03x09 - The Dress

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Following the world's most famous super hero and comic books' most famous journalist as they deal with being working parents in today's society.
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03x09 - The Dress

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Previously on "Superman and Lois"...

You were a liability today,
and I can't have that.

- We didn't need your help.
- I've been training for this.

- I've been training, too.
- And I have heat vision!

And you're taking coffee orders!

Mr. Cushing found ice inside the store.

He thinks someone with
powers put out the f*re.

Mom, this is Natalie.

It's so nice to finally meet you.

Hey, look, your dad's here.


- Finish this!

I have to take her now,
or she's going to die.

That'll keep her powers
from working while she's here.

She doesn't have much time left.

There is so much stuff here on Bruno

that I've never seen before.

All the years we spent investigating

in the Metropolis, we
couldn't make anything stick.

I think this is how we nail him.

The Natural History Museum
has a really great event space.

Not a fan of taxidermy,
even the prehistoric kind.

[SIGHS] Okay, what
about the Botanical Gardens?

Simone said they're magnifique.

They are, which is
why I have been to six...

six weddings there.

God, Harry's has the best fries.

Okay, Lois, Lois,
we need to figure this out.

Most venues in the city have
to be booked a year in advance.

Clark, the space has
to represent us as a couple.

So I don't care how long it takes.

The right spot will
be worth waiting for,

just like you were worth waiting for.

Oh, when you put it that way...

Lois, you hear? They just
announced the Metties.

Janet, the Metropolitan Press Club

wouldn't know good journalism
if it h*t them in the face.

- Lois, you got nominated.
- What?

It's the award
for Journalistic Excellence

for the piece you wrote on Henry Miller.

Oh, my goodness,
Lois, next to the Pulitzer,

this is the highest honor
in journalism you can get.

Not to mention the fanciest
gala you'll ever be invited to.

I don't know what to say
or what to wear.

I don't have a gala-worthy dress.

Then go get yourself something nice

'cause your chances of winning
are pretty darn good.


I know you're anxious.

But I have some good news.

- Your scans look really good.
- Okay.

So just one more round of chemo.

We'll do more scans
to make sure afterwards, but...

I think it's time we
start talking next steps.

♪ ♪

Boys, we need your stuff!


Do you mind not telling Mom
and Dad about Mr. Cushing yet?

About which part...

that he may f*re me
because you're a careless idiot

or that he thinks there's
a superhero in this town

because you're a careless idiot?


Look, man, I promise I'll
take it easy for a while.


I guess Mom and Dad have enough
going on right now.

Thank you.

Thought this was just
a Harvest Fest thing.

When I was a kid,

the town used to do
clothing drives all the time.

I'm glad Mom is bringing it back.

We said no holes, no underwear.

And somehow, you've given us both.

Are you going to the firehouse today?

Uh, no, not this weekend.

What's that about?

Beats me.

♪ ♪

It's like pulling teeth sometimes.

- You wanted more kids.

It, uh, seems like you're
feeling better.

Yeah, a little.

You think maybe, uh,
once this last round

of chemo's behind us,
we move you back upstairs?

Yeah, maybe.

I'm going to go get my stuff.

♪ ♪

Okay, honey, so just put
the pants together,

sweaters, shoes.

Hey, uh, we brought what we could.

John. Hey, Nat.

Clark told me what happened.

Do you have a minute?

Don't go anywhere.

♪ ♪

- That bad?

Dude, he took my phone, put a
tracking device on my bracelet,

- and made me this.
- What is that?

Basically a retractable nightstick

- that could k*ll a rhino.

He's just trying to protect you.

Hey, I-I get it.

Your boyfriend did turn out

to be the head of Intergang's son.

Yeah, well, he's not my boyfriend...

at least not anymore.

How you two holding up?

[SIGHS] Last few days have been rough,

especially for Nat.

She's, uh... she's really
torn up about Matteo.

And the woman who
att*cked us is Matteo's mom?

