Superman and Lois (2021) s01e08 Episode Script

Holding the Wrench

Previously on Superman and Lois Let's just focus on what we came here for.
[John Henry.]
We need to stop Kal-El before he does to this world what he did to mine.
His name's not Luthor.
It's John Henry Irons.
You're the Stranger.
[both screaming.]
Nobody talks to him.
I'm going in first.
Lois, what a nice surprise.
Thanks for waiting.
Thanks for seeing me on such short notice.
I know it's been a while.
You know, when they were cadets, your dad kept my husband from getting kicked out of the academy twice.
My door is always open for you.
So, what brings you in today? We have been having some life changes.
Pretty major life changes.
Don't get me wrong, life has always been complicated.
I'm good at complicated.
But today I kind of got blindsided and Just somehow felt like everything was slipping through my fingers.
I lost my temper.
And I am worried that if I can't pull it together I'm at risk of hurting someone I really love.
More than I already have.
I know the last few weeks have been hard on us all.
Bottom line, there's a lot going on.
Morgan Edge, people suddenly getting powers.
Mystery guy trying to kill your dad.
So, we just wanted to check in and see how you were doing with all of it.
I talked to Coach Gaines.
He's not happy, but he knows the three of us are taking a break from football.
He just needs your uniforms back.
I'll go do it today.
It's my last time in a high school locker room.
Probably ever.
Dad? - No, I'm good.
Can you just hold this? - Yeah.
Can I be excused or We're not done talking.
Listen, this stuff that we're dealing with would be a lot for anyone.
So if you're stressed or worried, you need to tell us, okay? [whirring noise sounding.]
It's your dad.
I gotta get to the DOD.
I'm questioning John Irons.
I'll let you know what I find in the RV.
Good luck.
I'll be in the barn.
You two stay out of trouble.
Um Do you think maybe I could come with you? I don't know, I feel like I wasn't much help fixing the truck, but I think I could help you.
- Yeah, sure.
- Okay.
Any idea what might be in here? Not really, but your dad said it was lined with lead.
So someone's hiding something.
- Classic creeper mobile.
- Exactly.
So be careful.
[AI device.]
Identification required.
Identify yourself.
Lois Lane.
Voice authentication confirmed.
Good morning, Lois.
How do you know my name? You are one of my authorized users.
How can I help you, Ms.
Lane? Um, what can you tell me about John Henry Irons? [whirring.]
- Careful.
- What is that? Whoa! That was easy.
What you What you working on there? Um, just a list of small businesses in need.
Edge has a new assistance program.
I think it's going to help a lot of people.
I thought you were just finding people for his, like, leadership thing.
I was.
And now that Mr.
Edge has all the people he needs for that program, he put me onto this project.
I guess he's just trying to help as many people as possible achieve their best selves, - whatever that means.
- [phone chimes.]
Look, if he ever decides to expand that program, I mean, I'm right here.
I know.
Sorry, babe.
Program's full.
I wish I could've helped you.
Mom, did you help out Mr.
Kirker, because Jess wants me to audition for this musical revue, and we haven't spoken since, like, the third grade.
What? You used to love to perform.
You should definitely try out.
You'd be so good.
And it would give you something to do.
It's tonight, and I don't have time to prepare anything.
Well, look, hey, I got the day off, right? And you know I got a guitar.
You and me practice together, all right? [vocalizing.]
- No, I get No.
- Look, at the end of the day, if you're not feeling it, then there's no pressure, but just a little pressure because it would be fun.
You're a theater kid? No.
I'm not.
I was thinking about trying out, but You should go for it.
Why not? I get really bad stage fright.
And if you laugh about this, I will kill you.
No, no, no, no.
I Um I used to play piano.
I did the whole little kid recital thing.
Now, as I got older and my anxiety got worse, it got to be a little too much.
I didn't know you played piano.
Well, if you ask me to prove it, I'll hyperventilate.
If you try out, let me know and I'll come to cheer you on.
Yeah, I know.
I have to return these.
- See you around.
- Bye.
Listen, I'm gonna be right back.
[door beeps.]
Have a seat, John.
That is your real name, isn't it? John Henry Irons.
Two tours in Afghanistan.
Got into the private sector, made a name for yourself as a mechanical engineer.
The problem is John Irons died six years ago under mysterious circumstances.
At least that's what happened to the John Irons of this Earth.
How did you get here? [AI device.]
Ballistic shields failing.
Hold on.
Almost there.
Hang on.
Hang on.
All you need to know is I'm the one who's gonna end you.
Because you think I'll turn on humanity.
Because you're a traitor, Kal-El.
