Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

Season 1 Episode 9

The Green, Green Glow of Home

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 14, 1993 on ABC
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Episode Summary

A friend of Jonathan and Martha's finds a strange meteorite which draws Jason Trask to Smallville, searching for the meteorite in hopes that it can help him to destroy Superman. Lois and Clark go to Smallville to investigate the story and Clark introduces her to his parents.moreless

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  • Trask's return

    Introduced earlier in the first season, the events in this episode return shadowy government Jason Trask who shows up in Smallville after a neighbor of the Kents discovers a meteorite that Trask believes came from Krypton.

    The episode gives us Lois meeting the Kents for the first time, the reporter eventually letting her hair down and enjoying the small town flavor of Clark's home town, and introducing Kryptonite for the first time. After his exposure a far more normal Clark only slowly recovers his powers over the course of the episode, and just in time to stop Trask and save his parents.

    Clark plays things close to the vest here as he has to do quite a bit of lying and obfuscating to hide enough of the truth from Lois discovering that he's Superman. The best part of this comes out during phone conversations between the two reporters and Perry White who rightly assumes there's more going on in Smallville than either of them is saying.

    You can find my full recap and review (with pics) at RazorFinemoreless
  • Love this episode

    This episode was really funny, I love how Lois reaction to being in a small town and when Lois commands on Clark’s dad it was very funny it was cool that Clark mom was really light hearted when she heard what Lois had to say, Lois expression was funny too, and also many other small scene.

    Trask is also back and he found out who superman was but was killed. It is also the very first episode where superman/Clark was introduced to kryptonite. The first time Clark had a paper cut because of the effects of kryptonite … lois was looking at him strangely telling him hasn’t he gotten a paper cut before, that was funny. Lois seem to also realize that Clark seem to be enjoying himself (because he didn’t have superman power and he is normal human).moreless
  • Clark and Lois return to Smallville to do a story on an alledged EPA cleanup. Clark is sure it is a coverup, which it is. Jason Trask is there to get a weapon against Superman. He finds it in Kryptonite.moreless

    This is a great episode for revealing more of "Clark" to

    Lois, allowing her to get to know him as a person. As he would later say in a Season 2 episode "Clark Kent is who I am, Superman is just what I can do." And while Clark does enjoy his brief respite from being a hero, in the end, he knows... the world does need a Superman.

    There are some wonderful, funny moments, but almost no Superman. It is more of Clark and Smallville. One of my all time funniest moments is just before Lois meets Clark's parents. She comments on how all small towns hide "wierdo's", pointing out a man running a BBQ at the town festival (we know it is Jonathan, Clark's Dad) and saying he is probably a crossdresser. Before Clark can say something, Martha runs up to greet the pair and encourages them to get something to eat. But Clark stops her, repeating what Lois said. Martha laughs and responds "That's Clark father! I can't get him to buy a dress for me, much less one for himself!" It is one of several times Lois gets embarresed by stereotyping the residents of Smallville.

    Clark does discover his one weakness - Kryptoite - in this episode. In a near tragic moment, Jonathan shows Clark a large chunk of Kryptonite, causing Clark to collapse and pass out. Once his parents get him away from the rock, he comes to but loses his powers for more than a day. Rather than be upset, Clark embrasses "normal". But Trask's evil plots force the return of his superpowers and Clark saves the day. Well, with a little help from an old girlfriend (now Smallville's sheriff) who is a REAL good shot.moreless
  • Lois and Clark go to Smallville.

    When a friend of Johnathan Kent's is pushed off his land by the goverment Lois and Clark investigate during the Smallville Corn Fest.

    This is the first time Lois accompanies Clark to Smallville and she learns to adjust to the slower pace in Kansas and actually enjoy herself.

    Clark is introduced to Kryptonite for the first time and finally learns what it is to feel sick and to feel pain(thanks to a paper-cut.)

    A very good episode esp. for so early in the first season. It's always good when Clark's parents show up and it's good to see Lois not be obsessive if only for 5 minutes.

