Superman II (1980) - full transcript

Picking up where "Superman: The Movie" left off, three criminals, General Zod (Terence Stamp), Ursa, (Sarah Douglas), and Non (Jack O'Halloran) from the planet Krypton are released from the Phantom Zone by a nuclear explosion in space. They descend upon Earth where they could finally rule. Superman, meanwhile, is in love with Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), who finds out who he really is. Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) escapes from prison and is determined to destroy Superman by joining forces with the three criminals. - stop by if you're interested in the nutritional composition of food
Here, I'll just get
the door for you.

Yeah, thanks a...

Sorry, after you.

Yeah, thanks a lot.

- Morning, Phil.
- Excuse me, Kent.

Hi, Alice. That's a very pretty
blouse you're wearing today.

I'll catch you later, Clark.


I don't know. Okay. Yep.

- Morning, Leueen. How's it...?
- Okay. I'll check it.

Mr White, how long should
we hold the front page?

Give it another 10 minutes,
and... Oh, I'll tell them.

- Sorry. Thank you.
- Hello, Pete.

If we don't get anything
new in 10 minutes...

go with the wire-service copy and
run the picture in three columns.

I need a story for the page-three
sidebar on this terrorist group.


Sorry, terrorists?

Get your head out of the
clouds, Kent. Where you been?

- I was at home.
- Don't you watch television?

I don't enjoy television.
Too much violence.

I was just reading Dickens.

Mr Kent, a gang of terrorists
seized the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

He knows where the
Eiffel Tower is, Olsen.

- You do, don't you?
- Yes, sir.

Has anybody been hurt?

So far the hostages are unharmed.

The hostages?

Yeah, tourists. About 20 of them.

But that's just penny-ante stuff.

They claim if the government
doesn't meet their demands...

they've got a hydrogen bomb.

Mr White, that's terrible.

That's why they call
them terrorists, Kent.

Now, get to the morgue. I wanna
know everything on terrorism.

Mr White, does Lois
know about any of this?

Does she know about
it? She's in it.

She's what?

The minute the story broke, I
bundled her on the first Concorde.

If Paris is gonna go kablooey,
I want my best reporter there.

But, gee, Mr White...

You're good, but
Lois Lane is better.

No, I meant, isn't that a
little bit dangerous, sir?

That goes with the
territory, Kent.

Don't worry.

If I know Lois Lane,
she'll not only

come back with a
Pulitzer Prize story...

but a one-on-one interview
with a hydrogen bomb...

titled "What Makes Me Tick."

Now, don't stand around, Kent...

How did they get up there?

They were disguised
as repair workers.

Can you tell us why they
released the first hostages?

We insist they do this
to show good faith.

If not, we refuse to negotiate.

Will they release the
rest of the hostages?

In return for a guarantee that we
will not launch an attack on them.

There will be no
attack, no attempt

to overpower the terrorists?

- We've made a guarantee.
- And you'll honour it?

We have not the
choice to refuse...

if we believe it's a real
hydrogen bomb they have.

- Where is the bomb?
- It's in a big oilcan.

Hydrogen bomb? Are you sure?

How can we be sure? Today it's

possible for anyone
to make a bomb.

This could blow up all of Paris.

What's the government's position?
Will they meet their demands?

I am not authorised to
say what they will do.

At this moment, there
is an emergency

meeting in the Elysee Palace.


Wait. Wait, wait.


- Stairs. Stairs? Stairs.
- Stairs.




All right. We'll
bring them down now.

Get in.

Come on. Watch out for any tricks.

Do we look like the sort of...?

I don't know what
you look like. Get

in. You're being
released. Shut up.

- Come on then, everybody out.
- Okay, ready.

This way.

- Come on. Quick, quick, quick.
- Hurry up.

Look, you're being
released. Get moving.

I'll take a last look around.

Okay, send them down.

Okay, up we go.

Pulitzer Prize.

Capital P... Darn.

Should we have let
the hostages go?

They'll give in to us as
soon as we plant the bomb.

It doesn't matter one
way or the other.

Nobel Prize.

Capital N...

little O, little B...

little E, little I.

Nobel. Nobel. Nobel.


Now, be careful.

It's me that controls the bomb,
not the bomb that controls me.

I hope you have not many
sins left to be forgiven...

because if you let
go of that, you'll

only have 60 seconds to list them.

- You are right.
- Did you hear something?

Sounded like someone
moving underneath.

It's your nerves.

- Where are they now?
- They are near to the lift.

But one is still
inside with the bomb.


The third one has come
out of the lift now.

- The third one is out now.
- The bomb, is it still in there?

Yes, we think so.


This is the boring bit.


Tell them to get ready.

Stand by.


Get ready. Come on.

We'll cut the cable as
soon as we get the word.

Are you sure they haven't
primed the bomb?

No, no, of course
not. They haven't.

We've been watching
them all the time.



- It started.
- Oh, my God.

I believe this is your floor.

Oh, thank God.

How did I get myself into this?

- You all right?
- Huh.

A bomb. There's a bomb up there.

- They've got a bomb.
- I know. I know.

Nice fresh melons. Nice fresh
melons. Get them fresh here.

Good for the cooking, huh?
Look at this, the best.

"Lex Luthor's scheme 'bombs'.
Superman saves nation.

Master criminal draws
harsh sentence.

Exclusive story by Lois Lane.

Photographs by James Olsen."

Luthor, you never looked lovelier.

Lois, terrific job.

- Thanks, chief.
- Great story, really great.

Hey, good morning,
chief. You're late.

Yeah, Miss Lane, that's a
great story. One of the best.

Well, Jimmy, usually a
picture isn't worth

a thousand words when
I write the story...

but in this case, congratulations.

- Yeah, thanks a lot.
- Yeah.

There's Mr Kent.
Bet he wishes he'd

been around when it all happened.

Clark, he's never around
when Superman appears.

Poor guy.

- You got a page in the front?
- Yeah.

Miss Lane got the best story.

Good morning, Lois.


Lane, Kent, get in here.

Now, see, Jimmy, you
got me in trouble.

- We were talking.
- So long. A big mistake.

Next time, don't do that to me.

Good morning, Lois.
How are you today?

Oh, I'm just super. Thanks.

- Good morning, Mr White.
- I'm super.

Yeah, morning. You're late, Kent.

I know. I'm sorry, Mr White.

- I got stuck in traffic.
- Oh, that's a new one.