A soulless monster who feels nothing for the billions of people who believe in you.
You have no idea how much I care about these people.
I do know what happened on my world is already happening on this one.
The Kryptonians are here.
And you joining them is the last domino to fall before it all goes down.
I'm not saying another word until you bring me Lois Lane.
So John Henry's from From another Earth? [Lois.]
It's kind of confusing.
Multiverse and parallel universes, each with its own Earth, et cetera, et cetera.
So on his Earth are there like Are there other versions of people from here? Yeah, sometimes.
Like you? [Superman.]
Why do you want to see Lois Lane? - Answer the question.
- Not until I talk to her.
- She doesn't want to talk to you.
- Let her tell me that.
- You lied to her.
- It was for her own good.
- She doesn't trust you.
- You're the one she shouldn't trust! You're the one who killed her.
What are you talking about? She was everything to me.
She was the love of my life.
My wife.
The mother of my daughter.
Until you murdered her.
And I won't let you do it again.
I don't really look back with regret.
I reflect, sure.
But I don't usually regret, but this Is it possible you're You're being too hard on yourself? No.
I was enraged.
You have no idea the things that I said.
I read your articles, your critiques.
Let's just say I know what your words are capable of.
I can go full scorched-earth and, if that is my intention, you deserve it.
But this person didn't.
I think that sometimes words cut so deep that they forever change how you see a person.
And I don't know how to fix this.
We'll figure this out.
We've been in similar situations.
Learning that the man who's trying to kill your husband is your other husband from another world? That kind of feels like new ground to me.
I meant the part about having to clean up the mess caused by an evil version of you.
Lois, look at these articles.
I mean, other than the suit, this guy was just like me right up until he started killing innocent people.
Clark, it doesn't matter.
That's not you.
And if John Henry wants to save humanity here, he has to accept that.
You really think that's possible? Knowing everything he's lost? His wife, his daughter.
Look, Lois, I can come home, we can talk about this right now.
Clark, no.
I feel sorry for him, but that was his life on his Earth.
He's here now, and we need answers.
Maybe I should go talk to him.
No, not yet.
I understand where he's coming from now, I think.
Maybe I can get through to him.
I hope so.
We need him to tell us how to save our world.
I love you, Lois.
I love you, too.
Hey, Mom.
- Hey.
- You good? Yeah.
Let's just Let's take a break from the RV.
I'll let you know before I want to go back in.
Ta-da! You're being ridiculous.
I'm excited.
Go on, open it.
That box ain't gonna open itself.
Come on.
- Sheet music? - From just about every musical ever.
Okay, pick one, then let's get you warmed up, all right? [whistles.]
I can't.
Sarah, come on, now.
You're a great singer.
You've been singing in choir for years.
It's easier to perform with people.
There's safety in numbers.
Fifth grade.
You had the big solo in the Christmas pageant.
You remember that? Now, you'd have killed that if you hadn't gotten food poisoning.
I just know it.
I didn't get food poisoning.
Sarah Dad, it's fine whenever I'm with people.
It's just whenever I'm by myself It feels like I have this weight on my chest.
If that feeling of wanting to sing is greater than that fear of getting up there, well, then you gotta try.
The fear is just short pain.
Regret, that That lasts a lot longer.
I do wanna do it.
- Yeah.
- Okay.
Then, you ready? Okay.
[strumming guitar.]
It's time to change tactics.
Trask can get us what we need.
No, not like this.
We don't torture people.
What we do and don't do is not your call.
So, Lieutenant Trask will tap in if I can't get him to talk first.
- You're going in? - Where he's from, we're allies.
I could use that.
Not that I don't have faith in you, General, but I'm gonna get my things.
Sorry I didn't get to meet you, sis.
You seem really cool.
and we must defeat them if we are to save humanity.
For that is what separates us from them.
Our humanity.
I love you both.
- [energy pulsates.]
- [Lois groans.]
[device beeps.]
[AI device.]
Identification required.
Okay, okay.
Jonathan Kent, Jon Kent.
You are not authorized.
In T-minus 20 seconds, you will be eliminated.
No, no, no, no! - Twenty, 19 - Mom! Mom! - Jon! Jon! - Mom! Mom! Mom, please! Mom! Mom, I'm not authorized! It's gonna kill me.
- This is Lois Lane! He's my son! - Ten - Stop the countdown! - Nine Eight Clark! Clark! Clark, the AI is gonna kill Jon! One Are you okay? Are you out of your mind? You don't go snooping around some guy from another world's murder van.
I mean, I I thought it was safe earlier.
Jonathan, nothing is as it seems with this kind of stuff.
