Superman and Lois (2021–…): Season 1, Episode 12 - Through the Valley of Death - full transcript

Sam has no choice but to turn to John for help taking down Superman, after Morgan and his father Zeta-Rho "eradicate" Superman and replace him with General Zod to carry out their mission Lois tries to convince John that there's another way rather than killing.

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Superman & Lois...

Let's just focus on
what we came here for. Family.

We need to stop Kal-El
before he does to this world

what he did to mine.

I just want what's best for this town.

Right now, seems pretty clear to me
that that's Morgan Edge bringing jobs.

Edge was giving people powers, messing
with their minds to control them.

People in this town
are gonna want answers.

They're gonna be looking
for somebody to blame

and pretty sure
I'm gonna be at the top that list.

Prepare for our arrival.
There's no saving my brother now.

Leave now.


He has vowed his submission,

- And the Eradicator?
- Taken from his possession.

John, it's happening.

Just like you said it would.

I think Superman has been turned.

- Welcome back. sir.
- For the last time, it's John.

Were you able to find her?

She must have gone home already.

Shall we try her residence?

The townhouse is 25 yards due east.

Let me find a parking spot.

Scans indicate she's the passenger
in the taxi on your left.

You could easily catch her.

John, if you wish to connect
with this world's version

of your younger sister,
now is your chance.

- Lois.
- John, it's happening.

Just like you said it would.

I think Superman has been turned.

It's been a long time
since you felt pain, hasn't it, Kal?

Perhaps you've never felt it,

which will make this process
all the more excruciating.

Pain is a weakness my father removed
from me after I arrived here.

I remember it, though.

Wanting nothing more than
my suffering to end.

All you have to do is submit,
and yours will cease.

Listen to me...

You gave me your word, Kal.

- Please.
- Submit.

I can help you, brother.

I am not your brother.

You rejected me, remember?

Rejected your family,
your own people, for them!

So be it.

Delay the inevitable.
Fight as long as you can.

But eventually you will fade
as this new mind comes to light.

Not even Superman is strong enough
to resist the will of Zod.

What do we do?

- We can't do anything.
- We have to, we have to.

- Like what?
- I don't know.

We need to think, Jordan.

We have to think.

Boys. He's going to be okay.


- Edge just took off with him.
- I know.

He said we'll never see him again.

Yeah, I know, honey,
and I know how scary that sounds.

I know it doesn't seem like it
right now,

but your dad has been
in worse spots than this,

and he always gets through them.

I've been dealing with this
for 20 years. Trust me.

Your dad will fight through this
and he will win.

It's not going to do either of you
any favors by staying up all night.

Try to get some sleep.

Go on.

DOD satellites
are scanning airspace across the globe.

We know they departed here,
but lost 'em after that.

That place he goes to, his fortress...

I know its location is a secret.
I get it. But...

We might want to start there.

He's not there.

I think Edge has one too, though
he mentioned his was in the desert.


I'll adjust our search grid.


Feeling okay about today, babe?

Well, let's see. I gotta go downtown
for a mandatory military check in.

Some doc's gonna swab me.

Shrinks gonna ask us questions
about being mind-controlled,

all to make sure
our brains are still ours, so, uh...

Yeah, I'm great.

Can't you call off work, Dad?

I mean, shouldn't you stay home with us
and, I don't know, just rest?


Look, I'd love to, mija,

but I think I need to get back into
some sort of routine.

You know, go to the station,
see my team. Get back to normal.

I got it.


- Sorry for the house visit, chief.
- Something wrong?

Look, I overheard some of the guys

talking this morning
knowing you were coming in.


- There's some concern, chief.
- About what?

About me.

You vouched for Morgan Edge.

After what happened, well,
people are angry.

Okay, but all I was trying to do

was bring jobs and get investors
to bet on this town. I don't...

I get it, Chief. I do.

Maybe just take a few days.

Give people a minute to cool off.

I'm sorry.

Hey. Eat anything yet?

Not hungry.

Have you heard
anything that they've said?

They got nothing.

All this state of the art tech,
and they can't do anything.

We can, though.

Jordan, listen.

When Dad was attacked by John Irons,
you heard him,

and then we found where he was.

Yeah, but they were a couple miles away.


So Dad could be anywhere
in the entire world.

Why does that matter?

It just does.