- Excuse me?
- I mean, as opposed to:

"I was stuck in a
phone booth" or "I

got locked into the
men's bathroom."

Lois, what are you talking
about? I'm sorry I was late.

If you two wanna bicker, I have
just the assignment for you.

You're gonna pose as
a honeymoon couple

to get an exposé on
the newly-wed racket.

Some of those hotels
are bilking those

poor kids for every
cent they can get.

Real human-interest stuff. Make
your Aunt Hattie cry her eyes out.

- Newlyweds?
- That is a great idea, Mr White.

I'm sorry, but I'm in the
middle of a series...

I mean, it wouldn't take long.

We could just fly right up there
and zoom back down again.

No, Superman?

Yeah. If he'd give you two a ride,

maybe we could save
a couple bucks.

I got to see young Olsen.
Six lousy photographs...

and that kid's hitting
me up for a raise.

Excuse me. Mr White?
Could we talk?


You look like the cat who
swallowed the canary this morning.

A canary? No, actually I was
thinking of something bigger...

something that flies,
something more in blue.

Lois, as usual, I'm
totally in the dark...

Let me just turn on the
lights for you then.

Get the picture?

I didn't put this
together until this

morning. Which is
really strange...

because a good reporter isn't

supposed to let
anything slip by her.

Well, that's very amusing. Yes.

- Excuse me.
- Amusing?

Yes, sirree, that's...
That's very amusing.

Amusing, huh?

Tall, broad shoulders...

dark hair.

Gotta give you credit, you
really had me fooled.

And I'm nobody's fool...



You mean you think I'm Superman?

Willing to bet my life on it.

Lois, you know, you are priceless.

Really. That is the single most
ridiculous thing I've ever...

Lois, what are you doing?

You wouldn't let me die, Superman.

- Oh, God.
- Help her out. Help her out.

- Clark.
- Lois, what have you done?

Clark, the... You're not...

Hey, Clark, you seen Lois?

She just stepped out for a minute.

This is how it ends for the

greatest criminal
mind of our time.

Not with a whimper,
not with a bang.

How do they choose to
reward Lex Luthor...

the greatest genius in this world?

Do they give him
glory or treasure?

What, matter of fact,
do they give him?

Life plus 25, Luthor. Get to work.

Don't feel bad, Mr Luthor.
It almost worked.

I mean, California almost fell
down, right in the ocean.

Millions of people
was almost killed.

If it hadn't been for that guy

Superman, that
overgrown Boy Scout.

I want my Liberace
record back tonight.


What are you gonna do
with a guy like that?

He flies around so
fast and everything.

I mean, they can't even trace
that guy on that radar they got.

Every time they try,
he just flies off.

- Where?
- North.


To ski?

Otis, every man has
his vulnerable point.

Some, like you, Otis,
have more than one.

I didn't see Superman's in time.

But now, through patience,
invention, and skill...

my little black box
is just about ready.

Oh, that little black
box in our cell?

That little black
box, Mr Luthor...

what's it for?

That little black box goes beyond
any normal, conventional radar.

- It tracks alpha waves.
- Oh.

Alpha waves. Yeah.

I could've said it tracked
pasta e fagioli, couldn't I?

Oh, with garlic, Mr
Luthor. And butter.


Those alpha waves will take
me north to his secret.

And when I have his secret,
I'll have Superman.

Slasher Fogelstein's a bed wetter.

Slasher Fogelstein's a
bed wetter. Pass it.

Hi, Mr Fogelstein.

The MAB is 196 at 0.5.

We ought to see the old beauty
when we top the rise there.

Follow the bouncing ball for a
while. It's giving me a headache.

Anyway, somebody's got to
check up on those guys.

Yeah, I keep on
forgetting about them.

How long they been
up there, 45 days?

The whole world's
forgotten about it.

Houston calling Artemis II.

Houston calling
Artemis II. Come in.

- Morning, Houston.
- Hold on, Nate.

- Yo.
- How are things going?

All systems normal, Houston.

Andy is out doing the
geological survey.


More rocks. Nice.

And cosmonaut Boris is
getting some soil samples.

By the way, Boris
and I are engaged.

I had a feeling about you guys
when I saw your Rorschach tests.

Just a little detente
humour there, Houston.

Surface conditions unchanged?

Well, it's mighty pretty
out there. Mighty...

- pretty.
- Mighty pretty.


Look, Nate?

Nate, wake up, will you?

That's it. I'm dreaming.

Artemis, come in.

Well, Houston, we seem to have
an unidentified flying object.


- What does it look like?
- Well...

a lot like a girl.


- What kind of a creature are you?
- Just a man.

A man?

What a fragile sort
of life form this is.

Houston, come in.
Come in, Houston.

Come in, Houston. Come in.

Attempting manual lift-off.

Can somebody hear me?


Come in, Houston.

Oh, no. No.

Somebody help me.

Artemis, this is Houston calling.

What's up?

Artemis, Houston calling. Come in.

What's going on?

I don't know. We've lost contact.


Well, we really...

Artemis, come in, please.
Houston calling.

What was that he said
before? He saw a girl?

- I thought he said "curl."
- What's a curl?

Isn't that what the old Canaveral
guys used to call a comet...

with an east-west trajectory?

How should I know? I was back
in high school in those days.

Strange. I tore those
metal fibres like paper.

And what he did was amazing.

- Something is happening.
- Yes, to all of us.

The closer we come to an
atmosphere with only one sun...

a yellow sun...

the more our molecular density
gives us unlimited powers.

They come from there.

A place called Houston.

Then we will go there too...

to rule.

Finally, to rule.

Three-eighty-two, out.

Three-eighty-three, out.

Three-eighty-four, out.

Three-eighty-five, out.

Lights out, Luthor.

I said, lights out.

You guys are about 10 seconds away
from solitary, you know that?

I told you to...

Freeze, freeze.

Mr Luthor.

- How we gonna get over that wall?
- How'd we get in?

- We flew in here, remember?
- That's how we'll get out.

Oh, no, not that guy.

Did you just go "psst"?

I wish I had, Mr Luthor,
before we left.

Not that "psst," that "psst."

Don't go "psst" when I go "psst."

You do it.

Go out there and find it.

- What am I looking for?
- You'll know when you see it.

I think I found it.

What is it?

It's a ladder, you dummy.

Hi, Miss Teschmacher.

Come on.

Hurry up. Hurry up.

