Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

Season 3 Episode 14

Tempus Anyone?

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 21, 1996 on ABC
9.2
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Episode Summary

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Tempus is back and now he kidnaps Lois and takes her to an alternate world, where there is more violence, Tempus is running for Mayor of Metropolis against Perry, and Clark is engaged... to Lana Lang, his childhood sweetheart from Smallville. With the help of an older H.G. Wells, Lois tries to stop Tempus from killing Perry and get back to her own world, but for this, she needs to teach the alternate Clark how to be Superman.moreless

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  • Tempus kidnaps Lois and takes her to another dimension where there is no Superman to help her. Well, since there isn't a Superman, I guess she'll just have to make one. Luckily for her, even though Superman doesn't exist in the univere, there is a Clarkmoreless

    10
    The first thought I had when I the episode started was, "Oh no, is Tempus back to erase Lois' memory again?" The entire season of Lois knowing Clark is Superman would go down the drain. Luckily, I was wrong and it became one of the best episodes of the season. What I liked about this episode is that, even though it wasn't based on it, it kind of reminded me of the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" Superman comics. Both that and this episode talk about alternate universes. Lois gets to meet another Superman from another universe where things are different and this alternate Superman falls for Lois. It is a real touching episode that really impressed me and didn't let me down at the end.moreless
  • World Without Superman

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    This alternate world story isn't exactly anything new since it's been done a couple of times in the Superman visual medium. The episode Brave New Metropolis from Superman: The Animated Series and a two part cliffhanger in Superboy. This story is both dark and romantic. We see the alternate Metropolis as a crime ridden cesspool, everyone has became a shadow of their idealistic selves,

    Lois in that world is out of the picture, Tempus not just has his grip on the city but is also running for the presidency, but worst of all Superman is no where where you need him. Clark is still a good person as usual and does help people but barely enough because he's a little more repressed and passive. Some of this due to the fact that he is in love (or at least thinks he is) and engaged to a woman that is obviously wrong for him. And for the first time in the show we see Lana (a character from the Superman universe) she beautiful, sweet, but a bit dominering.



    Once again both Clark and Lois have great chemestry from the conversations they have and what happens, it shows why Lois is the right woman for Clark; and why the world always needs a Superman and Lois Lane around.moreless
Hamilton Camp

Hamilton Camp

H.G. Wells

Guest Star

Emily Procter

Emily Procter

Lana Lang

Guest Star

Lee Arenberg

Lee Arenberg

Major Domo

Guest Star

Lane Davies

Lane Davies

Tempus

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The dates on the tombstone for the alternate Lois viewed in the graveyard by H.G. Wells and our Lois are "1967-1993". The birth year is the same for both versions, the (presumed) date of death Lois learns is when her counterpart disappeared in the Congo while investigating gunrunning.

    • The alternate world's parallel to STAR Labs is SUN Labs (Lana Lang warning the alternate Clark that's where he'd end up if known to be an alien.)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Lois: (referring to Lana) I'm not sure, but I think I hate her.

    • Tempus: You know, my stores are offering a great deal on a 12-clip automatic. 24 rounds with every purchase, and a free pair of sunglasses.

    • Tempus:(watching Clark becoming Superman) Bravo, Mr. Kent. My plan is working perfectly.
      HG Wells: You have a plan?
      Tempus: Yes, Herb. I'm the bad guy- we always have a plan.

    • Tempus:(to HG Wells) I've missed you, Herb. Sure, you're a few years older, I'm a few pounds lighter, you're about to become a corpse, I'm about to be a God, but it's the same old us, together again, huh?

    • Superman: It's all right. Honestly, I don't know how you think a pair of glasses would keep people from finding out. It's ridiculous.

    • H.G. Wells: Do what you want with me, but please spare the girl.
      Tempus: God Herb, who writes your dialogue you sound like the prisoner of Zenda.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Tempus: (to HG Wells) Herb, if I wanted to kill her, I'd beat her to death with a frozen lamb chop and then eat it with a nice merlot.
      This line alludes to the short story "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl, which has been adapted both as an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and as an episode of Tales of the Unexpected.  In the story, a woman kills her husband by hitting him over the head with a frozen leg of lamb, which she then cooks and serves to the police detectives investigating the killing even as they puzzle what the murder weapon was.  It also may allude to the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs, in which Hannibal Lecter famously recalls accompanying one of his cannibal meals "with a nice Chianti".

    • In the alternate reality Charlton Heston is president of the United States and people in the streets are heavily armed. At the time the show was broadcasted, Charlton Heston was president of the National Rifle Association that defends the right to own weapons and fights against stricter laws for the possession of fire arms.

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