Jordan, Dad said that he could hear
all of the fluctuations

and the collective sonic frequency.

Yeah, but he also said
that it took years of training

at the Fortress in order to do that.

Jordan, listen to me.

This is just like punching
that training log in the cellar.

It's just like it.

You could do it,
but you had to believe you could do it.

And you can do this, too.

No, there's too many people here.

Okay, so let's find a spot.

Come on, you can do this.

Come on.

And Superman's last known location
was this farm.

That's right.

Edge came after me and the boys

after Superman saved everyone
Edge was turning to create his army.

And then Superman just agreed
to have his consciousness replaced?

To spare our lives and buy us some time.

But he signaled me.

He wanted me to contact you
so that we could find Edge and stop him.

And you think
they're somewhere in the desert, Sam?

Based on intelligence
we've gathered, yes.

John, you know better than anyone
what's at risk here.

I do.

Which is why we need your help
to come up with a rescue plan.

A rescue plan?

Lois, Superman must have known
there was a chance he'd be turned.

If he signaled you to bring me in,

he knows the likelihood is
there is only one hope.

To save this world,
I need to put him down.

By any means necessary.

No, John, we're not killing Superman.
That's not why I called you.

You said it yourself.
He signaled you to call me.

Why would he do that?

I don't know why,
but I know he's not giving up.

Lois, he knows what he's up against.

He's trying to stop
the end of the world.

We do that by saving him.

Look, Superman's our greatest ally
against Morgan Edge.

At this juncture, it would be
a tactical error to rule out a rescue.

No, a tactical error

would be to let this Earth
fall the way that mine did.

It took him seven minutes
to wipe out Metropolis.

Seven minutes.

It's not too late for him.

Lois, the more time that passes,
the greater the odds are that he's gone.

He won't be turned.

- He will eventually
- No, he won't.

- And I will prove it.
- Lois...

Just figure out how to find him.

- Sam, you...
- Lois doesn't know this,

but I'm rounding up every weapon I got
in Project 7734's arsenal

for when the time comes.

I may have more effective means
than kryptonite.

I'm all ears.

Damn it!

How far can you hear?

- I don't know. Somewhere in Australia.
- Australia?

Or New Zealand.
I can't tell the accents apart.

Regardless, it doesn't matter.
I couldn't hear Dad.

Okay, well, I mean,
what if he just wasn't saying something

and, you like, you scanned over him or...

Jon, I don't know.
That's what I've been saying.

I just got this power good enough

that I'm not having a migraine
every two seconds.

Look, this isn't going to work.

Hey. Yes, it will, okay? Just try again.

We've been at this for an hour,

and I don't even know
what I'm hearing half the time.

Look, I know it's hard, but right now
you are the only one who can find him.

Yeah, but what if I can't?

What if I keep trying and trying,
and my powers just aren't good enough?

- Jordan... You're good enough.
- Really?

'Cause that didn't stop Edge.

When I used my heat vision on him,
I gave him everything I had.

Everything, and he just tossed me around
like a rag doll.

Then he took off with Dad.

I was the only one with powers

who could have done something,
and I just... I didn't.

You can do something now.

You can do something now, okay?
Just focus, okay?

What is this?

State of the art
rocket-powered projectile,

uses red solar tech.

It's designed to completely deplete
a Kryptonian's power.

For how long?

Long enough to kill him.

You made this thing?

With Lex Luthor.

And it worked?

I used it in my fight against Kal-El.

The plan was to draw him deep
into space.

Icarus Protocol activated.


Almost there. Come on.

He thought I was was running.

But I wasn't.

Almost there.

Ballistic shields failing.

But before I saw
if it worked...

I ended up here.

- So you don't know if it worked.
- It would have worked, Sam.

If we want to end this once and for all,
we should do the same thing here.

Kind of hard to do without your ship
and your suit, isn't it?

Don't worry about that.

Get someone to produce me one of these,
and I'll take care of the rest.

Photography is strictly prohibited

inside the processing area.

No exceptions.

It's like 1984 out here.

It's just Big Brother doing their job.
They'll be gone soon.

- Hey, Emily.
- Please, Lana, just don't.

- Emily...
- She said don't.

Whoa, hold up there, Duc.

You kidding me, Kyle?
Just look around here.

That's your doing!

Hey, I made a mistake, okay? I was...

