Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

Season 1 Episode 22

The House of Luthor (2)

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 08, 1994 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Clark, Perry, Jack and Jimmy begin to search for the truth about the downfall of the Daily Planet. They are sure that Lex is guilty. Lex gets some Kryptonite, captures Superman, and locks him in a cage with Kryptonite bars. The wedding is about to start, but Lois has doubts about what she really wants to do. Lois realizes that Clark is the man she loves. When the Archbishop asks if she takes Lex as her husband, she says she can't, and at that moment Perry interrupts the wedding with Inspector Henderson and they tell Lex they know he is a criminal. Lex escapes, and goes to the room where Superman is trapped, but Superman has escaped. Lois walks out of the building crying, and hugs Clark (he just escaped from the cage). Lex throws himself off the top of his building, but Clark can't save him because he is weak from Kryptonite exposure. The Daily Planet is bought a by a rich man, who promises to make it better than ever. Before Lois can tell Clark she loves him, Clark says that he was lying to Lois about being in love with her and that he would say anything to keep her away from Lex (but he was crossing his fingers behind his back).moreless

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  • Lex Luthor has finally killed the Daily Planet and has put all of Lois's friends out on seprate and unproserious paths. All to be able to have Lois for his own, but little knowing that this villiany will be his own downfall.moreless

    This is a fitting conclusion to "The House of Luthor" two parter. We have seen the lengths he has gone but as the rule of fame goes, "The higher you climb, the faster you fall." And he falls big time, it's rewarding to see the good guys take revenge against a man that betrayed them. But most of all just seeing more of Luthor being more villianous as he finally has Superman's life in his hands and gives a venumous slightly mocking monalogue toward Superman, all this happens before the wedding. Through this final action we know Luthor is obvously not the one for Lois, and throughout the episode and final act we wait in anticipation for Lois to make the right chose and Luthor getting his taste of what is called poetic justice.moreless
Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Inspector Henderson

Guest Star

James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones

Franklin W. Stern

Guest Star

Phyllis Coates

Phyllis Coates

Ellen Lane

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: Lex quotes, "'She's beautiful, therefore to be wooed, she's beautiful, therefore to be won.' That's Henry the Fifth."However, that's from another play by Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus.

    • Nitpick: In the opening scene, (Super) Lex is flying through Metropolis. The cityscape they used is Chicago's instead of NYC's.

  • QUOTES (5)

  • NOTES (6)


    • The Fall of the House of Luthor

      This tabloid newspaper headline evokes Edgar Allen Poe's 1839 short story The Fall of the House of Usher , a Gothic tale of a sinister country home and the decadent family living within it coming to a catastrophic end at the same time.

    • When asked about who framed him for the explosion, Jack responds, "Pete Black and his brother John". The character of John Black is very well-known from the NBC soap opera Days of our Lives.

    • Lex: Et tu, Mrs Cox?!

      Lex is paraphrasing the famous last words of Julius Caesar as he was being assassinated on the floor of the Roman Senate. When he saw that Marcus Junius Brutus, who had been like a son to the Dictator was among those stabbing him, he asked, "Et tu, Brute?" which translates as "You as well, Brutus?". Unlike Lex, when Caesar saw Brutus amongst his murderers he resigned himself to his fate and died without further struggle.

    • Lex: (singing) Tonight, tonight, won't be just any night...

      Lex is singing the song "Tonight" from West Side Story. But Lex is singing his fate more than he knows- Tony dies at the end of West Side Story.

    • Jimmy: Checking the Mailbox: When Jimmy finds the mailbox of John Black, an envelope is in the large mail slot below and the bottom of an upside down Batman symbol is visable. Clearly, this is a nod to Superman's fellow DC hero Batman.