Yeah, now she's at the DOD.

I won't feel safe until we
have Mannheim locked up, too.

I mean, he tried to k*ll you.

Isn't that enough to put him away?

Not when you have
the kind of lawyers he does.

♪ ♪

You know you can talk to me, right?

♪ ♪


♪ ♪

Do you mind if Nat hangs with Sarah?

No, of course not. Why?

Mannheim wants to talk.

So what's the plan here?

There's no way in hell he's
going to admit to anything.

Find out what he wants,
then we go from there.


Hold on.

I'm running this.


Look, this is more my fight than yours.

We talked about this.

I agree.

Diggle went to you first for a reason.

John Henry should take
point on this one.


I think this is a mistake.



♪ ♪


Mr. Mannheim would like to see his wife.

I'm sure.


we need everything
he stole from the DOD...

Superman's blood, X-Kryptonite
from the Shuster Mines,

the Bizarro Corpse.

You have proof he stole these items?

- We will.
- But you don't.

Nor do you have just cause
to keep my client

from seeing his very sick wife.

Updates on her condition are not enough.

[CHUCKLES] Your wife...

is a m*rder and a violent
superhuman w*apon.

- Peia is dying!

♪ ♪

Then give us what we want.

♪ ♪

I will see my wife...

one way or another.

♪ ♪


♪ ♪

[KNOCKS ON DOOR] Hey, you got a sec?

Not really. I needed to get
this story out ten minutes ago.

- It's about the Metties.
- Yeah, I'm not going.


Those awards aren't
about real journalism.

They're a popularity contest.

Uh, but I got you something.

- What kind of something?
- You'll see.

♪ ♪

Clark, it's beautiful.

This is the first dress
anyone's ever bought for me.

Me too.

I mean, it's... it's the first dress

I've ever bought for someone.


That wasn't cheap.

Please tell me you didn't sell a kidney.

I wish. It was
my baseball-card collection.

Even your Cal Ripken rookie?

Since it was in mint
condition, I got a fair price.


Hey, hey, you are worth
more than any rookie card.

That is the most romantic thing

- anyone has ever said to me.

Do you have money left for a tux?

I will have to rent one...

if you're asking me to be your date.

Clark Kent, will you be
my date to the Metties?


♪ ♪

You're wrong about this.
We need to let Bruno see Peia.

Not until he meets our demands.

You're keeping a husband
from his dying wife.

- They're both m*rder.
- I know what they've done.

Then stop letting
your emotions play into it.

We have leverage here.

This is how we get Bruno
to do what we want.

If the goal is
to get Bruno to cooperate,

then I should talk to him...
I know what he's going through.

He will just use that against you.

I won't give him the chance.

Remember who you're dealing with.

Don't let him cloud your judgment

because of everything
going on with Lois.

♪ ♪

I just want to see him.

I mean, everything in
the restaurant was so chaotic,

we didn't even get to talk.

I mean, he had to have known
about his parents, right?

It didn't feel like that.
I mean, he seemed surprised.

Or he could be a good actor.

Just saying, as someone
who has to keep a secret,

you get better at it over time.

Yeah, you're awesome at it.

I keep thinking about
just taking my suit

- and flying to Metropolis.
- That's a terrible idea.

She's right. Maybe you should
just forget about him.

Why would you say that?

Matteo's nothing like his parents.

Yeah, but his parents
are crazy dangerous.

Look, I-I know it sucks,

but maybe it's just not meant to be.

Right, but you and Candace are?

- It's not the same thing.
- Yeah, her dad's a drug dealer

who stole your truck and
punched you in the face.

Seems like pretty much
the perfect analog,

but, yeah, thanks for not
seeing my side of things.

Okay, that's not what I meant.


♪ ♪

Great. My dad's here.

I have to go back into lockdown.


Nice one.

[SIGHS] Never thought I'd be warned

about being too sympathetic
to Bruno Mannheim.

- This is different.
- Is it?

