Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

Season 3 Episode 1

... We Have a Lot to Talk About

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 17, 1995 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Lois has an answer to Clark's marriage proposal, but is it one he wants to hear? In the meantime, Intergang's former leader Bill Church Sr. has married and declared his intention of going straight, but his wife and son have plans of their own.

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  • It starts with the scene from Season II at the fountain. As a backstory, the two reporters are sent to investigate Bill Church, who is the former head of Intergang. He claims to have turned over a new leaf.moreless

    This was the turning point in the entire season. Basically, all the tension from Season I and Season II culminated in a cliffhanger. This wastes no time in getting to the meat of the story. A lot of things happen in this episode. There is a good balance of romance, comedy, and action. The story of Bill Church Sr and family is amusing, especially Mindy.

    This episode is pivotal because its the foundation for every episode after it. Generally, I\\\'ve found every L & C episode written by John McNamara was very good (and has a high rating on tv.com).

Peter Boyle (I)

Peter Boyle (I)

Bill Church

Guest Star

Jessica Collins

Jessica Collins

Mindy Church

Guest Star

Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell

Bill Church Jr.

Guest Star

Sal Viscuso

Sal Viscuso

Bobby Bigmouth

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: After Lois defuses the bomb, the trigger reads 3:02. As she crawls out from under the table several seconds later, the clock resumes ticking down to 3:01.

    • When Superman catches the ring in space, he is visibly breathing in and out. But in the season one episode "All Shook Up", he needs an oxygen mask to breath in space. But perhaps he's at the farthest reaches of the Earth's atmosphere, and can still get a minute amount of oxygen from it.

    • Nitpick: Lois should have suffocated and frozen in the sky since she could not be enveloped in Superman's forcefield so far from him. She should also have gotten severe frostbite, though it's possible that Superman could have found a way to radiate enough heat to keep her warm enough.

    • When the Church's are standing outside the museum, a workman, carrying a portrait, passes in front of them, and the painting he's carrying is Gainsborough's "Yellow Boy" one of the unknown paintings that was in Lex's collection in "The Foundling" episode.

    • Goof: At the end of part one of this story arc, Lois was wearing a necklace with a little heart. It doesn't make an appearance in this episode, however, even though mere seconds elapse between the end of "ATAI" and the beginning of "WHALTTA".

    • Continuity Break: Lois' response to Clark's proposal is different at the beginning of this episode from what it was at the end of "And the Answer Is...". They filmed three different endings for "ATAI", and used the "Clark..." one there and "Who's asking, Clark or Superman?" for "WHALTTA". The third response, with Lois just saying yes, was not used.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • (Lois sweeps broken glass on her floor after a bomb explodes there)
      Lois: Well, since you asked, what took you an hour?
      Superman: A nuclear reactor was melting down in Philadelphia. What's your point?
      Lois: I just think maybe you're taking my jeopardy just a little for granted these days.
      Superman: What?!?
      Lois: You know, I can understand. It's not the same new sizzling romance. I don't look at you like some moony eyed cheerleader and maybe you look at me differently too. I'm just good old Lois, get to me whenever.
      Superman: That's ridiculous.
      Lois: Well, just food for thought. Anyway, if you're not too busy, maybe we should try and find the guy who did this!
      (Lois shoves the broom onto his chest and Superman looks confused and starts sweeping.)
      Superman: All things considered, I'd rather be in Philadelphia.

    • Lois: Speaking of which, when were you planning on telling me? The honeymoon? Our first anniversary? When the kids started flying around the house?

    • Bobby Bigmouth: No it's alright, it's ok. I've been feeling lately that this food obsession of mine is masking a deeper emotional trauma.
      Lois: Bobby, really?
      Bobby Bigmouth: No, actually I'm trying to talk myself out of eating your chair.

    • Lois: (after Clark uses his x-ray vision) So that's what you've been doing all these years when you pulled your glasses down. I thought you had astigmatism.

    • Perry: Jimmy, have you been sniffing Linotype? This is a newspaper: it's either catastrophe or atrophy.

    • (during another argument with Clark, Lois says aloud that he is Superman)
      Clark: Can you say that any louder, I don't think they heard you in Gotham City!

    • Field Reporter: ... so it has to make you wonder, with all the good work being done by the Church Group, what's left for Superman to do these days? Reporting from downtown, this is Grant Burton.

      (An eleven year old runner slides into a base clearly out as the ten-year-old baseman tags him. Superman stands near)

      Superman: You're out!
      Runner: Are you blind? That's the fifth lousy call today!
      Superman: That's not a very sportsmanlike attitude.
      Runner: This game was a whole lot better before we had some umpire we never asked for. The bats and balls are mine and I'm outta here.
      Superman: Hey, come on, this is silly, let's play ball... Guys? Guys?

    • Lois: (Superman flies off to quit an argument) That is so unfair...you know I can't fly.

    • Clark: When I decided to become Superman, I...
      Lois: ..Became a target, so anyone close to you would be a target, and then it got more complicated when you realized you loved me..
      Clark: ..which was about two minutes after I met you.
      Lois: Don't try to score points.
      Clark: Sorry.

    • Lois (to Clark): You wouldn't be using your other identity to avoid talking to me?

    • Lois: (in answer to Clark's proposal) Who's asking, Clark or Superman?

  • NOTES (1)


    • Superman: All things considered, I'd rather be in Philadelphia

      This is a famous wisecrack of comedian W.C. Fields.

    • Bill Church Jr: The whole thing is just so... Greek!

      The Greek tragedian Sophocles wrote a trilogy of plays around the character of Oedipus, who was prophesied at birth to one day kill his father and marry his mother. Raised by foster parents, he met his real father on the road one day and killed him in an argument, and went on to marry his mother Jocasta after defeating the Sphinx. This is what the name of the psychological theory "The Oedipus Complex" is based upon.

    • Bomb: This is the pre-recorded voice of your friendly neighborhood bomber.

      This quote is a modification of one of the tag lines of the Marvel comic book superhero Spiderman: Spidey often refers to himself as "your friendly neighborhood Spiderman".

    • Lois: Church's private Stormtroopers?
      Stormtroopers were German military troops specialized in attacking enemy trenches near the end of World War I. The term became famous with reference to the Imperial Stormtroopers in the Star Wars science fiction films. These Stormtroopers, trained shock troops under command of the Galactic Empire, are indistinguishable from one another due to regulation armor as well as the fact that they are all clones of a single individual. Therefore, they generally act en masse, the trait to which Lois is referring.