Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

Season 3 Episode 19

Oedipus Wrecks

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 24, 1996 on ABC
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Lois is still in love with Deter, and even with her return to the Daily Planet, he doesn't tell her anything about her relationship with Clark. Meanwhile, Bad Brain Johnson's little brother Herkimer has created a machine that makes people obey his commands, and hopes to use it to impress his mother, who considers him greatly inferior to his dead brother. Pushed to the limit by Deter's tactics, Clark finally tells Lois that he loves her. Lois refuses to accept it, and Deter uses her confusion to convince her to run away with him to the south of France. Just as Perry tries to prevent her from leaving with the cad, Herkimer's machine begins to work and Lois remembers her relationship with Superman only. When Deter and Lois try to stop Herkimer with the machine, they suffer effects from the machine, and in this confusion Lois finally remembers the rest of her life, including her love for Clark.moreless

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  • WHile this ep is extremly silly it is still a very fun ep that concludes the 5 episode story arc. It was a very unique and clever way to end the arc.moreless

    10
    While this ep was extremly silly it is a very fun episode and one of my favorites. This episode ended the 5 episode arc that started with I Now Pronounce You. Lois is still in love with Max and Clark is now getting extremly frustrated. Perry's reaction when he finds out the truth is definatly one of this ep's highlights. It also adds a bit more backround into the Bad Brain Johnson story. It shows us his backround and why he was so evil. Max does everything he can to keep Lois and Clark apart including hypnotizing Lois into loving him and not Clark. The big highlight of this ep is when she slugs Max. A great ep isode that ends one of the best arcs in TV history.moreless
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

K Callan

K Callan

Martha Kent

Larry Poindexter

Larry Poindexter

Dr. Maxwell Deter

Guest Star

Renee Taylor

Renee Taylor

Roweena Johnson

Guest Star

Daniel Roebuck

Daniel Roebuck

Herkimer Johnson

Guest Star

Kenneth Kimmins

Kenneth Kimmins

Dr. Bernard Klein

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The weapon that Mrs. Johnson picks up to shoot Lois when they are in the basement is the same prop that was used to transfer Superman's powers to Lois in the earlier episode "Ultrawoman".

    • Goof: When Max and Lois sneak into Mrs. Johnson's basement, it is clearly at night. When Superman hears Lois shouting for help, he is flying in broad daylight.

    • Goofs: When Max tells Lois he wants her to go with him, there is a very visible reflection of the boom-mic in the car window. And when Lois drives off, one can see the reflection of the camera in the window.

    • When Lois is back to work at The Planet, there is a shot of the News ticker above her head. One of the stocks listed is FOLC + 3 7/8. FOLC is the abbreviation for FANS OF LOIS AND CLARK, 7/8 of the way through season 3.

  • QUOTES (6)

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Tommy Smothers Syndrome

      Dr Deter says that Herkimer has TSS, or Tommy Smothers Syndrome. Tommy Smothers was part of a brothers comedy act "The Smothers Brothers", in which one of the running jokes by Tommy was saying "Mom always loved you best!" to his brother Dick.

    • As Herkimer is riding his bicycle down the street, the music playing uses the same tune from the movie The Wizard of Oz, when Mrs Gulch (alter ego of the Wicked Witch of the West) is riding on her bicycle with Toto.

    • Charleton Heston: One of the running gags throughout the series is that Charleton Heston is the President of the United States in the alternate universe. In this episode, there are allusions to four movies in which he starred: Clark and Deter argue about which movie has the chariot race (Ben-Hur) and which has the parting of the Red Sea (The Ten Commandments). When Lois comments, "But Soylent Green is people, right?", she is referring to the last line of Soylent Green in which the detective played by Charleton Heston finds out the secret of the foodstuff "soylent green" which is supposedly made from soy and lentils. And later on, in the episode, Lois says that she has a recurring dream in which she is being chased through a forest by apes, which is an allusion to the scene near the beginning of Planet of the Apes where the astronauts (including Charleton Heston) are being chased through a forest by apes.

    • The title, "Oedipus Wrecks" is a word play on a comic song by Tom Lehrer which rhymes "Oedipus Rex" with "odd complex" and "Freud's index". This is in reference to Sigmund Freud's Oedipus complex, a primal desire on the part of a young child to completely possess the mother and kill the father. This is all inspired from original Greek mythos in which Oedipus was the king of Thebes, son of Laius and Jocasta, who, unknowingly, killed his father and married his mother. Oedipus Rex is also the title of the first Theban play by the Greek playwright Sophocles.

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