Because John Henry isn't wrong.
I do feel sorry for him.

I mean, Peia is dying,
and he can't be with her.

Being empathetic doesn't mean
your judgment's compromised.

It's what makes you Superman.

You see the best in people,
even your enemies.

It's one of the things I love about you.

- I love you, too.
- No...

- Sorry.

I don't feel great.

Okay. Yeah. No, I get it.

This is everything.

Will you, uh, thank Lana for the potpie?

It's all I could keep down all week.


Hey, what's this doing in here?

I only wore it once.

It's just been gathering dust
ever since.

Okay, well, you know,
we'll find another event.

That's not the issue.

Lois, this is the dress.

I don't want to keep the dress, Clark.

♪ ♪

It doesn't feel right
saving it for a maybe

when somebody else could use it now.

Okay, um...

Yeah. No, you're right.

I'm sure Lana will be happy to take it.


♪ ♪

- Dad. Hey, Dad.

- How's Mom? Is she okay?

- They wouldn't let me see her.
- Right.

Because you're
some notorious crime boss.

We've talked about this.

More like you've lied to me.

Watch your tone.

Have you guys ever k*lled anyone?

♪ ♪

How could you even ask me that?

Your mother and I...
we may not be perfect.

But everything we've done
is for you and Hob's Bay.

I need you to believe that.

I just want to see Mom.

And you will.

How? The... the DOD already said no.


You let me worry about that.

Are you okay, Bug?

Oh, yeah, I'm great.

It's awesome not being able to
walk outside by myself anymore.

It is only until we put Bruno away.

And how long is that going to take?

♪ ♪


Get me the club.

Stay here.

♪ ♪

That's coming from down the street.


- What's going on?
- Who are those people?

- Go, go! Get out of here!



♪ ♪

- You okay?
- Yeah.

Go to Sarah's. Do not leave
until I come get you, okay?

Go, get out of here.

♪ ♪

- Hey, John.

Sam, we need to end this.

♪ ♪

Wow. Lois really cleaned
out her closet, huh?



Oh, my.

This is stunning.

Yeah, I surprised her
with that years ago.

I sold my entire baseball-card
collection to pay for it.

- Even your Cal Ripken?


And she's giving it away?

She thinks someone else should enjoy it.

That's all she said?

Yeah, pretty much.

♪ ♪

Her surgery is coming up, right?

When she finishes her chemo, yeah.

We just haven't figured out a date yet.

Have you talked to her about it?

I mean, all the logistics, But...

Not how she's feeling.


she's about to lose her breasts.

I know, I know, and I want
to talk to her about it, but...

it's her body, and I'm just a guy

who's never going to go through this.

So I don't really feel like
it's my place to bring it up

until she's ready.


Maybe you should let me.

♪ ♪

[SIGHS] Look how upset she is.

Wouldn't you be

if you couldn't
be with the person you loved?

Yeah, I mean, it's t*rture.

We should have been
more supportive about Matteo.

He does seem like a solid guy.

- I'll go talk to her.
- No.

This one's on me. [SIGHS]

♪ ♪

I'm sorry about what I said
at the diner.

You're right.

Matteo... he's not his parents.

Yeah, I know he's not.

It doesn't really matter, does it?

After everything that's happened,

I'm never going to see him again.

Why not?

I mean, you care about him, right?

You know he's a good guy.

Yeah, but my dad would freak out.

So what?

My dad was pissed at me for months

because I wouldn't tell him

about Candice supplying me the XK,

and she ended up living with us.

Look, if you really want
to see Matteo...

let's make it happen.


- Come in.

Can we talk about this?

There's nothing to say.
I don't want it anymore.

That can't be true.

I don't know what to tell you.

This dress is special.

It was.

It is.

I can't wear it anymore.

And I don't want to talk about it, okay?



♪ ♪

I know that chemo has been hell on you,

on Clark, your dad, the boys.

But once this is all said and done,

after the surgery, after everything,

it's your life and your body
that'll be changed forever,

and I don't want you
to feel alone for that.

