Superman and Lois (2021–…): Season 1, Episode 8 - Holding the Wrench - full transcript

Superman finds out more about John, and what Sam has been hiding from him. Meanwhile, Lois meets with a therapist after losing her temper with someone dear to her, and discovers that the grief of long-ago loss isn't as buried as she thought. Kyle promises to help Sarah with an audition for a musical revue, but Jordan steps in to help her when her father doesn't show up.

Previously on
Superman and 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.

His name's not Luthor.
It's John Henry Irons.

You're the Stranger.

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.


- 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?

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.

Mom. 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.

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?

- Careful.
- What is that?


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.

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.


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?

- 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...


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. Yeah, I know.
I have to return these.

- See you around.
- Bye.

Listen, I'm gonna be right back.

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?

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?

Yeah. 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?

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?


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. 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.


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?


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.


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?


It's time to change tactics.
Trask can get us what we need.

No. 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.

Identification required.

Okay, okay. Jonathan Kent, Jon Kent.

Warning. 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...




Clark, the AI is gonna kill Jon!


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. Okay.

- Are you okay?
- I'm fine, Clark.

Okay. Okay.

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. Wiles.
- She's still at the DOD.

Just think about it.

I'm gonna check on Jonathan.

Mr. Cushing.

- Ms. Larr.
- 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.


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. Mmm-hmm.
- It's important.

Excuse me.


What's wrong? You seem upset.

Did you lie to me?


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.


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.

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.

Negative. 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?


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?

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?


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.

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



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?


Put on a happy face

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.

Okay. Okay.


Um, coming.


So I didn't prepare, like,
a musical number or whatever.

So here goes.

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.

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.

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.


- 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.
- Please.

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.


Are you telling me
John Irons might be right?

It's very possible that Morgan Edge
is building an army.


Mr. 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


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.


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.



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.

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.

Ms. Lane.

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...


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.