Come on, hurry.

Otis, hold that ladder. Hurry up.

- 50-yard line, touchdown.
- Oh, what a beautiful play.

But there's a marker downfield.
It could be against...

- Come up.
- Come on.

Here I come, Mr Luthor.

- Get off. Get off.
- Otis.

- We're sinking.
- Get off, get off.

Very good, Miss
Teschmacher. Very good.

What am I doing here?
Why am I here?

Miss Teschmacher...

is this a philosophy seminar?

- No. This is a getaway.
- No.

- Getaway.
- Right.

It's ingenious. I don't know where
you got the inspiration from.

I got it from you, Lex.

Hot air rises.

Would you like to take a trip?

A trip? A vacation.

Lex, I can go shopping.
I can buy a bikini.

You thought about me in a
bikini while in prison?

No, I didn't, actually.

I thought about you in a parka.

You thought about me in a parka?

You are sick, Lex.
You are really sick.

That's possible.

North, Miss Teschmacher.

Due north.

Lex, north.

That's what I said, due north.

- That's what you said.
- I know I said I said that.

- I just heard it.
- Yes, Lex.

Don't repeat what I say
when I say something.

- I won't repeat what you say.
- Okay, don't.

Well, stop repeating me.

Excuse me.

If you'd like to carry Mrs
Smith over the threshold...

it's sort of traditional.

I can give you a hand if
you have trouble lifting.

- No, of course not.
- Honey. Thanks, I'll walk.

Certainly, dear.

- Well, here you are.
- Well, sure is pink.

Careful with the
bags, please, sir.

Is this your first visit
to Honeymoon Haven?

- Together, anyway.
- Yes.

Let me just show you some
of our special features.

These are our Flames
of Love, exclusive

with this motel in the area.

If you want the flames to go
higher, you just pull this.

Oh, I see.

Look, dear. That's
kind of romantic.

In July?

- Honey?
- For a nominal charge...

our staff photographer will
be happy to prepare...

a special souvenir album
of your honeymoon stay.

He'll photograph you in some of
our more intimate locations...

in the tub for two,
on the bearskin rug.

Gee, real polyester.

And here's the bed.

Right. Thank you.

Thank you, sir.

Oh, of course.

- Thank you.
- Thank you, sir.

And have a happy...


Can you believe this?

Posing as newlyweds to expose a
honeymoon racket in Niagara Falls.

- Well...
- What a waste of a great writer.


Perry White and his
Sunday magazine exposes.

How am I supposed
to get a Pulitzer

Prize writing about a pink bear?

I don't know, I think this kind
of thing should be exposed.

They get kids who
are just starting

out, and take them for every cent.

- That's what Mr White says.
- Yeah?

On the other hand, this is kind
of nice. Complimentary champagne.

- Kissing contest tonight.
- Really?

Lois, would...?


Hey, look at this.

Lois? Gee.

Look what I found. A
complimentary corsage.

Yeah, everything's complimentary
around here till you get the bill.


Gee, you look very pretty.

Thank you, Clark.


You know, Lois, I was
sort of thinking...

Well, later on... Well, I...

I was wondering what you wanted
to do about the arrangements.

What arrangements, Clark?

Well, I was thinking
primarily about the...

sleeping arrangements.

- Mr Smith?
- Huh.

- The complimentary couch.
- Right.

What? Oooh.

Gosh, it's alive.

- Where's Jimmy when I need him?
- Golly, isn't it beautiful?

Yes, gorgeous. Gorgeous.

- Lois?
- Yeah?

Look. Everybody's holding hands.

Maybe we should hold
hands too, huh?

- Here's my hand, Clark. Hold it.
- Thanks.

You know what? They're
afraid to let go.


They let go, straight
to the lawyer.

Oh, I don't know about that.
They look kind of happy to me.

That's because
you're blind, Clark.

- Oh, yeah.
- Here.

- No, I've got it. No, I...
- Yeah. Clark.

You've got to look after yourself.
You've only got one pair of eyes.

- God.
- Lois?

- Now, here.
- Right.

Don't say I never did
anything for you.

Thank you.

Son. Excuse me, please.

- Be careful.
- What are you doing?

Get down. Get down.

You embarrass me here
in front of everybody.

Lois, did you see what almost
happened there? That little boy...

Hey, I'm hungry. You hungry?

- Lois, you're amazing.
- Why, because I'm hungry?

No. Here you are
standing in front of one

of nature's most
awesome spectacles...

and you're thinking about
food. Aren't you impressed?

Clark, once a girl's seen
Superman in action...

Niagara Falls kind of
leaves you cold, you know?

Him again, huh?

Oh, I'm sorry.

I have a one-track mind, don't I?

Well, my one-track mind is
telling me that I'm hungry.

- Hot dog?
- Hot dog.

Hot dog.

Could I have some orange juice?

- Freshly squeezed.
- Freshly squeezed, I know. Okay.

Hey, Mum. Look.

Yeah, honey. That's nice.

Okay, it's two mustard
and relish, and...

Oh, my God.


Somebody help.

Somebody do something.

Way to go, Superman.

What a nice man. Of
course he's Jewish.

- There you go.
- Again, again.

No, I'm sorry. Only one
ride to a customer.

Superman. Superman, it's me, Lois.

Come here. You're gonna get it.

- Give me a heart attack here.
- It's me. It's Lois.

Lois Lane.

Well, hello and goodbye.

What's the hurry?
I mean, seeing as

you happen to be in Niagara Falls?

Happen to be in Niagara Falls.

And Clark...

Clark is not around, as usual.


Hey, Lois?

- Here you go.
- Where were you?

I was getting hot dogs.
What do you mean?

Well, it just seems
kind of strange to

me that every time
Superman's around...

you disappear.

Superman? You mean he was here?

- Golly.
- And you weren't. As usual.

So, what have you got
to say about that?

Darn, I forgot your orange juice.


No orange juice?

Mush. Mush.

I am mushing.

North, Miss Teschmacher.

- North, north.
- Yes, Lex. North.

Oh, you must be wrong, Lex. This
couldn't be his home way up here.

"Wrong, Lex."

Miss Teschmacher,
those are two words

we do not use in
the same sentence.

Well, it's funny
there's no front door.

Miss Teschmacher,
"funny" is a person

trying to smile without any teeth.


All right, come on, Lex. Come on.

Move out of the way.

- This way.
- It's this way.