So, please...

just talk to me, Lois.

♪ ♪


♪ ♪



I came to help.

Then let me see my dying wife.

The DOD won't allow it...

not unless you give them what they want.

Then you flew here for nothing.

I know how much you love your wife.

I saw the way you looked at her,

the fear in your eyes
when she collapsed.


You let me take her,
because in that moment,

she meant more to you
than anything in the world.

How you felt about me, about John Irons,

none of it mattered, and
now Peia needs to see you.

She needs to see your son.


Give them the missing items...

before it's too late.

If these items were to return,

you promise...

we'll get to see her?

You have my word.


This wasn't me.

Go, go, go! I said go!


♪ ♪




♪ ♪

He was about to make a deal.

Oh, he still can,

after we finish searching the apartment.

You and I talked about this.

Wait, you knew Superman
was going to be here?

He sent armed thugs to my home, Sam,

where my daughter lives.

I understand, but you're
making this personal.

No, he made it personal by
strapping a b*mb to my sister

and threatening my family.

We can't answer a thr*at
with another thr*at.

- That is not how we do things.
- It was my call to make.

I may have let you run point on this,

but that was clearly a mistake.

- You're done here.
- No, Sam, don't.

Not up for debate. Go home, John.


♪ ♪

I've known about the double
mastectomy since day one.

And now it's all I can think about.


You know what's crazy,
is I used to hate,

hate my boobs.

I've had them since I was nine.


I would pray at night
that they would go away.

And I would pray for mine to show up.

It wasn't until I was twelve
that I finally got one.

True story.

I had to stuff my bra
until the other one caught up.

Our bodies are full of surprises.

Oh, no kidding.

I mean, stretch marks...



There's so much of my life

I was uncomfortable with my body,

and it feels like now
that I'm finally comfortable,

cancer comes along to ruin that.

But can't you do reconstruction?

No, that's the problem.

Because of the kind
of cancer that I have,

it really depends on how things
look after surgery

and after radiation, so...


It just feels like every day
I lose something...

my taste buds, my hair.

Those will come back.

These won't.

You have...

every right to be upset.

It's not just me, though.

I keep thinking about Clark, too.

I'm pretty sure

he's the one thing
you don't have to worry about.

I mean, he did buy you that dress.

I think we should just
go to a bar, get a beer,

and call it a night.

Hey, if you're worried about losing...

That is not it.

So you're worried about winning?


This kind of thing isn't me.
I'm an army brat.

Yeah, and I'm a small-town farm boy,

but none of that matters tonight.


Sir, I don't think we're going to stay.

Yes, yes, we are. Thank you.

Clark, I'm serious.
I'm in pants all the time,

and now I'm in this dress and...

Hey, you were meant
to wear this dress, okay?

As soon as I saw it, I knew
I had to get it for you.

Which was so unbelievably sweet of you,

but I'm just not comfortable.


I have never seen anyone

as beautiful as you are right now.

And if you really want
to leave, we can go.

But I think you should go win
this award...

so the world can celebrate
the amazing woman

I get to see every day.

I think we're going to stay. Thank you.

That night, I felt...

so beautiful and just...


I was there being honored for my mind.

It was empowering.

I felt like a woman.

You'll feel that way again.

You don't know that.

You'll still be you.

Will I?

I'll probably feel less feminine.

I barely feel feminine now.

I worry about what it'll do
to my marriage.

I really think that, um...

you need to tell Clark
how you're feeling.

♪ ♪

Wake him up.

Are you sure this is a good idea?

I said "wake him up".

There's something I need him to do.

♪ ♪

He's here.



♪ ♪


You have no idea
how happy I am to see you.

I mean, I thought you hated me.

No, I... [SIGHS] My dad took my phone.

Mine's been watching my every move,

with this crazy look in his eyes.

♪ ♪

Did you know about your parents?

I mean, I heard rumors about my dad,

so I guess none of it
was that surprising, but...

my mom having powers... I had no idea.

