Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

Season 1 Episode 14

Witness

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 09, 1994 on ABC
8.6
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Lois' life is in danger when she witnesses the murder of a scientist who was claiming to know the secret to increased male potency. Now, Clark and Perry need to protect her from the murderer Mr. Make-up and from the scientist's affair from the past : Barbara Trevino.moreless

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  • Comfort Food

    9.0
    As a hopeless romantic, this episode was always my favorite as the relationship between Lois and Clark deepens when Lois's life is repeatedly in danger. I love a good damsel in distress story. Seinfeld fans will enjoy spotting Brian George who makes a cameo appearance.

    The plot is kicked into gear when Lois interviews a mysterious, reclusive scientist (played by the great master Elliott Gould) who first tells her about two old friends, Sebastian Finn aka "Mr. Makeup" who could make himself look like anyone and fellow scientist Barbara Trevino who was just made president of environmental group. He next confides to Lois about a confusing exploit on the Brazilian rainforest and something about Viagra. Unimpressed by his sexual advances, Lois excuses herself to use the powder room just as an intruder comes in and shoots the scientist unaware that Lois is hiding behind the door getting a good look him. The murderer leaves and Lois calls the police.

    After the story runs in the Planet, a worried Clark insists on walking Lois home. The first attempt is made on Lois's life by a handicapped pedestrian in a wheelchair. Clark catches the bullets just as a passing motor backfires. Lois doesn't believe him when he insists her life is in danger, the killer is still at large, and she shouldn't be alone tonight. Lucky for Lois, Clark has morals. Superman stops by instead to warn Lois to take precautions now that her story is out there and Lois swoons because Superman reads her work.

    Clark is standing guard outside Lois's apartment the next morning as the building's maintenance man passes by, grumbling about broken fixtures which turns out to be a setup as the killer, whom we all know by now is "Mr. Makeup" disguised to look like the maintenance man, enters Lois's apartment and tries to kill her. He's a very bad man! *waves index finger* Clark rushes to her rescue and takes a shaken Lois in his arms who begs him to stay and protect her.

    Lois and Clark listen to Dr. Trevino give a speech and when Lois asks too many inappropriate questions, Trevino sends someone to kill her. Superman saves Lois and the man is revealed to be Sebastian Finn who won't talk.

    That night, Lois is working at her desk when she gets a threatening phone call from Trevino. She shows up at Clark's apartment frightened and weepy. Can she stay here tonight? Being the sweetheart he is, Clark reassures Lois and gives her a shoulder to cry on.

    Everything is wrapped up the following evening when Trevino, disguised as a cleaning lady, corners Lois in the Planet's storeroom. She pulls out a gun and starts monologuing how all the Brazilian rainforest minerals and Viagra formulas will soon be hers to exploit. Jimmy and Superman arrive to help Lois subdue the villainess and Superman flies to Brazil to stop the strip mining and save the rainforest.

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Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Inspector Henderson

Guest Star

Elliott Gould

Elliott Gould

Dr. Vincent Winninger

Guest Star

Claudette Nevins

Claudette Nevins

Barbara Trevino

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Lois gets up the morning after she is shot at, the audience can clearly see that she sleeps with the teddy bear Clark won her at the Smallville Corn Festival.

    • Goof: When Superman commands the miners to halt their operation in the Brazilian rain forest, he uses the Spanish word for stop, "alto". The official and most commonly spoken language in Brazil is Portuguese, not Spanish, so he should have said "parar".

    • Goof: After Winninger was killed and Lois is writing the story the first time you see her computer screen there is only one paragraph written. When Clark makes a comment about her story there are two paragraphs. Cut to Perry making a comment only one paragraph is written and finally cut back to screen and there are two paragraphs again.

  • QUOTES (4)

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Lois wakes up to the radio show of "Harold Stein" and his sidekick "Rowena", which is a nod to the famous morning show of Howard Stern, assisted by Robin Quivers.

    • Lois: Clark, you can drop the Kevin-Costner-protecting-Whitney-Houston bit; I think we're safe now.


      Lois is referring to the 1992 film The Bodyguard, in which Kevin Costner stars as a bodyguard who becomes romantically involved with his client (Whitney Houston) while protecting from a stalker.

    • Mr Makeup says that Winninger's Rosencrantz was atrocious referring to both Shakespeare's play Hamlet and Tom Stoppard's play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

    • Child 1: Or maybe they could shine a light in the sky so you know when you're needed.
      Child 2: That's really stupid.

      This is an obvious allusion to another famous superhero, Batman, who has exactly that - a light they shine in the sky so he knows when he's needed.

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