The only mistake made
was all of us trusting you.

And now, after what they said
I did to Lois Lane,

Clark's son...

It wasn't your fault.

No. It's not.

It's your fault.

I trusted you.

How am I supposed to live with myself?

How am I supposed to go back to normal?

I am so sorry, Emily.

Just stay away.


You're not to blame for this. Edge is.

Yeah. Well, I'm not sure
everyone sees it that way.

They will eventually.
I'll make sure of it.

Before you get tested,
can I talk to you both in private?


Is this about Superman?

Anything you can tell me about
what it was like being a Subjekt?

Even if it seems insignificant.

Do either of you have any memory
of what happened

while you were taken over?

Um, no. I just remember waking up,
and seeing you, Lois.

What about you?

Mine came and went.

What was that like?


Like I was losing myself.

I couldn't remember things,
couldn't picture my family.

And it hurt, you know,
trying to push through, and then...

Couldn't see their faces.

And this darkness came over me.

But you could fight back?

Yeah, some.

But there was this
overwhelming sense that...

My family would be better off
if I just...

Let go.

And I almost did.

But you did fight, Kyle.

Thank you both so much.

This means more than you know.

Won't be long now, Father.




It's Dad.




- Where are you?
- In the Badlands.

You think your boy can help you?

...boy can help you?

Jordan, what's wrong?

If you send anyone for your father,
know this,

he won't be the man they find waiting.

- Is he still alive?
- We need to go.

- We need to go, right now.
- Okay, okay.

General Lane needs these
delivered to his tent straight away.

Yes, sir.

John Diggle?

Lois Lane.

So this is where you and Clark
moved the family?

Yeah. We thought a slower pace
of life might be good for us.

Well, looks like that didn't go
quite as planned.

What are you doing here?
Is A.R.G.U.S. helping with the search?

I assumed you knew.

Your father called Lyla.

He needed some tech delivered,
so she sent me.

What kind of tech?

- Can you make it work?
- I can.

I thought you were on my side.

Lois, it's just a precaution.
No decisions have been made.

Except the part where you lied

about what you're using
this A.R.G.U.S. tech for?

It's a fluid situation.

I didn't want to involve you and Lyla
in the decision making.

Because you knew we would say no, Sam.

You can't try to kill Superman.

You sure as hell can't use
A.R.G.U.S. tech to do it.

The tech is mine.

A.R.G.U.S. is simply providing the ammo.

I'm sorry, who the hell are you?

This is John Henry Irons.

He's helping us co-ordinate
a fallback plan if we run out of time.

Which looks
more and more likely.

That's not true.

I just spoke with
one of Edge's former Subjekts

who confirmed it's possible
to fight back against eradication.

Possible, maybe. Not probable.

This is the proof that we needed.

Are you really going to gamble
on the fate of your world?

Wait, wait.
You're from another Earth?

Yeah, he is.

You and I are gonna have a serious
conversation about this, General.

Mom! Mom, we need to talk.

It's important.

Oh, my God.

What is
with everybody? Seriously.

People are angry.
They're lashing out.

But they know us.

We've lived here our whole lives.

Everything Dad has done
is for this town.

They actually think
we're going to leave?

No. No, sweetie,
we're not going anywhere, okay?

Everything will be fine.

They attacked our home.

And we're going to fix it.

Our children sleep here.

It's a good thing that no one was home.

Yeah, well, what if someone
had been, Lana?

- Okay. Kyle...
- No, look, okay.

All we did is try and help.

Someone had to step up
and try something.

- Dad?
- No.

We come in with the best of intentions,

and everyone now just
assumes the absolute worst.

No, like,
I can't even go to work, okay?

We can't go into town
without getting harassed.

And now I can't even keep
my family safe.

- Kyle. Kyle!
- This...

Look at me.

Look, look, what those people think,

they're wrong.
And they will figure it out.


The only thing I care about is us, okay?

And we are going to get through
this together as a family.


- Okay.
- Okay.

- Let me go get some paint.
- Okay.

Y'all don't go in the living room
till I get all that glass cleaned up.

So Dad said he was somewhere
in the Badlands.

Do you think that's enough information
to find him?

If your dad's still in that desert,
we'll know soon enough.

There's one more thing.

- Jon...
- We have to tell him.

