In this episode, Superman avails of one of his most infrequently-used abilities: his super-acute olfactory sense. He is able to notice the faint scent of a flower in the air of his apartment and then trace that exact scent back to another source along a busy Metropolis street.
(Superman follows the scent of a flower, when he finds it)
Superman: Didn't you play for the Bills? (talking about the Buffalo Bills football team)
Flower Seller: Yes, until I got a knee injury.
In real life, Dean Cain had to quit his profesionnal career with the Buffalo Bills due to a knee injury. This exchange is the first of three references to Dean Cain's short-lived football career that were made during the run of the series.
Three endings to this episode were filmed. The first ending ended with "Clark....," and it was shown at the tail end of "And The Answer Is." Strangely, "...We Have A Lot To Talk About", the third season premiere, opened with Lois saying "Who's asking, Clark or Superman?" There was also a third ending, with Lois saying "Yes," that was never used. All of these endings were filmed for this episode, and the decision to use the "Clark..." was made at the last minute.
Nitpick: Jonathan is able to shatter a metal grating when Superman freezes it with his super breath. Freezing things don't make them easier to break, it just makes them more rigid and less pliant. While this may make things like rubber balls easier to break, a metal grating, which is already rigid and non-pliant, will not be so easy.
Goof: At the end, we see Perry sitting in his chair from behind, laughing. When we see him from the front, he has his right arm up with the pen in his hand. When the camera switches to his back, he has his left arm up.
Nitpick: The men searching for the red kryptonite are using metal detectors, but if they were looking for radioactve meteorite crystals, they should be using a geiger counter.
The kid that delivers the flowers from Scardino was the same messenger who delivered the note from the fake Superman in "Vatman".
Goof: When Superman faces the gunman and we see him from behind, we can see Dean Cain's put the bullet into his mouth which he later "catches" with his teeth.
In this episode, Jimmy mentions that he just turned 20 years old.
Goof: When Dr. Katherine Wilder is looking through her father's files in the beginning of the episode she has on latex gloves. When she bends to pick up the folder after Dr. Golden is murdered she doesn't have them on, but has them on again when she stands back up.
Anachronism: In 1866, Marshal Kent refers to the visitors from the future as "weirdos." The word "weirdo" did not enter the English language until about 1955.
Goof: After Clark floats himself and Lois over the gate, it is obvious they step down off the lift before they start to walk into the field.
In the teaser, Tempus looks at a movie poster for a movie called The Penetrator, which reads across the top "Ranco Entertainment in Association with James Bagdonas". James Bagdonas is the director of this episode.
Tempus is the Latin word for "time". The title of this episode is likely a pun on the phrase "time flies", which in Latin would be tempus fugit.
The date of Clark's arrival on Earth as an infant in the spaceship is given as May 17th, 1966. In the previous episode, "Resurrection", the year of death of a character who just died is engraved in their tombstone as 1993. This makes Clark roughly 26 years old at the beginning of the series.
At Mayson Drake's funeral, one of the headstones in the cemetery is prominently marked "Zarate", presumably a reference to visual effects supervisor Mark "Oso" Zarate.
Goof: After Leon tells the Intergang member he will trick Superman into taking the shipment, the TV sets click off one by one. As they do, the one in the top left has a visible reflection of the boom-mic and boom in it.
Goof: When Superman turns off the ignition in Jimmy's car, the wheels should lock and the car should go into a skid. Even if the wheels were free to turn, momemtum would keep the car moving fast because the brakes were not working. Instead, the wheels keep turning while the car quickly slows down to a stop in front of the barricade, without any mechanical basis for doing so.
When Lois and Clark are having dinner on their first date, the background music is the 2nd movement of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 8 (Pathetique).
When Jimmy is arrested, his middle name is revealed to be Bartholomew.
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