Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

Season 1 Episode 10

The Man of Steel Bars

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 21, 1993 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Metropolis is hit with a strong heat wave in the middle of November, and people believe that Superman is the cause. After Superman is sent to jail for unauthorized use of his powers, Clark decides to leave Metropolis forever and gives Lois a kiss goodbye.

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  • What if Superman caused Global Warming?

    When Metropolis sticks out from all other neighboring cities with its record highs in the middle of November people start looking at Superman as the possible cause of the heat wave. The concept is pretty clever, Superman draws his power from the sun which replenishes him after a big super-heroic feat. But what if the Man of Steel is actually acting like a solar magnet and heating up the rest of the city as well.

    Of course the truth is he's not, but the correlation between the spikes in temperature and Supeman saves, the Man of Steel can't ignore the possibility which gets him a court injunction against using his powers and short stay in prison as well.

    Aside from the cool concept, the episode also has some nice smaller moments including Lois' reaction to Clark and Superman both deciding to leave Metropolis, the humorous mug shot sequence, and a young boy showing his displeasure at his hero's decision to give up.

    You can find my full recap and review (with pics) at RazorFinemoreless
  • One Good Episode

    This episode was basically a heat wave is in metropolis. Only thing is its november and should be snowing. So they blame Superman that his powers somehow cause the heatwave and is banned from using powers. Thats a laugh as he right away uses them to stop a crook. So he goes to jail which is pretty funny. He gets out and is to be watched by the daily planet. After going home he saves a bunch of people. Then he leaves as people want him gone as they still think he is the cause. Superman does leave and says goodby to Lois as Clark and gives her a kiss goodby. It was really Lex Luthor with a device and his nuclear plant causes the river to boil up causing the heat. Simply to get rid of his Superman who he doesnt like. In the end Superman comes back and stops his plant. Then the weather goes to the way it should be and Superman returns. Also Clark comes back like nothing happened. This was a great episode and very enjoyable. The plot was interesting and just different. One of the best episodes of season one.moreless
Rosalind Cash

Rosalind Cash

Judge Angela Diggs

Guest Star

Sonny Bono

Sonny Bono

Mayor Berkowitz

Guest Star

Richard Fancy

Richard Fancy

Dr. Edward Saxon

Guest Star

Tony Jay

Tony Jay


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Clark: (proofreading Lois' copy) That's not how you spell aquifer.
      Lois: Easy, Kent. You can be replaced. I was already starting to look. (they share a laugh)

    • Judge: I'm entertaining bail requests.
      Superman: I'd like to be released on my own recognizance.
      City Attorney: (knocking over a coffee cup as she rises) Objection! (Superman floats away from the falling coffee) He's an obvious flight risk.

    • Lois: (to Clark, with the temperature 96° F) What planet are you from? You're running, and you're not even sweating!

    • Clark: I just wanted to say goodbye.
      Lois: Goodbye?! We're partners.
      Clark: You don't need a partner Lois, you never did.
      Lois: Well, maybe not, but I was starting to like having one.

    • Lex: Knock, knock.
      Nigel: Who's there, sir?
      Lex: Superman.
      Nigel: Superman who?
      Lex: Exactly!

    • Judge: This is a gavel. And when I pound it, that's the international symbol for all of you to shut up, you got that?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Special Guest Star Sonny Bono, who plays the mayor of Metropolis, was actually Mayor of Palm Springs, and went on to become a Congressman. He's best known however for his partnership with Cher.


    • Prisoner : Hey, I just tugged on Superman's cape!
      Another Prisoner : What are you going to do next, spit in the wind?
      This refers to the chorus of Jim Croce's song "You Don't Mess Around With Jim", in which those two acts (along with trying to pull off the Lone Ranger's mask) are cited as being as foolish as trying to fight pool hustler Jim.

    • Mayor: It's just hot out.
      Midland: And getting hotter by the hour!
      Mayor: And the heat goes on.

      Lois: Mr. Mayor, what about the brownouts? There doesn't seem to be enough electricity to power the air conditioners let alone the traffic lights.
      Mayor: I got ya, babe, but there's no need to worry about the power supply.

      The mayor, played by Sonny Bono in this episode, is referring to two songs he and Cher used to sing. "The Beat Goes On" and "I Got You, Babe".