Lex, it's this way.

It's this way, Lex.

- Come on. Come on.
- Get off.

Come on.

- Fantastic.
- Fantastic.

It's fantastic.

The construction goes far beyond
any known architectural theory.

- It's beautiful.
- It's beautiful.

- Lex.
- I'll be all right.

No, me.

Why can't you be more careful?

- It's beautiful.
- Beautiful.

- It has everything.
- Wrong.

Why didn't you go before we left?

That was two days ago.

Be careful, Lex.


Frankly, I think this place is a
little boring. It's all white.

Why doesn't the guy
put up some pictures?

Maybe some bullfighting posters.

- Don't touch anything.
- Don't touch anything.

- Ice.
- I said, don't touch it.

- It's not ice.
- It looks like a crystal.

The virtuous spirit has no
need for thankful approval...

What the...?

Owning a certain conviction...

that what has been done is right.

That's the old man. He
looks just like the kid.

- Are you the old man?
- Ask him where the bathroom is.

Develop such conviction
in yourself.

Are you here?

The human heart on your planet...

He's not here.

It's a voice from the past. That's
cute. That's really cute. Nice.

Lies, monstrous deceptions.

So much for moral rearmament.

Give me another crystal.

Education crystal
108. Earth culture.

A typical ode much loved by the

people you will
live among, Kal-El.

Trees by Joyce Kilmer.

I think that I shall never see

A poem as lovely as a tree.

Come on, I like trees.

So does your average cocker
spaniel. Give me another.


My son...

- The man never ages.
- Never ages.

The time has come
to tell you of the

darkest episode in
Krypton history.

- Now, this I wanna hear.
- Unfortunately...

even on our peaceful planet...

there have appeared once
in a great while...

certain antisocial elements.


what you call on
Earth "criminals."


Deviants. He was right
in the first place.

Though of course, we are not a
penalty planet like Earth...

and these unhappy
souls were almost

always successfully transformed...

into productive citizens.

You never heard of Lex Luthor?

There were, however, three
exceptions... Only three.

Who proved impossible
to rehabilitate.

There's hope.

Non, the destroyer.

Unreasoning violence in
the shape of a being.

Ursa. Vicious, cruel, obsessed
by a single-minded hatred...

which could never be determined.

And the one force that
could unite them...

the only one whose warped genius

could harness these
forces of evil:

General Zod.

- He looks kind of cute.
- His intended insurrection...

was the most painful episode
our people ever had to endure.

But after a long and
terrible battle...

peace and harmony were
once again restored.

Kind of an anticlimax.

We had, of course,
no death penalty.

Sensible enough.

And so they were placed
in the Phantom Zone...

to be imprisoned for all eternity.

I do not know what could be
done if they were to escape.

On Krypton, these villains
were uncontrollable.

On Earth, each of them would
have the identical powers...

that you have.

Think of it. Three super villains.

All three with the
same power he has.

All three totally dedicated to
corruption, violence, evil.

They need a contact on Earth.

Someone who felt the same
as they did, someone who...

had the same wonderful
contempt for life,

liberty and the
pursuit of happiness.

Too true to be good.


- Miss Teschmacher?
- I found it.

I think.

You know, it's really amazing.

I never started to put
it together before now.

It's just kind of
funny, because a good

reporter doesn't let
anything slip by her.

No, of course not.

Well, I'm beginning
to get the picture.

As usual, Lois, I really don't
know what you're talking about.

Tell you what, I'll meet
you back at the hotel.

What's your hurry, Superman?


I got to admit, your
disguise is nearly perfect.

You had me fooled.

And I am nobody's
fool, believe me.

No, of course not, Lois.

I mean, you just have
an active imagination.

You just get carried
away sometimes.

I understand. It can
happen to anybody.


I'm so sure that
you're Superman, that

I'm willing to bet my life on it.


Now, if I'm right, you'll
turn into Superman.

And if I'm wrong...

you've got yourself
one hell of a story.

You think I'm Superman?

Boy, you certainly have
some imagination, Lois.

For a minute you almost had
me convinced. For a minute.

Bye-bye, baby.

Oh, my God.

Excuse me, please.


Lois, swim. Swim.


Look out for the rocks. Oh, God.


Lois, grab the branch.



Lois, you all right?

I gotcha.

Here, here, here.


You're what I thought
was Superman?


This is really embarrassing.

So this is planet Houston.

A very strange surface.

A primitive sort of life form.

Did you see that?

Did you see what I did?

I have powers beyond reason here.

We all have them, my dear.

- Oh, my gosh.
- Oh, that's all right.

I just didn't hear you
knock, that's all.


the door wasn't even locked.
Just anybody can walk in here.

There you go putting
yourself down again.

Very funny.

No, really, I'm serious.

Well, anyway...

here, a little something for
the newlyweds' dinner tonight.

Pansies. Clark,
how... How different.

Would you believe they
grow wild all around here?

You should see what they charge
for roses at the gift shop.

I'll bet, huh?

- You know something, Lois?
- What?

Well, you know, in spite of
the unreality of all this...

Well, you know,
posing as newlyweds

for the sake of a newspaper story.

Well, in spite of myself even...

I'm kind of starting to
feel like one in a way.

A newly-wed, you?

I don't see why that
should be so strange.

I'm sorry. I didn't mean that.

I mean, I'm sure there's
thousands of girls who'd...

Well, a few girls anyway.

- Go ahead and say it.
- Say what?

That somehow you're not
satisfied being here with me.

That in some way I don't seem to
shape up very well in your eyes.

I don't have anything to apologise
for. I'm a good reporter.

No, I'm a very good reporter. And
an even better friend to you.

- Stand up.
- Stand up?

Yeah, stand up, just for fun.

Now, come here. Look at yourself.
Just look at yourself.

What we have here is a potentially
aggressive, dynamite guy...

who can do anything he wants.

I mean, it's not my fault you
keep putting yourself down.

- Oh, yeah? How?
- Well, for starters...

you slouch all the time.
Here, stand up straight.

There, that's better.

And get yourself a jacket with a

vent and shoes that
don't lace up...

and a shirt with a little colour
or a pattern or something.

And a bow tie that doesn't
look like a letter opener.

All right, Lois. All right.

We've been through
this, haven't we?


I know where this
is all leading to.

And I'm sorry. I
mean, I'm sorry...

but no matter how
hard I try, I just...

Just... Just never will be him.