I said I would go back in there with you.
What were you thinking? - I just thought I'd look around.
- Without me? Jonathan, what were you really doing in there? Mom, even I knew how upset you were earlier about what we saw in there.
And then that crazy hammer thing that he made I thought that maybe I could go in there, and I could I could look for Hang on, you were looking for weapons? Dad.
You and Jordan basically are weapons.
I am the only one in this house that is completely unarmed.
Jonathan, your mother and I will protect you.
- Really? - Yes.
Because I was one second away from being dead.
And Mom couldn't do anything.
And you you almost didn't even make it in time.
Jonathan, look at me.
Look at me! I let you come with me because I trusted you.
I trusted that you were responsible enough to know what's at stake, to know how dangerous this all is.
So now so now you don't trust me? Okay, let's calm down.
You knew there was a risk! I know you did, and yet you went in anyway, alone, behind my back.
To find weapons? You almost died! Not because you were unarmed, because you were reckless and stupid! And if you had died, the only person that would've been to blame is yourself! Get out of my face! Okay.
- Are you okay? - I'm fine, Clark.
I'm gonna mark that as a no.
He could have been killed.
I know.
And it was scary and I don't know.
Do you think maybe you were, like, a little harsh? Do you want to talk about what you saw in the RV earlier? - I said I'm fine, Clark.
- Okay.
Okay, okay.
Look, I I know you can handle anything, but it is okay to ask for help.
And I want to be that person for you always.
But I also understand if I'm not right now.
What about the woman you talked to before? Your dad's friend.
- Dr.
- She's still at the DOD.
Just think about it.
I'm gonna check on Jonathan.
- Ms.
- Here to see Lana? Uh, yeah.
Our daughter has got this This school thing she's auditioning for.
And I snuck a recording of us practicing, her singing and me on guitar.
Anyway, Lana's gonna love it.
A man of many talents.
That's why we're so disappointed you turned down our offer.
Beg your pardon? Just know that Mr.
Edge is quite interested in you.
I know he hopes you'll reconsider.
Um I appreciate that.
I don't know, $150,000? It's a lot of money.
Yeah, but it's not a loan.
It's a grant.
Hey, Mr.
Edge believes in your business.
Now you can remodel the store.
Lana, I need to talk to you.
- Okay.
- It's important.
Excuse me.
What's wrong? You seem upset.
Did you lie to me? What? Leslie Larr said Morgan Edge wanted me for that position.
If Morgan Edge wants me and I want the job, well, then what's the problem? There's no position for you, Kyle.
That's not what Larr said.
She doesn't know everything.
Come on, Lana, she's his right hand.
Edge doesn't think you're leadership material.
He respects you and everything you've done for him, which is why he didn't say anything to her.
You should you should probably go back to work.
[General Lane.]
Think you can sit here and waste my time like this is some joke? I didn't say anything funny.
Other side of that mirror, there's a guy ready to come in here with Sodium pentothal, benzilate, a few other drugs that I can't pronounce, some experimental.
But they'll get you to tell me what I want to know.
Now, that is funny.
See, where I'm from, you talk tough, but you would never drug or torture prisoners.
[General Lane.]
You've been sitting here telling me about myself because I was your father-in-law on some other world.
If I meant something to you, tell me something I want to know.
You want to know how you died? Like a hero, trying to save the world.
Until he murdered you.
You can't trust him, Sam.
You're wrong.
What if there were more Kryptonians? A dozen or so, and he decided he was loyal to them.
He won't turn.
They are his people.
He will choose his kind over mankind.
And then what chance will you have? Let him stew.
Then stick him back in his cell.
You and I should talk.
Is there a reason you haven't told me everything? What do you mean? I'm just wondering who you lashed out at, who you're worried won't look at you the same.
My son, Jonathan.
You should get better chairs.
Lois, what happened today? Jon did something stupid and I got mad.
Don't you wanna talk about what he did? He went out and got himself in trouble.
Honestly, it's a miracle he's alive.
Sounds like whatever happened, it scared you.
You have no idea.
It's like it's hard enough being a parent, raising them and caring for them, and then they get old enough, and just a part of you is just out in the world, like your heart is just out there and anything can happen to it, and there's nothing you can do.
It sounds like you felt helpless, powerless.
Not like I have in a long time.
I'm sure.
Probably not since your miscarriage.
You helped me a lot back then.
You only came the once.
With my job, it's kind of hard enough making time for my family.
Miscarriages are pretty common.
Common, yes, but they can also be traumatic.
And as I recall, you already had a name picked out.
We were gonna name her after my grandmother.
Lieutenant Trask.