Look, Edge told Jordan that if anyone
went looking for Dad,

it wouldn't be him they'd find.

Boys, you've done great work here.

Can you give your mom and me a minute?

It's okay.

He was bluffing. He had to be.

- Lois...
- Dad, please.

Honey, I don't have a team equipped
to take on numerous Kryptonians and win.

I have to shift my priorities,

treat this as I would any other
global threat.

Make the same decision
I would if it were anybody else.

When we locate them,
I'm sending John in.

I'm sorry.

Can I talk to you?

Lois, I know what you're gonna say.

No, you don't.

You need to hear this.

I have told you repeatedly that
this world was different from yours.

That our Superman is different from
the monster who destroyed your Earth,

that he would never turn on humanity.

And you have asked me just as often
how I know that for sure.

I've never really answered
that question, but I'm going to now.

The reason I know how much
Superman loves humanity...

is that he's not just someone
I report on.

He is everything to me.

He is the love of my life.

The father of my sons.

John, Superman is my husband.

Clark Kent is Superman?

And your boys?

They didn't know who he really
was until this year.

It's part of why we moved here.

I needed you to know the truth,
about why Superman is different here.

He has a family
to fight for,

which means he won't give up,
and neither can we.


This doesn't change anything.

How can you say that?

He loves his sons. He loves me.
That matters.

What about all the other sons?

The other wives that'll be killed
when he attacks.

He won't attack.

He won't give up,
which means he can be saved.

Lois, he wanted you to call me
because he knew what I would do.

He knows, worst case scenario,

if it comes to that,
that you won't hesitate.


I need you to believe the possibility
that there's hope.

If that's what you need,
then you called the wrong guy.

- John...
- No, Lois.

Everything you're saying,

it's just getting in the way
of what needs to be done.

But you are right about one thing, Lois.

I will not hesitate.

I saw you die.

I lost Natalie.

Millions of people. Gone.

I won't let that happen again.

I have a responsibility
to do the right thing.

And I'm telling you that killing
Superman is not the right thing.

John, please. I'm begging you.
Don't do this.

I'm sorry, Lois.

I know this isn't what you expected,
but Lyla wouldn't have helped otherwise.

- Yeah. And I wouldn't have come.
- That too.

Doppelgangers, other worlds,

glowing boxes, losing the people I love.

I'm done with that life.

Knowing your past, I don't blame you.

Unfortunately, we don't have the luxury

of letting this one
just play itself out.

Come on. He's Superman.

I fought beside him.
He's the best we have.

Oliver would have said that.
Hell, they all would have.

This is not an easy
decision for me to make.

What? Exhausting every option
to save the life of an ally, a hero?

That should be an easy one.

I can't imagine the courage it took
for you to survive

whatever the hell it was
that got you here,

but you're gonna need
that courage today.

The world will be praying
you make the right call.

Okay, try that.

Oh, come on. Are you kidding me?

I don't know,
maybe scrub a little harder?

Are you critiquing my scrubbing skills?

Yeah. You got little arms.
You gotta put your back into it.

Okay, okay, how about
letting me have a go? Hmm?


See, one thing you got to know,
Sarah, is that your mama...

Well, she's always right.


We absolutely can fix this.

It's just going to take a little bit
of paint thinner

and some good old American muscle.

All right.

Oh! Oh.

Well, well.


Sorry. You know,
just the hose malfunctioning.

Maybe you could give it some
American muscle.

No? Yeah, I didn't mean it. I didn't...

What? You too?

Maybe I'll try

Maybe I'll try to tell you


Are we too late?

I don't know.

I told you, Kal.

No one can fight forever.


You've done it, Zeta.

Yes. I have.

Now we can move towards
completing what we came here to do...

General Zod.

We got something.

Right there. Zoom in.

That's it.

We a go?

We're a go.

Run a final systems check.

Make sure my full arsenal
is locked and loaded.

I don't want any surprises.

Of course, John.

And give me a digital read
on the topography so I can find...

Do you know who I am?

I have a pretty good idea.

My name's Jonathan. Jonathan Kent.

When you were at the DOD...

your RV was parked at our farm.

I saw a lot of videos about you there.

I saw what happened to my mom.

I saw who my dad was.

I saw a lot about you too.

I saw about your daughter.


You seemed like a really good dad.

But I just
want you to know...

This guy you're about to kill...