Him who?

"Him who"? Him Superman.

Now, I can't help
the fact that you

seem to think that you love him.

That's something I'll
have to live with.

But darn it, Lois,
that's enough now.

Maybe I just can't stand
the competition any more.

And just maybe you've been
the competition all along.

Lois, I've never been
particularly good at riddles.

Let me make this one
really easy for you.

Why, with thousands of
children potentially

falling off something lethal...

all around the world, would

Superman be in
Niagara Falls today?

Why not the Grand Canyon?

Ask the child's family.
I'm sure they know.

Why is it always
when I'm with you...

until Superman appears? And
then you seem to disappear.

Very conveniently, it seems to me.

I was out for hot dogs.
For Pete's sake...

When Superman appeared, I
looked at that hot dog stand...

and you were gone.

- I was...
- Nowhere.

I can't help it if I
had to go to the...

You are Superman, aren't you?

Lois, look, we've
been through these

hallucinations of yours before.

Can't you see what you almost did?

Throwing yourself off a
building 30 stories high?

Can't you see the tragic
mistake you almost made?

Yeah, I made a mistake. I
made a mistake because...

I risked my life instead of yours.

Lois, don't be insane.

And don't fall down because you're
just gonna have to get up again.

Lois, now, don't be
crazy now. Lois.

It is you.

I guess I've known this
for the longest time.

You realise, of course...

if you'd been wrong, Clark
Kent would have been killed.

With a blank?


- They have a wide selection.
- I can't eat fish.

You can eat anything
you want, Duane.

You can eat meat and potatoes.

I couldn't go anywhere where
I was expected to eat fish.

They got beans.

I can't eat beans. I'll come
out in a rash if I eat beans.

Look, Duane...

they have a wide selection.

I think I'll try the fish.

I don't know. From
the look of them,

I'll bet $10 they're
from Los Angeles.

Hey, you hippies, get
your butts off the road.

I like the globe. It flashes
red like our Krypton sun.

But not this irritating noise.

Make way.

Did I hear right?

That son of a bitch
give me an order?

Duane, you take care of it.

- But I...
- Duane.

You got to learn to kick ass,
you wanna be a peacemaker.

All right. Just what in the hell
do you think you're doing here?

What is this symbol?

Do you follow another leader?

Follow the leader?

Holy skunk sweat.

- All right.
- A weapon of some sort.


Wha...? Oh.

How the hell did you do that?

Jesus H. Christ.

Crude noisemaker.

I'm just checking
the tyre, you know.

- Wow, this is your home?
- No.

Actually, I live in the city,
about three blocks from you.

No, this is a very
special place for me.

I wanted you to see it.

Listen, you warm enough?

I guess I should be
freezing, but I'm not.


Come on, let me show you.

You see? You only smell strong.

Whoa, baby.

It's only because I didn't want to
lose my place in the orchestra.

Oh, my. The circus is in town.

Hey, sweet thing. Set
them buns down here.

Let's just hold hands.

Let me know if this tickles.

Your right front
tyre is flat, Duane.

- Sheriff, what happened?
- Willie.

I think my arm's broke.

Girl or no girl, you're
gonna spit teeth. Get up.

What the Sam hill?

Is that you, Boog?


All right. Get them
up and keep them up.

These humans are
beginning to bore me.

- Please, mister...
- He's a general.

Please, Mr General.
Please let my daddy down.

Hey... Hey. Hey, hey.

You okay, Jody?

See, when my father died...

That's my Earth father, I mean.

I found this crystal.


This is kind of hard to
explain, but you see, it...

It called to me.


Yeah. And it brought me here.

It helped me to build this place.

Well, actually, it
built it, really.


that's when I found out who I
really was, and what I had to do.

So, what do you
think? You like it?

Like it?

It's incredible.

I mean, not that it couldn't
use a woman's touch, you know?

- Especially around dinnertime.
- Dinner. Oh.

I'm sorry. See, I don't
usually do too much about...

Listen, tonight, sky's the
limit. Anything you want.

- I'm home.
- Oh.

Should we eat?

- Sure.
- Great.

Good morning, America. This
is East Houston, Idaho.

Until yesterday, a
middle-American town

that Middle America had forgotten.

But today, the population...
Exaggerated reports put it at 123.

Has increased by three.

And these three new arrivals
bring destruction in their wake.

As I look west into East
Houston this morning...

I see a town gripped with fear.

Who's the big guy?

Okay, yeah, we've got to be a...

- No.
- We've got a crack...

in that diode.

- Come in on him if you can.
- Try to wiggle it.

Who else is seeing this?

Well, with this
satellite link-up, just

about everybody. The whole planet.

The whole planet Houston?

Earth. The whole planet Earth.

Get over to the commentator.

You may continue.

As the extraordinary
story continues...

- As this extraordinary...
- Enough of this man.

If the whole planet
is watching, let's

show them something interesting.

Throw down your
arms and surrender.

This is an order.

General Zod does not take
orders. He gives them.

Hey, you all right, buddy?

He was in the line of that fire
and nothing happened to him.

I haven't seen the likes
of this since Superman.

Yes? Yes.

The Newsbeat control
room has informed me

that a fleet of
helicopter gunships is...

- Mr President, sir, can't we...?
- There's nothing anybody can do.

They have such powers,
nothing can stop them.

Where's Superman?

Where is he? Why doesn't
he do something?

General Smythson has said that
nuclear weapon strikes...

have been ruled out because of the
danger to the civilian population.

Starting fire run now.

Stand by, rockets.

Fire one.

Fire again.

Locked on target.
Gotta take a run now.

The rockets didn't
have any effect.

Look. They need machines to fly.

What bravery.

Be nice to them, my
dear. Blow them a kiss.

We're out of control.
We don't understand.

We're coming in, coming
down. Can't control it.

We're coming down.

I win.

I always win.

Is there no one on this
planet to even challenge me?

- That was good.
- I thought we might...

abandon the orange juice for once.

- Here, cheers.
- Cheers.

Must be tough being
Clark Kent, isn't it?

No. No, I really...

I really like it sometimes.

Even though I do make
a fool of myself.

But, you know, if it weren't for
him, I never would have met you.

But he is you.

- It's kind of confusing.
- Not to me, it isn't.

For the first time in my life...

everything's clear.

I'm gonna go change into
something more comfortable.

Come forward.

Your general wishes to speak.

I am General Zod, your ruler.