    Good episode all around.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Clark appears in costume as Superman only once during this episode--in the pre-credits teaser. This is the only episode (except the two-part version of the pilot) where Superman is not present during the main body of the episode

    • Goof: At the end, Trask, who knew Clark's secret, dies at the hands of the sheriff. However, earlier, after putting the piece Kryptonite down on the ground in front of Clark, he commands the van in which Clark was held to drive away. So the van driver too knew Clark's identity! And he lived!

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Clark: Not exactly what you had in mind, huh?
      Lois: Well, let's see, so far I've been given a glimpse of ritual crop worship, treated as your girlfriend, and I insulted your parents. No, I couldn't have planned this. Mmm, mmm.

    • Lois: You are always editing my copy!
      Clark: Okay, well, next time you fight the bad guy and I'll write the story!

    • Trask: I have your parents, but who I want is Superman! Now, if you want to save them, you tell me what I want to know. A trade.
      Clark: You have to promise to let them go.
      Trask: I do, I do! I absolutely give you my word.
      Clark: I'm Superman.

    • Clark: (to Martha) Mum, Lois and I need to receive a fax tomorrow.
      Martha: A fax?
      Lois: A facsimile. It's a machine. A person can put a piece of paper in at one end and the person at the other end can get a copy if they have a fax machine too. It's sort of technical.
      Martha: Oh, I was just thinking that if you're expecting something, I think I'd better check the paper.

    • Clark: Fortunately for you, this weekend Smallville is holding the annual Corn Festival.
      Lois: This is a good thing?
      Clark: Sure! We'll get to see the Corn Queen Pageant, the Husk-Off, the Corn-o-rama, popcorn, cream corn, corn on the cob - we are in luck.
      Lois: Oh be still, my heart.

    • Clark: Wait a minute Mom. Lois thinks the guy running the BBQ is a crossdresser.
      Martha: Oh Lois, that's Clark's father! I can't get him to buy a dress for me, much less one for himself!

    • Lois: Well, Trask thought it came from Krypton, I don't know, Kryptonium.
      Clark: Wait. It's a meteorite, right? What about Kryptonite?

    • Perry: Clark, I usually advise my reporters to stay clear of the story, not get involved, but since you got in a fight with that nutcase Trask, well I'm just happy you came out on top.

    • Trask: Kill me! I would have killed you, Superman!

    • Trask: It's over now, and I have won. This little piece of home will be the death of you Superman. Unfortunately, I won't be able to stay for the services.

    • Martha: Normal for Earth.
      Clark: This is Earth, normal could be good.

    • Jonathan Kent: You can't go through all your life with powers, and then puff, they just disappear.
      Clark: Well, it's happened Dad.

    • Trask: Remember, you give your lives in the cause for humanity.

    • Clark: I am Superman.
      Trask: That was fear Kent, real fear, Superman doesn't fear guns. Nice try, but I want the real thing.

    • Trask: Who goes first, you, or the human traitors that sheltered you all these years.

    • Trask: Clark, why didn't you tell me this was a family affair.

    • Clark: (To Lois) There goes the picnic.
      Lois: In case you were wondering, this wasn't in the plan.

    • Trask: Those are fighting words Mr. Kent, or should I call you Superman. Secret identity, now that's very clever.

    • Lois: (to Clark, referring unknowingly to his father) Betcha he's a cross dresser.

    • Clark: (About line dancing) You actually know how to do this.
      Lois: Last year I had a girlfriend convince me it was a great way to meet guys.
      Clark: Was it?
      Lois: Define guys.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Perry: (after insisting Lois go with Clark to Smallville) That's probably how that first reporter felt down there at Love Canal.

      Love Canal was a town built over a toxic waste dump. It was eventually evacuated by the Federal Government in 1980 because a large percentage of the population experienced serious and even life threatening health problems that studies linked to the toxic waste.

    • Lois mentions that she feels like Dorothy waiting for a tornado to take her off to Oz. As Clark notes Dorothy wanted to return home to Kansas in The Wizard of Oz.

    • Title: The Green, Green Glow Of Home
      The episode title is play on words with the country song "The Green, Green Grass of Home", originally written by Tom Jones in 1966 and covered by such singers as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Kenny Rogers.

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