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Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

Season 3 Episode 6

Don't Tug on Superman's Cape

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 05, 1995 on ABC
9.0
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Lois and Clark decide to forget the word "marriage", at least for the time. One of the richest couples of Metropolis has a plan to capture and add Superman to their collection of treasures. They capture Lois to get Superman. In the cage, Lois and Clark begin to talk, and the conversation makes them start to lose their fears about marriage.moreless

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  • Clark and Lois both have heavy doubts about commitment and have the dreams to go with it. Soon both of them find themselves traped as part of a collection for a millionare couple.moreless

    9.5
    The plot in the episode is a typical comic book plot but the real story is in the doubts both Lois and Clark suffer from. The theme of the whole episode is on fear of commitment. It's a bit of a comidy as usual, it's funny seeing the dreams both of the main characters have which of course are in the form of a couple of Classic TV shows I Love Lucy and Dragnet; and the movie franchise James Bond. The parodies are key on with the characters psyches although the James Bond fantasy that Lois has is ironically funny since Teri Hatcher was in a James Bond film.



    But it's also a through examination into the theme. We see a parallel between both Lois and Clark and the villianous couple played well by Johnathan Frakes (Star Trek: Next Generation) and Genie Francis (General Hospital). They portray a couple the seems all too perfect, from common interests, thinking alike, and always happy since they always wear smiles on their face like plastic toy figurines. But we see underneth this idalistic facade of the perfect couple lies an emptyness, there seems to be no real pashion or any feeling for that manner. Could explain why they have this constant need to collect things to fill in a pashionless void.



    That's why Clark and Lois are a couple that are destined to make it, because both of them don't have a perfect relationship. Both are different in both interests and characteristics; they've ran into some bumps in the road which consist of fear, fights, disagreements, like/dislike, rifts and obsticles. But these things always make their love survive and continue to get stronger.



    A facinating moment was when both of them are caged, and are a mere distance away from each other, so close yet so far. Obviously this is a metaphor for the rift both of them have created in their relationship which was created by fear. And the protective forcefield symbolism of their own doubts about one another. Both have a long and facinating conversation about where their relationship is going and the fear they both feel. The camera uses close up shot of their faces while their talking, it gives us the feeling of physical closeness as if their both litterally touching one another through their words. And the last moment doesn't disapoint as they both execute a Macgyver like excape.



    Like any healthy couple if they can get out of that situation, then they can get out of any situation. And thats why these two work.





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K Callan

K Callan

Martha Kent

Dean Cain

Dean Cain

Clark Kent/Superman

Teri Hatcher

Teri Hatcher

Lois Lane

Lane Smith

Lane Smith

Perry White

Justin Whalin

Justin Whalin

Jimmy Olsen (seasons 2-4)

Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones

Jonathan Kent

Genie Francis

Genie Francis

Amber Lake

Guest Star

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Tim Lake

Guest Star

Michael Harris (I)

Michael Harris (I)

Bad Brain Johnson

Guest Star

Kenneth Kimmins

Kenneth Kimmins

Dr. Bernard Klein

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • If you look closely at the vehicle that Tim and Amber Lake own in their room of valuable possessions, it looks very similar to the Batmobile of the superhero Batman. Tim says the car is one of a kind and Amber says that they are "Batty" about it.

    • Nitpick: Tim Lake, disguised as Bad Brain pretending to be Superman, is more than a stretch. Tim Lake has a much heavier build than Bad Brain, and Bad Brain is much more slender yet taller than Superman. Bad Brain and Lake also have brown hair, but he doesn't wear a wig.

    • The lost arms of Venus de Milos were also in Lex Luthor's secret collection in "The Foundling" episode.

    • Nitpick: When they cage Lois, then later they cage Superman looks like they swapped cages. But perhaps they moved the cages themselves to make their position within the gallery more aesthetically pleasing to the Lakes.

  • QUOTES (5)

  • NOTES (9)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Lois and Clark watch an episode of a show very similar in format and host to the real show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous while researching the Lakes.

    • Dream Sequences

      This episode opens with a parody of I Love Lucy with Clark playing the part of Ricky, Lois playing the part of Lucy, and Martha and Jonathan playing the parts of Fred and Ethel. In a later dream sequence, Clark fills the role of James Bond, the suave super-spy who can defeat any villain and get any girl. Lois plays Miss Goodbottom, and has a typical "Bond girl" name which can have sexual connotations. In the final dream sequence, Perry and Jimmy are policemen grilling "Clark the absentee father" in a parody of the cop show Dragnet, whose Sgt Joe Friday was famous for his monotone way of speaking.

    • Title "Don't Tug on Superman's Cape"
      This is taken from the song "You Don't Mess Around with Jim" by Jim Croce. "You don't tug on Superman's cape,
      you don't spit into the wind,
      you don't pull the mask of the Old Lone Ranger,
      and you don't mess around with Jim."

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