Yes, today begins a new order.

Your lands, your possessions...

your very lives will
gladly be given

in tribute to me, General Zod.

In return for your obedience...

you will enjoy my
generous protection.

In other words, you will
be allowed to live.

So you are a general?

And who is your superior?

- I answer only to the president.
- And he will answer to me.

Or all of his cities will
end up like this one.

Thousands of hours to create,
and they defaced it in seconds.

Imagine what they'll do to
the world if we resist.

The people of your planet are
well-pleased with you, Kal-El.

You have served them faithfully,
and they are grateful for it.

And yet you have returned to
reason with me once again.

My son, I have tried to
anticipate your every question.

This was one I'd...

I'd hoped you would not ask.

My attachment...

the feelings which
I have developed

for a certain human being...

have deeply affected me, Father.

You cannot serve humanity
by investing your

time and emotion in
one human being...

at the expense of the rest.

The concepts are
mutually exclusive.


if I no longer wish
to serve humanity...

Is this how you repay
their gratitude?

By abandoning the weak, the
defenceless, the needy...

for the sake of your
selfish pursuits?

Selfish? After all
I've done for them?

Will there ever come a time
when I've served enough?

At least they get a
chance for happiness.

I only ask as much, no more.

Yours is a higher happiness.

The fulfilment of your mission, an
inspiration you must have felt.

You must have felt that
happiness within you.

My son, surely you cannot
deny that feeling.

No, I cannot...

any more than I can
deny the other,

which is stronger in me, Father.

So much stronger.

Is there no way then, Father?

Must I finally be denied the one

thing in life which
I truly desire?

If you will not be Kal-El...

if you will live as one of them...

love their kind as one of them...

then it follows that you must...

become one of them.

This crystal chamber has in it the

harnessed rays of the
red sun of Krypton.

Once exposed to them...

all your great powers on
Earth will disappear.


Once this is done,
there's no going back.

You will feel like
an ordinary man.

And you can be harmed
like an ordinary man.

Think, Kal-El.

I beg you.


I love her.

Think, Kal-El.

Come on. Come on.

Look out.

You are the one they
call president?

I am.

I see you are practised in
worshipping things that fly.


Rise before Zod.

Now, kneel before Zod.

You are not the president.

No one who leads so many could
possibly kneel so quickly.

I am the man they are protecting.

I am the president.

I'll kneel before you
if it will save lives.

It will.

Starting with your own.

What a backward planet
this must be...

where the men wear the ribbons...

and the jewellery.

What I do now...

I do for the sake of the
people of the world.

But there is one man here on Earth
who will never kneel before you.

Who is this imbecile? Where is he?

I wish I knew.

Oh, God.



You're awfully quiet over there.

Yeah, I was just thinking...

I can't believe what
you've given up for me.

Are you kidding? I didn't do it
for you, Lois, I did it for us.

See, I told you there'd be
a hot dog place somewhere.

Okay. It sure takes longer
when you can't fly.

Hurry up.

- Come on.
- Okay.

Come on, it's my treat. Come on.

Oh, boy, it's Mr Wonderful.

Thank you.

- Do you have a men's room?
- Yeah. Right in the corner.

- Want to sit down?
- Yeah.

Hi, what would you folks like?

I'd like a cheeseburger with
everything on it, and a Coke...

an order of fries and
a side salad, please.

And for you, sir?

I'll think about it
when I get back.

Right. That's one cheeseburger...

Steak and eggs, over easy, coffee.

Can I have my Coke?

Coming right up.

- I'm sorry, that seat's taken.
- It is now, sweetheart.

Can I buy you something to eat?

No, thank you.

Excuse me. I think you're
sitting in my seat.

Your seat's in there, four-eyes.

Gee, I think perhaps
somebody ought

to teach you some manners, sir.

Yeah? Well, let me
know when he comes in.

- Look, Clark, we can just...
- Honey.

Excuse me, sir, would you
care to step outside?

I said, excuse me, sir, would
you care to step outside?

Now, listen, Rocky, your
steak's coming right up.

Keep it on the flame, Ron.
This is just a minute steak.

After you.

- Clark.
- It's all right, honey.


You all right, fella?

He's gonna be fine,
just give me that.

- Clark?
- Blood. It's my blood.

I think maybe we ought to
hire a bodyguard from now on.

I don't want a bodyguard. I want
the man I fell in love with.

I know that, Lois.

I wish he were here.


Boy, you just don't have enough
sense to stay down, do you?

You... You... You are no good.

Settle down.

I don't like your meat anyway.

Oh, God.

Clark? Clark?

Clark, can you get up?

- All right. Come on. I got you.
- Go slow. Go slow.

Try and get up in that chair.

- Sit down.
- I'm all right. I'm all right.

Okay, everybody,
he's all right. Just

relax. We'll have
some fresh coffee.

I'll turn the box on.

We interrupt this program
for an urgent message...

from the President of
the United States.

This is your president.

On behalf of my country,
and in the name

of the other leaders
of the world...

with whom I have
today consulted...

I hereby abdicate...

all authority and control
over this planet...

to General Zod.


Only by strict compliance
with all his directions...

will the lives of innocent
millions be spared.

Superman, can you hear me?

- Superman, where...?
- Who is this Superman?

You'll find out.
And when you do...

Come to me, Superman, if you dare.

I defy you.

Come. Come and kneel before Zod.


- Here? When?
- When?

Where the hell have you been,
Mac? On a desert island?

I have to go back.

You can't go back.

- There's no way now.
- I have to.

I've got to try, damn it. I've
got to try something, anything.

It's not your fault.

You didn't know this
was gonna happen.

He knew.

I heard him.

I just didn't listen.

You're master of all you survey.

And so I was yesterday.

And the day before.

Hello, there.

Lex Luthor.

Lex Luthor.

You've heard the name? The
greatest criminal mind on Earth.

I told you this was a puny planet.

Wait just a moment.

Wait until you get to know
me better. Will you, please?

Wait. Look, I can give
you anything you want.

I can give you the brass ring...

the unlimited freedom
to maim, kill, destroy.

Plus, Lex Luthor's keen
mind. Lex Luthor's savvy.

Lex Luthor's career guidance. Lex
Luthor's School of Better...

We have all of this without you.

You cannot bargain with
what you don't have.

Magnificent One...

what I am bargaining with
is what you do not have.

The son of Jor-El.