I mean, it's...

God, it's wild. [CHUCKLES]

You mean terrifying.

She nearly k*lled my dad.

Wait, wait, wait. Hold on, hold on.

May... maybe it's not that simple.

[SCOFFS] Seriously?

I mean, sure, there's things
I don't know about my parents,


I mean, come on, it's not like
your dad is some great guy.

Why would you say that?

Because my mom's dying in the DOD,

and he won't even let me see her.

He's using her as, like...

leverage over my dad.

- I didn't know that.
- Look, Nat...

let's not make this
about our parents, okay?

I know things are weird
and complicated right now,

but I don't care.

I don't care, because I love you.

♪ ♪



Yeah, %, without a doubt,

you are the only girl who's
ever made me feel like this.

Wow, I...

♪ ♪


I love you, too.

♪ ♪

Nice job, Jon.

I just felt like such a hypocrite.

You weren't the only one who
said something stupid lately.

I'm really sorry about after the f*re.

And it's really cool what
you're doing with Mr. Cushing.

♪ ♪

Do you hear that?

It's the sound of ice thawing?

Maybe you two should hug it out
so we can all be friends again?

[CHUCKLES] I'm good.

I think we're okay. [CHUCKLES]

♪ ♪

Hug it out.

♪ ♪


♪ ♪

Ah, beautiful brothers.

I'm just going to sneak in here
real quick, yeah, yeah.

♪ ♪

- It is actually really nice.

- Oh, you two are having fun.

Oh, well, we're going to have
a lot more fun at Lois's party.


For before my surgery,

we are thinking of going to Bazoombas.

Oh, the chicken wing place.

No one goes there for the food.

They go there to see the waitresses

in their tiny t*nk tops.

Yep, yep, I just... yeah, I just got it.

I think you're going to be fine.

Thank you for everything.

♪ ♪


Are you, uh, serious about Bazoombas?

I am so serious about Bazoombas.

We have been way too serious lately.

And speaking of, I think we
need to talk about the dress.

Any other items to request from the DOD?

Some AM-III glass for my helmet.

I need my suit fixed
as soon as possible.

John, I'm detecting an air
mobile approaching quickly.

Where's it headed?

The trajectory indicates here.


♪ ♪



♪ ♪

John, air mobile...

John, mobile... John...

♪ ♪




♪ ♪

I was told to make you suffer.

♪ ♪

When I saw the dress with
the donations, my, uh...

[CHUCKLES] My heart kind of dropped.

I didn't mean to make you feel that way.

Just... the night of the gala,
the way you looked at me

and everything you were saying
to me, I felt so beautiful.

Because you are to me.

And you always will be.

No surgery could ever change
the way I see you.

I know that.

But how you see me isn't the problem.


It's John Henry.

I'll be right back.

♪ ♪


♪ ♪

You're nothing without the suit.



♪ ♪

- You okay?
- I will be.

♪ ♪

Stay here.


♪ ♪

Come on, please, please.

♪ ♪


- Connection reestablished.

w*r Hammer arriving in six, five, four,

three, two, one.

♪ ♪

- John, no!
- Aah!

♪ ♪


♪ ♪

I didn't have a choice.

♪ ♪

You always have a choice.

♪ ♪

I thought Henry Miller
was supposed to be d*ad.

The last time I saw him,
his heart had stopped b*ating.

So what? Bruno somehow brings
this guy back from the d*ad,

then sends him out to k*ll John Henry?

That's the theory.

Which we still have no way to prove.

Seems like a recurring theme
with Mannheim.

Oh, my God.

I can't believe
more people weren't hurt.

Main Street took
the brunt of the damage.

You and I need to talk cleanup.

What about John Henry? Is he okay?


♪ ♪

I'm worried about you.

Couple scrapes. I'll be fine.

That's not what I meant.

You've been acting weird all week.

I'm trying to keep you safe.

Dad, you k*lled a guy.