Here's an idea, you go on break.
Leave me and my friend here alone for ten minutes.
He's going back to his cell.
General Lane's orders.
You know your problem, Rosetti? You're a stickler for the rules.
You know your problem? Nothing.
Your problems are over.
Now, you Your problems are just getting started.
Look, I get how important it is to grieve the loss.
I read all the books, all the websites.
I'm just one of those people that copes better when there's more on my plate, not less.
It helps me focus.
I just wonder, given the emotions you describe and the way you reacted to Jonathan, if you needed more time to process your grief.
I used my vacation days, I allowed myself the time.
Lois, why did you yell at Jonathan? - He put himself in danger.
- That's why you lost control? [sobbing.]
I told you, he scared me.
That's it? Nothing else? What else do you want me to say? That he was only there because of me? And that if he had gotten hurt or worse, it would have been because of me? I can't lose another child because of me.
Lois, we respond to grief in many ways, but you have to realize this Is this the part where you tell me that the miscarriage wasn't my fault? Because the guilt that I feel is real.
I never stopped working Work, exercising, having sex, lifting something heavy, that's not why you lost your child.
You don't know that.
A majority of miscarriages are caused by a genetic issue.
Yeah, I know, but Lois, you have control over your life in a way most don't.
But the things you can't control, you have to learn to accept them and let them go.
Your miscarriage wasn't because of something you did or didn't do, it was something that happened to you.
I was so excited to meet her.
I wish there was a shortcut.
But you have to allow yourself to go through the grieving process.
No matter how much time it takes.
- Because when you don't - Yeah, I know.
I saw what can happen when you don't.
[boy singing.]
Gray skies are gonna clear up Put on a happy face Brush off the clouds and cheer up Put on a happy face Take off the gloomy mask of tragedy It's not your style You'll look so good That you'll be glad you decided to smile Jordan.
Hey, why are you ignoring my texts? I've been busy, I told you I'd be here.
I really need to talk to you, okay? You realize that you're pretty much the only person I have here, right? Jon, what happened? I don't even know where to begin.
Whatever happened, we're in this together, all right? Okay.
Put on a happy face [all applauding.]
What are those for? I'm being supportive.
Dude, come on, you're in the friend zone.
Hey, guys.
Have you seen my dad? No, I haven't seen him.
I can't do the performance without him.
Sarah Cushing, you're up.
He's not coming.
I can't sing alone.
I can do it.
What? You - you don't even know the music.
- I can look up the chords.
- I got this.
- Um Well, let's go, we're on the clock.
Um, coming.
Uh So I didn't prepare, like, a musical number or whatever.
So here goes.
[playing chords.]
Some days I can't get myself out the box And some days I can't find the keys to any locks Some days I feel like it's all overblown And then I look at you And I don't feel so alone So I say Hey, let your little light shine Let your little light shine For the world to see Hey, let your little light shine Let your little light shine For the world to see Are you still considering Trask? Actually, I think we need Lois.
- Oh, come on, Sam.
- She can handle herself.
I know she can, and normally I would agree, but this guy was married to another world's version of her.
They had a family, a child, a daughter named Natalie.
After my mother.
Same name as the baby you lost.
It's weird, but there's no time for weird.
I'm trying to save the world, and the best chance we have to figure out his agenda is to let my daughter do what she does best.
I know this facility.
If you wanted the fastest exit, we should've made that left.
I'm making a pit stop.
At an R&D lab.
I get it.
You're afraid.
If we make a break, Superman might track you wherever you're taking me.
- Or is it because you can't face him? - I can beat Superman.
I have all the power he has.
Any extra advantage I need Is right here.
[alarm blaring.]
I get to watch you kill each other.
Sir, alarm's in sector five.
- Where's Irons? - Unknown.
Cams are down, and unconfirmed reports of a body in prisoner holding.
Sir, it's Trask.
He's dead, sir.
- Get me eyes on Rosetti.
- I'll find him.
It's sector five, you can't go.
That's where you're keeping your stockpile of Kryptonite.
It's a research and development lab.
About a dozen prototypes for Kryptonite-based weapons.
Fragment grenades, bladed weapons, aerosol sprays, biochemical gas.
Bottom line, you go down there, there's a chance you don't come back alive.
Talk to me, General.
I'm blind down here.
Feed's still out, but you can't miss it.
It's number 7734.
Where's Irons? Whatever he's got planned, I can help you.
You've got it all wrong.
The only person who needs help is you.
The entire facility is on lockdown? Get me General Lane.
[soldiers clamoring.]
Go, go, go! Go.
Anyone not in a red cape, consider them armed and extremely dangerous.