The son of Jor-El?

I said that, didn't I?

Jor-El, our jailer?

No, Jor-El, the baseball player.

Yes, Jor-El, your jailer.

The son of Jor-El? On this planet?


Possibly you know him better
by his nom de voyage...

or his name he travels under:


So this is Superman.

How do you know of Jor-El?

My Fullness, as I explained
to you before...

I'm about the best there is.


We will kill the
son of our jailer.

- Revenge.
- Revenge. Now we're cooking.

- He flies, then?
- Constantly.

- He has powers as we do?
- Certainly.

But, Magnificent One...

he's just one...

where you are three.

- Or four, if you count him twice.
- We will bring him to his knees.


First, you must find him.

And Lex Baby is the only
one who knows where he is.

What do you want?

Well, general...

the world is a big place.

Thank goodness...

my needs are small.

As it turns out, I have this
affinity for beachfront property.

What do you want?



Listen... Hey, come on,
where are you...? Please.


If you can hear me...

I failed.

I failed you...

I failed myself...

and all humanity.

I've traded my birthright...

for a life of
submission in a world

that's now ruled by your enemies.

There's nobody left
to help them now...

the people of the world.

Not since I...


Listen carefully, my son, for
we shall never speak again.

If you hear me now...

then you have made use of
the only means left to you:

The crystal source through which
our communications begun.

The circle is now complete.

You have made a dreadful
mistake, Kal-El.

You did this of your
own free will...

in spite of all I could
say to dissuade you.


Now you have returned
to me for one

last chance to redeem yourself.

This too finally I have
anticipated, my son.

Look at me, Kal-El.

Once before when you
were small, I died...

while giving you a
chance for life.

And now, even though
it will exhaust

the final energy left within me...

Father, no.

Look at me, Kal-El.

The Kryptonian prophecy
will be at last fulfilled.

The son becomes the father,
the father becomes the son.

Farewell forever, Kal-El.

Remember me, my son.

My son.


Harold. Coffee, black, no sugar.

Black, no sug... Yeah. Yeah.

Who's paying, huh?

No, no. There's three of them.
That cockamamie general...

and a big truck with
hair on it and a broad

that looks like the
queen of the runway.

They can fly, they can
see through things.

Anything Superman can
do, they can do.

Where is he, anyway?

Maybe he hasn't heard
about it yet, chief.

- Maybe...
- Maybe he's just run out of guts.

No sugar. And don't
call me "chief."

He'll be here.

If there's any way at
all, he'll be here.

Yeah, he'll be here.

- What's going on?
- I don't know.

- Hey, Charlie, you feel that?
- Yeah.

Sounds like an earthquake.

Oh, my.

- It's those three.
- Stop.

- Oh, my God, they're here now.
- Oh, no.

This is scary.

You all right, chief?


You should see the White House.
They'll be cleaning for months.

Lex Luthor.

Wouldn't you know it?

This is the son of Jor-El?

No, but I bet you're a son of a...


You promised me the son of Jor-El.

Yes, Your Grace.

But what I've given you
is the next best thing.

You just hold on to that little
lady, and he'll be along.

See, they have this relationship.

She does all his public relations,
and he gives her every exclusive.

They're the best of friends.
You know what I mean?

What an undemanding male
this Superman must be.

You could use a tuck here
and there yourself, sister.


- I'm sorry.
- She lives for now.

Kill the rest, starting with him.

Wait. Wait, wait, wait.

Wait. Wait.

Don't you remember
the White House? The

Oval Room? We had a
few laughs there.

You ought to have that fixed.


haven't you heard of
freedom of the press?

- Superman.
- Superman, thank God.

I mean, get him.

Come to me, son of Jor-El.

Kneel before Zod.

Watch out. You all right?

Son of Jor-El.

We were beginning to
think you were a coward.

I'm not a coward, Zod.

It is extremely likely
you are merely a fool.

Like father, like son.

Look out.

Then die as you deserve to.

Come on, come on,
Superman. Get him.

Man, this is gonna be good.

Take him. He's yours.

Come on. Kill him.


The big one's just as
strong as Superman.


Hold him.

Wow, home run.

Oh, my God. My baby.

Thank you.

This Superman is
nothing of the kind.

- I've discovered his weakness.
- Yes.

He cares.

He actually cares for
these Earth people.

- Like pets?
- I suppose so.

Sentimental idiot.

He's caged Non.

I'll draw his fire...

with some of my own.

Get out of here. The
rig's gonna blow.

Get away from that truck.

- Did you see that?
- They went down there.

Hey, what the...?

Superman, help us.


I never thought this thing
would go the distance.

You people, get back.

Here, take the end of this.

No. Don't do it.

The people.

Throw it.

- This way, please. This way.
- Help me.

Where's your wife, sir? I got
her. I got her. Don't worry.

He's dead. He's dead.

Superman is dead.

He's not coming out.

- They've killed Superman.
- Oh, no.

- What are we gonna do?
- He's dead.

Let's go get them.

- Come on, let's go.
- I know judo. Come on, let's go.

Hey, hey, hey.

What sound?

You forgot your cha...

Wait a minute.

- I'm holding it, I'm holding it.
- I got it.

I can't see what's happening.

- My hair.
- Your hair? What about mine?

Hold on.

Yeah, yeah, I got your message.

No, go ahead. Go ahead. Yeah?

Yeah? Yeah, yeah.

Look, he's alive. He's alive.

It'll be all right.

Come back, please.

Please come back.

So he is a coward after all.

Damn it.

Come back, Superman.

What about us?

- Don't leave us.
- We can't handle it without you.

- It's not our fault.
- He chickened out.

Ah, phoney.

Superman didn't even do nothing.

Come on, let's go.

- There they are.
- Get away from here. Jimmy.

Our victory is complete.

The son of Jor-El has fled.

- Superman fled?
- I don't believe you.

You heard him. Three
against one, you

should've taken two
ears and a tail.

- He fled in fear of us.
- He'll be back.

As long as he's alive,
he's gonna try again.

- The next time, we will kill him.
- The next time?

The next time?

What am I gonna do
with you people?

I held up my end. I
delivered you the blue boy.

What do I get from
my triple threat?

"Bow, yield, kneel." That kind
of stuff closes out a town.

Why do you say this to me when
you know I will kill you for it?

Kill me? Lex Luthor?

Extinguish the greatest
criminal flame of our age?

Eradicate the only
man on earth with...