He was trying to k*ll me.
I'm lucky to be alive.

And what about Matteo's mom?

Why won't you let him see her?

How do you know that?

Because I talked to him.

Answer the question.

It's the only way
to get Bruno to cooperate.

By keeping a dying woman
from seeing her family?

Daddy, you and I watched Mom
get k*lled on TV.

What would you have given

to have those last minutes with her?

That was different.

Yeah, we didn't have a choice.

They do.

♪ ♪

Do you really want to be the person

that takes that from them?

♪ ♪


Where have you been?

I told you not to see that girl.

I never agreed to that.

Do not walk away from me.

Or what? You gonna hurt me?

Maybe have one of your guys do it?

Matteo, why would you say that?

Because that's what you do.
You tried to k*ll Mr. Irons.

And because of that,
Mom's gonna die all alone,

and I won't ever get to see her again.

♪ ♪

I'm not ready to lose her.

It's okay, son.

Your mother is not gonna die
anytime soon.

What? Come on, you heard the lawyer.

He said she only has a couple
weeks left, maybe days.

You have to accept that.

I think it's time I show you
what I've been working on.

♪ ♪


♪ ♪

How long has all this been here?

Ever since your mom's cancer returned.

♪ ♪

Is that Superman?

♪ ♪

It's the Superman
of the Inverse World, son.


he tried to stop Ally Alston.

Wait, but why do you have him down here?

Because this Superman...

is how I found
the cure to save your mom.

♪ ♪


♪ ♪

You two okay?

Did Mr. Irons really k*ll
a guy on Main Street?

Everyone's talking about it.
We got, like, a thousand texts.

Yeah, I'm afraid he did.

He's been going overboard a lot lately.

Is he going to be okay?


♪ ♪

I don't know.

Why don't you guys go upstairs
to your rooms, okay?

I need to talk to your mom.

♪ ♪


Are you kidding me?
Stupid Clarence Rhinobutt won?

Riddenbach, yes,

but believe me, I am planning to write

a very strongly worded letter...

"Lois Lane deserves to be celebrated".


Who would you even send that to?

Just leave that to me and
prepare to be celebrated.

I know where we should get married.

Babe, we can't afford the
Press Club's Reception Hall.

But we can afford your parents' farm.


Yeah, just you and me and
our closest friends and family

in the place that raised
the love of my life.

My mom's going to be so excited.


did you really mean
what you said earlier?

Every word.

Say it again.

I have never seen anyone

as beautiful as you are right now.

How fast do you think
you can get this dress off?


♪ ♪


I've been thinking
about what you said earlier.

- Clark, it's fine.
- No, you need to hear this.

When I said

that you were beautiful in that dress...

I wasn't talking about your body.

I was talking about you...

who you are, your heart, your passion.

Lois, you amaze and inspire me
every single day.

You were also talking about my body.

Because I love your body, and
I will always love your body.

Even when it's all scarred up?

Even then.

Can we at least stop pretending

like it's not gonna be weird?

Babe, whatever scars you might have,

they're just symbols that you survived.

And they're why I still get to have you.

That surgery is going to save your life,

and there is nothing more
beautiful to me than that.

What if it makes me feel different?

What if I don't want to be
intimate anymore?

- We'll figure it out.
- Clark, it's not that simple.

Sex is a big part of our marriage.

I know. And when you're ready, so am I.

There's not a doubt in my mind
we'll get back to that someday.

We're in this together, babe.

And I promise you, we're going
to come out of it stronger.

Do you want to cuddle?

- Yeah.
- Okay.

♪ ♪

It may just be cuddling
for a while, okay?

You're all I ever need, babe.

Hey, do you remember

what we did that night when we got home?


I'm up for it if you are.

You mean right now?

Yeah, but we should get dressed up.


♪ ♪


♪ ♪


Lois Lane...

♪ ♪

Will you fly with me?

♪ ♪

I love you, Clark, more than ever.

♪ ♪
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