Superman. But mainly this episode is most famous for it's most excruciating cliffhanger when Clark proposes not just his true feelings to her but marrage. The answer is on the tip of her tounge, and were all just hungerily waiting to here it. I know I was constantly wondering if she was going to say yes or no, waiting for that other season just to get part 2 was torture but it was worth it. It's not the end result that matters, it what lead up to this magic moment that counts.moreless
  • When Clark's secret is discovered he must start to steal for the blackmailer, but hten his parents are kiddnapped and he is ordered to kill Lois. Superman is called to put her into a fake death. Then superman is almost killed by Kryptonite, but escapes. Lmoreless

    This was the season finale of the second season and it is really hard to end an episode with someone proposing. It is very nervewrecking to find out whether or not they will say "yes". this was a very ghood episode and I'm glad lois found out that clark was Superman because you would have to be "galactically stupid" not to realize that Clark is superman. Overall it was an awesome episode and ill give it a 5/5(*****/*****)moreless
Maurice Godin

Maurice Godin

Jace Mazik

Guest Star

Michael Leopard

Michael Leopard

Detective Sergeant Zymak

Guest Star

Rick LaFord

Rick LaFord


Guest Star

Tony Jay

Tony Jay

Nigel St. John

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In this episode, Superman avails of one of his most infrequently-used abilities: his super-acute olfactory sense. He is able to notice the faint scent of a flower in the air of his apartment and then trace that exact scent back to another source along a busy Metropolis street.

    • (Superman follows the scent of a flower, when he finds it)
      Superman: Didn't you play for the Bills? (talking about the Buffalo Bills football team)
      Flower Seller: Yes, until I got a knee injury.

      In real life, Dean Cain had to quit his profesionnal career with the Buffalo Bills due to a knee injury. This exchange is the first of three references to Dean Cain's short-lived football career that were made during the run of the series.

    • Three endings to this episode were filmed. The first ending ended with "Clark....," and it was shown at the tail end of "And The Answer Is." Strangely, "...We Have A Lot To Talk About", the third season premiere, opened with Lois saying "Who's asking, Clark or Superman?" There was also a third ending, with Lois saying "Yes," that was never used. All of these endings were filmed for this episode, and the decision to use the "Clark..." was made at the last minute.

    • Nitpick: Jonathan is able to shatter a metal grating when Superman freezes it with his super breath. Freezing things don't make them easier to break, it just makes them more rigid and less pliant. While this may make things like rubber balls easier to break, a metal grating, which is already rigid and non-pliant, will not be so easy.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Clark: Lois, I've got something I want to tell you.
      Lois: It's not good news, is it?
      Clark: Well, I don't know, maybe.
      Lois: No. It's not. I can tell by your face.
      Clark: Lois, maybe you'd better sit down.
      Lois: Oh yeah, this is good news.
      Clark: Lois, I'm Super... (the telephone rings)

    • Jace: You must be very pleased, now that Lois Lane is dead.
      Nigel: Yes, it would warm my heart... if I had one.

    • Lois,: Clark, you were in the middle of telling me something!
      Clark: Was I?
      Lois,: Yes! You said 'Lois, I'm super...'
      Clark: Lois... I'm super late for my appointment.

    • Nigel(in reference to Lois): That woman is a menace.

    • Clark: (trying to propose again) Lois...will you... (downpour of rain starts) Come on...give me a break!
      Lois: (laughing) Do you want to go back inside?
      Clark: If the earth opened up at my feet, I wouldn't move until I said this. Lois, will you marry me?

    • Lois: If anything happens, tell Clark that I love him.
      Superman: He knows, but I'll tell him.

    • Jimmy: Hey, Chief?
      Perry: Yeah?
      Jimmy: Instead of always standing around watching Lois and Clark, wondering what they're doing, what if we... I don't know... got lives of our own that were a little more interesting?
      Perry: Son, you're shootin' a bullseye. It's like we're supporting character in some TV show that's only about them...
      Jimmy: ... and all we do is advance their plots...
      Perry: ... and I, for one, am sick of it.
      Jimmy: Man, me, too.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Jace: He makes Nostradamus look like a freakin' palm reader.

      Nostradamus was one of the world's most famous publishers of prophecies, accredited with having predicted such major events as the Great Fire of London, the rise of Adolf Hitler, and the 9/11 terrorist attack in the United States. Nostradamus is best known for his 1555 book Les Propheties.