Let me kill him.

Superman's address?

What more do you want? I can see
the greed written on your face.

A small incentive, O Fullest One.

A mere bauble to jog the memory.

What more?


I trust you are not wasting
my time, Lex Luthor.

Of course not, Your Turbulence.

Show yourself, coward.

Son of a coward.

I'm here, Zod.

Let Miss Lane go, step
inside. We'll talk.

No, don't, Superman.

Please don't listen
to him. He's just...


Your powers are identical to mine.

But we are three. We could
tear you limb from limb.

Do it, Your Grace.

Just grab a leg and
just make a wish.

But you are victim to
another fatal weakness...

your compassion.

The death of others means
more to you than your own.

Yes, with rare exceptions.

Your father condemned
us to an eternal

living death. Your
fate will be the same.

You will live, Kal-El, forever...

as my slave. If not,
then others will

pay for your obstinate attitude.

Innocent people,
millions if necessary,

beginning with this Lois person.

- Don't, Superman, don't.
- Stop it.

All right, Zod.

It's over.

Your Grace, don't believe him. You
don't know him the way that I do.

I sense the presence
of Jor-El here.

We will destroy this place.

And then kill him.


Him? Me?

General, this is Lex Luthor.

Remember...? I helped you
through the tough times.

I filled your inside straight.

You came to me with nothing.
I gave you Superman.


Well, look...

Guy's a clod.

You think you know people, right?

Promises were made,
gifts were exchanged.

I got to hand it to you, you
know. You always told the truth.

A guy always knew where
he stood with you.

Try to get them all into
this molecule chamber here.

It takes away their powers, see...

and turns them into
ordinary human beings.

Now, if you could...

- Don't go in there. It's a trap.
- Luthor, you poisonous snake.

That's a molecule chamber.

It makes people like
you into people like me.

- You've done well, Lex Luthor.
- I thought so.

Seize him.

- Kill her.
- No. Superman, no.

All right. All right,
leave her alone, Zod.

You win.

General, the crystal there
activates the mechanism.

Lex Luthor, ruler of Australia...

activate the machine.

With your permission.

And now, finally...


Take my hand...

and swear eternal loyalty to Zod.

He switched it.

He did it to them.

The lights were on out here
while he was safe in there.

Hey, you know something?

You're a real pain in the neck.

Are you all right?

I knew you'd double-cross
me, Luthor. A

lying weasel like
you couldn't resist.

Who, me? Are you kidding?

Hey, I was with you all the
time. That was beautiful.

Did you see the way
they fell into our trap?

Too late, Luthor. Too late.

Look. Look, Superman.

I got a proposition for you.

Now, don't stop me
till you've heard this...

because I know I owe you one, but
we're in the North Pole, right?

Let's wipe the slate clean.

If you give me a
ride back, I promise

to turn over a whole new leaf…

- Look, Lois...
- I know.

No regrets, okay? I did it.

I got the man I loved to love me.

- Didn't I?
- Oh, yeah.

Well, okay then.
Those people need you.

Do you think I don't
understand that?

We can still see each other,
you know. I mean, all the time.

But it just can't be...

Just don't forget, that's all.

Don't ever forget.

- Well, here we are.
- Home sweet home.

- See you at work in the morning.
- Bright and early, huh?

The same old Clark
and the same old Lois.


Except... maybe I won't be
quite so mean to you from now on.

You don't have to worry.

Your secret's safe with me.

I know. I know that, Lois.

Well, there he goes, kid.

Up, up and away.

Hi, Leueen.



How'd you sleep? All right?

No, I didn't close
my eyes all night.

- Look, Lois...
- I understand, I understand.

I sat up all night listening
to the voices of reason.

You know how vile it is to hear
the first bird of the morning...

when you've been crying all night?

- I'm sorry.
- I'm sorry too.

I guess it's sort of like being
married to a doctor, you know.

The doctor gets awakened in
the middle of the night...

and the wife has to cope with
the fact that he's gone.

I guess I'm just too selfish.

No, no. You're not selfish at all.

Yes, I am selfish when it
comes to you. I am selfish.

And I'm jealous of
the whole world.

Lois, it may not
be easy for you to

hear this now, but
someday you'll...


Look, don't tell me that
I'll meet somebody.

You're kind of a tough
act to follow, you know.

Now, I'm gonna be fine. You
don't have to worry about me.

I like worrying about you.

Would you stop?

Don't you know that
this is killing me?

Do you know what it's like to have
you come in here every morning...

and not be able to talk to you?

Not be able to show I have
any feelings for you?

Not be able to tell anyone
that I know who you are.

I don't even know
what to call you.

Lois, I don't know what to say.

I don't know. Just say
that you love me.

Gee, Lois, are you
okay? What happened?

- I just got so dizzy.
- You all right?

- I don't know.
- Get her some water, will you?

That's what happens when I
don't have orange juice.

- I'm fine. I'm fine. I'm fine.
- Breathe. Breathe, Lois.

I'm breathing, for heaven's sake.

Good for you. Good.

- God.
- Just drink.

- Okay.
- Just sip it, sip it, sip it.

- I'm fine.
- Boy...

What was I talking about before?

If I know you, it was
probably about Superman.

- Him again?
- Clark, Clark.

You've got to stop
being threatened

every time the guy's
name's mentioned.

Nobody expects you to be
anything but what you are.

Well, I'll try to remember that.

You better remember
that. I appreciate you.

- You do?
- Sure.

Especially if you
get me a hamburger.


A hamburger. At 9 a.m?

Yeah, and everything on it, okay?

Everything on it.

- Oh, and...
- Orange juice. Sure.

Freshly squeezed. Okay.

Isn't he a nice guy?

Well, let's see what trouble
I can get into today.


What's happening in the world?


- Hey, Ron.
- Yeah?

Give me another plate
of this garbage.

Garbage? That's my
number-one special, Rocky.

All right. Get me some
more coffee too, will you?

Gee, that's funny. I've never
seen garbage eat garbage before.

Excuse me, sir. I think you're
sitting in my favourite seat.

Come and get it, four-eyes.

Now cool it, Rocky.

Take it easy, will you?

I just had this joint fixed.
It cost me a fortune.

Oh, God.

This order's to go.

I'm terribly sorry about
all the damage, sir.

Oh, I've been, working out.

Good afternoon, Mr President.

Sorry I've been away so long.

I won't let you down again.