What's going on? You see? You're on the wrong side.
You're lucky.
I have a mission to complete.
On my world, we had our own 7734.
Out of all the weapons I used to kill Kryptonians, this was my favorite.
I'm not your enemy.
I figure, why take the chance? Drop the weapon.
Now! - Stop! - Hold your fire.
You wanted to see me? Here I am.
You should go, Lois.
I'm not going anywhere.
Suit yourself.
John, I know about Natalie! I know what happened on your world.
To you.
To your family.
- Then you know why I have to do this.
- [Lois.]
Please, I see the anger in your eyes.
It's covering something I can relate to.
The torture that comes from wondering if you've failed, if there was something you could have done to save them, but there wasn't.
If there had been, you would have found it.
They're gone.
And it's not your fault.
But it's not his fault, either.
You don't know what's coming.
John, our worlds are different.
Our Superman is good.
He would never turn on us, ever.
How can you know that? I know.
And if you kill him, an innocent man, a hero what does that make you? Sounds like you're on the mend.
Breathing's better.
That was some nasty stuff.
The gas was an experimental synthetic Kryptonite designed to invade your respiratory system, weaken you from the inside.
Leave you vulnerable to more traditional tactics.
You should know it was my sincere intention - none of this would ever be deployed.
- Sam I'm gonna save you the trouble of lying to my face.
I hope for the best, but it's my job to prepare for the worst.
Even when it comes to you.
I am sorry you had to find out like this.
Trust goes both ways.
I know.
And I know I have some work to do to regain yours.
About Rosetti He was third generation military.
Loved his job, his country.
Never showed a hint of superhuman ability.
And what if it wasn't him? When Derek Powell killed himself, he implied that he was someone else.
Said that I wasn't alone anymore.
- Meaning what, exactly? - I don't know.
Lois has a theory.
She thinks that Morgan Edge has found a way to transfer alien sentience into human hosts.
Kryptonians? Are you telling me John Irons might be right? It's very possible that Morgan Edge is building an army.
Edge has singled out everyone here for their fearless devotion to our team.
As soon as he's back in town, he'll speak to each of you individually, and I assure you your loyalty will be rewarded.
You will each achieve your perfect selves [all clapping softly.]
I'm sorry.
Okay? Look, I'm I'm just getting some bad news about a job opportunity, you know? And, um I just I felt like I needed to blow off some steam.
The next thing you know, I missed your audition, and at that point I was so Look, I know I messed up.
- And I promise you - Don't.
Just Don't promise me anything.
If you're gonna do whatever you're gonna do, just do it.
That's fine.
I just I can't keep getting my hopes up, and then just get disappointed.
Sarah [piano playing.]
Guy tries to kill Dad, now he's, what He's our houseguest? I really don't think Mom would let him stay here if he was dangerous.
After everything that she saw in that trailer, you really trust her judgment right now? I guess I deserve that.
Give me a minute alone with your brother.
When you and your brother were about 18 months old, I got pregnant.
I ended up losing the baby, so it's really not something I talk about much.
We were gonna name her Natalie.
Yeah, exactly.
All this time I thought I was okay.
And then just being reminded of the child that I lost and then almost losing you, I lost it.
And I said some things I never should have said and that I didn't mean.
That's no excuse, and I never should've yelled at you like that.
I'm so sorry, and I love you so much, - and I hope you forgive me.
- Mom, it's okay.
I understand.
[both sobbing.]
Promise me you will never go rogue on me like that again.
I just wanted to help.
Jon, if there's anyone in this family who gets what you're going through, it's me.
I know what it's like to be in the orbit of someone who can juggle semi-trucks.
And you wanna help out, you wanna save the world, and all you can do is just stand there holding the wrench.
And I know the fear of being vulnerable, and I will teach you some ways to handle that.
But right now, I just want you to know that we're on the same team.
We are the extraordinary humans in a family of superpeople.
And we have to stick together.
So you're pretty much recovered.
More or less.
And I'm free to just drive out of here? It's simple.
If there really is a war coming, we're gonna need all the help we can get.
- This is a show of trust.
- I let you live.
Doesn't mean I'm ready to fight by your side.
I understand.
If you change your mind, you know how to find me.
I hope you find some solace.
There's a lot I wanna say.
But you're not the woman I want to say it to.
You just look like her.
So I will leave you with Godspeed.
[AI device.]
Welcome back, Captain Luthor.
Erase the profile for Captain Luthor.
Set a new one for me.
John Henry Irons.
Shall I set a course for our new destination? How about you shut down? Think I'll just drive for a while.
As you wish, John.

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