He's a really good dad, too.

I wish there was another way, son.

There's always another way.

Arrived on site.

There's no sign of...

Hold on.

I got incoming.


Get me visuals now.

He must be down.
I can't find him.

He's not down.

Telemetry shows his vitals are fine.

Got him. But he's not in
the Badlands anymore.

John, talk to me. Is Superman...

- He's been turned.
- Are you sure?

You won't stop
what's coming.

None of you can stop this.

I'm sure.

Irons, listen to me.
You are fully authorized to retaliate.

Weaken him and then take him out.

No, Dad, wait...

He's gotta fire that missile
or he's dead.

That solar missile is only good
for one shot.

If he wastes it,
we have nothing to use against Edge.

John's got to get through to him
or they're both dead.

All right. Let's go.

My God.

Armor at 57%.

John, you can't beat him.

You have to make him remember who he is.

- John, please don't!
- He's got no choice.

You gotta do it.

John! He's still in there!

John, please...

I can't stop.

John, he's still in there.
I promise you can get through to him.


You gotta save them.

You gotta save them.

You gotta do it, John.

I can't stop.

We lost audio.

Clark. Lois sent me to help you.

She still believes in you.

I met your boys,

and they believe in you too.

Let me tell you something, man.

I know what it means
to lose the people you love.

That pain you feel right now,

that is nothing compared to
what happens if you lose them.

And right now
you've got a chance to fight.

Do not let that bastard
take you away from your family.

You remember who you are,

and you fight back, damn it!

You fight!

We got him.

He's back.

John, can he hear me?


I'll be back soon.

First, you and I are gonna
deal with Morgan Edge.

We got him.

He's back.

First, you and I are gonna
deal with Morgan Edge.

He's gone.

For good.




Then it is time.

- Father, we can still...
- It's time!

You had one mission and veered from it

because you're weak.

You shall not veer from it any longer.

Now go and complete
what you were sent here to do.

Or know that you are
the sole reason Krypton was lost.

Goodbye, Father.

Come on.

Come on.

Almost in range.

I got him. Stay back.

Target locked.

What's Edge doing?

Ready for launch.

You could have ruled with me
as my brother.

Instead, I will bury you
in the ashes of this world.

I know the feeling you're feeling.

It is the actual, literal worst.

But he'll be here.

Mom. Jon.

It's him.


Hey, yourself.

All right, you two.

You did good.

It was all his idea.

We were just trying
to think what would you do.

How'd you do it, Dad?

- How'd you break free?
- I thought about you guys.

Remembered what I was fighting for.

I had a little bit of help.

It's okay. It's okay.

He's on our side.


John, you've actually
met our kids before.

Ah, yeah, I remember.

Nice to do this
under better circumstances.

Thank you.

And, I never said sorry
about hitting you with a truck.

No hard feelings.

The good news?

Morgan Edge is in a
state of the art military prison.

He's never gonna hurt anyone again.

You wanna stay for dinner?

I order a mean take out.

Gotta wrap things up with your dad.

Besides... family time is sacred.

And you guys are definitely due.

Bring it in. Come on.

Bring it in.

Hey, everyone, look who's here!

Oh, my sweet girl. I missed you so much.

You smell what daddy's got
cooking up over here?

Are those dinosaur pancakes?

- Mm-hmm.
- For dinner?

Yeah, why not?

All right, I got two Sophie-saurus
Rexes coming right up.

Sophie. Hi.

- Sarah!
- Hi!


- Did you miss me?
- I missed you so much.

Anything happen when I was gone?

Uh, no. Things are kind of boring
when you're not around, so...

All right,

a little appetizer for you.

You know we're gonna be okay, right?

Yeah, we'll make sure of it.

So Leslie Larr is still in the wind?

At this point, she doesn't really
have a next move.

Finding her is our number one priority.

Good news is between you
and Mr. John Henry Irons,

smart money says she'll be in custody
by the end of the week.

And then, DOD packs up, heads home.

Maybe this town can breathe again.

Not to mention this family.

For what it's worth, Lois,

about yesterday...

I know, Dad.
You were just doing your job.

What I wanted to say is...

I'm proud of you.

When the chips were down,
you still had faith.

And that's what made the difference.

I'm very glad you're better, Clark.

I won't doubt you again.

Complete what you were sent here for.